Fellow Okie – Sarah Bowen

 

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Artists are fair and festival staples.  From paintings-to-wind chimes-to-blown glass sculptures, you can find almost anything at a local festival.  If you’re lucky, you might even find Sarah Bowen and her tiny creations.  Sarah is the artist and owner of Tiny Things by Bowen.  She is also a Fellow Okie!

What’s your name?

Sarah Bowen

What is the name of your company and is it based in Oklahoma?

Tiny Things by Bowen

What city in Oklahoma do you call home?

Tulsa!

What’s your favorite thing about Oklahoma?

I love the friendliness of strangers…I believe they call it Midwestern charm. I also love the number of people interested in supporting the arts, and the conversations I have about our local community and the positive changes taking place to support art and culture.

Compared to other places you’ve traveled, what stands out most about Oklahoma?

The laid back atmosphere! Not quite so far as New Orleans, as we still keep time, but it is a very comfortable and friendly place. I feel a great freedom to express my art and communicate my goals to the community without fear of a negative response. I feel people give themselves the time to enjoy art and culture, especially as it becomes more prominent in our area. And again of course, the friendliness of strangers! I want to live in a place where it’s not weird to say “Hey!” and smile at someone you don’t know, and often receiving the same in return.tiny things by bowenTell me a little bit about your company.

Tiny Things by Bowen started out as my summer job during my off time as a sign language interpreter for Tulsa Public Schools. For four years it was strictly me making and selling my own art made from polymer clay. However, about one year ago, I discovered my love of teaching and sharing the medium with everyone. So Tiny Things has evolved in a natural way that I am so grateful for. It is now my full time job, and I teach and sell art in a variety of places.

I now bring my art to others in community spaces such as libraries, restaurants, and bars; places where people already go, with a goal of bringing creativity to everyday locations and situations. I encourage everyone to find the artists in themselves…you’re not an artist you say? Here, have some clay, see what happens. Nearly 100% of the time people impress themselves and leave with something they can be proud of. I make, and encourage others to make, functional art like magnets and personal accessories so that their creations can serve a purpose and be seen.

I also offer private parties for adults, kids, and companies. Again with the idea of incorporating art into as many spaces as possible.

I still make and sell my own art at local and regional events such as the Blue Dome Arts Festival (my favorite), comic conventions, punk rock flea markets, and site-specific art fairs like Kendall Whittier’s Mercado, and OKC’s LIVE on the Plaza. I travel to Northwest Arkansas fairly regularly, and hope to attend some events in Kansas City and Texas in the future.

What are your goals for the company? 

My goals for Tiny Things include becoming a well known party service around town,  developing my own artistic style in making some larger pieces and exhibiting in local galleries, receiving art grants that would allow me to offer free community workshops in unserved areas, helping to develop diversity and unity within the local art community through Tiny Things’ involvement in 918Makers, and to bring art to as many people as possible.

How can others help you achieve your goals?

Are you a parent? Schedule a birthday party or bring your kiddos to my all-ages workshops!

Are you a teacher? Request Tiny Things through the Artists in the Schools program, I’ll come be a guest artist in your classroom!

Are you an artist? Come to my workshops, join 918Makers, share your resources!

Do you have a fridge? Find me at a local event and purchase some of my whimsical magnets!

Do you use social media? Follow me on Facebook and Instagram @tinythingsbybowen

Do you have friends? Tell them about Tiny Things by Bowen! Bring them to a craft night! Buy them a Tulsa-themed gift from my booth

Want to buy something now? Tiny Things are in the Soul City gift shop and the Made Indie Emporium downtown! I also list unique items on my website shop. Currently listed are cute little paw print magnets that help fund the spaying and neutering of area strays!

How can people contact you?

www.tinythingsbybowen.com
tinythingsbybowen@gmail.com
facebook & instagram @tinythingsbybowen; phone: 918-973-4089

I believe everyone has artistic ability in them. Maybe painting murals, photography, playing an instrument, or drawing aren’t for you. However, sculpting may be the thing that fits.  If you’re interested in Tiny Things by Bowen, reach out and schedule a class.  Or show your support by purchasing an item from her shop. Don’t forget to follow Sarah on social media!

 

 

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Fellow Okie – Hillary Rankin

A love for food is the thing I have most in common with Hillary Rankin. Not only do we share a love for food, but we also share a love for curating our favorite things on a blog to share with everyone. Hillary is the brain, face, and architect behind 918plate.com, a blog showcasing her love for food.

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  • What’s your name?

Hillary Rankin

 

  • What is the name of your blog/website?

918 Plate, www.918plate.com

 

  • What city in Oklahoma do you call home?

Tulsa!

 

  • What’s your favorite thing about Oklahoma?

My favorite thing about Oklahoma is the people. My family is from the OKC area, and my grandmas are both there. The people I’ve met since living here as an adult have been lovely and hospitable. Tulsa is also packed with local and startup restaurants and food businesses, which I absolutely love.

 

  • Compared to other places you’ve traveled, what stands out most about Oklahoma?

Here in Oklahoma, the cities aren’t too big, but still have everything you need. There isn’t the hustle and bustle of being a bigger urban hub like a Dallas or Chicago, and I am still able to build relationships and connect with people to give it more of a tight-knit-community feel.

 

  • Tell me a little bit about your blog/website.

I started 918 Plate in the summer of 2015. It focuses on recipes made with local Oklahoma ingredients, spotlighting Oklahoma businesses or farms, as well as what you can grow in your own garden in Tulsa. I post once a week, on Tulsa Time Thursday.

 

  • Where do you find inspiration for your blog posts and/or updates to your website?

I love to use family recipes, because they always come with a story. But primarily, I try to use the inspiration of seasonal offerings to plan what I will be cooking!

 

  • How can people contact you?

www.918plate.com

You can find me @918Plate on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/918Plate

I am glad that I had the opportunity to feature Hillary as a Fellow Okie. Please check out her blog and find her on social media!

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April Photo Wrap-Up 2016

Hey y’all!

Here we are at the end of April. We’ve had a pretty good amount of rain but a whole lot of sunshine too! If you know me than you know I love some sun. Here’s a quick look at what I got into this beautiful month of April.

 

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I love getting outdoors and taking in the sun. I took a nice walk after work along Riverside here in Tulsa, OK. I am making a point to get out and enjoy the outdoors and get a little more exercise before it gets unbearably hot.

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David and I found this lovely couple of ducks hanging out in the yard one evening. It was kind of surprising to see them so close to a residence.

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A look at Riverside Park from the other side of the river. This was the 1st time I had hung out on the paths on the other side of the river. Have you hung out there? They have a relaxing and cool vibe going on in the evenings. From food, to music, to yoga, check it out!

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It’s been awhile, but David and I finally stopped in to get some good eats from our favorite sushi spot, Sushi Train located at 3300 E 51st St, Tulsa, OK 74135 next to Chilis. The food was delicious of course.

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Friday Night Lights typically consist of softball! David has continued with softball for the spring. So far the team is doing pretty good. With these nice spring nights I definitely don’t mind hanging out and cheering.

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New shirts were introduced on the website. If you follow me on my social media outlets than you know that I have deals offered on products on a regular basis. Just follow me on Facebook and Instagram! Check out the shop here!

I recorded a few videos this month. Feel free to check those out!

One of those videos included our trip to the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman, OK.

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One of the biggest things that happened this month was me introducing Allie Paschal to you guys as a Fellow Okie! Allie is an awesome young woman and the owner of Left on Elm. Please check out her Fellow Okie post here!

Thanks guys for stopping by my little hub here on the internet. Have a great week and weekend! Catch you guys next month!

Fellow Okie – Allie Paschal

 

I can’t begin to tell you how excited I get when I stumble upon a young entrepreneur especially when they are one of Oklahoma’s own. I found Allie Paschal, owner of Left on Elm, on Instagram.  Allie takes pieces of wood and diligently handcrafts them into personable items. Her work is unique, beautiful and worth showcasing.

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Fellow Okie Questionnaire

  • What’s your name?

Allie Paschal

  • What company do you represent? Is the company or organization based in Oklahoma?

Left on Elm out of Broken Arrow, OK.

  • What city in Oklahoma do you call home?

Broken Arrow

  • What cities in Oklahoma have you lived in?

I grew up in Oklahoma City, went to OSU in Stillwater and am now living in and loving Broken Arrow.

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  • What’s your favorite thing about Oklahoma?

I love how you’ll never meet a stranger here. Everywhere you go in Oklahoma, you find yourself talking to someone you just met like you’ve known each other for years.

  •  Compared to other places you’ve traveled, what stands out most about Oklahoma?

I’ve only lived in Oklahoma, but have traveled quite a bit. Compared to other places, I think Oklahoma just has more of a casual and laid back vibe. People here are always selflessly looking to help each other out in whatever way they can.

  • Tell me a little bit about your organization or company.

Left on Elm creates custom handmade home décor pieces primarily made from reclaimed wood. Custom pieces, personalized gifts and oversized reclaimed wood Oklahoma signs are what Left on Elm is known for.

 

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  • What are your goals for the company or organization?

At the moment, custom orders have taken up most of my time so I haven’t been able to mass produce signature pieces as much as I would like. But, I’ll be adding a few regular pieces that will be regularly available. I’m also looking into a few local shops that fit well with Left on Elm to regularly carry products.  My passion will always be creating things that are special to those that receive them and I hope to be able to continue doing so for as long as I can!

  • How can others help you achieve your goals?

Check out LeftonElm.com, and follow Left on Elm on Facebook and Instagram. Something new is always happening from local shows to giveaways. Help to grow and support our communities by shopping local!

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  • How can people contact you?

Send a message from the contact page at Leftonelm.com or a direct message through Facebook or Instagram.

It was my pleasure having Allie as my 1st Fellow Okie of 2016! She does awesome work. If you have the chance you should definitely check out her website and keep up with her on social media!

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Fellow Okie: Margo Gianos

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Do you remember the Fabulous New You Conference I attended a few weeks ago? Well truth be told I almost didn’t go. Leading up to that conference I wanted to go but wasn’t sure I could make it happen. Despite my reluctance I decided to go because of two things, 1) I had a feeling it would give me the mental boost I needed and 2) I might meet potential Fellow Okies. And you know what?? Both of those things happened. I met Ms. Margo Gianos at that conference and was in awe. I spoke with her briefly about the business, Honestly Margo, and was very impressed.  She mentioned that she knew from a young age that she wanted to own her own business. Margo is professional, friendly and very knowledgeable about her product. I was a little nervous about asking her to be a Fellow Okie, she’s a busy young woman after all, but to my surprise she was for it. Read further to see what Honestly Margo is all about.

  • What’s your name?

My name is Margo Gianos

  • What is the name of your company? Is the company based in Oklahoma?

The name of my company is Honestly Margo and it is based out of Oklahoma.

  • What city in Oklahoma do you call home?

I live in Oklahoma City

  • What cities in Oklahoma have you lived in?

Oklahoma City is the only place I have lived

  • What’s your favorite thing about Oklahoma? Compared to other places you have traveled, what stands out most about Oklahoma?

My favorite thing about Oklahoma is that the people here are always so friendly which also stands out to me compared to other places I have traveled.

  • Tell me a little bit about your company.

Honestly Margo is an all natural lip balm and body balm company. My products only have four ingredients and Honestly Margo is in many retailers across the country.

  • What are your goals for the company?

I want everyone to know the name Honestly Margo! 🙂 I want to grow my company as much as I can.

  • It can be hard to stay motivated. How do you keep the momentum going?

When school gets difficult and I get busy with soccer that is when I get unmotivated. I always want to grow it (the business), it’s just I might go to bed early that night instead of reply to emails. I always do the work that I need to though and I never really get very unmotivated. I just have to look at where I want my company to be and work on getting it there.

  • How can others help you achieve your goals?

Other people can help me achieve my goals by simple sharing my story with their friends! Following me on social media is greatly appreciated and I love it when people hit the share button on something I’ve posted on Facebook. I love when people share how much they love my products too. 🙂

  • What is your advice for entrepreneurs, from the youngest to the more mature, on beginning their own businesses?

Follow your dreams, whatever it may be and don’t let haters get to you. People are always going to shoot your ideas down, but you just have to put your hater blockers on and tune them out!

  • How can people contact you?

I can be contacted through my email, honestlymargo@gmail.com

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It was a privilege to have Ms. Margo as a Fellow Okie. I hope she has inspired you to work towards your goals. You have to start somewhere and at some time…why not now? Be sure to visit the Honestly Margo website at https://honestlymargo.com/   and find her on Facebook and Instragram!!

P.S. The Ruby Very Berry Lip Balm is the bomb.com!!  <—-did that make me sound old?  lol

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Fellow Okie: John Baldridge

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Let me start by telling the story of how I met John Baldridge. While in college, years ago, I worked in the food court. I spent many weekends cooped up in that dingy bland food court (this was before they remodeled it lol). Besides working with some fun people nothing about that job was interesting. I don’t remember how or where I’ve met a lot of people I know but I won’t forget loyal food court customer, John Baldridge. He would order food from the food court often. He was always polite and never inconsiderate. Basically you never were in a bad mood taking John’s order. One night after a long day at work, me and friend/coworker Amber were “working” in the computer lab (and by working I mean scrolling through Facebook) when we both got a Facebook friend request from someone named John Baldridge. “Who’s John Baldridge!?” We both had no clue until we looked closer at the picture and realized it was our loyal food court customer …who also was sitting a few rows behind us laughing.  John has since moved on and has become a teacher and world traveler. He recently returned from visiting Russia.  I knew I had to see if he would give me the honor of being one of my blog’s Fellow Okies.

  • What’s your name?
    • John Baldridge
  • What is your profession?
    • High School Teacher: AP U.S. Government, Economics, World Geography, and Oklahoma History
  • What city in Oklahoma do you call home?
    • I currently call Oklahoma City home, but Okmulgee is my hometown. I was born there and lived there for my entire childhood.
  • What cities in Oklahoma have you lived in?
    • Okmulgee, Tahlequah, Norman, Edmond, Oklahoma City
  • What’s your favorite thing about Oklahoma?
    • The people—Oklahomans are so wonderful, generous, loving, and kind.
  • Where does your desire to travel come from?
    • My yearning to travel and dream of traveling the world originates from my sheltered and isolated childhood in a really rural and parochial environment. When I was in 1st grade, my grandparents took me on my first trip out of Oklahoma, to New Mexico and Colorado. I was mesmerized by the enchanting deserts, endless, wide-open skies, and majestic snow-capped mountains. While in Santa Fe, I encountered, for the first time in my life, people who spoke a different language than I (Spanish). I was amazed that this was still the United States and fell in love with travel. My dream of traveling this world and experiencing all of the amazing cultures and environments was born at this time and has continued to strengthen into the present.
  • Compared to other places you’ve traveled, what stands out most about Oklahoma?
    • The people
  • Where have you traveled outside of the United States?
    • 19 countries: Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, Italy, Vatican City, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Czech Republic, Poland, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Croatia, Slovenia, and Russia
  • What has been the funniest thing you have experienced while traveling?
    • Hard to say—either the time I was participating in a formal, traditional Japanese tea ceremony live on television and started gagging on the candy while dressed in a kimono, or the time I was interrogated by the Russians because they thought I was a spy (not funny at the time, but laugh about it now). Or the time I was backpacking Europe and had been wearing the same shoes and socks for quite some time, and while in 1st class on a high-speed train in Germany, some guy sitting in the seat in front of me chewed me out in German (didn’t understand a word he was saying, but the message was implied)! Or the time I was eating lunch with middle school kids in Japan and noticed that little fishes—with heads, eyes, and fins—were mixed in with the rice. As I proceeded to pick one of the fish up with my chopsticks, the little Japanese kids—who up to that point were really quiet and respectful—started snickering, which then proceeded into laughter. Or the time I was in Mexico City with a female friend who was searing a really short red skirt, and she caused a multi-vehicle accident on a major highway because all of the male drivers were gawking at her instead of watching the road! Or the time I was eating dinner with my German friends at a biergarten, and I picked up what I thought to be a bread roll, only to quickly observe that it was really gooey and sticky. I instantly remarked, “WHAT IS THAT?!” in what my friends called the sweetest Southern accent they’d ever heard. Come to find out, it was a potato dumpling! I had never eaten or seen one before in my life—until then! My friends were rolling in laughter, and I think the entire city of Regensburg had a big laugh at my expense! Or the time I avoided taking a shower in a communal male shower in Japan by taking a private shower in an unoccupied communal female shower room. I had locked the door, and soon several young Japanese women started banging and yelling at the door to let them in. When I opened the door after my nice, relaxing, warm shower, the looks on their faces were priceless. They proceeded to tell me in broken English “You not supposed to be here.” I pretended to not know English and replied: “Lo siento mucho.” I had the biggest laugh in my life. And I have many other stories…
  • Where have you traveled in the United States? Which place was your favorite?
    • I have traveled to 39 states within the U.S. It is very difficult to choose a favorite. I have lived in Washington, DC, and have spent a great deal of time on the East Coast, especially Virginia, so that is one of my favorite states. I absolutely love Colorado and New Mexico, and visit those states every year. Utah and Montana are two of my favorite states as well. I have no top favorite state, but the states that have the most meaning and significance to me are New Mexico and Colorado because they started my life journey.
  • What advice would you give to someone who wants to travel and explore the world but doesn’t know where to begin?
    • Just do it! Nothing is stopping you. Don’t let fear hold you back. I am always nervous before embarking on a new journey, especially in a new country, especially if I am traveling alone. I have backpacked alone in 10 countries, including in places where English was not spoken at all, and in Russia, in the middle of winter! But every trip has been an incredible experience and so worth it. Step out of your comfort zone like I have, and you will have the experiences of a lifetime!

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I hope this Fellow Okie feature ignites the little travel bug inside of you!

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Fellow Okie: Ceanti’ Aldridge

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There are some people who just have an eye for detail. They can see a blank canvas not as it is but for what it can become. They can take a fanciful idea and make it tangible. I…am not one of those people. Thankfully I know someone who is. Ceanti’ Aldridge is a wonderful and creatively gifted young woman that I met many moons ago. She’s an Okie from Muskogee, fellow Muskogee Class of 2004 alum (Go Roughers) and University of Central Oklahoma graduate. Ceanti’ has a warmth to her that is undeniable. When I noticed she had began her own business I knew I had to see if she wouldn’t mind being one of my featured Fellow Okies. She deserves the spotlight.

Fellow Okie Questionnaire

  • What’s your name?

Ceanti’ Aldridge

  • What organization or company do you represent?

TAI Event Planning and Design

  • What city in Oklahoma do you call home?

Edmond by way of Muskogee!

  • What cities in Oklahoma have you lived in?

Edmond, Oklahoma City, Norman, and Muskogee

  • What’s your favorite thing about Oklahoma?

The people and the atmosphere

  • Compared to other places you’ve traveled, what stands out most about Oklahoma?

The kindness of the people

  • Tell me a little bit about your organization or company.

TAI Event Planning and Design is my up and coming event planning and graphic design company.

  • What are your goals for the company or organization?

To grow and get more consistent work and for this to become my full time career one day soon!

  • How can others help you achieve your goals?

Prayer! And hiring me for your wedding/event and stationery needs!

  • How can people contact you?

taieventplanning@gmail.com

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Ceanti’ is on her way to great things. She is a very determined young woman with a precise vision for her business. If you have any upcoming events that you would like her expertise with don’t hesitate to contact Ms. Ceanti’ Aldridge.

Fellow Okie: Keith Boyd

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Keith Boyd the CEO of Keith’s Ice Cold Lemonade

Months ago I had the wonderful opportunity to meet a cool guy by the name of Keith Boyd. Keith has nonverbal cerebral palsy. He communicates through a computer attached to his wheelchair. Keith definitely doesn’t let his condition limit him. He loves Duck Dynasty, playing with his trucks, running over speed bumps and gravel in his wheelchair, he loves his pet chicken Gia and he loves being a CEO. CEO of what? Keith’s Ice Cold Lemonade Stand.  Keith made a goal to raise money for the Little Light House by running lemonade stands across Tulsa throughout the summer. Chick-Fil-A partnered with Keith’s Ice Cold Lemonade Stand to help promote the charity. I was so pleased when Keith took time out of his busy schedule to answer a few of my questions.

Fellow Okie Questionnaire

  • What’s your name?

Keith Boyd

  • What organization or company do you represent? 

Keith’s Ice Cold Lemonade Stand

  • What city in Oklahoma do you call home?

Tulsa

  • What cities in Oklahoma have you lived in?

Tulsa

  • What’s your favorite thing about Oklahoma?

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  • Compared to other places you’ve traveled, what stands out most about Oklahoma?

KICLS (Keith’s Ice Cold Lemonade Stand)

  • Tell me a little bit about your organization or company.

We give back to the community.

  • What are your goals for the company or organization?

We are trying to raise $250,000.00

  • How can others help you achieve your goals?

Go to our website.

  • How can people contact you?

Like us on facebook  www.facebook.com/Keithsicecoldlemonadesale There you have it! Keith’s an Okie out there making a difference. Keith’s Ice Cold Lemonade stands will be open from 10am to 2pm August 13th and 20th. If you would like to find out how you can participate in Keith’s Ice Cold Lemonade Stand or want to reach out to Keith visit him at:

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Keith and his parents, Erin and James

http://www.keithsicecoldlemonade.com/