Tuesday, December 14, 2010

FREE Christmas Tags

To get in the Christmas spirit, here is a bunch of FREE Christmas tags for you to download!


I can't wait to be on holidays already!!! There is much to do in our house! We are refurnishing and repainting our place, and I'm excited to get started. I also want to do loads of sketching and painting to create more printable stationery in my store! AND I'll be doing another giveaway to celebrate 100 sales, so stay tuned.



Thursday, November 25, 2010

Featured in Etsy Treasury!

 Yay me! I've been lucky enough to be featured in another treasury! It's called Winter and Wonderland, and features my alice in wonderland necklace. When I hear Winter Wonderland, I never really think about Alice, but this collection really puts the two together very well - wintery whimsical Alice. The Alice in Wonderland custom glasses are so adorable. So super exciting!!

Check it all out here.

Mel xx

Friday, November 19, 2010

Japan 2010

We just came back from 2 weeks in Japan and it was awesome! Here is a quick run down of what we did:

Day 1: We arrived in Tokyo. It was 9:30pm by the time the plane landed, and we checked into our hotel in Shinjuku. We just walked around a bit, ate some dinner and then went to bed.

Day 2: Shopped up a storm in Shibuya. The train system is so easy to use. They come often, they're quick, on time and also clean! I discovered LOFT and Tokyu Hands - 2 huge department stores that had everything - including a fantastic stationery and kitchen section. I bought so much stationery, I reckon half my luggage was filled with it. I also bought a lot of cute lunch boxes that I could take to work!

Day 3: Studio Ghibli Museum. I'm a huge Hayao Miyazaki fan and got to see how Totoro and The Cat Bus was created. It was very inspirational. After buying a few toys from the store, we shopped in Harajuku. Forever 21 and H&M were the main stops during this visit. We ate cream and fruit filled pancakes with chocolate sauce. It was delicious!

Day 4: Shopping in Shinjuku. I found the Hello Kitty store and Zara (we don't have a Zara in Australia... yet!). I went a little mental in these two stores. My fiance nearly got a whole new wardrobe from Zara by the end of the trip! The food in Japan was unbelievable. If we weren't having yummy ramen from their little noodle restaurants, we were eating from the 270yen restaurant, tasting they're delicious hot pots, sushi, chicken skewers, or cooking our own food - sukiyaki.

Day 5: Caught the Bullet Train to Kyoto. It was fast, clean, and organised with reserved seats! We had a walk around the city and bought soccer tickets for tomorrow night's Kyoto Sanga game.

Day 6: We walked to some of the nearby temples - Higashi Honganji and the Honganji temples. They were beautiful and the history behind them were fascinating. At night, we went to the Kyoto Sanga soccer match. We sat in the middle of all the Sanga fans who chanted for 90min straight. It wasn't just a pool of 20-30 year olds, there were little ones and grandparents singing, clapping, and waving the flag.

Day 7: We went on a Kyoto morning tour with an english speaking tour guide. We visited some of Kyoto's temples and castles. The highlights were The Golden Pavilion and The Nijo Castle which were both beautiful and fascinating. The Emperor's military leader once lived in the castle and he was very paranoid of assassins. So, he built squeaky floor boards in his castle to tell if someone was coming for him.

Day 8: Took the Bullet Train back to Tokyo. We had a bit of a rest day, however we did go back to Shibuya for a bit more shopping. Tyler bought a beautiful Zara suit. It fit him perfectly, the cut was just right on him - the Japanese really know about style & fashion. Even their little children were looking very stylish.

Day 9: Tokyo Disneyland. All I can say is that it was my fave part of the trip. We did all the major rides, bought so much Disney souvenirs and took hundreds of photos. There's actually 2 parks - Disneyland & DisneySea, but we could only fit in Disneyland for this trip. The lines for some of the rides were so long! But luckily there was something called a fast pass where we could get a ticket at a reserved time and come back later so we didn't have to line up.

Day 10: Mt Fuji, Lake Ashi and cable car tour. Luckily for us, the weather was beautiful so we could see Mt Fuji so clearly. After snapping a million photos, we took a nice boat ride on Lake Ashi and then took a cable car up another mountain where we took a million more photos of Mt Fuji. It was a lovely day.

Day11: Our flight home wasn't til 8:25pm which meant we had another day of shopping. We went to Akihabara and Ikebukero. Akihabara is known as electric town. They had so many electronics it was insane. And Ikebukero had great shopping - Sunshine City, LOFT and Tokyu Hands. I controlled myself to not spend too much the last couple of days as I was a bit worried about my luggage weight.

Overall, Japan was just so much fun - one of the best holidays I've been on. I definitely want to go back and do Hiroshima, Osaka, paper making, calligraphy, Universal Studios, DisneySea, skiing, see more of outside busy Tokyo and more shopping! Now back to my reality!

Hope you've all been well!

Mel xx

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

FREE notecard

Only a few days left til I'm off to Japan for 2 weeks, so it's freebie time! Here's a little ice cream note card for all you to write cute little messages on. This note card is part of my Ice Creamery Stationery Set which you can buy here. The set comes with an envelope, notepad paper, to-do-lists, thank you cards, note cards (including this one), gift tags and a collage/sticker sheet.


Hope you make good use of it. I'll see you all when I come back in 2 weeks with lots of stories to tell.

Mel xx

Friday, October 22, 2010

What's in my sketchbook - New sketches

Thought I'd just give you guys a sneak peek of what I've been sketching lately. I've been working on building my characters and illustration style - long and lengthy process but I'll get there one day. Of course I've started with some dress-ups - Alice in Wonderland and some Wild Things. These are only sketches, I have yet to colour them!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

FREE mini tag and envelope

It's time for another FREEBIE! I know I've been giving out a lot of freebies lately but I can't help it. It's so much fun! I've been working on illustrating new things, so in the mean time, I say bring on more freebies!

Here's a cute mini tag with a matching envelope. Cut, glue, paste, punch, string and you're done! You can use it with or without the envelope. It's only a few weeks til Christmas so use it to attach to your gifts!


*Note that the background of the tag does not show on this link, but when downloaded, the full document will be shown.

Sorry for the delay in between posts! I went to Melbourne last weekend to visit Tim Burton's exhibition and The Finders Keepers market. Both were fabulous and so much fun! Tim Burton was a little crowded because it was the last weekend, but his artwork never disappoints. Crazy guy yet so inspirational. The Finders Keepers market was brilliant! So many of my fave designers/sellers were there including: belle and boo, frankie magazine, leelo, lark, jublyumph, write to me, the cupcake wrapper co, the rabbit and the duck, made by white, and LOADS MORE! I bought so many cute things - jewellery, bags, notebooks, stationery, party stuff, purses - the list goes on! It was so much fun and can't wait to go back!

Enjoy your weekend everyone :)

Mel xx

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Featured in Etsy Treasury!

Hi everyone!

Just wanted to report that my "The Three Bears" note card illustrations have been featured in the "Goldilocks and The Three Bears" treasury!!! It's super exciting!! Look at all those other cute handmade items other Etsy sellers are selling! SO CUTE! Thanks so much!

Check it all out here.

Have a good weekend everyone.

Mel xx

Monday, September 27, 2010

FREE Cupcake Topper

Hey everyone, here's another free printable for you! Cupcake toppers! They were really fun to design and I'm excited to design more of them as well as some other party stationery! It also gave me an excuse to buy a cupcake from the bakery so that I could photograph it with a topper (and eat it after!) Hope you like them, let me know what you're going to use them for! :)


Have a great week everyone
Mel xx

Monday, September 13, 2010

FREE Princess Invite - Editable Text

As promised, I've got another exciting free printable for everyone to download and print off. This one's really exciting as you're able to change the text on the pdf yourself!! How handy is that?

This is an adorable princess invitation which you can alter the text/party info, print and cut out yourself. It will fit any C6 envelope (114mm x 162mm). Print on thick board for better results.


You need to have the latest Adobe Acrobat Reader www.adobe.com (it's free!) to be able to change the text. Here is a run through of what to do:
1. Open the pdf document in Adobe Acrobat. You will see a purple bar underneath the tool bar at the top. On the right hand side, click "Highlight Fields".
2. Blue boxes will appear over the text that you are able to alter. In this document it is the name, birthday age, address, date, time, party information, and RSVP. Any text lines that aren't highlighted, you will not be able to change.
3. Move your mouse/cursor over the blue boxes. They will change to an 'I' symbol which means you can click in these boxes. The box will highlight as you move over them with a black line around it. So now all you need to do is click in the box, delete the text already there, and change it to what you want it to say!

Simple as that!

I will definitely be designing my printable stationery to have this feature. That way people will be able to put what they want written there instead of having to write it there themselves. Looks more professional and cute and saves me from doing custom named printables!

Let me know what you think about this! Hope you like it!

Mel xx

Friday, September 10, 2010

FREE Monthly Planner

Hey guys!

Here's this week's free printable! I'm sorry I missed last week! Hopefully I'll post up another one in the next couple of days to make up for it :). This week's printable is a monthly planner. You can mash up this planner with the weekly planner to make your booklet. The monthly planner takes up 2 pages instead of the weekly planner, which is just a single page.


Have a great weekend everyone

Mel xx

EDIT: New updated Monthly Calendar available. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO.

P.P.S I'm listening to this awesome cover of California Gurls by J Rice and I had to share. It's available to download off iTunes too! I downloaded it. Oh and did you guys know that you can add songs to a wishlist on iTunes?? ... yeah me too... i knew that...

Sunday, September 5, 2010


I've just added 3 cute printable Ice Cream Stationery set/designs to my shop! One is the full stationery set. Envelope, notepaper, notecards, gift tags, thank you cards, collage/sticker sheet and to-do-lists. I've also got a 2 set piece set. It's got the envelope design and matching notepaper to go with. And the last is an adorable ice cream book plate design. Available to download in my store now! 

I am thinking of turning my store into more printable artwork stationery... so hopefully they'll be much more of it coming up. I've got heaps of ideas and it's going to be a lot of fun including more party/invite stuff and things to do with weddings! I know I haven't added anything to my store in a while, I really should try do it more often - sorry guys but hope you like these couple of additions!

Hope you're having a great weekend.

Mel xx
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