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: http://thewholeperson.org/

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!

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