Meet More Projects Than Time!

Tell us a little about yourself and your creative business.

Hi! I am Lauren. I am a lifelong maker and creator of things with a background in art history, a non-craft job, a husband and two cats. More Projects Than Time is my way of utilizing the items and techniques I love (vintage & reclaimed fabric, crochet, sewing, pattern making) while also being part of a movement about which I am passionate (local and handmade).  I predominately create items for the home from beautiful, old fabric such as hanging birds, pillows, stockings, and door snakes along with an ever growing collection of crochet produce.

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

While trying to come up with a name I toyed with a BUNCH of silly stuff. I tried to be clever and work my name in; as much as I like Lauren Belteau Gerfen it does not lend itself to cuteness or puns. Ultimately, I went with the truth of my and as I have come to find out most people’s plight….More Projects than Time.

Why were you drawn to starting a creative business? 

When I started More Projects Than Time I was feeling that my life lack both a focused creative outlet and a sense of community. At this time I was creating, but solely for myself and felt limited by that. I had (and still have) wonderful friends but didn’t feel particularly connected to people, on a larger scale, on a whim I applied to a local arts market and was accepted! That show did what I hoped it would it gave me a direction with my making, a goal to work towards and helped me to meet the wonderful people of Oklahoma handmade community.

When did you start your business?

I have always crafted and would occasionally sell things to friends or family and had a brief dalliance with etsy in the mid aughts but began More Projects Than Time for real in 2012.

What do YOU love most about your work?

I like the humor in it. Whether it is the fabric matching (mis-matching) on the birds, the faces on the crochet produce, or the funny little tongues on my door snakes I don’t take myself or “craft” too seriously. I hope that my customer can sense my love for laughter and desire to and a little fun into the ordinary.

Where do you find inspiration?

Where don’t I? I love art, movies, tv, books but more than anything I find the spark to create from the materials themselves. A quirky fabric gets my mind working faster than anything else.

What do you enjoy most about the holidays? 

I enjoy a day or brief season that seems to have something extra and magical in it. For the most part I am a creature of habit and relish the sameness of day to day life BUT it is so nice to have holidays to break from that pattern and make the everyday special and spend them with special people.

What is your favorite holiday and why?

Christmas is my favorite holiday for many reasons BUT I am extra excited this year because my sister, mom and I will be taking my nephews and niece to see the new version of Annie! I am not sure there were ever two girls more obsessed with the 1982 version than we were. My grandmother even made us the coolest dolls with multiple outfits.  I am so thrilled to share that story and experience with my three favorite kids as well as with my sister and mom.

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Posted on November 18, 2014 .

'Tis the Alliday Season!

The rumors are true and they ARE just as amazing as you've heard!  We're back for our fifth year with a revamped format, a new location, a dream partnership, unbelievable artists, and all of the extras we've been dying to include in the past but have never been able to!  

Let's get down to the details, shall we??  This year's special fifth anniversary show will be held at the always inspiring Retro Den and will span two days!  Mark your calendars for December 12th and 13th for a weekend that will include local handmade goodness, delicious food truck grub, spectacular swag, live music, retro-inspired portraits, and an endless supply of other surprises guaranteed to tickle your fancy!

So what do you need to know to make sure you're a part of this goodness?  It's simple.  Friday night will be a special Holiday Alliday Party with a ticketed entry and Saturday will be FREE entry, just as it always has been!  Friday night's glorious event will be held from 6-10 and a limited number of tickets can easily be found right here on our home page!  If you attend one holiday party this year, ours is definitely the one to be at!  Saturday's event will be held from 9-6 and will be FREE, FREE, FREE!  

We'll be sharing artists' spotlights, sneak peeks into our show surprises, and more show details right here as time draws near!  It's right around the corner!  We can't wait to wish you a Happy Alliday!! 

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Posted on October 30, 2014 .

What's Happening!

Oh gosh, do we have a day lined up for you!  We thought we'd share our hoppin' event schedule here with you along with all of the *extras* that will be happening all. day. long!  Remember, admission is FREE so you can come and go as many times as you please and you can bring your whole family (yes, we're even telling you to bring Great Aunt Eileen and HER fourth cousin Saul!)! 

Schedule

9 - Doors Open/Swag!

10 - Sangster - Live Music!

11 - Aaron Paul Designs - Learn how to make a spoon ring!

12 - Salvage Yard Goods - Learn how to fuse plastic bags to make fabric and what projects you can make with it! 

1 - Okie Dirt - Learn to dye with Oklahoma red dirt!

2 - Short Mountain Sundries - Learn how to get the most yarn out of a T-shirt and how to make two variations of a basic T-shirt bag!

3 - Oso Handmade - Learn how to make hand-painted glitter ornaments. This is an easy project for any age with very few supplies needed. It's perfect for a last minute gift or just a way to customize your Christmas tree!

4 - Sangster - Live Music!

5 - Show Ends!

Ongoing

-Swag to first 50 entrants!

-Gift Wrapping by Halfway Home Greyhounds

-Salvation Army Toy Collection

-Free Make & Take by Make Tulsa

- Swag Giveways through Facebook, Instagram and more!

-Retro Den Lounge

-Photobooth

-Best Booth Contest

-Facepainting

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Posted on November 28, 2013 .

Visit THE Tulsa Flea Market!

One of the many reasons we love having the show at the Tulsa Fairgrounds is that we are just a hop, skip and a jump away from The Tulsa Flea Market (www.tulsafleamarket.net)!  The TFM is a Tulsa legend, having been active for the past 41 years.  They offer everything from rare antiques to a mighty cowboy boot collection, from records galore to treats for your pups; they truly have it all.  Being avid market-er myself, I attend every weekend and am constantly surprised, and proud, at what I find.  You know what my favorite part of The Tulsa Flea Market is though?  It's FREE.  Just like Alliday.  Perfect.  So we have a plan for you - come to the Fairgrounds, park that car/bike/horse of yours and visit BOTH of our events.  It's a foolproof plan.  See you TOMORROW!

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Posted on November 28, 2013 .

Meet Tulsa Foundation for Architecture!

Tell us a little about the Tulsa Foundation for Architecture.

The Tulsa Foundation for Architecture was founded over 15 years ago to serve as an organization to raise and awareness of and to educate people about the significant and important architecture in Tulsa.

We work to recognize, record, and encourage preservation of the built environment and advocate quality future development that enhances Tulsa’s livability.

We currently own an extensive collection of original architectural drawings of many significant Tulsa buildings and residences (The Medical Arts Building, Warehouse Market, Southern Hills Country Club, the Tulsa Assembly Center, The Mabee Residence, and the Otis McClintock Residence), as well as architectural periodicals (Pencil Points, Progressive Architecture, Architectural Forum, and Architectural Record) dating from 1920 to 1980, newspaper clippings, technical library, photographs, project specifications and artifacts. No other institution in Tulsa gathers this material.

How do you work to enrich Tulsa?

Our objectives are to be a credible voice that identifies valuable architectural structures, spaces, sites and architectural works of merit; educate the public about the built environment; promote and encourage preservation and/or rehabilitation of significant architecture; and be a repository for historical architectural drawings and material.

We feel as though the history told through Tulsa's old buildings is a history that serves as a roadmap for a successful Tulsa in the future.

Can the public be involved in TFA?  How?

The TFA is a non-profit membership organization. The best way for the public to be involved is to become a member to support our efforts. We rely on the public to fund us to allow us to operate. In the upcoming year we will be working on some new initiatives that will offer members and the public opportunities to volunteer to work with us.

How else can we help support TFA?

Spread the word! The more people who know we exist the better it is for us. Most people in town realize that there is something special about the architecture in Tulsa but they might not know that there is an organization looking out for it.

Any upcoming events/opportunities that Tulsa should know about?

December 14th will be our monthly Second Saturday. Second Saturday is a monthly downtown architecture tour that starts at Topeca at 10 oclock. It is a 1 hour tour. This month we are going to highlight some of the art deco buidings downtown. The cost $10 per person.

You can find more information about the TFA at tulsaarchitecture.com

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Posted on November 26, 2013 .

Meet mmkoriginals!

Tell us a little about you and your creations.

Hi, I'm Meagan!  I am the designer, mastermind, and creator of mmkoriginals.  I have a wonderful husband, Brian, and I stay at home with our almost 3-year old daughter Edith, and our two dog children, Sadie and Charlie. I have been crocheting, knitting, and sewing since I was a little girl, all thanks to my wonderful and patient mom who taught me. I started my business shortly before my daughter was born in December 2010 creating fun items for myself and others.  Since then, my business has grown into something amazing, and I am blessed to share my passion for creating unique items for others.

As a young and modern mom, I understand the need for items that don't scream "baby!" I create fun and unique items you won’t find in a big box store. My products range from crochet hats to custom shirts and onesies to stylish headbands.

Where did your business name come from?

Before I was married, I dreamt of starting my own business.  I had a passion for creating things.  When trying to think of a name, I used my initials “mmk” (so people would recognize me), together with “originals” (duh, because my products are unique and original), to become mmkoriginals. Fast-forward a few years, and here I am with my business far bigger than I ever thought possible, named on a whim.

What do YOU love about your products?

I love that my products are fun, unique, and handmade. Plus most of my creations are baby items, and who doesn’t love babies?! I also love when my customers come to me with a special request, and I am able to wow them with the final result. That makes me seriously happy!

What sets your creations apart from others?

I am very much a perfectionist. I don’t make anything I wouldn’t want to wear, or put on my daughter. I love being the “quality control!” My onesies and shirts are kid tested, and stand up to wash and wear. I also won’t use a yarn that doesn’t feel nice in my hands, or doesn’t work up nicely, because I wouldn’t want to put it on a baby’s head.

Where do you find inspiration?

I find inspiration everywhere! I am always focused on keeping up with the latest trends. I shop stores and online to see what is “in” for the season. I also browse Etsy and Pinterest, because we all know the competition can be the biggest inspiration.

What craft would you like to learn more about?

I would say that’s a toss up between photography and pottery. I find both fascinating. I love taking pictures, but there is still so much I don’t know. I also attended several art camps growing up, and we were able to use the facilities of an art studio to create pottery pieces. It was a blast!

The Alliday Show believes that every day is special and should be treated as a holiday!  That being said, which holiday do you wish were every day and why?

I think all the holidays are unique and special in their own way. I love the family and togetherness that is the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. If we celebrated it every day, I think it would lose its charm and spirit, and cease to be special.

How would you describe your work in three words?

fun, unique, stylish

Links:

Website: www.mmkoriginals.com

Shop: www.mmkoriginals.etsy.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/mmkoriginals

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Posted on November 26, 2013 .