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Thankful With a Dash of Perplexity

Lately, Minnesotans appear a bit perplexed. Our Indian Summer has wonderfully continued into the midst of November and, as Thanksgiving approaches, folks aren’t sure if they should water their still flourishing, cold-loving vegetables in the garden, buy tree tops, holiday shop, pull out the Christmas cookie cutters, or mow the lawn. Here’s what I say…do what moves you!

For me, especially around Thanksgiving, writing a note to a friend is what feels instinctively natural.

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Be it a humorous Thanksgiving card (“over the river and thru the woods”)…

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…or a reminder of your gratitude for their being, it’s a transparent but powerful act of love.

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Or drop one of these Thankful Notes into a loved ones purse, briefcase or lunchbox this month (new Mini Notes just in from Live Love, where each purchase equals a meal for one in need)!

For those of you with Thanksgiving on the brain, check out my previous posts for ideas involving both handwriting and the family dinner! A new one to add this season comes from the always creative Sugar Paper with their Thanksgiving Project.

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With every purchase in November (or chose to download for free), you’ll receive a set of cards to kick-off your Thanksgiving meal and promote connectedness and conversation among friends and family!! These questions could be exactly what you need to create a mindful gathering.

For you Twin Citians in the Holiday shopping spirit, come visit Brown Ink and support local vendors at these two Holiday Markets this week….

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Be thankful. Write a few notes. Support the locals. And take deep breaths in between.

HOLIDAY SALE!!

Our End of the Year Holiday Sale is going on now!!

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Check out the Holiday and Calendar paper goods this week, with prices marked 40-50% off thru Friday, January 2nd. Be smart, think ahead and tuck these holiday, paper beauties away until next year while you count off the days with a new calendar you never received this holiday season. While the greens begin to fade, go on and treat yourself!

Stop and Smell the Rosemary

Thanksgiving is one week away. And although this is a close runner-up to my favorite holiday (Halloween counts, right?) I cherish this particular gathering for multiple reasons…the food, the people, the smells, the decor – but also the personal touches found through writing.

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This being our 6th year of hosting Thanksgiving, I’ve found myself searching for fresh ideas to bring handwriting into our family tradition. One new find I picked up at Paper Source the other day is the Grateful Wreath Kit, a family writing activity that welcomes the theme of gratitude way before the holiday begins. It’s also a piece that can be displayed for years to come.

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Each year we ask our guests to write down thoughts of gratitude on a small, festive card which I hold on to for reflection the following year. As I will continue with this tradition, I love the idea of placing the written cards in this beautiful, Giving Thanks book (at least this keeps track of the children’s thanks!). There is room to write your seasonal reflections and the book provides questions to ponder, making this a valued treasure in your family’s history…through written words!

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Of course there are many ways to bring a thoughtful touch to the gathering with handwritten place cards. Rip + Tan uses a simple Kraft gift tag with elegant writing for their festive table.

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I love the idea of using a rosemary sprig in place cards as Spoon Fork Bacon shared – simple.

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Direct your guests to their seats with name cards topped by the leftover leaves of Fall, needing only brown card stock and a white uni-ball pen. So simple yet beautiful.

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Get creative (and cheap and easy) with your Thanksgiving placemats by using these lovely, hand lettered templates from Oh My Deer Handmades (this girl has talent!).

And when you can’t be with the people you love, remind them they’re on your mind with one of these cards from Brown Ink Paper Goods (still plenty of time for you to receive by early next week)…

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People are adoring this ‘old school Thanksgiving Cranberry card this year.

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Harvest Set would be a lovely and perfect hostess gift for the season (images taken at Union Market in NYC by the uber popular A Guy Named Patrick).

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Over the river and through the woods…with the Turkey on Car we go!

Time to stop and smell the rosemary, the herb which stands for memories. I’ll be back with more ideas to make this holiday even more memorable.

Signed, Stamped, Delivered

If memory serves me right, after closing on our first home together 13 years ago I drove straight from the realtor’s office to a local stationery shop to place an order for an address stamp. Oh yes, I was that excited to own a personalized address stamp. Custom stamps make an impression. They provide a little hint of your personality, lend a hand with Holiday cards, and also shows You Mean Business as a letter writer.

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Over time, though, I fell for the old school stamp with the traditional quality-cut red rubber, oil-rubbed maple hardwood body, and tumble painted red handle, allowing the sender to select their own ink color depending on the letter. Fawsnberg’s custom stamps checks off all these boxes. This sister team, based in upper state New York, design their stamps with a classic yet fresh approach using the local amish to mill their wood.  And fortunately for all of us, several custom stamps were recently added to the Brown Ink Paper Goods shop!

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What a thoughtful gift for a friend’s new home office, Thank You’s or Save the Dates for the bride and groom, house warming gift, or simply for sending holiday and everyday cards. It’s also the perfect time to gift a college student heading off to school or a recent graduate settling into their new home. Custom stamps also arrive in a gorgeous gift box.

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Put a bit of love into your letter with a custom stamp. It honors both you and the correspondence.