gift giving lends a hand

Between the birth of Baby Bea and my birthday in August, we Brown gals have been showered with thoughtful gifts from family & friends lately. Wonderfully, many have had a handwriting theme (thanks everyone for supporting the brown ink motto). And with the holiday season soon approaching, I thought I might as well share a bit of people’s generosity to get those creative minds brewing. Grab a coffee. It’s on the long side.

1. Our neighbors, who are raising three kids as well, recognize how difficult it is to remember all those hysterical things kids say on a daily basis.

My Quotable Kid

So they sent over the perfect gift, My Quotable Kid journal. I had seen this journal in an entry on my good friend Jane’s blog and thought this could come in handy. A simple way to keep a record of your childrens’ most humorous and insightful thoughts and another way to simplify (there’s that word again). Thanks Forslines.

russell + hazel 'Oh How Did You Know' Boxed Note Cards

2. My friend Carrie (she writes an hysterical blog) loves to shower me with writing material. I was psyched to receive the “oh How Did You Know” stationery from russell+hazel.




3. She also picked up these Yummy Yummy scented markers from The Walker Art Center Shop but you can find them here. These came in handy yesterday when Oliver needed a little extra excitement while writing his birthday Thank You notes.

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4. Of course, you need you a Rocket Pen with four different ink selections. Sally & Jim picked this up for me at The Walker. Perfect stocking stuffer.

5. Dear Jenni David, she always comes up with thoughtful and unique gifts. She showered Ms. Beatrice with beautiful prints of her name written by Emily Synder from Queen Quills.

6. She also found this vintage book signed by the first recipient in 1933 and then went on to sign herself. Touching. (“I” before “e” except after “c” Monica).

7. After traveling overseas this spring, Jenni returned home with this journal from the 798 Art District in Beijing which has become one of the new landmarks of Beijing Urban Culture. Love a little culture in my journals!

8. I was surprised by a group of friends on my 39th birthday with one of the most lovely gifts I could image, a beautiful box filled with 39 (mostly written) observations about me. Seriously, I was blown over. The box is now kept right on our office desk for those days I need a pick-me-up and I’d rather avoid the chocolate or bourbon. Ha.

9. One of the most unique gifts we received this summer is something I don’t expect the majority of people to manuever. My brother, Blake and his friend, Melanie, visited us in OR and brought with them necklaces she created. I asked her what went into making these pieces:

  • Cut disks out of sheet silver.
  • Use dapping block to make the disks slightly concave.
  • Fuse the disks together with a jump ring at the top… using an acetylene and atmospheric air torch.
  • Polish in a tumbler over night.
  • Have Blake write monograms over and over and over and over again until he is happy with them.
  • Use very small pliers to twist fine gauge silver wire into the shape of the monograms Blake created.
  • Stick the small bits of wire, now in the shape of monograms, inside the appropriate circle on the appropriate pendant and place on masking tape
  • Pigment resin with artist pigments
  • Pour resin into each pendant
  • Let resin cure over night
  • On the drive to Manzanita, use sandpaper to remove any stray resin and to do some finish work
  • While the transmission on the truck is being repaired, do the final wet dry sanding in the transmission shop and then protect the pendants with a coat of Renaissance wax
  • Add a bail, put on a chain and put in a box…..

I share these gifts to inspire you to find uniqueness in your gift giving this season – And maybe make it personal. These gifts are thoughtful yet not expensive. Think about stepping out of the box. The writing makes it one of a kind.


2 thoughts on “ gift giving lends a hand

  1. Carrie

    Hey Wendy – I feel so lucky to get called out in your post! Thanks for the link, and again, so happy you liked your goodies. Proud of you for finding time to keep you posts going with all the activity you’ve got at the Brown household these days, way to go!


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