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January 25, 2014

Valentine's Day with a local touch

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ENID, Okla. — Norabear’s Lair

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.

Lola’s Boutique

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.

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