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The National Park Tour Continues

After staying in Seattle for a night we made our way to Mount Rainier National Park.

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Beautiful. Huge trees, moss covered rocks. Everything is so lush and green.

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Mount Rainier is full of surprises. Cloudy overcast days can suddenly turn bright and sunny.

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Rainier has also seen a lot more snow than normal this year. We were expecting to see more wildflowers, but there are still huge piles of snow.

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Mountain Fever

Don’t get me wrong. I love the Midwest. I love letterpress, and I love what we do. But in a different life I’d live in the mountains. There is just something about the crisp air, cold lakes and rivers, and the amazing views that just feels right to me.

Abby and I just returned from a week of backpacking in the backcountry of Glacier National Park, and it was spectacular. I’ll go into more detail later, but for now here are a few photos of some of the things we saw, and places we got to call home for a few days.

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We also got to experience a little winter in the middle of July. After making it out of the backcountry we got to take a trip across the park via the Going-to-the-Sun road. The road actually was just opened two days earlier due to the record breaking amount of snow the park received this year.

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This was July 15th on Logan Pass. Snowballs were thrown.

Tonight we are in Spokane, WA. Tomorrow we continue on to the pacific northwest where we’ll be seeking out some more adventures.

::Carrie::

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Just passing along an update from the road. We’ve been moving right along. Colorado, Wyoming, Grand Teton and Yellowstone, into Montana, and today we arrived at Glacier National Park. We have seen SO many beautiful sights!

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Tomorrow morning we set off on a six day backpacking trip into the backcountry of Glacier. Everything is packed, we think, and we’re looking forward to seeing some parts of the park that not many people get to see. We’ll be off the grid for the next six days, but we’ll check in when we get back to civilization. Probably after we take a long hot shower and eat a real big meal.

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:: Carrie ::

Heading West

Summer is here.  In full force.

In our part of the world that means every time you step out the door you get slammed in the face with a wall of humid, hot, sticky air.  It also means thunderstorms, which I love, as long as it doesn’t get too out of control.  It means wildflowers are blooming, and the corn is growing.  Sometimes if you look close enough you can actually see it grow.  Well, no, not really.  But it seems like it.

 

 

I have spent the last month printing, and printing and printing like CRAZY.  I’ve been trying to get us caught up on all of the production work that needed to be done so we can fill all of the orders from the National Stationery Show.  And also because I happen to be taking off today on a little adventure, well, kind of a big one, and I didn’t want to leave Beth and Karen with my end of the work undone.

 

 

I’m off on a LONG road trip with our friend Abby, who is moving to Portland, OR.  Yay for her!  Sad for us.  Our route is going to take us through Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington, and we”ll finally end up in Oregon.  We’re going to hit up a bunch of the National Parks, and do lots of hiking, including a week long backpacking trip through Glacier National Park in Montana.  The temperature here has been hovering in the mid nineties recently, and I’m packing a down vest, a winter hat, and bear spray.  I hope I have to use the vest and the hat.  I hope I don’t have to use the bear spray.

 

 

I plan on posting pictures and stories of adventure from the road.  If any of you know of any great places we need to stop along the way I want to hear about them!

 

:: Carrie ::

Fun in New York!

Our trip to New York was centered around the National Stationery Show, which was a blast.  But, when the day came to an end we made sure to take advantage of the fact that we were in New York, and found some other fun things to do!  The weather didn’t exactly cooperate.  It rained almost all week, so picture taking opportunities were few and far between, but here is a glimpse into our time away from the trade show.

Amelia visited Radio City Music Hall!

Our apartment for the week was not too far from Rockefeller Center, so of course, we had to pay a visit to Al, Natalie, and Matt!

Karen was really wanting to get on TV, but we just missed it.

I got to celebrate my birthday in the Big Apple!   I wanted cupcakes from the Magnolia Bakery.  Yes, it’s the place made famous by the girls on Sex in the City.  But it is also where Andy Samberg and Chris Parnell ate cupcakes on the way to see the Chronicles of Narnia in Lazy Sunday.

“Two, no, six, no, twelve, bakers’ dozen.  I told you that I’m crazy for these cupcakes, cousin.”

We also squeezed in a Broadway show.  Karen was really excited about seeing Mamma Mia!

The night after the show ended we ate dinner at  Eataly, one of Mario Batali’s resturants.  It was delicious!

On our last day in the city we crossed over the river to Brooklyn to the area known as DUMBO, which stands for  Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass.

Our reason for making the trip into Brooklyn was to visit the Etsy headquarters!  I think this was a highlight for all of us.  It was really interesting to see what goes on behind the scenes, and to actually talk to the people who are the backbone of the whole Etsy community.

When we introduced ourselves as the girls from 1canoe2 they actually knew who we were!  That was kind of an honor considering that there are a gazillion people selling on Etsy, and a ton of really great shops.  They asked for our opinion about certain features on the site and asked if we had any concerns or suggestions on how to make it better.

 

 

 

What a fun trip!  We learned SO much about what it takes to be successful at a national trade show, and we are already talking about how we’ll come back bigger and better next year!

:: Carrie ::

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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!

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!