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March Madness

As I was recovering from pneumonia, working on new Mother’s Day cards from Brown Ink, and cleaning the yard – only to have it dump inches of snow once again – this past month, exciting happenings were hitting the web this month of March…

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One of my favorite boutique stationer designers, Suann Song, is making headway with her recent Kickstarter Appointed, a gorgeous collection of tools to inspire the writer within you. Suann has raised well beyond her initial pledge yet the incentives for becoming a backer are too difficult to pass up, so much so that I recently became a backer (only a few more days before it closes!)  Look for this handsome collection to be a part of the Brown Ink Paper Goods boutique this coming Fall!

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Talk about handsome, Autopoint, a 1918 company known for their All-American, fail-proof construction, has just come out with these timeless, mechanical pencils found on Best Made.

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Being “old school” has its beauty, literally, in this lovely story used in the Hermes SS15 catalogue seen on Keep it Chic, where keeping a diary has become chic once again. Thanks for keeping it old-school with your hardcover agenda, Preston Davis.

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One of the greatest artists of the 20th Century, the work of artist Martin Ramirez has been honored by the U.S.Postal Service by the new Forever Stamps. His work is stellar as he combines his personal take on the landscapes of life in Mexico with American culture.

Back again, the inspiring folks from Egg Press and Hello!Lucky are challenging us all to write one letter, each day in the month of April with their Write_On campaign. Seem daunting? It may help to hear this group is kindly mailing out free Writing Kits to anyone up for the challenge. This year, I am fully onboard. As they mention in the video, both the act of writing and receiving a letter can bring a welcome change in your own life as well as others’. There are more reasons to write than you might imagine. Right on, #write_on — A worthy challenge.

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 Happy Spring. Happy April. Happy Writing.

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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

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Although not so common these days, I love finding little nuggets of wisdom on the radio that ring true. So while I was driving back from my father’s farm after an early holiday gathering last month, I caught my favorite radio show, A Prairie Home Companion, and found Mr.Garrison Keillor speaking in his always wise yet kind voice, channeling right to my heart…

“Things are changing around us, you older people. Instagram is now the thing. It’s more popular now than Twitter. It surpassed Twitter here this past week. Facebook? No, I don’t think so. Old people have now taken over Facebook. And young people are running as fast as they can to get away from this because you don’t want your mother to see pictures of you and your friends that night you got hammered, you just don’t. So where are you gonna go when Instagram is over taken by geezer as you know it will be? Well, I have an idea for you. If you take a pen and write down on paper. And you put this in an envelope and you mail it to somebody its security is pretty darn, well guaranteed. And your parents and your grandparents are not going to look at this. But this will be around for decades and decades. So that your children will be able to see how cool you were. This may be useful for you someday.”

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Now this bit of insight might be something I’m well aware of. Even so, it was a reminder and a reinforcement of the value of handwriting, be it a letter, journal, document, or whatever. Just a hunch, but I’m guessing my children won’t be looking at my Instagram account in 30, 40 years. By that time I’m sure they’ll have moved forward to a more modern device 10 steps from where we are today. But they will have my journals, letters to their father, and also to them. My hope is for my written words to provide them with a glimpse into how I spent my days in single, married and mothering years, the many highs and lows that come with each season, the scribbles, the smudges and hopefully the close-to-legible writing as my life slows down. Maybe I’ll even look like a cool lady, a cool mom. I’m pretty sure they’ll simply be happy to carry these written words for decades and decades.

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Moving from Halloween mode to pre-Thanksgiving mode often brings a much needed deep breath. Yes, we have the holiday madness in the not-too-distant future, but once the Thanksgiving season arrives I am wonderfully reminded of all there is to be thankful for and find myself looking for opportunities to give back. Which is why it was lovely to learn about a recent collaboration between More Love Letters and This Bar Saves Lives, making a difference in multiple directions. To back up, I’ve mentioned the More Love Letters organization here and there over the years for their unique act of reaching out to individuals with a bevy of love letters during a time of need. The results are heartwarming and change lives.

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Recently, More Love Letters has teamed up with This Bar Saves Lives to bring even more goodness through letters. For every love letter you write to one of the More Love Letters nominated receivers by November 15th, This Bar Saves Lives will donate a packet of lifesaving food to a child in need. This month the recipients are individuals working daily to fight global hunger, who need words of support and praise while continuing their efforts. By putting pen to paper you will not only bring inspiration to these dedicated people but also save lives.

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Remember, you can also nominate someone in your own life who needs a boost. As the folks behind More Love Letters say, the world needs more love letters. Hard not to agree.

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Practice makes perfect, right? At least that’s what we tell our children. But when it comes to handwriting, I’d prefer not to aim for perfection but rather along the lines of consistency and fluidity. After a marathon Holiday-card-writing session or sending out Thank You’s post-celebration, I invariably find my handwriting feels and looks better. And why shouldn’t it? It’s just the same as practicing the piano, playing tennis, or even reading a book. The more we engage, the more time we give towards an activity, the stronger we become. So why not find more enjoyment in your handwriting plus learn a few new tips in expressing your personality through letter writing? I have found your perfect solution…

Brown Ink Paper Goods has collaborated with Foxglove Market & Studio and Gina Sekelsky Studio to create Handwritten, a workshop series stemming from a joint passion for the handwritten word and artisan paper goods. The class will provide an opportunity to renew one’s self confidence in your personal writing, teach new tricks for disguising imperfections, and help bring out a bit of charm and charisma to handwritten cards and letters.

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 Your fingers will be ecstatic to take a needed break from the keyboard or smartphone, learn something new, and return to what they were intended to be used for…handwriting.  Be sure to sign up here soon before the spots are filled by other eager fingers!