Our Little Chicken is Back

6 years ago the Chicken Clutch was introduced to the shop and it quickly became a customer favorite. A few people have asked if I would bring it back, so for a limited time you can find the chicken clutch back in the shop. 


The chicken clutch looks best when she is filled with your treasures, keeping her nice and plump.

After 6 years, we have made a few upgrades. The yarn itself has changed to a softer yarn, while also giving some yarn with great texture. Also we have included a magnetic closure vs. the button giving it an easier way to hold on your personal items secure.

So now the question is...what color will your little Cluck Cluck Clutch be?

Check back later this week, my 3 year old nephew wants a chicken clutch. I have a  few ideas, just need to see how they work up.
Enjoy!

Well, Hello There!

WOW! It sure has been a while since I visited this little space. Running this little business while having a 7 year old and a baby has been a tough balance.
I think I am finally starting to get my feet under me to add the blog back into the mix.
So I thought I would share one of the most recent pieces I have designed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This little Frida is perfect to go with your favorite clutch in the shop or even add one to your favorite bag. She is also cute paired with a Pom Pom either as her body or behind her.
I adored her so much and love the example that Frida has set for girls/women everywhere. So I wanted a way that my daughter could use her. She's to small to wear a necklace, so I made her into a pacifier clip.

Marlee has been a huge fan of her pacifier clip, so much so I am thinking of other amazing women to add to the shop. I did receive a special order for a Frida lovey and a small Frida worry doll for a Nena & Co. purse.
What famous women in history would you like to see added into the shop?

Also, customs and loveys are available until June 1. So go check out the shop and contact me if you would like to set up a custom.
I promise to visit this little space more regularly.

Stay tuned for lots of new items and some fun things to come.
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Life Kind of Happened

This little space of mine has been sadly neglected. Fall/Winter 2016-2017 became my busiest year yet as a maker.
From selling in two shops, online orders and finding out we were expecting a little one...the blog took a backseat.



I'm bound and determined to get back in the groove as I have so many new things to share with you.
The turn around time in the shop will change for a short time as mid-July is when we are expecting Miss Marlee to make her appearance, I will share more on this soon.
The shop will be gradually filled with a few new items and several may go away.

You can find several RTS items in the shop or head into DNA Galleries in the Plaza District to get your Oikos Handmade fix.

Stay tuned for some fun items...or to get some sneak peeks head on over and follow me on Instagram or Facebook.

Finely and Bub Fall Line

When you find another small shop to work with on a photo shoot, you say YES!!
I always am looking for ways to have my little/young girls items photographed so when Natalie (with Finley and Bub) was looking for a few items for a photo shoot I jumped at the opportunity that maybe my items might work with her esthetic.
(We have one son and I am an Aunt to 4 boys...no girls in sight thus far.)
Sure enough, her fall line fit right right in line with my style.
Finley and Bub with Oikos Handmade mini Crossboyd Fringe
How sweet is this little dress paired with the mini cross-body fringe purse with a fun pom pom?  I love everything from the color of the dress to the simple vintage embellishment around the neck.
I wanted to add a little whimsical feel to the purse so there are tiny little bells in the pom pom. They aren't loud, so they won't disrupt things but it is kind of as if you're calling your fairy friends to come out and play. When Finley said she loved the Jingle Bell Purse, I knew she had to keep it. Now I want a Jingle Bell purse too. ;)

Granny Squares have always been a favorite of mine!
I have loved making a beautiful piece you would find in your Grandma's home and make it into a beautiful fun modern accessory.
When Natalie sent a picture of the colors and style she was doing for her fall line, I knew a Granny Square Cowl would make a beautiful accessory to her amazing creations.
Finley and Bub Granny Square

The Rust Hi-Lo Hem Split Dress, is just so beautiful! I love everything from the color to the fit and the super cute knit ringer pullover sweater.
The Granny Square cowl fit perfectly with this dress. It brought it some fun fall colors that bring across the vintage feel that Natalie brought to her entire fall line-up.
From the colors, textures and styles, Natalie has you covered.
I keep telling her I need the Horse pants in my size and the dress from the first picture.

Oikos Handmade Purse/Cowl
Thank you Natalie for letting me be part of your fall line launch. I'm excited to see what else you have in-store!
Enjoy!!

Pattern Designing…Is it for me?

My favorite time of day to crochet is late at night.
I find comfort in knowing my husband and son are in the house and all worries seem to flee my mind for a while.
As soon as I sit down to binge watch my favorite show with my yarn and hook in hand, the creativity seems to flow.
I have come up with several patterns that I have written. They sit in a book in the craft room and I fall back on them if the occasional step seems to flee my mind.
After designing the Graph Beanie Pattern, I had several people reach out to me about selling the pattern. It was something I wanted to do but honestly didn't know where to start. I finally got the nerve up to sell the pattern and sold a few here and there. After a few weeks  Liz, over at Playin' Hooky Designs, reached out and helped me with the pattern. We talked and worked together to create an amazing pattern.
I had admired Liz and her work for a while, so to be able to co-author a pattern with her was such an honor. The Graph Beanie has been a great piece to build on and has been a huge hit. Oikos Handmade Graph Beanie
It wasn't until I worked with Liz that the pattern took off. Speed up to a while later and I designed several other items and released a few as patterns. They have NOT been met with the same excitement as the Graph Beanie has.
Braided Infinity Scarf pattern

Last year I released the Braided Infinity Scarf as a finished piece into the shop. Customers loved it and it became a best seller for me last fall/winter. After several request I decided to release the pattern this past week. 
It is one of the pieces I am most proud of and to see it not do as well has left me with some disappointment.
I know if I were to find a person to help and co-author with me it would probably do better, most of my patterns honestly would because something about this designing stuff...its who you know. It is VERY cliquey and I've found it hard to break through.
I received a message yesterday that made me doubt myself and the designing world.
A designer reached out to me to let me know she would be releasing a pattern that was similar to mine. I questioned her a bit and she came back with "It does happen. More frequently than you'd think".
I was hurt, frustrated that such a large designer would make it seem like it wasn't big deal. I'm sure there are little differences here and there but she will receive more exposure because of her shop size.
I've purchased several of her patterns, supported her work only to be met with "It happens".
(Apparently this isn't uncommon for her upon further investigation.)
There were other ways in which it could have been approached, I was so taken back that I didn't know what to say...so after questioning her I just let it go. I'm the small hook in the crochet world...and I'm okay with that.
I just wanted a little respect, a little support.

And I found it!
Not in the way that I may have wanted at first but I found the support I needed.
My TRIBE, my tribe always pulls thru with love, encouragement and support.
I had several crochet friends share my pattern and they have been the ladies that have been my cheerleaders on this journey.
Self confidence can be hard for me in such a large handmade community.
Do I measure up to (fill in the blank)?
I do this little business so I can stay home with our son. So when the school calls and he needs a breathing treatment I can go do that.
I do this for all the prescriptions we have to buy each month.
I love creating, I love the way making something with my hands makes me feel and the pride I have in what comes from a piece of wood and skein of yarn.

I let it go...I let the situation go and I will support the designers that support the small ones.
I will create even if things don't sell like I think they should.
I will continue to be Kimberly the face, hands and heart behind Oikos Handmade.
This shop started because of our little boy...and I will continue to run my little shop with heart and integrity, just the way it started.

Thank you for your love and support,
I couldn't do this little dream without you.

2016 The Year of Shopping Small/Handmade – February

2016 The Year of Shopping Small/Handmade – February

This year I have decided each month I will purchase from another small/handmade business to show them support and to share their amazing business with you.

I found Jennifer via her personal Instagram a while back…probably over a year or two ago. I loved her style and can honestly say, I’m not sure how I found her account but I was glad I did.
A few months ago I found the Instagram account Shout Happy thru Keri Giordano and loved the beautiful woven necklaces. After following for a month or so I realized that Jennifer was the talented lady behind these beautiful pieces.
Once I found this out I knew what I wanted my February purchase to be. I have followed this talented lady for a while and I wanted to support her work.
Shout Happy Woven Necklaces
Aren’t they a beautiful statement piece? Here is a little about Jennifer and her shop, Shout Happy.

an accidental beginning 30 years in the making

A little over 7 years ago, I had another small business, creating knitted and hand stitched items, did craft shows, met some lifelong friends and then, allowed life to get in the way for a while. Focused on my design career, my marriage and my family, all the while knowing in my heart I had not let this dream go. 

In 2012, I got the chance to start this crazy journey, though it came in a drastic, life changing way… like so many of us these days, I was laid off from my job after a particularly challenging year. Fast forward through another wild year of the highest highs and lowest lows. We began to get back on our feet, I came up with the name in 2013, experimented with a few products for the shop but nothing seemed quite right. Then, I took up weaving in January of last year. Immediately, it blended my love of needlecrafts, working with my hands and even painting. It was the creative outlet I had been looking for and proceeded to fall head over heels in love with. It began with weavings for myself or as gifts for friends and family. Somewhere around last Summer, all the pieces came together. With the help of supportive friends and family, especially my incredibly encouraging husband, Shout Happy opened and it’s been a slow and steady pace ever since. I’ve discovered a true passion in my life and that is irreplaceable. 

Most of my inspiration comes from daily life. We took a trip to the mountains last Fall and that influenced a whole series of weavings once we returned home. I have always loved the way colors work together, so a lot of my pieces begin that way… a new favorite color combination and the spark of an idea.

My parents were both creative and worked with their hands. They are my larger inspiration, the original spark. Some of my favorite items in our home were made by one or both of them. Unfortunately, my dad passed away at a really young age. That proved to shape most of my life, putting things in perspective early on and changing the way I see people, life, connections. My mom and grandma raised — and fiercely loved — my brother and me, which showed us over and over again what being strong really was. It also made anything my dad created, touched or loved that much more invaluable. To know that I might be leaving a small mark out in the world, leaving something behind for my daughter and becoming a part of history, if only my family’s history, is quite an overwhelming feeling of gratitude and smallness.

Connections and storytelling are the best parts of running this business. My story — and all those of handcrafters who came before me — is woven into each piece. From there, someone gets to place their story and their life into it. There’s not much better or more special than that.”

I loved her last paragraph and it gives me even more reason to shop and support this amazing shop owner.
Shout Happy Woven NecklaceI loved how these necklaces paired great with my BASK kimono (January’s shop small purchase).
I purchased the grey and blue with royal blue fringe also because I felt like it was great to show my Thunder pride. 😉

Go visit Jennifer’s shop, follow her on IG and FB and support this amazing wife, momma, small business owner.

Enjoy!


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