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It’s Time to Celebrate

I returned home Tuesday night after attending the National Stationery Show and I am completely enthused from all I encountered. Thrilled for the new designers who will soon join the Brown Ink Paper Goods boutique as well as fresh work from our current lines. It’s all so good, especially to see the world of handwriting and paper goods alive and well. Before I share my favorites from the show, let’s move on to a few pressing matters at hand; gifts for the graduate or teacher in your life. A few ideas, starting with the graduate…

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The Personalized Handwriting Necklace is a lovely gift for the young adult who may need a bit of family (mother, father, grandmother) close to her heart as she heads off to college.

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For the craftsman in the family, send a student off with this do-it-yourself wooden base desk lamp, thanks to the minds behind Poppy Talk. It’s handsome, functional and handmade with love. Also ideal size for the dorm room desk (Make sure to include of few of these below!).

Of course, no Graduate should leave for college without a collection of fine pens or pencils….

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 The Delfonic pen and pencil selection is perfect for both College Freshmen and Freshwomen who’d like to appear both smart and hip even if they are writing vs. typing.

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A writing journal is a beautiful gift for a Graduate. They might be even more likely to download the numerous changes in their new lives’ with this proper and stylish journal by their side.

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Leather Journals made by Twigg’s Bindery are simply stunning, a keeper for lifetime. Or a larger, Fabric Journal can hold concert stubs, airline tickets and other memorabilia (as a side note, Jonna Twigg just won Best New Product Award for this Fabric Journal at the Stationery Show!).

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There may be a greater chance you’ll hear a few snippets of your child’s life if you send them off with stationery they will actually enjoy using like this Road Trip set from Scouts Honor Co.

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And include a dozen stamps while you’re at it (what 18 year-old doesn’t love a little Jimi Hendrix?).

For the glorious Teachers….

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Handwritten Teacher Name Stamp created by St.Paulite letter girl will be well loved and used.

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For the teacher who appreciates a handwritten letter, the recently released Letters of Note would be a beautiful summer read, filled with extraordinary letters which will fill their soul.

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 For Teachers with more freedom in the Summer, a Journal can be a needed creative outlet.

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Gabrielle from Design Mom came up with these beautiful DIY painted pencil boxes. A great project with a child over the weekend. Add in a few pencils and note from their student, and you’ll find yourself a happy, full-hearted Teacher.

You could even include a lovely stationery set which fits the personality of the Teacher…

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For the Bird Watcher from Small Adventure…

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…to the traveler from Ferme A Papier and Dear Hancock.

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Gifts are always lovely but, from what I’ve been told, a written letter from a student is the best gift a Teacher could ask for on any day.

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Of course, a few handfuls of these sparkles from The Great Lakes Goods never hurts! Let’s CELEBRATE these accomplished individuals, the Graduates and Teachers who have made us proud.

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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.

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!