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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.

Planting the Seed

It’s happening. Blades of grass, neighbors, bikes…they’re all making an appearance these last few days. As exciting as that is, we are even more excited about a nice handful of activities Brown Ink is thrilled to be a part of this Spring, starting with a brand new workshop series called Handwritten!

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Handwritten is a collaboration of Foxglove Market & Studio, Gina Sekelsky Studio, and Brown Ink, who are all passionate about the handwritten word and paper goods. Join us for the inaugural workshop at Foxglove Market & Studio on Saturday, April 26th, featuring two writing sessions. The first session guides you through ways to improve your handwriting quality and style, and the second session will provide creative inspiration to your letter writing. Check out the details on the Foxglove site here. At the same time, Brown Ink will also feature a Pop-Up paper shop (alongside the always beautiful Foxglove paper goods collection). Don’t miss out on this unique event!

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The following weekend Brown Ink is headed back to St.Paul to join Minnesota Makers at the popular, second annual HAMMS EVENT, Saturday May 3rd, 10-4 at the located old HAMMS Brewery.

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This market is unique in that the concept not only supports small and local businesses but actually gives back to the owners. In 2013 one Minnesota Maker was given $5,000 to help push their business to the next level. What a fabulous idea! Tickets are only $10 in advance and the first 100 ticket purchasers receive special offers (20% off Brown Ink Paper Goods). This is a must attend event! (Wow, I’m starting to sound too much like a used car salesman.)

This is just the beginning of events we have in store for you this season. So breathe in that fresh air, find dirt to dig, take loads of allergy medicine (or a nice netty pot), and come see us this Spring!