So, we’ve had a little project that we’ve been working on. Remember post-Halloween when I might have implied that I was a little more into being Snow White than is normal? It wasn’t just a standard Halloween-costume wearing night for me. It turned into a game-changer…or possible career-changer (or adder on thingy or something). In a nutshell: I AM going to be a Princess when I grow up! Mike and I have been working on getting my website ready to be released to the world.
Every few years, we’ve looked into starting a website for my music class business – primarily so that I could accept on-line payments. However, dumb website-squatter peeps have been squatting on littleditties.com and wanted nearly $2000 for the domain. Forget it. We decided – because of my increased number of students and my goal to branch out to the princess market (especially for birthday parties) – to go with www.littleditties.us . It’s a work-in-progress. Let me know what you think – I’d love feedback! email@example.com We still need to add some features and details (like pictures for my other princess characters), but it’s pretty exciting (and also slightly terrifying)!
I have my first character party scheduled for January 31st – it’s actually a custom character! For my dear book club friend Kendra’s daughter’s birthday party, I’ll be Crysta, the scantily clad fairy from the movie Fern Gully. Never fear, there will be no mid-drift baring for me! I found a super cute one-shoulder (short-ish, but not TOO short) red dress that’ll work.
I’ve been busily collecting my other princess paraphernalia as well. Probably most important of all (and likely to be the bread and butter of the princess biz) is Elsa, the Frozen queen (though I have to be careful when advertising since she’s a licensed character). Did you notice how about 98% of girls ages 8 and under were Elsa this Halloween? (Our own little princess asked Santa for an Elsa dress and wig for Christmas! Then again, she probably feels weirdly left out seeing as her mom has them!) I have a feeling Elsa will be my money maker. (Which is a little bit of a bummer since she’s my character that will be the trickiest to pull off – the dress, the wig, etc.) After extensively researching other Elsa’s in the greater Seattle area, I’ve learned that they are all pretty much booked through March already. I still need to find good Elsa shoes and get my dress altered a little, but I’m fairly ready to go. But holy poop, it’s frustrating that – of all the Disney princess songs out there – Let it Go – is by far one of the most challenging. Let’s just saying, I’ve been practicing it A LOT and every Martin knows every word (though most Martins wouldn’t admit it).
I’m trying to take my time really putting it all there – I haven’t advertised with my preschools yet – as we’re not quite ready to launch on-line payment. I know once word gets out, I really need to be ready to go. I plan on donating a party (or two) to our school auction which is coming up in a few months. It’s exciting but also scary and then, let’s face it, it’s a little bigger than just adding to my existing business. I’ve not forgotten that dad – months before he died – wanted me to go back to school for my masters so that I could teach full-time in a public school (for the purpose of job security and long-term retirement planning). I’m well aware that Bob would not be pro-my princess plan. But, for now, with our kids being the ages they are and (honestly, financially) it makes more sense for me to do this. And I want to do this – at least give it a shot. I figure I probably only have a few princess years in me anyway as no little girl wants a middle-aged wrinkly princess singing and dancing at her party, so I better give it a-go now or it’ll never happen. Plus, it gives me motivation to (get in and) stay in-shape. (Though with holiday sweets and treats, I need to start doing a better job!) Sad, but true, there ain’t no chunky princesses out there! Hmmm, Disney, maybe it’s time…they’ve had princesses of different races, is it time for a plus-sized princess?!