Holidays update

I can't believe it's been over a week since we landed in Portugal!

After a couple of lazy days to overcome the jet lag, the "race" to meet our closets family members and friends has started. Even though we knew we'll be staying a while, we've missed these people so much that we couldn't wait to hug them all.
I must admit I'm a bit tired of our busy social schedule, but it has been great to meet everyone, get to know the new babies and enjoy some great food and beautiful weather.

My baby niece was waiting for us at the airport and I couldn't believe that she recognised me from the countless skype sessions with my sister. She reached her little arms in my direction when she saw me coming and greeted me with the sweetest smile I've ever seen. I melt every time she says "olá" (hello), her first word. I wonder if I can get her to say "tia" (auntie) before I leave again.
Our 2 year old nephew has grown so much since the last time we've been together one year ago and we're trying to make up for the lost time with him too. He's becoming the sweetest little boy and we couldn't be more proud.

It's the peak of Summer here and we've been blessed with clear blue skies and a warm sun shining every single day. The weather is perfect for ice-creams and long afternoons on the beach and we are now starting to enjoy it all, after the initial rush.
This week is all about relaxing and enjoying Summer, before the big family events that we'll be attending and helping to plan. I'll write about the party decorations I'm helping with soon!

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On being a migrant

When I first moved to Australia with my partner, 3 years ago, I had no plans. We didn't know if we were going to like it here or how long we were going to stay.
We left our home country for the biggest trip either of us had ever made, left jobs, friends and family (and a cat) behind. Packed our lives in a couple of (big) suitcases and left.

I still remember the day we arrived in Sydney for the first time, coming literally from the other side of the world. Going from Winter to Summer in a matter of hours and dealing with the jetlag, everything seemed so strange and I didn't think I was going to like it at first.
But then in the next few weeks we visited the main landmarks, discovered more about the city, met people from different cultures, started to enjoy the lifestyle, and eventually fell in love with this place. One day, I don't know exactly when, on my way to the local grocery store, I remember thinking to myself how I got to know those streets so well and how nothing felt strange to me anymore. I was home.

3 and a half years later, we feel at home in Australia but a big part of us will always be in Portugal - our home country. Because that's were our most important people in the word live and we miss them everyday.
This year we're coming back for 2 very special events: our niece's 1st birthday and my sister's wedding. The hardest part of living abroad is definitely being far from the people we love, so we're looking forward to spend some quality time together with our families (and the cat!).

I'll try to update the blog with posts about the holidays and details of the parties we're going to attend. In the meantime, you can follow me on Instagram @mypartydesign to see what I'm up to these holidays.

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A note about copyright

I often get customers asking me to design an invitation or party pack for them using their child's favourite character (usually a Disney character or one from the latest animation movies) and sometimes it's hard to explain why I can't do it, when so many other shops do.

At a personal level I do understand you wanting to make your child happy and I know I would want the same thing if I had children of my own, but as a professional I have the obligation to comply with Copyright and Trademark laws.

You see, all these characters that we easily recognise, like Mickey Mouse or the Disney Princesses, are protected by Copyright. Even though we can find millions of images on the Internet, it doesn't mean they are free for anyone to use. They may be allowed for personal use, but once you use any of those images commercially and try to make a profit from them without a proper license, you are breaking the law and risking a heavy lawsuit by the Copyright Holders.

As an artist, I take pride in respecting other people's work and I find it really disappointing to see that not all sellers have the same standards. I'm proud to say that everything in my shop is my original artwork and that I am successful in what I do, without using any shortcuts.

Never in my wildest dreams have I thought I would too be affected by piracy, but this week I came across a Chinese website using some of my images (and other friends' images) as their own.
I can't tell you how much it upset me to know that someone has been taking advantage of my hard work. I'm already working on taking down those images, which shouldn't be too hard, but I still feel like I have been robbed and there's not much I can do to prevent it from happening again.

It makes me sad, but I can only be confident in my skills and continue to develop new ideas that I know my customers will appreciate. Thank you all for your support!

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Christmas in July

I've never had a Christmas in July Sale in my shop before but this year I thought "Why not?".

Half of the year has passed and there's a long time till the next sales period. Plus it's school holidays, which makes this the perfect time to get the kids involved and start planning ahead for the upcoming holidays and celebrations!

So this year we're having a Christmas in July sale on both the main website and the Etsy shop.
Simply enter the code XMASJULY14 on check-out and you'll get 20% OFF your $20+ AUD purchases.

Come stock up for the Holidays!
Offer ends July 20, at 11:59 (AEST).

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