mash handmade: the spot for holiday gifts
Kansas City, MO
Clockwise from top left: Paper and gold leaf bowls by Up in the Air Somewhere, porcelain box by Jennifer Higerd, journals by Jennifer Nauss, and Tooth fairy/Yeti landscape by Owly Shadow Puppets. Add shadow theater screen for the ultimate.gift.
If you’re searching for a one-of-a-kind gift with flair this holiday season, then mash handmade is the place to go. Mama Mash and Miss Mash, Karen Tholen and her daughter Amanda Tholen Long, respectively, opened mash handmade last October in hopes of fulfilling their creative side and to get out of a boring job. This mother-daughter duo travels around the country to find merchandise handmade by artists. Mama Mash is proud to support young artists and help get their name out there.
Karen goes back to her childhood to get inspiration for her creations, such as felt and fleece adjustable ear warmers that her aunt made for her as a child. Her oldest daughter used to walk around the house with a crayon apron, so Mama Mash has created more aprons and bibs for your little one to wear.
Amanda, an aspiring artist, is adamant about sending letters rather than emails or updating her status on Facebook. Her handmade glass jars with paper and a pencil inside are just right to leave your loved one a special note. She also teaches classes on Saturdays behind the store. For under $20, a session includes her artistic eye, supplies, and wine. All you have to do is show up with an open mind and walk away with a unique, handmade gift for you or someone else.
mash handmade is about getting your hands dirty and being crafty. Amanda came up with the name from the popular game mash, where you end up living in a mansion, apartment, shack, or house. She figures you need art in even a shack, so why not make your own and be proud of it.
This holiday pass up on an expensive notebook from Anthropology and visit Mama Mash and Miss Mash at mash handmade.
Clockwise from top left: Denim crayon bib and crayon apron by Mama Mash, silkscreened band posters from Weathermaker Press, long armed legling from Plaiderpillar, felt and fleece adjustable ear warmers by Mama Mash, and robots with storage from Remnants by Rebecca Jackson.
Left: Blue wings collage by Mary Osmundsen. Right: Silkscreened dartboard by Art Reco.
Jackie Emory was born and raised in Kansas City in the lovely neighborhood of Brookside. She is a student at Rockhurst University majoring in Communications and working on other studies. She is happy to represent a magazine like PresentMagazine.com because it embodies all that she loves love about Kansas City. "Kansas City you’re stuck with me!"