My Floral Creations – Zara’s Floral Decor

Hello everyone, Sorry that I haven’t posted in a while.  I have been busy with a new path in life.  I have embarked on a creative journey into the world of Floral Design!  I have always loved flowers and been creative, starting with a multimedia degree at uni and working in graphic design, enjoying photography, painting  and hand crafting things.  Now I have found a way to combine almost all my interests with my passion for Flowers!

I call myself  Zara’s Floral Decor and feel very excited to share with you here some of my most beautiful Floral Arrangements.

I create from the heart, using quality life-like artificial flowers.  I believe that they are the best possible home decoration idea, the most thoughtful present and a long-term source of joy.  Artificial flowers don’t wilt, they don’t require watering or cutting stems, there is no tears, when you have to throw your wilted flowers (money) away.  What a perfect idea to keep your Wedding Bouquet forever and you can do it with faux flowers!  Also they do  no smell and therefore don’t cause allergy.  I hope you can give my floral creations a go and tell your friends and family about them!
Enjoy and … if you live in Melbourne, you can own them.  Only one of each is available.  It is exclusive but not expensive.  I do want everyone to be able to enjoy beautiful flowers!  But enough of the words, let the Floral Arrangements speak for themselves…   (Slide show)

 

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In Australia on 13th May we celebrate Mother’s day.  Would your Mum like such a gift?
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I look forward to sharing more with you soon and hope you can take a few moments out of your busy lives to enjoy flowers!
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Guest Post – Mishka Mail by Graceful Avenue

Today I’d like to introduce you to Naira, founder of creative stationery business, Graceful Avenue. She’s here to talk about her label’s monthly subscription box service called Mishka Mail, which started in August 2016 and will end with the July issue next month.

So pour yourself a cup of tea and escape for a few minutes into the world of Graceful Avenue and Naira’s passion for all things stationery.

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Hi everyone! A big thanks to Zara for featuring me on her blog today. Throughout this post you’ll be seeing photographs of Mishka Mail’s February kit with the theme “Wonders of Travel”. Over these last 11 issues I approached my fellow bloggers to review Mishka Mail for every single month and very soon all the reviews from our past kits will be posted on our website for you to read. For now you can just Google the term: “Mishka Mail”

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Hi Naira! Please tell us about Mishka Mail.

Mishka Mail began out of a yearning for me to push myself both creatively and professionally. It’s our monthly stationery subscription box, which delivers cute, illustrated paper creations to customers on a monthly basis and is a surprise right until you open the parcel! I wanted to create something that would be a great treat for a person to receive and over these past kits we’ve included everything from stickers, gift tags and wall prints right through to greeting cards, postcards and bookmarks. The world always needs more snail mail, right? It’s been such a joyful project and I’m certainly sad to see it reach its end but it’s the right thing to do for now. Perhaps in the future we could revive this idea, we’ll have to wait and see.

How did the idea of Mishka Mail come about?

Recently there’s been a real trend towards subscription boxes. We’ve seen them popping up here and there overseas with food, cosmetics and jewellery boxes being the most popular. Although this concept is still relatively new to Australia, I really wanted to see what launching a stationery subscription box would be like and have enjoyed every second of this chapter in Graceful Avenue’s colourful book. There’s a lot of work that goes into such a concept. There’s months of planning ahead and designing, coming up with themes and then taking care of the marketing side of it. I’m so pleased that we’ve come full circle with a subscription box for each month of the year. It’s been a lot of fun!

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What has been your favourite edition of Mishka Mail?

I’ve loved creating each and every single edition of Mishka Mail this past year. If I had to choose, my favourite would probably be the not-yet-released July issue because of the Gratitude theme. We’ve got a massive edition out next month to show our fans how grateful we are for their support. There will be a lot of quirky paper goodies for everyone to enjoy and it’s going to be epic.

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What’s the story behind Graceful Avenue?

I started the brand six years ago when I was a fresh university graduate with an Interior Design degree in my pocket and very slim job prospects. I wanted to do something creative and began illustrating and sewing pouches for sunglasses. I drew Mishka the panda for the first time when I was a shop owner in the UK from 2012-13 and haven’t stopped drawing him since!

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What does a day-in-the-life of a stationery label owner look like?

I usually start my day by checking emails and packing orders in the morning. After breakfast and a quick dash to the post office, it’s back to the studio where you can find me planning future Mishka Mail kits, illustrating, taking photographs for social media and blogging. I usually go for a late afternoon walk and unwind with a cup of green mint tea in the evening. I feel so fortunate to have the freedom to mix it up on a daily basis. If I feel like staying in bed in the morning and replying to emails, I can do it. If I want to take a day off and do anything I like, I can. I love being my own boss so much!

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What are your plans for Graceful Avenue in the future?

Well I certainly hope my label can continue to grow and gain more fans along the way. Our new Online Shop will continue to stay open with more and more products being added regularly. I hope to get creative with videos showing the design process I go through and give an insight into who the girl behind the brand is. I hope to collaborate with my fellow bloggers, continue to be inspired by my fellow illustrators and never stop the creative juices flowing. I’m excited about what the future has in store for us, that’s for sure.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Yes, I’m pleased to announce that we’ll be hosting our second giveaway very soon where one lucky winner will receive the entire July Mishka Mail kit as the prize! If you’d like to follow us on social media with the handle @gracefulavenue you’ll be the first to hear about when we do this and how you can enter.

Secondly, I’d like to thank everyone who has bought a Mishka Mail kit, reviewed it on their blog, hosted a giveaway with us, spread the love on social media and followed us over the years. I feel so blessed to be able to do what I love for a living and hope you continue to support my small business.

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Thank you!

You can follow our blog on WordPress here: http://www.gracefulavenue.com.au

Subscribe to our final Mishka Mail kit and visit our Online Shop here:
http://www.mishkamail.com.au

Happy mailing!

Inspiring Day at The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show

As someone who loves flowers and creates Artificial Flower Arrangements in Melbourne, Australia, I was very excited to visit the annual Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show on the weekend.  This lovely event has been taking place since 1995 in early April each year.  It is located in the World Heritage Site of Carlton Gardens and the Royal Exhibition Building.   This building is absolutely stunning inside and out!

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Carlton Gardens were transformed for this event.  Everywhere you looked there was something interesting happening.  There were lots of people rushing everywhere.  You could find and buy everything you needed for gardening- flowers, bulbs, tools, decorations such water features, sculptures, furniture and more.

This is me among the scultpures, which are a part of a competitions and can be purchased as well.

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Most people bought fresh flowers or bulbs to plant at home. Some bought mini clay flowers, which looked very realistic!

Inside the Royal Exhibition Building I was surrounded by the beautiful, surprising, unbelievable floral creations.  Most people who exhibit are either professional florists or students from higher education institutions or floral societies.

Everyone marveled and took pictures and selfies.  This is me with the free blue bag, given to everyone by the newspaper brand-Herald Sun. This was one of the most elaborate floral creations involving lots of twigs and gorgeous anthuriums.

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Another amazing Heart creations was on the first floor of the building and it looked great there as part of a table set for a proposal with the ring in a box and champaigne!

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A lot of the fashion design students participated in the show and showcased an amazing level of creativity in dressing up their mannequins. The fashion design below is my favourite creation, it is so simple, the skirt is made using just leaves of palm trees and monsteria plant and the headwear is made of some twigs but the result is absolutely amazing! Notice the bodice and the bracelet! Wow!

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There was a lot of color and flowers of all kinds were showcased! Some creations were small while others were on the larger scale.  Beautiful pink paper cranes were  used in the design below to hang from the ceiling with flowers.  The effect was magical.

The show was a lovely opportunity for me to see so many people interested in flowers and to share some of the flyers of my own Artificial Flower creations with them.

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If you live in Melbourne, Australia and would like to receive a flyer (as a pdf file), please email me: Zara- eflowerz@outlook.com

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Please join me on social media:

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Facebook-  www.facebook.com/zarasflowerz/    Zara’s Floral Decor

In the next post I will be sharing some of the sculpture and landscape design ideas from the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. I hope you have enjoyed this post.

 

 

 

 

Lovely Botanic Gardens

For many of us life is busy and demanding. Botanic Gardens in our city allows visitors to enjoy nature and relax in magnificent surroundings.   Trees and plants have been gathered from around the world and it is very interesting to notice the variety and be transported to other countries!  

В каждом городе наверное есть свой ботанический сад. Это место, где можно отдохнуть душой и порадоваться разнообразию и насладиться красотой растений и деревьев. 


I suppose you want to know where this Botanic Garden is. It is in Melbourne, Australia- the beautiful and surprising. The garden is huge and has a lake, a cafe and a few information and gift shops. There are lots of picturesque spots and many people spend the whole day here with a picnic and a footy bаll. 

Вы наверное хотите знать где этот парк? Мы с Вами в городе Мельбурне, в Австралии. Ботанический парк находится а центре города и в нем есть большое озеро, кафе, скамейки, сувенирные магазины и много красивых и живописных уголков. Можно провести здесь весь день и вдоволь подзарядиться энергией и кислородом! 

Here we can see Mexican and South American plants. Мексиканские Кактусы радуют глаз! 


I hope you have enjoyed this excursion and our wonderful nature.  Красиво в нашем ботаническом саду. Надеюсь, что Вам понравилась такая экскурсия!


Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries At Rippon Lea in Melbourne

Beautiful, interesting, intriguing, inspiring … The Costume exhibition is as exciting as the ABC series, based on crime novels by Australian author Kerry Greenwood- Miss Fisher’s Murder Mystries! 

I throughly enjoyed the exhibition, where gorgeous garments were displayed, mostly on rotating manequens.  I recognised Dot’s dress and also admired all the bags and jewellery on display on the second floor.  

   
    
    
    
    
  I am sure you will enjoy this exhibition especially if you are a fun of Miss Phryne Fisher. A mystery awaits you at Rippon Lea in Elsternwick, Melbourne.

   
 
This is the gun of Miss Fisher!

Food in Melbourne, Australia

I love to eat out! This has not always been the case. I suppose it started with eating food at shopping centres, when hinger struck. Willingness to shop some more stopped me from going home to open my fridge.  In Australia’s 200-year short history the food scene has changed significantly. Before the arrival of the European migrants, the Australians were mostly eating ‘meat and three veggetables’ every meal and a roast on Sunday. The migrants from Italy brought with them new fantastic dishes- pasta, pizza, lasagna, gelato… The Greek brought souvlaki, gyros, pastry, oozo… 

Currently to eat Asian, Australian, African, any European cusine you are spoilt for choice! Eating out is fun! 

Here are the dishes I enjoyed recently.
    
 Beautiful burger at Fat Bob’s in Melbourne

    
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Yummy eggs for breakfast above at Panny e Tulipani in Port Melbourne.  

Inspired by all the cooking shows I watch on Tv, below is a fragrant pot of curry that I cooked myself! My family was very impressed. 

   
 This is my favourite drink Lemon Lime and Bitters even more enjoyable to drink from such acute glass cup!

I hope you are exploring and enjoying food wherever you are!

Я очень люблю пробовать новые блюда и для этого посещаю кафе и рестораны. С появлением эммигрантов из Европы в 50 годы, в частности из Италии, Греции а также позднее из Азии и Африки разнообразие в еде сильно увеличилось. Вместо ‘мяса с 3я овощами’ и с постоянным ‘рост’- запеченным в духовке мясом или курицей, у австралийцев появился выбор Экзотических Блюд, таких как пицца, паста, лазанья, сувлаки, толма и другие. Ну а теперь никто не может прожить без походов в ресторан или заказа на дом тайского или индийского карри. 

Я очень люблю попробовать что-то новое и с Вами поделилась фотографиями вкуснейшей еды.

В Мельбурне есть несколько русских, грузинских и армянских ресторанов и о них я Вас расскажу в другой раз!  

Ну а будучи армянкой, я больше всего на свете люблю шашлык, хоровац!  

Надеюсь Вам было интересно! А какое Ваше любимое блюдо? Пишите мне в commens.

Port Melbourne Afternoon

The good thing about a weekend every week is you can do pretty much anything you like. On a sunny winter Saturday I went to Port Melbourne and enjoyed the beach, the views, the Italian breakfast at Panne e Tilpani, the lovely shops and being free!  

    
 
   

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  I hope you enjoyed your weekend!