First Friday and May Workshops

Have you checked out our events tab lately? We have some wonderful happenings in the month of May. Including a few free events. Go ahead and click it. You know you want to.

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Grand Re-Opening Party!

The Homespun: Modern Handmade Grand Re-Opening party is this coming Friday evening, March 7th, from 5-10pm. Come check out the new space at 869 Mass Ave, hear some lovely music from D. Mark & Jules, enjoy free samples from some of our food and beverage artisans, and see samples from some of our workshop teachers. Free and family-friendly!

The main event will be Friday evening, but we will have fun and exciting things happening in the shop all weekend to extend the festivities.

Keep an eye out at other small, independent businesses around town in the next week to pick up one of our Grand Re-Opening postcards with a 10% off coupon on the back, valid only during our Grand Re-Opening weekend, 3.7 – 3.9.

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Be My Valentine Events

Make sure to check out our events page for our full workshop schedule. We currently have two wonderful workshops available for Saturday, February 15. Both workshops are open to students 13 & up, which make them a great parent and child to-do. We will also be hosting two artisans in our shop for special Valentine’s events, both New Fangled Confections and Meg Catherine Flowers will be on hand for all your romantic (and just plain pretty) gift giving needs!

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Mass Ave Gets Modern

Here ye, here ye it is by royal decree that we shall open our doors for business tomorrow, Saturday, February 1, 2014. It has been a long and hectic journey, but we finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. Our fixtures are in place, shelves are being mounted, floors mopped and hopefully soon we will begin to arrange our wonderful displays featuring our amazing artists. Come in and see our progress and don’t forget to join us for our Grand Opening celebration Friday, March 7!

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Employee Holiday Gift Picks:
Amanda’s Selections

Having a newborn on hand and dealing with the regular elements of a crazy holiday season at a retail business kept me from getting my own gift picks list up as early as I would have liked. However, I’m going to post it anyhow, just in case you need some ideas for how to spend that Christmas cash now burning a hole in your pocket!

- “Sign Painters” Book, Faythe Levine & Sam Macon, $24.95. Written by Faythe Levine, co-author of “Handmade Nation”, and Sam Macon, this book is the first anecdotal history of the craft and features stories and photographs of more than two dozen sign painters working in cities throughout the United States.
- “Retro Airliner” Travel Bag, ReFind Originals, $349. Made from the recycled seat leather of a retired airplane.
- Tagua Nut Bead Jewelry, Veronica Riley Martens Designs, earrings $20-$24, necklaces $32-$86.

- “Unicorn & Yeti Dance Party” T-Shirt, Megan Lee Designs, $28.
- Portrait Kit, Cordial Kitten, $200 (5×7), $250 (8×10), $300 (9×12), and $400 (11×14). Purchase this gift certificate – with a few extra goodies thrown in – for anyone you fancy to have their portrait drawn by local artist and children’s book illustrator, Candice Hartsough McDonald. A perfect personalized gift for holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, Mother’s Day and more!
- “Maiasaura & Baby” Letterpress Notecard, Katydid, $6. Also sold in a set of 6 for $24.

- “You Are My Sunshine” and “You Make Me Happy” Onesies, In Stolen Moments, $25. Both designs also available on a toddler tee.
- Kurt Vonnegut Finger Puppet, Abbeychristine, $23. Other historical and pop culture finger puppets available include Ira Glass, PeeWee Herman, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Liz Lemon, Steve Martin, Charles Darwin, Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera, Harold & Maude, Steve Zissou, Don Draper and many more.
- 2014 Illustrated Wall Calendar, Laura George, $25.

- “It May Twang” Limited Edition Woodcut Print, JustAJar Design Press, $200. This 18″ x 24″ 8-color woodcut is titled “It May Twang A Little, But It Don’t Hurt” and is inspired by the radio show “Your Roots are Showing” with Franny Thomas. It is printed in a limited edition of 13.
- “Maximo” Wallet, Queen Bee Creations, $54. Available in many different colors and six different designs.
- Bacon Marmalade, ScratchTruck, $10.50. Wonderful on toast in the morning, on meatloaf, mixed with cream cheese for a cracker spread, and in many other ways.

- “Lions and Tigers and Bears” Poster, Paper Sparrow, $15. Posters available for “The Wizard of Oz”, “The Sound of Music” and “Mary Poppins”. Three different posters available for each of the three classic musicals, each with a contemporary design interpretation.
- “Pyrite & Silver” Little Hook Earrings, Sara B. Jewelry & Metalsmithing, $40.
- “Owl Studies” Art Print, Matty Cipov, $30.

- “Real Americans Drink Iced Tea” T-Shirt, Black Dog Print Company, $25.
- Baby Blankets, Hats, Bibs and Leggings, Little Hip Squeaks, $8-$34.
- “Lost on the Midway” Postcard Set, The Black Apple, $18.

- Hand-Painted Mobiles, Shayne Art, $150. Themes of insects, monsters, sea creatures and more.
- “Where You Came From” and “When You Were Small” Books, Sara O’Leary & Julie Morstad, $16.95.
- “The Warblers” Art Print, Dolan Geiman, $85.

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