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May Movement

Before I begin sharing the best of the best I found at last week’s National Stationery Show, here were a few highlights from the month I would not want to overlook!….

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First off, I’m thrilled about the release this week of the National Parks stationery set found on The Reed; a new site created by Lizzie Garrett Mettler (the woman behind Tomboy Style) to explore movement, travel, and adventure. The set is a collaboration between Brown Ink and The Reed (with great support from Pomegranate Press!) inspired by generations of Americans hitting the road to explore our glorious National Parks.

Next up, the people behind Bond (robots that write notes…more on this later) has teamed up with KINDSnacks for Military Appreciation Month by turning tweets of gratitude into handwritten notes which will be delivered to US soldiers around the world. Tweet thank-you’s to America’s bravest! #thankskindly

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On to my favorite international paper goods shop, Rad and Hungry. They are celebrating their 50th STMT Kit with a custom Scottish goods kit and their first ever T-shirt (free with orders over $100) thru May 31st. Each kit is locally sourced in each city and filled with limited-edition lo-fi office supplies from a company that is crazy about paper goods! Speaking of office supplies…

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Who says we all have to rely on technology for our Summer road trips with the kids?  All for the Boys reminds us we simply need to look into our office supply drawer to find loads of ideas to bring out our imagination and get you to your destination in peace and without a screen!

Finally, the Letters Live events are picking up speed, a unique lineup of outstanding artists reading remarkable letters to a captive audience. Last Sunday’s performances at the Hay Festival must have been mind blowing as others listened to actors celebrate the pain, joy, humor and wisdom found in each letter they read. Check out the Letters Live in CA next month!

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And you still have until the end of tomorrow to pick up Summer paper goods with 30% OFF the entire order at Brown Ink Paper Goods using code: SUMMER30 — so move, travel & write!

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    As the school year winds down often our To-Do list extends well out into the garden, with one of the top priorities being, (aside from getting your fingers dirty IN the garden), Teacher Gifts.

    As I’ve mentioned before, from the mouth of my mother-in-law, a retired school teacher of 35+ years, there is no better gift than a handwritten note from a student. I can not stress this enough. A simple card from your child (in their best handwriting, of course) mentioning specifics about the year is heartfelt…a quote from the teacher, field trips, a funny story, a challenge the teacher supported, or something personal they shared together. This is a time to share what made the past year special or unique thanks to their teacher!

    You Rule is too cool! Especially for Teacher Gifts!

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    If you are creative and have a little more time before the end of the year, put together a memory book for your teacher. A few years ago Emmett and I created such a gift for his Kindergarten teacher (also featured in the St.Paul Pioneer Press) which not only was fairly simple but also brought another layer of significance to his first year of grade school.

    For many teachers, Summer is time for more personal writing, be it letters, postcards or their own journal. Give a gift of paper goods which speaks directly to that teacher….

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    For the fanatic gardener, the Evelina Journal and Fawn & Fauna Terrarium!

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    For the outdoor Summer enthusiast, pick up a Sailboat Set or Adventure Postcard Set.

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    Gift the Les Animaux Set to the animal lover!

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    For the Queen Bee Teacher, these Library Cards and Book Stamp will be well-loved!

    20140126__520747~s300~p3_500A hug. A card. Personal words from a student. These are last-day-of-school significant moments which remind our teachers of the value their presence brings each day to our children.

      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!

       

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        With all the red and lace in your face these days (no complaints!) it’s pretty impossible to avoid the coming holiday of love. So let’s see what else is out there starting with DIY downloads!

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         This printable Calligraphy Valentine seen on Lovely Indeed from Coco & Mingo is a stunner and caught my eye from a mile away.

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        Another beautiful Valentine’s printable created by Jessica from Coco and Mingo!

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        Cocorrina has designed a beautiful card to enjoy even after Valentine’s has passed (and for you coffee lovers, find another beauty here as well!)

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        Another Letter Girl, Gina Sekelsky, created these printable mini-Valentine’s in a sweet size, perfect for tucking into a lunchbox or under a windshield wiper. Where will you leave a little surprise? (check out her store for beautiful letter writing finds as well!)

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        These vibrant, modern cards from artist (and peace and love promoter) Christopher David Ryan are definitely more artsy than the usual download these days!

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        Disguise yourself as an Uber Parent by creating these simple Origami Hearts from a fav of mine, All for the Boys, with your small friends!

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        This printable Scientific Valentine from Babble Dabble Do provides a spinning disc illusion combining the heart and the arrow while spinning around – Your little scientist will go crazy!

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        Of course, if you tucked a few love notes in this red-hot Envelope Clutch (as well as a stash of stationery, stamps and pens) I think many dedicated writers would be happy.

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        Or for him, the handmade Best Made Co. Strongbox in Famous Red will hold past and present notes and all other keepsakes and moments.

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        Be sure to get to your local post office soon to pick up the Forever Love Stamp, illustrated by the talented Jessica Hische who recently shared her musing on love and stamp design. Stamp or no stamp, push yourself a bit this week with the expression of love to others in the form of written words… send off a few postcards, a card found under the pillow, a note written on scrap paper hidden in your partner’s current novel.  Surprise yourself. It’s going to feel right. XOXOXO

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          Although not so common these days, I love finding little nuggets of wisdom on the radio that ring true. So while I was driving back from my father’s farm after an early holiday gathering last month, I caught my favorite radio show, A Prairie Home Companion, and found Mr.Garrison Keillor speaking in his always wise yet kind voice, channeling right to my heart…

          “Things are changing around us, you older people. Instagram is now the thing. It’s more popular now than Twitter. It surpassed Twitter here this past week. Facebook? No, I don’t think so. Old people have now taken over Facebook. And young people are running as fast as they can to get away from this because you don’t want your mother to see pictures of you and your friends that night you got hammered, you just don’t. So where are you gonna go when Instagram is over taken by geezer as you know it will be? Well, I have an idea for you. If you take a pen and write down on paper. And you put this in an envelope and you mail it to somebody its security is pretty darn, well guaranteed. And your parents and your grandparents are not going to look at this. But this will be around for decades and decades. So that your children will be able to see how cool you were. This may be useful for you someday.”

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          Now this bit of insight might be something I’m well aware of. Even so, it was a reminder and a reinforcement of the value of handwriting, be it a letter, journal, document, or whatever. Just a hunch, but I’m guessing my children won’t be looking at my Instagram account in 30, 40 years. By that time I’m sure they’ll have moved forward to a more modern device 10 steps from where we are today. But they will have my journals, letters to their father, and also to them. My hope is for my written words to provide them with a glimpse into how I spent my days in single, married and mothering years, the many highs and lows that come with each season, the scribbles, the smudges and hopefully the close-to-legible writing as my life slows down. Maybe I’ll even look like a cool lady, a cool mom. I’m pretty sure they’ll simply be happy to carry these written words for decades and decades.