Monthly Archives: October 2013

Fall Goodness

How did we arrive at yet another Wednesday in a blink, in a signature second? But it being Wendy’s Wednesday Picks I have a just a few things to share.

One of my favorite blogs is finally coming out with its own book!

Shaun Usher, the man behind Letters of Note, has edited a collection of fascinating letters, telegrams, and memos which he feels are worthy for a wider circulation than simply his blog. Since 2011 he’s been gathering mostly written correspondences which include a mix of wit, seriousness, sadness and brilliance. I love some of his favorite letters included in this just released book:

    • Leonardo da Vinci’s remarkable job application letter
    • Virginia Woolf’s unbearably sad suicide note, addressed to her husband
    • Steve Martin’s hilarious ‘personalised’ form letter to a fan
    • The poignant farewell letter of a Kamikaze pilot to his two young children, written the night before his mission
    • Queen Elizabeth II’s charming handwritten letter and personal recipe for drop scones, as sent to President Eisenhower.

An ideal gift for anyone fond of the written letter…not naming any names (pssst ME!).

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With Halloween next week, I received these printable spooky lunchbox jokes from All for the Boys just in time. Emmett, my 2nd grade jokester, will go crazy when he finds these in his lunchbox, especially with a written BOO from mom. A little surprise goodness in his day.

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Writing a handwritten note is a lovely act in itself. It’s especially meaningful when a third party is effected by the letter in more ways than we could image. Sarah and James Birkbeck brought these two passions together, a letter writing service and a mission to bring hope to those in need, by creating Send at Note. For each written card the Birkbecks create, 10% of the profits will go to help stop human trafficking around the world. Once I heard about this service, I couldn’t help but order a card for one of my most passionate Brown Ink subscribers. I’ll keep it a surprise. Be sure to check out their mission.

Lastly, for those Twin Citians who are looking for an excuse for holiday shopping or just love a good old pop-up-shop, don’t miss this Saturday’s gathering at my favorite boutique in South Minneapolis…

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Not only has Michelle at Mille brought in a few out-of-town vendors with gorgeous jewelry and beautiful, handmade knitted clothing for an awesome Trunk Show, but she’ll also be selling a few Brown Ink Paper Goods items from our collection. MMMmmm…just a taste of what you’ll find in our on-line store opening soon. Come, come, grab a friend, sip a drink, pull out a pen and let the fall goodness surround you.

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    With Brown Ink Paper Goods opening for business soon, we wanted to share with you a little preview of good things to come.  Since we carefully selected the lines which will be sold on our site, we were given the opportunity to connect with the designers on a more personal level. We felt it was important to share with our readers the history and passion found in the lives of the designers.

    A Featured Designer page was created for just this reason, which can be found on the bottom of the Home Page.

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    Every few months a new designer will be featured on the Home Page. To kick off our very first Featured Designer, we are honored to dive into the life and work of book binder Jonna Twigg from Twigg’s Bindery.  Jonna has been a supporter of Brown Ink from the first moment we connected and even came up with the idea to create a journal design exclusive to our store. You’ll have to read her story to get to know her products, but believe us, you will be blown away by her beautiful, hand-made work.

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    We encourage you to take the time to get to know our designers. We believe the more one understands the background to each product, both how and why a piece was created, the more one will appreciate and value these goods when they get into your hands.

      Wendy’s Wednesday Picks

      I’m alive and well, fellow readers!! Aside from a quick trip over to Paris with Mr. Brown (more on this next post) life has been jam-packed as we make the final tweaks to the Brown Ink Paper Goods online boutique, opening soon. My time to blog these days has been spotty, but eventually this will change. For now, I’ll be highlighting my favorite topics every Wednesday to keep you up to speed on interesting points in the writing world!

      First off, check out the new blog from the founding editor of Stationery Trends, Sarah Schwartz, called The Paper Chronicles. For a paper lover like myself, this blog is fabulous for introducing new lines and connecting with those who appreciate the handwritten note. Congrats Sarah!

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      Speaking of new businesses, these letterpress business cards from The Beauty of Letterpress are out-of-sight. Crazy about this one, numbered and perforated. So original.

      My in-laws, Sally and Jim, just returned a few weeks ago from a month long trip to Alaska. Sally, a big fan of handwriting, sent numerous postcards to our family. We loved hearing about their adventures through writing and pictures of wildlife they came across.

      IMG_0007I was the lucky recipient of a postcard full of the Alaska State Flower Forget-Me-Not seed. Love.

      To celebrate its first birthday, Olive Box has come out with a stationery box filled with beautiful greeting cards for every occasion. Perfect for a gift or to have on hand!

      Card-olivebox-bigFor you local folks, it’s the 20th Anniversary of Lunalux, my favorite letterpress printing and stationery store in the Twin Cities. To comemmorate the anniversary, they created a beautifully letterpressed party invitation, printed it on a unique lead and wood type, and added lined envelopes to boot.

      lunalux.two-oh!.invitation1Make sure to stop by next Saturday on Customer Appreciation Day with 20% off products.

      Speaking of local, temps have only begun to drop in Minneapolis, yet soon enough the Holiday season will arrive. Just our luck, the 2013 USPS set is larger than ever, with 8 holidays stamps. Check out the history of each one. Here are a few of my favs…

      Global Holiday: Evergreen Wreath

      Global Forever: Evergreen Wreath

      Gingerbread Houses 

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      Finally, a word from my son Oliver. The other day he needed a little alone time in his room and, with no direction from his parents, returned downstairs with this note in hand.

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      Translation: Bea I am sorry I spit on your head. Priceless.

        Love Letter Needed

        Hmmm… cool air, dropping temps, changing of colors. Sounds to me like a good time to write a letter!! And here’s an idea. How about writing a few uplifting thoughts to someone who needs it the most, such as these folks at More Love Letters?

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        Just to bring those new to the group up to speed, I’ve mentioned my appreciation for the remarkable founder, Hannah Brencher, and her dedicated group at More Love Letters here and there throughout the year. Every two weeks a small handful of individuals are selected, each with their own story, each in need of a letter of love. It’s so simple yet so powerful.

        If you know of someone who is in need of a love letter, be bold and nominate a friend to receive letters. I believe the power of a love letter to a complete stranger is stronger than anyone of us could imagine.