Just a Peek at Some Exciting Changes at ABD
A few weeks ago, during a team brainstorming session, everyone said they’d love to see more behind the scenes updates on our blog every now and again. And, you agreed! I tend to get so caught up in all the things that are going on that I forget to stop and take a moment to soak it all in, share the crazy, and ask what you what you want to see more of from ABD.
I mean it when I say I come back to this blog every day because of the readers and people like you. I always want this blog to be an encouragement and an inspiration to you. So in that spirit, today I’ve decided to step out and share a bit more of what’s going on over here!
You’ll have to let me know what you think and if you are into it or not.
First, let me just say I snapped this photo of my desk on Sunday after church.
It wasn’t staged, it is what it is. CRAZY. Between new product launches coming soon (do you spot our new phone cases and one of our new notepads in that top photo?! eek!!), product development, website redesigns (yes, redesigns is plural, as in TWO NEW WEBSITES), and so much new blog content, this is what my desk, and quite frankly my entire office, looked like.
I’m normally a nut about organization, but lately, things have gotten a little bit out of hand! We have a lot of projects we are juggling, but there is so much to look forward to. I’ve 100% embraced the craziness of it all.
Ashley Brooke Designs | The Product Update:
Over the last three weeks, we traveled to both Dallas and Atlanta for Market where we showed off our new line to prospective wholesalers and buyers. We had such a great response to the new line that I’m literally dying to start rolling it out for you here online. As soon as the inventory lands in our warehouse, I’m launching it because it’s just that good!
We have new travel mugs, paper products, cosmetic bags, phone cases, and of course our collaboration with Tervis. It’s a lot, and I hope you love it!
I am now in the middle of designing our next collection (which doesn’t even seem possible!), and I am up to my eyeballs in design work and product sourcing. Right now, I’m leaning into patterns, organization tools, and new body styles of coffee mugs.
But I’d love to hear what you’d like to see more of, less of, etc. Feedback is ALWAYS welcome!
Ashley Brooke Daily | The Blog Update:
“What came first, the chicken or the egg?” is the question I get the most about the blog and our products. The answer is that they came at the exact same time. I started the blog and the shop on the same day. Years ago, I didn’t have a way to market the products I was selling, so I started a blog to “self-market” them. Over the years, both have turned into their own businesses. Because we have two, fully functioning businesses, they each that have their very own teams. It’s a lot and all very wonderful at the same time. So after A LOT, and I mean A LOT of debate, we have decided to start splitting the platforms into two websites, and we couldn’t be any more excited!
The shop will stay Ashley Brooke Designs and the blog will get its own URL: Ashley Brooke Daily. Not much will change other than giving each platform its own space to shine and grow. The blog will still talk about ABD products on occasion, but will really be a dedicated space to many of the things I love, such as food, home, style, and travel. My hope is the two sites will continue to be a space where you come to buy gifts for your girlfriends’ birthdays and also snag a recipe for the cake you’re going to bake. My prayer is that ABD on all fronts is a happy and safe place on the internet where you can gain inspiration, hear about the latest tips and tricks, and of course pick up a gift or two.
We are still working out all of the details with website redesigns, but I think it will be so healthy for the shop and the blog to have their own homes. I, for one, can’t wait!
What I Really Want You To Know
And before you think it’s all rainbows, butterflies, and sunshine over here… have no fear. We are just like you and struggle, fail, misstep, and fumble. All in all, we are learning, and little by little growing. Both Ryan and I are super passionate about what we do, the content we put out, the products we produce, and the message behind it all – to create pretty and witty products and content that encourages, inspires, and transforms the every day into the extraordinary.
We hope you feel that on the other end of the internet. If I could, I would hug every single one of you and thank you for following along, commenting, and purchasing. We are so grateful for you.
So ALL of that to say, stay tuned! Because amazing things are ahead!