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Get your holiday shop on!

Jenn Scott December 5th, 2012

“Deluxe,” “indie,” “craft” and “bazaar” are all words I like very much.

When you slap them together for an event, euphoria is within reach.

Saturday marks the sixth show for the Deluxe Indie Craft Bazaar, which continues to grow and support the absolute best that Oklahoma artists have to offer.

What is Deluxe Indie Craft Bazaar? Glad you asked. It’s a showcase of local creatives selling their unique crafts. Items proffered at the event span the artistic plains of any medium you can imagine.

This year, more than 80 artists will display their works from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds Centennial Building. This once-a-year shopping extravaganza is the perfect place to nab holiday gifts or liven up your personal space with unique, locally made treasures.

Samantha Lamb, a local farmer and photographer, has been taking pictures since she was a wee lass.

“My favorite thing to capture are nostalgic items. On a daily basis, I deal with jars of milk, every color of egg imaginable via my lovely hens and the inspirational scenes of nature,” she said. “Putting a unique spin on such simple and nostalgic items is the main stanchion behind my art.”

Motivated by her passion for beauty as well as her farm, her art takes on a country-chic feel that evokes immediate serenity.

Maybe your style is more playful.

If so, Adrian Mix surely will capture your fancy with her timeless subject: sock monkeys. She made her first such monkey in the summer of 2006, and has been hooked ever since.

“I make a nice mishmash of sewn lovelies in addition to the sock monkeys. [I make a] variety of plush animals created using salvaged sweaters and suit coats. [I make] sweater mice, kitties, puppies, tortoises, elephants and trout,” said Mix. “You know you need a sweater kitty in your life.”

She exhibits her items year-round online at etsy.com under her shop name, Fried Okra.

Deluxe will host more than simply photographers and crafters, however. Aubrey Kenworth, owner of Goodies Unlimited, makes a variety of handmade soaps and balms. She’s been creating for nearly 15 years.

“I do all of what I make for health and wellness first, and fun second. I am the anti-froufrou; you will not find anything sparkly, fluffy or fizzy at my booth,” said Kenworth. “What you will find is a complete line of sensible, delightful, long-lasting, timeless and safe bath and body products.”

From beautifying your walls with whimsical photography, lighting up your child’s face with a sock trout or taking care of your skin with locally made soap, all the options are yours (as well as many, many more) this Saturday. Let’s shop, OKC!

 
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