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February Favorites

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..

20WELL-tmagArticle 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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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

It’s Time to Celebrate

I returned home Tuesday night after attending the National Stationery Show and I am completely enthused from all I encountered. Thrilled for the new designers who will soon join the Brown Ink Paper Goods boutique as well as fresh work from our current lines. It’s all so good, especially to see the world of handwriting and paper goods alive and well. Before I share my favorites from the show, let’s move on to a few pressing matters at hand; gifts for the graduate or teacher in your life. A few ideas, starting with the graduate…

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The Personalized Handwriting Necklace is a lovely gift for the young adult who may need a bit of family (mother, father, grandmother) close to her heart as she heads off to college.

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For the craftsman in the family, send a student off with this do-it-yourself wooden base desk lamp, thanks to the minds behind Poppy Talk. It’s handsome, functional and handmade with love. Also ideal size for the dorm room desk (Make sure to include of few of these below!).

Of course, no Graduate should leave for college without a collection of fine pens or pencils….

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 The Delfonic pen and pencil selection is perfect for both College Freshmen and Freshwomen who’d like to appear both smart and hip even if they are writing vs. typing.

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A writing journal is a beautiful gift for a Graduate. They might be even more likely to download the numerous changes in their new lives’ with this proper and stylish journal by their side.

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Leather Journals made by Twigg’s Bindery are simply stunning, a keeper for lifetime. Or a larger, Fabric Journal can hold concert stubs, airline tickets and other memorabilia (as a side note, Jonna Twigg just won Best New Product Award for this Fabric Journal at the Stationery Show!).

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There may be a greater chance you’ll hear a few snippets of your child’s life if you send them off with stationery they will actually enjoy using like this Road Trip set from Scouts Honor Co.

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And include a dozen stamps while you’re at it (what 18 year-old doesn’t love a little Jimi Hendrix?).

For the glorious Teachers….

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Handwritten Teacher Name Stamp created by St.Paulite letter girl will be well loved and used.

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For the teacher who appreciates a handwritten letter, the recently released Letters of Note would be a beautiful summer read, filled with extraordinary letters which will fill their soul.

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 For Teachers with more freedom in the Summer, a Journal can be a needed creative outlet.

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Gabrielle from Design Mom came up with these beautiful DIY painted pencil boxes. A great project with a child over the weekend. Add in a few pencils and note from their student, and you’ll find yourself a happy, full-hearted Teacher.

You could even include a lovely stationery set which fits the personality of the Teacher…

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For the Bird Watcher from Small Adventure…

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…to the traveler from Ferme A Papier and Dear Hancock.

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Gifts are always lovely but, from what I’ve been told, a written letter from a student is the best gift a Teacher could ask for on any day.

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Of course, a few handfuls of these sparkles from The Great Lakes Goods never hurts! Let’s CELEBRATE these accomplished individuals, the Graduates and Teachers who have made us proud.