thefascinatormaven

Arlene's Original Designs

Bellingham, Washington · 124 Sales

thefascinatormaven

Arlene's Original Designs

Bellingham, Washington 124 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(32)

Announcement   As I was creating this Spring line, I became more delighted with each new design, they look like decorated little confections, I thought, these are like little Bon Bons, so that is what I named them "little Bon Bons"

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Last updated on Feb 28, 2017

As I was creating this Spring line, I became more delighted with each new design, they look like decorated little confections, I thought, these are like little Bon Bons, so that is what I named them "little Bon Bons"

Arlene Cano

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Arlene Cano

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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(32)
bdordoni

bdordoni on Jun 8, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

It 's a beautiful fascinator ,very well made and it arrived on time very nicely packed.I haven't worn it yet so I can't add any other comments at this time.

TheExodusOutlet

TheExodusOutlet on Jun 24, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Great hat. Excellent quality and workmanship. Lovely seller. I highly recommend Arlene for your fascinator needs!!! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Carmen Dahling

Carmen Dahling on May 16, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Red Roses is gorgeous and the second fascinator I've purchased from Arlene- can't wait for my next! My chapeau is tres bella unique and not made in china - made by Arlene in America!

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About

Never give up on your dreams

When I was very young, the thing I loved best was making dresses for my paper dolls, I loved color, fabric, feathers, flowers and wanted to have something to do with clothes or costumes or theater when I grew up. In school I was best at Home Economics and worst in Math and English. I went to Los Angeles to study Costume and Fashion design but was unable to finish. I worked for years as a waitress, finally when I got back to school, I took the safe road and became an Occupational Therapy Assistant which provided me with good employment for most of my life. I worked during the day as an OT and spent my nights making needlework patterns which I sold to magazines and cloth doll patterns that I sold in catalogs.
Five years ago I retired and decided that I still wanted to use my talent to do something creative so I started making hats (a skill I had picked up as a young woman taking night classes at a trade school). Five years ago, I hadn't heard of fascinators so I was calling them "hatlets" since they were small and informal. I built a website selling "hatlets" and doll patterns and then an Etsy site and by that time I knew that what I was making were called "Fascinators" in England and Australia. I have learned how the English make Fascinators and their decoration from online tutorials, I order my hat blocks and materials mostly from England and I now have the opportunity to live my dream every day.

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  • Arlene Cano

    Owner

    Studied at LA Trade Tech, LAVC, LACC plus classes in millinery, pattern design and pattern drafting at local trade schools. Worked as an Occupational Therapy Assistant for 25 years. Millinery is my avocation and my passion.

Shop policies

Last updated on August 2, 2011
Welcome to my Etsy shop, I make all my hats and fascinators here in Bellingham, Washington USA. I hope you find something you like.

Accepted payment methods

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Payment
All my sales go through Pay Pal, I have found it to be the safest, most efficent way to handle all transactions, both for you and for me.
Shipping
I ship first class, US mail, it usually takes 2 to 3 days to reach my clients.
Refunds and Exchanges
If you are not happy with your fascinator, please return it unused, and I will refund your money through Pay Pal
Additional policies and FAQs
I am happy to make up custom orders in different colors or styles when the materials are available.