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Lundby Dolls House

23 Aug

These are the dolls houses that I remember from the 80s! Dating back to the 40s in fact, Swedish Lundby dolls houses are still very hip and happening. They were the first dolls houses to come with lights and their range of accessories is endless and very modern these days to say the least. The most popular type of a house has been the Gothenburg that was discontinued in 2006 and its updated version is known as Smaland nowadays. The other models are called Stockholm and Gotland, Stockholm being very modern and Gotland the country cottage.

Smaland Dolls House

Stockholm dolls house

Gotland dolls house

Lundby’s dolls houses are also ideal for some DIY action, especially if you have an old, a bit tired house, as the wallpapers are quickly updated with some cool wrapping paper or wall paper left overs – every room with a different type of course.

Lundby Bed Room Set

Lundby dolls houses and accessories can be found for example at Kidsen or on ebay!

There is also a downloadable Lundby lifestyle magazine for dolls house inspiration on Lundby’s home page.

Nordic 80s Children’s Literature

13 Jun

I’ve been back to the flea market and got some children’s books today. I’m clearly addicted to Swedish Astrid Lindgren’s production. Today I got her ‘Pekka Peukaloinen’ (Nils Karsson-Pyssling) to add to my collection! To my surprise this little book contains not just the story about Pekka but 9 other lovely short stories about little people.

I was also more than pleased that I found an old ‘Mikko Mallikas’ (Alfons Aberg) book by Gunilla Bergstrom from the 80’s.  I love Mikko Mallikas stories – Mikko lives alone with his dad and does all sort of little mischief. The illustration is quite basic 80’s style but features real images too!

Both Mikko Mallikas and Astrid Lindgren’s books were my childhood favorites and I cannot wait that I get to read these for MiniMoose.  I’ve already got various books of  ‘Melukylan lapset’ (Swedish, Bullerbyn), Vaahteramaen Eemeli (Swedish, Emil i Lonneberga) and Peppi Pitkatossu (Swedish, Pippi Longstrump/Longstocking), together with Mikko Mallikas (Swedish, Alfons Aberg), Pekka Topohanta (Swedish, Pelle Svanslos/Peter-No-Tail by Gosta Knutsson), Minttu (Finnish, by Maikki Harjanne) and Moomins (Finnish/Swedish, by Tove Jansson) waiting for MiniMoose to be able to sit still for more than 30 seconds.

As you can see from the list, many traditional Finnish children’s books are translated from Swedish. I’ve decided to take Pekka Peukaloinen and Pippi Longstocking to my summer reading list! I keep my eye out for more of these treasures at the flea markets, since many of them are out of print these days.

Moomins and Astrid Lindgren’s production (at least) are also available in English and can be found on eBay or Amazon for instance. I do hope that they have kept the original illustrations by Bjorn Berg, Eva Billow, Ingrid Vang-Nyman and Ilon Wiklund etc. in the Astrid Lindgren’s books, but it seems that at least the covers have been ‘localised’ and changed in some of the English editions, which I personally don’t like.

Peppi illustration by Ingrid Vang-Nyman

Do you remember these books from your childhood too?

Brio

18 May

This house is starting to remind me of a Brio palace. Slowly but surely traditional Swedish Brio products from cotbeds to different sized dachshunds have found their way under our roof. And I’m not complaining, the more Brio the better – I love the simple design and clear colours!

Dachshund

In the Nordic countries Brio is a household name and their car seats and prams along their traditional wooden toys and train tracks are very popular. We would next need the Brio Stove (although I used the box of the large dachshund to make a hob on my own!)

Brio Stove

Walk On – MiniMoose recommends

In our house the most pop Brio products at the moment are the walker, cot bed and dachshund. The Brio Sleep cot bed is particularly handy as it has two levels as a cot and the front panel can be removed and later the whole bed can be turned into a junior bed! We have ours in natural wooden colour and 2 years ago Brio had other colours available too. In addition I have my eyes on the Sitty pushchair – it is a good old classic and still looks cool! Oh and the

Brio Sleep cotbed 3 in 1

Brio Go

Brio Sitty – The 30-year-old classic

Brio is easily available from many UK online retailers, including amazon and ebay.

Check Brio’s site out for kids’ activities including colouring sheets. Visit Brio here for all of their products.

Villervalla at Hei Moose

8 May

Yes, I’m far too excited to write a proper post about this, but a few weeks ago Hei Moose got contacted by 3 lush labels in a one day (within an hour to be precise) which lead to our first Villervalla order! Impkids, who previously was the exclusive UK stockist for Villervalla is now their distributor as well and we had the chance to order current season clothes! As you may remember I earlier wrote about how I wanted to have Villervalla when I set up Hei Moose. So now when the opportunity arrive, we didn’t hesitate to get in some bold stripes and fruits! See our Villervalla collection here

Watermelon Body Vest £13.95

Villervalla Apple T-Shirt £13.95

Green Canvas Star Shorts £16.95

Villervalla Multistriped Leggings £14.95

Swedish Lush Labels: Mini Rodini

7 May

I’m totally in love with Swedish Mini Rodini, and this is definitely on my rather long Hei Moose wish list! Their Spring/Summer collection include the uber cool map print available as romper suits, dresses, beanies, tees etc! Also, if I had a girl, I’d probably have to get the pineapple swimsuit – not too girly at all, just very stylish! Mini Rodini is available from the cool Nordic shops Scandinavian Minimall and Nordic Kids at least.

Mini Rodini Map T-Shirt £26.50

Mini Rodini Map Dress £33.99

Pineapple Suit £39.50

Pineapple Swimsuit £19.99

 

H&M Home

19 Apr

Whilst in Finland I finally had a chance to take a quick look at H&M Home collection in a shop. H&M Home mainly covers kitchen, bedroom and bathroom items. Luckily H&M Home collection is also online so no worries if your local H&M doesn’t stock the collection.  True to H&M the style seems to be fresh and this season they also have a pinch of French classiness as well! In addition the prices are affordable to say the least. Me likey.

Linen Cushion Cover £12.99

Storage Basket £9.99

Linen Apron £14.99

Tea Towel £3.99

Linen Throw £34.99

Candle £4.99

Paper Napkins £1.50

 

Finnish Classic Bike: JoPo

31 Mar

Last Summer in Finland I had a flash back from the 80’s. The very basic JoPo from the 80’s seemed to be either parked at every corner or someone was just riding a JoPo past me.

Green JoPo Finnish Design Shop

I remember JoPo bikes from the 80’s. My mum had a blue JoPo and I got lifts on JoPo too.  JoPos were very basic back in those days and nothing special – at least in my opinion. With no gears and 24″ wheels there was nothing exciting about them. At some point, unfortunately, our blue JoPo was stolen and I forgot about them. Until last Summer when I saw upgraded funky JoPos everywhere and started to want and most importantly need one too. There are JoPos for children too!

Yellow JoPo, Urban Bike Store

JoPos manufacturer, Finnish company Helkama relaunched “EveryMan’s” bikes aka “Jokamiehen Pyora” in 2000 again and they have been hugely popular. With easily adjustable seat and handlebar every man and woman can ride a JoPo. Available in many funky colours the JoPos have certain retro look and appeal and trendy young Finns love to be seen with their JoPos out and about.

Children's JoPo

JoPos have been even given as wedding presents, and when an old friend of mine moved to Geneva few years ago, his wife started her own mumpreneur shop, Urban Bike Store, importing and selling JoPos to the Swiss!

EveryMan's Bike, JoPo, Urban Bike Store

Unfortunately there are no JoPo shops in the UK at the moment but Finnish Design Shop sells them for €419. And obviously there is Riikka’s online shop in Geneva too!

Upcycling Crates and Pallets

9 Mar

I saw a crate dumped in our back lane the other day and I’m now slightly regretting that I didn’t take it. On Pinterest I see everyday funky pictures of how crates and pallets are upcycled and used as shelves, storage and tables! And oh do they look cool! I’m just not sure if I managed to create such a sleek look with our back alley rubbish!

The trick seems to be adding the wheels on and an optional lick of paint and the crates are ready to be used as tables or storage!

                                                                                                                            Source: houzz.com via Annika on Pinterest

 Source: ffffound.com via Annika on Pinterest

Moomin Mugs

28 Feb

Like many Finns, I’ve got an addiction to Moomin mugs! I’ve only started to collect them once living abroad, but I’m catching up quite fast.

Moomin mugs are made by Finnish Arabia (part of Iittala group). There is a vast variety of them and every Summer and Winter seasonal mugs are being sold too. Every now and then the production of one mug is finished and everyone rushes to buy that mug. There are different levels of addiction and some collectors are willing to pay thousands of euros for the rare and most sought after mugs. It was only yesterday that it was in the Finnish press that a Moomin Fazer mug (Fazer is a Finnish chocolate company) was sold by an auction website for €1800! And that’s for a mug that was sold originally for around €15-€30 euros but only 400 mugs were made.

Fazer Mug

Maybe it’s a good thing that I cannot afford prices like that. I’ve got my base collection and I keep adding the seasonal and annual mugs to it. Before I collected the mugs, I was lucky the get some of the mugs as presents from my friends, like the Winter mug ‘snow lantern’ and ‘brown sniff’.

Part of my collection – they have now relocated

Recently, I’ve started to add moomin plates and bowls to this ever expanding collection. This is because Arabia changed the plate collection recently and stopped making the plates with one figure on, so they are becoming rare. I’ve also got one ‘old’ style plate where there is an image also on the bottom side of the plate. My collection lives on our kitchen top shelf – I don’t use the mugs as they are too small for coffee or tea in my opinion!

In short, if you are beginner moomin mug collector the things to look are:

– In Finland, Iittala’s prices are usually the highest, moomin mugs are usually cheaper at Anttila, Prisma, Vapaa Valinta etc shops.

– Each Winter and Summer a new seasonal mugs is out – get it then and avoid paying higher prices later on. In fact why not get 2 and sell the other one later?

– Winter mug usually has more going on in the picture and the Summer mug tends to have just a figure and stripes on the background. There is no winter bowl, although there is a Summer bowl.

– Iittala sells second class mugs as well and usually the faults are minor, such as the stamp at the bottom is not straight. These are sold without the original stickers.

– Don’t hang the mugs from the ear (handle) as with time it may become loose.

– See the list of all moomin mugs here (pdf file) – the mugs from the 90’s are rare and expensive and are not sold in shops anymore.

– Only original characters from Moomin books by Tove Jansson are used for moomin mugs.

– Some of the rare ones – not the really rare ones, but the basic mugs that no longer are manufactured, are sometimes produced especially for some supermarket chain, like the green little my sliding last year for Citymarket.

– Some of the newer mugs have a little number stamp at the bottom, it’s thought to be the month and year the mug was made. This is important for the reruns of the older mugs .

– This year there is a special ‘Hurraa’ mug for Helsinki Design Capital 2012 – get this if you can as it’s sold only this year and hopefully becomes one of those rare ones! I’m getting it on my next trip to Finland.

– Word of warning – The hobby of collecting the mugs may become addictive and expensive!

Hurraa Mug 2012

In addition to the Hurraa mug, new additions to the moomin mug family in 2012 are:

Mymmelin aiti

Primadonnan Hevonen – Seasonal Mug for Summer 2012

Mymmelin aiti, should be available in March 2012 and Primadonnan Hevonen in April 2012. I’m glad that these mugs look slightly different from the previous ones, so I probably must get them too.

In the UK, one good moomin mug selection is at the Cloudberryliving online shop. From time to time they also run moomin mug competitions on their Facebook page.

UPDATE: Iittala has announced that they’ll stop producing the blue Moomin troll on ice and the yellow Snorkmaiden mugs by the end of 2012 so get them now if you don’t have them! They are still available in many webshops!

Nordic Lush Labels: Boob Maternity

22 Feb

Swedish Boob Maternity clothing is one of the premium Nordic Maternity wear makers and famous for fabulous designs, quality and practicality. And that’s no wonder, these clothes are absolutely stunning! The founder, Mia Seipel, set the brand up in 1999 after seeing her sister nurse a baby on a cold windy day in Stockholm. She decided that mothers should have stylish and funky yet practical and warm clothes.

The Boob maternity range includes clothes to wear with the bump and for nursing, there are also some baby clothes in their selection. As a bonus, the clothes are made of organic cotton.

I had their nursing hood for breastfeeding and I absolutely loved it, so cool and easy to use, yet so warm with the fleece inside. I also had their nursing t-shirts.

Boob Nursing Hood £62.99

Before and After Top £56.99

Oh and have look at this wardrobe saver, Boob Maternity Magic Tube, that is pure magic! The tube can be worn as a dress, top, skirt or belly tube!

Boob Maternity Magic Tube £49.99

In the UK one of the best Boob ranges is at Everydaymaternity