Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Persimmons

Last Friday was a bittersweet day - I traveled to Manitowoc (about an hour and a half away) to visit my friend Kim's shop called Persimmons, and see another art friend, Kara, but I knew it would be the last time I'd be there.

Kim had run Persimmons for about six years.  She and I share a love of ephemera - in fact, the first time I visited her shop back in April, I just couldn't stop staring at all of the amazing stuff she had!  Old wallpaper samples, ledgers, postcards, stamps, vintage household items, magazines, brochures - you get the idea.  And the place was stacked to the rafters!  It was an ephemera addict's dream come true.

I can't feel bad that Kim is closing up shop, because it was her and her family's decision and she's persuing other dreams, which I know in my heart of hearts will come true for her (just watch for her in the pages of your favorite fiber arts magazine soon!).  No, the person I was sad for last Friday was me!

I heard about Persimmons too late in the game!  Facebook was responsible for getting us in touch, thankfully, but I wish it could've been sooner (although with me working full time, I probably couldn't have gone to any of her Tuesday night classes anyway).  The time I did spend at Persimmons was fantastically fun and because of it, I made at least seven new art friends.  Kim and I would chat after the classes, sometimes for over an hour.  It was worth every minute.

In fact, it was so fun that the ephemera part was just, well, ephemeral.  Maybe that's why it was harder this time to pick out stuff (although, believe me - I got over it).  I wanted to make this visit last, and I think my friend Kara did too - we were there for over two hours!  And as you can see from the photo, I took just a few things off of Kim's hands (this loot, BTW, is about 10% of my actual haul).  :D

So Kim, if you're reading this, I wish you the best of luck in your new ventures.  Like I said before, I have no doubt you will fulfill your ideas and dreams, and then some.  You seem to have a knack for knowing when to move on to the next thing, and you'll do great!  I hope our paths cross again very soon.

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