meet your maker // jetpacks & jasmine

Jetpacks & Jasmine

meet your maker // jetpacks & jasmine

Meet Your Maker for the month of June, Tamara Shryock.  She is a lady of many talents.  She hand crafts some of our most fun items in store.  From flower crowns, to felt magnets & pillows and our personal favorite.. Plushidermy wall mounts.  Her colorful creativity is inspired by pop culture, TV shows and movies.  Her IG says she's probably one of the most boring people you'll ever meet.  We say the opposite.  Tamara's energy could inspire anyone to start crafting ASAP!  She is a blast to be around.  Her products definitely embody her personality.  We are so thankful for the opportunity to carry Tamara's lively creations in our store.

 

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What is your process? Think about it, make it, take it apart, make it again, cut it, sew it, start over, and victory!

Where are you from? South Side OKC

What inspires you? Mainly pop culture, movies and TV shows that I love. I always try to create things that I would want to buy. I spend a fair amount of time on Instagram looking at all the random photos and am inspired by a large number of different artists.

How did you get started? I started off with photography, I did mainly pinup photography and got a calendar I made in Blue 7 from there it has snowballed into hand sewn finger puppet sets to the variety of items I currently make.

How old were you when you started selling your handmade items locally? I want to say early twenties.

What are your goals for the future? To dominate my markets and add new stores outside of the OKC market.

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How much time a week do you spend with your craft? Crafting is my full time job now so definitely over 40 hrs, I work 7 days a week but take more than an hour lunch :)

Any advice for other crafters or those looking to become makers in the future? Don't stop! When you find that one thing you're really good at keep at it! Keep trying different methods or crafts until you find the thing you are good at. So many people give up. Don't ever give up!

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What do you do in your spare time? Aqua Zumba, turning into a cat lady and obsessing over Disneyland.

What tunes can you not stop listening to? I made this sweet 90s pop station on Pandora that I kick out all my jams to when I'm fitnessing.

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meet your maker // the little bubble

The Little Bubble

meet your maker // the little bubble

Our May Meet Your Maker is the one and only Bella Corrente of "The Little Bubble" -  Bella is the brain behind the fun and magic that is put into each and every bar of soap she makes.  She is 11 years old this year and she started making soaps at 9 years old.  Since that time, her business has grown tremendously.  Bella and her mother, Tawyna, set up at H&8th, Industry Flea, Deluxe Winter Market and stay busy in between shows with her booming Etsy shop.  All the while, they keep our store stocked with tons of smell goods.  People often pop in the door and ask "Where are the Little Bubble soaps?"  We are pleased to share a little bit more about Bella with you.  She is an inspiration to all around her. We are so proud of you, girl!! Keep doing your thing.

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Meet Your Maker Questionnaire

Bella Corrente // The Little Bubble

What is your process? I find the fragrance I like first then I think about colors & designs... next I have to decide on the ingedients, everything is made with different stuff.

Where are you from? Oklahoma City

What inspires you? Sometimes I can watch a movie or hear a song and know that I want to make a soap that goes with that! Or I can see a fabric or pattern that I like...

How did you get started? I started making soap and scrubs as a homeschool project! It helped me learn about fractions and measuring, & science! And I just loved doing so I kept making!

How old were you when you started selling your handmade items locally? I sold my soap when I was 9 at Wiggle Out Loud

What are your goals for the future? I want to be a photographer or work for Vogue and I want to have my own soap shop.

How much time a week do you spend with your craft? I spend about 3 hours a day filling orders and making stuff.

Any advice for other crafters or those looking to become makers in the future? First you have to have guts... and not be afraid of other people and putting your stuff out there.  And you need to learn as much as you can about your craft... research a lot.  What ever you want to make or do just try it! Because you won't know if you like it or good at it if you don't try!

What do you do in your spare time? I love to sculpt! I make polymer clay donuts, & ice cream cones and other food things for jewlery! & I like to draw food with funny faces

What music are you currently listening to? I love Welcome Little Stranger & David Bowie... and Mumford and Sons and Johnny Cash... but I listen to lots of other stuff too! I love my record player!

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meet your maker // crafty allie

meet your maker // crafty allie

As most know, 98% of our store is made locally.  This year we wanted to spotlight one local artist in the store each month so that everyone may get to know them a little better.  February's "Meet Your Maker" is Allie Kuehn.  She is 22 years old with a nursing degree from OU.  Whenever Allie is not working overnight shifts as a nurse, she is knitting wonderful works for our store and other's like us. We had the opportunity to sit down with Allie at Cuppies & Joe to ask her a few questions.  She knitted an entire scarf over two lattes and gave us great insight to what it's like to be crafty allie.

Meet Your Maker Questionnaire

Allie Kuehn // Crafty Allie

What is your process? I have 2-3 gigantic books of pattern swatches. One of them my grandma gave to me when I was 8 and she was teaching me to knit. I skim through those pages and stop at the first one I think looks pretty. I don't make a swatch, I just go all in casting on the for whole scarf right away. When I'm thinking of a new sweater idea, I'll sketch it out in my journal, and figure out what stitches and yarn I want to use. I have a little moleskin journal that I keep jotted down patterns in, and I actually bought a PERFECT leather journal from DNA last september for me to put all my final patterns/photos in. Every day I go in to my studio and pull out all the colors I want to use for the day...and honestly I just like grabbing a bunch of yarn at once and carrying it to my couch..it's satisfying. Then I plop down on my couch and start working while watching some netflix series...right now I'm on Friends...but that will just as soon turn in to Scrubs (for the 3rd time). Once I finish crocheting or knitting something, I fold it up and toss it in a pile. I hate weaving in yarn ends, so I save it all for the end so I can just get all the unpleasantness over and done with in one sitting.

Where are you from? Originally from NW OKC. I went to Putnam city schools, and after graduation I moved to Norman for school. I just graduated in May with my nursing degree, and I work at the Norman Healthplex now.

What inspires you? Nature, being surrounded by colors, other makers on Instagram, & my pets. I name some of my pieces after my cats. My first cat, Binx, got really sick in January of 2011 and I wanted to knit him a chunky blanket to sleep on to make him more comfortable before he died. That's how I came up with the Binxy cowl. It is a chunky knit garter stitch cowl that is knit in a rectangle and joined at the seams. Whenever I'm designing something, I try to think if my kitties would like to cuddle up on it.

How did you get started? My grandma taught me when I was 8, but then I kind of forgot about knitting until I was about 17. I didn't start selling products until freshman year of college when I was 18. I made harry potter scarves because the premier was that summer. My grandma gave me her knitting machine from the 90s and I just went to town making scarves for everyone. That's how this all started.

How old were you when you started selling your handmade items locally? I started my Etsy shop in 2012 just after I turned 20. In 2013, I started making things for DNA. I could not be more grateful to have found a place like DNA that I can thrive in. I'm constantly creating, thinking, trying new things.

What are your goals for the future? This year specifically, I want to rebrand completely. New cards, new look, new tags, even a new shop name! Long term, I'd love to quit my day job. But I don't see that happening for years and years. I do love nursing. I can work 3 days a week, and that's full time. Then I get my other 4 days for knitting. It's a great combination right now.

How much time a week do you spend with your craft? During my busy season, 40 hours a week at least. During my off season, around 20.

Any advice for other crafters or those looking to become makers in the future? Just start doing it. Do what you love and allow yourself to be inspired by your surroundings.

What do you do in your spare time? Visit my family, play with my cats or have a date night with the boyfriend.

What is your favorite place to grab a coffee? My house.. I just got a keiurig so I use that religiously now!

What music currently inspires you? Band of Horses, Iron and Wine, Of Monsters and Men, Mumford & Sons, City and Color.  And if I want to just JAM OUT in the car... country music is my weak spot.