An Affair of the Heart, Oklahoma’s largest craft, boutique show, returns to Tulsa

Just in time for the holidays, An Affair of the Heart returns to the River Spirit Expo at Expo Square for the 38th show in Tulsa.

Oklahoma’s largest craft and boutique shopping event offers more than 500 artists, craftsmen and boutiques under one roof, providing one-stop shopping for all holiday needs. Shoppers can find gifts, handmade items, gourmet food, apparel, gift wrap, furniture and more. Vendors from more than 20 states participate in the show.

“What started as a small, one-day event put together by eight women over 30 years ago has amassed into a sophisticated business with a roster of more than 1,000 vendors and over 50,000 visitors who frequent our Oklahoma shows throughout the year,” said Eleanor Blakeman, founding partner. “It’s not just about the wonderful and unique items they can find at the show, it’s also about spending time with friends and family and even finding inspiration to create something on their own.”

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It will be the third time that Tish Busking of ELLAS by ARTish in Owasso has sold her cute and cuddly elephants — she calls ellas — at the event. 

Ellas are one-of-a-kind stuffed elephants made with love from sweaters and coordinating fabrics.

“I do not use patterns; they truly are unique! Every ella gets a name sewn on their foot for the extra personalized touch,” Busking said.

Ellas were born after Busking realized that a sweater she saw on the floor of her art studio resembled the trunk of an elephant.

“I grabbed the nearest scissors, started cutting, primitively hand stitching and brought to life an original elephant,” she said. “The ellas have certainly evolved in the last 5 years. Ellas are in 34 states, five other countries, and they made it all the way to the No. 1 spot on ‘items you need if you love elephants’ internet list.”

Babies and children love cuddling with the ellas, and they can also be used for travel pillows.

“Memory Ellas are extra special,” Busking said of the ellas created using sweaters or shirts that belonged to loved ones who have passed away. “It’s like getting a hug from heaven.”

She loves Affair of the Heart because it showcases local artists with unique creations. 

“It’s fun when people realize I actually live 20 minutes away in Owasso, where I bring the ellas to life.” 

Show times are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16-17, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18. Admission is $10 at the door, and each ticket is good for all three days. Kids 12 and younger get in free. For more information, visit heartoftulsa.com.

For shopper convenience, a private service will be offering valet at the south entrance. Cost for the valet service is $10.