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Great Advice: Blur the Line Between Work and Play.

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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!

DIY Reindeer Ornament from Monique of Farm House Quilts

Our friend Monique from Farm House Quilts has generously agreed to be our guest blogger this week.  She has prepared this super cute Reindeer Ornament DIY for you.  Visit Monique’s online store at www.zibbet.com/farmhousequilts.

This would be a fun craft to do with the kids or for your neighborhood ornament exchange.  Have fun with it and get your creative on!

Here’s what you will need:

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  • gluegun
  • three flat old fashioned clothespins
  • 2 googly eyes
  • 1 small red pompom
  • a piece of ribbon

Step 1:  Turn the clothespin upside down and glue the eyes and nose as shown.

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Step 2:  Glue the two unused clothespins together.

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Step 3:  Glue the “head” to the “body”.

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Step 4:  Take a length of ribbon and make into a bow.

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Step 5:  Glue the bow to the neck as shown.

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Your reindeer is now ready to “sit” on any branch of your Christmas tree!

Happy holidays!

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 Ornament DIY – Scrabble Tile & Measuring Stick Ornament

Ornaments make great teacher gifts.  Teachers gifts are even more special when students help to create them.  You could have your child help design this ornament adding personal touches for their teacher.

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

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Vintage Measuring Stick Ornament

It is great if you have vintage wood Scrabble tiles for this project but not necessary. Hobby Lobby sells wood letter tiles that work great. Have your child spell our a word that reminds them of their teacher to personalize this gift.

Ingredients:

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  • Wood letter tiles.
  • Wood measuring stick – you could even use a wood ruler that you have hanging around at home.
  • Brown ink.
  • Ribbon.
  • Decorative touches like snowflakes, jingle bells or festive colored beads.
  • Jump Ring.
  • Pliars.
  • Glue.

You can personalize this ornament by adding charms, beads or Christmas findings that your child chooses.

Step 1:

We prepared a piece of inexpensive measuring stick that we found at an antique store by cutting it to the correct size to fit the word we chose, drilling a hole in the center of the top and bottom and sanding off all rough edges.  We wanted the wood letter tiles to have more of a vintage feel so we used a brown ink pad to softly antique the edges of the front and sides of the tile.

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Step 2:

We then used E6000 glue to attach the letter tiles to the measuring stick. You may prefer to stagger your letters left and right, center them or move them to one side as we do.  This is another design aspect your child can help with.

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Step 3:

We glued on snowflakes to give this ornament a festive feel.  This is the hard part…you need to leave this ornament alone for several hours to allow the glue to set.  E6000 takes several hours to bond securely but is very strong.  If you prefer using hot glue go ahead!

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Step 4:

Run a metal jump ring through the bottom hole in the ornament and hang either pretty beads, jingle bells or whatever you think is pretty from the bottom.  We chose a Santa bell.  When opening Jump rings never pull the edges away horizontally, always pull them apart as pictured below so that they go back into a perfect circle.  Next run a pretty ribbon through the top hole and PRESTO you have a beautiful and unique handmade ornament.

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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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Meet Marybeth Johnston from Jacabums

We have had so much fun with our Creativity is Contagious, Pass It On series during the month of October.  Since the month is coming to a close we thought we’d post our final installment in this series.

Meet MaryBeth Johnston, who has been a friend of mine for almost 40 years now…which must be impossible because we aren’t nearly old enough to have known each other that long.

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MaryBeth is an extremely talented seamstress with an environmental conscience and Mom to 6 children.  She has a home business called Jacabums offering a long list of handmade re-useable products for babies including:

  • diapers (Pampered Cheeks patterns)
  • covers (poly-urethane laminate, wool and fleece)
  • washable wipes made of 2 layers of flannel
  • wetbags for dirty diapers and swimsuits
  • change pads
  • nursing covers
  • washable breast pads
  • training pants
  • p-pads for carseats  & baby swings
  • diaper bags
  • bibs

That is a LONG list of handmade products that seriously reduce landfill waste.  Marybeth started the business in 2006 because she needed cloth diapers for her son Jacob. Check out how cute her diapers are:

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MaryBeth’s creations can be found online at www.jacabums.com and at a store called Le Capucin (www.homeopathiebebe.com) located in Sherbrooke & Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada.

As if this list of amazing products isn’t enough, Marybeth also makes beautiful purses, bags and pencil cases…and just about anything else people ask her to make.  I have ordered several purses from her and she has come up with gorgeous, unique fabrics for me each time.  For example, Kristi is the proud owner of a retro bike patterned purse by Jacabums.  If you are looking for a unique, earth-friendly and affordable gift for the holidays or baby showers check out Jacabums – you won’t be disappointed!

Stay tuned for our Ornament DIY series in November… just in time to help you with your handmade Christmas gifts or ornament exchange.  Happy Halloween!

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.

 

 

Creativity Is Contagious Feature Artist: Holly Shaw of Haleighanna’s Hands

We love our “Creativity Is Contagious, Pass It On” series so much that we are going to extend it for the entire month of October.  Send a short bio on you or your creative business as well of some photos of your creations to me at Carolyn@hangupsinkc.com and Kristi & I will share your creations with our friends!

We would like to introduce to our friend Holly Shaw who is the artistic genius behind Haleighanna’s Hands.  We met Holly at a show last March and immediately hit it off with her.  She has a wicked sense of humor and her creativity is off the charts.  This is how Holly describes herself:

“I am a Midwestern girl who decided to follow a dream and moved to Portland, Oregon. I left a corporate job so that I could work on getting to know myself better as an artist. Most of the day is spent in my studio, working with paper, paint and glue. I actually started out scrapbooking and then moved on to mixed media. I opened my Etsy shop so that I could recycle my stash (turning my art into cash to buy more supplies to make art). It was an outlet for my hoarding.”

Here are some of Holly’s most recent pieces:

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Please visit Holly’s online store at www.haleighannashands.etsy.com.

Our First “Creativity Is Contagious, Pass It On” Share

Meet Nicole from Ni-Chern Designs:

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We met Nicole a few years ago when she was our neighbor at the Zeleny Arts & Craft Fair.  We immediately struck up a friendship and are always excited when we are exhibitors at the same show like this past weekend at the Overland Park Fall Festival.  Nicole has been sewing for almost 20 years and clearly loves her craft!  Her sewing is high quality and she has GORGEOUS fabrics.  Trust us, her faithful customers, Ni-Chern is definitely worth checking out.  Visit her new website to take a peek at her fabrics, products and upcoming sales:  www.nicherndesigns.com.  If you like what you see go ahead and share her site with your friends and family.  Shopping small business rocks!

Creativity Is Contagious, Pass It On

Kristi & I love and are inspired by other people’s creativity and thought it would be fun to spend some time sharing YOUR creativity on our blog and Facebook Page.  Please send us a picture of your favorite product that YOU made and a short bio of you personally or your business (if you have a business selling handmade) and we’ll share it with our friends.  If you’ve never met us in person that’s OK – we love to make new friends.   We’d like to start posting next Tuesday so please send your info to Carolyn@hangupsinkc.com by this Sunday.  Let’s have some fun supporting our creative community!

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