Thursday, December 8, 2011

Alliday Artist: Meet Okie Dirt!

Tell us a little about yourself and your business.
We are a husband and wife team who has a simplistic craving for life. We love to stay busy going, doing, making and creating. We are both native Oklahomans, love the outdoors and have been best friends for 16 years. Teamwork, creativity, Oklahoma and Red Dirt pride is what Okie Dirt is all about.

What do you create and what do YOU love about your products?
We create unique crafts made from natural products. The natural and organic-ness of our products is our favorite aspect of our creations. Our Okie Dirt Shirt is usually a customer favorite but the tree mobiles and wind chimes also gain a lot of attention. Contrasting to this, we also carry handmade jewelry made by my lovely mother, a great-grandmother of, soon to be, 9 children.

Where do you find inspiration?
We find our inspiration from the outdoors. We spend a lot of weekends at our microcabin. We built the 350 sq ft. cabin ourselves, tucked back in the trees where nature is alive and well. Most of our time there is spent outdoors relaxing and talking about dreams, and ideas. The talk of Okie Dirt began this way.

The Alliday Show believes that everyday should be celebrated as a holiday! That being said, which holiday do you wish were everyday and why?
We love the summer and the outdoors and all the activities that that means. The 4th of July has always been our family favorite. There is nothing like a 4th of July fireworks show while sitting on a boat in the middle of an Oklahoma Lake.
If you could create your own holiday, what would it be and why?
Oh boy! Well, Spring Awakening Day would be the holiday we would create! It would be an outdoor festivity of fun, family, friends and food! The holiday would include live music, dance and merriment. The fun would continue into the evening with string lights hanging from the trees and dancing in the wind. We would conclude with a ring of chairs around a bonfire, laughter and marshmallows. Gosh! With that kind of fun, let’s make it a holiweekend!

What is your favorite holiday tradition?
We are new empty nesters so our holiday traditions are quickly taking new forms. But I will share a silly little tradition I created for my kids when they were little. It’s called…the “Oliday Spritza”. (And to get it right, you must say that in an English accent. It started because I didn’t want to adorn the Christmas table with boring, colorless glasses of water and tea; thus, the cranberry juice,7-up, served in a beautiful wine glass, kid friendly beverage was created. Though maybe not the exciting tradition you might have expected, the fun part comes when we all sip our juice, pinkies up and talk in our best English, Christmas Carol accents. I’m not sure how the English accent started its roll but it’s become our cheesy tradition to sip our “spritza” and make fun of each other’s poor attempt at an English accent. We do it still, every year. We once even named a new Christmas puppy “Oli Day” in honor of our tradition.

How would you describe your work in three words?
Natural, organic, unique

Additional Important Information:
Veterans Day was the kick-off of our Okie Shirt for Okie Soldiers Campaign. From Veteran’s Day to the end of December, for every Adult Tee purchased, Okie Dirt will donate a Dirt Shirt to Blue Star Mother’s to be delivered to an active duty, Oklahoma soldier. We know, first hand, how much our military personnel sacrifice to serve our country. This is just one way that Oklahoman’s can help us show them that Oklahoma misses them as much as they miss home.

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