As in all cultures, nothing is such a blessing as a new bambino! This Collection celebrates new arrivals with hand embroidered pieces and fun ceramics centered around the lucky ladybug!
The ladybug is known as a porta fortuna or bearer of good luck. In Italian culture, they are thought to be very good luck for new born babies, and so depictions of the lovely little creature can commonly be found in nurseries. The story goes that, in Medieval Europe, farmers were desperately trying to defend their crops from garden pests. They prayed to The Virgin Mary for help, and soon they began to see small red beetles with seven black spots in their fields. The presence of those beetles seemed to miraculously save their crops, and the farmers named their new little friends “Our Lady’s Beetle” in reference to The Virgin Mary, as she is commonly depicted wearing a red cloak. While maybe not a miracle, their presence was definitely fortunate. The Ladybug, as it is now called, is a natural predator of harmful garden pests such as aphids, and are still used as a natural form of pesticide in gardens! So you will note this lucky little creature is a thread throughout our collection
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