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I’m happy to report that I’ve undertaken learning a new skill.  I’ve sort of picked up crochet a few times and done some basics, but I’m going to delve further in this time.  Here’s what I’ve done so far.

Oh, and one of my crochet experiments last winter.  These were sweet little crocheted “acorn” ornaments I made for the make:Tulsa girls.  They were actually made with walnuts.  Sillyness.

I’m re-learning with Sherri (go like her on facebook here), one of the sweetest ladies I know.  She started the Tulsa Crochet Collective which meets the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month at Agora. That’s her sitting next to me in the photo.  Also in that picture are Andrea and Holly.  My schedule is so hectic for the next few months, but I’m going to take every chance I can to join in for a night off from all of the other crazi-ness I’m living.  Oh, and Agora has the most amazing pumpkin spice chai, so that doesn’t hurt either.

Sherri is miss super crochet-er and made me this lovely scarf that I’m pretty much obsessed with. 

 

 Beautiful, yes?  I think I’ll be sporting it a lot this season.

In case you’re not in Tulsa and can’t learn from Sherri (she teaches at Loops too!), you should head over to Crochet School taught by Dana from Craftyminx.  I’ve met Dana a few times and she’s a total sweetheart.  I have to admit, I’m a little behind in Crochet School, I’m only on lesson 6, but her videos are a million times better and more thorough than any of the ones I tried watching on youtube a few years ago.  I really thought I could learn crochet from a video a few years back and didn’t have much luck.  Even Sherri wasn’t sure how I made all of my V’s in the chain stitch face the wrong way.. Crochet School is certainly going to be helpful for me when I’m stuck and wondering what I’ve forgotten from a Monday night Crochet Collective meeting and will keep me from totally monopolizing Sherri’s time asking a million questions. So head over to Crochet School from the link above or by clicking the button on the left side of my blog.

I have to admit, I’ve been knitting for oh, I don’t know, like 3 or 4 years now, but from the little bit that I’ve done, I think I really prefer crochet.  I’m not totally giving up on knitting and I plan on learning to cable this winter.  Just as soon as Dana makes a video for that or someone can hold my hand through it because for some reason it terrifies me.

So much for a little downtime between Indie Emporium and the fall show season..  Busy times are upon us and I’m making the best of it this year.
 

Wednesday Night – We started the weekend early since we had a party almost every night last week.  This was a ladies party for the event that the husband is working on, Corks & Kegs.  It’s coming up in a few weeks and I kinda can’t wait.  I made pumpkin dip and pumpkin truffles for the ladies party, but forgot to take photos of the truffles.  I’m pretty sure I’ll be making them again this fall, so maybe I’ll remember that step next time before they all disappear at a party.  The dip was pretty tasty, it’s a can of pumpkin, some spices, greek yogurt, and whipped cream.  We dipped apples in it, but I also served it with ginger snap cookies. 

Thursday Night – Girlie Show Artist Party in OKC.  My dear friend Nikki from the Gleeful Peacock came along and on the way home, we ran into some crazy ghostbusters. Dontcha love my silly teeth smile in that photo?

 

Saturday morning we got up bright and early and had a little mini garage sale.  Mainly I just wanted to get some junk out of the garage (like random clothes that the husband decided to put on!) and hopefully make enough money to pay for our trip to OKC later that day.  After about 2 hours of hanging out in the garage, we’d made over $50 and we decided to pack up the rest for Goodwill and  head to OKC for the Passages exhibit that they husband has been wanting to visit.  I packed a sweet little picnic and threw my boots in the car and we headed out.

The line at the museum ended up being super, super long, but fortunately it moved quickly and only took about an hour.  We were in line next to some lovely folks from Sapulpa, so the time passed quickly with good conversation.  After the exhibit, we wandered around the museum for a while and then stopped by Cuppies & Joe before heading home.  I tried the Boom Boom Pow (vanilla with chocolate frosting and salted caramel drizzle) and the husband tried the Neverland (peanut butter & chocolate).  So good and I just have to say that Cuppies & Joe is the most darling place ever.

Sunday I spent the day working on homework, writing thank you cards, and with a quick make:Tulsa meeting.  We finished the weekend by having Sunday night dinner with my folks, a new-ish tradition and a great way to end the weekend. 

 Well, here I am, feeling motivated on this lovely fall afternoon.  I took a fun little handmade business blogging class from lovely Erin, over at Sunshine & Carousels this past weekend and I’ve been thinking about my own blog and what I want to do with it.  SO, expect some changes, and maybe some more consistency! 
So, first new feature is going to be each and every Monday and will be called “over the weekend”.  This will probably almost always just be filled with some instagram and various cell phone photos from over the weekend and just a little recap.  Oh, and if you don’t already follow me on instagram, then you should probably take this moment to pull out your phone and find me! (christinesharpcrowe).  Now!  Really!
So, onto today’s post..
October . 7, 8, 9 . 2011
A lot of pillow stuffing and sewing, a quick trim of the bangs (I’m still adjusting to them!), Momentum Tulsa, Handmade Blogging Class

Momentum Tulsa is a really fun art event that I’m really happy to be a part of.  I’m on the committee, but couldn’t dedicate much time to helping since it was only a week away from Indie Emporium this year.  But the husband and I did help out at the door on opening night and then got a chance to look around.  I’ve had work in the show for the past few years, but missed the deadline this year with all the IE stuff going on.  Only one more year for me to apply since it’s for artists 30 and under!  I wish I’d taken a few pictures of the work, but I was particularly struck by an embroidery piece by Julie Swearingen. Loved. It.
Oh, and one of Indie Emporium’s fashion designers was showing his line again at Momentum.  Since I was backstage during most of the Indie Emporium fashion show, I was happy to get to see his collection as an audience member. 
Sunday was the previously mentioned handmade blogging class with some of the make:Tulsa crew and I ended the day by knitting and watching movies in bed.  Also over the weekend was a trip to Philbrook for the Magnificent Vision opening (goodness, I can’t wait to go back when it’s not so crowded!), from scratch chicken and whole wheat dumplings with extra veggies (made by the husband), a trip to Jenks for the Art on Main festival and a quick chat with the lovely Ms. Extance of Bohemian Romance, and a trip to the I AM festival in Bixby.  And all that boring stuff like laundry, homework, and a little bit of extra sleep since I’m still fighting off this ridiculous cold.
Oh, and here are just a few little peeks at Indie Emporium this year from my phone.. I ran around like cah-razy all weekend and just snapped a few cell phone photos, so I’m waiting for the real photos from one or two or three of our event photographers and then I’ll share a full post about the 2011 show.  I’ll leave you with these little glimpses though..

A new part of Indie Emporium that happened for the first time this year was ‘Iron Crafter’. One of our amazing committee members, Nikki from the Gleeful Peacock, has this brilliant idea at one of our meetings this summer. We’d make an Iron Chef meets DIY competition. Of course she got to compete in it, opposing rival Erin from Sunshine & Carousels, but we also partnered up some other locals. Prairie Hive vs make:Tulsa, Holly vs Holly, Blake Ewing vs Mary Beth Babcock, and then audience members vs online winners. What a fun time we had. I’ll share the photos when I get them from our photographer. For now, enjoy the video that I made to promote the event.

What a lovely, silly time we had.



Iron Crafter at Indie Emporium from Indie Emporium on Vimeo.

Well, Indie Emporium 5 went pretty amazingly. I’m completely exhausted, still, after a few days rest, but I think a big part of that is this lingering head cold that has me feeling a bit groggy.

I realized that I never shared any of the planning details, so this first post is going to be a bunch of the graphics that we used this year. And next post, well, maybe I’ll include some event photos. We had a great turnout and great success at Living Arts of Tulsa and I can’t wait to do it again in 2012.

This recipe is super special to me and I only make it for special people.  My grandma made this pie a lot for special occasions, so it always brings back happy childhood memories for me.  You know how some tastes or smells bring back memories of certain people, well this is one of those things for me, that each and every time I make it or eat it, I fondly think about days in the kitchen with my sweet grandma.  And even if we serve it to guests, I always save my dad a piece and take it to him, because it was his “birthday pie” that his mom made for him every year.  Goodness, what an impact she had on me and how much I miss her.

So, readers, you should feel honored that I’m sharing this with you.  I never could find her exact recipe after tons of searching on the internet, so it took a summer of trial and error with the ingredients and measurements.  One afternoon I mixed it all up and realized that it was perfectly just like hers and got a little emotional about it.  Now I substitute fat free sweetened condensed milk and use the neufatel cheese because there’s enough fat in the heavy whipping cream and butter crust without adding more… 

Ingredients

  • 3-4 lemons
  • 3/4 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • 1 (14 oz) of Sweetened Condensed Milk (fat free)
  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese (I use the 1/3 less fat)
  • ⅓ package of Graham Crackers
  • 1 stick butter

Instructions

  1. Melt your butter
  2. Crush your graham crackers (I prefer to beat mine with a rolling pin, but DON’T break the bag like the husband did last time, it makes a huge stinkin mess’).
  3. Mix the melted butter and graham crackers until crackers are coated.
  4. Put graham cracker/butter mixture in a pie pan and smoosh the cracker mixture to form a crust (I use my spoon to even it out, then my hands to add the finishing touches)
  5. Whip the heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form – I use a Kitchen Aid mixer on 5 for about 2 minutes
  6. Juice enough lemons – about 3 or 4 – (sans seeds) to get at least ½ cup of lemon juice and pulp.  I like having little pieces of pulp and LOTS of lemon flavor, but it’s all about how you like it. 
  7. Take softened cream cheese and blend in Kitchen Aid and add lemon juice and sweetened condensed milk, continue until well blended
  8. Add heavy whipping cream and blend
  9. Put mixture in pie pan and spread evenly.
  10. Place the pie pan in the refrigerator and serve chilled.
Goodness gracious, what a bummer this is!  weather&noise unfortunately is included in this mess, but I am fortunate to have only sent a small little bit of stock to Queen City Emporium.  I feel just awful for those small business owners who sent $1000+ in inventory.
Well, instead of focusing on rotten situations, I’m choosing to spend my afternoon drinking apple cider and enjoying some happy things online like this..

She & Him – Don’t Look Back from Merge Records on Vimeo.

And daydreaming about extra warm days like this..
One Love Music Fest – August 2009

 And growing things.. 
And cooking meals prepared entirely with things found at the Farmer’s Market or backyard..
and hanging out with my best friend.  outside.  without shoes.
One of our engagement photos – Spring 2004
Is anyone else longing for spring?   The forecast is looking awfully snowy for tonight, so the next few days might end up looking a bit more like this..

Between working on my finals this week, I’ll be editing photos from the weekend of my new pillow covers.  Here are a few little peeks.. 

I also wanted to share my little acorn ornaments that I made for the make:Tulsa Christmas Party & Ornament Swap yesterday.  These sort of came into existence by accident – on Friday evening, the husband and I were watching a movie and I decided that I would crochet something.  I really don’t know how to crochet – just a brief lesson from the lovely Sherri was all I was going on – and that was quite some time back, but I told the husband that I was going to teach myself to crochet a flower for our wreath.. I was really half joking, because obviously, that’s probably pretty advanced for me, but within a few minutes I had made an odd little bowl.  We joked about all of the things it could be – dog booties, thumb warmers, rudolph nose, etc, but then I stuck a walnut in it and decided that it would be fun for the ornament swap. The husband also made some keychain bottle openers with some of my beloved knitted wrapping paper. 

Hope you had a lovely weekend!

Well, it is officially busy season!  I am spending most of my time working on things to get ready for Indie Emporium.  Keeping the website updated, building hype on facebook/twitter, printing totes & tees, keeping everything organized, booking music, space planning, planning demos and make&takes, budgeting, tax forms, ordering tickets and flyers and posters, buying goodies, soliciting raffle items and giveaways, paperwork, setting up “previews” of IE at a few local spots, goodness gracious, what stress fun it all is!

Linen Tea Towels

I’m also working on my new line of homewares.  I made a BIG investment in my business this week, and I sure hope that people like what I’m working on. I certainly can’t wait to show everyone what I’ve been working on over the summer.

In the meantime, this coming Sunday, I will be selling my artwork and prints and The Gatsby Picnic.  Dress up and come see me!

Then of course on October 29&30 is Indie Emporium.

The weekend after Indie Emporium, I’ll be a vendor at The Girlie Show in OKC.  The Girlie Show is my favorite show of the year, so I am thrilled to be selling there again this year!

Then, I’ll have a few weeks off, but will busily be making more goodies for The Jingle Bash in Dallas.  I can’t wait for this trip!  I attended the show last year, but this will be my first time selling there.  Come see me Dallas friends!!

December will *hopefully* consist of my biggest show to sell at, but I won’t know for a while if I’ve been accepted.  I’m also working with our friends at Ida Red, here in T-town, to set up a lil’ pre-Christmas craft show.  Will update with details as they come.

Wish me luck at surviving this busy season!  I probably won’t be blogging much during October, but I’ll try to check in now and again!

I hope everyone had a great weekend!  The husband and I spent some time doing some little home projects; touching up paint, framing some artwork that I’ve been acquiring – like the lovely Samantha Lamb print above – doesn’t it look splendid with my yellow kitchen walls?  The calendar in the photo on the right is by Jen Oaks, one of my very favorite illustrators and those are two of my favorite aprons hanging alongside it.  You know, I hated the yellow walls when I first moved into this house – and it was such a priority to paint, but it’s grown on me.  It’s so sunshin-ey.  It’s amazing how much doing some little things around the house will renew your love of home.

I also bought the rest of the linen that was in stock at Joann’s and continued working on my new project.  Goodness, what fun I’ve been having with that… I can’t wait to show you all! 

Friday night was the make:Tulsa mixer at my house.  We had about 15 lovely makers attend and we got an idea of what the group will do together.  Renee posted about it with some photos, so head over to her blog if you’re interested.

On Saturday I convinced the husband to take me to the Vintage Show at the Spirit Bank Event Center.  I didn’t buy much, just a vintage tea towel. I’ve started collecting them and can almost always find one that I like at any estate sale or flea market.  And, even better, I can usually get one for less than $5!  This weekend’s treasure was only $3.  Doesn’t it remind you of vintage Marimekko?  I’m pretty infatuated with it right now.  

AND, on the way home, I stopped by Target (again!) to see if they’d put up the Poketo display. This was about the third time I’d been there to check this week.  This time it was there!  With one other excited shopper, I scoured everything and decided to get this cute little case for my new iPhone (which should be heeeeerrre soon!).  I wanted to buy a few other goodies, but I want to be out of debt even more, so I restrained myself.  What is your favorite Poketo for Target item?  I really like the laptop case a lot, but I *just* got a new laptop case recently and couldn’t justify buying another one.

 Well, onto the winner – I went over to random.org and it generated #7 for me, so Christine, you are the lucky winner!  I’ll email you to get your details and your prints will be headed your way.  I hope you’ll enjoy and I’d *love* to see a picture when you get them hung.  :)



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