Spring Swing Makers & Shakers!

Spring Swing Makers & Shakers!


We cannot WAIT {seriously… it’s gonna be so fun} for The Spring Swing to arrive! We complied a list of our Makers & Shakers for you to check out in the mean time.

We know we are kinda like a broken record with our #shoplocal #shopsmall #shophandmade but it is SO IMPORTANT.  We’ll tell you why after you look through our #springswing #makers:

 Archival Designs / All Creatures Shop / artesanaamericana


Barrel and a Heap  / b.e. nurtured  /  Been There, Pinned That!


Beer Paws / Beyond Broken Mosaics / Black Lab Studio


Bloom + Thistle / BoWood Company / Bozz Prints / Brazen


Bryan Fyffe / Buffalo River Beard Co. / Buffalo Roam / Bug and Bird Creations


Carly Rae Studio / Charming Cuisine / Chico Sierra / Crown & Heart


Dolan & Irwin / Double Decker Vintage /  Duplika Jewelry / Emily Bordner


Earthen Vessel / Easy As Pie / e.e. House Shop / Elaine in the Membrane


Expedition Subsahara / Factory 43 / Finn + Tate / Folkville


Foxy Hardware / Fringe With Benefits  / Funhouse57  / Gleeful Peacock


goosemonkey tees / Green Bee KC Tea Towels / Haute Wanda  / Heavy Metals Jewelry


Hook and Loop Pennants  / Hound & Hatchet  / Imaginemint  /  Ingerlene Creative


Innotations  /  Janellabee Studio  /  Jenny Meyer-McCall


Jordannay Clay / Kaitlin Ziesmer Art / KC Cool


Kari Heybrook / KitschupCreations / Kristin Christopher


Lily Dawson / Little Bug Baby Designs  / Little Furey / Lindsey Yankey Illustration


Little Rascals Beauty   /   localE.  /   Lost & Found Design  /   Loyalty KC


Lydia Andersen Studio / Lu & Ed / Mackbecks / Malula Dolls


May We Fly /  Maud Candle Co.  / Meeks Me Smile Studio  /  Megan Leong Art


Meghan Turner Graphic Design /   Melanie Harvey Pottery /  Messner Bee Farm / metallic fern


MeWe Designs /  Microgardens  /  NEAT! artist studio /  Nectar Republic


Oh Sew Chic Handmade  / Ocean & Sea  /  P’s and Q’s Handmade  /  Paper-Heart-Scissors


PEACHES Vintage Collective /  Pho-taj   /  plain jane container  /   Plain Janes & Co


Plume by Cece /  Press Monkey Studio  /  Red Hare Leather  /  Rissa’s artistic design


Ryan Cain Design /  Sailor Pie Studio /  Sal Studios / Sam Thompson Ceramics


See Force Art /  Serendipology /  Skylab Letterpress


Snake Oil Quality Potions   /  Sparrow Weaving    /   Squints Apparel


Stitched Kitchen   /     Stylish AIM    /   Sustainable Paper Craft


Sweet Destructor Ceramics  / sweet woman blues  /  Tall Pines Creative  /  Tammy Smith Design


The Craftboy Workshop  /  Two Belmont Sisters  /  Tigersheep Friends  /  Tierra Boheme


Trotter Creative  /  Untamed Supply  /  Urban Owl  /  Urban Smirk


Wasteland Society  /  West Park Creative  /  Whiskey + Bone


Wild Mint Jewelry  /  Wild Wash  /  Wild Whims Studio


Willett Studios  /  Wonder Pawz  /  WonderBoy Apparel



Ash & Bleu Cheese Co. / CoffeeCakeKC / KC Pinoy

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Marigolds / Pita for Good / Seven Swans Crêperie



The Grand Marquis  /  Old Sound  /  Shapiro Brothers



Courtney Watkins / Trickets


Click the graphic below to read about the Top 10 Reasons it’s so important to #shoplocal and #shopsmall:

Sponsor thanks

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Can’t wait to see you May 19th & 20th!

Make sure you’re following us on Instagram and on Facebook:  we are giving away some {awesome} handmade items the Makers have donated!

Pop-Up at The Greater KC Home Show Makers!

Pop-Up at The Greater KC Home Show Makers!

We are excited to announce we’re bringing one of The Midwest’s top indie craft fair’s to The Greater Kansas City Home & Garden Show, Friday-Sunday, March 23-25th at Bartle Hall!

Shop local. Shop small.  Shop hadmade.

We have curated 40+ Makers & Shakers for you to shop from and meet.  You’re sure to find something beautiful, unique and handmade in our pop-up next to the stage (where some rad celebrity guests will be presenting!)

3 Herons Art                   Annie’s Barn                 Archival Designs        Art from Architecture

b.e. nurtured            Been There, Pinned That            Beer Paws                    Bekah Bliss

Black Lab Studio                 Bozz Prints                  Carly Rae                    Crown & Heart

Designs by Patterson       Emily Bordner      Farmdog Studios        Expedition Subsahara

Flowers Along the Tracks  Good Vibes Metal  Goose Monkey Tees  Heavy Metals Jewelry

Hound and Hatchet       Innotations            Jenny Johannsen Art      Kitschup Creations

LaGrave Designs           Little Furey                  Little Rascals          Marvelous Things

Metallic Fern                 Narcise                          Nectar Republic              Ocean and Sea

The Onyx Feather        Peachwood Crafts             Pho-taj              Press Monkey Studio

Red Hare Leather            Sal Studio                   SAP Syrup             Stefanie Azier-Sattler Art

Tammy Smith Design                    Thirtysixdegree                  TierraBoheme

Trotter Creative                    Trunk & Tail           Two Belmont Sisters            Uncle Edison

Untamed Supply                    Urban Owl                   Wildcraft Co.                  Stylish Aim


7th Annual Holiday Swing Makers and Shakers

7th Annual Holiday Swing Makers and Shakers

Here they are! The 7th Annual Holiday Swing Makers & Shakers.  Some of the Midwest’s finest makers will be making an appearance at historic Union Station Sunday, December 10th from 10-6 at one of the top handmade holiday shopping experiences in the USA.  It’s like Etsy IRL.  We are {so} proud to be an #etsymadelocalus market.  Can’t wait to see you there!


Alyissa Letters            Black Lab Studio              Bozz Prints                       Bryan Fyffe

Carly Rae Studio        Designs By Patterson            Erin Elizabeth                 Funhouse57

Inkstand Studio          Jenny Meyer-McCall          Kristin Smith                    Kwanalee Art

Made by Alu              Nicole Brinkman              Ryan Cain Design        Retrospective Design

 Sadly Harmless           Tigersheep Friends    Travis Stewart Designs         Two Little Fruits



Archival Designs  Bekah Bliss Pottery  Beyond Broken Mosaics  Blue Dandelion

           Cavacats                  DecoyLab                  The Fartist           foldedpigs dinnerware


Glazed Earth        Lost & Found Design   Mud House Studio      NEAT! Artist Studio


Olivia Gibb       Pho-taj              RAO Studio               Show Me Pottery




Bearded Fellas    Fringe with Benefits      Hook and Loop Pennants    Julie Reed Design

Linkaa                 Little Furey                     Needle + Felt              Paper-Heart-Scissors

Stitchouse                      Whimsy Vintage                     Whisker Row




All Creatures        Finn + Tate Quilts      Genevra Bell Illustration    goosemonkey Tees

Hazel & Ollie   Little Bug Baby Designs   LULU & THE BOYS  Madre Beads

MeWe Designs      Milkweed Baby   No Coast Creature   Vann Benson Design Studio



Alchemy Bath Co.       b.e. nurtured LLC     Bear Soap Co.        Little Rascals Beauty

Maud Candle Co      Messner Bee Farm        Nectar Republic          Spire Sweet

 Untamed Supply            Wild Wash Soap Co.                Witch Bitch Elixirs



Abby King Woodworks    Charming Cuisine        Bloom + Thistle      Crown & Heart

CYDNEY ROSS       Dulces Jewelry    Duplika Jewelry       Gigi Moon

Inkstand Studio   Kristin Christopher    Little Wendy Bird   MackBecks

McFarland Glass   Meadowbelle Market            MeritMade         Piola Jewel

Sailor Pie Studio       Shop TWO        Stylish Aim           Whiskey + Bone



Broken Arrow Crafts   Cityscape Design    EB Leatherworks     Elisha Stetson

FYI For You   Loyalty KC LLC  Plume By Cece   P’s and Q’s Handmade

Red Hare Leather    Sandlot Goods   Scout City    Squints Apparel

Tall Pines Creative llc   Tucker & Scout    Two Belmont Sisters  WHITNEYMANNEY



Ampersand Design Studio  Annie’s Barn   Babe Academy   Been There, Pinned That!

Beer Paws   BoWood Company   Creating Jamie  FarmDog Studios

Green Bee KC Tea Towels  Haute Wanda  Hugo Tea Company   J.Lynn Designery

Kansas City Canning Co.  Kitschup Creations   loveletter studio   Mackenzie Monroe

Marvelous Things     Microgardens    Modest Mallow      Nice Save

Red Shorts Bindery   Romany House   Ruff House Art    RUST BELT CBG’s 

Serendipology        Steph & Kate     Sustainable Paper + Craft      Tammy Smith Design

Thēz Nüts      Urban Owl    Wonder Pawz   Yummylicious Cookie Co.

Spring Swing Spotlight!

Spring Swing Spotlight!


Our Not-for-Profit Sponsor

The first 100 guests each day at The Spring Swing who bring a monetary donation for our non-profit partner, The Whole Person, will receive a coveted swag bag chock full of awesome handmades and handouts.  Our suggested donation is $10.00.  We’ll also have a raffle of handmade items our makers have generously donated which will be at The Whole Person’s tent, with all proceeds/donations going to them.  Make sure you stop by and find out more about them.

The Whole Person provides services to people with disabilities and their families and strives to help them identify and implement resources appropriate to their situation.  They serve people across a full range of physical, sensory and mental disabilities.  Their programs are offered free of charge to all people with significant disabilities.

Their Mission:  The Whole Person connects people with disabilities to the resources they need by supporting independent choice and advocating for positive change in the community.   They envision a fully accessible community where opportunities and choices are not limited by disability.  Their core values influence how they interact with each other, guide how they go about their work and fulfill their mission.

  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Inclusiveness
  • Committed
  • Collaboration

Find out how you can get involved by visiting their website:

Our Sponsor


Not only is she extremely passionate about the handmade movement and dedicated to increasing Kansas City’s knowledge of, passion for, and participation in this “indie craft thing”, she’s a crafter herself!  Our Spring Swing Sponsor Spotlight is on Farmers Insurance and Farmers Agent Nita Mai, who supports the handmade movement and is a small business owner herself here in Kansas City

Nita is into all things handmade & crafty! She sponsored The Strawberry Swing because she believes The Swing is an important group of individuals who can impact our culture.  She’s a maker herself and can’t wait to meet our guests and makers who are equally excited about having and supporting small businesses.  Go visit her at her Spring Swing booth and talk to her about how to protect the items that you have and acquire.  Maybe she’ll bring some of the awesome quilts she has sewn, too!

Nita’s Website

Nita’s Facebook Page


Two feet of water will carry away most cars in a flood. Why? For each foot of water that rises around a car, the car displaces 1,500 lbs. of water. Two feet of water means 3,000 lbs. displaced. Call Nita today so you can make sure your car and policies don’t get carried away at (913) 829-6888.




Kid’s Crafts at The Spring Swing!

Kid’s Crafts at The Spring Swing!

Y’all: we are {so} stoked about our Kid’s Craft Table at The 3rd Annual Spring Swing.

Courtney Watkins



is joining us and will be taking your kiddos on a craft-a-polooza of fun! She has created programs for The Jim Henson Company and Disney.  She’s returning to where it all began and bringing a little adventure to the community this summer.  Check her out on KC Live last week HERE {hint: your kids maaaaaay be making the craft she showed on tv}.


Courtney’s got some fun classes and camps up her sleeve, too.

Yoo-hoo Parents of WOWZA Kids!


A zillion Aha!s to be unearthed this spring and summer!  Click the highlighted titles for schedule and to register.  Share the news with buddies for even more fun in the mix!  Questions:  Click to email!

Spring Classes in Brookside:  Beginning April 10 & 17
Art, Theatrics, Games, French, Brain Benders, Inventions, Experiments and Explorations designed to unearth the AHA!s hidden in every day!

Trickits Wilderness Camps in Midtown:  Beginning May 30
Discovering the secret world of a wee species known as Trickits.  Kid campers jump into an extraordinary fresh air adventure with Field Missions involving art, architecture, science, invention, history, mysteries, stories, language, codes, riddles and physical agility. Camp headquarters is the historic Thomas Hart Benton home perched atop the wilderness-to-be-explored in Roanoke Park.

“Courtney’s Creative Adventures . . . is ideal for inspiring kids to think in unusual and unique ways, and for giving them the confidence to express themselves with their own individual style.”
— Discovery Award of Excellence

•  Creative Adventures Birthday Parties  Anytime  / All Ages
•  Ask about Scheduling a Class Series or Additional Camp Week for your child(ren) and their buddies!

Spring Swing 2017 Makers & Activities

Spring Swing 2017 Makers & Activities

Ta-da! We are {SO} pumped to bring you the best makers of the Midwest’s handmade movement, May 6th & 7th at The Historic Alexander Majors Barn & Grounds.  Our live music acts, food trucks, lil makers, and kid’s craft table host are included below,along with our 100+ makers! Click on their names & see where the internet takes ya!

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Our Spring Swing Makers & Shakers:

To Wear

{clothing, purses, accessories}

Bozz Prints

Broken Arrow Crafts


EB Leatherworks

Flow West


Loyalty KC

Ocean & Sea

P’s and Q’s Handmade

Pilgram House

Plume by Cece

Press Monkey Studio

Sandlot Goods

Tall Pines Creative

Wild Juniper

Zealous Made


Bloom + Thistle

Dulces Jewelry

Duplika Jewelry

Gifts from the Heart

Harvest Metal



Kristin Christopher

Launderette Number Styled

Lost & Found Jewelry

McFarland Glass

Stylish Aim

Vintage Baubles & Bits

Whiskey and Bone

Babies & Tots

{clothes, toys, accessories}

3 Lemons Co.

Barrel & A Heap

Factory 43

Hazel & Ollie

Goosemonkey Tees

Little Bug Baby

Madre Beads

No Coast Creature

Oh Sew Chic Handmade

Sarah Beth Co.

The Little Wing 

Everything Else

{home & garden, pets}

Ampersand Studio

Annie’s Barn

Babe Academy

Beer Paws

Earthen Vessel

Gladje Designs

Good Afternoonan

Green Bee KC

Kitschup Creations


Mid Coast /made

Proclaim Designs

Roundhouse Exchange

Sew KC


Urban Owl

Untamed Roots

Sel de la Terre

Red Winter Studio

Triine Shop

Wonder Pawz

Wood + Salt

Tea Historic


{will provide your ears with sweet melodies}

Kasey Rausch’s County Duo

The Grand Marquis

DJ Lorna Kay

Lil Makers

{kids age 4-12 who create & want to learn about entrepreneurship}

SATURDAY:  Naturescapes  / Made by Margot / Soren Creative /Sew-eee! /Macy Made
SUNDAY: Gaby Hasta El Infinitowoll-kreaturen / Paiges Pretties / Bingo / Ghostie Slimes

2D Art

{stationary, photography, painting, printing press, zines}

Alyissa Letters

Black Lab Studio

Bryan Fyffe

Carly Rae Studio

Designs By Patterson

Genevra Bell Illustration

Goosebeary Paper Art

Made by Ing

nicole cawlfield photography

Sal Studios

See Force Art

Sevenelle Creative

Terry Runyan

The Frizzly Bear

Tigersheep Friends

Fiber Art

{quilted, knitted, crocheted, woven, stitched}

All Creatures

Fringe With Benefits

Hook & Loop Pennants

Ladybits Knits

Marvelous Things

Paper Heart Scissors

Sew Much Moore In Store

Star Thrower Farms

Whimsy Vintage

Whisker Row

Bath & Body

{good for your body & soul}

Burlesque Bubbles

Little Rascals Beauty

MacSuds Soap Company

Messner Family Farm

Nectar Republic

Nurture Botanicals

Ozark Herbal Creations

Panda Bear Candles

Tinman Woodworks

Wild Wash Soap Co.

Wood + Wick Co.

3D Art

{wood work, sculpture, ceramics, glass, mobiles}

Archival Designs

Abby King Woodworks



Been There, Pinned That

Beyond Broken Mosiacs

Flowers Along The Tracks

Knotty Cupcakes

Love Letter Studio

Megan Leong Art

Melanie Sherman Ceramics

Mud House Studio

Neat! artist studio

Peachwood Crafts



Redhare Leather

Romany House

The Rebookery


{will provide your tummies with eats & treats}

Coffee Cake KC 

KC Pinoy

Pita for Good

Werners on Wheels

Kid’s Craft Table

{come explore & make something with award-winning  writer/teacher/illustrator} Courtney Watkins

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Alexander Majors Barn Wedding Showcase

Alexander Majors Barn Wedding Showcase

We had {SO MUCH} fun Sunday at The Barn Wedding Showcase!  We want to thank the Alexander Majors Barn for letting us bring together some of the best Kansas City wedding vendors under one roof.  Thanks to our vendor  Picwood {a modern portrait booth} who took some fun photobooth pics during the event, with the help of vendor Mille Flores‘ sweet floral wreath as a back drop.  We also snapped some shots with our trusty ole Canon.


Our wedding showcase vendors:


Candida Allison Collection
My Heirloom Bridal Design
Cedar Street Toffee
The Rub Bar-B-Que
Crazy Good Eats
Plaza Catering
Mille Flores
Flora Design Co.
Meag Adams Lettering
Skylab Letterpress
Public House Co.
Burned Beauts
Sugarbean Paper Company
Heart of Opal
jenny b photography
Mindful Media
Cottonwood Photography by Heather Christopher
Belle Journee
Romany House
Messner Family Farm
FernElla Designs
NEAT artist studio
Blue Heron Originals
Paper-Heart Events