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In the Studio with Crankypants

Everything you see in my shop has been made by hand, by me in my cozy Cleveland, Ohio studio.

I use a mix of traditional millinery methods and materials with a modern twist.

Every feather pad is built from scratch, which means cutting the base (millinery buckram or wool-rayon felt) and carefully glueing every feather. I don't use modern, commercially made feather pads.

I use a nontoxic water-soluable flexible glue. It is better for me (no getting "mad as a hatter" off toxic fumes), better for the piece (less chance of it getting brittle or discolored with age) and better for you!

All pieces are stitched and glued. I use high-quality thread to ensure that the piece you are purchasing will last for years as an heirloom.

From silk rosettes to hand-beading, I adore making the final touches that can't be shop bought! I have a vast store of vintage beads, rhinestones and sequins as well as high-quality modern trims from France, Italy, Japan and India. Many of my beaded trims are from the late 1800s to the 1950s and I often reinforce them with hand stitching.

When I create, the pieces I make are meant to last beyond this year's fashion trend or whim. True, you may be able to find a similar "look" in a chain store or elsewhere but a look alone lacks what my pieces have: the hand of the artist who created it.

~*~ About My Materials ~*~

I purchase feathers in bulk and select the best to use in my fascinators. If I can't source a particular color, I'll dye them myself in small batches.

Usually my feathers are vintage (at least 30 years old or older) or antique (at least 70 years or older). I strongly believe in recycling and "waste not, want not." I also love the variations in vintage feathers and and feel a little bit of wear adds charm to my creations.

When using modern feathers, I strive to source ethically sourced feathers from happy birds, raised by family producers. As a bird lover (my beloved Chaos is the official shop avatar!) and a vegetarian/sometime vegan, I can't use materials from factory farmed animals. In a form of recycling, I don't object to using feathers, quills and bones so long as I know they came from an animal who lived well and died naturally. I hope my pieces do honor to that animal's life. Ethics and beauty do not have to be mutually exclusive and I continue to search for the best blend of both.

Often my fabrics are designer surplus. Generally they are 100% silk, though I do use small quantities of silk blends if the fabric is a suitably high quality. If I can't find a particular color, I dye the silk myself to coordinate with the rest of the trims.

Sometimes I find trims that are still being made in the old style and standards. Where I have used a commercial trim, I will let you know! I also use commercial millinery and non-millinery foundations when I've found them to be high-quality and cost effective.

Still have questions? Ask away! I enjoy talking about my craft and welcome inquiries.

Thank you for reading all this!

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Last updated on May 9, 2022
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Returns and exchanges
If there is an error on my part, I will accept a return. All accessories and clothing must be unworn. If there is a problem, please contact me within 7 days of receipt of the item.

I do not accept returns on hair accessories for hygiene reasons.

All custom orders require a non-refundable 100% deposit before the start of work.
I currently accept Paypal only.
Shipping costs reflect 1st class domestic shipping with mandatory insurance and delivery confirmation.

Delivery confirmation and insurance are required. I am not responsible for devious doings, lost or damaged packages by the postal system and I want to know your lovely items arrive safely and happily at their final destination!

Feather flowers and fascinators are shipped in bubble wrap and a cardboard box to insure the feathers keep their shape during transit. Shipping costs reflect the extra packing materials.

Wedding items are shipped in heirloom boxes, which are decorated. Shipping costs reflect the extra packing materials and box.

Generally the materials I use are for function, to insure the safety of the item. If you would like special wrapping or if it is a gift, please let me know! I will make the wrapping functional AND extra pretty :)

If you prefer Priority shipping or another method, please ask.

Express is super-expensive, but if you are willing to pay, I am happy to ship!

I try to go to the post office once a week depending on the number of orders and confirm the day I am shipping.
Additional policies and FAQs
I now require payment within 3 days of the purchase if you're paying with Paypal. If I do not hear from you within 3 days, I will relist the item and alert Etsy (Boo! No fun!)

Always see the item description for actual measurements of the item. If you have further questions, feel free to convo me.

Please contact me for custom orders! I am happy to accommodate special requests.

Please note, all custom orders require a non-refundable 100% deposit before the start of work. This is due to materials costs, my time and labor put into everything from sourcing materials to actual creation of the item, and because a custom piece is completely custom to the person who has requested it, meaning I cannot resell it to anyone else.

During the custom design process, I work closely with a client, send photos, drawings, swatches and sketches as necessary and will make design changes to according to the client's needs to insure customer satisfaction with the finished product.