Owlette was started in 2010 by two ambitious friends, Jessica and Brittney. They decided it was time to start putting their skills to use making some seriously adorable products. Shortly after, they started designing, making products and booking craft shows. … Continue reading
“Friends don’t let friends buy ugly toys.” - https://www.facebook.com/pages/BEBITO These incredibly quirky and lovable plush toys, art dolls, totes and wallets are embellished with original appliques and embroidery. Handmade from mostly recycled, upcycled or re-purposed items, these wonderful wares are … Continue reading
Molly Mayer is the woman behind Deesum Designs, and she uses her metalsmithing skills obtained from Indiana University to create jewelry that she hopes will be passed down for generations. Although she is now grown up, with a husband and two … Continue reading
Courtney Fischer handmakes her jewelry in her backyard studio in Michigan. Her primary materials are copper and brass, and each piece is handmade to make a statement. She works to create “an antique look with a modern approach.” Courtney graduated from … Continue reading
Two Seaside Babes is “modern crochet for the trendy babe.” If you’re asking who a babe is, well, it can be anyone! This central Indiana family business specializes in trendy and modern handmade, boutique quality crocheted hats, accessories, gifts, and … Continue reading
Candice has always been interested in illustration. After graduating from the Herron School of Art in 2005, she wasn’t really sure where to start her career. A friend told her about Etsy, she decided to give it a shot. 8 … Continue reading
Brown County Glassworks’ plates have a timeless, classic feel with a contemporary edge. The dishes are extremely functional while not having to sacrifice the stylistic qualities. The glass is lead free and food safe, and you can use these sturdy … Continue reading
These bits of affordable luxury with make you feel like a star. Get Lathered produces some of the finest handmade bath and body products available anywhere. By using premium ingredients, meticulous formulation, beautiful presentations, and unsurpassed customer service Get Lathered … Continue reading
Say goodbye to the stereotype of knitting being for elderly women- these hand knits are young, hip, trendy and fun. The knit tie is a perfect gift for the hard-to-shop-for modern man. The skinny ties are a contemporary twist on … Continue reading
The color creations and combinations used for these dog bowls are what makes them truly unique. They also come in varying sizes, so whether you have a tiny Chihuahua or a large Pitbull, your dog is sure to be happy … Continue reading
Jessica Shurr of Everyday Saints creates wood plaques and prints that depict saints with traits that we all can all find within ourselves and others. These honest, humorous, and unseemingly common saints help us find joy and laughter in the little things. Do you … Continue reading
Whatever it is you do to “keep calm,” Bluesblossom has a design for it. It may be a sport you enjoy, your favorite food or drink, your job, or a hobby. Bluesblossom’s affordable ceramic tile coasters and graphic wall art give you a … Continue reading
It all started with one bottle of blue nail polish…specifically Hick by Hard Candy in 1998. Nearly 500 bottles later Erin developed her own twist on jewelry by adding nail polish to it and now everything is much more sparkly! Each … Continue reading
We are overjoyed and honored that the IDS featured our founder Talia Halliday in Tuesday’s issue. Check out the article linked below!
Local artist Talia Halliday is setting up to open her month-long, handmade pop-up shop, Gathering, for the holiday season.
*photo taken by Matailong Du|IDS
For more information about our Holiday Pop-Up Shop, and the artists we represent, check out our Facebook!
Bearmojo pillow monsters are individually crafted with unique colors, shapes, and faux fur textures that distinguishes its character. Whether it is an outgoing multi-color fur with three eyes or a solid color cyclops with 5 legs they all find the … Continue reading
Mr. Sogs creatures are a refreshing changeup from a child’s typical or cliche stuffed toy. These plush handmade creatures are colorful and creative, and each has its own quirky name which adds to the individuality of each toy’s personality. They … Continue reading
This is not the first time that we’ve featured Rebecca Lowery. Her simple, elegant, and fun handmade pottery and imaginative sculptures are to die for! Rebecca received her BA in Art and spent four years in the ceramics apprenticeship program at … Continue reading
Chelsea of Tactile Melodies has been making jewelry for nearly 10 years. Her business began in the fall of 2009 when a family friend was putting together a holiday arts and crafts show. They asked if she wanted to sell … Continue reading
Teehaus Bath & Body is a project by J.D. Grove and her partner Bruce Zink. This venture pays homage to the Teehaus in Warrensburg, Missouri — J.D.’s childhood hangout. This funky coffeeshop was started by a Scottish woman in the 60s … Continue reading
bobaloo! began when Samantha Howard found herself bombarded with baby showers to attend. Having been a handmade gift-giver since high school, she took to designing and making gifts for all those little bundles of joy. After hearing “You should sell … Continue reading
Gathering will be having Christie Cooper ceramic creatures in store! Christie Cooper lives and works in Bloomington, and she graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Take home some local love this season with one of her … Continue reading
Sadly Harmless prints are created by Bloomington artist Sally Harless. The drawings are reminiscent of children’s book illustrations, and the playful characters and scenarios have to power to make you smile to yourself. Simplicity, muted colors and elements of subtle … Continue reading
Art 2 the Extreme is the “Original Handmade Rainbow Crayon” company! These Colorful Rainbow Crayons™ come in over 100+ shapes and sizes. These colorful creations are created from recycled and repurposed crayons, which makes them green and grand! The idea … Continue reading
Botene’ is a Chicago based women’s accessory boutique specializing one of a kind bags. Botene’ features fresh and contemporary seasonal designs on printed and non-conventional fabrics. These bags are meticulously handcrafted to exude a personal style while being thoughtfully functional. … Continue reading
We’re sure that if you hangout in the B-town area that you have heard of this dynamic duo. The Soapy Soap Company was started by two guys who loved making suds for fun. Now this handcrafted soap manufacturer has several retail locations throughout the area, including our Holiday Pop-Up!
You’ll love their high quality, 100% vegan, and 100% Halal soaps! Handcrafted with 100% high quality essential oils, which are purchased right here in Indiana!
Your cat gives you love and affection all year long, so spoil your furry friend this holiday season and thank him or her with a gift. Gathering will have That Crazy Cat Lady’s cat collars and toys in store for purchase. These cute fish-shaped toys are filled with … Continue reading
Dickinson Custom Furniture is a family operated business that produces functional kitchenware items from locally milled and harvested hardwoods. Gathering will be having a range of their cutting boards and kitchen utensils in the shop for purchase.
Rep your state pride while chopping vegetables with this Indiana shaped cutting board. The different types of wood combined together make for a unique look, and the individually handcrafted quality is just another plus. The cutting boards are made from several different species of trees most commonly used are: maple, ash, walnut, cherry, tulip poplar, hickory, and black locust. All utensils and cutting boards are finished with an organic food-safe oil finish.
Sometimes we all need a simple reminder to have hope, love, and appreciate each day for what it’s worth. Flowers on Footprints‘ keychains and bracelets made by Nicole Osborn help us do just that. Each piece can be an inspiration for yourself or … Continue reading
Fall weather is upon us and winter weather is approaching. What better way to stay warm and stylish than with a trendy infinite scarf? Lily Alyssa: A Sweet Boutique is owned and operated by Katy Rudzinksi, and she hand crochets hats, … Continue reading
This weekend (half of) our little family ventured downtown to visit Bloomington’s first Open Streets event. From the Open Streets Project’s website:
Open streets initiatives temporarily close streets to automobile traffic, so that people may use them for walking, bicycling, dancing, playing, and socializing. With more than 90 documented initiatives in North America, open streets are increasingly common in cities seeking innovative ways to achieve environmental, social, economic, and public health goals.
For Bloomington that meant closing down one of the most popular streets in B-town (Kirkwood Ave) from College to Rogers and filling the streets with TONS of physical activity, music, and a little bit of food. We really enjoyed the Contra Dancing exhibit and performance, along with Nia, and the Panache Dancers. What can I say, we have a thing for dancers! Griffin (our wee little boy, pictured above) really appreciated the obstacle (he calls it the ‘popsicle’) course from the Boys and Girls Club. Girls Scouts were also there with some awesome hula hoops to share, and of course, where would we be without scrumptious local food? Well, Sweet Claire Bakery was on hand with some delicious baked goods, and streetside the Irish Lion offered a few of their specialties right outside of the Lion’s Den, an outdoor seating area between the old Smith-Holden building and Crazy Horse.
The crowds were there, people were active and dancing and smiling, and we certainly left happy. What I hope to see more of represented at the next Open Streets event would be the Arts in Bloomington; just because we have loads of art fairs (terrific ones at that) there are some amazing arts organizations that belong out there beside the street dancers and the rock climbing wall.
Gathering has spent most of its life looking for a space to fit into. A space to live. A space to flourish and grow. With each event we find a new space that we fill to our hearts’ content, that we make our own, with the blessing of some amazing people by our side. In these next few months Gathering will continue (soul) searching for that dream space in downtown Bloomington to call home (for a month), a space where artists feel at home, where guests feel comfortable and welcome, and where the air is clear and free. I have faith that it will happen, I know it will. I am not afraid.
For now though, Gathering has found a temporary home for a great little monthly event we’re hosting to get together with our friends, to share our passions and our art. And that place is Sacred Heart Church on W. Kirkwood, just a few blocks from the tinny roar of downtown, and just behind the big yellow house that is Bloomington Coop. Sacred Heart is run by an amazing family (the Shurr’s) who have welcomed us into their home, and we welcome them into our world. Jessica Shurr is the artist behind everyday saints, one of many artists that will continue to be represented at Gathering. We’re so proud of Jessica’s growth as an artist that we’ve just seen in the few months we’ve known her.
So, on a random Monday night (check our Facebook) if you’re ever looking for something fun to do- know that we’re hosting Craft Nights over at Sacred Heart once a month. Bring yourself, bring a friend, bring a smile, bring your art, and if you like, bring a drink and some food to share. We’re all in this together!
Gathering is growing by leaps and bounds these days, and with that I’ve learned I can’t do it all anymore?! Surprise surprise! Thanks to this wonderful community we live in, I don’t have to. This week I’ve been interviewing and speaking with a number of interested IU students who want to be our Social Media and Marketing Interns and I’m ecstatic and overjoyed at their excitement and level of commitment and passion. Later this week I hope to introduce you to Gathering’s new interns – and until then – remember that Gathering applications for the holiday pop-up are open from now until Oct 5!!!
Was such a success! We had such a great time, had amazing bands playing, sweet iced coffee flowing outside, and tons of people appreciating all that is handmade! We’re so appreciative of the turn-out and the support!! More photos to … Continue reading
I’m super excited to have Louisville artist Josh Johnson at Gathering TOMORROW!!! His prints are so eerie and comforting I can’t even explain it, you just have to come see them yourself! I promise, you won’t regret it!!
I’ve been working on stocking this lady’s stuff for YEARS and now I finally get the chance to work with her!! Kelly makes these AWESOME hair accessories in so many colors, sizes and style I can’t even keep up, and … Continue reading
I’m really not sure I can express to you how much I Love this girl(s) behind Mythdemeanor! And you should too!! Sandy will have some amazing steampunk inspired t-shirts as well as ties (great gifts!!!) and bandannas – not to … Continue reading
I’m not really sure I need to say more than MASALA CHAI SOAP! But, I will. These soaps are locally made and crafted by an amazing duo out of Spencer, IN who have two amazing little boys and they … Continue reading
Fine art tables, Light switch plates, Lamps, Sculptures, Stained glass, Vases and Votives by Carol Hedin! These unique designs have modern flair with a very natural feel and tone. Stop by our shop to pick up a Sublime Design.
I know that the rule is to use ‘we’ and be ‘personable but not personal’ but on days like these, it’s hard to not yell from the rooftops of my beautifully well-lit city and scream at the top of my lungs, “I Love you Bloomington!” because, you know what? This IS personal. This is (sometimes) about me, and mine. And I’m thankful for that. I’m so amazingly overjoyed, ecstatic, and blessed to have such support in this amazing community I live in, WE live in, and I wanted to share that with you. I am so thankful.
Eight long (and yet so very short) days ago we slowly opened the door to our 500 sq foot store in Fountain Square Mall. We pulled up the blinds, turned on the Christmas lights, plugged in the register, and held our breath. But not for very long, because our first customer strolled in nonchalantly, as though we’d been there all along, as though we belonged, a staple in a mall with history, and they walked around pondering the handmade goods on our shelves . . . they picked up jewelry and turned over pillows; they unfolded t-shirts and smiled; they giggled at beards and one-eyed monsters and cooed over the kids’ section in the back. And then, as though on cue, they bought the first item (credit card or I’d have the $ bill framed) and we breathed a sigh of relief. We did it. We were for real, and they . . . you really like us.
It’s only been 6 short days since then and we . . . I am so overwhelmed at the kindness I’ve seen walk through the door. The smiles, the laughs, the singing along to Christmas music playing loudly across a room full of strangers . . . the silly “What does the Fox say” concert had on Plaid Friday . . . the trying on of amazing handmade goodies and the adoration of such items. These items might not all be mine (99% of them are not) but I hold them so dearly to my heart, I consider them to be mine. These are my best friends – not these things, no – these PEOPLE.
When you shop at Gathering you’re buying from real people – in your community. When you purchased that Knit Turban Headwarmer today, know that you’re supporting an amazing woman who’s working on her PhD in Rhetoric and Composition, who has style and sass you wouldn’t believe, who can talk circles around any literary genius and whose smile warms the room. When you decided to buy that wee little one-eyed monster today for your niece in Florida, know that you’re supporting one of the funniest/funnest couples I’ve ever met, who happen to not be able to stand the smell of fish and whose airways might close up if one of them gets too close to a cat. The better half of the couple can also sew a mean bear costume (and did for her the all male school she teaches at). When you tried on that awesome shirt today that stands for something we should all stand up for (“We Like You Here”) know that you’re not just supporting a cause (which is an amazing cause by the way) you’re also supporting a working artist, who is also a teacher, who is also an amazing friend, artist advocate, and business person. When you bought that Buckle Beanie and matching Scarflette . . . know that you’re supporting an entire family – yes, that’s right – you’re supporting a single mother and her two little girls and you’re making their Christmas and know that those two little girls have the best smiles and the most amazing giggles of any little girls I’ve met, and I’ve met a few. And when you bought on a whim those everyday saints at the counter, the cards you’ll be sending to favorite gals across the states – know that you’re encouraging a young mother of three to be what she really is – an artist! You’re telling all of us that we’re doing it right, that we’re talented, that we’re worth something, that we belong.
You’re buying from real people. Not just me. It’s not about me – it’s about these amazing people that I get to share with you, EVER DAY (for at least a month!) and I’m just so excited to get to share them with you, and you with them. Please, continue to help me do that. Continue to be the amazing, supportive, blessed community you’ve been thus far Bloomington. I will never forget you for this chance, we will never forget. We Love you. I Love you.