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Worth the Wait

Last year, I got this crazy idea to make tutus. Then, I realized that they are expensive to make, time consuming, shed glitter all over my house, and I hate them. Then, on top of that, they didn’t sell well.

Well, sometimes I get angry and frustrated and end up doing whatever I can to get rid of a piece I hate. Now, I don’t hate these tutus for any other reason than the fact that I am still picking glitter out of my couch and they didn’t sell. I am so sick of looking at them! So sick!

So, I had made a decision that for these next couple of craft fairs I was doing, I was going to GREATLY reduce the cost of these tutus, to just barely cover the cost of materials. I was that sick of looking at them.

Then…today…chaching. I actually sold the first one I made. The adorable fluffy green monster that I made my kid go out and model practically barefoot. For it’s normal price. To a lady on the other side of the world.

And that…that made it worth it…that is why you don’t give up…even when you are so sick of looking at something.

 

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The Littlest Princess

Anyone that knows me, knows my heart belongs to a little girl who lives entirely too far away from me. I was there for her parents first date, I was there when her dad came up with his incredible proposal, I was devastatingly not there when they were married, as my command would not grant me leave because prototype sucks, but I was there the day this beautiful little girl was born. I remember her poor momma, she just would not go into labor. It was awful. She was miserable…and when she finally did, well, that isn’t my story to tell, but suffice to say that it was a very long, painful, scary night for everyone involved. But, there is no doubt in my mind that her mom is 150% positive that this little girl was worth every second of it.

I have mostly watched her grow up in photos. I was stationed in Japan when she was born and was there until she was 2. Now she is 4, and even though I am back in the US, they have moved in support of her dad’s ministry, and are further from me than I ever wanted. So, phone calls, photographs, facebook, and an annual visit is what keeps me going when it comes to this little lady. I sent her a book one year for Christmas, it was a recordable book and has me reading a Christmas story to her. She has always recognized my voice, and I am sure that is why.

There is nothing I wouldn’t do for this girl. So, when her super special 4th birthday was coming up, I knew I had to make her feel wonderful. So, I had a great idea, she was taking a ballet class and in love with it. So, I figured that what she needed, and would probably love, would be a cute new outfit for dance classes. So, her momma took some measurements for me, we talked about colors, and I made her a full tutu dress. A skirt was not nearly enough for me. 🙂

Her momma is always amazing enough to send me photos of her opening gifts, and wearing them or playing with them. And that thrills me so much. Not only do I love seeing pictures of my fantastic niece, but it is always really neat to see photos of people, especially kids, enjoying the stuff I make.

 

  

I have one dress listed, a few skirts ready to be listed, and I always am open for custom orders, in case you are interested in a dress yourself. 🙂

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Is It You Tink?

If you haven’t realized it by now, my family has a real passion for Disney and Disneyland. So, our minds almost immediately go to Disney, almost anytime we see something. I started making this green tutu dress for St Patricks Day. I figured green, sparkly, cute little leprechaun princess, right? Well, the very moment that I finished it and held it up, my 9 year old daughter looks at it and goes, “Oh!! It’s a Tinkerbell costume!” It hadn’t even occurred to me. I actually added the shoulder straps to make it look less like Tink, as that was not my goal. But, it turned out fabulous, and I do love it, especially as a Tink costume.

These dresses are actually really, really easy to work up. I made a super stretchy top, about 8in long, using a HDC and alternating between FLO and BLO in order to keep it super stretchy, and on the very bottom two (or three or four, or however many layers you plan on using tulle in) use a double crochet! Do NOT try to pull tulle through a HDC or SC…I know…because I screwed that up with this and it sucked. A lot. All of the other ones I made, I made sure to figure out how many layers I wanted first and then use a DC on that many bottom rows (or rounds, depending on how you work it).

Once I get my photos edited and up, I will be posting a big, long tutorial on how to make these skirts and dresses. But, for now, that is my two cents on how to not want to kill yourself at the end of one of these guys.

Oh! And Hobby Lobby has tulle on sale for 50% at least one week a month…it was all last week, and if I remember correctly, it should be every other week (everything else is), so it should be 50% off next week. And tulle is EXPENSIVE…because you need a lot…so buy it at 50%. It is worth the wait…seriously…This dress used like 5 or 6 rolls of tulle.

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