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Monthly Archives: September 2011

These are the People in Your Neighborhood

Ladies and Gentlemen, we are SO excited to formally introduce you to the first four prints in our new series that we call “The People in Your Neighborhood”.  These have been a work in progress for quite some time, and you can expect two more to be added to the series sometime in the near future.  We think they are quite charming.

The idea for this series has an interesting origin.  Last school year I was lucky enough to get to host a student teacher for a semester.  It was great.  An extra set of hands in an elementary art room is like striking gold.  My pre-service teacher (that’s the official title) did a fantastic job developing projects for our kids to dive into.  One of the projects that he taught was relief portraits.  Any time we use clay it is always a big hit, but these were just the best.  The kids did a super awesome job and they had so much fun doing it. *

*  Here is where I need to tell you that I did take photos of all of their awesome and hilarious relief portraits, but somehow they all got deleted from my camera before I uploaded them to the computer.  I’m sorry, my fault.  Trust me, they were great.

The best part about having a student teacher is that by the end of the semester, they are fully in charge of the classroom.  What did that mean for me?  Well, it meant that I got to play with clay too, right along with the kids.   Let me tell you, it is really rare in an elementary art classroom to get the chance to actually sit down.  But to sit down AND get to use my own creative juices to make something awesome?  Unheard of.

So here’s what I made.  Well, these are the two that survived the kiln.  I had another, but he fell victim in the great kiln disaster of 2011.  Let’s just say, I probably fired one batch a little early, before the clay had fully dried out.  Most of those came out cracked and broken into lots of pieces.  That was fun news to break to the kids.  ”Boys and girls, today we are going to have a lesson on dealing with disappointment…”  They actually took it REALLY well, I was worried.  I guess we both learned something through that experience.

When I showed them to Beth she immediately said, “You have to draw those so we can print them!”

So I did.  And I came up with a few other characters while I was at it.

Here we have Beehive Betty the Librarian.  She has a very high-maintenance hairdo.

This handsome man is The Professor,  a kind and scholarly gentleman.

 The Sailor  sports a righteous mustache…as all self-respecting seamen must.

And finally, please say hello to The Mermaid…the siren of the sea.

Each of these prints is 8×10 and was printed in our studio on our Chandler & Price letterpress.  They are all available in our shop, so get them while they’re hot!

:: Carrie ::

How Crayons are Made

Let’s all give a shout out to CRAYONS! We owe a lot to those wonderful sticks of color. It’s where we all got our start. All you Sesame Street fans out there should remember this one!

Let’s take a trip to the Crayon Factory.

Something tells me that all those factory workers were eventually replaced by machines.

:: Carrie ::

Woodgrain and Apples Letterpress Wedding Invitations

A few weeks ago, my wonderful and   hilarious cousin Andrew married a most lovely gal. Katie has been around for a couple of years now, and she’s just the sweetest. We’re so happy to have her join our boisterous family! Andrew, you did well for yourself, buddy.

Of course as soon as I heard that they were engaged, I was so happy for them, but when I heard that they were having the wedding in front of the old barn on my grandparents’ farm, I was thrilled with the graphic possibilities for invitations.   I drew all the little ornaments and of course did the calligraphy of the names, and Carrie drew the woodgrain border.

The little town of Clarksville, Missouri, where the reception was held, is right on the Mississippi River north of St. Louis. At one time in history, the area was famous for it’s apple orchards and production. There’s a community gathering place called the Apple Shed which is right along the railroad tracks and has the perfect vintage feel for an early Autumn wedding. Here’s a photo from Mary Kim Loeffler, their talented photographer:

The theme of Katie and Andrew’s wedding goes perfectly with our favorite style–hand-drawn, warm ,vibrant earthy colors, and a little vintage flair every now and then. Nothing too formal, but that doesn’t mean it’s not completely lovely.

This wedding invitation suite is by far our favorite that we’ve done. No offense to anyone else, it’s just that this wedding’s colors, themes, and the couple themselves just fit perfectly with the style of work that we do. These are true 1canoe2 wedding invitations.   I particularly like the banner and the woodgrain elements.

As a shower gift, I printed some thank-you notes with the same artwork as the invitations. I was honored that Katie and Andrew let me design their invitations just as I wanted, and I wish for them many many years of wedded bliss.

We’re working on the custom section of our site, but if you have questions about wedding invitations, you can either email me, or visit this page.


A {design} break for my brain

I’ve been working my “command+z” fingers to death lately working on a big project with a national company. Vague enough for you? Let’s just say that I’ll be able to announce it all soon, and I’ve had to design 25+ cards and 5 more templates for letterpress cards.   Carrie did a lot of drawings, but then it was up to me to digitize, color and design them all.

For as much work as this mystery project was, it’s been really fun. Letterpress is of course the most awesome of paper media, but there are lots of limitations on design. It was so nice to come up with some ideas that could be full color and for which I didn’t have to account for the difficulty of printing them on our old presses.

This is another little project that I did recently for my cousin’s baby shower. Sometimes it’s fun, refreshing, and good for my brain to think with my hands and eyes before I start pushing the mouse.   I watercolored a little pattern, scanned it and whipped this out in no time flat.

It always seems that just when I think the well has run dry, I switch to a different art form, and have plenty of new ideas.   I’m always happy to return to our hunk-a-hunk-a rusty iron, though.


Today in the Studio…

Beth and I started work on an exciting new project. We experimented a little bit with printing on a new material, and it went really well. That’s all I’m going to say about that! Stay tuned.

I also organized ALL of our printing plates in our flat file so we don’t have to dig through all of them every time we are looking for something specific. Ahhh…that feels better.


We mounted some hooks for hanging bags and coats and aprons and important stuff like that.


I signed lots and lots of prints so they will be ready to send out into the world.


And, we mounted a new light fixture over our big work table. It is nice and bright, and makes a huge difference. Our new little work room is coming right along!

:: Carrie ::

Etsy + 1canoe2 = ♥

Well, isn’t this delightful?

Earlier this year the guys and girls at the Etsy headquarters asked permission to use our “Things that are Long” artwork for some promotional items.  Of course we said “you bet, no problem!” and sent it right over.  We weren’t really sure what they were going to use it for, so we were excited when a package came that had a few of these inside!  You can get one of your own in the Etsy Store.

In related news, last week we unceremoniously hit the 4000 sales mark in our own etsy shop!  How about that?  It is kind of hard to believe that we have sent out that many packages.  I’m sure the crew at our local post office believes it.

In case you missed it, back in May during our big trip to the big apple we made it over to Brooklyn and got to visit the Etsy Headquarters.  It is a pretty incredible place!  You can read about it right here.

Look What the Postman Brought!

We got a sweet little package in the mail last week from our friends at Igloo Letterpress. We met Alison at the National Stationery show in May, and found out she has ties to our home town of Columbia. She grew up here, and learned all about letterpress from her grandfather who ran a couple of presses, the ones Alison uses now. She was so sweet to send us a couple of his old printing blocks with some vintage Mizzou logos. How cool is that?!

Thanks Alison! We can’t wait to try printing with them! Mizzou-rah!!!

Renegade Craft Fair 2011

We did it.  The Chicago Renegade Craft Fair is in the books, and we’re chalking it up as a success.  It was two days of non-stop work, and we came home exhausted, but it was an incredible experience! Seven blocks of Division Street were shut down for the whole weekend as 300 vendors set up shop.  And the people came.  Lots of people came.

This was our first time at a big outdoor show, and we were prayin’ that it wouldn’t rain, because rain and paper products wouldn’t exactly get along.  The weekend turned out to be BEAUTIFUL.

Our 2012 Calendar was on full display, and customers seemed to love it!  In fact, we sold every last one that we took with us, and people were asking for more.

Our booth was busy the entire time.  SO many people came by, and it was great talking to our customers.  We love getting feedback on our work, and seeing people’s reactions when they come in.  Since we sell so much through Etsy and wholesale we don’t often get that face to face time with the people who are actually buying our products.  We loved it!  Thanks to those of you who stopped in to do a little shopping.

We all took turns sneaking away from our booth to do some shopping of our own.  It was fun to re-connect with friends that we’ve made through doing the Renegade Holiday show the past couple of  years.  We also got to meet a lot of new people who I’m sure we’ll be crossing paths with in the future.  It is pretty awesome to be a part of the Renegade community – there is a lot of amazing talent out there!

Of course, we made a stop at the Renegade Handmade Store, which makes it’s permanent home on Division Street, and we left them with a brand new batch of 1canoe2 products.  Bonus points if you can spot our thank you notes in the display above.

What a great weekend!  Thank you to everyone who came to see us.  We love sending our letterpress goodness out into the world.  And, a  big huge thanks to the Renegade gang for making this gigantic event happen.  I can’t imagine all of the hard work and organization it takes to pull off a big event like this.  Good job.  We’ll be back.

:: Carrie ::

Renegade Craft Fair!

Next weekend we’re taking this show on the road, and heading up to Chicago for the Renegade Craft Fair.  We have a lot to do to get ready, including printing the last two colors on some brand spankin’ new designs.

We have participated in Renegade’s holiday sale for the last two years, but we have yet to experience the full fledged, original, close down the street and let the whole city in, big craft fair.  Those guys and gals in the Renegade gang sure do know how to throw a great event.  The fair will stretch for seven city blocks and include 300 booths!  We’re pretty pumped to be a part of it.  And, we’d be SO thrilled to meet some of you, our readers.  If you are in the Chicago area next weekend, come on down to Division Street in Wicker Park and say hello.  We’ll be in booth #131, between Wood and Paulina Street , waiting for you.



Carving the Mountains

I happened to run across this video the other day, and it stuck with me, so I thought I’d share it with you all.  The Longboard Girls Crew is a group of international girls who just love to skate together.  A simple idea, but amazing to watch.  It looks like SO much fun, and it makes me wish I knew how to skateboard.  I guess growing up in a house on a gravel road has it’s disadvantages.  Maybe it’s not to late to learn.  (Don’t let the blood scare you away…you need to watch this)

:: Carrie ::