Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Handmade in KC Online Auction to Benefit A Handmade in KC Family Member

Meet Robin.  Sister to fantastically creative Handmade in KC member, Sara from Gypsy Soup.  Robin is going through a difficult time.  She is bravely battling stage four pancreatic cancer.  To support Sara & Robin we are auctioning off a selection of handmade items from our Handmade in Kansas City members.  100% of proceeds will go to help with Robin's medical bills. 

Please click here to visit the auction.  While you are visiting you can donate, bid or buy and item outright.  The auction is on NOW and closes on May 11th so don't wait to snag your favorite items. 

Check out some of the creations that we're auctioning off:

Hoop Art donated by Violet's Buds

Lampwork Earrings donated by Aunt Christy's Country Kitchen

Handcrafted Jam Basket donated by Aunt Christy's Country Kitchen

Ribbon Elephant Snuggle Blanket donated by Creations by M and J

Children's Animal Quilt donated by Creations by M and J

Guitar String Cross Necklace donated by FabTabulous

Fancy Lace Utility Apron donated by Handmade by Lolo Z

"Joyful" Hand Stamped Vintage Spoon Handle Bracelet donated by Hang Ups in KC

"Faith" Hand Stamped Pewter Necklace donated by Hang Ups in KC

Hoop Art donated by Brie from Life's Gems

Kansas City Royals Dog Collar donated by Ni-Chern Designs

Warrior Bot donated by Remnants by RJ

Slouchy Beanie donated by Demeter's Charisma

Sia the Floppy Bunny donated by the little wing
KC Nelson Girl Broach donated by Unravelled

This is a great chance for you to get a good deal on some locally handmade items (right on time for Mother's Day & Graduation) while lending a helping hand to a local family in need. 

Thank you for your support!

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

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Every Day is Earth Day for Several Handmade in Kansas City Makers

Earth Day this year is on April 22nd.  This year will be Earth Day’s 46th anniversary, and climate change and considerations for our planet are now even more important than ever.   Events are held worldwide to celebrate the cause for environmental protection, not just on Earth Day, but every day of the year, and to remind us that we alone hold the power to protect our environment.  The Earth Day anthem, which was written to explain the importance of Earth Day, says:
Joyful joyful we adore our Earth in all its wonderment
Simple gifts of nature that all join into a paradise

Now we must resolve to protect her

Show her our love throughout all time
With our gentle hand and touch
We make our home a newborn world
Now we must resolve to protect her
Show her our love throughout all time
With our gentle hand and touch

We make our home a newborn world
Several Handmade in Kansas City members make items out of recycled fabric and parts.  Just a few members that do include:

Sara from Gypsy Soup makes a completely unique and beautiful line of wrist cuffs, fanny packs and purses from upcycled fabric including neckties.  This Scrunch Clutch Bag is on sale right now!

Rebecca from Remnants by RJ makes robots with big personalities from found  materials. Chances are she has or can make a robot perfect for you.  You can find this limited edition KC Royals Bitty Bot here.  

Laura, from Handmade by LoloZ makes beautiful handmade clothing.   Some of her repurposing includes making antique embroidered pillowcases into girls dresses and skirts. Right now, she's making some Royals game day dresses with thrifted t-shirts.  

Carla from Nuggets of Goodness repurposes vintage jewelry and other treasures into new jewelry and gift items.  This vintage souvenir wine charm set would be perfect for the traveler in your life. 

Tania, from Ivory Isis creates beautiful jewelry from vintage items.  This necklace was made from a perfume button and is nuzzled in rose gold settings.  You can purchase it here.  

FabTabulous makes gorgeous jewelry from guitar strings and pop can tabs.  Cindy purchases the pop can tabs from Ronald McDonald House.   This stunning guitar string bracelet can be found here.

Kristi & Carolyn from Hang Ups in KC create unique jewelry from retired musical instruments and antique items.  These earrings were made from the body of a retired flute and can be found here.  A portion of the proceeds from these earrings will be donated to Band of Angels KC.

If you’d like to learn more about Earth Day, feel free to visit  for more information.
Thank you to Tania from Ivory Isis for creating this blog post!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Kids Activity: Homemade Slime

Believe it or not there's only about 6 weeks of school left this year.  We are getting close to that time of year where we start planning fun & educational activities to do with our kids during summer break.  Here's a wonderfully gross Homemade Slime recipe that Handmade in KC member Melanie from Violet's Buds found at  

This has to be one of the easiest projects we've done, as well as one of the most interesting.You start with these items: 

1 cup water
1 tbs psyllium fiber (like Metamucil powder, only plain)
large microwave safe bowl
food coloring

Using a rather large microwave safe bowl, pour in the water and whisk in the fiber until mixed. Add 2-3 drops of food coloring and give it another little stir. Make sure to use a large bowl because the mix will bubble up significantly in the microwave.

We used this as an opportunity for measuring, pouring and stirring. Unlike baking, if we got the mix a little off, it wasn't going to turn out terribly. If you end up with a little more water than the recipe calls for, your slime will be more gooey. Using more fiber ends up with firmer texture slime.

Put the bowl in the microwave for about 5 minutes (maybe a bit more) and watch it bubble and grow. It forms a skin on top, so it shouldn't ooze over. 

Remove the bowl from the microwave carefully, and make sure little hands don't get burned. You'll need to stir the slime with a wooden spoon until it cools off to the point that you can handle it. 

After a couple minutes of stirring I was able to pull the slime out of the bowl and place it on the table. Stretching the slime helped it to cool further. 

After the first blue batch, we had to make a second yellow one. They were fun to play with for the day. We put them in plastic storage bags overnight and they became stickier. Two days later they were pretty gooey and gross and needed to be tossed. Its possible that storing them in the fridge will lengthen the time you can play with them.

We will certainly be making the slime again! I'm considering adding a drop or two of scented oil next time to add another sensory dimension. 

What is your favorite science activity?

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Meet the Maker: Tania from Ivory Isis

Ivory Isis
recycled jewelry and vintage designs
Like Isis brought Osiris back to life, I bring old jewelry back to its former glory.

Tania Marg grew up in the middle of the woods in the central Ozarks of Missouri with her Mom, Grandma, and Grandpa. The beautiful environment and the influence of family forged Tania into what she describes as the “artistic misfit” she still is today. Grandma led her to appreciate and see the value and beauty in older items through collecting antiques and inspired her creativity with amazing ideas.  A love of nature, the woods and a passion for life comes from her mom. 
Flower Key Pendant Necklaces

Tania attended MU, planning on a career in Graphic Design.  While working a fully time job as a Corporate Specialist in a bank, she lets her artistic side free by doing creative projects, artwork, and making jewelry on the side.  She moved to Kansas City in 2006. 

“I love that there is a lot of focus on art and culture here, and I’ve really enjoyed living here so far. I’m from a tiny small town near Lake of the Ozarks, so I absolutely adore that there is a focus on historical preservation here as well!”

Rare Perfume Button Necklace

In March 2013, Tania took those passions and influences and started selling her jewelry created from repurposed and vintage pieces. She chose her business name, Ivory Isis, from her online nickname.  “I love Ancient Egypt and my favorite Egyptian goddess was Isis. Ivory is because I am deathly pale ;).”   According to mythology, Isis brings her husband Osiris back from death, so the name fit perfectly with her mission to bring vintage and forgotten items new life. Her business tag line explains it best. “Like Isis brought Osiris back to life, I bring old jewelry back to its former glory.”

When designing her jewelry, Tania still gets her inspiration from antiques and old things. “I really enjoy history and I wanted to incorporate that into my work. Art Deco, Art Nouveau, and Victorian designs are sadly still kind of overlooked in jewelry design, and I really wanted to dig into that and get creative with it.”  She does a lot of leg work through brainstorming, Pinteresting, and antique hunting before she puts the materials together, sketches out ideas and finally assembling.  She describes her process as “a little wild and crazy at times, but it’s pretty fun all the same!”  The freedom of having a creative outlet that allows her to work at her own pace on her own schedule is a major source of motivation when she is designing and constructing her pieces.

She joined the Handmade in Kansas City collective at the encouragement of the owners of Ugly Glass & Co, a shop in the West Bottoms where she was vending.  She says the best part of joining has been belonging to a community of makers and sharing experiences and encouraging each other
The next project coming from Ivory Isis? Vintage lace pendants in glass.  “I really want to expand Ivory Isis and also sell some of my artwork as well. I just need a little more time to get it going and I think I’ll be able to start doing this. Other than that I just hope to continue being creative and finding ways to express myself. I’m not too complicated, really.”

You can purchase Ivory Isis at these locations:
Monkey Wrench Clothing
1607 Westport Rd
Kansas City, MO 64111

Luna Coffeehouse
1329 Swift Ave
North Kansas City, MO 64116

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A big thank to your Laura from Handmade by Lolo Z for writing this blog post!