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Pumpkins and Gourds!

Never mind that it was over 90 degrees yesterday in Tulsa, fall is officially here!  So it’s time to bring out the pumpkins and the mums.  Time to light the fall candles and bake pumpkin bread.  At least that’s what I did!  I’m ready for that crisp weather and falling leaves.  The forecast says we may have to wait just a little while longer for that, but in the meantime I can make it look like fall everywhere else!

As I was driving through town, I saw all of these beautiful pumpkins piled up at one of my favorite stores, Ted and Debbie’s.  I love all of the different colors and shapes.  We’ll buy pumpkins for carving Jack O’ Lanterns later, but for fall I love to stack up a mix of the colorful pumpkins and gourds on my porch.  They’re interesting, they last a long time and they look great through Thanksgiving.

So this is it.  This is all I do – stack my favorite pumpkins one on top of the other.  No tools or other materials necessary.  I pull the summer plants out of the planters, stack the pumpkins and set the mums right next to them.  It has to be that easy or I would do nothing.  We would probably just have planters full of dead plants.  For those of us with limited time, the easy pumpkin topiary is a great way to add fall charm to the front porch.  Personally, I love the simplicity and the fact that it’s a little imperfect.

And…one more thing I thought I would include since it’s time to bake all things pumpkin!  My mom’s pumpkin bread recipe.  I made some last night and I would have included a picture, but it’s already gone!  But trust me, it’s good, so here you go…

Pumpkin Bread

3 1/3 cups flour

3 cups sugar

1 1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinamon

1 tsp nutmeg

2/3 cup water

1 cup oil

4 eggs

1 16 oz. can pumpkin

1.   Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl.  2.  Make a hole in the middle and add the water, oil and eggs – mix well.  3.  Add pumpkin and mix well.  4.  Divide into 3 loaf pans and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.


Don’t Miss: Indie Emporium

Image via Indie Emporium

Handmade doesn’t get better than this.

It’s time for one of our favorite shopping events of the year — Indie Emporium 2012. This weekend, Tulsans will have the chance to collect gorgeous handmade goods from an interesting array of local and regional vendors.

The event is set from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, and from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday at Living Arts of Tulsa, 307 E. Brady Ave, in Tulsa.  Tickets are $5 in advance, $8 at the door, and kids younger than 12 are free. If you bring at least two canned goods to be donated to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, admission is $5!

Since 2007, Indie Emporium has invited hundreds of vendors to the area to show off their beautiful wares, and Prairie Hive is happy to be a sponsor for the event again this year.

We’re also happy that the event is returning to Living Arts of Tulsa. It was a great venue for the event last year, and we were on hand to snap some pics.

This year’s event will also feature a fashion show of handmade clothing and accessories, several make-and-take crafting stations, a fine arts gallery, and workshops and demos. Plus, the show will feature live music, delicious treats, and a silent auction. Click here for the complete schedule.

Before the event gets started, we interviewed Indie Emporium founder, Christine Sharp-Crowe, who also owns and operates the downtown store, Made: The Indie Emporium Shop, 501 S. Boston Ave.

Prairie Hive: How long have you been creating hand-made items?

Christine Sharp-Crowe: I’ve always had an interest in making things.  As a child, I spent a lot of time with my grandmother who was always sewing, painting, or baking something.  I learned a lot of my skills from her.  I started selling my handmade goods in 2006 and started my current business, weather&noise is 2009.

PH: What are your favorite things to make?

CSC: In college I took a printmaking class as an elective and fell in love with the process of printing.  So, any kind of printing project is definitely a favorite, which is why my business focuses on textiles screen printed with my illustrations.  Aside from the things I make to sell, I love to knit and crochet.  One of my favorite things every week is meeting up with the ladies in the Tulsa Crochet Collective for coffee and crochet time.

PH: What was your inspiration for creating Indie Emporium?

CSC: I had attended The Girlie Show in Oklahoma City, and some other regional indie craft shows and felt like Tulsa needed something similar to showcase all of our talented makers.  There are lots of “craft” shows, where nothing is actually handmade, and a lot of the vendors are geared towards a different market than I felt like my products and the products that my friends were making belonged in.  So in 2007, I started Indie Emporium as a venue for all handmade artists.

PH: How did that lead you to your business, Made: The Indie Emporium Store?

CSC: Opening a store had been a dream of mine for many years, and last fall when we were invited to be a part of the Pop-Up Shops in the Deco District in downtown Tulsa, we jumped at the chance.  We were open for the month of December, and the idea of closing after the new year was kind of heartbreaking to me, so rather than closing we turned the “pop-up” into a permanent location.

PH: Do you have any crafty guilty pleasures?

CSC: Watching Tori Spelling’s Craft Wars.  That, and the occasional hour or two of browsing

See you there!

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