A byproduct of the Christmas cards I blogged about last time was a big pile of gift tags. I love how white and brown look together (although I did make a handful of red tags too, and they’re pretty neat too)! These tags are brown on both sides, but I’ve attached a loose vellum leaf with some linen string. More space for writing and I just thought they look nice. These gift tags won’t be for sale anywhere, but I’m including one with all purchases made from my shop before my trip to London (Dec 3rd is the last day when orders placed and paid for will be shipped before I go).

Ah, I’ve been tagged. I like to share random things about me (but I may eventually run out of things to share), but I know many who feel awkward about tags so I’m going to be the usual boring me and not tag anyone specific. But if you feel like telling me, and the rest of the world, eight random things about you, please do. And leave a comment so I know where to find the ones who agree to play along 🙂

1. Most of the time I’m organizationally challenged. But when my stuff is organized I’m much happier.

2. When I was a little girl, 10 or 11, I had really long hair, below my waistline at some point. After that it got shorter and shorter. In 2003-2004 I had a 3mm buzz cut. And I liked it, a lot, but it was a bit cold most of the year. Now I’m just a short-haired girl. Still, I think at least 95% of women have hair longer than mine.

3. I have problems finding a good hairdresser and keeping one. The last two I was happy with either got pregnant or moved away. I wonder if it’s my hair?

4. I’ve seen all Harry Potter movies, with my mother. She wants to go and see them with a child, like all other grown ups in the movie theater. I don’t mind going with her, not at all. It’s a fun tradition.

5. I subscribe to 109 blogs. And I check regularly many more.

6. I like everyday poetry above all. My blog was found through google by searching “if you can hear it then it’s speaking to you and if you can see it it’s yours to have” and “it’s not books you need it’s some of the things that once were in books”.

7. I own ridiculously many pairs of colorful tights. I wear them quite a lot too.

8. I know something you don’t.

Now, good night my dear readers. Tomorrow’s again the second to last day at work.

The winter wonderland

Warning: a completely weary post ahead. Maybe it’s a global issue, as I’ve read more discouraged artist blog posts within two weeks than ever before.

I didn’t mean to be gone so long. But you know how sometimes it feels like you fail at everything you try. Well, I didn’t even feel like trying. I know it’s partially because of the winter. The snow I longed for came surprisingly quickly and it’ll stay until Saturday at least. It’s so Christmassy outside. And I’M NOT READY! Christmas should be at least two months away! I’m not stressing about the gifts exclusively, but about the whole Christmas thing. It’ll be our first Christmas here in Turku, and the first Christmas we’re celebrating together and not with my parents or with my in-laws. And you know, I’m not a Christmas person. Not at all. I enjoy exchanging gifts and spending time together, but the religious part just isn’t for me (neither is the commercial gift exchange part!).

I’m trying to enjoy the beautiful weather while it lasts, but I can’t escape the people who feel the need to talk about the nearing Christmas the whole duration of my 5-hour work shift. And that’s the money-spending kind of Christmas talk. I don’t feel like spending a lot of money just because it’s that one special day of the year. Any non-commercial Christmas spirits lifting ideas? I like making decorations and such, but I’m in need of ideas of what to DO on Christmas to make it feel like Christmas.

One of my Christmas traditions is card-making. Not for me, but for my father’s business. (I try to stay away from card-sending traditions myself. I’d only forget someone important and people would get upset.) Last year I stenciled some reindeer, this year I gocco printed some snowflakes on dark blue mulberry paper. The lighting this time of the year is rather challenging (not a surprise) so I don’t have photos of my pretty brown snowflake gift tags yet. I do my best to snap a picture really soon. Just so you would see what is included in all things ordered from Paperiaarre Etsy shop between today, Nov 25th (which happens to be my name day), and Dec 3rd. The shop will be taking a vacation too (Dec 4th-12th), but all orders placed and paid by the 3rd will be shipped before I leave to London and should arrive in time for Christmas.

I’ll skip the introduction of books and pouches that were a part of the last shop update. What’s in the shop is in the shop. But I thought I’d mention that the shop is still/again well stocked and prettier than ever 🙂

Meet the rest of Hogweed family

After hours and hours of listing things to Etsy it’s all here. And my Poppytalk Handmade table is ready for opening too. Their Holiday & Gift-themed Market will go live on Monday 17th. I’m dying (and trying) to find some gorgeous Christmas gifts there before it’s too late for international shipping.

My new Gocco printed Hogweed designs are inspired by many things: my vintage botany books, the various umbellifers I see every day on my way to work, and most of all the mental image of said flowers standing alone in the snow, frosty and white. I’m hoping the fall would soon end. It’s too dark and too rainy. I wish it would snow soon, but I guess a rainy winter is the price I have to pay for living by the sea in the southern Finland. Imagination saves many bad days. The Hogweed line is designed to be used with imagination, to arouse imagination and to look beautiful.

Books in bags are back. Coptic bound journals in lavender, charcoal, dark teal and natural linen. The books are accompanied with charcoal or natural linen drawstring bags. The books are approximately 4.3″x6″x0.9″ (10,8×15,2×2,2cm) and they have 72 smooth pearl gray colored pages with torn edges. Sewn with waxed natural linen thread.

A facelift for the good old Book of good things. Now available in seven different colorways, more may be on their way.

Paperiaarre pencil cases have proven to be a great success among their users. Grown up pencil cases are really hard to find (at least here in Finland) but the Hogweed pencil cases are just about as classy as a pencil case can get! Good things come in fours apparently: black, lavender, teal and charcoal. Ooh, the charcoal linen, it’s to die for!

New brooches too! These are my new favorite. I may need to make myself a couple more of these. Various colors, more to come, as soon as time travel is possible if not sooner!

Of course there’s a lot more in the shop, I’ll blog about those things later. I’ve been a workhorse this week, so maybe a night off would be a good idea today! I had the most terrible day at work today and literally had tears in my eyes when the day was done, but I’m glad to have something nice to blog about and cheer me up a bit.

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