Celebrations, Food, Life, Melbourne, Travel

Memories of 2016

Whoa, 2016 was quite a year! So much happened in the world – tragedies, triumphs, the unthinkable, the magical. This year had it all. In many ways I’m glad to bid farewell to 2016, which for me had its fair share of ups and downs just like any year.

A definite highlight was visiting beautiful Japan for two weeks in March. Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto were all places I had longed to travel to for many years and it will be hard to top my birthday from now on, having spent the day at Disneyland Tokyo – a magical place in every sense. I shall never forget my first trip in the Land of the Rising Sun – eating delicious food, seeing the sights with my own eyes, entering historic temples, smiling at the pandas and flamingos at Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo. Getting a feel for Japanese culture was just incredible.

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Closer to home it’s been enjoyable spending afternoons at wildlife sanctuaries where cute koalas and wallabies can be fed and petted. It’s been so much fun creating a new studio feature wall and launching Mishka Mail back in August. I feel so grateful to every single customer who bought a subscription and every blogger that reviewed our kits on their blogs. Thank you!

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It’s been so exciting to place our first print advertisement in a funky Canadian hobby magazine called Uppercase for their special 30th issue.

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Other highlights include riding a bicycle at the beach in Port Melbourne, eating some delicious meals, writing and receiving some awesome letters from international pen friends, winning auctions on Ebay and listening to lovely concerts at outdoor summer venues.

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2016 has taught me that life isn’t about chance encounters that happen to you, it’s about how YOU chase each and every opportunity to make moments for yourself. I’m entering 2017 with this very notion in my mind and have a lot that I’m already looking forward to. Here’s to a beautiful and successful 2017 for you all!

Happy New Year!

Mishka Mail, Stationery

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!

MeetCharactersScreen2Our popular character Mishka, the cheeky panda, will feature on stationery in every parcel while our new characters Moxy the cat and Mo the raccoon will feature occasionally.

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

http://www.gracefulavenue.com.au

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

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Our Studio, Products

“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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Life, Melbourne

Life & Photography

Life’s been crazy busy this past month, I can’t believe we’re already in June! Thankfully the Melbourne winter hasn’t been too cold and even though there have been lots of rainy days we’ve also had a lot of really warm sunshine come through.

I recently attended a spectacular theatre show of Don Quixote performed by The Imperial Russian Ballet Company. It was absolutely wonderful with the highest quality of ballet we’ve all come to expect of Russian dancers. Their precision and energy was so beautiful to watch, as was their ability to light up the stage with their expressive faces and graceful movement. 10/10!

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Then there were the beautiful sunsets! It was actually on the night of the performance that I walked to St. Kilda beach and saw the calmest water, smooth as silk and completely still in the distance. All the people there were silent, not a single voice came to mind and there we all were admiring that beautiful and serene moment when the sun crossed over the horizon. I loved the spiritual feeling within my soul that evening.

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On other days there were picnics in the backyard alongside my gorgeous black cat, who was uncharacteristically thirsty and drank straight from the tap! Then the arrival of some wonderful snail mail from new international pen-pals, days spent wrapping our Mishka Collection greeting cards/sending promo postcards, more visits to the beach, dinners with friends at funky restaurants, rediscovering local parks and the beauty in nature, and not to mention dreaming of my dream home!

Life is going at full speed and I feel like I’m barely keeping up! I’m still reminiscing about my European travel adventures, my beautiful shop and the simple days of life in Watford, but I’m grateful for all the memories created in Australia so far as well. Enjoy your week!

 

Handmade, Latest News, Our Shop

Meet Mishka!

Mishka Model

We are so excited to present to you our Mishka as a 3D model! What started out as a drawing on a piece of paper then became our greeting card and gift tag products, and now we have our very own business card holding Mishka model, perfect for trade shows, events and markets! We simply can’t wait to showcase him somewhere in Melbourne soon!

You can purchase greeting cards with our Mishka on them from our Online Etsy Shop here.

Fundraiser, Products

It’s the final Countdown!

Hi everyone,

Our Pozible Crowd-funding Campaign ends in 8 days! We are at the 36% stage and need all the help we can get! We’ll be forever grateful to you if you could assist us print our “Mishka Collection” greeting cards professionally. These cards feature our adorable and cuddly pandas with fun captions and vibrant colours. There are lots of exciting rewards for you to choose from at the time of your pledge too!

Help us help the endangered panda bears in the world. If we reach our target we’ll donate a % of the excess money raised to the WWF, helping them continue to protect endangered animals.

Just follow the link to pledge now: http://www.pozible.com/mishkacollection

Thank you!

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Our Mishka Collection!

Hi everyone!

We are so excited to present to you our Mishka Collection cards! We’ve worked so hard on them for the past few weeks and they are finally available for purchase, both online and in-store now.

Here is just a quick sample of our designs but there are over 40 examples featured on our Online Shop. We also offer personalised Mishka cards! Click here to find out more.

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So, why did we choose to draw pandas on this collection? The Giant Panda is an endangered species and there are only about 1,000 of them left in the wild. We chose to draw people’s attention to these animals to raise much needed awareness of the issues surrounding them and their ecosystem. Plus we think they are just super adorable and cuddly!

We strongly urge you to donate whatever you can to the wonderful organisation WWF and help them with their conservation efforts for Giant Pandas and other endangered species. Just click the image below. Anything you donate will make a difference.

WWF Donations

Oh and in case you were wondering, Mishka means bear in Russian.

Cheers.