Where Did The Time Go?

I write this as I sit at my desk at work on a Friday.  Feeling so restless.  David and I have been in our new place for several days.  We’re still not adjusted. New scenery, new noises, and new neighbors.  However, I can’t wait any longer.  I need to get back into a groove.  I stalled on all my projects for most of June and ALL of July because I wanted to focus on “the move”.  Now that it’s over I just want to get started on “me” again.  I want to get back into a workout routine.  I want to plan things for this blog and the YouTube channel.  I want to write again.  I miss it so much.  I think back to 2016 and how motivated I was to finish my first book.  Then 2017 began a slow decline on my confidence as a writer.  Then 2018 rolled around and I felt like I could jump back on the saddle.  Only for life to constantly put speed bumps in the way.  Speed bumps that I turned into moats wider than the Pacific Ocean.  The first 60 percent of my year (don’t panic but we are in August now people) has been full of starts-to-stops-to…never starting again.  But like the saying goes…”It’s not how you start but how you finish that counts.”

 

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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!

 

 

Where To Eat BBQ in Tulsa, OK

Summer weather and barbecue go hand-and-hand. If you are craving barbecue, but don’t want to go through the hassle of firing up the grill or smoker, stop by one of these locations in the Tulsa area to get your fix.

Elmers

Elmer’s BBQ – 4130 S Peoria Ave, Tulsa, OK 74105

Elmer’s BBQ is such a chill spot. You can tell it’s been around for more than a few decades. It’s in the walls, the music, and of course the food.  Eating at Elmer’s BBQ makes you feel like you’re “home”. They have a wonderful selection of meats and sides on the menu, and all reasonably priced.  My favorite item is the hot link. It has just the right amount of heat to awaken my taste buds but not too much that it overpowers the rest of the meal.  If you’re ever on Brookside in Tulsa, OK you should stop by for some hearty and delicious barbecue.

Oklahoma Joes

Oklahoma Joe’s Barbecue & Catering – 6175 E 61st St, Tulsa, OK 74136 and 25 W. 5th St, Tulsa, OK

Oklahoma Joe’s Barbecue have great locations if you want to take your family out for some barbecue and catch the latest sporting event on t.v. The barbecued and smoked meats are succulent.  They have everything from ribs to turkey, smoked or barbecued to perfection. I personally enjoy their brisket.  It’s got the right balance of tenderness and chew. Oklahoma Joe’s Barbecue has the perfect ambiance if you’re looking to host your family and friends to barbecue in Tulsa.

Burn Co.

Burn Co. Barbecue – 1738 S Boston Ave, Tulsa, OK 74119 and 500 Riverwalk Terrace #135, Jenks, OK 74037

Burn Co. Barbecue is a “supply and demand” type of barbecue place. They serve barbecue until their smokers are empty.  It takes a lot of courage to operate a business using that model. However, Burn Co. Barbecue has been doing exactly that for years.  So you know the food must be impressive.  The restaurants are cafeteria style seating. Which means you never know who you’ll end up sharing a table with. It’s rustic and laid-back.  Which may also describe their barbecue style. My favorite item on their menu is the ribs. They are tender and meaty.  If you get a chance to try Burn Co. Barbecue do it! Before they sell out.

David and I did our very own Tulsa Food Tour: Barbecue Edition! Check it out for a glance out the Tulsa barbecue spots mentioned above!

 

Enjoy!

Keshia

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

The Blue Whale of Catoosa, OK

The famous U.S. Route 66 was established in 1926 and nicknamed the Mother Road by some. The highway runs from Illinois through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. There are several attractions along the route to entertain travelers. One of the various attractions is the Blue Whale in Catoosa, Oklahoma.

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photo: Colormyfootsteps

The Blue Whale is the romantic gesture and creation of Hugh S. Davis, a zoologist, for his wife and eventually put to use by his grandchildren. Over the years the Blue Whale and the pond it rests within were used by the community as a swimming spot during the warm summer months.

I know it might sound surprising, but this is the first time David and I have seen the Blue Whale in person. The Blue Whale is easy to find as it is located directly next to the highway. There is a gravel parking lot and a simple gated entrance to the small park next to the pond and highway attraction. There is a small gift shop, picnic tables, and restrooms.

 

The Blue Whale is approximately 46 years old and has been renovated over the years. It is pretty cool to walk inside the large structure. I can only imagine how magical it could feel as a child to enter something so unique.

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If you are travelling along the famous highway and plan to travel through Catoosa, it would be a great photo opportunity to stop by the Blue Whale.

Thanks for reading!

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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photo: 918plate.com

  • 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!

MY WINTER FAVES 2017

Hey everyone!

I’m trying my best to hold back and not do it…You know what I’m talking about, right? You know! Fine…

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Well, now that we got that out of the way…here are a few things that I am enjoying this winter season.

Hair:

NOW Solutions Grapeseed oil

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Face:

Maybelline Fit Me Foundation (Shade: cappuccino)

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Clothes:

Fruit of the Loom flannel pants

flannel

Home:

Ceramic mugs from Ross Dress for Less

coffee

disclaimer: I couldn’t find the ones I own. Sorry.

Entertainment:

Miguel – War and Leisure

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Here’s the video! Subscribe to the channel if you haven’t already!

Fall Bucket List

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Hey y’all!

The time of the year for flannel shirts, college football, and gooey s’mores by the fire is here! One or all of those things I listed may not be on your checklist of activities for autumn but don’t let that stop you from creating a list of fun things to do this cool and crisp season. If you need some ideas, here is my fall bucket list!

  • Attend a Football Game – Fall season goes hand-and-hand with football season. Find a college level or professional team to cheer for and go all in!
  • Decorate Pumpkins – There are several diy decorating tutorials on Pinterest and YouTube that can help you make your pumpkin stand out.
  • Learn Cooking Recipes for Cooler Weather – Chili, chicken and dumplings, and stew are perfect to warm you up when the nights get cold.
  • Fall in Love with a Comfy Sweater –  Be well-dressed and comfortable this season by finding that great outfit.

Feel free to use this list to get you started on having a great fall!

Check out my Fall Favorites video to see what I’m loving this season!

 

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!

 

 

May Photo Wrap-Up 2017

Hey y’all hey!

I can’t believe it, but it’s the end of May! To be honest, I had a somewhat uneventful month. But none the less I took a few pictures here and there and put up a few videos!

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photo: Colormyfootsteps

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One of the most important things I did in May was celebrate Mother’s Day with my mom! We had a great time hanging out in downtown Tulsa at the Guthrie Green. We also had good food and great conversations.

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photo: Colormyfootsteps

If you have been to downtown Tulsa lately than you must have noticed the addition of artwork on the walls of several buildings. I personally love the colorful additions to downtown. The artwork really brings a new energy to downtown Tulsa.

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photo: Colormyfootsteps

My sweet tooth has been in overdrive lately. Although it’s still chocolate I decided to try a gluten free option. This one was actually pretty tasty.

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David and I stopped by the Bixby Barbecue Festival. We enjoyed great food (we really stuffed ourselves). If you are in the area, I suggest stopping by next year to see the festival and eat some great barbecue. The event is very family friendly.

I hope you had a great month of May. I look forward to awesome adventures in the month of June.