By Bridget Nash Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
Every love is unique. Each love has its own story. And every lover is in a different chapter of their love story than they were last year.
With a holiday celebrating love fast approaching, it may be time to start thinking about finding a unique token of love for your unique loved ones.
Enid has been buzzing with excitement with the opening of several popular chain stores, but sometimes the perfect gift for a loved one can’t be mass-produced. Anyone who pokes their nose around town will find there are artists a-plenty to meet any needs for an out-of-the-ordinary gift.
Here are just a few of those artists:
Cameo Colours Lacquers
Anyone looking for something to add to a special gift basket or maybe small tokens of love to hand out to friends, might find exactly what they’re looking for from Cameo Colours Lacquers.
Enid resident Cameo Kingsbury makes unique and striking nail colors that can’t be found on any drugstore shelf. In her lab — at her home — Kingsbury also will make custom nail colors for clients looking for a perfect color to go with an outfit. She’ll even help fanatics represent their fandom. After all, her first nail polish line was “The Wizard of Oz.”
“2011 is when I started researching on (making nail polish) because I couldn’t find a color that matched exactly what I wanted: Dorothy’s ruby slippers,” said Kingsbury. “May of 2012, I released my first collection, and that was my ‘Wizard of Oz’ collection.”
When Kingsbury began her research on making nail polish, she found out it was much more complicated than she thought it would be.
“It’s a lot of work,” Kingsbury said. She said she had to learn which materials could be mixed together and how to mix glitters so they wouldn’t sink to the bottom or bleed their colors.
Kingsbury created a nail lacquer lab in her home, and once she got the process down, the fun began.
“I definitely play around,” Kingsbury said. “I wake up in the middle of the night with ideas and I have a notepad by the bed.” She also said she takes a notepad everywhere so when she gets a good idea, she can jot it down right away.
One of the things that is very important to Kingsbury is that people know she does not mix existing nail polishes together to create new colors.
“That’s called ‘frankening’ and it’s actually something I can’t stand,” Kingsbury said. “I don’t see the point in taking something someone has already done and putting my name on it.”
In Kingsbury’s lab, there are many large bottles, bags and containers of various ingredients along with steel mixing balls, all of which she uses to create specific recipes for her unique colors.
Cameo Colours Lacquers are a vegan product and are not tested on animals. They also are made from a “3-free” base, which means they contain no dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde or toluene.
Kingsbury enjoys dreaming up new, unique colors, but she also creates custom nail polish for customers who have certain requests.
“I love customs, they are so much fun,” she said.
Cameo Colours Lacquers can be viewed and ordered at www.cameocolourslacquers.com and can even be shipped internationally. Kingsbury said she can deliver orders to local customers.
Starting in February, clients receiving manicures and pedicures at Regis in Enid will be able to choose from Kingsbury’s colors.
Jewelry is a popular Valentine’s Day gift, but the jewelry chosen for the gift does not have to be run-of-the-mill.
Stephanie Ezzell found a love for making specialized jewelry and can customize any of her jewelry to meet the whims of her clients.
“I started making jewelry several years ago when Scribner’s hosted bead nights,” said Ezzell. “I learned some great techniques, but fell out of practice for a while. I picked it back up about two years ago.”
Ezzell turned her hobby into a business when she started selling her pieces online.
“(I) started selling the things I made online through Facebook, Instagram and Etsy as Norabear’s Lair — Norabear after my 3-year-old, Nora,” Ezzell said.
Ezzell’s jewelry is mainly created from silver-plated wire, natural stone, charms and vintage pieces.
When she is hard at work in Norabear’s Lair, she combines her materials “to make one-of-a-kind wearable art, such as wire rings, birds nest necklaces, natural stone earrings and wire word jewelry,” she said.
Listening to and getting ideas from her customers is one of Ezzell’s favorite parts of the job.
“I love to do custom orders and have a lot of fun tracking down original charms or beads or specific colors to capture what the customer has in mind,” she said.
Jewelry from Norabear’s Lair can be viewed and ordered at www.facebook.com/norabearslair or norabearslair.etsy.com.
It is an age-old tradition to let the walls of your home tell your story for you. Framed photos, documents and wall art are among the most blatant visual clues that showcase the character of the family that dwells within house walls.
Giving someone a gift that they can hang on their wall and see every day is a great way to remind them they are cherished, and Enid’s Jamie Davis can create custom wall art to suit any fancy.
“I own a little shop called Lola’s,” said Davis. “We do a lot of upcycling and repurposing.”
Hand-painted wooden signs are a popular pick at Lola’s Boutique.
“I do a lot of custom orders,” Davis said. “Sometimes I make things up myself. I do signs with family names or wedding stuff like, ‘Happily ever after begins now’ and ‘Mr. and Mrs.’”
“In my shop, I have a lot of blank pieces,” she said. “People can pick a blank piece and ask for it to be customized.”
It isn’t just wooden signs that people can have customized. Clients also can have wooden furniture customized to create the ultimate unique gift for a loved one.
“No job too little, no job too big,” Davis said.
Davis said her business stems from a hobby she nurtured after she discovered she had a certain knack.
“I can look at something and see a totally different purpose for it than what was intended,” Davis said. “To take something so ordinary (and) add a little paint and a lot of imagination, turns it into something beautiful and gives it new life.”
Repurposing and upcycling has become a full-time occupation for Davis and she loves creating new things to fit people’s varying needs.
Giving a personalized gift always is a good bet, but the gift of time spent together has immeasurable value, and Lola’s Boutique can even offer that. Popular canvas paint parties are hosted at Lola’s Boutique and these paint parties are a great way to spend time with friends, significant others and family members.
Lola’s Boutique is located at 224 W. Randolph and also can be found at www.facebook.com/lolasboutique2012.
In the back of the showroom at Lola’s Boutique, Enid residents can find another avenue leading to the perfect unique Valentine’s Day gift for someone they love.
Melodie Lunday is the creator of Reborn Artwear, a business that provides clients with personalized jewelry suitable for men and women, boys and girls.
“I’ve been doing personalized jewelry,” Lunday said. “It’s hand-stamped metal.”
Some of the popular requests Lunday receives includes children’s names, couples’ or individuals’ initials, or favorite quotes.
Lunday has been making jewelry for about five years and strives to make each piece unique with her skill.
“The stamping was way harder than I imagined,” said Lunday of when she first began to make hand-stamped metal pieces. “There is a knack to it I didn’t expect. You use a hammer and a metal punch. Each letter is individually stamped. It’s definitely an experience-driven occupation.”
Lunday said the reason she enjoys making custom jewelry is it allows her to be a small part of something much bigger.
“The thing I enjoy about it the most is being a tiny part of someone’s personal story,” Lunday said. “I take that very seriously and it’s an honor to me.”
One of Lunday’s favorite experiences was helping make tangible a couple’s promise to spend their lives together when a young man, an artist, created a portrait of the girl he loved. This young man presented the portrait to the girl.
“In the picture, she was wearing a necklace that said, ‘Will you marry me?’” Lunday said. “I was asked to create the necklace. I created the necklace that was in the sketch and that was a really fun thing to be involved with.”