A special interview and offbeat discount on amazing fascinators from daniAWESOME accessories #Sponsors#discount#fascinator#peacock feathers January 3 | Megan Finley meganfinley This business paid a fee to be listed on Offbeat Bride because they feel their products and services are a great fit with offbeat philosophies… and we agree. Learn more about our ads. I don't know about you, but I get super inspired by hearing stories about successful and awesome indie craft businesses — how they got started, how they stay inspired, their hopes for the future of their business. Here's my interview with Iowa-based sponsor, indie crafter, and friend of the Empire, Dani Ausen of DaniAWESOME accessories. Dani Ausen is the adorable designer behind DaniAWESOME accessories. How did you get the inspiration to go for it and start your own business? In August of 2008 I was browsing an Urban Outfitters in Scottsdale, Arizona when I came across a collection of beaten up, mismatched, exorbitantly priced, and poorly built peacock feather hair clips and jewelry. I then had the thought that's launched a million crafting businesses: "I can do better than this." I want to provide a beautiful and well-built alternative to mass-produced, over-priced chain-store jewelry, and I never want to sell anything I wouldn't feel proud to wear myself. For a few months more, it was just an idea. Then I was asked to be the maid of honor in an Offbeat wedding. literally: Offbeat Home's Cat Rocketship's low-class high-rise wedding. The hairpieces I made for myself and the other bridesmaid were my very first. When the wedding got featured on Offbeat Bride and the photos got shared around, people went wild about the hairpieces. From there, I started selling at a local Des Moines, Iowa craft show called Market Day, and I've kept building up and up with these principles in mind: I want to provide a beautiful and well-built alternative to mass-produced, over-priced chain-store jewelry, and I never want to sell anything I wouldn't feel proud to wear myself. All your pieces look IMPECABLE. Like the one pictured above — it looks like tiny fairies constructed it — how do you create such awesomeness? DaniAWESOME is also featured in our Offbeat Vendors guide! As a graphic designer by trade, I bring the same attention to detail to my crafting that I would to a magazine spread or a logo. I carefully select and place feathers in a piece the same way that I would place words or photos into a layout. Though my materials are natural, I try to fit them together geometrically, like a puzzle. I put every piece together myself (with occasional help from friends and family), and there is thought and care in the craftsmanship. I want my pieces to make women feel beautiful, special, and truly original. No two feathers are alike, and neither are two of my pieces. Speaking of the feathers, I know our readers are very eco-minded — do you mind me asking where you get them? Sourcing is very important to me. When possible, I source my pheasant and game bird feathers from local hunters, to ensure that I can put to use what others would throw away. I also scour flea markets and garage sales to find the costume jewelry pieces and buttons that I use to adorn my work. I love to repurpose antiques… I think of them as the perfect "something old." My peacock wedding fascinators encompass old, new, and blue all on their own! What are your absolute FAVORITE things to make? I love to do custom orders. It's truly satisfying when I can make a piece for a bride and have her say "This is EXACTLY what I wanted!" When designing for someone across the country, I like to consult, have them send me inspiration boards and visual references, and I send them photos at each stage of the process to ensure the pieces come out perfectly. I work with brides on fascinators, but I have made hair clips for whole parties, bridesmaids, flower girls, custom wedding pieces like shoe clips, feather boutonnieres, custom earrings and anything you can dream up. I love and welcome all kinds of brides. Peacock brides, obviously, but nerd-chic brides, classic brides, vintage-loving brides, and fashion-forward grooms. Yup, even grooms can get in on the action with feather lapel pins. I just love to be a part of the start of someone's new life with their partner. I'm honored every time, and I hope the pieces I create become true keepsakes for the brides and bridesmaids that wear them. Hey look, it's Cat modeling DaniAWESOME's hair clips -- perfect for your bridesmaids! Finally, a lot of our brides are planning on a budget. Wanna offer our readers a special discount? We'd be your best friend! Discount!? Sure thing… OFFBEAT DISCOUNT: How about a 10% discount to Offbeat Bride readers through January 31st? Just use the coupon code OFFBEATJANUARY when ordering from DaniAWESOME. Hey y'all, that discount is only for a limited time — so hurry over to Dani's Etsy site ASAP! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Megan Finley Megan Finley is the Associate Publisher and Editorial Overlord. When she's not slaving away for the Empire, she's sharing her dork side on her own blog. @meganfinley @meggyfin PREVIOUS The wedding day items that could save your ass NEXT Erin & Jeff's Scottish tartan and balloon animal wedding Toggle comments [ 4 ] Okay, clearly Dani's my bud since I'm IN THIS POST, but I really do love what she makes. My birdcage veil for my wedding was lovely. 0 agree Reply I am rather bias but she does do good work. I love my earrings. 0 agree Reply I love these hair pieces she is very talented. 0 agree Reply Dani made a stunning fascinator and birdcage veil for me which I recently wore at my wedding. I am completely in awe of Dani's talent and skill when it comes to her craft. The piece she made for me is absolutely gorgeous and helped to make my day extra special. Not only is her work amazing but she is incredible to work with! She has a lovely and very friendly personality and by the end of our email exchange she felt like an old friend, though we've never met in person! I highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for a fascinator or jewelry…her pieces are guaranteed to make you feel unique and beautiful! 1 agrees Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.