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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 ::

Home Again, Home Again

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What a whirlwind of a week it has been! We’re home from New York and looking forward to a couple days of downtime before we get back to work.

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We saw so many inspiring things and met so many great people while we were in NYC, and I think it will take a little bit of time before it all sinks in.

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Until then, we’ve got college basketball and the Super Bowl to look forward to. Tonight our Mizzou Tigers (#4) take on the KU Jayhawks (#8) at Mizzou Arena. It’s an INTENSE rivalry that gets rowdy every time, and the hype for this game is huge. It’s going to be a good weekend.

:: Carrie ::

Making an Impression

This weekend I had some help tearing a little old shed down to it’s bare bones.

We stripped the boards off the outside walls, pulled out all the old rusty nails, threw the salvaged wood onto the back of the pickup truck, and took it home.

Why?  Well, we have big plans for this little shed.

1canoe2 is going to be an exhibitor at the New York International Gift Fair in New York City at the end of January.  We went to the Big Apple last May to take part in the National Stationery Show, which was a great experience for us.  We learned a ton.  But we decided that maybe we could find a better niche at the gift show, because we have more than just stationery to offer.

When we were there in May one of the big things we learned is how to really make an impression at a big trade show.  We saw some incredible booths where the exhibitors had put a huge amount of time into planning a display that showed off their product.  We took note.  We immediately had some big ideas of what we would to the next time.

Well, the next time is here.  We’re planning our set up for the gift show and that’s where this little shed comes in.  We’re using the salvaged boards to build the display walls for our booth.  So, why not just go buy some lumber?  Why go to the trouble of salvaging it from an old leaning-over little building?  Well, we decided that we want our potential wholesale buyers to really feel what 1canoe2 is all about.  We want it to  feel like they’re stepping into our studio when they come to visit us.  So, we’re using old weathered barn board.  And as my dad says, “you can’t buy this stuff.”

That’s the plan.  It’s exciting, and a little intimidating.

I’ll keep you updated on the progress.

:: Carrie ::

Happy Weekend!

This week we got our first snowfall of the season!  They say it is going to be a severe winter – get out the boots and hats and let the fun begin!

We spent much of this week recovering from our weekend in Chicago at the Renegade Holiday Sale.  It was a busy couple of days that went by like a flash!  This was our third year participating in this show, and it is one of my favorites, hands down.  I think it is a combination of the hustle and bustle of the city, the big crowd of shoppers full of holiday spirit, and the close (and cozy!) quarters which forces us to get to know our neighbors real well!  For the second year in a row we were placed right next to Nicole from Riproost, which was a fun surprise.   She makes the most awesome boxes from reclaimed wood and found materials.  I think they are pretty great, and so did everyone else.  They were flying off the table!

Our new display set up worked great!  For not having a very large booth area we were able to display everything so that our shoppers could see it all up close and personal.

It was non-stop busy the whole time.  As always, we loved chatting with everyone who stopped by the booth.  If you came by to see us, thanks!

While we were in the big city we made sure to take a little time to stop by Whole Foods.  It’s a great store, we don’t have them where we live, but the main reason we went was to see our products on the shelf!  Last year at the Renegade Holiday show we were approached by someone from the Whole Foods Corporation who asked if we were interested in putting some of our products in their stores.  Fast forward a whole year later, and there they are!  I’ll be honest, it was a thrill for us to see them there!

On the drive home from Chicago we had nice long session of talking shop, scheming, dreaming, and planning for the next couple of months.  We’ve got lots of work to do!

:: Carrie ::

Renegade Holiday Sale

It’s that time of year again!  Time for the Chicago Renegade Holiday Sale!  THIS WEEKEND!

We’re packing up and driving north for one of our favorite weekends of the year.  The guys and gals at Renegade put on such a great event, and we love being a part of it!  Last year was a big success, and we’re hoping for nothing less this time around!  Come see us!

We have several new products that are making their debut!  Our recipe binder would make a great gift for anyone who loves to spend time in the kitchen.  And, our Home Sweet Home print would look fabulous on anyone’s wall.

Hot off the press this week is our bigger, more colorful, and simply more awesome version of our popular Lets Go Ride Bikes print.  And don’t forget to pick up a little holiday card to send to someone special!

We’ve had some help in the wood shop over the last couple of weeks building a brand spanking new display for our letterpress goods.  We’re ready, and we can’t wait to see you!  If you are anywhere near Chicago this weekend come to the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse.  I really can’t think of a better place to shop for the holidays!

:: Carrie ::

 

 

Renegade Craft Fair 2011

We did it.  The Chicago Renegade Craft Fair is in the books, and we’re chalking it up as a success.  It was two days of non-stop work, and we came home exhausted, but it was an incredible experience! Seven blocks of Division Street were shut down for the whole weekend as 300 vendors set up shop.  And the people came.  Lots of people came.

This was our first time at a big outdoor show, and we were prayin’ that it wouldn’t rain, because rain and paper products wouldn’t exactly get along.  The weekend turned out to be BEAUTIFUL.

Our 2012 Calendar was on full display, and customers seemed to love it!  In fact, we sold every last one that we took with us, and people were asking for more.

Our booth was busy the entire time.  SO many people came by, and it was great talking to our customers.  We love getting feedback on our work, and seeing people’s reactions when they come in.  Since we sell so much through Etsy and wholesale we don’t often get that face to face time with the people who are actually buying our products.  We loved it!  Thanks to those of you who stopped in to do a little shopping.

We all took turns sneaking away from our booth to do some shopping of our own.  It was fun to re-connect with friends that we’ve made through doing the Renegade Holiday show the past couple of  years.  We also got to meet a lot of new people who I’m sure we’ll be crossing paths with in the future.  It is pretty awesome to be a part of the Renegade community – there is a lot of amazing talent out there!

Of course, we made a stop at the Renegade Handmade Store, which makes it’s permanent home on Division Street, and we left them with a brand new batch of 1canoe2 products.  Bonus points if you can spot our thank you notes in the display above.

What a great weekend!  Thank you to everyone who came to see us.  We love sending our letterpress goodness out into the world.  And, a  big huge thanks to the Renegade gang for making this gigantic event happen.  I can’t imagine all of the hard work and organization it takes to pull off a big event like this.  Good job.  We’ll be back.

:: Carrie ::

Renegade Craft Fair!

Next weekend we’re taking this show on the road, and heading up to Chicago for the Renegade Craft Fair.  We have a lot to do to get ready, including printing the last two colors on some brand spankin’ new designs.

We have participated in Renegade’s holiday sale for the last two years, but we have yet to experience the full fledged, original, close down the street and let the whole city in, big craft fair.  Those guys and gals in the Renegade gang sure do know how to throw a great event.  The fair will stretch for seven city blocks and include 300 booths!  We’re pretty pumped to be a part of it.  And, we’d be SO thrilled to meet some of you, our readers.  If you are in the Chicago area next weekend, come on down to Division Street in Wicker Park and say hello.  We’ll be in booth #131, between Wood and Paulina Street , waiting for you.

 

 

The Great Road Trip of 2011: beautiful paper, breakfast & bears

The really great thing about selling wholesale is that we get to ship our products to some of the most amazing shops all over the country.  But, what we love even better, is when we are in a place where we actually get to visit one of those shops.  As I was driving across the country a couple of weeks ago I was pretty pumped to visit Missoula, Montana, not only because I had a feeling that it might be a town that I could fall in love with, but because it is the home to one of our retailers, Noteworthy Paper and Press.

As it turns out, Missoula reminds me a lot of my town.  It’s also a college town and seems to have a lot to offer culturally, and it has a vibrant downtown area, much like Columbia.  Unlike Columbia, it is much closer to the mountains.

If only I lived closer to the mountains.

Noteworthy Paper and Press is located on one of the main roads right through the heart of the city, and just a stones throw from the Clark Fork River.  They offer a wide variety of stationery, greeting cards, wedding invitations and other paper goods – and they run an in house press for custom work.  Really beautiful stuff.  1canoe2 is in good company.


We couldn’t resist picking up a couple of things while we were there.  Abby bought a tiny journal to stash away in her backpack so she could record all of the details of our trip into the wilderness and beyond.  Smart girl, because there were some details that we won’t want to forget.  Or, maybe she was thinking, “If we get attacked an eaten by a bear it would be good if we left behind a record of what happened.”

Several people have asked if we ran into any bears, and the answer to that is, yes.

First of all, it’s been a rough summer for hikers and bears.  Early in our trip, when we pulled into Jackson Hole, WY, we were greeted with this:

Yes, the day before we visited Yellowstone a man was killed by a grizzly bear.  This made national news, so of course our crew back home was concerned.  Beth even laid claim to some of my stuff if I should happen to not make it out of the park alive.  Glad to know she was thinking of herself.

Abby and I actually wanted to see a bear.  Not up close and personal, but from a safe distance.  We had a whole list of wildlife that we were hoping to spot, and we were able to check off every single one.  In Yellowstone we saw deer, elk, bison, pronghorn, and a sly little fox.  But we didn’t see a bear.

When we got to Glacier National Park, before we even were allowed into the backcountry, we were required to watch a video about what we should do if we encountered a bear.  Don’t run, back away, and don’t look the bear in the eye.  And, if it attacks, you better hope you have bear spray.  We did, don’t worry.

This is a picture of Abby and I on day 5 of our backpacking trip.  We’re eating breakfast.  It was pancakes that day, and they were delicious.  What you don’t know is about 30 minutes after this photo was taken a grizzly bear wandered into our camp.  Just sauntered on in, smelling everything, looking around to see what was going on.  But, did Abby and I get to see him?  Nope.  We were off brushing our teeth in the designated tooth brushing area.  The rest of our group was pretty excited, and a little freaked out.  We heard the yells and the whistles, but by the time we got there our guide, Corey, had already calmly shooed the bear off on its way.  Apparently the bear sniffed around our tent.  I guess he was looking for us.

So we didn’t see a bear while we were in Glacier, but later that week, as we were driving out of Montana heading west we saw a little black bear along the road.  Not quite as exciting, but we got to check “bear” off the list.

Interestingly enough, Abby and I got to see something that no one else in our group saw that same morning the grizzly bear paid us a visit.  While we were waiting for our pancakes, which were delicious, we walked down to the river to hang out on the suspension bridge.  We just wanted to see what was going on down there, and we saw…

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**If you are planning on visiting Glacier and want to experience something like we did, please check out Glacier Guides.  Abby and I have both backpacked before, and planned our own trips, but since our backpacking week was in the middle of our longer three week trip we decided that it would be easier and more stress-free if we went with a guide service.  We were glad we did!  Glacier Guides was great, and our guide, Corey, was the BEST.  We learned so much from him.  He is super experienced, really knowledgeable about the Glacier area, good at getting rid of grizzly bears, and he makes delicious pancakes.

::Carrie::

The Great Road Trip of 2011: Things that Inspire Me

There sure are some exciting things going on here at 1canoe2. It is a busy season – moving into a new workspace, shipping lots of orders, cranking out new designs, and being featured in a nationally circulated magazine. But, I don’t want to get so sucked into all that we have happening and forget to share with you some more of what we are calling “The Great Road Trip of 2011”.

I’ve always been a nature girl. Give me a creek where I can skip rocks or a campfire to sit by and I’m happy. Give me some paper and a pen and my drawings usually lean toward flowers and trees. The natural world amazes and inspires me, and one goal for this trip was to come home with some inspiration. Mission accomplished.

Here are some things that inspire me:

And, have you ever been to Yellowstone and seen Old Faithful erupt? I shot this video when we visited, and I love the reaction from the people around us. That geyser sure is a crowd pleaser!

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::Carrie::

Home Again, Home Again

During the last few days we visited Astoria, Oregon (one of the most picturesque and adorable towns I’ve ever been to), drove down the Oregon coast, camped by the beach, hiked some amazing trails in the Columbia River Gorge, and soaked up the culture of Portland.

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The past three weeks have been a dream! I have a lot more to share with you, which will come later. Abby and I talked a lot about how lucky we are to be able to take the time to see and experience so many beautiful sights, and to meet some awesome new people. We’re trying to figure out when we can do it again.

We said our goodbyes this morning. Abby starts a new job on Monday in Portland, and I’m on my way home. From what I hear it’s blazin’ hot in Missouri. That might be a shock to this girl, who has been living in a world of perfect weather for the last three weeks. At least I’ll be sleeping in my own bed tonight.

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::Carrie::