Instructables have some quick last minute ideas. Blast over to their site www.instructables.com and save yourself some heart burn. And get a costume you can use again.
Unfortunately all our costumes are gone, but the sewing machines are a blazing and we get to create some fun stuff for New Years Eve. We always have feather eyelashes available, and 20inch clip in hair extensions. By the way, most hair extensions you find are 10-12 inches long, but with 20 inch ling extensions you can cut them to match your own hair length. We have synthetic and human hair So very cool. But the cream of the crop are those 3D tattoos that glow under black light. I know you have read my blog about these, but man what a deal. These are reusable, they come with the mineral spirits you need to apply them, and the mineral spirits remover. They last an incredibly long time if you take good care of them. Mine are over 3 years old and look brand new. With several styles to choose from, you really should be thinking about New Years Eve parties.
I hope everyone has candy in store for the little ones. My real challenge is keeping my hand out of the candy dish. Well here's a last minute laugh for you. This man gets up every morning, dons a different costume just to wave good bye to his son. Here's the link, and maybe you will start saving those Halloween costumes for some daily weirdness of your own. www.stumbleupon.com/su/2EZdd3/www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/howaboutthat/8559331/Father-waves-at-his-sons-s Maybe you can get a Halloween idea from all that as well.
Enjoy your holiday, and let those kids have fun but be safe....light them up somehow, flash light, glow sticks, reflective tape or a head lamp. Nothing takes the fun away like an injury. So injuries aside, lets all have a fun night.
Monday, October 31, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
At Oaktopia Design we are now hosting FREE tutorials by other DYI crafters. These should inspire you and get those creative juices going. Our first lovely DYI comes to us via The Perfect Pear:
Lace Hoop Earrings DIY
hi friends, im still in the wilderness, doing the who roughin-it-toughin-it, out back thing! but, i made this DIY before I left so you'd have something pretty to do while i was gone!
Enjoy this tutorial and more to come in the future.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
As soon as Halloween is over we will be putting up our real logo. Please don't let this confuse you. We are still the same group. This is our Logo that Special K did on his free time for our Burning Man camp. This, we all decided should be the logo for those same people who lived in that camp and now work together to make Oaktopia Design successful. So when you visit www.etsy.com/shop/OaktopiaDesign you will no longer see the CAT-O-LANTERN, but our neighborhood tree.
Monday, October 24, 2011
The makeup bag above is a new item that I am working on. It is smart as well as functional. People want unique one of a kind (OOOK) creations that are priced within their budget. That's where we are headed. What feedback I have gotten from customers is that they like being the owner of something that no one else in the world has, that is why so many of our new items will be just that. So when you see OOOK in the title or description of an item, you know that there will never be another of the same.
Also, thanks to the Oaktopia community, we now have a vintage area of the shop. It's mostly evening bags right now, but there will be vintage jewelry and other items. Right now evening bags are in high demand because of the holiday season. Vintage bags not only have character, they make us feel like Hollywood movie stars. They are not cheaply thrown together like evening bags of today, but they were crafted at a time when America took pride in the goods it produced, and somehow holding that in our hands transfers that pride to us. Most of these will be OOOK simply because of the passage of time. We have strict requirements for our vintage products, they must be in good shape, clean, free from external blemishes, and basically well loved.
Corney as it sounds, hats off to my readers, and I hope your week is great. Remember to come by the shop and see what we have added. www.etsy.com/shop/OaktopiaDesign
Monday, October 17, 2011
The Costumes we offer at Oaktopia Design are hand made with that same love mom put into her designs. As a matter of fact, the first costume I sewed for the shop was a french maid outfit. My mom made me one for a Halloween party I attended in the 7th grade. I thought Pops might bust a vein over it, but I promised to be a good girl (and I was) and I think I won my Pops trust that night.
Anyways, I know that not all of us are a standard size, and so I make costumes in all sizes, even into the XXL. This way every one gets a chance to have a hand made costume that will last for years and years.
Well with the season fast approaching, I wanted to let my readers know that I will make special trips to the post office so that they can get their costume in time. So please visit our ETSY shop at www.etsy.com/shop/OaktopiaDesign. That way every one can have a happy Halloween, I know I will. Lots of love to all of you, NJ
Monday, October 10, 2011
www.etsy.com/shops/Oaktopia Design If the link doesn't work, then copy and paste the site in your browser and that will get you there. Have a great Monday and I'll see you next week.
Monday, October 3, 2011
A few years ago on a camping trip, a good friend of mine Ben gave our neighborhood the nickname of Oaktopia and it just stuck. Mostly because that's how we all feel about our neighborhood, it's a little slice of Utopia right here in Oakland where you least expect it. We are a very tight community here on the hill, and we take care of each other. All of us are part of the hard working middle class of America; fire fighters, Oakland Police Department, software designers, a teacher, City and County employees, a bio-chemist, a nurse and a pediatrician. We go camping together, we go to Burning Man together, and we even sit down to dinner at least once a week together. We liked the name Oaktopia so much that one night we scurried around the neighborhood with city letters and nailed the name down every telephone pole in the neighborhood. It was great fun. There was a thrill of doing something that marked our territory as ours, and yet if you didn't know what to look for you would never see our name because it blends right in with the city markings (although the cable man noticed it when he came to install cable at my house). I am unable to disclose where we got the city letters from, all I can say is "thanks dad".
So it is with great excitement that I invite you to follow our blog and visit our shop at www.etsy.com/shop/OaktopiaDesign and check us out.