On a rainy April day, I was lucky enough to find myself in the warm and cozy studio of Molly Douma Brewer. A former public relations professional, Molly became intrigued by the idea of incorporating words and art into one form. When her husband suggested they build a sauna in their backyard, Molly had a different plan. She sought out a letterpress machine and with the help of her husband created a studio space in her backyard. Molly spent months learning how to run the machine and create the beautiful letterpress cards you see here. Eventually, as her business began to grow, Molly quit her day job to focus on letterpress.
Molly's biggest challenge as a small business owner is time management. Molly says that she underestimates the time it takes to complete tasks; often wanting things to take less time than they really do. As her business grows, Molly is starting to look for outside help to manage everything. Molly has hired an intern and is currently seeking out a sales rep. Molly hopes that by learning to delegate some of the smaller tasks, she can manage her time better.
So what keeps Molly going? Molly finds pleasure in knowing that her work makes others happy. Seeing a smile on a bride's face when she receives her invitation, or knowing that her card is being given to someone on a special day. These are the things that bring a smile to her face.
Molly also describes a sense of confidence that comes from running her own business. From the beginning, Molly believed that she could turn this art into a business. Believing in yourself is half the battle.
Thanks Molly! You can see more of her work at www.icepondpress.com.