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Lately my favorite thing to do is put on my new necklace from Junque Drawer Boutique and Studio and see how long it takes for someone to ask: ‘Wait…is that a FORK?’

Indeed it is. With its tines twisted and turned it’s a unique piece of art that I couldn’t have found anywhere else. That’s exactly why I love shopping at Junque Drawer so much; it’s filled with special, one-of-a-kind things. There are forks that have been upcycled to top wine stoppers, spoons that have been flattened and stamped and turned into bracelets and necklaces and so many other fun, funky and one-of-a-kind pieces there’s no way I can list them all here.

It’s my go-to place for unique gifts and distinctive pieces of jewelry, but I can only go if I have enough time to make at least three trips around the place. There’s so much to take in, I always miss things if I don’t keep looking.

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Jane Hosey Stern, the creative genius behind the quirky custom designs that fill Junque Drawer, built a career in school counseling but got hooked on finding treasures through junking and reworking them into jewelry, home adornment and wall art. She combines typewriter keys, game pieces, trinkets, charms, parts of car license tags, optometrist lenses, watch parts, buttons and various other bits and pieces to make wood beaded handle plaques, vintage bags, wall art and jewelry. She says that her endless doodling on school papers was just practice for making the wisdom quote signs that so many love.

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I love the way Jane takes “junk,” old things, and discarded items and gives them new life again. We could all stand to be kinder to our planet, and by upcycling so many of her supplies, she’s being “green” and keeping things out of our overflowing landfills. She also has fun gifts for diehard Kansas City fans, like these cool coasters featuring famous KC institutions:

And today is a huge day for Junque Drawer, because it opens in its brand new space in downtown Olathe!  Now located at 233 S. Cherry Street, everything is fresh and ready for you to explore.  Don’t be shy–go up the stairs to the third floor, and work your way down. You’ll see a boutique-like area on the top floor with gorgeous clothes and accessories as well as corners full of pet-specific items and baby items. Keep going and you’ll find a kitchen stocked with funny mugs and state-themed tea towels and a bathroom; I love the old fashioned bathtub overflowing with pillows and wall art above.

An entire wall is home to fun license plate art and there are so many neat clocks that I can’t imagine picking just one. Right now, though, my favorite corner is the wine corner; from the wine glasses that say things like ‘Please move your wine glass. It’s blocking my mother of the year award’ to the coolest wine stoppers that double as candelabras, I’d like one of everything!

There’s  plenty of parking and it’s easy to find (just down the street from the Johnson County Courthouse), so stop in for a chocolate chip cookie, a cold refreshment (she had lemonade and fresh-strawberry infused water today, but she’s been know to offer a glass of wine, too!), give Jane a great big hug and find something funky to call your own.

Junque Drawer Boutique & Studio
233 S. Cherry Street, Olathe, KS
(913) 261-8183
Monday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Junque Drawer also offers art parties! Pick a fun project (lots of ideas are here on Jane’s site)—choices include custom wine stoppers to funky wall clocks and everything in between—invite friends and settle in to laugh, learn a little something and let your creative juices flow.

Have questions or want to see about enrolling in an art class? Email Jane at junquedrawerstudio@live.com. Contact her at any time to inquire about bulk orders, personalization, and fabulous special events like these:

*Wednesdays, (April 23rd – May 14th) 5-6 p.m.: Yoga For The Brain.  $60 for four sessions.

*Saturday 5/3, 2-5 p.m.: Mother’s Day Creations, $20 per person. Bring your child and he/she can create a beaded gift for mom/Grandma/mother-figure/teacher. Includes gift wrap!

*Saturday 5/10, 3 p.m.: Fabulous Fork Necklass Class. $25 includes fork, chain, and three charms from the charm bar.

Junque Drawer will also be at the Just For Her Expo at Overland Park Convention Center 5/30 – 6/1.

Be sure to “Like” Junque Drawer and Studio on Facebook here.

~Lisa

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Martha Childers, licensed professional counselor and owner of Childers Counseling Service of Kansas City, decided at mid-life that she wanted to do something completely different.  A library professional and world traveler who speaks German, Japanese, and French, Martha decided in her early 50s to become a therapist.

“If I’d had any idea how long it would take I might not have done it,” she says. But I am glad I didn’t know because I love it.”

Martha opened Childers Counseling Service in 2014 to serve a growing audience  -  people over 50, women and couples.  As life spans increase our years as older adults can be a significant portion of our lives. In fact, the fastest growing segment of the population is centenarians, individuals who live to be 100 years old!

“The decisions and issues confronting older adults today can be overwhelming and are often unique issues they are facing for the first time ever,” she says.

Childers Counseling Service helps this group find their way through issues such as changes in relationships, loss, transitions to new housing, and end of life decisions in a caring and informed way.

As one client said, “My beloved husband for 61 years passed away. I was devastated and Martha helped me get through my grief.”

Women are often in a unique position, too. Many learned to take care of others before themselves.  Now, however, they are in a place to identify and explore their own needs and desires including career and relationship changes. Childers Counseling Service can help them identify what they want to do next and how to get there.

Martha’s goal for this next stage in her life is to help people by providing a safe and comfortable environment in which to help them express themselves, clarify their thoughts, and identify ways to improve their lives. Whether clients have a short-term issue to address, or chronic stressors, Martha can help find solutions, enhance pleasure, and improve their lives.

Martha Childers, EdS, LPC is a psychotherapist specializing in helping individuals aged 50+, couples and women. Martha is a licensed professional counselor in Missouri and Kansas. She received her masters and education specialist degrees in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri Kansas City. She practiced Zen through a variety of Japanese traditional arts for three and a half years. Since that time, mindfulness has been an integral part of her life. Her interest in human nature, beliefs, and lifestyles led her to become a counselor.  To contact her call 816.892.0803 or email at: Martha@ChildersCounselingService.com.

Childers Counseling Service is located in the Balcony Building on The Country Club Plaza, 330 W. 47th St., Suite 217 Kansas City, MO 64112.

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Childers Counseling Service is located in the Balcony Building on The Plaza.

~Sarah

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Local Sponsor Spotlight: Le Fou Frog

April 15, 2014

I remember the first time my daughter went to Le Fou Frog.  She was in second grade at Academie Lafayette, and as part of the French choir, they sang Christmas songs for the lunch crowd.  As the doting mom I went, too.  Never miss an opportunity to hear your child sing in French … or sample some French cuisine at Le Fou Frog. Now you might have thought that the charming hosts, Barbara and Mano Rafael, would have served the little ones fries and burgers.  After all, we know kids don’t like new food, right?  Wrong!  They brought out the Escargots Provencales (snails), La Rai (skate fish), pommes frites (French fries), and mousse au chocolat (chocolate mousse).  The kids loved it and to this day Le Fou Frog is my daughter’s favorite Kansas City restaurant. Le Fou Frog, a generous local sponsor for Kansas City’s Listen to Your Mother Show, is an eclectic French bistro […]

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Speaker Spotlight: Mary Katherine Kerbs

April 14, 2014

She answers to Mary Katherine or Katherine, but never just Mary. A senior at William Jewell College, Katherine is majoring in English and Applied Critical Thought and Inquiry, with a minor in History. In her spare time, she scrapbooks, hijacks her boyfriend’s Netflix account and works on her family’s Southwest Missouri farm. Katherine’s academic honors include Mortar Board, a national academic and service honorary for college seniors; Phi Epsilon honorary society, recognizing her as the Top 10% of Jewell’s class of 2014; Sigma Tau Delta, the national English honorary society; and is poised to graduated Summa Cum Laude. She graduated first in her class at Cottey College, where she earned an Associate in Liberal Arts in 2012. In addition to her academic honors, Katherine is a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity, the P.E.O. Sisterhood, and the William Jewell Handbell Choir. Next fall, Katherine will attend law school at the University of […]

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Speaker Spotlight: Liz Tascio

April 11, 2014

Liz Tascio is learning how to balance. A new mom as of last September, Liz is a freelance writer and editor, and a writing teacher at University of Missouri-Kansas City.  Her journalism has been published in newspapers and trade magazines, and her fiction has appeared in literary journals. She is a member of the board of directors at The Writers Place. In 2012, she founded Story City, a creative writing workshop that builds relationships between local kids and university students. More about Liz: Q: What inspired you to audition for LTYM?   A: There is a photo of me writing in a notebook while breastfeeding my two-month-old daughter. I want to be that writer, that mother. LTYM brings those worlds together. I can’t imagine a better way to celebrate both. Q: Tell us where you’re from. Where do you call home? A: I grew up in New York, lived in California for a […]

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