Braids by Britt makes it personal

-1When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. That’s how we stay positive and motivated through adversity.

Brittany Fantarella has that winning attitude.

A barrel racing accident recently landed her in the hospital with a frightening array of injuries, including broken ribs. Thankfully, she avoided surgery, but Fantarella needs to lay low as her body heals.

What better time to work harder at Braids by Britt, her fledgling business?

It was a hobby she began nurturing months ago as she juggled work and academics as a biology major at Southern Connecticut State University. The 23-year old has quickly acquired fans as she crafts custom horse hair bracelets and accessories.

10310671_742418695810383_962648886187615770_nThe Creative Process:

The process begins when customers mail their beloved horses’ mane or tail hair. Often, they send hair from more than one horse, which makes for colorful combinations.

She washes it two to three times with horse shampoo, laying out the hairs to dry between washes.

Fantarella then glues five to ten strands together before clasping the neat bunches with sterling silver attachments.

The result?

Beautiful, well-made and personalized jewelry. An enduring memento of cherished times. Each piece is delivered with specific care instructions with horse lover specific notations like: Better off not wearing your bracelet while scrubbing buckets in the barn!

My favorite selection  is the four-strand braid with simple polka dot clasp and end pieces.

Check out her facebook page here or reach Brittany at (203) 868-4561.

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