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Trend Breaker

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!

A Good Trio

Rain, flowers, and Mother’s Day season. A pretty ideal trio in my world (well, ideally no rain on the actual holiday but not minding the soothing, non-stop pitter-patter today!). And when it comes to Mother’s Day, cards and flowers are all I honestly want…and maybe an hour of alone time with the Sunday Times and a Dogwood latte…with an Egg & Cheese Biscuit Sandwich from Sun Street Breads por favor (a bit of a subtle hint, sorry family!). Did I mention a mimosa?

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With my love of celebrating the Mother figures in all our lives, we’ve added Mum’s Day cards at Brown Ink Paper Goods. One from our favorite Portland, Oregon stationery lines, Quill & Fox, and the others from Rifle Paper Co. Yes Yes!! Brown Ink recently launched this line out of Winter Park, Florida. Being a fan for years, I couldn’t wait until the National Stationery Show to place my order. The products we selected are recently new to Rifle Paper. With such amazing illustrations, their products hold an exquisite balance of hand-painted illustrations and timeless lettering, while creating each piece as environmentally friendly as possible. I once read an article in Sous Style about Anna Bond, one of the co-owners, where the designer mentioned part of her creative process is to write down her thoughts in journals before starting to paint anything. “It’s funny because most of my sketchbooks are just filled with words.” It all comes around.

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 Returning to Mother’s Day cards, another heartfelt option is to purchase a card which gives back to an organization such as the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery.

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 This card honors the recipient with a donation made to the Crisis Nursery, a gift that will continue to give. There might be no better and easier way to spread thankfulness on this day.

If you are looking for additional gift ideas….

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…you will find us here along with other local friends at the elegant yet always comfortable Room No. 3 on May 7th to enjoy bubbly, juices, tunes and some pretty awesome give-aways.

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And don’t forget to purchase tickets to our Hamms Event a week from Saturday!! #HAMMS2014

 So start some seeds, buy a card, and write. In the end, the words become our most valuable gift.