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Spinning Mind

This afternoon, while my tooth was being drilled for a crown fitting (good times), I took my mind off the chainsaw noise and zoned out to orchestral music on a headset provided by the dentist assistant. Oddly enough and bit scary to admit, this was the first time I took a breath and relaxed for a moment since returning home from vacation. It’s been nonstop movement.

I realize I can’t complain. It was a sheer gift for the five Browns to spend two weeks in the little town of Manzanita on the Oregon coast, leaving nearly all commitments back at home. I had time to read, play hard, rest well, and write often in the half-dozen journals I lugged with me (you can’t think I’m joking, can you?). Actually, one of my highlights was Oliver asking for his very own journal, to “hold memories from the trip.” Big smile.

Which leads me to today. With too many topics spinning in my mind, I’m going to leave you with a few of my latest and favorite finds.

I found this brilliant book, Post Secret, at the local Cloud & Leaf Bookstore on the coast (it now sits on our coffee table.) The author, Frank Warren, asked strangers to write down their inner secrets on a postcard and then send his way. His mailbox has been full ever since. Frank now runs the blog, Post Secret, where he displays his recent favorite cards, Sunday Secrets.

While attending the Stationery Show in May I met the Holstee folks, a company who focuses on mindful living.  Their latest project is a handmade, wooden frame to display any 5×7 card, turning stationery into art. Another worthy Kickestarter! (only 5 days left, so check it out)

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Dalton H. Ghetti began sharpening his own pencils by hand as a little boy. As an adult, he’s turned his talent into both art and a meditation for himself.

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While in Portland for the night, I visited my favorite store Alder and Co and found a fabulous stationery line, Small Adventure, new to my eyes. (thanks for the tip Yas at Quill and Fox!)

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Finally, with the chorus of crickets chirping outside my window, summer is coming to an end. Enjoy.

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P.S. Cheers for school teachers who still handwrite cards!

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With many Moms finally finding some air after a hectic end-of-school-year season, the energy output continues on with Father’s Day only 10 days away. I thought a few gift tips might be helpful. Let’s begin with cards…

Father's Day Fly Fishing Card

I’m crazy about the Fly Fishing Father’s Day card created by the Floridian folks at Rifle Paper Co

Make it! Fancy Father’s Day Card

This DIY Father’s Day Card from Moomah is pretty darn sweet and not too difficult for even me!

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Portland, OR’s Quill & Fox has created the perfect card for the coffee-loving father

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For the humorous dad, these memorable cards from local Old Tom Foolery will be appreciated

And now the treats…

These Kraft Notes from Kikkerland Design are classic, a must for any high-styling dad these days

And while you’re on their site, include a Matchstick Pen with your order for a little gift topper!  (bonus: use coupon code FATHERS13 for 20% off, order by June 9th)

Restoration Hardware ate their Smart Pills when creating the Chalkboard Door Hanger. The kids might not like this one, but Dad will. Just think, he can write out the message the night before “Start coffee machine. Watch cartoons until 8.” And all might be calm in the house just a wee bit longer…Imagine.

Yoda Essential Notebook - Small

A quote from the beloved Star Wars on anything will put smiles on the Brown boys’ faces especially when to comes to a Father’s Day gift idea. Thankfully, the Yoda Essential Handbook seals the deal. You can even monogram the book for free! Love.

Anti-Gravity Space Pen

And while you’re shuffling around my new favorite Owen & Fred website, why don’t you pick up an Anti-Gravity Space Pen so Dad can feel a little Neal Armstrongesque on an off…or on day.

 

BLUE FLY A6 NOTE CARDS

If Dad is like most men out there, he’s lacking in the stationery department. Why not surprise him with a handsome, engraved Blue Fly note card from Terrapin Stationers?

Or for the sailor, the Golden Nautical card set is elegant and sporty

For New York Yankees fans, this Vintage Yankee Stadium Seat Pen was created from authentic wooden seats salvaged from the stadium before ’73 when the seats turned to plastic. The disc at the top even features the original blue paint.

For the final touch, check out the latest design coming out of the USPS.

Every year over 140,000 images are sent to the USPS for consideration as a stamp. The latest Johnny Cash Forever Stamp was a standout for obvious reasons.

Of course, there is no reason anyone needs to spend a dollar on this day….

Have the kids create an IOU or coupon for projects around the home or look here for a printable Father’s Day Check like the one above.

The best gifts of all are the handwritten ones in my mind. A poem, one sentence “I love you Dad” sentiment from a child, a list of the favorite attributes of your father. After he’s loved and enjoyed on this holiday, tape the written thoughts in Dad’s medicine cabinet, frame the words for his office desk, or place them in his glove compartment. These are reminders, created by the hand and heart, of the most important part of life.

(PS – If you’re looking for even more gift ideas, check out my list from last year for inspiration.)

A Few of Our Favorite Things – Part I

No snow? We’re still in the holiday spirit over here at brown ink headquarters. And with Hanukkah beginning this Saturday and Christmas three weeks away it’s time to send out the elves. We’ve found a few goodies to make even the most uber-electronic fanatic consider some items from the old-school.

First off, let’s start with the gifts that keep on giving.

This might look like your ordinary bacon pen but hold on to your skillet. This Seven Year Pen can write 1.7 meters a day for seven years. Thanks to Seltzer, it’s the best $7.50 you will ever spend.

 

LargeThe other day I received this karma card from my very “green” friend, Alix. The stationery, created by New Leaf Products, is perforated in the middle so I’m able to reuse this card as a postcard.

And now, down to business….

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These rad Colored Pencils from Target are ideal stocking stuffers for a friend with pizazz.

The Robot Metallic Pencils from pottery barn kids will surely make easing into Thank You note writing that much easier.

The “rob” silo pencil sharpener from good erdle is a perfect gift for friends who’ve spent time in the country or have a passion for silos.

Serrote Letterpress Notebooks

I love the way the Serrote Letterpress Notebook brings a bit of Portuguese culture into its cover.

Wheel Printed Cover Notebook

Just crazy about these wheel printed cover notebooks from Postalco. Take a look at how they hand-create each one.

Welcome to the world of Thumbook, a tiny signature book that “connects people through pen & ink.” Novel idea. On one side you create a self-portrait incorporating your thumb print and on the other side write a thought or two. Take a look for yourself.

Mini Leather Journal Necklace - Rustic Book Jewelry

Keeping your words close to the heart, here’s a gift for a true journal lover.

Maxx & Unicorn NotebooksMaxx & Unicorn notebooks are well-made and the ideal pocket size. The dark camo design might just be cool enough for the untraditional nephew.

This French notebook from Brook Farm General Store is so lovely you’ll never want to hide it under your bed (where I used to hide my journals as a kid, so sneaky I know).

Lately I’ve noticed unique stamps showing up everywhere I look. The lovely Initial Rubber Stamp from MaeMae Paperie comes right out of little old Minneapolis.

Name Stamp - Custom Stamp for Stationery by Pretty Chic

Surprise your mum with her very own custom stamp from Pretty Chic.

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Stamp sets make me want to bin the phone and get creative. It’s just too easy to make a page look good with these sets especially this Artic Stamp Set from the beautiful INK WIT creators.

Sailing knots notecard boxset

This letterpress stationery set is perfect for the sailor or boy scout in the family.

Custom Letterpress Stationery - Swash Calligraphy - Personalized Set of 25 Flat Notes

You can never go wrong with personalized stationery, especially if you select a classic style from the designers at Missive. Treat yourself.

City Park Postcard Set 8pcs

Quill and Fox have created an intimate cityscape for this postcard set. Just the right size for a stocking.

Aviator Glasses Correspondence Cards

These Aviator Correspondence Cards from Crane & C0. will make even the coolest cat itch to write a note.

sugar paper from Los Angeles designs all things lovely and the card for all occasion box is no exception. You will make any lover of good stationery smile with this gift.

For the friend who can’t stop typing, surprise her with a new font from My Fonts. At least her emails will arrive in script!

Monogrammed necklaces appear to be the rage these days (don’t you love the 80’s revival?). Get into the groove with this calligraphy necklace from brevity. Your B/F/F/A/E will be so touched she might even loan you her rainbow t-shirt over holiday break.

set of 6 place cards - with birch holders - herbs and tomato/basil

Last Saturday I hit a holiday pop-up market in Linden Hills (love supporting the local artists!) and found these place cards from red cruiser. Nice addition to any meal.

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For the child who adores receiving mail, surprise him with his very own mail box from Twin Cities based Metamorphic Toys. I think I actually might ask St. Nick for this one.

Of course, if someone in your life needs a little hint as to what you might be wishing for this holiday season…

The elves at russell+hazel are so bright with ideas they came up with this Holiday Wish List to help those troubled buyers (p.s. 20% off all orders over $50 through Dec 6).

Here’s something to give a personal touch to your gifts – DIY chalkboard holiday gift tags. A perfect craft to accompany you in front of the fire while you dream of sugar plum fairies writing letters of well wishes (my sugar plum fairies write, not dance)….hmmm, I think that egg nog might be setting in!  Ho-Ho-Ho.