A few months ago while searching Etsy for interesting shops to feature Etsy mini's from (on my other blog) I came across Ocasiocasa on of the most unique shops I have ever seen! When I emailed them about their Etsy Mini, Jeff & Dale offered to also have a give away on this blog!! You have no idea how thrilled I was! This is an amazing shop - wait till you see the give away prize :)
Where are you from?
We are Jeff & Dale Ocasio. I am a second generation Floridian, was born in Miami and grew up in the Tampa Bay area, which is where I met Jeff while I was still in high school. Jeff was born in Brooklyn, NY. Our three children were born in Tampa. We moved, here, to SW Florida a little over 12 years ago.
How did you decide on your shop name?
The name Ocasiocasa was thought up many years ago. I would use it, on a very casual basis, when sending out party invitations or holiday cards to friends and family. ‘Casa’ means house in Spanish; ‘Ocasio’ is our last name and is traced back to Spain, where Jeff’s paternal grandfather is from. Our house is where all the great things in our life have happened; I like that it has a place in the name of our creative business.
Why did you start your business? Why recycling/upcycling?
It started with a branch in the yard years ago that became wooden oak blocks our my son. Since then Jeff has always had an eye for making things into other things by recycling. An old waterbed frame left out for trash by a neighbor became a sandbox, then part of a small playhouse. Using bamboo as a medium arose from the necessity to cut back our over-sized bamboo stand we inherited when we bought our property. Turning the stalks into useful walking staffs became a pastime and the reason our family spent several years as artisans in renaissance festivals. A request for a bamboo mailbox, carved chair and stool were later made for local charity fundraisers. An excess of bamboo wasn’t the only useful material we’ve had to work with … my love for red wine, and Jeff’s for the art of decoupage turned out to be a good match. We never threw the bottles out; there are many uses for empty wine bottles (google it sometime), but altering their look and re-using them has been our favorite.
For our son’s wedding, Jeff re-crafted over fifty bottles and a single orchid was put into each. Not only were they used as table décor, but were also handed out as wedding favors.
Jeff has always felt that one should share their ideas and feelings with others in anyway they can. He does it in his art of bottles and bamboo from our home and recycle bin.
Where do you create?
We create in a workroom Jeff built off the side of our house. It is all windows, and I feel as if I’m outdoors while I’m in there; only better---no mosquitoes!
What would you love to add to your creative space?
I would love to add a bit more room---wouldn’t everybody?
What’s your supply addiction; is there a specific color or type of supply you just can’t pass up?
I have to admit, we get a little giddy when we come across a really interesting bottle that is being tossed out. Most of our supplies that we buy are from hardware stores; I get a lot more inspiration in them than I do craft supply stores, and love to browse the isles.
Do you have a blog?
We have a blog that I manage and write in---www.ocasiocasa.blogspot.com. I am not a prolific writer, on any level, and did not think I would enjoy it or be able to keep it going. However, it has turned into my favorite form of social networking and am so happy that I jumped in. Our blog tagline: “…a blog of thoughts, musings, and instructions from Jeff and Dale; we are makers, and encourage all to be the same---whether or not you do; it’s all good.” It’s a mixture of news from our business, favorite things, and tutorials from us or ones that I find and like online.
NOW FOR THE GIVE AWAY!
The Prize is a Casa Bottle Oil Lamp. This one is called ‘Celtic Glen’
and is a one-of -a-kind.
Unique illuminating home or bar décor - this oil lamp is an upcycled beer bottle with shades of olive and kelly green. Jeff designs and applies a layer of a sculptured form of decoupage over the bottle. Then we paint, stain with dye, finish with a lacquer, and carefully clean off the areas of bare glass. A lamp oil fitting, with wick, is added to create an indoor tabletop oil lamp. All that is needed is regular lamp oil (lamp oil is not included).
7.5 inches tall and 2.25 inches in diameter
An 8 inch cotton wick is included
All bottles are signed by Jeff Ocasio ~JEO, on the bottom. We wrap and custom make our shipping boxes.
THIS GIVE AWAY IS CLOSED!!
Audrey's Country Crafts is in no way responsible for the mailing of the prize. After the name is drawn I will contact that person. They have 3 days to respond before another name will be picked! The name and address will be forwarded.
Thank-you for entering!!