When you purchase a tulle and fabric tutu I know you want your item to look it's best for as long as possible. So here are a few tips to help you keep them as nice as possible so your little one can play with for days,weeks and even months to come.

Tulle tutu
1. First you should not put a tutu in the washing machine or dryer
2. If your tutu becomes wrinkly or flat use a steamer to smooth out a wrinkles and between layers to help refluff it. If you don't own a steamer a nice steamy bathroom can help with the wrinkles.
3. For spots you can spot treat it with a damp cloth or something like a Tide Pen to Go
4. If your tutu becomes smelly a light spritz with Febreze or favorite fabric refresher can help with the odors.
5. If your tutu becomes snagged you can trim that piece of tulle


Fabric tutu
1. Should not  put a tutu in the washing machine or dryer
2. If your fabric tutu becomes wrinkly you can steam it and/or use an iron on the fabric. DO not use an iron on tulle if your item also has tulle in it
3. Spot treat your fabric tutu with a  damp cloth or you can use a something like a Tide Pen to Go
4. Your tutu becomes smelly using a fabric refresher can help with the odors.
5.  It can help to trim the little strings that can come off of the fabric strips.
6. It you get a snagged piece you can trim the piece

Hope that helps if you have a bigger issue with your tulle tutu or fabric tutu please don't hesitate to ask .
 Thank you for reading

I personally love Renaissance, medieval fairs and fairy balls. They are so much fun and we are fortunate enough to have over 3 in my area and a few more in the neighboring states. You can learn some neat facts about that time (a great time to plan a theme unit if you home-school and use the fair as a fun field trip to round out the unit) and you can also let your imagination have a free day to run along side your child's and enjoy all the revelry and fantasy often alive and well at these festivals. This is a place that you can wear a costume and no one will think it one bit odd but actually condone your ability to join in on the fun.
One of my tutus and ragatus are perfect as costumes or part of a costume for such festivals.  Here are some ideas and some inspirations. No not all these pictures are mine but yes I can do that.

A Fall Fairy

Source: etsy.com viaAlicia on Pinterest

A skirt perfect for a pirate, a commoner, a witch or even a gypsy

Source: Alicia on Pinterest

Of course your little one needs to be in on the fun be it a fairy or a pirate

A woodland fairy princess at any age.

 Now I am working on a new fairy handmade wing line and will be released later this spring if all goes well and the practice rounds continue to go well.

Now no prince or princess should be seen with out their crown. Yes of course I have you covered there no matter what age you are.
These are my lace crowns but I have floral ones coming out later this spring.

We have fantasy colored lace crowns

Metal toned lace crowns

Source: Alicia on Pinterest

Jeweled and glittery lace crowns

Just remember we are all dreamers on the inside and that is an ageless age so be free to go and have a little fun and forget your physical age for just a little while. Thank you for reading.
Planning your little ones 3,6,9, and12 month pictures? How about those toddler and preschool pictures? Do you have a plan?
Here is some ideas to think about when planning your picture session.
1. Timing. If your little one takes naps on a schedule be sure to plan around those times. Also make sure to plan around a time that is not a normal meal time for your little one. One more thing make sure that you don't plan your photo session right after a trip to the doctor. You want this to be a comfortable fun event for your little one.
2.  Theme. make sure you bring along an outfit or two ( especially depending on the age) that will go with your theme, accidents happen and it is best to be prepared. If these are milestone pictures you may want to use  similar themes or backgrounds to really make the growth of your little one stand out.  You could go with an overall theme like playtime, birthday or Holiday as well to add a little fun and sweetness to the pictures. Be sure to discuss this with your photographer before hand.
3. Outfits. I do not suggest to many outfit changes as this can stress out your child. If this is family photos you could go with a color theme for your outfits. This can be visually appealing. Also if you know your photographers ideas for background or settings you could chose an outfit that will compliment the theme of the setting for your photo session. Such as a white T-shirt and jean overalls could be really cute with a toddler pulling a wagon with a few teddy bears in it outside in a park. If this is a milestone picture you could chose an outfit that can grow with your child and be used to show how much your little one has grown. One last thing on outfits for your photo session. Chose outfits that are comfortable for your little one to be in. This can help to make the whole experience more enjoyable for you and your little one.
4. Props. Your photographer will probably have props already and a few ideas for your photo session, but if you have a special heirloom or a specific item you want to use be sure to tell your photogapher before hand if at all possible. You could use a simple prop in your milestone pictures. Especially if it is an item special to your little one like a favorite teddy bear. This can also make your photo session more relaxing and enjoyable for your little one.Also make sure all of the props are safe and are being used in a safe manner. An example of this is would be propping up a barely able to sit up alone infant in front of wings on a stand (safe) on a cement floor with no padding under or around the baby (not safe).
5. Weather. Be sure to plan around the weather in your area. If it is summer and it gets extremely hot in the afternoon then plan your photo shoot to be in the morning before the heat or indoors if later in the day. Reverse that for winter. Also check with your photographer when scheduling any outdoor sessions about the ability to reschedule if there is inclement weather on the day of your photo shoot. Especially if you booked off of a special they were running.
6. Photographer. There is no need to just grab the first photographer and go. Take the time to look around. Ask some of your friends if they have a photographer they like. Look on places like twitter, pinterest and facebook. Many photographers who post on these places will have pictures posted from other sessions they have done so you can get an idea of their work ahead of time. Find out the cost up front and what that includes. Many smaller photographers run deals and specials that are just as economically priced as your in store photographers( except maybe Walmart). Also remember many smaller photographers will be more capable and willing to take the time to help you achieve some very one of kind pictures at a pace that can be more relaxing than at some of the bigger places. A smaller photographer may have fewer props or backgrounds ( or the programs to fake them) available. So talk to your top picks of photographers ahead of time to see what they can offer you.Also if you have shy child you might ask if you can set up a time for your child to meet the photographer ahead of time so your child has the opportunity to be come comfortable before you put them in front of the camera.
7. RELAX . have fun. Enjoy the time and memories you are literally making. Don't stress out over getting that perfect shot. Your little one will sense your stress and it will make the whole thing a miserable event for everyone involved. Trust your photographer who will use all their abilities to get that perfect shot for you. Also some of those not so perfect shots turn out to be more special and meaningful than the planned one. Allow your little one to be themselves. Don't push them to hold something or do something they simply don't want to. They will still give you that perfect smile when they are relaxed and having fun too.

Well thank you for reading.
Having your wedding outdoors this spring and summer?  Just because it's out side doesn't mean you have to be limited with you decor or even stifle you style.
Look at the fantastic wedding ideas
steampunk-wedding-083I love this one. They had their guest dress in steampunk or period dress  and created a canopy from branches, moss,lace, pearls and candles. It really gives the whole event such a Victorian literary romantic feel.

On a smaller budget? You could transform a simple backyard affair in to a whimsical  spring event. With some simple props. Here they strung large bulbed lights and unique umbrellas creating a fun and possibly inexpensive canopy for their event

Want to create a feeling of escape and magic? You could dos omething like this one, it is simply stunning. They transformed an average woodland scene into a dreamy almost magical escape by adding a moss ground cover. A soft fabric backdrop with lights behind it, candles and soft lighting along the isle.  The hints of silver in the accents add to the effect.
I hope some of these ideas inspired you for your own wedding. You can see more ideas on my event inspiration board on pinterest. 
You can also order sweet custom made crowns and halos for you, your bridesmaids and your flower girls from me as well as sweet flowing tutu flower girl dresses and brides maids tutus. Just go to my website and tell me what you are looking for and what kind of budget you have.  I will be more than happy to help you make your dreams come true.

My tutus make perfect outfits for birthday parties,dress up, weddings and photo shoots.
I can make a tutu any size and almost any color scheme you can think of.  My custom tutus and tutu dresses can be made as thick and full as you want.These type of tutus are perfect for fantasy to vintage weddings.  I also can make a ragatu ( tutus made of fabric), these are especially cute for country and boho weddings or events. Let's not forget both types are oh so cute for photo shoots like all those Easter and spring shoots that everyone is booking right now. They are also perfect and can be made inexpensively enough for a fun new play outfit. I also have the accessories to make them cute little outfits for any occasion.  Here are some pictures to inspire you.  To start your own custom order  click here.  Thank you for reading.

  Little miss looking cute in a handmade custom tutu A custom  tutu Sweet sisters
Loved this shot with my tutus by Picture Purple Photography one of our happy little customers red and white tutu Sweet infant crown. Would be an awesome baby shower gift customized wings
Preparing for any big event can be very stressful and planing a wedding is no exception. So when you are making your plans be sure to plan in some rest and relaxation for yourself and your soon to spouse and don't forget to do this for the two of you regularly after your big day.  Plan these times to be time for just the two of you with no discussion of your wedding, family or any other stressers. Plan something that is something that is for both of you to do together that is a neutral activity. This may even lead to a new hobby for the two of you to do together.
                Here are 10 date night ideas to inspire you whether you are planing your wedding or have been married for years. 

1. Dinner out - that's it just dinner out. Just spend an hour or more eating and talking with each other. This is a perfect way to reconnect.You can do this one with out breaking the bank by sharing a meal, watching for specials at your favorite places or even just going to McDonald's.
2. Hit your local mall - find a seat and sit and visit while people watching (pick out the couples that makes you  think you two) or walk around the mall like a pair of goofy teens taking pictures of the two of you through out the mall. This can lighten the mood and give you both a good laugh.
3. Go for a walk - Stroll through your neighborhood, at your local park or at perhaps even a city lake. Walking can help relieve stress and gives you two time to talk and just hang out.
4. TV time - Sure you watch TV all the time but take a night to make a deal of it. Pick a movie you both like, make a pallet in your living room, grab a ton of snacks and snuggle up.
5. Dinner and Dancing IN - sure sounds silly but really it can be so much more fun than doing it out. Plan a fun dinner and set up a space for the two of you to get your grove on after you eat.
6. Backyard Party for two  - mix up couple of your favorite frozen drinks and some appetizers. Set out the lawn chairs and plug in the radio to play your favorite music. Then just sit back, relax and enjoy the company.
7. Catch a show - Visit your local museum or go see the new ballet. Get a little dressed and make a night of it.
8. Go ice skating.  - sounds cliche but this is a lot fun and can bring out a lot of laughs especially if you both are capable ice skates
9.   Go for a shot - visit your local gun range together. There are usually lots of experienced people happy to help you and even if you have no desire to carry a gun it will be a time together you will be unlikely to forget.
10. Puzzle night - grab your favorite drinks and snacks, pick out a puzzle and sit around the table visiting and building the puzzle together. When the puzzle is all done. Glue it together as something to remember the fun time together.
 Well have fun and Thank you for reading.

Planning a bachelorette party or a bridal shower? Having a hard time finding that perfect gift for the bride to be?  Well I have some fun ideas for you to add to your festivities and some fun gift ideas too.

1. Grab a white t-shirt and a sharpie ...... Have your bride to be wear the shirt during your party. Have all of the guests and anyone else with well wishes sign the t-shirt during the party.

2. Plan some of these fun games from the knot http://bit.ly/YbdLup

3.  Story time..... Sit in a circle and have all the guests share some funny stories involving the bride to be and said guest. * remember to be nice with what you share this is for fun not to be mean or embarrassing

4. Scavenger hunt...... plan a scavenger hunt for the bride with fun things like... have a guy serenade you or loudly order an in appropriately named drink etc.

5. Paint ball...... do something unbachelorette party or bridal shower like and go do something like paint balling or take a cooking class.

6.  Slumber party.....enjoy a night of fun stay in spa and beauty, movies and perhaps a few games and drinks.

7. photo booth..... set up a fun photo booth for the guests to take pictures for a scrap book of the party for the bride.

8.Matching outfits.....Go out wearing shirts with your part in the big event on it or matching outfits like 80's themed or tutus( hint hint). Then take pictures as a group in as many places and as many times as possible.

9. boudoir...... Book a photographer and have fun doing each others hair and make up for some fun boudoir pictures. * Bonus the uninvited men get some really fun picture gifts for themselves. 

10. Camping..... Make a weekend of it but no need to spend $1,000's to go to Vegas. Make it more personal and economical by going camping.

Some gift ideas

1. Something Old
2. Something Blue
3. His and Her t-shirts for the honeymoon
4. A day at the spa
5. Something for the bride to wear that night and the days to come * Kind of like this hat by me https://www.etsy.com/listing/126066178/fun-cadet-style-hat
6. Something unique and handmade that is just the brides style from somewhere local or Etsy
7. lingerie gift card - yes it is still fun to give  but it is so much easier if you let the bride go find that perfect set.
8. Gag gift  - if you are going for fun just search the internet there are plenty of gag gifts to give a bride to be.
9.  Gift cards to some of the couples fave. restaurants.
10. A scrapbook for the bride to fill with all the pictures from the night, the big day and the honeymoon.
Thank you for reading.
One of the trends for weddings this year is expected to be 1920 styles. Which I just love. Those soft head fitting cloche hats and the bobs with their finger waves. Of course back then instead of curvy the emphasis was on flat so for all those not so well endowed brides to be out there this look will be for you. Plus that time era has such a romantic feel with the US coming out big onto the World Stage after WW1, things were prosperous  and many people ignoring prohibition( creating of what we know look at fondly ( as twisted as it is)of what a gangster should look like). Books like the Great Gatsby swirl with the romance of the time ( don't like to read the movie is coming this spring). The flat yet flowing flapper style dresses of the time were the first to allow girls to actually kick up their hills. Which is a perfect dress style for your reception. I personally love the hairstyles of the 1920's 30's and 40's as well as the hats. Both the hairstyle and the hair accessories/hats  were still so feminine but also modern,functional and fun. These hairstyles would be fun for your wedding style especially if you have short hair. A cute finger wave looks good in long and short hair. The make up back then was mischievous and fun with pale skin ( try a shade lighter than your own to achieve the look),dark smoky eyes, Cupid bow lips done in plums, oranges and raspberry colors, high thin eyebrows and soft cherry cheeks. Walk down the isle with these colors and you will turn heads. Your chosen stylist should be able to help you easily achieve these looks and maybe with a modern tilt to it if you so chose. Now for that walk and that dance later you may choose to take a close look at the 1920 style boon of T-Bar (strapped)heels. So loved and favored because the wouldn't slip off while dancing. You big day will not be the day to loose your shoe until you are ready to. Here are some awesome Pins I found on Pinterest showing some of the styles I mentioned in this blog from the 1920's.Thanks for reading.
Source: google.com via Shannon on Pinterest
To start all my RSS feed fans and website fans you will want to actually come to my blog site so you can see all the pictures.  I am so blessed to be a Stay at Home Mom who also runs her own business. My business really is a family ran business. Everyone pitches into help from top to bottom. My DH (support and brainstorming partner, booth builder,helper and blog/website checker), me ( the owner and brains) and all of my kids ( models,inspiration and helpers). This week I had made some new items for my etsy/website, which meant pictures of the new items. I thought I would give you a peek behind the scenes and show you some of my little helpers assisting me take some pictures.
This is what you see on the website, Etsy, Pinterest and other places.
      The following pictures are what you won't see thanks to some editing. The weather was perfect this week for pictures and one of my bushes is actually flowering so I had a very nice little spring backdrop.                    
                                             So outside we went and the fun began.

Note the little head
Experimenting with an idea Lizard had
Lizard is a great helper and picture taking really opens up her creativity and gives her an outlet for it. I love to let her throw out some ideas and to try them out. I feel it will help her see that mom takes her thoughts and opinions seriously.

                             Little  Coyote loves  being mommies little model even if the item isn't
                             quite her size. Yes that is a Halloween shirt. She loves the color and the bats.She was also picking flowers ( The flowers on my poor confused bush and weeds) for mommie whilst I was taking pictures.

                              Sunny Bunny is a perfect little model and helper. Her little smile is as sunny as
                                 her name. She couldn't resist jumping in and having mommie taking some
                                   pictures of her too. She is always one of my biggest helpers.She was helping to also entertain Coyote while I was taking "boring" non-kid pictures.

                       These last two pictures show how we started. We started with taking pictures against a black back drop ( no I don't have fancy little set up yet but I do have child laborers haha)and by the end they had taken the camera and where posing mom for pictures.   I love these moments because not only do I get some work done but I also get some bonding time with my kiddos in also.  Thank You For Reading.
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