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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SUMMER FAVES 2018

photo: Colormyfootsteps

photo: Colormyfootsteps

It is summer, summer, summer time! At least here in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Of course, I had to share with you some of the things I am into for this summer. I had to include a mini Bath & Body Works haul and give a shout out to my Okie feature! Hop over to the channel to watch the video and see what else you may have missed in my neck of the woods!

 

Keshia

Summer Photo Wrap-Up 2017

Hey y’all!

It’s been a nice (and quite hot) summer! I took a nice hiatus from blogging over the summer. However, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been occupied with other things!

My favorite products and items for summer!

We tried some new and interesting snacks!

We stopped by the Annual Porter Peach Festival!

Tulsa hosted a Local Luau at Guthrie Green in downtown Tulsa! We stopped by and had a great time and ate some delicious food!

Hope you enjoy the videos! Thanks for stopping by the blog!

 

 

How Sweet It Is!

IT KEEPS GETTING

Hey ya’ll hey!

So I don’t have to tell you how time flies, especially in the summer months. You’re doing your best to have fun while some how surviving the treacherous heat. All while trying to dot your “I’s” and cross your “T’s. Somewhere in all the daily commotion the little things tend to get lost. A few weeks ago WordPress (with their helpful-selves) informed me it was my blog’s birthday. Yep, the blog is now 2 years old.

Honestly, I have not paid nearly as much attention to the blog this year as I had the previous year. I’ve added additional tasks to my ever-evolving media world. Those tasks have taken up much of my free time, but everything is working towards building a brand. Yes I said that dreaded B word. I swear everyone seems to have a “brand” these days. Sheesh! However, since I cannot find a better word I guess I’ll have to go with that one as well. Or maybe empire? Hmmm, that sounds a bit over the top. I’ll get back to that eventually.

I want to thank each and everyone of you subscribers and any of you creepers (you know the ones who read but don’t subscribe…I see you). Thank you so much for giving my little piece of the world wide web an opportunity to hold your attention. Blogging has had it’s ups and downs for me, since the beginning, but I am so glad that I have stuck with it. My plans going forward are to become more consistent with my posts and develop better content. I would also love the opportunity to involve my subscribers in the website. I guess make the blog more interactive and fun. This has been a great way for me to grow as a writer and I am so glad that I started this blog.

Thanks for your support!

Keshia

Product Review: Livesay Orchards Peach Jam

Hey y’all! It has been quite some time since I last posted a product review on my blog. Lately I have saved most of my product reviews for my YouTube channel. Which if you haven’t subscribed to yet, you should be ashamed! Just kidding.

The product I am reviewing is Livesay Orchards Peach Jam. I purchased this item at the 50th Annual Peach Festival in Porter, Oklahoma a few weekends ago. My husband and I have tried the product and here is what we think.

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Packaging

The packaging was simple and colorful. The product name and ingredients were easy to read. For the amount that I paid for the product ($4.99) I felt like I got an ample amount of jam.

Taste

The jam has a simple ingredients list and that simplicity is what I tasted in this product. The jam had a strong peach flavor, but did not taste like imitation peach flavoring at all (example. peach flavored soda pop or Jolly Ranchers). The product consistency was great. It spread very easily.

Final Thoughts

I really like this product. I mainly like it because of the simplicity of it. Of course I also like it because it is made right here in Oklahoma. I don’t think it is too pricey. I feel it maybe a little pricey compared to other brands you would find in the store. However, knowing where the product comes from makes it worth it to me.

Livesay Orchards has a variety of products including products other than peaches. However, peaches are an obvious choice when looking to purchase some of their items.

Have you tried any of the Livesay Orchards peaches? What about their other products? Let me know!

Thanks for reading y’all!

June/July Photo Wrap-Up 2016

Hey y’all! So I completely forgot to do a photo wrap-up for June. Since I didn’t take many pictures June or so far into July I decided to mash them together. Enjoy!

 

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June kicked off the beginning of summer! I made sure to snack on some summer favorites of mine. I also refused to let the summer heat keep me from enjoying the outdoors.

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June also brought fun times with friends! It was a lot of fun and much needed girl time.

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Of course David and I had to get some good EATS! Early in the month of July we stopped by Upper Crust at 9110 S Yale Ave, in Tulsa. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was pretty laid back.

Was that not enough Colormyfootsteps for you? Well, don’t forget to follow me on my other social media platforms (Instagram: Colormyfootsteps, Facebook: Colormyfootsteps) to see what else I get into. Of course you can find me on YouTube as well.

Hanging around town!

David and I at the OKC Wellness and Fitness Expo!

My mom and I at the 50th Annual Porter Peach Festival!

Thanks for stopping by my neck of the blogging woods. I’ll see you guys and girls later!

 

My Summer Faves!

 

I so often forget to share my favorites on my blog, BUT  not this time! I hope you all enjoy. Pay extra attention to my Okie Feature. Her products are so great!

***If you have yet to SUBSCRIBE to the channel than please do***

Enjoy yo!

Summer Safety Tips for Families

Summer Safety Tips

Hey y’all hey!

As of June 20th we are officially in summer mode! I thought I would drop some helpful and safe tips for you and your family to use this summer!

Protect Your Skin

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We all know, or at least should know, that the mighty sun is no joke. Blistered and peeling skin is not fun. According to howstuffworks.com, “the amount of time it takes to get one (sunburn) can depend on a person’s complexion, the time of day he or she was exposed to the sun or any number of other factors”.  If you are reading this and you have a darker complexion, then you might blow off this warning. But I would recommend that you don’t take that chance. The website howstuffworks.com goes on to state; “Regardless, ultraviolet rays cause damage, penetrating deep into the skin, and you should always protect yourself with sunscreen no matter what your complexion is”.

Hydrate

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Water is a necessity in the warmer months. Believe me, I understand that this can be something very easy to forget. Whether you’re rushing out the door to get to work or rushing your kids off to summer day camp. It can be very easy to lose track of your water intake throughout the day. The summertime can amplify your chances of becoming dehydrated. If you think it’s hard for you to keep track of how much water you consume just imagine how difficult it can be for your kids, especially if they love playing outdoors in the sun. According to the website verywell.com, “you sweat more when the temperature’s hot, especially if you’re working or exercising in the heat. Drinking water helps replenish the fluids lost by excessive sweating. If you don’t get enough water, you may become dehydrated, and the combination of hot temperatures and dehydration can lead to serious heat-related illnesses”. The signs of dehydration are:

  • Thirsty and dry mouth
  • Lethargy and lack of mental clarity
  • Reduced urine output (and the urine is dark yellow).
  • Dry and sunken eyes

From what I have heard over the years the best way to prevent dehydration is to plan ahead. Make sure you bring enough water for you and your kids when you’re outside. Also if you know you’re going to be very active the next day then drink up the night before!

*Don’t forget your pets. Your animals need to stay hydrated as well!

Stay Alert

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There are so many family friendly activities available for the summer. From amusement parks, to malls, to festivals and recreational parks, there are herds of people everywhere it seems. In my opinion it is important to make sure not only for you to be aware of your surroundings but make sure if you have children that they are aware too. I don’t mean that you should be overly protective or constantly on edge. What I mean is I don’t think it’s a bad idea to know where the entrances and closest exits are when you’re hanging out somewhere. Make sure your children know too. Also have a plan in place if you and/or children you are there with get separated.

I hope you find these tips helpful. They aren’t called the dog days of summer for nothing. Have fun and be safe out there!