This Week at the Shop: November 2nd

November. So many wondrous things happen in November. Leaves fall. Air cools. Families gather together over delicious food with thankfulness in their hearts for my birthday. And Thanksgiving.

We have beautiful new products to share with you this week as well as lots of fun events listed at the end. We’re also beginning a new segment: What’s Wrong With Alex This Week? Read on to find out!



We got a restock on Farizula Designs’ up-cycled mugs, look at these cuties! These new notecard sets from Haven Paperie are perfect for the modern home cook. Learn to make this year’s gifts with these sewing kits from Studio M.M.E.


And this… “The Illustrious Omnibus of Super Powers” by Pop Chart Lab. Its amazing. We’ve got several other equally amazing options from Pop Chart Lab as well including “The Very, Very Many Varieties of Beer” and “An Array of Animal Tracks: Actual Size!”


Gold Leaf Seasonal Moon 2016 Calendar by Katie Vernon Illustration on the top left (it’s so beautiful in person). We also now carry the whole line of Caboose Spice & Company spice rubs. We’re also restocked on the popular Dropcatch Magnetic Bottle Opener; just open your bottle with the bottle opener on the top and let the strong magnet catch the cap! They also brought us these stylish wooden bottle openers for the simpler folk.


Brand new: these naturally shed, metallic dipped antler necklaces from Utah by Mountain Made. So beautiful!


Also from Pop Chart Lab, The Charted Sandwich Notebook. Beautiful new wooden puzzles from Tree Hopper Toys. And, yes, don’t wipe you’re eyes, those are holiday cards! We are going to have the biggest and most unique selection in town, I’ll reckon.


And our lovely mannequin, we can’t forget. She is cozy and cute in this red plaid capelet from Victrola, fingerless cloves by Nicole’s Threads, and scarf by Woodly Universe!

And, presenting…

What’s Wrong With Alex This Week?

Alex, one of our star employees (ok, they’re all stars) complains a lot. We decided to honor that with a weekly segment, What’s Wrong With Alex This Week? He’s young, he’s still in college, he is the baby of the staff so his complaints are always very insightful and poignant. Here’s this week’s:


Today Alex drank an entire bottle of smart water. By his own estimation, he is still dumb. This is also evidenced by the depth of his disappointment. 

Homespun Workshops and Events

Workshop: Knit & Sip with Irmgard Burford: Friday, November 6th, 6-8:30pm: In this workshop, students will learn basic knitting terminology,  how to cast on, how to create a knit stitch, how to create a purl stitch, and how to bind off. Skills covered will be appropriate for beginner level knitters; however, more experienced knitters are welcome to bring projects to discuss with the instructor. All supplies, including needles, and yarn, will be included. Students are asked to bring a drink to sip (BYO beer or wine if you’d like to this private event). $35

Holiday Candle Maker Pop-Up Bar w/ The Onyx Exchange: Sunday, November 8th, 11am-6pm: join the Onyx Exchange for an afternoon of candle making at Homespun! Mark your calendars and stop in to make your very own 7oz. Lux candle or 10oz. Wine Bottle Candle. Mix your own scents (36 to choose from!) and create a one-of-a-kind candle. These make great holiday gifts!

A Very Indy Thanksgiving: Thursday, November 12th, 5:30-7pm: Join us at Indy Reads Books for an evening of Thanksgiving table talk. Corrie Quinn of Goose the Market will talk turkey. Regina Mehallick of R Bistro will be on hand discussing her approach to Thanksgiving sides. Lisa Cunningham of Mass Ave Wine will discuss the best wine pairings. Last, but not least, Homespun will bring tablescape inspiration, with a dash of DIY. We’ll round out the evening with a Q & A session for our contributors, and one lucky attendee with win a sweet raffle prize!

Candle Maker Pop-Up Bar w/ The Onyx Exchange: Friday, November 20th, 5-11:55pm: Join us for a special Candle Maker Pop-up Bar with The Onyx Exchange during Mass Ave Midnight Shopper! Stop in and create a unique 7oz. Lux Candle or 10oz. Wine Bottle Candle, for you or for a lucky gift recipient! Mix your own scents (36 to choose from!) and create a one-of-a-kind candle. These make great holiday gifts!

Workshop: Jewelry Making: Wire Wrapping Basics: Saturday, November 21st, 4-7pm: It’s nearly the season of giving, and this jewelry workshop will kill three birds with one stone: give yourself the gift of DIY jewelry skills, then give yourself and a friend a unique, handmade gemstone piece!


INDIEana Handicraft Exchange Holiday Mini: Friday, December 4th, 5-10pm: Our final INDIEana Handicraft Exchange event of 2015 will be held on Friday, December 4 from 5pm-10pm at the Harrison Center for the Arts in conjunction with First Friday and their annual color-themed show. Be everyone’s favorite gift-giver: come shop from over 50 vendors and snag a unique, handmade gift for everyone on your list, all while supporting independent businesses. Everyone wins!

Coming Up in Indianapolis

Monument Circle Art Fair: Saturday, October 10th, 10am-5pm: Indiana artists showcase their work on the momument in downtown Indianapolis. Free!

German Fest at The Athenaeum: Saturday, October 10th, 12pm: A day- long, indoor/outdoor festival that celebrates all things German.

Heartland Film Festival: Friday, October 16th- Sunday, October 25th: Every October, the Heartland Film Festival gives its moviegoers access to more than 100 visiting independent filmmakers from all over the world, right in the heart of the Midwest. Heartland showcases more than 130 entertaining movies that do more than just entertain over 10 days of red carpet premieres and events, parties and hundreds of film screenings across Indianapolis.

Dia De Los Muertos at The Eiteljorg: Saturday, October 31st, 11am-5pm: The Eiteljorg is offering FREE admission to experience Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead with partner, Nopal Cultural (an Indianapolis Latino arts and culture organization). See traditional papel picado, the cut paper decorations hung for Hispanic celebrations and get ideas for your own memorial by seeing the elements on the community ofrenda (offering place). Watch performances, meet artists in residence, explore artwork and a variety of altars, browse the marketplace and create art.


Mass Ave Midnight Shopper: Friday, November 20th, 5-11:55pm: Tonight’s the perfect night to get a jump start on your holiday shopping! Many Mass Ave merchants will be open until midnight to allow prudent patrons a chance to enjoy all of Indy’s best shops and boutiques.

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