Spring Has ‘Spun, Indy

 

Temperatures are rising, we’re thinking all things Spring. We can’t get enough NEW in the shop lately – new happenings on Mass Ave, new opportunities in the city, and SO MANY NEW locally made goods on our shelves. See what Spring is bringing to Homespun below.

Whats Good, NEW GOODS?

Our shelves are getting Spring refreshes on old favorites and new makers every day! Our team is working hard to keep our online store up to date for you at shop.homespunindy.com.

DIY

Challenge your crafty side with our newest DIY Kits. Some of our colorful favorites include Sunday Mornings Embroidery Kits, and Little Sparrow Co.’s  Rainbow Macrame Kits. Each come with everything you need, including detailed instructions and guides to create your one of a kind masterpiece. The best part about Sunday Morning is that the projects range from Beginner to Advance, so you can learn at your comfort level. The finished products add a pop of color to your space, and a feel good accomplishment to show off in your home! Plus, we’re all running out of hobbies one year into quarantine. Who doesn’t want to hang their very own rainbow above their beds?

 

Green and Shiny Things

While the world turns more green around us, so are our shelves! In last week’s blog we introduced you to Moss Amigos, our newest easy to care for plant friends. We’ve also added ceramic geode air plant holders from Tal & Bert to spruce up your desks, bookshelves and any space in need of a little color. Air plants are easy to care for and their unique holders bring new life to your homes and offices.

 

Drink From Home

A year into a global pandemic, we hardly remember what the inside of a bar looks like. Luckily nicer weather and vaccines bring up the idea of distanced, backyard and porch entertaining this summer.  Owl’s Brew Craft Mixer is brewed from tea and botanicals, and gives the at home bartender an easy way to create a boozy Citrus Sweet Tea. Pair with Vodka, Seltzer, or your favorite spirit for a drink infused with English Breakfast Tea, Lemon, and Lime. Owl’s Brew is made with real ingredients for an even better, more natural taste.

In the mornings, we’ve been skipping Starbucks with One Stripe Chai Co’s At Home Blends. These kits allow you to make Chai and Turmeric Lattes from your own kitchen. Don’t forget to tip yourself like you would tip your favorite barista!

Mass Ave-news

Our end of Mass Ave has a brand new Craft Bar and Thai Bistro: BOHDI is now open for carry out from 5 pm – 9 pm, with dine-in coming very soon! We can’t wait to try our newest neighbors, we’re already dreaming of the lunch specials.

The Garage Food Hall across from Homespun also continues to add new restaurants and spots. Check out dining, entertainment and shopping along the 8oo block of Mass Ave – we can’t think of a better weekend plan! We also can’t wait to get our hands on a coffee from Blue Collar Coffee, located in the Bottleworks Hotel.

Lastly, we’re excited to announce a very special pop-up version of Homespun:Modern Handmade will be on Monument Circle during the duration of the NCAA March Madness Tournament. Stay tuned on our social media for up-to-date info on our pop up shop.

New Faces

Our little Homespun team is growing! Since the start of 2021, we’ve added new faces behind our counter and behind our web store. Come meet the newest members of our dedicated, one of a kind staff in store every day from 10 am to 6 pm on weeknights, and until 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Check out the About section on our homepage to learn more about these outgoing new staffers.

As always,

you can keep up with us in store, online, and on social media (@homespunindy) for the latest. We’re so grateful to see more and more of you walking the avenue as it gets nicer out, stop in and say hi!

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Meet Your Newest Plant Friends: Moss Amigos

The first signs of spring are inspiring us in store this week to open our eyes to all things green and bright around us. One of our newest makers, Moss Amigos, are about to be your newest and easiest plant friends to thrive and vibe with this spring.

We’re excited to bring you Moss Amigos, a South Bay based business from San Jose, California. Moss Amigos are a brand of the plant algae, Marimo, which is grown domestically in the United States, the business states on their website.

What ARE these little moss balls?

In the wild, Marimo are found in freshwater glacial lakes in Iceland, Scotland, Estonia and Japan. They develop their curious shape from the natural current in freshwater lakes. The movement of the water spins them into spheres. We suggest swirling your Moss Amigos around in their jar every once in a while to remind them of the freshwater lakes they were raised in. Thanks to Moss Amigos for the background and history of Marimo – we had no idea these little guys lived such cool lives.

No green thumb needed to enjoy the ease and beauty of your Moss Amigo – these are the easiest plants to take care of. All they need is love, light, and an occasional water change.

Moss Amigo Care Guide, courtesy of the brand:

  1. Keep your Moss Amigo out of direct sunlight! Unless its wearing a hat. (YES you can get your Moss Amigo a stylish hat through the Moss Amigo web store to keep it fashionable and adorable.)
  2. Change their water every 2-3 weeks – non-chlorinated spring water is best
  3. Keep your buddy cool! Don’t let them get too hot over the summer

These little plant pets make the perfect addition to any space in need of some livening up!

They also make unique, one of a kind gifts for just about anybody. They come in clear jars with cork lids and your choice of stones to brighten up your space, from desks and shelves to businesses, and anywhere in need of a little love. These are available with Rose Quartz, Amethyst, Tiger Eye, and a rainbow of beautiful stones for your moss ball to bounce among.

For Moss cuteness overload:

Learn more about the company, and get the cutest accessories for your little plant friend at mossamigos.com. Follow @moss_amigos for the cutest and greenest feed on social media, and check these out in store!

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Perfect Pairs

Still looking for the perfect gift for your better half? Check out these local Valentine’s Day gift ideas, perfectly paired with unique cards to express how you really feel about your perfect match.

We have pairings as unique as you and your best friend / travel buddy / favorite foodie / sweets loving sweetie / galentine / green thumb queen / veggie lover / gem of a human / you get it. Express your love with our card selection here.  

Shop gifts, candies, chocolate and more in store and at shop.homespunindy.com.

We hope these pairings give you some Valentine’s Day gift inspiration from some of our favorite local and independent makers! We LOVE YOU!

XOXOXO,

Homespun

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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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