Christmas Cactus Care Guide

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If you have ever purchased a succulent at our shop, then you know how obsessed we are with proper plant care. Here’s some quick tips about Christmas Cacti care we learned from our wonderful grower, Sara.

  • To extend the life of your bloom, keep your cactus in a cool room, maybe even next to a window, not near a warm air vent
  • Water once a month during the winter (when the weather is regularly reaching below 40 degrees) and twice a month all other times of the year
  • They are happy in morning sun and shade
  • If you want your cactus to bloom, you need to cut water back starting in August, don’t water again until late October or November

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Fiber Arts from House Sparrow Fine Nesting with Tasha Ball

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A rewarding part of running our shop is choosing who we work with. We love working with local makers and other small businesses led by talented, positive and hard-working people. The vibrancy of each person we work with shows through in the home goods they make, and that, our friends, translates into good energy in your home.

Enter, Tasha Ball and her new fiber arts business, House Sparrow Fine Nesting. She’s been an avid fiber artist for many years now and recently made her items available to the public for purchase through our shop. We are so proud! So far, there are blankets, wall hangings and hanging planters.

Learn more about our maker:

Tasha Ball

Where are you from?
I grew up on the west side of the metro. I moved back a few years ago. When I go to town, I drive by the elementary school my grandmothers, my mother, and I all went to. Nearby is where the old cotton, steel, and glass mills where my grandparents and great-grandparents made their working lives. I’m proud to be from people who made their living by their hands. I’m grateful that I can make my life in the same place they made theirs. These characters, where they lived, and the things they loved often sneak into whatever I’m working on, whether it’s weaving, writing, or caring for my friends and family.

Fiber artFiber Art 2How long have you been working in the fiber arts? What is your history with them?
My husband is a smart man who often comes home with gifts for me. One night early in our marriage, my gift from him was a learn-to-knit kit. I wasn’t without prior instruction in the handcrafts. My grandmothers created sprawling and skillful works in crochet and quilting, and each taught me a thing or two. I studied textiles as part of my degree in American Studies at OSU, when I interviewed dozens of quilters in our part of the state about their work and its meaning. Even so, it took a detour through the arts-and-crafts aisle by a man who is much more at home on a thousand-yard rifle range to urge me grow into my inheritance.

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Why is this your medium?
For centuries women have used textiles and handcraft as a way to speak out, to validate what was dismissed as domestic and to assert the value of their work in the public sphere. Symbols and patterns used in quilts, weavings, even the colorwork in your knitted mittens are anchored in tradition and quiet dignity. That our grandmothers had the courage, energy, and creativity to transform scraps left over from caretaking into new, beautiful things has always inspired me. I’ve worked in quilting and embroidery but yarn, roving, and cord is just what feels best in my hands right now.fiber artsfiber art, weaving, tasha ball, macrame

You have a past, Tasha Does Tulsa, what leads you to this moment of handmade endeavors verses the written world?
I don’t see my work with handcraft and the written word as all that different from each other, really. They use different muscles, but when well done I think they do the same basic things—portray, interpret, illuminate, and dignify, to name a few. I often fail, but this is what I aspire to in most things that I do. I’m sure that I have friends in the writing world who would scoff at the time I spend with fiber and textiles, but they wouldn’t be the first. These media have only recently earned legitimacy in the art world. It’s a political thing rooted in power structures older than dirt—in much of the world this was women’s work, remember—but that’s changing, which is exciting. Tulsa even has its own handcraft museum, in downtown Tulsa at 108 | Contemporary. It’s the state’s only nonprofit dedicated exclusively to fine craft. Go see.

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fiber art, weaving, tasha ball, macrameWhy is art important in a home?
In the world we live in, dominated by global concerns which have changed how we shop, eat, work, sleep, and even the shapes of our cities, homes, and our very bodies, weaving art into such a space is a bold act indeed. Not that Target and Apple and Costco don’t entice us, but every dollar for art made special, for days or weeks or years the creator can never get back, is a vote for a way of life lived closer to the ground, to the veins and bones. Plus, when you bring art into your home, you’ll likely unsettle a guest at some point. This is what friends are for.tasha ball fiber arts 4

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Why do you love Tulsa right now?
When I started in journalism and blogging nearly a decade ago, the heart of our city was a ghost town. I hope my generation is the last that’s taught to avoid the area. Because downtown is now a busy and increasingly crowded place, more voices have joined the conversation about what Tulsa was and what it could become. As a result, we’re looking less often to other cities to tell us what we can be. We’re closer than we’ve been for decades to building something new, a city unlike any other, a city to behold. The progress is encouraging; still, the headlines out of Tulsa prove more voices are needed. Groundbreaking collaborations can be found amongst the young, creative people here. This community pulls from every part of town, myriad backgrounds, a rainbow of socioeconomic strata, and they’re making things no one has ever seen before. I’m so proud to see, support, and, every time I can, be part of that.

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“Not that Target and Apple and Costco don’t entice us, but every dollar for art made special, for days or weeks or years the creator can never get back, is a vote for a way of life lived closer to the ground, to the veins and bones.” – Tasha Ball

Thank you Tasha for sharing your story and being a part of ours!

Follow Tasha on instagram @housesparrownesting
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Retro Den Five for Friday

 

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We use spotify to play our shop music. My husband, Ryan, recently added a playlist for us full of vintage songs and current music with deep roots and influences. We agree with him that it more closely matches the vibe of our shop. We always encourage a home decorated in old + new, making for a vibrant space with history.

We were so happy with our new playlist, we asked Ryan to put together a little mixtape for us to share with you this Friday on behalf of his sweet band, The Fabulous Minx. Look for more of these song offerings- we are calling it the Five for Friday Mixtape. Below are his liner notes for the songs chosen and a link to the Spotify playlist.

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The weekend forecast is calling for clouds, so that’s what this playlist delivers.

The first song, “I’m Torn Up” by Alabama’s own St. Paul and the Broken Bones contains one of the most heart-wrenching vocal performances I’ve ever heard. Tears, every time. Next is Al Green’s classic stormy-weather song, “Love and Happiness”, with Etta James’s stunning “I would Rather Go Blind” hitting cleanup. Fourth is a fresh cut from fellow Oklahoma rock ‘n’ roller J.D. McPherson. He cowrote this tune with Dan Auerbach of Black Keys fame, who managed to keep his ever-more-pop-oriented sound from rubbing off.

Finally, one of my all-time favorites, “Soulshine” as performed by Govn’t Mule. This song hits me in the feels. After their bass player Allen Woody died suddenly in 2000, Warren Haynes brought together all of his favorite bass players and musicians to record a touching tribute to their friend. It’s a lovely sentiment, and a lovely song. And, as the man says, it’s damned sure better than rain.

LISTEN TO THE FIVE FOR FRIDAY MIXTAPE

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Retro Den’s 2nd Birthday

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Two years ago this past weekend, I was flying down to Houston with my husband Ryan to celebrate my brother’s birthday. I got off the plane in Houston Hobby Airport, and I had 20 missed calls and one text message: Retro Den is for sale! My heart floated to my brain in a whoosh of disbelief and hope. I abandoned my husband for the bathroom and called Ashley Palmer saying, “This is the voice of a woman crazy enough to quit her job and buy a vintage furniture store.”

We’d been plotting a store of our own, so we had all our business plans together and a five year plan in place. Five years turned into two days, and we quickly found ourselves the owners of a store we loved.

Our hearts committed to a store filled with only things we’d put in a version of our own homes and to being people who kept choosing the paths that bring us fulfillment and peace.

Over the past two years:

  • We quit our day jobs and embarked on our dream.
  • We moved 4,000 square feet of furniture through an ice storm from our first building (and its 120 plus leaks in the ceiling) to our current home at 1216 S. Harvard where it is dry and bright. Thank you to our dear friends who made this feat possible! We gave them beer and food; friends only take that as payment when they believe in you.
  • We welcomed our first Retro Den future employee…baby Caroline of Ashley and Patrick Palmer! And announced another little one coming this August, baby Harriet of Ashley and Ryan Daly.
  • We started carrying locally made and grown goods from some truly amazing people. Succulents! Fiber Arts! Hand-crafted furniture!
  • We hosted Alliday and celebrated the holidays in style and surrounded by friends.
  • Ashley Palmer’s mom Janie started offering her awesome upholstery services in the back of our shop.
  • We’ve become close to our many business associates, pickers, and small business friends and mentors- people we rely on for good conversation and good picking for the store.

But mostly, we got to spend our days with our wonderful customers who make what we do possible. We love meeting you and working with you to put meaningful and well-made pieces into your homes. We hope you wake up each day in surroundings that bring you a smile and help you step out your door ready to be your best self. That’s our greatest wish for our little shop.

Thank you for two lovely years and many more to come.

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Rug Sale and Education Event

Rug Event at Retro Den

Ashley Daly met rug collector Conan Brooks last summer on a road trip. With a lot of planning, we brought him here to Tulsa with a special selection of his gorgeous rugs from Taos and New York City for our customers to shop. We are so proud to make this shopping event possible. This is a great opportunity to learn about and shop heirloom quality rugs at really incredible and approachable prices.

Come run your hands over luxurious handmade Persian, Turkish Village & Tribal, and Navajo rugs. Your hands will thank you.

Rugs on sale from now until Saturday, April 4. More rugs arrive this Saturday, and our expert will present Rugs 101, a talk on rug make, quality and origin at 1pm.

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Curation theory: The thrill of the find and the discipline to choose wisely

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We are happy to share another home tour Daly put together for the most recent The Tulsa Voice. It’s our experience that finding and perfecting your own personal style comes with seeing as many beautiful settings as you can. For the home tours, we first look for homes we love, then we breakdown why we like it. It feels good to put into words why something is visually great to us.

Below, read a snippet and find a link to the full article. ALSO BELOW, find an extended tour of our wonderful friends’ Adam and Andrea’s home.

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First on the list of party invitations you never turn down? The winter soiree of a Tulsa Flea Market vendor. Oh gosh. The home of a flea market vendor could only yield one of two glorious visual adventures: perfect curation or hoarding at the highest level. Both fascinating.

Thank you, Adam Forgash and Andrea Whitney, for inviting me behind the curtain to see how one flea couple lives. Their home is not a filthy pile of boxes and newspapers but rather a textbook example of the layered décor an adventurous life can build. It’s warm with history and their sly, cheeky humor. Below, some notes on this fine couple’s style.

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Thank you Adam and Andrea for letting us feature your beautiful home! You are dear friends with great style.

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The heart wants: The art of art collecting lies in getting out of your own way

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Hello! Art is a critical part of home decor and not something easily determined. I (Daly) wrote a little piece giving some tips on art choosing in the most recent The Tulsa Voice. Read a snippet and find a link to the full article below. ALSO BELOW, find loads of photos from internet friends; a great way to stew on how to incorporate art in your own home is to see how others do it.

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Someone recently asked me how to choose art for his home. I suggest selecting art that moves you, but if you have no feelings—as my friend claims—I guess start with what matches your furniture. Green sofa? Get a landscape with some green-leafed trees to tie the walls to your floors. And if you’re really feeling nothing after looking extensively at a variety of art, seek professional help before you murder someone. Then, consider these tips.

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Laurie art in home///My personal favorite submission. Also, Laurie and Bob Meyers’ home. See how different in color, size and subject these vintage paint-by-numbers are, but how bunched together, they become one large statement piece? Love it!///

arena art in hallway///Arena Marsh Mueller sent in these beautiful vignettes. I like her trend of black and white photographs that links them together well, and also her asymmetrical, yet balanced organization of her wall-hangings. See her lovely emphasis on gold frames in the right-hand photo?///

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///Another great example of a collage of artwork. Zach Cramberg’s wall of art is tied together by carefully linking colors. See especially the very subtle trend of black and red. It’s so cleanly done that you’re barely cognizant of a color trend.///

amanda williams art in home///Amanda William’s pretty home has a very clean approach. Love her commitment to large, single pieces that really ground the adjacent furniture.///

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Sarah Kern art in home///Sarah Kern, you have such calm, minimalist taste. I yearn to do this. Love how restrained your vignettes are, and obviously, your cat does too.///

art in homes///Left, Kerrie Bekaert’s nursery has a sweet bird theme. Middle and Right, Danielle Renae’s collection showcases carefully curated and displayed art and artifacts.///

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There are a million ways to put art in your homes. The situating of art is an art form in itself. Try things, look at photos, you’ll get it and grow in the process.

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