Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Sneak Peek #3

Three more vendors who will be participating in the Crafty Chicks Show & Sale this Saturday!  Keep an eye out for more posts every day this week.
Cheryl Jaeger ~ C. Jaeger
Cheryl loves to sew during any spare moment she can find in her day. She uses fun, modern fabrics, as well as vintage and imported fabrics to make her sewn creations. In addition to her patchwork clutches, writing kits, and zipper pouches that she featured at the Crafty Chicks sale last year, she will be bringing lots of fun lanyards and unique key fobs to the sale this year. You can find photos of her work on Instagram or visit her etsy shop http://www.cjaeger.etsy.com to see more examples of her work.

Pam Talpers ~ Gypsy That I Was/Wild Heart YarningsPam Talpers learned the art of crochet from her grandmother. As a nurse, mother and wife, there was little time for creative endeavors, but, as all artists come to realize, there needs to be an outlet for creative expression. Pam decided to pick up her hook and begin creating. Using nature, music, and life experiences, Pam has created a unique style of her own. Pam’s designs are not constrained to traditional platforms or patterns. She mixes fibers and techniques to create unique, one of a kind items.
Scarves, hats and purses are only a few of Pam’s creations. She has also ventured into making items focused for the medical field as teaching props. If you are looking for abstract, whimsical and unique, you will find them in Pam’s products. In addition to crochet, Pam collects vintage jewelry and makes beaded/crochet jewelry. These items will be available at the Crafty Chicks sale as well.
See more of Pam's work here:

Anne Medley & Deborah Kallevig ~ The Rescue Project
The Rescue Project is a non-profit organization in Kansas City that provides education on proper pet care, offers resources for spaying and neutering, vaccinations, food, doghouses and most importantly human interaction. They advocate for those that cannot speak for themselves while educating caregivers in the hopes of continuing to improve the lives of animals in our community. Visit their website to learn more: www.therescueproject.net

The Rescue Project will be selling dog hats, scarves, collars, treats and toys, along with some other handcrafted items made by our volunteers. Deborah Kallevig will be selling her homemade products for pets as well. See her full line of products here: www.unfussed.com

Monday, November 24, 2014

Sneak Peek #2

Crafty Chicks Show & Sale is coming up fast ~ less than a week away! Learn a little more about a few of our vendors and see what you have to look forward to!

Diane & Madeline Tompkins ~ Tag Team Tompkins
Take two Kansas City book lovers, season them with graphic design careers and a strong desire to travel. Stir up these ingredients and you have Tag Team Tompkins, a mother/daughter team creating art that honors literary wit and wisdom. Tag Team Tompkins sells their work in their Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/tagteamtompkins and in some wonderful retail shops both locally and nationally. This year they have focused on creating 12 Chinese Zodiac prints - all printed by Skylab Letterpress in North Kansas City.

Michelle Darter ~ Hue & I Design
Michelle Darter's lampshades are original works of art carefully stitched on her vintage Necchi sewing machine given to her in high school. Each one is unique and one of a kind, carefully crafted from recycled sweaters and vintage, or new wire frames sourced locally. They reflect Michelle's formal training in graphic design as well as a love of nature, repurposing and most importantly color, as the name of her company Hue & I Design reflects.At her table you'll find many styles of sweater shades from Frenchy feminine to funky retro to nature inspired. Stop by and pick up a card if you would like to order a custom lampshade from her later.

Michelle hopes you can enjoy her lampshades as much as she enjoys making them. The shades may also be purchased at Nook & Cranny in the West Bottoms area of Kansas City during the First Friday Sales events along with antiques and more home decor. If you are like Michelle, you'll want one in every room of your home!

Cheryl Holtman ~ Potter
Cheryl has been a potter for 30+ years with a studio at historic Belvoir Winery in Liberty. She has also been a studio tech in William Jewell College's art department, a visiting artist in historic Arrow Rock, a gallery owner, and is currently serving on Liberty Arts Commission and a member of the Prairie Fire Art Guild. Cheryl has also been an award winner multiple years with Cultures without Borders Traveling Art Exhibit, and has exhibited in a number of shows in Missouri and Kansas including the Liberty Arts Squared festival for five years. This is Cheryl's 3rd year - 2nd consecutive - with Crafty Chicks.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sneak Peek #1

With the Crafty Chicks Show & Sale being a little less than a week away, take a look at some of the wares our 2014 artisans will have for sale. Make sure to check back this week as more sneak peeks are coming!  

Julie Lushbough ~ Mattie Jules
Creative Ring Art? With Buttons? Crazy, but true. Julie designs unique custom jewelry with modern and vintage buttons (btw... she loves vintage and has designed some beautiful pieces).

Choose from a huge variety of buttons and you can design your own special ring, necklace or pin made while you wait. Or commission Julie to create jewelry from your own heirloom buttons, beads and jewelry parts. Imagine using treasured or military buttons to craft a keepsake ring, necklace, bracelet, pin or earrings... a memory you can wear. Julie can also help you plan a special event ~ talk with her to schedule a ring party!

Julie also makes unique wire-wrap bracelets and flat wire pendants that are very popular items and make great Christmas gifts. New for this year are recycled beer label switch plates for the guys, and a Keep Calm collection of pendants.

Kristin & Chris Cooper ~ Kristin Christopher
Once upon a time, while majoring in jewelry at KU, Kristin and Chris met, then married and traveled the country doing art fairs for five action-packed years. The Coopers' adventures continued in creative design jobs at Disney in LA until the magic of clean air and green pastures enticed them back to Kansas to raise their two boys.

After a 17-year break from their jewelry biz, Kristin now makes jewelry full time again, teaches yoga, and challenges Chris to try to one-up her in sterling silver. They create fun and affordable, one-of-a-kind pieces that are soldered, hammered, and textured by hand, and include natural gemstones. Each piece is made with a deep passion for art, beauty, and a desire to inspire others. See more of their designs (and stories of their "happily ever after" livin' … coming soon) at www.kristinchristopher.com.

Clara Porter ~ Clara's Paperclip Jewelry
Clara has designed and made paperclip jewelry since she was thirteen years old. All of her work is handcrafted and made completely from paperclips and beads. Clara's jewelry is fun, fashionable, and light weight. Any design can be made in silver or gold, an array of bead colors, and multiple shapes. For more information talk to Clara at the show or visit www.etsy.com/shop/ClarasPaperclips. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Small Business Saturday

As it happens, the Crafty Chicks Show & Sale is scheduled for Small Business Saturday again this year.  So, a great opportunity to support your local artists and businesses while getting your holiday shopping started - or finished!

Keep an eye on the blog for sneak peeks of what is in store this year!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Thank You!

{Crafty Chicks 2013}

A big thank you to devoted friends and customers for making Crafty Chick's 14th Annual Show & Sale a great success! We truly appreciate your patronage and support and hope to see you next year!  Enjoy the upcoming holidays!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Sneak Peek #7

 {Brandon & Tabitha Todd ~ ToddAh}

At the beginning of 2012 Brandon & Tabitha Todd decided to open ToddAh out of their home in Kansas City, Mo. Their goal when opening the store was to “Make Joy Appear”. Wanting to be more than just an online shop, they keep that in mind with everything they do, from donating 20% of proceeds to charity, to creating designs for their products, and even when starting a blog to connect with, and give something back their visitors. The Todds do this because the more people they impact and meet, the more passionate they are about creating great products. Their wish is for people to seek joy in giving, just as much as in getting.

 {Sue Tague ~ Adornaments}

Sue Tague is a creative soul who recently retired from a 47-year-career at Hallmark. She spent the past 18 years as a master artist/sculptor in the Keepsakes Ornaments department. Earlier in her career she specialized in creating both 2D and 3D whimsical and cute characters for almost every product line Hallmark makes. Previously, Sue was a design professor at Syracuse University, where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts  degree, had a passion for toys, and often gave her students assignments to design marionettes and paper-mechanical products. That was when Sue created her first marionette. The passion to make characters move and "come to life" has been with her ever since. To accomplish this she uses a mixture of sculpting, fashion design and jewelry-making techniques, as well as a vast collection of "junk" (her husband's term) and beads collected here and there. "Adornaments by Sue Tague" are meant to add a bit of fun and happy to your life!

{Tracy McVay ~ 2 Werks Design}

After a 28-year career as a greeting card illustrator/designer for Hallmark Cards, Tracy McVay retired to take a second creative path. A passion for textiles and "beadie ornamentia," her mother's sewing room, and a burgeoning collection of bits, beads, and pieces has inspired her new journey making handcrafted jewelry and small accessories. Materials for her collection of necklaces and bracelets include antique beads, buttons, stones, felted bits, and crystals.  Each piece possesses an eclectic light, color and cross-cultural resonance of whimsey and nostalgia.  

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Sneak Peek #6

{Gretchen Finch}

Gretchen will be offering various vintage button collages, sterling silver button bookmarks, and button bracelets. This will be her 11th year to create a paper clay sculpted folk art creation. Holiday Hedgehog and his Red Bird friend capture the spirit of the holiday. Miniature Treasure Boxes could be the perfect gift for anyone on your “nice list” this year. Each small, metal, embellished box is one of a kind and comes with a sweet charm inside and an inspiring quote. 

{Maria Plubell ~ Ria Mar Designs}

Ria Mar Designs are unique - fun - affordable one-of-a-kind jewelry designs for the trendy chick in all of us.  Maria Plubell started doing this as a hobby alongside her full time job about 5 years ago. All handcrafted & assembled right here in the Metro Kansas City Area!

Some of the materials used are 100% genuine deerskin leather braided with rhinestone cup chain to create a wrap bracelet. Add a collegiate licensed charm to make it a special gift for someone!  Other items include rhinestone cross stretch bracelets designed using various unique beads, leather cord bracelets, earrings and more!  We love BLING!!

Contact Maria for wholesale pricing, customization, fundraising, girls night out parties and more! Treat yourself or they make a great gift to thank or surprise the fashion conscious lady!  I hope you enjoy my designs as much as I enjoy creating them!  

Make sure you visit the Ria Mar Designs Face Book page for updated designs and stop by my booth for some fun-affordable shopping!  Website coming soon!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Sneak Peek #5

 {Lorraine Colbert Elmore ~ Altelier}

In the Altelier booth you will find Christmas decorations made of paper and decoupaged glass, and bottle-cap  jewelry. Lorraine Elmore designs with  metal, paper, glass, semi-precious stones and one-of-a-kind vintage buttons. Her designs pair a Parisian sensibility with up-cycled chic. 

 {Michelle Darter ~ Hue & I Design}

Michelle Darter's lampshades are original works of art carefully stitched on her vintage Necchi sewing machine given to her in high school.  Each one is unique and one of a kind, carefully crafted from recycled sweaters and vintage, or new wire frames sourced locally.  They reflect Michelle's formal training in graphic design as well as a love of nature, repurposing and most importantly color, as the name of her company Hue & I Design reflects.

After purchasing a large vintage lamp several years ago, Michelle was unable to find a cool lampshade to accompany it. She went to her own closet and began cutting, sewing and sculpting her sweaters into these lovely creations.

At her table you'll find many styles of sweater shades from Frenchy feminine to funky retro to nature inspired.  Stop by and pick up a card if you would like to order a custom lampshade from her later.

Michelle hopes you can enjoy her lampshades as much as she enjoys making them.  The shades may also be purchased at Nook & Cranny in the West Bottoms area of Kansas City during the First Friday Sales events along with antiques and more home decor.  If you are like Michelle, you'll want one in every room of your home!

 {Mindi Ogden ~ Wonderfully Made}

This is Mindi Ogden's fifth year participating in Crafty Chicks. Mindi is a production designer at Hallmark who loves to design handcrafted beads and make them into wearable artwork creations. Mindi's small business "Wonderfully Made," is taken from the bible verse: I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). Mindi makes every design perfect for any girl ~ each piece has a little whimsy ~ they are colorful, funky, unique, totally you and Wonderfully Made!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Sneak Peek #4

{Kim Pjecha ~ Linkaa}

After days of happily rearranging pixels as a surface designer, Kim Pjecha loves to come home and make something real.  Two years ago she made a pair of little red slippers for her niece from a felted wool sweater, and Linkaa, her etsy shop was born- it's filled with felted slippers, hats, mittens and purses.  Everything is fun, useful and earth-friendly, and features products made from upcycled wool, freshly felted and ready for a new life ~ make sure to visit to see additional designs!

Stop by Kim's table at Crafty Chicks to see her beautiful accessories and admire her craftsmanship in person ~ great gifts for the holiday and colder weather!

{Karen Kawallek}

Karen Kawallek began Lake Providence Lodge scented wax melts as a result of her love for a cozy smelling home and a desire for longer lasting scented wax melts than she was able to find. The company name came from a sign she painted a number of years ago and the name fits perfectly as her home, garden and workspace each are filled with rustic cabin and lodge d├ęcor.

Karen's dye-free, flame-free melts made with phthalate-free fragrance oils offer a safe way to beautifully scent your home or office. Her melts are designed to be placed in wax warmers and you can blend chunks of melts together to create new scents to enjoy. 

This is Karen's first year at Crafty Chicks and she is eager to have you stop by her table and find melts for you or gifts for family and friends.

 {Karla Taylor}

Karla Taylor has been Needle Felting for over 10 years and is finally starting to bring her work to the craft show world.
Her two dimensional framed pieces are a combination of wool textiles, needle felting, and embellished with beads.
Three dimensional needle felted dogs are a favorite subject matter being the dog lover that she is.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Sneak Peek #3

 {Em Byerly ~ MCC Studio}

Em Byerly is a 3D gifts designer for Hallmark by day, and a die-hard crafter after hours. She enjoys the beauty of a well made product. Em spends her time outside of work making a range of pretty things, from make-up bags, plush elephants, and other sewing projects to soaps, jewelry, and more. WIth Christmas around the corner she's made a lot of great small gifts perfect for co-workers, friends, and stocking stuffers. Make sure to stop by her table and say hello!

 {Clara Porter ~ Clara's Paperclip Jewelry}

Clara Porter has designed and made paperclip jewelry ever since she was thirteen years old. She started her business as a way to express her creativity and to offer fun and inexpensive jewelry. Each piece is hand crafted and made 100% out of paperclips and beads. The jewelry is fun, fashionable, and light weight. Any of Clara's designs are available in silver or gold, an array of bead colors, and in multiple shapes. Bracelets are $8.00, earrings are $4.00, and a set is $10.00. For more information visit her website

{Julie Day ~ Happy Days} 

This is Julie Day's third year creating goodies for Crafty Chicks.  She spends "happy days" crafting wool felt flowers, upcycling household treasures, making decorative ribbon for packaging, and using her collection of old books and papers to transform boxes, hangers and countless other items.  Julie's love for all things vintage (and cute!) expresses itself through her creations.  Come visit with a friend and find a reason to smile.