Patello - Draw Act, National Gallery of Victoria (NGV); photography: tiny & little

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.

Pastello - Draw Act, National Gallery of Victoria (NGV); photography: tiny & little
Pastello - Draw Act, National Gallery of Victoria (NGV); photography: tiny & little
Pastello - Draw Act, National Gallery of Victoria (NGV); photography: tiny & little
Pastello - Draw Act, National Gallery of Victoria (NGV); photography: tiny & little

Pierrot la Lune AW2014; photographer: Rasmus Mogensen, stylist: Marie Graunbøl

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.

Pierrot la Lune AW2014; photographer: Rasmus Mogensen, stylist: Marie Graunbøl
Pierrot la Lune AW2014; photographer: Rasmus Mogensen, stylist: Marie Graunbøl
Pierrot la Lune AW2014; photographer: Rasmus Mogensen, stylist: Marie Graunbøl
Pierrot la Lune AW2014; photographer: Rasmus Mogensen, stylist: Marie Graunbøl

garlic, hankies and hugs by Michelle C. Monaghan; kids book review by tiny & little

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 by Michelle C. Monaghan; kids book review by tiny & little

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.

 

Izzy & Em, girls accessories; photography and styling by Natalie Barnes
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…

Izzy & Em, girls hair accessories; photography and styling by Natalie Barnes
Izzy & Em, girls hair accessories; photography and styling by Natalie Barnes
Izzy & Em, girls hair accessories; photography and styling by Natalie Barnes
Izzy & Em, girls hair accessories; photography and styling by Natalie Barnes

 

Fibber and Googly Eyes family board games review by tiny & little

I love traditions and how we can celebrate family through simple pleasures, and the family table is one of my favourite places because of them. I think each of us have our own traditions and hearing what others do has always fascinated me. It’s like peering through an open window to catch a glimpse of another household and seeing into their life for a fleeting moment.

There are a few traditions here at tiny & little, some are old and go back generations while others were introduced by my own little ones. From using the same cake server for every birthday cake, a beautiful silver one that was handed down from an aunt and makes us wish she was at the table with us, to our daily ritual at dinnertime of each having a turn saying what our favourite thing was that day, we have shared and made many memories around the family table.

Each Sunday night we can be found at the family table, enjoying one of our traditions – board games night. After Sunday dinner, together we clear the table and set up the game of the week. It’s all in family fun. stopping only when the yawns appear signalling that we need to wind down for bed. These past few weeks we have been enjoying two new family board games, Fibber and Googly Eyes and have two new hits for our Sunday night fun.

Fibber board game, by Crown and Andrews

Fibber is a fun game aimed at 7+ years, but is a simple game to follow so younger players can join in too. In this game, you need to play your cards in an order and if you don’t have the card you need, you play a different card but say it’s the one you were meant to play… then hope you don’t get caught fibbing! In a nod to a classic children’s story, if you get caught lying your nose will grow. At the end of the game, the person with the shortest nose wins. This game is funny to play, especially with kids who aren’t good at fibbing…

Googly Eyes by Crown and Andrews

The other board game we’re loving right now is Googly Eyes, which is a drawing game with a twist. There are prompt cards of what to draw with three difficulty levels to choose from, and each level has a corresponding set of crazy, coloured lenses that make it hard to see while you’re drawing. The little artists here giggle madly as they look through the lenses to draw, all while trying to beat the clock. Some of the drawings are definitely keepsakes! If you like the look of these games too, both are from games specialist, Crown and Andrews and we’d recommend checking them out.

Do you do a board games night too? Or do you have other family traditions? I’d love to hear them in the comments!

 

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 in any way, however we received a copy of these games for review purposes.

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