this is how it all began... UPON HEARING ABOUT STICKY BELLIES®, THE FIRST QUESTION PEOPLE USUALLY ASK IS... "HOW'D YOU THINK OF THAT?" To which I respond with the rambling story you're about to enjoy below, as they nod off, and wake up just in time to say, "Brilliant! I love it! Can I buy 100 of them?" (Yep, that's exactly what happens. Every. Single. Time.) AS A CHILD IN THE EARLY 1980'S, MY MOM OWNED A FABULOUS COMPANY CALLED "THE SWEAT SHOP" (SO NON-PC, MOM!) She created custom appliqued sweatsuits embellished with enough sequins, fringe, and glitter to make Elton John jealous. So, you can imagine that my sister and I never showed up to any celebration without an appropriately thematic sweatsuit. Yeah, we were "those girls." From head to toe - we were a walking Hallmark card, proclaiming holiday wishes through our appliqued corduroy pumpkins or gold foil hearts. WHEN MY OWN DAUGHTER WAS BORN, I KNEW I HAD TO DOCUMENT AND CELEBRATE HER GROWTH BY TAKING A MONTHLY PHOTO AND KEEP WITH THE FAMILY TRADITION OF HAVING A SPECIAL SHIRT FOR HER TO WEAR. It would allow me to know how old she was in the pictures and make for adorable pictures to share with family and friends in online photo albums and on Facebook. Unfortunately (or fortunately), I had neither the time nor the skill required to make twelve custom appliqued onesies for my newborn daughter and knew there had to be an easier way. The pre-made custom onesies I found were expensive, especially when they would only be worn on ONE day for a brief five-minute photo shoot. Sitting in our living room one night and thinking back fondly on the tacky sweatsuits of my youth, I said to my husband, "Someone needs to create something that would LOOK like it was an permanent applique, but could be removed after the picture is done without ruining the shirt." HIS BRILLIANT, LIFE-CHANGING RESPONSE..."WHY DON'T YOU?" For dramatic effect, I'll tell you that lightning struck, rainbows appeared, glitter fell from the ceiling and the Sticky Bellies® logo suddenly appeared on my living room wall. That was the moment. sticky bellies® was born. Why do I share this story with you? Because I know you all have all muttered those words - "Why doesn't someone..." or "Someone really needs to..." Yet, we never consider that the someone could be US. Think about that next time those words come out of your mouth. THAT SOMEONE COULD BE YOU. I hope it is, and I can't wait to hear about it!