Sponsor Spotlight: Owl & Drum

When did you start Owl & Drum?

We started Owl & Drum 2 1/2 years ago because we felt there was a niche in the Tulsa market for a “one-stop shop” for fabric, gifts and sewing/quilting supplies with a modern aesthetic. We also realized there was a lack in sewing classes for newcomers and kids. Our weekly sewing and quilting classes have really taken off. And, how could they not with instructors like Mary Perisho and Ann Olson.

Any special story as to how you created the name Owl & Drum?

It’s pretty simple actually. The “owl” comes from the fact that my husband and I are both owl collectors and it rhymes with our last name, Howell. “Drum” is a part of my business partner, Dani Weaver. She was a drummer. We wanted the name to be about us and the sound of these two words was both quirky and fun.

Any upcoming events/opportunities that Tulsa should know about?

Yes! We have classes and events every week. Both at night and on Saturdays. We recently updated our website, owlanddrum.com, and you can now sign up for these classes online. Each class is listed with a full description and picture of the project. It’s much more user-friendly than in the past.

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Posted on December 9, 2014 .

Meet Three Eleven Designs!

Tell us a little about yourself and your creative business.

Hi! I’m Hannah. I am the owner and designer of Three Eleven Designs. Three Eleven Designs is a custom design studio. By pairing hand calligraphy with technology, all products are designed to inspire the every day. I work with paper goods, plastic,  and lasers. Everything is made with my own hand calligraphy, giving a more personalized touch to each item created. Each scripted item is worked until it is just right. I think that makes Three Eleven Designs different, each word is made from scratch.

Any special story as to how you created your business name?

The name for my company is based from Ecclesiastes 3:11. The Lord has made "everything beautiful in its time." Every piece of our lives is different along the way and the Lord has made right where you are BEAUTIFUL, even at the times we don't want to believe it. Live in His grace, and find how He has made right where you are beautiful. That is what this company is about.

"He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, He has put eternity into man's heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11

Why were you drawn to starting a creative business? 

Through my education, I learned how to bring creative thoughts to life by mixing them with a dynamic use of technology.  After graduating from Texas A&M University (whoop) in 2010, I then spent a year working on a masters in Architecture at Louisiana State University (geaux tigers!). I decided to leave after a year at LSU, and dive into the booming job market (ha!). When I left, I didn't have an idea of what I was going to do, and had no job lined up. As I began to think of what I would like to do, and looked for jobs, the Lord placed it in me to start something on my own. I have always had a love for good design, and I love making items that spark a little creativity in everyone and cause us to celebrate even the little things. The base for Three Eleven Designs quickly fell into place, and was launched in November of 2011. By using my own hand calligraphy and drawings to create customized designs, I use laser cutting and printing techniques to make unique items for my customer.

What do YOU love most about your work?

I love is figuring out exactly how to make something work. I love the idea that starts it, but it is always fun and sometimes a surprising road to get whatever it is to look the way you want. You never know what materials with give you the exact feel you want! I love using precise technology to bring a project together and create beautiful things.

Where do you find inspiration?

I like to explore places- whether in my own city or abroad, go on a walk, find antique or flea markets to search through, or just go to fun places to eat with people I love. I've always got a little notebook with me, and if it happens to not be there, I make notes in my phone! It can be a line, taste, smell, or a laugh. Inspiration can come from anywhere at any time, you just have to see it.

 

Posted on December 8, 2014 .

Meet T-TownTeez!

Any special story as to how you created your business name?

My name was the end product of my obsession with alliteration and incorporating elements of my native language, Spanish. So in the end I got T~TownTeez. The tilde is just a fun addition native to the Spanish language. It was a fun alternative to the omnipresent dash in T-Town that you see everywhere. The “Z” was more aesthetically pleasing than an “S” and was a nod to the Z in my last name. 

Why were you drawn to starting a creative business? 

I really wasn’t drawn to starting a business, but I knew I wanted a cool shirt with the Golden Driller on it and decided to make it myself. I had no idea it would lead to a  printing/sewing business as well as a line of shirts, pillows, posters, clothes and everything else in between. 

When did you start your business? 

September 2009, shortly after my departure from a fine dine establishment that taught me a few lessons about how to run a business. They also taught me that I never wanted to work in a restaurant again. 

What do YOU love most about your work?

I love the relationship between sewing and printing. It’s so fun having a relationship between constants and changes. The constant being the prints, and the changes being the different fabrics and shirts we get to turn into fun products. It really gives me the liberty to explore new ideas and play around having both around. It makes me feel spoiled. 

Where do you find inspiration?

Everywhere. After watching The September Issue I was a man obsessed with the world. Grace Coddington said it best: “ALWAYS KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN. KEEP WATCHING, BECAUSE WHATEVER YOU SEE CAN INSPIRE YOU.”

It’s the main reason why I don’t like to drive myself, I’m always looking for something to inspire an idea. My last few designs have been inspired by a tattoo shop in Austin, a very hungover walk back to my car, and an illustration I found in a 1970’s coloring book just to give a couple of examples. 

What do you enjoy most about the holidays?  

The kinda of creepy but warm and comforting Christmas music. Also, Batman Returns and Home Alone. 

What is your favorite holiday and why?

Cry Baby Hill. Do I really need to explain?  

Traditional Holiday is Christmas, my family has fun with Karaoke. 

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Posted on December 5, 2014 .

Sponsor Spotlight: Okie Crowe!

Tell us a little about yourself and Okie Crowe.

I began a home-based soap-making business that has grown into bath & body products, handmade dog treats, and even a homebrew kit. The Okie Crowe store has given us a home for our brand, other made in Oklahoma goodies, and a unique variety of our favorite things.

Any special story as to how you created Okie Crowe's name?

Moving to NYC in 2004, Tulsa felt stagnant and I wanted a more exciting pace of life. While I was away, downtown Tulsa began a rebirth. McNellie’s opened and more businesses followed. When I came home to visit, I found myself enjoying the downtown Tulsa lifestyle. I decided that it was time to move back to Tulsa to stake my claim too. In Native American folklore, the raven is an evolving creature. Having found my love for Oklahoma, I unearthed my Okie spirit. As a lifelong Black Crowes fan, Okie Crow with an e at the end made sense. Okie Crowe was born.

When did you start Okie Crowe?

Okie Crowe was established in January 2011. We launched our website, www.okiecrowe.com, in May 2013. The store opened in July 2013.

How do you work to enrich Tulsa?

Okie Crowe actively participates as a vendor at various events throughout the year in Tulsa. We support Family & Children’s Services annual Care Card program and other charitable events. I also serve as the Secretary for the Deco District Association to promote business and neighborhood growth in the downtown community.

Can the public be involved in Okie Crowe? 

The greatest thing the public can do to be involved in any small business is to shop local. Supporting small businesses puts money back into your community and helps grow the economy. Plus, you can find really cool things at your local retailer!

How else can we help to support Okie Crowe?

Okie Crowe would love to hear feedback from you! We have jumped in with our feet first since the start and have been so blessed to get this far on a whim and with lots of hard work. We always strive to be our best and continually grow as a company. We have lots of new product ideas and goals for the boutique, but want it to be perfect for YOU! Have any super fun ideas or kind suggestions so that we can tailor our wares to your needs?

Any upcoming events that Tulsa should know about?

11/30 Guthrie Green Holiday Market (Brady District)

11/30 Lights On (Downtown)

12/6 Margaret Aycock’s Annual Holiday Sale (Brady Heights)

12/13 Leighelena Trunk Show (Okie Crowe, Deco District)

12/13 Second Saturday (Deco District)

Posted on December 4, 2014 .

Meet Favoring Brave!

Tell us a little about yourself and your creative business.

I am Jill, an Iowa native, Tulsa transplant, and the face behind Favoring Brave and The Bookerie shops. I started making beaded jewelry to sell my local Farmer's Market at 14 and put myself through college doing that, always secretly bitter that I didn't make something more awesome. Not that beaded jewelry can't be awesome, but I longed to do something really original. So after college I moved to Tulsa, got a job, quit the job, and bought a spiral binding press to start making hardback books into journals. The jewelry followed shortly after, and now I make almost 200 different items out of the books and sell in my two Tulsa area storefronts -- one at 5th and Boston in Tulsa, and 12 E Dewey Ave in Sapulpa -- and online.

Why were you drawn to starting a creative business? 

When I graduated from college I was working a corporate job that crushed my soul. Sounds melodramatic, but I was seriously coming home crying most days because I was so miserable make phone calls and updating spreadsheets 8 hours a day. I stopped doing the other things I liked. My husband really helped me see that I didn’t have to do that. He gave me the freedom to walk away from it, and continuing my previous creative ventures made the most sense, although at the time it was just supposed to be a place holder until I found another job. Soon the placeholder took over my life, however, and the rest, as they say, is history!

Any special story as to how you created your business name?

Well when I walked away from my aforementioned corporate job, people thought I was insane. I was 21, just out of college, and yet I walked away from a great paycheck and really good benefits to cut up books like a psychotic preschooler. It seemed silly, even dangerous, but it was the right thing for me to do. It was the brave thing to do, and as the old saying goes, “fortune favors the brave.” 

What do YOU love most about your work?

I love finding the perfect words. I will spend half my day reading and when I find the perfect word for something, it's worth it. My policy is to NEVER EVER cheat and print a word out. I have to find it. And I love that.

Where do you find inspiration?

I am inspired by poetry and the way that poets say so much with so little, which is the primary inspiration behind my asymmetrical earrings that pair only two words to say something special. I am also inspired by typography itself and the beautiful way type informs the meaning we give to words.

What do you enjoy most about the holidays? 

What don’t I enjoy! I love the music, gift-buying, the hot chocolate and treats, stockings, either getting to dress up for parties or getting to wear enormous cozy sweaters, snow – it really is such a magical time of year!

What is your favorite holiday and why?

It’s probably cliché, but I do love Christmas the most. I get so bored with routine, and Christmas just shakes up your whole life for a month or more! How fun is that?!

 

 

 

Posted on December 2, 2014 .

Meet Cedric Mitchell Designs!

Tell us a little about yourself and your creative business.

My name is Cedric Mitchell and I specialize in glass art design. The work that I create ranges from functional to decorative art. Glassblowing for me started out as a hobby and slowly turned into a job at The Tulsa Glassblowing School. At this school I'm a full time employee and I developed Cedric Mitchell Design as a side venture. I've been working with glass for a little over two years and I've progressed very rapidly. The work that I like to create is geared more towards interior design with nice clean shapes. I plan to grow my business throughout Tulsa and introduce them to locally crafted handmade glass.

Any special story as to how you created your business name?

The name of my business is my name and how I can brand myself in the design world. I used Cedric Mitchell Design instead of Cedric Mitchell Glass because it gives me more room to grow in the design world if I want to design things that are not glass.

Why were you drawn to starting a creative business? 

Before I started working with glass I was enrolled at Tulsa Community College as a business major. Since then I've switched degree plans and I have an Associates Degree in Arts. I plan on finishing my degree as an Interior Design Major. I’ve always had a business background every since I was younger and owned my own firework stand at the age of 13.

When did you start your business?

I started my business this year summer of 2014

What do YOU love most about your work?

I love working with my hands and creating. Glass has a short working time and constantly has to be reheated which makes for a fast paced working environment. Another thing I love about glass is that it is a very difficult art form.

Where do you find inspiration?

I derive inspiration from everything that I'm around. I'm inspired by other artists and I often find inspiration from reading or listening to music. I love to travel and see new things and I'm highly inspired by new places and people.

What do you enjoy most about the holidays? 

I enjoy spending time with friends and family.

What is your favorite holiday and why?

4th of July because its in the summer and I love fireworks.

Posted on November 24, 2014 .