What is your name? Where are you from?
My name is Alison and I live in a very small town in central Texas.
Tell me about Royal Menagerie! How and why did you start Royal Menagerie?
I got the name from a tower in London called the Royal Menagerie. I loved the name! I started my shop only about two months ago, in February. Right now, it is a part time hobby. It's a lot of fun! I love making things...It makes me happy! [Also] I really want to be a photographer, so I wanted some extra money to use to buy a new, nice camera and other supplies.
What are some of your inspirations?
I live on a large piece of property of 16 acres, and it is a great place to find inspiration! There are tons of trees all over the place, several creeks that flow through the land, and beautiful flowers all around! I also get the vines for my natural vine crowns here. All around the creeks, there is an abundance of long, beautiful, green vines. For the rest of my supplies, I get them from craft stores, online shops, and antique stores.
How long have you been designing? How did you start?
When I was about seven, I went to a local bead store and purchased many, many strands of stone beads, glass beads, and lots more. That year, I made lots of necklaces and gave them to family and friends for Christmas presents. Everyone loved them, and I continued to make them. Then, a few years later, I was at my Godmother's house where her daughter taught me how to make feather headbands. I continued to make those (and I still do!), but somewhere along the line, I began to make the flower hair crowns, combs, and clips, and now, it's an obsession!
Do you see flower crowns as something you can wear everyday or do you save them for special occasions?
I think they would be great for both! I think it just depends on what you pair it with.
What kind of girl do you imagine wearing your pieces?
I imagine my pieces being worn on a girl with very whimsical or vintage tastes, like me. I also would love for my pieces to be used in more weddings! I recently sold a crown to a lady who is going to use it for her flower girl in her wedding, and she recently placed a custom order for me to replicate the crown for a baby to wear in the wedding as well. I just love the idea that someone would want to wear my creation on their own special day!
How often do you wear your own designs?
I wear my own designs almost every single day! It helps make your outfit more special and unique, and it always manages to catch people's eye. It's also a great way to promote my products. People will ask where I got my hair piece or shoes or something, and when I tell them I made it, they always ask for me to write down the web address to my shop!
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[[UPDATE 04/24/10]] The giveaway and comments section are now closed! Thank you so much for participating, and please check out the current giveaway :)
[[UPDATE 04/25/10]] The winner of this giveaway was Sophia! Congratulations!