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Please Help Us Support Robin’s Warriors Online Auction

We frequently mention Handmade in Kansas City, a cooperative that we belong to, via our blog and social media.  This week we are particularly proud to be a part of this group of talented makers.  One of our members, Sara from Gypsy Soup, is going through a tough time.  Her sister Robin is battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer.  We all want to help so we are running an online auction to raise money to help with Robin’s medical and living expenses.  The auction is just short of a week old and we’ve already raised $832 for Robin.  Here’s a peek at some of the handmade items, donated by our makers, that are included in the auction.

Robins Warriors Collage

Robin’s Warriors Online Auction

We invite you to visit the auction by clicking here.  If you click on the collage, above, you will also be taken to the auction site.  The auction ends next Wednesday, May 11th, so you may want to check it out and place your bid as soon as possible.  Most items also have a “Buy Now” option to purchase the item that you love straight out instead of bidding.  Handmade in KC, Sara & Robin all appreciate your support.

Back to Hang Ups in KC business.   Happy Mother’s Day to the Mother’s out there!  We would both like to thank our own Mom’s who have been our biggest supporters and cheerleaders our entire lives.  If you’ve met us and think we’re a little off the wall, well you can thank our Mother’s for that as well.  ♥

Graduation season is coming up quickly.  If you are trying to come up with a unique gift for the grad in your life please consider checking what we have to offer.  Click here to see what we have in stock in our online store.  If your grad plans to be a writer, teacher or is musical we have some amazing options.

Happy Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day & Graduation!

Carolyn & Kristi

 

 

 

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How Hang Ups Celebrates Earth Day

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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!

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Where You Can Find Hang Ups in KC This Fall

Fall is fast approaching.  The kids are back to school, vacations have been taken and Hang Ups is in full swing again.  This fall will be a little different from past years’ for us.  This year we are only doing one show where, in the past, we’ve done several.  We have stepped back from the fall show circuit to celebrate some big birthdays (that happened to fall on show weekends) with our families.

If you’d like to come out and see our Hang Ups in person we’d love to see you at the Chick Events Handmade & Vintage Show in Leawood, Kansas.  Click here for directions.

Chick Events Top Banner

This show takes place Saturday September 12 (10am-8pm) & Sunday September 13th (11am-4pm).  Tickets are $5 per day or $8 for a weekend pass.  Children 12 and under are free.

Some of our favorite makers will be there:

Chick Events Banner w NiChern

Dog collars by Ni-Chern Designs

The Little Wing & Stik A Pin In It

“Hi” Hoop Art and Nellie The Friend Doll by The Little Wing and “Thread Licker” Hoop Art and Cat Stitch Art By Stik A Pin In It

We are also looking forward to seeing our friends from A Perfect Treasure, FLiP KC and The Tulle Box.   For a complete list of vendors click here.

If you can’t make it out to the Chick Events Handmade & Vintage Show you can always find us online.  We currently have almost 200 of our creations available on our website.  We have many new items that have not made it to our website yet.  We will be working hard to add these new designs in the weeks following the Chick Events Handmade & Vintage Show.

Happy almost-fall friends!

Carolyn & Kristi

 

 

Online Sale at Select Handmade in KC Shops November 1 – 7th!

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Have you had a chance to check out the talented artisans from the group Handmade in KC (www.handmadeinkc.com)?  This is a cooperative of local artisans who offer quality handmade products.  We are very proud to be a part of this amazing group of local artists!

Several of us from Handmade in KC wanted to help you kick off your holiday shopping with a 20% off coupon code to our shops!

The coupon code will be effective November 1 at midnight and end November 7 at 11:59pm Central Time.
All you need to do is find the products that you’d like from the shops listed below.  You will need to check out from each shop individually (not a collective), and enter the code: HANDMADEKC to receive 20% off of your purchase at that shop!  And then do it again for another shop listed below!  Happy shopping!
Beadery Destash
Creations by M & J
The Costume Wrangler
Handmade by Lolo Z
Hang Ups in KC
Hey Paul Studios
Ni-Chern Designs
Nuggets of Goodness
Only Little Wing
Remnants by RJ
Simply Classic Jewelry
Stik A Pin In It
Thyme2Dream
The Tulle Box
Vintage Wedding Gems
Violet’s Buds

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.

Pre-Show Street View  Street View

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!

Booth Booth RHS

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.

Grace Night Booth

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!