indie emporium

I know, I know, lack of blog updates and all.. Well, running weather&noise, Indie Emporium, and now our shop made: The Indie Emporium Shop, has been keeping me a little busy.  A lot busy.  I don’t know when I had free time last.  And that’s not complaining, because I love everything I’m doing.. but, those things have all taken priority over blogging.  I can say that I’ll try to be better, but really, I don’t anticipate the rest of my life slowing down for the next few months because we’re opening a SECOND LOCATION of made!

A second location for made: The Indie Emporium Shop
There’s other life stuff that I wish I’d blogged, and I wish I had time to write and record somewhere, because eventually I might want to reflect on it, but eh, sorry future self.  Maybe I’ll shoot for a 2012 recap highlighting those life changing things that happened in my 30th year.  For now, I’m busy making things and making things happen.

If you’ve been thinking about applying for an indie craft show, you’ll want to be sure to attend the class that we’re teaching with the lovely Briana, the organizer of Alliday.  It’s happening this Wednesday evening.  And if you’re far away, don’t worry, we’re working on making this class available online in the near future.  Otherwise, we hope to see you at Cosi.  Free to attend this time around!

And ya know, I might have mentioned it a few times, but the Indie Emporium applications are closing THIS WEEKEND!  Apply now if you want to be a part of the 2011 show.

The new issue of Prairie Hive magazine is online now and I spent a good chunk of this morning drinking a nice tea and reading it.  I can honestly say, it’s the first time I’ve actually read an online magazine with the same focus and enjoyment that I read print magazines with. 

These ladies are really putting together a great source of design inspiration and lovely formatting and I look forward to seeing the future issues.

Oh, and they are just so darn sweet!  I had the pleasure of meeting Dawn over the summer and have been working with Sarah on a fun little collaborative project for Prairie Hive and Indie Emporium.  Look for one of our make&take tables at Indie Emporium to be led by these creative ladies.  Just one more reason to come to Indie Emporium in a few months!

And make sure you check out the Prairie Hive blog as well.. lots of great content

 
You have until August 14th to apply to be a part of Indie Emporium 2011.
I’m getting pretty darn excited.  What do you think of the graphics?  Lovely Renee of GreenerMe & I had a little graphic pow wow yesterday.  More coming soon.
Oh, friends, what a lovely day I’m having.  I hope everyone else is having a sweet summer afternoon too.
I’ve been working away on Indie Emporium projects this week and I’m pretty excited about this sweet, silly, little video we made to promote the applications.  
The application deadline is one month from today! 
Share the video with your friends.. it’s on our facebook page too, so if you see yourself in one of the photos in the video, tag yourself!


Settle in, this is a long update with lots of photos..

What a whirlwind fall it’s been! I’m such a bad fall blogger – just too many things going on and I tend to neglect the blog first.  Anyway, my schedule has slowed down a bit now.. so a little recap is in store.  It’s hard to even remember everything exciting and blog-worthy that took place.  Thank goodness for cell phone cameras – right?  That seems to be the only way I can remember what I did for the past few months.

October

Momentum Tulsa – I was happy to be on the committee for Momentum Tulsa this year.  It was also really fun to set up an Indie Emporium display at the show to promote Indie Emporium. 

Sometime in October, miss Sam Lamb came for a visit.  And somehow we stumbled upon some tree cutters.  Sam thought the wood would be perfect for some of her new work, so alas, a car full of cedar. 

Most of October was spent getting ready for Indie Emporium.  So.. on to that..
Our 4th year was fun and exciting.  This marked our last year at the VFW and believe it or not, we’re already planning for next year.  Mark your calendars, Sept 30 & Oct 1 at LIVING ARTS!  Here are some photos by the lovely Miss Casey Hanson.  The rest of her photos from Indie Emporium are up on my flickr

 

November

Dia De Los Muertos – This is always one of my favorite events of the year.  This year we met up with some friends to enjoy Mexican Hot Cocoa (yum) and the evening festivities.  Sorry for my terrible video skills!  The first video is from the Blessing of the Altars and the second is the Skeleton Dance.  Fun times!  My friend Kristin made an alter dedicated to her grandma and it made me feel super nostalgic and warm about my own grandmother.

 
Girlie Show – OKC – Nov 4 & 5 – I had a great time at the Girlie Show again this year.  I’d been pretty nervous because I was selling all new products and that’s always a little scary, but I sold out of pillow covers and some of my tea towel designs.  The Girlie Show is always such a great time despite that I was pretty sick the whole weekend (long story involving my arm getting infected from getting a flu shot!  Anyway – I was on antibiotics that made me feel super yucky) Here are a few photos from the show.

My dad helped me out at the show and we stayed with my family in OKC.  With how exhausted I was, I was soo grateful for this comfy bed at my aunt’s house after the show. 

A few weeks later was the Jingle Bash in Dallas.  Wow, Jingle Bash was PACKED!  Word has it that Kelly Clarkson was doing some holiday shopping there too.  I don’t know if she bought anything of mine because I was pretty nonstop busy and I didn’t really have any idea what she looked like.  Great show though! 
Here’s a group photo of all of the vendors.  Can you spot me?  I think we should do a group shot like this at Indie Emporium next year!

Sticks (south Tulsa indie crochet & knitting) has moved to loops!  I missed the first few meetings at the new location, but was able to make it the week of Thanksgiving. 

Thanksgiving was spent with my family in OKC.  The husband and I also spent that weekend doing some fun holiday stuff – including a trip to Philbrook for the Festival of Trees, picking our own tree!, making Thanksgiving Dinner (pt 2) at my parents, going to the shopTulsa black friday party, and watching lots of movies together, including the new Harry Potter (the husband’s pick). 

Whew!  Since then, I’ve been catching up with orders from the stores I consign with and even getting things in a few new (to me) shops.  My new tea towels and “oklahoma” pillow covers are now available at Dwelling Spaces in downtown Tulsa.  Ooh, and I’m planning a show for make:Tulsa at Ida Red on 12/18. Here are the last few photos from my absence – mostly taken over the past few weeks.  Some of these are things I’m working on for school.  You might notice the little kitty in the bottom corner – we’ve been feeding 5 stray kitties that seem to have found us.  They won’t let us near them yet, but my oh my, they sure are cuties.  

 Alright, well that pretty much sums up the past few months.  I’ll try to get back on track with blogging now..

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!



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