Category Archives: For Shoppers

Introducing the OKC Coloring Book

Thanks to the generous donation of art by more than 30 OKC artists, designers, architects, teachers and students, Deluxe has its first real fundraiser – an Oklahoma City Coloring Book! In it you’ll find illustrations of what these artists enjoy about OKC – from sports to cupcakes to tourist destinations. We’re excited to share it with you! Here are the contributors to this project:

Avery Wilson

Jack Fowler

Katie Pennington

David Woods

Kelsey Davis

Blake Behrens

Ashley Smith

Tessa Raven

Sam Lamb

Dan Eaton

Dusty Gilpin

Ross Maute

Eleazar Velazquez

Landon Bahr

Emily Williams

Kris Kanaly

Don Rosencranz

Brandon Rierson

Brian Winkeler

Dylan Bradway

Amanda Bradway

Brandon Land

Klint Schor

Positive Tomorrows students

Good Egg

Eric Lyons

Erin DeMoss

Adrian Mix

Geoff Parker

Tanner Frady

Alex Cowan

The Coloring Book is available at DNA Galleries, Shop Good and Green Bambino. You can also buy it at Deluxe on Dec. 8! Thanks to Downtown OKC Inc. for their generous donation which helped this project happen, and of course, thanks to all of the talented contributors.

How to Find (or Make!) Your Local Crafting Community

Guest post from Angela Mabray, co-author of Polymer Clay 101

Five years ago, I wondered if I was the only gal in Central Oklahoma using polymer clay. Today, I have the pleasure of knowing a whole group full of folks who love it as much as I do, and we meet monthly to learn and play together.

Have you wondered if you might enjoy meeting with others who share your artistic passion, whatever that may be? If you’re thinking about starting your own group, I’ll share a few tips in an upcoming post. But today I’ll start by telling some of the unexpected benefits I’ve found through starting my own group.

Penni Jo Couch and I started the Central Oklahoma Polymer Clay Guild in late 2006. We found each other through a polymer clay-themed Yahoo group, after an exchange where we realized we were 1) both in the Oklahoma City area, and 2) both interested in meeting with other clay-ers.

Our first meeting consisted of just the two of us, and the group stayed pretty small the first year or so. But with some effort, we gradually grew, and we’re now up to 10 regularly-attending members plus frequent guests.

I think the two of us had slightly different goals when we first decided to start the group. Penni Jo was interested in the social aspect — swaps and play days. I’m a little on the shy side, so I was nervous about meeting new people. But I was eager to expand local awareness of polymer clay. Plus I’d heard about the polymer clay libraries the larger guilds had, and I thought all that locally-available reading material sounded divine.

I’m sure as each of our other members joined up, they were interested in slightly different things, too. The wonderful thing is that the group became more than any of us could have imagined.

Since the beginning, our meetings have consisted of a single member sharing a project or technique they knew, teaching the other members as they went. I’d never taught a group in my life, but with our small membership, I needed to teach often to keep things going. I went to Toastmasters to get past my fear of speaking to a group. I studied new polymer clay techniques to share. In the process, I learned a lot about both my medium and myself. I also saw first-hand where my instructions were lacking. I found out where other people had difficulties, and I was able to focus on those things not only in subsequent classes, but also in blog posts for my website, and later in my book.

Speaking of which, I’m not sure I’d be a published author today if it weren’t for my local community. And I’ve been happy to see the other members of the group find their own successes. Penni Jo now has her own very-successful line of polymer clay molds and has been asked to teach at polymer clay retreats across the nation. Several of our members (including one who joined the group as a beginner!) now teach local classes. Various members have placed in large polymer clay contests and/or had their work published in a national polymer clay magazine. I personally feel the group’s constant encouragement is part of what has led these artists to their successes.

We’ve done the things Penni Jo and I originally envisioned. Our library has 70+ polymer clay books and magazines. We hold themed swaps every other month. Plus we’ve done other things we hadn’t initially imagined. We held our first retreat earlier this year, which even drew a couple of clayers from outside the state. Through the Bottles of Hope program, we’ve shared pieces of polymer clay art with many local cancer patients. And I have to mention the friendship aspect. Together we’ve gone through baby showers and funerals and everything in between. Our meetings are full of chatter and laughter. We are able to encourage each other both artistically and in the more mundane day-to-day matters.

If you want to try starting your own group, come back next week for a few tips on making it work.

Join us Saturday for our monthly meeting!

Angela Mabray is a co-founder of the Central Oklahoma Polymer Clay Guild, which meets the second Saturday of each month at City Arts Center. She blogs about polymer clay at CraftyGoat’s Notes and recently co-authored Polymer Clay 101.

Deluxe in pictures

photo by Rex Barrett

Rex Barrett of Glass Eye Studios captured some great images at our 2011 show – check out this set on Facebook and please tag yourself!

photo by Rex Barrett
photo by Rex Barrett

Guest Post from Hounds of the Heartland

We owe an incredibly huge thank you to Deluxe for highlighting our organization as the featured charity at the event this year. I arrived at Deluxe at 9:00am with chairs, raffle prizes, dog beds and signs in tow and was thrilled to see a little greyhound pen set up for us by the front entrance.

Thanks also to everyone who stopped by during the show to meet and pet the greyhounds. Many of you were impressed with how calm and friendly the dogs were, and how little barking and commotion they caused. We were busy during the entire event, answering questions and telling everyone about what great pets greyhounds make and how our adoption program works. Thank you to our amazing volunteers who picked up foster dogs and helped answer those questions, and to the Midtown Rotary for checking in on us and helping with set up!

I tweeted pictures of adoptable greyhounds during the show at @greyhoundpetsok. Polly’s cute Christmas pajamas sure got her a lot of attention!

One more round of special thanks to those local businesses and individuals who donated raffle prizes: Ashley Smith at No Regrets Tattoo, Deep Fork Group, Adrian Mix of Fried Okra, Jemellia Hilfiger of JemJam, and Robin Mead. We raised $200 that will help us with veterinary costs, food, and supplies for our foster greyhounds. Every greyhound that we are able to provide foster care for here in central Oklahoma gets lots of attention on our blog, website, and at show and tell events. When these dogs get adopted, we can bring in more of the retired racing greyhounds out there waiting for homes.

So far in 2011, we’ve adopted out 55 greyhounds. Two more potential adoptions are in the works thanks to some love connections at Deluxe. Thank you for your support, Deluxe, and thank you, Oklahoma City!

-Emily Williams, Hounds of the Heartland

Charity Profile: Horse Feathers Equine Rescue

Horse Feathers Equine Rescue provides shelter and assistance for horses in need throughout the state of Oklahoma. In addition to the loving care it provides for neglected, abused and unwanted horses at its facility in Guthrie, Horse Feathers coordinates programs that assist horse owners in need with essentials such as blankets and hay to help them through the hard winter months.
As the state’s only Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries-Verified horse rescue, Horse Feathers has been recognized for its excellence in equine sanctuary management and humane care of animals. GFAS sanctuaries have the highest credibility with donors, the media, and members of the public. This means that a donation is quickly put to use, covering essential expenses for the immediate veterinary, food and shelter needs of the horses in our care.
Our shelter is run exclusively by volunteers who donate long hours to the hard work of caring for these animals. We hope to find loving new homes for some of our horses, while many others are in “sanctuary” status, meaning that they’ll stay with us for life.
We have quite a range of animals at Horse Feathers, pedigreed Thoroughbreds to donkeys and just about everything in between. The one thing they have in common is that without the generosity of our volunteers, our sponsors, and generous supporters like you, their life’s stories would, by now, have come to sad ends.
Instead, these animals are cared for (and loved) by competent volunteers. This Saturday at Deluxe, we’ll give you more than just a chance to learn more about our operation and the wonderful animals in our care. We’ll give you the opportunity to give a very special Christmas gift to that little girl (or guy) who has everything—a gift neither you nor your child will never forget. Curious? Come visit us at Deluxe!

Artist Profile: Samantha Lamb

Company Name
Samantha Lamb Photography

Artist Name
Yours Truly, Samantha Joelle Honey Lamb

Product focus
Lovely Captures

Where did you learn this art or craft?
I am self taught for the most part….I guess you can say I was taught by the woodland and open pasture aspect of Oklahoma…& I am not even being fanciful…that or the morning taught me… you would have to ask them yourself though if you really wanted to know:)

What inspires you?
The Morning, wood grain, baking pies, cottages in the middle of the woods, wood smoke, jars of honey and Gnomes:)

How do customers respond to your work?
I am hummbled when a customer says “Oh my gosh..I want to live in your photo”… Really, I get a lot of smiles…eyes become slightly wider and people see a little more of what home looks like:) I am honored to have those individuals who have made a Sam Lamb capture the center of their living room or capture…it blows me away that I can capture what makes me happy, & actually make other people just as happy:)

Are you introducing any new products at Deluxe?
Lots of new captures and a few larger prints:) In addition, some very special Gnome home ornaments that are slightly diffrent than last year:) I could not believe when they sold out in 30 minutes last year.

How would you describe your previous experience(s) at Deluxe?
AMAZING!!! I really could not believe it went so well…good thing I have had help in the past, because there is just so many people I want to talk to and give big hugs:)

What other artists are you looking forward to shopping from at Deluxe?
Goodness gracious…I have so many good friends at Deluxe…the folks over at Green Couch Design are very close to my heart:) But I can’t wait to see all of my friends:)

Anything else you’d like shoppers to know?
With every purchase this year you will recieve a pack of wild flower seeds from my farm Early Bird Acres & please do stop by and say hello…your words mean a lot to me:)

Featured Charity: Hounds of the Heartland

Hounds of the Heartland is a non-profit humane organization that finds loving, responsible homes for retired racing greyhounds and for young greyhounds not placed on the racetrack.

Our organization is run completely by volunteers who transport dogs from kennels, greyhound farms, and animal shelters; foster them in the Oklahoma City area; and do adoption outreach at petstores and events to increase the public’s awareness of what excellent, loving pets these noble dogs make.

Greyhounds are generally sweet, even-tempered dogs that love their humans and aim to please. They rarely bark, don’t shed a lot, and are notorious couch potatoes. Their laid-back demeanor means they are great family pets, apartment dogs, companions for the eldery, or mellow friends for working adults.

Missy, adopted 2011, outraces a mule

We’ll be selling raffle tickets for great prizes near the front entrace at Deluxe. The money raised at Deluxe all goes to support our foster greyhounds in the form of veterinary costs, food, medicine, and supplies. We usually have between 6-10 greyhounds available for adoption at any given time. There are always more greyhounds waiting for our foster spots, so if you are interested in adding a greyhound to your family we encourage you to read more about the breed and fill out an application. We hope you make time to stop by at Deluxe and meet your new best friend!

Charley, currently available for adoption

HOH is on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Instragram, in addition to our official website and blog.

– Emily Williams

Artist Profile: CraftyMinx

Company Name
craftyminx handmade

Artist Name
Dana Beach

Product focus
This year I’ve scaled back a little and will just have crocheted accessories for the whole family

Where did you learn this art or craft?
From my mom, she has taught me everything I know.

What inspires you?
I’m inspired by a lot of things but right now I’m really focused on color combinations, and vintage styling.

How do customers respond to your work?
People are usually drawn in by the bright colors in my booth and enjoy that I have something for everyone.

Are you introducing any new products at Deluxe?
I am! I have developed a cute new turban style ear-warmer headband that I absolutely love and have tweaked many of my older designs.

How would you describe your previous experience(s) at Deluxe?
I love Deluxe! Not only as an artist but as a shopper as well. I have found that there is something for everyone at Deluxe and love that there’s live music and plenty of hands-on activities for kids as well as lots of community support. It is just a fun day all around!

What other artists are you looking forward to shopping from at Deluxe?
I always enjoy Fried Okra’s sock monkeys and last year a new favorite became The Mouse Market. I am always excited about seeing all of the new artists and meeting new people.

Artist Profile: Morian Art

Company Name
Morian Art

Artist Name
Morian Whaley

Product focus
Animal related art

Where did you learn this art or craft?
I’m self taught

What inspires you?
I love animals and have several pets, they inspire me every day.

How do customers respond to your work?
They usually comment on the colors and the expressions on my subject’s faces

Are you introducing any new products at Deluxe?
Yes, I have made pillow pets using fabric that has paintings of mine printed on it, as well as a few pendant necklaces with tiny prints of my artwork.

How would you describe your previous experience(s) at Deluxe?
Very fun!

What other artists are you looking forward to shopping from at Deluxe?
I don’t know yet, I’m looking forward to looking at everyone’s booth

Artist Profile: Promise Art

Artist Name
Promise Edmonds

Product focus
I love to paint, crochet and make jewelry and accessories

Where did you learn this art or craft?
I went to UCO for my BFA, but my mother taught me to crochet and my Grandmother taught me to sew.

What inspires you?
I love to play and love to see people’s faces light up when they see the things I create. I consider that joy a success.

How do customers respond to your work?
Their eyes usually light up and get big. I think the little kid in everyone comes out, even if it’s just for a second.

Are you introducing any new products at Deluxe?
Yes! I will be introducing crocheted Christmas ornaments. I will also have some other items, like the crochet infinity scarfs, that are new.

How would you describe your previous experience(s) at Deluxe?
This will be my first year. I am super excited!

What other artists are you looking forward to shopping from at Deluxe?
I look forward to seeing Hook Line Sinker and Shanna Banana this year!

Anything else you’d like shoppers to know?
I am able to take custom orders, if you have any color requests. Please check out my website at bypromiseArt.com