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Staying True to the Pen

There are those who write letters and there are the others…this is for the others.

A spanking new company, Fountain Greetings, is all about the importance of a handwritten letter. So much so, they are willing to write one for you. All you need to select is the card and the words, the rest is taken care of. While using premium fountain pens, their staff of writers capture your words on the highest quality cotton and card stock from Terrapin Stationers. The elegant, cherry-on-top bonus is the wax stamp which seals the envelope. Brilliant!

The cards take 1-4 days to reach the recipient, coming from New York City. That means for many of you, just in time for Friday’s holiday. The I Love You and Hearts cards are just beautiful, especially being 50% off. So if you’re shy to share your handwriting but the words are bursting out of your heart wanting to be expressed, you no longer have an excuse. Go for it Romeo.

Just another fabulous company staying true to the pen. Cheers to you Fountain Greetings!

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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.

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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.)

Congrats & Cheers

Brown Ink is headed to NYC for the National Stationery Show tomorrow morning!!! But before one-half of us hits the runway, we wanted to share with you our Must Have’s for the Graduate or Teacher in your lives.

Oh, the places you’ll go….

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This Graduation Grab Bag from Of a Kind combines some of our favorite gifts, especially the YOLO notepad from Terrapin Stationers.

Even though most of the college kids will be connecting with their families through email, Skype and the like, help promote the life of handwriting through the gift of stationery.

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For the ladies, check out the MARA-MI notecards (adore this one from the Reo Collection) found at their flagship store or any russell+hazel.

For the men, Terrapin Stationers provides many handsome options including…

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You can even include a roll of stamps to make it more possible that these potentially unusual correspondences end up in your mailbox!

If there is ever a time to purchase a journal for a young adult, it would be now.

These beautiful Tome Leather Longstitch Journals from Twigg’s Bindery in Brooklyn might even trigger a college Freshman to take a seat at the student union between classes and reflect. We hope!!

To the Teachers who enrich our childrens’ lives each day…

07_PencilCase_Silver_87982Why not fill this lovely Leather Pencil Case from russell+hazel with fabulous pens and a Gift Certificate for a needed massage?

Summertime Desk

As much as they love the classroom, most teachers enjoy the change in routine with Summer break. Celebrate their needed time-off with the Summertime Desk stationery from Dear Hancock.

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Emmett’s teacher will hopefully be delighted by this personalized Yellow Jotter Tray from russell+hazel, perfect to sit on top of her writing desk.

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Last year I posted about a book that Emmett created for his teachers. Huge raves as you can imagine. It took a bit of time but definitely worth it. To keep things simple in this busy time of year, a handwritten note to a teacher is about the best gift of all. Scripted or scribbles, energy from a young hand will warm any heart.

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!!

A Year to Remember

2012 has gone by in a blink for our family as well as for brown ink. Although it felt brief, it was a memorable one. We thought we’d mention a few highlights which will stay with us throughout the coming year.

Food seems like a good place to start. As soon as we mention handwritten recipes on our blog, we receive loads of homemade treats.

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Instagram made out-of-town Birthday Wishes that much easier!! (even written ones)

 

We cheered for the noticeable trends in favor of writing. Obviously when Gwyneth starts featuring journals (this one designed with help from iomoi) on her blog, handwriting has got to be up there on the “It  List”, right?

Even clothing designers began partnering with stationery lines such as the relationship between Club Monaco and Terrapin Stationery. Way to jump on the stationery train you trendy folks you.

Many images will stick in our minds as meaningful this year. One came from our friend Alecia, whose niece was battling cancer.

Phoebe sent this hand made card out to friends, thankful for the support. Truly an inspiration.

Speaking of Alecia, brown ink had the gift of featuring guest bloggers this past year including Alecia, Jenni and Lisa. Their outlooks on handwriting, stationery and to-do lists were brilliant. Thanks again ladies!

We also appreciated friends sharing their brown ink moments during the year. Our friend Jill came back from a visit to her parents home in Washington with these images…

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The mailbox is perched up on a little hill, perfect for curious minds to check on mail delivery. How magical!

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letterpress wedding invitations,

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and the first time Baby Beatrice’s name was seen on paper,

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And much to look forward to in 2013. Here’s hoping the written word will continue to stay present in your daily lives. Now on to my first entry in the 5 Year Journal.

One last image to take away with you from this year, and it comes from outside the world of writing. Aside from the oft-played Portland Proposal in our home office, this video from Olafur Arnalds Haegt reminds us to continue to find the light in the darkest of times. There is so much more to discover in the coming year.