June is a busy month with so much to be excited about! We start the month with a bang, on June 4th, by going to see the Canadian band Barenaked Ladies at Starlight Theater. It’s a family event for us: Carolyn’s whole family are going along with Kristi and her youngest daughter Mary Alice. It’s the kids first concert and they are all very excited. If you have a chance to grab last minute tickets we highly recommend it. This band is very fun, creative and happy.
The following Friday, June 10th, Kristi & I will attend Art That Blows, an event that benefits Band of Angels KC. Local artists have repurposed and donated non-functional musical instruments into pieces of art for this event. Guests may bid on the pieces during the silent auction starting at 5pm and then enjoy a live rooftop performance by DJ Ashton Martin while overlooking the breathtaking Kansas City skyline. Tickets are still available. You can learn more and purchase tickets by clicking here. Kristi and I have donated a whopping 40 pieces of jewelry made from retired instruments to this event. We are excited to meet the other artists who will be in attendance as well as Band of Angels supporters.
On Friday June 17th and Saturday June 18th (from 5pm-11pm each evening) Kristi and I will be hanging out in our booth (with all of our Hang Ups) at SoJo Summerfest (formerly Jazz in the Woods). Check out this fun festival for local food & brews, local music and to meet local artisans to support local charities. Does it get any better than that? This event takes place at Corporate Woods, Overland Park KS and is a free event so come by and see us!
Last but definitely not least, Sunday June 19th is Father’s Day! Like so many other people out there we are desperately trying to think of unique and fun gifts for our Dad’s and our husbands. If your husband or father is a musician we have plenty of options for you on our website. For example, this money clip features a key from a retired trumpet. A generous portion of the proceeds go directly to Band of Angels KC and will help to send kids to music camp. There’s nothing better than a gift that gives back.
That’s what we have going on this June. We’d love it if you could come out and say hi to us at any of these events. We wish you all a safe and happy June!
Look no further! We have a great selection of graduate gifts from hand-stamped pieces to jewelry made from musical instruments.
This is a small selection from our Literacy Kansas City Collection. A portion of the proceeds from this collection will be donated directly to Literacy Kansas City. Literacy KC’s mission is to advance literacy among Kansas City area adults through direct services, advocacy and collaboration. Their vision is literacy for all. Who doesn’t love a gift that gives back by helping others?
Jewelry from our Band of Angels Collection also makes great gifts for students and teachers. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of every item in this collection goes directly back to Band of Angels KC. Band of Angels is a non-profit organization who collect, repair and distribute instruments to kids in need. They also send many kids to music camp every summer. We have a lot of fun making jewelry from the instruments that cannot be repaired. Here’s a small sampling of what is available on our website.
To order you can visit us online at www.hangupsinkc.com or simply click on the photos of an item that you like from above. Orders arrive in a pretty muslin bag with a thank you note from the Director of the non-profit that benefits from the gift.
We wish you all a very safe and happy graduate season and Memorial Day Weekend. Happy Victoria Day to our Canadian Friends!
About four years ago we signed up for an eco-art fair called Zeleny, organized by repurposing Queen, Alexis from X37 Adventures. Zeleny (the Czech word for Green) focused on celebrating the repurposing movement and giving back to the community. That is when we were bit by the repurposing bug. We love the personality that antique, vintage and “found” items have. Currently almost 100% of our creations feature repurposed items that may have ended up in a landfill, such as silverware, rusted out typewriters, leather belts & purses, keys, key holes and broken down instruments. That answers the question of how we celebrate Earth Day – every day is Earth Day at Hang Ups!
This is a small sampling of our jewelry made from repurposed materials. You can find any of these pieces of jewelry on our website by clicking on the photo of the piece that you like. Giving back to the community that we live in is very important to us – most of the items on site give back to Literacy Kansas City or Band of Angels KC.
Do you love stuff made from repurposed materials? If so, we’d love to see your favorite item. Please share in the comments section! Happy Earth Day!