This Week at the Shop: February 6th

It’s love month and we are just chuck full of ideas for making this time special for you and yours. Check out our How-To post for instructions on how to make a sure-to-please handmade Valentine’s Day accordion book, check out our list of events including The Local Love Event THIS Saturday featuring artists in-store and custom creations, and pop-in and let our friendly staff hook you up with some awesome gift suggestions.

New

New stuff from ReFind Originals, these leathers are so soft and amazing! On the left are wallets and on the right are wristlets that also have a strap so they can function as the perfect lightweight purse!

New from American Heirloom, muddlers, cutting boards, and Party Numbers and cake toppers. We also have these new gemstone hair pins from Salame Jewelry Designs. I think we could all use a little healing and protection (the perfect little addition to your v-day gift).

As I was browsing around this afternoon I came across this adorable cowl from Part Time Hooker that I never noticed before. Upon picking it up, I was amazed at how silky soft the inside is! I think this is re-purposed cashmere, folks.

A tiny little itty bitty piece of our amazing love cards available. They are so hilarious/ sincere/ beautiful. You can’t go wrong.

We’ve got all new pieces from Erik Lundorf and they are amazing!

Make sure you’re following us on Instagram: we’re doing a Staff Sweethearts series that is the cutest thing. Get to know our staff and their significant others as we pick out the perfect gifts!

Coming Up

The Local Love Event: Saturday, February 11th: 11am-4pm: We’ve packed all the local love into one event, so you’ll have no trouble shopping for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day. We’ll be featuring a jewelry bar with Salame Jewelry Designs where you can personalize the perfect pendant, earrings, or bracelet for your s.o., bouquet orders will be taken from Jacquelyn Nolen of Blue Flower Studios, and The Onyx Exchange will be mixing up your individiually chosen candle scents at another in-store candle bar. Jewelry, flowers, candles… what more could you ask for? Oh, how about 14% off all Homespun product on top of that!

Workshop: Macrame Wall Hanging: Saturday, February 25th, 2-5pm: The textile art trend is sweeping the world of interior design, and that means macrame is back baby! Have you always wanted to learn? We have the perfect class for you! Savannah Norris, local stylist, artist, and Jane of all trades, will help you craft a macrame wall hanging during this workshop. All supplies are included – you’ll just need to bring yourself and your crafty spirit!

First Friday Gallery Exhibition ft. Robert Young: Friday, March 3rd: 6-9pm: Join us for IDADA’s First Friday Gallery Walk in-store celebrating the work of local illustrator and comic artist, Robert Young. Graduating with a BFA in Illustration from Herron School of Art & Design, Robert later earned his MFA in Illustration at The Maryland Institute College of Art. Currently an Illustration Professor back at Herron School of Art & Design, Robert has had work featured in Time Out New York, Until Now Magazine, The Classical.org, The Travel Channel, and more.

Workshop: Intro to Weaving: Saturday, March 18th, 2-5pm: In love with the wool and woven textile movement? Come learn how to be a part of it in this workshop! Woven tapestries have always been very chic and it seems that they are hard to come by, as they are handmade, unique, and cherished. Three perfect adjectives as to why you should take this workshop! Students will learn how to thread a needle and begin a loom, as well as several braiding methods. All supplies will be covered in the cost of this workshop, including a handmade weaving loom for each student to take home. Participants may bring 4 balls of their own yarn to make something truly unique!

Workshop: Wire Wrapping Basics: Saturday, March 25th, 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 one unique item.

Workshop: Feather Hair Accessory: Saturday, March 25th, 4:30-6:30pm: ly by and wire wrap a few hairpins for your summer updo’s with our resident gemstone queen Rana of Salame Jewelry Designs! Learn a few feather crafting and wire wrapping skills to make three hairpins or a hair comb. The options are endless and there will be a variety of feather, crystal, and metal options to choose from. Sips and snacks provided or you can byob!

Workshop: iPhoneography: Saturday, April 15th, 1-3pm: Learn how to utilize your iPhone’s camera features to their maximum potential in this iPhoneography workshop with local professional photographer, Rana Salame. Students will learn basic photography techniques like composition and lighting as well as how to use effects to enhance images. Participants will edit photos in the VSCO Cam app to make images more creative and visually appealing. Once skills have been covered, the group will hit the streets of Mass Ave to test out newly acquired techniques. A roundtable discussion will follow to study images and next steps to continue snapping like a pro.

See ya next week, friends!

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