The 5th Annual Spring Swing Makers and Shakers!

The 5th Annual Spring Swing Makers and Shakers!

Join us as we celebrate Spring and the handmade movement at The Midwest’s top indie craft fair, The Strawberry Swing! 100+ handmade & vintage vendors + food trucks + live music + kids’ crafts + DIY classes by Pop Shop America + lil makers + make & take flower bouquets by Daylightmind = a perfect day before Mother’s Day!

Attending the fair is FREE! The first 100 guests each day who make a suggested $15 donation to our non-profit partner will receive a wonderful swag bag full of handmade goodness!

LIVE MUSIC BY: Grand Marquis Betse & Clarke and Chad Brothers and Chris Hudson !
FOOD: Pita for Good Seven Swans Crêperie Taste of Brazil Restaurant & Bar CoffeeCakeKC Easy As Pie Swoon


Thank you to our fabulous SPONSORS:






The 8th Annual Holiday Swing Makers and Shakers!

The 8th Annual Holiday Swing Makers and Shakers!

Here they are! The 8th Annual Holiday Swing Makers & Shakers.  Some of the Midwest’s finest makers will be in attendance at historic Union Station Saturday, December 1st & Sunday, December 2nd from 10-6 at one of the top handmade holiday shopping experiences in the USA.  It’s like Etsy IRL. Actually, we ARE Etsy IRL and are honored to be an Etsy Made Local Market.  See you at The Swing!




Andi.Design//Shop           Bearded Fellas            Dolan & Irwin

      Finn + Tate Quilts     Goosemonkey Tees    Little Bug Baby Designs

 Lulu & The Boys    Milkweed Baby    No Coast Creature    The Lucky Cub





b.e. nurtured             Little Rascals Beauty              Mallie Boushaye

    Messner Bee Farm              Nectar Republic                 Oz Shaving Co.

        Ten Three Labs      The Wright Soapery      Untamed Supply    Wild Wash Soap Co.



Alyissa Letters           Art by Kelly           Black Lab Studio            Bozz Prints

   Bryan Fyffe       Carly Rae Studio     Charley Forsyth Art      Cityscape Design

Designs By Patterson     Elaine in the Membrane     Funhouse57     the fartist

Josh Ln Art      Ken Stanley Fine Art       Kwanalee Art      Lindsey Yankey Illustration

Lola & Finn Paperie             Pho-taj             Ryan Cain Design                Sadly Harmless

Sentimental Moodz     Shescraftyartwork    Skylab Letterpress   Terry Runyan

Kale Van Leeuwen  The Square Ruth Studio  Tigersheep Friends    Two Tone Press




alex watson pottery    Archival Designs    Bekah Bliss Pottery    Beyond Broken Mosaics

Cavacats           Earthen Vessel         East Lake         Hoodrat Woodworks KC

Hound & Hatchet    LaCour Design Co.     Lost & Found Design    Melanie Harvey Pottery

 Meredith Host Ceramics   MSG Pottery    NEAT!        Sweet Destructor

 The Creative Farmhouse    Veak Ceramics           Waam Industries            Wild Whim Studio




Blue Leaf Quilts         Fringe with Benefits         Hook and Loop Pennants

Julie Reed Design          Little Furey         Owl+Mouse Textiles

P’s & Q’s Handmade    Paper-Heart-Scissors      Plume by Cece

 Retrospective Design        Smiley Textiles             Wexla




        Bloom + Thistle    Carrow Designs      Charming Cuisine     Crown & Heart

CYDNEY ROSS     Delicate Hammer Studio    Dulces Jewelry    Duplika Jewelry

 Grayjay Studio         Hillside Studio         Inkstand Studio          J. Andrew

J. Willowbee     Kristin Christopher       Lily Dawson Designs    Little Wendy Bird

 MackBecks            McFarland Glass             Meadowbelle Market           Stylish Aim

 The Singed Cuff      Trewolla Designs       Whiskey + Bone        Willett Studios




Black Bottle Art Co.    Blissful Creations     Broken Arrow Crafts     Double Decker Vintage

DRMN BG Supply       EB      Goods by Haik   Hangry Hippos Apparel

KC Cool       Loyalty KC         Meeks Me Smile              My Diva Boutique

Press Monkey Studio         Red Hare Leather        Sandlot Goods        Sennit & Sauvage

Surly Bird            Tall Tale Vintage           Tall Pines Creative           Tucker & Scout

Two Belmont Sisters           Wasteland Society         WonderBoy Apparel




 Annie’s Barn       Been There, Pinned That!       Beer Paws      Dear me,

Green Bee KC Tea Towels     Innotations        Kaitlin Ziesmer         LaGrave Designs

Lauren Heim Studio         Marvelous Things       Meadowlark Ink       Modest Mallow

Metallic Fern     Modest Mallow      Nice Save         Nidalu Handmade

Pilgrim        Rural Pearl         Sage Tribe Art       Snake Oil Quality Potions

Strongwater      Tammy Smith Design    The Craftboy Workshop     Urban Owl



We cannot thank our generous sponsors enough! We are extremely passionate about the handmade movement and are dedicated to increasing Kansas City’s knowledge of, passion for and participation in this “indie craft thing” and without or sponsors, this wouldn’t be possible!

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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!

Become an Entrepreneur

Become an Entrepreneur

The team here at Strawberry Swing is ecstatic to announce that this year we will be launching a program for children, ages 4 – 12, to create, produce and sell their artwork all the while learning core principles of entrepreneurship!

One of the most fun parts of hosting an indie craft fair is meeting and sharing life with so many beautiful, artistic people – many of whom are children. We have found as we have have raised children, loved on nieces and nephews, and taught youngsters, that they have such an imaginative way of seeing the world; a way in which moves us and is bound to move you. So why not have them share this with the world?

If you have a child who would be interested in selling their handmades at The Swing, here are the details:

We’ll have an area set up specifically for the lil entrepreneurs and we are aiming to have 8-10 kids.   A parent/guardian will need to stay with the entrepreneur/remain at the event the duration of time the lil entrepreneur is there and will assume all responsibility for them.


We {LOVE} our Sponsors!