December 1st

Hello dear Friends,

Let me introduce you to Anna Mouse! She is a happy little mouse living in a peaceful village called Riverland not far from I live. Anna loves ballet, and... Oh, she is jumping up and down and tugging at my sleeve: She wants to tell it all herself!

Hello everybody! My name is Anna, and I live in a rosy cottage in little town called Riverland. My house is actually called Rosy Cottage, and my address is Anna Mouse, Rosy Cottage, Old Stone Path, Riverland (just in case you wish to send me mail, I love writing and reading letters and cards). My little house is almost covered with roses, well at summer that is, and I wanted to show you one snapshot we took last July. My dear friend Anabel has an old polaroid camera, and she loves taking pictures. 

I am so happy I have that picture to show you as the cottage looks totally different now. It is all covered with snow, and just this morning when I picked up my mail I had to shovel my way to mail box! But it was so worth it, I have been waiting this mail for a month now...

...And that is a big one! We just missed our mailman, Bernard Pig, but I will introduce you to him later! He has been really busy lately, everyone seems to be getting a lot of mail these days. But back to my big, happy envelope! It must be my special...

... Christmas calendar! And just there, in upper left corner near to my paws I saw window number one and opened it, and found cute little silver bells. I am going to share my calendar with you every day! 

And now Mia is trying to say something, wait a moment... Oh yes, the ballet! Some of you may have noticed my outfit, it is a specially made tutu, and I am also wearing ballet shoes. I love ballet, and I was named after a famous Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova, my great-great-great gran mouse loved her! I dance ballet every day, teach it too, and run a little shop called Anna's Paws! It sells ballet shoes, tutus, paw-warmers and all you need for ballet! This tutu I am wearing is my own design too.

This is me at my Boutique! I use only the finest smohairs for my creations which I purchase from Riverlands best (and only) yarn shop which is owned by --- Oh, now Mia says I need to leave something for tomorrow (and other December days) also! I will show you around Riverland, and introduce you to everyone here. We all love Christmas, and it really shows around our little city. So I will see you here tomorrow, welcome to Riverland! 


P.S. Mia is still wishing you tell you, that these pictures can be clicked a bit larger, if you wanted to see my Boutique or anything else closer! Thank you!

1st Advent

Happy 1st Advent from me and...

 ... Anna the mouse!

See you here soon again!

Mia & Anna

Good morning

Good morning from snowy Finland! 

We are getting closer to Holidays, the first Advent will be in this coming Sunday - time really flies! This should be the busiest time of the year for us crafters and web-shop sellers, but I just put the following announcement to my Etsy-shop:

IMPORTANT: We have had (and still have) some Postal strikes in Finland, and the impacts are uncertain, so if YOU ARE IN HURRY or YOU HAVE A CERTAIN DATE you need your item, PLEASE DO NOT ORDER from me at this point as I can not guarantee how long it will take. This goes with CHRISTMAS also. I apologize any inconvenience and am SO SORRY!

---A seller saying "Please do not order from me" just before Christmas & middle of the busiest season?! That's right. We are having a big big big fight in our Postal system at the moment, and it can't be said how long this will take. I was angry at first then sad, then sorry for myself and all the other web-sellers who will lost a big chunk of their (and mine) income with this, but then I went to just "Alright, we will live with this. There are far more important things in life than my Christmas-sales for sure" and "My friends abroad will understand that they will not get any Christmas cards or presents from me this year, they will be so so happy to get something in January" - and this got me sad again. I do understand the point of these strikes, Postmen&other staff are fighting for their already small salaries which the big bosses would love to cut down but still - the timing! Could it be any worse? Really? We have had a long economic depression here in Finland, and they think this will help? The wise men (read: politicians) are moaning how our sales to abroad are too slow - this will help? Not be able to deliver the things ordered? Getting angry again... You see the circle I am following: angry-sad-sorry-angry...I need some coffee and a good cookie right now, just like me&Sis had last weekend:

We went to a happy shopping trip to Kuopio (some 135 kilometers from here) last Saturday, hit the Matkus shopping center and IKEA. And we had wonderful time. Not that much money spent but time together just us girls and great coffee, giggles and some happy Christmas lights did the trick. Christmas Spirit was found, and I wish to keep it going. And stop worrying the little things, and focus on good, sharing the lightness and brightness to you and yours:

So let's enjoy these happy stockings I made and managed to ship before the strikes, and let's focus on happy things! 

I have planned a re-appearance of the Christmas-calendar (previous years starting here and here), and if I need to close my shop (which is necessary if the negotiations will not develop), I will have all the time in the world to focus on it! So a little taste what will be coming around December 1st:

Happy last whole week of November, dear friends!


Proud to be published

It was all the way back in February, when I got contacted by a lovely lady from Germany asking about my interest in creating something for a German craft magazine. I was stunned at first and would not believe it at all, but it really was Almut, you can see her happy face here (and behind that link you will find all kind of happy craft ideas too. All in German, but google translator helps tremendously if you're just like me, my German skills are...I have none, really). She asked if I would like to create a little project for them, something with my felts, and maybe a write a pattern to go with it too. 

Me, write a patter? Never done that except for my own notebooks, and man, are they messy and scribbled all over, and even I have sometimes difficulties reading my own handwriting. So me, a pattern? I panicked and told her that my schedule was far too busy for the spring (which was true at the time, too), but she then happily told me that material was needed only around July-August, and I agreed. Then some of you know and some might have guessed that rest of spring and summer were not the best of my life: illness, sadness, loss and funerals, and working was the left background for a while. But when Almut got in touch with me in end of July again, I just pulled it all together, and created a birdie-bag, wrote a pattern, took the pictures, and just in time delivered it all to her. The pouch will forever remind me of this summer, but it also shows that you have more power and strength than you think, and when you need to get it done, you will make it - so I love that pouch even it has a sad memories attached to it also.

So me and my birdies made it to cover of Filtz&Fertig magazine! Well I am inside (oh dear how many selfies I took for that picture, I guess close to hundred), and inside there are "step-by-step" instructions how to make the pouch. All in German, naturally, Almut translated it from my English-scribbling and it looks great, with process pictures and everything! She sent me the magazine also, and me and my sister studied it for ages (She actually sent two so we both had our own copy, and we went like: "Look at that!" "On what page?" "Oh yes!" for a long time...). Proud. Really proud. My first ever pattern published, wow. Thank you so much, Almut, tausend Dank! 

This little story proves the point of world getting smaller by all the social media. Almut found me and my blog and shop via www, and I can go and see her happy face and lovely team and their creations in their blog just like that - so what ever not-so-great things there are attached to all this web-world, it for sure also creates wonderful things and opportunities too. My little business would still be a big dream without Internet, I would not have met some of the most lovely people of the world without it, and my life would be much less interesting and much more empty without it. So here's to lovely world of Internet (with a capital I!) -  let's use it for all things good and great, let's spread the happiness with it!

To celebrate my first ever pattern publish I am offering a sale discount to my shop for -25% of all items (even those in sale already, but excluding the shipping costs) for 16.11.2015 - 20.11.2015 and the code is HAPPY2015 - that can be used once you are paying your purchase to get the discount calculated automatically. Here you can find a little more info of the Etsy coupon code. Happy browsing!

Lovely Monday to all of you, and happy new week! We will see here again soon!



Sometimes plans need to be changed, and yesterday was one of those - I had planned a post to show some happy pre-Christmas makes and showing my first ever big article in a craft magazine and even having a sale-code for my shop, but reading the new from Paris yesterday morning I just could not push the send button. My heart goes out for all those lives that tragedy has touched, and I just really can't--- 

See a loved one today!


The winning ticket

Hello all, and happy first whole week of October! Sun shines here (chilly it is but never mind), and it is the time to reveal my fingerless mittens giveaway-winner. I was planning to use an adorable model of 2yrs to pick up the winner, but my to-do-list for today did not allow it. I really wanted to get the winner out asap, and it is getting dark here already, so not-so-adorable 42 ageless model (read: me) picked up the winner, and while having the camera on the other hand... Well I got the job done with just a little shaky result and here we go:

All in to a Moomins jar (please ignore the biscuit crumbs, I had eat the last cookies so I could use the jar), and some shake-it-shake-it...

...and the picket-y-pick:

... It's Jane from Jane's Journal, hip hooray! And once I was in a picking-mood, I wanted to pick an another too for little something surprise so here I went:

... it's Andrea! Yippee! So Jane & Andrea, I will be in touch really soon, and will ship Jane's mittens & little something to Andrea during next a few days.

Thank you so so much all of you who participated, and happy Monday! See you here soon again!



 - Oh my, Sorry-oo, the storm is rising! It will be this October's first. I really wish no one is sailing there today...

-Did you hear something, Sorry-oo, was someone calling me?
- Too-Tickyyyyy...

- Mamma! It was you! Is something wrong, you seem worried? 
- Have you seen any boats lately, Pappa is sailing there, and it has been awfully long...

- No, but I am sure he is alright. Let's wait here, I am sure he will come soon.

- Hey, is that his boat now? It looks familiar...Oh yes, that is him! Pappa, are you alright?

- But of course, dear! I am an old sailor, little storm like that can't stop me...

- Smoooooch!

- Oh, but I almost forgot! The reason I went out there in a first place! Let me get something from the boat...

- I saw a bottle in the sea this morning, and thought it might be something important! It sure took me a while to catch it, the waves were getting bigger by the minute. But let's see now...

- Mumble, mumble, mumble...
- But Pappa, what does it say?
- See, I was right, it was pretty important:


Happy October everyone! And just a happy reminder here, that my little giveaway is still on until October 5th. Wishing you all a lovely weekend soon too, and we really have a storm coming, so I am going to stay warm and cozy (and indoors), and you too: take care!


P.S. A special thank you for M for that wonderful storm-card, that was my first inspiration. And not to forger Tove Jansson's Moomins, they never fail to inspire, wish you know them already? If not, here you can get started, happy reading!