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Etsy Documentary Day 1 - Tara Young Arrives

Oh my, the past few days have been so fun, exciting, nerve-wracking and flat out exhausting.  Who knew that having someone come into your home to interview you, film and photograph could be so draining?   I surely didn't, and yet I think I'm still floating around cloud 9 somewhere.  

Last time I posted, I was waiting for Tara Young to arrive at my house.  Tara is the Senior Video Producer at Etsy and has also edited and directed other arts-related programming for The Criterion Collection,  Vice's VBS, and the Sundance Channel, where she worked with Beth Levison.

When Tara arrived at the house we gave her a tour through each room and the garage where I store almost all of my transferware that's for sale.   We chatted a little about possible shots and places she'd like to film inside as well as some of what she'd like to cover and for me to talk about.  

Shawn and I took Tara around Tulsa and showed her a few of the local hangouts and landmarks and then went on to lunch.  I snapped a couple of pictures of Tara taking photos of possible things she may start the video with...though I'm pretty certain that none of these particular spots I'm showing here will be what she ultimately opens with.  

This little blue domed building was a gas station in the 1920's and is what this area is named after.  It's called the Blue Dome District and has slowly been rejuvenated over recent years to become a hot bed of Tulsa nightlife, fun eateries and eclectic shops.  We took Tara to lunch at one of the well loved pubs in the area called McNellies.  The tallest building to the left with the greenish roof is called The Mid Continent Tower.  It is acclaimed as one of the nations most distinguished office's also where Shawn headquartered his company, Capstone, during the 1990's.  His business took up most of the 21st floor.  I know a lot of you all love architecture so a) it is worth just stepping into the lobby of this building if ever you're in Tulsa, or b) click the link above and you can see some of the beautiful interior.

These are the famous Praying Hands which are housed at the entry to the Oral Roberts University campus.  Tara really got a kick out of these!

We then took her  to what I think is sort of the icon of Tulsa and that is the Driller statue.  I believe it is the largest free standing statue in the world... I know it was at one time anyway.   I didn't get a shot of it but if you live here you absolutely know it and if not I have a feeling it will be in the video, so you'll know it then.  We also took Tara to a local Western Wear place...that there New York girl wanted herself a pair of cowgirl boots! (so do I actually but just to wear with certain dresses!)  Then it was off to a place most all of us decorator and DIY types are way too familiar with...Hobby Lobby.  Tara chuckled at the name.  
By then, it was late so we did a quick go-over about what would happen the next day and then said our good nights.   We would meet Tara and a local photographer/cinematographer at our house at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday to begin filming.

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  1. What an exciting day for you!!! Have prayed for you today, thinking it was filming day, now will continue to pray for Tuesday, praying you will be a testimony to the folks that will be surrounding you, that you will have boldness to share how God has directed you and your family through the years...blessings...suek

  2. Nancy,

    I love that your personal story is going to be shared with others. I also love that our Tulsa will be the background of your story. Tulsa has so much positive energy now. I'm thrilled for our town and thrilled for you!


    1. Hi Cindy,

      I'm so glad Tulsa will most likely be featured as well. This is the first time they have featured anyone from Oklahoma. I can't wait to see how it opens up! Thank you!


  3. I was hoping you would give us a full rundown on filming your interview. It must have been so exciting and such a wonderful experience! ~ Maureen

    1. I'll be posting more about the filming and so on in the next couple of days. I got lots of neat pictures of them setting up, etc.

  4. What an awesome experience for you and your family!!!! Been thinking of you all week, so glad you had time to give us a peek!!! Best wishes....cleo

  5. I am always amazed by your abilities...apparently, so is everyone else!



  6. This is so wonderful for you! I hope you'll continue to share all the fun with us!

  7. All so exciting! Thanks for keeping up in the know of what is going on. ;-)
    Enjoy the process........Sarah

  8. I'm excited for you, reading this post.
    It's lovely how your life has turned around, how you have turned your life around, through sharing your live of transferware, and I think even better times are ahead for you.

  9. It's so wonderful that this is happening, Nancy. I hope you truly enjoy this journey and that it will be the beginning of wonderful things for you and your family. Take care and thank you for sharing this exciting process.


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