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A Year to Remember

2012 has gone by in a blink for our family as well as for brown ink. Although it felt brief, it was a memorable one. We thought we’d mention a few highlights which will stay with us throughout the coming year.

Food seems like a good place to start. As soon as we mention handwritten recipes on our blog, we receive loads of homemade treats.

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Instagram made out-of-town Birthday Wishes that much easier!! (even written ones)

 

We cheered for the noticeable trends in favor of writing. Obviously when Gwyneth starts featuring journals (this one designed with help from iomoi) on her blog, handwriting has got to be up there on the “It  List”, right?

Even clothing designers began partnering with stationery lines such as the relationship between Club Monaco and Terrapin Stationery. Way to jump on the stationery train you trendy folks you.

Many images will stick in our minds as meaningful this year. One came from our friend Alecia, whose niece was battling cancer.

Phoebe sent this hand made card out to friends, thankful for the support. Truly an inspiration.

Speaking of Alecia, brown ink had the gift of featuring guest bloggers this past year including Alecia, Jenni and Lisa. Their outlooks on handwriting, stationery and to-do lists were brilliant. Thanks again ladies!

We also appreciated friends sharing their brown ink moments during the year. Our friend Jill came back from a visit to her parents home in Washington with these images…

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The mailbox is perched up on a little hill, perfect for curious minds to check on mail delivery. How magical!

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letterpress wedding invitations,

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and the first time Baby Beatrice’s name was seen on paper,

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And much to look forward to in 2013. Here’s hoping the written word will continue to stay present in your daily lives. Now on to my first entry in the 5 Year Journal.

One last image to take away with you from this year, and it comes from outside the world of writing. Aside from the oft-played Portland Proposal in our home office, this video from Olafur Arnalds Haegt reminds us to continue to find the light in the darkest of times. There is so much more to discover in the coming year.

A Few of Our Favorite Things – Part II

With just a few days left to get through your Christmas list, here are a couple of ideas which might get you through to the 25th….

neon pencil set

This German-made neon pencil set is the ideal shape for those little hands to enjoy writing their thank-you notes come the 26th…or soon thereafter (sorry Brown boys).

These orange bamboo pattern pens from iomoi are perfect for any desk needing a pick-me-up.

Chef's Pencil Set

In my husband’s next life as a chef this chef pencil set from Reform School will come in handy.

Colored Pencils & Brass Holder Set

If you really want to make your mother feel special, surprise her with these colored pencils and brass holder set from Furbish.

 

Journals

Five Year Diary

The chance printed card set from Hickoree’s is created with painted balls, each made “by chance.” Perfect for the free flowing kind of letter writer.

Paper Cranes- blank cads, set of 6

I know a fella who is crazy about paper cranes. This beautifully designed stationery set from In-vita Paper Studio would be right up his alley.

Oh, Hello Friend has created the sweetest Tiny Airmail Note Set perfect for the one-liners.

 

Five Year Diary

For the journal writing enthusiast, the Five Year Diary from Canoe would a winner.

The Happiness Project One-Sentence Journal: A Five-Year Record

 

 

Gretchen Rubin, who wrote the best seller The Happiness Project, has created a five year, One-Sentence Journal to capture one thought a day. My mother is crazy about her’s.

 

For some people, it’s all about home. Here, Paper Pastries creates a hand-drawn, hand-lettered custom stamp for your space. Lovely.

 

If you want to take a chance at creating your own stamps, pick up this carve-a-stamp kit from Yellow Owl Workshop.

 

Maybe it’s because I spend most of my days with a sweet, little baby but lately I’m all about the smallness of things. The Arcadian Stamps are too sweet for words.

 

Black Edenham Liberty Print Address Book

I am in desperate need of a new address book (I know, I’m old school). Maybe Santa will leave this beautiful book from Liberty of London under the tree for me?

 

Image Tattly Designy Temporary Tattoos are a perfect for that someone who appreciates the beauty of tattoos but not forever.

 

Letterpress Classes

Here’s an idea – Surprise your partner with a letterpress class! The Arm Letterpress in Brooklyn provides letterpress classes and I’ve heard a rumor MCAD does, too.

Wrapping from Family Paper is a wonderful idea for those with not enough time to wrap. However, if you enjoy the final touches as much as I do, head over to russel & hazel (in Edina, MN) where all holiday wrapping is 50% off. I stopped in yesterday to pick up my 2013 calendar inserts and walked away with a lot more goodness!!

Lastly, why not surprise someone with a simple holiday journal?

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I picked this one up last year at Michaels for less than $5 if I remember correctly. It’s tucked away in the attic with the rest of the holiday decor for most of the year. But every December I dust it off and reflect on the holiday. It makes me pause, and take in all that surrounds me. With so much on our plates this time of year and much to be blessed for it’s necessary to stop and note the emotions, the feelings, the images. Remind those around you to do the same with a gift of a holiday journal. They will thank you later in life.

Ho. Ho. Hold that pencil tight.