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e·phem·er·a / əˈfem(ə)rə / noun /
1. things that exist or are used or enjoyed for only a short time.
(items of collectible memorabilia, typically written or printed ones, that were originally expected to have only short-term usefulness or popularity.)
2. Friends of ours whose work we just adore! (and will be making available to your LYS!)
a. favorite design encourages long distance warm fuzzies through snail mail, good design, often sweet and sometimes cheeky sentiments are our specialty.
a. favorite design was created in 2005 by graphic designer turned letterpress artist, amber favorite. a. has always had a passion for design and typography. this passion has fueled her desire to learn the art of letterpress printing and create a line of greeting cards & stationery. amber’s love for vintage typewriters, wood block type, old signage, flea markets, her sweet home chicago, soulmate tom, and the magical number 33 are prevalent throughout her work.
in june of 2007 a. favorite acquired a 1913 c & p handfed press, which she immediately named willamina. in 2009 a. favorite design expanded to a larger space in ravenswood corridor, an old manufacturing area of chicago. the expansion included adding a second press (bennie), this one is also a c & p but has an automatic feeder. the new space has enough room for yet another press… a. favorite is holding out for a vandercook.
all a. favorite goods are handmade with the occasional help (but constant support) from friends & family. be it old or new, labelmaker, typewriter, gocco, computer or letterpress, nothing makes amber happier than creating.
Thrive Handcrafts is rooted in love and gratitude. They are a family business – mom, dad, and two beautiful kids. In a quest to find the best possible soap to use on our sweet babies, we created our own recipe using cold-pressed vegetable oils, steam distilled essential oils, and other natural and botanical additives – most of them straight from our pantry! As our craft evolved into a business we added skin care products and natural deodorant to our collection of products.
Every item we create is infused with energy and possibility. To us, soap is more than the sum of its parts – it is beautiful, functional, healthy, and even potentially life-saving. We choose the best natural ingredients to create soap that lasts a long time, smells amazing, and makes a beautiful impression.
Our products will never contain animal fats, mineral oil, petroleum products, parabens, sulfates, artificial fragrances or colorants, propylene glycol, or palm oil. Most are vegan and all are vegetarian – the only animal products are milk, silk, beeswax, and honey. We use only essential oils for fragrance and flavor, and natural ingredients such as herbs, coffee, tea, oatmeal, and clay for color.