Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Autumn Inspiration

Labor Day has come and gone, and summer is slowing coming to an end. The weather is cool one day and hot the next, reminding us Fall is on the way.  That special time of year, with football and rubgy games, thoughts of bonfires and carving pumpkins and seasonal traditions like harvesting apples!  

Apple picking is a great way to spend a Fall afternoon, but even more fun can be using the apples to create tasty treats like applesauce, apple donuts, apple pie, or apple chutney.  If you are looking for a taste of fall without the work, one seasonal treat is Cranberry Apple Chutney from Aunt Christy's Country Kitchen!  Blended with sweet apples, tart cranberries and warm autumn spices, this delightful chutney will certainly create a party in your mouth.  This limited run product is available only October through January.

So you picked more apples than you can use?  If you aren't eating tasty apple treats, you can use the apples for fun and games!  Bobbing for apples is easy and fun, or you can try making dried shrunken apple heads in preparation for Halloween fun. Not sure how?  Here is a quick tutorial..

Supplies: Bowl, peeler, small carving knife, 
Ingredients: apples, whole cloves, a few grains of rice, 1/2 cup lemon juice, 2 teaspoons salt 
Directions: Mix lemon juice and salt in a bowl. Peel a apple and coat with mixture to prevent browning. Carve out eye sockets, a nose, mouth and ears in the apple. You can use whole cloves for eyes and raw rice grains for teeth or come up with your own accessories (like cotton for hair, black hats, or glasses.) Let apples dry on a wire rack in a warm place for at least two weeks or help speed up the process by setting in an oven on the lowest temperature for a few hours (but the process will still take several days).

If you get done creating your shrunken heads in and your mind starts drifting to some of the other fall favorites that you can only find this time of year, like Candy Corn! You may not like to eat candy corn, but if you have a little girl, you can help her celebrate Fall with a candy corn inspired outfit from Handmade By Lolo Z.

What inspires you when weather starts too cool and thoughts of fall approach? Crafts, snacks, treats, or accessories?  

Thank you Kjrsten from Demeter's Charisma for writing this week's post!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Craft Stores Around the World!

Until recently, I had not been creating much of anything physical while I have been here in London. The reasons behind this are mostly that I didn’t have a lot of room, time or tools. Until I began my master dissertation, pretty much all my work was digital. At the start, my dissertation was going to be a film on how the public interacts with art and then what that looks like on social media. Then I changed it to a craftivism project, I know that lines up so nicely with my last blog post (craft creates changes)

The inside of a haberdashery
One thing I did learn is that I miss the crap out of Hobby Lobby and Michaels. Not just because they are huge and they have pretty much everything you could need! It was mostly just that I was missing something familiar while I was struggling with this project. (I’m writing this in a small park by church and a man just walked by grumbling that all the benches are taken.)

While I did miss the familiarity of the stores back home, I learned to something new about London that I love. Firstly, most craft or art stores are called haberdasheries. How freaking adorable and quaint is that!  Second they are mostly local independent stores; there are a few chains but they are mostly for art supplies.  One is called Cass Art Supply and if you are in need of paint, paper or other drawing, paint, basic supplies Cass is the place to go.
My local Haberdash in Wimbledon

But most of the local places will have a speciality.  One in Kingston is focused on sewing. It has a few other things, but you walk in and think, dang it’s all fabric, but walk in a take a peek and you will find various other things tucked away in the corners. These shops are staffed by very helpful people. If they don’t have what you are looking for they know who might, and where to find them.

How cute is this bike sign?
When I needed to find a heat transfer pencil for my master dissertation piece, I went to 4 different stores each of whom suggested another place to go and try.  Only one place had what I needed but I never would have gone there if it wasn’t for the staff at the other haberdasheries.  Interesting fact,  the origin of the word is in Anglo-Saxon, for small wares.  Haberdashers were salesmen that carried small goods mostly for sewing and travelled around to the villages. Now there are haberdasheries all over the UK that are little local shops full of charm and local crafters. And while there is more and sometimes better selection on line or in big stores, which they do have in the UK, I love the feel and atmosphere of the haberdashery.

What do you prefer? Small shop or big store?  Do you like a combination of both, or do you get your supplies online? Let us know in the comments below! And be sure to check out Handmade in KC on this site or on our facebook page!
Ta ta!

Amy, From X37Adventures

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Magic at Handmade In Kc

 "AAAAAAaaaaa-BBrraaaa-CCAaaadabra!" one exclaims with a flick and a swish of a magic wand. And amazing, wonderful things happen!  
A photo posted by Scott Gipson (@gipsonwands) on
Enter Gipson Wands, a place just like Ollivander's in the Harry Potter stories, where the "wand chooses the wizard" a wand will most certainly choose you. ☺ Each wand is hand crafted with wood locally sourced and with great care from the maker, Scott. He has a vision of each creation and each one beautiful. Scott also pulled together an magical Wizarding Clue. It is a family friendly game, with tons of creative art and handmade pieces.
A photo posted by Scott Gipson (@gipsonwands) on
Wizarding clue is on my Christmas list as my house needs a touch of magic. 😉 Along with one Gipson Wands beautiful hand-crafted wand handled crochet hooks. ☺ I love how light they are to crochet with and easy to hold. My favorite is the black walnut ones. The wood is so beautiful and the hooks are strong.  
A photo posted by Scott Gipson (@gipsonwands) on
So pretty! ☺ If you need a touch of magic in your home, head over to Gipson Wands. Scott has all the magic you need. ☺

Thank you Kelly from Kiser Krafts Handmade for this week's post!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Meet the Maker: Caitlin of C Is For Crafty

 We'd like to introduce you to one of our newest Handmade in Kansas City member; Caitlin from C is for Crafty.

1.  Hi Caitlin!  Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Hello!! My name is Caitlin Cunningham! I have lived in KC my whole life and currently live in Lee's Summit with my soon to be husband and our 5 year old son. Crafting has always been my passion! I grew up watching my Grandma sew and learned how to do it on my own at the age of 12. Along with sewing, I love to paint, scrapbook, re-do old furniture and pretty much put a DIY twist on anything I do!

2.  Can you tell us a little about your business & what you make?
C is for Crafty is in the beginning stages of growing into my dream business. I have many goals and ideas in mind that I can't wait to put together! As of now, I currently do all kinds of events and craft shows to showcase my work. Cosmetic/accessory zipper bags, wristlets, zipper pouches, tote bags, velcro cord keepers, glasses holders, pillows, coaster sets and magnets are some of the items I create. My ultimate goal is to have a store front that offers craft supplies, parties, classes and open space for crafters to come create any project they desire!

3.  How long have you been in business and what prompted you to become a small business owner?
I have been in business for a little over a year now. Just simply being my own boss and challenging myself in that way, is what prompted me to become a business owner. I am a HUGE believer in doing what you love and taking risks to reach your goals!

4.  What (or who) inspires you creatively?
I am a Pinterest addict through and though, so that is where I get most of my inspiration from!!

5.  Where do you work?
As of now, I set up my work space on my kitchen table!! It's definitely not my ideal space, but until we purchase a bigger home, it's all I've got and I'm learning to make the best of it!

6.  What is your favorite thing to create?
Right now I'm obsessed with making tote bags!! They've been a huge hit the past couple months and I've loved watching the reactions of my customers as I deliver their bag to them!!

7.  Do you ever do shows where we can come out and meet you? 
I do shows around the area all the time!! Be sure to follow my Facebook page to stay up to date with when and where I'll be, I'd love to meet you in person!!

8.  Where can we find your creations online or in stores? 
You can find my items in Boutique VII in Harrisonville, MO and The Porch Swing in Greenwood, MO! Although it's still a work in progress, you can also check out my Etsy shop.   Again, check out my Facebook to stay tuned with any new store locations!

9.  How did you come to join our merry band of artisans at Handmade in Kansas City?
I found out about Handmade in KC while doing some research about local KC makers. I stumbled upon the website and couldn't pass up the opportunity! One thing that I love about this group is the variety of products all the members have to offer. There's so much talent here and it's so inspiring to see each individuals work!

Thank you to Caitlin for letting us get to know her a little better.  If you would like to learn more about C is for Crafty follow Caitlin's adventures on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

This blog was created by Carolyn Adams from Hang Ups Jewelry Designs.