Category Archives: Holiday

Summertime Bounty

Last night while the Brown family ate dinner on the porch (roughly 7.5 minutes before the kids jetted off to play in the yard!), we began counting the weeks left in Summer. Yes, I’m aware this conversation was taking place way too early! But here’s the simple truth…Minnesotans have both the beauty and frustration of living with clear beginnings and endings to the four seasons. Summer is fast, fun, messy, full, exhausting and tremendously entertaining.

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Which is why I’ve decided to take a temporary pause from blogging over the next two months and spend more time with my three young children, handwriting as much as possible, sharing the bounty of our garden and participating in the family circus. You’ll still hear from Brown Ink Paper Goods regarding a sale or two over the Summer (check out the latest discounts here!) and posting new products on Instagram, TwitterPinterest, and Facebook. Otherwise, I’ll rejoin you all in late August. Until then, put the phone down and let your closet, inner-youth take over whenever possible! Before I leave you, here are a few highlights from the past month worth checking out…

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Cocorrina’s current obsession with brass office supplies from Kohezi!

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The always creative USPS Stamps blog recently spotlighted two experts to help us style our cards as well as find the right words while corresponding!

Enjoying the Lettres Grandes from Nowness, a film series of French actors reading letters such as correspondence by Van Gogh to his brother.

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No one highlights the National Stationery Show quite like Nole from Oh So Beautiful Paper (I finally met the gal in person at the show this year and expressed my appreciation for her inspiring site!). Check out her favorites, 13 post series, from this year’s show!

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The new NYC boutique, C.W. Pencil Enterprise, is a must-visit for all pencil enthusiasts headed to The Big Apple. Speaking of traveling…

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Did you hear the latest? Boutique hotels are now offering letter-writing amenities in hotel rooms, one even has personalized stationery awaiting their guests!

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Recently released More than Words: The Illustrated Love Letters, Thank-You Notes and Travelogues of Great Artists is one to add to your coffee table collection this Summer.

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Make it a memorable Summer. Be daring, share what you love, and write when you can. xo

Favorite Fatherly Finds

With all the Father’s Day Gift Lists roaming around, someone has to narrow down the good stuff, right? Thankfully, Brown Ink has compiled the most creative ideas for the Dad in your life!

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No one makes a more classier Gift Guide than our friends at InsideHook and this year their Father’s Day Guide exceeds all expectations. I’m especially found of the handsome, leather Moleskin notebook covers from Inkleaf to protect a Father’s written word! Speaking of leather…

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Local J.W. Hulme created a handsome, leather, savvy Dad’s Day List for all kinds of needs. My favorite is the new, gently distressed Brown Leather Envelope for letters, a pen, important receipts or tickets to the ball game!

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Thanks to the ever tasteful Tomboy Style, I found this Father’s Day Gift Guide filled with multiple ideas from Huckberry for the “outdoorsman, sportsman or dashing dude” in your life!

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Terrain created a Dad’s List for the Nature Lover/Entertainer kind-of-a Father — But also included this thoughtful I Love You Dad Journal with room to share memorable moments.

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For the foodie, head to Food52 for their highly crafted list of ideas for Dad. This Abner Universal Tool Box would be perfect for storing stationery, pens and written letters to treasure.

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The Walker Art Center lists some awesome pieces of Dad Gear! I’m especially keen of the Scottish made Alwych all-weather notebook, unchanged since the 1930’s. To this day it’s recommended in the UK by police, delivery drivers, gardeners, mountaineers, golfers and explorers!

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Of course, no gift is complete without a Father’s Day Card. Make sure to check out the variety of Dad cards at Brown Ink Paper Goods before June 21st arrives. If I’ve learned anything over the years, a Father needs to be reminded (in written words) of his importance to you. Cheers!

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!

 

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.

Happy Peeps Season

Time to get your hippity hoppity on and send out some festive Easter cards to those you love! I’ve added a few new designs to the Spring batch this year including…

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…this egg hunt Happy Easter card with its bright, pastel palette from talented Yas at Quill & Fox!

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There is no other Bunny quite like this beautifully illustrated Dear Hancock Easter Bunny!

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Be different with the unexpected Fresh Dozen Easter card from Brown Parcel Press.

Don’t forget to fill your baskets with gifts from the thoughtful Easter Bunny!

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…especially if you attach a hip, bright Delfonic mechanical pencil (comes in hot pink as well!).

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I’ll be back later this week with new designs from our next Featured Designer, Megan Fowler of Brown Parcel Press. Now off to order a few dozen Coconut Marshmallow Bunny Hops (aka peeps) from local favorite Lucia’s…which may or may not make it into the baskets this year!