Lone Chimney is made up of my mother (Brenda) and I (Barrie). We’ve been making things together since I was little and finally decided to turn our hobby into a business earlier this year. We are inspired by nature and the landscape of Oklahoma in particular. We prefer to make quality products the old fashioned way, without any new technology, unnatural materials or elaborate methods--just fabric, paint, and a sewing machine.
What do you create and what do YOU love about your products?
We make mostly home accessories, pillow, bags, placemats, napkins. Though I’m starting a line of custom painted TOMS shoes, and we will soon be creating a new store--Little Chimney--for baby clothes and accessories.
I love that our products are natural--natural fibers, natural paints, and colors drawn from nature. I tend to gravitate to soft colors, and worn, matte finishes and you can see that in our design.
Definitely from nature first and foremost. We both live out in the country, which is very important to us and very much a part of our personality.
I’m also very inspired by other artists and crafters. I’m always finding inspiration through blogs, catalogs, museums, craft shows and of course etsy.
The Alliday Show believes that everyday should be celebrated as a holiday! That being said, which holiday do you wish were everyday and why?
My favorite holiday is the 4th of July. I love fireworks, being outside (especially in the summer) and having a big family picnic. Though I am getting pretty excited for Thanksgiving. My mom and I start planning our meal about a month ahead of time and we never do the same meal twice. Cooking food for your friends and family is about the best way to celebrate I can think of, and I try to do it as frequently as I can.
Animal Day. Everyone celebrates the animals in their lives, whether that be wild animals, pets, or animals at the zoo. And off course no eating animals that day! We could all do much more to make our world a better place for the animals that we share it with.
What is your favorite holiday tradition?
Eating, definitely. Like I said before, there’s not better way to celebrate.
How would you describe your work in three words?
natural, comfortable, useful