Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Getting supplies and giving back: Scraps KC

Handmade in Kansas City members X37 Adventures share a new location to purchase, donate and create in Kansas City.

The West Bottoms have always been the go-to destination for antiques, vintage, and one of a kind items and now it can be your go-to place for craft and art supplies. 

Scraps KC is a newly opened store on W. 12th street in the West Bottoms that seeks to inspire creativity in art and education, positively impact the environment and provide hope for the homeless through creative reuse, redistribution and renewal.  

Not only will you find supplies and ideas neatly organized in Scraps KC, all of the supplies are donated and repurposed. I can tell you from personal experience that this in no ordinary place; we at X37 found so many good supplies and ideas.  But the best part about Scraps KC? The fact that it gives back to the community! Not only with dedication to reducing the amount of material in landfills but also helping the homeless get work experience and finding a job.

Scraps KC 's has a retail store is filled with a multitude of creative, colorful, and useful industrial, household, and educational materials that would normally end up in the landfill. Businesses, manufacturers, schools and community members donate items that would be useful to artists, teachers, makers, churches, scouts, DIYers, and other creative people, instead of discarding the items into the trash. Scraps KC diverted over 12 tons of materials from the landfill by the time they launched the operation in September, 2016.  The newest donation to Scraps KC was 4000 pounds of tile that would have gone into a landfill.

"Providing hope for the homeless"
Their homeless volunteers get a homemade meal and a warm place to be and a place that brings them dignity and a community to support them.  Not only do they allow scraps to be as amazing as it is, but they are a vital part of the  Adopt-A-Class program. This program gathers supplies that are donated to Scraps KC and then sends them out to schools that might not otherwise get them, all organized and lovingly packaged. 

This passion to giving back to the community in need is THE thing about Scraps KC; it's why it has captured by heart and my business and its why I want to share it with you. There is heart and soul in every inch of Scraps KC and it shines from Brenda the woman behind it all!  When you visit Scraps KC be sure to talk with Brenda, and you will have made a new friend. She will talk about anything, but if you need help with an idea or project she will help you out. 
Love Crafting, but don't have a space or tools for it? Then Brenda has you covered on that as well, with the SCRAPS KC: Make and Take Space. For $5, you can use the tools and supplies at M&T to create whatever you want.  Got a scout troop? Take them to Scraps KC! Want to have a maker get-together? Then call Brenda!  Let's spread the word and show Scraps KC some Kansas City maker community LOVE by popping over to Facebook and liking their page! While you are there go like the Handmade in KC page as well! and check out the other blog posts on the website! 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

LOVE is in the air!

Christmas has passed and just when we get to come up from air after all the hard-work of selecting gifts for family and friends...we walk into a store and you soon realize it is time to start thinking about Valentine's Day! Whether it is picking something special or just a small token to let someone know they are special, a handmade gift is always a great option. 

Special Meaning Gifts
Many houses are full of t-shirts that take up space in our closest and dressers. Some we collect overtime and we put into a box to donate to charity or it ends up as a rag. There are the other t-shirts that have a special place in our hearts, connected to a memory in our past. Grab that t-shirt and contact Strawberry Auburn! She can turn it into a gifts that are both special and functional. Do you have a large number of t-shirts? How about a quilt?

Tshirt Memory Pillows

Tshirt Quilts

Gifts for Pampering 
Another way to show your affection is to pamper your favorite person (or give them gifts where they can pamper themselves)! Check out Seasons of Love for ideas on relaxing in a hot bath or treating yourself! So many wonderful scrubs, scents, bombs, and essential oils to choose from. Why not get one for someone special and one for yourself?

Men's Hand Scrub 

Lavender Shower Steamer 

A Little Something
Sometimes the smallest packages contain the best gifts. A small reminder for a bad day or an inspiration for a goal that we are pursuing. Studio 31 can help you find a a special stone presented in a a one of a kind setting. Find one that speaks to you!


Still not sure? Check out other Handmade In Kansas City shops to find the perfect gift. All that really matters is that it comes from the heart!

Thank you Kjrsten for this weeks post.  Be sure to check our her page, Demeter's Charisma!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Make a Photo Light Box

Thank you Melanie of Violet's Buds for this ongoing series on Photography.

A light box is a handy tool for photographing small to medium sized products. The translucent material creates a soft, flattering light.

Not everyone can purchase a light box, but luckily its easy to make your own!

Get a box large enough to fit your products. Don't have a box? You can do what we did and use 5 panels to make your own box. We used corrugated plastic signs that were being discarded for our panels, but you could use cardboard, plastic board, or foam core, for example.

Cut off the top of the box completely. Then cut large rectangles in 3 of the side panels of your box, 1" shy of the edges.

Now, cover these 3 windows with gift wrap tissue paper, taping it down to the edges of the box. If necessary, piece your tissue paper together with clear packing tape so it will fit the openings.

Cut a piece of poster board the width of your box, and place it in the box so that it curves inside the box. This creates the seamless effect for photos.

Now, place your box in as much light as possible. It works in sunlight or bright indoor lights, but you may have to adjust the white balance on your camera if you photograph with indoor lights.