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It’s a Local World After All

Back from four days in Disney World and my head is spinning. Nevertheless, I’m super geared-up for a week of Holiday Boutiques for all of you in the Twin Cities.

It’s the perfect time to pick up holiday gifts at pop-up-shops and boutiques before the madness of Black Friday and December shopping sets in. Why not enjoy browsing locally made products vs. hitting the mall a month from now?

Brown Ink Paper Goods is excited to be selling a variety of goods at two shows this week.

Don’t miss the Edina Morningside Holiday Boutique tomorrow afternoon in the Morningside neighborhood of Edina, with a fabulous variety of vendors.

market2We’ll also be a part of Marche de Fetes in Uptown this Friday night, a group of locally designed and hand crafted gifts. Come grab a glass of wine and groove to the music as you purchase some unique and local goods!

talinLastly, a big shot-out to Ali Kaplan who featured Brown Ink on her Ali Shops blog last week. Make sure to subscribe to her weekly Swag newsletter with the latest shopping and style news, events, and sales in the Twin Cities. She’s a gal in the know.

Off to mail my Magic Kingdom postcards…from Mpls to Mpls. Oh well. We wrote! And do make sure to get out this week.

Fall Goodness

How did we arrive at yet another Wednesday in a blink, in a signature second? But it being Wendy’s Wednesday Picks I have a just a few things to share.

One of my favorite blogs is finally coming out with its own book!

Shaun Usher, the man behind Letters of Note, has edited a collection of fascinating letters, telegrams, and memos which he feels are worthy for a wider circulation than simply his blog. Since 2011 he’s been gathering mostly written correspondences which include a mix of wit, seriousness, sadness and brilliance. I love some of his favorite letters included in this just released book:

    • Leonardo da Vinci’s remarkable job application letter
    • Virginia Woolf’s unbearably sad suicide note, addressed to her husband
    • Steve Martin’s hilarious ‘personalised’ form letter to a fan
    • The poignant farewell letter of a Kamikaze pilot to his two young children, written the night before his mission
    • Queen Elizabeth II’s charming handwritten letter and personal recipe for drop scones, as sent to President Eisenhower.

An ideal gift for anyone fond of the written letter…not naming any names (pssst ME!).


With Halloween next week, I received these printable spooky lunchbox jokes from All for the Boys just in time. Emmett, my 2nd grade jokester, will go crazy when he finds these in his lunchbox, especially with a written BOO from mom. A little surprise goodness in his day.


Writing a handwritten note is a lovely act in itself. It’s especially meaningful when a third party is effected by the letter in more ways than we could image. Sarah and James Birkbeck brought these two passions together, a letter writing service and a mission to bring hope to those in need, by creating Send at Note. For each written card the Birkbecks create, 10% of the profits will go to help stop human trafficking around the world. Once I heard about this service, I couldn’t help but order a card for one of my most passionate Brown Ink subscribers. I’ll keep it a surprise. Be sure to check out their mission.

Lastly, for those Twin Citians who are looking for an excuse for holiday shopping or just love a good old pop-up-shop, don’t miss this Saturday’s gathering at my favorite boutique in South Minneapolis…


Not only has Michelle at Mille brought in a few out-of-town vendors with gorgeous jewelry and beautiful, handmade knitted clothing for an awesome Trunk Show, but she’ll also be selling a few Brown Ink Paper Goods items from our collection. MMMmmm…just a taste of what you’ll find in our on-line store opening soon. Come, come, grab a friend, sip a drink, pull out a pen and let the fall goodness surround you.