This Week at the Shop: April 25th

Homespun’s calendar is filling up! Our summer is a celebration of makers in every way: art galleries, craft shows, maker empowerment (aka How to Run an Etsy Shop) and classes that turn YOU into a maker for an hour or maybe even a lifetime. Click here to see a full calendar of events, or scroll on through these beautiful new products and find what inspires your inner creator/ maker.

New

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Richwood Creations brought us this CUTE new Lazy Susan and we are all totally smitten.

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Home Ec. has restocked us with some jams. If you can’t see, they read “Pear Hazelnut Conserve” and “Cherry Amaretto.” Yeah. You’re gonna wanna try that. We also have a restock of these beautiful soaps from Teehaus. Next, we have an egg carton full of little crocheted cacti. Like, where else in Indy will you finding something as cute at this? Made by Part Time Hooker. I also picked out these little button earrings from Nicole’s Threads as a bright little bit of happiness on the shelf. We have a lot of button earrings, and I believe if you look closely, you will find some that are just for you!

What We’re Wearing

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I just can’t get over how perfect these bolos are by Salame Jewelry Designs. Who would have thought you could dress up a tank top with a bolo? And yet… perfection. Dress by Nicole’s Threads, tank by Terz Ink. and purse by LM Products.

What We’re Loving

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Amy isn’t the only one here obsessed with The Page, a new bag from People for Urban Progress. Amy loves it because its “compact, structured, recycled, well crafted and super stylish!” Yep, all that in just one bag. Sweet.

Coming Up

Candle Maker Pop-Up Bar with The Onyx Exchange: Sunday, May 1st, 11am-6pm: Just in time for Mothers’ Day…! Our next Candle Maker Pop-up Bar with The Onyx Exchange is happening Sunday, May 1st. Stop in and create a perfect, spring-scented 7oz. Lux Candle or 10oz. Wine Bottle Candle for your dear mama (or bring her in to make her own!). Choose from 36 scents or mix multiple.

First Friday Celebration: Friday, May 6th, 6-9pm: For the months of May and June, Homespun will be showing the work of artist Soulaf Abas. Soulaf was born and raised in Syria, where she first began studying art before completing her BFA (and later, her MFA) at Indiana State University. Having traveled to many countries and participated in a number of symposiums, workshops, and exhibitions overseas, she’s now a professor in her alma mater’s art department. Her work involves oil painting, printmaking, watercolor, and more.

Calligraphy Pop-Up Bar with No. 18 Paper Co.: Saturday, May 7th, 10am-2pm: Tell Mom exactly how you feel with an artfully hand-written message from the pros at No. 18 Paper Co.! From 10am – 2pm, they’ll be set up in our store to offer the following services:

– Calligraphy name on evelope ($1)
– Create-a-card station: they supply the cards and greetings to choose from; you pick the color (or customize!) ($6)
– Calligraphy quote art prints, custom and pre-made (starting at $25). You come up with the words, they’ll handle the writing for the perfect Mother’s Day gift collaboration.

Workshop: Pinot & Paws: Paint Your Pet: Thursday, May 12th, 6-8pm: Pets. They’re the family we choose. If you’re a dog or cat (or any animal, really) person, you understand the important role pets play in our lives. For many of us, our beloved pets are like our children, loving us unconditionally and loyally. Here’s your chance to immortalize your beloved Fido or Whiskers: instructor Deanna Leonard of Arcadian Design will be hosting a “Paint Your Pet” workshop at our store. Students will create a portrait from a favorite photograph with acrylic paint to cherish for years to come. Plus, we’ll have snacks and wine on hand for a full artist experience.

Workshop: How to Run an Etsy Shop: Saturday, May 28th, 1-4pm: re you a new maker, wondering how to get started in the world of online sales? Or, do you already have an Etsy store that you’re ready to take to the next level? Tamara Hoffbauer of Decorative Design Works will be hosting this Etsy Success workshop on Saturday, February 27th for both beginner and intermediate Etsy sellers, as well as those who do not yet have an Etsy shop. Her goal is to provide Etsy sellers with tools and tips to set them on the path to business success. Topics covered include best practices, pricing, presentation, crafting the ideal listing, SEO explained, research tools, time-saving techniques, and more. A complete workbook is provided with the class along with worksheets and templates. No special materials are required – just bring pen and paper and the desire to take your Etsy business to the next level!

INDIEana Handicraft Exchange: Saturday, June 11th, 12-8pm: Bringing contemporary craft to Indy since 2007! Located at the Harrison Center for the Arts.

Etsy Craft Party 2016: Friday, June 17th, 6-8pm: Stay tuned for more information about this event!

Workshop: Mixed Media Junk Journal: Friday, July 8th, 6-8pm: Do you ever feel like you have artists’ block? Maybe you’re an out-of-practice creative wanting to get back in the habit? Perhaps you have the creative spark, but you’re not sure where to start? We’re here to help! Join our Mixed Media Junk Journal Workshop to get your creative juices flowing. Play and explore design ideas through a variety of materials and mediums. Participants will first create a handmade book from recycled materials, found papers, or ephemera. Next, instructor Tori Weyers will guide participants through creating a mixed media spread using various paints, inks, pencils, crayons, washi tape, stencils, marks, graphite, and more.

Workshop: Wire Wrapping Basics: Saturday, July 23rd, 1-4pm: Have you ever wanted to go on a gem hunt? Well, here is your chance! Rana Salame Striedinger of Salame Jewelry Designs is opening her treasure chest of gemstones for you to peruse and select from to create your own one-of-a-kind jewelry. Students will learn several wire wrapping and jewelry assembly techniques to create two unique items – students can choose to make a pair of earrings and a necklace, two pairs of earrings, or two necklaces.

Workshop: Succulent Terrarium: Saturday, August 13th, 1-2:30pm: Low-maintenance, lovely, and easy to assemble: succulent terrariums are the perfect spring project to bring some green back into your world. Join Rana Salame in our shop as she shares her expertise in basic succulent cutting, rooting, and plant care. This class is great for beginners and open to children, too – one child and one caregiver together may purchase a ticket. Please note: one ticket is worth one terrarium – if you would like to made additional terrariums, please be sure to purchase additional tickets.

See ya next week, friends!

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