What does your average day look like?

I feel like there is no average day, and that is what I love it so much. It never feels old or like the same ole day. It is always challenging and exciting, and pushes me to do and discover more!

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Every day truly is different with the focus being on work for my marketing clients, while still managing my personal blog, social media and promotions for my book BRIGHT LIGHTS PARIS.

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My day is in need of a better routine, to be honest. I have 3 kids with 3 different childcare schedules, but once they are all dropped off, I head to the studio and begin by returning emails, going over the items that I need to print to fulfill orders, and then check my team’s Gingiber FB page to communicate with my team members about questions, needs, and ideas for upcoming launches. After I’ve answered team questions and delegated products to order to my office manager and communicated about wholesale orders that need to ship out for the week, I try to sit down to work on current design projects and complete new designs for upcoming releases. Some days I am working on our catalog, other days I am working on surface patterns that will eventually make their way onto new products. Usually by 3 PM I am on my way to pick up my kids, then I eat dinner, put my kids to bed, and resume working by answering emails and thinking of ways to license my artwork.

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We wake up, take our dogs the park and then head into our studio. We’re not exactly early risers, so we usually get into the shop around 10. We work all day, Jane answering emails and keeping on top of orders and Andy working on design— whether it is sketching new cards, doodling, or working on design work for other clients. Having the dogs at the shop is great, because it makes us take breaks and head home at a decent hour. Then we get up and do it all over again the next day. It’s not exactly glamorous, but it’s fun and always interesting.

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I typically work Sunday – Monday. I get up around 730 but really am still in bed looking at my phone (a bad habit I am trying to stop!). I glance over emails, instagram and news (via Facebook).  My husband wakes around 8 so that’s when I finally roll out of bed to get ready and eat breakfast. I have a ritual every morning when I get into the studio; I turn on the music, light my candle, and water my plants. I love to set the tone for the day! The mornings are usually dedicated to business operations/development- catch up on emails, social media marketing, product development, staff meetings…etc. In the afternoon is when I go into production or assist in fulfilling orders that need to go out the next day.  I am trying to better my schedule by assigning dedicated production days but I haven’t been very good at sticking to it. Ha! At least for now, most afternoons are spent painting/marbling/sealing/packaging products.  I leave around 5-6 to go home and dinner with my family and snuggle with my dogs! Between 9 to 11 is when I catch up on whatever it is I couldn’t get done in the morning, and a lot of times this is when I am the most creative in designing new products!

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My alarm goes off at 6:00am, and if I don’t roll over, I try to have some personal time to myself before my husband leaves for work and my daughter wakes up. I do my morning pages, meditate, take care of personal things or just drink my tea and watch the sun rise. I’m the kind of person who has to have good alone time to work well. I also double-check all emails and posts are automated/scheduled correctly for the day. I automate almost all of my emails with Yesware.

My morning is either taking my daughter to preschool or going to teach barre3. Once I’m settled from one of those things, I work on a creative project first and spend a few hours on it or until it’s complete. This is when I am drawing up new story ideas, writing for Cottage Hill or my creative programs—Editor’s Course or Assured + Well. I listen to classical music while I work on creative projects or writing because lyrics distract me, I’ll start writing the lyrics, haha!

Then I tackle anything with analytics, numbers or spreadsheets. I switch my music to either musicals or rap. I know, I’m a bit confusing, but this is what motivates me through the mundane. Lunch is usually shared with my daughter if she’s not at school. I’ll take a peek at email, but not answer anything not urgent.

I schedule any calls after I’ve had time to get real work done. However, I just recently moved all of my calls and coaching sessions to one day a week which has been awesome. If you can make one or two days a week your ‘call’ day, I promise, it will change your life! You don’t have anyone breaking your focus on work the other days with sprinkling calls throughout your day. Do it! It’s massive batch-tasking.

Afternoons are for emails and planning, if my daughter is good about her nap. Otherwise, I do these things for an hour after her bedtime. Hence, the automated emails and posts. I do not want to open the door to receiving email after 5pm, because this does not happen every day.

My husband cooks dinner—have I mentioned he’s the best?—and I clean. We play with our daughter, maybe walk around our land with our pup Savannah, talk about our days, our dreams. I’ll stay up for an hour or two (I set a timer to keep me focused) if I need to tackle anything like if I didn’t get to emails or didn’t get my ‘naptime hustle’ in; otherwise, it’s bedtime!

Also, I give myself permission to change my ‘ideal schedule’ every few weeks. Life changes, new efficiencies are discovered, etc. so I try to not be too strict about it and leave room for margin as much as I can without losing sight of what needs to happen.

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I generally get up before my two kids. If I have a lot of work on my plate, I will start working around 4:30… even though I’m a night owl, I have found that the dark hours of the morning are a peak productivity time for me. I can get more work done in that time than the rest of the day! I start my morning routine and, by 6:20, I’m getting the kids up and ready for school. It’s a flurry of activity until carpool drop off at their schools and then I head into the studio to work. I start every work day exactly the same – ten minutes of focused planning time. I map out my day, prioritize my to-do list and delegate.

What I love about my job is that every day is different… I might be working on designs or recording a new episode for my podcast. My husband and I work together so we chat and work and laugh (a lot) at our shared desk. He and I leave work each day around 3 in order to be home for when the kids get off the bus. Once the kids are home, it’s homework time – I generally work next to them so I can assist with schoolwork. I generally make dinner in the evening while the kids are off playing; my husband, John, works while I cook, so we are usually brainstorming or planning. After dinner, it’s a walk/ bike ride with the family and then maybe a tv show. Once the kids go off to bed, it’s time for work again… or maybe some relaxing time. I try not to work at night every night of the week!

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Morning: Try as I might, I’m not a morning person. I usually leave the house at 9:30am and across the river to the studio, smoothie and coffee in-hand. At 10am, we all arrive at the studio. Heidi, Molly, and I pow-wow for a few minutes and we set to work. Heidi is our studio manager and she handles all inquiries, estimates, client coordination, and order fulfillment. She keeps me organized and in-line (or at least she does everything she can!). Molly runs the presses and is a master printer. I’m so lucky to have them both! Emailing and list-making is top of my morning to-do list.

Afternoon: I try to pack a lunch every day because I’m amazed at how disruptive to my productivity it is when I have to leave the studio to grab something to eat. After lunch, the hours between 2 and 6 are my golden hours, where – nose to the grind-stone – I knock out the bulk of my daily design work. (This is usually creating proofs of custom work like wedding invitations, branding projects, or dreaming up new ideas for our ready-made line of greeting cards and paper goods).

Evening: We oftentimes have client meetings in the late afternoon and evening. This is an especially beloved part of my day, where we get to brainstorm, collaborate, and get our clients excited about our ideas for their project. After work, most nights I head for the best gym everrrr and get my butt kicked in a hybrid yoga/cross-fit class. My husband and I both like to cook (and eat) so evenings are usually spent dinnering. I fall asleep reading every night. I love fiction – and read a ton of it – but this year, I’m trying to read more non-fiction. (A few current favorites in both categories are Homegoing, A Little Life, and Evicted).

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There is no average day! It could be anything from meeting with an editor for lunch to brainstorming with a potential client to consulting on a book cover. Sometimes I just have to take a reading day to catch up. Other days our agency hosts publishers or I’m emailing furiously trying to get a book sale going. If I’m ghosting a book, that could be part of it too.

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My morning usually starts late. I don’t like waking up early. After drinking a protein shake and a cup of coffee I start my day by “eating the Frog”  which means to do the thing that you least want to do first. If you do the thing you least want to do first, everything after seems very easy. I only check email twice today; once in the morning and once in the afternoon, but never first thing or last thing. I also use the Zero Ibox system.

I use calendar blocking to schedule everything, which is a productivity system from the 12 Week Year. The different types of blocks you need will vary for your type of business. I use a daily “strategic block” which is at least 3 hours of uninterrupted time that is scheduled in advance. No interruptions are allowed – no phone calls, emails, no visitors, or anything. All of your energy is focused on pre-planned items the things that are going to be money-making activities. When you can concentrate and be creative and this will produce break-through results. I also use a “buffer block” which is when I deal with all the unplanned items that come up throughout the day and when I answer emails. So, if you need to pack and ship product or process orders, you may need to create a block for that as well.

One thing that is very important is making sure you have a “breakout block” at least once a week. It’s so important for us to make sure that we have our own free time where we aren’t getting caught up with work. It may seem odd but it does produce greater results when you have more free time. A breakout block is a minimum 3 hour block, scheduled at a time that is during working hours, where you were not working at all and doing something fun for yourself that will refresh and invigorate you. When you return to work you can effectively focus.

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Get up, drink coffee, walk the dogs, workout. This is when I set my intentions for the day and find inspiration for new projects. Shower/bath, get dressed, answer a bunch of emails/ do technical businessy things that require my highest levels of caffeination.

Head to the studio; that’s when we have team meetings or schedule appointments. In the afternoon, I’m in the creative zone. My mind has relaxed enough from getting shit done, and I’m working on artwork. By dinner time, it’s very hard for me to tear away and go home. But I stop, because I have a husband who I adore and he’s ready to relax and catch up, and that’s pretty sweet. We eat, chill, and then I get back to work. I often stay up working from the couch til 12 or 1am.

I find the night time to be very conducive to creative work because when the world is asleep, there are fewer distractions. And also, magic. Night time is magic for creativity.

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Wake my brain up with a nice deep Instagram scroll haha. Then its coffee for me, breakfast for the cat and straight out to the studio in my PJ’s. Once I get through replying to the emails in my inbox I’ll get started on my design task for the day. Then its more emails, and on good days, a production project. I like to save the physical work for the end of the day like my little treat. Next thing you know, the sun is setting and its time for me to pack up a mindless assembly project (ie. envelope liners) to do as “homework” while hanging out with the hubs.

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One of the things i love about having my own business is that each day brings a little something different and can change course at any moment; It keeps me on my toes! but if there was an average day, it usually starts at home where i spend a few hours answering emails, ordering materials, requesting quotes, and organizing orders that need to be filled. i then head out to my studio to work on orders and usually stop along the way to grab a quick bite. After filling orders, i run errands then head back home to tie-up any loose ends or pressing emails. i find i do my best design work at night, oftentimes that means after dinner and into the wee hours of the night. One can usually find me sketching ideas and designing at my computer.

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1. Walking Rocco
2. Making breakfast – it’s usually a fat free english muffin with sliced turkey Reading emails or delegating work!!!
3. Checking UP on things I enjoy (I have a pet hobby which is investing in stocks so I kind of like checking the market).
4. Going to the floral market, picking up flowers or shopping for supplies.
5. Working on flowers or the business
6. Making Dinner or Going out to a new place in San Francisco.
7. Watching Shark Tank or my Roku (if it is Thursday, that’s Grey’s Anatomy) or going out to catch a movie.
8. Playing with Rocco That’s it folks!

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After I get up, I take my dog on a walk before I get my kiddo up. Once we get him ready for school, it’s my time before I start work.

I do a gratitude practice that I call Grateful Heart exercise and it helps me to get grounded in my day.

Then I set my goals for the day, reprioritize and assess where I’ll take breaks (if I don’t do this, I’ll forget to eat!). If it’s a content creation week, I’ll work for 45 minutes at a time then take a break. I feel most productive when I get the “big ticket” items done that day first. During client weeks, I have calls on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. On Fridays, I have a mix of days I call CEO day where I do tasks that I’ve been putting off (like bookkeeping, reviewing stats or SEO) and doing some reflection, I also spend this time to read or do some self care activities.

At the end of the day, I’ll make sure that my desk is clean. After I leave my office, unless there’s something outstanding that is urgent, I’m done with work! I typically end my work day around 5:30pm.

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My days are all over the place and every day is different – but I usually check emails and orders first thing in the morning while I drink coffee, get the kids off to school, and head to the warehouse at 9.  I spend the day checking emails and placing orders for inventory, styling product photos, shopping for props, working on graphics, checking in new product, rearranging the little storefront in our warehouse, and occasionally packing orders. Sometimes it’s my turn to clean the toilet.  It can be very glamorous.

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Coffee, paperwork, team meeting for design clients, store projects and delegating who is doing what, and taking care of our customers. SM travels quite a bit around town to check on design client projects, so we stock lots of energy bars.

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Average day?! What’s that?? One of the things I love about my business is that every single day looks different – some are very appointment heavy with podcast interviews or coaching sessions. Some involve video filming or writing for one of my online programs.

It keeps things fun, but this year, I’m trying to incorporate some routine into the day-to-day so that I’m able to stay grounded and focused. My goal is to have meditation, writing, and some form of exercise happen every day. Right now I’m hitting about 20%. Fingers crossed that number goes up!

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 It typically falls between a 12-14 hour day, and never looks the same.  Some days I’ll be at the Shoppe all day merchandising and selling, some days I’ll be on set shooting for a Blog collaboration, some days, like today, I’ll be at our warehouse all day doing inventory and shipping out packages, and some days, though not nearly enough days, I’ll be in front of the computer just trying to get through my email inbox.

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That’s a loaded question.  Hmmmm… average.  I honestly spend a lot of time in the car these days.  From driving to market, to clients homes, the shop, and car pool line….  yep, it’s pretty much where I live.  Awesome for a creative person right?  We have a sitter on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9-3, sometime 5.  Those are my days dedicated to off-site floral work and the shop.  That can mean arranging flowers in someones home, meeting with clients, picking up what we need from market, running shop errands, and popping in the shop to make a mess before running out the door. Tuesday and Thursday my older son is in school and my two year old goes to a program from 9-12.  On these days I work from home usually getting bills paid or proposal done. If I’m lucky I can squeeze in a shower and actually dry my hair.  After I pick Birdie up at noon, my day is pretty much being a mom. Unless we have a wedding scheduled, I try not to work at all on the weekends so I can spend time with my family.

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Loads of coffee.  Snuggles with my dogs.  Skype chats. Working at my desk.

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Every day is different. People assume that I’m always sketching or doing something creative but most of my time is still spent on the back end of business such as list building, task building, coordinating projects and partnerships, as well as conducting interviews. I’d say 25% of my job is creative, but I’m hoping to change that so I can focus more on the creative part of the business.

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The baby is up shortly after 7am, so I am as well. Breakfast for the both of us, then I try to catch up on a few emails while he plays. Emails are interspersed with reading books, building block towers, and fishing a ball out from under the couch. The first couple hours of the day are pretty slow, spending time with my son and doing a little work if it fits. This is fine. Once he’s down for his morning nap, I head into the office for a few hours. I meet with my team and we hash out whatever urgent thing is happening with an upcoming event. Office time is pretty glamorous, involving lots of to-do lists, spreadsheets, meetings, and hot chocolate. My time in the office flies by and soon I need to head back home to relieve my husband of child-care duty. (I’m pretty lucky to have not only an incredibly supportive spouse but one who also works from home and chose to make it a priority to adjust his schedule so that he can spend time with our son and I can be in the office a few times a week). I make it home in time to put the baby down for his afternoon nap, and then I continue working from the couch, joined by a cat or two. By the time late afternoon strikes, the baby is up and I’m ready to take a break. We either run errands, play outside, prep dinner, or some combo of all three. After dinner and some more family time, the little one goes down to bed. Some evenings I have to keep working, but others I take time to relax or socialize. It’s more of a give and take than an even balance. Before I know it, the clock is striking midnight and I have to hop in bed and get ready to do it all again tomorrow!

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Where do you buy booth displays, walls, anything for a retail or craft show display? Photo styling props? Do you have any DIY hacks you could share?

When it comes to craft show displays, trade show displays, and retail shop displays I feel like I am a champion in this area. Not necessarily because I am some wiz at it, but simply because I have done it so many time; sometimes failing and sometimes winning. One of my favorite places to get displays is the flea market. I love some good ole stuff with a story, but most importantly you can get really interesting stuff for really great prices. My home is filled with vintage furniture. When it comes to tradeshow booths, we have done it all the ways, but our current booth and our booth we have used for more shows than every other way we did it was built by my pal David Dill of D+P Design Build in my hometown of Jackson, Mississippi. He is a master craftsman and is amazing at what he does and the smart ways he builds a booth so that it goes up easier, weighs lighter and hold up over time. One of the best places I have found display stuff online is called Clear Displays. We buy a lot of our card holders, clear acrylic art print holders and clear wall shelves for greeting cards. For styling props I head back to the flea, but also have always been able to find cool stuff at Urban Outfitters or Anthropologie! Happy reading friends!

xo, Kristen

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I love World Market for cute kitchen styling props and Parisian/French themed items,  Sur La Table also for French themed items but they also sell the cutest holiday spatulas and I love to bake!

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We buy so many things for our trade shows at IKEA! For photo styling props, I like going to thrift stores, or to our own library for books to use as a part of the display. Also, Hobby Lobby (GULP) has lots of inexpensive little do-dads that look cute next to a card!

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Kelly Moore from Type A Society taught me the importance of good props and how a styled vignette is so important to support a story. I receive so many styled shoot submissions, and as I’ve spoken about on other platforms, some creatives are forgetting the purpose of styling is to support a story. And even better if it’s a true story! Perhaps we should change the term from styling to story-supporting?

Whether you are styling a product you’re trying to sell, a booth at a craft show, a photo shoot you want published, a wedding, fashion, whatever—the most important thing is to remember, what story are you trying to tell? People want beauty, yes. But more so, they want an experience.

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I have taken an extended break from doing craft and art fairs, though I know I will return one day. Pegboard was always useful for me at craft shows to be able to hang and ease of rearranging to fill any gaps if my paintings sold.

For photo styling ideas, I love using the self-stick vinyl Limestone tiles from Lowe’s. In-store, I think each one is less than a dollar and it is a nice touch to have for styled photos on Instagram.

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I’m all about “fake it until you make it” – spray paint is one of my favorite prop tools. A good can of gold  spray paint can transform almost anything into Instagram-worthy status! I’ll head to the thrift store and find items like platters and apply some paint to them for quick and easy displays – you can even dip paint some items for a more modern look.

I am a big fan of walking the aisles of Target or TJMaxx to find little things here or there to use as props  too – I think most business owners will agree that “prop shopping” is definitely a perk of owning your business! Before any big shoots, I always walk around my house and gather up my ‘props’ to bring to the studio!

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One of the first times we did the National Stationery Show, I stopped in my tracks outside the beautiful Fawnsberg booth. Being the kindest people ever, they shared their booth plans with us and the next time we exhibited, we followed these. It worked out beautifully. Packable, but polished!

For photo props, I love to lurk around the junk stores in town. Hunt & Gather is the mecca!

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I’ve never really liked the look of plastic cable ties poking through foam board booths.  I prefer a more seamless look, plus those plastic cable ties can get in the way of your product display. My favorite hack for a trade show booth display is to “MacGyver it” a bit. I duct tape a paint stick to each side of the foam board panels, were the seam is, and then run the cable tie under the paint stick and attach it to the pipe and drape behind the boards. It gives you a super seamless look to your booth.

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We build our own booth walls and get the materials from Home Depot. we often use somewhat unexpected materials to help pull off a particular look we’re after without breaking the bank. for instance, we’ve used house siding panels to get a shiplap look, which we combined with decorative-brick wall-panels to create our signature lake + loft look. The panels are light, inexpensive, and with a little paint can create a super custom look! Ikea is also a major go-to for us (as it is for so many!). For our last booth, we were able to create a large island for just $125 using four Ikea bookcases and a slab door from Home Depot!

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I LOVE vintage industrial supplies, and some of my favorite display pieces are re-purposed items I’ve found at flea markets, estate sales, and Ebay.  Our number one most complimented item in the store is our vintage green Rotabin, which was intended to hold hardware parts.  We use it to store and display party favors.  You’d never believe how much product we can store in that bad boy.  I found it on Ebay and had to have it delivered by pallet truck to our warehouse, but it was worth every penny.

For new display elements, Ikea really does have some great, inexpensive but super functional pieces. Their picture ledges are perfect for displaying greeting cards and art prints – and I also have a few of their simple shelving units for displaying products in our store.

Finally, painted wooden crates can so store many different products and are portable and super affordable.

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One of our fav places to find cool, random stuff is Society of Salvage. Check them out on Instagram

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We used a few different sources for our retail display pieces and our work tables.  IKEA is always a go to for great, economical shelving and display pieces.  We have some shelving units from there and we plan on making a trip soon for some new pieces.  Our work tables were definitely a splurge (Restoration Hardware), but they are unique and beautiful.  I get bored really easy, so we are getting ready for a fresh look at the shop.  We have several IKEA pieces picked out and we are having a local carpenter build our new shop tables.
Here are our favorite IKEA pieces:
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Hey Friends! As you may have seen over on our social media, we just announced our collection at TARGET! 

YES! Right?! HUGE news and we just can not contain our excitement! We’ve kept this collection SUPER-duper secret for a long time! And we are SO excited to finally be able to share it with you! We also wanted to give you a little history of how this collection came to life and hear from owner and artist, Kristen Ley explain how it felt to be approached by Target and how her ideas came into play for the collection! It’s truly a great read! Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy! You can shop the collection at nearly all Target store locations as well as Target.com

Artist, owner and Creative Director Kristen Ley explains, “I will never forget the day in 2015 when an email from Target arrived in our general Thimblepress® inbox. For almost a full day I stared at the email wondering what in the world to say back to what we had just been emailed. It was and will always be a top day in Thimblepress® history and one I will never forget. Once I responded to the email, it set in motion one of the most exciting years in my life. As soon as I could, I was emailing and having phone calls with the wonderful team at Target that I came to love like family. I began sketching ideas, picking out colors, painting and truly loving every moment. At the end of the day, we knew the collection was going to be colorful, fun, inspirational, and hopefully make you smile.”

“We wanted the collection to be parallel to the current Thimblepress® line we offer here on our website, but also provide something new and unique to the Target guests. The collection and sketches went through several rounds of fine-tuning before we even talked about the actual production side of things. The most wonderful thing about this whole collection is that as an artist, idea person & creative thinker, I really felt like my ideas were welcomed with open arms. Not just my ideas, but my artistic direction. We worked closely with the team at Target and Gartner Studios to take our ideas and create something that they thought Target guests would love. At this point in the story it was like a magical symphony of people had formed and were working together to make 20 different and beautiful ideas happen. The thing about my ideas is I have a lot of them, and a lot of my ideas are things I have never seen with my two eyeballs or has never been invented, they are all in my head or in sketches. Being able to sit down and have someone see your vision (and not look at you like you are crazy) is something of true value. From step A to Z in this process my ideas were heard and seen. That is golden. When I went to Minneapolis in the summer of 2016 to work on this collection I almost moved there. Between the Target team and the Gartner team, I was truly feeling the love. Also, the fact that it was very mild and temperate in comparison to my typical 100% Mississippi summer was also a big seller for me. Everyone in Minneapolis is so nice, and I think I used the term “the Mississippi of the North” like 12 times in conversation when speaking of the wonderful hospitality and generosity of everyone I was meeting with. I never felt more comfortable; I felt at home. During the process I would talk to my team at Thimblepress®, and if you didn’t know any better and walked into the conversation, one would quite possibly think I was having a baby by the way I spoke of this collection. It may sound silly, but finally being able to see this product out in the world really does feel like a baby (or puppy) has been born. So many people have loved on this collection for over a year; nurturing, manufacturing, and advising it along the way. I learned so much and feel stronger as a person for it. As I write this a day after the Thimblepress® collection launched at Target, it still does not seem real. It seems like a dream; a dream happening in my reality. I couldn’t be more grateful for this opportunity. Seeing Thimblepress sold at Target has been on my “vision board” since I started in 2012. The people we worked with along this journey made this such a fun experience. To me, at the end of the day it boils down to always working with good people who have good intentions for you and your brand, and that is exactly what I have personally experienced. They support and celebrate my unique voice, style, and ideas and let me remain true to that. The people we worked with will always be considered members of the Thimblepress® family. I will be forever grateful! I invite you to check out the collection on Target.com and also in nearly every Target store! The collection is super colorful, floral and perfect for Mother’s Day gifting or even gifting yourself some bright and colorful products.” – Kristen Ley, artist, owner and Creative Director at Thimblepress®! 

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The products include:

Spring Floral Bubble Umbrella

Floral Painting + Clear bubble Umbrella with ombre white to clear “J” handle. Kristen Ley says, “This is one of my favorite items in the collection. Personally, I have wanted to create this umbrella for years.”

 

“I cannot wait to weather spring showers in this. Hold it down close to your face and protect yourself from the rain, and you are still able to see out of the umbrella since the floral paintings on the umbrella are intertwined with clear spaces perfect for peeking through.”

We are IN LOVE with this umbrella! The Thimblepress Spring Floral Bubble Umbrella is located at nearly any Target Store or at Target.com! Shop here

Thimblepress® 20ct Gold Flex Notecard Box Set

Clear and gold foil dotted box of colorful stationery with abstract patterned envelope. “This set is more than just a set of stationery. The box itself is one of the most gorgeous boxes I have ever seen, and would even make a great jewelry box.”

We wanted the box the stationery came in to be reusable, so that you are truly using every part of this product and not just the stationery. The stationery is good for ANY occasion. It reflects a fun, personal style, but still remains simple and elegant with one color + gold. The fun, personal style is really kicked up with the abstract painted flap on the envelope. It’s those little details that really makes it sing.

Thimblepress Floral Recipe Box

Clear + gold foil accented recipe box with hand-lettered recipe cards and colorful divider tabs. “This is quite possibly the coolest and most beautiful recipe box I have ever seen. To me, old recipes and my grandmother’s recipe cards are like art.”

“They are tattered and different colors. When I open my recipe box, just peering in shows so much love with all the different edges. I wanted that same feeling without having to look in. I wanted you to be reminded of the years of delicious recipes that had been passed down for generations. The florals are so colorful and springy, and the addition of the gold really gave it that modern feel. This is such a special product and I cannot wait to see how people use it!”

p.s. Are you in love just like we are?! We still have LOTS of products to show you, so keep reading!!!

Next we have one of our MOST FAVS:

 Thimblepress® Floral Apron!

Floral painted cotton apron with orange and aqua detailing, two pockets, waist & neck tie closure for adjustable sizing. Kristen says, “I am no chef. I try my hand at it from time to time and I can follow a recipe, but the one thing I want to do when I cook is to look cute in the kitchen. I have been wanting this apron to hang in my kitchen for quite some time. It’s feminine, adjustable and an easy fabric weight so you don’t feel like you are being weighted down with an x-ray vest like when you go to the dentist. :)”

Thimblepress® Rise and Shine Floral Tumbler

Abstract painted + clear tumbler with pink straw and gold foil, hand-lettered saying that reads, “Rise & Shine, Sip Then Smile!”

Kristen says, “This is the perfect saying that I feel like describes so many of us. During the workweek I truly don’t feel like I am awake until I have either had my smoothie, coffee, protein shake or tea. I joke, but once I sip I can smile (and be productive). I have always wanted to create a fun tumbler with shiny gold lettering on it, so this one takes it further with a fun transparent & colorful abstract pattern painting wrapped around it.”

We know, UGH SMITTEN! Do we have you hooked?!? Have you bought Mom a Mother’s Day gift yet?! Keep reading, we got you covered this year! 

Mom Fuel Mug!

Coral and gold foil hand-lettering and dot mug that reads “Mom fuel” with mint green accent color featured on the inside. “When I was thinking about a mug, I really thought into the day of a mom. Every mom I know hustles. I don’t care if you are a career-mom or a stay-at-home mom, both require tons of hustle, juggling, multitasking and MORE. I tell my mom friends all the time, I don’t know how they do it. They all always smile and say, “Lots of coffee/tea/wine.” So when I came up with “Mom Fuel” for the mug, I know every mom out there will know exactly what that means to her.”

Thimblepress® Brave Strong Fearless Card

A pink + gold foil greeting card that doubles as a wall-hanging with gold string that reads “Brave Strong Fearless You.”

 “Again, I really tried to look at these products and ask the question, how can these products be used more than just one way? At Thimblepress we try our hardest to give multiple purposes to each product; providing more value to our customers. So I thought this card was the perfect card to double as a wall-hanging / decoration. With a metallic gold string, it is ready to liven up a space, and inspire you and others.”

Thimblepress® Mom Gold Glitter Card 

“Abstract painted + gold glitter lettering greeting card that reads “Mom.” I love this card because it says “Mom, you sparkle” without saying “Mom, you sparkle.” It is simple, colorful and different. The bright gold glitter tells your mom just how sparkly you think she is without getting wordy. Simple and to the point.

Also, for moms that love color & glitter, this is definitely the card for her. Grab your own before Mother’s Day! Shop this card + the whole collection HERE

Thimblepress Spring Floral Gift Wrap

Floral painting on white gift wrap! This gift wrap is everything!! “I would use this gift wrap for my presents for the rest of my life if I could. It makes every present look fresh, lively and bright! Your gift will definitely be called out for cuteness next time you wrap a gift for a shower in this. It sets the tone for the gift and almost is too beautiful to use or open.” Another purpose of this gift wrap is to use it to make a beautiful photo background! We are big DIY crafters over here, so we cannot wait to make a giant background with it!

Thimblepress® 2ct Floral and Stroke Pen Set

2 luxury writing pens with one featuring a colorful, abstract design and the other featuring a colorful, floral painting design. Each pen and design is paired with gold accents & hardware. Kristen says, “I feel like I always have more confidence when I pull out a beautiful pen then when I pull out the not so cute pen from my local bank. I know that may sound silly, but I feel more put together when writing in my Day Dreamer and especially when signing checks. Ha ha! This is also a great gift for someone, because who doesn’t love or use pens? Everyone uses pens.”

Thimblepress® Floral & Abstract Gift Bags

Small floral painting gift bag with light green cotton handles, large abstract painted gift bag with hot pink cotton handles and a hot pink circle tag and small peach colored gift bag featuring gold foil writing that reads, “Thanks for loving us before you.” Gift bag comes with leaf-painting shaped gift tag and light green cotton handles.

Thimblepress Floral Painting Tissue Paper 


Floral painting tissue paper + light blue tissue paper set gives us ALL THE FEELS!! Kristen explains, “As I said above, when you are wrapping a gift, what you are wrapping it in really sets the tone for the gift. It says, “I cared so much to get you this gift that I also wanted to wrap it in a beautiful bag.” If you aren’t a gift wrap fan, these bags and tissue are perfect for easy gift wrapping fun!”

Thimblepress® Reach Towards The Sun Journal

Hard-bound journal featuring colorful, abstract painting and gold foil hand-lettering that reads, “Reach toward the sun and bloom!” on the cover. The journal is accessorized with a hot-pink tassel and yellow-gold bookmark ribbon. Kristen says, “I keep a dream and ideas journal with me at all time. I feel like you never know when & where inspiration will strike. This journal captures what I feel like dreams look like in real life – colorful, whimsical and just fun.”

“I hope whoever you gift this to or if it is yourself, that you write your passions, dreams and life. This is your story to tell, so capture it. You never know when your words & sketches from the past will inspire something new and wonderful in the future!”

Thimblepress Green Watercolor Pouch

Green, abstract pattern painting created into a leaf shaped cotton bag, accessorized with a light green tassel & gold hardware.

 Kristen tells us, “I love bags. I have tons of them. My favorite ones are the ones that are not a traditional shape. It’s the different ones, the ones where you know the designer thought about every detail of the shape and zipper and fabric. When it came to designing this bag, that is what I thought about. I am proud of this cutie leaf-shaped bag.”

Thimblepress® Happy Day Banner 

Leaf & floral painting party banner with gold string that reads “Happy Day” in gold foil letters on each leaf in the kit. Kristen says, “We all know I love a good party and great party decorations. When it came to designing this primarily floral heavy collection, I knew I wanted to create a paper flower like party garland. I began to sketch nature’s shapes, falling in love with a simple leaf shape as the main shape that the gold letters are on. I think it’s perfect for a birthday, wedding, shower, really anything you are celebrating. I kind of want to just put it in my room, because we’re celebrating everyday, people!”

Thimblepress® Memories Photo Album

A photo album featuring colorful floral paintings and shimmery gold ink that spells out the word “memories” on the cover.

Kristen says”Just recently I started printing my favorite photos. I noticed one day about a month ago that I really didn’t have many photos around my house, then I realized I hadn’t made a scrapbook since college. I know I don’t have the time or energy to do a full blown scrapbook, but I do have the energy to print the photos and slide them into holders, so that is just what we created. It’s a beautiful memory book worth of a coffee table, but easy to put together.”

Thimblepress Blue Glass Photo Frame

Glass, aqua + gold dots photo frame with quote insert that reads, “You’re a wildflower, beautiful and full of unpredictable growth!” Kristen told us, “Those photos I am wanting to get printed will be going in this frame. I love this frame because it is so simple, and the vibrant aqua draws one in like a moth to a flame. You can’t not look at a photo that is in this frame.”

And last but not least: 

Thimblepress®2ct Green & Blue Gold Polka Dot Bud Vases

Light blue and light green ceramic bud vases with shiny-gold dots pattern. These vases are perfect for really anywhere in your home or even office. We picture bringing in freshly cut flowers from a garden and placing them in these bud vases. The florals + whimsical design sitting atop any surface, would brighten any space. A perfect happy for Mother’s Day! 

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GUYS! We couldn’t be more excited to finally be able to share this collection with you!!! We are all smiles! This collection is now in almost all Target stores and Target.com! If you see it, make sure to take a photo and send it to us or use the hashtag #thimblepressattarget! 

Can’t wait to hear what you (or you mom on Mother’s Day) thinks! Make sure to leave us a comment with your thoughts! 

Happy Shopping! 

Thanks for reading!

xo, 

Kristen & Team Thimblepress 

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Hey Friends!

Happy Weekend, finally!

A few weeks ago, we introduced our #thimblepets and we thought it was only appropriate to introduce our Thimble TEAM members! Whether you’ve spoken to us on the phone, emailed with us, Skyped with us . . . it’s so much easier to put a face with a name! So first, we’d like to introduce our Director of Sales:

Celine Roces Warner! 

Check out our Q & A with Celine below!

How long have you been with Thimblepress® and what do you do here? 

I’ve been working at Thimblepress for 2.5 years! I started on the very first assembly team, moved up to Customer Service Manager, then onto the Wholesale Accounts team and now I’m the Director of Sales! I oversee everything related to sales, that includes all direct to consumer sales in our retail stores and online, as well as our 1300+ wholesale accounts.

What is your favorite part about coming to work each day? 

My work family and just our general office vibe! We are super casual and comfortable! We are all very close and work really hard. Everyone lends a hand when available and we are a small but strong team! Working in a small business means you’ve gotta jump in where needed, maybe even roll your sleeves up and stuff a few Push-Pop Confetti for a last minute order! I love how flexible and smart our team is! Also doesn’t hurt that we’ve got pretty and colorful products all around us every day!

Do you have a Thimblepress® product(s) you favor? Can you also tell us why we should buy it and have it in our lives ASAP?! 

I love our State Flower Collection™! It’s one of Kristen’s original letterpress collections and it’s  just so unique, I never seen anything quite like it! I have the 11×14 California Poppy art print. It comes packaged with a little letterpress envelope full of wild flower seeds and a postcard explaining the inspiration behind the collection. It’s a beautiful handmade art print, packaged, and ready to gift at a great price point! It’s hangs on my wall here and is a little piece of my home state of California!   

What’s your favorite thing to do on the weekends? 

Hmm….sleep! I loooove sleeping in haha! Then brunch (duh), hanging out with my husband, and the occasional weekend trips exploring different cities in the South! So far we’ve been to Oxford, Nashville, Knoxville, New Orleans, Charleston, Atlanta, Dallas, Birmingham, and Destin. We have yet to visit the Mississippi Delta, but it’s on our list! Any others I should add?!

Tell us what your favorite hobby is and why! 

I love cooking! We follow a loose Paleo/Primal lifestyle and last year we cut out all refined sugar, grains and processed foods. It’s been very eye-opening to see how much junk and sugar is in premade or packaged food and sauces, even organic and seemingly “healthy” choices. I’ve gotten really into cooking our favorite recipes from scratch and finding substitutes for ingredients we no longer use. Current favorite is Paleo Chicken Pot Pie…with a grain-free buttery crust and everything! It’s insane!

Besides the Thimblepress account (duh), what are your other favorite Instagram accounts to follow?

Oohh gosh so many to choose from! Top favs right now would have to be @graymalin, @deepbluewonders, @marianna_hewitt, and @the_sunkissed_kitchen

We know you just got married! Can you tell us a little bit about how you and Chris got together and maybe your top favorite wedding photo? 

Chris and I met through our parents…and no, it was not an arranged marriage! My parents had a big summer BBQ one year and Chris and his parents were in attendance. We started dating and shortly after, Chris moved from San Francisco to Mississippi to begin a work contract. After a year+ of long distance and too many flights to count, he flew to San Francisco, surprised me, and proposed at my favorite spot in the whole city — The Palace of Fine Arts! A few months after, I moved to Mississippi and we starting planning our wedding! We got married in Sonoma last August and my invitations were actually designed and letterpressed by Kristen! Pics Below!

p.s How unbelievably amazing are these wedding photos?! Our whole team is in love!!! Wedding images by Ether & Smith

How long have you lived in Mississippi and what’s your favorite thing about Mississippi?

I’ve been in Mississippi for almost 3 years! The transition from a large, cosmopolitan city to a slower paced town was hard on me, but now I appreciate SO many things about living here! I love how kind and well-mannered people are here. Love how little traffic there is compared to the San Francisco Bay Area! Oh and Waffle House! That’s Paleo, right?! Haha!

We know you are from Cali, what do you miss most about California? 

Besides my family and friends, I really miss the good weather year-round! I grew up in the heart of Silicon Valley about 25 minutes south of San Francisco proper and I didn’t realize how spoiled I was with the perfect weather! Or what “hot” weather really was for that matter!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Any goals you’d like to accomplish or bucket list checks?

Well…I see myself with at least a dog or a cat. We just have a 3 year old goldfish named Martin (he’s like ginormous and ate every other fish in the tank!) so I feel like jumping straight to kids might be a big leap, so definitely a dog or a cat first! We already have a name picked out…Petri. Like petri dish. My husband is a scientist and it’s the name of the cute little flying dinosaur from A Land Before Time! So dog or cat first, then eventually we want kids but really want to travel more! I’ve been through Asia once when I was too young to fully appreciate it, so I would love to go back and explore countries like Singapore, Thailand and Japan! Chris and I recently got our open water certification for diving while on our honeymoon and now diving is all I think about! I would love to dive the Philippines, Australia, and the Maldives, to name a few! 

 

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Is she not just THE MOST ADORBS?! We love Celine so much and we couldn’t do what we do at Thimblepress® without her! For any Sales questions, Thimblepress questions, California questions. . . Celine is the gal to ask!

To check out more wedding photos or get to know Celine a lil more, check her out here!

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What are your favorite apps and why?

I have so many apps that I love. Seriously, it is an addiction. I keep them all organized in little folders on my iphone like photography, finances, use a lot, productivity, music, social, shopping. I know, I am am organized nut. I get it from my mama. My favorite apps for photo editing are Photoshop Express, CINEMAGRAPH, VSCO, A Color Story, #VVFY, & Flipagram. Some of my other favorite apps are Apsana (we use for task management on our team), Alexa (I use it with my Amazon Echo & Echo Dot… If you don’t have one get one!), Spotify for music, IFTTT (For automation between apps), Zoom (for web calls and meetings), Fiverr (for random tasks and silly things), Jesus Calling (for daily devotional), & Dragon Dictation for my thoughts on the go. Now, I could have gone on and one about other apps I use, but I really tried to narrow it down to a few favorites outside of the social media ones we all use! Happy reading and have a fantastic week! -Kristen

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For photo editing, my favorite app is A Color Story.  I’m currently obsessed with their new FLASHES OF DELIGHT filters created by The Glitter Guide.  I also use Planoly to help curate my Instagram feed.  I’ve been trying to brush up on my FRENCH and have recently started using the Duolingo Language App.  So far its working great and have a goal to spend 15 min a day.

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[Pippi] Instagram, no question.
[Jenni] What’s an app again?

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I use A Color Story for editing my photos for social media, and it has really brought a cohesive feeling to my brand. Other favorite apps: Instagram (visual and beautiful) Shopify (for our shop) and Trello (for project management).

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The most useful app that I have is MileIQ— I always have very lofty goals of writing down all of my mileage and NEVER remember to do it. MileIQ automatically logs all of the drives that you take. I can’t tell you how many more miles I’m able to claim on taxes because of it.

Also, I couldn’t live without DropBox. I find myself working in all kinds of places, so it’s very helpful to have all the files that I need anywhere that I need them. I mean, if a friend invites me up to their cabin over the weekend, but I still need to do some work, you’re not going to catch me at the office when I can bring it with me!

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I don’t necessarily have favorites but rather apps that I use all the time for my businesss. Evernote, Dropbox, Instagram, Photoshop Express, and Foodie. Evernote is where I track all of my to-dos and share notes with my team about project details. Dropbox is essential for pulling hi-res images that I’ve saved so that I can repost on Instagram. Photoshop Express and Foodie are my absolute go to apps for photo editing. I am surprised Foodie is not a widely known app- but seriously go download it. You will not regret it. I use filter Yum5 ALL THE TIME for my Instagram photos. It’s the best.

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I like to have as few apps on my phone as possible, and I keep all notifications off. I’m very strict on my social media and app boundaries simply because very often the ‘convenience’ of apps can turn into more distraction. What starts as ‘research’ can turn into a rabbit hole scroll, right?

However, I do keep a few beyond the typical email, Instagram and Facebook, etc. The Amazon app is great because it’s usually while I’m in line at the grocery when I remember I need to bulk order more office supplies, and Amazon Prime is the best. A fun new photography app called Filmborn has been fun to test out. The Calm app is my favorite meditation app, and I really appreciate the Cash app when I’m at a shoot and can easily pay an intern or contributor back for buying lunch or something.

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I spent a great deal of time journaling about ways I can detach from my phone, especially when my children are present. Sometimes I will put music on my phone and leave it on a bookshelf or put it on the charger in another room. Part of detaching was deleting a lot of apps. That said, my iPhone is pretty dang useful and I really could not live without it!

For business, I use the point of sale app by Square to accept credit cards. I also love using the Hyperlapse app to capture painting or drawing demos and Flipagram is helpful for me to compose multiple photos set to a certain speed to use on Instagram (I’ve never used it socially).The TED app is great when I want to listen to inspiring audio while I paint and love the Mnf Mindfulness app to take a moment to meditate. Being a creative and self-employed it’s essential that I take time for meditation and some mental gymnastics.

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I’m a fan of my Shopify app so I can stay on top of my store and how it’s doing when I’m away from my computer. I also like using apps like Slack to keep up with communication with my Mastermind group… and of course Instagram!

One of my favorite apps, though, is one that I don’t use myself…my customer happiness team is made up of stay-at-home moms. I purposely hire women who want to be able to make a little extra money for their family but want to be at home with their kids, so we use Desk for our CRM.  I love that my  team can use the Desk app so they can respond to emails while taking their kids to the park, in the waiting room of the doctor’s office or even while they are grocery shopping.  We respond to all emails within the same business day, so it allows us to offer excellent customer service, but I love that my team has that flexibility so that they really can be at home while working.

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– Snapseed, a fantastic photo editing app by Google that allows you to make changes to a selected smaller portion of the photo.
– Asana, a project management godsend!
– Quick Books (aforementioned)
– Dropbox (so that all of our files are available on all of our devices – we can work from anywhere if the studio’s getting too nutty).
– Spotify, for both creating both client-meeting-appropriate and after-hours-get-it-done-dirty-rap playlists.

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I don’t do much of that. I spend most of my time finding writers and polishing their projects for publication. However, on the back end (once a book is published), I’m obsessed with what moves the needle in terms of a book moving off the shelf and I’ve become super interested in companies like Live Intent that cull data and target potential buyers.

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I love PicTapGo for photo editing. As a graphic designer, it’s a little hard to admit that I use Canva for quick social media posts. I love using Box.com for cloud-based file storage – I like the interface better and I can also upload directly to social media from the app, saving space on my phone.  I also am obsessed with Trello for project management and I use that in conjunction with Slack to communicate with my team. My favorite personal app other than Goodbudget is Grocery Store IQ which is a cloud-based app that I share with my husband as a grocery list. I’m not sure our relationship with survive without it!

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I shoot all of my photos on my iPhone, and edit them in an app called Afterlight. With a few simple clicks (I’m a fan of increased brightness and decreased contrast) my phone pics look professional. I also got a desktop phone holder that lets me style hands free for the perfect insta-overhead shot :)

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I love any apps that make things easier! Some of my favorites include Later.com (which allows you to schedule Instagram posts) and Repost App for easy sharing of Instagram posts. When it comes to booking travel, I am in love with SkyScanner. It’s an app that quickly compares all flights (and hotels!) from all sources so you can easily find the best rates. I also love having Dropbox on my phone so I can easily grab and share files on the go.

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My favorite apps are WeChat, Weight Watcher (the scanner on it is awesome), Google Translate, Uber & Waze. For photo editing I like Aviary & VSCO.

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For a calendar I use Simpliday. It’s the best visual calendar since Sunrise app went away! For exercise I use Asana Rebel – yoga on the go! This app has revolutionized the way I exercise, take care of my back and makes it easy to relax or strengthen my body. When I am wanting to read something, my go to is Audible. I go for long walks and take my newest favorite (non biz books) with me! You can find me giggling to myself on occasion! Audible turns all of your favorite books into easy listening audio, so you can listen on the go.
I also have a white noise sound mixer, Noisli. My friend Nicole Yang of the Cultivate What Matters team told me about this app. You can combine different sounds to make your own perfect background noise

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I use the ‘My Shopify’ app to access our admin page while I’m out and about.  I look at every single order that comes in – even while I’m standing in line at grocery store or waiting for an appointment.  The pros AND cons of this are that I never ever stop working!    For photo editing, I use A Color Story and Rad Lab.  I also use my phone to listen to podcasts while I’m in the car – I listen to all sorts of business-related podcasts like “How I Built This,” “Being Boss,” and “Shopify Masters.”

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Instagram by far and VSCO for photo editing. Podcasts for learning, expanding our horizons.

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Ooh, my can’t-live-without business apps are asana and A Color Story. Asana is a free project management app that I use to keep all my projects straight and communicate with my team, and A Color Story is how I edit all my photos for Instagram.

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Honestly, I’m so in the digital world that I try to only be on my phone for work reasons.  So all of the apps I use are business oriented: VSCO for photo editing, Tiny Scanner for scanning and sending documents, Evernote for remembering all sorts of things and sharing them with my team, and of course, I live and breathe by my Google Calendar.  The only personal apps I have are Breathe, which is a meditation app, and My Fitness Pal for keeping my fitness and calories in check.

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I’m a huge fan of using Darkroom (photo editing app) and also really loved the 8mm app!

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I love using A Color Story for photo editing, Planoly for social media scheduling and Asana for real-time project management and team coordination for my projects. Google KEEP is also excellent! It’s like a digital version of a note pad.

CONNECT WITH MARY
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Does Instagram count?! We have the greatest amount of engagement on that platform, so that’s where most of our energy is focused. Part of my duties involve managing Instagram, so I use that to justify the all time I spend scrolling. We use Hootsuite to draft and schedule posts across all social media. VSCO is my favorite photo editing app, though I also love A Color Story.

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Hi friends! Happy Wednesday! 

Today we wanted to share a very special product story with you! Our Small World Collection was one of our first EVER collections as a new brand, back in 2012. That was like, 5 years ago! This collection all started with a love for Walt Disney and his magnificent world! We’ve included the first sketches that artist and owner, Kristen Ley, sketched back when the idea first came about! How cool, right?!

Read below how this collection started and what it means to us! 

. . .

Since Kristen was a child, the Walt Disney® ride “It’s A Small, Small World” has fascinated her. Starting at age four, Kristen’s parents would take her to Walt Disney World and all she would want to do is ride “It’s A Small, Small World” over and over again and watch the colorful parades. 

The lights, colors, music, cultures and beautiful installations inspired Kristen then, just as they do now. If you have not had the pleasure of taking a trip through the magical ride, “It’s A Small, Small World,” and have that enchanting melody play over and over again in your ears so that you will never forget we urge you to visit as soon as you can.

The amazing experience is available at Disneyland, Disney World, Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland!

 We also love that the song is argued to be the single most performed and most translated piece of music on earth. That’s pretty amazing, huh? Visit THIS LINK to watch an uno cial video of the ride at Disney World in Orlando!

Our Small World Collection of prints and greeting cards is a small tribute to the ride that has helped inspire much of Kristen’s life and work. If you would like to shop the prints, please visit one of two local locations in Mississippi! Shop the cards in-store or online HERE!

Each print and greeting card in our Small World Collection features a hand drawn illustration by Kristen and inspired by the shapes and colors within that magical ride!

The cards come in a collection of 3 different color studies! Color Study 1, 2 and 3! See the closeup image below to get a glance at what each design looks like! Walt Disney World has so much inspiration! 

It’s A Small World Color Study 1 Cards – Set of 6

Each card within our It’s A Small World set features a hand-drawn illustration inspired by the Walt Disney® ride “It’s A Small, Small World.”

It’s A Small World Color Study 2 – Set of 6

Each card within our It’s A Small World set features a hand-drawn illustration inspired by the Walt Disney® ride “It’s A Small, Small World.”

It’s A Small World Color Study 3 – Set of 6

Each card within our It’s A Small World set features a hand-drawn illustration inspired by the Walt Disney® ride “It’s A Small, Small World.”

To learn more about our Small World Collection, check out our video of Kristen explaining what these cards mean, how the designs came about and what they mean to our brand! Check out the full video HERE

Thanks for stopping by our blog, The Thread! Have a question about a product or maybe a feature on our blog? Email us at hello@thimblepress.com! We are always open for making new friends and a good chat! 

Have a great day! 

xo,

Team Thimblepress®

What financial tools do you find the most helpful? Any apps? What do you use to process your payments? Do you have a professional accountant?

This is always an interesting question. Thimblepress had a part-time bookkeeper for four years, and it wasn’t until this year did we finally make the leap in hiring a CPA firm to take care of our accounting needs. We utilize Quickbooks for transaction recording, balancing, payroll, taxes, basically all the financial aspects of Thimblepress run through Quickbooks. We use PayPal to process web and wholesale orders and Square for our retail shops in Highland Village and downtown Jackson. I personally HATE the money aspect of running a business, because frankly I do not do what I do for money, but as we grow it is one that I have had to become best friends with. I have to make sure that what is coming in is always greater than what is coming out. When you have a team to take care of and people that rely on you, you have to have your stuff in order or at least hire someone who can put in all in order for you. I feel like I am always checking the financial pulse of Thimblepress. There are always times when we sell out of product far faster than we even imagined or forecasted or even have random things that happen like a roof leak or lights going out, so I try my hardest to keep a small amount of padding for emergencies and things that we cannot predict. I am excited about this one, mostly because this is my least favorite subject, but one that needs to be talked about for not only business reasons but personal. Even if you don’t own a business, you may find some great tid-bits to help you out!

Happy Reading,

Kristen

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I use Bill.com to send invoices and receive fees for some of my blog and social media projects.  I also have a personal accountant who handles my taxes. There are too many tax laws to keep up with and I think its always worth the expense of hiring him.  He also has great ideas on things I can write off each year that I would have never thought of myself.

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We use Stitch Labs for inventory management and customer info. It links with our Quickbooks Online, and after working through MANY problems, it is now running like a champ. We used to have Quickbooks for Manufacturing and Wholesale for tracking inventory but it was a total nightmare. Stitch is really great, and it also syncs with our Shopify website. Our payments are processed through Stripe, through Stitch Labs, through the matrix. Seriously don’t know how it all syncs together but it does. We always used a professional accountant for taxes, but the best money we ever spent is when we hired a bookkeeper. She works around 6 – 8 glorious hours a week, and it is truly the best thing in the world to pay her to do what would take us HOURS longer, and we can do the million other things on our lists.

CONNECT WITH E. FRANCES
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For years we used Outright (now GoDaddy Bookkeeping) but we are finally switching to Quickbooks for our payroll and P&L (about time!). We also have a professional accountant who takes care of our taxes for us.

CONNECT WITH STACIE
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We hired a bookkeeper and it was the best decision we’ve ever made. I’m not a numbers person and forcing myself to do all of the bookkeeping was stressing me out and making Andy crazy. Having another person who is naturally good with numbers and enjoys the work makes us rethink all of the hours that we spent doing something that she does in 20 minutes. It also helps make tax season not stressful, everything is already ready.

CONNECT WITH JANE & ANDY
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I use shopify as our ecommerce platform and absolutely love it! We send all of our invoices through Shopify so that every transaction is kept neatly in one place. I use TaxJar to file for sales tax and it’s great because it links with Shopify so it generates all the reports seamlessly. It saves me so much time! I am sure no one loves doing taxes, not even accountants! I also hire an account to file for LLC tax!

CONNECT WITH SHERRY
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Thankfully, I married a financial planner and my brother is an accountant. I have a professional accountant, and it has been the best investment in my business.

CONNECT WITH KATIE
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I am so grateful to have a CPA for my business and would be lost without their services. My goal this year is to establish healthy financial habits and gain more control of my income. Last year brought contract work and I received a couple of grants, but my workload prevented me from taking normal commissions or painting new work to sell. That is not said to sound like a complaint by any stretch, but it gave me time to really think about this year and how I can generate a revenue stream. Part of that is balancing a teaching schedule, commission work, and selling original artwork, which my 2017 calendar allows.

Choosing Squarespace for my website + commerce has been a huge step to getting a foothold as a business. Being able to manage my content with a click and ease to operate a shop has helped me grow leaps and bounds. Squarespace also keeps track of my customers and helps me to better understand analytics.

In addition to Squarespace, I send invoices through Square to collect payment for other non-site related jobs for agencies or other custom work that I do. Square is also helpful for bookkeeping and tracking my sales and customer information. In the event that I do an art fair, the Square reader allows me to accept credit cards on the spot, which always helps my sales for on-site events.

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I’m really into creating systems for my business, so while we do most of our bookkeeping, it’s very automated to help make it manageable. We run our own QuickBooks each day – it’s become an automation where we spend 10 minutes each morning doing basic bookkeeping, so it’s very manageable. I like that we do it ourselves rather than outsourcing it because we are able to see a full snapshot every single day of where we are financially. Then Fridays are our “Financial Fridays” where we go a little deeper into the financial part of our business, check the budget, pay bills and all that fun stuff. Because we have Fridays set as our financial day of the week, it never piles up or feels overwhelming. I think the key is to honestly keep chipping away at it because when you go weeks avoiding a task you don’t like (like finances) it becomes so big and scary that it’s easy to procrastinate!

We do use a professional accountant and, I believe, that’s invaluable. He can tell us what we need to do to help with the bigger picture items financially. We generally set up a meeting with him in October to make sure, too, that we are prepared for any big changes with our taxes or if we need to try to adjust our budget to close out the year to prepare for paying taxes.

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Quick Books Online is really helpful. I love that I can have it on all of our systems, including my phone and iPad so that wherever I am, I can be up to date on the finances. I process our payments as well as our payroll through Quick Books, too; it ain’t cheap but it’s so nice to have it all streamlined into one program. I DO have a professional accountant – he’s my dad. It’s not the most comfortable thing, exposing my every financial detail to my dad but it IS the most comfortable thing, when we’re working on the accounting from his couch with a bowl of popcorn.

CONNECT WITH CATHERINE
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I work in a collective with other agents so we share resources like an accountant and assistant. As far as tools, I use the usual things like google docs, boomerang my emails, and I love editing on the ipad with my Apple pen–it’s the closest electronic equivalent to pen to paper! Circle back is a great app for storing contacts for new people I meet. But, for the most part, I’m very low tech (as you can tell) and I kind of like it that way. If tech is organic to you, these things can be amazing, but for me, since it’s not, it ends up feeling like like noise. It’s just a matter of knowing who you are.

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For my business I use QuickBooks Online. When I first started, I was using a cloud-based software that was easy for me to DIY my business financials. As my business grew I knew that I needed to outsource this activity to a bookkeeper. What I found was that most bookkeepers prefer QuickBooks and that it also had a better way of running reports so I could better understand the numbers of my business.

I always suggest using a system that you can grow into for accounting and using a system that is universally known in the industry. When I went to outsource my accounting, I’ve spent hours and lots of money converting everything from a limited system that I had outgrown to a system that would give me more advanced financial statements and a system that a bookkeeper understood.

Hiring a professional CPA to do our federal taxes is something we’ve always done as as a couple, especially because we’re both business owners and showing our income on our tax return can be complicated. For our personal finances my husband and I use an  app called Goodbudget, a cloud-based app. We only include our variable expenses, so things like eating out, groceries, entertainment, and shopping budgets all go in this app where we can keep track of our variable spending each month.

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For the past few years, I have used Freshbooks as my primary accounting software. But as the company has grown, we have outgrown that platform and are migrating our accounting services to Xero, which unlike Freshbooks tracks inventory and reconciles monthly.
Also, MileIQ is amazing for tracking my mileage. I love that it logs your drives and you just swipe right or left for business or personal, plus it links to my accountant. If you want to try it out, here’s my referral code: https://www.mileiq.com/invite/ADVNY (you’ll thank me later!)

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I use an online accounting and client management system called HoneyBook. HoneyBook was made and designed for creative entrepreneurs. It streamlines the client financial process from proposals, contracts, deposits and payment scheduling. Not having to re-type my contracts over and over has been a game changer. It links straight with my QuickBooks and takes so many things off of my plate!

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Oh accounting. this is definitely not my strong suit but of course has to be done. i try to find apps that are super simple, affordable, and integrate with other tools i use to help streamline things. i have yet to find the perfect combination. i’ve used wave for quite a while. it’s a great FREE option that has come a long way with features and user-friendliness. i mostly use wave for invoicing, and i recently started using quickbooks for accounting, which has much more advanced features for categorizing expenses. Later this year i’ll probably make the full switch to QB and use for invoicing as well. i also love, love, love the app zenefits. it’s a great all-in-one resource for HR, payroll and benefits that integrates with other apps. i look forward to starting that up later this year, too! For payments, i use wave’s payment processor to process orders that are invoiced in their app. In my shops I use Stripe and Shopify’s payment processor respectively.

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This is an interesting question. I’m not 100% sure if you mean for retirement, investing or saving? For me I sometimes use Nasdaq.com to find new stocks that fit my criteria for investing. I read yahoo finance & watch Power Lunch on CNBC.
I access Experian to stay up to date on my FICO score. If you haven’t, it’s worth looking to see what your credit score is. I also use Schwab for investing, and I used to have a broker but I like managing my own portfolio. For investing, a lot of it is being able to analyze reports on companies and figuring out quantitively what factors makes for a good long term or short term investment. For me, I invest in things that I like and know. Make sure to have a retirement plan, hire a professional accountant & save more than you think.

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I use Quickbooks for accounting, Freshbooks and Paypal for my invoicing. I have a Chase business credit card that I love! I also work with Amy Northard for all things money (she’s incredible and has taken the BLAAAH out of my money handling).

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When I first started my business, I ran it as a sole proprietor and handled the sales tax myself…but as soon as I hired my first employee, I sought out the help of an accountant – I just didn’t want to mess with withholdings and payroll and all that jazz.  Our online shopping platform (Shopify) has very simple tools and reports we can run to see how we’re doing at any given time.  We also run payments right through Shopify (in addition to Payal) so it’s all pretty streamlined.  I don’t touch any of the accounting myself.

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Calculator! Invaluable at market when figuring out margins. We use the Square Point of Sale app for processing payments off site otherwise Lightspeed is our POS in house. Yes we delegate tax reporting, etc. to our CPA.

CONNECT WITH STEVE & JILL
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I use a spreadsheet in google drive to track my monthly revenue and it’s great. I can see what comes in each month per project, and it helps me plan for months when there might be more or less.

I also work with mazuma to keep my bookkeeping up to date. I send them all of my statements each month, and they handle my bookkeeping, payroll, and taxes. It’s so nice having everything under one roof (especially because that roof isn’t mine!). I use stripe and paypal for my payment processing.

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Since I’m not a numbers person—at all—one of the first professionals I reached out to as my business grew was an accountant who could handle all of my financial reporting, and most importantly, my payroll.  Now all I have to do is log in twice a month, enter a few numbers, and all of my employees and contractors receive proper pay statements and direct deposit.  Plus, at the end of the year, as long as they’ve been paid from the system, my accountant will automatically draft each person’s tax forms and get them in the mail.  You truly can’t put a price on that.  Then as far as invoicing goes, I utilize FreshBooks.

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I use Quickbooks online and do most day to day and monthly tax stuff myself.  I do have an accountant that files all of my quarterly taxes as well as end of year and helps me keep my head on straight.  I had a bookkeeper before QB went online, but now it’s just so easy.  I use square for my POS and that links with QB making it easy.  We run a pretty small operation, so it works great for us.  This is the least favorite part of business as I’m sure it is for everyone else too.  I couldn’t imagine not having an accountant to help.

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I’ve used Stripe and PayPal in the past. We are partnering with HoneyBook to streamline our invoicing processes.

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We use Xero for our bookkeeping, and I highly recommend it! It’s affordable, intuitive, and offers tons of features. During our pop-up shops, we use Square to process transactions, and if we’re selling online, we use Stripe. We do have a professional accountant and can’t imagine life without him!

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Hi Friends! Happy Thursday! 

If you follow us on social media, you know we are kinda obsessed with animals. . . but like all OUR animals here at Thimble Pets are obvi the best (jk jk!) 

So today, we wanted to show you a little part of our every day office life, THIMBLE PETS!! We’ve had a few new babies added to the #thimblepet team, so we had to introduce them + every pet that is in our office! 

We literally can’t get enough of our Thimble Pets. Most of these cute, sweet lil babies comes to work with us each and every day! We’d like to introduce each pet so you can get to know them a little better! And if you are local, come down to our shop downtown or our POP-UP show in Highland Village. . . we guarantee a pup will probably be there!! 

First we have the Thimblepress® QUEEN BEE:

W i l l o w!

Willow loves to take longs walks in high grass, taking naps right next to her mama and give kisses to every one she meets! She also has a love for ESOS Lipbalm (don’t worry totally safe for animals!), sushi and anything sweet! Willow is 6 year old Goldendoodle and her mama is Kristen Ley. 

Next up we have the Thimble Prince: 

H E N R Y 

 Henry loves toys, snuggles and playing outside! He follows around his big sister and does whatever she does. Henry is a 1.75 year old Merle Goldendoodle and his mama is Kristen Ley .

Next up is Millie!

 Mille loves treats, showing off her tricks and spinning in circles to melt our hearts! Mille and her momma Kelsee no longer work at Thimblepress because they just moved to Memphis! We miss them each and every day! But we had to make sure we didn’t leave her out! She came to work every day with Kelsey and was the best moral support to all of us! Mille is a 6 year old Pomeranian and her mama is Kelsee McKim. 

Next we have our sweet, shy and gentle:  

Frankie! 

Frankie loves making new friends, playing with cat toys, giving sweet kisses and following her mama around! She’s much more like a little baby dear than a puppy! We love her SO! Frankie is a 2.5 year old rescue and her mama is Mary Kathryn Sharpe! 

Next we have one of our newest #thimblepets: 

Pippa Waffles! 

Pippa loves playing with her bff Oliver, new toys, following in her big sister’s footsteps (literally!) and watching mom while she works! Pippa is our newest member of the Thimble Family and she is just the cutest! Pippa is a 9 month old Sheltie and her momma is Amanda Kaminer!

Next we have Oliver! 

(to shop our ThimblepressXThrow Gorgeous Pillow, click HERE! Puppy not for sale!)

Oliver loves to get his belly rubbed, running around in circles and playing with his friends Frankie and Pippa! He’s little but FULL of energy and joy. He seriously can make anyones day in a matter of like SECONDS! He’s just so dang cute. . . those little legs! Oliver is a one year old Havanese and his mommy is Sarah Carpenter!

And last but certainly not the least, we have the king. 

King Norman

Norman loves food, belly scratches, playing with rubber bands, quiet time and sleep. If Norman isn’t sleeping, he is movin’ and groovin’ around our shop! He loves sleeping the most and playing with his favorite toy: a rubber band. King Norman is a 10.5 year old rescue Main Coon and his momma is Kristen Ley!

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We’ve got quite the crew, don’t you think?! These pups + cat melt our hearts each and every day. Here at Thimblepress, we think it’s very important to surround yourself with animals, confetti and friends every single day. It helps us stay positive, be happy, learn responsibilities + makes us smile when sometimes we just don’t wanna! Check out more behind the scenes of our Thimblepets over on their Instagram @thimblepets or check out the hashtag #thimblepets 

Our Thimblepets are also a HUGE source of inspiration! We’ve got products to prove it! Check them out below and click on any image to shop! We have a feeling you will want each and every #thimblepet card! 

Do you have a pet? Leave a comment and tell us what they love to do! Or better yet, bring them in our local downtown shop and receive 15% off any Thimblepress® product! Just tell us at checkout that you saw and read our Thimblepets blog post! That’s it! We can’t wait to meet your furry child + hang out with YOU!! 

See you soon! 

xo, 

Team Thimblepress®

How to you give yourself goals in your business and how do you track those goals? What are your goals for your business in 2017?

At the end of each year I like to sit down and go back through social media, sales, measured and unmeasured impact and review not only how we did that year, but how does it compare to years past. When I first started Thimblepress, I did not have any goals, I just wanted to make products that not only made me super happy, but also our loyal customers. To me, a sale was a win. It wasn’t until 2014 when I finally sat down and began writing down the big goals that had ever been in my head from the beginning. I wrote down 5 year goals, 1 year goals, 6 month goals and 2 month goals. I also write down lifetime goals. I think it is important to sit down and write these things out. Yes, goals may change over time, but if you never put it on paper it almost isn’t real. I think the 2 month goals & 6 month goals are far more attainable and can be tracked easier. Another important thing to track is daily goals. Our whole team uses Asana to not only track our tasks, but to track and record goals we have for our separate positions on the team. It is so important for each of our team members to participate in Asana even if they think it does not matter, because it gives me an overall picture of the health of our goals and tasks. It also allows me to collaborate with them instead of having to send so many inner office emails. We already have enough emails, so let’s not add to it. The thing about goals for me is up until this year, they have never been financial. The only reason I have financial goals now is because my dreams are getting bigger and bigger and something has to fund those goals. I also have financial goals for being able to add to our team. Goals can be small and large, as long as you work yourself backwards and break it down into small steps, any goal can be accomplished if you put your head to it. I am proud to say that every goal except for my vision of a giant, multi-purpose warehouse/office/studio/apartment/restaurant has happened, has happened thus far. So, I now have new bigger goals and I still have that giant warehouse goal on my sheet, but it may be more of a 10 year goal. All in due time! I can’t wait for you all to read what the rest of my dinner guests say about goals. These people are all so smart and organized; they have definitely taught me a thing or two!

Happy reading,

Kristen

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I put together a list of goals, some more achievable than others.  I don’t always achieve the really big ones but I love the challenge in trying because you just never know!  When you work hard and the stars align, what sometimes seems impossible can happen.

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At the beginning of each year, my wholesale manager and I have a goal setting retreat where we take a look at worked in the previous year, what fell short, and what we would love to make happen. Something new that I am using this year is following what is called a “Balanced ScoreCard”, with 4 categories of business goals: 1. Financial Goals 2. Customer Facing Goals 3. Organizational Capacity 4. Internal Processes. Then, I am setting 2 goals in each category. This is a strategic planning an management system that was introduced to me through a SBA program that I am participating in, and I am trying to fine tune my focuses this year. This year some of my goals in those categories include building a new website, hiring someone to improve our SEO, focus on talent development within Gingiber. I’ve realized that I am the actual bottleneck within the company, because my hands have to be on so many parts of it. By training my employees to take some of these things off of my plate, it will empower them to be able to run the business when I need to travel, and it will ensure that we can continue to grow as I focus on more big picture projects.

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 When you own a small creative business, there are so many different things that can happen in a year. We never know what could be around the corner and we want to make sure that we are open to all the unexpected opportunities that present themselves. Our goals are to keep growing as a business and to keep our business open to the next thing that could be around the corner. 

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It’s funny; sometimes I confuse goals with tasks! But in a way they are one in the same. I breakdown goals into smaller tasks- Whenever I complete cross off a to-do it makes me feel I am that much closer to reaching my goal and all of the sudden that “big goal” doesn’t seem so crazy or far reached any more.  I use Evernote a lot to track my tasks- makes me feel good when I check things off my to-do list. It’s those small wins in life that counts, right? My goals for 2017 is really about growing a strong team and scaling at a steady pace.  Esselle is a very young brand so there is a lot of  “life” we still have to experience before we find the recipe that works best for us.  

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I have quarterly goals divided into three categories of success—financial, time and creative. We’re given a huge gift as creative entrepreneurs to have those last two categories in our control. So, I like to be conscious with where my time working and not working is spent with time goals. For example, I have a goal to not work Thursdays and be with my daughter. And I want to ensure that I am feeding my artistic needs, keeping my creative well full of good things, with creative goals as well.

I am very old school, and track my progress with clipboards, labeled for each month. However, I do obsess with scheduling my iCal to complete the tasks for each goal. Goal-setting sheets, whichever way you do it is great, but if it’s not scheduled, it’ll never happen.

My big picture goal for my business in 2017 is to be more aware of our consumer behaviors as we move through a company shift. It’s easy to listen to an industry leader or researcher and take their word for where the market is going and what people want, but only you really know your customers. I see a lot of cultural, technological and financial change coming, so I want to keep in check that I am best serving my customers/readers and anticipating their behaviors and desires.

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 For the past two years, I have offered a creativity workshop in January that is focused on creative recovery through journaling. Though I am facilitating the class, I take the time to journal alongside the participants. This time is essential for me to shake off the overindulgence that the holidays typically bring—especially with two kids under 4—and dedicate a block of time to set SMART goals for the year ahead. Being an illustrator, I love to compose a series or do a call for submissions for a set amount of time. It relieves any feelings of becoming bogged down by the same ole same ole and different offerings can really broaden my reach as a business.

My goals for 2017 are to zone in on the details by season. Many of the portrait commissions I do are purchased as gifts to others, so I am mindful to promote and operate on a holiday timeline. Holidays and seasons are also important as I plan my workshop calendar, to know if the odds are favorable to host a plein air painting class or not timing a class schedule that falls on a holiday.

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I absolutely love this question! I am a huge fan of goal setting – I actually dedicated the first 3 episodes of my podcast to goal setting because I feel it’s so important. In January I send the kids to their grandparents and then spend 2 full days on a ‘planning retreat’ with my business partner (who also happens to be my husband). We use that focused time to look at the direction of our business and the path we want to create in the coming year. With goal setting, I always begin with reflection, so I look back over the past year and assess what went well and especially what did not. I use that exercise as a springboard to design goals that I feel fit our mission and where we want our business to grow.

Then I set SMART goals (specific, measurable, attainable, rewarding, & timed) for the different areas of my business including personal growth/education, marketing, finances, operations, etc. I make sure that these goals are aligned with our mission and the direction we want to grow.

Then, I take my big goals and break them down into mini goals – I prefer to look at goals as 90 day sprints because I think that makes it easier to achieve. I also allows grace and flexibility for when life happens. You can listen to my whole goal setting process on my podcast if you want more information on how I implement each of these steps (Episodes 1-3 are all about the goal setting process – you can hear those here).

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I’m big into the freshness that the new year brings and I love to use January 1st as a time to reflection on the past year. I’m good at naming the problems/opportunites the lsat year presented and I typically make my new years goals based on those. I”ll scribble a half dozen resolutions onto a post-it and leave it on my computer screen for the year. (Super fancy). What I can definitely get better at is, on the flip-side, reflecting on the successes of the year and creating goals based on those. (I’m trying to be less of a pessimist!). This year, my over-arching goal is to be more intentional and to see beyond the horizon is my goal for 2017. We’re big into weddings and, during wedding season, it can be really tough to see past our production schedule in order to strategize and think bigger. This year, I intend to set aside one morning a week to escape the buzzing studio to sit, be focused, and look further into the future.

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On a specific front, I want to add volume. I’m only one person so upping my output is just about working twice as hard. However, my big goals this year are to represent books that change the world, or at least open up new worlds for those who experience them. I want to develop projects that allow readers to look at wellness, spirituality, memoir, pop culture and medicine in a new light.  I also want to shake up the worlds of interior design, travel, business, creative fulfillment, empowerment and day-to-day organization techniques. I want to be part of mind-expanding enterprises and have a robust list of “live your best life” authors in unexpected new areas.

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I’m a huge fan of not planning too far in advance, so when I set goals I use a 60-day period to plan and motivate myself. Because when we set goals that are too far in advance, we aren’t motivated to complete them because it seems like there’s plenty of of time. I use the S.M.A.R.T. Goals system to make sure that I am creating goals that I can measure so I can track my progress. When I sit down to plan my year, I start by  reminding myself of my business mission and vision and then create milestones for 3, 5 and 10 years. Creating milestones like this helps me get a bit more granular about what a single year will look like for me.

One I always suggest is a printing out a yearly calendar and crossing off any time that you’re going to be out of town. Next, cross off any times you’re going to be really busy with orders. For example, if you have a really busy holiday season you probably aren’t going to be able to work on your business, you’re going to have to be working in your business. I sometimes even cross off an entire month just to work in my business. As you start to cross off dates that you will be out of town, unavailable, or super busy with orders, you’ll start to see what you can really accomplish in your a calendar year.  Then, you can start to create your a product launch schedule and see how much time it’s going to take for you to complete those things.

Planning this way can be a huge eye-opener in understanding how much time it actually takes to complete your goals and you usually you figure out that you’ve set too many goals in a year.  Which is why at the end of the year some of us may feel defeated or disappointed that we didn’t accomplish everything that we wanted to accomplish – it wasn’t because you weren’t capable, but because you over committed yourself. If you set your goals this way you’re more realistic with your time and what you can accomplish. (Goals are kind of my jam, so I could go on and on about this!)

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We have a big ass chalkboard right as you walk into the production room. We have it divided into the different categories of our business, and each segment is broken down into specific, bite-size tasks. We focus on a two-month period at a time, to track sales targets and to big picture goals simultaneously. One of our big goals for the year is adding Anthropologie as a key account and partnering with them on exclusive products.
Launching the first online workshop was a Q1 goal for us, and we’re so happy to see it coming to fruition!

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I like to pick 1 overarching theme to focus on each year. 2015 was the year of collaboration. 2016 was focused on community building. 2017 is the year of balance. In 2015 I did a million styled shoots, and the opportunities and relationships that came from that was fantastic! In 2016 I set my sights on a few specific industry talents I wanted to work with and reached out. Participating in industry events like The Cream was a game changer, and attending industry conferences was a great way to meet like minded collaborators. This year, I’m getting married! I’m a little excited to say the least. For the first time I’m setting myself some boundaries. I’m TRYING to dedicate Saturdays and Sundays to my own wedding & life for that matter instead of working straight through. I’m also TRYING to leave the office by 7:00 every night (but as I sit here typing its 7:15 soooooo….).  Its a challenge, but I’m making effort and at the end of the day thats all I can ask of myself.  

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At the start of each new year i think to myself: ok. THIS is going to be my best year yet. Then i think, what is it that will make that so? i usually pick a large goal (one that may seem a bit far fetched) along with small goals that i can work on regularly throughout the year that will push my business forward, and simultaneously help me work toward that more lofty goal. i don’t have a formal way of tracking the goals, but always remind myself of what i’m working toward so that i can keep pushing myself to do little things to stay on track.

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Each year, I have a set amount that I would like to hit. It’s pretty realistic based on past year sales and increment % increases.
I want to increase year after year in average per wedding sales. That to me a key measure for success while others often just like gross sales. I also like to keep gross margin at a consistent rate. To me high sales while maintaining expenses is a win win. Year over year sales growth doesn’t mean anything if margin is eroding. And if margin is eroding, I want to know why. Tracking key fundamentals helps for sales projections.

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I sit down at the end of the year to plan out the next year with big, broad strokes. I don’t worry too much about the details except to say what resources I might need or what needs to happen before that big goal is started. Then, at the end of each quarter, I’ll go back to that list and reassess what’s important, whether I can still tackle that big item and set my intention for the next quarter. Each week, I’ll make sure I’m doing what’s necessary to stay on task to reach the goal I’ve set for the quarter and year.
I also block out personal time (I’m bad at this and I’m trying to get better) that I plan on taking so that I can recharge and stay fresh! Without this time, I can’t take proper care of my clients or my community! 

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Since we have a lot of overhead between rent, payroll, and inventory, we have a very specific baseline goal we have to meet every month to stay ‘in the black’.  I check our numbers constantly to see where we’re at.  We run our store on Shopify, which has really easy reporting tools that I can look at throughout the day.  If we’re really behind, I might do an unplanned sale or promotion to boost revenue. 

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Our 2017 goals include increasing our online sales, increasing our interior design work and engaging with selected national brands. I keep a list of national brands and publications we would like to be in posted by my desk, next to our hashtag #inspiredtailoredauthentic to guide the tone of our pitches.

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Goals are my favorite! Buuuut I use them more as a starting place than a set-in-stone-if-you-don’t-reach-these-you’re-a-failure. I like to think about my goals in terms of time, money, and energy. It’s easy to focus only on revenue, but that’s not painting a clear picture of my business – if something is bringing in a ton of revenue, but zapping all of my energy, it’s probably not worth it!

When I’m goal-setting, I start by looking back and considering what worked, what didn’t, and what was missing (the classic Start – Stop – Continue). I then use my answers to those questions to set revenue benchmarks and decide how I want to feel.

For 2017, my goals are to think less about the bottom line revenue generated by my business, and, instead try to make space for more energy and creativity in my life! My hypothesis is that if I work on projects that are energetically aligned with me, my business will thrive as a result. It’s easy to be driven by just numbers, but, for me, that leads to burnout. And if I want this business to keep growing, I need the energy to sustain it!

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At the end of each year I begin to think about the next year, and then in January, I sit down and write out what I want that year to look like.  Some goals, like financial and sales growth, can easily be tracked by weekly, monthly, and quarterly reporting.  And other goals are more of a monthly gut check-in.  For 2017, my goals are obviously to outperform 2016 in sales for the Shoppe and audience growth for the Blog.  I also plan to give the Shoppe’s website a refresh and introduce a few new bells and whistles to the customer experience. And to FINALLY make our brick and mortar a reality, and launch our new sister company, The Well Code.

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I give myself goals throughout the year.  I don’t really have a goal system.  I am honestly not great at tracking them, but would like to be better.  My main goal for 2017 is to simplify my business and my services.  I am still trying to figure out what exactly that means for TULIP, but what I do know is that 2016 was just way too much for me.  Between the shop, my regular floral clients, my wedding business, and my kids…..  the way we were doing things in 2016 just wasn’t very efficient.  We need to work on streamlining things this year and I really want to be better about delegating and giving up some control.  I’ll let you know how all that goes in 2018. 

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It’s important to always remember your “Why” – why you started and whom you serve.  I make sure to keep my mission in focus at all times. As far as track my goals, I’m constantly using Excel to look at my annual sales and goals, as well as often checking in  on progress to see if we are meeting those goals. Also, as a creative and visual-thinker, I use lots of post-its on walls, or draw pictures so I can visually see what my goals are.
For organizational software, I use Asana to help my team and I stay on task. The day to day can be tedious, but making sure that I stay structured and organized is definitely something that helps me stay sane. We try to stay open-minded towards different opportunities and we love collaboration. At VMI and TSS, we get requests for things that are not typical of what we do but if they tie back to our mission then we’ll welcome a discussion. My goal for 2017 is strengthening our team and making sure our mission is carried out in our work and lives. We also want to put on more educational events and meet-ups, as well as working on bridging new connections between people from all industries. 

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Each year the 3 of us directors have a team retreat. We hide away in the mountains for a weekend to re-center ourselves and set goals (also to soak in a hot tub and eat good food, but those are just the perks ;). This time away from work and personal responsibilities with a clear agenda has proven invaluable. Once we’ve planned our goals for the current year, and updated our 3 year, 5 year, and beyond goals, we set checkpoints to keep ourselves accountable. Our goals for 2017 revolve around sustained profitability and achieving better balance to avoid burn-out. 

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Back by popular demand is our Turn The Tables series. Over a year ago I started the series here on our blog, The Thread, as a way for entrepreneurs, makers, founders and creatives to share advice, provide inspiration and connect with an audience hungry to hear and learn more. The series was inspired by the many dinners I have had (many with the people I have asked to participate in this series) when traveling to market, retreats, or general work outings. Everyone is always so open and honest, sharing the newest information we have about anything and everything relating to our industries. I always leave those dinners with my wheels turning, ideas forming or problems solved. I wanted to bring that same feeling to our blog and create a virtual dinner table. Each Turn The Tables series (this is this second one. Find the Turn The Tables archive HERE) features a set number of guests, with those guest remaining the same throughout the series. Instead of a traditional interview featuring one person, I wanted to mix it up and give it more of a conversational & dinner table feel, as if you were sitting down with a group of friends. Each week only one question is asked, but it is answered by up to 24 amazing entrepreneurs in all different industries. Instead of focusing on one person, we focus on one subject, each tacking it and providing unique answers. As you follow along throughout the weeks to come, note that each entrepreneur has no idea what the other entrepreneur is saying. It is interesting in that there are so many similarities and threads that tie us all together. At the end of the day, we hope this series leaves you inspired and hopeful. This first post in Turn The Tables II is all about getting to know the people that will be joining me for the next 14 weeks. Yes, you read that correctly FOURTEEN WEEKS! Isn’t that awesome! Each of these entrepreneurs was gracious & generous to share time and knowledge, so check them out, connect with them. I am definitely amongst their biggest fans… duhhh… that’s why I asked them to be a part of my dinner table!:) Happy reading! xo, Kristen Ley

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Parisian obsessed founder of LaVieAnnRose.com and the author of lifestyle and travel guide, BRIGHT LIGHTS PARIS.  Lover of All Things French in case you couldn’t tell.

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Ali, Jenni, and Pippi have a grand time imagining they are as cute as they are in Ali’s illustration of them, so this is the headshot they all agree they’re happy to look at week after week. They want to promote this Turn the Tables idea…. it’s AWESOME. One of the best things in this industry is how everyone helps each other, and this is an amazing forum for it.

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Stacie Bloomfield is the owner of Gingiber, an animal-centric gift and paper-goods brand fit for the young and young at heart! Her distinctive and colorful illustrations have captured the hearts of retailers across the globe, and her products have been featured in Country Living Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens & Where Women Create Magazine. An illustrator at heart, Stacie has licensed her artwork with The Land of Nod, Moda Fabrics, Quarto Publishing, and Chasing Paper Wallpaper, as well as several other amazing companies. Gingiber has just launched an adorable new line of Enamel Lapel Pins that are the perfect medium to show of their cheery animal designs and add some #ZestToYourVest.

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Andy and Jane are the owners and operators of Bench Pressed, a small letterpress and design company in Minnesota. Bench Pressed specializes in hand drawn and hand printed letterpress goods. They like to call their line “tongue in cheek with a little sweet”.

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Sherry is the owner and designer of esselle SF.  She designs and hand paints an assortment of geometric signage holders and coaster trivet sets for modern brides and hostesses.  

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Katie O. Selvidge is the Publisher and Founding Editor of Cottage Hill—a lifestyle blog and magazine providing real inspiration for wholehearted living. Named after a road in her hometown and inspired by her great-grandparents, Cottage Hill was realized from a desire to recognize her roots and create a more meaningful legacy. Before publishing, Katie was a ballerina (Houston Ballet) and choreographer. Through her programs Editor’s Course and Assured + Well, she teaches creatives how to produce original story-based work as a sustainable business, directly inspired by her career in the performing arts as a self publisher. Katie, her husband Nathan and their daughter Hadley reside outside of Tulsa, Oklahoma, where they are starting a small homestead.

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Ginger Williams Cook is an artist, mother, and teacher living in Jackson, Mississippi. Ginger is known for her illustrative, whimsical portraits; contemporary visions inspired by wandering through the nostalgia dreams of dusty antique shops. She accepts commission work, most notably personalized pet portraits that capture not just a visual likeness but also the glimmer of the pet’s unique personality. The response to her offering custom pet portraits in January of 2017 has been incredible. She spent most of 2016 working on book illustration (one set for a 2018 publication). Needless to say, Ginger is thrilled to be back to painting beloved dogs and cats with her special touch.

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Tonya started her first business in 2009 working out of her dining room juggling two small kids. By 2011, she had grown the business to the point where her husband could leave corporate America and come work with her. By combining her entrepreneurial spirit with his MBA and marketing experience, they were able to grow a small niche business quickly into something that could support their family.

Their company continued to flourish, but something was missing. In the summer of 2014 they closed up shop to follow their true passion of starting inkWELL Press. They launched in November of 2014 and have been able to grow their business at a rapid pace thanks to their commitment to quality, focused marketing efforts and fiercely loyal fans. Recently Tonya has launched her podcast, Productivity Paradox, which debuted at #12 in iTunes in the Business category.

Tonya has enjoyed every minute of this journey. She is passionate about passing along all that she has learned to help other creatives achieve their dreams.

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Catherine Polacek is a clothing-designer, turned letterpress-printer-and-graphic-designer. She runs Printerette Press, a letterpress print and design studio in Minneapolis – a studio whose mission is to fight the Minnesota cold with bright, bold, and happy design.

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Kim Perel is a literary agent and ghostwriter with Paper over Board/IGLA in New York City. She specializes in break out non-fiction authors.

The next books she has coming out are called How To Pack by Hitha Palepu (Clarkson Potter), which is a cool gift book on how to get organized for any trip, How to Make It: 25 Makers Share the Secrets to Building a Creative Business by Erin Austen Abbott (Chronicle Books) and a memoir called Stronger in the Broken Places by Quentin Vennie (Rodale), about a man who went from being a drug-dealer on the streets of Baltimore to finding a way out of that doomed future and into a better life using a wellness trinity he created consisting of juicing, yoga and meditation.

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Jennifer is the creative business growth strategist and founder behind the Creative Founders. She got her start in marketing and graphic design for the healthcare and tech start-up worlds, and then started her own wedding invitation design business in 2008. After five successful years in the wedding invitation business, she now serves creative business owners through a variety of learning experiences, both online and in person as Founder of the Society for Creative Founders. You can learn more and receive some pretty awesome (IMO) business education for creatives in your inbox by CLICKING HERE. Jennifer gets energized by empowering women to run their creative business with better strategy, plans, and systems for growth – and in a way that works for their lifestyle. She believes growth, abundance, and a helping hand conquer fear, scarcity, and a stuck mindset. We’re better together!

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Liz Maute Cooke is a hand-lettering artist and the founder of Lionheart Prints, a line of greeting cards and gifts made in the heart of New Orleans. As a designer, Liz has always been drawn to type and lettering, and she’s excited to be releasing a brand new series of online workshops on hand-lettering throughout 2017.

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Carey of The Idea Emporium found a niche market in the wedding world with event branding. More than paper goods alone, she likes to design and produce all of the custom hard goods of a celebration from the signage to the favors, and from the guestbook to the cocktail napkins while maintaining a cohesive design (not matchy-matchy) thought each piece. She’s also a bride herself; Getting married on April 8 to her perfect man!

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Robyn Wehab is the owner and designer at lake + loft and meant to be sent — super fun lifestyle and stationery lines, full of luxe, colorful designs for your desk, home and party. lake + loft was launched last spring along with the new dream.plan.do. planner. robyn is working on the new 17-month edition of her planner launching this spring, along with a new wedding planner!

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Nancy is a floral and event designer in San Francisco, California where she lives with her photographer husband, Kevin Chin, and their sweet pup, Rocco. Nancy has always loved planning events. Before starting her own business, Nancy passionately planned weddings for her family and friends, all while holding a corporate job in retail merchandising. She would clip-out beautiful images of florals and wedding inspiration from books and magazines in her free time, but it wasn’t until after her own wedding to Kevin did she decide to take the leap and give the wedding industry her full attention. She knew she wanted to work with her hands, and took on apprenticeships with a calligrapher and floral guru. In those apprenticeships and her education at City College of San Francisco Horticulture program is where Nancy learned all about the art of hand-tied bouquets, boutonnieres and other detail floral pieces. By 2003, Nancy had a thriving business. As the years evolved, Nancy was not only creating beautiful florals, but she returned to her roots and event planning, creating a full floral and event production business. Nancy Liu Chin Designs loves creating and loves taking a client’s inspiration and turing that into something truly magical and breathtaking. Nancy and her team work out of San Francisco’s Wholesale Flower Market, and love having the ability to see what the growers and floral vendors are bringing in daily.

Nancy is also one of the founders of Oh So Inspired. Oh So Inspired is an intimate business focused retreat for event professionals designed to elevate their creative brand and build concrete businesses. The retreat happens once a year and is always looked foreword to my many people in and out of the wedding & event industry.

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Reina Pomeroy is the Owner and Founder of Reina + Co, the Life + Biz Success Coaching® Practice for creatives who are right brained and heart centered. She helps clients stop spinning their wheels and take action on what’s most important. She’s a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach with over 1,000 hours of coaching under her belt. Reina also co-hosts the Creative Empire Podcast where she interviews leaders in the creative industry. She’s based in Washington DC but her clients and creative entrepreneur community live all over the globe. You can find Reina’s work featured on Entrepreneur on Fire, Entrepreneur.com, Brit + Co, The Huffington Post, Honeybook, Forbes Top Podcasts for Entrepreneurs, The Rising Tide Society.

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Jessie Senese is the owner of Sweet Lulu, an online store offering a curated selection of party pretties from around the world.   She lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband and three children.  Jessie recently opened the doors of her 8,000 square foot warehouse to the public, allowing visitors to shop the aisles alongside the “Lulus” packing up online orders.

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Married for 33 years, Steve and Jill McKenzie are founders and principal designers of the retail business, Steve Mckenzie’s and Interior Design Atelier, McKenzie Design LLC. Steve is an accomplished abstract expressionist artist and has recently licensed 15 of his works for reproduction fine art prints and stationery. These products complement their textile and wallpaper offerings, which are available not only at Steve Mckenzie’s but throughout North America.

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Hand raiser and yes sayer, Tiffany Han is a branding strategist for highly-creative women and host of the super-loved Raise Your Hand Say Yes podcast (listen to her talk to Kristen about faith and business and creativity here!). The love child of Terry Gross and Don Draper, she crafts programs and resources that help female entrepreneurs startbrand, or grow the businesses of their dreams – while also having as much fun as possible.

In her spare time (ha!), she starts as many dance parties as she can with her husband and twin daughters. They live in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Waiting On Martha’s founder and curator, Mandy Kellogg Rye, lives by one mantra, “Life should be lived beautifully every single day.” As the ultimate creative and personal outlet for Mandy, the Blog focuses on creating a beautiful everyday through fashion, food, décor, travel and wellness. As the readers grew, so did the oh-so common question “where do I get that?” And thus, as Mandy puts it, “it only took one reader’s question to push me to indulge my dream of opening a boutique.” The shoppe was opened as an e-commerce boutique in July of 2012, has had several successful local pop-up shops since then, and is in the works for a brick and mortar location soon.

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Lesley Frascogna is the creative force and owner behind Tulip, a brand that encompasses floral services, workshops, and most recently and brick and mortar shop.  When she’s not creating artistic floral and buying for her shop, she’s spending time with her other passions: her husband Marty, kids Frank and Birdie, and dog-kids Fran and Lucy.  After having two kids and running a creative business, Lesley found it difficult to connect with other like-minded women in the same field.  She wanted to create a community of creative business owners who understood the difficult dynamic of motherhood and  business owner.  In early 2016 she decided she was going to cultivate and host a retreat for these hardworking mamas.  NOURISH is an all-inclusive restful retreat for busy “mamapreneurs” who are trying to find a work, life balance and connect with other industry mamas.  The retreat is taking place this April 23rd-26th in Watercolor, FL.  For more information you can visit www.nourishtheretreat.com.

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Christina McNeill is an award winning wedding photographer and the Managing Editor of the wedding blog, Snippet & Ink. Snippet & Ink is a wedding blog that focuses on beautiful and meaningful weddings.  In addition to the weddings features and beautiful details, this year they’re heavily promoting their ceremony content, which includes loads of examples of full ceremony scripts (religious, non-religious, playful, interfaith, etc) as well as wedding vow examples, wedding readings and traditions!

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Mary is a creative director and founder of Very Mary Inspired and The Sketchbook Series. Her purpose is to empower and inspire creatives by blending art, design, community, education and imagination through a variety of workshops and creative consulting for creative entrepreneurs. The Sketchbook Series is a collection of luxury sketching workshops across the nation teaching event design and enabling creatives of all levels to bring their ideas to life. Enrollment for 2017 workshops are now open with The Huntington Hotel in Los Angeles as the first stop. More tour dates and locations are available on our website, social channels and of course, feel free to give Mary and team a shout with any questions.  We are pre-enrolling for our other cities via www.thesketchbookseries.com.

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Erin Godbey is the co-founder of the Makers Collective, a non-profit arts organization. The Makers Collective exists to support and empower creative entrepreneurs, and works to further the makers movement through events like Indie Craft Parade and the Makers Summit. When she’s not directing these initiatives, Erin can be found hosting an impromptu party, perfecting her chocolate cookie recipe, or relaxing at home with her husband, baby, and their pack of stray cats.

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Hey friends! Happy Hump Day!

 We are loving everyone’s Valentine’s Day photos from yesterday!!! It makes us oh-so-happy! Have you been checking out Instagram, Twitter and Facebook?! Those are some of our favorites! And let’s not forget about Pinterest!!! We love sharing photos on our social media platforms, it’s a huge part of Thimblepress not to mention all the great inspiration out there! One of the main aspects of social media in todays word is HASHTAGS! ###### Oh yes and we love them! It’s such a perfect way to see so many interesting, different and creative photos from all over the world!! 

So today, we wanted to go into depth about one of our most favorite hashtags we use, #thimbleconfetti! It says it all in the name! Whenever a customer purchases any style of our Push-Pop Confetti™, Confetti Card or Colassal Confetti we urge them to post a photo and use the hashtag #thimbleconfetti! 

See below some of our favorite customer photos using #thimbleconfetti! 

(image by @shannonlknudsen)

(image by @lc_steele)

(image by @meghanklein)

(image by @laceandlikes)

(image by @electric_confetti)

(image by @masondixonmade)

(image by @foragefloral)

(image by @thegalwithpluck)

(image by @maddiebroderick)

(Image by @thimblepress)

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(image by @usweekly)

(image by @lindspie)

(image by @fashionablehostess)

(image by @thimblepress)

Looky! All of our Thimblepress Push-Pop Confetti™, Confetti Cards & Colossal Confetti™ glory in photos! You can shop our full confetti collection HERE
We get so excited when we see your photos and we may even share it on our social channels! So make sure to always use our #thimbleconfetti hashtag for us to check out your images!! 
We can’t wait to see! Cheers to a beautiful day! Have a fun hashtag that you like to use?! Leave a comment and let’s chat about it! 
Love, 
Team Thimblepress

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Cheers to Wednesday, friends!!

2017 has started off so amazing for us here at Thimblepress®, saying we are truly blessed would be quite the understatement and it’s only the beginning of February! Back about a year ago, we shared our first Designer Collaboration with Hallmark Signature, and today we are bringing you the second collaboration; The Valentine’s Collection with Hallmark Signature! We wanted to bring you a full and detailed look at each design and the collection as a whole! We also took a few *behind the scenes* shots of artist, Kristen Ley, painting and sketching out her ideas! It was so amazing to see her ideas come to reality with this amazing collection! We are pretty smitten with MAJOR heart eyes! 

Confetti, glitter, hearts, pink hues, and a healthy dose of gold-  this collection has it all and just in time for Valentine’s Day next week! If you love Valentine’s Day, pssst we sure do(!!!!), we’re sure this collection will be right up your alley!! 

CLICK ANY IMAGE BELOW TO SHOP THESE DESIGNS or

SHOP THESE STYLES AT YOUR LOCAL HALLMARK GOLD CROWN STORE!

“The process started with sketches on notebook paper of ideas of cards I would want to receive from someone. I also wanted to play upon vintage and retro ideas of valentines day and add my own, modern spin. I want the receiver to know exactly what that person is trying to convey when they open the card. I want them to feel how special it is with all the details, gems, confetti & more that are added onto each card. I want them to feel the excitement of love, no matter what that means for each giver and receiver.” – artist, Kristen Ley

“In the fast-paced world we live in today, taking time to tell someone how you truly feel, especially if you love them, is super important. And all it takes is a beautiful card. These cards are wonderfully crafted with unique detail, that the card itself is a gift, and a true moment of self-expression for the giver of the card.” – artist, Kristen Ley

Click any card image below to shop!

“The collection for Hallmark was inspired my the whimsical, confetti world of Thimblepress and my love of sentimental and romance. I feel at Valentine’s Day, it is a great chance for a person to take that time out of their busy day to let that special person(s) in their life be it a husband, wife, life partner, girlfriend, boyfriend, mom, dad, sister, brother, or friend! Heck, I even get the pups their own Valentine’s treats!” – artist, Kristen Ley

Which design is your favorite? Who would you send these to? Leave a comment and join in on the conversation or shop the full collection HERE and start sending the love! You can also find each card at your local Hallmark Gold Crown Store! You can find a shop nearest you HERE

Here’s wishing you a sparkly and gorgeous Valentine’s Day, friends! 

xo,

Team Thimblepress®!