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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.

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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

 

 

 

Teacher Gifts That Give Back

It’s that time of year when we are frantically trying to help our kids wrap up a school year and want to thank their teachers with a gift.  Our children’s teachers receive jewelry.  Surprised?  Probably not.  Here are a few things that we cooked up this year.

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My sons speech pathologist will receive this tongue-in-cheek nod to her profession.  I stamped “I have ways of making people talk” onto a strip of aluminum and then mounted it onto a nice sturdy piece of brown leather.  The beauty of this style of bracelet is that I can be creative and stamp pretty much anything I’d like.  I hope she loves it.

We have several great options for teachers gifts in our Literacy Kansas City Collection.  We can even custom create jewelry to your specifications.  A portion of every purchase goes directly back to Literacy Kansas City, an amazing organization that provides free individualized tutoring services to adults in the Kansas City area.  Teachers love literacy!

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My older son’s orchestra teacher will receive this violin tuning peg necklace.  She introduced him to the viola and has inspired and encouraged him for two years.  He moves on to a different orchestra teacher next year so I wanted to make sure to thank her with a special gift.

We have so many great gifts for music teachers in our Band of Angels Collection.  Teachers also love that a portion of the proceeds from their gift goes to such a great organization.  Band of Angels lends instruments to children in need so they can join band and orchestra programs.  They also offer scholarships to the students in the program so that they can further their music education.  Every purchase provides the gift of music education to kids in need.

Now that the teachers gifts have been taken care of we look forward to summery fun with our kids and wish you a wonderful summer as well!

 

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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