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3/30/2014

By ELIZABETH GOLDEN

egolden@dailynews.net

WAKEENEY -- Some are made for a princess. Others celebrate special occasions. Tutu's 2 You crafts homemade tutus for birthdays, Easter or any photo shoot.

"I am a stay-at-home mom," said Angie May, founder of Tutu's 2 You. "I started the whole thing with my 5-year-old daughter. She wanted to be Little Red Riding Hood for Halloween, so I made her a tutu dress."

Tutu's 2 You began in October and has taken off since.

"My daughter really liked to dress up," May said. "So I made some more for her and thought maybe I should expand."

The business started primarily for friends and family, but through Facebook advertising, she now has more than 500 "likes."

"My primary clientele started in Kansas," she said. "But I'm having people from all over the country express interest."

People order tutus for various reasons, most commonly newborn photo shoots.

"I expected it to be a lot of dress up," May said, "since that's all my daughter does. But it's really not. I've had one lady inquire for a ballet class."

May orders her supplies online and works out of her living room. The supplies take one week to arrive, and the tutus take one to two days to assemble.

"It's a really fast process once I get the stuff," May said.

She uses "crochet head bands" for the tops and tulle for the skirts. The tutu dresses will fit a newborn up to a size 7 or 8.

"I have some people who will send me a picture, and I'll recreate it," May said. "Or they'll see a picture I posted on Facebook and want something I have already done."

May's daughter, Lexi, helps with the creation process and models the final products.

Lexi said helping May makes her feel "happy," and she likes seeing the "pretty" final product.

"She helps me by holding the tulle as I cut it or spraying it down," May said. "Sometimes we have water spray gun fights. It's usually initiated by me."

May's daughter does not like saying goodbye to the final dresses.

"She gets mad when I have to ship them off," May said. "I've even been known to tear up when I had to box one up because I just loved being able to stare at it in my living room."

May averages two dresses per week, but she hopes to keep growing.

"I like staying busy and doing it," she said. "It's been a learning experience and a challenge, especially when they just send me a picture to recreate. They're all simple, fun and exciting."

May's favorite part is seeing the customer's appreciation of the final product.

"I love seeing the pictures and hearing, 'Oh, my gosh. My daughter looked so cute,' " she said. "I love seeing the excitement in those people -- the excitement they show me."

May recently has begun creating bows and wreaths, made entirely from tulle.

For more information, find Tutu's 2 You on Facebook.