Homespun Recipes

Welcome to a new series from Homespun, we’ll be sharing recipes from our makers and community – all using products you can find in our store and online to follow along with! First up: Pomegranate Gin Fizz from Portland Syrups.

We teamed up with our friends at Portland Syrups to bring you a fun, seasonal recipe using Portland Syrup’s beverage mixers for some serious happy hour inspiration.⁠

Check back for more recipes from Portland Syrups and so many more of our makers.⁠

We hope you enjoy – cheers!⁠


Pomegranate-Rosemary Gin Fizz:⁠


– Make the rosemary simple syrup – combine 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, and 3 sprigs of rosemary in a saucepan. ⁠

– Boil until sugar is dissolved, then remove from heat and let steep for 15-20 min before removing sprigs.⁠

– Mix 2oz gin, 1oz of our Citrus Passion syrup, the rosemary simple syrup, and 1oz pomegranate juice in a shaker with ice.⁠

– Shake for 30 seconds then pour in a glass over fresh ice.⁠

-Top with club soda (about 2oz).⁠

– Garnish with a rosemary sprig and pomegranate arils for extra wow-factor.⁠

 

Purchase Portland Syrup Cocktail Trio Sampler Box Set here


⁠Thank you to Portland Syrups for the recipe and photos!

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Hello, Hydration!

Say hello to hydration,

and much needed relief from the dry winter air.

Real Hoosiers know an Indiana winter can be rough on skin – especially the hands and face. Skin care is more important than ever in the cold and drying winter months ahead. We work with local and national makers to bring you the best handmade relief from dry winter air, so you can glow your way into better weather. Lip balms, lotions, and conditioners will be your best friends in the wintery days. We have some great local skin care brands for you below.

Here are just a few of our cold weather, nourishing favorites. Bath and body products are available online, and for an even bigger selection come see our shelves in store. We’re open from 10 am to 6 pm during the week, and until 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays for your cold weather essentials.

In The Bag Balms

This is what we call sticks and balms that can be easily thrown into your favorite bag for on-the-go moisture. The BITCHSTIX Big Moisture Stix Cocoa Butter is massaged into skin for all-over soothing moisture. Your purchase from BITCHSTIX helps support survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault – your skin and your community will thank you! The Big Balm from Zandra moisturizes and soothes in a convenient stick made for lip and body. Who doesn’t want a pillowy soft lavender chai and vanilla pout? Count us in!

Smooth (Air) Smooches

If you’re like us, you have dozens of lip balms in your purses, pockets, cars, and makeup bags. Some of our tried and true favorites include BITCHSTIX, Aromaholics Cocktail Inspired lip balms, Get Lathered, and Soap Distillery lip balms. Our current obsession from Soap Distillery is Mimosa and Waffles – it tastes like orange juice, maple syrup and champagne. Enjoy the scents of an all you can eat brunch with no mid day hangover.

Photo Credit: Rouge&Rye

Lather (and repeat)

Our current picks for all over, feel good hydration are the fancy and floral scents from Rouge and Rye, and Zandra’s Japanese Kumquat Hand/Body lotion. Zandra, the company’s “Owner / Do-Gooder and Teen Girl,” promises her products are plant-based, cruelty free, all natural, with no icky stuff, biodegradable and paraben free. Your purchase of Zandra bath and body care products helps to educate and empower girls. Learn more about Zandra Beauty here!

For moisture, high luster, detangling and conditioning for your scalp and hair we recommend the eco friendly and moisturizing Get Lathered Conditioner That Rolls, a scent-free soft solid bar loaded with premium conditioning ingredients. Read more about Get Lathered here, and shop the line in store!

 

Beard Care

Beard balms and oils are a must for hydrated beards! Weatherbeard balms provide a light-medium hold to control those flyaways and provide the beard with hydrating oils. Weatherbeard oils take this a step further by conditioning the beard and moisturizing the skin. Our bearded shoppers can’t get enough of Immaculate Beard Balm’s Noon scent and hold.

Photo Credit: Homespun Staff

All Natural All in One

Try D’Earth’s All Natural Oil Lotion in Lavender as a smoothing hair serum. This miracle oil lotion can be smoothed into your hair, face, and body. It can be used as a daily moisturizer, makeup remover, and hair serum. Plus, its made from 100 percent natural ingredients and oils.

 

You can find these products and so much more in store and online. Here’s hoping your winter months are smooth, hydrated and cozy.

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HAPPY 2021

Funny how 2021 sounds just like 2020 WON,

when its quite the opposite.

Well. We made it. We seriously cannot thank our community enough for the outpouring of support during the last dizzy, unpredictable year. We’re bursting at our hand stitched seams with love from our neighbors, our makers and artists, our fabulous shoppers and our dedicated small team. 

See Whats New

We can’t wait to see what is IN STORE (literally) for us, our creators and our neighbors in 2021. Our favorite part of the post holiday shopping season madness is refilling our shelves with new items and restocking old favorites. We are constantly shifting over here, so come by to check out the latest or stay up to date with shop.homespunindy.com. Follow us on social (@homespunindy) to see even more!

Localize Your Resolutions

We’ll be personalizing and localizing our 2021 goals, and we encourage you to do the same! Think local, for example if your goal is to eat healthier, check out local groceries and farms to support. If your goal is to pick up a new hobby or skill, look into local classes or starter kits. Whatever inspires, organizes and fuels your creativity this year, we support you!

 

 

Thank you again for all of your support! We’re wishing our shoppers and makers all of the inspiration, happiness, creativity and love in the new year! We’ll be back in store Saturday, Jan. 2nd from 10 am to 8 pm. Cheers!

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Deck The Halls with Indiana

Dazzle your tree with Indiana holiday ornaments to represent your favorite state in the Midwest. From the Circle of Lights to handcrafted ceramic skylines, Indiana ornaments are small pieces of home that make perfect gifts for Hoosiers near and far, and anyone who holds Indiana close to their hearts. Shop our selection of handmade Indiana ornaments in store and online shop.homespunindy.com.

Circle Indianapolis Ceramic Ornament 

The prettiest skyline in the Midwest (IMO.)

Celebrate + cherish the city of Indianapolis with this beautiful ceramic ornament featuring the city skyline.

-The skyline design is only displayed on one side
-Measures approx. 2.85” diameter
-Each ornament has a gold string included

Handmade in St. Petersburg, Florida

 

Indiana Wood Ornaments

Hang this beautiful Handmade wooden gem in your home this holiday and celebrate Indiana!

Designed and crafted by Ian Nachreiner of Inspired Woodcrafts.

Choose Between Two Styles:

  • Torch
  • Home

*Handcrafted in Indiana*

Holiday Monument Ornament  

Show off this Holiday season with the very unique and popular Letterpressed Holiday Monument Ornament. Designed and Handmade by Kate Lucas-Falk, owner of Katydid.

Order individual or Box Sets. Each set contains 10 ornaments.

**String colors may vary. Expect either a Red and White string or a Gold and White String!**

Handmade in Chicago, Illinois

Indiana IN Heart Ceramic Ornament

Show off where your heart lives this Holiday Season with this Beautiful and simple Ceramic Indiana Ornament! Handcrafted by Tasha McKelvey!

*Handmade in Richmond, Virginia!*

If you love the carefully handcrafted ceramic work of Tasha McKelvey, you’ll love this ornament, too! All In This Together Rainbow Ceramic Ornament.

Indy Holiday Ornament  

Hoosier favorite state? This ornament is perfect for Christmas trees and anything else, really, that it can be hung from.

***Colors May Vary. Possible Colors Include White, Red, and Pink!***
Handmade by Jean Elise Designs

BONUS ORNAMENTS: if you love the look of ceramic, handcrafted ornaments check out these ceramic ornaments made by Janelle Grambling, self-taught fiber and ceramic artist and entrepreneur, and surround yourself with beautiful, raw, handmade artwork this Holiday season.

Half – Circle Hills Totem Ceramic Ornament

Moon Totem Ceramic Ornament

 

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Shop Safe, Shop Local

Welcome back to the blog, Homespun Shoppers!

Time flies when you’re stuck inside – the holidays are almost here. As a local business, the holidays are our favorite time of year! Nothing makes us happier than helping our community spread love; like when we help a customer find the perfect gift for a loved one.  While gatherings and holiday prep may look a bit different this year, there is so much magic to be made this holiday season.

We want our community to know above all; we hear you and we’re here for you. Hesitations about crowds, anxiety around holiday planning and social distancing are all valid and we want to meet you wherever you are by keeping our store clean and sanitized, practicing social distancing, and offering alternatives to in store shopping such as online ordering, curb side pickup, and call in ordering.

Shop Early, Shop Local

Our first and best tip is to get your holiday shopping done EARLY this year. Beat the holiday crowds and last minute gift giving anxiety! This allows you to take the stress out of the actual holiday season and enjoy yourself this season. Who hasn’t had to skip family hot cocoa time to sneak in last minute shopping days before Christmas? We typically suggest knocking out holiday shopping in early November in order to spend your holiday season making memories that don’t involve a check out line. This will particularly come in handy this year, and we’re suggesting shopping earlier than ever. The earlier you can get out to holiday shop, the less crowds you will run into and the better chance you have at scoring the best finds.

If you are interested in an added precaution, we are happy to accept Holiday Shopping Appointments prior to opening or after closing hours. To set up a private shopping appointment, please call the store at 317.351.0280!

Shop in Your PJs

Work, school, socializing, and even grocery shopping is being done online more than ever. Why not take the same practice with your holiday shopping list? We are working to keep our online store up-to-date for all of your shopping needs. Go ahead and wear your pjs, we’ll never know the difference. HAPPY SHOPPING! 

In-Store Practices

We will continue to practice social distancing in store. We have marked spots on the floor indicating your distance from other shoppers, as well as clear barriers at the registers. Our staff will continue to wear face masks and require our guests to do the same before entering the store. We have hand sanitizer and extra masks available by the front door. We also have handmade face masks for sale in store and online in a variety of designs, including kids sizes! We will be participating in holiday shopping events in November, and are working to create heated outdoor spaces for you to wait in, and we will continue these practices even with ongoing Mass Ave events.

Alternative Shopping

Still not feeling up for in person shopping? Not a worry! In addition to our online store, you can now purchase select products through Instagram. You can shop our online store from the comfort (and warmth) of your home. We’re happy to offer call in orders and curbside pickup as well; simply call the store and one of us will select and bag your items for you, take a contactless payment over the phone, and you’ll have the option to pick up your items by our front door or have a team member hand them off to you! Working around COVID has only made our team more creative in getting our products to you safely and responsibly (we’re still a lot of fun, don’t worry.) We’re thrilled to be open for extended holiday hours, and to have you in store, but want you to know you have options to fit your schedules and needs!

November Events (but distance-y)

For those wondering, YES some of your Mass Ave holiday traditions are still happening. We will be socially and spatially aware of crowds and gathering, as we plan on participating in Midnight Shopper Nov. 20, and Small Business Saturday Nov. 28.

Midnight Shopper, a beloved Mass Ave tradition, will take place Nov. 20 from 6 pm to midnight. You can join your favorite Mass Ave shops and restaurants for this once-a-year shopping and entertainment experience. We’re excited to join our neighbors in the fun!

It wouldn’t be November without our favorite day of the year, SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY, Nov. 28. This year you can support by shopping with us and our over 300 makers in store AND online. Show some love for your favorite locally-owned businesses and restaurants by shopping small.

We are so excited to be your go-to for holiday shopping in store and online, and look forward to spending the holidays with you! Stay tuned on our social media and blog as we take you #HomeWithHomespun, tease new holiday releases, post upcoming events and more. You can also stay in touch with us by joining our mailing list!

 

Happy Holidays,

Homespun

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