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Monthly Archives: January 2014

Hang Ups in KC Joins Made In Kansas City Initiative

We have all heard of the Shop Small initiative.  There are frequent reminders on Facebook and other social media to shop at small businesses.  The creation of Small Business Saturday in November of every year was a brilliant move in the right direction to remind us to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities.  A group in Kansas City is taking this idea a few steps further.

Hang Ups in KC is excited and proud to join the Made In Kansas City initiative.  The Made in Kansas City initiators are Local,  a not for profit organization focused on strengthening the local economy of the greater Kansas City and surrounding areas.   In the words of the folks at Local “This marks a deeper step on our part to strengthen the local economy by creating an environment where KC products are the first choice, where they are displayed with pride in our establishments and where you can find those products quickly and easily. We know that by providing people with the tools to choose local products, we empower them to build a smarter and stronger Kansas City.”

Keep an eye out online and in local establishments for this logo to know that you are buying products produced in Kansas City:

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For more information or to get involved visit, email or call them at 913-730-0164.  Please check out the list participants by clicking on meet the locals on the main page of  The next time you are shopping please consider purchasing from a business who features products made in Kansas City.

Kristi & I are grateful for this amazing journey we are on and for your continued support!  If you haven’t had a chance to check out our recent presentation at 1 Million Cups you can find it at:  Have a wonderful day!

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Great Advice: Blur the Line Between Work and Play.


This is pretty much our motto at Hang Ups in KC.  We are grateful everyday for the people who support us and make this dream of ours a reality!

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Potato and Squash Soup with Walnut-Gruyère Toast


One of the best things about the winter is coming in from the cold to a cozy house and the smell of dinner coming from the crockpot.  I thought I’d share one of my favorite soup recipes this week.  It is very healthy; made from potato, squash and spinach.  Even my kids love it.  If you want to add an extra little something add Walnut-Gruyere Toast to your soup.   This soup is great cooked on your stovetop or once you’ve cooked it you may put it in your crock pot and set it on low for up to 5 hours.

This recipe comes from a small Soups And Starters cookbook in The Canadian Living Cooking Collection that was published in the early 90’s.  I could not find this recipe on their website but the site is definitely worth checking out if you love homemade soup.


  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 cup finely chopped onions
  • 3 cups diced peeled potatoes
  • 3 cups diced peeled butternut squash
  • 4 cups chicken stock (if you are going to put it in your slow cooker add an extra cup of stock)
  • 1 cup finely shredded spinach (or 1 small package of frozen spinach)
  • ¼ cup finely sliced green onions (green part only)
  • ¾ tsp cider vinegar
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Walnut-Gruyère Toast

  • 6 slices of Italian or French bread
  • 2 cups shredded Gruyère cheese
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup finely chopped walnuts (optional)


  • In large heavy saucepan, melt butter over low heat; cover and cook onions for 3 to 5 minutes or until softened.  Stir in potatoes and squash coating evenly.
  • Pour in stock; cover and bring to a boil over high heat.  Reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender.  Remove from heat.  Mash vegetables lightly to thicken soup but do not purée.  Stir in spinach, green onions, vinegar, and salt & pepper to taste.
  • Walnut-Gruyère Toast:  Meanwhile, broil bread on one side about 4 inches from heat until toasted.  Turn and sprinkle with Gruyère, Parmesan and chopped walnuts; broil until cheese is bubbly and nuts are toasted.
  • Ladle soup into bowls.  Float 1 toast on each; garnish with walnut half (if using).
  • Makes 6 servings.



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Properly Prepare for Winter Weather

Baby it’s cold outside!  Winter has arrived with a vengeance in most of North America.  We thought that it would be a good idea to ask our friend Darryl Culley from Emergency Management & Training Inc to share his expertise on emergency preparedness for your home and business.  To learn more visit   Share this post with your friends and family.  Print it out and use it!   Make it a part of your New Year business planning.  As Nike says JUST DO IT!

Are You Prepared?

Snowstorms, freezing rain, and deep freezes are some of the events that winter brings. The effects of those events may cause prolonged power failures, dangerous driving conditions, and damage caused by falling trees, ice buildup, and frozen pipes.

It may come as a surprise that many businesses do not have a business continuity plan for extended winter storms or power outages. Following major storms, we frequently get calls about putting plans in place to be better prepared for next time as many are now anxious that this winter may bring additional troubles. We are here to assist them.

Why wait for the storm, why not prepare today. This is particularly critical for homes and small businesses where you are not making money if you are not working.

Here is a quick example of some of the risks that you should consider and prepare for. We all know the lights will go out during a prolonged power failure but the following may also be impacted:

• Heat (forced air gas / propane furnaces and hot water heating pumps use electricity);

• Water supply (if you are on a well / cistern or there is a water main break);

• Computers and your internet modems;

• Cell phones (many cell towers do not have generators – while your phone may be fully charged, if the cell tower is not working you won’t have a connection);

• Hard line telephones – most phones are digital and require electricity to operate);

• Gas for your vehicles – gas pumps are electric;

• ATMs, credit card and other electronic point of purchase machines (do you carry extra cash?);

• Fridges and freezers (watch for food spoilage);

• Sump and sewage pumps (now that can cause a real mess);

• Elevators that are not on a generator;

• Traffic lights being out can cause traffic chaos (treat intersections as all-way stops);

• Water pipes may freeze (and burst) if the inside temperature drops below freezing.

Some of the other considerations during power failures:

• The use of candles and infrequently used fireplaces increases the risks fire;

• Generators and other devices should never be used indoors unless properly vented as they give off carbon monoxide and other toxic fumes;

• When was the last time the generator was maintained, fueled, and tested?

• Battery operated devices (e.g. UPS for your computer and emergency lighting) have limited power supplies and will fail sooner or later;

Do you have an emergency preparedness kit at home, at the office, in the car?

Can you continue your business while the power is out? Do you have a backup plan?

Below is a winter weather checklist that will help you start to get prepared. It does not replace a comprehensive business continuity plan but gets you started on the right track.

For more information on preparing an emergency plan for your family go to:

May 2014 be a year of abundance for you and your business! Remember there are many types of profit, not just financial.

Darryl Culley

Emergency Management & Training Inc.




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In With The New – Happy 2014!

This is the time of year that many people make New Years resolutions.  I’ve never made a New Years resolution.  Instead I prefer to look back on the past year and celebrate accomplishments and start dreaming about what we can accomplish in the new year.

2013 was a great year for us at Hang Ups in KC.  In April Kristi & I traveled to Ventura, California to attend an amazing conference for creative makers called Craftcation (  We met some of our favorite authors and crafty gurus like Amy Tan, Kari Chapin and Nicole Blum and learned a mind-boggling amount about how to grow our business.  Since then we have:

  1. Created this blog and regularly post DIY’s, recipes and accounts of our adventures.
  2. Built our website from scratch thanks to the technical expertise of Matt Jurgensen and the creative genius of Kristi Jurgensen.  We constantly update our website with new creations…check us out at
  3. Forged an amazing partnership with Literacy Kansas City (  We have created an entire line of jewelry that is literacy based.  You can check it out on our website.   In 2014 we will continue to donate a portion of the proceeds from our Literacy Kansas City Collection and look forward to working even more closely with this remarkable team.
  4. Designed and launched a newsletter to give an inside track on new products and sales to our loyal customers.  To sign up for our newsletter go to our home page on our website and click on the link provided.  We promise not to overwhelm you with daily emails like the big stores do.
  5. Partnered with 3 more stores sell our creations; Lucky Dog Vintage, Westside Storey and Ugly Glass & Co.  We are always looking for retail partners who share our vision, creativity and love for repurposing and antiques.
  6. Created Twitter (@hangupsinkc) and Instagram (hangupsinkc) accounts.  We are doing our best to keep up with technology!

2013 was a great year for us thanks to all of you and your support!

Kristi & I have high hopes for Hang Ups in 2014.  We are starting off our year with a bang – on January 15th we will be presenting our business and goals at 1 Million Cups ( in Kansas City.  Our goal this year is to grow our online business and enter into the world of wholesale.  We are hoping that the entrepreneurial community surrounding 1 Million Cups and the Kauffman Foundation can share some wisdom and give us some guidance towards our goals.

If you have always dreamed of starting your own small handmade business have faith and try not to become overwhelmed.  There are so many people out there who will be thrilled to support you and who will genuinely love your products.  There are also a great number of resources online and most likely right in your community if you look closely enough.  When we were starting on this journey we read Kari Chapin’s books “Handmade Marketplace” and “Grow Your Handmade Business”.  These books provided a remarkable step by step list of what needed to be done.  Here’s a link, if you are interested:  When we were ready to create a blog and feeling overwhelmed Kari Chapin recommended the book “Blogging for Creatives” by Robin Houghton (  This book made the process of starting a blog so much less intimidating and so much easier.  The most important thing to remember during your journey is that you are not alone!  In our experience, the creative community is incredibly supportive and nurturing.

Whatever your dreams are Kristi & I hope that they come true for you in 2014!  We wish you all a very happy New Year!

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