1. Please tell us your name and the name of your business.
Laura of Rosie Toes Tutus
2. What can shoppers expect to see at the Birds of a Feather Fair from your booth?
Tutus and hair accessories. Tutus for all ages and in many colors! The primary colors are pink but I take custom orders!
3. Tell us some more about yourself
I run for Ali Nunery, she is currently fighting a very rare and aggressive form of lung cancer. I started running for her at the Flying Pig Relay this year and I have been wearing pink and tutu for her ever since (she also loves tutu's and crafting). The first tutu I bought from a store and was lucky to find that. After the first race I decided to create a group on facebook called "Run and Rock Pink For Ali". I post races on the page and who ever who like to join in the run and wear pink and tutus is welcome. I post the pictures to help raise Ali's spirits. The tutu making came in when I wanted to have an all pink tutu but couldnt find them. I figured out how to make my own and told those who wanted to run and donate (I pledged a dollar per mile) to Ali's treatment I would make a tutu for them to wear (yes even the guys). I also then offered to make them and sell them to those who wanted them but didn't run and give the money directly to Ali. I sold a few....... I then made a bunch of tutu's for one of her fundraisers and actually sold out! I didnt keep track during the fundraiser (since I just put the money directly into her donation box) so I dont know how much was made from them. Enough money was raised however, during the one night happy hour to cover all of her bills. I checked with Ali's family and they told me they didnt need help with any additional bills so I will be donating some of the profits from the tutu sale to "Jill's Legancy", a non profit that helps conduct research to find a cure. I promised Ali and her family that I would continue to run for her (in pink and my tutu) until she cured and to create awareness of the dire need for research and for funding as lung cancer, although one of the most prevalent cancers in our society, still has the lowest survival rate. So I guess you could say "It' a craft and labor of love" :) I also started making hairbands and accessories since Ali loves to dress up her little girl. Feel free to look up the facebook page "Run and Rock Pink For Ali" and you can view all of the wonderful pictures and people who support her! I also make them for my nieces who just love them! The one picture "Melanie" is Ali's sister (thats how I got involved), she is pregnant so i made a special tutu for her and her growing belly.
Thanks Laura! Search for Run and Rock Pink For Ali on facebook. Laura also welcomes custom orders at RosieToesTutus@gmail.com