Sunday, December 27, 2009

A Moomin of One's Own

"Lill" (aka Laconic Lurker, aka Nancy) sent me a girl Moomin, Snorkmaiden, who arrived on Solstice. She comes with a "Made in Russia" sticker on her. Lill bought her at a holiday fair in Chicago from a Russian guy, who was selling Moomin as hippos but acknowledged their true identities when asked. (Tove Jansson addressed this confusion in one of her cartoon strips: Moomin definitively declares, "I am not a hippopotamus, I am a Moomin!")

The extra charm of this girl is that she walks when placed on a slight incline. Solstice Snorkmaiden that is, not Lill, who walks on all sorts of surfaces. Here's proof, from my little still camera:
Moomin on the Move
video

Who knew one of the side-effects of blogging is one gets cool toys and presents?
The Sisu candy is from The Finnish Friend;
the dalek it is resting on is from Rebecca & Sascha (S. made it, in consultation with R.);
the Kirk & Spock mug is from Momo;
and Ginga Squid in New Zealand made the felt triffid.

9 comments:

ArtSparker said...

I think the Dalek is making her nervous.

Fresca said...

Ha! Good point! She usually walks more smoothly...

Rudyinparis said...

How funny! I was going to say the Dalek is proud to be in such good company, but then, that's right, they are kind of scary things, aren't they? That poor little Moomin looks like she's thinking, "Get me the hell out of here, dude!"

deanna said...

What great gifts! Happy looking toward the new year to you.

Eleanor said...

I was a bit distracted by your awesome mug in the background. :)

Lill said...

I was very happy to see a pic of you and Solstice Snorkmaiden both looking
adorable at the top of this blog entry. So glad to be able to give you "a Moomin of one's own"!

Fresca said...

Thanks for commenting, all.
I think probably Snorkmaiden was nervous around the Moomin but knew nothing bad could happen to her with Kirk and Spock nearby. She's not wearing a red shirt after all...

bink said...

I want to see Storkmaiden play Godzilla or King Kong with Little Animal Theatre Troupe!

Fresca said...

I was thinking she could play Jane Eyre! Definitely, the Little Animal Theatre Troupe could use a member who can walk on her own, even if she tips over.