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If you are wondering why we are so quiet….

Hello blog friends!  Kristi & I have decided to take a social media break until the end of July in order to fully enjoy summer and our kids.  We have worked hard to stock the 6 amazing stores (see the “where you can find us” button above for more information) who carry our jewelry, caught up with all special orders and now it’s time to set our pliars down for some summer fun!

We will still be checking messages on our Facebook page, email and in our Etsy store so if you need anything please let us know.

In August we will be announcing a new development in our business that we are really excited about.  We will also be back on this blog with new DIY projects and great recipes.

Until then we are all wishing you a safe and happy summer filled with fun and great memories!

Button Bracelet DIY

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Todays confession:  Kristi and I are more than a little obsessed with buttons.  We love new buttons but especially love vintage buttons.  We thought it would be fun to do a DIY tutorial on making button bracelets.  It’s a fun and inexpensive activity to do at birthday parties, with your kids over the summer or for yourself.

What you need:

  • Waxed linen.  It is more firm than regular crochet linen and you can buy it for about $1.99 at Hobby Lobby or your local craft store.  Use a coupon and you can get it for just over $1!
  • Buttons; you can use buttons that you have around your house or buy them for just a few dollars at thrift stores, craft stores, antique malls, etc.
  • Beads; they are very inexpensive at craft stores.
  • Scissors.
  • Super Glue.

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Start by measuring your wrist to determine how many inches long your bracelet needs to be.  Your clasp will be a button that you will slide through a loop at opposite end of the bracelet.

Start by cutting 2 lengths of about 25 inches of the brown waxed linen.  Line them up together and slide the ends through the button.  Create a knot by making a circle with the linen near the button and pulling the linen through it making a nice tight knot at the base of the button.

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Slide a bead onto the two pieces of linen and nestle it close to your clasp button.  Make a knot after the bead.  Separate the ends of the waxed linen sliding the ends through the first button hole in opposite directions.  Pull it snugly against the knot you made.  Do the same for the next button hole and tie a knot.  Add another bead and knot again.

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Continue threading the buttons and beads alternately onto the bracelet, knotting on either side.

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Once you have added the last button tie off the end of your bracelet with a slip knot.  Pull tightly and, if you want, make a another knot around your existing knot.  Once you have pulled the knot tight trim off ends and glue the knot with a bit of Super Glue.

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How fun was that?  Have a great summer!

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Our Favorite Recipe for Fresh Guacamole

‘Tis the season for deck sitting, picnics, barbeques and other fun events with friends and family.  I am always looking for a fun, fresh and homemade dish to snack on or take to potlucks.  This recipe for guacamole is super easy and very delicious.

Guacamole

 

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped yellow onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Directions

In a small mixing bowl, combine the avocado with the onion, garlic, cilantro, lime juice, and salt and mash with a fork until mostly smooth.

Serve immediately, or cover with plastic wrap (pressed directly onto the surface of the guacamole) and refrigerate for up to 4 hours.

Enjoy!

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Dreams Don’t Work Unless You Do

This is for all of our friends who are working so hard to fulfill their dreams.  It takes a lot of hard work to live your dreams but it’s worth it!

Dreams Don't Work Unless You Do

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Chocolaty Chocolate Chip Pancakes

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This is a very decadent pancake recipe that I make for my kids as a treat.  I usually like to make a big batch when they have friends over so that I can sugar them up and send them home to their unsuspecting parents <insert evil laugh here>.   In our house we have real Canadian maple syrup, which makes them even more sweet (as in better).  My kids and their friends love them and I can see why – it’s kind of like pouring maple syrup over chocolate cake – a little reminiscent of Buddy the Elf.  For those of you brave enough or with an exceptionally sweet tooth here is my recipe for Chocolaty Chocolate Chip Pancakes.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 4 Tbsp. Nestle Toll House Baking Cocoa
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • 2 cups milk
  • ¼ cup oil
  • 1.5 cups Nestle Toll House Milk Chocolate Chips
    or Morsels.

Directions:

  • Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl and set aside.
  • In different bowl, beat eggs until fluffy.  Add milk and oil.
  • Add in dry ingredients and mix well.  Add the chocolate chips to the mixture.
  • Heat a non-stick griddle or frying pan, greased with a little oil.
  • When the pan or griddle is hot pour about a 1/4 cup of the mixture onto the pan.
  • When bubbles appear on the surface of the pancake and start to burst turn over and cook the other side.
  • Add a few chocolate chips to garnish and your favorite Maple Syrup and voila!  You have chocolaty chocolate chip pancakes!
  • This recipe makes approximately 18 medium size pancakes.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

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Exciting News From Hang Ups in KC!

We are very excited to announce that our vintage and upcycled line of jewelry can now be found at a fun and unique store called Ugly Glass & Company.  Isn’t that the greatest name?  Ugly Glass & Company have just moved to a larger location and are now located at 206 North Liberty St., Independence, MO 64050, which is right on the historic Independence Square.

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Ugly Glass & Company features handmade products from over 45 artists from all over the USA.  The owners, Jenny & Skip Alexander, create their own line of glass and metal jewelry in the store studio.   You can see Skip with his safety glasses on, firing up his torch in the photo of the front window above and in the photo below.  If you are interested in taking a class on glass work go to their website at www.uglyglass.com.   Check out Skip’s fun eyeball glass!  The glass comes in several forms including rings and pendants.

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There are so many top quality handmade treasures to choose from including furniture, jewelry, glassware, soaps, bags, photography, art prints, scarves, notecards and much more.

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The first time I visited Ugly Glass I fell in love with and had to have a leather bound journal by Evertesh Creations.  I also love my spiced mug mat and tea from Alice’s Cottage.  Kristi and I are both big fans of Ni-Chern Designs bags as well.  Nicole from Ni-Chern has a knack for finding the greatest fabrics.

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We have a variety of jewelry at Ugly Glass including silverware, keys and stamped necklaces.

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Whether you are looking for a unique gift for yourself or someone you care about Ugly Glass & Company is a great one stop shop.  We are very excited to be featured artists with Ugly Glass.

If you are interested in checking out Ugly Glass & Company and don’t live in the Independence Missouri area you can find them on Facebook or at the website www.uglyglass.com.

Thanks for visiting our blog and letting us share our excitement with you!

 

 

 

 

 

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Winner of Hang Ups Blog Subscription Contest!

A big thanks to all of you who participated in our first contest ever!  We are very excited to announce that Darlene Pariseau is our grand prize winner!  Congratulations Darlene!  Send us a message to our hangupsinkc@gmail.com address to let us know if you would like the vintage spoon handle bracelet or another item valued at $38 or less from our Etsy store.  You can access our Etsy store on the right hand side of our blog or by going to www.hangupsinkc.etsy.com.  Thanks again for your participation.  We will be having more contests in the upcoming months so keep an eye out for the announcements.  Happy June everyone!

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