Saturday, March 23, 2013

The Little Folk e-zine

Recently I was approached by an amazing señorita who asked me if I wanted to share my story with her new mag called 'The Little Folk', as I researched it I read that 'it's a journal of lovely things for little people' and that's all I needed to know to fall in love and want to get involved.  

In this journey I have been very lucky to meet wonderful people such as 'E' and it makes me happy and proud to know that other mamas are working hard to look after their babies and to follow their new dreams and adventures....balancing family life and running your own business is challenging to say the least but doing both with love is the key and accept that somedays you're not going to get much done....

To read the first issue of 'The Little Folk' e-zine go to ttp:// the kettle on, take out your cutest cup fill it with your most calming tea and chill out because you will love every page.  We are on page 146....we hope you like the visual fiesta!

Keep the site on your favourites and keep reading this little piece of sunshine!!!

amor y paz


Monday, June 11, 2012

Queens Birthday Latin Style

In honour of the Queens birthday, I have decided to show you how to make a piñata that you pull instead of bash with a get your party on and celebrate Latin style!!!

Piñata time is probably my fave thing about childrens brings back so many memories of my childhood. That's me with my birthday Pinatas...and my pretty dresses!!

If you aren't familiar with what a piñata is, here are some facts:
  • Traditionally used in Latin American countries to celebrate a birthday or special occasions
  • They are made out of paper mache and wire/cardboard molded into a shape, and then covered in strips of shredded coloured crepe paper.  They are filled with lollies and treats, hung and each child gets a turn to hit the pinata with a stick until it breaks and lollies fall out. 
  • The piñatas originated from the Aztecs in Mexico, to celebrate the birdthday of the god Huitzilopochtli (the god of war, sun and human sacrifice) which is probably why the stick goes with the piñata. 
This tutorial is to demonstrate how to turn an already made piñata into an easier, less dangerous and more practical activity for the little ones.  My little chicas never wanted to 'bash' the pinata which was normally made into the shape of an animal or Dora as they didn't want to hurt I got creative and turned it into something that they could join in too.

You'll need:

1 Pinata (discount stores/party shops/sparties spotlight)
1 packet of helium balloon string/ribbons (Sparties Spotlight/party shops)
bags of treats

Choose a pinata that has a large flat base

Make sure you have enough strings for all the kids attending the party

Fill it with lollies, small treats, presies etc...make sure that they are individually wrapped

Make sure when you seal it, it's tight enough to hold the weight
of the lollies, when you hang it at the party you might need to loosen it...

Hang it, grab a string and PULL.

Happy birthday Queen're never too old to have a pinata at your party!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

We're threaded

I love showing Allegra (4) how to make the things that I used to make in my childhood like the friendship bracelets.

We sit and talk and plait and knot the threads together and wear them happily. She has made a list of all her friends and cousins whe wants to give friendship bracelets to....she's so sweet as she thinks about that person when she's choosing the colours and charm.

I love this time it reminds me of my childhood whilst Allegra creates hers.

AVE will be creating friendship bracelets with a twist....

x M

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Got the bug

I've been a little sick the past few days, nothing serious just a bug.
Not big into the meds but rather always works for me.....probably because I get to sit down on the couch, relax and just let the needle dance on the fabric and it makes me happy.

Love bird

These birdy embroidery illustrations are inspired by a collection of my favourite things that make me happy; Colour, pattern, birds, Genine Z (an amazing Chilean artist living in Mexico) and treasures...
I picked up these Australiana bird cards in an op shop...(regret not getting more) they are the perfect collection for a bird lover.

I wish these pretty little birds would start flapping their wings and fly all around my head (and like Cinderella's little birds, maybe help me clean the house a little)...!

mucho amor

x M

Monday, February 13, 2012

Sweet Valentine!

Meet my sweet valentines!!! My beautiful husband and my gorgeous girls....I am so lucky to have them in my life. They are my loves, my home, my life is complete!. Unconditional and eternal love to the power of infinity! (and I'm not exagerating)

Love creates love!

Happy St Valentine's Day!


Monday, February 6, 2012


My hours are turning into days, the days are turning into weeks. time just doesn't I am learning how to STOP>BREATH > ABSORB.

Looking back at my week I wanted to share with you my fave moments....oh and by the way, I am also posting in Spanish to celebrate AVE's heritage, but if you're my Spanish teacher or my mami or papi reading this, I apologise for any mistakes!

Mis horas se combierten entre dias, dias entre semanas. El tiempo simplemente no para...entonces yo voy a PARAR>RESPIRAR>ABSORBER

Viendo mi a mi ultima semana queria compartir con ustedes mis momentos favoritos....oh y boy a escribir en Español para celebrar el patrimonio de AVE, pero si usted es mi profesora de Español o mi mami o papi leyendo esto, perdonenme por los errores!

Ice cream van....4 choc cones please!
Sorbete....4 conos de chocolate por favor!

Making wishes
Pidiendo deseos

Tienen un dollar?

Pistachio love
Amor de pistacho

much love
mucho amor

x M

Saturday, January 28, 2012

plate it up!

Our Matisse is staying true to her 20 months she is a little artist! We've found her drawing on the walls, the couch, the floor and then on her plate....the strawberries were tipped over and her pink bowl was decorated with a purple texta. As a mamma, my first instict was to correct her behaviour but as an artist I totally got what she was doing.

I'm so lucky to have such sweet, creative and funny daughters who present me with this gift everyday, it's a pleasure to channel it via AVE.

Here are some pieces I created to test Matisses' decorating theory and I think I like, thanks baby girl!

Soon you'll be serving it up AVE style! and coming soon......YAY!!!