Saturday, May 26, 2012

An Interview with Kelley from TuToo Cute Tutus

As many of you know, EtsyBABY team members are extremely talented.  We wanted to take a peek at the person behind the creativity.  All throughout May we will be interviewing shop owners, to get a glimpse of the designer behind those adorable baby products!


Meet Kelley Smith from Tutoocute1/ TuToo Cute Tutus

TuToo Cute Tutu - Bohemian Princess - Unique & Handmade


What inspired you to begin a shop featuring your own designs? I have always been known as a “Craft Queen” and was once given the nickname, Crafty Kelley. I am very artistic and love to explore new ideas and creations. I finally found a niche that I decided to run with…Custom Handmade Scrap Tutus! It is not just your typical tutu, which gives me the freedom to use my artistic imagination to create an item that is both fun and unique. Not one tutu is exactly the same.




TuToo Cute Tutu - Red, White and Blue - Unique & Handmade


What is your favorite material to craft with? Textured fabrics and Lace

  How long have you been practicing your art/craft?  I have been focusing on the creation of these unique tutus for the past 6 months. However, I have been crafting my whole life=)






What training have you had or are you self-taught? I taught myself! One day I decided to try making a tutu with some scrap fabric. I thought it could be a cute gift for a friends daughter’s birthday. Everyone loved it and wanted one for their little girl! I knew at that moment that these adorable tutus were going to be a hit! Since then I have added so many unique fabrics, lace, accessories to add to the uniqueness of the product. I am always trying to stir up new ideas and love when I receive requests for custom orders.

TuToo Cute Tutu - Pink Lemonade - Unique & Handmade 

What has been the hardest aspect of creating a hobby into a business?  Sometimes I will get tired of making the same item over and over. I try to avoid making the “same old thing” by adding a new twist…such as a fun new fabric, print or texture. I love to see pictures of little girls wearing my items. They always look SO CUTE, which inspires me to create more!

Any advice for other Etsy sellers? If you have a talent…GO FOR IT!

TuToo Cute Tutu - Rainbow Love - Unique & Handmade


What do you enjoy doing in your off time? I love spending time with my husband and adorable 3 year old son! I also love working out and a nice glass of wine!

    Describe a typical day in your life...  I do not think that I have a “typical” day…lol! I am a wife and mother to an adorable 3 year old little boy! I juggle work along with working on new Tutus, Headbands and Accessories for my shop!





  Where can we find your products online? Please visit my Facebook Page for promotions and current new creations that I am completing or working on. Also please visit my ETSY SHOP

 Thank you Kelley, for taking the time out of your busy schedule to grant us an interview!

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