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Mishi and Mashi - Our Story

Our story

We are a mum and two daughters, based in Bulgaria. We love to travel together and explore new cultures. We are also huge book lovers and we share a passion for reading.

Mishi and Mashi were the imaginary friends of the girls, and we created stories about them during our travels. We later drew them on folded paper, and soon we had several stories that we loved re-reading over and over again.

In 2019 we decided to realise our dream and published our first book about England. Greece and Italy soon followed. Soon Mishi and Mashi will be visiting Germany, Bulgaria, Spain, France and many other countries.

The autor andd her doughters

Meet Laura: Mishi and Mashi’s new illustrator!

Laura Mocelin is an illustrator and book designer from Southern Brazil.

She graduated in Architecture and Urbanism and took drawing and painting courses. Her first illustrated book was when she was 8 years old, when a teacher requested an illustrated book of a film watched in class, for a curricular activity. From then on, the idea came to fruition that education is a bridge and a door to any path.

She is currently an illustrator and layout designer specialized in children’s books and has a list of over ninety illustrated books.

Portfolio: https://lauramocelin.com/ and @lauramocelinart

Meet also our super talented illustrator Lisa, who helped Mishi and Mashi come to life. Lisa was our illustrator for the first seven books in the series Mishi and Mashi. She illustrated the books : England, Greece, Italy, Bulgaria, Germany, Spain & Portugal.

Lisa Sacchi is an Illustrator based in north Italy, she has more than five years of experience, as a freelancer in the Illustration environment, she mainly works on children’s book illustrations, cover art design, album covers, and character design. Her background was always in the artistic field, even after High school she continued her education, choosing the Belle Arti Academy where she received her degree in Fine Arts. She loves how her work keeps in contact with her inner child and that’s what allows her to create a great connection with the readers through her art.

Portfolio of Lisa: https://lisasacchi.weebly.com/

Lisa Sacchi Mishi & Mashi's Illustrator
Mishi and Mashi’s knitter, Reni

Come and meet Mishi and Mashi’s knitter, Reni, who creates our cute dolls with love and attention to detail.

Reni is not only a pro knitter but a knitted toys designer. Because she doesn’t work according to pre-set schemes but creates her models by imagination.

She is happy to knit every day because she does it with her mom – her teacher and most faithful teammate.

She loves to create because she believes it makes children happier and more creative.

You can see everything  about her on https://hmreny.com/

Meet the brand behind the wooden peg dolls….

Little Friends Bulgaria” is the brand created and developed by Denitsa Gospodinova – wife and mother, who believes that a truly good gift is a combination of emotions, aesthetics, creativity and quality…and that it should carry the soul and uniqueness of the person , to whom it is presented. It is for this reason that the motto of “Little Friends Bulgaria” is “inspired by you”.

“Little Friends Bulgaria” offer handmade wooden dolls, entirely created and manufactured in Bulgaria, the highest quality natural materials are used – certified beech wood and water-based paints.

By combining the dolls from the different collections of the brand, you can assemble your own family in the form of small wooden people or give a set to someone dear to you.

Harriet-Warren

And last but not least, meet Harriet Warren, our creative assistant. 

With over 10 years experience, Harriet has had many Assistant, Designer and Customer Roles. She thrives where creativity is the foundation. Her work with Mishi & Mashi is not only based around the day-to-day running of the brand, but she also helps with the wider picture.

“I am humbled to be part of an inspiring team with a message and a mission that means something to me.”