CraftyGuides.com was started by a stay at home mother with a love for crafting.
What started as a cute way to showcase her daughter’s 1st birthday, has quickly become a full time business. It’s been 5 years since it’s conception and Mariana is loving every moment of it.
Always being into crafts since she was a young girl, figuring things out comes easy for Mariana. “I wanted to take a picture of my daughter in a tutu for her 1st birthday party, so I went on a search for a boutique quality tutu.” After searching the internet to purchase one, she found that she would have to spend $30 or more for a good quality tutu. Time was also an issue for her as she needed a tutu to take pictures and send out invitations on time.
As many of her friends and family know her, Mariana looked at these tutus and remembered a technique her mother used on a costume of hers when she was a little girl. Her “Aha!” moment quickly had her running to the fabric store to purchase tulle and the necessary supplies she thought were needed. After some trial and error, she made a tutu. Mariana says, “My first tutu wasn’t anything to scream about, but I was proud of myself.”
Since then she has perfected her technique and has also invented some of her own unique styles that have been used by other tutu makers over the past few years. The Triple Layer Tutu aka Turkey tutu is one of the most asked about styles in her book. Mariana considers herself quite an experienced tutu maker, but believes she will always be a student and will continue to improve her techniques and add to her collection of styles.
Crafty Guides was created because Mariana saw a need. She wishes she had the skills she has now when she first started making tutus. It took a lot of trial and error and many women will quickly give up because they can’t get their tutus to look like the boutique quality ones being sold online. “I’ve gone through trial and error so you don’t have to and I love that I’m able to share my secrets with you,” Mariana says.
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