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Flowers make everything a bit nicer.  Is it the color?  Or perhaps the transience?  Whatever it is, winter finds me longing for fresh buds: I simultaneously wish for the return of autumn leaves and the blossoming of spring stems.
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Never one to wish away my days, I decided to make a floral wreath that would allow winter blooms into the apartment.  We had a group of friends over for the Packers game last Sunday, and while the men munched and groaned and cheered over the game, the girls pasted and cut and twirled bits of paper.
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At the end of the day, the Packers lost the game but we had a new wreath for the front door.  Win some & lose some, right?  Either way, I now have flowers long before spring arrives — a win in my book.
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minnesota nice

whenever i tell people that i’m new to the area, they immediately tell me their top 3 favorite places in the city.  a name that keeps coming up is patina, a local gift shop that people describe as a cross between anthropologie and paper-source.  i didn’t believe anything could be quite that great, so i decided to investigate for myself.

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the store was everything that i had been promised.  delights of all kinds kept the place interesting — from the endearing:

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to the giggle inducing:

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the best part of the shop, however, was that it provided a solution to my week-long quest for jon’s 1 month anniversary present. i know, i know — people don’t celebrate the months, it’s the years that matter, wah wah wah. i like to celebrate. and so- when i saw this shirt, i knew my search had come to an end — i love the quirky “minnesota nice’ concept. i bought jon the blue men’s version.

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the store wrapped the gift (for free) and i spent a coupe minutes amusing myself by looking at pretty things. win win.

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postmark a smile

cheesy title, fine, but there’s truth to it — something about receiving a paper card in the mail seems to make people happy. it’s that simple — the paper, the gimmick, perhaps just having something in the mailbox other than a bill.  whatever it is, i have a crush on almost all things paper, and so when holidays like father’s day come around, i find myself at card shops looking for the best way to make my fathers (father-in-law included here) smile.  this year, i found everything i needed at paper-source (you can generally find everything you need here.. it sets a high bar for original and quirky paper products).

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my dad received a check-list of the things he did right over the years:

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and jon, because his favorite thing is baseball, sent the ultimate compliment:

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more on card shops in minneapolis and saint paul to come — but for now, i have a date at the dog park (i’m actually meeting up with a girl i met there last week.. interesting how friendships form.)

enjoy the sunlight!