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flower power

August 16, 2013


Kristen Ley was a creative child. Instead of dolls, she wanted craft kits. At camp, she chose ceramics over sports. After graduation in 2007 from Mississippi State University, Ley’s love of graphics, design and learning continued.

In 2011, after she bought a 1925 letterpress in Kentucky and learned how to sew, Ley opened Thimblepress, in Jackson, Miss. The name comes from Ley’s lifetime collection of thimbles, found on her travels that remind her of family and the places she has visited.

Like Ley, her designs are cheerful. They are also modern and fresh. Hand-printed cards ($4.50 to $5), tea towels ($22) and “It’s a Boy (or girl) Banner Kit ($22) are part of her fun line.

But, at the moment, current favorites include her state flower illustrations, which were inspired by a Lady Bird Johnson quote: “Where flowers bloom, so does hope.”

Purchase an individual state image (11 inches by 14 inches, $25), such as Georgia and the Cherokee rose. The illustrations combine the state shape and state flower (see images below) . Or consider the four-color illustration (18 inches by 24 inches, $55) of all 50 U.S. states (pictured above).

Each state print comes with a pack of plant-it-yourself wildflowers.

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