This Week at the Shop: September 21st

Now its OFFICIAL. Fall is here. Yes, I’m a pumpkin spice person and I don’t care who knows it and GIMMIE ALL THE PUMPKIN. Best Chocolate in Town have a pumpkin pie truffle. Black Market has a pumpkin ale. Get some real food in-between (or just leave it at that) at any of the fine restaurants around us and then stroll on down to Homespun, try on some of the softest scarves ever and revel in the fallness of it all.

New! 

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New, chunky infinity scarves from Jo Designs hand-knitted with love in Bloomington. They are so soft I want to be a warm little fuzzy kitten sleeping right in the middle of one. Or just, you know, wear it. As a person.

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Magnets from Indianapolis based Axler Works celebrating Indiana’s bi-centennial (bet you didn’t know we were coming up on 200 years!). Jo Designs has also sent us lovely dish clothes, face and dish scrubbies. Also re-stocked, now a Mom’s Choice Award winner, Let’s Change That children’s book by local Dr. Bashar Salame.

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Congratulations, you’re Acceptable! I crack up every time I see this and all the other hilarious merit badges by Amy D. Also new: Nourishing Cuticle Oil by Paint Box Polish in a handy dandy brush tube. Blank cards handmade in North Carolina by An Open Sketchbook Studio and 240Sweet re-stocked us with their delicious marshmallows including Brown Sugar Peanut Butter Chip. Hoooooly delicious.

Homespun Events & Workshops

First Friday Celebration: Friday, October 2nd, 6-9pm: Every month, Homespun: Modern Handmade hosts a celebration in collaboration with iDADA’s First Friday events. Our shows change every other month with various artists showcasing work in painting, illustration, photography, ceramics, and so much more. For the months of September and October, we’ll be featuring local artist Caryn Costlow’s work. A student at Herron School of Art and Design, Costlow’s encaustic paintings combine mixed media with abstract markings for a nearly three-dimensional effect; a nod to her background in sculpture. The event is FREE, refreshments will be served!

Workshop: Knit & Sip with Irmgard Burford: Friday, October 23rd, 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).

Mass Ave Monster Mash: Friday, October 30th, 4-7pm: Join us for family-friendly trick-or-treating all along Mass Ave. Businesses up and down the avenue will be handing out treats on this night before Halloween. This event is FREE – just look for business displaying the orange Monster Mash signs between the 300 and 900 blocks of Mass Ave. We can’t wait to see all the little ghouls and goblins in their costumes!

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).

Holiday Candle Maker Pop-Up Bar w/ The Onyx Exchange: Sunday, November 8th, 11am-6pm: oin 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!

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.

See ya next week, friends!

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