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Hello, Tuesday! You are lookin’ mighty fine!

We are so excited to share our fourth and final  Halloween DIY Costume with you – A Fantastically furry and luscious hot pink Flamingo!  As you know, our love for flamingo motifs in every form is no secret.  With its pink feathers, slender neck and legs that go on forever, the flamingo is a pretty fabulous bird! We had so much fun making this DIY Costume. Shiny metallic clothing, feathers, pink boas…what’s not to love, right?!  


Check out the instructions below.   


Materials Needed:


To make the  Flamingo Skirt:

Step 1: Thread the yarn (either color) through the skirt –  4 times horizontal. 4 times vertical. This creates a grid on the skirt which will be used to attach the paper fringe, boa feathers and string.

Step 2: Poke 8 holes into top of skirt.

Step 3: Cut feather boa into eight pieces of various lengths ranging from 12”-16.”   String boa feathers through the holes in the top of the skirt; so they will dangle down vertically.   

Step 4: Cut the dark pink festoon into 30 pieces. Cut them into a variety of lengths ranging from 8”-14.”  Tie these pieces onto the horizontal string grid to give textural feel.

Step 5:  Follow step 4 above using the light pink festoon.

Step 6:  Cut dark pink yarn into 40 pieces. Cut into a variety of lengths from 6”-10”.  Tie these pieces onto the string grid to add additional texture and layers.

Step 7:  Follow step 6 above using the light pink yarn

Step 8:  Continue filling in the skirt with paper fringe, boa feathers, and string by tying to the yarn grid.  Once you have a full, textured, layered look you’re done with the skirt.


To make the Flamingo shirt

Step 1: Cut the light pink festoon into twelve 14” pieces.  

Step 2:  Cut the feather boa into six 14” pieces.     

Step 3:  Lay out the shirt. Using hot glue gun, glue 2 pieces of the festoon onto the front of the shirt.  Then glue 1 piece of feather boa below it.  Alternate until the shirt is layered all the way to the bottom (2 pieces festoon, 1 piece boa, 2 pieces festoon, 1 piece boa, and so on).

Step 4: Repeat step 3 on the back of the shirt.

To make the Beak:

Step 1: To make the flamingo beak, cut a circle out of white posterboard (approximately 6” diameter).  Then, cut a tall triangle out of the black posterboard (cut  to fit the wearer).   

Step 2: Glue the black triangle to the end of the white circle.  Trim, as needed, then carefully bend into the shape of a beak.  

Step 3: Attach string to each side of the beak so it can be attached to wearer.

That’s it!  We have had so much fun making DIY Costumes for Halloween!  











What a cutie! 

If you’ve made any of the costumes, be sure to share your photos with us on Instagram using the #thimblepressDIYcostume!  We love to see what you guys are making! You can also send  photos to to earn a chance to win a giant goodie bag filled with Thimblepress® goodies! Totally worth it! Leave a comment and let us know what you think! Can’t wait to see your own DIY costumes!

Happy sewing! 


Team Thimblepress

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Happy Monday, friends!!

Who out there is feeling like a superhero, ready to conquer this week?!?  We sure are!  To kick off the week, we’re sharing our DIY tutorial on how to make a superhero costume… “Confetti Girl!”  Her extraordinary power: showering the world with confetti and kindness! resizecg

Check out the instructions below!

Materials Needed:


Step 1:    Mix 2 parts Mod Podge with 1 part water in a spray bottle. Shake well until well mixed.

Step 2:   Spray the Mod Podge Mixture onto the back of the superhero cape until the cape is lightly saturated all over.  (But careful not to spray too much Mod Podge – if you apply too much, the cape will become stiff!)

Step 3: Sprinkle confetti all over the cape and let dry overnight.

Step 4.  Using paintbrush/foam brush, apply Mod Podge over the Superhero Eye Mask and Arm Bands.  

Step 5:  Generously cover the Eye Mask and Arm Bands with confetti.  Let dry overnight.

Step 6: To make the belt, cut a strip of  paper from heavy card stock, vinyl paper,  flexible cardboard, etc. (whatever you have on hand that’s durable, but flexible).  We cut our strip approximately 32”W x 3”H.    

Step 7:  Using paintbrush/foam brush, apply Mod Podge onto belt and cover  with confetti.  Let dry overnight.

And you’re done!  To complete the look, we  paired these DIY confetti accessories with a pink metallic skirt,  a sequins tank top, pink cosplay wig, and confetti covered boots.

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 So, get your confetti cape on, courageous LADY heroines!  It’s time to save the day! We can’t wait to see yours! 

Happy Confetti-ing!


Team Thimblepress



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Happy Friday!

Today, we’re so excited to share our second Halloween DIY Costume….Piñata Disco Queen! Too good, right?! 

As you know, we love piñatas – festive, fun and colorful! We also have a thing for RETRO fashion – billowing flares, platform shoes, sparkly fringe, pink-tinted sunglasses… think metallic GLAM. So, we decided to combine the two, and the inspiration resulted in a Piñata Disco Queen! Pretty groovy, huh?!


Look at those DIY FRINGE BELLBOTTOMS! We are just in love. Can we wear this to work everyday?!

Take a look below for the full set of instructions.

Materials Needed:


Step 1:  Lightly apply Mod Podge to front of the crop top shirt (Only to the front bust area, not onto the sleeves).  Careful not to apply too much Mod Podge.   If you apply too much, the shirt fabric will become stiff, and that’s not good for disco dancing!

Step 2:  Generously apply confetti all over the front of the shirt. Let dry overnight. 

Step 3: Cut  50 long strips of iridescent paper to be used as the fringe on the front of the pants.   We cut ours approximately  5”H x 16”W strips.  Stack 3-4 strips on top of each other.  Then, using sharp scissors, cut narrow slits every half inch or so to make textured, ruffled  fringes.  Be sure to  leave 1 inch at the top. (This inch at the top of the paper  will be glued down to the fabric.)  

Step 4.  Start at the bottom of the pants, and using Mod Podge, glue one strip of the fringe onto the pants.  Then, glue a second strip above the first. Then glue a third strip above the second, and so on…  Continue gluing rows of fringe all the way up the pants, spacing each about ½” apart.   Alternate colors (purple iridescent fringe, yellow iridescent fringe, metallic fringe, etc.).  Work your way from the bottom  to the top of the pants, overlapping each layer of fringe, until it’s completely covered. (For this costume, we only covered the front of the pants, not the back).

Step 5:  Cut another 20 strips of iridescent paper. This will be used as the fringe on the sleeves of the shirt. We cut ours approximately 4″H x 10″W.  Using sharp scissors, cut narrow slits every quarter inch or so to make detailed fringes, leaving  ½  inch at the top.    This will be the fringe for the shirt sleeves (approximately 10 strips per sleeve).

Step 6.  Using Mod Podge, glue one strip of the fringe onto the shirt sleeves.  Work your way from the outside of the sleeve to the inside of the sleeve.  Cover both sleeves with the metallic fringe.

Step 7:  Cut another 4 strips of iridescent paper to be used as fringe for the bottom of the shirt. We cut ours approximately  4“ x  12”W.  Using sharp scissors, cut narrow slits every quarter inch or so to make detailed fringes –  again leave ½  inch at the top.  Using Mod Podge, glue all 4 strips of the fringe onto the bottom of the shirt, working your way from bottom up.

Step 8. Let it all dry overnight.

Step 9.  To make the belt, cut a strip of  paper from heavy cardstock, vinyl paper,  flexible cardboard, etc. (We used a vinyl strip, but whatever you have on hand that’s durable, flexible will work just fine).  We cut our strip approximately 32”W x 3”H.  Apply Mod Podge and confetti. Let dry.   

Step 10.  Finally, put all the pieces together! We paired the disco outfit with this mermaid wig, John Lennon Glasses, and Gold Platform shoes.  










We just can’t get over this! This was SOOOO fun to make! Grab your disco ball, your dancing shoes, and turn up the volume on your playlist…  

Cue the jazz fingers!

Stayin’ Alive, Stayin’ Alive… 


Team Thimblepress

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Hi Friends!

We have been secretly planning our Halloween outfits for (many) months! And we are seriously excited about Halloween. Who else is ready??! Check out our first DIY Halloween costume! This costume is inspired by our very own Push-Pop Confetti™(obviously!) We had so much fun making it!


Here’s what you’ll need:  




Step 1: Roll out the Clear Vinyl Plastic

Using the wearer for reference, cut one piece of plastic long enough to comfortably fit around the wearer (like a tube).  We cut ours 75”W x  33”H  (This will be the Inner Tube)

Step 2:  Using the wearer for reference, mark where arm holes should be on the Inner Tube with pieces of masking tape. Carefully cut arm holes from the plastic sheet using an exacto knife and a pair of good scissors. We measured down 2.5” down from the top of the plastic and cut arm holes out from (6”W x 7”H).

Step 3: Cut a second piece of vinyl plastic that is 5” longer than the first (80”W x 33”H) (This will be the Outer Tube)

Step 4:  Repeat step two for the outer tube.  Carefully cut arm holes from the plastic tube using an x-acto knife and a pair of good scissors. Measure and cut holes out for arms. (6”W x 7”H)

Step 5: Using the vinyl plastic sheet from Step 1 (Inner Tube), apply Mod Podge over the entire surface and cover with confetti.  Let dry completely overnight.

Step 6:  Using paintbrush, cover the inside of the Plastic Ice Bucket with Mod Podge. Generously sprinkle confetti all over.  Let dry completely overnight (This will become the push pop cap).

Step 7:  Cut 4 foam noodles into various shapes and sizes (these will be confetti pieces). We used pink, green, yellow, blue foam noodles.

Step 8:  Cut pieces of the gold and silver wrapping paper  (these will be more confetti pieces – can’t have too much, right?!)

Step 9:  Using hot glue gun, glue down the foam pieces, silver confetti pieces, and gold confetti pieces onto the confetti-covered inner tube. Let dry completely.

Step 10:  Get ice bucket/push pop cap.  Using hot glue gun, fill the inside of the “cap” with foam pieces.  Cut 2 pieces strips of plastic sheet (10”W x 1”H)  and glue them to the inside of the ice bucket. This will serve as the “straps” to hold the Push Pop Cap on your head.

Step 11: Overlap and hot glue the ends together of the inner tube.  Hold in place until cool. (Our overlap was 8”).

Step 12:  Repeat step 9 for the outer tube.  Overlap and hot glue the ends together of the inner tube.  Hold in place until cool. (Our overlap on the outer tube was 3.5” inches)

Step 13.  Insert the inner plastic tube into the outer plastic tube  (i.e. like a donut); making sure the arm holes line up.  

Step 14:  Connect 2 foam noodles together using painter’s tape.  Squeeze 2 foam noodles  in between the inner and outer tube and position them horizontally. (This will give the Push Pop shape).

Step 15:  Roll out Kraft Paper and cut piece  80”W x 3”H (this will be the Push Pop Label)

Step 16:  Trace/Print  “Confetti Push Pop” onto the Kraft Paper. Use Sharpie Marker to fill in.   Wrap Label around the Push Pop Body and secure with hot glue gun.

Step 17. Cut 10 pieces of wire at a variety of lengths, 12” to 24.”  Attach foam pieces to end of the wire (to make it look like confetti is popping out!)  

Step 18.  Punch holes through inner plastic tube with wire and arrange the wire so it looks like the foam pieces are “popping out!”




Underneath, we paired the costume with  Metallic Silver Leggings and a Metallic Silver Crop Top.  





I mean how C-U-T-E! Want to make your own? Or maybe you have another #thimblepressdiycostume idea?! Send us photos to and we’ll send you a giant goodie bag filled with Thimblepress® goodies! Totally worth it! Leave a comment and let us know what you think! Can’t wait to see your own DIY costumes! 

Make sure to stay tuned for our other #thimblepressdiycostumes headed to the blog! 

Happy Crafting! 

Team Thimblepress®


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Hey Fellow Crafters!  

Today, we’re sharing one of our favorite ways to reuse gift wrap.  If you’re anything like us (ahem, a craft hoarder); then you know how hard it is to throw away a pretty piece of paper!  So, instead, let’s repurpose it! Check out the instructions below.

Materials Needed:

  • Glue Stick
  • Mod Podge (optional)
  • Gift Wrap
  • Circle Cutter (We used a Fiskars Circle Cutter)
  • Cutting Mat ( Cardboard will work) 
  • 8.5×11 White Cardstock or Heavy Paper
  • 8.5×11 Frame




Step 1:   Set the circle size on your Fiskar Rotary Cutter. (We set ours to 1.5″).  Place Gift Wrap on cutting mat and select areas to cut out. 



Step 2:  Cut out 12-15  circles  from the gift wrap. Pictured below is Thimblepress’s “Stripes Aqua Gift Wrap.”



Step 3: Once you have all the circles cut out, begin arranging them onto a 8×10 piece of cardstock paper.




Step 4: After you’ve finalized your arrangement, glue each circle down with a   glue stick. 



Step 5 (optional): If you want a glossy coating, apply one layer of of Mod Podge over the top of the work. 



Step 6:  Once everything has dried, place your completed artwork into an 8.5 x 11 frame.



Step 7: Hang your new piece of artwork the wall!


We have five different Gift Wrap collections that all feature original hand painted designs. Check the whole collection out HERE.   Leave us a comment and let us know how your piece turned out!  

Happy crafting!

Team Thimblepress


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Hi friends! 

Happy Thursday! What’s on your agenda? If you are local, you must come see us! We have some seriously amazing new goodies in the shop right now!! Maybe a friend has a birthday? You can grab a card + a gift + get it gift-wrapped ALL IN ONE PLACE! Too easy, right?! 

Check out some of the new goodness below! 


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And this isn’t even all of it!! Make sure to come visit us and see all the newness! We always have smiling faces to greet you, dancing tunes and fresh hot popcorn poppin’! So come on down to downtown!

We are open M-F 9:30AM – 5:30PM!

**For the months of November + December, we will be OPEN ON SATURDAYS!!! 

See yah soon! 

Team Thimblepress 

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Since Summer is slowing leaving and Fall/Winter are quickly arriving, we wanted to explore cool colors! So what better way than to start off with the color DUST! We love this color because you can literally pair it with ANY color and it looks fantastic. See our #fridaydayfinds inspiration board below for all kinds of DUSTY colors and hues that will make you oh-so-ready for this new weather! 


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Click corresponding numbers below to shop:

1  /  2  /  3  /   /  5  /  6  /  7  /  8  /  9  /  10  /  11  /  12  /  13  /  14  /  15  /  16  /  17  /  18  /  19  /  20  /  21  /  22  /  23  /  24  /  25  /  26  /  27

We are in love with this color!

Do you love a specific color that you’d like for us to explore? Write and comment and let’s chat about it! 


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Happy Monday!  Today we are excited to bring you one of our new favorites, The Karovan Bar!  The Karovan Bar is a unique mobile bar for hire that will come to your event, manage your bar operations, and serve food, cocktails, (and/or other beverages).  Call them for your next celebration –   birthday party, wedding, crawfish boil, rehearsal dinner, block party, backyard gathering, etc! We can’t wait to have them at one of our next Thimblepress events!  Check out our Q&A below with owner, Karey Evans and business partner, Leslie Carpenter.

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What/who exactly is The Karovan?

(Karey): The Karovan Bar is a unique mobile bar for hire with lots of versatility. It is a custom made beauty (10 feet x 6 feet) with solid oak trim and countertops- classy with a vintage sophistication.

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

(Leslie): Karey was planning her son’s wedding, and she is all about creating a fun time for anyone that she entertains!  She was using a food truck theme for the rehearsal dinner, and saw an example of a ‘beverage bar” being done in Australia – sophisticated, retro, whimsy!  She researched (lots!), and was driven (always!), and found a manufacturer to create it.  We were having a conversation about it all, and I became excited (head over heels!) and committed, and we became business partners!  I adore the concept of having a fun way to enjoy each other in any setting!
(Karey):  We knew we were on the cutting edge of a great and new idea for Mississippi – so went took the leap!!


How does Mississippi play a role in your business?

(Karey): I think the younger generation in MS are open to new ideas. I think Fondren and the urban feel has played a big role in creating a place where people can be creative and be themselves. I really like that . I knew people would love the Karovan and it would catch on and appeal to everyone in MS.
(Leslie): Mississippi has the very best people – there is always a celebration, gathering, or party – it is perfect!

What are your goals for your brand?

(Karey): The goals for the Karovan Bar are to have fun, create an atmosphere that is special and unique for each event.
(Leslie): …and to provide a classy, special, and memorable “watering hole” allowing opportunities to visit, get to know each other, and meet new people!


What is your background?

(Karey): I grew up in New Orleans and moved to Jackson in the early 80’s. I went to LSU and raised 3 boys.
(Leslie): Being a mom, teaching cooking classes, and catering.

Where do you find inspiration?

(Karey): I find inspiration in new, fun and different things. Things that are out of the box. Creative people and ideas!
(Leslie): I am inspired by any and everything in god’s creation!




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

(Karey): I like to hang out with family and friends – also go to New Orleans!

What are your favorite places to shop and dine?

(Karey): I like to eat at Lou’s in Belhaven. I like sushi, so I go to Sushi Edo . I also like the restaurants in Fondren.

What are some of the reasons you call Mississippi home?

(Karey): Mississippi is home because of the people here and the close relationships we have here.
(Leslie): The people are what make it HOME!


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

(Karey): I think having the Karovan be a part of MS helps encourage people to be creative and follow their dreams and go out of the box. This is what makes life interesting and you meet wonderful creative people in the process.

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Are you ready to have the Karovan at your next event?! We sure are! Find out more information below!


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Hi Friends! Friday is finally here and we aren’t made about it ;)

For #fridayfinds we came up with some awesome grocery list staples that might help you on your next visit. Sometimes going to the grocery store is fun, new and exciting! But sometimes, let’s get real, it’s dreadful. Hopefully our inspiration board below will make your next trip to the grocery store or farmers market a little less “UGH”. 

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Click corresponding numbers below to shop:

1  /  2  /  3  /  4  /  5  /  6  /  7  /  8  /  9  /  10  /  11  /  12  /  13  /  14  /  15  /  16  /  17  /  18  /  19  /  20  /  21  /  22  /  23  /  24  /  25  /  26  /  27  /  28  /  29  /  30 

Happy shopping! 


Team Thimblepress

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Happy Friday! A long weekend is upon us and we are OH so excited! Today for #fridayfinds we rounded up some desk accessories that we think are a must have! If you love gold as much as we do, you are going to love these goodies! Check out our inspiration board below! 

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Click corresponding numbers below to shop:

1  /  2  /  3  /  4  /  5  /  6  /   /  8  /  9  /  10  /  11  /  12  /  13  /  14  /  15  /  16  /  17  /  18  /  19  /  20  /  21  /  22  /  23  /  24  /  25  /  26  /  27  /  28 

Have a safe and happy, long weekend, loves! 


Team Thimblepress

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Happy September!!

We had the pleasure of interviewing Lyn Roberts, General Manager of Square Books in Oxford, MS! Notably known for their charming 1970’s building and a huge array of different books by authors all over the world, Square Books is a must-visit spot in Mississippi. Read on for more information and photos of this charming little and continually growing business!

What/who exactly is Square Books?

Square Books is an independent bookstore comprised of three storefronts, Square Books, Off Square Books and Square Books, Jr., located on the historic square in downtown Oxford, Mississippi.

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

In 1979, Richard & Lisa Howorth opened Square Books on the second story of one of the stores on the square.  After the store was established, and the business growing steadily, they purchased a building across the square with street level frontage and later added the other two stores.  Richard had been interested in opening a bookstore from a young age, and they thought that it was a shame that in William Faulkner’s home town there was no place to purchase his books.

How does Mississippi play a role in your business? 

Square Books celebrates Mississippi’s tradition of  literature and Mississippi storytellers past and present.  An entire wall in the front of the main store is devoted to books by and about Mississippians.  Square Books, however, stocks titles that are of national and international interest, so all readers will feel at home and be able to select their next book.


What are your goals for your brand?

We want Square Books to be thought of as a bookstore providing excellent customer service with a staff that is knowledgeable and courteous in an atmosphere that is comfortable for patrons to browse.  

What is your background?

Richard Howorth grew up in Oxford and Lisa Howorth grew up in the Washington, D.C. area.  Lisa came to Oxford to study William Faulkner.  Together they worked at the Savile Book Shop in Washington to learn the business before they opened up their own shop in 1979.

Where do you find inspiration?

Working in a bookstore, one can’t help but be inspired–by the store patrons and readers, by writers past and present, by the publishers and editors and everyone who makes it possible for books to exist and enrich our lives and our world.

jrfront{Image of Square Books Jr, their children’s bookstore}

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


What are your favorite local places to shop and dine?

Unlike many small towns, the heart and main business district of Oxford is the square built around the old county courthouse.  The square is a vibrant place and has many stores and restaurants, all independently owned.   There are no franchises or chains on the square; every businesses is home grown.  This allows for a lot of variety and rich experiences.  

OffSquareBooksfront{image of OFF Square Books, extension of Square Books}

What are some of the reasons you call Mississippi home?

Mississippi is a hospitable state and people are friendly.  Storytelling runs strong here and the atmosphere encourages artistic creativity.  The past is not forgotten, and some of the state’s history is dark and troubled.  Mississippians today are aware of that and looking toward a future of unity among all Mississippians.  Sometimes there are state laws and actions that hinder us from moving toward that future, and may even drag us back, but we believe that the tide is strong and Mississippi will be united by our shared stories.

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

Square Books provides a place for all to gather, to browse and to buy books.  Everyone is welcome and we endeavor to make available the books each reader wants for  their own education, entertainment and enlightenment.  We  host events for authors to read or discuss their work and help support a community that in turn supports the arts.


Charming, huh? Makes us want to take a quick trip to Oxford, grab a cup of coffee and sit on their porch for hours! Want to know more about Square Books, OFF Square Books or Square Books, Jr.? Check them out here! 


In:Thimbleshop Thursday

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Local friends! We have a new brand in our shop and these goodies are as CUTE AS CAN BE! From marble stationery to gold foil prints, we can’t get enough of Katie Leamon! Come see us soon for a tour of the new goodies, some great customer service and freshly popped popcorn! We’d love to hang with yah for a while :)

Shop Hours: M – F 9:30AM – 5:30PM


We are just swooning after this charming artist! Come see it in person!

See you soon, locals! 


Team Thimblepress