Back in February, I got a phone call from a friend urging me to contact someone who was giving away three letterpresses. The presses were located in a burned out shell of a building that was formerly the Big Heart Times / Barnsdall Times. We talked with Louise Red Corn, the owner of the building and newspaper, and after a few phone calls and a slew of texts, she said she wanted to give them to us for The Workshop. On a snowy day, Thom and I took the beautiful drive to Barnsdall to see the presses and figure out some logistics of getting them to Tulsa. I took a million photos on the drive, but neglected to take many inside of the building because I was pretty anxious that the building was going to collapse on us or something. I haven’t spent a lot of time in buildings that have been destroyed by fire, so the idea of it made me pretty nervous. We met one of Louise’s friends at the building who just happens to specialize in moving oilfield equipment and he offered to help us get the presses to Tulsa.
It was almost a month before we were actually able to get the presses moved because the rainy weather made the building and surrounding lot swampy and to move something that is nearly 2000 pounds, it requires some solid ground. Finally, last weekend, we were able to get them to Tulsa. The husband and our friend Rhys drove to Barnsdall to assist Curtis, a godsend who had the equipment to move the presses, in loading them up and getting them onto the trailer for the drive to Tulsa. Thom texted me a few times throughout the morning, updating me on the progress. He sent one text that just said “So, yeah….” with a devastating photo of the Kluge press on it’s side from the pallet it was on crumbling.
I was pretty apprehensive about the Kluge because it’s so much bigger and I’m not as familiar with it as the Chandler & Price presses, so of the three presses to lose, this one was the one I was least attached to, but still…. So sad.
Fortunately, the other two presses loaded up just fine. I’d spent the day at the The Workshop preparing the space for them and waiting for our forklift rental to arrive. Here’s what it looked like when the presses arrived!
My dear friend Rachel Ann of OK Lovely came by to give us her advice on adding skids to the presses to make them easier to move in the future. I’m so grateful for this lady sharing her knowledge and helping us out so much with the move! She’s amazing! While they were chained to the forklift and hoisted in the air, we added skids using 4x4s and lag bolts and our awesome new friend Curtis drove them into our space on the forklift. Sadly, the Kluge was dropped off at the scrapyard because it was beyond repair.
So, now the two Chandler & Price presses are set in place for us to begin the cleaning and restoration process. We expect it to take about six months. For sitting idle and then being in a fire, they really aren’t in bad condition, they just need some baby-ing and care. Thom and I have been watching tons of videos, reading for hours on the best methods for cleaning and care, and are starting this week on oiling both presses.
There have been many little things that have happened that have made the process of acquiring the presses just so serendipitous that we have to share. We found out a year or so ago that the space that houses the Workshop used to be a printing studio… we learned that because a lady came in the shop and said she had just wanted to see what the space was because she grew up with her family running the printshop and she used to help her father set the type for the presses. Then, when Thom mentioned to our friend Rhys something about getting the presses, it turned out that they were THE presses that Rhys’ mother had grown up around. He brought his mom up to the shop the day after we moved the presses in to surprise her and it was a heartwarming moment for us all! In fact, I believe you’ll be able to read about it in the Big Heart Times someday soon because Louise met us there and interviewed her about her time and memories with the presses. Rhys also wrote a great post about that whole experience as well, which you can read here. There have been so many little coincidences regarding these presses that we just feel like they were meant to be with us. And we can’t wait to share them with Tulsa’s community of makers!
We’re planning to blog throughout the process and we’d love to show you the presses if you stop by the Workshop at Made!
KTUL stopped by the shop for a little surprise interview this afternoon.
Here is the first little graphic for Indie Emporium 2012. September 28th & 29th, you should probably put that on your calendar. Right now.
It’s been a rocky morning around here, and I thought the best way to cheer myself up would be to make a sweet little graphic and paste it around our little internet world. And it worked, because now all I can think about is how darn excited I am to see all of my favorite makers and artists in one place.
Lovely Renee does most of our graphics, but I didn’t want to pester her right now about making anything because she’s oh, just a little busy planning for her wedding in 7ish weeks! So, I took this one upon myself and used the font that I’m currently a little obsessed with. You might have seen it somewhere before..
I tried to think of some lovely colors for our first graphic of the year and headed over to my pinterest board “color love”, where I’ve been pinning those little combos that make me swoon. I saw this picture of this necklace that I pinned recently and thought it would be a darling palette.
Gosh, I want that necklace more than ever right now! And I’m so happy with these colors, that I’m thinking it’s definitely time for a blog makeover.
Hello lovelies. Life is just so sweet and sunny days are coming. Having the shop has been an adjustment, for sure, but I’m happier than I’ve been in so long. Schedules are crazy, sure, but I don’t think I’d know what to do with free time any more.
Some things that I’ve been up to lately –
Planning a monthly DIY segment for KTUL’s Good Day Tulsa show. So far you can see my dear friends Holly & Samantha doing the tv spots, and we’re having a class at the shop each month where anyone can come do the project in person. Tomorrow is Steampunk Washer Earrings.
Lots of new shops! And even some restaurants! My weather&noise tea towels were featured in Oklahoma Today Magazine this month, and I’ve barely even been able to keep up with the response from shops and even a few restaurants placing wholesale orders. It’s a good problem to have, friends.
New artwork. Oh, in the downtime at the shop, I do a lot of daydreaming, and I’ve got some really lovely new designs that’ll be printing before fall show season.
Weddings. One of my dearest friends and the sweetest girl I know is getting married in May. And I’m a bridesmaid. And it’s going to be just about the busiest weekend of my life, but I can’t wait.
School. Still plugging away. Two classes at a time, but should be done soon-ish. I’ve been totally neglecting my studies (hi, 12 hour midterm project done in 5 hours yesterday), but I’ve kinda realized and accepted that I’m burnt out on it right now.
Oh, and this! I’m so excited to be sponsoring Amy Sedaris’ project and book signing at Philbrook in May (back to that one May weekend being so busy!). I love Amy, and I’m super excited that she’ll be visiting my shop.
It’s been a while since I’ve hosted a giveaway here on the blog. Since I’m finding a bit more online time these days, I wanted to celebrate my return to blogging with a nice lovely treat for my readers. Sooo… I’m giving away this little darling.
These pillow covers are screen printed with my illustrations (you know I love bees, right?), and then sewn into an envelope style pillow cover. I don’t have them listed in my etsy shop, but they’ve become hot little commodities at shows and the shop lately. They sell for $40, and I’ll throw in some other treats for the winner as well. Oh, like maybe some tea towels, pocket mirrors, or other lil lovelies that you just might fancy. Let’s see, how about $75 in weather&noise treats.
To enter, make sure you are following my blog with the “join this site” button over on the left AND a fan of the weather&noise facebook page. Leave me a comment letting me know that you like me in both spots (blog & facebook) and you’re entered! If you want to earn an extra entry, go follow me on
I’ll leave the contest open until Monday, 2.27.12. I’ll pick the winner via random.org and will announce it on Tuesday morning. Good luck lovelies!
Here’s to a lovely, sweet Valentine’s Day for everyone!
I’ve been *super* busy. Like in the, I don’t have time to sleep, or daydream, or any of those necessary things.
But it’s all such wonderful busy-ness. A few weeks back was The Girlie Show in OKC. Always one of my favorite shows of the year and always so successful for me. I’ll post some photos one of these days, but for now, just let me say that it was wonderful. Actually, here are a few captures (not mine) that I found on various facebook pages after the show.
I got a little press before & after the show, which is always nice.
Then, oh, this sweet little opportunity popped up for me to open a pop up shop in the Deco District of downtown Tulsa. I’ve loved the concept of pop up shops since I first heard about them a few years back. I made a little attempt at making one happen last Christmas, but it just didn’t work out. This year, it’s happening. For real, and it’s under the Indie Emporium name. We have almost 30 vendors that have set things up and I’ll be running the shop every moment of this next month that I’m in Tulsa. I’ll update with more details about that later. It might be a big part of why I haven’t had time to blog lately.
And oh, then there’s this little trip this week to Renegade Austin, and next week to Renegade Chicago. Just those little things.. And how honored I am to be included on the Renegade blog. Dreams coming true folks. Especially with the company of amazing artists on this particular entry. I adore Leah Duncan’s work and Kate from Little Things Studio is just the most darling lady and I can’t wait for dinner with her next weekend while we’re both in Austin.
Gosh, I am so happy to be checking these things off of my life’s to-do list (opening a shop & Renegade holiday shows are both on my ’30 by 30′). I just wish I could bask a little more in these happy days, and that there were a little more time for sleep.
The past few weeks have been a blur of activity, ups and downs, and everything in between.
There was an Indie Emporium volunteer appreciation party at Joe Momma’s for trivia night. Goodness what great help we have. I am so thankful for these darling people.
|Somer of SomerKnits with Holly from HollyRocks (i love these girls!)|
A few Saturdays back, we ventured out to see our friends at the B.A.zaar. We didn’t set up this year because of the hectic schedule we’ve been living, but it was fun to say hello to friends and meet some new makers. I bought some laundry detergent from the Peaceful Housewife, which I’ve been looking forward to trying, and another laundry-related purchase, a felted wool dryer ball from SomerKnits. I also picked up some lovely scents from Plume Perfume, and a bar of Pumpkin Lager soap for the husband’s stocking. I may or may not have picked out a Christmas gift for myself.
We also picked out some pumpkins to decorate. I got one gigantic one, one regular sized one, and a bag of little cute and colorful ones.
The rest of that weekend was spent at home cleaning my studio, finishing up my midterms, reading, packaging prints and store orders, and having an all around relaxing, but still productive time.
I’ve been spending a lot of time treasure hunting. I tend to do this when I’m feeling stressed or need a little pick me up. I’ve certainly been finding some great lovelies.