Ave Mariabell Designs Blog

  • Bucket List of Cities (Part 2)

    Humans are endlessly curious and always wanting to explore. My minimalist art tells a story of not only the places you have traveled to, but also places you want to go. It started with a simple, but large-scale mural of the city that changed my life – Toronto, on my bedroom wall. With more skylines […]
  • Bucket List of Cities

    It is a sad day in art and architectural history today as the iconic monument, the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was engulfed by a fire. Although I have never personally visited this beautiful architectural masterpiece – it is an icon that makes part of the silhouette in my Paris Skyline design, and an icon […]
  • Travel is a Universal Love

    Today, like every year on this day, I am celebrating an unconventional Valentines Day. I am celebrating my love affair with art. And my love for the tiny victories I have had with my art venture – see below some of the latest and greatest news and art at Ave Mariabell Designs. My biggest 2019 victory […]
  • Pura Vida

    The meaning of life. I made a mistake. I had it all wrong. For a long time, my life was a series of events driven by the desire to achieve more, be more, acquire more, and constantly compete. The culture that surrounds the mentality of, “go big or go home,” or “sleep until your dead,” […]
  • Life Changing Travel

    THANK YOU FOR HELPING US REACH OUR GOAL!  We are so happy to announce that we reached our goal to raise $1,000 to help build homes in villages within Costa Rica! Although we didn’t reach our original ambitious goal to send three volunteers, we are sending one volunteer to participate in the Build Abroad program. […]
  • Project City Love: Volunteer Trip for April 2018

    In case you haven’t already heard; Ave Mariabell Designs is fundraising for a volunteer trip to help build homes in villages around the globe!! We are an online retailer, and an advocate for life-changing travel and volunteering abroad. When you purchase a skyline memento from Ave Mariabell Designs, a portion of all proceeds go to our #ProjectCityLove campaign. […]
  • Top Ten Items I Would Not Leave Without When Traveling.

    Sincerely, Ave Top Ten items I would not leave without when traveling. 1. My converse shoes. Recently I walked these babies all over Toronto, Montreal, New York, Detroit and soon I will wear them somewhere exotic in South America.  The best part about these shoes is that they are super comfortable to wear and if you […]
  • Top Ten Reasons Why I Love Toronto.

    Beyond the fact it was voted as one of the most liveable cities in the world by the Economist in 2014, these are my top ten reasons why I love Toronto. Because of the walkability. If you live and work downtown everything is conveniently located. From your local grocery store to the local pub. In the first year […]
  • Why leaving behind everything you know can change your life.

    A year ago I decided to leave everything I knew well, behind; my family, my friends, my country and my comfort zone. I left to live and work in a country on the other side of the world. While the road has not been easy I have no regrets and I would recommend this experience […]