Getting Festive

December, the final month of the year is upon us and it is already full of lights, festive garlands, bedecked trees, advent calendars, candles, bells, and, of course, shopping guides.

Giving gifts can simultaneously be a joyous occasion and one filled with stress. We think through so many aspects: the price, the size, the color, and most importantly, will the receiver like it??? After all, if our gift pleases then we are triumphant and known as good gift-givers. We reap the rewards of praise and affection.

With that in mind I’ve put together a few suggestions below. No matter what you give this holiday season I hope you are rewarded for the effort and thought with much praise and affection.

Enamel Owl Pin

Little Dinosaur Print

Kelpie Print

A Herd of Dalas

I’ve been printing up Dala Horse cards for the Mississippi Craftsman Guild shop! Though if you can’t make it to the shop to pick up a pack you can order them from the website shop. Chimneyville Craft Show is next weekend and I will not have a booth, but I will be around assisting my fellow craftsmen as a volunteer.

I’m starting to put together a list of shows to consider for 2022. If there’s a craftshow or market you particularly enjoy and would like to see me there, please let me know on Instagram! You can direct message me @hardpressedstudio with your suggestions. I look forward to reading them!


I’m absolutely loving the Fall decorations in the Good Citizen shop. Anna and her intern have done a fantastic job combining traditional pretty fall themes with pop culture whimsy that only we Millennials might relish. I feel lucky to be in this shop and see my prints in such good company.

Friday night we are hosting a community Bring Your Own Pumpkin (BYOP) Pumpkin Carving Party! We couldn’t let an October Friday the 13th go to waste. We’ll have sharpies for everyone to use to draw their design and a carving station where adults can carve out the patterns. Naturally there will be refreshments, a few trick-or-treat goodies and old scary movies playing in the studio. If you’re near Clinton, MS this Friday then come by with or without your pumpkin and join us!

Don’t worry, Olde Towne is actually quite pretty right now.