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The Machinist Shop
is a Bloomington, Indiana business. They “create hand-made metal jewelry, cut and etched with a modern, industrial style. Each piece retains the look of the careful hand work that went into it. Each shear, burnish brush, file, and chisel leaves a trace on the materials, so every piece takes on a life of its own.”
is a unique line of lightweight acrylic jewelry, spanning a range of accessories for both men and women. Alicia Kravitz, a trained Architect, is the designer behind the Dulcet Design collection. Using the talents and eye developed in Architectural training, Alicia creates all of the durable, streamlined, extremely wearable designs. These pieces are suitable for all people, in all walks of life that are modern, colorful, wearable, and affordable.
Lily Alyssa Boutique
is owned and operated by Katy Rudzinski in her cozy, Seymour, Indiana home. She began her business in the fall of 2012 and has since branched out in terms of product. Now she handcrafts crocheted hats, boot warmers, scarves, and ear warmers as well as clutches, hair clips, diaper bags, and cute things for little kids to wear. Check out some of her stuff! We love her infinity scarves. You never know what you’ll find at Gathering in Bloom.
I hope you’ve all heard of, or seen, Rachael’s Cafe at 3rd and Lincoln.
If not, you’re missing out. This local comfy spot has great coffee, great food (including vegan and GF options), and a warm atmosphere. Rachael is there most days and couldn’t be more helpful and polite to her patrons. I spent an hour studying there with a cup of coffee and a friend, but I could have spent more. Highly recommended. Check out the omelet bar on Saturdays and Sundays and live music schedule!
There’s SomeTHING in My Basement
is the title of a book written by Nicole Osborne. Nicole was diagnosed with an ascending thoracic aortic aneurysm when she was six months pregnant. She feared never getting to meet her daughter. The book is her journey through that experience and how she overcame her fears.
At Gathering in Bloom we’ll be featuring her jewelry that is also inspired by the incredible journey she’s taken. Take a look at some of her awesome work! What in inspiring story!
“Seekers of wonder and whimsy, we welcome you!”
The tagline for Starsprinkle Supercollider is enticing enough. The two artists, Joshua and Cecily, each have a different creative talent. Cecily makes silver jewelry and Joshua does illustrations. Both will be featured at Gathering in Bloom on February 22nd! Check them out!
Katie Vernon is an artist/illustrator living in Bloomington, Indiana.
She sells prints online and in stores across the globe. Her work has been commissioned by The Land of Nod, Ikea, Chronicle Books, and other local and national businesses and publications. Katie has also been featured on a number of prominent blogs including Design*Sponge.
What’s so cool about Lit Knits?
It couldn’t be that the warm winter gear is incredibly fashionable and comes in awesome colors. It also couldn’t be the fact that they’re handmade in Bloomington. It’s probably that each piece is inspired by or named after a literary character or element of some sort.
Check some of these Lit Knits out and come find yours at Gathering in Bloom on February 22nd!
What’s for dinner?
Try Juannita’s Mexican Restaurant!
They bring local, authentic, family recipes to Bloomington. The fajitas are delicious! Located on W. Kirkwood.
Mr. Sogs are uniquely handmade plush creatures. Joelle Medici, the mastermind behind Mr. Sogs, does a ton of custom work, too! Find these creatures and their friends at http://www.etsy.com/shop/MrSogs. Maggie Lil Slugger Kenzie the Platypus Gretchen Oddvark
Sadly Harmless is a product of Sally Harless’ creative mind. She’s a full-time artist working and living in Bloomington, IN but traveling all over the place. She says this about her work:
“My drawings are reminiscent of children’s book illustrations and are a mixture of reverie and autobiography. I love simplicity, muted colors and inserting elements of subtle humor into my drawings. I like to think that all of my characters are having quiet moments of reflection.”
Scholar’s Inn Bakehouse has two locations in Bloomington plus a gourmet cafe. Every Wednesday is Burger Wednesday and all burgers are $3.00. Mondays are Big Salad Mondays and all salads are only $4.50. Visit this Bloomington staple next week for lunch! I recommend the California Burger.
Tactile Melodies is unique jewelry hand-crafted right here in Indiana by Chelsea Jones. Check out their constellation jewelry in particular because it will be featured in our Gathering in Bloom show on February 22nd!
In 1999, Anya Pany moved to Ukraine to the United States. As she’s matured as an artist, the use of primary colors, geometric shapes and whimsical subjects have become a staple of her work. One can recognize influences of East … Continue reading
Martina Celerin, an expat from the Czech Republic, has been making beautiful dimensional weavings in fiber and natural materials for years. After earning a doctoral degree in plant sciences from the University of Western Ontario, Celerin accepted a postdoctoral position as a … Continue reading
JO Designs aims to provide handmade, quality books such as baby books, photo books, journals, notebooks as well as unique, hand crocheted jewelry and accessories. Check out some of there wares below! Related articles Crocheted woven loveliness (guywhocrochets.wordpress.com) Crochet and Tatting … Continue reading
Vince is a freelance illustrator living in Bloomington, IN, who loves vintage things. These Holiday cards are perfect to send to your friends who are into the mid-century look, retro design or children’s book art. The cards are blank inside so you can … Continue reading
purpleandlime is a line of super-fun and luxurious womenswear, jewelry, and accessories created by Rebecca George. Rebecca is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and she graduated from the University of Michigan in Art History and Geology. She went on to earn … Continue reading
With Gathering’s Family Fun Night quickly approaching we thought it would be great to feature an artist that had something special for the precious little ones in your life! Based out of Indianapolis, Elms and Cedars offers one of a kind … Continue reading
Megan Martin Artisan creates modern, eco friendly jewelry made from recycled sterling silver. Other materials used are semi precious gemstones and natural minerals. Megan has been visually creative for as long as she can remember. So much of her life is chaotic, and she … Continue reading
Katie Vernon is an artist/illustrator living in Bloomington, Indiana. She sells prints online and in stores across the globe, and her work has been commissioned by The Land of Nod, Ikea, Chronicle Books, and other local and national businesses and publications. … Continue reading
Joanne’s work is influenced by the Chinese style of painting, and she paints with bamboo brush on rice paper. She has studied with Chinese artist Xing Bai Li, and is a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her works include … Continue reading
For the holiday season Gathering has a selection of Creative Art by Me Christmas ornaments in store. They are made with wire, glass beads, ribbon, and of course, love. The ornaments are around 4 to 5″ from tip to tip, … Continue reading
Hold It specializes in kanzashi and satin flower hair accessories that embody class, elegance, and simple beauty. Each flower is available as a headband, elastic headband, ponytail holder, hair clip, bobby pin and badge reel. Each flower is handcrafted, using top designer … Continue reading
StitchPrincess coffee cup cozies are an eco-friendly alternative to cardboard coffee sleeves, and not to mention much cuter! They are made out of recycled vintage fabric and will insulate your drink to keep it cool or hot! The elastic and button … Continue reading
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
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.
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
is a Chicago based company started in 2008. All the clothing and home goods at Earth Cadets are organic, recycled, and hand-printed in Chicago! Some of the products have Chicago pride, but others are just plain awesome. Check them out!