Tulsa Craft Mafia


Blue Dome 2010
May 11, 2010, 2:29 pm
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Come get your art on in downtown Tulsa this weekend with the Tulsa Craft Mafia! This Friday, Saturday and Sunday is festival heavy with a trio of opportunities to worship at the altar of creativity. The foxy Mafiosa chicks will be set up with goodies for you to buy at the Blue Dome Arts Festival, steeped in a decade’s worth of local artists’ handmade lovin’. Mayfest is the bigger name, but most of the vendors there will not be from Green Country. Support the local economy with your hard-earned money by shopping for art and crafts at the festival in Tulsa’s coolest district (though we won’t blame you for buying a cinnamon roll the size of your head from that other festival). Blue Dome will also have great local bands playing, including the Mafia’s friend Wheat Penny. Come find us on Elgin, somewhere between 1st and 2nd streets.

New this year is the weekend’s third shindig, the Brady Arts Festival, now home to Living Arts of Tulsa’s totally amazing Art Car parade. It, too, will be full of local art. Make sure to check it out.

Here are Blue Dome’s festival hours:

  • Friday, May 14th from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 15th from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 
  • Sunday, May 16th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

You don’t want to miss this truly fantastic weekend. Ignore the forecast, and come see us!



Apple Pecan Muffins
February 13, 2010, 2:49 pm
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It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and for sugar-lovin’ folks like me, that means baking! Perhaps you want a nice treat for your lovey in the morning. If so, why not whip up a batch of these tasty, almost-healthy muffins for your muffin!

First off, you’ll need to preheat the oven to 350 and grease a muffin pan. Then you’ll need to peel and chop 1.5 cups of fresh apple. This ended up being one large-ish apple for me, but the yield will depend on the kind you use. If you don’t have pre-chopped pecans, chop ’em up yourself, anywhere from 1/2 to 1 cup. Set all that aside.

Now, in a large bowl, combine 1.5 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup whole wheat flour, 1 tablespoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.

In a smaller bowl, beat 1 tablespoon of Ener-G egg replacer with 4 tablespoons of water. (Or, you know, you could use two actual eggs, but I don’t play that way.)

Once that’s all combined and fluffy, add in 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce, 1/3 cup canola oil, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla.

Now beat it, just beat it . . .until it’s smooth and creamy. Then add it into the flour mixture.

This is very important. Now you will take a gigantic spoon and stir just until the two are combined. It might be a little lumpy, but that’s OK. You never want to beat muffin batter into submission. The end result will be dense instead of fluffy. Just so you know, this batter gets incredibly thick. If you just can’t stand it, add 1 or 2 tablespoons of water, but it’s totally not necessary. Alrighty, once all that is just barely combined, fold in your nuts and apple chunks.

Now spoon it into the prepared muffin tins. Fill them about 3/4 of the way full. Throw them in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick (*coughoraforkcough*) inserted into the middle comes out clean. Makes 12 drops of muffiny goodness.

This recipe comes from The Joy of Vegan Baking by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau.



Fresh Blend in Tasha’s Holiday Gift Guide
November 30, 2009, 5:37 pm
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Tasha Does Tulsa, one of Green Country’s best supporters of all things local, has included Tulsa Craft Mafia’s Fresh Blend Boutique in her holiday gift guide. Check it out here. Thanks, Natasha, for being such a great supporter of all our events!

Make sure to check out her gift guide tag to see more wonderful ways to shop locally this holiday season.



Make Black Friday Handmade
November 24, 2009, 9:41 pm
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Black Friday, i.e. one of the scariest and most popular shopping days of the year, is fast approaching. While you could avoid elbows to the face and claw-bearing at all of Tulsa’s chain stores, why not take a different approach this year? Fresh Roast Coffee House is home to the Fresh Blend Handmade Gift Boutique for all your holiday shopping needs! Best of all, the already great prices will keep the bloodshed at bay. Don’t battle it out — shop with a mug of something tasty in one hand.

Fresh Roast will be open this weekend for regular business hours, so give yourself a post-Thanksgiving break and check out the amazing offerings the Tulsa Craft Mafia and friends have for you.



Brigid on OklaVision!
November 20, 2009, 4:42 pm
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Do you need another reason to visit Fresh Blend? Then watch today’s OklaVision broadcast at noon! Our very own camera hog member Brigid will be there to give you the rundown of our upcoming activities, including the boutique and the great classes we have coming up. You can watch the program by going to OklaVision.tv or tuning into Cox Channel 3 in Tulsa. If you miss the live show, you can view the archived episode on the Web site throughout the weekend.

We hope to see you on December 5 at our craft demo with Holly of HollyRocks!



Fresh Blend Boutique and Crafty Classes
November 16, 2009, 9:06 pm
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The Fresh Blend show is over, but the fun isn’t! You can still shop the Fresh Blend Handmade Gift Boutique starting today and running through Christmas. It is located inside Fresh Roast Coffee House, 8122 S. Harvard Ave.

Throughout the next six weeks, the Tulsa Craft Mafia will also be offering some fun, low-cost classes for everyone in the community. The first will be this Tuesday, November 17 at 6 p.m. For only $3, you can learn to make fun, unique holiday greeting cards with our very own Andrea of Paper Lotus Design Group. The class fee includes all materials and instruction. Adults and children both are invited to this fun, family-friendly craft event. Check out the flyer below for a complete list of upcoming events at Fresh Roast.

Fresh Blend Classes Flyer

RSVP is not required for these events but is requested. Contact enroll@maketulsa.com to RSVP. We hope to see you there!



Indie Emporium starts tonight!
October 9, 2009, 3:39 pm
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The time has arrived for you to get your fix of amazing, locally made goods!

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Indie Emporium gives you the opportunity to purchase high quality, handmade goods and interact with the talented folks behind the designs. Come by the VFW Post No. 577, 1109 E. 6th St., tonight from 7 to 10 p.m. or tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to shop! Admission is just $8 at the door or $5 with a canned food donation for the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. Don’t miss Saturday night’s fashion show at 8 p.m. or either of the two showings of Handmade Nation Sunday at the Circle Cinema (showtimes at 1:00 and 3:30).

This weekend is full of opportunities to shop, mingle, enjoy local music, make a project of your own, and support local artists and crafters. Don’t miss it!