The tiara story began a few years ago when I wanted to give my Mum a gift for
Mothers’ day and, at 90, she didn’t really want for anything.
Mum was born in London the same year as Queen Elizabeth, so she’s always felt a kinship with her. I decided to make her a tiara with some flexible aluminum wire I used to work with in my previous floral design days.
I created the simplest little wire crown spelling out “Mom” with a few rhinestones stuck on which I then gifted her.
After first saying, “oh no I couldn’t” my Mum wore it out to the restaurant and looked cute in it, where staff and patrons smiled at her and commented on it.
The 2nd tiara that I made 6 months later was for my friend Jayne for her 60th birthday party. Buying wire and random beads in her favourite colours, I twisted together a pretty tiara and packed it in tissue and a box to bring to the party.
It was an instant hit! Jayne loved it, wore it all night, had photos taken and comments on it and she stood out in the crowd. I knew that night I was onto something and would love to sell them if possible.
A few years later that became a reality in my gift store Little Bird in Duncan. Over 14 months since opening I’ve made several hundred tiaras - custom orders, or ready-to-wear!
Handmade with shiny colourful aluminum wire, glass flowers, metal and ceramic charms, each one is unique and the best thing is they are customizable with many colour combinations, names, words and ages.
They have been worn by -1 year olds to 95+ year olds and are size adjustable.
I’ve made a fun 2 tier “Queen of the Jungle” crown for a woman’s twin baby shower and added a life size silver fluttering butterfly to a 70th birthday tiara for a woman having her first birthday since becoming a widow. Sweet moments.
Recently a customer reminded me of a “Princess” tiara I made for her elderly mother-in-law, who apparently “wore it on the way out” when she passed away. I'm not sure exactly what that meant, but I felt honoured to have made it nonetheless!
Our tiaras have been enjoyed locally, as well as mailed and carried all over the world.