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.
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" (10,8x15,2x2,2cm) 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.
Things weren't as bad as you may have thought: I was a bit under the weather, suffering from artistic insecurities and utter boredom. The flu is mostly gone, but my pollen allergy has successfully kept me sneezing. I feel pretty ridiculous right now: my allergy drugs have weird side effects. Slight sleepiness isn't that slight in my opinion as I've fallen asleep while washing my hands. It's like I'm narcoleptic, I fall asleep in the middle of making things, sitting and standing. I haven't fallen asleep while walking yet. I'm trying to see a doctor tomorrow to get my medication changed. I guess you'll have to bear with me and my weirdness for a while.
Wednesday was vappuaatto, Walpurgis Night, and we went to see fireworks and walked through the amusement park. I didn't wear my student cap and I skipped the use of alcoholic beverages too, it was a very un-Finnish vappu-behavior. May Day was spent making and eating falafel, and after that, sleeping. And sleeping.
Today I finally finished something. A linen brooch, that was supposed to be something completely different. Fever and gocco don't work together that well, so I was left with patches of natural linen printed with white only. I added some French knots and finished the edge with running stitch, but this one is just a prototype, I have no idea what I should do with the rest of the patches.