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keepin it fresh

In a world where everything has become digital, it’s a welcome surprise to see handwriting popping up in the most unexpected places. Thanks to some brown ink followers, I’ve encountered a few fresh ideas as of late.

The other week I asked my friend Tasya to send me her fantabulous stuffed date recipe and I received the following response…

“I just drew this on Doodle Buddy. With Doodle Buddy you can create awesome drawings on tons of backgrounds and even use cool stamps. Doodle Buddy is available for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Check it out at www.pinger.com.”  Love a gal who’s keeping up with the digital world but still has the time and desire to handwrite. Thanks Tasya! I printed it out and it’s going right in my recipe book – and, of course, the beauty is, now I not only have the recipe but it’s stamped with her personal touch.

Another recent fresh idea came from brown ink’s #1 fan, Jennifer David.

After celebrating my birthday with her and some friends, Jenni sent me this awesome postcard from Postcard on the Run.

It’s a simple iPhone app which turns your pictures into a typed and handwritten postcard. I know, I know, it’s not the same thing as receiving a written letter with enclosed photo or even a handwritten postcard. However, it’s a thoughtful gesture and still encompasses the handwritten note. It get’s my vote.

So before I turn myself in for the afternoon with a nice glass of vino and dinner with our family visiting from Seattle, wanted to give a Shout Out to this weekends Men’s Pop-Up-Shop, NorthernGrade, in NE Minneapolis.

I first wrote about this, now annual, event last fall after noticing the trend in pencils becoming a part of the ‘old school heritage, American made’ vibe. And this year, what I believe is a new vendor, comes Doane Paper selling their stationery which has combined both grid and lined paper. Stellar idea.

So for you Twin Citians, come meet me there to sip some Moonshine Coffee or local whiskey while drooling over America’s finest material. Stay fresh and keep it local.