Friday, December 14, 2012

Alliday Artist: Meet Okie Crowe!

Tell us a little about yourself and your business.
In early 2011, I began making soap as a craft project. I began gifting my homemade soaps to friends and family. Then, a good friend suggested that I market my soaps at Blue Dome Arts Festival in Tulsa, OK. A month later, Groggs Green Barn offered to sell my products in their store and Okie Crowe was born!

What do you create and what do YOU love about your products?
Okie Crowe’s unique product line includes apparel, Bark n’ Beerscuits dog treats, bath fizzes, beer d├ęcor, beer soaps, felted soaps, hand scrubs, homebrew kits and refills, keychains, luggage tags, pet accessories and collars, sachets, scented soaps, and more. I love Okie Crowe products because of the ingenuity behind every item.

Collaborating with Squigglechick Designs, the keychains, luggage tags, and pet collars made for Okie Crowe are a fun addition as well. Having carpal tunnel syndrome, I have the difficult task of drinking beers so Squigglechick Designs can use the labels for these products at Okie Crowe. Working at Okie Crowe is a rough job, but someone has to do it! Miraculously, the roster of Okie Crowe Volunteers is a long one!
What sets your creations apart from others?
Okie Crowe’s quirky scents, beer-themed goodies, reduce/reuse/repurpose ideals, love of pets, and penchant for all things fun keep customers giggling and wondering what is next.

Where do you find inspiration?
Okie Crowe products are inspired by many of my favorite things: body products, fragrances, sense of humor, recycling, my two cats and two dogs, craft breweries, homebrewing, the handmade movement, Tulsa, being an Okie, music, favorite musicians, life’s adventures, my wacky personality, and…

The Alliday Show believes that everyday should be celebrated as a holiday! That being said, which holiday do you wish were everyday and why?
Christmas! Bring on the holiday treats, mulled wine, and gift giving! Let’s love and spoil one another every day!
If you could create your own holiday, what would it be and why?
Okie Crowe Day! The celebration would include lots of delicious food, art vendors, a spectacular beer and wine selection, and stellar tunes.

What is your favorite holiday tradition?
Playing Santa! When Santa has left his gifts underneath our Christmas tree and it is time to open them, someone in the family gets to be Santa by wearing a special hat and passing out the gifts to each family member. Ho! Ho! Ho!

How would you describe your work in three words?
Fun
Quirky
Okie


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