I had that moment yesterday when I did the maths and realised that there are only two weeks left until September. Fourteen days until we can hope for spring to burst forth with her floral beauty and her warm breezes. I was feeling relaxed and happily carefree imagining the fun we’d have in the season ahead, then it dawned on me… that also means only two weeks until issue one of the tiny & little magazine comes out. EEP! And only two more weeks to catch this free and fantastic activity at the NGV International that I’ve been meaning to write about for some time.

If you can make it to NGV International in the next fortnight, you’ll be able to catch Pastello – Draw Act, a crayon-filled space where creativity meets fun. Ever wondered what it feels like to draw with your head? Find out here! Daydreamed about what a drawing with your feet would look like? Make that dream a reality! This superbly fun space is for the young and young at heart, and you might find yourself wanting to join in with the kids… There are numerous crayon installations from walls to pendulums to areas where you roll enormous crayon balls, as well as smaller workstations where artistic magic happens with crayon-dipped cutlery.

This is a fantastic activity to do in Melbourne with kids and the artist of the tiny & little household and I will be visiting again in the next fortnight. It closes on August 31, 2014 so we better hurry. Ready, set, and… DRAW!

You can find out more about Pastello – Draw Act here on the NGV website and check out a review from our friends over at Meetoo here.

Danish brand Pierrot la Lune has released the second collection since launching in January 2014, and it is DIVINE. Designed by Emilie Ventujol, who learned to sew from her grandmother, the collection is a beautiful tribute to two designers that held a special place in her grandmother’s heart, ceramist Gertrud Vasegaard and weaver Lis Ahlmann. In this collection the fabric of a shirt carries the same life as in the ceramist´s vases while the ikat weaving in a tunic is a small tribute to Ahlmann´s play with ethnic references in the Nordic craftsmanship.

The tone of this collection is stunning, the colours of the prints and the floral patterns taking my breath away, which is also a nod to the hours Emilie spent at her grandmother’s home and fell in love with the colours and shapes she translates into children’s fashion today. About the creative process, Emilie says, “It was important for me to let the fabrics take the lead and allow the prints and textures of the fabric be a springboard for shaping the clothes.”

Not only are the colours and cut simply beautiful, but the main part of the Pierrot la Lune collection is produced in organic, GOTS-certified cotton and the knitwear is manufactured in Alpaca wool from the Bolivian highlands in South America. Knitted garments are handmade by Bolivian women who work under Fairtrade conditions and through this work, they are able to support their families and secure schooling for their children. It’s wonderful to know that children can be dressed stylishly and comfortably while helping other families.

This beautiful campaign was photographed by Danish fashion photographer Rasmus Mogensen and styled by Marie Graunbøl, creating this captivating imagery. I fell in love at first sight and if you do too, you’ll want to scoot straight over here to Pierrot la Lune.

Things have been really quiet here at tiny & little for the last month, haven’t they! Let’s just say there has been a lot of garlic, hankies (well, tissues) and hugs, so many hugs. There have also been sleepless nights, long days and even longer days until we began to wonder when the bad run was going to end. We looked after each other the best we could but I must admit there were times when it felt like we needed Lady Luck to give us a hand to shoo the bad vibes away.

Lately we’ve been reading the book garlic, hankies and hugs by Michelle Monaghan, a sweet book that embraces Greek culture in Melbourne and talks about just that – family looking out for each other. Some Greeks believe a person can catch the evil eye or matiasma from someone else’s jealousy, leaving them feeling sick and in need of a special prayer or word. This is where skortha comes in, the Greek word for garlic and which tradition holds you can say to ward off evil spirits, while spitting can be used to keep the devil away.

In this charming picture book that celebrates multiculturalism and diversity, we join a little Greek girl’s visit to her Nanna. As she reaches her Nanna’s house she’s excited about the familiar smells from Nanna’s kitchen and the soon to be family meal, but before the meal comes tradition. Each of the family are greeted by Nanna as she follows the tradition of saying skortha and spitting to banish evil spirits, an act of grandmotherly love to care for her family.

This picture book is aimed at children 4-10 years and is a perfect way to show children how in different cultures we have different traditions to celebrate. Author Michelle Monaghan uses rhyming verse to take us inside her own family’s kitchen to learn about this tradition, which remains to this day as her Nanna continues to greet her with the word skortha.

garlic, hankies and hugs is a wonderful introduction to celebrating Greek culture and tradition as well as a great opportunity to talk about things we traditionally do to protect and care for our own families, because the basis of the skortha and spitting is looking after those we care about. We love learning about cultures different to our own and the traditions of other homes, and would recommend this book for little ones to learn about and celebrate Greek culture.

garlic, hankies and hugs by Michelle Monaghan is available from local and online bookstores. For more information, visit garlic, hankies and hugs on Facebook.

garlic, hankies and hugs
Author: Michelle Monaghan
Illustrator: Laura Wood
ISBN: 978-0-987588-5006-7
Publisher: JoJo Publishing


tiny & little makes every effort to undertake reviews fairly and transparently. The views expressed in this review are the personal views of the reviewer and this review was not sponsored or paid for, however we received a copy of this book for review purposes.



As soon as I saw these sweet accessories from Izzy & Em, “sugar and spice and all things nice, that’s what little girls are made of” popped into my mind. Do you remember that rhyme too? These beautiful clips and hair ties took me straight back to my Grade 1 school photo which involved little curls tied up in pigtails. I can’t remember what was holding them in, but I’d like to imagine it was lovely hair ties like these.

Izzy & Em come from my hometown of Melbourne and make lovely accessories for women and girls. Their hair ties and clips are adorable and come in all the colours of the rainbow, using gorgeous fabrics like Liberty and Japanese and organic cotton. What’s especially wonderful is that they’re only $2.50 each so looking adorable doesn’t need to cost the earth.

If you love lovely accessories too, be sure to pop over to Izzy & Em and make the tough decision of when to stop purchasing… is there such a thing as too many hair accessories? When they’re as pretty as these, I think not…


One of my favourite things watching children grow up is that time when they speak up and say “THIS is my style.” and then tell you how they want to dress or want their room to look. Those moments when they ask questions and suggest something different to what we’ve always done make my heart swell because I want them to do that. I want them to challenge me and what has always been as they discover who they really are and make their own authentic mark in the world.

Lately I’ve noticed this emerging more and more with Mr Little. He’s quick to say that he’s eight and a half and that he wants to wear black all the time. While he rides his black skateboard. He knows how he wants to look and he knows what feels right for him. It makes me smile because I love that he proudly says “This is who I am.”

With being a big eight and a half year old comes the desire to move from the room of a preschooler to something more grown up. He’s ready to move on from some of the things he’s always had in his room, and I get it. He wants to feel that his space is a reflection of who he is and the boy he has grown up to be. So, my head is in the space of planning and sketching for a room makeover for him. Nightlights and cuddly toys will make room for music speakers, his surfboard and his skateboards. His reading couch will give up its space for a quiet zone for him to continue the illustrative books he loves creating and to sort his footy cards over and over. He’ll move from blue and green to black and white.

Inspired by that, this week’s lovely list of rooms is ten beautiful black and white rooms for babies and kids.

Room sources: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10