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Mother’s Day Hang Ups

If you are hung up on what to get your Mom for Mother’s Day we have some suggestions that are unique and can be personalized in different ways.  How about:

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A hand-stamped vintage key necklace.

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A charming bangle acknowledging that Mom’s are pretty well always right.

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A reminder to Be True.

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 Hugs and kisses in the form of antique typewriter earrings.

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Some love to your Grandma or to your Mom from your kids in the form of a Grandma love necklace?

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A Live Courageously bracelet to acknowledge the battle she’s fought and overcome.

Check out our website for several other unique and customizable Mother’s Day gift ideas.  If you want us to custom create something special for your Mom send us an email to info@hangupsinkc.com.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Hang Ups in KC Small Business Saturday & Cyber Monday Sale

Help us celebrate Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday!

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It’s our best sale of the year! Save 30% off purchases made Saturday, November 29 – Monday, December 1, 2014. Visit www.hangupsinkc.com 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 www.hillsboroartsandcraftsfair.org for more information.
  • September 27th: Overland Park Fall Festival, Overland Park, Kansas. 9am-5pm.  Visit www.opkansas.org/things-to-see-and-do/arts-and-music/overland-park-fall-festival for more information.
  • October 11 & 12th:  Sugar Mound Arts & Crafts Festival, Mound City, Kansas.  Saturday 9am-6pm Sunday 9am-5pm.  Visit www.sugarmoundartscrafts.com 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.

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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!

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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.

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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 (www.handmadeinkc.com) 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!

DIY Christmas Ornament From Repurposed Measuring Stick

I love old wood yard & meter sticks.  They used to be given away free as marketing materials and now they average around $8 each at antique stores.  I decided to make a Christmas ornament out of one of the old folded measuring sticks that has been hanging around my workshop for a while.  You could make this ornament using an old ruler you have hanging around as well.

Before we get started we’d like to thank Tracy Spisak, photographer extraordinaire from Gallery Portaiture (www.galleryportraitureinc.com) for photographing this DIY project!

This is what you’ll need:

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  • Measuring stick or ruler cut to the size you’d like
  • Letters from your local craft store
  • Jump rings
  • Ribbon
  • 2 pairs of pliers
  • E6000 or Tacky Glue
  • Seasonal buttons or decoration

1.  Choose the festive word that you’d like to spell and drill corresponding holes in the bottom of the measuring stick to hang the letters from.  Then drill a hole in the top left hand and right hand corners to string the ribbon through.

2.  Run the jump ring through the hole in the top of the letter and the hole in your measuring stick.  To open and close your jump ring grasp it with a pair of pliers on each side of the split.  Then twist in opposite directions – basically one hand should be going towards you and the other away.  Never pry the jump ring directly apart horizontally.  Attach all of your letters.

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3.  Cut a piece of ribbon about a foot long.  Run one end of the ribbon through the right upper hole and one through the left upper hole on your measuring stick.  Knot the ends of the ribbon and trim the ends.

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4.  I added a silver glittery button to the ornament to give it some sparkle.  You could add anything that catches your eye.  I also tied a knot in the upper part of the ribbon for a little extra flair.

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5.  Show off your crafty skills all your friends!

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If you aren’t up to making your own ornament check out our website (www.hangupsinkc.com) to check out what our creations.  They make great teachers and hostess gifts!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hang Ups Holiday DIY – Vintage Cookie Cutter Ornament

November is DIY Ornament Month at Hang Ups!  We are SO excited to share some ornament making ideas with you.  Some of our creative friends will also be sharing their creations.  This is going to be so much fun!

Ornaments make great teacher and hostess gifts.  If you love the idea of giving a hand-made ornament, but don’t want to make one, head over to our website www.hangupsinkc.com and check out our ornaments.  Many of them are part of our Literacy Kansas City Collection, where part of the proceeds go to that amazing organization.

A special thank you to Tracy Spisak from Gallery Portraiture (www.galleryportraitureinc.com) for photographing this DIY project!

Our first DIY project is an Antique Cookie Cutter Christmas Ornament.

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We were able to find a bag of cookie cutters for a reasonable price at a local antique store.  It is important to get the cookie cutters that have backs on them for this project.

Ingredients:

  • Cookie Cutters
  • Old Christmas Cards or firm cardstock
  • Ribbon
  • Glitter
  • Tacky Glue or E6000 (optional)
  • Modge Podge
  • Scissors
  • Metal hole punch
  • Foam Paintbrush to spread Modge Podge

Step 1:

Turn the card stock with the picture part down and trace the shape of the ornament with a pencil.  Cut slightly smaller than what you drew.  You may have to trim it to get it to fit into the cookie cutter.

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Step 2:

Before gluing make sure that your paper fits inside the cookie cutter.  Pop out the paper and spread glue or modge podge on the inside of the cookie cutter.  Press your paper (pretty side up) into the cookie cutter making sure that the paper is laying flat.

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Step 3:

Spread modge podge onto the paper wiping off any excess that is on the sides of the cookie cutter.  Using your fingers lightly sprinkle glitter on top of the wet modge podge.

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Step 4:

Using a metal hole punch or drill, poke a hole in the top of the cookie cutter to run the ribbon through.  My metal punch is small so I punched several holes so that it was big enough for the ribbon to run through.

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Cut off about a foot of ribbon from your spool.  Fold your ribbon in two and run the folded side through the hole.  Run the other side of the ribbon through the loop making a loose knot.  Knot the top of the ribbon so that it will hang from your tree.

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Step 6:

Show all your friends how talented you are by showing off your new creation.  Happy Holidays!

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Hang Ups in KC Partners With Literacy Kansas City

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Kristi and I are thrilled to announce our brand-new partnership with Literacy Kansas City.

I’ve had a few people ask me what Literacy Kansas City is and it occurred to me that not everyone is aware of the desperate need for literacy programs in all geographical areas.   For example, approximately 225,000 adults in the Kansas City area function at the lowest literacy level.  Literacy Kansas City’s goal is to help raise awareness of our community’s significant literacy needs and provide free one-to-one and small group tutoring programs.  Their volunteers give the gift of self-esteem, new opportunities, and capabilities that literacy brings to virtually every aspect of a student’s life.

Why are Kristi and I so passionate about literacy?  Because we LOVE to read and believe that everyone should have the opportunity to love it as much as we do.  Kristi was a reading volunteer at her kids school in Liberty for years.  She also loves that her children have started to share that passion for reading, they will even recommend books for her to read. I have an English Literature Degree and a background volunteering with the Barrie Literacy Council in Barrie, Ontario, Canada.  I’m also the daughter of a school librarian and I am a school library volunteer.  I LOVE (it’s that big and bold love again) working in the school library.  Who knew?  I guess I really am my mother’s daughter.

So where does Hang Ups in KC come in?  We are in the process of creating a brand new line of jewelry dedicated to the joy of reading in the form of inspirational words and quotes.  The jewelry will be in our usual eclectic style using mostly vintage and repurposed items.  A portion of every sale in this line will be dedicated to Literacy Kansas City.  Our brand new Literacy Kansas City line of jewelry can be found on our website by clicking on the jewelry tab.  To make it super easy, here’s the link:  http://www.hangupsinkc.com/index.php?route=product/category&path=78_80.  Here is a sneak peak of what we have available online right now.

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We would truly appreciate it if you could help us to spread the word about our new jewelry line in support of Literacy Kansas City.  This is the link to our website’s home page  (www.hangupsinkc.com).  We would also love to hear what you think we should create – so many of our friends and followers have brilliantly creative minds.

For more information about Literacy Kansas City and their initiatives please visit www.literacykc.org.

I guarantee that your city has the same needs as Kansas City.  Go ahead and google literacy programs in your area.  They are looking for all kinds of support like tutor volunteers, book donations, sponsors, etc.  If you are as passionate about literacy as we are maybe there is something you can do to make a difference.

 

 

Treasure Hunting In Ontario: Visit Rideau Antiques

This summer my parents introduced me to the most amazing antique store that I have ever visited.  Rideau Antiques is located south of Smiths Falls, Ontario.  To find them drive a few miles west of highway 15 just past Lombardy, Ontario.   They have been in business for more than 50 years and have a wide selection of keys, silverware, furniture, glass, china, pottery, clocks, tools, books, woodenware, bottles, prints, lamps, old hardware & collectibles.

This is what it looks like as you are walking to the house.  Look closely, it is actually very well organized and there is SOOO much stuff.

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Once in the house I was a little overwhelmed until I got my bearings – then I was very excited!  Check out all those antique keys on the back of the door in the first photo!  I have never seen so many keys with so much character in one place.  Then I walked into the next room and there was a mountain of silver tea sets all wrapped up to preserve their beauty.  I found some of the most unique and beautiful sugar spoons that I’ve ever seen amongst what seemed like thousands of pieces of silverware.  If you read our blog regularly you know that I have a thing about smells.  I was so impressed with the organization and cleanliness at Rideau Antiques.  I spent most of the time walking from room to room mumbling “I wish Kristi was here….Kristi needs to see this”.

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For better photos and descriptions of this Antique Wonderland check out their website:  http://www.rideauantiques.net/ and if you have a chance, visit them in person. The owner, Clifford Miller, is so helpful and patient and knows where each and every thing is in his store no matter how small.

In the end, I ended up making two trips to Rideau Antiques in a week and drove away with a variety of unique sugar spoons, teeny tiny keys, chandelier crystal and very cool key holes to make jewelry with.  I can’t wait to visit them again next summer!

Now it’s your turn – if you have a favorite antique store please tell us about it and how to find it.  We love new antiquing opportunities!

Top 10 Places to Shop For Antiques & Vintage Items in Kansas City Area

We visit many antique stores, architectural salvage shops and thrift stores searching for unique items to make into jewelry.   We often find ourselves wandering down tiny winding paths in stores filled to the ceiling with treasures.  Kristi has a history of tripping over things and getting her scarf stuck in running fans and I have an extremely sensitive nose so I have been known to gag dramatically now and then at the pungent smells around us.  Our shopping excursions are always filled with adventure, fun and a lot of laughter.   Today we are going to share the best of the best, in our humble opinion.  Taking into account cleanliness, organization and unique finds the following are our top 10 favorite places to shop for vintage and antique items in the Kansas City Area:

  1. Jesse James Antique Mall, St. Joseph, Missouri (www.jessejamesantiquemall.com).
  2. The Brass Armadillo, Kansas City, Missouri (www.brassarmadillo.com/kansascity).
  3. Rivermarket Antique Store, Kansas City, Missouri (www.rivermarketantiquemall.com).
  4. Lucky Dog Vintage, West Bottoms Kansas City, Missouri(https://www.facebook.com/LuckyDogVintage/info).
  5. West Side Story, Kansas City, Missouri (http://www.thewestsidestorey.com/).
  6. Hickory Dickory, West Bottoms, Kansas City, Missouri (https://www.facebook.com/hickorydickorykc).
  7. Timeless Treasures, Claycomo, Missouri (433 U.S. 69  Kansas City, MO 64119).
  8. Nook & Cranny, West Bottoms, Kansas City, Missouri (www.facebook.com/NookandCrannyKC?ref=br_tf).
  9. Jeff’s Architectural Salvage, Weston, Missouri (www.jeffsarchitecturalsalvage.tinytownsusa.com).
  10. The Hillcrest thrift stores in Liberty and Parkville, Missouri (www.hillcresttransitionalhousing.org/thrift-shops).

The best way to find out about new merchandise, sales and events at your favorite stores is to “Like” their Facebook page.  We love the daily updates and inspiration that we get from our favorite stores!

If, like us, repurposing is your passion we highly recommend that you follow the Junk Mafia Gang via their “Junk In My Trunk” radio show, Facebook or check out their website (www.junkmafia.com).  In their own words Darren, Ed and their team are “reporters of JUNK, Day Trips, Road Trips, independent business owners, restaurants, truck stops, and all of the other things that make the road ways of this great country a wonderful place to live and love!!”.  Hang Ups in KC is thrilled to be:

This summer I discovered the Granddaddy of all Antique Stores near Perth, Ontario, Canada.  I will blog about it next week with some pictures.  In the meantime we would love to hear about your favorite places to find antiques and vintage items.  It doesn’t matter if you are not local.  We travel frequently and are always looking for new places to check out.

Button Bracelet DIY

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Todays confession:  Kristi and I are more than a little obsessed with buttons.  We love new buttons but especially love vintage buttons.  We thought it would be fun to do a DIY tutorial on making button bracelets.  It’s a fun and inexpensive activity to do at birthday parties, with your kids over the summer or for yourself.

What you need:

  • Waxed linen.  It is more firm than regular crochet linen and you can buy it for about $1.99 at Hobby Lobby or your local craft store.  Use a coupon and you can get it for just over $1!
  • Buttons; you can use buttons that you have around your house or buy them for just a few dollars at thrift stores, craft stores, antique malls, etc.
  • Beads; they are very inexpensive at craft stores.
  • Scissors.
  • Super Glue.

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Start by measuring your wrist to determine how many inches long your bracelet needs to be.  Your clasp will be a button that you will slide through a loop at opposite end of the bracelet.

Start by cutting 2 lengths of about 25 inches of the brown waxed linen.  Line them up together and slide the ends through the button.  Create a knot by making a circle with the linen near the button and pulling the linen through it making a nice tight knot at the base of the button.

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Slide a bead onto the two pieces of linen and nestle it close to your clasp button.  Make a knot after the bead.  Separate the ends of the waxed linen sliding the ends through the first button hole in opposite directions.  Pull it snugly against the knot you made.  Do the same for the next button hole and tie a knot.  Add another bead and knot again.

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Continue threading the buttons and beads alternately onto the bracelet, knotting on either side.

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Once you have added the last button tie off the end of your bracelet with a slip knot.  Pull tightly and, if you want, make a another knot around your existing knot.  Once you have pulled the knot tight trim off ends and glue the knot with a bit of Super Glue.

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How fun was that?  Have a great summer!

Our Favorite Recipe for Fresh Guacamole

‘Tis the season for deck sitting, picnics, barbeques and other fun events with friends and family.  I am always looking for a fun, fresh and homemade dish to snack on or take to potlucks.  This recipe for guacamole is super easy and very delicious.

Guacamole

 

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped yellow onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Directions

In a small mixing bowl, combine the avocado with the onion, garlic, cilantro, lime juice, and salt and mash with a fork until mostly smooth.

Serve immediately, or cover with plastic wrap (pressed directly onto the surface of the guacamole) and refrigerate for up to 4 hours.

Enjoy!