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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Travel

The City of Angels

Freeways of LA

For the majority of August, I’ve been away travelling; letting myself get lost in adventures and exploring the most beautiful surroundings this world has to offer. Up until now my travel posts mostly revolved around Europe or Australia, but now I’m so lucky to add another continent to that list. I made it all the way to America, and boy did I have fun!

After 14 hours on a direct flight from Melbourne to Los Angeles, there was nothing more beautiful than seeing palm trees and the coastline just as we started to land. I knew from the moment we disembarked that we had left the winter weather behind us, as a warm breeze and the sun’s rays welcomed us to summer at last. I’d never been to the US before and it was also my very first time travelling with my DSLR, which I was super impressed with.

Hollywood Sign

Los Angeles was absolutely gorgeous! I was so excited to photograph perfect looking streets lined with palm trees, the most amazing mountains and intertwining freeways in the distance. The City of Angels had it all; the excitement of Hollywood Boulevard with its Walk of Fame, glimpses of old Hollywood glamour through the windows of historic restaurants on Santa Monica Boulevard, and the sight of the Hollywood sign when you least expected it. Just a short distance away were its stunning beaches where you felt like you just walked onto the set of Baywatch. 

Panda

For me, there were two highlights from my time in California. One was taking a tour out to San Diego and visiting the amazing zoo they have. Catching a view of pandas and flamingoes was extraordinary and made the long bus ride totally worthwhile. Ever since I drew my first Mishka Collection greeting card, I knew that it’d be great to see a real panda someday. The two sleepy pandas that day mostly sat with their backs to the people the whole time, but thankfully one of them moved and I managed to get a brilliant snap of it!

Universal NYC

The second highlight was going to all the various film related sights in and around Burbank. I am such a movie-fan and find it so interesting to visit sets, movie premieres and film studios. Warner Bros. Studios and Universal Studios were both incredible! With each of them they take you on a narrated tour around the working studios and show you where certain movies from the past and present were filmed. At Warner Bros. I got to hold a real Oscar, sit on the actual couch from the hit series Friends and see the current set from 2 Broke Girls. There was also an exhibition about Batman and Harry Potter, which were awesome. Universal Studios was my favourite place in L.A and apart from seeing Wisteria Lane from Desperate Housewives, walking through a real-life Springfield and exploring a mini version of Paris, London and NYC, I also got to be in the background of Extra! and see Mario Lopez filming!

All in all, California and its people were so warm and beautiful and their lifestyle makes me want to pack up my bags and return for a second visit! Admittedly, getting around the city without a car is extremely difficult, but thankfully their Metro system was quick and efficient albeit not as widespread as it needs to be. People recommended riding on the Uber network, but fortunately for us we had our lovely relatives there to show us around. Los Angeles, with its glitzy Rodeo Drive and ultra-cool destinations for culture such as The Getty Museum and the Walt Disney Concert Hall, will always hold a special place in my heart.

Fundraiser, Products

Pozible Crowdfunding Project!

Hi everyone,

We’ve started a campaign to raise $700 and launch our “Mishka Collection” greeting cards in Australia! Please help us professionally print our cards and have them stocked by gift shops, boutiques and galleries around the country.

You’ll receive lots of really exciting rewards if we’re successful in reaching our target amount! Plus we’ll donate a % of the excess money raised to the WWF to help them continue their efforts in protecting endangered animals like the Giant Panda.

It would mean the world to us if you spread the word to your friends on popular social media sites too.

We’re really excited to take the next step with the collection in our home country and hope you can support us.

To get involved please click here: http://www.pozible.com/mishkacollection

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