accumulator seriali – part 2

letterpress tray used for displaying a variety of vintage finds -

As a rescuer of tiny things I’ve had to come up with creative ways to both store and display my finds. This vintage letterpress tray hangs on the wall of our entrance hallway (I’ve shared bits of our home earlier) and this is the first place where I try to stick new old things that have no designated place of their own. Sometimes I succeed, sometimes I don’t. Most everything here has a story and I’m hoping to list those stories in the following weeks (I’ve spread this over three weeks as I don’t imagine anyone being interested in reading about everything at once.)

letterpress tray used for displaying a variety of vintage finds -

I think I’m going to go for a very freeform left to right – top to bottom approach here.

  1. The folding wooden rulers come from my father’s tool stash. There’s actually four of them here, one is hidden behind the others. My favourite is the brown one.
  2. All the wooden spools here come from either of my grandmothers, who may or may not be their first owners. The orange thread is super silky whereas the blue is just plain cotton.
  3. The green domino tiles come from V’s childhood home. I’ve never seen domino tiles this small before.
  4. Measuring tapes! I sense a theme here. There’s one soft fabric measuring tape (below the peacock) I’ve bought from London in 2008, the other’s are more or less plastic-y – the pink is from an Etsy vintage sewing supply lot, the bright yellow (top row) and black used to belong to my paternal grandmother, and the final one, a light yellow above the pink is one my maternal grandmother gave me along with some other sewing supplies when I was still a little girl, maybe 12 at most. 
  5. The tiny bottle of olive oil was a gift from a dear friend, who also appreciates cute things. This is one of the few, if not the only, new things I have stored in my letterpress trays (yes, there’s another one, and it’s fabulous!).
  6. The peacock is a part of a set of animals my maternal grandmother played with as a child. The other animals are farm animals like pigs, and I’m not quite sure how the peacock fits in. Maybe peacocks are farm animals in more exotic countries, I don’t know. The animals are made of thick cardstock and there’s a block of unfinished wood stapled to the bottom edge so the animals stay in upright position.
  7. The old skeleton keys and tin toy winders and the sort are from my paternal side of hoarders.
  8. The tiny funnel was used for gunpowder. It’s something I got from my father and he’s not one to waste words, so I don’t know how old it is.
  9. The damaged bit of cogwheel is something either I or my ex found somewhere on the ground – can’t remember where, but this is something I save for a special artwork I’ve yet to come up with.
  10. The random found bit of totally uninteresting concrete was found by me, don’t remember where or when, but for some reason I picked it up and brought home. What a great story, this one…
  11. The PM Champion decals (bottom row) were used for bicycles my paternal side’s business made way back in time.

letterpress tray used for displaying a variety of vintage finds -

Here’s the entire tray again, without the title text. What bit intrigues you the most now that you’ve heard the maybe-not-so-interesting stories behind the top third?

coptic bound books with leather spines

Coptic bound books with Finnish reindeer leather spines -

I’ve made these Coptic bound books with covered spines every now and then,
sometimes with linen spines with linen covers, sometimes with reindeer leather spines with tar paper covers. The leather spines I glue directly onto the sewn signatures, but the linen spines act like any other hollow spine and are attached only to the covers. Both approaches add to the durability of the book as the covered spine prevents the sewing thread from wearing out due to friction.

Coptic bound books with Finnish reindeer leather spines -

Generally speaking the bare spine of a Coptic bound book withstands use well enough as long as the book doesn’t have a massive number of pages, which obviously translates into a longer time for the book to be in active use (= more wear and tear), and also affects the general stability of the book. For the heavy users, who never leave their notebook/journal/sketchbook home and lug it around in less than gentle conditions, a book with a covered spine could be a better option in the long run. I take care that the cover material doesn’t affect the phenomenal ability of a Coptic bound book to open well too much. Naturally adding stuff (i.e. leather) to the spine makes the spine less flexible, but these books still likely open better than any machine made book you can buy from a shop.

Coptic bound books with Finnish reindeer leather spines -

While I have all sorts of leather in my stash, I’ve never felt like making these books with anything but Finnish reindeer leather. It’s soft and pliable, and I like the red-brown colour a lot (it’s over-dyeable, though). The surface isn’t like any regular bookbinding leather, as this has a much softer, completely matte finish, so it’s not something I’d use for a full leather binding unless the easy scarring of leather would be a planned feature. For spine-only use this is pretty perfect, though. If you’re interested in purchasing some reindeer skins or parchment for your creative endeavours, head over to this site (some in English, some in Finnish only – totally unpaid and unasked advertising here).

Coptic bound books with Finnish reindeer leather spines -

Coptic bound books with Finnish reindeer leather spines -

Out of these three books only the hourglass book is for sale. V reserved the solar eclipse book before I had even finished it, and the little cyclist (under a layer of mica, in case you were wondering) is a personal journal of mine from some years back – I just completely forgot to share it when I finished it. The hourglass book is 12,8×17,7x2cm and it has 96 pages of recycled grey-brown paper, and you can find it for sale here.

I’ve been thinking about coming up with new cover materials to pair with this reindeer leather, but I’m drawing a blank. I’m not a huge fan of combining leather with book cloth or linen, and most papers just don’t seem to have the durability I’m after. If you have recommendations for new cover materials I should try out, I welcome them with open arms!

mixed media non-bling jewelry

mixed media jewelry made with vintage photos and tins -

When I was planning my exhibition that took place in February 2015 I had the idea of showing some mixed media jewelry as a part of it. Unfortunately that didn’t happen (but other nice things did). I just couldn’t come up with a display option that would work with the tiny jewelry and the big space, so I was left with a couple random pieces of jewelry I’ve never listed for sale thinking maybe I’ll figure out a way to get them on display somewhere at a later date. However, at the moment these pieces are available (click your way to my shop). So, I’m not saying an exhibition with jewelry won’t happen ever, but I think I’ll have time to create new pieces for that show if such show happens to ever take place. If you have ideas how to display jewelry/other tiny work in a way that’s relatively secure but would allow pieces removed and handled without much difficulty when needed (I’d really like to avoid bringing glass into the picture), I’d really appreciate advice for future reference.

Most of these pieces I’m sharing today re-surfaced as I was preparing for a local Christmas market, some I made especially for it. Some others I sold there before I remembered to take photos, which is quite typical of me. They went to good homes, so I’m not displeased. I’m very pleased to have my memory refreshed about the older pieces, too, as I’m quite happy with all of these. My own personal favourite is the hat lady with heaps of beading. What’s yours?

mixed media necklace made with vintage photo and tin -

 make believe filled the air

(vintage tin, vintage photo, cut-up vintage text, freshwater pearls, flat head pins, vintage silk thread, thread, adjustable cord)


Even though I mainly focus on bookbinding and mixed media boxes/collages I have a soft spot for making jewelry (these brooches are among my favourites) and I’d like to make a lot more in the future. I’ve never really been fascinated by the traditional jewelry making techniques (I’ve certainly done my fair part of beading, but it was the meditative nature of beading that interested me, not the end results), but I can imagine having ended up a goldsmith in some other life. The fine motor skills are not that different from craft to craft and I do love torturing myself with tiny.

mixed media brooch made with vintage photo and tin -
“I can’t help it; I’ve had such a strange dream.”
(vintage tin, vintage photo, cut-up vintage text, pin)
mixed media brooch made with vintage photo and tin -


(vintage tin, vintage photo, vintage beads, thread, pin)


mixed media brooch made with vintage photo and tin -
The difficulty to think at the end of day
(vintage tin, vintage photo, cut-up vintage text, pin)
Creating this untraditional type of jewelry allows me to combine my love for vintage materials, recycling – maybe that should say upcycling if I wanted to be trendier – and making very small pieces of art. I don’t wear much jewelry (mostly earrings and some silver mid-century modern pieces), but if I did, I’d wear these sorts of things as the focal point of my mostly black outfit (black because of sensory convenience, not because of seriousness). Apart from the obvious aesthetic appeal these vintage-y pieces have, I like how light the old tins, papers and fabrics are. This is like statement jewelry for the slightly shy without the weight statement pieces often have, and mostly without the statement, too, unless your statement is understated beautiful.
 mixed media textile brooch made with vintage photo and freshwater pearls -

(vintage photo transferred onto linen, black linen, freshwater pearls, thread, cardboard, pin)

mixed media textile necklace with embroidered poetry and freshwater pearls -
mixed media textile necklace with embroidered poetry and freshwater pearls -

 pidän sinua pitelemässä minua / I hold you holding me

mitä tahansa muuta / whatever else

(vintage 38mm coin holder, linen, artificial silk thread, mica, freshwater pearls, vintage chain)

These reversible pendants were featured here earlier as a work in progress.

I just cut my hair shorter again, so I can finally take full advantage of dangly earrings (there were some months of earring confusion with chin-length hair). To celebrate my regained ability I should probably treat myself to a pair of earrings of my own making. I’ve never made anything but beaded earrings, so this should be interesting. Thinking cap goes on…

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