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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 ::

Ushering in a new 1canoe2 logo

Where we were:

Back in 2008 when Carrie and I thought it would be a fun little adventure to start an Etsy shop, we had no idea that 1canoe2 would grow to consume both of our fulltime jobs, sell to Anthropologie, and take us to New York 3 times a year.

We debated back and forth about our name, and then I drew up a little logo, and it stuck. End of story. It went like this: I drew up the logo during a meeting at work, e-mailed it to Carrie (I was still living in Nashville), and it was done.

So now that our business is a little more grown-up, we decided to give our logo a little shot of maturity as well.


Designing a logo for yourself is very hard, but at the same time, we couldn’t see ourselves having someone else draw our canoe or the lettering for us. I mean, it’s kinda what we do. So after several unsuccessful attempts over e-mail, Carrie and I sat down for a marathon session of drawing, designing, and hand-wringing, and got it done.

Here it is on some of our collateral material (what we send with Etsy packages and the like).

I should take this opportunity to say that we are working on a BRAND NEW WEBSITE as well. We are so excited! It’s going to have a shop, and a fancy new look that is all about 1canoe2 and you! We’ll share more about that as it gets closer to launch day in a month or so.


On the way home

I’ve been driving past this house for a while. I don’t know about you, but I’m always seeing something while I’m driving, but I’m too lazy/in a rush/don’t have my camera to pull the car over. Today, I pulled it over, jumped over a frozen ditch, picked my way over a huge dirt pile, and took some very quick shots in the razor sharp prairie wind. My prevailing thought was “poor shoe choice”. Ballet flats from work aren’t exactly great for 20 degree mudpie hopping.


The farmer who owns the land has been razing all the trees, which is so sad. This house is so similar to the house I grew up in. It’s sort of haunting to me that it’s falling in so terribly.



The week before a trade show


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.

A Handmade Christmas

For every occasion, my mom always says “Beth, why on Earth would you buy me something? Just make me something!” Because that’s a lot harder, Mom, and I make stuff for you all the time. She will have to settle for handmade by someone, if not her favorite daughter.

Of course we love handmade holiday gifts! We make a living on them, but we like to support other artists as well, and frankly, they’re just so much cooler!

Here are a couple of things I purchased for my nearest and dearest for the holidays (and Amelia’s upcoming birthday. Good thing she can’t read blogs…yet!)

Mr. Sogs, MiChiMaLAND, One Garnet Girl

Alphabet magnets from MiChiMaLAND (been eyeing these for quite a while)

Mr. Sogs’s rainbow monster will be great for Amelia’s rainbow-themed birthday party!

A ring very similar to this from Poppy. (this ring is from OneGarnetGirl)

Kinship Press, Biggs & Featherbelle, All Along Press

Tea Towels from our neighbor at Renegade Handmade Chicago: Kinship Press.

Some Biggs & Featherbelle Soap made a great hostess gift!

A calendar from All Along Press for myself, ahem.

IAmHome, Anna Ourth, Villa Design

A “Fence” wallhanging, also for myself. From IAmHome.

Simple post earrings for Carrie from Anna Ourth.

A sweet little necklace for Karen from Villa Designs

What a great Christmas we had! Next up we’ll have to post some of the gifts we gave other people.

Christmas by the numbers

Hey there! It’s Beth, the slacking member of our blogging team. I’ve been so busy mailing our artwork to our fantastic customers that I have had no time for blogging! I thought I might share a few interesting numbers with you from 1canoe2 this year.

packages sent out on our busiest day


orders we’ve shipped out of my basement studio-turned shipping center


state prints we’ve shipped out since Nov. 1st. (thanks, Southern Living)




the number of people who now know how to run our shipping department


new items in the store this year dreamed up, drawn, and printed by us.


number of trips made to Chicago (and also the number of times that Karen has been to the Windy City, but still not seen anything touristy or fun).

Total full time jobs for Carrie and I at this time last year


Total full time jobs for us this year


Awesome new studio in a different red barn. (Here’s the link)


Hardworking, fun-loving gals who are lucky to have one another.


1canoe2 karen shryock carrie shryock beth snyder letterpress

I’m so glad to be done with the CRAZY shipping that we have been doing since November. We’re so thankful for our faithful followers and fans! You guys are helping us live the dream, piece by piece and bit by bit. I can’t WAIT to start working on all of the new projects we have in mind for next year.

Merry Christmas to all!




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.


2012 Letterpress Calendar! Get 'em while they last!


There have been some sneak peeks of our calendar leaking out ever since the National Stationery Show, but we’ve finally loaunched it in our Etsy shop!

This year was different because we actually designed the calendar in January and printed it in March. Talk about working ahead!


We decided to go with a fun and functional desk calendar this year, and besides some chipper illustrations, one of the coolest and most unique things about this calendar is that it comes with a one-of-a-kind hedgewood stump cut from the fields of the farm where we have our studio. After 2012 has passed you by, you’ll be able to use the stump for photos or cards or recipe cards for years to come!




We really concentrated on the lettering for the months. It’s hard to come up with 12 different styles! And it’s even harder for me not to sing “I’ll be Gone till November honey, gone till November….” the entire time I’m drawing that word.

Here’s a view of all of the designs. See if you can tell who drew what. Here’s a secret: my husband, Jason actually drew one of the months.


Be warned: we only printed 600 of these, and we are NOT reprinting. We’ve already sold more than 200, so get ’em while you can!

Here are the details:

  • 12 months on 6 cards, double sided
  • Printed on luxurious bright white Lettra 110lb cardstock
  • cards measure 3.5 x 5 inches and the wood stump greatly varies, but is about 1 inch thick
  • Limited edition of 600
  • Ships in a cardboard box, with recycled packaging materials