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Wedding Bells

My little sis is getting married this Sunday (YAHOO!!), as well as my dear college friend this fall (you go Jen!) so I’ve had weddings on the brain as of late. You know the best part about weddings these days? You can plan whatever you’d like – and there are many creative folks who are bringing a new energy to the big day with the addition of handwriting and sentimental touches.

This lovely country, free-spirited wedding was featured in a recent Vogue and it seems to be showing up on many blogs these days. In Montauk, the jewelry designer Pamela Love, and her partner created a personal feel to their day with a handwritten welcome sign and menu. Aside from the uber hippie bridesmaids (LOL),  I appreciate the simplicity and homemade spirit to the event.

Handwritten Vows

Simple Menu (just missing the presumed LOCAL and ORGANIC – ha.)

This wedding in Joshua Tree was all about personal touch.

The couple even provided typewriters to create love letters for the newlyweds!

Of course, what kicks off these events are the invitations.  The folks at Stationery Trends magazine feel the bridal market trend is to be both edgy and classic. With the former, people are either creating their own invitations (who has the time for this??) or finding a calligraphy or font that appear handwritten or handcrafted. Folksiness is hot!

Graphic designer and illustrator, Julie Song, created her own wedding invite by mixing watercolor details, different type style and garden details. The cursive painted names are just lovely.

Of course, if you are moving towards the Classic trend, letterpress is all the rage.

Here, Bella Figura has combined print and handwriting into their popular Country invitation.

For Sarah & Brian’s wedding this weekend, our talented friend Jean (whom I featured here) created a look which works well with the reception location at The Walker Art Center. Artsy but still personal.

For the bride who is in need of a bit of direction, Paperista has you  covered.

Last week I stopped into the store and found these classic cards for the wedding party from Tallu-lah. They think of everything these days.

Of course, you can find handwriting in some unconventional spots during a wedding.

Our friends, Gail and Phil, dug up a memento from their wedding night. Just before Phil’s brother was to give his toast, he decided the bathroom was the best place to gather his thoughts. Thus, a handwritten note on toilet paper. Classic (even at the Minikahda Club). I’m hoping to finish a handwritten toast for this Sunday night’s festivities prior to the event. I’ll be spending plenty of time nursing Bea in the bathroom so I just need to remember to pack a pen in the diaper bag!

See You Next Year

 

Vacation just kicked off yesterday afternoon for our children and we could not be more thrilled. Not much on the agenda for the next 16 days which is exactly what we need. That said, we are taking a brown ink vacation until a little bit into January with the intention to…

– Stay in our pajamas until the middle of the day

– Write letters to long lost friends

– Finally pull out the sleds and cross country skis (assuming the needed snow arrives!!!)

– Dust off the kids’ journals and reflect on the season

– Sit by the fire with cocoa, wine and lots of unfinished novels

– And basically tune out the world for a bit. Sounds like heaven to me right about now.

 

 

But how could we leave without mentioning a few things to help you all kick off your 2012 in a rockin’ and reflective way?

I took a leap this year. Instead of purchasing the ever sturdy Barnes & Noble Day Planner I decided to treat myself with the Mini 2012 SmartDate Set from Russel + Hazel. Does it mean a bit more writing initially? Oh yes, but isn’t that the point? And it’s a great excuse to become even more organized for the year ahead (I’m a closet Type A wanna be). Speaking of organization from R+H…

This elegant leather pencil case will not only keep you from going frantically crazy when searching for a pen and pencil but it will remind you of the importance of writing in the year ahead. Ha.

 

And while you’re at it, treat yourself to the most beautiful European pencils out there on the streets. This Pencil Set of 12 is topped with a Swarovksi crystal in a rainbow of colors and can also be found at Russell + Hazel.  The ultimate luxury.

 

And when you are sitting next to that cozy fire, give a shout out to your loved ones by wishing them a Happy New Year with these beautiful cards from Rifle Paper Co. (You can also find them at Paperista in Minneapolis).

 

When it comes down to it, our true hope for you is to find the small surprises and gifts awaiting for you which don’t cost a cent. Last week the boys and I headed to downtown Minneapolis to find Santa at Macy’s 8th Floor Santaland, an annual trip since I was their age. What a wonderful surprise it was to see Emmett, our almost 6 year old, not only sit on Santa’s lap for the first time but actually read from his wish list. I’m not sure if it was his new found courage or reading from his own writing which made my heart stop. Either way, these moments are what it’s all about.

Merry, merry and the best for 2012 from the Brown clan.

A Few of My Favorite Things…

It was too challenging to narrow the list down to only a dozen, so hold on to your pens my friends. The holiday gift idea list is a bit on the long side.

First off, to the postal lovers.

 

The World’s Smallest Post Service is at your service, ready to be enjoyed by your favorite letter writer. What a great excuse to sit down, focus on something small and send it off to someone you love. 

 

For those of you who may have a family member who still looks back with naustalgia at the carrier pigeon days, here is the perfect gift. This Pigeon Post package from Letter Writers Alliance (one of my favorite sites) provides you with everything you need to send the pigeon back and forth, holding a letter in it’s pouch, just like the good old days.

 

You can’t go wrong with a custom stamp from Paper Source works. Although this means you would be stamping and not writing, if a stamp provides the motivation to write a letter then bring it on. I gave my mother and mother-in-law these personal stamps for Mother’s Day this year and both were thrilled (free shipping with orders over $100).

 

Now let’s celebrate stationery.

I am sucker for notecards and sales. And right now R.Nichols has a great deal for you. Free shipping and 25% until the end of this week. Too hard to pass this up!

This Ikat Domino + Wood Box Set from Stripe and Field might be the ideal gift for that family member who appreciates hand written notes…or just to keep for yourself!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These stationery sets are beautiful enough to frame.  Peony from Satsuma Press is produced by one woman in Oregon and the three dimensional Retroplants from Crafterall is created here in Shorewood, MN by a one gal as well (love you single, female artists!).

 

And for that friend with the beautiful handwriting…

My friend, who will remain anonymous, is surprising her sister with her very own OpenType font created from her personal handwriting. I thought this was a brilliant idea especially for someone with impeccably, unique handwriting.

 

Spread the Journaling Bug.

For the bird watcher or traveler in your life, this Hamline Pocket Journal is made in Heirloom Cognac leather and can even be personalized. Can we say Father-in-Law?

 

And for those bloggers (who ever you are) out there, this Archie Grand notebook from J.Crew is the perfect way to keep track of your favorite sites.

 

Pens and Pencils are perfect stocking stuffers.

The retractable, ballpoint Spectrum Pen in the MOMA color palette will keep you smiling all the way through every journal entry.

 

Why not step out of the box and pick up one of these beautiful pottery mugs to use as a pen and pencil holder. Something a loved one would see every day at their desk can make a meaningful gift.

 

And for those of you with more expensive taste…

From the Rad and Hungry, a site which sources interesting supplies from around the world, treat the pencil fanatic in your life with a Yearly Subscription of (twelve kits over 12 months) of 14 STMT X Pencils each month!

Coming from Symthson on Bond Street, this Jonathan Saunders Panama Diary is one you want to hide from the kids.  It’s elegant in every way using goatskin leather and lined with printed silk. Oh la la (or Ho Ho Ouch!).

 

In my world, the ultimate gift would be a quarterly surprise in the mail where you would be delighted with cards from different artists each season. Parchment Post read my mind. Here you can purchase a six month or one year subscription of their seasonal collection of cards. Sending handwritten cards just became even more enjoyable.

 

Lastly, for those of you still in need of holiday gift tags, look no further.

 

Etsy rocks with many treasures created by talented artists including…

Joy by Paper Lovely Letterpress

 

 

 

And Tree and Red Cherries by Conversational Design.

 

 

 

 

 

These gifts cards from Rifle Paper Co. can be ordered online or, if you live in the Twin Cities, pop into Paperista and droll over the beautiful variety of stationery (check out their blog as well).

So there you have it folks. My list of the year. Hopefully something grabbed your fancy and you will join me in making this holiday season a time for writing and reflection.

Merry Merry.