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The fourth of July is quickly approaching and we are planning on cooking out all day! Today we have rounded up some amazing finds that will make your BBQ Party PERFECT!

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YES! A BBQ game DOES exist! Perfect for the kiddos!

What is your favorite item to bring to a BBQ party?! #BYOM (or veggies!) 

Happy weekend, friends! 

xo, 

Team Thimblepress

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Hello Monday!!

Today we are chatting with one seriously cool dude, Harry, owner of T-Bones Records & Cafe in Hattiesburg, MS! From the local Jazz music he brings in to the delicious coffee, we could not WAIT to feature him for #mississippimonday! Read on for more info about T- Bones Record shop + photos! 

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What/who exactly is T-Bones Records & Cafe?

T-Bones itself is the brand.  It’s the experience of being here.  The smell, the crew, the customers, the music, the coffee….it all goes into the feeling of being here, socializing here, existing here.

How did you get started and what was the inspiration to take the small business leap? 

I worked for the original owner of T-Bones from 1999-2001, and was offered to buy the store when he decided to move to California in 2002.  I originally began working here to buy music at an employee discount (on average 8 albums a week).  I loved it, needed it, and wanted to talk about it.  This was the perfect place for that.  My parents were crucial in making this become a reality, and their experience as entrepreneurs helped keep me from making dire mistakes.  After about 6 years, we thought it was time to turn an abundance of office space into a cafe.  Plus, I always wanted to be my own boss.

How does Mississippi play a role in your business? 

It’s hard to say.  It’s like asking how does blood play a role in your body.  T-Bones could have only happened in Mississippi.  It could only grow as it has in this place. 

 

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What are your goals for your brand?

I guess my main goal with the T-Bone’s brand is to build a relationship with the customers.  I know that’s cliché, but people want to feel like they’re part of something.  Big box and online commerce have sterilized the marketplace, and it’s all very impersonal, so the best way to set yourself apart as a small business is to foster a space where people feel like they know you, which isn’t as easy a task as it sounds.  It gets tricky.  We want to be fun and weird, without alienating our lunch crowd.  We want to be dependable and consistent, without feeling sterile.  

I still get excited when i see T-Bone’s stickers on cars, or someone wearing a T-Bone’s t-shirt.  It tells me we’re doing something right.  I don’t feel like the statement people are making is as simple as, “I want you to know where I buy my records and coffee.”  

T-Bone’s had awesome customer service, and made great coffee and sandwiches before I ever came along.  So the brand was already developing, because people were forming positive opinions about us.  So in developing the brand, we weren’t trying to steer public opinion.  We were simply trying to solidify those opinions (from “I like T-Bone’s” to “I LOVE T-Bone’s!”) with more concise, more deliberate efforts, especially when it comes to social media, posters, stickers, t-shirts, etc.  There’s more to a brand than graphics, obviously; they’re just there to sort of pull it all together.  The best mark in the world can’t compensate for lousy service or bad product, and being fun and engaging is moot if it doesn’t translate into sales!  

What is your background? 

Dropped out of college.  Played saxophone and bass in several bands and always have needed music in my life.  

Where do you find inspiration?

Everywhere.  Our brand needs to be eclectic, to reflect the variety in the record racks.  I love the graphics on old LPs from the 60s.  Not so much the titles or artwork, but the little badges that say “STEREOPHONIC,” etc.  That was the inspiration for our mark, the “T” with lightning bolts.  Recorded music starts as an electric signal, whether from a mic or an amp, then reaches your ears via electronic reproduction.  We’re the conduit between the artist and the listener.  And that mark is essentially the only real constant in our visual brand.  The rest is in constant flux.

 

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What do you like to do when you aren’t “at the office”? 

Spend time with my fiance, Laura.  Listen to records.  Canoe.  Think about work.  Movies.  Walk Duncan the Dog.  Cleanse my mental palette.  

What are your favorite local places to shop and dine? 

Tabella for amazing Italian, Twin Forks Wine,  Bombshell Comics,  Sacks Outdoors.

What are some of the reasons you call Mississippi home? 

I was born here for starters.  I have been fortunate to see much of the US, and travel abroad.  The more I got away, the more I didn’t want to call any other place home.  The populations is also low compared to many other places.  You still have plenty of room to breath, and lots of space when you need it.

How do you think what you are doing is helping to shape your local community as well as the image of Mississippi? 

I try not to focus on that too much.   T-Bones being the best it can be from within is what I strive for.  That being said, creating a unique place within your city helps make your city unique as well.  There’s not another T-Bones floating around somewhere.  The experience you get here is only available here, in Hattiesburg.   

 

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Searching for a new, cool record? Go visit T-Bones Records & Cafe, located at: 

1201 Hardy Street, Hattiesburg, MS 39401

Not local? No prob! Check them out here: 

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Ah the time is here! Grab your sunnies, swimsuit and flip flops.

Pool time, here we come and we are ready to swim the day away! Today we’ve rounded up some bright and sunny products that will give you the boost you need to make this summer swimmingly amazing! 

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Happy swimming! 

xo, 

Team Thimblepress

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Happy Monday! Today is #mississippimonday and we are chatting with one of our all-time Thimble BESTIES, Beth Morgan! Her photography leaves us breathless. Be sure to check out her interview below and her amazing photographs! 

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What/who exactly is Beth Morgan Photography? 

I am a destination photographer capturing couples who are immensely in love, women who seek to tap into the empowering knowledge of her femininity, families that seek authentic imagery from their everyday, and creative businesses that love collaborating to bring love and life to their products. I dance between light and dark; romantic and moody imagery to tell the stories of every person I have the honor to photograph. 

How did you get started and what was the inspiration to take the small business leap?

I always saw images in my head and got my first camera in 7th grade. I would dress up my friends and take pictures of them drawing inspiration from fashion magazines and fashion shows. This of course grew and I got a big girl camera, majored in photography, and fell head over heels in love. I had always seen the world differently and suddenly it all made sense when I realized I was created to see the world differently through the lens of my camera. I was never truly satisfied in the corporate world working for others and there was always this pull (and fear at the same time) to leap towards the dream of photography as a full time career. A major series of events happened before I realized that God was pushing me off of the cliff to jump with the promise that he would guide me and protect me.  So, I jumped and I’ve never looked back.  Don’t get me wrong, owning your own business is scary as hell, it’s hard, it’s scary, but on the other side is this immense feeling of accomplishment. I am so thankful that God pushed me off the cliff and I owe EVERY bit of my success to him and his faithfulness. If you are tiptoeing towards that cliff and are scared know that it’s normal but know that the adventure after that jump is one of a kind and will lead to greatness.  If your greatness is found in owning your own business, don’t wait another second…RUN don’t walk to the edge and jump with your arms outstretched.  I promise you, it’s worth it!

 

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How does Mississippi play a role in your business?

I grew up in The Delta and I have a love hate relationship with it.  I hate the history entrenched there, but I have this draw and pull to it creatively.  I think being raised there shaped my artists heart.  There wasn’t a ton of emphasis in my school on the arts but there was something almost mystical about that place that drew me with a centrifugal force to create even though there was not official fostering of that until college.  I moved away for 7 years and when I asked a friend her thoughts on me moving back she responded, “Beth, it makes so much sense. Your roots are there, your heritage is there, and the art community there is flourishing. Why wouldn’t you go back?”.  So I did, and everything she said is so true and it truly influences my business but even more so, my artists heart.

What are your goals for your brand? 

I am currently growing my brand to be accessible as a destination photographer for weddings all over the US and abroad.  I am passionate about serving clients that are super in love, that seek to create unique weddings that express their individuality, and want heirlooms to pass on to generations to come that show off their love.  My goal is to be a sought after photographer from these couples from all over the world. Another goal is growing my Mademoiselle (boudoir) brand to cater to women that desired to be empowered during the process of giving themselves and their significant others the most beautiful gift of vulnerability and femininity.

 

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What is your background? 

I was once a triple major in photography, sculpture, and creative writing (why my advisor allowed this I’ll never know) :).  I ended up with a degree in Liberal Arts with emphasis on art, creative writing, and interior design. Art plays such an important role in my home, the way I approach my work, and ultimately who I am as a person. 

Where do you find inspiration?

This is such an amazing question.  I draw inspiration from environments, textures, colors, patterns, authentic living, deep love, movement, a simple touch, and life giving moments that can steal your breath away. Each of these things play a role in every image I capture as I move throughout a wedding day, a family session, or mademoiselle session.

 

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What do you like to do when you aren’t “at the office”? 

I wish I were cooler than I am but I love spending time with my husband, our fur baby family, and our friends. Our “date nights” are mexican food and movie.  I love cooking for my husband and our friends in our little cottage. I also love to spend time with other creatives. It’s truly water to my artists heart and I always walk away inspired to create and see the world in a whole new way. I have a group of photographer friends that get together and had day shoots. These shoots through rural areas capturing the life of the people there fuel my creativity to serve my clients better. I also try to do a few styled shoots a year where I get to dream of amazing stories, and ideas for wedding inspirations and find vendors to partner with me to see them come to life. There are so many ways to remain inspired and most take tons of work but I’m finding that I learn so much with every one of them and they help refine my voice as an artist.

What are your favorite local places to shop and dine?

Thank God I have cool, foodie friends to keep me informed.  I love good Mexican, Seafood R’Evolution, Babalu, The Manship, La Finestra.  Shopping included Restoration Bathhouse, Anthro, Thimblepress®, antique stores, flea markets.  The Delta is a fun place to visit and I love McCarty, Delta Bistro, MS Gifts, and The Alluvian.  I encourage everyone to make a trip there.  OH and do yourself a favor and make the trip to go to Po Monkeys outside of Cleveland. They’re now open on weekends and it’s such a fun experience.

 

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What are some of the reasons you call Mississippi home? 

When you are an artist from The South, there is the unavoidable pull that’s mysterious, even magical at times. It’s the people, porch sittin’, the artist community, and the desire to be a part of the creative heritage that has come before me. Recent rulings in our government had me questioning why I’m here, but I had a gay friend from MS that now lives in DC say to me, “MS needs people like you to effect change”. I love this state of mine and desperately want to be part of seeing change resonate like the sound of cicadas in the summer.

How do you think what you are doing is helping to shape your local community as well as the image of Mississippi?

Sheesh, this thought provoking. I think bringing recognition of the good things happening in the state helps others see it as a beautiful place to visit or even live. I think on a smaller scale, what I am able to do (and what I’m passionate about) is preserve the heritage of my clients by creating imagery that will be cherished for generations to come.

 

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The last photo was captured so perfectly by Beth. A moment of raw love and happiness in one amazing black and white photo. Gives us CHILLS! We know you want to see more of Beth’s work! Check her out here: 

 

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We all know that traveling abroad can be one of the many joys in life. But packing for it, on the other hand, seems to be a GIANT headache! The “don’t make me do it” type headache!

Today, we’ve rounded up some finds that will hopefully give you some guidance for packing so your experience will go a lot smoother! We hope! 

 

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Where are you headed this summer? 

Happy Travels! 

xo, 

Team Thimblepress®

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Happy #mississippimonday! A day to bring you an artist, maker, brand, doer, creator or location in the great state of Mississippi! Our state is filled with so much talent and beauty, we HAVE to share it each and every week! Today we are bringing you a dear friend and RAD artist, Donivan Duffy! The founder of Donnie Wahl, brother brand of The Wahlstreets. Read on for more info about Donnie and what he has brought to our community!

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Who/What exactly is Donnie Wahl?
First let’s discuss the name. Donnie Wahl was born out of a long drive placing everything I saw or heard behind “Donnie” until I found something that not only made sense but sounded good. And I mean everything! Donnie Asphalt, Donnie Radio, Donnie Cloud, Donnie Carcass, Donnie Deer etc. At some point my dad phoned to check on the progress ending the conversation with “sometimes you just hit a brick wall!” It still didn’t hit me until later that night but “wall” just stuck once it did. At that point I played around with spelling variations of “wall” deep into the night. The next day I went to the mall with my top three choices written on a piece of paper and asked upwards of 100 people to pick the one they liked best. “WAHL” was a unanimous winner!

When I returned from an extensive 4 year travel to anywhere a plane would take me outside the U.S., I took a job working a 3:30-midnight shift data entry job downtown. Miserable is an understatement. Shirts was more of a passion project during that time because passion didn’t keep the lights on but after a very messy termination, passion was all I had left. Jobs were nil in the area. This situation gave way to the real answer of Who Exactly is Donnie Wahl? 

It’s no one, it’s your dreams materialized, a means to improve your situation for the better and never look back. Whether you’re a bank employee who sings in a band, a coffee shop barista who writes screenplays or a bouncer at a night club with dreams of being an actor, that’s your Donnie Wahl! 

 

How did you get started and what was the inspiration for taking the small business leap? 
I knew nothing about tees other than how to wear them. An ex girlfriend introduced me to an up and coming designer/artist who helped create the first graphics. With that aspect secured I found a local screen printer online and struck a free labor deal to learn the screen-printing process and cut costs on future shirt runs. I’d work for several hours spending the last hour being tutored in Illustrator before racing home to shower and dress to earn a couple hours overtime at the data entry job. When that data entry shift ended it was Youtube tutorials till 3 or 4am only to repeat that process for several months. It was rough to say the least. Afterwards, through a series of fortunate events, I was able to acquire my own equipment, a work space & website which is where we are today still continuing the push for more success. 
As for the inspiration part of the question… Living out west I’d become a huge fan of the branded tee, designer jeans & Vans or Chucks (think not of Ed Hardy & gaudy back pocket designs but more statement tees with diesel, citizen or sevens). In MS I found nothing that inspired me so I set about to make my own. 

 

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How does MS play a role in your business?
The people of MS play the largest role. This questionnaire for example is a great testament to that statement. Thimblepress is known nationally with a couple hundred thousand following on all social media accounts. Featured on Good Morning America. Despite the success, time is still found to reach back and shine light on those around them. MS is also a great word of mouth market. Everyone knows everyone. It takes the right person wearing a shirt and boom! 

 

What are your goals for your brand? 
Sustainability. I’m a one man shop. Graphics, marketing, web design, purchases, ordering supplies, shipping, customer complaints etc., all fall on my shoulders. Mind you this in addition to working a full time PR gig as well as running a screen-printing business in addition to having a social life and failing miserably at dating. The biggest goal now is to simply stay in the running as well as remaining relevant in hopes that the hard work delivers an expansion where other people can lighten the load finally. Oh and to get Jay-Z snapped wearing a shirt! 

 

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What is your background?  
I’m not sure what to write here. My college degree is Business Management & Marketing. Born and raised in Jackson, MS. Traveled a bit. Now I’m back?  

 

Where do you find inspiration? 
Everywhere. In conversation. People watching. An old poster hanging in a friend’s grandmother’s basement. An outtake from a song. A person who’s had too much to drink. The young kid bagging groceries. So much inspiration is also found when you turn off the world and just be. When you can rediscover the inner kid in yourself repeatedly. I also try to stay as organic as possible in my inspirations which is why I follow no graphic designers, typography blogs or shirt manufacturers on social media due to not having my creativity influenced by their own. Some people will disagree with that sentiment but my feeling is that in order to lead you must create original content or as close to original as possible. There’s no greater feeling than releasing a design that people respond to with enthusiasm, knowing within that you used your vision completely. 
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What do you like to do when you “aren’t at the office”?
People watching! I write screenplays so people watching provides great source material in addition to stellar entertainment. I also watch a ton of movies, older movies, think Powell & Pressberger’s, “The Red Shoes” older movies. Nothing beats some good porch drinking with the boys. If there’s a pool table or corn-hole on the table good luck getting me back to the office. I’m the guy that’s willing to go a little further on situations than most because the threat of missing a good story to tell or write about later is simply too much to bear! 

 

What are you favorite local places to shop & dine?  
Coffee: Sneaky Beans would be tops because it also serves as my office away from the office. Drinks & dining: Some people would say I live at Fondren Public but I like to correct them in saying I only rent. Yes that made no sense but you got the point regardless. Apothecary & Saltine are also strong showings for me to drink and eat. Shopping: I shamefully admit I shop mostly at J. Crew. 
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How do you think what you are doing is helping to shape your local community as well as the image of MS? 
I’m basing this response off the number of people I’ve helped start their lines or offered advice in starting. Being one of the first in my area to start a line I’ve been able to steer others clear of the lessons learned in dollars I faced. Competition drives me. I welcome it. Helping another brand grow to square off against in future is beautiful because you both or all push each other to create better content. Proportionate to that sentiment is more product in the marketplace. With more product in the marketplace from capable designers and printers aided with the current social media climate, one of us are bound to get noticed and help those not yet noticed become noticed as well. Thus MS is further cast into a positive spotlight. 

 

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Want to know more about Donnie? Maybe buy a t-shirt (or THREE?) Check him out below for updates and new designs! 

 

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Today for Friday Finds, we have rounded up some seriously awesome goodies just for DAD! Our fathers do a lot for us, they are our shoulder to cry on, our hero, our “fix everything” and “know everything” person, so for Father’s Day, we want to get our Pops the best gifts EVER! 

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Have a great weekend, friends! 

 

xo, 

Team Thimblepress


Happy Memorial Day!

This Mississippi Monday we have decided to do something a little different! Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have lost their lives, but it is also a chance for us to give thanks to those who have served or are serving our country through the different military branches. To honor those and to give thanks, we are having a MEMORIAL DAY SALE (ONE DAY ONLY) on ALL STATE FLOWER PRINTS! 

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From the bottom of our hearts, we THANK YOU for all that you have done and continue to do for our country! We are proud to be from America! 

We are spending today with our family and friends! Tell us how you are spending your Memorial Day! 

xo, 

Team Thimblepress


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In lieu of National Hamburger Day tomorrow, we thought we’d dedicate this Friday Finds to ALL THINGS BURGER-LICIOUS. Who else goes all out for your favorite national “holiday”? Check out our inspo board below for goodies that will make tomorrow the ultimate BEST BURGER DAY EVER! 

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Who is ready to be the Burger Queen tomorrow? We sure are! 

Hope you spend your day biting into a delicious whopper! 

 

Sincerely with extra ketchup and fries, 

your BFFs at Thimblepress®


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Happy Monday! 
We are so excited to share our Q&A with 555 Designs, a design company consisting of  2 guys + two adorable pups. Their design technique, industrial/modern vibes and attention to detail literally leaves us speechless! Read on for more information from Jason “Twiggy”, co-owner of 555 Designs  + some INCREDIBLY designed dog beds!  

 

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What exactly is 555 Custom Designs?

555 Custom Designs is Jason Lott and Josh Bishop; two native Jacksonians who hand make furniture and home accessories. Everything we make pretty much falls into one of three categories:

• Custom Furniture: We work with clients to conceptualize, design, and build specific pieces for their home or office. This is a fun collaborative effort with our clients in which we bring our ideas to the table based on their initial needs and work with them to arrive at a design we’re all happy with. Then we build it! This could be anything from a home office setup including a desk/work surface and custom cabinetry to a dining table or buffet.
• Ready-Made: We often design and build furniture and accessories just for our own gratification. Maybe it’s something for one of our own homes or just creating for the sheer fun of it. These pieces are usually built to be reproduced in case a client sees a piece and would like one of their own or in case a retail establishment wants to order multiples to sell in their store.
• Limited Edition: We’re both fans of collecting salvaged materials and will often build pieces such as lamps or furniture with those materials. These pieces could be anything from repurposing antique hand tools into a table lamps or a table built from salvaged lumber we come across in our travels. Because of the nature of salvaged materials, all of these pieces are one-of-a-kind and carry their own sense of history and whimsy.

 

How did you all get started and what was the inspiration to take the small business leap?

We got started just by talking about our mutual interest in woodworking and design. Josh has a pretty extensive background in trim carpentry and commercial construction. I (Jason) have far less woodworking experience than Josh, but my dad always taught me as much as he could as I was growing up about basic woodworking, home maintenance, and construction. I used a lot of that knowledge to start making assemblage art with wood and found objects a few years before Josh and I met. After we met and became friends it was natural for us to talk about things like our mutual interests in woodworking, interior design, and furniture design. Eventually we got together after hours in Josh’s garage and tried making a few pieces of furniture for our own amusement and 555 Custom Designs was born. We made a few pieces for people we knew and after that we just always seem to have an order or two to fill.

It made sense to just set the whole thing up as a small business since it was something we wanted to continue tinkering with even if just after hours. That way the business could be self-sustaining as far as purchasing any tools and materials we need to build. If the profits from sales went strictly to the business and not into our own pockets, it could be its own entity and we wouldn’t have to personally contribute any funds to keep it going. It’s been a few years since we started doing this and its still just a moonlighting gig and we still don’t pay ourselves! We both have day jobs and pay our bills that way, but its a great way to flex our creative muscles and both literally and figuratively build something from the ground up. We’re constantly trying to grow the business and learn new things. The more we build, the more we learn and the more refined and elegant our work gets.
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How does Mississippi play a role in your business? 

Any business is really just the people behind it. The identity of the business winds up being a sort of amalgamation of the identities of whoever is involved. We’re both native Mississippians and we both have Mississippi and the South in our blood. Does everything we do scream “Mississippi”? No. But it’s there. Sometimes you can really see it in the history of the materials we build with and sometimes its just there in spirit. Anything you build with your hands sort of gets infused with the spirit of the people building and the place its built in. Our work may not always look Southern, but it has a Southern soul.

 

What are your goals for your brand?

The goal is grow. Yes, grow the business. Grow our clientele. We want to get our name and our brand out there, but on a more personal level for us, it’s grow our abilities as craftsmen and grow what inspires us. Every piece is a learning experience. We’re often building something we’ve never built before. In fact, we usually are. Problems arise in every build and you have to just figure it out. You make it work. You do the very best you can with each piece and inevitably learn what to do or what not to do the next go-round.

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What is your background?

We both come from varied backgrounds and that often informs both our aesthetic and as well as our skill set as a team. Josh has done everything from floristry to commercial construction and Jason is a graphic designer and fine artist.

 
Where do you all find inspiration?

The internet, of course, is perhaps the ultimate source for design inspiration. There are so many people out there doing so much inspiring work. You see what others are doing and it motivates you to push yourself. However, inspiration often springs from necessity. When working with a customer, you have to work within the bounds of what it is they need, what kind of space a piece needs to fit into, and what their individual style is. It’s not about designing just for ourselves. Designing for someone else forces inspiration within boundaries and that’s where things get challenging on a creative level. The inspiration often comes in the design and building process. You just get to work and solve problems as you encounter them. The famous painter Chuck Close said, “Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.” Though we don’t necessarily see ourselves as consummate professionals, we’re not sitting around waiting on something to inspire us. We get to work and let the process inspire and challenge us.

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What do you all like to do when you aren’t creating?
 
For us, building furniture IS a lot of our down time when not at our individual day jobs. Our little furniture business is as much recreation for us as it is work. We both get a lot out of it creatively. Though I (Jason) have a creative day job and also create art, furniture building is just one more creative outlet for me. When not building or creating otherwise, we both enjoy finding new projects around the house and new ways to improve our living spaces. Sort of amateur interior design. Otherwise, it’s time spent with friends and family. What else are you going to do in this tiny town? That’s a joke. There’s a lot happening in Mississippi and especially in Jackson. It’s great to see the creative community here in action and be a part of it as much as possible.

What are your favorite local places to shop and dine?

Honestly, Cups is probably our favorite and most frequented local establishment. Cups coffee and muffins are pretty the driving force behind our business. When Josh says, “I need to get a REAL cup of coffee,” he means he’s going to Cups. The coffee he made at home is only a sad precursor. Our shop is constantly littered with Cups’… cups.

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What are some of the reasons you call Mississippi home?

We call Mississippi home because it IS home. We’re both from here and have managed to never live anywhere else. It’s easy these days to conduct out-of-state business when necessary given the ubiquity of the internet. We can put our work out there for anyone in the world to see and anyone can contact us. The creative community throughout the state though is quite inspiring and exciting. There’s such a huge creative movement here. It’s a blessing to be friends and neighbors with so many actively creative people.

 
How do you think what you are doing is helping to shape your local community as well as the image of Mississippi?
 
We really hope that the work we do just goes to reinforce the image of the absolutely overflowing creative and progressive community that is Mississippi. Our state often has such a negative reputation for looking backward and not ahead and unfortunately, that’s often true on a lot of levels. But we definitely know that there is as much progressiveness here as there is narrow-mindedness. The negativity just takes the spotlight far more than the immense positivity. We hope that what we do and the love with which we do it can be a small contribution to our home state’s positive progress.
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Our Thimble Studio needs at least 5 of those AMAZING pet beds, please! How cool AND talented are these guys? Want to see more updates or photos of custom work? Check them out HERE: 

 


 

In:Friday Finds

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California! Montana! Tennessee! North Carolina!

A few of our #thimbleteam members are headed out on all sorts of different road trips all over the U.S this summer and we couldn’t be MORE excited! Pictures please! Today we’ve created a round up of goodies that are essential to every road trip! (at least we think so!) 

 

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Click corresponding numbers below to shop:

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Safe travels! 

xo, 

Team Thimblepress


In:Mississippi Monday

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Today is #mississippimonday and we are so excited to bring you artist, Lacy Barger Johnson! We are huge fans of Lacy’s style, movement and color! Read on for more beautiful snapshots of her work and details of her day-to-day life as a Mississippi artist! 

 

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Who exactly is Lacy Barger Johnson?

 I am a child of God, a delta girl, an artist, wife, sister, aunt, daughter, and friend. 

How did you get started and what was the inspiration to take the small business leap?

I have been creating art ever since I was old enough to hold a crayon. My mom is an artist and my parents let me turn a small room under the stairs into my first art studio. They allowed me to draw on the walls in the studio and it was every kids dream come true! I have always had a passion for painting and it is finally the season in my life where I can jump in and pursue it with all I have got!

 

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How does Mississippi play a role in your business? 

As a child my dad would take me with him for work around rural Mississippi and at the end of the day we would share an RC Cola and a moon pie. Mississippi is home and it is in my blood.  I am inspired by the delta landscape, the rich culture, and the wonderful people. 

What are your goals for your brand? 

I hope that my paintings will bring light and hope to those who view them.  My goal is that one would feel inspired and encouraged. Right now my cousin Mary Margaret Harper and I are talking about expanding my paintings into textiles. It is still a very new idea and I am so excited to explore the possibilities!

 

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What is your background?

I grew up in Greenwood, Mississippi and attended college at Ole Miss attaining a B.S. in painting. I moved to Savannah, Georgia shortly after college to start graduate school. I earned my M.F.A. in painting at the Savannah College of Art and Design. After graduate school I moved to Jackson, Mississippi and eventually found my way to Pearl River Glass Studio. I currently work as a glass artist making Stained Glass windows and exploring kiln formed glass. 

Where do you find inspiration?

I LOVE a delta sunset! I am inspired by color and texture found in nature, taking pictures, researching other artists, and traveling. 

 

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What do you like to do when you aren’t “at the office”? 

I enjoy running and cooking. My husband and I have a garden in our back yard but he does most of the work! I do enjoy spending time with him whether it is in the garden or on a run. I also love visiting with family and friends whenever I get the chance. 

What are your favorite local places to shop and dine? 

Art Supply, Midtown, Basils, Aladdin’s, La Brioche, and Rainbow Grocery.

 

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What are some of the reasons you call Mississippi home? 

Family is a big reason. Mimi and Pop live right down the road and our frequent visits are wonderful. Pearl River Glass studio, my current employer, is a huge reason why I have stayed in Jackson. I love working there and the people have become like family. 

How do you think what you are doing is helping to shape your local community as well as the image of Mississippi?

I believe that making art is important because it allows one to share their story with others. By engaging in the creative process I come across people to share my experience with and hopefully it is an encouragement to them. Mississippi has shaped who I am as an artist and person. It gives me great joy to live and create here.

 

 

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Want to know more about Lacy? Stop by Pearl River Glass Studio in Midtown and say hi! Or visit her HERE:

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