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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 Tracy Spisak from Gallery Portraiture

We love our Creativity Is Contagious Pass It On Series because it gives us a chance to tell you about our creative friends who we admire so much.  This week we’d like to introduce you to Tracy Spisak of Gallery Portraiture.

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In our opinion, Tracy is one of the best photographers in Kansas City.  She is fun, creative and has a knack for finding everyone’s best side.  DSC_0024

Today we discovered something new about Tracy; like the postal service neither snow nor rain keeps her from doing a great job.  She managed our scheduled outdoor photo shoot this morning in sleet and heavy rain.  We are excited to share the results on our blog and website (www.hangupsinkc.com) in the next few weeks.

This is not the first time that Kristi and I have worked with Tracy.  Last year we had Tracy do our kids portraits.  She captured our children’s personalities perfectly.

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The first portrait is of Kristi’s amazingly artistic girls.  The brightness of the artwork shines from the wall like a sun beam.  I love my boys portraits because they are edgy and artsy while showing how fun and goofy they are.

Gallery Portraiture is a full service portrait company specializing in custom children’s & family portraits.  Additionally they create unique wall art and custom art work. Tracy and her team take the stress out of photo shoots, making picture day feel more like a play-date.  You can visit their website at www.galleryportraitureinc.com.  Like them on Facebook for updates on special deals and events.
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We hope you all have a wonderful fall weekend!

West Bottoms Shopping in Kansas City

One of our favorite things to do, aside from making jewelry out of vintage and upcycled materials, is  shopping for vintage and upcycled materials.  We go to yard sales, estate sales, thrift stores, antique stores, flea markets and salvage yards to find material and inspiration.

As we mentioned in a previous blog (Hang Ups at Lucky Dog Vintage), Kansas City has a neighborhood called West Bottoms that is made up of antique stores and art galleries housed in historic buildings.  If you love an original artsy and vintage vibe and are in the area, it is definitely worth visiting.  The first weekend of every month is a big deal in this area – it’s called Warehouse Weekend/ First Friday Weekend and all the stores are open.  We thought we’d share our First Friday shopping adventure with you by taking you to the stores that we visited today.

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Hickory Dickory is a great store that has an inside and outside retail area.  I found some typewriter keys and fabulous vintage earrings there.  They are only open on First Friday Weekends but are worth the month long wait to check them out.

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Next stop:  Lucky Dog Vintage!  Of course they are our favorite not only because they carry our jewelry line but also because they have beautiful repurposed furniture, home décor and unusual finds.  Look what else we found there – Junk Mafia’s Junk Journal!  Junk Journal is a great place to learn about great new finds in the world of repurposing.  To learn more about Junk Mafia visit their website at www.junkmafia.com.  Lucky Dog Vintage is open Friday & Saturdays every weekend of the month and extended hours Friday, Saturday & Sunday’s of First Friday Weekends.

Third Stop:  Stuffology.  One word:  Gorgeous!  They are open First Friday Weekends and by appointment.

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Fourth Stop:  Liberty Belle.  We fell in love with the metal art that was located by the door.  They are open First Friday Weekends only.

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Fifth Stop:  Bella Patina.  Three floors of fabulous vintage, antique & repurposed furniture, and decorations.  They are open First Friday Weekends only.

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Sixth Stop:  Restoration Emporium.  Check out these displays!  There is so much to love about this very large store which is full of repurposed home décor items.  They are open First Friday weekends of every month.  On their Facebook page they note that they have Boutique hours on Monday/ Wednesday/ Friday 10-3pm.

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Seventh Stop:  Nook & Cranny.   Nook & Cranny has typewriters, vintage jewelry, silverware and antique books so of course we fell in love with this store!  They have so much diverse and interesting stock that you need some time to properly go through this store.  They are open every Saturday of the month and Friday/ Saturday/ Sunday on First Friday Weekends.

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Eighth Stop:  Good Ju Ju. Good Ju Ju is a store made up of more than 20 antique dealers so there is an excellent variety available.  Our favorite find today was the pink antique Maytag washing machine.  Good Ju Ju is open First Friday Weekends.

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Ninth Stop:  Rag and Bone.  This was our first visit to Rag and Bone and we loved it!  They have a great selection of re-purposed furnishings, original art and unique vintage treasures. Check out their record department.  How cool is that display?  Rag and Bone is open every weekend.

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Whew, nine large stores in one day!  We didn’t even come close to visiting all the amazing stores in the West Bottoms and are excited about our next trip down there.  If you’d like to learn more about Kansas City’s historical West Bottoms you can visit their website at www.westbottoms.com.

Have a great week!