good books and the people that read them

Imagei like good books and the people that read them. i enjoy the lyrical quality of words playing together, and when i find someone that enjoys books as much as i do, i know i’ve found a friend. today my random act of happiness went a little, well, not-so-random in an effort to make my fellow readers smile.

i made simple bookmarks out of construction paper, crayons and pins, and then i hid them in novels throughout my favorite minneapolis bookshop.ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

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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!