Monthly Archives: April 2015

Scribbling Nature

Last week on a solo road trip, I had the opportunity to immerse myself in a conversation between Mary Oliver, America’s best-selling poet, and local favorite Krista Tippett from On Being. While driving in Northern Minnesota engaged in this incredible podcast, Listening to the World, I was brought to tears by the story of Mary Oliver as a young writer in the wilderness.

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Although a strong student, as a young adult Mary would often skip school to wander in the woods of Ohio, where she found her needed peace and inspiration. Mary wrote down everything she observed from nature, never leaving home without her notepad and pen in hand. There was no other way she was able to create and share her thoughts – immediately scribbling down emotions the moment they entered her mind was her act of poetry.

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Clam digging in Provincetown, 1964

A prolific writer of both poetry and prose, receiving the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and publishing over 25 books over the years, Mary has continued to handwrite everything she creates and can’t imagine any other way to capture her daily observations.

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Oliver at Book Signing

Although she mentions it’s more difficult to handwrite in her older years (thankfully her poems are becoming shorter these days), she still uses pen and paper for all her work. So as April’s National Poetry Month (as well as National Letter-Writing Month) comes to a close, I feel extremely grateful for the words and beauty which Ms. Oliver has brought into our world, all through the simple act of placing mind to pen to paper. What is stopping you?

    Mum’s the Word

    Mother’s Day has become one of my favorite days. Not only to celebrate my own mother but also give thanks and blessings to all the mothers in my world who make life good. So let’s start with the most important item of the day – the card! We brought on a few new ones this year…

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    Crazy for the floral pastels in Gorgeous Mama card from Our Heiday!

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    A new designer to Brown Ink Paper Goods, Ashkahn creates memorable cards such as this Best Mom Ever with gold foil and trademark pink fluorescent envelope. Love.

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    In another collaboration with Pomegranate Press, we added this beauty to the Brown Ink Paper Goods line with lemon yellow and rubine red inks! You can even use on mom’s Birthday or any other day for that matter.

    Of course we had to bring back a few favorites from last year such as…

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    Peach Happy Mother’s Day from Rifle Paper Co. and…

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    the silhouette i love you mom card from Quill & Fox!

     If I know most Moms, we need notepads, journals & writing utensils to bring peace to our lives.

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    Who wouldn’t enjoy writing their To-Do list on a gold foil, letterpress paper from Le Typogrpahe?

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    This beautifully illustrated Fawn and Fauna Terrarium notepad is one to leave out in the open!

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    Rorschach Notebook Set is bright and light, perfect for the office desk or to throw in a bag on the go.

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    Of course, my all-time favorite journals are from Twigg’s Bindery, the forever journals. Use these pages for a writing project with your mother, recalling her memories of childhood and your shared moments from growing up, adding pictures or memorabilia in the years to come. (BTW, these journals are now HOT on Martha Stewart American Made site!)

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    Don’t forget to include a pen or pencil to make your gift a thoughtful set!

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    More on ideas to make a mother feel special in the coming weeks. Cheerio.

      Fresh Spring Sale

      It’s that time of year where Mother’s Day, graduation, teacher’s gifts, and Summer journals are on our minds…sounds to me like someone needs a Spring Sale! We are here for you.

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      Don’t miss out on our annual SPRING SALE, now thru the end of day Monday, April 13th. Use code: 20SPRING for 20% OFF ALL Brown Ink Paper Goods items in stock. 

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      Make sure you don’t miss out on the Mother’s Day selection of cards (more to come soon!) as well as the many Congrats notes which are perfect for sending to those you want to celebrate this Spring! While you are browsing the site for paper goodies, I’m continuing to write a letter-a-day for the love of handwritten letters, thanks to the Write On campaign! #write_on