Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from Handmade in Kansas City

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The makers from Handmade in Kansas City would like to wish you and your family a very merry Christmas and all the best for 2016!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Last Minute Gift Ideas from Handmade in KC

Still looking for the perfect Christmas gift, holiday decoration, or New Years Eve accessory? Head over to our list of sellers, and view the shops to find just what you need.

All of us at Handmade in KC would like to thank you for your support, and wish you Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

DIY: Thumbprint Snowman Ornament

Christmas is drawing near, and I've had a lot of fun doing holiday crafts with my daughter. Each year for Christmas we like to create ornaments to give as gifts to friends and family. In the past we've made button tree ornaments, salt dough handprint ornaments, and yarn ball snowmen. This year we made thumbprint snowman ornaments. Its a simple and fun process, great for any age!

You will need:
Plain ball ornaments (we used plastic ornaments with both shiny and matte finish)
white acrylic paint
black permanent marker
orange permanent marker or crayon
makeup sponge or paint brush (optional)
empty egg carton

To start, I dipped the makeup sponge in white paint and painted a layer on my daughter's thumb. (Dipping also works, but for her age the brush was simpler) It took a few times to figure out how much paint to use, and we practiced on a piece of scrap paper. Once we had the right amount I helped her put three stacked thumbprints on each ornament. We placed each ornament in a egg carton, paint side up to dry.

When the paint had full dried, which for us was 10-15 minutes, I helped her use a black permanent marker to add eyes, mouth, arms, buttons and a hat to each snowman. I then went back with an orange permanent marker and added a carrot nose. You could also use a warm crayon to add the nose, which I tried and didn't have as much luck.

Finally, I added my daughter's name and the year to the back of each ornament. If you are concerned about sealing the ornament, you could coat it with mod podge or a spray sealant (even clear nail polish would work). I tied a ribbon loop to the top and they are ready to hang.

A big thank you to Melanie Gipson from Violet's Buds for sharing this fun activity with us!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Meet the Maker – Nuggets of Goodness, Carla Poirier

Get to know Carla – the creative mind behind Nuggets of Goodness, original handmade jewelry with a vintage vibe!

Carla Poirier found a love for sparkly adornments playing in her Grandma’s collection of 40s, 50s and 60s costume jewelry.  She started her own collection of vintage jewelry in high school, and began to make her own jewelry too, mostly funky stuff made of found objects and repurposed stuff from the hardware store.   She attended school to be a graphic designer, then later again to study art history. The enduring theme in her work was a passion for jewelry. 

A few years ago, overwhelmed with the amount of vintage jewelry in her collection that was sitting unused, she decided to tear it apart and made new pieces.  Of course, she started getting requests from family and friends, especially for special occasion and wedding pieces, and it grew from there.  Carla grew up watching her family run a metal finishing business, so the entrepreneurial spirit was just in her blood.  The first products were exclusively wedding jewelry, but it has since evolved over time, and now she has added fun accessories like hair pins, magnets and quirky wine charms, all using recycled vintage materials.  Her unique business name has special meaning, she said, “While dating, my husband and I shared the pet name Nugget. Once we married and had our daughter, we became Team Nugget, and they are my sweet Nuggets of Goodness. I thought the name would be fitting for my shop J” 

The creative process for Carla comes in waves…what she calls “binge making.”  She isn’t a planner and just goes wherever the day takes her. “I have all my beads organized by color and often that will get me going on a path, or maybe it will be certain textures or shapes that I'm thinking about. I have a little print drawer with lots of little cubbies, and I will usually fill that up with the supplies for several jewelry ideas, and then I set off to making everything. The brainstorming with the supplies is one of my favorite parts of the process. I'm usually listening to music and dancing around while I poke through the supply cabinets looking for just the right piece. Good stuff!”

As she looks to the future, Carla realizes the importance of accepting help.  “As a maker, I always try to do everything myself, but I've had to learn that you can't do it all! You just end up spreading yourself too thin, and lose focus.”   The original pieces she creates are still inspired by her grandma, but also her 9 year old daughter, a fearless fashionista who has an eye for quirky, amazing color choices.  

We have a lot of fun to look forward to from Nuggets of Goodness, “I've always made jewelry, and as long as I'm physically capable, probably always will. I don't think I could ever stop. Now that the price of metals is going down, I'm excited to start adding more sterling silver pieces into the collection, and am planning to add a line of gold-filled pieces, which I've not done in the past. I'm very excited about that: I haven't worked in precious metals in a couple of years, so feel like I'm going back to my roots. It's quite rejuvenating, creatively. I'm looking forward to more studio dance parties in the near future!

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Thank you to Laura from Handmade by LoloZ for helping us to learn more about Nuggets of Goodness.  

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Handmade in Kansas City Men's Gift Guide

This is a collection from the Handmade in KC group that caters to the men. So get ready and take notes!

First up--who doesn't love the Royals?? Especially after all their wonderful success! What better way to celebrate than to snag one of these great collars?  Click here to check them out in detail.

Next up Unravelled is offering a brand new line of wallets for every guy on your list! A line of hand-printed silk ties coming soon! 

For the guy in your life with a soft spot for tech and all things science check out Remnants by RJ to see an awesome line of robots!!  This Cine-Bot would be the perfect gift for a movie-buff.  

Finally, for the musician who is so difficult to buy for Hang Ups in KC has cufflinks made from a retired saxophone.

We know men are hard to shop for so we here at Handmade in KC strive to continuously add goodies to our inventory. Stay tuned as we release more great holiday gift ideas for every person in your life.

Thank you to Larissa from Unravelled for creating this blog post.