Mishka Mail, Products, Stationery

July Mishka Mail Giveaway

We’ve partnered with the lovely Danielle from “See, Shop, Love!” for a second GIVEAWAY! This time the winner will receive the entire July Mishka Mail kit as the prize. You have just over 5 days to enter and the giveaway is open to participants worldwide, 18 years and over only. *SPOILER ALERT* By visiting the Giveaway page, you’ll see the entire content of the July Mishka Mail kit and thus will lose the element of surprise!

Enter here! Good luck!

We’ve decided to stop making Mishka Mail kits after this July one as starting from August we’ll begin an exciting new concept called “Cute Parcels” which will be similar to Mishka Mail but at a lower price point and not following the subscription business model. So please stay tuned for that!

You can buy July’s gratitude-themed Mishka Mail kit from our website here:

http://www.gracefulavenue.com.au

Thanks for the support and love you’ve shown our Mishka Mail packs, it’s been so very heart-warming. We appreciate YOU!

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For the love of Snail Mail

I have a confession to make. Apart from owning my own stationery label I’m also a massive stationery fan with a stash of postcards, cute stickers, patterned washi tapes, greeting cards and funky envelopes all waiting to be used up when an opportunity presents itself. Luckily for me I absolutely love the art of writing letters and usually end up using store-bought items as well as my own creations in my outgoing snail mail to friends.

Snail Mail

We live in a technological age where it has become the norm to send instant text messages, emails and social media posts out into the world. This simplifies our fast-paced lives and ensures we’re always connected. Everything happens in the blink of an eye. For me there’s something so special about sending out a message in the old form of a letter. I love spending my spare time just sitting down with a cup of tea in the garden, pen in hand, filling the page with all the events of life that occurred in the time since our last correspondence and describing everything there is to look forward to in the future. There’s a great deal of therapeutic value in the art of handwriting your thoughts on paper to a friend half way across the globe. Have you tried it yet? It’s truly so much fun!

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Thankfully there’s still plenty of love for this tangible form of communication. On Instagram there are great hashtags such as #snailmailrevolution and #sendmoremail going around. Indeed many of my penpals and I still rely on the instant messaging service within Instagram to communicate to each other when we send or receive a letter. I don’t think I could’ve ever had the patience to write letters in the good old days.

In many ways we are fortunate to live in the 21st century but I just hate the thought of imagining email replacing handwritten correspondence the way the keyboard I’m currently typing on replaced the classic typewriter and the way in which e-cards are slowly replacing actual greeting cards in the mailbox. We can’t let this happen.

Envelope Decoration

I encourage you (yes YOU!) to help us revive the snail mail movement. I can’t vouch for the online post-crossing websites many people use because I managed to find all my penpals via Instagram, but if you’re passionate about putting pen to paper, send someone a letter today and you’ll know just how good it feels to send as well as receive one back. It can be a simple thank you card, a declaration of love for your better half or a creative masterpiece to a friend. Have fun with it!

Oh and if you’re so inclined to buy your stationery from me and support my small business, I’ll be eternally grateful. Visit our brand new Online Shop here.

Happy mailing!

Stationery Addict

Mishka Mail, Products, Stationery

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
Confetti

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!

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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.gracefulavenue.com.au

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!

Don Quixote

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.

Calmest Sunset

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!

 

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Snail Mail Collective!

Last month I participated in my first Snail Mail Collective. Organised by the lovely Lauren from Lost in Travels and Melyssa from The Nectar Collective, this monthly gift exchange is where you are partnered with someone most often from a different country, and you send each other gifts to a maximum value of $5. I absolutely love sending and receiving packages (who doesn’t?) so I signed up without hesitation.

As this was my first gift swap I was super excited to get to know my partner. The lovely Beka (check out her beautiful blog: Sunshine to the Square Inch) from America was my partner and the theme for the exchange was Gratitude. You can see what I sent Beka here and today (finally!) after almost a month in transit, I received her wonderful parcel. Patience is the key to great snail mail surprises!

Beka sent me her favourite hot cocoa mix, which I can’t wait to taste! She also sent an incredibly thoughtful journal with some handwritten quotes inside. In the card she suggested that I “write in the journal things [I am] thankful for. It helps keep a good perspective and is good to read through when [I] have a bad day.” That’s such an amazing idea Beka, thank you so much for your kindness, wisdom and thoughtfulness in sharing your favourite quotes with me. I’ll be sure to take you up on your suggestion and fill the pages with meaningful blessings. I’m so grateful to have come across you! Thank you for your parcel, it made it here on Christmas Eve! What an amazing surprise!

If you’d like to sign-up for the January exchange, you can keep an eye out for the order form on the organiser’s websites. As long as you join by the 7th of the month usually, you’re good to go! Happy Snail Mail everyone!

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