Who are you?
My name is LaVae Mathis & I am the creator of Bella Atto. I am so excited that you’re here and hope that you will take a moment to say hello!
My personal website is here -> LaVae Mathis
Or, to find me on social media, click here ~> Let’s Be Friends
How did you come up with the name Bella Atto?
We all know Bella is Italian for Beautiful but Atto is unfamiliar to many as it was to me when I started thinking about what to name my original website. Although, I have not yet been to Italy, I love Italian design! And of course, Italian food & wine, right?! Who’s with me on that? And, my favorite movie of all time is Under the Tuscan Sun! So I opted for Atto attached to Bella for Bella Atto. Atto translated individually is Act or Gesture. Bella Atto together translates as Beautiful Place. Do you like it?
What inspired you to create Bella Atto?
I have been an accountant for many years and although I had a great day job as the Controller of an engineering firm & worked with some fantastic people, once my husband & I became empty-nesters (Yep, it’s true, our kids are all leading sweet & successful lives as grown-ups now & btw, we’re very proud of them!) I needed a new baby of sorts, & a creative outlet. I started asking the universe what I should do? Then, I was admiring a piece of artwork given to me by a friend that was lost unexpectedly and I thought about how much that gift meant to me, especially now that he’s in heaven. You can read about that here -> Art Gifting. – The Bella Atto Gift Story
Then I thought about how much I love gifting in general. My mother practiced a religion when I was a child that disbarred Christmas and Birthday giving along with other holiday celebrations. As a child I always felt I was missing out. Not just on getting gifts but giving them as well! Although, I still have friends who practice the same, I did not adopt the same religious beliefs as an adult and in fact adore these celebrations in many ways. So, here I am, in the midst of thinking about things I miss, making something I love come to life in what I hope inspires others; Gifting! It’s like I’ve heard people say in that, sometimes.. what you don’t get in life gives you something else. Bella Atto is my something else and you can read more here -> To Give Is Beautiful!
How do you find the great things you share here and at Bella Atto?
Bella Atto is an affiliate advertiser rather than a store. As an affiliate advertiser, Bella Atto has access to a wide range of products via our available partnerships with thousands of merchants. Bella Atto brings you some of the best choices on our gifting website within 5 price ranges and theme showcases.
This blog To Live Is Beautiful is the sister site to Bella Atto. It is the consolidation of a variety of endeavors I decided to pursue adjacent to Bella Atto. After vacating my accounting job, I decided to gather up much of what I was enjoying and consolidate them into this blog. So it now encompasses many of the things I love & that love to share.
What other interests do you enjoy personally?
My husband and I are both pretty simple people. We enjoy finding ways to make life fun and beautiful (Bella that is), in our own ways, without breaking the bank as they say. We enjoy the same things as most of you: time with family, getting outdoors, good food, movies, light travel, enhancing our home life, etc. amid this and that of your typical middle class lifestyle.
We were blessed with 3 children between us and they have all grown up to be the kind of people you’re so proud to know even if you weren’t related to them. We enjoy time with them when we can to include their families and our sweet, sweet, sweet grandbabies too! We’re so blessed!
We are also dog lovers. We had 2 dogs which we affectionately refered to as our four-pawed children & I’ll just call them Big & Little here because they were in fact, ‘BIG & wittle’. Big was our Lion Hunter – the Rhodesian Ridgeback that was over-sized for his breed weighing as much as me on most days & Little was a Maltese coming in at only 8 pounds or so. They were quite the pair and kept us delightfully busy much of the time when we’re at home. They had both passed away come 2017, but we had added Zuzu Sugars to our pack. She is a delightful Canaan Dog that we adore. We spend a lot of our time enjoying her and you’ll find posts about her here as well.
More FAQs coming soon.
Have a Fabulous Day & Happy Lady Bug Hunting! If you’ve seen Under the Tuscan Sun, you know what that means! 😉 Cheers!