New Pattern Release: The Braided Infinity Scarf

Well hello there!
Yes, I am still around and hoping with school starting that I can give this creative space the attention it deserves.
Fun and exciting things are coming to Oikos Handmade and it all begins with a new pattern release.
Many of you asked for it last year but business and life got in the way of writing it down. With Cohen starting school I finally sat down to the computer and finished it up.

Braided Infinity Scarf Close Up
The Braided Infinity Scarf is a favorite piece of mine, so warm and cozy.
It is made using Tunisian crochet making the fabric nice and thick. Don't be scared of Tunisian crochet, it is so much fun and produces the most beautiful fabric.

My friend Liz, with Playin' Hooky Designs, just released some tutorials on her blog, check them out.

This scarf is easy to adjust the length making it great for all ages.
You can make it using one color, color block your scarf or use up those super bulky scraps you have stashed away for a rainy day.

Golden Braided Infinity Scarf
You can find this pattern over on Ravelry or over in my BigCartel Shop.

From now until September 1, you can receive $1.00 off your pattern purchase, no coupon needed.
Please share your finished project with me on Ravelry, FB or tag me on Instagram.

Are you interested in ordering this scarf but don't crochet? Don't fret, I've got you covered. Until September 1, you can receive $10.00 off your purchase, for the Braided Infinity Scarf Only. Just enter coupon code: Braided10 at checkout to receive your discount. 

Enjoy and Happy Stitching my friends!

Christmas in July Sale

Sorry it has been so quiet around here. Between sickness and vacation, life has been a little hectic.
Last year I did my first Christmas in July Sale and it was the largest sale event I had. It is the perfect time to grab a few Christmas presents or get your cold weather gear, after all Fall is just around the corner.
Christmas In JulyOkay that might be wishful thinking but Fall can't be to far away can it?
The sale runs until July 16, just enter coupon code: Christmasinjuly   at checkout to receive 30% off your purchase.

There are also several items listed over on Instagram that are ready to ship and already marked down, shipping is included in the price. These items are only up for a limited time.

Meet the Burn Clutch

Back in January I shared a little about my first purchase from BASK designs and a few Kimonos I would still like to own. After thinking about the Burn Kimono and the Pandora Kimono, I became inspired by these pieces.
I thought about their uniqueness and wondered how I could translate that into a clutch. After playing around and working up my first piece...I burned it.
Burn Clutch

The process has yielded a different look each and every time, giving you a one of a kind clutch.
Each clutch is made using 100% cotton yarn and is finished off with a zipper and then lined with a beautiful fabric that compliments the process in which it has gone thru.

Burn Clutch Side View
hese clutches are currently listed in the shop and are ready to ship. 

For my amazing blog followers you can enter code: Blog20 to receive 20% off your purchase...but act fast, only a limited number ready to ship. Coupon code is good until Thursday at midnight and only good on items listed in the Ready to Ship section.

Mesa Dreams Crossbody Fringe Purse

In the big world of handmade it is always nice to develop a friendship with other makers. I have been following Mesa Dreams Leather for a while and just fell in love with the leather working duo, Brandy and Djerek.
Brandy started following my shop on IG and I became very flattered that she took interest in my little shop. After a few months we decided to do a trade and began working out the details.
Brandy had mentioned she loved the Crossbody Fringe Purse and the Grammy Triangle Purse and wondered if I could work them up together. Not knowing if I really could or not, I told her "OF COURSE I CAN!".
Thankfully she was patient and my little engine trucked thru and every minute obsessing over the placement and how to make things work suddenly clicked.
Mesa Dreams Crossbody Purse
The colors worked beautifully together and coordinated with her logo as well giving a little meaning to the colors.

Mesa Dreams Crossbody Fringe Purse Details

The purse was lined with a beautiful mustard fabric and a zipper closure was added to ensure everything was kept safe and sound. There is no wrong side on this purse so that everything looks beautifully done from every angle.
There is no strap added, as Brandy is going to hand tool a leather strap giving this purse that added luxury and another element to this stunning piece.
(If you do order this purse it will come with the same strap as the Crossbody Fringe Purse.)

I can't wait to see the final collaboration come together. I have a wrist strap she made me and as soon as I get the clutch done I will share more.

If you are on Instagram go follow both shops...or find us both on Facebook.
You never know where new friendships will push you...and you never know what amazing things will come from them, stay tuned!


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.


2 Year Homecoming

(picture on the right- Cohen’s first night at home 3 lbs 14 oz. Picture on the left-Cohen 2 years later, 24 lbs.)

Our little mister has been home for 2 years (after a 29 day NICU stay)! Can’t imagine our life without this energetic, adventurous, loving boy. So in love with this blue eyed miracle.

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