press, each different ink color the design has requires cleaning and re-inking the press as well as makeready (perfect alignment of the printing plates and adjusting impression and inking). Sometimes the makeready takes longer than actual print time, especially when you are dealing with eccentric antique presses! How do you balance home life with work life (especially being a mom!)? I’ll be the first to admit I used to be very happy spending hours looking at pretty pictures on Pinterest! But after welcoming a baby boy to our family last year, I’ve had to limit distractions in order to spend as much quality time as possible with him while keeping my business on track and meeting deadlines for design and letterpress projects. I am very fortunate in that my business allows me to stay home with my son, but I do have to set
boundaries. After four years of selling on Etsy, I’ve just launched my own custom portfolio and ecommerce site at missivepress. com, and I will say that I’m very happy to have checked that one off of my never-ending to-do list! Of course, it will grow and evolve—I plan on adding a line of wedding and baby stationery, but all in due time.
magazine which was truly one of those ‘pinch me’ moments that will keep me creating!
What has been the most rewarding part of owning a small business?
What are some of your favorite Etsy shops?
As a small design and letterpress studio, seeing my own work in print has been very rewarding—there is something about owning the whole process from concept to design to finished letterpress piece that is truly amazing. It’s nice not having to compromise your vision for a project when you are your own art director and printer. Also, my stationery recently appeared in the March/April issue of Victoria
Can you recommend any books or resources to aspiring entrepreneurs? Yes, these two are a great place to start: Craft, Inc. by Meg Mateo Ilasco and The Handmade Marketplace by Kari Chapin
House Inhabit Jenny Lee Fowler Trendy Pillows Whitney Smith Pottery
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