Friday, October 12, 2018

Boarded Up Window Tutorial

Thank you so much to Scott from Gipson Wands for this great tutorial!  Please show your appreciation by following on social media and visiting the online shop.
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With Halloween quickly approaching, I thought I'd share an easy, spooky, and eco-friendly decoration that you
can DIY out of an old pallet. So here’s a step by step to creating a boarded up window without actually nailing
boards over the windows.
The first thing you need to do is get a pallet, the more rough looking the better, and disassemble it.
Then get a power screwdriver, 8 to 10 wood Screws long enough to go into two boards but not all the way
through the back of the second (this length will vary depending on the manufacturer or the pallet), four
eyelets or hooks, and some heavy cording. Plus you’ll need a measuring device of some kind.
Pick out two or the longest boards you have and lay them parallel to each other, and distanced  apart so the
outside edge is the same as the inside of the window.

Take the other boards and criss-cross them over the top. Break the ends of the board off to get an aire of
authenticity. I had a variety of board widths so I mixed them. Once you get the look you want screw them
down.
To hang it I used hooks. I already had two hooks above my window that I use for Christmas lights so I added to
hooks to the long vertical boards or you could just drill holes through them. I then used clothes line cord to tie
it to the height I wanted it.

There you have it it’s just that easy. If you are feeling particularly inventive, throw some bloody hand prints up
on them, cover the backs with burlap, or put artificial spider web on them. They are a great addition to any
haunted house.




Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Cold Hands, Warm Heart - Meet the Maker of Sully's Softies!


Cold Hands, Warm Heart.



Hi there!  I'm Karen Sullivan, the "Sully" behind Sully's Softies.  I'm originally from California, but I am now proud to call Kansas City my home.  The mid-west suits me just fine!  Except for one thing...
That one thing?  You guessed it!  It can get freakin' cold here.  When I first arrived, I was able to stay warm, except for my hands....they were always cold!  Try as I might, I couldn't find any gloves or mittens that would keep them warm, and as you can guess, I really, really, hate cold hands -and I know I am not alone!  Am I right?

Thus began my mission:  To make the world's warmest mittens.  And, to make them good looking to boot!  
The second part of my story is my love of thrift store treasure hunting.  I love finding old things and repurposing and making them "new" and useful again.  I am amazed at all of the "stuff" that people collect and then get rid of.  Beautifully made wool sweaters that have a small stain or hole, caught my eye, and knowing the many benefits of wool made me consider them for my "mitten mission".

I began making mittens for myself, and then I started getting requests from the mom's I would hang with while we watched our kids sporting events in the frigid weather.
I opened my Etsy shop and never turned back.
 Sully's Softies are quality mittens out of felted wool, they are DOUBLE lined which makes them soft and oh sooo warm!

And that's how it all began.
Give Karen a big welcome to Handmade in KC by visiting her social media pages!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Upcoming Holiday Events – December

For December, we’re getting down to the nitty gritty on presents.  If you want to buy local you will have several opportunities this month to get your potentially last-minute presents and find a few nice things for yourself as well!


December 2nd

Aunt Christy’s Country Kitchen (selling jams and jellies) will be at

Stoney Creek Convention Center
18011 Bass Pro Dr
Independence, MO 64055
Hours:  Saturday, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

At the Jingle Bell Hop you'll find those gifts you need to stash away, Christmas decor, lots of unique crafts and a whole lot more. Come on in. We'll wrap you up in Christmas bliss and get you ready for the holidays!


the little wing (toys) will be at

Abe & Jake's Landing
8 E 6th St
Lawrence, Kansas
Hours:  Saturday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

View the amazing gingerbread houses that will be part of the Gingerbread Auction and shop the Craft Collective handmade market! Local craftspeople will have their amazing wares for sale to the public. A percentage of the proceeds of each sale will be donated to BBBS!


December 9th 

Aunt Christy’s Country Kitchen (jams and jellies) will be at
Heritage Middle School
600 W Kansas St
Liberty, Missouri 64068
Hours:  Saturday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This event benefits our kids, with classroom tools, field trips and educational items! Last year's event was so much fun- lots of great shopping, entertainment and good will.


Hang Ups Jewely Designs (recycled jewelry) will be at
Meyer Music
6312-14 NW Barry Road
Kansas City, MO
Hours:  Saturday, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Hang Ups makes jewelry out of recycled musical instruments, which they are selling at this event


Creations by M & J (handmade children’s items, quilts, scarves, etc.) will be at
Lincoln R-2 Elementary Gym
Hours:  Saturday, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM



December 14th

Ivory Isis, Recycled Jewelry and Designs, will be at
The Peark KC
1715 Wyandotte
Kansas City, MO 64108

Join us for some ghost stories and get warm while perusing for presents!



December 16th 

Aunt Christy’s Country Kitchen (jams and jellies) will be at
Lenexa Public Market
8750 Penrose Lane
Lenexa, KS
Hours:  Saturday, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Come and check out this season's jam and jelly flavors that I have for sale! While you are here, grab some coffee at The Roasterie Kansas City Air Roasted Coffee, pick up some amazing baked goods at Serene's Bakery, or try some of the other delicious treats and eats at the market! 


Hang Ups Jewely Designs (recycled jewelry) will be at
Meyer Music
6312-14 NW Barry Road
Kansas City, MO
Hours:  Saturday, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Event Link:
Hang Ups makes jewelry out of recycled musical instruments, which they are selling at this event


December 23rd

Aunt Christy’s Country Kitchen (jams and jellies) will be at
Lenexa Public Market
8750 Penrose Lane
Lenexa, KS
Hours:  Saturday, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Come and check out this season's jam and jelly flavors that I have for sale! While you are here, grab some coffee at The Roasterie Kansas City Air Roasted Coffee, pick up some amazing baked goods at Serene's Bakery, or try some of the other delicious treats and eats at the market! 

Can't make it to one of these shopping opportunities?  You can shop our online stores as well!
Visit the Maker page for links to each of our websites!

Thank you Tania of Ivory Isis for this event round up!





Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Upcoming Holiday Events


For November, we have a few events coming up at various locations across town.  
This is the perfect time of the year to shop local and make a positive impact on small local businesses and your community by choosing to buy from small businesses.
Please stop in and check these great events out!



November 18th

Aunt Christy’s Country Kitchen (selling jams and jellies) will be at
KC Local Exposure 2017 – Adams Pointe Conference Center, 1400 NE Coronado, Blue Springs, MO 64014
Saturday, 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM
Come shop through over 75 local artisans, makers and crafters! No booths are available to direct sales vendors (Scentsy, Lipsense, etc) 

Creations by M & J (selling handmade children’s items, quilts, scarves, etc.) will be at
Burlington Christmas Craft Festival, Burling Middle School, 720 Cross St, Burlington, KS 66839
Saturday, 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM


Hang Ups Jewelry Designs (selling recycled jewelry) will be at
Pop-up Shop at Meyer Music, 6312-14 NW Barry Rd, Kansas City, MO
Saturday, 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM
Hang Ups makes jewelry out of recycled musical instruments, which they are selling at this event


Ivory Isis (selling recycled and redone vintage jewelry) will be at
Belvoir Winery Sip N Shop, 1325 Odd Fellows Rd, Liberty, MO 64068
Saturday, 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM
It's the most popular Holiday shopping event in the Northland, and we have expanded to the second floor! Shopping with over 50 local vendors, free wine tastings, lunch, chair massages and giveaways! Door prizes valued at over $800 will be given away. $25 value free gifts given to the first 40 that walk in the door at 10:00 AM! (yes, the football games are on in the tasting room!)


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Harry Potter Craft Printables!



November is here and it is COLD! Handmade in KC member Scott Gipson took some time from creating amazing hand crafted wands from wood and has created these printable Harry Potter themed crafts, perfect for chilly winter evenings.  The first few are perfect for any age and the last three require a bit more patience!

 Pipe Cleaner Bowtruckle


Pipe Cleaner Harry Potter Glasses and Scar


 Felt Spell Book


Flying Winged Key Tutorial 



 Bowtruckle


Cornish Pixie



Enjoy - and visit Gipson Wands to see Scott's wands, crochet hooks and other specialty items!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Handmade in KC - Events in September

September is here and there is no shortage of great events all over the city!  This month is the perfect time to get out, enjoy the gorgeous weather and support local makers.  Handmade in Kansas City members have been busy creating a fresh supply of hand-crafted products and can be found at these festivals and shows.  Stop by their booths and say 'HI!"

September 8-9
Seller(s): Creations by M & J
Main Street, Belton, MO
Hours:  Friday, 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Saturday, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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September 9
Seller(s): Aunt Christy's Country Kitchen
Bingham-Waggoner Estate, 313 W Pacific Ave, Independence, Missouri 64050
Hours:  Saturday, 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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September 9th
Seller(s): Ivory Isis
North Kansas City, MO
Hours:  Saturday, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Seller(s): Creations by M & J
California, MO
Hours:  Saturday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
September 15 -17
Seller(s): Hang-Ups Jewelry Designs, Ni-Chern Designs, Lil Rhae
Johnson Farms
Belton, MO

Hours:  Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Saturday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

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September 23
Seller(s): Creations by M & J, Ni-Chern Designs
Santa Fe Commons Park 8045 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park, KS 66204
Hours:  Saturday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
 

September 30 - October 1
Seller(s):  The Little Wing, The Bot Connection
KC Pumpkin Patch, 13875 S Gardner Road, Olathe, Kansas 66061
Hours:  10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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