Before I take off for a long and needed ladies’ weekend of x-country skiing, yoga, massage, sauna, polar plunge (oh, yes!), reading, journaling, and bourbon sipping in the beautifully frigid Boundary Waters woods, wanted to highlight a few bits on my mind these days..
First, did you catch the article in last month’s NY Times titled Writing Your Way to Happiness? Researchers believe that by writing down our own personal stories we can “change our perceptions of ourselves and identify obstacles that stand in the way of better health.” As a believer in the strength and beauty found in personal journal writing, I’m glad I’m not alone!
Just because Valentine’s has passed there’s no need to stop writing love notes to your favorite people especially when it’s unexpected! Clementine Daily reminds us of the value of expressing this form of love as well as the many faces of love in our lives.
The paper one collects on the road or travels can provide a personal story in and of itself, as seen here with my friend Chelsea Fuss from frolic.
Continuing on with my new love for Greece-based Cocorrina, this Spring-inspired do what matters design reminds me of the coming season as well as the importance of handwriting each day…this is what truly matters to me!
Speaking of writing and perhaps sharpening your writing skills, Brown Ink is teaming up again with Christine Hoffmann from Foxglove Market & Studio and letter girl, Gina Sekelsky, to host our Handwritten workshop next month! Last year’s workshops sold out so act fast if you are interested. Now is the time for inspiration and grabbing a pen instead of a shovel for a change!
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!
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!
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.
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!