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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Employee Holiday Gift Picks:
Neal’s Selections

Second to last, we have Neal, a co-owner of Homespun. Neal is a bearded ginger, a wordsmith, a dreamer and a doer. Check out the picks below from the only dude on the store crew!

- Indiana State Flag and State Profile Belt Buckles, Fosterweld, $35 and $42.
- “The Brown Bag” Re-usable Waxed Canvas Lunch Sack, Italic, $20. Large “Market Bag” also available, $60.
- “Indpls.: Love It or Leave It” T-Shirt, Amy McAdams Design, $26.

- Crock-Pot “Meal in a Minute”, U-Relish, $5 for breakfast meals, $6 for pea, lentil and bean meals. Preservative-free, vegetarian, organic and locally-made. Meals available include White Bean & Rosemary, Garlic Paprika Chickpea, Fajita Lentil, Mesquite 3-Bean Chili, Blueberry Oatmeal, Grits and many, many more.
- “The Great Ape Climbs Monument Circle” Art Print, Alternate Histories, $20. Also available, “UFO Crash at the Indiana Statehouse.”
- “Dastardly Bastard” Beard Oil, Mustache Wax and Shaving Soap, Clean Getaway Soap Company, $14, $8 and $8. Also available as a three-piece gift set in a cotton gift bag for $29.

- “Don’t Boss Me, Don’t Cross Me” Toddler T-Shirt, Kin Ship Press, $26.
- Dome Wallet, People for Urban Progress, $40. Made from the salvaged roofing material of the former Hoosier Dome. Clutches, foldover bags, duffels, toiletry bags, messenger bags, bike panniers and more made from the same material all also available.
- “Bring Back the Boom” Pacers-inspired T-Shirt, Jarrett Hagy, $22.

- Wooden Pen, Delaware Design, $90-$98. Hand-turned on a lathe, made from woods collected from travels around the world. Available with gold or titanium hardware. Fountain and ball point options.
- Framed Lyric Record, Quiet Boy Studio, $115. Hand-painted and hand-lettered LP with a lyric of your choice.
- Indiana Cutting Boards, Richwood Creations, $48. Three designs available.

- “Midwest is Best” T-Shirt, Megan Lee Designs, $28. Available in both a unisex/men’s cut and a women’s cut. Available with a red heart or a blue heart.
- “Little Dudes” Plush, Yarnies, $20. Boy dolls.
- “Fireflies & Lightning Bugs” Toddler T-Shirt, Milkweed Design, $22.

- “Artrageous with Nate” DVDs, Artrageous with Nate, $20. This dynamic and engaging PBS television series is a great tool for introducing children to artists and art history. Three episodes available: “Get to the Point: Georges Seurat and Pointillism”, “Shattering the Mold: Dale Chihuly and the Science of Glassblowing”, and “Splat!: Jackson Pollock and the Science of Paint Viscosity”.
- Indiana Silhouette Cutting Board, Dickinson Custom Furniture & Kitchenware, $56. Made from native Indiana hardwoods.
- “No Mean City” T-Shirt, The Brick Shirt House, $20. The story behind this phrase: On the cornerstone of the Old Indianapolis City Hall these words are inscribed, “I am, myself, a citizen of no mean city.” These words were placed there by Mayor Charles Bookwalter so no one would pass by “without feeling the responsibility for good citizenship in this city of ours.” The meaning of mean, in this case, is to say that Indianapolis is important and anything but average or ordinary.

- “Indianapolis City Flag” T-Shirt, People for Urban Progress, $24.
- “101 Essential Rock Records: The Golden Age of Vinyl from The Beatles to the Sex Pistols” Book, Jeff Gold, $39.95
- Indiana Flask, United State of Indiana & Get Flasky, $25.

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