Des Moines Parent Spotlight: Emily Cooper
Des Moines, Iowa is filled with some amazing talent including Emily Cooper. Emily is a local Des Moines mom, crafter, and owner of Rosella + Margaret. I first came across Emily’s talent on Instagram and fell in love with her handwriting signs. The perfect way to capture your little one’s handwriting forever. Learn more about Emily’s favorites and her business.
Give us a little background on your family and personal life! How many kids do you have? Have you lived in Des Moines all your life?
Iowa State University Graduate, Married to Justin for 15 years, 3 kids, Landon (13), Logan (11) and Emmy (8). I moved to Ankeny in 2014 (previously in NW Iowa and Cedar Rapids).
What is your business, and what do you do?
Rosella+Margaret; I am a sign maker. I cut unique wood cutout letters, shapes, words. I hand cut custom handwriting signs, custom name signs, state cutouts. Signs are hand-painted.
Why did you become a small business owner?
I was a stay at home mom and needed a creative outlet. I never thought this would turn into a full-time job. It is a dream.
Where is your favorite place to take your children to play indoors?
With our kids being between the ages of 8 and 13, we love going bowling at Bass Pro in Altoona, the Arcade at B&B in Ankeny, Get Air in Urbandale. Skate North in Des Moines.
Where is your favorite place to take your children to play outdoors?
Parent’s day/night out. Describe your perfect parent only day/night out in Des Moines.
Browsing the shops in the East Village and finding a good meal!
What are some tips on juggling parenthood, working, and personal life?
I try to include my kids in sanding, painting, organizing letters, and adding tags to signs before a vendor event. My daughter comes to almost every show with me. One day every couple of weeks, I like to go out and about during the day and wonder.
What is your number one parenting tip?
Chore Charts! A MUST. We have a calendar that the kids look at every day with a list of chores they do. Work before play. There is rarely a complaint because they know what to expect.