The Darien Gaps

We go to college to learn of course, to read, to write, to think, to interact, and to learn how to learn. But we also go to grow up and see things for the first time and be exposed, usually, to an entirely new set of surroundings and circumstances. For me anyway, one of these new awarenesses was the fact that there were 18 year-olds in the world who had, or at least had access to, lots and lots of stuff. Lots of things. And many of those 18 year-olds were from in and around Darien, CT. I’ll call this Darien Gap #1.

Darien Gap #2 involves the movie “Wall Street” and the link between Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) and Darien Taylor (Daryl Hannah). Bud comes from an honest family with dirt under its fingernails, catches a break from a Wall Street titan, gets set up with up-and-coming artist Darien, only to see his personal and professional ambitions melt, forcefully, after flying too close to the sun. Bud and Darien’s personal needs never align with their economic pursuits and  they are never able to achieve emotional unity. Their relationship reminds me of the words of The Gap Band, “You were the first explosion, turned out to be corrosion, you were the first for me, but you turned me out, baby”.

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Speaking of unity, the Pan American Highway, stretching from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, has a 60 mile stretch of rainforest between Panama and Colombia where the road is interrupted. This stretch is called the Darien Gap and I’ll call it #3 although if this were the Dating Game this would be the real Darien Gap. I bring up Darien Gap #3 because during a recent World Cup soccer game, my 8 year-old son Emmett asked if a person could walk to Natal, Brazil. I answered that it sounded like a whiz-bang idea but for the problematic (real) Darien Gap which made such a hike impossible. He was not impressed.

photo1Thankfully, we weren’t too put out by this geographic impassibility since not only did we not have to walk 8,500 miles to monitor the World Cup goings-on, all we had to do was simply walk to our back porch and review our own, handmade and hand drawn World Cup scoreboard/bracket thingy. It was a great month of soccer, (although due to near constant entertaining it caused slight, but manageable (I think), gaps in my otherwise harmonious marriage), and now we have a written memory of the event which we ail keep forever. Can’t wait for 2018.

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    This Summer has become one of exploration. I’ve allowed myself to take some time away from my blog, Pinterest and the digital world by placing energy in new areas. From a painting series, pottery 101, piano lessons (a first since 9th grade), long bike rides around the city, and finding a new overseas Pen Pal, my mind and body are embracing the change in the current pace.

    However, my enthusiasm for all the gorgeous, new products which hit our store last week is impossible to contain! Make sure to check out the main Shop page for a glimpse of fresh paper goods as well a handful of new Designers. A few of my new favorites for now…

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    Seaweed Hello Set from Ferme a Papier

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    Dahlia Gift Tags from Modern Lore

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    Kraft Market List from Sugar Paper

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    Thank You Mix Set from Read Between the Lines

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    Eagle Letter Pouch from Izola

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    Mushrooms Set from Gilah Press

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    Kitchen Wall Calendar from Ilee Papergoods

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    Polka Dot Notebook from Sugar Paper

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    Neon Tags & Twine Box from Knot & Bow

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    Here’s to celebrating the season…lemonade stands, evening bike rides, dips in the lake, journal writing on the porch in your PJs, sand in toes, cherry red cheeks and dirty knees. Throw in a postcard from the Grand Canyon and you got yourself a good, old memorable Summer.

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      To the general eye, it would appear all 20-somethings are hooked to their digital devices, rarely bringing a pen to paper. Well, I just happen to know one of these 20-somethings who consistently challenges this belief in her work and play and is a huge believer in handwriting. When I first met Perris she handed me a gorgeous, heavy card stock, letterpressed business card with a custom edge poppy color and gold details (created by Studio on Fire, no surprise), and I knew this gal was serious not only about her business but also her appreciation of paper.

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      Perris Deppa, the multi-talented force behind Brass Tacks, can’t image a life without pen and paper close at hand. Even before she opened her own business as a Lifestyle Manager she was writing daily To-Do lists in her russell+hazel mini binder and mailing cards to friends as a way to keep in touch rather via Facebook or email. Inheriting the appreciation of writing and receiving a letter from her mother, a natural love of the pen was uniquely grounded in this traditional yet modernly chic gal.

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       These days as she plans vacations for clients or takes care of others’ daily To-Do’s, she often grabs for the pen not the keyboard. The act of crossing off To-Do list items is not only mentally fulfilling but it simplifies and organizes her clients’ needs. She also feels a Thank You note to a vendor builds strong relationships and has enduring value. Perris often writes Birthday or Anniversary cards to clients, believing in the importance of details and personal touch with customer service.
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      “I put more thought into what I’m doing when writing out my days, lists, business plans, etc. than if I simply type them. I’m a bit more focused when writing, resulting in more thoughtful work.” Hello, can I please get a boisterous, choral praise for Perris, a gal from my own heart and a true trend breaker for her generation. Keep on writing you young people!

        The Best of The National Stationery Show Part 2

        I’m back with more highlights from my whirlwind weekend in NYC this past May. Let’s first start with a line I can’t wait to debut later this month on Brown Ink…

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        image-1Read Between the Lines, created by Belinda Jones, is fresh and expresses exactly how I feel.

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        No surprise, BANQUET atelier & workshop arrived with elegant colors and beautiful illustrations.

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        Look for this fabulous advent calendar from Banquet in our Holiday Collection early Fall.ML-S38_DahliaThankYou

        The creative and local force behind Old Tom Foolery launched a new line last year, Modern Lore, which brings in fresh imagery from different photographers throughout the country.

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        I’m crazy about the floral images with copper foil text and the succulent gift tags! So much so, Modern Lore is joining Brown Ink Paper Goods boutique this summer.
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        I’ve been a distant fan of Danni from Oh Hello Friend for years so it was such a treat to meet her in person and check out her thoughtful selection of handmade goods and stationery.

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        The watercolor and dip-dyed effect is still alive and kicking, my favorite coming from Moglea.

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        sugar paper brought some serious eye candy to the show this year and I left dreaming of the detailed gold foil notebooks, soon to hit Brown Ink as well. Sweet goods.

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        OSBP-NSS-2014-Sugar-Paper-12OSBP-NSS-2014-Sugar-Paper-22OSBP-NSS-2014-Sugar-Paper-40Back soon for more Best Of’s from the show and cheers, once again, to Oh So Beautiful Paper for sharing a few of their images (it’s pretty impossible to shoot all of the booths during my two days!). If you are still reading at this point, you’re in luck. I’ve continued my 4th of July Sale thru Monday for all those out-of-towners. Use code: Holiday25 for 25% OFF all goods. Now go relax!

          Papering our Independence

          Happy 4th of July Weekend! You still have time to take advantage of our Stars and Stripes Sale going on now thru tomorrow with 25% OFF all items using code S&S25 – Shop and Write People!

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          Being a paper enthusiast, these 4th of July, DIY printable sparkler holders from Lovely Indeed are festive, fabulous party or hostess gifts for tomorrow’s activities!

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          For collecting candy at the neighborhood parade or a party bag for kiddos, here’s another easy printable from you are my fav. Write a quick note on the cover and use these as a host gift bag!

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          Sharpen your pencils and include some holiday history with this Word Search.

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          Sparkle, pow, and American pride. And it all began with a 56 signatures. Happy 4th!