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1canoe2 on Ice!


A couple of weeks ago we all took an afternoon and shut down the office to get out and have a little fun! We all worked so hard during the holidays, and we are so thankful for our crew and the work that they do, and we decided  that some play time was in order. When the idea of an afternoon of ice skating was brought up, everyone was all for it, so we headed straight for the ice rink!


Look at the joy in those faces!!


And, Kate!!! What?! Spinning and jumping and making the rest of us look like such amateurs.


It’s official, we have Olympic fever – can’t wait to watch the competition in Sochi!


Before heading home we made the required stop at Central Dairy for some ice cream. THE best ice cream counter around. SO many flavors!


Ice skating, ice cream, and some quality time spent with some of the best people around! An afternoon well spent!

Here’s a little highlight reel. We all had a bunch of fun, even though some of us are much more graceful than others…

:: Carrie ::



Mountain Tops and Giant Trees


Last week I took off on a little get-away to the west coast! My first stop was San Diego, to take part in a friend’s BEAUTIFUL wedding. After a weekend spent on the beach, catching up with friends, and celebrating a marriage, I headed  north into the Sierra Mountains. I met up with our good friend Abby, for several days of hiking, tromping around mountain streams, and sleeping under the stars. We visited three national parks – Kings Canyon National Park, Sequoia National Park, and we spent four days backpacking in Yosemite. It was fantastic. All of it. So beautiful. We felt really tiny walking among the 2500+ year old giant sequoia trees, and we couldn’t get enough of the view down into Yosemite Valley from the top of El Capitan. I’ve never seen so many stars in a night sky as I did from our backcountry campsites, and we wore blisters on our feet carrying our 40 pound packs up and down switchbacks over miles and miles.

But, it was so worth it.

I get asked all the time, “what inspires you?” and “where do you get your ideas?” Those are really big questions, and there are many answers, but I can say without a doubt that it’s in places like this, far away from the busy nature of our daily lives, deep in the heart of a beautiful place, that I feel most relaxed and come away feeling completely re-charged. I guess you could say that I like solitude. I did my best to soak it all in, so that I can draw from it later.

Here are a few things we saw…and, don’t be surprised if some of this shows up in my work sometime down the road!

indian rock








indian rock




What inspires YOU? Where do you like to go, and what kinds of things help you find that feeling of being full and re-charged?


To Abby…Thanks for being the best adventure-seeking-star-gazing-not-afraid-of-heights-joke-cracking-tent-sharing-fun-to-be-with friend I could ever ask for. And, thanks for always having band-aids. I don’t know why I never pack them. Where should I meet you next? Alaska? I can’t wait!

To Mei Ling and Rick…Thanks for asking me to be a part of your wedding weekend. Everything was beautiful, and what a FUN time! Prayers for lots of happiness, and a lifetime together! Love you guys!

♥♥ Carrie

First Annual 1canoe2 Day of Fun on the River!

We have a pretty great crew of people who help keep things at the 1canoe2 HQ running like a well-oiled machine. They’re awesome, we couldn’t do what we do without them, and we like to treat them well. This week we all took a day off, piled in a couple of cars, headed south and spent the day soaking up the sun from some canoes on the river!

Are you guys ready?!

We are so lucky to have some really beautiful spring fed rivers here in Missouri, and on a warm summer day there is no place better. It’s true.

Skipping rocks, catching craw-dads, and swimming in the ice cold water – what a relaxing and fun day!

Thank you Kate, for snapping some photos, and risking your camera on the open water!

And to the whole 1canoe2 crew – Thanks for being so awesome! We hope you enjoyed your day out of the studio, and we CAN’T WAIT for the second annual day of fun on the river. It’s only going to get bigger from here!

Where Are You Gonna Be This Weekend?

We’ll be in one of our favorite cities…Chicago! We’re setting up shop at the Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market, and we couldn’t be more excited! It really is one of our favorite weekends of the whole year. The Renegade crew always puts on a great event! We’re looking forward to a cozy weekend at the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse, and of course, we plan on doing a little holiday shopping of our own. We’ll be in the main auditorium, booth #5, right next to our hometown girl, Lily Dawson Designs. If you live in Chicago, or anywhere near Chicago, we EXPECT you to come. Really. Please don’t disappoint us.


I spent this past week in Oregon, and I think I’m officially in love with the Pacific Northwest.  I went to visit one of our best friends Abby, who moved there a little over a year ago. You might remember that last summer I went along with Abby on her drive westward. We turned it into an epic three week road trip that included lots of camping and hiking in some of the most beautiful places our country has to offer. It was unforgettable.

So last week I hopped on a plane to Portland, sleeping bag and tent in tow. We packed up the car and headed to central Oregon.

We camped by a lake, pumped water from a mountain stream, cooked on a camp stove, hiked to the most beautiful waterfalls that I have ever seen, hoofed it to the summit of a real big mountain, and maybe got a little too close to a forest fire. It was beautiful, relaxing, and exactly what I needed.

Here are some things we saw…

Seriously. So amazing!

This may have just become an annual event. We’re already talking about where we want to go, who we want to bring along, and what we want to do next year. Alaska? Canada? Grand Canyon?

Feel free to throw out some ideas. Tell me about beautiful places you’ve been that shouldn’t be missed. You should know that we aren’t afraid to get dirty, we like some physical exertion, and going several days with no shower isn’t really a problem (just as long as there’s a hot shower and a big meal waiting at the end).

:: Carrie ::


NYIGF: The Last Day

It’s been a busy, busy week at NYIGF! I think we are kind of getting the hang of this trade show thing. This is the fourth time we’ve shown our goods at a major show, and every time we build more and more on what we learned the time before.  We’re learning how to promote ourselves, and sell our products. Although, I still have a hard time tooting my own horn. I definitely would not call myself a natural salesperson. I can only take so much time in the booth, talking it up, before I have to go find somewhere a little more quiet. Karen and Beth, on the other hand, are top notch. Way to go you two! Once again, that’s why we make a good team.

But, here’s probably the best thing we have learned in the last couple of years. It has nothing to do with selling products. We’ve learned that on the last day of the show, when everyone starts the madhouse of disassembling the booths to pack up as fast as humanly possible, that it is best to just leave the Javits Center for a few hours. Take a break. Go do something fun. Then, come back later, and hopefully the crate will have been delivered to the booth site, and we can pack up everything in a bit more peace and quiet. Really, this has made our last day SO much better.

So, that’s what we did. The show closed at two o’clock.  We did some light disassembling, and packed a few small things, then we got the heck out of there. Where did we go, you ask? Well, this crew headed on down to 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

30 Rock. The home of NBC. The Today Show. The NBC Nightly News.  Saturday Night Live. And…

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon!

We’ve been wanting to get tickets to see Jimmy EVERY time we’ve come to NYC, and finally, after a strategic phone calling plan (yeah, Karen!) we got the tickets. We are all huge fans of the show, and it didn’t disappoint! So much fun! We even got a little screen time, AND some high-fives from Jimmy at the end of the show! Mission accomplished!

Afterward we grabbed a quick dinner, then headed back to the Javits Center to pack everything up into our huge crate. It was a late night, but definitely worth it.

The perfect way to end our week in the city. I’m not quite sure how we’ll top it next time.

:: Carrie ::

Vienna, Austria

For the final leg of our trip Mei Ling and I hopped on a train and traveled from Salzburg, to Vienna.  We’d heard that Vienna is a pretty amazing city, so we were excited to end our trip there.

The best part about Vienna, from our perspective, is that it is where Liz lives!  Liz was another roommate of ours in college, and she’s been all over world since we all graduated.  She’s lived in the Ukraine, in Moscow, in Texas, and now she and her family (!) live in Vienna.  It was great to see her, and Matt, and their little one, Naomi who we got to meet for the first time!  She’s cute as a button.

It rained a bunch while we were in Vienna, but we still got out and did as much as we could.  We climbed up to the top of St. Stephen’s Cathedral to get a view of the city.  Look at the rooftop!  I loved the patterns. Those are ceramic tiles, glazed in all kinds of bright colors.

We visited Schönbrunn Palace, the summer residence of the Habsburg emperors.  It has 1,441 rooms.  Goodness.

We walked through a few of those rooms, but what we liked best was the garden surrounding the palace.  It covers 435 acres and includes hedge mazes, miles and miles of walking paths, a greenhouse filled with tropical plants, an orangerie (for growing oranges, of course) an aviary filled with birds, lots of fountains and pools, and a zoo!  With pandas!

We tried the famous Sacher Torte at Hotel Sacher – Vienna’s special chocolate cake.  Yeah, it was good.

And, we became acquainted with Austria’s favorite soft drink, Almdudler.  It’s similar to ginger ale, but maybe not quite as sweet.  And, it comes in some pretty great bottles.


Salzburg, Austria

If you asked us to name our favorite stop on our trip I think both Mei Ling and I would say that it was Salzurg.  We LOVED it.  Salzburg is a little town just over the border into Austria, in the foothills of the Alps, and it is beautiful!  We loved wandering the little streets and exploring the fortress that sits on the hilltop overlooking the city.

We declared this to be our favorite place in Salzburg…Cafe Tomaselli.  We may have eaten there more than once.

Salzburg is famous for a couple of things.  First of all, it’s the home of that boy genius – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  That kid sure could play the piano!  We visited his house and learned all about him, and even got to see his piano.  But we weren’t allowed to take any photos.  Sorry.

Second of all, Salzburg is famous for being the town that brought us the Sound of Music!  That’s right!  Apparently, Austrians don’t really get excited about this, but I can tell you that Mei Ling and I did.  We learned that the Sound of Music is a (mostly) true story.  There really was a Captain von Trapp, and he did have seven kids, and they did have a governess named Maria.  The Captain and Maria really did fall in love and get married in real life, but their story wasn’t as dramatic and dangerous as Hollywood made it seem.


We visited some of the places that were used as sites for filming the movie.  This is Mirabell Garden, and you might recognize those steps at the far end of the photo.  Did we hop up and down those steps and sing “Do Re Mi?”  You bet we did.

Remember in the movie when the von Trapps hid behind the headstones when they were running away to escape from the Nazis?  That scene was based on this place, St. Peter’s Cemetery.

Yeah, we kind of got into it.

:: Carrie ::


Munich, Germany

Mei Ling and I tried our hardest to talk Kristi into coming with us on the rest of the trip, but she wouldn’t budge.  She said something about being responsible and that she had to work.  I don’t know. We finally gave up and made our way down to Munich.  We were only in Munich for about a day and a half but we crammed in SO much.  We visited Dachau, the first Nazi Concentration Camp established during WWII, which is just outside the city.  Wow.  It was such a somber place, but we were so glad we went. It’s hard to fathom what the people who were held there went through, but walking the grounds and seeing the buildings and reading their stories made it so much more real to us.

Most of our time was spent wandering around the city center.  We climbed to the top of a bell tower to get a good view.

We visited an outdoor market.

We hung out in a Bavarian Palace for a couple of hours.

And we watched some guys surfing in a canal in the big city park, The English Garden.  Crazy, but true!

:: Carrie ::

Cologne, Germany

Well, I know that I promised that I’d give you updates as I made my way across Europe, but I guess I got too caught up in it all, and that didn’t happen, did it? I hope you weren’t too worried about me. The good news is that I saw so many amazing things and I took a bunch of photos!

I think I mentioned that I was traveling with one of my college roommates, Mei Ling. She lives in San Diego now, so any time that we get to spend together is always fun, and especially when we can be together in Europe! When we were in school at Mizzou we actually lived in a house next to campus with five other girls…seven of us!  Today we are scattered all over the world, literally, and it’s not very often that we get to see one another. So, after our time in Amsterdam we hopped on a train to Germany. First stop was Cologne, the home of one of our other former roommates, Kristi!

Reunited!!  So fun!

Kristi gave us the grand tour of her city, and even took us to a 4th of July picnic, complete with live country music.  Felt just like home, sort of, aside from the fact that people around us were speaking German.  We also visited the huge Cathedral, took a cruise up the River Rhine, and got to explore an old castle!

The view from the top of the Cathedral.

The Cathedral was beautiful.  Huge and gothic, but what impressed me the most was the tile mosaic floor.  Everyone else was looking up at the domed ceiling and marveling at the gigantic pipe organ and colorful windows, but I couldn’t stop looking at the floor.

I was also fascinated with the ornate signs on the storefronts and restaurants.

Cruising on the Rhine.

:: Carrie ::