Bambina Mia
Toddlers, Parties and a Day in the Life.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Fourteen Years Bad Luck

Genius! That's what this is! Captured in the Barnes and Noble parking lot, I spied this fabulous example of the pioneer spirit.

Apparently the driver knocked off their side mirror and cleverly duct taped a hand mirror in its place. Looking closely, it appears they've earned another 7 years' bad luck because the hand mirror is cracked, too!

Here's a tip, hand-mirror-as-side-mirror-driver-dude: Allow yourself a wider margin of error! Jackass.

My Love-Hate Relationship with Mr. T

Okay, so a little over a year ago I'd never heard of this thing called Etsy. It is now officially an obsession and this work-from-home-momma's only source of income!

When I was pregnant with sweet miss Abby I knew I wanted to stay home, but would need to bring in some additional income. I'd resigned myself to finding something brutally dull like data entry, but that would at least bring in a consistant paycheck. I never dreamed a year later I'd have a relatively successful career designing children's clothing that would allow me to be creative AND stay at home with my little one. And I owe it all to ETSY - and Mr. T. Allow me to explain.

It all began with a trip to the OC Swap Meet one fateful Sunday morning. My husband, the babe and I were just poking around when I found a booth selling some really cute onesies. I bought one, saw they were just flocked iron-on transfers, and thought - hey, I can do this. So I went on line, found some transfers and fired up the old iron. The downside to the transfers was having to be so limited to what was available in the market. I felt I had some rather novel ideas and whackadoo images I'd like to try, so I went ahead and made my own iron-ons from felt.

Now I had a bunch of stock - what to do with them? My sister recommended I try shilling them on this website featuring only hand-made items called Etsy-dot-who? I checked it out and thought... I dunno. But the price was right and I figured for such a small investment - what the hell, it beats schlepping all my stock and opening a booth at craft fairs around town (see below). Blockquote

Our humble beginnings - Naples Pancake Breakfast, May 2008

So March 6, 2008, I uploaded everything on Etsy ( and boom! My first sale in less than 24 hours! I was thrilled! Then another and another! And the funny thing was only my original designs were selling - not the mass produced iron-ons I'd planned on making my fortunes from. So those were quickly ditched as more original designs were added.

My very first sale: Orange Pop

Before I knew it I had a steady stream of sales - each one eliciting an ecstatic phone call to mom and sis (which have subsequently stopped, they're thrilled to report). So where does Mr. T come into the picture? I'll tell you.

I had a client request a custom order onesie of Mr. T as Clubber Lang from the Rocky III movie. I thought, oh that is gooood! So I made her the Rocky Mr. T and I was so inspired I made another version for my store.

Custom Mr. T as Clubber Lang from Rocky III

The second version of Mr. T - I Pity the Drool

Well, it immediately took off and has been a runaway best seller since the first day I posted him, garnering a lot of attention and leading to some phenomenal wholesale and media opportunities, like a feature in Long Beach Magazine (March 2009). For these reasons, I LOOOVE Mr. T. And for the 10,000 fucking tiny Mr. T eyebrows I've had to cut out, I HAAAATE Mr. T.

Long Beach Magazine - March, 2009

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Ina Godda Davida, Baby!

Ahhhh! Spring has sprung in the backyard and I have been planting like a mad woman. My neighbors must think I'm mildly insane for playing "musical flowers" with my garden beds as I have taken to uprooting and replanting existing blooms lately. I like to think of my plants like furniture that can be easily rearranged with a shovel and a little elbow grease.

And as I experiment, I'm learning more and more what will flourish and what will last for a week before yellowing and biting the dust. It's so much fun to finally see your babies grow and bloom and fill in. I am officially obsessed! Check out our little slice of Eden:

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Blogging Virgin No More

My first ever blogging effort! I'll be figuring this out as I go.
Expect a random stream of verbal vomit.

I guess I'll start out with a little bit about myself - quick stats:

Married to Brad the Rad
Mother of Abby the Fabulous (16 mos.)
Small business owner (
Lover of dark chocolate, trash TV, all things Italy
Newest passion - gardening

I will most likely be blogging and sharing pics about all of the above.

Stay tuned :)