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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 her over. As she skipped toward Mommy she saw Lenna with a gift, curious she began to inspect the white box.

Ella holding her beloved doll, tutu. Photo by Laura Mares Photography, Pittsburgh Lifestyle Photographer

When Lenna told her it was her gift, she was elated. Could it be a barbie, clothes, or even a stuffed animal?

Ella holding her beloved doll, tutu. Photo by Laura Mares Photography, Pittsburgh Lifestyle Photographer

Quickly, when she could no longer take the suspense, she pried off the ribbon, box and tissue paper. Her adrenaline was running and she was ready for the grand finale! She peered inside the box and found the most amazing sight, a doll just for her. She pulled her out and inspected her from head to toe.

Ella holding her beloved doll, tutu. Photo by Laura Mares Photography, Pittsburgh Lifestyle Photographer

When satisfied she announced for all to hear, “Tutu.”

Ella holding her beloved doll, tutu. Photo by Laura Mares Photography, Pittsburgh Lifestyle Photographer

She then began to dance around the yard and show Tutu some of her favorite activities to do. They swung on the swing and made goofy expressions as the sun glimmered on their smiling faces. 

Ella holding her beloved doll, tutu. Photo by Laura Mares Photography, Pittsburgh Lifestyle Photographer

Ella even taught Tutu ballet on the side walk, and Tutu perfected her pirouette.

Ella holding her beloved doll, tutu. Photo by Laura Mares Photography, Pittsburgh Lifestyle Photographer

When Tutu was too exhausted to play any more, they laid down on the cool damp grass and began to discuss the adventures ahead.

Ella holding her beloved doll, tutu. Photo by Laura Mares Photography, Pittsburgh Lifestyle Photographer

If you know of a girl that would like her very own rag doll, let me know and I’ll get you in touch with the seamstress.

Anna Mares

Hey, this is Anna Mares. I am an assistant Pittsburgh Photographer, and enjoy taking pictures and trying new foods while visiting exciting places. I love cooking and baking, and experimenting while creating new decor and other crafts. I have a passion for writing and sharing bits about myself and my experiences.