Iâ€™ve been creating new pieces that arenâ€™t up on Etsy, because as of today they are available for sale in a boutique.
Yesterday I drove into Lemont, IllinoisÂ for the first time, which was a revelation. Just a short ride off I-55, entering via exit 271 offers a lovely view of a hillside town with many church steeples. It was settled in 1836 by workers digging the Illinois and Michigan Canal, and is â€œone of the oldest American communities in northeastern Illinois.â€
My destination was right in the heart of historic downtown Lemont, where the buildings do harken back to historic America.
There, at 111 Stephen Street, I met the owners of Aurora Rose Boutique, Kim and Amber, and cat Hermione Rose who recently relocated the shop from another location to Lemont. They hand-pick creators of unique artisan gifts and pride themselves on selling items you cannot easily find in other stores.*
The store offers childrenâ€™s and doll clothing, fairies, handcrafted jewelry, decorative and functional pieces for the home, wall decor, and select food products.
You can view a list of the vendors here.
I enjoyed the humorous take on little girlsâ€™ outfits.
Dollâ€™s dresses fit for Princess Scientists abound.
Fairies peek at you from various vantage points.
I had a fortifying lunch across the street at H&H Family Restaurant, visited a fun antiques and memorabilia store, drove around a little bit to explore, and then made my way home since it was too chilly to linger.
The town hosts activities year-round, and looks to be a fun destination for Spring and Summer. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is eagerly anticipated for March 9 at 1 pm. Aurora Rose will host a fairy event later in the month. I look forward to future excursions.
Meanwhile, if Lemont is too far for you, peruse Aurora Roseâ€™s Facebook page where they post pictures of the gift items they sell.
Maike’s Maraviglia available at Aurora Rose include:
Love pendants inspired by Song of Solomon
Â New collar necklaces.
Brand-new creations including a princess heart, a denim triangle, Kindly Recommended, a woven oval, Barbalala, Irish Rose ‘I’ll greet her’, Dark Chocolate, Irish Rose Fairies, a polka-dot flower, quirky blue shamrock, Psalms 103:15 circle, and an abstract form.
I also brought in some earlier creations.
I enjoy creating them, and they’re just as much fun to wear. Pick out yours (and one for a friend) today!
* To clarify, we had been in contact before the in-person meeting. It is always good form to make an appointment with retail establishments if you wish to sell your wares at their venue. (I don’t want it to appear that I just showed up with my pieces in hand…)