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Happy Birthday, Happy Penguin!

Happy Birthday, Happy Penguin!

Today, this dear Penguin of ours turns two. It’s hard to believe that two years have passed since we opened our doors, but here we are. We’re ever so thankful, too.



We’ve grown from a little place that sold a few cards on Etsy to being carried in one of our favorite local stores (Three Sheets, Homewood, AL), our local West Elm, Front & Co. in Vancouver, and just this week, The Paper Project in Australia. We never saw this coming!



So to celebrate, we’re releasing a new card and art print in three colors featuring a quote by the Avett Brothers. Appropriate, don’t you think? Celebrate with us: All orders today get 25% off and a special gift! Use code HAPPYTURNSTWO.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for making these first two years so wonderful for us. We couldn’t do it without your support, and it means the world to us.

Much love,

Ashley and Bryan

In Which We Explain Where We’ve Been This Summer

Guys. It has been so long since we consistently posted here. We had such big dreams! And then…life came along, as it has a habit of doing. But now that things have calmed down (relatively), we wanted to take a moment and recap our summer for you. Because friends do that kind of thing, and we like to think that you guys love us as much as we love you.

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Out of everything that happened this summer, those of you who follow us on Instagram may have noticed a few noticeably sad posts. We didn’t explain. We were getting through the moment. Suffice it to say that my dad has been very ill and spent 20 days between August and September in the ICU, 14 hours away from where we live. We’ve been making as many trips to see him as we possibly can, and all that time away has meant later nights operating the press, completing new designs (three new Christmas cards are in the works!), and packaging orders. Thankfully, things have calmed down now, and my dad is doing much better. Life is better when your loved ones are healthy and happy, don’t you think?

In the midst of this, we’ve been exploring our options to expand our Happy Penguin working space. (We need more surface space. We have paper out the wazoo!) We’ll hopefully have more news about this in the next few weeks, so stay tuned.

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When we were in the studio, we were busy printing and delivering cards to our local Birmingham, AL, suppliers Three Sheets and atHome, designing holiday cards (including a soon-to-come Halloween card designed by Bryan) and two new baby cards, and printing baby announcements for some wonderful friends.

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And on top of all of that, we have some seriously big news that we aren’t quite ready to share yet. But it’s pretty big. Like, dreams-coming-true-makes-us-cry-happy-tears kind of big.

So thank you for supporting us, for following us, and for being as awesome as you are. We’ll be back soon (promise) with our super-big news and some new card designs too!