Did you see the article about a little store called Ephemera in the latest issue of Do It Yourself Magazine?? These girls, Karen and Arin, are living out my dream in Des Moines, Iowa!!!
Here is a little peak at their store:
Don't you want to go shopping?!?
They carry handmade gifts and art and provide the most friendly and comfortable environment to all their shoppers, that will undoubtedly soon be considered friends.
I love that they support local artists, like Miss Emily Phipps, who just recently added an installment to their "Green Wall Art for All"
She and her very helpful father installed these 72 paintings with a nifty laser leveling tool (aren’t dads just so GOOD to have around?!), a hammer, a tape measure, and a good measure of patience and BEDECKED their green wall.
This is only the beginning of their “Green Wall Art for All” series. Each of Emily’s paintings will be sold for $27 each and the proceeds for the paintings will benefit the Iowa Coalition for Drug Endangered Children. Is that cool or what?! These are the kind of peeps we need to find in our community and help support them in their efforts.
Not only do these girls seem like they are the type of girls that become "instant friends", but they also hand out pixie stix to all their shoppers and sometimes giveaway the cutest freshly made cupcakes?!? They don't know it yet, but they are my friends. And I want some cupcakes. Very badly.
The store also has a MAGICAL BLUE CHAIR. No kidding. Here is how they describe the magical blue chair:
"Ephemera is home to a gently worn, surprisingly comfortable, blue library chair. We think it’s magic. Ok, so maybe it’s not magic, but it will make you talk. And talk. And talk. And talk. Maybe you’ll talk about sad things or sweet things or small things or big things or happy things or scary things or silly things. And when you’re done talking, I promise you’ll feel better.
It’s a good chair."
And they even named their blog after it. http://www.ephemeradesign.com/blog/
Go on. Take a look. It's a dream come true!
You can also check out their Etsy shoppe which carries custom stationary! You can take a look by clicking here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ephemera
I especially loved these fall themed wedding invites:
and these notecards:
Love that quote!
So there you have it. If you are ever in Des Moines, I suggest popping into this place and saying hello. Maybe even sit in the magical blue chair and spill all your beans to Karen and Arin. I know I will!
What dreams do you want to see come true?
P.S. Thank you all for your kind thoughts and prayers for my Dad. You are the best! My Dad is home from the hospital now and doing much better. We had a horrible scare last week, but this week we are all so thankful for all that our Loving God has given us. Dads are the best and just like Emily's Dad, mine would show up to my store with all his tools in hand and help me hang up artwork any ol day!