Behind the Scenes with Kayo from mi cielo

I’m as excited as a bird with a french fry this morning as I put the final touches on the {KID} independent World T-shirt Tour, which is kicking off tomorrow morning! Yippee! To get you in the mood for a whole-lotta-t-shirty-love, I have a behind the scenes interview with Hawaiian designer Kayo from mi cielo. I also have free tee to giveaway!

mi cielo kids t-shirts, Mr. T, Elmo, Handmade, Applique, Ninja

Mi cielo is…

Made with love, mi cielo was born from a desire to create something unique and playful for my own child, Tristan. After a few months into new motherhood, I was tired of my baby boy’s basic boring clothing. So I began hand-stitching felted flair to add a bit of variety to his wardrobe, and mi cielo was born.

Next thing I know, I have a gigantic pile of appliquéd clothing in our bedroom! My husband told me to start selling them so that we can get our space back, and that’s how mi cielo was born! I believe every single little one is so unique and special in his/her existence, especially for his/her family, so forget mass production! I want to create a one and only special item for every single little one and their family!

My artistic/educational background is…

I have a degree in international business. I’ve always loved art and took quite a few art classes in college. I remember when one of my art teachers told me that I should major in art, I told him “No way! Who can make a living  out of art!?” and here I am…

My favourite materials to work with are…

FELTS! 100% recycled eco felts to be exact. They are so soft and feel great in your hands. So colorful & fun! Very easy to deal with, and you get to be green!

mi cielo children's t-shirt characters

The motto I live by is…

Live in a moment with a clear future plan in your head & soul!

Three things that make me smile each day are…

  1. My son’s face when he’s sleeping.
  2. Chocolate.
  3. Stupid but irresistible realty TV shows.

If I were a superhero, my super power would be…

The ability to keep on going full force with no sleep! I just don’t have enough time in a day, so that would be superb!

My secret talent is…

Salsa dancing! I used to teach it in Texas, New York, and Tokyo, but haven’t been able to dance much since I had my son.

mi cielo kids t-shirts, Star Wars, Yoda, Handmade, Applique

Three things most people don’t know about me are…

  1. I’m a crazy backpacker! I’ve traveled to about 45+ countries so far. I’m running out of time since I want to visit the rest of countries in the world before I die.
  2. I’m a very shy person.
  3. I’ve never watched a Star Wars movie in my life.

My go to song for singing karaoke is…

September by Earth Wind & Fire.

Currently residing on my bedside table is…

Lavender aroma oil (help sleep), candies (for my dry throat), photos from my recent India trip (to dream about my next escape), and glasses (because I’m pretty much blind w/o my contact lenses).

World T-shirt Tour 2012

Enter below to win a children’s t-shirt of your choice from the mi cielo collection (prize value $25, excludes custom orders and combos).

Competition - Giveaway - WinTo enter this week’s giveaway, simply visit mi cielo, peruse the current collection, and then submit your answer through the Rafflecopter widget below. You can also score extra entries into the prize draw by joining us on Facebook or tweeting about the giveaway. Ends on 6 September, 2012. Open worldwide!

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