Wednesday, December 16, 2009

09 Crafty Chicks

What a great show we had!  Thanks to all our talented participants.  We look forward to Crafty Chicks 2010!

Here's a little sampling from our fabulous show.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Hope to see you there.

Directions (from downtown Kansas City)
North to Liberty to I-35 to highway 152, Exit 16
Go east (right) towards historic Town Square (Highway 152 turns into Kansas St.)
Heritage Hall is located just east of Kansas and Prairie streets
13 days till Crafty Chicks!!!!

Cheryl Graham & Gretchen Finch

Cheryl and Gretchen are two of the original chicks and they also are the organizers of the show. They are great friends who share a LOVE of buttons.

Cheryl will again have her 'Letter' painted canvases, unique little address books and one of a kind frames. She also will have lovely painted and collaged birds on small canvases. Each piece is truly one of a kind and shows her talent and lovely point of view.

Gretchen will have vintage button collages, sterling silver button bookmarks, and button bracelets. This will be her 7th year to create a sculpted folk art creation. A charming snow bunny is crafted from paper pulp and carries the message of 'Joy'. Also, be sure to check out the 'march of the pine-guins' !

Kim Mallory

Kim calls her creations Small Joys "fripperies and fancies" delightfully obtuse objects of desire. Along with her paper items, she will have bags of sugar and spice almonds and various decorative odds and ends, framed and otherwise.

Toni Roper

This is Toni's third year with the Chicks. She makes delicious dip and cheese ball mixes that she labels with vintage postcard images. After tasting the samples, you'll want to pick up several to take home. Mmmmmmm good! This year, Toni's new item is a magnetic note board in a vintage frame.

21 days till the show!

Angela Muir

Angela is a formally trained fashion designer who enjoys crafting with recycled materials.  "I often find that I enjoy the challenge of turning something that has already been used for a certain purpose into something completely different, prolonging the life of the material and wasting less in the long run."  As an example, she creates from recycled coffee bean sacks that  she gets from the Roastarie Coffee Company right here in Kansas City.  Not only are these products green, they are local as well!

Michelle Strong

This is Michelle's first year at Crafty Chicks!  She creates jewelry using the natural beauty of real butterfly wings.  You won't believe the colors!!!  She'll also have some of her lovely little sparrow lockets available.  They're perfect for stocking stuffers.

Cool Stuff Show

Our friends from "Cool Stuff" are having their show this weekend, so make sure to get there early and add new cool stuff to your old cool stuff.
Their address is:  2300 Fayette Street, North Kansas City, MO. 64116
Phone:  816.842.8765

Monday, October 26, 2009

27 days and counting...

Cecilia Gilman and Emily Bond

Hound's Tooth by Cecilia and Emily is an offering of all natural homemade dog treats and snacks.  All are healthy, organic and wheat free.  Apple , carrot, pumpkin, flaxseed, and peanut butter are just a few of the ingredients used.  Knowing some dogs have sensitive stomachs there will also be several dairy free and meat free products available.  All the treats have been pre-approved by their own dogs Rosco and Emmitt and several of their four legged friends.  There will be packaged treats as well as an assortment of a la carte goodies to give as gifts to satisfy your dog's sweet tooth.  Who let the dogs out? (couldn't resist)
10% of Hound's Tooth sales will be donated to the Humane Sociaty of Kansas City. 

Ruth Donikowski

Ruth has been a Crafty Chick for several years and her table is always a favorite. Ruth offers unique gift items...things like felted soaps and rocks,  jewelry made from bingo tiles, colored pencils and rulers, and wool felt bracelets.  She has a talent for repurposing everyday items into one of a kind creations.  What will she bring this year?  Just a warning, you may be shopping for a gift, but you just may walk away with a thing or two for yourself.

Monday, October 19, 2009

34 days till the show!!!

Phaedra Wheeler

Phaedra Wheeler  is a fiber artist that loves to take knitting and crochet to the next level.  She loves to take a pattern and add her special touch.  Whether it be a fish biting your head, a purse that you can never stop looking at or a tree skirt worthy of becoming a family heirloom, you are sure to find that perfect gift from the collection of knitting and crocheted items that Phaedra has made.  You're sure to be hooked.

Dayle Bennett

Fashion forward, colorful and girlie, Dayle's bags, pins and necklaces always draw a crowd to her booth every year.  Dayle's good buddy, Jeanee won't be in town to do the show but her bath fizzies will have a place at her table. Make sure to stop by and visit this crafty chick. And the ribbon pin goes to.....

Julie Reed

Julie works as a graphic designer/ product designer/ art director by day and by late night and weekends she unleashes her creative spirit.  She loves to knit, crochet, felt and make jewelry, always trying new techniques.  She can always rely on creative input from Speck & Sprocket, her two Scottish terriers. 

Lorraine Colbert Elmore

Lorraine designs decoupage and jewelry, which are combined in her latest collection of bottle cap necklaces. She utilizes metal, paper, semi-precious stones and one-of-a-kind vintage buttons. This collection pairs a Parisian sensibility with up-cycled chic. The juxtaposition of pattern and metal make these pieces perfect for mixing with silver and gemstone jewelry, patterned scarves and clothing.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

41 days till the show!!!

Toni Gagarin

Hear Kitty, Kitty! Lucky for our furry friends Toni has been addicted to making hand stitched felt cat toys stuffed with cat nip. (There is no glue used to keep your kitty safe.) It's the purrrr-fect gift.   Feline sushi, anyone?

Danielle Mousley

This is Danielle's second year selling at Crafty Chicks. She will once again, be whipping up her batches of versatile and time-saving, pre-made mixes for the upcoming holiday season. Her mixes of cookies, brownies and muffins all come with recipe booklets that allow you to bake your favorite recipes. She will also be selling her popular friendship tea, hot cocoa, holiday spiced wine and cider mixes. They make the perfect little small gift for your friends, family or teachers, or to keep for yourself.

Jennifer Snuggs

"Cute, Sweet & Snug" is the theme Jennifer has chosen for her crocheted goodies this year.  In hues of red, brown, pink and white, you'll find cute baby elephants, sweet cupcake pincushions and snug scarves among other coordinating items at her table.  Jennifer hopes you'll stop by for a unique handmade gift and the sweet feel of the season!

Shawna Stobaugh

Most of Shawna's art is very juvenile and whimsical.  She makes baby blocks with artwork on all sides, frames decorated with illustrations, plaques, paper ribbon with scalloped edges, tile magnets, button pins, prints for framing and much more.  The illustrations are playful and are always perfect for children's rooms or a spot on your desk at work or home.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

48 days until the show!

Desserts by Debby

As you enter Crafty Chicks and smell the cinnamon rolls.....well, that would be our baking diva, Debby baking them just for you! She does many custom confections throughout the year and the cute Halloween examples are just some you may have seen and tasted (lucky you!).  Shopping and cinnamon rolls are a great combination!

Gina Simmons

This whimsical lampwork bead jewelry is crafted by Gina Simmons, a new artist to Crafty Chicks. You may have seen some of her work at Art Unleashed, a great fund raising event for our furry friends. She even makes all the bracelet bags to match each design! Have we mentioned...bring your Christmas list?

John Graham

Need the perfect man gift?  John's baseball lamps are always a big hit.   If you have time on your hands, check out the array of unique clocks that are another popular item for men and women.  John's been part of  Crafty Chicks for several years.  Stop by and see what he has to offer this year.

At delec*table, you'll find a host of goodies to sweeten up your shopping experience or ride home--or give to family and friends! Come and sample perennial favorites like the pumpkin chocolate chip bars and chocolate dipped pretzels, or take home a few surprises! The table is hosted by Lauren and Laura, two friends and baking enthusiasts who are going on their 4th year in Crafty Chicks! Laura started hosting a treats table in 2006 and Lauren joined the fun in 2007. Lauren will be tempting your sweet tooths independently this Thanksgiving weekend, but Laura and her sweet smile will be there in spirit!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

55 days until the show!

Lucy Corrigan

Lucy has a great eye for collectibles. Her estate sale business gives her the opportunity to gather wonderful vintage items. They are perfect for the creative individual who see the potential for collage, jewelry, or just to add to their collections. What will she tempt us with this year?

Julie Lushbough

Rene (Windsong Designs) and Julie (Mattie-Jules) have been making button rings for over 6 years. They started hosting Ring Parties using modern and vintage buttons made into rings or pendants... right on the spot. Talk about instant gratification! They have a great selection of buttons to choose from. You can also used your own special buttons... like one from Grandma's coat, Dad's Navy uniform, or from your favorite Aunt's jar of buttons...they work up into a beautiful memory that you can wear!!!

Ashlee Dowd and Heather Van Wyck

This is Ashlee and Heather's first year at Crafty Chicks. They are very excited! They remix vintage finds to create one-of-a-kind hand sewn flower accessories. Come see how their garden grows!

Pam Sledd

Pam starts each piece of her jewelry with a different thought in mind. The results can be trendy, classic or customized to an outfit. The result is jewelry that is affordable, yet beautiful. There is quite a variety as Pam says she get bored easily...but you won't! We look forward to have Pam back at Crafty Chicks.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

61 days until the show!
Wonderfully Made Jewelry by Mindi Ogden

It is always a so fun to have new chicks in our show! Mindi is joining us for the first time this year. She makes whimsical, unique jewelry pieces - jewelry that can fit your personality and style! We see jewelry in your future!

Diane and Madeline Tompkins

Diane and Madeline are two of our founding chicks and have been with us for all 10 years! This mother/daughter team are both so very talented and each year have had wonderful art and jewelry items to sell. You may have seen them in a Curious Sofa show earlier this year! Visit their booth and try to make a purchase is not easy!

Cindy Ross

Prepare yourself for large crowds! There is always one gathered at Cindy's booth! Her hand-beaded pins have become collectors items to so many. Her designs are so charming, we are sure you will be tempted. Also, Cindy has been a Crafty Chick for the last ten years! Woo-hoo!

Sandi Devenny plush characters

This will be Sandi's first year at Crafty Chicks where she will be featuring a collection of handmade plush. She strives to create plush with character and personality that will appeal to a wide array of individuals. Each piece is uniquely constructed and one of a kind, so make sure to get you hands on some before they are gone. 

Monday, September 21, 2009

Sharon Milleret and June Brock

If you have been to Crafty Chicks before, you probably have seen these chicks! They always have a wonderful selection of pre-owned treasures and antiques items. June uses antique molds to make lovely hand-painted ornaments. These are great gifts or maybe one for your own tree! Be sure to see what is new this year!

John Still's Felted Lambs and Mary Janes

This is John's first year in Crafty Chicks (only a real man can be comfortable with being a chick!) These adorable 100% wool felted animals and Mary Jane shoes are perfect for that baby gift. John will also have felted holiday bracelets. So don't be 'sheepish' and shy, be sure to visit John's booth with your Christmas list.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Tammy Smith and son, Murphy with Homemade Circus 

This is Tammy's second year at Crafty Chicks.  Tammy started making these birdcages and other wire pieces when she realized she loved the look of an abandoned circus or carnival she saw in England while on a family vacation. This has been a very busy year for her, taking her Homemade Circus on the road traveling to shows across the United States.  We're glad she's making us part of her itinerary.   
Jewelry by Patty Ross

You may recognize this lovely jewelry made by Patty Ross, a Crafty Chick for several years. She uses high quality metal materials and semi-precious stones in most of her designs. Some designs may have vintage components that she has repurposed. Patty got married this year.......her name may have changed but the jewelry is still beautifully hand-crafted. Be sure and stop by her table and congratulate the new Mrs!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Our list of participants for 2009 (our 10th Anniversary, believe it or not!) is now posted.  We're so excited about the talented group that has come together. In the next few weeks we will start our "chick picks of the week", so check back and get a preview of the work of this years talent. You won't be disappointed!!!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

March came in like a lion in Kansas City! 

As the tulips and daffodils wake up so do the Crafty Chicks! The creative spirit is restless and, as we all know, you just have to let it out!

We have had lots buzz from the chicks as many are in other shows. (Of course, Crafty Chicks has to be their favorite.....right?) Tammy Smith has been working hard in her 'Big Top' making her Homemade Circus creations. She has upcoming shows next month in Roundtop, Texas, April 1-5, and a local show, Art on the Hill in Kearney, Mo. April 25. Art on the Hill is a great show and is in such a beautiful outside location.  Go to Tammy's link on our blog to get more info.  In fact, several of our chicks have Etsy shops.  Click on the 'Links' section and go shopping!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Let's hear it for Spring! 

We now know when Crafty Chicks will be this year. It is on Saturday, November 28 at Heritage Hall in Liberty. This is our 10th that diamonds or silver...actually, it is tin and aluminum?! Ha! No gifts, please. Just come and share a little shopping joy!

Some 'Chicks' have been busy and are in a show coming up at Curious Sofa in Prairie Village, Ks. on February 6 and 7. "Love Hurts", a Valentine Art Show, will feature Diane and Madeline Tompkins, Tammy Smith and a former 'Chick', Michelle Spaw. Their work is always fabulous, be sure to check it out.