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“Hi! My name is Alison and this is my shop Giraffes on Parade! I love Giraffes, cute things, putting top hats on things, rainbows, being random, and learning new crafts. My favorite materials to work with are paper and crayons. I love coloring and sketching with them, drawing. I also really love hearts, anything with hearts and pink.For the moment, this shop is a mish-mash of cutesy things that I love making. If you have a custom request I’d love to take a crack at it!”
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What got you interested in crafting?
Ever since I was a kid I remember being crafty. We would make fashion shows of our school clothes and walk the hallway like it was a runway. I would write plays, make the sets, makeup, and perform all in the same day! I loved finding office supplies and thinking “What could I do with this?”. My father was a little annoyed by it! Ha! At the end of college my roommate taught me how to crochet. I couldn’t really make anything past a scarf at that point, but it got me on the right track.
About 2 years ago I started paper-crafting. It’s possibly one of the nerdiest crafts ever. You cut, fold, and glue cardstock into 3D shapes. Most patterns are for video game or anime characters. I loved starting with something flat and blank and producing these giant sculptures! I then joined crafster and started participating in swaps. This really helped me branch out into learning different crafts and I haven’t stopped since. I want to learn how to make all the things!
What has been your favorite project to make and why?
Probably my favorite to make are these cute heart shadow boxes. The hearts stick out with an illusion of being 3-d. The pattern on the paper is so pretty I just like to stare at it.
What’s the secret behind your etsy name?
I knew I had to think of a really good name that suited me. I started doing sketches and all I came out with was Giraffes in Top Hats. When I was little I would draw giraffes on EVERYTHING! and then give them to my grandpa. I even have a giraffe tattoo! The name then appeared in my head and I couldn’t get it out. When you have a good idea, you just gotta run with!
If you could open up a shop in your town what would you call it and what would it be like?
I think I would still call it Giraffes on Parade cause I am in love with the name so much. The walls would be two colors, the bottoms fake wood painted white, and the tops a bright pink! The walls lined with simplistic one color paintings of giraffes and then in the middle in delicious glass cabinets would be all my pretty creations waiting for someone to take them home.
I’m pretty random most of the time, but I’ve always wanted a job where I can go dressed up. That’s how I think my shop would be. Crazy, Random, Cute, and very open.
What is the most challenging thing you have made?
I tried to make these felt lolita clip on top-hats once for a swap. They came out terrible! I got hot glue everywhere and they wouldn’t stand straight up. I felt really bad for my partner, but I loved trying something new.
The other hardest thing I would have to say was this papercraft of about a 3/4 of a foot tall chocobo. The pattern came with no instructions because the creator thought “it was easy enough and didn’t need any”. Oi! I glued his head on backwards and his wings upside-down. It was a travesty.
What are some of your goals you hope to achieve within the next year?
I’d love to lose 10 pounds! But I mean… who doesn’t? ha! I think for my shop I would like to have a fun little community. I love hearing how much people love the stuff I make, how it made their day, how they use it all the time! I really want to make a difference, or be known for doing something stupendous. I want my cutie mark! (My little pony reference anyone?)
What inspires you to be crafty?
To get the creativity flowing I like to listen to music, mostly techno or classical, and look at other great crafts. I find that my biggest inspiration actually comes from requests. I am a people pleaser and if someone wants something special the ideas come flooding in.
What is your best quality when it comes to your crafts?
I am a slight perfectionist. I have to make my items look like they belong in a store. If you are walking down an aisle and you see two similar items, but one is bent- you’re gonna want the one that’s not bent. If I send out something that’s not completely perfect I feel like I’m disrespecting my customer. Which absolutely can’t happen! If it takes an extra day of production to make sure it is 100% the bestest thing ever, I would rather be a little late!
If you could have one thing to help your store what would it be?
Customers? Those would be really nice! I think of anything I could use a shipping expert, that part usually gives me the headaches!
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