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Time & Season

In case life has not given you a moment to stop and shop, here are few more ideas to get you going.

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First, just in time for the holidays, find unique paper goods at Brown Ink Paper Goods Holiday Sale with 20% off your entire purchase through December 21st. Please use Discount Code: HOHOHO20 at check out. Guaranteed delivery by December 24th if you order by 4pm this Friday, December 20th!! We even wrap your goodies for no charge.

Also, a few others which have caught my eye….

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Gold Snowflake by Aileen Cheng Design could be used for brilliant New Year’s greeting card.

Typewriter Stamp Kit

The Typewriter Stamp Kit from terrain will make any hand-made card an original.

Letters In The Mail is a brilliant service which mails out letters at least twice a month from well regarded authors; some typed, others handwritten. For the young adults, Letters For Kids will be written by children’s authors, many of the them including a return address to write them back. And it’s only $5 a month! This all comes to you from The Rumpus, a place where people come to be themselves through writing. These people are passionate about writing!!

Since our family loves paper, stars and the moon, this 2014 Astrology Calendar from the Little Paper Planes online shop grabbed my attention right away.

The Typewriter Notelets from Smythson includes a matching tissue-lined envelope – Start a tradition by exchanging written letters over the holidays with your family!

Bergdorf Goodman is the stop for high quality items such as these personalized Leather-Bound Notebooks, a gift to hold on to for years ahead.

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You can find a beautiful, screenprinted by hand Marble Notes and Planner Set on Of a Kind created by Julia Kostreva which includes a notebook, planner and calendar.

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 Being a fan of Thank You Notes, who wouldn’t love to receive this Snowshow Holiday Thank You Card from Small Adventure once the snow has settled post-holiday season. Ha!

Lastly, for you local Twin Citians, if you are out and about this week, make sure to stop into my friend’s new card and gift shop on 2515 and Nicollet Ave So…

South Minneapolis based Joel and Lauren from Old Tom Foolery have recently opened a bricks and mortar shop, Greater Goods, to sell their personal line and other goods as well. Swing by their Grand Opening Party tomorrow, December 18th from 4-9 pm with 15% off your purchase. The store even includes a writing corner and mailbox for those eager writers. My kind of folks!

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 Lastly, don’t forget your Postal carrier this time of year. They can’t except cash, but a simple Gift Certificate will definitely put a step in their stride as they hand deliver your mail this year. And if a gift isn’t in the cards this year, a written note expressing Greetings and Thanks just might be the best gift of all.

2013 Favorite Things List

Two weeks to go folks. And boys and girls, do we have a snappy Holiday List for you. Our team has searched far and wide to find the most unique holiday gifts around…so sit back and start shopping!

Kiddos

 The I-Wood Chalkboard Laptop from the Walker Shop is for the cool kids.

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And the Three Stars Colored Chalk from oeuf is a needed addition to the laptop!

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These photo journals from Pinhole Press may inspire a child’s story-writing one snowy day (FYI, a great deal going on over on their coupon page!)

And for the adults in your world…

Kate Spade Eraser Set

It will be a treat to correct mistakes with this gold foiled Kate Spade Eraser Set.

For the hand-lettering enthusiast with an itch for stellar calligraphy skills, look no further. This Calligraphy Starter Kit from Antiquaria will set the hand in motion the old-school way.

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A stationery subscription service, Nicely Noted delivers a curated collection of letterpress cards and stamps. Coming from someone who adores surprises, I think this is the best gift ever.

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Life moves too fast to remember everything. This 5 Year Memory Book from Mr. Boddington’s Studio can bring peace to one’s life and takes only a minute.

Bespoke Small Secret Photo Keepsake Box

Emboss a handwritten message or name onto the Bespoke Small Secret Photo Keepsake Box from Anya Hindmarch to make this elegant gift even more personal.

This nostalgic New England 2014 Letterpress Desk Calendar from press bound will dazzle the outdoors person and nature admirer in your life.

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One only hopes their mailbox is full so they can use the Birdie Letter Opener from Pigeonhole!

Ultra thick, striped bow stationery set

From one of my favorite designers, Besotted Brand has created a charming Striped Bow Stationery Set on extra thick white card stock including black or kraft paper envelopes. Love.

For the fashionista, this Quarterbound Notebook is made from crisp, mid blue denim. Smokin’.

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Still time to order gorgeous personalized Letterpress Stationery from Pomegranate Press.

For the Travelers…

Gray Travel Notebook

The Gray Travel Notebook from Spartan even includes multiple interior pockets for souvenirs.


Kids will love using the Sideshow Press Kraft Journal (sold at Brown Ink) on next summer’s road trip.

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For a letter writer on the go, this Cartographer from Spring Finn & Co. has become my catch-all for stationery, pens, and stamps. Both sturdy and handsome, you can’t go wrong.

Stocking Stuffers

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Row House 14 has oodles of pencils, this one is for the stocking.

Designed by Shanna Murray for West Elm, we adore these charming coasters for the holidays!

Tickets Lists are perfect for the last minute notes or to make a coupon book for your mate!

Wrapping, Tags and More

Draw Together Christmas Set

Get your kiddos to help out with your gift tags like these included in the Draw Together Christmas Set from caravan. And if you don’t have a mantle to hang stockings, this set includes a fireplace as well. Check it out!  And no time waiting since it’s a download. Perfect for you folks headed out of town with no fireplace for Santa to make his appearance!

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Holiday Oval Gift Tag Set from Sesame Letterpress Shop can even be reused for ornaments.

This luxurious wrapping paper from Urbanic Paper Boutique has been stamped with gold foil.

Aren’t you thankful we knocked off half your list? Enjoy the giving season.

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PS. For you locals, Brown Ink will have goods at Mille tomorrow from 12-5. Also, head over to Lunalux tonight for a little After-Hours Printing Party as well as Stationery Saturday tomorrow…

Fall Goodness

How did we arrive at yet another Wednesday in a blink, in a signature second? But it being Wendy’s Wednesday Picks I have a just a few things to share.

One of my favorite blogs is finally coming out with its own book!

Shaun Usher, the man behind Letters of Note, has edited a collection of fascinating letters, telegrams, and memos which he feels are worthy for a wider circulation than simply his blog. Since 2011 he’s been gathering mostly written correspondences which include a mix of wit, seriousness, sadness and brilliance. I love some of his favorite letters included in this just released book:

    • Leonardo da Vinci’s remarkable job application letter
    • Virginia Woolf’s unbearably sad suicide note, addressed to her husband
    • Steve Martin’s hilarious ‘personalised’ form letter to a fan
    • The poignant farewell letter of a Kamikaze pilot to his two young children, written the night before his mission
    • Queen Elizabeth II’s charming handwritten letter and personal recipe for drop scones, as sent to President Eisenhower.

An ideal gift for anyone fond of the written letter…not naming any names (pssst ME!).

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With Halloween next week, I received these printable spooky lunchbox jokes from All for the Boys just in time. Emmett, my 2nd grade jokester, will go crazy when he finds these in his lunchbox, especially with a written BOO from mom. A little surprise goodness in his day.

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Writing a handwritten note is a lovely act in itself. It’s especially meaningful when a third party is effected by the letter in more ways than we could image. Sarah and James Birkbeck brought these two passions together, a letter writing service and a mission to bring hope to those in need, by creating Send at Note. For each written card the Birkbecks create, 10% of the profits will go to help stop human trafficking around the world. Once I heard about this service, I couldn’t help but order a card for one of my most passionate Brown Ink subscribers. I’ll keep it a surprise. Be sure to check out their mission.

Lastly, for those Twin Citians who are looking for an excuse for holiday shopping or just love a good old pop-up-shop, don’t miss this Saturday’s gathering at my favorite boutique in South Minneapolis…

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Not only has Michelle at Mille brought in a few out-of-town vendors with gorgeous jewelry and beautiful, handmade knitted clothing for an awesome Trunk Show, but she’ll also be selling a few Brown Ink Paper Goods items from our collection. MMMmmm…just a taste of what you’ll find in our on-line store opening soon. Come, come, grab a friend, sip a drink, pull out a pen and let the fall goodness surround you.

Wendy’s Wednesday Picks

I’m alive and well, fellow readers!! Aside from a quick trip over to Paris with Mr. Brown (more on this next post) life has been jam-packed as we make the final tweaks to the Brown Ink Paper Goods online boutique, opening soon. My time to blog these days has been spotty, but eventually this will change. For now, I’ll be highlighting my favorite topics every Wednesday to keep you up to speed on interesting points in the writing world!

First off, check out the new blog from the founding editor of Stationery Trends, Sarah Schwartz, called The Paper Chronicles. For a paper lover like myself, this blog is fabulous for introducing new lines and connecting with those who appreciate the handwritten note. Congrats Sarah!

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Speaking of new businesses, these letterpress business cards from The Beauty of Letterpress are out-of-sight. Crazy about this one, numbered and perforated. So original.

My in-laws, Sally and Jim, just returned a few weeks ago from a month long trip to Alaska. Sally, a big fan of handwriting, sent numerous postcards to our family. We loved hearing about their adventures through writing and pictures of wildlife they came across.

IMG_0007I was the lucky recipient of a postcard full of the Alaska State Flower Forget-Me-Not seed. Love.

To celebrate its first birthday, Olive Box has come out with a stationery box filled with beautiful greeting cards for every occasion. Perfect for a gift or to have on hand!

Card-olivebox-bigFor you local folks, it’s the 20th Anniversary of Lunalux, my favorite letterpress printing and stationery store in the Twin Cities. To comemmorate the anniversary, they created a beautifully letterpressed party invitation, printed it on a unique lead and wood type, and added lined envelopes to boot.

lunalux.two-oh!.invitation1Make sure to stop by next Saturday on Customer Appreciation Day with 20% off products.

Speaking of local, temps have only begun to drop in Minneapolis, yet soon enough the Holiday season will arrive. Just our luck, the 2013 USPS set is larger than ever, with 8 holidays stamps. Check out the history of each one. Here are a few of my favs…

Global Holiday: Evergreen Wreath

Global Forever: Evergreen Wreath

Gingerbread Houses 

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Finally, a word from my son Oliver. The other day he needed a little alone time in his room and, with no direction from his parents, returned downstairs with this note in hand.

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Translation: Bea I am sorry I spit on your head. Priceless.

Love Letter Needed

Hmmm… cool air, dropping temps, changing of colors. Sounds to me like a good time to write a letter!! And here’s an idea. How about writing a few uplifting thoughts to someone who needs it the most, such as these folks at More Love Letters?

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Just to bring those new to the group up to speed, I’ve mentioned my appreciation for the remarkable founder, Hannah Brencher, and her dedicated group at More Love Letters here and there throughout the year. Every two weeks a small handful of individuals are selected, each with their own story, each in need of a letter of love. It’s so simple yet so powerful.

If you know of someone who is in need of a love letter, be bold and nominate a friend to receive letters. I believe the power of a love letter to a complete stranger is stronger than anyone of us could imagine.