Month: November
Staff Picks ’17: The Host/Hostess

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If you’ve ever hosted before, you know what a big job it can be. Unless you plan on staying to do the dishes, a host/ hostess gift is a great way to say thanks and can even add to the party! Our staff has chosen lots of great options- pop in and we can show you even more.


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Beverage Camo by Exit343 Designs, $5 each

Neal: Don’t leave a bad lasting impression, cover your can and avoid the table rings.


Caramel Nut Crunch Popcorn by Just Pop In, $12.50

Amanda MT: Pour this in a bowl and it won’t last for long- everyone will love this tasty treat.


Repeat Indiana Wood Cutting Board by Richwood Creations, $46

Megan: Bonus points if you help chop on it in the kitchen! This is the perfect gift for anyone who loves hosting parties.

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First Snow Candle by Karmalit, $20

Mark: A light scent perfect for holiday hosting.


Mineral Bath Soak in Beautiful Rose by Aydry & Co., $24

Grace: Perfect for relaxing after a busy evening playing host.

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Mint Leaf and Sugar Cane Candle by JKM Soy Candles, $22

Hayley: This candle has the perfect combo scent of being both refreshing and warm. This would be a great candle to have burning at any special gathering.


Five Test Tube Vase by Urban Indy Makers, $45

Anna: The perfect table center piece to display the flowers you brought.

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Lemonade & Tonic Sugar Scrub Cubes by Black Kettle Soap Company, $14

Amanda D: A toast to relaxation for the host. These smell amazing and they are in convenient single use cubes- so you don’t spill your scrub everywhere!

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Cocktail Muddler by American Heirloom, $24

Claire: Let’s say you’re going to a party where there will be real glassware and cloth napkins! You gotta show up with a sweet-ass tool like this- but be careful, they’ll try to make you run the bar all night.

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Truth or Dare Letterpress Coasters by Questionable Press, $8

Lee: Bring a party game AND respect the furniture!


Charcuterie Board by Blake Jefferson, $40

Alayna: The frequent party throwers kitchen isn’t complete without a charcuterie board!


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Staff Picks ’17: The Foodie

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Know a person who loves to cook? Or maybe just loves to eat? They would love our selection of kitchen tools, gourmet and local treats, cookbooks and kits. Make it on over here and buy it for them before they get it for themselves!


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Cheese Crafting Kits by Urban Cheesecraft, $16-35

Amanda MT: Making cheese is a unique experience most foodies have probably never had- its fun, easy and so satisfyingly delicious.


Brew Bread by Soberdough, $12

Neal: Bread and beer go hand-in-hand, it makes sense to mix the two together. Pour, stir, bake and eat.


Pizza Veggies Print by Artfood Collective, $25

Mark: There is no such thing as a foodie who doesn’t love pizza.


Classic Lime Margarita Mix by Hoosier Mama, $10

Anna: A night in with tacos and margs. Dinner at the foodie’s place!


Driftless Magazine, $20

Hayley: Not only do these magazines feature incredible photography, they also feature wonderful scrumptious recipes, restaurants to visit, and coffee shops to seek out.


Hoosier Harvest Cookbook by Farm Indiana, $24.99

Amanda D: Let the foodie try their hand at this collection of recipes from Indiana chefs, farmers, artisans and food writers.

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Tasting Notes for Cheese by Yonder Bound, $8

Megan: If you’re a foodie you know there ain’t just yellow cheddar or white cheddar, help them keep track of their favorites with this handy notebook.


Large Wooden Bowl by Dickenson Woodworking, $80

Grace: What foodie wouldn’t appreciate a hand-turned wood bowl? I know a few who wood (Op! There I go again with the bad jokes!).

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Recipe Cards by Lacelit, $12

Alayna: Because a foodie is probably always asked for their best recipes.


Cheese Board by Sarahmics, $48

Claire: I think the word “foodie” means you automatically own a cheese board. This one is so different! So foodie! Wait, that doesn’t make sense.

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Sweet & Spicy Pecans by Newfangled Confections, $7

Lee: The perfect treat for the high-brow snacker.

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ICYMI: This Week at The Shop
November 24

ICYMI: November 24

It may be Black Friday, but in case you missed all the Small Business Saturday chatter, we’re inviting you to shop small with us tomorrow November 25th starting at 9am!

We’re giving YOU, our fantastic customers, early access to our brimming-with-holiday-inventory sales floor. In fact, the first ten customers in line before 9am will receive Swag Bags, one of which will be a SUPER Swag Bag with a high-dollar item from a participating Mass Ave store.

AND want to shop small and SAVE BIG? Join our customer rewards program! You can sign up here and be all ready to earn those points with your purchase on Small Business Saturday! And, hint hint, a special Small Business Saturday reward will be going out exclusively to our rewards members tomorrow morning!

When you Shop Small, you not only support Small Business, you support your community, the mom and pop owners, and the staff that pours their blood, sweat, and, yes, sometimes tears into the growth of Homespun!

FREE PARKING in 2 lots along the 800 block of Mass Ave (Yay right by our store)! See the map to save yourself a parking headache tomorrow!

We hope to see you shopping small this year!

So Many Ornaments… So Little Time!

Our shelves are stocked with tree-trimming decor! From engraved wooden ornaments from Tree Hopper Toys, to beautiful throwback ceramic pieces from Honeycomb Studio, your tree can be uniquely yours this Christmas with our handmade offerings. Check out more in store from Peaches Products, Gingiber, Savvie Studio, and These Things on Etsy.

Goose Grease Wooden Crafts

Say hello to the cutest little wooden people you’ll ever see! Goose Grease brings you hand painted sets sure to melt even the hardest of hearts this holiday season. You can even find DIY wedding cake topper kits and paint your own ornament kits in store too!

Find stocking stuffers like leather hair ties, moon phase magnets, and more in store at Homespun!

Unique Is Our Motto

Whether you have a friend obsessed with cats, or a brother that won’t stop talking about his farm-to-table diet, we’ve got the gift for you. We’re also proud to partner with makers like The Patachou Foundation, Karmalit Candles, Bitchstix, Best Boy & Co., and more -all who give back to non-profits supporting teachers, children, and families. Ask a sales associate in store about our charitable products!

And you can’t forget our card selection. We’re bursting with unique holiday card selections like those pictured above from Band of Weirdos. “Check Yo’ Elf Before You Wreck Yo’ Elf.”

Staff Picks: Week of November 24

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. Check out our Staff Picks: For The Animal Lover here.

And when accessorize is your motto and style your middle name, you might be a stylish sister. What to get the lady that has everything? See our Staff Picks: For The Stylish Sister here.

A huge thank you to Visit Indy for featuring us in their Visitor Guide as a must-stop-shop for gifts!

Upcoming Events:

**TOMORROW** 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.

Giving Tuesday at Homespun: Tuesday Nov. 28th, 10am-8pm -Help support Coburn Place and Project Home Indy by dropping off needed items in our store and receive 10% off your purchase during Giving Tuesday! For a list of needed items head here.

INDIEana Handicraft Exchange Winter Market: Friday, Dec. 1st, 5pm-10pm – Once again, our winter market will be held at the Harrison Center for the Arts! in conjunction with their color themed group show and artist open studios. We’ll have vendors slingin’ handmade, indoors in the gymnasium and in the underground from 5pm – 10pm! And don’t forget – the first 100 people in line at the Yelp! table who check in with Yelp! will receive FREE SWAG BAGS with goodies and discounts from our vendors and other local businesses! And as always, ADMISSION IS FREE TO THE PUBLIC! Don’t miss the handmade, holiday shopping event of the season!

First Friday Holiday Charity Show with Cat Head Press: Friday, Dec. 1st, 6pm-9pm -For this gallery exhibition, Cat Head’s artists have graciously donated prints and 100% of the proceeds from the pieces sold will benefit Coburn Place and Project Home Indy.

Yelp’s Totally Bazaar: Thursday, Dec. 7th from 6:30pm-10pm at Central Library -Yelp’s annual pop up shopping party with more than 150 local businesses! -And you’ll be able to find us there! Check-in on the Yelp app for your Yelp Shop Local tote because this hefty list of local businesses is certain to fill your hands! Find more info here!

That concludes this week’s ICYMI November 24! See you tomorrow for Small Business Saturday! Show love and shop small this weekend!

-Amanda D.

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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

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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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