Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Handmade in KC Gift Guide for Upcycled Lovers

Several of our Handmade in Kansas City community members use re-purposed materials in their handmade creations.  We wanted to make it easy for you to shop handmade upcycled this holiday season so we created this Upycled Gift Guide.

This gorgeous double wrap zipper bracelet created by Cindy at FabTabulous is upcycled using a post consumer brass zipper, antique bronze chain, and three lovely, midnight blue and gold vintage buttons.

PugglesWorth is everything a mixed-up-pug-bot should be: adorable, compact, and completely irresistible. Remnant by RJ has created a diverse and unique line of robot sculptures made from spare parts that has something for everyone.


Hang Ups in KC has a large selection of jewelry made from upcycled items including musical instruments, keys, key holes, silverware, typewriter keys, belts and buttons.  This fun necklace was created from an antique keyhole.

Farnsworth the Puppy Pillow was handmade by The Little Wing KC from upcycled and vintage fabrics.  Check out Jennifer's online store for adorable dolls and pillows.

Ivory Isis has a gorgeous line of jewelry made from upcycled materials.  You can find her on Facebook and on her website.

Gypsy Soup makes incredibly cool and unique items from upcycled items.  This wrist cuff is 90% repurposed, using an upcycled neck tie as the base with layers of recycled materials and buttons.

These Gypsy Hair Jewels were handmade by Violet's Buds.  Lovely upcycled metal & black jewel pendants have been carefully secured to bobby pins, turning them in to hair jewelry.

Happy Holiday Shopping!

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

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Handmade In KC Kids Holiday Gift Guide

Can you believe it is already mid-November?!? Where did 2015 go? Christmas is right around the corner and Handmade In KC group has many great handmade items that will make wonderful gifts for the kids in your life. So, while I was sitting down writing out my 'Christmas gift list' for my own family, I thought I would pull together a children's gift guide.

Baby: M and J Creations has so many amazing handmade items, for all ages but I love their Ribbon Creatures. This elephant is darling and would be perfect as a gift for the holidays or even a baby shower during the year.

Kiser Krafts also has handmade plush sock bunnies that are safe for 0+. One of my favorites is this bright Dotdot Bunny. She is cute, small, colorful, and features secure safety eyes.

Toddler & Children: I love The Little Wing and her creations! My daughter has one of her previous styled dolls and it is well loved. I love the NEW dress-me style dolls, especially this one with vibrant blue hair.

Every little girl loves flowers in their hair (sometimes even women😉 I know I do)! Violet's Bud hair flowers are so well made and super darling! I love the pig tail sets as well as this beautiful bloom for the Harry Potter fan!

 While M and J Creations and Kiser Krafts have items set apart for the very young, there are other items within their virtual walls for children of all ages. M and J Creations has handmade wooden cars - how cool is that!?! And Kiser Krafts has sock lions!?! Who needs a monkey, when there is a sock lion out there?!? Handmade In KC has many other amazing items for all ages that make wonderful gifts. Please, stay tuned as more gift guides will be shared throughout the next few weeks. I know you will find the perfect gift you are looking for.

Thank you to Kelly from Kiser Krafts for putting this blog together.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

November & December Shopping Events in the Kansas City Area

Crafts & Drafts:
Crafts & Drafts is hosted by local Kansas City paper The Pitch and has 95 vendors with 20 craft beers ready for you to check out!  Happening on November 7th from 11:00 AM until 6:00 PM at the Uptown Theater Shoppes, across from The Uptown Theater.     

Cool To Be Blue Holiday Boutique:
The North Heartland Community Church is putting on a show for the fifth year on November 7th!  9:00 AM until 3:00 PM at North Heartland Community Church.  For all the details click here.  
Members Participating: Aunt Christy’s Country Kitchen

Pinterest Inspired Holiday Craft Show:
On November 14th in Blue Springs, this 100% handmade holiday show will feature homemade, boutique, and repurposed vendors.  At the Pavillion at Centerline in Blue Springs, MO from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM.  Four $50 giveaways will be awarded, and donations of a toy worth at least $10.00 are needed for entry.  Check it out here.   
Members Participating: Aunt Christy’s Country Kitchen

Belvoir Winery Sip and Shop:
Two floors of fabulous crafters on November 21st.  $25.00 value free gifts given to the first 30 that walk in the door at 11:00 AM!  Free wine tastings, lunch, and giveaways as well.  11:00 AM until 6:00 PM at Belvoir Winery in Liberty, MO.  More details here.   

Strawberry Swing Holiday Swing:
Come visit one of the top indie craft fairs in the world with 75+ vendors, food trucks, kids crafts, live music, a photo booth, and plenty of fun!  At The Uptown Theater Shoppes across from The Uptown Theater, Saturday and Sunday, December 5th and 6th.  For more details click here.   

A big thanks to Tania from Ivory Isis for putting this blog together.