Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Witch Hat Cookies - a kid friendly recipe

Thank you to my friend at Just Cheeky Boutique for giving me the idea for these cookies! They are really cute, and so simple to make. This was a great project for me to have my preschooler help and learn to follow simple directions.
You only need 2 ingredients- thin mint cookies (or any chocolate cookie), and Hershey's Kisses. Start by melting a few Kisses over a double boiler. While you are waiting for these to melt, start unwrapping the other Kisses you will use to make the hats. Once the chocolate is melted, its time to assemble the witch hats. Dip the bottom of a Kiss in the melted chocolate with just enough to coat the bottom. Stick the Kiss on top of a cookie, and tah-dah--  Witch hat!
I made an assembly area for my daughter and she went to town making the hats until we ran out of cookies. Of course, when you have a little helper, you will get chocolate everywhere and have to sacrifice a few Kisses to taste-testing. We had a great time! It was a simple but fun Halloween activity.

A BIG thank you to Melanie from Violet's Buds for sharing this fun Halloween recipe!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Introduction to Hand Embroidery Workshop - November 7, 2015 ● 1pm – 4pm 1400 St. Louis Ave. ● Kansas City, MO

Our Stitch workshop on November 7th is QUICKLY approaching! 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 Eat Drink Stitch.

This workshop is perfect for beginners, for those who want to sharpen their stitching skills, or for experienced stitchers 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.

This EXCLUSIVE and one-time-only event offers you a fabulously fun-filled-Saturday! Start with our workshop where you will learn all you need to know to start stitching, hit up our complimentary snack bar complete with hot apple cider, and shop handmade quality products made right here in Kansas City. After the workshop, wander just a few blocks down the street and visit Kansas City’s infamous First Friday Weekends in the West Bottoms! All of the antique stores open and offering more unique treasures and gifts than one person can see in a day!

Tickets are limited, as we want to keep this event exclusive. Grab your closest girlfriends and reserve your tickets now, as they are not available at the door!  Click here for tickets.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Ghost Gourd DIY

Looking for an easy spooky decoration for Halloween? Try making a ghost gourd! This craft is relatively fast, and is kid friendly.
You will need:
a ghostly shaped gourd (dried is preferred)
white craft paint
a black permanent marker.
I am using a dried gourd that my dad grew a few years ago. Start by wiping the surface of the gourd clean. Then coat the gourd with white craft paint. Allow to dry fully. Give it a second, or third coat of white paint as needed.
Once the white paint is even and fully dried, you can make the face. I first drew the ghost face with a pencil to make sure I got it right. Draw in the eyes & mouth with a black permanent marker. Now your ghost is done!
As is, it makes a nice indoor decoration. You can tie a string around the stem to hang it, or simply place on the mantle. If you want to place it outdoors, I would recommend a coat of waterproof sealant.

Happy Halloween!

Thank you to Melanie from Violet's Buds for this spooky DIY!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

What Handmade in Kansas City LOVES About Fall

When asked our members were happy to share their favorite things about Fall.  We'd love it if you would share what you love about Fall with us!

Nicole Wall  - Ni-Chern Designs: accessories for people and pets
“Taking the kids to the pumpkin patch and just spending time with them.

Melanie Gipson Violet’s Buds: handsewn flowers for hair accessories and hoop art
My favorite parts of fall are having the windows open during the day, baking with pumpkins and apples, and watching my daughter play in the leaves.”

Jennifer Goodman Schumaker - The Little Wing: one of a kind doll & animal friends, embroidery art
ALL THE PUMPKINY THINGS. Cozy sweaters, more baking, soups, trips to the pumpkin patch, carving pumpkins, & watching leaves change.”

Carolyn Goodfellow-Adams – Hang Ups in KC: Jewelry from upcycled finds
“Pumpkin Pie! I love the coziness of the fall. Ooooh and apple cider from Trader Joe's.”

Jennifer ConnerCreations by M and J: sewing for children and babies
“Apple cider and cider donuts from Dunn's cider mill. Then going to the pumpkin patch.”

Rebecca Jackson  - Remnants by RJ: Recycled Robots and Steampunk Jewelry/Art
“I love the orange leaves. I stalk certain areas that have those orange-y trees.”

Amy Beth – By Wicked Red: Beaded Jewelry, Upcycled paper beads
“I love the weather. I have the be’st tree in my front yard the has the best fall leaves. Thanksgiving ...everything about it from family to shopping to, of course, the food.

Sara Hunsaker – Gyspy Soup: UPcycled wearables (wrist cuffs)/carryables (pouches/aunt fannys)
“Layery goodness, extra long hugs, cool stocking caps and fall festivals!!!”

Cindy Livingston Jurries – Fabtabulous: Upcycled jewelry made from guitar strings, soda tabs, bullets, etc.
“The things I look forward to each autumn are cozy sweaters and boots, making homemade soup, and the smell of fall-ish candles! I also love simmering my own concoction of spices and fruit on the stove to infuse the house with the scent of cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, oranges and apples... or anything else I think of to throw into the pot.”

Shelly Lawless-NguyenStik a Pin in it : Sewing Accessories, embroidery, felt
“EVERYTHING! Hahaha, I seriously adore this time of year. The weather, the fashion, the food (Louisburg Donuts, and Walts Pumpkin patch Pumkin sloppy joes) TV shows starting back up, settling into a routine after the more carefree days of summer, Halloween (fav holiday by far), pumpkin patch traditions with friends and family, the colors, the smells...okay I could go on forever! I just feel so energized this time of year! And Pumpkin or Caramel flavored everything doesn't hurt!”

Carla Gilliland Poirier – Nuggets of Goodness: jewelry: recycled vintage; vintage handbags
“Crisp 40 degree mornings with clear blue skies, start of the new season of the Walking Dead, warm cozy hoodies, hot chocolate, trick or treating with my daughter, fall colors, flowerpots full of mums, Saturday night bonfires in the firepit, hiking in the woods, the smell of cinnamon and cloves mixed with clementine peels simmering on the stove...I love Fall!!!!!”

Christy Parker Bean – Aunt Christy’s Country Kitchen: Handcrafted jams and jellies
“I was born in October and I grew up, predominantly, on the east coast. I just remember the beginning of the fall semester and riding my bike to school with my new back to school clothes on a crisp autumn day and feeling like life was brand new. New school year, new adventures. I love the smell of autumn and the crisp autumn days that give relief to hot summer days. And the month of October. My birthday, my wedding anniversary, and Halloween, my second to favorite Holiday because I love dressing up and being someone/something else for a day. And football games, and marching band competitions. Walking around in a kilt and freezing my butt off at the night football games (our HS mascot was the highlander). So much for me to love about fall!”

Brie Holst – Life’s Gems: Dazzling designs for home and life
“I enjoy the cool crisp air when fall first begins. The change in wardrobe to warm sweaters and boots, cuddling on the couch under blankets, smelling chili and different soups cooking all day, and of course, planning my Halloween party!”

Laura Graybill – Handmade by Lolo Z:  Custom Clothing for the whole family

“My family has such great fall traditions!  First, the Harvest party where my parents create an afternoon of fall fun for all the kids; complete with hayride, corn maze, pumpkin picking, apple bobbing and of course a ton of food!  Then we have the neighborhood Pumpkin Party with the kids carving their jack-o-lanterns and a bonfire and delicious treats to finish off the evening (and hopefully a little Royals baseball as well!!).  Then Halloween night – trick or treating with the kids and enjoying warm drinks and driveway fire with the other parents”  

A big thank you to Laura from Handmade by Lolo Z for putting together this blog post!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Must Visit Festivals & Events for October 2015

Handmade in Kansas City members will be out and about this fall at several events. This is a great opportunity to meet us in person, see our beautiful handmade items, and share in the fall fun and great weather! It’s never too early to begin looking for special gifts for friends and family members for Christmas, either, and buying handmade adds that touch that says you really care, plus it supports local small businesses and Kansas City in general! Here are some local fall events in the Kansas City area for the month of October, and more about them so you can see which ones you would like to attend.

Gladfest Fall Festival: Gladfest was recently voted the “Best Annual Fair/Festival in the Northland”. October 2nd in the evening and October 3rd are the days available for shopping with local area crafters and vendors. You can always count on lots of great food, beverages and music! Ivory Isis, recycled jewelry and vintage designs, will be attending this event with Tania’s beautiful jewelry. Schedule and even more details are available here.

CRAFT Shop Sip Feast: Craft was created as a pop-up event by the makers of Chick Events. It is a marketplace with over 80 handcrafted and vintage vendors, an artisan food pavilion, whiskey and wine seminars and tastings, craft beer by Boulevard Brewing Company, local food, local bands, and plenty to see and do! It runs from October 3rd through October 4th. Ni-Chern Designs will be attending with Nicole’s beautiful and high-quality bags, collars, and other sewn accessories and items. Check out all of the details here.  

Sugar Mound Arts & Crafts Festival: This event, held in Mound City, Kansas on October 10th and 11th, hosts over 400 vendors from as far away as California.   There will be food and crafts and plenty to see in this beautiful area of Kansas! Creations by M & J will be attending with Jennifer’s cute children’s toys, bibs, blankets, and accessories. Check it out at here

Baldwin City Maple Leaf Festival: This is a local event full of many crafters held in Baldwin City, Kansas on  October 17th and 18th. This is a celebration of the turning of the seasons and leaves in a down-home community setting. Ni-Chern Designs will be attending with Nicole’s wonderful bags, collars, and other sewn accessories and items. More information is available here

Heritage Days: The annual Heritage Days will be hosted in nearby Warsaw, Missouri on October 17th and 18th. Take a stroll out of town and see some beautiful nature while checking out Creations by M & J with Jennifer’s adorable children’s toys, bibs, blankets, and accessories. All the details are available here.   

Strawberry Swing Fall Swing Pop-Up Marketplace: Strawberry Swing’s creators are having a fall pop-up marketplace at Woodyard Bar-B-Que on Sunday October 18th! There will be some beautiful burnt ends, beer, live music, plus several handmade vendors ready to show you their beautiful goods! Remnants by RJ with Rebecca’s beautiful Steampunk and robotic inspired creations will be there, along with Stik a Pin In It and Shelly’s great sewing accessories and embroidery! More information is available here

We wish you all a wonderful October!

Thank you to Tania from Ivory Isis for creating this blog post.