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Art That Blows?

How could Art That Blows possibly be a good thing?  Trust us, it is.  The only thing about it that blows is possibly a few of the brass instruments that have been made into fabulous art to benefit Band of Angels.  Art That Blows is the summer fundraiser for Band of Angels that takes place the second Friday in June every year.

As we’ve mentioned before, Band of Angels is an amazing Kansas City non-profit who collect neglected instruments from the public, clean them up and give them to kids in need who wish to participate in band and orchestra programs.  Some of the donated instruments are beyond repair.  It is these instruments that artists from all over Kansas City use to make stunning pieces to be auctioned off at Art That Blows.  Lamps, sculptures, fountains, jewelry, wall art and much much more is available.

This year we will be donating 30 pieces of jewelry that will be auctioned off.  We are already working on our pieces and thought we’d give you a sneak peek.

Any guesses as to what instruments were used in each piece?  We’d love to hear your guesses.  Just reply to this blog to join in the fun.  If you’d like to use our website as a cheat sheet click here and cruise our Band of Angels Collection.

If you are in the Kansas City area we’d love to see you at Art That Blows this year on Friday June 9th.  If you’d like to see some of the artwork from last years auction click here.  If you have an instrument that is gathering dust at your house you can donate it at any Meyer Music location.

Have a wonderful week!

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Musical Instrument Make-Over: Strings Instruments

We’ve had so much fun showing you how instruments that cannot be played anymore can continue to give back to kids in need.  This week we’re going to cover several instruments in the strings family; upright bass, cello, viola and violin.  These instruments have been donated to Band of Angels and after careful inspection, by the team at Meyer Music, deemed unplayable.  We make jewelry out of them and give a generous portion of the sales from our Band of Angels Collection directly back to Band of Angels so that kids in need will have the opportunity to attend music camp.  Thanks to you we have been able to give several thousands of dollars to Band of Angels since the beginning of our partnership.

Strings instruments have so many interesting parts to make jewelry from like strings, wood and tuning pegs.  Here’s a sneak peak behind the scenes of us creating new pieces of jewelry.


This is what happens when you have the right tools, a good imagination and use lots of elbow grease:


From top left the bottom right these pieces are jewelry are as follows: upright bass scroll necklace, viola bridge necklace, violin/viola string earrings, violin fingerboard bracelet, cello tuning peg necklace, violin wood necklace, violin/ viola tuning peg earrings, upright bass fingerboard cuff links, and last but not least a violin/ viola string bracelet. All of these pieces can be found on our website in our Band of Angels Collection.

We are fortunate that we don’t need to go far to see our favorite strings players.  Kristi’s husband Matt plays Upright Bass and the fiddle in a Bluegrass Band.  Her daughter Amy is a gifted violinist and is a member of the Kansas City Youth Orchestra.  Carolyn’s son, Charlie, is a violist and earned a spot in the Kansas City All District Orchestra this year.

Thanks for following this series.  Have a great week!

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Musical Instrument Make-Over: Drums

This week we are going to show you what we can do with a drum that has been retired because it is too bent and beat up to play anymore.  Drum cymbals are most commonly made from copper and brass.  This makes them very hard and durable.  By the time they get to us they are usually pretty beat up but they are still beautiful to us.  These are some of our creations made from drum cymbals:












You can see what other drum items we have available on our website by clicking here.

If you look really closely there is so much good in the world.  The more connected we become to the music industry, the more we see that they have more than their share of heart.  Recently we were asked by the President of the Boulder Drum Studio to donate a pair of drum cymbal earrings to an auction that they are having to raise funds for a new program that they’ve created in honor of a drumming student, Jared Lizakowski who died recently in a tragic motorcycle accident.  They have started a new program at the drum studio where they offering free drum lessons to those from low-income and indigent families. It’s called Drumming for Jared.  They have a silent auction coming up and the prizes are AWESOME.  We are so honored to be a included.  Click here for more information and to see the prize list.  If you are in the Boulder area and want to find out more about this cool drum studio or visit them click here.

These are the fun earrings that were chosen to be a part of the auction:

In our next blog we’ll end our musical instrument series by showing you what we can do with instruments from the strings family; cellos, violas and violins.

Have a great week!

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Musical Instrument Make-Over: Saxophone

As promised in our last blog are dedicating this weeks blog to the saxophone.  If you follow us regularly you know that we partner with an amazing Kansas City non-profit called Band of Angels who provides instruments to kids in need as well as sending kids in need to music camp.  If Hang Ups or Band of Angels are new to you – WELCOME!  You can find our Band of Angels retired instrument jewelry collection by clicking here and learn about Band of Angels mission by clicking here.

Saxophone keys are gorgeous, unique, and fun to work with.  These are just a few of our saxophone creations that are available on our website:

Want to learn more about the saxophone?  Click on this link to read 10 Facts About Saxophones and Its Players by Maggie Belnap in The Oxford University Press.

The 2017 special guest artist at the Band of Angels Heartstrings Gala was saxophonist Ryan Kilgore.  Ryan has spent the past ten years touring with Stevie Wonder as well as working on independent projects.  You can learn a little more about him by watching this You Tube Video.  Ryan was very generous with his time while in Kansas City.  He visited six schools in two days inspiring kids with his message that “every person has a passion, every passion has a purpose and every purpose has a person”.   Here’s a picture of us with him showing off his brand new Hang Ups saxophone key cuff links.

Have a great week!  Stay tuned for our next Instrument Make-Over featuring the drums!



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Musical Instrument Make-Over

Who doesn’t love a make-over?  Who doesn’t love programs that help kids in need?  No one that we’ve ever met!  We’re going to have some fun by spending the next few blog posts showing you how a musical instrument can have a dramatic make-over into a piece of jewelry so that kids in need can go to music camp.

The gorgeous clarinet and flute in the photo above were donated to Band of Angels but were not repairable.  They came to us so that they could continue to give by becoming wearable art.

Check out what became of the gorgeous metal clarinet resting underneath the flute in the photograph above:


Many of these pieces can still be found on our website.  Click here to visit the Clarinet section of our Band of Angels Collection.

This is what that beautiful silver flute looks like now:


If you would like to see what flute pieces we have available on our website click here.  We are always adding new creations to our website so check back often.  If you have an idea of a design you like please email us at  We love creating custom orders!

A generous percentage of the sale of every piece from our Band of Angels Collection goes directly to Band of Angels programs. To learn more you can visit Band of Angels by clicking here.  We feel so fortunate to partner with this amazing non-profit that has so much heart.  Last weekend we attended their annual Heartstrings Gala where we were thrilled to see young musician and long-time Band of Angels trumpet recipient, Destiny, be given the gift of a brand new Bach Stradivarius trumpet from Conn-Selmer Inc.  We had so much fun meeting and listening to saxophonist Ryan Kilgore who spends his time performing solo as well as with Stevie Wonder.  Check out Ryan wearing his Hang Ups Saxophone Key Cufflinks in the photo in the bottom photo!  It was so fun and inspiring to hear Destiny’s story and to watch her perform with Ryan Kilgore and local Kansas City Band Right On Red.

Band Of Angels guest of honor Destiny, Band of Angels Angel Alyssa, Kristi, Carolyn and Board Member Deann.

Kristi, Alyssa, Mike Meyer (founder of Band of Angels), Carolyn, Ryan Kilgore (guest artist)

Have a wonderful week friends!  Watch for our next blog featuring a Trombone make-over in 2 weeks.

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2016 Most Awesome Moments

It’s hard to believe that 2016 is coming to a close.  It has been an amazing year for us and we would like to thank each and every one of you for your support.  We were going through our social media for the year and it really hit us how much we have to celebrate.  Here’s a quick highlight of happenings in 2016 for Hang Ups:


  • The KCTV5 morning show, Better Kansas City, filmed and aired a segment about us and the evolution of our business.
  • We met super star saxophonist George Shelby at the annual Band of Angels Heartstrings Gala.  He loved the set of saxophone cuff links that we gave him.
  • George Shelby wore our saxophone cuff links while performing the Lionel Richie Tribute at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.  He was nice enough to take time to email photos and another thank you to us.
  • The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art started carrying our Band of Angels and Literacy Kansas City Collections in their museum store.


  • We were accepted as vendors on Etsy Wholesale and received our first order almost immediately!  If you own a store and would like to place an order through us you can visit us on Etsy Wholesale or you can email us directly and ask to see our line sheets.


  • Our “Be Royal” Baseball Necklace was featured in the Home Town Blue Love segment of Kansas City Homes & Style Magazine.


  • We were thrilled to have the opportunity to interview bestselling author Jennifer Brown for our blog.  She did a give away of her new book Shade Me and a necklace from our Literacy Kansas City Collection on her social media to help promote our Literacy Kansas City Collection.
  • We had so much fun being the featured artists at an The Artist is IN! event at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art.  We spent a day playing with our power tools and making jewelry to show museum visitors what we do.  It was a very fun and busy day!


  • We rolled out our new name, look and launched a brand new website!  We absolutely love our new look and have had a lot of positive feedback.  Let us know what you think!
  • Hang Ups turned 5 years old on September 14th!  We’ve come so far and are very excited about what the future holds for us.
  • One of our Saxophone Necklaces was featured in Vintage KC Magazine’s Gift Guide.
  • Our Kansas City Chiefs themed necklace was featured in Kansas City Homes & Style Magazine’s Style & You section.


  • Our saxophone necklace was featured, again, in Vintage Kansas City Magazine’s Days of Local Gifts list.


  • We are very excited to share that we have had the highest online sales in our history this year.  This, in turn, enables us to donate more than ever to our favorite non-profits Band of Angels and Literacy Kansas City!  Thank you for supporting these collections and making a difference in the lives of people in the Kansas City area.

We had so many more amazing moments throughout the year meeting with special customers, hearing their inspiring & impressive stories and celebrating with our amazing non-profit partners.

We are going to be spending time with our families over the next few of weeks so you won’t hear from us via the blog or newsletter until January.  Our online shops, however, will remain open.  You can visit our website or Etsy shop 24/7,  365 days a year.

May your holiday season sparkle and shine, may all of your wishes and dreams come true, and may you feel this happiness all year round.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!




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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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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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Creative Inspiration for Writers: Interview with Bestselling Author Jennifer Brown

We are excited to introduce you to bestselling author Jennifer Brown.  Jennifer writes women’s fiction and middle grade fiction.  Check out her latest suspense thriller SHADE ME.   For a complete list of Jennifer’s books please visit her website

So how do we know an actual real-deal author?  Kristi is friends with Jennifer.  I asked them for a photo and this is what I received.


As you can see they work out together and are both a little camera shy.  

We are grateful to Jennifer for giving us some insight and advice that keeps with this summers theme of creativity in life.   Do you ever wonder what surroundings a bestselling author works in?  What inspires them?  What other creative talents they have?  If so, read on!


1.  What inspires you creatively?

I have always found that enjoying other artistic endeavors (mine or otherwise) tends to inspire me. A great book, a meaningful song, a deep movie, a poem or painting that I connect with — when I see something great that someone else created, it makes me want to create, too.

2.  What kind of surroundings do you like to write in?

I can write in pretty much any kind of surrounding, but don’t love dark and gloomy areas. I tend to keep it to my kitchen table, where I’m surrounded by windows and can see and hear what the kids are up to. I can’t really write to music, unless it either has no words, or has words in a foreign language I can’t understand. My brain just latches onto words too easily, and it gets distracting.

3.  Who inspires you?

In terms of inspiring specific pieces, that could be different on any given day.  But in terms of who generally inspires me to write and makes me want to be better what I do?  Stephen King. He’s a master storyteller and I wish I could spin a yarn the way he does.  Also, Lin-Manuel Miranda, because he packs so much meaning into his work, and I love deep meaning in art. And Marian Keyes, because her work is light and fun and romantic and sexy.

4.  How old were you when you started writing?

Gosh, even before I could write, I was a storyteller. I would draw pictures and tell the story out loud as I turned the pages. I wrote my first short story when I was eight. I wrote a picture book in high school. I’ve just always written for my own entertainment. I started writing with the hope of publication in 2000. I was *mumblemumble* years old.

5. Do you have any other artistic outlets?

Here’s the thing. I can draw and paint pretty well, but it gives me the rage. Like, serious rage. I hate it so much, so I never do it. I do, however, play piano. It was something I wanted to do my whole life, but never had the opportunity until I was an adult. I’m self-taught and try to practice every night (when my cat, who loves nothing more than to walk across the keyboard, will let me).

6. How long does each stage of the writing process take?

Depends on the project, actually. It takes me a lot more time to write a 100,000 word YA or adult novel than it does to write a 40,000 word middle grade novel. Also, my writing availability fluctuates through the year, depending on how much I’m traveling to speak, whether there are holidays, or if I’m just personally busy. But generally, it goes something like this:

Writing the rough draft takes anywhere from 3-6 months. After turning it in, there is a several-month wait for my editor (and others in the publishing house) to read it and write a revision letter, and also suggest revisions on the manuscript itself (the length of time on this really fluctuates, depending on the editor’s other projects and workload). Depending on how heavy the revisions are, that stage can take me anywhere from 4-8 weeks to complete. Then I wait a couple months to either get another revision letter, or (if the editor feels the revisions are complete) to get copyedits. Copyedits are detail edits, and grammar tends to be pretty cut-and-dried, so they take much less time – hardly ever more than a couple weeks. From there, within a month or two, I get what’s called first pass pages, which is where the book is laid out and I can make one final look-through to fix any small errors that have been missed. That takes about a week. During this whole process, the editor (and others) is working with the designer to come up with a cover and any interior design, and not long after first pass pages, I will get ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies). Those tend to come out a few months before the book is released, to give reviewers time to look at and review the book before it comes out. I would say the entire process, from idea to bookshelf, can take around 18-24 months. Patience is a must-have skill for any writer.

7.  What advice do you have for kids & adults who dream of being a published author?

It’s never too early; it’s never too late. Read. Read a ton, actually. And try to absorb what you’re reading in terms of style and craft. Pay attention to what makes a story good and what makes a story bad (in your opinion). Write. Every day. Even if you’re just playing with bits and pieces of stories and techniques. And, finally, believe in yourself. Too many would-be authors give up too easily. You are going to have days, weeks, months, years, where you are certain that you stink and it will never happen for you. You will get rejected. You will get bad reviews or hateful emails or harsh critiques. That’s just part of being in the business. Sometimes the writer who gets published isn’t necessarily the best at writing; she’s just the best at believing in herself and sticking with it the longest.

We so appreciate Jennifer taking the time to share herself with us.  We’d like to congratulate her on her nomination for the 2016-17 Gateway Award for Torn Away!

Don’t go yet!  We have exciting news!

Jennifer is hosting a give-away on her Facebook page.  You could win a signed book by Jennifer Brown and this fabulous necklace from our Literacy Kansas City Collection.

Hang Ups Live Love Read Necklace

Hang Ups Live Love Read Necklace

Here’s how you enter:

  • Visit Jennifer Brown’s Facebook page and find the post announcing this contest.  Don’t forget to “like” her page to keep up with news and announcements.
  • Post a comment and link on her contest post telling her which of our Hang Ups products you absolutely love.  You can find us at
  • The contest runs from August 9th through August 26th, 2016.  It is open to US Residents only.
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Meet Our Friends Rebecca & Norman: Robot Maker and Presidential Hopeful

Say what? Norman, a current top-runner in the presidential race, and I would like to give you an exclusive, never-before-granted tour of Remnants by RJ: Where the Robot Magic Happens.

For those of you who don’t know, Remnants by RJ is just that—a collection of society’s cast off “remnants” that I (Rebecca Jackson) transform into fun, quirky pieces of art. I tend to see what something could be, instead of what it just is.

Primarily, I make recycled robots. I take discarded bits of life—those things lurking in attic boxes or collecting dust on thrift store shelves—and allow them to find their way to a new reality through trial and error assimilations. Each robot is a transformation of the ordinary into something magical with a name, a story, and a personality.

Just like Norman. As soon as the clock knob came to rest on his little film canister head, I knew I’d found my robot counterpart.

Norman is the odd-bot-out in most situations. He has the innate social skills of an ostrich/warthog hybrid and often feels a bit insecure. You might say, Norman is—and always will be—an underdog. But who doesn’t enjoy rooting for an underdog? Despite his insecurities, he accepts himself as he is and enjoys sharing his journey with the world.

Today, that journey takes you inside The Workshop.

Norman 1 Norman 2

Finished robots, photo shoots, and packing materials reside in the outer sanctum of the workshop…as does the all-important Drill Press of Awesomeness. (If the house were on fire, I would save the drill press first, then maybe the kids. But seriously, they have legs, they should be able to get out on their own.)

Norman 3

The inner sanctum is a small square room, located in close proximity to the drill press, that houses the workbench on one side and the robot part shelves on the other. Despite its cluttered, slightly haphazard appearance, the shelves are mostly organized and bins are labeled as necessary: arms, eyes, legs, small feet, etc.

Norman 4

When a robot begins the reassembly process, it’s a matter of trial-and-error. I usually have the glimmer of an idea and begin looking for potential bodies and heads. Then it’s a matter of trying them out.

Norman is currently overseeing the reassembly of a very special robot for Carolyn. (Since neither of us want to ruin the surprise, this is only a sneak peek. You’ll have to wait for the final reveal.)

Norman 6 Norman 5

I often try to add something personal or unexpected. It is very important to me that each robot is one-of-a-kind. Despite traditional robots being streamlined, replicated machines, I don’t ever want to mass-produce anything. I love the way my recycled robots find their way to a new life all their own.

Norman 7 Norman 8

Equally important is my commitment to recycling. As a society, we are often obsessed with the next bigger, better thing. That leaves a whole lot of consumer waste in landfills or sitting on shelves in a thrift store. Incorporating those old-fashioned or outdated materials into my work is not only a commentary on the never-ending race to the future, but it is also a challenge to rethink the familiar, giving it new life as an eco-friendly, sustainable piece of art.

Of course, that’s a natural segue into a concluding paragraph with a good dose of campaign propaganda. Norman is currently running for President of the United States on a platform of “Recycling Materials, Not Ideas.”  Among other things, Norman believes that humans, like recycled robots, are endowed with certain unalienable rights, like Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Appendages.

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Together, Norman and I are ready to start infecting the world with imagination and kindness. Won’t you join us? I bet, with your help, we can change the world.

Thank you to Rebecca & Norman for guest-blogging for us in our summer creativity series!  If you’d like to see more of Rebecca’s creations or follow Norman’s Presidential Campaign here’s where you can find them:, on Etsy, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and via email at


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Hello June! What’s Up?


June is a busy month with so much to be excited about!  We start the month with a bang, on June 4th, by going to see the Canadian band Barenaked Ladies at Starlight Theater.  It’s a family event for us:  Carolyn’s whole family are going along with Kristi and her youngest daughter Mary Alice.  It’s the kids first concert and they are all very excited.  If you have a chance to grab last minute tickets we highly recommend it.  This band is very fun, creative and happy.

The following Friday, June 10th, Kristi & I will attend Art That Blows, an event that benefits Band of Angels KC.   Local artists have repurposed and donated non-functional musical instruments into pieces of art for this event. Guests may bid on the pieces during the silent auction starting at 5pm and then enjoy a live rooftop performance by DJ Ashton Martin while overlooking the breathtaking Kansas City skyline. Tickets are still available.  You can learn more and purchase tickets by clicking here.  Kristi and I have donated a whopping 40 pieces of jewelry made from retired instruments to this event.  We are excited to meet the other artists who will be in attendance as well as Band of Angels supporters.

On Friday June 17th and Saturday June 18th (from 5pm-11pm each evening) Kristi and I will be hanging out in our booth (with all of our Hang Ups) at SoJo Summerfest (formerly Jazz in the Woods).  Check out this fun festival for local food & brews, local music and to meet local artisans to support local charities.  Does it get any better than that?  This event takes place at Corporate Woods, Overland Park KS and is a free event so come by and see us!

Last but definitely not least, Sunday June 19th is Father’s Day!  Like so many other people out there we are desperately trying to think of unique and fun gifts for our Dad’s and our husbands.  If your husband or father is a musician we have plenty of options for you on our website.   For example, this money clip features a key from a retired trumpet.  A generous portion of the proceeds go directly to Band of Angels KC and will help to send kids to music camp.  There’s nothing better than a gift that gives back.


That’s what we have going on this June.  We’d love it if you could come out and say hi to us at any of these events.  We wish you all a safe and happy June!

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Looking for Unique Gifts For Graduates?

Look no further!  We have a great selection of graduate gifts from hand-stamped pieces to jewelry made from musical instruments.

This is a small selection from our Literacy Kansas City Collection.  A portion of the proceeds from this collection will be donated directly to Literacy Kansas City.   Literacy KC’s mission is to advance literacy among Kansas City area adults through direct services, advocacy and collaboration.  Their vision is literacy for all.   Who doesn’t love a gift that gives back by helping others?

Dream Vintage Spoon and Belt Cuff Bracelet from Hang Ups in KC Dare To Dream Handstamped Bracelet from Hang Ups in KC Antique Typewriter Key Necklace from Hang Ups in KC Live Courageously Handstamped Spoon Bracelet by Hang Ups in KC Enjoy the Ride Leather Stamped Bracelet by Hang Ups in KC On to the Next Chapter Hand Stamped Bracelet By Hang Ups in KC Dream Big Hand Stamped Feather Necklace With Brave Wings She Flies Handstamped Long Necklace Oh The Places You'll Go Hand Stamped Leather Bracelet












Jewelry from our Band of Angels Collection also makes great gifts for students and teachers.  A portion of the proceeds from the sale of every item in this collection goes directly back to Band of Angels KC.  Band of Angels is a non-profit organization who collect, repair and distribute instruments to kids in need.  They also send many kids to music camp every summer.  We have a lot of fun making jewelry from the instruments that cannot be repaired.  Here’s a small sampling of what is available on our website.

Violin String Earrings

Cello Tuning Peg Necklace Saxophone Key Cuff Links Clarinet Key Necklace Drum Cymbal Cuff BraceletHammered Flute Body Earrings Piano Wire & Leather Bracelet Viola Wood Earrings French Horn Valve Key Necklace












To order you can visit us online at or simply click on the photos of an item that you like from above.  Orders arrive in a pretty muslin bag with a thank you note from the Director of the non-profit that benefits from the gift.

We wish you all a very safe and happy graduate season and Memorial Day Weekend.  Happy Victoria Day to our Canadian Friends!

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What Pulls at our Heartstrings here at Hang Ups in KC

Instead of showing you our love-themed jewelry for Valentines Day we decided to tell you about a cause that we love instead.

If you follow us on social media you hear us talk a lot about Band of Angels a lot.  Who are Band of Angels?  Band of Angels is an amazing Kansas City based non-profit organization who collects used music instruments from those who no longer want them and helps make them available to kids in need who couldn’t otherwise afford them. Donated instruments are refurbished and restored to playing condition before given to a student. Cash donations are accepted also, which are used to purchase instruments. With these instruments, students can join their school’s band and orchestra programs. Also, funds raised help send students to summer music camp with full scholarships.  To learn more or donate please visit them at   Hang Ups in KC partnered with Band of Angels about two years ago.  We take instruments that cannot be repaired and make jewelry from them.  A generous portion of the sale of every piece of our musical instrument jewelry goes directly back to Band of Angels.  If you would like to check out our Band of Angels Collection on our website click here.  Here’s a small sampling of what we can do with retired instruments:

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Clarinet Key Necklace                                             Drum Cymbal Earrings

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Saxophone Key Cuff Links                                     Trumpet Valve Cap Necklace

Band of Angels has two major fundraisers a year:  Heartstrings in February and Art that Blows in June.  Last Saturday was the most successful Heartstrings Gala yet.  There were approximately 400 attendees who showed up to support this amazing cause.  George Shelby was the special guest performer.  During his 35 year career he has played saxophone with Beyoncé, Michael McDonald, Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire, Toto, Bruce Springsteen, Hilary Duff, Bono, Sting, Elton John, Natalie Cole, Chaka Khan, Johnny Mathis, and many others.  Joining him on stage were Band of Angels beneficiaries and wonderful spokespeople Morgan & Connor Cravens.


Carolyn & Kristi hanging out with George Shelby

Just click on this link for a peek at Band of Angels Gala 2016 featuring George Shelby and Morgan and Connor Cravens performing.

Here’s a few more photos of this fun event.  If you live in the Kansas City area please join us next year.  Keep an eye on the Band of Angels website for details.  Tickets sell out fast!

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Happy Valentines Day!


Kristi & Carolyn with Valentines Matt & Dwayne



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Happy Thanksgiving from Hang Ups in KC

Five orange pumpkins sit in a row in front of a distressed, wooden background.

We both feel so blessed with the support of our families, friends and our customers on this crazy fun journey we’re on.
If you’d like to come out and see us in person in December we’ll have a pop-up shop open at Meyer Music in Overland Park (corner of 133rd and Quivera) on Saturday December 5th and at Meyer Music North (at the Boardwalk Square Shopping Center) on Saturday December 12th.
We wish you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving!
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Hang Ups in KC at the Kansas City Symphony


One of our goals for this fall was to introduce our Band of Angels Collection to symphony gift shops across the country.  Our Band of Angels Collection features handmade jewelry created from retired musical instruments.  A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this jewelry collection goes to Band of Angels KC, a non-profit dedicated to collecting and distributing instruments to kids in need.

We are very proud to announce that select pieces from our Band of Angels Collection can now be purchased at the Kansas City Symphony Alliance Shop!  This shop is located in the Brandmeyer Grand Hall of the award winning Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

These are a few of the designs that can be found at the Kansas City Symphony Alliance Shop:

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We are passionate about our work with Band of Angels KC and have great plans for the future of this collection.   We have a favor to ask of you.  If you have any contacts at Symphonies, Operas and Performing Arts Centers across the United States, Canada or anywhere else in the world please share our work with them.  Word of mouth is the most powerful marketing tool.

Thank you for accompanying us on this wonderful journey!

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31 Finds and Flavors of Kansas City

Kansas City is a great place to start a small business.  There are resources such as the Kauffman Foundation, creator of the 1 Million Cups program that specifically support entrepreneurship.  Presenting at 1 Million Cups was an amazing experience for us.  In fact, that is where we met Mike Meyer from Meyer Music and co-founder of Band of Angels.  Check out our Band of Angels Collection, jewelry made from retired instruments here.

There are also several programs/ groups such as Made in Kansas City, Handmade in Kansas City and KC Source Link that specifically work at growing the local economy by encouraging people to buy, eat and drink local.

For the month of May KC Source Link (together with Shop Local Alliance) is hosting a fun promotional program called 31 Finds and Flavors of Kansas City, Entrepreneurs in Action.  Several of our Handmade in Kansas City Team Members have been and will be featured.  We’ve all answered a fun questionnaire so you can get to know us a little better.  Hang Ups in KC will be featured on May 9th.  One of the questions that we answered was what we considered our “entrance music” or theme song.  Can you guess what it is?  Check out our feature on May 9th to find out.  Click here for the link to make it really easy.  You can also learn more by searching #shoplocalkc.

Here’s the schedule of businesses that will be featured.  If you know any of them please help spread the word on social media by using the hashtag #shoplocalkc.  We encourage you to check out the businesses that are new to you.  In our opinion the only thing better than shopping local is shopping local HANDMADE.  Enjoy!

Flavor Day Holiday
Remnants by RJ 1 Space Day
Wood + Salt 2 Brothers and Sisters Day
Creations by M and J 3 day after Baby Day
Springboard Creative 4 National Candied Orange Peel Day
Panaderia de las Americas 5 Cinco De Mayo
Aunt Christy’s Country Kitchen 6 No Diet Day
KC Cool 7 National Tourism Day
Worlds Window 8 No Socks Day
Hang Ups in KC 9 pre Mother’s Day
Indigo Wild 10 Clean Your Room, Mother’s Day
Dolce Bakery 11 Eat What You Want
Fusion Fitness 12 Fatigue Syndrome Day
Red Dirt Shop 13 Donate a Day’s Wages to Charity Day
Lu & Ed 14 Chicken Dance Day
Family Bicycles 15 Bike to Work Day
Nuggets of Goodness 16 National Sea Monkey
Life’s Gems 17 Pack Rat Day
Tulle Box 18 No Dirty Dishes Day
Ugly Glass & Co 19 May Ray Day
Snow & Co 20 Pick Strawberries Day
Tasty Thai 21 National Waiters and Waitresses Day
French & Music House 22 Musical Instrument Day
Ni-Cherns Designs 23 Lucky Penny Day
Handmade by Lolo Z 24 Tiara Day
Geek Chic Boutique 25 Towel Day
The Little Wing 26 Sally Ride Day
Swim Zip 27 Sun Screen Day
Stand Out Style 28 Golden Gate Bridge
One More Cup 29 Get Caught Reading
Coffee Girls 30 Neighbor Day
Ocean & Sea 31 Aquarium Month (June)
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