Rustic Oaks // Amazing Venue

It's not too early to think spring right? It's exactly zero degress at this second in North Dakota. I wanted to share quickly a recent post card design for the beautiful Rustic Oaks venue in Moorhead, Minnesota. I have been there on countless occasions for numerous events and if I were to plan my wedding again...a renewal perhaps, this would be the absolutely perfect place.

They are having an Open House this coming Saturday, on Valentine's Day! They are the perfect space for not only weddings but corporate events, women's retreats, bridal or baby showers as well just a weekend away. There was an adorable story on a couple that was engaged at the Inn while enjoying a weekend getaway.

On a little sidenote, my absolute favorite local fabric shop Modern Textiles recently had a women's retreat and I've heard nothing but great things about the staff, service and facility. If you would like to hear more they just whipped up this great recap on their blog. Check it out here: http://www.moderntextiles.net/module/news.htm?newsId=4402.

Many blessings, Ashley

(PS I am diligently working on adding some adorable printables to my Etsy shop focused on this phase of motherhood. I'll hopefully get them added between playing Barbie's and changing diapers.)

Holidays 2014

Hello family & friends! Welcome to the Holiday season of 2014. With two littles in my life it makes the holidays even sweeter, and brings out the child in us as well! I am loving doing little crafts with my toddler and enjoying the cold winter snuggles with the baby. I have added a few new holiday card designs to my Etsy shop. There are some humorous ones as well!

Here are a few examples!

And a couple more of my favorites!

Here is the link to my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PearlArtandDesign

There is the ability to order a custom card as well, everyone has their own ideas and I LOVE to hear them! Let me know if I can help out with your holiday mailings :) Enjoy your holiday and Christ our Saviour was born!

Latest events

As of this afternoon, I have 35 design items listed in my shop and it is such a great accomplishment for my business. I have had this goal since last July when I decided to venture into turning my part-time freelance career into my full-time career. Phew, what a relief!

Here are just a few examples of items listed. There are now birth announcements, party invitations, personalized stationery and a few save the date designs. The fun part about starting this shop is the endless feeling of needing to create and design. It's not a terrible thing to wake up in the middle of night and start doodling right?

Other fun news happening around the office lately are a few fun sewing projects to welcome our new baby that will arrive in May, finally conquering my fear of sewing a zipper and repurposing some towels into new bibs for a very messy 2 year old oatmeal eater. The $1 section at Target is entirely too tempting.

On Tuesday, February 11th I was able to help and be a part of the Rustic Oaks Winter Open House. The location/venue is absolutely beautiful, and every single time I drive out there I dream that I can relive my wedding and have it at Rustic Oaks. Carrie, with Rustic Trunk, decorated and styled the venue so superbly that it made my dream even more intense, ha. Here are a few photos from the event. If you are planning an event this summer and fall you must make sure to browse all of her inventory to make sure to nab some amazing pieces to style your own event.

I apologize for the poorly lit and grainy photo of me sitting in my space. Phone photos are not always stellar. In my space we created Valentine's bunting, super cute.

Along with keeping in touch with wedding clients and starting new projects I was able to work with the West Fargo Public Schools to product graphics for a recent Professional Development seminar. We created a logo, postcard, program and stickers for unique boxes for the staff to fill with ideas. I will post more on the fun event soon.

I also just sent two wedding collections to the printer this week for spring wedding's and it is so nice to see the final product come all together for the bride and groom's big day!

Have a very blessed week and keep thinking warm thougts!