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Cute Parcel of Birthday Love

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We’ve shown you our other two themes for “Cute Parcels” and today we’ll showcase the Birthday-themed goodies you can choose from to make your very own cute parcel. Remember, you choose one item from each category (four items in total plus we include a special FREE GIFT), then securely checkout with PayPal. We’ll create a lovely package of your selections and ship it to you worldwide. It’s very simple!

For the “Cute Parcel of Birthday Love” we have these products for you to pick from…

Greeting Cards:

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Stickers: 

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Mini Cards:

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Gift Tags:

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Has something caught your eye? Don’t forget that you can add a “Cute Parcel” to your shopping cart and mix it up with other products from our Online Shop before checking out! We sell stickers, postcards, greeting cards and wall prints on our website too.

Take me shopping!

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Stationery Giveaway

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Friends, if you follow any of our social media networks you would have heard that we are holding a GIVEAWAY and a pack of our original stationery is about to leave the studio and fly to a surprise destination anywhere in the world. With the total value exceeding $55AUD, it’s the perfect prize for any paper and snail mail lover and features stationery from past and future Mishka Mail kits.

One lucky winner will receive:

4 Greeting Cards
2 Wall Prints
6 Stickers
2 Postcards
2 Gift Tags
1 Mini Card
1 Magnet
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You have just 4 days left to ENTER, so hurry and please show your support to Danielle of “See, Shop, Love!” for hosting this giveaway and reviewing March’s Mishka Mail kit.

Good luck!

Travel

DisneySea, Tokyo

The second Disney park that I visited in Tokyo after Disneyland was DisneySea – a place with Venetian canals and gondolas, Florentine bridges, Tuscan facades and New York-style shopping streets. A place where travel-loving adults can relive their own holiday moments gone by while their children can only dream to one day visit the actual cities depicted, getting more and more inspired with each step. For me DisneySea was an experience unlike any other, as I was transported back to my own memories of once being a tourist in Italy and the US.

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I was so impressed with the attention to detail that went into each and every aspect of these replica cities. I’ve never been so blown away by a themepark before in my life! Stepping foot into Morocco with their various market streets, colourful tiles and Arabic architecture was so amazing, as I’m yet to visit Africa or the Middle East.

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I’m not much of a thrill-seeker so I didn’t go on many daredevil rides, but there were plenty of those there too, and visitors could pose with their favourite Disney characters just like in Disneyland.

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DisneySea left me wanting more. It ignited my imagination and sense of adventure in the world we live. There was absolutely nothing that I would change or do differently, I just wish I could spent one more hour there looking at the replica of the Titanic and entering more boutiques and restaurants. For now, it’ll just have to wait until my next visit.

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Leaving the wonderful world of Disney on the monorail with a lighter wallet but a much happier heart.

You can read about my trip to Disneyland here.

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Joy in Disneyland, Tokyo

Earlier this year, during a 12-day holiday in Japan, I was lucky enough to visit both Disney themeparks in Tokyo – Disneyland and DisneySea. Thinking back on those days brings me such joy as the “Happiest place on earth” certainly exceeded all my expectations. Both adults and children alike had smiles on their faces as they ran to queue up for certain attractions, eat at themed restaurants and shop at some of the cutest boutiques in the world. From the moment I stepped foot inside Tokyo’s wonderland of Disney magic, I knew I would have the time of my life.

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One of the first sights I saw was this cute Disney Resort Line monorail taking visitors from Disneyland to DisneySea and all around. Inside the carriages it’s really cute too, with Mickey Mouse shaped views and handles to hold on to!

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This is the very beautiful Disneyland Hotel for those lucky enough to stay overnight at Disneyland! Even their rooms have been designed with certain Disney characters in mind and the hotel is lavish from top to bottom.

There were many shops selling everything from plush toys to confectionery, and stationery to cosmetics. Everything had the irresistible Disney feel to it and it certainly was hard to resist the urge to buy most of the things on sale! Bring a bigger suitcase with you if you can!

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I absolutely loved the different areas of the Park. There’s Adventureland, Westernland, Critter Country, Fantasyland, Toontown and Tomorrowland. Each in its own is an unforgettable experience!

The Mark Twain Riverboat cruise was one of my favourite experiences because it transported me back to my memories of summer in the US last year in the charming city of Wilmington, NC.

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Seeing the majestic Disney castle with your very eyes is absolutely incredible. So much planning and designing went into each and every element of both Disney Parks, and the attention to detail is just phenomenal.

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When I was there it was all setup for Easter and checking their website today it looks like they’ve decorated for Halloween!

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Honestly the whole experience was amazing and I highly recommend visiting magical Disneyland Tokyo for yourself. In a future post, I’ll make sure to cover the equally impressive DisneySea Park!

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September’s Mishka Mail Revealed

*SPOILER ALERT* September’s Mishka Mail Kit is Revealed Below *SPOILER ALERT*

Time is flying by and we’ve already sent out our second monthly stationery kit for Mishka Mail. For September’s shipment the theme was “Bringing Snail-Mail Back” and there were lots of paper goodies included that you could send out to friends and penpals telling them how special they are to you.

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Included in September’s kit were:

• 4 x “Mishka Collection” Greeting Cards
• 2 x Postcards
• 2 x Stickers
• 2 x Gift Tags
• 2 x “Mini Collection” Cards

October sign-ups are now OPEN until the 16th of this month. The theme will be “Slow down, Take it easy” and for the first time we’ll include a wall print in our kit! You don’t want to miss out on this one!

Visit the link below to join our Mishka Mail club today!

http://www.mishkamail.com.au

Melbourne

Bicycle fun in Melbourne

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These last few months have been really cold and miserable here in Melbourne and we’re not completely immersed in spring weather just yet. However, during one beautiful sunny day I felt the urge to hire a bicycle and ride along the empty cycling lanes of Port Melbourne, with the sea breeze in my hair. Why? Just for fun!

Melbourne’s Bike Share system has been around for a few years now and is much like the concept in other cities of the world like London and Paris. There are daily, weekly and yearly options available with the cheapest one starting at just $3.00, including unlimited 30-minute trips in 24 hours. You can dock your bike at any bike station and the timer automatically resets, allowing you to hire another bike should you want to. Many bikes now come with free helmets, allowing riders to abide by the law.

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Port Melbourne is a great place for foodies, tourists and lovers of the sea. It’s from here that the Spirit of Tasmania makes her voyage across Bass Strait to Tasmania. The architecture of the streets have a little bit of a European charm and there’s plenty of shopping and restaurants to keep everyone happy.

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For me, there is something extremely liberating about riding by the beach, looking over at the horizon and the perfectly floating clouds above. It’s something I long to do as often as possible and I never think of it as exercise, rather living a healthy lifestyle and smiling the whole time I pedal.

 

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Revealing August’s “Mishka Mail”

* SPOILER ALERT * AUGUST’S KIT IS REVEALED BELOW * SPOILER ALERT ********************************************************************

We’ve been so delighted with how everyone’s received our new subscription service – Mishka Mail. Thank you to everyone who has shared, liked and commented on our posts and tweets so far. For those of you who are reading about this only now, August was the first month our kits were sent out. Each month we send out a surprise selection of cute stationery and paper goods right to your door, worldwide. All our products have been lovingly illustrated in our Melbourne studio and have a distinct style to them.

So without further ado, August’s kit included everything you’d need to celebrate someone’s birthday and fittingly the theme for the month was Paper Party!

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Included in August’s shipment were:

• 4 x “Mishka Collection” Greeting Cards
• 1 x Postcard
• 2 x Stickers
• 2 x Gift Tags
• 2 x “Mini Collection” Cards

Did you like what you’ve seen? September sign-ups are now open and will be closing on the 18th of this month. Visit the link below to join our Mishka Mail club today!

http://www.mishkamail.com.au

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Monthly Stationery Subscription: “Mishka Mail”

We’ve got something super exciting to tell you guys today! For a long time we’ve been planning this surprise for you! Today we are happy to launch our monthly stationery subscription service called Mishka Mail.

Every month our subscribers will receive a beautiful parcel in their mailbox filled with different kinds of illustrated designer stationery from greeting cards and wall prints to stickers and gift tags! It’s going to be great value for money! The contents of each shipment will be a surprise but for those who want a sneak peek at the parcel’s content, we’ve made that possible too. Plus, we ship worldwide!

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Everything is explained in more detail on our Mishka Mail website:

http://www.mishkamail.com.au

Hurry, August subscriptions close on the 26th of this month! Happy mailing!

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Celebrations, Melbourne

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I’m so excited to blog my 100th post on WordPress today! I started this blog three and a half years ago when I was getting ready to open the doors of my stationery gift shop in the UK. Thinking back on that time of my life always brings the biggest smile to my face. I believe it was the fearlessness of venturing out into a brand new direction with my business that gave me the strength to actually pull it off, I simply had to do it and there was nothing that was going to stop me. The story of how my shop came about deserves a blog post of its own and I’ll be glad to share that with you some other time but for me, even today, my business still brings so much joy and satisfaction to my life that I cannot imagine what I would be doing if it wasn’t for Graceful Avenue!

When I first drew Mishka the panda I didn’t know how he would be received and of course I was apprehensive about sharing my drawings with the world through a retail outlet, but the people of Watford quickly diminished any self doubt I had. Customers came into my shop to buy something that I had illustrated by hand, something that I put my heart and soul into. They were investing their money in my work and to date I am honestly so grateful for each and every customer at market stalls or online who connects with my products and supports me as an illustrator and small business owner. Thank you all so much!

Today was Labour Day here in Melbourne, so I decided I’m going to throw a mini celebration in honour of my 100th blog post. So I packed a small backpack with balloons, soap bubbles and panda ears (I couldn’t resist!) and convinced my sister to come along and photograph me with my 3D Mishka. It was so fun to just be silly for a few hours without a care in the world! It was truly just what I needed.

Thank you to new and old friends for coming along with me on this crazy journey in cyber space! Happy 100th!

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“Mishkas in Europe” Wall Prints

It’s been a long time coming and today I’m so excited to share our newest products, prints of Mishka in four of my absolute favourite cities of Europe – London, Paris, Barcelona and Bruges.

Frame them, pin them up, use some washi tape and stick them to your wall. They look super fresh and funky in any space and suit a child’s nursery or even a studio/work space. We’ve made a Pitchi video where everything is explained and you can purchase a print online.

Just follow the link: https://www.pitchi.com/pitchi/panda-wall-prints/10961

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