Misslottiesboutique has been selling on Etsy since November 2013, they sell ballet skirts and all things beautiful! Today they are going to give us a little peak behind the scenes of their Etsy shop.
What motivated you to start your shop?
We have been dancing for 25 years. When we were five years old, Momma Lottie put her little babies in ballet class, and we have been dancing ever since!
As the little Lotties grew and became interested in many things, we began traveling multiple avenues. In middle school everyone had to take ""Consumer and Family Studies"". The most fun part of this class was that everyone sewed a pillow. Momma Lottie brought out her sewing machine, and the creative process began. The sunny yellow and pink striped pillows are still proudly displayed!
College studies provided degrees in Education, Fashion, and Dance. As you can see, these are the foundations of Miss Lottie's Ballet Boutique.
Once the idea of our shop was born, the designs began. It's fun to see all the thoughts come together in thrilling colors on a piece of paper. The fashion sketches made the dream come to life, and the thoughts, combinations, and sketches are endless! Our work table is covered in beautiful visions and dreams!
Next, we began sewing ballet skirts to wear while teaching dance classes. Every time a new skirt was worn, the children loved them! The kids got excited to see what new and beautiful skirt would be worn next. The older dancers even coined the phrase ""Miss Lottie's Skirt Day"" where we would bring the skirt collection and the dancers would have a fun day all dancing like Miss Lottie!
That's when we decided that every little girl should feel special and beautiful and have fun dancing just for joy. Miss Lottie's skirts make every little girl feel like a prima ballerina.
What is the story behind your shop name?
The shop name, Miss Lottie, actually came from a poem that we wrote. It talks about a little girl dancing for joy with her mother. That poem has been so dear to all of us that we decided it was the perfect name for our shop.
What is your favourite creations from your shop?
We enjoy making all of our creations. It's fun to think of different themes and color combinations. Our hair bows coordinate with our skirts.
Every skirt and hair bow first begins with a trip to the fabric store. Now, this may not sound exciting, but this is actually a little like Christmas morning for us. We walk in the door with a few ideas on hand, but the magic comes from the discovery around us. Maybe it's a button that sparks the first idea, or it could be a new color of chiffon. Every inspiration begins differently!
We take that inspiration and then we're off. Pairing, matching, mixing and creating until we have everything that we need to make the perfect set!
We bring it all back to our work table and then begin creating. It's all a wonderful team effort.
What's your personal philosophy behind your shop / products?
We want every little girl to feel like a prima ballerina! Whether she takes dance lessons every week, or dances in her own living room, every little girl needs to feel like a princess! The little ballerina in your life will dance for joy every time she wears a Miss Lottie's Ballet Boutique Creation!
What do you do when you aren't working?
There are two fields that we love to do besides creating our ballet skirts and hair accessories. The first is Musical Theater, and the second is Children's Stories and Poetry.
Musical Theater has been in the forefront of our lives for a long time. Momma Lottie grew up in school and church choir, and passed the love to her Little Lotties. We became more deeply involved in musical theater during college. Taking courses in both performance and behind the scenes, as well as performing in numerous musicals and plays. Now we bring that passion to our students in musical theater classes. Creating wonderful shows for the kids to perform for a fun loving audience. We write the script, choreograph the dances, edit the music, build the sets and sew the costumes. Then, it's show time!
We also love to write and illustrate. We have written and illustrated several children's books. They are unpublished, but maybe someday :)
Anything else you'd like to tell us or share?
We are so glad to be featured in this blog. It is such an honor to share what we love and what we do with everyone. We hope that you have enjoyed getting to know us, and we hope to get to know you too! Stop by our shop and see what we have in store for the little ballerina in your life!
Misslottiesboutique is offering a 10% discount in her shop. To use the coupon visit her etsy store and enter code "LETSDANCE" at checkout. Valid until September 30th 2014.