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Letterpress Wedding Invitations and Art Prints

Letterpress Wedding Invitations and Art Prints

Long time no see, friends! It’s about time we updated you on our comings and goings, don’t you think? We’ve been busy planning our holiday cards, as well as with some fun custom work.

Birmingham AL wedding invitations letterpress

These two-color art prints were printed for a family who love dandelions using the colors of their home. We love how delicate the dandelion artwork turned out!

Birmingham AL wedding invitations letterpress

We were also thankful to be approached by the ever-talented Kristen of Pen Meet Paper. Kristen needed someone to print her wedding invitations, and we were more than happy to help! Not only did we get the chance to work with Kristen’s lovely hand-lettering, but we got to print in a color that reminded us of UNC blue (as Tar Heels, we didn’t need any more reason to like that!).

Birmingham AL wedding invitations letterpress

Kristen paired them with a beautiful monogram.

Birmingham AL wedding invitations letterpress

(image from Kristen’s Instagram)

Birmingham AL wedding invitations letterpress

We don’t do much custom work, so any time we get to work with people on something special, it’s always so much fun. We’re diving into holiday work now, so stay tuned for more news!


the Happy Penguin team

Feature on Buttermilk Lipstick

Feature on Buttermilk Lipstick

In case you missed it yesterday, Happy Penguin was featured on the fabulous blog Buttermilk Lipstick yesterday.


Buttermilk Lipstick (isn’t it a cute name for a blog?) is Rebecca’s home base on the Internet. She’s an amazing cook and total football fan (especially the SEC). Her blog often makes me itch to get in the kitchen and whip out my baking pans. Head over and check it out!


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

Happy Penguin + West Elm

This story begins two years ago.


When Happy Penguin was in its infancy, Bryan asked me what my goals would be for our little company. I didn’t have to think about it. I knew. I’d want our cards to be in my favorite stores: West Elm and Anthropologie. One day far down the road, if that could happen, I’d be as happy as could be.

We didn’t spend our time purposefully moving toward this. We spent it on Happy. We developed cards that we loved, and tried our hardest to keep that as the main goal. Whatever happened, happened.

Cake Happy Penguin Press

That’s why when I received an e-mail one day out of the blue, it took my breath away. I would have been excited about the news whether we were involved or not: West Elm was opening a Birmingham, AL, location. Hallelujah! For me, this meant no more driving to Atlanta or paying for shipping whenever I shopped at West Elm. But there was something even more exciting in that e-mail…

West Elm wanted to know if they could carry our work in their Birmingham store.


We can finally announce that our work is now (eeeeekkkk!) available at the brand-new location of West Elm, located at The Summit mall in Birmingham, AL. We’ve been keeping this a secret for ages now, and it was soo hard not to spill the beans to you all. We feel incredibly blessed to have this opportunity, to fulfill a dream that really was just that—some morning ramblings over tea and toast, when Bryan asked me a random question about far-away goals. Who would have thought it would ever come true?

If you live in the Birmingham area, please come out and support the local artists that West Elm partners with. We hope to see you there. We’ll be the embarrassingly giddy ones standing next to the letterpress cards, drying our happy tears on our sleeves and pinching ourselves silly.

West Elm at The Summit
320 Summit Blvd.
Vestavia, AL 35243
(205) 968-7651

The Day We Printed Something for Southern Living Magazine

The Day We Printed Something for Southern Living Magazine

A few months ago, Southern Living magazine approached us about printing a piece for their March issue. Of course we were thrilled, and said yes just as quickly as we could. As it turned out, quick became the name of the game, because the magazine needed the piece, a tag that was going to be wrapped around a vase with a pretty ribbon for a photo shoot, in a jiffy. Before we knew it, we were express-ordering plates and printing just a day later. The pieces were in our studio for less than 24 hours before they were rushed to the magazine in time for the shoot!

Southern Living Happy Penguin


Then, just like all their loyal readers, we had to wait and wait until the issue came out to see the shot. Seeing our paper product all dolled up in their pretty ribbon and styled so perfectly was so neat! The March issue is beautiful and bright, just what we need for this dreary February we’re having. I encourage you to grab a copy off newsstands for yourself. For those of you who don’t live in the South or don’t have access to an issue, click the image above for a PDF of the cover and page we’re mentioned on.


As a fun bonus, the magazine is offering the tag as a free download—click here to get a copy for yourself!

Happy Goes to California

Happy Goes to California


We’ve been mum on our big news, but I think we can finally spread the word: Happy Penguin Press is going to be in a store near you! Or one store, to be precise. We’re honored and excited to have work included in Oh, Hello Friend’s new retail space opening in Fullerton, California. If you aren’t familiar with Oh, Hello Friend, you have time before they open to run (digitally) over to Danni’s online spot and take it all in. She has an incredible eye for vintage decor/finds and positive, inspiring words. In the meantime, please mark your calendars for the opening of her store on February 2:

oh, hello friend grand opening!
Saturday, February 2, 2012
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
122 N. Harbor Blvd, Suite 103 / Fullerton / 92832

This is an exciting time for both Happy Penguin and Oh, Hello Friend, so thanks for sharing it with us! Help Danni spread the word about OHF, and if you’re in the Cali area, RSVP for her grand opening for fun swag-bags for the first 100 visitors at the grand opening!

Busy Bees

Busy Bees

If you follow us on Instagram, then you already know how busy we’ve been lately printing our new cards for spring. Here’s a peek into our world the past few weeks. (And if you’d like to start following us, we’re at “happypenguinpress.” See you there!)

Picture 6Late-night inventory fun.

Picture 5 New art print.

Picture 3

Messy ink mixing.

Picture 4The “to be completed” stack.