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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

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ZenPop Stationery Review

There are so many things to love about Japan. Today I’d like to introduce you to ZenPop, a Japanese company that sends the coolest products from the heart of Osaka to anywhere in the world. While it sounds like a subscription-style service, it isn’t. You can purchase individual packs each month without knowing exactly what’s included (because it’s a surprise!) but ZenPop do showcase a few products on social media and hint about the contents on their website.

ZenPop Box

There are 6 packs to choose from and all prices are in US Dollars and include shipping:

  • Japanese Ramen + Sweets Mix ($24.50)
  • Japanese Sweets Pack ($19.50 – $29.50)
  • Japanese Ramen Pack ($29.50)
  • Japanese Stationery Pack ($29.50)
  • Japanese Beauty Pack ($29.50)

I bought the Japanese Stationery Pack for the month of April with a “Kawaii” or cute theme, which promised 12 or more items.

Open Box

The box in which the products arrived was so cute and featured the ZenPop bunny mascot jumping for joy! Inside the box the first thing seen was a little note which said “You got a lucky box with a pair of lucky socks” and of course a smile instantly came to my face.

What a sweet gesture!

Now let’s explore the actual products inside the Stationery Pack. The April kit included:

  • 1x Decorese Pen (1 of 10 pastel colours)
  • 1x Kuretake – Mangaka Pen (1 of 4 colours)
  • 1x Uni Jetstream Pen – Black ink
  • 1x Kuratake Brush Tip Highlighter (1 of 5 fluorescent colours)
  • Washi Tape (1 of 5 designs)
  • Sanrio Memo Pad (1 of 6 designs)
  • Rilakkuma Folder (1 of 4 designs)
  • Schedule Stickers (1 of 3 designs)
  • Nico Sticky Notes (1 of 4 designs)
  • Bento Flake Stickers
  • Tombow MONO 2 Way (1 of 5 colours)
  • Flip Out Message Cards

ZenPop StationeryPen Examples

The items included were all so cute and useful too. I’ll certainly be using the pages of the Sanrio notepad to write letters to penpals and the sushi stickers to decorate the envelopes! All the pens were great and wrote ever-so-beautifully on paper. The washi tape was certainly a highlight as was the gorgeous Rilakkuma folder. Can’t wait to also use the MONO correction tape on one side and eraser on the other!

Overall, I loved the ZenPop Stationery Pack. All the products were of very high quality and with a large variety of inclusions from stickers to sticky notes, paper, washi tape and pens. No two boxes are the same as there are endless colour and design combinations ZenPop sends you. It took just under 4 weeks to arrive to Australia from Japan but it was so worth the wait. For all the info on ZenPop’s other packs please visit their website here and try something new from Japan for yourself.

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Disclaimer: All opinions expressed in this review are 100% honest. This box was purchased by me and I genuinely loved all the products and wanted to publish a review here.

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Studio News

Where has this year gone? We’re almost at the end of 2016 and yet it doesn’t seem real somehow. Soon we’ll be decorating the Christmas tree again, singing carols by candlelight and making new year’s resolutions. It’s really hard to comprehend how quickly this year has passed by. Who else agrees?


This month we’ll ship our fourth Mishka Mail parcel with a quirky Christmas theme. There will be plenty of cute greeting cards, gift tags and stickers to get you into the festive spirit, as well as a few surprises! Subscriptions are open until next Sunday, 20th of November and you can buy one here.

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Our October Mishka Mail kit was themed “Slow down, Take it easy”. We included various stationery items celebrating all the ways we can lead a simple, healthy lifestyle.

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This year we published our first advertisement in a cool Canadian magazine called Uppercase. We appear in their special 30th issue.

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Our studio had a little makeover with new artwork on the walls and a few changes to things here and there. We love how it’s turned out!

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Lastly, we’ll be exhibiting at a fantastic new pop-up market at the Caribbean Gardens (1280 Ferntree Gully Road, Scoresby) this Sunday, 20th of November. Make sure you come along if you’re in Melbourne as there will be tonnes of fun attractions and awesome craft stalls from 8.30am – 4.30pm. More info can be found here.

All these items of stationery will be available to purchase as part of our Mishka Mail kits, while stocks last:

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Have a great week, everyone!

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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.

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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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