Tuesday, April 20, 2010

My Favorite Earrings!

Many people over the years have commented on the glass raindrop earrings I always wear.
I bought a pair years ago from a catalog, and then when I lost them I tried to track down the artist, but to no avail.

While riding the bus today, another passenger told me she, too, had been trying to find the same earrings!
With renewed vigor I searched, and I'm happy to say that I have finally located the earrings and the artist who creates them!

The artists name is Joy Oxley, and she is amazing with glass.

She makes all sorts of glass creations, but these little beauties are my favorite!

The earrings I have are clear, but she also makes them in colors.
These simple earrings go with everything. They are very stylish and lightweight.

Prices are $16 or $18, depending on color and design.
Visit Oregon Rain Glass Jewelry to order directly from the artist.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Farmers' Market - Summer Hours!

The summer hours for the OSU-OKC Farmers' Market start tomorrow! The market will be open two hours earlier. Operating hours will be every Saturday, 8am-1pm.
The market is indoors, so rain or shine, you can come buy locally produced goods.

I will continue to be there every week unless I have another event (please check the list at right for upcoming shows). My booth is in the back of the building; please stop by and say 'hi!'

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Responsible consumerism - a short essay

I had to write this little essay for an assignment today in my capstone class. It is a topic that is important to me, and I felt the need to post it here.
It could be expanded upon, but this is the short and sweet truth.

Big box stores, of which Wal-Mart is one example, have become the destination of choice for most of America’s shoppers. This is a fairly recent development; we didn’t have Wal-Mart in California when I was growing up. Instead, we bought our food at the farmers’ market or grocery store, our clothes at a clothing store, and our records at an electronics store. I don’t remember it being an inconvenience to have to go to these different places to do our shopping, but apparently some people did. The megastores came along, offering everything one could possibly need at the lowest prices of anywhere. People saw that they could pay much less for the same things they were already buying, and they could get them all in one place. Cost and convenience became the bottom line, and customers flocked from the specialty stores to the new megastores.
But we have to pay for cost and convenience, and part of that cost is loosing our connection to the products that we buy and the people who make or grow them. When you buy an apple from Wal-Mart, do you know exactly where it came from? When you tie your child’s shoes, do you wonder if they were made by another child in a sweatshop half a world away?

We must each be responsible for our buying power. Sure, it may cost a little more to buy eggs at the farmers’ market instead of Wal-Mart, but I know exactly where they came from; what the chickens are fed, what part of Oklahoma they are from, how much time they get out of their hen house, perhaps even what the chicken’s name is. A connection with our purchases; that is one item that you can’t find at Wal-Mart.

Friday, February 5, 2010

New Year!

Hello everyone!
I'm back every Saturday at the OSU-OKC Farmers' Market. It is located on Portland Ave. just south of the main campus in the Horticulture Pavilion. Winter hours (until April) are 10am-1pm. As always, check my Twitter feed for news, information and special deals.

Here is a lovely little video highlighting the market!
I appear nine minutes and thirty seconds in:

See you at the farmers' market!