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Boogie Nights

It snowed last night in my hometown and the world has become a quieter place. Perfect timing I’d say. After all the energy we put into the holidays, a bit of slowing down is much needed, at least in our house. I’m not suggesting we don’t give end-of-the-year celebrations their due, but perhaps we’ll end 2014 with a reflective, thoughtful spirit.

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If you’re gathering folks on the 31st, these DIY written hearts from Oh So Beautiful Paper may inspire a few New Year’s intentions or at least ignite conversation among guests.

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I love a good house cleanse and these smudge sticks will do the trick. Write a note to your guests, welcoming 2015 as they may clear out any negative energy from the past year. Thanks for the idea, Of-a-Kind ladies.

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These inspirational New Year’s Eve Confetti Fortune Pockets from Design Sponge are gorgeous and a completely playful DIY idea, a perfect party favor to kick off the new year.

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If you’re looking to pick up party decor for New Year’s, head to Red Stamp for all your paper needs (And fabulous digital invites since it’s a bit late for paper. Shhh, I didn’t they say that!).

Although I love a good party, I welcome a clean slate even more – (Wow, you’d think I was a bit of a bore, although my husband will remind me I’ve gone out dancing twice into the wee hours just in the past week! I know, every so often I’m crazy like that.).

The new year brings a clean calendar, it provides one a moment to breathe, take note, and forces a certain reflection of how we are walking through life. Now having two kids in grade school, bringing family into a conversation about resolutions is appealing. The always inspiring Gabrielle Blair from Design Mom created an idea on how to involve your children during this time of reflection.

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Her family keeps a journal which they open around the New Year, where they include their daydreams and goals, providing a simple format to see where they have grown over the past year. I may give it a try myself…at the moment our children are floating somewhere between the sledding hills, Christmas gifts and multiple holiday-break-movie-nights. Although they may not fully understand the idea of “becoming better people” through New Year’s resolutions, as Gabrielle suggests, perhaps the process of handwriting their intentions will reinforce the idea they actually have a bit of a say over their own direction in life.

Here’s to a beautiful 2015 – A year of more writing, reflection, and knowledge of oneself. As for me, I plan to include a few more boogie nights to keep me young! Cheers.

Time & Season

In case life has not given you a moment to stop and shop, here are few more ideas to get you going.

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First, just in time for the holidays, find unique paper goods at Brown Ink Paper Goods Holiday Sale with 20% off your entire purchase through December 21st. Please use Discount Code: HOHOHO20 at check out. Guaranteed delivery by December 24th if you order by 4pm this Friday, December 20th!! We even wrap your goodies for no charge.

Also, a few others which have caught my eye….

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Gold Snowflake by Aileen Cheng Design could be used for brilliant New Year’s greeting card.

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The Typewriter Stamp Kit from terrain will make any hand-made card an original.

Letters In The Mail is a brilliant service which mails out letters at least twice a month from well regarded authors; some typed, others handwritten. For the young adults, Letters For Kids will be written by children’s authors, many of the them including a return address to write them back. And it’s only $5 a month! This all comes to you from The Rumpus, a place where people come to be themselves through writing. These people are passionate about writing!!

Since our family loves paper, stars and the moon, this 2014 Astrology Calendar from the Little Paper Planes online shop grabbed my attention right away.

The Typewriter Notelets from Smythson includes a matching tissue-lined envelope – Start a tradition by exchanging written letters over the holidays with your family!

Bergdorf Goodman is the stop for high quality items such as these personalized Leather-Bound Notebooks, a gift to hold on to for years ahead.

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You can find a beautiful, screenprinted by hand Marble Notes and Planner Set on Of a Kind created by Julia Kostreva which includes a notebook, planner and calendar.

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 Being a fan of Thank You Notes, who wouldn’t love to receive this Snowshow Holiday Thank You Card from Small Adventure once the snow has settled post-holiday season. Ha!

Lastly, for you local Twin Citians, if you are out and about this week, make sure to stop into my friend’s new card and gift shop on 2515 and Nicollet Ave So…

South Minneapolis based Joel and Lauren from Old Tom Foolery have recently opened a bricks and mortar shop, Greater Goods, to sell their personal line and other goods as well. Swing by their Grand Opening Party tomorrow, December 18th from 4-9 pm with 15% off your purchase. The store even includes a writing corner and mailbox for those eager writers. My kind of folks!

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 Lastly, don’t forget your Postal carrier this time of year. They can’t except cash, but a simple Gift Certificate will definitely put a step in their stride as they hand deliver your mail this year. And if a gift isn’t in the cards this year, a written note expressing Greetings and Thanks just might be the best gift of all.

Congrats & Cheers

Brown Ink is headed to NYC for the National Stationery Show tomorrow morning!!! But before one-half of us hits the runway, we wanted to share with you our Must Have’s for the Graduate or Teacher in your lives.

Oh, the places you’ll go….

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This Graduation Grab Bag from Of a Kind combines some of our favorite gifts, especially the YOLO notepad from Terrapin Stationers.

Even though most of the college kids will be connecting with their families through email, Skype and the like, help promote the life of handwriting through the gift of stationery.

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For the ladies, check out the MARA-MI notecards (adore this one from the Reo Collection) found at their flagship store or any russell+hazel.

For the men, Terrapin Stationers provides many handsome options including…

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You can even include a roll of stamps to make it more possible that these potentially unusual correspondences end up in your mailbox!

If there is ever a time to purchase a journal for a young adult, it would be now.

These beautiful Tome Leather Longstitch Journals from Twigg’s Bindery in Brooklyn might even trigger a college Freshman to take a seat at the student union between classes and reflect. We hope!!

To the Teachers who enrich our childrens’ lives each day…

07_PencilCase_Silver_87982Why not fill this lovely Leather Pencil Case from russell+hazel with fabulous pens and a Gift Certificate for a needed massage?

Summertime Desk

As much as they love the classroom, most teachers enjoy the change in routine with Summer break. Celebrate their needed time-off with the Summertime Desk stationery from Dear Hancock.

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Emmett’s teacher will hopefully be delighted by this personalized Yellow Jotter Tray from russell+hazel, perfect to sit on top of her writing desk.

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Last year I posted about a book that Emmett created for his teachers. Huge raves as you can imagine. It took a bit of time but definitely worth it. To keep things simple in this busy time of year, a handwritten note to a teacher is about the best gift of all. Scripted or scribbles, energy from a young hand will warm any heart.

One of a Kind

The online store, Of a Kind, is a great way to hear about new designers and gain access to items you don’t see at your local mega malls. For someone who can’t stand shopping, I’m a sucker for the site.  And I also love supporting the smaller artists especially when they produce handmade cards, unique pencils, etc. So when I noticed todays feature, Get School Grabbed Bag, I had to share the love.