New in the shop for the Holidays- Greencastle Gifts

It’s starting to look festive around Greencastle, and Conspire has never been so full of new things! Here are some highlights of what’s new in the shop for early December.

  • Gorgeous leather bags, clutches, and wallets from Conduit Press, along with a new selection of bound leather journals and hollow books for hiding all kinds of goodies.
  • Dried floral arrangements organically grown on Bloomington’s Hart Farm. These colorful strawflower, Winter Berry, and pussywillow bunches will stay beautiful all season.
  • Herbal wreaths, fresh holiday swags, sage bundles, sweetgrass, herbs, salves, and creams from Hobbit Gardens. We are so happy to have Constance’s beautiful local herbs and natural remedies in the shop, and look forward to carrying her teas and tinctures in the future.
  • We are now carrying a selection of books by local authors, beginning with Greencastle’s own Lili Wright. Pick up a copy of Dancing with the Tiger and stay tuned for more local authors coming soon!
  • Handmade quilts and quilted bags from Mary’s Patchwork are perfect for the cozy season ahead.
  • Elegant handcrafted jewelry by Brown County metalsmith Amy Greely Studio make a great gift, and each piece is completely unique.

Come by and get your holiday shopping started at Conspire! It’s a great way to support local artists and our community, and we’ve got the coolest gifts in Greencastle.

New in the Shop– Early November

We can’t wait to show you the gorgeous new jewelry, handmade clothes, whimsical Christmas decorations, stone carvings, and organic coffees and teas that we introduced to the shop this month!

  • Jewelry from Seize the Night Designs in Danville, Indiana. Sarah hand-engraves these unique necklaces with messages like “Brave Spirit” and “So Damn Lucky”. Check out her awesome boutique the next time you visit Danville!
  • Cute, fun handmade boutique clothing from St. Louis maker Beqi Clothing, along with a new selection of her geode and crystal rings, necklaces, and bracelets. Check out the flouncy holiday skirts and lace blouses!
  • Organic coffee from Harvest Cafe. We now carry Black Magic, Guatemalan, Breakfast Blend, Sumatra, Ethiopian, and Guatemalan Coffee roasted in small batches in Indianapolis. Come into the shop for a sample of our new Harvest Cafe teas: Snowflake, Ginger Peach, English Breakfast, Lapsang Souchong, and Cinnamon Orange Rooibos.
  • Hand carved stone sculptures from Bohemian Hobbit Studio.
  • Adorable handmade ornaments for your Christmas, Hannukah, or Solstice decorations from Whimsy Fine Art. We have colorful owls, raccoons, and foxes, and colorful garlands for draping a mantel or tree.
  • 16-bottle wine racks and reclaimed barnwood coffee tables from JB Adams Design will make a perfect gift for a lucky person.

Don’t forget to grab a cookie, muffin, or a loaf of bread when you come into the shop!

Meet the Artist: Lindsay Hine Schroeder

Meet Bloomington artist Lindsay Hine Schroeder and talk with her about her dark, whimsical, and magical paintings and vintage-inspired crafts. Lindsay will be on hand at the shop to talk about her art from 5-7 PM on Friday, November 4.
Lindsay is an award-winning artist who describes her style as “whimsical surrealism.”
“I think of it as adding something fun to life,” she says. “Reality can be kind of boring, so I take fantastical kinds of ideas and bring them cohesively into something dreamlike and whimsical.”
Light refreshments will be available in the studio.

Bakery goods are here!

If you’re craving a cupcake downtown, stop in and try one of our seasonal flavors from Brownsburg area Blondies & Brownies Bakery. Cupcakes will be available starting today, September 30, on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays each week. Next week we will be introducing local breads, muffins, fruit breads, cookies, and autumn cakes, fresh from Brazil’s Li’l Country Kitchen. Come by and try a sample!

Fun Fall Classes at Conspire!

We’ve been getting tons of questions about our upcoming classes. Now they’re here! Check out the ‘classes’ tab on the website at www.conspireindiana.com to register for one of our fall classes, beginning in early October. We’ll be adding classes all the time, so check back in to see what’s new. You can also register for classes at the shop… just come in and ask us for more information. Want to teach a class? Drop us a line with your ideas!

New in the Shop: August Acquisitions

If you’ve been in the shop lately, you’ve noticed that we added a ton of awesome new makers and products when we moved into the new space. Here are just a few of the newest artists you’ll find on our shelves:

Bad Knees T’s had the awesome Greencastle chicken shirts you’ve seen around town printed just for us. We now carry a range of their cool designs, printed by hand in Bloomington on the softest t’s around.

Decorative Design Works creates colorful flasks, card holders, iphone cases, and more inspired by Art Nouveau and other retro design styles.  This Indianapolis based maker also screenprints a series of Indiana Bicentennial themed shirts and mugs you will find in the shop.

Do Bats Eat Cats is our favorite chainmail jeweler. This Chicago-based maker geeks out with designs inspired by pop culture, from Game of Thrones to Dr. Who. We also carry their pride-themed rainbow jewelry.

Indiana Pickle Co. Crafts small-batch all natural pickles in local brews, from craft beer to whisky. If you love fancy Bloody Marys, you need these pickles! Come in and ask for a sample.

Stay tuned for more on the many, many new artists who are now part of Conspire. We represent 85 artists and counting!

Our partnership with Grandma’s Oven will not continue past our trial period, but we are actively working on adding local cupcakes, breads, and more that meet our high standards for quality and consciousness. Check back in for updates later in September.

Classes Starting in October!

Now that we’re settled in to the new space at 2 W. Washington, we’re working on setting up some super cool classes at Conspire for this fall and winter. Here are some initial ideas we’re developing:

  • Handmade moisturizing Body Scrubs from the Kitchen: Pumpkin Brown Sugar and Peppermint Sea Salt
  • Watercolor Painting: a Class for Beginners
  • Journaling for Reflection and Growth
  • Recycled Crayon Craft: a Class for Kids
  • Brewing and Using Teas, Tonics, and Infusions at Home

Are there classes you’re excited to see at Conspire, or fun subjects you’d love to teach? Drop us a line!

Look for newsletter and facebook announcements of upcoming classes coming soon. Registration and information on classes will be available under the ‘Classes’ tab here on our website (coming soon).

New Location at 2 W. Washington

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Conspire is all moved in at 2 W. Washington Street in Greencastle! This historic building was Eli Lilly’s original pharmacy, and it’s a perfect fit for our handmade collection.

Our new space houses the Teehaus soap lab, which is now an interactive lab where customers can watch natural soaps and body products being made and learn about our process. Local artist Teresa McGuire has a working art studio as part of Conspire– stop by in the evenings to catch her working on her large canvases or fabric painting on fitted skirts.

The Black Cat Gallery will return in September with our next rotating show; a collection of quirky pet portraiture. Check back in for classes in watercolor painting, book arts, skin care crafting, scrapbooking, soapmaking, and more coming in early October.