Feature Friday Presents:
Missy Mae Tutus
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Missy Mae Tutus is a stay at home mom of four wonderful children whom she calls her three princes and one princess. Her interests include scrapbooking, photography, and various crafts which led her to tutu’s, headbands, and dresses for her daughter. After spending time talking with her and asking her a few questions, which you can read below, it’s obvious that she is one talented Mom! She puts her family first but when she has time to settle down and be a little crafty she has an amazing eye and talent for what she does. Another quality that stands out to me is her patience and dedication. She know’s not everything comes out perfectly but sometimes it’s the imperfections that make it even better. I have loved getting to know her and I bet you would too 😉
What got you interested in crafting?
I have been doing some type of craft for as long as I can remember. My mom taught ceramic classes when I was a child and I was always painting something. I have always loved to draw and started scrapbooking about 14 years ago. I have always loved photography and still remember the thrill when I got my first real camera…a kodak disc. My mother sewed many of my clothes when I was growing up, but I didn’t really take on the sewing hobby on my own until about 2 years ago. Once I had children of my own, my mom and I would make Halloween costumes together. One year I was left almost totally on my own and left to trial and error and, of course, lots of phone calls to my mom.
What has been your favorite project to make and why?
I don’t know if I could just pick one favorite project. I have so many that I have finished…and so many I have unfinished! I guess recently, my favorite is the headband I made for my 4-year-old daughter to wear to be the crown bearer for the High School Prom. The headband took a long time but was perfect with the dress I made her. I would love to start taking orders for this type of band, I think they would be perfect for flower girls or First Holy Communions or really any special occasion.
What’s the secret behind your etsy name?
My daughter’s name is Scarlett Mae. When she was born we would call her “Miss Scarlett”, “Mae” , “Miss Mae”, or “Missy Mae”. So when I started making tutus to sell a few years ago and I needed a name….I used Missy Mae Tutus.
If you could open up a shop in your town what would you call it and what would it be like?
If I opened a store in my home town, it would definitely be girly. For little girls and big girls:) It would have all handmade things in it… and if they weren’t handmade they would definitely be made in the USA. It would be in one of the old buildings in our down town and have all the vintage original woodwork and tin ceilings. I would not only sell things, but have parties where people or kids could actually create and make things themselves…whether it be scrapbooking, sewing, baking, jewelery making, anything crafty you could come to a class and learn or have a birthday party and learn. Of course it would be called Missy Mae Boutique.
What is the most challenging thing you have made?
The most challenging thing I have made was probably the Sleeping Beauty dress that I made by myself. It was the first sewing project that I did almost solely on my own. It took me two weeks to finish, but I felt so accomplished when I was finished. This also was the project that really brought to life my love of sewing.
What are some of your goals you hope to achieve within the next year?
My goals for this coming year would definitely include selling my first item on etsy…hopefully more than just one! Maybe doing some Pittsburgh area craft shows. I would hopefully by this time next year be adjusting to the fact that my 4th child will be starting first grade and that I will be able to look at the bright side at that point and get really involved in my etsy selling and taking advantage of the many more daylight hours that I will have to create new items! After 15 years of having at least one child or more at home with me, this definitely will be an adjustment! I hope I will also be getting close to my goal of being able to run a 1/2 marathon….I think this is the goal that I have the least faith in myself to reach, but only time will tell.
What inspires you to be crafty?
I think everything around me inspires me to create. Whether it be capturing memories through my camera and then creating a scrapbook page to place that picture on, or making a dress for my daughter to make the event even more special. I have always loved to create for my family and friends, but since I have started selling my creations it is even more exciting when someone I don’t even know, likes my work. I always take it as such a compliment!
What is your best quality when it comes to your crafts?
I sort of “go with the flow” when it comes to my crafts. I may have something in mind when I start, but it always tends to change as I am creating, and that is ok. You have to be flexible when you craft, it isn’t an exact science, and sometimes the mistakes even make it better than you thought it was going to be.
If you could have one thing to help your store what would it be?
The one thing I wish I had to help my store is, TIME. I wish I had more time to create things to put in my store. I have so many ideas in my head, but my 4 children and husband are my first priority, so I try to do the best I can and create when I can and I think eventually it will all fall in place. TIME is the thing I need to help in all aspects of my life.
So go check out her etsy page at: www.esty.com/shop/missymaetutus Send her a message and maybe she can make you the perfect gift for your little princess 😉
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