Staff Picks ’17: The Stylish Sister

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When accessorize is your motto and style your middle name, you might be a stylish sister. What to get for the lady who has everything? Unique and handmade goodies, of course! Check out these awesome gift picks from our staff.

 

Copper Diamond Air Plant Hanger by Savvie Studio, $64

Amanda D: Because a stylish sister needs stylish home decor too- and this air plant hanger is so Instagram worthy!

 

Pocket Infinity Scarf by Specifically Random, $34

Megan: Perfect for her on-the-go lifestyle and long walks/ bike rides on campus.

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Drusy Bolo by Salame Jewelry Designs, $89

Alayna: A stylish sister needs some sparkle for all those holiday events!

 

Raw Edge Cross Body Bag by ReFind Originals, $120

Grace: This is the perfect size for essentials, not big enough to collect junk and could be dressed up or down. And oh, that wool blanket bottom is so on trend!

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Lavender Fields Matte Lipstick by Aromi, $17

Anna: It pairs perfectly with any stylish outfit. Bonus points because it lasts ALLLLL day.

 

She Persisted Tee by Bad Knees Tees, $24

Neal: Because Feminism is always stylish on EVERYONE.

 

Winter Headband by Pointelle Design, $34

Lee: Accessorize while keeping warm! These are so sweet and cute.

 

Ceramic Flask by Tandem Ceramics, $64

Hayley: This piece is functional for a stylish night out, but also would look so good as a decorative piece on a mantel in your home!

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Rhinoceros Head by J. Topolski, $165

Mark: It is the coolest statement ring IMHO.

 

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Eco Resin Bangle Bracelets by Sloane, $55

Claire: My sweet SIL is classy and crisp- this delicate bracelet will go with everything- perfect for her minimalist style!

 

Fringe Crossbody Bag by HM Leathergoods, $137.50

Amanda MT: Giving back is always in season and when you buy from HM Leathergoods your supporting a local family of Syrian refugees who lost their family run business and had to start from scratch. Plus, you’ll look freakin’ amazing wearing one.

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Meet Your Maker: katydid

kate lucas-falk, indiana, letterpress, print, print maker, handmade, interview

Kate Lucas-Falk is artist and owner of katydid, a letterpress business based in Chicago, IL. With a little humor and a lot of Hoosier pride, she created some of our most popular letterpressed designs including the lighted monument ornament. Learn more about what it takes to bring her ideas to life and what its like to be a letterpress printer.

 

1| How do you describe your work to people who don’t know anything about crafting/art?

We create cards, prints, and coasters combining my own drawings with letterpress printing. Most of our goods begin with an old-fashioned pencil drawing on paper. Computers allow us to digitize the drawing and translate it into a polymer plate. We then use that plate on either our very old (1890s!) printing press, or our relatively old (1950s) printing press.

 

2| Tell us more about your process. What steps does does a typical run of cards or coasters require?

Typically each product begins with a drawing. The drawing is scanned into my computer, where I prepare it for plate-making. I send that prepared file to a company who translates it into a printing plate I can use on my presses; it’s a nice combination of new technology and old machinery. Each piece of paper is then hand-fed through the press once for each color. So the holiday monument ornaments, as an example, take five separate trips through the press. I also die-cut each coaster and ornament, which I’m proud of, and I print and fold our all of our packaging by hand. I’m lucky enough to have seasonal help with packaging (those ornaments don’t thread themselves). It’s all a labor of love, for sure.

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3| Where do you get your design inspirations?

I’m inspired by nature, design, fine art, family, other printers -anything and everything. Imagery that communicates a lot using a little. I love limited color palettes. I love pencil on paper, and repetition. Most of my products are firmly rooting in drawing.

 

4| Why do you make/design things?

I’ve always been the most comfortable when I’m making things; I’ve drawn since I was a kid. With luck and hard work I’m able to earn a living selling the things I make. But if I didn’t need to make money at all I’d still end up in the studio drawing and printing. It’s hard-wired I think.

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5| What do you love about your job?

The old heavy machinery, the endless opportunities to push myself to be uncomfortable, persevere, fail, and learn new things; printing, the feeling when something I make is exactly the way I want it, the feeling when customers love a product so much that they tell me so, printing for the holiday season in the summer, receiving an email from a store that reads “we’ve sold out of your product and we need more!”; working for myself. Hearing my daughter call “Good night mama!” from her bedroom window while I print in the evening.

 

6| Was being a working artist always your plan or was there an “aha” moment?

Being a working artist has always been the plan, but letterpress printing was a surprise. I studied art and teaching in undergrad and therapy and art in grad school. After school I knew I wanted to keep drawing. I decided to start a wedding invitation business incorporating my drawings, and on a whim I took an introductory letterpress workshop thinking it might be useful. I fell in love immediately. Most printers will tell you a version of this story – that they fell in love hard and fast. And before they knew it they were half-way across the country buying a two-ton printing press and justifying it to their mystified loved-ones.

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7| How do you work, and where?

I currently work in my garage in Chicago. After ten years I moved from my old studio space in New York. I miss that space, but can hardly argue with my current lack of overhead and lovely commute. I’ll probably be moving my heavy machinery to another studio this coming spring.

 

8| If you could swap lives with another artist, who would that person be?

What a question. I wouldn’t. I like and enjoy my own artistic headspace. I’d love to have coffee with Gerhard Richter or David Hockney though.

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9| What makes a handmade object valuable?

The fact that it’s hand-made, that it’s singular. A real hand-made object springs from the brain of it’s maker, and in this way it can’t ever be duplicated. When you buy something that’s handmade you know that the object and the maker have a relationship.

 

10| Using that definition, what’s the most valuable object you own?

My daughter. And all of her drawings and paintings.

 

11| Tell us one true thing about yourself that people don’t believe when you tell them.

I’ve had mild depression since I was kid. I’ve managed it for years with therapy, medication, exercise, diet, and meditation, and lead a very good life. Not something I share very often, but wanted to be honest in case it helps someone else. (Stay strong and get support people with mental health issues! You ain’t alone.)

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12| Give us three more non-crafting-related details about you or your life.

I am a licensed mental therapist. I spent fifteen years practicing family therapy in New York, and I miss those little faces. I love plants, have too many plants, and mostly keep them alive. I have been an extra in two major movies and one network television show. No, I will not tell you which ones.

 

13| Any new products on the horizon?

Yes! Referring to the inspirations above, I’m planning on opening another stationery company in 2018. It’s been so fun drawing and printing the Indiana pride products, but I’m ready to explore different imagery and ideas. Excited to share those new products in the future.

 

For more katydid follow her on social media @katydidletterpress or visit her website. Or for a more tactile experience, come visit us here on Mass. Ave. and we’ll be happy to show you her beautiful work in person.

 

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Staff Picks ’17: Animal Lover

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Having a heart for animals is a truly beautiful thing. Whether they’re a cat person or a dog person or a any ‘ol animal person, we’ve got just the thing.

 

Alphabet Animals by Paper Elm Design, $30

Mark: All the letters, all the animals.

 

Dog and Cat Snuggle Print by Sloe Gin Fizz, $25

Anna: Any animal lover is no stranger to lack of space on the couch. That’s what I call home sweet home for sure.

 

Nesting Dolls by Wee Gallery, $38

Hayley: These nesting dolls would be such a unique gift for the animal lovers in my life. There’s three different animals in this set so it could appeal to a variety of animal friendly peeps.

 

Shy Pup Dessert Plate from Early Bird Designs, $40

Neal: We just got two new pups and although they’re certainly not shy, this plate reminds me of the cute way they like to sleep.

 

Watch You Cook Tea Towel by Kate Brennan Hall, $16

Grace: “Mind if I watch you cook?” What dog doesn’t want to watch you cook- and try it, too! And look at those Boston Terrier eyes!

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Little Sloth Ornament by Glak Love, $18

Alayna: I’m obsessed and I can’t help it. Put a sloth on it!

 

Square Cat by Happy Grey Skies, $40

Megan: The sweetest little kitty with the sweetest little mouse in its pocket.

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DIY Embroidered Doll Starter Kit, Tabby Cat by Kiriki Press, $46

Amanda MT: This is the perfect project for me and my daughter to complete while sipping hot chocolate and keeping warm by the fire!

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Kissing Animals Night Light by Hunky Dorey Studios, $30

Claire: Sure, you could get a cat night light, but why not go nuts and get llamas, or frogs, or baby foxes (?!) cuddling? You’ll be charmed every time you get up in the night to pee.

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Hedgehog Box by Paper Acorn, $7

Amanda D: What animal lover (or anyone) doesn’t love hedgehogs? This would be so cute at your work desk or on a shelf at home!

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ICYMI: This Week At The Shop
November 17

ICYMI November 17

It’s ICYMI November 17 time! And if you really did miss anything this week, you can come out and see us tonight until MIDNIGHT during Mass Ave Midnight Shopper!

Shop for holiday goods (like the Circle of Lights ornaments above from Katydid Letterpress) and check out our Pop-Up Candle Bar with the Onyx Exchange from 6pm – 10pm in store! -You’ll get to mix your own scents to create a candle unique to you!

Like we do every year, we’ll also be accepting donations for Project Home Indy and Coburn Place Safe Haven. Bring in the needed items below, and receive 10% off your entire Homespun purchase ALL DAY today, Friday November 17!

NEEDED ITEMS FOR COBURN PLACE SAFE HAVEN:

Body Wash, Deodorant, Clorox Wipes, Canned Fruit, Shower Curtains, Laundry Detergent, Cleaning Supplies, Anti-Bacterial Cleaner, Dishwasher Soap, Dryer Sheets, Dusting Spray, Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Waste Baskets – Kitchen & Bathroom, Adult Pain Relief, Razors, Shaving Gel, Canned Meat (Tuna and Chicken), Tuna/Chicken Helper, Rice Cereal, Canned Pasta, Spaghetti Sauce, Granola Bars, Popcorn

Learn more about Coburn Place Save Haven here: http://coburnplace.org

NEEDED ITEMS FOR PROJECT HOME INDY:

Paper products: paper towels, toilet paper, facial tissues, napkins, Baby supplies: diapers (sizes 3, 4, and 5) and wipes, Cleaning supplies: dishwashing detergent, hand soap, dish soap, disinfectant spray, bathroom cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners, kitchen cleaners, Laundry supplies: free and clear detergent (high-efficiency and regular), free and clear fabric softener/dryer sheets, Trash bags: kitchen size, New sippy cups, New linens, like twin sheets, crib sheets, bath towels, hand towels, and washcloths

Learn more about Project Home Indy here: http://www.projecthomeindy.org

A Hoosier Holiday

We’re packed with Indianapolis and Indiana gifts for your holiday season! For the little ones, baby onesies are back from Hoosier Proud and Megan Lee Designs. Decorate your porch for your holiday entertaining with an Indianapolis Flag doormat from Laura Jane Handmade Co. -Only a couple left in store!

Daisy Mae Designs has restocked us with her Indiana map wine bottle stoppers and bottle openers. -So perfect for the wine or beer lover!

Not all jewelry needs to sparkle this holiday season. Excite the minimal lady or fella with an Indiana necklace or earring pair from Crave Jewelry Design. You can’t forget to throw an Indiana sticker in their stockings (the one shown above is from 1606 Supply Co.).

And did you see our new t-shirt wall?! So many designs, so easily visible now!

Shy puppy and sleepy kitty plates are back from Early Bird Designs!

We Love New Vendors!

I don’t know anyone that doesn’t need to relax more. That’s why I constantly advocate for more bath and body vendors in our shop. And boy, have we have delivered for the holidays!

Soak up the Southern charm with the new collection from Black Kettle Soap Co. You can find Moonshine, Sweet Tea, and Coffee shower washes and Lemonade + Tonic and Mint Julep Sugar Scrub Cubes!

If you’re all about the clean burning candles and incense, you’ll be happy to find WAX BBY Candles and Zouz Natural Incense Cones now in store.

Give him the gift of a “Hairy” Christmas with the new beard product line from Weatherbeard Supply Co. From their beard wash to solid cologne, he’ll be happily smelling good with a healthy beard to boot!

Do No Harm, Take No Shit -pins, patches, and stickers are back from 1606 Design Co.! Make your cabin dreams nearly come true with new desk caddies from Savvie Studio, candles from The Onyx Exchange, and leather bound journal from Bluegrass Bookbinding!

Staff Gift Picks For The Week

This week, we brought you our picks for the little Threenager and Dapper Dudes in your life! Head here to see the lists and learn why our staff chose what they did!

Upcoming Events:

*TONIGHT: Candle Bar with The Onyx Exchange – Midnight Shopper Edition, Friday Nov. 17th, 6pm-10pm. Mix and match your own scents to create a holiday candle unique to your taste while we’re open until midnight this evening! We’ll also be accepting donations for Project Home Indy and Coburn Place Safe Haven – bring some in and get 10% off your purchase. To learn more about the event and to see a list of needed items, click here.

Small Business Saturday at Homespun: Saturday Nov. 25th, 9am-10pm -we’ll be opening early today (9am) to give our fantastic customers early access to our brimming-with-holiday-inventory sales floor. In fact, the first ten customers will receive Swag Bags, one of which will be a SUPER Swag Bag with a high-dollar item from a participating Mass Ave store.

That concludes this week’s ICYMI for November 17! Keep following us on our social platforms (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest) to get the most up to date info on product as it arrives! See you tonight during Midnight Shopper!

-Amanda D.

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Staff Picks ’17: Dapper Dude

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He’s smooth. He’s clean. He smells good. He always has the right tool when he needs it. Here are some of the best gifts around for the dapper dude in your life.

 

The Indie Cred Test Book by Henry H. Owings and Chunklet Magazine, $19

Amanda MT: Being dapper and being “indie” are never far apart- make sure your dude is the real deal with this handy and hilarious test.

 

Moab Woven Necktie by Lonesome Traveler, $62

Grace: Sleek and handsome tie for a sleek and handsome guy (I just couldn’t resist!). This tie would be loved by the most dapper of dudes!

 

Silk Sleep Mask by Mizu, $36

Neal: Keep that dapper game strong by getting a full 8 hours of sleep every night. This mask should help- and he’ll look good doing it.

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Officer Dome Wallet by People for Urban Progress, $28

Anna: A dapper dude always has cash and card on him, and with this, he can conveniently keep them in one place.

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Wooden Bow Tie by Havok Designs, $20

Claire: Not only dapper, but modern, unique, crafty, fun, funky- that describes this tie. So many adjectives!

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The Essentials Shave Kit by Thirteen Thieves, $54

Mark: It’s a one stop dapper box including everything you need to maintain that clean shaven look- if you’re into that.

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Wooden Business Card Holder by District 31, $40

Hayley: With the career of being a jewelry specialist, my good friend Matt is always invited to various jewelry conventions and related events. This would be perfect for his business cards to promote himself and his work he does as a specialist.

 

Wooden Tray by Infinite Abyss, $42

Megan: To keep all of his dapper grooming products looking dapper on his dresser.

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“You’re Hot” Solid Perfume by Aromi, $15

Alayna: Fresh and convenient! These solid perfumes are perfect for being on the go, and they fit so well in pockets.

 

“Old Books” Reed Diffuser by Penn & Beech, $28

Lee: Nothing is more dapper than a learned dude, and nothing makes you seem more learned than smelling like books.

 

Morrison Leather Journal by LM Products, $60

Amanda D: Because what dapper dude isn’t complete without a leather-bound journal to jot down all his profound thoughts in?

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