Lily Anna for Girls ~ How it all began
As a little girl, I loved dancing, fairy tales, dress-ups and dolls. With three girls in the family, my sisters and I spent countless hours playing house, sewing doll clothes, and putting on plays and dances together. My mother sewed beautiful princess dresses, dance skirts and dress-up costumes for us, and my father built us a playhouse outside under the tree, where we lovingly tended our dolls each summer. We attended the "Nutcracker Ballet" several times at Christmas as a family, and like many girls, I longed to become a ballerina when I grew up.
After years of ballet, violin and piano lessons, I actually became not a dancer but a musician, performing in a chamber choir and teaching piano lessons in my home. A few years ago I became a piano accompanist for creative dance classes at a local dance studio. Seeing the little girls dance and skip around the studio gave me a burst of inspiration, and before long I was designing tutus and dance skirts at home. What began with a handmade pink tutu for my 2-year-old has grown into an entire line of dress-up costumes for girls. Now, as a busy, work-at-home mother of four, I enjoy the challenge of balancing my growing business, raising my family, and designing new treasures to add to my unique and fanciful product line!
My own little girls continue to be my main source of inspiration. My daughters love to dress up in tutus, leotards and ballerina slippers several times a week, and chances are that other little girls around the world are the same. Dress-up play is such a wonderful way for little girls to explore the world around them and to develop their creativity and imagination. My hope is to give every girl a chance to be a princess, a fairy, a ballerina, or anything her heart desires through the magical world of dress-up play!
Enjoy watching this short yet amusing video of my in-home sewing studio, where I sew my custom made baby tutus and flowergirl dresses... with a surprise guest appearance of an unexpected visitor!
When you buy from Lily Anna for Girls, you receive a unique, one-of-a-kind creation that is individually handcrafted for your little sweetheart. I personally cut and sew each tutu to order here in my home, while also taking care of my own four young children.
The beautiful hair accessories are also custom made to order by my dear friend and "hairbow lady," Jenny Green, who also has a new baby at home. By supporting Lily Anna for Girls, you are enabling two work-at-home moms to stay home with our little ones, while supporting our families at the same time. Though wildly successful, and already in our 10th year of online sales, Lily Anna for Girls is still a home-based family& business, committed to excellent product quality and customer service with a personal touch!
Handmade tutus, fairy wings, satin ballerina slippers and everything else you find here are just the beginning. I have custom designed and created exquisite dance recital costumes for children's dance studios, colorful fairy costumes for flower girls in weddings, special birthday party tutus for birthday girls, unique Halloween costumes, holiday portrait tutus and countless fairytale dress-up costumes for little girls. My personal goal is to bring a smile to the face of every little girl who wears an item from Lily Anna for Girls. I hope that my unique creations will bring hours of pleasure and enjoyment to the special little girl or girls in your life!
~ Mara Joy Luker ~