ICYMI: This Week at the shop
February 16

ICYMI: February 16th

Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but on this week’s ICYMI blog, we’ll show you how you can treat yo’self post holiday!

And what better way to treat yourself than by buying a new handbag? Check out that printed leather backpack above from local makers MH Leathergoods! Stylish, functional, and large enough to fit your tablet, notebook, and camera for all your 2018 adventures.

Obsessed with the camel leather trend like we are? Well, MH Leathergoods has you covered there too. Look at the selection below. From fringe, to studs, to buckles, you can’t go wrong with any of these selections for spring!

 

Camel colored leather bags from MH Leathergoods at Homespun: Modern Handmade

Camel colored leather bags from MH Leathergoods at Homespun: Modern Handmade

 

LM Products at Homespun: Modern Handmade

LM Products at Homespun: Modern Handmade

Even More Leather

We’ve been restocked from sought-after maker, LM Products. Find his leather trinket trays, notebooks, and leather handled travel jars on our shelves now!

 

Ceramic planters at Homespun: Modern Handmade

Ceramic planters at Homespun: Modern Handmade

Going Green

Hop on that plant train! While we don’t sell plants (yet), we do sell some beautiful planters that can help up that green game in your home! Above planters from Tandem Ceramics, Art by Jen F, Mod CRMX, and Elizabeth Suellentrop. To see what would work best for that Instagram worthy #shelfie, come see all the displays we’ve put together with our faux plants in store!

 

Oceanne Jewelry at Homespun: Modern Handmade

Oceanne Jewelry at Homespun: Modern Handmade

From the French Countryside to Cleveland

If you haven’t seen this trendy line, then you haven’t been in our store enough!

Oceanne is a Midwest maker inspired by her French heritage. The raw brass mixed with turquoise, marble, and minimal accents reflects her transition and love of countryside living to her now urban lifestyle. From hammered brass statement rings, to minimal lariat necklaces, to triangle earrings, her line is perfect for day to night wear!  Come see for yourself!

 

Handmade gifts at Homespun: Modern Handmade

Even more ways to treat yo’self: Leather handle mug from LM Products, coffee from Tinker Coffee, jewelry from Fulcrum Jewelry, Onyx Exchange candles, and scrubs from 407 Botanicals.

 

New wall hangings from Ribbon + Roving at Homespun: Modern Handmade

New wall hangings from Ribbon + Roving

Wall Hangings from Ribbon + Roving

Local weaver Ribbon + Roving has restocked us with some little beauties and some even larger ones now! How cute would these look next to your new ceramic planter? Come pick one or three up soon, as they never last long!

 

Handmade goods at Homespun: Modern Handmade

Having a late Valentine’s Day this weekend? We still have these beauties available in store! Rings from Oceanne Jewelry, hanging air plant holder from Elizabeth Benotti Ceramics, perfume from Aromi Beauty, and mini cards from Haven Paperie.

 

Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post

Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post

Homespun mentioned in Washington Post article

It was surely a Happy Valentine’s Day for us! The Washington Post wrote up a beautiful piece on why you should visit our amazing city! We were mentioned along with some of our outstanding neighbors on Mass Ave. Read the full article here. Thank you Washington Post!

 

Homespun is hiring!

Homespun is hiring!

Always Wanted to Work with Us?

Well, it’s your lucky day! We have openings for a part-time Sales Associate and near-full-time Shift Manager. Read more about our openings and how to apply here. We look forward to receiving your submission!

That’s it for this week’s ICYMI blog! We hope to see you this weekend for some treat-yo’self-shopping! We’re open Friday and Saturday from 10am-9pm, and from 11am to 6pm on Sunday! Free parking behind our shop on the weekends!

Have a happy handmade day!

Amanda D.

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We’re Hiring!

NOW HIRING!

We’re currently accepting applications for a near-full-time Shift Manager and a part-time Sales Associate!

Shift Manager: 

Must possess a positive, outgoing attitude, excellent leadership and customer service skills, and must love all things handmade! The Shift Manager position requires 30-36 hours per week and evening and weekend availability. If you feel like you may be a good fit for this position, please stop in to fill out an application and leave your resume with our staff!

Sales Associate: 

Must possess a positive, outgoing attitude, initiative and determination to complete tasks, excellent customer service skills, and must love all things handmade! The part-time Sales Associate position requires 15-20 hours per week and evening and weekend availability. If you feel like you may be a good fit for this position, please stop in to fill out an application and leave your resume with our staff!

Benefits of working at Homespun:

When you work with us, you have the opportunity to work with a great group of individuals passionate about art, the local community, and all things handmade. You will also have the chance to work events, on-site and off, have access to free employee parking, and work in an inviting and creative environment! We are often crafting or creating displays in store! We hope that you’ll consider working with us at Homespun!

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ICYMI: This Week at the Shop
February 11th

Tattly temporary tattoos and Rachel O's hairpins and earrings at Homespun: Modern Handmade

ICYMI: February 11th

Countdown: 3 days until Valentine’s Day! And whether you’re searching for that big gift, or want some add-ons, we’re bringing all the options to you in this week’s edition of our ICYMI blog!

Who doesn’t love temporary tattoos? Skip the big store brand and shop our selection of Tattly in store. From beautiful watercolor florals to traditional black outlines, these are perfect to slip into that Valentine’s Day card.

Button earrings and hairpins from Rachel O’s Fabulous Whimsy make for a great jewelry choice for the kiddos. We even have love and heart printed ones -so right for this occasion.

Alternative Valentine's Day gifts at Homespun: Modern Handmade

More Valentine’s Day Alternatives…

If you ask us, getting a gold feminist button for Valentine’s Day is just as badass as any other piece of jewelry. And we’re pretty sure your lady would feel the same. Check out all the button and patch options from 1606 Supply Co. in store today!

Have a kitty cat, plant loving person in your life? Then those ceramic kitty planters from Muddy Heart were made for you (to give to that person).

The unicorn bath bombs from Pure Grace Soap have been restocked in store and we can see some little girls squealing over those when they open them on Valentine’s Day.

Not that having the sniffles is romantic over Valentine’s Day, but putting together a sweet care package to make them feel better definitely is! Shop our entirely handmade bath and body line full of soothing remedies to help your SO get through this cold season!

Wooden air plant holders and marbled air plant magnets from Savvie Studio at Homespun: Modern Handmade

Wooden air plant holders and marbled air plant magnets from Savvie Studio.

Eclipse rings from Redbud Jewelry, necklaces from Spark Metal Studio, geode necklaces from Grey Theory Mill, and resin rings from Sloane Jewelry Designs at Homespun: Modern Handmade.

Eclipse rings from Redbud Jewelry, necklaces from Spark Metal Studio, geode necklaces from Grey Theory Mill, and resin rings from Sloane Jewelry Designs.

Now for the jewelry…

From gemstones to metalwork to resin, we guarantee you’ll be able to find something for your Valentine from our handmade jewelry collection!

And we offer free gift wrapping in store, so your gift will look just as good going home as it will on your significant other.

New stamped bracelets and geometric minimal bangles from Grey Theory Mill at Homespun: Modern Handmade

New stamped bracelets and geometric minimal bangles from Grey Theory Mill!

Geometric statement necklaces from Nice Lena at Homespun: Modern Handmade

Geometric statement necklaces from Nice Lena are sure to wow her on Valentine’s Day!

Handprinted rug from Laura Jane Handmade Co. at Homespun: Modern Handmade

Because you do…

Check out this new rug from Laura Jane Handmade Co.! We wouldn’t be mad about receiving this for Valentine’s Day. It’s pretty much like a giant card!

Manly Valentine's Day ideas at Homespun: Modern Handmade

For the boys (but girls too)

The beard laden men in your life will rejoice over our beard oils, balms, and waxes from popular vendors like Weatherbeard Supply Co., Circle City Beard Co., Scodioli, and more.  Pair that beard care with a beer soap from Teehaus and you’ll have one happy lumberjack.

Looking for something outside of bath and body for your boy? Check out our amazing selection of ties and bowties, leather journals, and musky scented candles in store. We have something for every type of Valentine.

Valentine's Day cards at Homespun: Modern Handmade

Don’t forget the card! We have something for the kiddo, SO, Galentine, or whoever is your Valentine this year!

***SOLD OUT*** Crafternoons at Homespun

Our first Crafternoon may already be sold out, but have no fear as we’ll be trying to offer trendy DIY classes like this one every second Saturday!

These crafts will be less involved than our traditional workshops, but they’ll still send you home with a trendy, completed project! All supplies will be included for every class!

Be on the lookout for the next one in April!

The Local Love Event is TODAY Sunday, February 11th from 1pm – 4pm in store!

This Valentine’s Day, spread the Local Love!

We’ll be featuring a candle-maker bar with the Onyx Exchange and you’ll be able to preorder Valentine’s Day bouquets from Willow and Star Flowers all in store TODAY, Sunday, February 11, from 1-4pm! Pick up a handmade Valentine’s Day gift too from one of our 400+ makers!

Spreading love and shopping local has never been so easy!

Can’t wait to see everyone today!

-Amanda D.

 

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Crafternoons at Homespun!

We’re starting second Saturday Crafternoons at Homespun!

Each Second Saturday of each month, we’ll be hosting a beginner-level crafting session. These crafts will be less involved than our traditional workshops, but they’ll still send you home with a trendy, completed project! All supplies will be included for every class!

For our first Crafternoon on Saturday, March 10th, we’ll be making a tassel wall hanging complete with wooden beads! You’ll have various yarn colors to choose from and you’ll be guided during the project by our own Operations Manager, Amanda Dowdal.

Amanda has a fine art degree from Herron School of Art & Design. And when she’s not photographing product for our shop, coordinating our events, booking our gallery space, or writing our weekly blog, she still finds time to practice her artistic skills in drawing, printmaking, watercolor, and photography (to name a few). To see more of Amanda’s work outside of our shop, you can follow her on Instagram here.

And like most of our classes, we’ll have a cocktail for you to sip on while you craft! Feel free to BYOB as well if you’re the noshy type!

Please see our FAQs below for further information!

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

This workshop is open to ages 15 and up, but cocktails only available to those with valid IDs.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Free parking is available on weekdays only after 5:30pm and all day on weekends in the lot behind the Trailside Building. Overnight parking is never available. There are also 25 free street spaces along the street behind the Trailside building. Otherwise, metered parking is available along Mass Ave. Please adhere to posted signage.

What can/can’t I bring to the event?

All supplies are included for this workshop! You are welcome to bring drinks and snacks if you are the noshy type. This is a private event so feel free to BYOB.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
operations (@) homespunindy (.) com

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Please be sure to purchase your tickets for the workshop at least 48 hours in advance, as the workshop needs a minimum number of attendees to run. If the minimum is not reached tickets will NOT be sold at the door and any previously sold tickets will be refunded in full. Tickets are otherwise non-refundable unless at least 72 hours notice is given.

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How-To: Recipe Box Journal

recipe, box, lid, chevron, wooden

Alright, it’s the end of January. How are you doing on those resolutions? Or was your resolution to stop making resolutions and make changes for the better any darn time you want? That’s more my speed and when I found this idea for a recipe box journal I thought it was the perfect, low pressure way to start recording my family’s memories.

This journal is a recipe box filled with note cards, one for each day, with dividers for each month. On each note card there is enough space to write just a couple lines for each day over five years- basically like the 5 year journals or one-line-a-day journals you may have heard of. That also means that you can start any day of the year you want, and also end any day you want, and skip any day you want. Just make a note of which year it is you’re writing for that day.
process, cut, paint, notecards, watercolor
watercolors, flowers, amy rice art, calendar
To create mine, I used one of the beautiful, laser cut wooden recipes boxes we carry at Homespun from Richwood Creations. These are beautiful keepsakes that will last a lifetime, perfect for saving family recipes or memories. Not only do you get a unique and high quality box, but part of your purchase is donated to youth programs in Applachia. This box fits 4×6″ note cards, and for the dividers I cut 12 sheets of 8.5 x 11″ cardstock into 4.5 x 6″ rectangles. Depending on how the lid of your box fits on, you may need to experiment with sizes for these. Since I was working on this at the beginning of the new year, I found an old 2017 calendar with beautiful illustrations by Amy Rice Art and decided to use those to decorate my divider cards. I added some color with my son’s crayola watercolors (honestly it’s just as important for me to have washable paints) and cut the names of the months from another wall calendar we had left at the shop.
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For some of the dividers I also used pages from a vintage book I had lying around, and I love the change from color to black and white as you shuffle through the cards. Since I was cutting from some really large images, I laid the divider card down on the part of the image I liked best, then traced it with a pencil and cut it out with my paper cutter. I glued the two together, added the cut month title, and smashed them in a press (a big dictionary works just as well).
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journal pages, notecards, divider cards, pictures
Count out the amount of note cards to correspond with the number of days in each month, then label the top of each note card with the date. Add years as necessary and you’re ready to go! Keep it anywhere around the house you think you’ll be most likely to take out a card and jot down a note. And just a tip from a lifelong journaler, ANY detail about your day is worth recording. You’d be surprised how entertaining your everyday details are 20 years from now. All of those little details change and become a memory and any recording of the day’s vibes is relevant. If you have children or other members of the family they can pitch in, too, and write something they did or remembered from that day.
I hope you will take the time to make this project, it really pays off- especially the second year you’re writing and reflecting on that same day from the year before. Tag @homespunindy on social media if you make this so we can see your work!
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