Thursday, November 27, 2014

Handmade in KC - Men's Holiday Gift Guide

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Handmade in KC!  We hope you had a wonderful day with family and/or friends.  We have had so much fun sharing Gift Guides created by our members just for you.  We'd be grateful if you would keep us in mind when you are looking for unique, reasonably priced, locally handmade gifts this holiday season. Happy Shopping!

Gift Guide

From left to right:
The Costume Wrangler:  Star Wars Fabric Bifold Wallet

Thank you to Brie of Life's Gems for putting this collage together!

See our Home Gift Guide here, our Upcycled Gift Guide here,
our Children's Gift Guide here, our Women's Gift Guide here and our Holiday Gift Guide here

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Shop Local: Holiday Gift Guide from Handmade in Kansas City

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday are upon us!  The team members at Handmade In KC have put together a Holiday Gift Guide to make your shopping easier.  Many of the members of this group have holiday weekend sales in their stores so be sure to check them out individually.  We would all like to send a big THANK YOU out to our wonderful customers this Thanksgiving.  Happy Thanksgiving from all of us! 

Gift Guide

From left to right:
FabTabulous:  Beaded Pop Tab Napkin Rings 
Remnants by RJ:  Upcycled Robots 
Nuggets of Goodness:  Upcycled Red Rose Romantic Ring 
Hang Ups in KC:  Trumpet Mouthpiece Ornament 
Stand Out in Style:  Holiday Sparkle Bracelet 

Thank you to Jennifer of Only Little Wing for putting this collage together!

See our Home Gift Guide here, our Upcycled Gift Guide here,
our Children's Gift Guide here and our Women's Gift Guide here.

Stay tuned for our upcoming Men's Gift Guide.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Shop Locally Handmade: Women's Gift Guide from Handmade in Kansas City

Small Business Saturday is fast approaching.  The Handmade in Kansas City Collective has put together a Women's Gift Guide to help those of you who love to shop local and handmade.   Check out the individual sites - several of us have sales coming up for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.  Happy shopping!

Gift Guide

From left to right:
FabTabulous:  Bullet Necklace 
Hang Ups in KC:  Dresden 1911 Spoon Handle Bracelet
Ivory Isis:  Glass Cameo Necklace
Remnants by RJ:  You Hold My Heart in Your Hands Steampunk Necklace
Ni-Chern Designs:  Floralism Deep Sea Medium Pouch
Life's Gems:  Large Floral Hairpiece
Nuggets of Goodness:   Vintage Rhinestone Necklace
Stand Out in Style:  Black Krush Bracelet

Thank you to Brie of Life's Gems for putting this collage together!

See our Home Gift Guide here, our Upcycled Gift Guide here
and our Children's Gift Guide here.

Stay tuned for upcoming gift guides from Handmade in KC featuring Holiday and Men's gift suggestions.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Shop Local - Shop Handmade in KC for Children's Gifts

The third installment in our Gift Guide Series is our Children's Gift Guide.  Find unique gifts for children from Handmade in KC makers.  Many of the creations are made from upcycled materials.  All of them are unique.  You can't beat handmade!

Gift Guide

From left to right:  

Thank you to Jennifer of Creations by M and J for putting this collage together!

See our Home Gift Guide here and our Upcycled Gift Guide here.
Stay tuned for upcoming gift guides from Handmade in KC featuring Holiday, and Women's gift suggestions.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Handmade Holiday Boutique at Myriad House, Kansas City

On November 22, 2014 (10:00 am - 4:00 pm), The Myriad House (4448 Bell Street, KCMO) will be hosting ten handmade vendors, several of which are members of Handmade in Kansas City!  We will have clothing, costumes, jewelry, needlework, vintage items, accessories, mixed media, home decor, and natural jams and jellies!  Come keep warm and check out our goods while sipping some coffee.  Please pass along the info to your friends.  There will be gift bags with all sorts of goodies for the first 50 visitors.  Come see us - this will be a unique and fun event!

Curious about Myriad House?  The Myriad House is a lovely coffee shop with sandwiches, baked goods, Italian soda and gelato, along with attractive vintage furnishings, decor, and antiques, all housed in a beautiful old Victorian house.  It's worth a visit on any day but especially on November 22nd this year!  Check out this beautiful Cafe online at

Handmade Holiday Boutique
written by Tania of Ivory Isis

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Shop Local - Shop Handmade in KC for Upcycled Gifts

The second installment in this series is our Upcycled Gift Guide.  Several of our Handmade in Kansas City team members create beautiful items from upcycled materials such as tin cans, musical instruments, belts, hardware, fabrics, buttons, silverware and jewelry, to name a few.  Go ahead and visit our individual websites to find that perfect gift! 

Gift Guide

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Shop Local - Shop Handmade in Kansas City

It's that time of year when we all seem to be on a quest to find the perfect gift. The Makers from Handmade in Kansas City have made your job a little bit easier by providing a list of locally handmade gifts for everyone on your list.  
Many of the products listed are made from repurposed materials and some support local non-profits.   What's not to like?

Gift Guide

Thank you Cindy of FabTabulous for putting this collage together!

Stay tuned for upcoming gift guides from Handmade in KC featuring Holiday, Upcycled, Women and Children's gift suggestions.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Handmade in KC Holiday Shopping List

My Handmade in KC Holiday Shopping List
by Laura of Handmade by Lolo Z

While I am one of those who don’t start shopping for Christmas gifts until MUCH closer to the big day, one can’t help but be very aware that the holiday shopping season is upon us!  Once again this year, I am working on making 2014 a Handmade & Local Holiday.  With a wide variety of people on my list (I am the oldest of 5 siblings, my husband the youngest of 5) buying handmade can be challenging but is always SO REWARDING!  

So here in my Handmade in Kansas City Christmas Shopping List

The Kids – I have just shy of twenty kids between my daughters, nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews, and kids of very close friends to shop for.  Ages range from 2-20 and interest range is just as broad.  Luckily, the Handmade in KC artists are just as diverse as the little ones on my list!  Here are a few things that fit the bill!

I also have a slew of women folk that need gifts!  Between mom, mother-in-law, sisters, sisters –in-laws, adult nieces and my very best girl friends, there are about 15 females with 15 different styles and needs!  I found perfect gifts for each in these Handmade in KC member shops!


There are fewer men on my list, but I do have my husband, dads/in law, brothers/in laws!  But what do you know… I found perfect purchases for them, as well,  in some basic MALE gifting categories -  edible, sports related or Star Wars.
This post was originally going to be about WHY we should shop handmade and got derailed once I started visiting each of the pages for some pictures and the shopaholic inside took over.  

So, the main point of all of this is that there are so many reasons for buying local and handmade, but FOR ME the best part of shopping for others is finding just the right gift that shows how special they are to you and there is no better way to do that than handmade!  

Each item is as unique as the person for which it was purchased!  
Clearly, if we look at the big picture, the most important reason why we should by handmade and local is simply that if we don’t support our small local businesses, they won’t be able to continue to exist.  Not to mention, you can build relationships with your local handmade sellers that you just can’t with large retail stores!  Every customer is vitally important to a small local handmade artisan – and they will treat you that way!  I love getting the handwritten notes, seeing special personal touches and just being remembered – your name, your favorites.  

Finally, I love the emotional connection that comes with buying handmade… that indescribable feeling of knowing you have purchased something SPECIAL, something unique, something with love built right in to it.  
Being a maker myself, I know the care and attention to detail that goes into making each item.  
You aren’t just buying a THING – you are buying a tangible piece of that artist’s heart and soul.

I encourage each of you to visit the Events tab and check out some of the places that the Handmade in KC members will be in the next few months.  There are links to each of our shops on the Sellers tab.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Handmade in KC Coupon Code

Have you been eyeing products made by the talents makers from Handmade in KC?

Several of us wanted to help you start off the holidays with a 20% off coupon code to our shops! 
The coupon code will start 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, checkout will be with each shop (not a collective), and enter the code: HANDMADEKC to receive your 20% off of your purchase at that shop!  And then do it again for another shop listed below!

Snag some amazing handmade products at 20% off!

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


The Tulle Box

Vintage Wedding Gems

Violet's Buds

Here is a quick run down of all the Handmade in KC members participating in the 20% off coupon code. The coupon code only valid on the clicked links below.

Coupon code: HANDMADEKC

Friday, September 5, 2014

Meet the Maker - by Wicked Red

Meet Amy Beth!  She is the brains and hands behind by Wicked Red, maker of gorgeous jewelry using vintage beads and her own line of hand-rolled paper beads.

Born and raised here in Kansas City, Amy Beth is a self-taught jewelry designer who started making stretch string necklaces and bracelets for friends and family ten years ago.  After working a day job for 21 years, the company was sold.  Her husband – who she describes as her biggest fan and supporter - knew she was creative, talented and hard-working, so he encouraged her to take the opportunity to make jewelry design a career.  She already had the perfect name, having used Wicked Red as a nickname derived from her hair color and the video game Evil Dead….a friend had suggested Evil Red but she thought Wicked seemed a little less scary! After adding a little “by” in front to distinguish the jewelry designer from a lingerie store of the same name and buying some beads, the business was born.

Looking at the by Wicked Red product lines, you will see a lot of unique and beautiful vintage beads.  Amy Beth has a little obsession with finding high quality glass beads…scouring eBay and other markets and discovering amazing beads, some uncirculated, others antique.

As any good business owner would, Amy Beth was looking for ways to expand her product line and began to make hand-rolled paper beads.  She researched thoroughly to find the best methods and gave it a whirl.  After the first batch made with a toothpick, she made a wise $5 investment in a paper quiller.  She has now made over 2000 beads in just a few months.  Not only are they unbelievably beautiful, but all are totally unique.  

She meticulously cuts the paper before rolling them into shape, then glazing them for protection. There are beads made from sheet music, comic book paper, scrapbook paper, magazines and even some from fabric!  Although Amy Beth does still design jewelry, she is spending more time creating the beads and selling them to other jewelry makers and shipping them all over the world.

Amy Beth says she hopes her business will be forever evolving as she continues to try new methods and materials.  A learner at heart, she always wants to try something new and different.  Owning her own business has been a great learning experience, through the highs and lows of sales and getting to know other makers through groups, like Handmade by Kansas City.   She recognizes the importance of having a support system and loves how we are all learning from each other.  With the success of by Wicked Red’s handmade jewelry and the new line of hand-rolled paper beads, Amy Beth is excited for the future and whatever it brings.

Connect with Amy Beth!