Time to celebrate the birth of our country and the freedom of writing with our first Stars & Stripes 25% Off Sale beginning today through the 4th of July!
Make sure to check out the Camping postcards, Fireworks stationery set, Summer tattoos, and all the recently added paper goods. It’s a perfect time to pick up hostess gifts for the Summer BBQs as well as stationery sets with some Summer heat. Be sure to use code: S&S25
Also, for you locals, come meet me tonight at The Walker Art Center for the Open Field program: Cursive Writing for the Contemporary Artist. One can achieve mnemonic mastery through the direction of Jenni from Lunalux as she conducts handwriting exercises using contemporary art terms. I’m shooting for a big fat, gold star for my handwriting excellence!
Last week I received a package from a dear friend, Tracy, who lives in California. She was my old boss but, more importantly, a trusted and loving confidante whom I wish I connected with more often. Tracy is old-school in the sense she never texts, rarely emails, but occasionally rings while sipping wine in a vineyard she thinks we ought to visit. The moment I noticed Tracy’s easily identifiable handwriting on a brown paper package on my doorstep, I smiled really, really big.
I had seen her writing for years on production shoot notes or editing scripts, each letter always leaning way to the left as if there was a fan on the right side of the page. This was Tracy alright. Although her writing made me miss my close friend, there was a comfort in knowing she had created this package and card only days ago, pen and paper in hand. Nothing better.
I thought of this feeling again today when I received a correspondence in the mail. Just a few days ago I met up with a woman named Michelle, a fellow believer in the importance of handwriting . While we both took notes during our conversation I noticed her unique penmanship. All of her letters were printed lowercase yet still held a nice finesse and sophistication. When I found her letter sticking out of the junk mail one day, I knew in a second this was Michelle (I soon enjoyed a thoughtful note on lovely cotton paper, personalized with letterpress. My kind of girl!). Even after one meeting, her writing became one of the pieces of my new friend.
As we consume piles of catalogues, bills and excess paper advertisements each day, it’s a simple joy to receive anything personal in the mail these days. It’s in this moment when holding a simple, handwritten letter naturally forces me to pause, feel the life within the correspondence, and appreciate and give thanks for the effort behind the letter.
Highlighting my trip to New York City for the National Stationery Show is not a simple task. With all the new trends and unexpected surprises to share, compiling it into one post is impossible. That said, I’ll share some of my favorite lines I spotted last month at the Javits Convention Center through a series of posts over the next few weeks. Enjoy!!
Once again, Christine from Yellow Owl Workshop worked her magic and talent within this gorgeous display space (it took her and an assistant only 2 hours to hand paint the booth!)
Emily McDowell was the show-stopper this year. With her beautiful and thoughtful hand lettered paper goods, this booth was consistently well packed with attendees.
Pineapples were popping up everywhere this year, but Hartland Brooklyn was my favorite! Emily from Hartland Brooklyn freshened up her pink neon with a new South Pacific direction.
One line soon to join the Brown Ink Paper Goods boutique is Linda & Harriett out of Brooklyn, NY. We weren’t the only ones at the show crazy for the 2015 Painted Letterpress Calendars! In general, calendars appear to be the new rage, taking the place of the faithful recipe cards.
Another soon-to-debut line on Brown Ink is Ferme a Papier. With its Tahitian-Parisian inspired collection, these lovely bold colors kept drawing me back each day to visit with creator Cat Seto.
Wonderful to finally meet the sisters from Fawnsberg at the show! And excited to debut their classic wood handle calligraphy address stamp collection on Brown Ink later this summer.
We’ll be back soon for more highlights from the show (And a big shout out to Oh So Beautiful Paper for partial photo credit). Until then, enjoy the games! #goworldcup #soccerheads
Before I launch my series of highlights from the National Stationery Show tomorrow, I wanted to share a few new Summer paper goods on the site and also mention…
Especially for those folks behind on card and gift finding for Dad, now thru tomorrow use Code: POPS at check out to receive Free Shipping on orders in the U.S. only.
Here’s a little sneak peek of new goods on the site, some of which I found while in New York.
Fireworks from Gold Teeth Brooklyn
Summer lovin’ with Pineapples & Bananas and Fruit & Treat Tats from Hartland Brooklyn
Just in time, the postcard set for the Summer camper or traveler, also from Hartland Brooklyn
Fawn and Fauna Terrarium and Hidden Villa from Quill & Fox are fabulously green!
And soon to hit the site, the recently released Read Between The Lines! Stay put, more to come.
Even for the Father who appears unsentimental, believe me, he will want to be reminded of the important role he plays in your life on Father’s Day. No need to sweat a grand gift; words in a card will fill his heart and be embraced like nothing else. And if you can’t find he right words, let the card speak for you.
Tweed Father’s Day
But, in case you’re in need of a few gift ideas…
For the fisherman, Harbor Collection Set
For the outdoorsman, the Pine Tree Set or Paddle Set
Or a timeless Pencil Case with a Delfonics Wood Pencil is a beautiful pairing.
A Father’s Day gift-from-the-heart can be as simple as an experience shared together. A baseball game, a road trip, a meal out, a visit to his childhood town, a gift card to his favorite pub, all moments to connect. And ones which can be packaged in a lovely card!
Lastly, if you are looking for more gifts ideas or want to pick up some cards this weekend, swing by Forage Modern Workshop & Parka this Saturday afternoon for my Pop-Up for Pops!
I’ll also be selling paper goods for Summer needs such as journals, camp postcards, and summer-themed stationery. Embrace the words and the season!