Nov 30, 2010

How to give MUCHA LANA christmas craft

Lana (wool) is the Mexican slang word for money. In Mexico sheep figurines are given as symbolic Christmas gifts to wish an auspicious year. They must be placed at the house entrance and remain there all year long. If you want to give money these holidays, here is a cute way to present it. Watch the following slideshow to learn how to make one, and put Mucha Lana inside, don't be cheap!

Nov 17, 2010

simple idea

This simple idea is now part of my closet as well as the project of two young Italian designers, Erika Zorzi & Matteo Sangalli, who are the authors of 02 mathery, an interesting open-source website about Ideas. Thanks Erika and Mateo for the opportunity to participate. Here is the idea as it was featured in 02 mathery.

Nov 12, 2010

Mexican Miracle Charms

I was inspired by the Mexican tin hearts image above - printed by gusano de luz, Mexico - to make a paper charms mobile. I discovered recently that they are miracle charms! I had no idea, I was just fascinated by the designs. Devoted people in Mexico, go to church and attach little metal charms to an image of a chosen Saint to ask for protection or help, these small metal charms come in many shapes depending on each person needs. The Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary are traditional Roman Catholic devotional images, a person in love and in need of help with a relationship or a heart condition would choose a heart shaped charm to ask for help. I guess my home will be full of love, if I keep hanging my paper heart charms along my walls. To learn more about this interesting objects and tradition go to this site.

Nov 2, 2010

Día de Muertos

Today is Día de Muertos here in Mexico and I decided to make a paper mobile inspired in Mexican sugar skulls. Some of the most popular designs have flowers instead of orbits, which I think makes the skull more playful ... or should I say lively?