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2013 Favorite Things List

Two weeks to go folks. And boys and girls, do we have a snappy Holiday List for you. Our team has searched far and wide to find the most unique holiday gifts around…so sit back and start shopping!

Kiddos

 The I-Wood Chalkboard Laptop from the Walker Shop is for the cool kids.

Three Stars Colored Champagne Chalk - Kaufmann Mercantile Store

And the Three Stars Colored Chalk from oeuf is a needed addition to the laptop!

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These photo journals from Pinhole Press may inspire a child’s story-writing one snowy day (FYI, a great deal going on over on their coupon page!)

And for the adults in your world…

Kate Spade Eraser Set

It will be a treat to correct mistakes with this gold foiled Kate Spade Eraser Set.

For the hand-lettering enthusiast with an itch for stellar calligraphy skills, look no further. This Calligraphy Starter Kit from Antiquaria will set the hand in motion the old-school way.

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A stationery subscription service, Nicely Noted delivers a curated collection of letterpress cards and stamps. Coming from someone who adores surprises, I think this is the best gift ever.

mr. boddington’s Every Day Five-Year Memory Book from chronicle books: a giveaway. / sfgirlbybay

Life moves too fast to remember everything. This 5 Year Memory Book from Mr. Boddington’s Studio can bring peace to one’s life and takes only a minute.

Bespoke Small Secret Photo Keepsake Box

Emboss a handwritten message or name onto the Bespoke Small Secret Photo Keepsake Box from Anya Hindmarch to make this elegant gift even more personal.

This nostalgic New England 2014 Letterpress Desk Calendar from press bound will dazzle the outdoors person and nature admirer in your life.

Birdie Letter Opener - Grey

One only hopes their mailbox is full so they can use the Birdie Letter Opener from Pigeonhole!

Ultra thick, striped bow stationery set

From one of my favorite designers, Besotted Brand has created a charming Striped Bow Stationery Set on extra thick white card stock including black or kraft paper envelopes. Love.

For the fashionista, this Quarterbound Notebook is made from crisp, mid blue denim. Smokin’.

Personalized letterpress stationery - Empire - Set of 25 cards & envelopes

Still time to order gorgeous personalized Letterpress Stationery from Pomegranate Press.

For the Travelers…

Gray Travel Notebook

The Gray Travel Notebook from Spartan even includes multiple interior pockets for souvenirs.


Kids will love using the Sideshow Press Kraft Journal (sold at Brown Ink) on next summer’s road trip.

The CARTOGRAPHER in NAVY

For a letter writer on the go, this Cartographer from Spring Finn & Co. has become my catch-all for stationery, pens, and stamps. Both sturdy and handsome, you can’t go wrong.

Stocking Stuffers

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Row House 14 has oodles of pencils, this one is for the stocking.

Designed by Shanna Murray for West Elm, we adore these charming coasters for the holidays!

Tickets Lists are perfect for the last minute notes or to make a coupon book for your mate!

Wrapping, Tags and More

Draw Together Christmas Set

Get your kiddos to help out with your gift tags like these included in the Draw Together Christmas Set from caravan. And if you don’t have a mantle to hang stockings, this set includes a fireplace as well. Check it out!  And no time waiting since it’s a download. Perfect for you folks headed out of town with no fireplace for Santa to make his appearance!

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Holiday Oval Gift Tag Set from Sesame Letterpress Shop can even be reused for ornaments.

This luxurious wrapping paper from Urbanic Paper Boutique has been stamped with gold foil.

Aren’t you thankful we knocked off half your list? Enjoy the giving season.

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PS. For you locals, Brown Ink will have goods at Mille tomorrow from 12-5. Also, head over to Lunalux tonight for a little After-Hours Printing Party as well as Stationery Saturday tomorrow…

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Recently brown ink has received many links from friends who have noticed some cool folks appreciating handwriting as much as we do!  Thought I would spread some sun and share a few of them…

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I love the concept of OliveBox, a company which ships out lovely stationery and office supplies unknown to the buyer!! You can subscribe for a plan which suits your taste and budget and a delightful box of paper goods will be at your door in no time. A combination of stationery and surprise is pure heaven to my ears. (Thanks Lisa at www.pixiespit.com)

 

This book, The Missing Link, looks marvelous. The author, Philip Hensher, believes handwriting is simply good for the body. He states, “(Writing) involves us in a relationship with the written word which is sensuous, immediate and individual. It opens our personality out to the world, and gives us a means of reading other people. It gives pleasure when you communicate with it; when done at all well, it is a source of pleasure to the use.” I think I need this book. To read more, check out the article on Fast Co Design. More discussion on his points later!! (Thanks Dan at redstamp.com)

And here in Minnesota, we are determined not to let a little snow in April…and also in May stop us from getting out and expressing ourselves. So here are few Goings On around the city:

Kate Hopper is reading from her book Use Your Words, A Writing Guide for Mothers at the 7th Annual Motherhood & Words event at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis this evening at 7pm. Come celebrate motherhood in your lives and listen to Kate as she encourages you to write the stories you’ve been saving in your minds!

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At the Lunalux Stationery Saturday monthly gathering four colorful floral notes will be available for personalizing, printed with petite gray lettering. An ideal Mother’s Day Gift!!

And to leave you off, here’s a kid who I’d hug if I ever had the chance to meet!! In today’s society where texting is the prime source of communication with teens, he definitely went against the grain with this very important question (Thanks Mrs. Bent).

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Enjoy the weekend, sun or snow.

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Gotta love a Post Script…

Don’t miss out Twin Citians, TODAY ONLY>>>>>>

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Held exclusively at their flagship store on 44th & France, russell+hazel is hosting a 30% off event on all r+h and MARA-MI products. I plan on picking up a few pencils, stationery, and party invites. This is a fantastic deal and also perfect timing with the beautiful and fresh MARA-MI Reo Collection hot off the press.

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Also, if you are near downtown Minneapolis (Brown Family headed to The Walker Art Center’s Free First Saturdays to check out our favorite children’s author, Chris Monroe), make sure to stop at Lunalux for the ever-popular Stationery Saturday.

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This month Jenni Undis and her crew will be helping you create personalized, letterpress printed stationery with lovely ding bats (love the state of MN) to bring home the same day. An early Mother’s Day gift, perhaps?

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So get out there in the midst of some needed spring rain and support our local peeps. And for all you Los Angelianos, don’t miss our locally created NorthernGRADE National Pop-Up Shop hosted in your town this weekend. At least go for the paper products if not the hip facial hair.

Keeping It Local

A few weeks ago in the midst of errand running one of our boys, after noticing the car’s exterior temp reader, cheered “Look mom, it’s 14 degrees. It’s really warm today.”  Scary but true. Here in the Twin Cities our mental states have been hanging by a thread with a good stretch of weather barely reaching the single digits. Finally the forecast is hinting at a bit of  warmth heading to town tomorrow. So for all you locals, why not celebrate by getting out of our overly-heated homes and heading over to the men’s Pop-Up-Market NorthernGRADE.

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This one has a new twist with the location in the downtown St.Paul James J. Hill Library. For a little background, NorthernGRADE is a gathering of quality retailers who all stand strongly behind their heritage, made-in-the-USA product. I’m hoping MartinPatrick3 will be selling their knock-out Terrapin stationery.

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But if you can’t make it tomorrow, head to to Lunalux’s monthly Stationery Saturday next weekend where you can personalize beautiful cards on bright white felt-finish paper. Great idea for a Valentine gift! And speaking of the Hallmark holiday…

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My friend Beth at fish&bee, located in Linden Hills, is hosting a kids’ card studio over the next few weeks. These studio sessions are built around a child’s imagination by using paper, fabric, glitter, painting and more to create their own artful Valentine’s Day card. Beth even suggests bringing the list of classmates! Contact Beth at eeceebb@gmail.com to learn more about the sessions being held now through February 11th.

Groundhog Day 2013

But good news local Twin Citians. Punxsutawney Phil DID NOT see his shadow so looks like spring will be arriving sooner than later. Go Phil!!

Stationery Nirvana Part 1

I’ve been in a stationery fog this past week (being 34 weeks pregnant with insomnia probably doesn’t help. Ha!). It all started with last weekend’s National Stationery Show.  It’s this annual, mega-stationery trade show in NYC where all the hot-shot stores and designers, large and small, display their current paper products. My heart starts to beat faster when I imagine walking the aisles, scouring all the creative displays, letterpress cards, colorful notepads, etc. (As a side note, I have dreams of one day opening a brown ink paper store so you all can have direct access to the most unique, beautiful material around!).

For the past few weeks, I’ve been drooling over the many blogs featuring the hundreds of vendors, my favorite being Oh So Beautiful Paper with a 12-part series of the show.  Thought I’d share a few lines that caught my eye…

Studio Olivine from Portland, OR

Fat Bunny Press from San Francisco

 

Dear Hancock from LA

 

Banquet Atelier & Workshop from Vancouver

Sesame Letterpress from Brooklyn

Seedhouse from Philadelphia

Fine Day Press from Brooklyn

And Printerette Press from St.Paul. Speaking of local…

Since I was unable to attend the show this year, my other option was to create my own adventure. I decided to throw the boys in the minivan and take an afternoon trip to Mara-Mi in Stillwater, MN. Just to give you some background, I first noticed Mara-Mi at Target a few months ago. Their bold print and fantastic prices made it an easy purchase.

I soon realized this was the same stationery company my father had been raving about located right in his little old downtown. Of course it doesn’t hurt they sell tasty Izzy’s ice cream right there in the store just to help you get your happy feet on.

The store is not only filled with Mara-Mi lines (my favorite was the Bazaar Collection, see below), but they also sell Russell & Hazel, Moleskin, and more. I promise it’s worth a trip out east for you Twin Citians.

And just when you thought my week of paper madness ended in Stillwater, another local go-to stationery source, Lunalux, is back to their old tricks with tomorrow’s Stationery Saturday. With Father’s Day around the corner, they have dads in mind and are using a collection of lead dingbats including purple Jolly Roger, red griffin, green tree or blue pan.

If you can’t catch tomorrow’s run, head back to Lunalux for their Letterpress Lock-In, a part of the Northern Spark event June 9th-10th. And please report back to brown ink all about the overnight letterpress creations! Now off to dream of paper clouds.