Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Feeling of Fall

What makes you think of fall? Is it the crack of the bat or the Friday night lights? Is the change in temperature and the turning of the leaves? Is it the anticipation of Halloween and pumpkin spice foods? The start of school always signals the end of summer and the beginning of the fall. Some try to hold on to the last rays of summer, others dive into embracing the sights and sounds of fall. Which side do you land on? If you’re not sure, let’s explore some inspirational ideas from our Handmade in KC members.

Sounds of Fall

Summer tends to be a time to get out and enjoy our environment. Yes, there are baseball games occurring, but the World Series is still a long way off. As fall creeps upon us, the thoughts of sitting under the lights and cheering on our favorite team becomes a reality, instead of just a fanciful wish. The makers with Handmade in KC help to inspire us and allow us the opportunity to support our favorite team, whether it be in the stands or as we are traveling to an away game!

Sporting KC Luggage tags – Ni-Chern Designs

K-State Coin Purse - The Little Wing KC

Kansas City Chiefs Game Day Dress - Handmade by Lolo Z

Colors of Fall

Are you someone who knows that sports events happen but you would rather spend the time hiking along a trail and taking in the beauty of nature? Are you excited that the weather is becoming cooler because the leaves will start to turn and you can’t wait to see how Mother Nature paints nature this fall? The Handmade in KC makers have you covered!

Falling Leaves flower collage hair clip - Violet’s Buds

Autumn Wallpaper Clean/ Dirty Dishwasher Sign - The Tulle Box

Orange Suede Fabric Bin - Life’s Gems


For many the excitement of fall also includes the anticipation of Halloween! The excitement of figuring out what costume they are going to wear and what accessories would be perfect with the costume. Figuring out what decorations would be perfect additions to their growing collection. Don’t worry, there is still time to figure it all out!

Handmade in KC makers can help inspire you!

Steampunk Creature  - Remnants by RJ

A big thank you to Kjrsten from Demeter's Charisma for creating this blog post.  

What is your favorite thing about fall? Hopefully you have found an inspiration!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Fall Inspiration from Handmade in Kansas City

Hello! Handmade In Kansas City is shifting to the fall-like weather, even if it is still in the 90's outside. There are so many amazing products among these indie crafters that inspire: FALL!   Enjoy all things 'fall inspired'!

Have you met Violet's Buds? She has this adorable, hand embroidered 'Falling Leaf" hoop art that would make fall decorating a breeze!

Let me introduce The Geek Chick Boutique! She makes so many amazing things but I love the colors of this Dalek Cross Body Messenger Bag! So fall like!

I would also like to introduce to you The Tulle Box! She makes so many useful things for the home. I love this Fall leaves Garland!

Finally, meet Remnants by RJ! I love the personality of this Red the Duck Bot! Would add so much color for fall decorating in your home!

Handmade In Kansas City is full of more Fall-inspired creations! Make sure to visit other shops within the group!

A bit thanks to Kelly Kiser from Kiser Krafts for writing this blog.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Introduction to Hand Embroidery Workshop
made possible by
Hey Paul Studios and Handmade in Kansas City

November 7, 2015 ● 1pm – 4pm
1400 St. Louis Ave. ● Kansas City, MO

New to embroidery? Have no idea what it is? This is the perfect place to learn! Join Kristen Shuler of Hey Paul Studios and members of Handmade in Kansas City for an Introduction to Hand Embroidery Workshop, put on in conjunction with

This workshop is perfect for beginners, for those who want to sharpen their stitching skills, or for those who just want an excuse to hang out with like-minded, fantastically creative people.

During this 2 ½ hour course, you will learn all about:
*  Basic tools of hand embroidery,
*  Four basic stitches,
*  Pattern making techniques, and
*  Methods for mounting your work for display.
Best of all, you will leave with a completed work of art!

Hand drawn patterns and fabric will be provided to all students. Plus, complimentary thread will be available to use during the workshop. Feel free to bring your own supplies (like a 5" embroidery hoop and embroidery needles), OR you can purchase an embroidery starter kit for an additional $12 at the class.

What would an event be without refreshments and shopping? Cider and delicious snacks will be available for munching during this workshop, AND you can shop the amazing handmade products of several Handmade in Kansas City members . . . all at the same time! PLUS a sweet swag bag stuffed with Handmade in Kansas City handmade goodies and discounts!

Click here to buy tickets. 

Here’s the small print:
*  Please note that refunds can only be processed up to 8 days prior to the class.
*  Items from stitch kits cannot be sold separately.
*  Parking is limited to street parking. As it will be a First Friday weekend, coming early is recommended.

A big thank you to Brie Holst from Life's Gems for organizing this event and creating this blog post!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Finding Handmade in Kansas City in Stores

Where can you find Handmade in Kansas City items, you ask?   There are so many ways.  All of our members have an online shop, whether it be a website, Etsy Store, Zibbet Store or on Store Envy.  If you'd like to see our creations in person, several of our members' unique handmade items can also be found in stores around Kansas City.  For instance:

Jennnifer Schumaker from The Little Wing sells her gorgeous handmade dolls at Hand & Land in Leawood, KS. 

Nellie the Friend Doll by The Little Wing

Ni-Chern Designs can be found at "Made" on Mass in Lawrence, Kansas and Abode in Mission, KS. 
Bright Stripes Dog Collars by Ni-Chern Designs

The Geek Chic Boutique creations are available at Ugly Glass & Co in the West Bottoms of Kansas City, MO and Dare to Dabble in North Kansas City, MO.

Sherlock Messenger Bag Featuring Original Fabric Design by The Geek Chick Boutique

Rebecca Jackson from Remnants by RJ sells her adorable Robots at Mash Handmade in Kansas City, MO and Essential Goods in Lawrence, KS.

Ivory Isis' upcycled jewelry and vintage designs are available at Ugly Glass & Co, Noir Arts & Oddities in Kansas City, MO and Luna Coffee House in North Kansas City, MO.

Vintage Hematite Cameo by Ivory Isis

Jewelry designed and created Kristi & Carolyn at Hang Ups in KC can be found at Parkville Artisans Studio in Parkville, MO and Catfish & Tater in Liberty, MO. 

If you'd like to get to know Handmade in Kansas City Members a little better and find our online shops just click on the "Kansas City Handmade Sellers" tab above.

Thank you for supporting locally handmade!

This blog post was created by Carolyn Adams from Hang Ups in KC.