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Mother’s Day Hang Ups

If you are hung up on what to get your Mom for Mother’s Day we have some suggestions that are unique and can be personalized in different ways.  How about:

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A hand-stamped vintage key necklace.

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A charming bangle acknowledging that Mom’s are pretty well always right.

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A reminder to Be True.

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 Hugs and kisses in the form of antique typewriter earrings.

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Some love to your Grandma or to your Mom from your kids in the form of a Grandma love necklace?

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A Live Courageously bracelet to acknowledge the battle she’s fought and overcome.

Check out our website for several other unique and customizable Mother’s Day gift ideas.  If you want us to custom create something special for your Mom send us an email to info@hangupsinkc.com.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Taking Flight with Jenny & Skip from Ugly Glass & Company

Kristi and I are very excited to launch our Taking Flight series by introducing Jenny & Skip, owners of a gorgeous store called Ugly Glass & Company located in Independence Missouri.  This series will focus on the entrepreneurial journey of several small business owners.  If you are thinking about starting your own “handmade” business or own a small business we invite you to become an active participant in this blog series.

That is Jenny (below), we are pretty sure she was excited because we’d just dropped off (check the counter below her) a brand new batch of Hang Ups in KC creations.  Or maybe she was just happy to see us?

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Q.  How long have you been in business?

A. Skip and I started creating jewelry in 2002 and opened our store front in 2012.  We created our store front as way to showcase our work and the works of other creative souls from the USA.  Currently we have over 70 artists and fine crafters on 2 floors from all over the USA, a lot from the Kansas City metro area.  We are much like an eclectic gift show! 

Q. What made you want to start your own business?

A.  I found a love of beads while creating stretchy bracelets with my friend Amie for Family Literacy Centers; “Bracelets for Literacy”.  It was a fundraising project.  After that I was addicted and started making for others.  Amie got me started on doing craft shows too…so it is all Amie’s fault I guess!!!! I think opening our store front came from a need to have a year round selling venue, instead lugging our things from craft show to craft show on the weekends.  We wanted to give that opportunity to other artists and crafters too.

Q. What is a mistake that you’ve made that you would like to share to help others avoid it?

A.  Save lots of money!  We had been looking off and on for an amazing store front for 5 or 6 years, but had not saved a penny. So everything we had on hand when the “right” space became available went into the space and it was used very quickly!  I suggest having enough saved up at home too.  If you are quitting your day job to start your business, you need bill money for a couple of years, because it might take that long or longer before you are making a profit on your business.

Q.  What is the best thing you’ve ever done for your business?

A.  I started it…I dove in and started it.  I am shy so it took a lot to put myself out there and just do it.  If I let my shyness run my life, I would not have started my business nor opened a store front.

Q.   Advice for anyone thinking of starting their own business.

A.  Network…networking is hard for a shy person.  But don’t be shy about sharing with the world that you have a business.  Always have business cards on hand to give to someone as you are telling them about your amazing business!  Create that Facebook page too!  I cannot believe how many come into the shop because they found us on Facebook!  Social media is very important now.

Q.  What is your favorite business book or blog? If you don’t have one – what inspires you?

A.  I don’t read – I like pictures!!!  Many times we are creating what we have been challenged to create.  If a customer says “hey can you make a starfish?”  we shrug and say “we can give it a go.”  Sometimes it is amazing and sometimes it is just plain ugly.  We wake up thinking about color combinations and designs. Our materials inspire us as well. We have huge amounts of beads and glass.  We just start pulling things out and putting things together, sometimes it is everything we dreamed of, others aren’t.  Ya win some and ya lose some!

You can visit Ugly Glass & Company at 206 N Liberty St, Independence, MO.  They are located right on the square in the heart of historic Independence, Missouri.  If you visit Wednesdays between 11am-4pm you can see Skip going live glass demonstrations. You can find Ugly Glass & Company online at www.uglyglass.com or on their facebook page at www.facebook.com/UglyGlassCo.

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If you have any questions for Jenny & Skip or for us you can comment on this blog post and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Thank you Jenny & Skip for sharing your story with us!

 

 

DIY Reindeer Ornament from Monique of Farm House Quilts

Our friend Monique from Farm House Quilts has generously agreed to be our guest blogger this week.  She has prepared this super cute Reindeer Ornament DIY for you.  Visit Monique’s online store at www.zibbet.com/farmhousequilts.

This would be a fun craft to do with the kids or for your neighborhood ornament exchange.  Have fun with it and get your creative on!

Here’s what you will need:

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  • gluegun
  • three flat old fashioned clothespins
  • 2 googly eyes
  • 1 small red pompom
  • a piece of ribbon

Step 1:  Turn the clothespin upside down and glue the eyes and nose as shown.

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Step 2:  Glue the two unused clothespins together.

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Step 3:  Glue the “head” to the “body”.

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Step 4:  Take a length of ribbon and make into a bow.

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Step 5:  Glue the bow to the neck as shown.

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Your reindeer is now ready to “sit” on any branch of your Christmas tree!

Happy holidays!

Creativity Is Contagious Feature Artist: Holly Shaw of Haleighanna’s Hands

We love our “Creativity Is Contagious, Pass It On” series so much that we are going to extend it for the entire month of October.  Send a short bio on you or your creative business as well of some photos of your creations to me at Carolyn@hangupsinkc.com and Kristi & I will share your creations with our friends!

We would like to introduce to our friend Holly Shaw who is the artistic genius behind Haleighanna’s Hands.  We met Holly at a show last March and immediately hit it off with her.  She has a wicked sense of humor and her creativity is off the charts.  This is how Holly describes herself:

“I am a Midwestern girl who decided to follow a dream and moved to Portland, Oregon. I left a corporate job so that I could work on getting to know myself better as an artist. Most of the day is spent in my studio, working with paper, paint and glue. I actually started out scrapbooking and then moved on to mixed media. I opened my Etsy shop so that I could recycle my stash (turning my art into cash to buy more supplies to make art). It was an outlet for my hoarding.”

Here are some of Holly’s most recent pieces:

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Please visit Holly’s online store at www.haleighannashands.etsy.com.

Lariat Sale!

Happy Lariat Sale Week!  All of our lariat necklaces are on sale starting today until next Saturday, October 12th.  Lariats are versatile pieces of jewelry.  They are open-ended; you can wear them around your neck like a scarf, wrap them around your wrist several times and tuck the ends in to make a funky bracelet or even wear them around your waist as a stylish and unique belt.  To check our lariats out visit us at www.hangupsinkc.com.  They make great gifts for that person in your life who has everything.  All lariats orders will arrive in a gift box wrapped with a pretty ribbon. 1385736_604994512872330_1245381470_n[1]

Unique and Affordable Boutique Shopping: Catfish & Tater

There are so many big box stores in every city that it’s difficult to find a boutique that is both unique and affordable.  One of our favorite boutiques totally fits the bill.  Catfish & Tater is located at 8 N Main, which is right on the historic town square in Liberty, Missouri.

Catfish & Tater is packed with stylish clothing lines from NY and LA in bright bold colors.  Handmade items are key to the artistic vibe in the shop, so you will find several items from local artists and designers, including Hang Ups in KC!  The house brand “catfish & tater” offers one of a kind leather handbags, tattoo shirts, baby items, re-purposed goods and vintage accessories that you are sure to love.

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Catfish & Tater has been carrying our jewelry line of a couple of years.  We appreciate Heather’s, enthusiasm for vintage and upcycled creations.  These are just a few of our most recent pieces that are available at Catfish & Tater.

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We love to shop at Catfish & Tater too.  The clothes that Heather carries are always different than anything you will find at the big box stores.  Our friend Jen, who shops all around the world (she’s in Paris right now) always makes a point of stopping by Catfish & Tater when she’s in town.  She’s had great luck finding unique pieces that she loves.  Jen is also the proud owner of one of Heather’s absolutely gorgeous tattooed leather clutches.

Check out Catfish & Tater’s Facebook page at this link:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/catfish-tater/118040436065.  If you “like” the page you will see Heather’s frequent updates of what is in the store.  She sells out fast and new stuff is coming in all the time so if you like something message her right away and ask her to hold it for you.  If you don’t live in the area but love something you see online, Catfish & Tater ships within the Continental US for a flat rate through USPS.  Just message Heather on Facebook or call her at 816.820.3791 to let her know what style, color and size you want.  It’s that easy!

If you have any favorite boutiques that are unique please let us know.  We love checking out unique small businesses. Happy shopping!