The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

July 13, 2013

It was Christmas in July at fairgrounds

Santa’s Showcase in July Craft Show draws vendors to the Hoover Building

By Jessica Salmond, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Vendors artfully displayed their wares at the fairground’s Hoover Building, while customers sifted through products of all colors, kinds and sizes. Rows of booths sold anything from jewelry to birdhouses.

One vendor at the Santa’s Showcase in July Craft Show on Saturday displayed her pillowcases, tote bags and towels, with a sign advertising that the proceeds from her pillowcases and tote bags would be donated to Oklahoma tornado survivors.

Janie Biggs of Norman was at work and had to take shelter when the tornado hit. Although she was fine, she knew several people who lost everything at Moore from the May 20 tornado. Now she’s using her product and her business, Pixie Creations, to help the tornado victims.

“It’s the right thing to do,” Biggs said. “I have a talent and I can use it to help people.”

Good deeds are a regular part of her business. She’s donated about 200 to homeless shelters — she donates two for every two sells. If a craft show is held at a church, Biggs will donate some of her earnings to it.

Biggs has been sewing for 50 years and traveling to craft shows for 15 years. The passion for sewing all began because “my Barbie needed a coat,” she said. Now she buys fabric for her projects and keeps it in stacks for future use.

“I need a ‘fabriholics’ meeting,” Biggs said.

This is her second visit to the Enid craft show.

About 35 vendors displayed their products at the show. Some traveled some distance to get to Enid, including one craftsman from Arkansas, said Becky Booth, the show organizer.

Booth said there were not as many vendors this time as at past shows, but she attributed that to the various other community events scheduled for Saturday. Despite a few less vendors, however, Booth said there was “still a good variety.”

Chisholm Trail Junior Civitans sold breakfast and lunch with the help of a few Yes We Can Civitan members.

Although some vendors traveled to the show, several were from Enid. Crystal Harshman, owner of “Tutu the Moon” and Enid resident, just began business last year. This was her second craft show.

Featuring hair accessories, jewelry and decorated flip-flops aimed mostly toward young girls, Harshman’s products stood out with bright, playful colors and designs.

In October 2012 she began selling custom-made Halloween costumes.

“It escalated from that,” Harshman said. It became her full-time job. She developed a website, www.tututhemoon.wee, and a Facebook page for her business. Most of her customer base is from her online presence.

She also custom-designs most of her own ribbons for her pieces. She picks out patterns and designs and will even coordinate several different pieces.

“Ninety percent of my ribbon is custom-designed,” Harshman said.

Her first original design was based on a saying she tells her children: “Mommy loves me to the moon and back.”

Her mother-in-law, Debbie Brown, helps Harshman and even makes some of her own crafts.

“I would see something online and say, I can make it better than that!” Brown said. She gets many of her tutorials from YouTube.

During the show, Mary Hornberger and her granddaughter, Maci Pritchett, 5, purchased a pair of decorated flip-flops from Tutu the Moon. Maci decided to wear them right away.

Maci said she likes shoes and liked the pink and yellow on the flip-flops’ flowers.