Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Join Us in Celebrating Spring Training - Let's Go Royals!

Are you ready for baseball to return? Spring training starts this month, which means it's time to get your Royals fan gear out! Of course, you'll want to add to your collection, and the Handmade In KC shops are prepared to help you with the best Kansas City and Royals-inspired pieces.



Be Royal necklace from Hang Ups in KC
KC embroidered hoop art by Stik a Pin In It
Upcycled Pinwheel Earrings by X37Adventures




Grant the Friend Doll from The Little Wing
Royals mini-mosaic from X37Adventures
Handwired Pop Tab Earrings by Fabtabulous
KC Royals bitty bot from RemnantsbyRJ




Royals logo Dog Collars from Ni-Chern Designs
Blue Sleeping Beauty Bath bombs from Seasons of Love Gifts
Blue enamel flower cluster vintage assembled bracelet from Nuggets of Goodness
Be Royal two-toned flower blossom hair clip from Violet's Buds


Let's celebrate the 2015 World Series Champions, and encourage our Kansas City Royals for 2016!

Thank you to Melanie from Violet's Buds for creating this blog post!


Thursday, February 18, 2016

Meet the Maker - Linn from Seasons of Love Gifts

One of the best parts of buying local handmade products is getting to know the person behind the company!  Let’s learn a little about Linn Gabrielli, her company -  Seasons of Love Gifts, and a mission to share natural bath and body products with some love and encouragement.

All natural sugar scrubs were one of the first products.


Seasons of Love Gifts offers premium handcrafted luxury bath and body products, specializing in making handcrafted bath bombs, sugar scrub, bath soaks, bath teas, body butter, and other delightful bath items without the use of harmful chemicals.  All sugar scrubs, bath soaks, lip balms, and body butters are 100% all natural and made with mostly organic ingredients. All scents are created with the use of high quality essential oils providing many therapeutic benefits.

Cold & Flu Aromatherapy Bath Tea

Linn came to the Kansas City area initially when looking at all the schools that had an undergraduate program in art therapy and then started eliminating the cities ultimately the size and location of kc were the deciding  factors.  She has stayed because KC is a great city, she  loves raising her kids here, plus the added bonus of being close to her sister.

Being an artist from the start, selling her work was natural.  She started by first selling her photography and paintings, but actually having her own business was still a little scary – until some sugar scrub requests from friends and a lot of encouragement from her husband motivated her to set up her first etsy shop!  She put up photographs, handmade coasters, scarves, sugar scrubs and bath soaks, and a few other unrelated items. 

After a while, Linn realized her passion really fell in creating bath and body products that were all natural and free of chemicals found in store bought products.  Since both she and her daughter struggle with sensitive skin issues, Linn knew that there was a really need for body products that didn’t irritate and dry.  She closed up the first shop and spent months researching and testing.  After six months, lots of prayers and tears, she launched Seasons of Love gifts. 

With Seasons of Love Gifts, the name is as meaningful as the product.  Knowing that everyone goes through various seasons of life and that sometimes a gift or a kind word can be what keeps us going, Linn wanted her company name to reflect love, encouragement, and to remind her customers that they are beautiful just the way they are.  The theme of gifts of love and encouragement is continued with the presentation and packaging of her products as well.

Bath bombs look like frosted cupcakes!

Linn keeps things current by looking in stores, online, in nature, and more to come up with different scent combinations that can be created from essential oils, as well as how to make a product and keep it as natural as possible - not as common as one might think in the beauty industry.  She spends a lot of time making and testing new ideas, but only the ones that are perfect make it to sale. 

Inspiration comes from her passion to have healthy skin without chemicals.  She says, “I don't like cleaning, eating, or using other products that are full of potentially harmful chemicals so in a desire to keep with that, I am inspired to make new items.” Helping her customers find relief from itching and discomfort is an inspiration as well.
Holiday themed bath bombs make great gifts


Like almost all of the makers in this group, Linn has a strong personal support team. “My motivation comes from God and my husband. They work well together! When I feel like giving up or I get frustrated that a formula didn't turn out the way it was supposed to or I start to question what I am doing I feel both remind me and encourage me to keep going.” 

Linn joined Handmade in Kansas City after chatting with another member during a slow moment at a vendor fair.  The idea of being a part of a group that supported each other’s KC based handmade businesses with advice, emotional support and general comradery seemed like a great opportunity  to contribute in a positive way as well as to getting to know more local handmade artists.


Seasons of Love Vanilla Body Balm was featured in the January Her Shave box.



What does the future hold for Seasons of Love Gifts?  The newest product in the works is a shower steamer for those that love the concept of a bath bomb, but don't have time for a bath or just don't enjoy them.  She also is working on making some baby shower favors and bridal shower favors that are fun and unique. In addition, Linn is hoping to increase the number of boutiques carrying her products and possibly having some items in a local salon or spa.  You can currently find her products at  Pearl Girl Boutique in OLATHE, and Southern Bliss Homegrown Creations in Ottawa. 

Want to see more?

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/seasonsoflovegifts2 or click here to go there directly.
Etsy: Seasonsoflovegifts.etsy.com
Instagram: www.instagram.com/seasonsgifts 
Pinterest is www.pinterest.com/seasonsoflovegi/

Thank you to Laura from Handmade by Lolo Z for introducing Linn!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day from Handmade in Kansas City


All of us at Handmade in Kansas City would like to wish you a very happy Valentine's Day!  Thank you for showing us so much love this year! 

If you have any last minute shopping to do be sure to check out our Handmade in KC Sellers - you are sure to find the perfect handmade gifts for your kids and your Valentine. 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Used T-Shirt DIY Ideas

Multiple Uses for T-shirts


I look into my closet and realize I have a large number of t-shirts. Ones from races, ones from work, ones from rugby, and a long list of others. T-shirts have become inexpensive and I seem to always be collecting new ones. I know I can’t wear all of them so I periodically go through my closet to thin out the ones I don’t wear. I could just donate them to a charity, but some of them I don’t wear, yet they have meaning to me or they have holes and probably won’t be worn by anyone. Overtime I have started to re-purpose t-shirts in various ways.

Quilts

I have a quilt that my godmother made when I was in high school. Twenty-five years later I still have that quilt. I have a lot of t-shirts that I don’t wear, but they hold memories. Whether it be the years I spent mentoring youth in 4-H, all the races I have been a part of, or the years of playing rugby, they all are part of a story. What better way to remember the story then creating a quilt to be used for years to come! A throw quilt to keep you warm on the couch on a cold winter night or to take along on a rugby trip, keeping the light out in the car in order to catch a couple of zzzz’s!

 


T-shirt Lap Quilt



Rugs

We have a lot of hardwood floors so it is nice to have a couple of throw rugs by the doors to help trap all of the dirt and debris that can be dragged into the house. After having to replace a couple of rugs I needed to find rugs I could easily throw in the washing machine if needed. I used the scraps left after making my t-shirt quilt to make crotchet a rag rug. I cut the scrapes into long stripes, similar to a thick yarn, and was able to use this t-shirt yarn to crotchet a rug. I had tried to use the traditional toothbrush technique, but decided to crotchet it instead, since I am for efficient at crocheting. 
T-shirt Rag Rug

I also had a large number of smaller scraps of t-shirt fabric that I hadn’t found a purpose for yet. I had been in the process of making a latch hook rug from scrapes of yarn left over from crocheting and knitting projects. I had seen pictures of latch hook rugs from ribbons and t-shirts and decided to try it out! It will be a little harder to wash, but since it is made of durable t-shirt fabric (that I seem to have a never ending supply of) it should be easier to clean compared to a traditional rag rug.
T-shirt Latch Hook Rug in Progress

Pillows

One of the many t-shirts I had obtained over the year was an M&M from one of my sister’s themed baby shower. She has collected M&M items for years. After the shower I held on to the t-shirt for a while but never wore it. When her son came and the nursery was M&M themed, I had a wonderful idea of turning the t-shirt into a large pillow, perfect for a little boy’s bedroom! Thankfully I had some stuffing left over from a previous project, so a little bit of sewing, and a lot of stuffing, resulted in a pillow, perfect for an M&M themed room!
M&M Pillow

Cat Bed

I do workshops with youth periodically. One of the workshops I had done was showing how to weave a rag rug using a hula hoop. The youth had a fun time cutting up old t-shirts and weaving them into a rug. After we took the rugs off of the hoops, one of the rugs ended up being more of a basket. When they took the rug/basket home, their cat quickly adopted it for their new bed! Perfect, especially since they could easily wash the cat be if they needed to!
Rug turned Cat Bed

New Shirt

My sister gave me a volunteer t-shirt for the local county fair. I volunteer to help her when I can and she asks that I wear one of the fair shirts. Normally I would be on board, but sometimes it can be very hot and humid, so a t-shirt is not the first thing I want to wear. So instead of just wearing a regular t-shirt, I made a few adjustments and made it into more of a tank top! She loved what I did and asked me to alter some of her shirts so she could wear them during the fair also, especially when it is really hot in the middle of July!

Tank Top

These are just a few of the many ways you can re-purpose t-shirts. What are some of your favorites?

Thank you to Kjrsten from Demeter's Charisma for sharing her wonderful examples of how how we can re-purpose our old t-shirts.