Saturday, August 21, 2010

Tutu times two

By popular demand, here are new photos of ViMae and the St. Paul Saints' Brat Favre wearing their tutus and carrying baseballs to the umpire.


Yes, the pig's name is Brat Favre...names in previous years have included Kevin Bacon and Hammy Davis Junior. Dennis, the animal trainer, carries a bottle of sugar water. ViMae needs no such incentives...she loves putting on the tutu and the helmet and she takes plenty of time to approach the umpire and then to turn and wave to the crowd. Very soon she won't need Grandma to keep her on course.

The helmet is now required for any kids who go onto the field. You can understand it for the bat and ball kids, and the tykes who post the "K" signs to mark strikeouts. But kids take balls to the umpire between innings, when nobody is swinging a bat. Still, rules are rules, and we need to set a good example. So she plops the big old helmet on (as does Augie when it's his turn) and off she goes.


This tutu is huge and puffy. I made it with a no-sew method that you can find here and here. I used 6-inch rolls of tulle from the fabric and craft store--nearly 3 rolls of pink and one of purple. You make a loop of elastic a little bigger than the child's waist, and then cut the strips of tulle to double the length you want (I used 26 inches for a 13-inch skirt). You double the piece of tulle and loop it through the elastic. Repeat a hundred times (or whatever). I think I made it a little too full for a 2-year-old, but she handles it fine. It will look all crisp and neat at first, but if it's worn for play (which this one is) it will develop, um, "character." All the more charming.

An extra-special treet was running into Saints mascot Mudonna beneath the stands and getting a special hug. Both kids LOVE Mudonna. She is very good with children, and it seems as though she goes out of her way to be good to ours.


22 comments:

Cheryl said...

A thousand blessings on your family. Thank you so much for posting these pics, especially the one of Brat Favre with ViMae. The others are equally awesome but I just needed to see the pig and the chicklet together.

Sam Liu said...

Beautiful photographs, charming, delightful and so uplifting. One can't help but smile :D

Barbara said...

That is so cute, love that pig in a poke, lol darling little girl in her tutu too, hugs

Green Monkey said...

you know I love tutus!!!

sooo cute and a bonus pig!


:))))))

Green Monkey said...

wait.......screeeeech.......


I took a second look and I saw.....


wait, say it isn't so.......

yep, there it is......


a GREEN MONKEY!!! YIPPY!!!

Far Side of Fifty said...

oh ..she is so cute in her tutu..what fun to have a girlie girl! You did a wonderful job with that no sew tutu too..very cute! :)

Jeanie said...

That is just "tu tu" cute. I love how little girls love tutus and princess dresses. You did a great job on this one.

Colleen said...

Oh, it's just adorable!!! I'd pay you to make one for my house, but I don't think I could convince Beckett to wear one....

DJan said...

Very nice tutu! Not too fluffy, that's really not possible for a little beauty like she is! Wonderful pictures, so much fun! I'm still smiling...

Teresa Evangeline said...

What a fun post. Made me smile. ViMae is a cutie-pie, especially in the tu-tu Grandma made her. That is one fine tu-tu. How wonderful, for children to feel so loved.

Deb Shucka said...

So adorable!!!

grammy said...

awwww..great fun and great TuTu (o:
I am all about no sew...
This is a house of many small girls and they love to dress up. Garage sales are a great way to find dress-up stuff.
I love your baseball adventures (o:

Ms Sparrow said...

Thanks for posting the picture, I was looking forward to it. I wish I could have been there!

gayle said...

I love little girls and their tutu's!! Cute pictures!!

FabuLeslie said...

Oh, there was nothing better than a tutu when I was 5 and expected to be a ballerina in a few years! I love the one on the dog too. Awesomely cuterrific!

FabuLeslie said...

oops! I need to look closer.. that's a pig! Even hilariouser. I know that's not a word. I'm tired and need to go to bed. Nightie night!

Anita said...

ViMae seems to be having a wonderful childhood. She'll have lots of stories to share about the love and experiences she's receiving from her grandparents.

Christine said...

Oh my the pig?! I needed that giggle this morning. Thank you!!

The mad woman behind the blog said...

Adorable! And even the sourpuss husband cracked a smile.
Thank you.

And when will you be taking orders for tutus? Mad isn't there yet but we're working on it.

Allyson said...

I seriously can't decide which I love more...the pig's name, the pig in a tutu, the mascot's name, or how adorable ViMae is in her outfit! Oh, who am I kidding? It's totally ViMae! Thanks for the pictures. I never thought I would see a pig in a tutu. Can I officially say "I've seen it all?" ;)

Jeanie said...

She's so darned cute! And the pig isn't bad, either!

CherylK said...

What a riot! That's another thing I've yet to do in the Cities...go to a Saint's game (adding it to the list). I would LOVE to do that.

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