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We are beginning to see some light here in the Twin Cities. The sun actually showed its face for an hour today. It is time to remove ourselves from under the covers and check out all that is local!! Of course, we are thrilled to be a part of the Makers Market at the lovely Mille in South Minneapolis once again, next Saturday, May 10th from 12 – 5.

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This time we have something special for you at Makers Market. Brown Ink has teamed up with one of our favorite flower designers, limoni limoni, a flower business created by Mahsa Hansen, to provide a perfect and thoughtful gift just in time for Mother’s Day.

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Trained as a graphic designer and with experience at some of the best firms in town, Mahsa’s unique vision of color and design is apparent in all of her bouquets. It’s a dream to combine our designs!

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limoni limoni is offering two sizes of bouquets: a Coffee table size Hand Tied Bouquet for $55 and a dramatic mix Hand Tied Bouquet for $85, both pick-up arrangements. The first 10 preorders will receive a bonus gift of a Brown Ink Mother’s Day card..

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To order, email Mahsa at limonilimoni@me.com before May 8th and pick up your bouquets at Mille during the market.  Your wife or mum will be beaming and touched, no doubt!

Just a reminder, make sure to visit us at the HAMMS Event tomorrow with loads of Minnesota Makers, food, beer and more, (four legged friends welcomed).  As well as the Room No. 3 Lovin’ Local event next Wednesday evening.

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I dream nearly every night and often remember a good chunk of my dreams. Lately I seem to be traveling to warm destinations (imagine that). The other night in the middle of some deep snores, I found myself in New York City strolling thru hundreds of booths filled with ink and paper at the National Stationery Show. Thankfully this image will become a reality this coming May and I cannot wait. This being my second year of attending, I’m still a new cowgirl to the rodeo but ready as ever.

One of the reasons I’ve been dreaming of the Javits Convention Center (vs. the beach) is my love of checking out highlights from this past year’s Gift Shows. I often head to the paper goods blog, Oh So Beautiful Paper, which summarizes each show with thought, diversity and lots of good eye candy. I’ve got my eye on a handful this year…

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Rifle Paper Co.

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Yellow Owl Workshop

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Three Potato Four

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Timbergram (wooden postcards!)

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Speaking of hot stationery lines swirling around out there, here are a few others which keep pulling me in…

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The folks from Philadelphia based, Wayfare Press, bring a love of paper and youth to their designs.

 

Satsuma Press has also been top of mind these days, such beautiful detail in their designs.

One recent launch which just exploded on social media is the collaboration of Rifle Paper and Garance Dore, the first out of Florida and the second designer based in Paris. They recently premiered their line in Paris and I’m excited to check out the products in person while attending the New York show this Spring.

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Lastly, to fellow Twin Citians, are you looking for another good reason to get out from under the covers this weekend? The second monthly Makers Market is taking place over at Mille

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We’ll be there, bringing with us a nice batch of Sale items as well. Make sure to swing by!

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One week to go, still plenty of time to find or create the Valentine’s Day card that suits you and your sidekick best. 

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Sycamore Street Press crosses their X’s and circles their O’s with this cheerful celebration of love created by hand with an intricate copper foil stamping.

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A good reminder to that person in your life you couldn’t live without, thanks to Steel Petal Press.

When it comes down to it, it’s all about the simple heart. And Banquet Atelier & Workshop out of Vancouver has it nailed with their Neon Pink Heart Card, pure and simple.

Printable Valentines | Camille Styles

Who can resist an easy and free downloadable template when time is short? Camille Styles is here to save the day with the simple but tasteful printable cards!

If you want to create a memorable Valentine’s card, place it in one of these fabulous dyed bags.

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Oh So Beautiful Paper makes it look simple enough to create these beauties, used on Valentine’s and throughout the year!

Here’s one for the romantic brought to us from Design Sponge; create a catalogue of love.

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Using library cards, replace the book numbers with important dates in your lives. Of course, these could always be handwritten vs. typed. The point is to collect the important moments in one location which will last for generations to come.

If you are still looking for ideas, check out these paper goods in our recent post from Brown Ink Paper Goods to give you a hand (guaranteed delivery by Thursday if you order by next Tuesday!)

Don’t forget you Minnesotans, lots of love tomorrow over at Mille for the first Makers Market…

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 We’ll have our Valentine’s selection and other featured goods waiting to be loved. Come swing by, fill your cup with bubbly, and let that beating heart be warmed on a chilly, sunny day.

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It seems that in our current world, with its constant barrage of information and real-time update on all that’s important (or not), I’ve noticed there are fewer and fewer surprises in life. Now maybe that cuts both ways. If, for instance, you’re snowboarding in Megeve – never been, never snowboarded –  and your pipes burst at your home back in Minneapolis, you might get a text from the alarm company alerting you to the situation. Maybe that’s a good surprise insofar as at least you have a couple days to prepare for a house with burst pipes and at least you’re in Megeve. Alternatively, maybe you (or me) keep getting peppered with texts, emails and phone calls, saying school is cancelled tomorrow due to the chilly weather. That one is a less good surprise insofar as you can see the movie “Frozen” only so many times.

So it was last Sunday night while watching the Grammys that I learned school was cancelled the next day. It was also cancelled Tuesday but by then the surprise factor had diminished. The no-school surprised was temporarily gazumped by Pink, the female pop star performing at the Grammys, descending gyroscope-like from the heavens, severely underdressed, all while clutching a long, gauzy piece of pastel fabric. If the Olympics added the Rhythmic Gymnastics/Moguls/Synchronized Swimming event she’s a sure thing.

But the biggest surprise of that night was my decision (not Wendy’s), against writing a card to Emmett for his birthday, which was the next day, the one with no school. I figured the card would be overlooked in all the messiness of unwrapping all things Messi and so why bother? It was a decision seemingly anathema to everything Brown Ink stands for but it also seemed like the right decision at the time.

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Thankfully, the Minnesota Orchestra – in a surprise – won a Grammy and thankfully we decided to write Em a birthday card even if it did get tossed in the bin after a perfunctory reading. But Lorde, Lorde, if he didn’t read the whole birthday card and it appeared, at least to Wendy and me, to register in his newly eight year-old brain that this was special and that this was a note with purpose. Well, shiiiii-take mushrooms, that was a – really, really nice – surprise.

The learning from this? Metallica and Lang Lang should tour together, Osmo Vanska should return to the Minnesota Orchestra, and perhaps you should make an effort to write a little more to others, regardless of what you expect the receiver’s reaction to be. You may be surprised.

By the way, Brown Ink Paper Goods will be one of the participants at next weekends unique market in South Minneapolis…

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Hope to see you all there at Mille! Perfect time to find something for your sweetheart.