Not many people can say that they knew from age 5 what they wanted to be when they grew up but Kristen Ley went to her kindergarten's career day dressed as an artist and never wavered from that aspiration. She has explored many different forms of art through the years, from painting to sewing to woodworking, and graduated with a degree in graphic design from MSU in 2007. Then last year she purchased an early-1900's letterpress, hauled it on a tiny trailer from Kentucky to Mississippi, and opened up shop as Thimblepress Design Studio based out of her hometown of Jackson.
Kristen's Etsy store offers beautiful, high-quality prints of her original watercolor paintings of landmarks in Jackson, Starkville, and Oxford, Mississippi. There are many familiar spots to choose from, but here is a small sample:
Most recently she has added a collection of prints inspired by the Disney World ride, It's a Small, Small World, which she says fascinated her as a child. I absolutely love the vibrant colors and abstract quality of these designs. I think they are perfect for kids' rooms or nurseries (Hello? Awesome baby shower gift!) or for any space that needs a splash of color. I recently bought one of them for Wilder's room and I can't wait to get it framed and on the wall! Here are a few of the Small World prints that are available:
So, now that you know a little bit about Kristen and her work, let's talk about the giveaway. I'm so excited to tell you that the prize is a print of your choice! If the winner has connections to Mississippi, as I know many of my readers do, they may want a print from one of the Mississippi collections. Or, if the winner would rather, they can choose one of the Small World prints (12x18 or 12x12 size). Kristen also has a set of Jackson, MS, greeting cards that the winner can claim. Everyone has different tastes and preferences so this way the winner is sure to get something that they absolutely love! Are we all on board? OK, moving on to the rules...
To enter the giveaway: "Like" Thimblepress on Facebook and then come back to this blogpost and leave a comment saying that you have done so. You can find the Thimblepress Facebook page by clicking HERE. Don't forget to come back and tell me that you "Liked" Thimblepress -- your comment on this post is your entry into the giveaway!
There are also a few additional entries you can do to boost your chances of winning:
(2) Visit: the Thimblepress Etsy store and leave a comment on this blogpost telling me your favorite print from Kristen's collections. Visit the store by clicking HERE.
(3) Follow: @kristen_ley on Twitter and leave a comment on this blogpost saying that you've done so.
(4) Tweet: I just entered to win a print by @kristen_ley of #Thimblepress on @southnrsinsocal's blog! (and let me know by leaving a comment on this blogpost)
**If you do any of the additional entries, be sure to leave a separate comment for each! It's like putting your name in a raffle -- the more times it's in there, the more chances you have to be drawn.**
Comments will be closed at 12:00 PM Pacific (2:00 PM Central) on Friday, Feb. 24. I will then use Random.org to choose the number of the winning comment and announce the winner.
I'm excited! And I hope you are too! Be sure to check out Kristen's entire collection on Etsy if you haven't already.
P.S. You don't have to sign up or sign in to post a comment -- just enter your comment, select Name/URL from the drop down menu and enter your name (and website if you have one), and hit Submit! But please let me know if you do have trouble with the comments :)