Mother-daughter team Juli and Breanna, who just graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in metal smithing, share their love of artistic expression at Bee Creative Studio, where they invite guests to join them in painting pottery and fusing glass. Visitors browse the ranks of piggy banks, plates, and figurines of frogs and dragons before picking up paintbrushes or the end of their braids to dip in paint. Finished pieces stay at Bee Creative while the experts glaze and fire them, and their creators can pick them up in five to seven days.
Those who want to wear their art can paint designs that Bee Creative transfers onto T-shirts, baby’s onesies, or aprons for keeping clothes clean while cooking or performing mad, mad science. Or, guests can delve into the world of fused glass, layering colors for jewelry, plates, and sun catchers that the studio experts fire and ready for pickup in a week. In addition to its open studio hours, Bee Creative hosts parties for birthday celebrants and brides-to-be.
Opened in 1989, Drop Zone Paintball Park's six fields sprawl over 89 acres of land, which play host to combat during sun or rain showers. In one field, a castle scenario corrals players into elevated turrets to defend against opponents who fire from surrounding towers across a makeshift moat. Elsewhere, trees lining ravines offer safe cover so shooters can take careful aim at their foes or draw their sweetheart's initials upon the trunks. Along with space for paintball and tournament-style speedball, the park's designers designated a special zone near the castle field where nonplayers can watch the action from a safe distance.
1-800-GOT-JUNK will haul away (and sweep up any leftover debris) any of your unwanteds that can be lifted by two people (soiled sofas, dumpy dryers, tangled brambles, and garden refuse). Check here for a complete list of what qualifies. After booking your appointment, an expert team will survey your loot and give you an estimate. All pricing is based upon volume. Items are booted off to the dump or transfer station, and 1-800-GOT-JUNK recycles whenever possible.
As a child, Suzanne Ashley knew that one day clothing would stop growing from trees and someone would have to do some heavy stitching. So for more than 35 years, she has donned thimbles and basked in the humming heartbeat of sewing machines, crafting her own designs and improving fit and fashion for others. After a brief stint in New Jersey selling handmade accessories and imported clothing from Mexico, Suzanne returned to Lawrence to pamper wardrobes locally. Within her own Ashley Alterations, Suzanne can expertly hem a dress, take in a jacket, or use the humongous needle on the shop’s sign to ward off equipment-embezzling haystacks.
GMV Tees designs, prints, and ships organic, U.S.-made T-shirts, posters, cards, and more from its at-home studio. T-shirts, such as the Sew Happy women's cotton shirt available in black, green, and blue provides a crafty way to make a statement and the stylish print of the Keep Calm and Dance On women's T-shirt boogies across the torso of its wearer ($18 each). Adorn fashionable youngsters with the Hug a Tree kids T-shirt available in five sizes and three colors ($12.50), or cover a chest-hair tattoo with the handlebar mustache on bicycle men's T-shirt offered in chocolate brown and warm blue ($18). Like a dimensional portal or gobs of melted cheese, the I'm a Lover Not a Fighter 13”x19” poster can cover unpleasant cracks on a bedroom wall ($14).