In my world, having a birthday-gift closet is a blessed thing. It's not that I don't try to tailor a gift choice to the recipient--I do indeed. But my to-do list is much more manageable if I try to shop ahead for items that I believe will make nice gifts. Then, all that is left is some personalizing.
Case in point--I happened upon quite a confection of a tutu while in Costco the other week. Yes, Costco. I knew it was a perfect gift-closet choice because: a) my boys wouldn't touch it; and b) I could add a few embellishments and accessories to make it a one-of-a-kind gift.
The skirt was really full, more like a petticoat than a tutu. And as a crafter who has made her fair share of tutus for gifts, I was impressed. To make it a little more special, I added a fabric rose and some streaming ribbons...
I also decided on a larger size because I knew I could manage a quick alteration--a hidden ribbon belt to make the skirt wearable for many years.
Next up was making a felt-topped wand to properly equip any princess, fairy, or other tutu-wearing magical creature...
I hear it was a hit.
As an aside for any locals out there, the birthday girl's party was held at the Lorton Workhouse Arts Center. It was our first visit and I thought it was really something. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and are quite proud of their masterpieces--I recommend it, especially if you have an art lover.