Category Archives: Holiday

there is love

After a three month writing hiatus, it might seem cliche to focus on ways I’ve witnessed love through writing, but this is where I’ve been finding my heart, my jam, during the Winter days of wonder. These expressions or signs often jump in my face, knock me over with an inked blow, and I’m unable to ignore all the forms of heartfelt emotions seen thru writing.

I find it in the note I leave my child on his desk complimenting him for some action or completed task, then receiving a written note in return on the other side of the paper sitting on my bedroom pillow. There is love.

It’s in the postcards mailed to Senators voicing a passion or concern, a handwritten protest sign, or the words in Gloria Steinem’s handwritten speech. There is love.

I see it in the written directions on a Post-it attached to a homemade lemon, ginger elixir made with care from a busy cousin. There is love.

I’ve found it when my daughter asks to write down details of each day in her miniature wall calendar, then asking last night for a 5-Year-Journal like mine so there is space for more writing. There is love.

It’s in a friend’s Orange Cake recipe I’ve been searching for while planning a celebration and then when I write down the ingredients on my grocery list, there is a whole lotta love…and a few oranges as well.

In these written words I find not only love but wisdom, guidance, hope, individuality, freedom of expression and the value of each day we are given. Don’t overlook these bits of handwritten love scattered throughout your day. And while it’s on your mind, write someone an unexpected Valentine – It might be a Hallmark holiday but this one’s not to be missed. Happy Writing! xoxoxo, w

P.S. If you live in the Twin Cities, be sure to check out the Brown Ink Paper Goods love notes now being sold at The Foundry and Room No. 3 while supplies last!

P.P.S. If you are needing any advice on writing the perfect love letter, Sugar Paper has you covered!

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    From homemade cards to lavish letterpress with elegant chocolates (which we have in stock!) the options are endless when it comes to Valentine’s Day greetings!

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    Check out our selection of sweet cards in the holiday selection! We’ve even added a new line which errs on the sentimental side, just in time for Valentine’s Day!

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    We are a bit in love with these new, Pillow Talk cards from Brown Parcel Press and guess what? We’ve done the work for you by adding the unmatchable, honey bonbons from local chocolatier Mademoiselle Miel! Truly one of my favorite combinations!

    Still plenty of time to order from Brown Ink for the Sweetheart Holiday. Guaranteed delivery by February 13th if you order by the 10th! lovelovelove xoxoxo

      Timeless for the Holidays

      It’s the time of year where I yearn for a certain equilibrium in each day and try to balance the challenges of “needs” and “wants” with what is actually meaningful in our lives. When it comes to gift giving I find myself wanting to spend energy and money on timeless pieces. As we make our annual holiday list for the assortment of people in our lives, these pieces might work beautifully….

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      For your office staff who appreciate a personal gift, the custom, monogramed notebooks from Appointed are ideal for both men and women! (order by December 18th!)

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      These Thermoplastic Erasers from my favorite boutique in Manhattan, CW Pencil Enterprise, would be fabulous for the 1st-grader in your life who just happened to fall in love with cursive writing this year in school!

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      For your sister’s boyfriend, the coming-of-age photographer, the Hygge Edition of Kinfolk notecards embodies the Danish Winter lifestyle through an inspiring lens.

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      For the creative mother-in-law who is often cutting stationery or fabric, these Japanese Copper Scissors from Kaufmann Mercantile would look beautiful under the tree, eventually displayed on her desk and used on many occasions!

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      A girl’s gotta sketch in style, am I right? Why not treat the designer sister of yours to a monogramed Kelly Wearstler Sketchbook from Paper Chase Press, one she will treasure for years!

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      For the contemporary brother-in-law who appreciates fine quality, the Brass Desk Set from TRNK is a stunner, being both handsome and functional.

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      To the college-age babysitter who is often quoting her professor, blow her away with a custom, illustrated quote from the talented artist Celeste C. Clark!

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      To the mother who is always prepared with the perfect card at any moment (and also appreciates a gift which keeps on giving!), Nicely Noted makes it simple with the Monthly Card Subscriptions or the Bundle Card Collections with fabulous letterpressed themes!

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      For your partner, the astounding and world-renowned novelist, the Bindewerk Purist Wood Lined Journal found at the beautiful Greer Chicago is a must, holding both beauty and craftsmanship (pick up a Kaweco Rollerball Pen as well!).

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      To your family member who treasures documenting life’s moments through the written word, the Letters to My Future Self should most definitely find its way under the tree! (And here are all the reasons why it’s such a good gift).

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      As far as making the gift special, why not honor the reciever with a thoughtful handmade touch? I love the simplicity to the approach Artifact Uprising brought to my attention. Your guests can keep the photo for future enjoyment!

      If all else fails, bake a loaf of gingerbread for those you love. It’s nourishing, the baking process slows you down, and the aroma will remind you why these tranquil moments are so needed in our lives…And then write about it in your journal so you won’t forget next year!

        Thankful With a Dash of Perplexity

        Lately, Minnesotans appear a bit perplexed. Our Indian Summer has wonderfully continued into the midst of November and, as Thanksgiving approaches, folks aren’t sure if they should water their still flourishing, cold-loving vegetables in the garden, buy tree tops, holiday shop, pull out the Christmas cookie cutters, or mow the lawn. Here’s what I say…do what moves you!

        For me, especially around Thanksgiving, writing a note to a friend is what feels instinctively natural.

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        Be it a humorous Thanksgiving card (“over the river and thru the woods”)…

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        …or a reminder of your gratitude for their being, it’s a transparent but powerful act of love.

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        Or drop one of these Thankful Notes into a loved ones purse, briefcase or lunchbox this month (new Mini Notes just in from Live Love, where each purchase equals a meal for one in need)!

        For those of you with Thanksgiving on the brain, check out my previous posts for ideas involving both handwriting and the family dinner! A new one to add this season comes from the always creative Sugar Paper with their Thanksgiving Project.

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        With every purchase in November (or chose to download for free), you’ll receive a set of cards to kick-off your Thanksgiving meal and promote connectedness and conversation among friends and family!! These questions could be exactly what you need to create a mindful gathering.

        For you Twin Citians in the Holiday shopping spirit, come visit Brown Ink and support local vendors at these two Holiday Markets this week….

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        Be thankful. Write a few notes. Support the locals. And take deep breaths in between.