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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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.




  • 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


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.


Dreams Don’t Work Unless You Do

This is for all of our friends who are working so hard to fulfill their dreams.  It takes a lot of hard work to live your dreams but it’s worth it!

Dreams Don't Work Unless You Do

Chocolaty Chocolate Chip Pancakes


This is a very decadent pancake recipe that I make for my kids as a treat.  I usually like to make a big batch when they have friends over so that I can sugar them up and send them home to their unsuspecting parents <insert evil laugh here>.   In our house we have real Canadian maple syrup, which makes them even more sweet (as in better).  My kids and their friends love them and I can see why – it’s kind of like pouring maple syrup over chocolate cake – a little reminiscent of Buddy the Elf.  For those of you brave enough or with an exceptionally sweet tooth here is my recipe for Chocolaty Chocolate Chip Pancakes.


  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 4 Tbsp. Nestle Toll House Baking Cocoa
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • 2 cups milk
  • ¼ cup oil
  • 1.5 cups Nestle Toll House Milk Chocolate Chips
    or Morsels.


  • Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl and set aside.
  • In different bowl, beat eggs until fluffy.  Add milk and oil.
  • Add in dry ingredients and mix well.  Add the chocolate chips to the mixture.
  • Heat a non-stick griddle or frying pan, greased with a little oil.
  • When the pan or griddle is hot pour about a 1/4 cup of the mixture onto the pan.
  • When bubbles appear on the surface of the pancake and start to burst turn over and cook the other side.
  • Add a few chocolate chips to garnish and your favorite Maple Syrup and voila!  You have chocolaty chocolate chip pancakes!
  • This recipe makes approximately 18 medium size pancakes.





Exciting News From Hang Ups in KC!

We are very excited to announce that our vintage and upcycled line of jewelry can now be found at a fun and unique store called Ugly Glass & Company.  Isn’t that the greatest name?  Ugly Glass & Company have just moved to a larger location and are now located at 206 North Liberty St., Independence, MO 64050, which is right on the historic Independence Square.

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Ugly Glass & Company features handmade products from over 45 artists from all over the USA.  The owners, Jenny & Skip Alexander, create their own line of glass and metal jewelry in the store studio.   You can see Skip with his safety glasses on, firing up his torch in the photo of the front window above and in the photo below.  If you are interested in taking a class on glass work go to their website at www.uglyglass.com.   Check out Skip’s fun eyeball glass!  The glass comes in several forms including rings and pendants.

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There are so many top quality handmade treasures to choose from including furniture, jewelry, glassware, soaps, bags, photography, art prints, scarves, notecards and much more.

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The first time I visited Ugly Glass I fell in love with and had to have a leather bound journal by Evertesh Creations.  I also love my spiced mug mat and tea from Alice’s Cottage.  Kristi and I are both big fans of Ni-Chern Designs bags as well.  Nicole from Ni-Chern has a knack for finding the greatest fabrics.

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We have a variety of jewelry at Ugly Glass including silverware, keys and stamped necklaces.

Hang Ups at Ugly Glass

Whether you are looking for a unique gift for yourself or someone you care about Ugly Glass & Company is a great one stop shop.  We are very excited to be featured artists with Ugly Glass.

If you are interested in checking out Ugly Glass & Company and don’t live in the Independence Missouri area you can find them on Facebook or at the website www.uglyglass.com.

Thanks for visiting our blog and letting us share our excitement with you!






Be A Life Enthusiast

In March Kristi & I travelled to coastal California to attend an amazing conference for creative small business owners called Craftcation.  We met so many amazing people but one person in particular had a huge impact on our business focus and energy.  Her name is Tiffany Han and she is a certified life & business coach.  She specializes in coaching highly creative people.  We highly recommend that you check our her website and subscribe to her blog to get your daily dose of awesome inspiration.  Tiffany’s website is www.tiffanyhan.com.  You can also follow her on Pinterest – that is where we borrowed this quote by Roald Dahl.  It makes you want to be better at being a life enthusiast doesn’t it?

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A Little Junk Food Heaven from Quebec: Poutine

I think we can agree that when we move far away from home there are always foods that we miss.  I was born and raised near Richmond, Quebec, Canada….very close to several of the towns that claim to have invented the Canadian food that I miss the most – Poutine.

Poutine is a Quebec dish made with French fries, topped with white cheese curds and brown gravy.  The best poutines can be found at chip stands or chip trucks in rural Quebec.  Recently a friend of ours in Kansas City, Missouri shared a poutine recipe from a magazine with me.  It was a little too fancy for me so I took the sauce recipe and made a traditional poutine with it.  For my Quebec friends who want to make a poutine at home – this gravy is the real deal!  For my American friends who are brave enough to try this crazy delicious and decadent dish I highly recommend sprinkling white vinegar on top…but then again I am Canadian and vinegar is a must for homemade or chip truck fries.



  • 4 Russet potatoes, peeled and sliced into uniform sticks
  • 5 cups canola oil
  • 12 oz bag of white cheddar cheese curds

To Prepare the French fries:

  1. Soak cut up potatoes in cold water overnight.  Before deep frying, pat dry.
  2. Using deep fryer, heat canola oil to 375F.  Deep fry for 8-10 minutes or until lightly golden.  remove fries from fryer and drain on paper towels.

Ingredients for Poutine Gravy:

  • 3/4 cup diced yellow onion
  • 2 Tbsp. diced carrot
  • 2 Tbsp. diced celery
  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 4 cups beef stock
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. chopped garlic
  • 1 Tbsp chopped rosemary
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper

To prepare the sauce:

  1. In large saucepan, sweat onion, carrot and celery in canola oil over medium heat until they are slightly caramelized.  Stir frequently.  Add sage and tomato paste, and sauté for 2 minutes.
  2. Sprinkle flour over vegetable mixture and combine to form a roux.  Heat for about 1 minute.  Add stock, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic.  Simmer for 35 minutes.
  3. Using immersion blender (also called a hand blender), puree gravy.

Putting it all together:

Put the fries in bowls and sprinkle cheese curds over them.  Ladle the gravy over the fries & cheese curds and enjoy!




Grilled Avocado with Salsa

Happy Foodie Friday!  With all the gorgeous weather we’ve been having this week in Missouri I thought I’d share one of my favorite grilled recipes.  Anyone who knows me knows that I love to eat, I love to cook and I love to try new recipes.  Over the past year or two I have made several recipes that I discovered on Pinterest.  One of the best is also the most simple.  As with happens with Pinterest the link no longer works but this is such a simple recipe that it’s easy to remember.




  • avocado (s), halved with the pit removed;
  • 2 Tbsp. of lime juice;
  • 1 tsp. olive oil;
  • Pepper & salt to taste;
  • Salsa;
  • Sour cream (if desired).


  • Cut the avocado in half and remove the pit.  Score with a fork so that the marinade soaks in better.
  • To make the marinade, whisk the lime juice, olive oil and pepper & salt together in bowl.  Brush each avocado with the marinade.
  • Place avocados meat side down on a hot grill.  Cook for about 5 minutes, or until grill marks appear and meat is warm but not too soft.
  • Remove the avocado from the grill and fill the hole left by the pit with your favorite salsa and sour cream, if desired.
  • Eat with a spoon or fork.

Enjoy all of the smooth, smoky yumminess of this amazing and healthy food!