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The Christmas Rush Is Over – Now What?


Have you ever wondered what handmade entrepreneurs do once the Christmas rush is over? The first thing we do is take some time to relax and recover from an incredibly busy season of making, completing special orders, working shows and fulfilling, packing and mailing online and phone orders.  Then we clean our studios, which look like a tornado has been through them.  Kristi & I use this down time to take creative classes, business courses and attend a conference.  This is a fun time of year because we get to dream big.  Imagine what we could do with this fresh new year?  We thought we’d share with you some of the things we do to strenghen our creative muscles and grow our business acumen.

At the Craftcation Conference last March, Kristi took a class on working with Precious Metal Clay.  This is a process of creating precious metal pendants and charms from a special clay.  What Kristi created in the class was beautiful.  So last fall we purchased a kiln so that we can start making our own charms and pendants.  Kristi recently took a class with artist Gale Schlagel via the PMC Connection to learn more about this tricky process.  Now we are ready to fire our new kiln up!

We just signed up for a FREE e-course with Tara Swiger called The Power of Confidence designed to defeat self-doubt and build business confidence.  Tara Swiger is an author, maker & business consultant who we met last year in California at Craftcation.  We were very impressed with her very sharp, analytical mind and energy level.

While we’re talking about the amazing Tara Swiger, we have also signed on for her Flight Plan SessionWe have some pretty awesome goals for 2016.  She will work with us to build a marketing plan and system to accomplish our goals.  We are very excited to be working with her to grow our business!

MidWest CraftCon is a newly established conference for Makers.  Similar to Craftcation, they offer a wide range of classes from “maker” business skills to creative fun.  This March, Kristi & I will be attending this conference, located in Columbus, Ohio.  We are looking forward to making new creative like-minded friends from the Mid-West.  We are especially excited about keynote speakers Lisa Congden from Lisa Congden Art + Illistration and author & creative business guru Abby Glassenberg from While She Naps.  We’re also excited to be able to meet with Tara Swiger in person to work on our marketing plan since she is speaking at the conference.  Both Craftcation and MidWest CraftCon are perfect for creative people who are considering selling their arts & crafts to people with established businesses.

This only takes us until the end of February – imagine what could happen with the rest of the year!

We believe that expressing ourselves creatively is good for the soul.  We challenge you to make room in your busy schedule to try something new creatively this year. Get ideas and document your journey on Instagram using the hashtag #yearofmaking.  See the awesome Create doodle below?  Kristi drew that as part of our #yearofmaking challenge.

Have fun!


What’s Happening with Hang Ups in KC in the New Year

Happy New Year!  We hope that you all had a wonderful holiday season filled with great food, family and fun.

On January 11th, we started the New Year out on the right foot by participating in Books, Brains & Boulevard – a very fun trivia night fundraiser for our friends at Literacy Kansas City.  This event takes place annually at beautiful Boulevard Brewing Company in Kansas City.   Fun was had and money was raised for a very worthy local non-profit who have such a positive impact on our city. Books, Brains & Blvd

Kristi striking a pose at Books, Brains & Boulevard

As the busy Christmas season slides into January we have a lot of fun discussing where we want to take our business in the new year.  It’s a time for fresh ideas and dreaming big.  Every spring we attend a conference for makers who are small business owners.  For the past three years, in March, we’ve had a blast at Craftcation in Ventura, California.  Next month we are doing something a little different and attending Midwest CraftCon in Columbus, Ohio.  We look forward to seeing two of our very favorite speakers:  author and creative business guru Abby Glassenberg and artist extraoridinaire Lisa Congdon from Lisa Congdon Art + Illustration.

Thanks for following us on this crazy fun ride.  We are so grateful for each and every one of you and for your support.  Stay tuned for exciting developments for 2016!