Hey there! I am beyond blessed to be the wife of Mark Andrew and the stay-at-home-mommy of Quinn and Morgan! I love to decorate, create things, and generally make life more beautiful! Come join me, and let's see what we can make today!

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Sunday
Sep262010

How did the Festival go?

That is the question that many of you have been asking, and the short answer: really well!  The long answer is, well, it's a long answer!  Saturday morning turned out to be a little drizzly and cool, but my sister and I were not going to let a little rain get us down.  My husband helped us set up the canopy, and we started unloading the displays and tutus in the light rain.  The craft show portion of the festival was set to open at 10am.  At 9am it was pouring, and my positive attitude was heading south.  To make matters worse, there was a booth across from me where the guy was selling very enormous wooden flutes, along with CD's he had made of himself playing the flutes.  He was playing one of his "albums" on a little CD player, and he also gave us a live concert with some of the flutes he had on display.  If this sounds amusing, it was.  For about two minutes.  After that, I thought I was going to blow a gasket.  Did I mention I was a little cranky?  The tutus were getting soaked and blowing all over the place.  NO ONE was out shopping.  I was cold.  And the guy with wooden flutes could apparently not see my stop-with-the-flutes-already-before-I-lose-it look, because he just kept playing.  At one point I turned to my sister and said, "I think my first show is going to be my last!"

That was all before noon.  At noon, the sun came out and so did the crowds.  I sold some tutus and took LOADS of orders.  I handed out tons of business cards and made some really great contacts.  By the end of the day I was exhausted, but had decided I shouldn't swear of craft shows just yet!  

Sunday turned out to be gorgeous.  Not a cloud in the sky and 80 degrees.  There were so many more people out--it was great!  I sold a lot of tutus, but still came home with over 60!  (My final count for what I took to the show was 108 tutus!)  My goal was to sell everything.  Totally unrealistic, but hey!  You gotta have goals! At first I was disappointed with the way everything worked out.  I really didn't want to be taking so many tutus home.  Plus, when I looked at all of those unwanted tutus, all I could see was the many, many, many hours I spent making tutus when I could have been playing with my babies or hanging out with my husband or even doing laundry!  

However, that disappointed feeling quickly left after I talked with some other vendors and found out that they didn't even sell enough to cover their booth fee, which was $175.  I decided that that would have totally stunk, and I should not feel disappointed.  I made quite a bit of money--for a stay at home mom anyhow!  And while I did have a lot of tutus to take home, people did buy more than 40 of my tutus!  Something that I created and worked really hard to make, and people actually wanted them!  Plus, I had so many orders, and the Festival was a GREAT way to get my name out to the community.  

My sister, Michelle, and me working on last minute details Friday night

Michelle checking something off our list (We love lists!  We make lists of lists! I am posting this pic for all the other list makers out there!)

Some of the tutus ready to be loaded in the van

Sunday morning at the Festival of the Vine

All in all, it was a success.  I might even do it again next year...or maybe not!  We'll have to wait and see!  

Thursday
Sep092010

It's here!

Oh my!  The Festival of the Vine is just two days away, and I am so excited!!!!!  And nervous, but mostly excited!  I have been working like crazy to get everything ready.  I have over 100 tutus ready for the show, along with many other "extras".  I made a new photo gallery with the embellishments, and I added a new tutu design! Here are some photos of what's been going on at my house:

Sign for the booth (It looks better in person.  I shouldn't have used the flash in the photo!)

Suckers wrapped in tulle to hand out at the Festival!

Portrait tutu

My guest bedroom is overflowing with tutus!

There are a serious amount of tutus here!

Well, I think I am ready!  I'll let you know how it goes!  

Friday
Aug272010

Patch.com

So, just over a week ago, I received a call from a reporter with Patch.com.  She said Geneva was getting ready to launch their Patch.com site, and they wanted to interview me regarding my booth for the Festival of the Vine.  I was so excited--and flattered!  I was told that the site would hopefully be live by August 27th, and that "my" article would probably run in September, just before the Festival.  Well, the Geneva site did go live today, and they decided to run my article in their first issue!  You can read it here.

Before the interview, my super talented husband took some pictures of Morgan and me.

I love this one!

 And here is one of me after the interview, acting like a kid on my bike!  I was so excited--I couldn't help myself!

Also, congratulations to Sarah Honce and Mydee Miller!  They are the winners of the tutu give away!

Look for the Halloween tutus to be posted next week--you are going to LOVE them!

Monday
Aug232010

Custom Bows

Many of you have asked if I can make a custom bow to match your tutu.  While I technically can make matching bows, I am choosing not to!  Instead, I have decided to help promote another "mom-preneur"! Shannon, over at True Love Bowtique , makes fantastic hair accessories, and is excited to create something special for your little princess!  Check out this bow she made to match the Little Cheerleaders tutus:

These are so fun!  I just love them!  Stop in her "bowtique" for an online visit, and check out her other products too!

In other "tutu news" (Really? Is there such a thing?  I guess there is if you have a tutu blog...), I will be giving away a tutu at the end of this week to show my appreciation for everyone's support!  Here's what you need to do to be eligible: Step 1 :Go to the Heart Break Kids Facebook page , and "like" the page.  (If you are already a fan of the page, you are one step ahead!) Step 2: "Like" the comment regarding the giveaway.  On Friday, I will randomly select a winner from all of the entrants.  The winner will receive a custom tutu made per their request.  This giveaway includes free shipping!  Thanks for all of the support!

Monday
Aug092010

Little Cheerleaders

Oh my!  It has been so long since my last post!  Where do I begin?!  Even though I have not posted any tutus for almost a month (GASP!), I have been making tutus like crazy!  And I LOVE it!

I am currently in "full production mode" for the Festival of the Vine.  My booth was approved two weeks ago, and I am so excited for my first show ever!  I am also a little nervous (but mostly excited) because I have been asked to bring at least 100-150 pieces to show!  I make everything custom, so I do not have items just laying around to take to the Festival!  Hence, full production mode.  My guest bedroom looks like a tulle factory exploded.  It's crazy, but oh so fun!

I have created a new photo section titled "School Spirit".  I was a cheerleader from junior high through college. But even before I was an "official" cheerleader, I consider myself a cheerleader and rooted for my team as loudly as I could.  I knew all the cheers and all the moves.  All I was missing was a uniform.  Too bad I didn't know how to make tutus when I was six...

Fortunately for your little princess, I now know how to make tutus, and I would love to help her feel a little more like an "official" cheerleader! Check out the new tutus when you get a chance! (I am in the process of adding schools and sports teams, so if yours isn't there, just let me know and I will add it!)

I also recently added a Heart Break Kids page on Facebook, so feel free to "like" it!  Thanks for supporting my on this fabulous new adventure!  Blessings to all!