If you are a belly dancer or just into that fashion you NEED to check out Creations By Angelia’s shop! She also has some great items for the goth or steampunk at heart. :) Read more about her here:
CZ: Tell us a little about yourself!
CBA: I'm a stay at home mom of two, wife to one. I sew in my own sweat shop (the garage) in my 'spare' time. Meaning I sew after the kids go to bed and I'm up half the night. I started sewing items for dancing because it was sooo hard to find anything in a REAL plus sizes. I started with skirts and have expanded from there.
CZ: What type of items do you sell?
CBA: Creations By Angelia is primarily Belly Dance and Fusion dance themed items. 10 and 25 yard hem skirts, corset vests and belts, bustles and stylized bustle skirts, 4 yard Pantaloons, ghawazee style coats, and more... almost all items are custom made to order. There is a variety of items that are ready made and I LOVE to do custom work!! Most of my stuff is suitable for Ren Faire and SCA type dancing~
CZ: What is the inspiration behind your shop and what keeps you motivated?
CBA: I started my shop just because I wanted people to have options for costuming. I sew for EVERY size, since no one size is right. I sew for both women and men, and love when people are repeat customers!!
My main motivation is to keep feeding and caring for my Rescue Horses! My Ty and Gracie. Both are older but fun to ride!
CZ: What is the greatest compliment you have received about your work?
CBA: I remember when I got a phone call from a lady who had ordered a custom pair of 4 yard pants and a matching vest. She had a hard time finding costumes because she was so small. She called me and told me that in class that night, she had worn her stuff and had felt like a queen, graceful and beautiful. Told me that she could tell it wasn't just a "job" for me. That I put a piece of myself into every piece of costuming that I create. It was almost as though she "got" it. I may make many simple items, but I care about who is going to wear them!
CZ: When did you first realize that you weren’t “like the other kids”?
CBA: Uh... I've always been a bit off from others~ I was into vampires, zombies, monsters, ghosts and more when I was in grade school. As soon as I learned to read I was reading creepy books and every "real ghost story" type of book I could get my hands on. I grew up before Goosebumps and books like that. Remember the books Scary Stories to tell in the Dark and More Scary Stories to tell in the Dark??? Loved ‘em....
CZ: What’s a typical day in the life of this Dark Sider like?
CBA: Typical day for me, sleep in till I have to drag my butt out of bed (hubby's currently out of work, so he's been getting up with the kids) Eat my breakfast while doing emails and checking orders and things like that. Do my day to day stuff, house work, laundry and so on... Spend about an hour and a half feeding and grooming my horses, then coming home and making dinner, getting kids into bath and shower, into bed, and then I can stop and go work on my projects! I stay up till 3-4 am... I've always been a bit of a night owl. I do read a lot in bed before I go to sleep~ It flavors my dreams~
CZ: Do you prefer zombies or vampires?
CBA: Hmmm I prefer vampires. not sparkly ones though... (those are fairy's with teeth). I do like wolves, and love how they have been getting portrayed in lots of books, and a few TV shows as "real" looking Wolves. Not just manimals...
CZ: Which horror character do you identify with most and why?
CBA: Carrie~ I was always the odd person out in School, and still am! I always wished I could maim them. It made me a stronger person! Too bad I can’t make things move with my mind...
CZ: Which elusive creature do you believe is more likely to be real: El Chupacabra or Sasquatch?
CBA: Sasquatch. I live in the Northwest~ We have ‘em EVERYWHERE!
CZ: Who is more likely to enslave the human race - aliens or robots?
CBA: Well... I think we have enslaved ourselves... LOL But perhaps Aliens because they would be smarter than us.
CZ: What scares you?
CBA: Clowns. For real. Since I was a small child, they SCARED THE CRAP OUTTA ME! My Mom still laughs about it.
I'm also afraid of things in deep water. I love to swim, and have no issues swimming in deep water, but there is always that fear that something is gonna get me!
CZ: When my undead masses take over will you be with us or against us?
CBA: Depends... do they want my brains?
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