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New Hand Painted Globes!


Oh boy. You guys, we have some really exciting news, so listen up!

During the past couple of weeks I have been working on something we think you might be interested in! We very rarely do any custom work, or offer one-of-a-kind pieces, so it’s always really exciting for us when we can do a project like this. We have three new, one of a kind, hand painted globes, and one of them could be yours! It’s going to be hard for us to part with them, they look SO good in our studio, but don’t worry everyone is going to have a chance at scooping up one of these beauties!

How can you take one of these home? Well, here are the details, so pay attention!

Over the course of the next three weeks we will be auctioning the globes on Ebay. We will provide the link to the auction on our social media accounts the day each auction starts.Globes-2015-SmallFloral

The first to go up for auction will be this 8 inch in diameter floral globe.
The auction will begin onMonday, Oct 12 9am CT, and you will have until Wednesday Oct 14 at 8pm CT to place your bids.
Thesecond auction will be for the Map globe, which is 12 inches in diameter.
This auction will begin onMonday, Oct 19 at 9am CT, and you will be able to place your bids untilWednesday, Oct 21 at 8pm CT.
The third and final globe will be this colorful floral painted globe, which is 12 inches in diameter.
This last auction will begin onMonday, Oct 26 at 9am CT, and you can place bids until Wednesday, Oct 28 at 8pm CT.
We will be releasing more details, including a link to the auction site, in the days and weeks to come via our social media outlets. So make sure you stay connected to our Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, and our newsletter so you don’t miss out! GOOD LUCK!
:: Carrie ::

National Stationery Show

The stationery world is a vast one, folks. Every couple of months, 1canoe2 travels to NYC to attend various trade shows that attract buyers from all over the world. You’ve most likely seen pictures from these shows on Carrie’s Instagram or on the 1canoe2 Facebook page, but we thought we’d give you a brief overview of our latest trip so you can see what these shows are all about!

This past week, 6 gals from the 1canoe2 crew were in NYC for the National Stationery Show (NSS). Shop owners from all over the world attend NSS so they may order products to sell in their stores. They walk through aisles and aisles of booths, picking and choosing from today’s best stationery lines.

So here’s how it works. The first order of business once getting to NYC is setting up our booth. We spend two full days painting the walls, screwing in shelving and arranging products. It is a lot of work. A lot. But the finished booth is always well worth it.




And the finished booth…drum roll, please…


Ta daaa! (Click the photo for a larger view). We decorate the booth a little differently each year, and this year we chose to go with big, bold and beautiful flower cut outs that Carrie painted. In an attempt to bring part of our studio to the booth, we set up a work desk right in the middle of the booth that mimics Carrie’s actual work space – complete with color palettes, pens, brushes and a plastic Shakespeare’s cup.



Once the booth is done, it’s basically a mini store-front for buyers to browse our products. The show lasts 3.5 days and it’s a constant whirlwind of taking orders! Those orders are sent to our wonderful shipping folks back at the barn, where products are immediately shipped to their new homes. We have products in everything from giant stores, like Anthropologie, to the brilliant little shops, like Shindig Paperie.

In addition to showing off a new booth design each time, these shows are where we debut our new products! This year we rolled out 16 new cards, 3 new calendar designs and 9 art prints (all of which are now on our website). NSS also marked the first public appearance for our brand new planners! We were quietly taking bets on which of the three designs would generate the most excitement. You can check out all three planner designs here…can you guess which one did the best?




So that’s it! When the show is over, we tear everything down, pack it up in a giant crate and wait until the next show where we will do it all again. To check out more photos from the show, including thousands of other beautiful booths and products, search #NSS2015 on Instagram!

:: 1canoe2 crew ::

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1canoe2 for Nepal


Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those affected by the earthquake in Nepal. A recent article published by BBC News stated that the death toll has risen to 4,310, with almost 8,000 injured and another 1.4 million requiring food aid.


1canoe2 is founded on the appreciation and love of community. This is something that we feel very passionately about, so it’s heartbreaking to see so many communities broken apart by this devastating natural disaster in Nepal.

We’d like your help in our efforts to try to bring some relief to those affected. Even if it’s just a small portion in comparison to what is needed, we feel like every donation makes a difference.  Until May 30th, 100% of the proceeds from our “You Mean the World To Me” card will be donated to relief efforts specifically allocated to Nepal. 

This card is great for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, and you’ll be donating to an amazing cause in the process. If you’d like to make a bigger donation, consider buying multiple cards to have on hand for birthdays or anniversaries!


All donations will be given to Direct Relief. Direct Relief is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that provides medical assistance to people around the world who have been affected by poverty, natural disasters, and civil unrest. They have set up a program specifically to help those in Nepal (which is the program that we will be working with) and you can read about it right here.

Thank you (thank you!!!) to everyone who helps out. Together we can help bring relief to those struggling in Nepal.

:: The 1canoe2 Crew ::

{1canoe2 + Produce Candles} Mother’s Day Giveaway!

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We’re at it again! Once again we’re teaming up with our good pals over at Produce Candles – this time to give away some free goodies for Mother’s Day! The giveaway will be hosted on Instagram and it’s super easy to enter. Here are the details:

// Giveaway starts Thursday, April 30 and the last day to enter is Tuesday, May 5th (end of day)

// Produce Candles (@producecandles) and 1canoe2 (@1canoe2) will each post a photo about the giveaway on their Instagram accounts. To enter, simply tag a friend in the comments section on either post..and that’s it! You’re entered!

// We will randomly select and announce our winner on Wednesday, May 6th — keep your eyes on our social media!

// The lucky winner will receive a 1canoe2 tote bag filled with goodies for your mama (or, hey, if you’re a hard-working mom..keep it for yourself!)

Giveaway starts THIS Thursday..good luck!!





Dipped Strawberries


If you’re looking for a last minute (but super easy) Easter treat..these dipped strawberries are delicious!! We picked the recipe out of one of our all-time favorite cookbooks, Forest Feast. Not only does it have truly wonderful recipes, but this book is absolutely gorgeous. Honestly, you guys. Watercolor illustrations, hand-lettering, beautiful’s just great.


Whitney and I thought this recipe sounded great, but it was only having three ingredients that really sold us. All you need are strawberries, brown sugar, and greek yogurt!


The cookbook says to dip your strawberries in the yogurt, but we found it easier to spread the yogurt on with a spoon. All you do is spread some greek yogurt on the end of the strawberry, and then sprinkle with brown sugar. That’s it. One thing to keep in mind if you’re making this for company: it’s not a great make-ahead dessert. The brown sugar “melts” very quickly once it touches the wet yogurt. It’s still just as delicious, they’re just not as aesthetically pleasing.


Let us know how you like them! If you’re interested in purchasing the cookbook, it’s available on our Favorite Things page. Happy Easter from the entire 1canoe2 crew!




{1canoe2 + Produce Candles} Easter Giveaway!


Easter is on the horizon! Last year, everyone here at the barn spent a fun afternoon painting eggs. It’s an Easter tradition that we all adore..and it’s so great to keep the eggs for years and years. 



Fun traditions like this were on our minds this year when we joined up with Produce Candles to bring you an Easter giveaway! I’ll explain the giveaway details just a little further down; first I’d like to talk about the wonderfulness that is Produce Candles. You may recognize the name from our website — we include four of our favorite candles in the Favorite Things collection.

Produce Candles is an adorable candle line based out of Charleston, SC whose entire collection is inspired by the harvest. Sweet, earthy, spicy, crisp — each element is represented and goodness do they smell delicious! They recently released some new spring and summer inspired scents like Mint, Peach and Rhubarb on their website, but my favorite so far is still the Carrot candle. It’s just so perfect for spring, and with Easter right around the corner, it was a no brainer to include in the giveaway.


Starting this Thursday {March 26} you’ll have a chance to win a gift basket filled with spring goodies like this candle. To be entered, all you have to do is go to the Produce Candle Facebook page and comment on the giveaway post with your favorite Easter tradition. That’s it! We’ll have a link on the 1canoe2 Facebook page, also, that will lead you straight where you need to go. The last day to enter is Monday, March 30 and then we’ll randomly select a lucky winner.

Bummed because you don’t have Facebook? Don’t be! You can email your name and favorite Easter tradition to to be manually entered.




So keep your eyes on our Facebook pages — and good luck!

:: Haley ::


Paper Boxes from your 2014 Calendar

Wondering what else you can do with last year’s XL wall calendar? You can make some seriously simple paper boxes, OR you can make a milk carton. Which is not as simple, but is so cute and fun, and actually not that hard.

Here’s what you do:

Draw out the template. If you want the sides to be 1 inch, draw an extra inch all the way around.

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Cut out the box. You can get fancy with the outer edges which will become the top sides of the box. The cutting is something that a kiddo could do if you want them to join in the fun.


Tape the corners of the box with a pretty piece of matching washi tape. 


Voile! You’re done! You just made a cute little tray that can be used for all your little trinkets. If you measure carefully and make a plan, you could make several that all fit together for the inside of a drawer to organize little bits of precious things.


Now, for the slightly more advanced version: a Milk Carton.

First, cut out the template pattern (print from here). Just make it sized to fit the paper you want. I have a 13×19 Epson printer, so I printed this as big as I could on that. You can also take it to you local copy shop and have them blow it up, or just make a sweet little tiny version on 8.5×11 paper.

Next, cut out your paper from the template. To keep track of the scoring lines for the next step, I cut tiny little slits in the template so I’d have something to line up my ruler.


Score all of the dotted lines by running the BACK side of your exacto blade along the edge to be folded. That way you won’t run the risk of cutting clear through.


Then pre-fold all of the pieces before you glue, so you won’t be wrestling that pesky top gable fold while you have glue on your fingers.  Milk-Carton-1canoe2-side

The best glue to use is probably a glue stick, but mine were all dried up, so I had to use elmers. Just run the glue where the dotted lines are and hold in place for a few seconds.

Now you can use your milk carton for party favors, or just decoration. Personally, I’d load it up with malted milk balls, but that’s just me.



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What to do with last year’s XL calendar?


So it’s 2015 and hopefully, you’ve already got your refill for our XL calendar hanger. Now what should you do with all of the pages from 2014?  We print our calendars on super heavy luxury paper. It’s study and cuts like a dream, so it’s perfect for crafty projects.

Like I do every new year, I woke up this first day of 2015 with a mighty craving for cute organizing tools. No better way to start the new year than with a fresh and tidy desk, right? Right.  This will last approximately 15 seconds into my first day back at the office, but a girl can dream.

These pages are so big  (20×30 inches) that really the up-cycling and crafting opportunities are boundless! But I thought it might be fun to make new file folders for my “new” desk.

It’s so easy, that if you have the supplies on hand, it literally takes about 2 minutes to crank out your first folder. And you could make 12 or 13 folders out of the whole calendar if you want to.


  • 2014 XL calendar pages
  • Xacto knife, or sharp scissors
  • Old standard file folder
  • Pen or pencil to trace



1) Unfold and trace the old folder on top of one of the calendar pages.

2) Cut out the folder with an Xacto blade or scissors


3) Fold the old file folder in half, and using the Xacto, lighly score the newly cut sheet in the middle so it will fold nicely.

4) Fold.



5) Make millions more! You will miraculously become organized for the whole rest of the year.

Happy 2015!!!

People Who Make the World Go Round {Friends!}


Friends! Pals! Best Buds! What would we do without them?! Seriously.

Just think how different your life would be if you didn’t have that person who just gets you. That person who has known you forever. The person with whom you share all the inside jokes, and who always knows just what you are thinking. We rely on our friends for so much! Friends are there when you need a shoulder to cry on, when you need an honest opinion, when you need a ride to the airport, and most importantly when you need someone to celebrate with!

Who is your best pal? Your partner in crime? Who do you call first when you have good news? Who do you know will be there for you no matter what? Friends are at the center of our lives, but how often do you actually thank your amigos? Well, it’s probably time you should! You can download our free printable best pal card right here, and make it a point to let your them know just how much they mean to you!

People Who Make the World Go Round {The Waiter/Waitress}


To all of the waitresses, waiters, servers, baristas, and bartenders of the world: THANK YOU!

I never worked in the food service industry, but I know many who have. I also know that those who do are often under-appreciated. We all know its true that a great server/bartender/barista makes a meal 100% more enjoyable. It’s time to start recognizing them!

Last week we had the chance to eat at some amazing restaurants in New York City. Wow, there is so much food to eat in New York. So much good food. We hit up some of our favorite spots, and we tried some new ones as well. I can honestly say that we had excellent service everywhere. And, we took note! We left some ‘thank yous’ with our bill (and tip!) as a token of our appreciation. Because, isn’t it the best feeling to get noticed doing an excellent job? You bet it is.

Do you have a local hangout? Maybe a favorite barista who makes your coffee with a smile every morning? Maybe a waitress at the diner around the corner who knows you by name? Let them know that they are doing a fantastic job, and maybe slip them something a little extra next time.

You can click right here for a free printable of our Waiter/Waitress Thank You card. Go give it to someone who serves you with a smile! They deserve it.

(Don’t forget to tag any social media with #WorldGoRoundProject and let us know how you used it!)

:: Carrie ::