The week before New York International Gift Fair. Should I be more nervous? Nah.


Last week we were frantically packing, spray gluing, sawing, painting, and sewing to get everything ready to go into the big ole’ crate. Then Thursday, with a sigh of relief, we watched the UPS truck pull away with that big old crate. I was thinking that this week would be a bit more laid back. Ha!


Here’s a snapshot from the week:


Pot Roast in the oven = epic fail.
Yesterday our new most awesome intern, Haley, started working. After much floundering on my part to meet her at my house, she arrived there 20 minutes before me. “go ahead and go in and make yourself at home,” I said. She walked in and proceeded to pick up the contents of our kitchen trash can which had loving been strewn across the floor by Walter, our little Boston Terrier. Oh, and I had been attempting a new recipe for supper, which was being incinerated in the oven, so the house stunk like burned Dr. Pepper and chipotle peppers. “Hi, new intern, we are so professional here at 1canoe2 industries. Please be my house maid, and suffer my personal kitchen nightmares.” Great start.


Actually, though, I’m not too stressed, and I just have a few things to wrap up, like picking up the catalogs from the printer, buying an extra toothbrush, scheduling our airport transport, and packing my wardrobe.
Here’s my packing list so far:

  • Saturday: old levi’s, long-sleeve t-shirt, black fleece vest, tennis shoes
  • Sunday: new skinny jeans, new black Gap shirt, long brown sweater, tall boots
  • Monday: black striped dress, hot pink cardigan, colored tights, black flats
  • Tuesday: black pants, rainbow shirt, camisol, black thick shoes
  • Wednesday: trouser pants, black cotton shirt, green sweater
  • Thursday: new jeans, boots, coral striped shirt, black blazer
  • Friday: black leggings, ??? Purple shirt, grey skirt, camisole
  • Extras: black sweaters, pajamas, t-shirts

Yeah, I had to plan out my outfits, because I’m wardrobe-challenged. I hate all of my clothes. You try finding a black blazer that fits a 6’ tall, ample-chested lady (I use the term loosely) and does not look like a funerary tent. I need to be on “what Not To Wear” Seriously. I could wear sweats for a month or two so they can get all that bad b-roll video that the show as the “before”.


New York Holga Print

Awesome NYC photos by Scottography on Etsy.


Anyway, we’ll be in New York City on Friday! We’re so excited, and I, for one, am 200% less terrified than when we went to the Stationery Show last May. I’m not bringing a 4 month old baby and my mom, for starters. And we know what to expect a little more. We’re hoping to meet lots of interesting and cool people, and have dinner at some fun restaurants. We’re taking suggestions!

Here’s how excited Karen is about going to New York:

We’ll be back next week with some NYIGF updates and post-show breakdowns.