Hey there! Welcome to our five-part series all about wedding invitations. Invitations are a big part of what we do at Fine Day Press, in addition to our greeting cards, calendars and other paper goodies. Over the last 5 years, we’ve learned a few tricks to streamline the process, and we’re sharing them with you here.

Psst…The pattern above is part of our new watercolor invitation series. Stay tuned for the launch in the next few weeks.

WHERE TO START

Your wedding invitations are often the first thing your guests will see; it should represent the spirit of the day and set the tone. It’s never too early in the planning process to start envisioning your dream invitations! → Read more

Spring Forward

Oh man! Are you as ready for spring as I am? Granted, the winters are much milder here in Texas than in our former home of NYC, but we’ve had quite a few cold days around here. But it looks like spring weather is finally arriving, hooray!!

I had a super fun photo shoot with Lauren of Lauren Reynolds Photography a few weeks ago. She came over to my home-based studio and took a ton of great shots. I’m a notoriously bad picture taker (just ask my friends how many closed-eye shots they have of me, it’s legendary), but Lauren put me right at ease. She clearly knows how to coax out someone’s good side.

These photos will be part of some bigger updates to the website I’ll be rolling out through Summer & Fall. Our About page, Testimonials page, and Design Studio page will all be getting a refresh.

In other news, I wrote a blog post for the lovely Sarai Flores of Signature Event Consulting & Design, all about invitation planning and working with your stationer. Great advice for the newly engaged! And if you are thinking of planning a destination wedding, talk to Sarai – She’s a wealth of knowledge on the subject and her team puts together the most beautiful south-of-the-border shindigs.

Keep an eye out for some new additions to our Watercolor Wedding collection in the months ahead. I’m in full-on creative mode, and I’ve been working on some abstract designs in fun colors that will become new invitation suites with a fresh modern feel.

Lastly, with Spring comes Easter, Mother’s Day and Graduations – Shop all of our spring-y greeting cards right here. Contact me directly at hello (at) finedaypress.com for wholesale orders.

Swoon Event Pics are here!

I had a blast at the Swoon Event two weeks ago and am excited to share these pics by Inked Fingers. Clockwise from top left: Custom rubber stamps by Fine Day Press (these will be in the shop soon – email me for deets!), part of our table, dessert table by Green Lily Bakery, flowers by Ginger & Jive, a detail shot of my display, me workin’ it, calligraphy by Wondrous Whimsy, table setting by Bird Dog Wedding.

As part of the event, we offered a 10% discount!!! off our Invitation suites or Save the Dates – if you didn’t make it to the event but would still like to take advantage of the coupon code, email me at hello@finedaypress.com and we’ll send you the coupon code.

Cheers! Ashley

2015, let’s do this!

So, it’s still January for a few more days, which means it’s not too late for thoughts on the new year, right? I don’t really do New Year’s resolutions so instead I’m focusing on New Year’s intentions. Here’s to happiness and joy in 2015!

2014 was a year packed full of some pretty big (and pretty stressful) events. First and foremost was our cross-country move. Now that the dust has settled, we’re loving our new life here in Austin, Texas, and starting to feel at home. Then, there was an overload of back-to-back-to-back work projects, which is a good thing, but can be challenging to manage as a solo shop. Lastly, and perhaps most significant, was a complete overhaul of my food intake due to some significant digestive / autoimmune issues.*

Working closely with a holistic practitioner, I cut out a number of inflammatory triggers including gluten, sugar, dairy, soy and processed foods, started eating veggies in MUCH higher quantities than ever before, and added in regular doses of bone broth, grass-fed and pasture-raised meats, wild seafood like sardines and salmon, and the occasional organ meat. I also focused on managing stress and getting plenty of sleep. My health slowly but surely got back on track, although it’s still an ongoing choice to eat thoughtfully and ensure I keep feeling good. I’m starting 2015 off from a new place: healthier, with eyes wide open, clear-minded (thanks to my now almost-daily meditation habit), and ready to pounce on some new goals.

It can be tough running a business as a solo creative. With that in mind, some wonderful creative co-horts and I have started a monthly video chat to discuss our work projects, celebrate our successes, and strategize how to rise above our challenges. In last week’s January chat, we discussed our professional goals for 2015. Mine included making more local connections here in our new hometown of Austin, and committing to regular social media posts.

Oh, and I’ve added a few newbies in the shop – spread some positive intentions with our new card and matching art print!

 

*To be more specific, I’ve been following the Autoimmune Protocol of the Paleo diet, with much success. There are many online resources dedicated to this healing diet; here are a few of my faves: http://balancedbites.com/practicalpaleo, http://autoimmune-paleo.com/http://www.thepaleomom.com/,

 

 

It’s official!

Word is out – we’re moving! It’s been a whirlwind couple of months preparing for our big relocation. A few years ago, my husband and I started talking about making our exit from the big city – we really wanted more space (for living and for my growing business), milder winters, better cost of living and – hopefully – a slightly more laid-back quality of life with more outdoor time. Living in New York has been a wonderful gift. The city is so vibrant and amazing, buzzing with life and creativity. But it’s also not the easiest place to call home! Plus, we both grew up in the south and seemed to be gravitating back in that direction.

It took us a while to figure it all out, but back in January we decided on Austin and started making the plans and connections necessary to make it all happen. Austin combines the creative energy we love with a lifestyle that we think will be a great fit for us! After 10 years with only a fire escape to qualify as outdoor space, we’re going to have a real, fenced-in backyard! We’re soooo excited to just grill out and sit on our back deck.

So, (almost) all of the boxes are packed. The movers are coming on Thursday (we’re moving via storage pods – which I  would really recommend for any long-distance move!) and then we hit the road in our new car on Saturday. We had our going-away party this weekend; it is so tough to say goodbye to our dear friends here and we know it will be a big adjustment, but we cannot wait to get started!

I thank you for your patience during our upcoming travel days and as we get settled in our new space. Wholesale orders will be shipping again starting in mid-June as soon as we can unpack and organize our inventory; wedding invitations are ongoing and should not experience any unreasonable delays.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A big THANK YOU to Stationery Trends Magazine for featuring me as one of 10 Designers to Watch in 2014!!! So, so exciting.  You can download the full article here.

2014 is off to a busy start – you can now find our products at Brown Ink in Minneapolis, Frangipani in Miami, The Windmill Paper Boutique in Boca Raton, and online at LEIF and BRIKA!  In wedding news, we launched our new Photo Save the Date Collection that was a long time in the making (photo shown above by Madrigal Films). I’m currently hard at work on new cards and artwork for summer and fall.

Last but not least, I’ve added a bunch of new work to the Design Studio page. I really love working with clients on design and branding projects, including identity / branding, websites and more. If you’re interested in working together, drop me a line.

It’s going to be a year with big changes ahead for Fine Day Press! I’m a little nervous but really excited about things to come. Stay tuned in the next few months for more details…

The Windmill Paper Boutique

We’re psyched to be a part of The Windmill Paper Boutique‘s debut offering! The Boca Raton-based shop will be celebrating their store opening this Saturday, March 1st with swag bags for the first 50 guests. Owner Sarah Gluchacki has stocked the shelves with tons of gorgeous cards and invitation offerings from the likes of fellow paper peeps The Social Type, Sugar Paper and Fig. 2 Design, to name just a few. If you’re lucky enough to find yourself in warm, sunny southern Florida this weekend, stop in for a visit!

 

Wishing you and your loved ones a very happy holiday season!

We’re flying south to spend a relaxing week with family. See you next year!

Hot of the press!

It’s hard to beat the thrill of picking up a magazine that’s been a part of your life for as long as you can remember and seeing your own creation in its pages. Woman’s Day was a pretty regular fixture around the house when I was a kid  (and still is) so I was pretty darn excited to have our Faux Bois Watercolor Notes in their November issue (which also happens to have a crazy-delicious looking pecan chocolate pie on the cover).

Our watercolor wedding invites turned up in this season’s New York Weddings, on behalf of one of our favorite local Brooklyn paperies, Papel New York (below). If you’re newly engaged and looking for help in the paper department, Raegan, Papel’s owner, is super knowledgable and detail-oriented about all things invitation-related. We’re just thrilled to have our watercolor invitations as part of her amazing collection!

In other news, my husband and I are taking a little trip next week to celebrate our 5th (!!!) wedding anniversary. A perfect combination of good timing and fall sales led to our choosing Turks and Caicos for a week of much-needed R & R. I can’t believe it’s been five years since we said our “I Do’s”!! (here in gorgeous Isabela, Puerto Rico)

Any shop orders placed while we’re gone will ship Monday, Nov. 11th when we return.

Thank You for Being a Friend

The Golden Girls said it best, and we’re saying it too! As a small “thank you” to all our customers, we’re having a sale – ALL of our Thank you Notes are on sale in the shop and in our etsy shop! Yay. Enjoy now through August 31st.