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School Styling

Although we all tried to shut our eyes from the Back to School ads and catalogues which began to appear in mid-July, the time has come. And, although some kids can’t wait to try out their finely sharpened No. 2’s or open a crisp, clean notebook (mini iPads have not taken over all forms of note taking, right?), there are those young scholars who may need and appreciate a surprise hidden in their dusted off backpacks.

Yes, of course, there are the required paper goods assigned to each grade but why stop there? Instead, throw in a few other school supplies…just because you are a cool parent and your child worked their tush off practicing their writing skills over the Summer by journaling or writing letters from camp (or not). And, oh, you want to encourage handwriting as often as possible.

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Any student will feel cool having their very own Petite Pink Notebook for personal needs…a place to scribble down a locker code, a reminder of an after-school sports equipment, Homecoming Dance Committee meeting time, and the new teacher’s favorite baked good.

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I believe texting is a big No-No during class these days. Instead, why not encourage a little note writing with these letterpress Mini Note Pads? If my child was caught passing a handwritten note, I have to say I’d probably smile to know they were writing vs. texting! Sorry teachers.

For those high schooler or college bound kids…

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This Eagle Letter and Pencil Pouch actually makes you look hip. Proven fact.

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Step aside Mead notebooks, make way for the show stopping Gold Polka Dot Notebook.

Before you zip up the lunch box, include a handwritten note to brighten up their day!

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These Library Cards would catch any kid’s attention inside an echoey cafeteria. My dear friend, a 4th grade teacher, is using the cards as name tags on school lockers.

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For the jokesters in the family, these printable Lunch Note Jokes from All for the Boys will keep the cafeteria scene light. The blank notes are perfect for your own jokes or sentiments.

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Pssst…my last suggestion; Be the only parent with a little Summer left in them and throw in a few Tattoo Sets in their backpack. Even children need reminders of the moments of freedom and playfulness you’d all like to hold onto for just a bit longer.

The Darien Gaps

We go to college to learn of course, to read, to write, to think, to interact, and to learn how to learn. But we also go to grow up and see things for the first time and be exposed, usually, to an entirely new set of surroundings and circumstances. For me anyway, one of these new awarenesses was the fact that there were 18 year-olds in the world who had, or at least had access to, lots and lots of stuff. Lots of things. And many of those 18 year-olds were from in and around Darien, CT. I’ll call this Darien Gap #1.

Darien Gap #2 involves the movie “Wall Street” and the link between Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) and Darien Taylor (Daryl Hannah). Bud comes from an honest family with dirt under its fingernails, catches a break from a Wall Street titan, gets set up with up-and-coming artist Darien, only to see his personal and professional ambitions melt, forcefully, after flying too close to the sun. Bud and Darien’s personal needs never align with their economic pursuits and  they are never able to achieve emotional unity. Their relationship reminds me of the words of The Gap Band, “You were the first explosion, turned out to be corrosion, you were the first for me, but you turned me out, baby”.

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Speaking of unity, the Pan American Highway, stretching from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, has a 60 mile stretch of rainforest between Panama and Colombia where the road is interrupted. This stretch is called the Darien Gap and I’ll call it #3 although if this were the Dating Game this would be the real Darien Gap. I bring up Darien Gap #3 because during a recent World Cup soccer game, my 8 year-old son Emmett asked if a person could walk to Natal, Brazil. I answered that it sounded like a whiz-bang idea but for the problematic (real) Darien Gap which made such a hike impossible. He was not impressed.

photo1Thankfully, we weren’t too put out by this geographic impassibility since not only did we not have to walk 8,500 miles to monitor the World Cup goings-on, all we had to do was simply walk to our back porch and review our own, handmade and hand drawn World Cup scoreboard/bracket thingy. It was a great month of soccer, (although due to near constant entertaining it caused slight, but manageable (I think), gaps in my otherwise harmonious marriage), and now we have a written memory of the event which we ail keep forever. Can’t wait for 2018.

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!

Stars, Stripes & 25% Off Sale

Time to celebrate the birth of our country and the freedom of writing with our first Stars & Stripes 25% Off Sale beginning today through the 4th of July!

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Make sure to check out the Camping postcards, Fireworks stationery set, Summer tattoos, and all the recently added paper goods. It’s a perfect time to pick up hostess gifts for the Summer BBQs as well as stationery sets with some Summer heat. Be sure to use code: S&S25

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Also, for you locals, come meet me tonight at The Walker Art Center for the Open Field program: Cursive Writing for the Contemporary Artist. One can achieve mnemonic mastery through the direction of Jenni from Lunalux as she conducts handwriting exercises using contemporary art terms.  I’m shooting for a big fat, gold star for my handwriting excellence!

The Moment

Last week I received a package from a dear friend, Tracy, who lives in California. She was my old boss but, more importantly, a trusted and loving confidante whom I wish I connected with more often. Tracy is old-school in the sense she never texts, rarely emails, but occasionally rings while sipping wine in a vineyard she thinks we ought to visit. The moment I noticed Tracy’s easily identifiable handwriting on a brown paper package on my doorstep, I smiled really, really big.

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I had seen her writing for years on production shoot notes or editing scripts, each letter always leaning way to the left as if there was a fan on the right side of the page. This was Tracy alright. Although her writing made me miss my close friend, there was a comfort in knowing she had created this package and card only days ago, pen and paper in hand. Nothing better.

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I thought of this feeling again today when I received a correspondence in the mail. Just a few days ago I met up with a woman named Michelle, a fellow believer in the importance of handwriting . While we both took notes during our conversation I noticed her unique penmanship. All of her letters were printed lowercase yet still held a nice finesse and sophistication. When I found her letter sticking out of the junk mail one day, I knew in a second this was Michelle (I soon enjoyed a thoughtful note on lovely cotton paper, personalized with letterpress. My kind of girl!). Even after one meeting, her writing became one of the pieces of my new friend.

As we consume piles of catalogues, bills and excess paper advertisements each day, it’s a simple joy to receive anything personal in the mail these days. It’s in this moment when holding a simple, handwritten letter naturally forces me to pause, feel the life within the correspondence, and appreciate and give thanks for the effort behind the letter.