[tps_header]In a two-story converted historic building in downtown Jackson, Mississippi, you’ll find the eclectic home-slash-studio of Thimblepress® founder Kristen Ley. Art supplies abound. Treasured paintings adorn exposed-brick walls. Confetti is never far from reach. Each character-rich room is fully equipped for working, unwinding and colorful living—a testament to Kristen’s infectious passion, drive and instinct.
We invite you to take a tour of Kristen’s home (and the Thimblepress headquarters) below. Be sure to soak up her business-savvy suggestions as you click through—just like the Thimblepress collections, there are more than a few noteworthy gems!
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We’re longtime fans of Thimblepress here at Glitter Guide—but for readers who might be new to your brand, tell us how your design and letterpress business got started!
When I “started” Thimblepress (as a hobby!) in January 2012, I had no idea where it would take me—and I think that’s part of the beauty of it. I have completely relied on God to guide this business. I worked a full-time job at my former high school doing marketing and design for two years. I registered my business and got an LLC six months into my job at the school, but I wasn’t full-time with Thimblepress until June 2013. Needless to say, those two years of my life were extremely busy—but I loved every minute.
My background is in graphic design and marketing. I had a design firm in Charleston, South Carolina and Jackson, Mississippi (once I moved back) from 2007 to 2011. Having that experience in my back pocket made the initial setup and identity branding for Thimblepress a bit more of a breeze. Once I started doing craft shows across the country in 2012 (all while I still had my full-time job at the school), Thimblepress really began to take off. Craft shows are and will forever be my favorite because you are face-to-face with your customers. You hear stories, struggles, successes; you even see some tears. I love connecting with people. I finally came to a fork in the road—I couldn’t physically continue both jobs and perform at 100 percent at both. Eventually, after lots of prayer, I quit my full-time job to pursue Thimblepress. I moved my operations from my bedroom and half a garage to a sweet space in downtown Jackson.