Category Archives: Handwriting

May Movement

Before I begin sharing the best of the best I found at last week’s National Stationery Show, here were a few highlights from the month I would not want to overlook!….

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First off, I’m thrilled about the release this week of the National Parks stationery set found on The Reed; a new site created by Lizzie Garrett Mettler (the woman behind Tomboy Style) to explore movement, travel, and adventure. The set is a collaboration between Brown Ink and The Reed (with great support from Pomegranate Press!) inspired by generations of Americans hitting the road to explore our glorious National Parks.

Next up, the people behind Bond (robots that write notes…more on this later) has teamed up with KINDSnacks for Military Appreciation Month by turning tweets of gratitude into handwritten notes which will be delivered to US soldiers around the world. Tweet thank-you’s to America’s bravest! #thankskindly

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On to my favorite international paper goods shop, Rad and Hungry. They are celebrating their 50th STMT Kit with a custom Scottish goods kit and their first ever T-shirt (free with orders over $100) thru May 31st. Each kit is locally sourced in each city and filled with limited-edition lo-fi office supplies from a company that is crazy about paper goods! Speaking of office supplies…

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Who says we all have to rely on technology for our Summer road trips with the kids?  All for the Boys reminds us we simply need to look into our office supply drawer to find loads of ideas to bring out our imagination and get you to your destination in peace and without a screen!

Finally, the Letters Live events are picking up speed, a unique lineup of outstanding artists reading remarkable letters to a captive audience. Last Sunday’s performances at the Hay Festival must have been mind blowing as others listened to actors celebrate the pain, joy, humor and wisdom found in each letter they read. Check out the Letters Live in CA next month!

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And you still have until the end of tomorrow to pick up Summer paper goods with 30% OFF the entire order at Brown Ink Paper Goods using code: SUMMER30 — so move, travel & write!

A School Year’s Significant Moments

As the school year winds down often our To-Do list extends well out into the garden, with one of the top priorities being, (aside from getting your fingers dirty IN the garden), Teacher Gifts.

As I’ve mentioned before, from the mouth of my mother-in-law, a retired school teacher of 35+ years, there is no better gift than a handwritten note from a student. I can not stress this enough. A simple card from your child (in their best handwriting, of course) mentioning specifics about the year is heartfelt…a quote from the teacher, field trips, a funny story, a challenge the teacher supported, or something personal they shared together. This is a time to share what made the past year special or unique thanks to their teacher!

You Rule is too cool! Especially for Teacher Gifts!

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If you are creative and have a little more time before the end of the year, put together a memory book for your teacher. A few years ago Emmett and I created such a gift for his Kindergarten teacher (also featured in the St.Paul Pioneer Press) which not only was fairly simple but also brought another layer of significance to his first year of grade school.

For many teachers, Summer is time for more personal writing, be it letters, postcards or their own journal. Give a gift of paper goods which speaks directly to that teacher….

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For the fanatic gardener, the Evelina Journal and Fawn & Fauna Terrarium!

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For the outdoor Summer enthusiast, pick up a Sailboat Set or Adventure Postcard Set.

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Gift the Les Animaux Set to the animal lover!

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For the Queen Bee Teacher, these Library Cards and Book Stamp will be well-loved!

20140126__520747~s300~p3_500A hug. A card. Personal words from a student. These are last-day-of-school significant moments which remind our teachers of the value their presence brings each day to our children.

Blossoms in Every Direction

As I prep for the National Stationery Show next weekend (follow me on Instagram to shadow my trip!) a few topics have been blossoming. Here’s a little highlight of my favorites these days…

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Already a huge fan of the gorgeous illustrations from Rifle Paper Co., this interview with Anna Bond, aka The Queen of Cards, found on the USPS Life in Letters blog is not to be missed.

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Fountain Greetings, the company that does the writing for you, now sells beautiful gifts with each card they write. Although it might be a bit of a cheat, at least someone is writing a card!

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As I have mentioned in past posts, written recipe cards and cookbooks hold a special place in my heart. This beautifully written article in the NY Times exemplifies the importance we may find with each card, doodle or smudge, connecting us with a moment in time.

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Now that National Handwriting month and the Write_On campaign has come to an end, don’t stop writing. Local letter girl, Gina Sekelsky, has found a way to inspire us to keep up the writing with this Love Your Letters Challenge!

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A little sneak peak of this week’s photo shoot for a collaboration with Lizzie Garrett Mettler from Tomboy Style which has recently become the unique The Reed boutique, blog and travel guide site. See more later in the month! Congrats Lizzie!

Lastly, for those of you still in need for a few ideas for Mom’s Day…

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…you can find lots of them at All for the Boys such as these crown printables, making all Moms feel like a Queens for the day! For you local folks, if you are still looking for Mother’s Day gifts…

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…come visit me and other local makers at this Saturday’s Makers Market at my favorite local boutique, Mille. And be sure to drop those letters in the mailbox today! No mom should be without a Mother’s Day card this Sunday. Enjoy the new blossoms!

 

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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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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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?

Georgia on my Mind

With the recent and celebrated arrival of Spring, it’s a perfect time to debut our new Featured Designer, Brown Parcel Press out of Sparta, Georgia. The moment I caught on to the talented owner and designer, Megan Fowler, I was completely hooked by her letterpress goods.

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Check out our most recent additions to her this beautiful, handmade line! And maybe pause, just for a moment, to think about who in your life could use a good pick-me-up, not only by the beauty in the card but by your handwritten thoughts. Happy writing friends.