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Gifts That Give Back by Hang Ups Jewelry Designs

We hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.  We both spent time with our families & friends and ate way too much.  Then, like everyone else, we did a bit of shopping.  Today it is Giving Tuesday.  A time that we can celebrate this wonderful season by giving back.  As you know, our two favorite non-profits are Literacy Kansas City and Band of Angels.  We are proud to partner with these two amazing Kansas City based non-profits year around and would be thrilled if you would consider donating to them.

At Literacy Kansas City staff, tutors, volunteers, and instructors build a collaborative learning environment where adult students expand their reading, writing, math, and digital skills.  With support from volunteers, donors, partners, and the community at large, Literacy KC invests in Kansas City’s greatest asset – its people.  You can donate to Literacy Kansas City by clicking here.

If you are still in the mood the shop, how about purchasing an ornament for a teacher or as a hostess gift?  These ornaments are a part of our Literacy Kansas City Collection therefore a portion of each sale directly benefits Literacy Kansas City.  Click here to see all of our handmade ornaments.










Band of Angels collects used instruments from the public, refurbishes them and gives them to kids in need who wish to participate in orchestra or band programs.   Through cash donations, fundraisers and partnerships like ours they also provide scholarships to kids in need to attend music camp every summer.  Band of Angels was formed in 2010 by Meyer Music and WDAF-TV Fox 4.  If you would like to donate an old instrument that is gathering dust in your house you can drop it off at any Meyer Music location.  Kristi & I save instruments that cannot be fixed from going into a landfill by making them into jewelry that gives back to Band of Angels with every sale.

These Band of Angels Collection ornaments are currently available on our website.  Click here to see them.





















Believe it Christmas is only 26 days away.  We hope you enjoy the very best parts of this holiday season.  Have a wonderful week!


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My Favorite Things

Kristi & I both LOVE to shop handmade.  Since my birthday is coming up on the weekend I thought I’d share my favorite things from the handmade world with you.  This falls into our Season of Giving theme right?  There are so many handmade things that I love that I couldn’t possibly list them all but here’s a sampling of my favorites.









My current top 4 favorite accessories are all made in Kansas City!  I fell in love with this Natural Leather Tote by Burgundy Circus Hardgoods when I saw it in the fashion issue of Vintage KC Magazine.  Second item: I’ve been admiring Kneck Tie Wrist Cuff‘s made of recycled materials by Gyspy Soup for a couple of years and need to gift one to myself.  I deserve it, right?   Third item:  I love this Hummingbird Apron by Ni-Chern Designs.  Kristi & I have been admiring these aprons for a few years and a couple of months ago decided to buy them to use at shows and festivals to keep our cash secure and close at hand.  We LOVE them! They are fully adjustable, washable and super comfortable.  Last but not least is a Hang Ups Jewelry Designs Flute Metal Necklace.  I did not make this necklace – Kristi did.  It matches the earrings that I pestered her into making for me last year.  This necklace, on a 16 inch chain, would make a great gift, don’t you think?  Kristi?








Both of my favorite foods are over the top yummy and conveniently (for me) located in Kansas City but both ship if you aren’t in the area.  Aunt Christy’s Country Kitchen Strawberry Balsamic Jam & Frannie Franks delicious cinnamon coffee cake are my absolute favorites but both company’s have a variety of flavors.  You can even get awesome gluten-free coffee cake from Frannie Franks.

For the Home








The hilarious tea towels by Cutting Edge Design Company totally appeal to my punny-bone.  I’ve been buying their stock out for Christmas gifts but they also make my list of things I love for me.  Second item: I can’t even express how much I love all of OodleBaDoodle’s pillows but the Occupation Owls that are custom made to your occupation are my favorite.  We met the maker, Rebecca, our first year at Craftcation Conference in California and she is as lovely as her creations.  The third item:  who doesn’t love barn wood creations?  My friend Keith operates his barn wood frame business in Barrie Ontario, Canada.  If you look closely at some of our website listings you will see Keith’s creations used as our backdrop.  His creations are solidly beautiful and he ships internationally.  Last but not least, anyone who knows me knows that I am obsessed with Assemblage Artist, Remnants by RJ‘s robots.  I have ordered several and they always arrive highly personalized with wonderful background stories.  Ervo, my current favorite, is up for adoption.









My kids and I are both Harry Potter fans so you can imagine how much we love this hand-turned Peach Wand by Gipson Wands. Check out his website – he has a huge selection of wands and crochet hooks as well as other wizarding accessories.  Next up is Cydney the Friend by the little wing.  I love her dolls to distraction and at some point will probably end up with one even though I’m a grown up.  I love them that much.  Third item: As a boy Mom I especially appreciate the handmade wood toys by Creations by M and J.  They are so well made that they will last years and possibly generations.  I really love this wood helicopter.  Last but not least are dresses by Handmade by Lolo Z.  I especially love her Game Day Dresses for grown ups and this A-Line Dress for little girls.

If you want to check out any of these items online just click on the link that I provided on the company name and item name.  I would love to hear about your handmade favorites.  Please help my shopping efforts by posting your favorites in the comments and share a link to the makers social media and websites.

Happy shopping season!

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Planning for Giving Tuesday

As we all know, November is the best month of the year to shop.  The big box retail shops count on huge sales on Black Friday, which is on November 25th this year.  Small businesses like ours, who cannot afford to compete with the deep discounts that the big box stores offer, count on you to think of us on Small Business Saturday (November 26th).  Then we have Cyber Monday on November 29th, when retailers again count on us to spend big bucks on their online sales.  Then after the turkey is done and loads of money has been spent along comes Giving Tuesday.  It’s well promoted but after the crazy shopping weekend is over many people feel tapped out.  That is why we’re asking you to think about planning ahead for Giving Tuesday by putting some money aside to give to your favorite non-profit.  If you can’t afford to donate to a non-profit financially, please consider donating your time.  In the non-profit world the donation of time is as valuable as money.

We have two non-profit partners that truly give our small business purpose; Literacy KC and Band of Angels.

Most cities have an organization that focuses on literacy for adults.  When I lived in Barrie, Ontario (Canada) I donated by time as a tutor at the Barrie Literacy Council.  A similar organization in Kansas City is called Literacy KC. Literacy KC provides services that include private tutoring, digital literacy, math and family reading programs.  To find your local literacy connection just google your city name and the word literacy.  These organizations are always looking for tutors and other volunteer help.  Five years ago Kristi and I developed a rewarding relationship with Literacy KC. We created a collection of word jewelry that gives back to Literacy KC with every sale, year around.  These pieces make excellent gifts for teachers, readers, writers and graduates.  You can check out our Literacy KC Collection by clicking here.   It has been so fun to watch this amazing organization grow over the years.



Donating is easy!  To donate to Literacy Kansas City simply click on their logo (left) and then the blue “donate” button in the upper right hand corner of their main page.  If you would like to tutor or donate your time in another way give them a call!




Through Literacy Kansas City and ultimately the One Million Cups Program (entrepreneurs check this out) we met Mike Meyer from Meyer Music, founder of the Band of Angels Program.  Band of Angels collects, repairs and distributes donated instruments to kids in need who wish to participate in band and orchestra programs.   We use the instruments that cannot be repaired to make jewelry for our Band of Angels Collection.  A generous percentage of each sale goes directly back to Band of Angels year around.  Through fundraisers, our partnership, and a partnership with Roadhouse Fountains they also raise money to send kids in need to music camp in the summer.  Click on our Roadhouse Fountains link – Keith is wonderfully creative.  I love my saxophone/trumpet/ trombone fountain.


To donate to Band of Angels simply click on their logo (left) and then the yellow “donate” button on the top right hand corner of their main page.  If you have an instrument that you would like to donate, it can be dropped off at any Meyer Music location.




Even though we donate to both of these amazing non-profits year around we also put aside some money to donate to them on Giving Tuesday.  Both of these programs work so hard and impact so many lives in our community.  It seems like the right thing to do after a weekend of shopping.

Happy November friends!


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