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Meet Our Creative Families

Our last two blog posts have featured an inside look at how we make jewelry and where we create.  We thought we’d finish off this “getting to know us” series by introducing you to our creative families.  Creativity comes in many different forms and as parents we encourage any form that makes our kids happy.  We try to lead by example, taking on new creative projects that stretch and inspire us.


Kristi’s husband Matt is very musically talented. He plays everything from stand-up bass, violin, mandolin, keyboards, guitar, and more. In school he was part of a Barbershop Quartet and played in the Jazz band. His current favorite instrument is the violin but since he loves bluegrass music so much we’ll call it a fiddle.


Kristi’s eldest daughter, Amy, is a talented pianist and violinist. She plays violin in her school’s Chamber Orchestra and takes private violin and piano lessons. She will be heading to All-State Solo and Ensemble Festival at the end of April, where she will perform on both violin and piano.


Kristi’s youngest daughter, Mary Alice, has participated in Musical Theater for years. She is taking a break to focus on volleyball this year but she is looking forward to being on the debate team when she enters high school next year.

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Carolyn’s husband, Dwayne, is camera shy but check out the mural that he hand-painted for their sons bedroom. The volcano is textured and that Brachiosaurus is running so hard from the erupting volcano that he’s bursting through the wall.

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Carolyn’s eldest son, Charlie, plays viola with the 7th grade and 8th grade orchestras at his middle school. Charlie has also been taking private guitar lessons for 4 years. He’s working really hard at mastering Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now for his upcoming recital. Charlie loves to write fiction as well as producing movies with his brother Ben.

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Carolyn’s youngest son, Ben, is an author. At the age of 10 he is already submitting his short stories to magazines for publication. Ben loves writing and producing short movies with his brother. Ben is also working on his musical side by taking piano lessons from Amy.

Thanks for taking the time to get to know us a little better over the past month and a half.  We’ve had fun sharing our process, workspace and finally our families with you.  We hope that, like us, you are doing something that makes your heart sing.

31 Finds and Flavors of Kansas City

Kansas City is a great place to start a small business.  There are resources such as the Kauffman Foundation, creator of the 1 Million Cups program that specifically support entrepreneurship.  Presenting at 1 Million Cups was an amazing experience for us.  In fact, that is where we met Mike Meyer from Meyer Music and co-founder of Band of Angels.  Check out our Band of Angels Collection, jewelry made from retired instruments here.

There are also several programs/ groups such as Made in Kansas City, Handmade in Kansas City and KC Source Link that specifically work at growing the local economy by encouraging people to buy, eat and drink local.

For the month of May KC Source Link (together with Shop Local Alliance) is hosting a fun promotional program called 31 Finds and Flavors of Kansas City, Entrepreneurs in Action.  Several of our Handmade in Kansas City Team Members have been and will be featured.  We’ve all answered a fun questionnaire so you can get to know us a little better.  Hang Ups in KC will be featured on May 9th.  One of the questions that we answered was what we considered our “entrance music” or theme song.  Can you guess what it is?  Check out our feature on May 9th to find out.  Click here for the link to make it really easy.  You can also learn more by searching #shoplocalkc.

Here’s the schedule of businesses that will be featured.  If you know any of them please help spread the word on social media by using the hashtag #shoplocalkc.  We encourage you to check out the businesses that are new to you.  In our opinion the only thing better than shopping local is shopping local HANDMADE.  Enjoy!

Flavor Day Holiday
Remnants by RJ 1 Space Day
Wood + Salt 2 Brothers and Sisters Day
Creations by M and J 3 day after Baby Day
Springboard Creative 4 National Candied Orange Peel Day
Panaderia de las Americas 5 Cinco De Mayo
Aunt Christy’s Country Kitchen 6 No Diet Day
KC Cool 7 National Tourism Day
Worlds Window 8 No Socks Day
Hang Ups in KC 9 pre Mother’s Day
Indigo Wild 10 Clean Your Room, Mother’s Day
Dolce Bakery 11 Eat What You Want
Fusion Fitness 12 Fatigue Syndrome Day
Red Dirt Shop 13 Donate a Day’s Wages to Charity Day
Lu & Ed 14 Chicken Dance Day
Family Bicycles 15 Bike to Work Day
Nuggets of Goodness 16 National Sea Monkey
Life’s Gems 17 Pack Rat Day
Tulle Box 18 No Dirty Dishes Day
Ugly Glass & Co 19 May Ray Day
Snow & Co 20 Pick Strawberries Day
Tasty Thai 21 National Waiters and Waitresses Day
French & Music House 22 Musical Instrument Day
Ni-Cherns Designs 23 Lucky Penny Day
Handmade by Lolo Z 24 Tiara Day
Geek Chic Boutique 25 Towel Day
The Little Wing 26 Sally Ride Day
Swim Zip 27 Sun Screen Day
Stand Out Style 28 Golden Gate Bridge
One More Cup 29 Get Caught Reading
Coffee Girls 30 Neighbor Day
Ocean & Sea 31 Aquarium Month (June)

Hang Ups in KC Small Business Saturday & Cyber Monday Sale

Help us celebrate Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday!


It’s our best sale of the year! Save 30% off purchases made Saturday, November 29 – Monday, December 1, 2014. Visit and start shopping now. We have unique pieces that make great gifts for eveyone on your holiday list. Check out our Literacy Kansas City Collection to find gifts for the teachers and book lovers on your list. Check out our Band of Angels Kansas City Collection to find gifts for the musicians and music lovers on your lists. These two collections of jewelry help us to share our joy of reading and music, and allow us to give back to our community. See our website for more information on both of these great organizations. Just use the code HUTHANKSU when you are checking out to take advantage of this great offer.

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for supporting our small business!

Kristi & Carolyn

It’s Festival Season at Hang Ups in KC

It’s that time of year again and that means that we need to move from our summer family fun schedule back into serious work mode.  This is what we’ve got booked for the fall so far:

  • September 20th: Hillsboro Arts & Craft Fair, Hillsoboro, Kansas.   9am-4pm.   Visit for more information.
  • September 27th: Overland Park Fall Festival, Overland Park, Kansas. 9am-5pm.  Visit for more information.
  • October 11 & 12th:  Sugar Mound Arts & Crafts Festival, Mound City, Kansas.  Saturday 9am-6pm Sunday 9am-5pm.  Visit for more information.

If you come out to any of these shows please drop by to say HI!

This past weekend we officially kicked off festival season with Festival of the Little Hills in beautiful historic St. Charles, Missouri.  This festival is huge – with over 300 vendors lining the gorgeous Main Street and Frontier Park, on the shores of the Missouri River.   We thought it would be fun to share our photos with you.

Pre-Show Street View  Street View

On the left, Main Street prior to opening.  On the right, our sidewalk view from the back of our booth.  Check out those gorgeous historic buildings and the cobblestone street.

Weather  Crowds

How was the weather?  Well it started raining on Friday at about 5pm and it stopped on Sunday around 3pm.  That didn’t stop the shoppers who wait for this festival all year, though.  Although they may not have reached their expected 200,000 shoppers there were A LOT of people there!

Booth Booth RHS

Here are a couple of shots of our booth.  We had some fun collecting and refinishing props such as tables, a handmade metal sign (top of the back of the booth) and new stands.  We also welcomed a new member of our team – Grace! …that’s her in the front of the booth with the jewelry hanging from her.

Grace Night Booth

This is a better photo of Grace.  We love how vintage-looking she is and the fact that she didn’t complain about the rain at all.  Another issue that we had to deal with this year was lighting since this festival goes to 10pm every night.  With the help of Kristi’s husband Matt and our friends at Handmade in KC ( we found some lighting solutions that were very effective as well as pretty.

Despite the weather we had a blast and fell in love with this historic town on the edge of St. Louis.  Next up – Hillsboro Arts & Craft Fair. Hopefully we’ll see you there!

Thank you all for letting us share our adventure with you!

It’s Time to Celebrate with 15% Off Hang Ups in KC Jewelry and Cards

April has been a busy month with our annual trip to the fabulous Craftcation Conference in Ventura California and multiple events but we are ready for May and all the celebrations that the month brings.  Whether you choose a handmade piece of jewelry from our website or request a custom piece we are an easy one-stop shop for Mother’s Day, Graduations and Teachers gifts.  Don’t forget that 10% of all proceeds from our Literacy Kansas City Collection go directly to Literacy Kansas City.  Plus we are offering 15% off of all purchases for the month of May.  What’s not to love?  Visit us at

We Don’t Have Dreams We Have Plans

This is the honest truth.  Our small handmade business has turned a corner in the past year.  We used to dream and now we plan.  Thank you to all of you who inspire us and support us.  We are looking forward another fabulous year!


Great Advice: Blur the Line Between Work and Play.


This is pretty much our motto at Hang Ups in KC.  We are grateful everyday for the people who support us and make this dream of ours a reality!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from Hang Ups in KC!

We’ve had so much fun with our DIY ornament series this fall and would like to send out a BIG thank you to our creative friends who participated.  We loved the cup sleeve ornament that Holly Shaw  ( created for us and the cute wooden reindeer from Monique Adams of Farmhouse Quilts (  We had a ton of great feedback on all of our projects and will continue to run DIY series sporadically throughout the year.  If you have a great idea for a DIY please let us know!

We’re going to take some time to celebrate the holidays with our families so we won’t be blogging until the New Year.  We wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a New Year full of creativity, health and happiness.

Carolyn & Kristi

DIY Ornament Made From Coffee Sleeves by Haleighanna’s Hands

Our DIY Ornament series continues with this great tutorial by our friend Holly from Haleighanna’s Hands.  Enjoy!

Haleighanna’s Hands Coffee Sleeve Ornament


I drink a lot of coffee. So I get a lot of coffee sleeves. I have a tendency to hang on to them because I can’t bear to throw them away. This holiday season, I came up with a perfect way to use them: Coffee Sleeve Ornaments. These DIY ornaments are a great way to reuse them (and bust that scrap stash) and make something truly pretty. Not to mention that they are very inexpensive—which is pretty important at this time of the year. This is even something that you can do with your kids.

© 2013 Haleighanna's Hands


Here’s what you will need:

  • Glue (PVA or Modge Podge)
  • Foam brushes
  • Glitter
  • Ribbon or raffia
  • Scissors
  • Template (provided)
  • Coffee sleeves
  • Pencil
  • Acrylic Paint (if desired)
  • Decorative paper scraps

 1.       Trace the leaf template (two times) on the flat sides of the coffee sleeve and cut out. Trace six berries on the flat side of the sleeve scraps.

  Trace template

2.       Glue sleeve “leaves” to paper. Let dry.

 Glue to paper

3.       Paint corrugated side of leaf (if desired). Let dry.

paint templates

4.       Paint the berries. Let them dry and then cut them out.

paint and trace berries

5.       Cut out leaves.

Cut out leaves and berries

6.       Glue the edges of the leaf and dip into glitter. Add dabs of glue to the berries and dip in glitter. Let dry. (You can use glitter glue if you prefer).

 7.       Using raffia or ribbon, cut a 5 inch length. Add glue to one of the tips of each leaf (corrugated side). But the ribbon in between the tips. When you are finished, you should see one corrugated side and one paper side. (You can use a clothes pin to hold it together while it dries).

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8.       Glue three berries on one side of the ornament. Let it dry and then repeat the process on the other side.

The nice thing about this project is that the ornament is really versatile. Instead of making individual ornaments, you can make garland or banners with them. I have also used them on packages instead of a bow. They would also make great hostess gifts for holiday parties.

Package Bow

Click on the picture below and hit print to get the template and instruction sheet.

DIY Ornament Template Instruction Sheet

© 2013 Haleighanna’s Hands

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If you are wondering why we are so quiet….

Hello blog friends!  Kristi & I have decided to take a social media break until the end of July in order to fully enjoy summer and our kids.  We have worked hard to stock the 6 amazing stores (see the “where you can find us” button above for more information) who carry our jewelry, caught up with all special orders and now it’s time to set our pliars down for some summer fun!

We will still be checking messages on our Facebook page, email and in our Etsy store so if you need anything please let us know.

In August we will be announcing a new development in our business that we are really excited about.  We will also be back on this blog with new DIY projects and great recipes.

Until then we are all wishing you a safe and happy summer filled with fun and great memories!