ISAK: Beautiful Happy Things

I’m obsessed with the Landsby line by ISAK. We came across the design in the form of beautiful lidded mugs in Iceland and I instantly fell in love. Somehow I forgot we had them until I found them one day whilst cleaning out the pantry. They ended up being the perfect size for making savoury steamed egg custards (chawanmushi).

Landsby Lidded MugsIn order to complete the collection (two years after the fact–I tried so hard to walk away but I just couldn’t), I had to source the Landsby small tray from a shop in Australia called Norsu. The small tray is made from sustainably forested Scandianvian birchwood, and I have the sneaking suspicion that it’s made by the same manufacturers that make the Moomin trays.

Landsby TrayI managed to find the Landsby breadboard from Blue Suntree and cannot wait to use it! You can also get the small tray from Blue Suntree but I didn’t realise this until I had already placed the order at Norsu. Doh!

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A truly great design is timeless and always feels fresh, no matter how old and Landsby by ISAK is definitely one of them. For more about the designer behind ISAK, Sandra Isaksson, click here.

Scandinavian Christmas Market

I love Christmas markets, especially Scandinavian ones. There’s something especially Christmassy about tucking into hearty stews and sipping on a warming mug of Nordic glögg. Not to mention, all the Moomin memorabilia, Finnish beer and cinnamon buns to be had (as well as rye breads, gravadlax, Fazer chocolates and cloudberry jam).

The Scandinavian Christmas Market (Norwegian Christmas Fair and Finnish Christmas Fair), located on Albion Street outside the Finnish and Norwegian Churches in Rotherhithe, was on at the weekend from 21-23 November 2014G was kind to send some lovely photos so I didn’t feel left out.

Despite the dreary weather, there were a few hundred visitors. But according to the G, the market was just ‘okay’ and nothing to write home about. That said, I’d still like to check it out next time or even better, spend Christmas in Finland!

Moomin Nesting Dolls

Don’t you just love when you discover a new shop that sells unique Moomin merchandise? It’s already been a fabulous year for Moomin fans, thanks to all the special events and collaborations commemorating Tove Jansson’s centennial. But this is the first time I’ve seen Moomin nesting dolls and they were so cute I couldn’t resist purchasing them–they will soon be making their way around the globe to me!

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The little dröm store is based in Singapore (est. 2010) and sells creative knick knacks, often with a local flavour. They have a modest collection of Moomin merch here, all the basics to get a Moomin collector started.

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The dolls are made of plastic so perhaps $39SGD is a wee bit on the high side in terms of pricing, but they look like they’re quality made so hopefully we won’t be disappointed. I shall report back once they arrive so watch this space! Have you made any new Moomin discoveries? If so, let us know!

Update (1 Dec): The Moomin nesting dolls finally arrived from Singapore! I was surprised by how tiny they were–the largest doll is 11.5cm tall and the smallest is 5cm. I must have read centimetres as inches when I skimmed the product description. They’re so ickle! That said, they’re still adorable, although I would have liked a thicker paint on the dolls and a sturdier plastic.

Moomin Fabric by Quarter Report

I have long been a fan of textile designer Masaru Suzuki (鈴木マサル), especially his “Moomin Tribute Works” collection. You may also recall that he designed some lovely tunics this past summer for Uniqlo. I’m loving the new fabrics (but not the hefty price tag that comes with them), which you can purchase online here.

MoominTributeWorksI was also super excited to find that you can buy made-to-order aprons generally worn in winter, called kappougi (かっぽう着).

i-moomin-kappougi-mori-bl-1Product catalogues for all the Moomin fabrics, curtains, cushions, trays, etc. can be found at Quarter Report.

moomin cushionsMy wish is to one day have my own ‘Moomin cave’ (think ‘man-cave’), where I can hide on not-so-cheerful days or just to relax. I’d love to sew my own quilts and covers, but until I can guarantee that I won’t muck up the precious fabric I have been banned from purchasing any new pieces. Still, one can dream and it’s always nice to look!

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NFL International Series at Wembley

American Football has gained quite a large UK following in recent years and the NFL sure haven’t missed an opportunity to cash in on fans across the pond. Wembley Stadium has been home to the NFL International Series since 2007. The NFL was in London for three games this year, with the Dallas Cowboys vs. Jacksonville Jaguars match on Sunday, 9 November, 2014 being the final game for the year.

The match began with national anthems and a poppy memorial. The game on remembrance Sunday marked the centennial of the First World War. G was lucky to get tickets, which cost a small fortune. But since he’s a huge Dallas fan, I guess it was money well spent, and he got a nice seat right next to the press box!

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Here’s a quick rundown of what you might expect to pay for a Sunday night NFL game in London:

  • £140 for the ticket
  • £75 #29 Murray jersey
  • £10 for programme
  • £4 for coke
  • £10 for coffee and burger

I was shocked by the cost of the ticket, but apparently it’s comparable to that of ticket prices for good seats in the US.

Although I have little to no interest in American Football (unless the San Francisco 49ers are playing the Baltimore Ravens in the Superbowl), I’m happy that G got a chance to see his favourite team in the flesh. Apparently, BoJo confirmed in 2013 that plans were underway to get a London NFL team. It might make for some interesting games in future if it actually goes through.

Moomin x Graniph

Graniph is a Japanese clothing brand that sells T-shirts and hoodies in fun and vibrant designs. With stores in Australia, Taiwan and throughout Japan, they also feature collaborations with various designers from around the world. Some recent artists include Herb LubalinAtsuhiko Misawa, and of course, Moomin

I own several Moomin x Graniph tees and my only suggestion would be to use a softer cotton for the tees (but not the tissue thin stuff). That said, the current tees are great and have minimal shrinkage. And I absolutely love my recent purchase: a longer length hoodie with buttons to keep your hood in place on those windy and rainy winter days–a nice modern twist on the traditional hooded jumper.

The Moomims Have A New Ride!

I’ve had my eye on a particular LEGO set for ages, and am so excited that I finally decided to get it for me birthday and build, build, build! The result? Moomin and friends have a new ride: the Volkswagen T1 Camper Van! The VW T1 set is suitable for ages 16+ (not to be confused with the mini set for ages 6+). The detail is just amazing — from the smooth turning rubber wheels to the intricate engine, and the adjustable windows and accessories. 1332 pieces seemed a bit daunting at first, but I was able to complete the base of the car while watching the World Cup Final.

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My only criticism is that the top is a bit fragile (in fact, the entire car is) but I suppose it’s meant to be displayed in a civilised manner and not mashed about like you might a toy car.

Moomin Mug Monday!

I’ve been having ‘one of those days’ for the past few weeks and just when I thought things couldn’t get any worse, I cut my finger on one of them sodding takeaway lids. On the positive side, I rarely have a chance to use these lovely Moomin bandaids, so it gave me an excuse to dress my finger with one.

Moomin Bandaids

Anything involving Moomins is a happy occasion for me and last week I received several lovely Moomin items but work got in the way so I haven’t had a chance to share them until now.  I was rather annoyed when my colleague asked if I was still buying Moomins. What do you mean still?! I’m not even going to dignify that silly question with an answer

Adding to my ever growing Arabia Moomin collection: the new Moominmamma and Moominpappa mugs and bowls. Both designs capture the essence of Mamma and Pappa — comforting and adventurous.

Moominmamma and Momminpappa Bowls and Mugs

And I liked the new Summer 2014 limited edition (Sailing with Nibling & Too-Ticky) mug so much I decided to get two — one to use, and one to collect! Summer is all about sailing and adventures in the sun, and I just love all the bright colours.

Sailing with Nibling & Too-Ticky Mugs and Bowl

Want your own? I procure all of my Moomin mugs from Artbox UK as they almost always have the best price for mugs. Unfortunately, they don’t carry the bowls yet but hopefully they will start adding limited edition sets to their list. I get my bowls from various shops, sometimes on eBay or whoever is offering the best price at the time. This time I got my Sailing with Nibling & Too-Ticky bowl from All Things Moomin, the official Moomin Shop. Apparently it’s ‘Moomin Mug Monday’ at All Things Moomin and you can get a 10% discount by joining the Moomin Fan Club today!

Sailing with Nibling & Too-Ticky

The power of Moomins — they never fail to lift me up when I’m feeling blue or completely uninspired. Just as I thought I would die of complete boredom, this beautiful Moomin mug appeared on my desk from Artbox UK! I love it so much I’m tempted to get another one…hmm! It’s at the top of my favourite Moomin mugs, right up there with the Moomin Love mug, and Moominmamma Rose Garden mug (both of which I somehow ended up with two of each). Perhaps to continue with the tradition I should get another 2014 Summer mug after all!  

Sailing with Nibling & Too-TickyI also love the new postcard with Moomin and Sniff on a raft, but I’m rather surprised that the back would be so sloppily done. I don’t know much about the makers (Star Editions Ltd.) but if you’re going to print something, you may as well print it right the first time. Attention to detail is key! This was the better of the three that I ordered but the other two have cut off the “N” in Moomin! This one barely escapes the edge of the card.

Moomin and Sniff postcardIn any case, we’re chuffed enough to be smiling again. A little Moomin goes a long way! Here is the 10% off voucher code for Saturday, 3 May: UCKLU. Happy shopping!

Artbox Kawaii Shop

Super Saturdays Are Back!

Moomin fans! The long awaited Arabia Moomin 2014 summer seasonal collection, “Sailing with Niblings and Tooticky,” is finally available! If you’ve been waiting, like me, to get your hands on a mug then get ready to buy one at 10% OFF from Artbox this Saturday as Artbox Super Saturdays are back! 

moomin summer mug and bowl 2014I love Artbox as they carry a wide selection of Moomin merchandise (in addition to all things kawaii), are quick to fill your order, offer reasonable international shipping, and always offer the best price for Moomin mugs. Hopefully they’ll consider carrying the bowls, as well, for limited edition collections!

moomin summer 2014Here’s the voucher code for 10% off everything for this Saturday, 19 April 2014: 0V5HED (to be clear, that’s zero-V-5-H-E-D). Happy shopping and don’t forget to spread the joy!

Artbox Kawaii Shop