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Monthly Archives: August 2011

New Shops for 1canoe2

One of the best parts of working with 1canoe2 is that I am in touch with the wonderful people who own and/or manage the lovely shops carrying 1canoe2 letterpress. Since our trip to the New York National Stationery Show in May, we’ve been printing and packaging and mailing boxes of goodies to fun shops all over the US.

New shop logosThis month you’ll find 1canoe2 as new letterpress artists in several stores:

Young Blood Gallery ofAtlanta,Georgia,

Trohv of Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

Terra Rosa of Ithaca, New York,

PaperTrail of Rhinebeck, New York, and

Freedlove of Honesdale and Scranton, Pennyslvania.

New shops for August

We’d like to extend a big thank you to Jen, Kohli, Carmen, Nathan, Heidi, and Aril for inviting us into your shops! If you live near one of these shops, please stop by and check out our line in person. We’d love to have you mention your deep love and affection for our letterpress products while you’re checking out, too!




In addition to these brick and mortar stores, and just added their own collection of 1canoe2 letterpress goods. Any gal who loves the vintage look and the accessories and décor to go with it should check out is a scrapbooker’s dream; their website is bursting with beautiful papers, unique tools, creative ideas, classes and events, and more.


It’s hard to believe that August is almost over, but hopefully that means the hottest days are behind us. It almost seems like there has been a hint of fall in the air the last couple of days, and it has felt so good.

It has been a busy week of printing in the new studio. We’ve been working on several re-prints of some of our most popular pieces that will be reappearing in the shop soon. The most exciting thing that happened this week was that we finished building our new, BIG, worktable. And it is fantastic.

When we were planning out the new space I pictured in my mind a big table where we could spread things out and still have room to work. I think this nails it. Just what I had in mind. A big thanks goes out to my brother, Dustin. When I say “we built this table” what I really mean is, I described to Dustin what I wanted and he made it happen.

Great job Dustin! I might just be dreaming up some more things we need.

:: Carrie::

What should we name him?

How would you like $20 in 1canoe2 goodness delivered to your door? We need your help, and we’re happy to trade a little letterpress for your effort.

Here’s our latest print design. We’re giving you a sneak peek in the hopes that you’ll be able to help us out a bit. We’re just throwing this out there to the creative masses for some help with his title. Any thoughts? You can send us a comment, an e-mail, or facebook message.

And the best part is this: if we use your title, we’ll give you a $20 credit in our etsy shop! For anything you want!

Here are some things that might trigger your creativity:

  • What does this guy do for a living?
  • Who is this man?
  • What award has he won?
  • What would he say to you?

Ideas that we’ve thought of are these: “a well-respected man”, “hello, handsome”, etc.

We can’t wait to see what you come up with!


A Big Step Forward

We’re approaching mid August, which for the past several years has meant that it is time to start prepping my classroom for the upcoming school year. Usually at this time my head is filled with thoughts of classroom decorations, art supply orders, and getting back into routine. But, this year things have changed a little bit. Earlier this summer I decided that I’m not going back into the classroom this fall, and I am going to focus full time on letterpress. Yep, you heard me right, I quit my job! Yikes.

It has definitely been a dream for us, to be able to do what we love full time, but I didn’t think it would happen this fast. Being a part of the National Stationery Show this year was really eye-opening for us. We came home feeling very encouraged about the work that we have done so far, and with a real sense of direction as to where we want to go with our business. Initially I thought I would teach part time this school year, but after a lot of deliberation I finally decided to just take the leap and devote all my time to 1canoe2. Why not, right? Now that Karen has become a partner, and Beth’s schedule is a little more flexible, we are all really excited about putting more energy into working toward reaching our goals.

In the past week many of my friends have been getting their classrooms ready and attending faculty meetings, which has made the reality of my decision start to sink in. It is pretty great!

I do love teaching, and there are a lot of things that I am really going to miss. Mostly I’m going to miss seeing all of my awesome co-workers/friends every day. Hopefully I’ll still be invited to their after school gatherings! Of course, I’m going to miss the kids, and all the funny stories that come with working in an elementary school. I’m going to miss getting notes like this:

And, I’m going to miss spending time in this colorful room:

I’m not going to mention the things that I won’t miss, but there are a few.

It is one of those times when I can look back on all the wonderful things that happened over the past few years, and be thankful, and then look ahead and be excited about what is to come. I might still have to go out and buy some shiny new shoes and stock up on crayons. That’s just what you do at this time of year, isn’t it?

:: Carrie ::

The Great Road Trip of 2011: beautiful paper, breakfast & bears

The really great thing about selling wholesale is that we get to ship our products to some of the most amazing shops all over the country. But, what we love even better, is when we are in a place where we actually get to visit one of those shops. As I was driving across the country a couple of weeks ago I was pretty pumped to visit Missoula, Montana, not only because I had a feeling that it might be a town that I could fall in love with, but because it is the home to one of our retailers, Noteworthy Paper and Press.

As it turns out, Missoula reminds me a lot of my town. It’s also a college town and seems to have a lot to offer culturally, and it has a vibrant downtown area, much like Columbia. Unlike Columbia, it is much closer to the mountains.

If only I lived closer to the mountains.

Noteworthy Paper and Press is located on one of the main roads right through the heart of the city, and just a stones throw from the Clark Fork River. They offer a wide variety of stationery, greeting cards, wedding invitations and other paper goods – and they run an in house press for custom work. Really beautiful stuff. 1canoe2 is in good company.

We couldn’t resist picking up a couple of things while we were there. Abby bought a tiny journal to stash away in her backpack so she could record all of the details of our trip into the wilderness and beyond. Smart girl, because there were some details that we won’t want to forget. Or, maybe she was thinking, “If we get attacked an eaten by a bear it would be good if we left behind a record of what happened.”

Several people have asked if we ran into any bears, and the answer to that is, yes.

First of all, it’s been a rough summer for hikers and bears. Early in our trip, when we pulled into Jackson Hole, WY, we were greeted with this:

Yes, the day before we visited Yellowstone a man was killed by a grizzly bear. This made national news, so of course our crew back home was concerned. Beth even laid claim to some of my stuff if I should happen to not make it out of the park alive. Glad to know she was thinking of herself.

Abby and I actually wanted to see a bear. Not up close and personal, but from a safe distance. We had a whole list of wildlife that we were hoping to spot, and we were able to check off every single one. In Yellowstone we saw deer, elk, bison, pronghorn, and a sly little fox. But we didn’t see a bear.

When we got to Glacier National Park, before we even were allowed into the backcountry, we were required to watch a video about what we should do if we encountered a bear. Don’t run, back away, and don’t look the bear in the eye. And, if it attacks, you better hope you have bear spray. We did, don’t worry.

This is a picture of Abby and I on day 5 of our backpacking trip. We’re eating breakfast. It was pancakes that day, and they were delicious. What you don’t know is about 30 minutes after this photo was taken a grizzly bear wandered into our camp. Just sauntered on in, smelling everything, looking around to see what was going on. But, did Abby and I get to see him? Nope. We were off brushing our teeth in the designated tooth brushing area. The rest of our group was pretty excited, and a little freaked out. We heard the yells and the whistles, but by the time we got there our guide, Corey, had already calmly shooed the bear off on its way. Apparently the bear sniffed around our tent. I guess he was looking for us.

So we didn’t see a bear while we were in Glacier, but later that week, as we were driving out of Montana heading west we saw a little black bear along the road. Not quite as exciting, but we got to check “bear” off the list.

Interestingly enough, Abby and I got to see something that no one else in our group saw that same morning the grizzly bear paid us a visit. While we were waiting for our pancakes, which were delicious, we walked down to the river to hang out on the suspension bridge. We just wanted to see what was going on down there, and we saw…

**If you are planning on visiting Glacier and want to experience something like we did, please check out Glacier Guides. Abby and I have both backpacked before, and planned our own trips, but since our backpacking week was in the middle of our longer three week trip we decided that it would be easier and more stress-free if we went with a guide service. We were glad we did! Glacier Guides was great, and our guide, Corey, was the BEST. We learned so much from him. He is super experienced, really knowledgeable about the Glacier area, good at getting rid of grizzly bears, and he makes delicious pancakes.


Changing Media is good for you

The title of this post sounds technical, but all I really mean is that I’m at Quiltfest this week working on fabric instead of printing. Carrie took a big vacation and saw the world, and I went for the relaxing route and am spending time with my extened family on a lake in Eastern Tennessee. Both trips serve a creative purpose though: breaking out of your current mind frame.

I have all of these theories about creativity and how doing other types of art and going at problems from a different perspective is good for your brain. And it helps you to be more creative. I have plans to do some drawing this week, but mostly, I’m trying to set a record for bib-making.

In past Quiltfests, I’ve started and (less than most of the time) finished big quilt projects. Now with sweet Amelia here, I had low expectations for big project. And I have a few of those big projects that really need to be finished. One thing I didn’t think about: there are 2 other kids here, and they’re always begging to play with Amelia. Brilliant! All kids are occupied! If all else fails, I just put Amelia in her high chair with some empty spools and she’s set for at least 3 minutes.