It’s been about two months since I first decided to create a Wonderland for my kids. I blame the random searches of the internet for my obsession. I was browsing through Etsy – like I often do – and happened across an adorable mini top hat in pink and lace splendor. It was 100 percent NOT me, but 100 percent perfection for our little lady. Despite my best efforts to have a budget, I splurged and bought the chapeau.
So, having purchased a hat for my little hatter, I decided she should be completely adorned in “madness” wear. I contacted my favorite custom ladies, Amber and Nadine, the mother-daughter team behind Nana’s Creations with Love, and shared my then-sketchy vision.
The two were up for the challenge of making an ascot and lace romper that resembled a collection of storybook sketches I’d found of the hatter. And the result? Pastel perfection.
My Alice couldn’t be traditional, so I asked a boutique to craft a purple outfit just for our adaptation.
The kids and I made several trips to Pier One, where I scored mini tea cups for a discount (the metal holder needed slight soldering to be stable). Two large designer mugs and our handpainted tea pot completed our collection.
I found an awesome pattern for a felt rabbit mask and set to costuming my hares. Already-owned collared shirts and ties set the formal mood.
My final touches included sculpting a mushroom and crafting an always six o’clock time piece.
We chose a “scenic overlook” as our setting and carried our party up the aged wooden steps in muggy 90 degree weather. The temperature was motivation enough to shoot efficiently as my four models’ enthusiasm quickly withered in the sticky climate. theyy performed their parts perfectly and our images are more than I’d imagined.