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1canoe2 + NYC


We are back from a hard-working week in NYC! This past week was the NY NOW gift show at the Javits Center on the western edge of Manhattan.


It was a whirl-wind of a week, as always. Thanks to all of you who stopped by our booth, made orders, and said such nice things! We can’t wait to send out your packages!


It’s great to be back home, and back to our slower pace of life, but I never leave the Big Apple un-inspired! I made it a point this time to take in some sights that I’ve always wanted to see, but just haven’t had time for in past trips. The list included a visit to the American wing at the  Metropolitan Museum of Art (a FAVORITE place!), visiting the dinosaurs at the American Museum of Natural History, and a ferry ride to Liberty Island to gaze up at Lady Liberty.


This city is so full of incredible, awe-inspiring sights!

:: Carrie ::


In The Big Apple

I’m glad that these big trade shows take place in New York because it is such a fun place to visit! Unfortunately Karen wasn’t able to join us on this trip, because, well, she had a baby the day before we left. That’s right! It’s a boy, and he’s adorable. My first nephew. We are all excited about that, and Karen and the baby are both doing fantastic.

So, knowing that Karen would be out of commission, we recruited some help. A few extra hands to make things easier. This time our 1canoe2 crew included our good friend Lily, Beth, myself, and our employee Zach. An all-star team if I ever did see one. Yes, we spent a great deal of time working our tails off, but of course we also went out and enjoyed some things in the city!

We did a little bit of wandering through a couple of pretty great art museums. Zach and I made a quick visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art one morning during the week, and then we all took a trip to the Museum of Modern Art right after the show closed on Wednesday.

Such a great decision. We all loved it.

I don’t know how much you have studied art history, or if you are familiar with many of history’s greatest artists, but it is kind of a thrill to come face to face with a renowned piece of artwork.

Lily’s favorite is Mark Rothko and his large color fields.  I have to agree with her, they’re pretty great.

Andy Warhol liked to make portraits of famous people. Here’s Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong. I’m not so sure he and I would agree on a lot of issues, but Warhol definitely made a statement with this one. It’s iconic, and huge, and it’s also banned from art galleries in China. Hmmmm.

Zach came face to face with a giant Jackson Pollock painting, and was really happy about it. Pollock’s paintings may look like a mess, and well, they kind of are, but he was an interesting character. And, he started the whole Abstract Expressionist movement. A pioneer, definitely. You should get to know him.

And who could forget about that crazy, but very talented guy, Vincent Van Gogh?

I love seeing his work in person. So much texture. He literally spread the paint on his canvases – it’s so thick. And he wasn’t afraid of using bright colors.

You probably know this one, don’t you? Starry Night. There it is! Just hanging on the wall. You can literally walk right up to it. Just don’t try and touch it. They don’t like that.

Aside from visiting the museums we found some time to stop in a couple of stores that carry our products. It’s always fun to see our work on the shelves! We also did a little shopping, and we ate some fantastic dinners at some great restaurants. I think we all agreed that our favorite was Momofuku. So good.

If you ever go, just make sure to order the pork buns.

You’re welcome.

:: Carrie ::

NYIGF: Mission Accomplished


We just got back from our week in NYC for the New York International Gift Fair, and we’re a little tired, but more importantly we’re feeling like we had a really successful week!


We spent the majority of our time here, in the Javits Center, where the show took place. We’ve done shows here a handful of times now, but for some reason, I never really appreciated the beauty of the building until this trip. Its a HUGE conference center, but the main entry way is gigantic and made entirely of glass.


Here’s our booth! We had a great response to our new greeting card collection, and our new recipe cards and recipe box were a huge hit. Hopefully they will be coming to a store near you!

Thanks to those of you who stopped by, and especially to those of you who made orders. We can’t wait to send out your packages!

:: Carrie ::

Introducing Our New Hand-Painted Greeting Card Collection!

We’re off to New York City this weekend where we’ll be setting up shop at the New York International Gift Fair. We are happy to let you know that we will be debuting a whole new collection of greeting cards at NYIGF! You may remember back in November I told you that I had been working hard on a big project – well here it is! We have 48 NEW cards, for all occasions, all illustrated by hand. Here are just a few of them…

We hope you can find one to suit all of your occasions. You can see the entire collection in our shop!

What Would we do Without Boys, Tractors, & Trucks?

It’s mid January, which means we have packed up our big huge crate with everything that makes up our trade show booth. It’s shipping out to New York City this week for the January edition of the New York International Gift Fair, and we’ll be following behind in just a few days.

We did a little maintenance to the bottom of our crate, and added some reinforcements. There’s no telling exactly what that big box goes through from the time it leaves our barn to when we are reunited with it in NYC. Then, of course, it has to make the return trip back home. Lots of picking up and moving around by guys driving fork lifts (sometimes seemingly a little out of control) who might not be as gentle with it as we are. It’s usually a little worse for wear by the time it makes it all the way back to us.

And how did we load up that big box into the back of the freight truck? With a back-hoe, of course. I mean, if it’s available, we might as well use it. One of the benefits of running a small company right in the middle of a big farming operation is the use of heavy equipment.

A friend of ours commented that “it’s nice to have boys, tractors, and trucks to help with this stuff.” Absolutely. I couldn’t have said it any better.

A BIG thank you to my dad and my brother Mike for helping us out!

:: Carrie ::