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Monthly Archives: May 2012

Cherry Pickin’

There’s a cherry tree right next to the barn where we work, and it grows the BEST cherries.  They’re the really tart ones that make great pies.  Early this spring it was loaded with blooms, and just a couple of weeks ago all of those blooms had turned to bright red cherries ready for picking.  When the cherries are ripe it’s important to pick them quick, because the birds like them too.  There was plenty to go around…my mom and I both picked buckets full, Beth’s mom came and picked all that she wanted, and a couple of neighbors picked some as well.  Even after that there were still cherries left – most of them high up in the top of the tree where no one could reach.

I decided that a batch of cherry preserves was a must.  As far as jams and jellies go I’m pretty sure that cherry is my absolute favorite.  A little bit of cherry preserves on a hot buttered biscuit is like heaven in my mouth.  Really.

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{Cherry Preserves}

ingredients:

2 lbs. pitted cherries (6cups)

1 (3 1/2 ounce) box pectin

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon butter

3 cups sugar

Place the pitted cherries in a large pot.  Combine the pectin with 1/4 cup sugar and stir into the cherries.  Add butter and bring to a full boil, stirring over high heat.  Add 3 more cups of sugar and return to a boil, stirring constantly.  Boil 1 minute.  Remove from heat and immediately spoon preserves into sterilized jars.  Secure the lids and stand inverted for 5 minutes.  Turn upright and cool.  Refrigerate for up to three weeks, or store in the freezer for up to one year.  Thaw preserves in the refrigerator before using.

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Delicious.  And, I’ve still got a bunch of cherries in the freezer.  There’s definitely a cherry pie or two in the near future.  If anyone has other good cherry recipes to share I’d like to know.  Send them my way!

:: Carrie ::

Happy Memorial Day!

Well, it feels like summer is officially here!  I hope you have enjoyed your day off from work today, but more importantly I hope you’ve at least spent a little bit of time thinking of those who have served in our military, and the sacrifices they’ve made for our country, and for us!

Here in Columbia we honor past and present military service men and women all weekend long – complete with an air show and a parade right through downtown.  It’s great to see all the flags flying around town and I love hearing the low rumble of those old war planes flying overhead.

I’ll speak for myself when I say I always think of my two grandpas on this day.  They both served during WWII, one as a merchant marine, and the other as part of a B-17 bomber crew.  The sacrifices that they made, and the stories that I hear of that time in our history is awe inspiring.

Go thank a veteran!

:: Carrie ::

National Stationery Show :: We Did It!

We’re back home from New York safe and sound!  The Stationery Show was a huge success.  We took lots of orders and made a ton of contacts.  We will have so much to share with you in the near future, but for now, here’s how our week went…

We showed up at the Javits Center on Saturday morning relieved to find our big huge crate still in one piece waiting for us in our booth space.  We spent most of the day unloading it, setting up the walls, and arranging everything to look *just right*.  We added an extra wall for this show, and it worked out great.  Thanks Dad!

Several of our products made their debut at the this week, including our 2013 calendar, and four new notepads.  They got great reviews!  Look for them at one of our retailers and in our online shop real soon!

The show lasted Sunday through noon on Wednesday.  At least two of us were in the booth at all times during the show answering questions, taking orders, and chatting with everyone who stopped by.  It is a lot of fun sharing our story and what we do with everyone who’s interested, but let me tell you, at the end of every day we were exhausted!

When the show wrapped up on Wednesday no one wasted any time in starting to pack up.

In just a couple of hours the Javits looked like this.

For the second time we’ve been lucky enough to find a place to stay that’s just a couple of blocks from the Javits Center.  We rented a small (very small) apartment for the week, which was great.  Being so close made it easy to relax for an hour or so at the end of each day before heading out into the city for the evening.

During the course of the week we visited a couple of retail stores who carry our products.

Cursive is a tiny little stationery and gift shop right in the big bustling hub of the city – Grand Central Station.  There is also a second location inside the beautiful home decorating store ABC Carpet and Home.  1canoe2 will be available in both locations very soon!

We also stopped by the Anthropologie store in Rockefeller Center and look what we spotted on the shelves!!  Our Recipe Binder!  I have to say, it was quite a thrill.  Anthropologie is one of our favorite stores, and to see something that WE MADE on the shelf was so satisfying.

New York is obviously a different world than where we live, but that’s what makes it fun!  Some other highlights included…

Eating.  There’s so much amazing food to eat in New York it can be overwhelming.  We went to the Shake Shack  in Madison Square Park  for burgers, fries and milkshakes.  We had some mouthwatering bar-b-que at Southern Hospitality.  Dos Cominos  in SoHo  served us some fresh guacamole and tacos.  We had a real authentic Italian experience in the lower east side at Lanzas.  We walked a couple blocks from our apartment to  Five Napkin Burger, which  never disappoints.  And, of course, we hit up the Magnolia Bakery for their famous cupcakes.  Yum.

We also hung out with our buddies Ted and Samae from MPix, who we’ve done some design work for.  They treated us to dinner (thanks guys!) at Birreria, the rooftop restraunt at Mario Batali’s Eataly.  So. Good.

It was a whirlwind of a trip!  The crazy thing is, we’ll be doing it again in August when we go back for the New York International Gift Fair.  That will be here before we know it.

:: Carrie ::

Workin’ It

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Day three of the stationery show is in the books. We’ve had quite the week! It’s been so fun catching up with our buyers. I have to say, we get to work with some GREAT shop owners. The best.

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For example, the girls from Social Graces in Nashville came bearing gifts! Some amazing chocolate, handcrafted in Tennessee. Yum.

We’ve also made a lot of new contacts and we are pleased to say that 1canoe2 will be available in many more stores around the country! More on that later.

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We’ve also been catching some sights around the city…

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And eating at good restaurants.

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Tomorrow’s the last day of the show. We hope to wrap everything up and still have a little time to have a last hurrah in the city before we board our plane home on Thursday.

:: Carrie ::

Shakin’ It Up

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It was a long day of set-up, but everything went together nicely. Our booth is lookin’ good! We left the Javits Center exhausted…

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so we headed on down to Madison Square Park and treated ourselves to a little Shake Shack.

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Mmmmmmm…Shake Shack, we love you.

:: Carrie ::

Hello Manhattan!

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We’re back in the big city! It’s the National Stationery Show, and we’re ready to tear it up. Seriously. We’ve been scrambling the past several weeks to get things ready, and now it’s game time.

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We shipped our big crate containing our display last week. It will be waiting in the Javits Center when we get there tomorrow morning for a long day of set up.

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We’ve also been painting signs…

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Designing a fancy new catalog for our wholesale customers…

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And printing lots of new card designs up until the very last minute.

We’re ready for a great week at the stationery show, and for some fun in the city! Who knows who we might meet!

:: Carrie ::

Farmin’ With Brett

We sure have been working hard inside our studio lately, but it’s nothing compared to what’s been going on outside. It’s spring, and that means it’s corn planting season here on the farm! For the past week or so this is what we’ve been seeing right outside our window. The guys have been busy working the soil and planting all those little kernels of corn. That’s my cousin Brett driving the big blue New Holland tractor pulling the big sixteen row planter.

And this is my dad and my brother, Mike. They’re getting ready to take off with those field cultivators to work the soil and prep it for planting so Brett can follow behind with the planter. It takes a lot of hours, and a lot of trips back and forth across the fields to work the ground and put in the crop for the year.

I decided to take a break from the printing press the other day took a little trip out to the field to see how things were going. I caught Brett at the end of a row and hopped in the tractor for a ride.

This was my view from the cab of the tractor. Look at those rows! Straight as an arrow. That’s right.

The field right behind the barn where we have our studio is one of the largest fields that we farm. Some of the rows are a mile and a quarter long! Brett and I calculated that since the planter drops a kernel every 6 inches that there are roughly 13,200 kernels planted per row. I said roughly. Don’t check our math.

And look at this! There are some real high tech things going on inside this tractor. I mean, really, this tractor could plant the field on its own. Brett just rides along to make sure nothing goes haywire. That’s the truth.

Do you want to see what I mean? Of course you do. That’s why I took along my video camera! Get ready for an education…it’s time for another episode of Farmin’ with Brett!

Here we go!

:: Carrie ::

Farmin’ With Brett :: Planting Corn

We sure have been working hard inside our studio lately, but it’s nothing compared to what’s been going on outside.  It’s spring, and that means it’s corn planting season here on the farm!  For the past week or so this is what we’ve been seeing right outside our window.  The guys have been busy working the soil and planting all those little kernels of corn.  That’s my cousin Brett driving the big blue New Holland tractor pulling the big sixteen row planter.

And this is my dad and my brother, Mike.  They’re getting ready to take off with those field cultivators to work the soil and prep it for planting so Brett can follow behind with the planter.  It takes a lot of hours, and a lot of trips back and forth across the fields to work the ground and put in the crop for the year.

I decided to take a break from the printing press the other day took a little trip out to the field to see how things were going.  I caught Brett at the end of a row and hopped in the tractor for a ride.

This was my view from the cab of the tractor.  Look at those rows!  Straight as an arrow.  That’s right.

The field right behind the barn where we have our studio is one of the largest fields that we farm.  Some of the rows are a mile and a quarter long!  Brett and I calculated that since the planter drops a kernel every 6 inches that there are roughly 13,200 kernels planted per row.  I said roughly.  Don’t check our math.

And look at this!  There are some real high tech things going on inside this tractor.  I mean, really, this tractor could plant the field on its own.  Brett just rides along to make sure nothing goes haywire.  That’s the truth.

Do you want to see what I mean?  Of course you do.  That’s why I took along my video camera!  Get ready for an education…it’s time for another episode of Farmin’ with Brett!

Here we go!

:: Carrie ::

1canoe2 on Today

Well, look at this! 1canoe2 Letterpress was on the Today Show!!

That’s right.  Two of our prints, and one of our coaster sets were featured in a Today Show segment on Monday about great gifts for teachers!  It was definitely the highlight of our week!   It was a little bit surreal, but mostly awesome, to see Natalie Morales and Elizabeth Mayhew talking about our work on national television.

We met Elizabeth Mayhew at the New York International Gift Fair back in January in NYC. She was very nice, and very complimentary of our work.  So, when she contacted us last week about featuring us in her segment on Today we were thrilled!   It’s pretty hard to beat exposure like that!

And, in case you missed it, click here to watch the actual segment.

:: Carrie ::

 

The Little House

I’ve talked before about where we get ideas for new designs, and what inspires us, but sometimes it sneaks up and surprises me.  This is a new card that we just designed and finished printing, and obviously you can see that it has a lot of similarities to the cover of “The Little House.”  The funny thing is, I wasn’t really even thinking about this book cover at all when I did the drawing.  It wasn’t until the card was all done that I actually realized how similar it is to the image on the cover of the book.  When I put the two side by side I couldn’t stop looking at them.  It’s like this image was just sitting in my subconscious and found it’s way out.

“The Little House” is a children’s book from the 1940’s, and yes I own this copy, and yes I do love the story and the illustrations.  I used this book a bunch in my classroom when I was still teaching.

It’s a story about a little house in the country.  Slowly over time, other houses and buildings are build up around it until the little house is smack dab in the middle of a big city.  The little house is so sad and depressed until the great-great-granddaughter of the man who built the little house finds it and moves it back to the country where it belongs.  It’s pretty great – a classic.

:: Carrie ::