Ella & Tutu – A Snowy Day

Ella & Tutu: A Snowy Day Story by Anna Mares. Doll by Lenna McGraw. Photos by Laura Mares, Pittsburgh Child Photographer. This morning Ella and Tutu woke up to a wondrous surprise. As they gaze out the window all they can view are the millions of snowflakes  that have coated the frigid ground. So Ella dresses in her fuzzy pink Uggs and woolen cap and heads outside to play. It is quite chilly so the two snuggle close as they admire the pretty scene before them. As Ella shivers, Tutu decides to crack a joke. She giggles and claims, "Are you a snowflake... because you are one-of-a-kind." Immediately Ella begins cracking up. With a smile on her face, she proposes that the two friends head home. Safely inside, Ella and Tutu snuggle up close and watch the snowflakes shimmer in the light and slowly cascade down into the front yard. Next, Ella…

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Ella & Tutu Visit Norway

Ella & Tutu Visit Norway Story by Anna Mares. Doll by Lenna McGraw. Photos by Laura Mares.(Originally posted September 2017)This week Ella and Tutu are vacationing in the majestic Fjords of western Norway. Tutu is excited for the plane ride! Ella discovers that she can lay down across two seats and decides to catch some shut eye. When the dreams come to an end, the sleepy-eyed friends awaken in the air above Norwegian islands. Ella & Tutu Visit Norway Soon, they brace for the rough landing. However, when they get off the plane they are no longer in America but Norway! Mommy suggests that they stop for some food at the local grocery store, and starving Ella readily agrees! She and Tutu take command of the cart as they zip around the store, crafting a dinner for the family. Tutu recommends her favorite Scandinavian crackers, for she would know! She was here last year, during her…

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Ella and Tutu – A Very Special Gift

Ella & Tutu: A Very Special Gift My two year old daughter's favorite book is "Kiki and Coco in Paris." The book is full of beautiful photographs of a girl and her rag doll on a trip to Paris. Ella asks us to read it everyday. When I mentioned the book to my creative and talented friend, Lenna, she thought she and her mother could make a doll just for Ella. Last weekend Lenna came to visit and had a very special gift that exceeded our wildest expectations! I'm sure you'll agree. This summer my oldest daughter is going to write some stories about Ella and Tutu and their summer adventures. What was a special gift you received as a child? I'd love to hear your comments below. - Laura Mares, Pittsburgh Lifestyle Photographer Story by Anna Mares. Doll by Lenna McGraw. Photography by Laura Mares. Ella was playing on the big green swing when Mommy called…

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