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.

from okc.net

I got a little press before & after the show, which is always nice.

http://okc.net/2011/11/06/girls-just-want-to-have-fun/
http://www.oklahomatoday.com/oklahomatoday/COMMUNITY/Editor%27s_Blog/index.html

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.

This sweet leaf picture was taken while I was waiting in line at one of the best estate sales ever.  I bought enough lovely treasures to fill their own entire post.
This past weekend we checked out the Harvest Festival at Cam’s Grocery downtown.  We made a quick trip to OKC to see my family and have a Thanksgiving dinner.  Yep, it’s early for that, but my uncle has been in the hospital with brain cancer and we wanted to have a nice family gathering while he was still with us.  Oh friends, it’s so sad to see such a positive and kind man being destroyed by a nasty disease.  I send all of my love to my family in OKC and sure hope that they find just a little bit of comfort in these difficult times.  I can’t even imagine what they’re going through these days.  2011 has been a year of loss for so many people that I know and I just wish there were any word of encouragement that could ease the pain.
The husband took me by Cuppies and Joe on the way out of OKC to get a pumpkin steamer and a little treat for the drive home.  Mostly I just wanted a warm drink to hold the whole way home because it’s been so chilly out.  There is something so comforting about a warm, steamy drink on a cold and gloomy day.
I spent most of Sunday working on some fall projects and getting things ready for the Girlie Show this coming weekend.  I had this fun, silly little idea a few weeks back to have a pumpkin party where everyone brings a pumpkin flavored treat to share.  We ended up with a nice crowd of 25 people and such a wonderful assortment of pumpkin delights.  Pumpkin enchiladas, pasta, canolis, and of course lots and lots of sweets.  Lovely times, and I needed an afternoon with friends pretty badly.
 I wish I’d taken more photos, but here was a little corner of the goodies.  The husband and I made my pumpkin apple pie, and a pumpkin dip.  Oh, and some really rich and tasty pumpkin cider.
I hope everyone is having a good week so far.  I’ll try to squeeze another post in before this weekend, but no promises. 😉

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.

I’ve been a little anxious to see these what this line was going to be like and woke up this morning to a twitter stream abuzz with links and photos that were leaked.  I’ve been looking forward to this most recent collaboration with Target because there hasn’t really been one that I’ve been crazy about in quite some time..

So… onto the Missoni.  Honestly, I’m not as crazy about it as I thought I would be.  I do *love* the blanket, but it’s the only must have item for me this time. Oh, and it is a must have. 

Okay, maybe this bag too.  The one in back.

And I do like the floral scarf and rainboots, but sort of don’t need to buy anything else like that and I’m not in love with them enough to justify it.   
There are a few other things that I’d probably buy if I saw them hit the sale racks.  Oh, and I look forward to seeing these dishes in person.  I wonder if they’ll be sold as a set or individually.  And the display?? I’d love if that were a full set with the display!  You know this girl loves her dishes and kitchenwares.  Oh and I do hope those plates are not melamine.  There are some other standard Target melamine dishes by Missoni, but I just can’t buy another one of those.  I tend to buy them when they have lovely patterns or something that I like, but I find myself intentionally leaving them at parties and such because I hate having plastic dishes. 

Well folks, what do you think? 

You can see the rest of the collection here.



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