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Feature Friday: LoveClayFlowers

Happy Feature Friday!

We are amazed by today’s feature as Olga Mironova creates the most unique and beautiful bouquets for her shop, LoveClayFlowers. As the name suggests, these bouquets, boutonnieres, and other wedding accessories are made completely of clay! We have never seen clay flower arrangements before and are completely mesmerized with them. We love how realistic her creations are and really enjoyed hearing about how much pride Olga has in making her products. She truly works to make her bouquets the best they can be for that special wedding day and is always perfecting her craft. Read on to see the crazy amazing things Olga can do with clay, and hear about how LoveClayFlowers got to where it is today.

:Β Tell us a few things about yourself!

:Β I live in Russia and I’m 33. πŸ™‚ I’m married and have a daughter Sonya – she’s 7. Β I used to work in a bank, but then decided to start my floristic career and I love my life now!

: Your clay bouquets and accessories are so beautiful! What made you decide you wanted to create these products?

: Thank you! I’ve always been a creative soul. Since my childhood I used to make flowers from beads, from silk, etc. Some years ago I saw clay bouquets and was stunned! They looked so delicate and realistic. Even more surprisingly, they were very lightweight and not fragile! I really wanted to learn how to make them and I found a school where I learned how to make clay flowers, and now I create clay bouquets! πŸ™‚ That is what I love and I’m glad I can express myself through my work and bring more beauty into this world.

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Feature Friday: Zuri Collection

knot necklaceHappy Feature Friday!
Today we’re excited to share the story of Abby Alley fromΒ Zuri Collection. Being a conscious consumer is so important, so we love what Abby has to say about her mission and the women behind her brand. We, ourselves, loveΒ to purchase fair trade items or buy from brands thatΒ give back to a cause or create job opportunities in the communities that need them. If you’re going to buy a product anyway, why not choose one that makes a positive impact? We love Abby’s heart for Tanzania and the women who create all of the gorgeous, handcrafted items for Zuri Collection. Read along to hear more about the impact her business is making and see some of the beautiful pieces the talented artisans of Tanzania make.

Castle Logo:Β Tell us about yourself!
zuri_website_logo-01_1_6fc9197e-d069-448a-a83e-8977fa75a1b5_200x:Β My name is Abby Alley, and I grew up outside Chicago, but have been living in the city for the past 10 years. I have two younger sisters who both live in Chicago, which is so much fun! A few fun facts about me: I’m a Cubs fan, the beach is my happy place, I suffer from a bad case of wanderlust ;), and my faith is really what drives what I do.

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