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National Stationery Show Preview

We have been absent from the blog recently, and we apologize.  But, don’t think that things haven’t been happening!  We have actually been busy.  Really busy.

This weekend we are jetting off to New York City for one of our biggest adventures yet.  We are taking the plunge and setting up as vendors for the first time at the National Stationery Show.  You can find us in booth #1055 at the Javits Convention Center this Sunday, May 15th through Wednesday, May 18th.

Last week we shipped off a pallet loaded with most of our supplies and inventory for our booth.

How do you prepare for a national trade show?  Well, let us tell you, it is a lot of work.  Here are some things we’ve been doing…

::  Designing and printing lots of new products.

::  Designing and producing (if we do say so ourselves) a top notch, colorful, glossy, informative, can’t take our eyes off of it press kit to hand out to potential clients.

::  Making decisions about…lighting, flooring, wall materials, display options, colors, shelving, advertising options…and the list goes on.

::  Tracking down furniture that will work in our booth and is portable enough to ship to the site.

::  Consulting with several like-minded creative types who have gone before us.  The information we have gained from them has been invaluable!

::  Booking airline tickets and tracking down a place to stay in NYC.

 

Yes, it has been a lot of work.  But, we can’t wait to go and see how all of our hard work pays off!

Here is a sneak preview at a few of the new products that we’ve recently completed, which we will be debuting next week at the show.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s to a great first show, meeting new people, and successful navigation of the NYC subway system!

We’ll be back with a recap when we get home!

Carrie

This Week in the Art Room

At our school we have a big multicultural celebration coming up.  Each grade is studying a different continent or country, and we’re doing a bunch of art projects to go along with what the kids are studying.

My first graders are super lucky.  They’re learning about Australia.  Australian Aborigines are those people who are native to Australia, and they make some pretty cool paintings.  They like dots…lots and lots of dots.  So, we made dots too…lots and lots of dots.

Lots and lots of dots, in lots and lots of colors.

 

We’re thrilled with how these turned out, the kids did such a great job!  They’re going to look incredible when they are all hanging up together.  Makes me happy just to look at them!

 

:: Carrie ::

 

Outlaws of the Wild West

It’s in the shop!  Our latest print, Outlaws of the Wild West.  We’re pretty excited about it, and we think you’ll like it too.  Sixteen of the biggest and baddest outlaws the wild west ever saw.

Train robberies, gun fights, stagecoach heists, and cold blooded murder.  These guys (and gals) didn’t mess around.  

This is Butch Cassidy and his gang.  Don’t let their fancy suits and neatly groomed mustaches fool you, they have guns, and they’re not afraid to use them.

 

This is Black Jack Ketchum.

He was a big time train robber.  I mean big time.  He was caught and sentenced to death by hanging.  Ouch.  His last words were “Let ‘er rip!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And this, my friends, is the legendary Jesse James.

Born in Clay County, Missouri, but known around the world.  He was the leader of a gang.  Altogether they robbed 12 banks, 7 trains, and 6 stagecoaches for a total of over a quarter million dollars.  Jesse’s father was a Baptist minister.  I bet he didn’t approve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And, here’s some shots of my sketchbook, where our design started taking shape.

Gotta get those mustaches juuuuuust right.

 

From the portraits to the lettering, everything about this print is hand drawn before putting it all together, and printing it on our Chandler & Price Letterpress.

 

Outlaws of the Wild West, 11×14 inches. Printed on bright white Cranes Lettra Letterpress paper with brown and light blue ink.

:: Carrie ::

During the Day I…

Teach art to about 600 elementary school students.  It’s an adventure, to say the least.

[(6 classes per day) + (art supplies)] ²  · 600 kids =

600 future Picassos —  (1 tired teacher + 1 messy room) ³

 

I do feel like my school days are a complicated math problem that I have to figure out as we go. And sometimes, I’m amazed to find at the end of the day that we actually did accomplish everything that was planned.  Sometimes even in one piece!

We move at breakneck speed most of the time.  50 minutes to…

Welcome to art!…keep your hands to yourself!…listen to directions!…put on your aprons!…pass out the paint and brushes and water!…write your name on the back!…don’t spill the water!…Oops, you spilled the water!…share with your neighbor!…NOT TOO MUCH GLUE!…aww, you got paint on your face!…GOOD JOB! now, go wash your hands!…help clean up!…hurry! there’s another class waiting in the hall!…

But, the good thing is that I’m inspired and entertained all day long by some great kids, who create some awesome work.  And, we have a pretty amazing room to do it all in.  Here’s a look into our world.

No, this is not a party!  Serious work goes on in here!

Carrie

The Weddin' Season is a Comin'

It’s that time of the year.  Spring weddings are right around the corner, and preparations are being made.  We’ve printed our share of wedding invitations, and it is always nice to be able to help out on someone’s big day!

This time it is extra special.  Some wedding invitations for a cousin that is near and dear to the heart, but far away on the map.  Thank goodness she’s comin’ home to Missouri to tie the knot.

Carrie

A White Christmas on the Prairie

It’s January, I know.

Christmas is so 2010.

But lets reminisce  for just a moment.

We were lucky enough in Mid-Missouri to get a WHITE Christmas this time!  It doesn’t happen every year, but this year it did, and it was beautiful!  A fresh blanket of snow.  Sometimes snow storms on the prairie can be brutal.  Think wide open spaces, with no wind block.  The wind can drift the snow like you wouldn’t believe, and getting snowed in is a real possibility when the drifts cover the roads.  Actually that’s kind of fun.  But that’s not the kind of storm we got this time.  This time we got a nice even blanket of snow, which makes for some perfect skiing conditions!

Huh?

Yep, you heard me, skiing on the prairie.  There really are a lot of benefits of having access to farm equipment.  And, lucky for you, we made a fun little movie!

Hope you had a Merry Christmas!

And here’s to more adventures in 2011!

Something Big is Happening Today!

We’ve known about this for a while now, but today is the day.

Today 1canoe2 is the featured seller on Etsy!    We are pretty excited, and really feel honored that we would be picked out of the who-knows-how-many other incredible shops are out there.  Thanks Etsy!

And since we are going to have a lot of visitors today we thought we’d share some more photos.  A couple of weeks ago we were visited by the lovely Donna Boucher, aka Miz Booshay.    We are big fans of her photography, and were thrilled that she brought along her camera.  She has such an eye for using natural light, her photos are beautiful, just like her heart!

Our presses are located in Carrie’s family’s big red barn.  If you are ever in or around the Columbia, Missouri area, you probably know where this is.

Operating the press and feeding in each paper is often times a two person job.

Hot off the press, literally!

Renegade Holiday Sale

For the second year in a row we decided to make the trek up to Chicago to be a part of the Renegade Holiday Craft Fair, and it turned out to be a GREAT weekend.  Since Beth is just a few weeks out from having her baby, she decided that it might be best to stay home where she could get a little more rest.  I (Carrie) was obviously a bit disappointed to be going without my sidekick, but we all knew that it would be for the best.  So I recruited a team.  They dubbed themselves The A Team.  And they were awesome.  The line-up…Karen, (sis-in-law), and Dustin and Melissa (brother and sis-in-law).

We left Mid-Missouri early on Friday evening.  Everything was going great until we got to central Illinois and ran straight into a snowstorm.  For about 200 miles we averaged maybe 35 mph.  Dustin handled it great…and the van pulled us through.  We rolled into Chicago safe and sound around 3:30 am.  Ouch.

Saturday morning we drug ourselves out of bed and headed straight to the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse to set up for the fair.

Our booth location was great this year.  We were lucky enough to be in the auditorium on the end of a row.

Karen and Melissa did an awesome job of helping set up the booth.

It’s a challenge to fit everything into a 6×6 ft. space, but we made it work!  It is really crazy to think about how much we’ve done in a year.  I feel like this year we had twice the amount of products to put on display than we did last year.

Attendance was great, and we got such a great response from all the fair goers who passed by our booth.

We were also directly across from some awesome entertainment.  Dustin taking in the sweet sounds of the record players…

Saturday night we went out for some deep dish Chicago pizza at Lou Malnati’s.  It was SO good, but we were SO tired.  We went back to our home away from home and crashed.  We were lucky to stay in a really great location not too far from where Renegade took place.  The street was so pretty in the snow!

We were back at it on Sunday for day 2 of the fair.  It was a lot of fun looking around at all the other booths, and meeting other vendors.  So many talented people!

Christmas in Chicago!

On the way out of town on Monday morning we stopped at Millennium Park to see the giant bean sculpture.

Always a fun place to take pictures!

A BIG HUGE thanks to the team for all the work that made the weekend a success!

1canoe2 ♥ Chicago

We’re a match made in heaven!

We have SO much to tell you about the Renegade Holiday Craft Fair this past weekend in Chicago.  Let’s just say that we were overwhelmed and encouraged by the great response we got from everyone who stopped by to see us.  We were also excited to get some love on the Renegade blog today!

More about our weekend and lots more pictures will be coming soon!