Next up in the queue, we have gift-giving suggestions from Rana, our workshop and event coordinator. Rana is a mother, a baker, a photographer and a jewelry maker.
- “The Tenderloin: Indiana Born and Breaded” T-Shirt, Amy McAdams Design, $26. Design also available on a baby onesie, as an 8×10 art print, and as postcards, in a pack of six.
- “Belt Buckle” Bracelet, Océanne, $38.
- “Foodie” 8×10 Letterpress Art Prints, Nourishing Notes, $15. Five different kitchen-related sentiments available.
- “Millicent’s Lime Mint Simple” Fine Beverage Elixir, Wilks & Wilson, $13.99. Other elixirs available: Adelaide’s Orgeat, Genevieve’s Grenadine, Gertrude’s Gomme, Giovanna’s Ginger Simple, Rosabelle’s Raspberry Gomme, and Sir Teddy’s Tonic.
- “Keep Busy” Screenprinted Mug, Kin Ship Press, $18.
- “Beaver” Medium Plush Animal, Zooguu, $40. Many other animals and monsters available in five sizes: $15 (tiny/ornament, with a string for hanging), $25 (small), $40 (medium) $60 (large), $90 (extra large).
- “Lux Gold Star” Hairpins – Set of 2, Bright Lights Little City, $9.
- Eco Dough and Eco Crayons, Eco-Kids, $24 and $10.
- Knit Wool Bowtie, Pink Brutus Knits, $22.
- “Who Hoo Are You?” Animal Board Book, Kate Endle, $9.99.
- “Garden & Cheese” Tags – Large, Set of 4, Dulcet Design, $24. Comes with a dry erase marker and wipes clean after each use. Tiny tags also available in a set of 6.
- 2014 Illustrated 12-Month Clip Calendar, Sloe Gin Fizz, $25.
- Bicycle Chain Keychain, Chain Junkies, $8. Bike chain necklaces and earrings also available.
- “Owl Always Love You” Painting on Wood, Jesiiii, $35.
- Vanilla Sugar, 240Sweet, $15. Vanilla Sea Salt, Sriracha Sugar, Sriracha Sea Salt, Bourbon Barrel Aged Demerara Sugar, and Bourbon Barrel Aged Vanilla Extract also available.
The Homespun shop elves – er, employees – have been hard at work crafting their catalogs of personal favorites throughout the store. Hopefully, these carefully-curated collections will make your holiday shopping just a wee bit easier and will help you tick a few items off your gift list.
First up, Ivy, our general manager and product merchandiser extraordinaire. Ivy is a cycling enthusiast, true DIY-er, and lover of all things cat.
- “Good Night Moon” Screenprinted Pillowcase, Kin Ship Press, $20.
- “Carolina” Barbeque Sauce, Best Boy & Co., $7. A vinegar- and mustard-based sauce. Regular and Adobo Barbeque sauces are also available, and are tomato-based sauces.
- “Tiny Skull” Necklace, Océanne, $40.
- “Weasley” Cowl, Lit Knits, $59. Striped pattern also available in scarves and armwarmers. Solid color “Beatrix Potter” cowls also available.
- “Bird on Bike” T-Shirt, The Bungaloo!, $30. Seven new tee designs available from this artist from Denver, CO.
- Recycled Sweater Legwarmers, Nicole’s Threads, $24.
- “Animal Parade” Decorative Tape Illustrated by Gemma Correl, Betty&Dupree, $10.
- Wood Tie Tack in Curly Maple, CASEmethod, $24. Tie tacks and tie bars available in a variety of woods.
- “The Clerk” Hoosier Dome Foldover Bag, People for Urban Progress, $68.
- “Geometric Fold” 18×18 Square Felt Pillow, White Nest, $65. “Honeycomb” design also available in teal and ochre yellow as a 12×21 kidney pillow.
- “Merge: Art + Craft + Design” Book by Euphemia Toong, Gingko Press, $39.95.
- “Bicycle” Annotated Drawing Floursack Tea Towel, Girls Can Tell, $14. Tea towels available in both natural and white, with 30+ annotated designs, from turntables to Holga cameras, magical unicorn ponies to garden tools, the Statue of Liberty to the Chicago hot dog, and more.
- “White Pine” Limited Edition Body Balm Candle, Bonnie, $15. Other limited edition scents available are: Blackberry Sage & Olive Oil, Blood Orange & Clove, Pecan Pie & Thieves Oil.
It would seem that we like to tackle big projects in pairs. We opened Homespun in Irvington in July of 2010 and two months later, our son was born. Our daughter was born this October, and three months from now we’ll move to a new, larger location downtown on the east end of Mass Ave.
The decision to move the shop was one of the most difficult and most complex we’ve ever made. As a family and as business partners, we’re rooted in Irvington. When we opened the doors of Homespun we set out to help make East Washington Street a shopping destination and to help strengthen the eastside business community. We’ve been well-supported by fellow business owners and neighborhood residents alike, and we are very appreciative of that. It is not something we will forget. However, as we’ve grown, we’ve run out of space: for in-store events, for sales floor display, for product overstock, even for employees’ coats.
As much as we wanted to continue to grow our business in Irvington, we couldn’t find a suitable space to accommodate all of our needs. So, after many months of debate, we finally made the decision to relocate to 869 Massachusetts Avenue in February 2014. We’ll be just off of 10th Street, in the Trailside building, where Yats recently reopened, and a stone’s throw from Black Market, R Bistro, Indy Reads Books, The Best Chocolate In Town, Mass Ave Wine Shoppe, Crimson Tate and a number of other awesome businesses. (In early 2014, Natural Born Juicers will also join the block!) Homespun will double in size, allowing us to stock more of the best contemporary handmade goods and display them the way they deserve to be seen. The space will be more accessible for shoppers in wheel chairs and those pushing strollers, and our employees will finally have a designated space to eat their lunches and take proper – and much deserved – breaks! We’ll also be able to host workshops and maker demonstrations in the same space once again.
We will be open for business seven days a week in Irvington through the holidays. We will simultaneously operate a preview shop on Mass Ave. on Fridays and Saturdays from Thanksgiving through the end of the year. The Washington Street location will close the final week of January and we’ll reopen on Mass Ave. in early February.
Here’s where you can find us this holiday season:
- Homespun: Modern Handmade (5624 East Washington Street)
Sunday through Thursday 11am – 7pm, Friday & Saturday 10am – 8pm
- Homespun: Modern Handmade Preview Shop (869 Massachusetts Avenue)
Friday & Saturday (Nov. 29 & 30, Dec. 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, & 28) 11am – 7pm
- Mass Ave Midnight Shopper (869 Massachusetts Avenue)
Friday, Nov. 22, 5pm – midnight
- INDIEana Handicraft Exchange Holiday Mini (Harrison Center for the Arts)
Friday, Dec. 6, 5pm – 10pm
- Irvington Merchants Holiday Open House (5624 East Washington Street)
Friday, Dec. 6, 6pm-9pm
- Yelp Totally Bazaar (Old City Hall, 200 North Alabama)
Thursday, Dec. 12, 6pm – 10pm