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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Deluxe Hair Bow/ Headband Holder Display

I have been brainstorming the last few months on a creative, efficient way to store all the headbands and hair bows that my daughter has acquired.  I was thinking of something with drawers and shelfs and enough hooks to hang up all her headbands and bows.  Unfortunately, without my dream piece being 100lbs and being huge and bulky, I could not think of anything extremely creative.  If you have any headband display ideas... I would love to see how you store all of your hair accessories???!!

However, I did end up making a cork board display piece for my daughters room that fits perfectly on the inside of her closet door. The piece is hidden so it does not clutter her room and now I am able to see what options we have everyday. Before they were all shoved into a small dresser drawer and got tangled and wrinkled:( 

Before Photo-  Headband Storage

I went to my local craft supply store and got a few items to put together my headband display. You will need the following to create this piece.

- Cork board (any size)
- fabric of your choice
- staple gun
- 3/8" grosgrain ribbon
- 3/4" Brass Pleated Cup Hooks (purchased at Home Dept in Hardware Department)

My Fabric Choice
I started off by cutting the fabric to the appropriate length.. (make sure to leave a few inches on each side to fold under your board.  Next I wrapped the cork board with the fabric (pulling it tight) and stapled the fabric to the board on the back side. 
I then cut my grosgain ribbon to the length of the board and added a few inches and then stapled that as well to the board... pulling very tight so it does not buckle. Hair clippies and hair bows {alligator clips or french clips} can be placed on the ribbon  I then took four strands of the ribbon and stapled it to the bottom of the board for more hair bow storage.  Next I screwed in the cup hooks.. these take a bit of strength to punch through the cork board and then twist so I would be fibbing if I said I did this all by myself (my handy husband helped with some of his strength). 
We then screwed it into her closet door for extra stability and are keeping our fingers crossed that the next home owners of this house will have a girl and will want a display board {its not going anywhere:)}

Email me pictures of your display ideas at  If you have a good and creative idea for me I will send you some free headbands to add to your piece!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Burlap Spring Wreath Tutorial

If you want a 10 minute wreath under 10 dollars read this tutorial. I promise.. even if you are not super crafty you can do this project with ease. I came across an upcycled wreath tutorial a few weeks ago and was determined to make something similar for my door. This wreath from the Infarrantly Creative Blog was my inspiration....

I started by going to a local craft store and picking up my supplies

You will need the following...

-hot glue gun (glue sticks)
- Styrofoam wreath
- fabric of choice
- silk flowers or fabric for fabric flowers
- grosgrain or silk ribbon
- scissors

My fabric of choice was burlap. I love the country cottage feel from this fabric and thought it would give my wreath a lot of texture. Since my front door is chocolate brown I picked a light hue of burlap so there would be more contrast.
First I took my burlap {I bought 1.5 yards and had a little left over}and cut it into 3 inch strips. Then I put a line of hot glue on the end of my first strip and applied the fabric on the wreath. I wrapped the burlap around my wreath until the strip ended and glued the end to the wreath.

I then repeated the same process with my remaining strips of fabric. I ended up covering the wreath with two layers so you could not see any of the green foam through the burlap.

After I was finished wrapping my wreath with the fabric I searched my house for a few silk flowers I could glue on. Luckily I had a full vase of hydrangea's that had a few blossoms to spare so I picked a few flowers off and glued them onto my wreath.

After I glued all my flowers on I cut a few 1 inch strips with my leftover burlap. I folded and glued and made a few burlap accents that I tucked in with my hydrangeas.
This wreath can be made with fabric flowers, silk flowers or even pine cones.. the fabric and decor choices are endless.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Upcycled Matilda Jane Bags

Remember my post about the Matilda Jane dresses that I created (M2M) headbands for? Well... if the gorgeous dresses were not enough, you should see the fabulous mesh bags that each article of clothing comes in! With a printed size label on each bag and a faux wooden or plastic button enclosure, this bag is pretty enough to carry around but looks EVEN better when turned into a new and useful product.
I am sure most of you have heard the term "upcycling" tossed around here and there. The term was coined by William McDonaugh and Michael Braungart referring to the process of converting an industrial nutrient (material) into something of a similar or greater value, in its second life.

I can not take credit for the idea of turning the mesh bags into hairpieces but I sure had a lot of fun doing this. I cut the bags apart, ripped off the buttons, did a lot of hot gluing and ended up with a few adorable headbands and hair bows.

These re purposed pieces inspired me to start thinking of other ideas on what to upcyle as well. I plan on taking a visit to a local goodwill or second hand store and see if I can find some beautiful vintage inspired old dresses that I can get to make headbands out of. {I will keep you posted on my findings}.  Also I LOVE the idea of taking an old wedding dress and making a headband or garter out of it for the brides daughter {the perfect bridal shower gift}. Do you have any other fun and inspiring upcyled ideas for me??

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

My Favorite Photoprop

I would have to say that my most favorite photography prop would be the petti romper. It has a vintage feel with the rows of antique lace and looks so feminine on girls of all ages.  I also love the silhouette of the romper on a child as you can see the rounded belly and the chunky thighs. 

 My romper sets sell fairly well so I recently decided to add a wider selection with more sizes and colors.  Today was a beautiful March day in Ohio so I took my kids to a local park to shoot some photos of my new sets.  Thankfully, Brynlee was in a great mood and eager to pose so I was pleased with the new photos I got of her in my newest of creations.

This red strapless pettiromper set features a soft yellow sash and a matching flower headband. The sash has a removable flower which is attached to an alligator clip. The clip can be later worn in the hair or clipped onto the actual romper.  I love the vibrant colors together in this set and it matches perfectly with the spring landscape that surrounds us.

This burgundy strapless pettiromper is set apart by its unique color and its ruffled pink sash. The sash ties around in the back and creates a large bow. This set comes with a coordinating shabby chiffon flower headband with a matching pink ruffled bow detail. The sash is removable.  I do not see a lot of burgundy rompers so I fell in love with this color and LOVE it paired with the soft pastels.

This pretty in pink strapless petti romper is the perfect match for that girly girl. This soft pink romper comes with a matching flower headband that has curly ostrich fur and Russian netting accents and is placed on a matching lace stretch headband. This set also looks perfect paired with a tutu or a pettiskirt. This set can come with a pink ruffled sash or can be worn without. If you love pink... you will love this!

All pettiromper sets will be for sale on my website, and can be found on the section <Pettirompers and Pettiskirts>.
All sets come in three sizes and can also be sold without the headbands and the sashes as well.  The sizes are below...
Small (3-12m)
Medium (12-24m)
Large (2T-3T)

**Remember, these sizes are recommendations by the manufacturer and are based on the average sized child. The rompers are made with nylon tricot and lace and are very stretchy. The rompers can be hand washed or washed in the machine on gentle. Hang dry for best results.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Baby Bonanza 2012

I got back a few hours ago from the Baby Bonanza & Kid's Expo in Columbus, Ohio. I shared a booth with my best buddy, Jenny Rieck, over at Dream Big My Love. {Check out her handmade goodies at}. 

 The Expo is an annual event held in Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio and is geared towards the littlest of youngsters. They have exhibitors ranging from Potterybarn Kids to local photography shops. We were thrilled and honored to be a part of this years event and had a lot of fun meeting other vendors and chatting with locals. There were fun events planned throughout the day including a diaper derby crawling contest and a fashion show. Pixiedust Pretties had three outfits participate in the show and were modeled by adorable little girls who showed off their "pretties" with a lot of spirit and spunk.

Here are a few photos of my booth.  I was able to put my booth together with a few odds and ends from the house, a few good deals and a handy husband.  I got my white screen on clearance at Joanne Fabric's and a local boutique {Hey Diddle Diddle} is going out of business so I snagged some hangers, a metal tub and a wooden caddy from there. I was happy with how it turned out!!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Custom Orders

Spring is fast approaching and most retailers have their Spring Collection out which only makes us shoppers even more excited for the warm weather and the adorable bright and cheerful clothing that comes with it.  I have already started doing custom orders for Easter dresses and spring apparel which is exciting for me because spring is my favorite season!
If you are interested in a custom hair bow or headband to match an outfit, I would love to make your perfect piece.  Feel free to contact me through this blog or email me at  Make sure to include style of headband or hairbow and a picture of the article of clothing to match.
Below is an example of a custom order I did this week. I was emailed this Easter dress and made a shabby chiffon flower chick headband to match.

 A local customer dropped off two dresses by Matilda Jane this week so I could make a few headbands and bows to match her daughters outfits. For those of you who have not heard about this brand, you have to check it out, {Adorable!!}. I made a few hairbows and headbands to match the Serendipity Collection and will be listing some of my Made to Match (m2m) items in my etsy store as well. I am in LOVE with the muted spring color palette and the  vintage feel I get from these precious pieces.

And here are my matching headpieces....

 Let me know if you would like me to create a piece for you!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Tiffani Siebert Photography- Spring Collection

There is nothing I love more then to see babies and children all decked out in my "pretties".  Fortunately, I have come across a few wonderful and talented photographers in the past few months that are more then willing to use my products as photography props. 

Tiffani {who owns Tiffani Siebert Photography} approached me a few months ago about participating in the grand opening of her new studio.  I was more than happy to participate and dress her little models in my items.  If you are interested in checking out Tiffani's work her website is