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Paper Plane

Every once in a while I run across something that totally captures me.

I found one of those things today.

Hand drawn illustrations by Felicita Sala, brought to life through stop-motion animation, for the song Paper Plane by Massimo Giangrande. It’s beautiful, and detailed, and extremely well done.

Just thinking about the time invested in creating something like this makes it even more impressive.

I’m in awe. I hope you like it too…

:: Carrie ::

{tutorial} Painting Blown-out Eggs

It’s that time of year — Easter eggs!! I was shocked last week to find that some of the folks here at the barn had never painted blown-out eggs, something my family has been doing for as long as I can remember. It’s one of my favorite family traditions. Every year my mom pulls out a beautiful glass bowl full of the eggs we’ve painted over the years. It’s so fun to see the watercolor eggs from when I was just a toddler compared to my intricate paintings today.


To see just how much fun this could be, the 1canoe2 crew took an afternoon off to paint some Easter eggs of our own. We had a wonderful time, and so can you! Everything you need to know is outlined below..happy painting!


Here’s what you need:

> Eggs

> Paint (We used acrylic, but you can also use watercolor for less detailed designs)

> Paint brushes

> Bowl

> Pins

> Newspaper (or anything to protect your table from paint!)

First, use a pin to poke out a decent sized hole in each end of your egg. The easiest way I’ve found to do this is to poke several pin-sized holes fairly close together, and then poke out the areas in between to connect all the small holes into one bigger one. Try to keep the edges as clean as possible so the egg doesn’t crack down the sides. If it does, there’s a good chance the shell will crack apart as you try to blow out the center.



Above is a picture of roughly how large the holes should be. If you’re not quite sure, start small. You can always go back and make it bigger if you need to!

After you’ve made a hole in each end of your egg, it’s time to get your bowl and blow out the middle. Warning :: the sound effects aren’t pretty!


If you’re having a hard time blowing out the center of the egg, go back and make your holes a little bigger and try again. You’ll know you’re done when all that you hear coming out of the egg is air. When that’re ready for the fun part. Painting!




Tip :: Q-tips are super handy to have around! If you pull off the puffy ends, you can stick the Q-tip through the holes in the egg (above) so you can paint the entire thing and keep your fingers clean. You can also keep the puffy end on (below) and use it to make perfect little dots!



Voila! You have beautiful eggs to keep for years to come. If you already know you’ll be doing this again and again, try keeping an egg from each year, like my family does! It is such an amazing thing to look back and be able to see the progression of your style and creative ability.

Hopefully this project marks the beginning of a new tradition for us here at the barn…and for you at home! Happy Easter, everyone.

:: Haley ::


Sorry things have gotten a little bit slow here on the blog. It is definitely not a sign that there is nothing going on! The truth is that I’ve been so busy working and painting and making new things that I haven’t had much of a chance to think about blogging. We are gearing up for the National Stationery Show which we’ll be attending in May, and now is crunch time. Here are a few photos of some work in progress, which you can look forward to seeing more of in the future!

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:: Carrie ::

Easter Tulip Glass Toppers


We’re sending you tulips! The hand-painted kind, that is. This year we decided that we’d like to contribute a little beauty to your Easter. Download and print these FREE glass topper place cards and have a beautiful place setting in just minutes.





It’s super easy. Just print the template (below) as many times as you’d like, cut out the tulips, write a name on each, then slip onto your favorite glass. Voila! A festive Easter setting.

Click here to download and print your own Easter tulips. **READ BEFORE YOU PRINT :: When you click above and are led to the download, the image may scale to fit your screen instead of showing the appropriate printing size. If it looks a bit small, try clicking the image once more and it should get bigger.

We want to see pictures of how your table turns out!! Tag us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter and use the hashtag #1canoe2tulips! We can’t wait to see your place settings.

:: 1canoe2 crew ::

A little luck


Last August, I took a two week trip to the Azores Islands in Portugal. 1canoe2 had just moved into the new studio so, naturally, I wanted to bring back something special to hang at the barn. Giving Beth and Carrie their gift introduced them to a fun little fact about myself — I am strangely brilliant at finding four-leaf clovers!

Good Luck from Portugal{Good Luck from the Azores, Portugal}

I’ve been finding four-leaf clovers for as long as I can remember. As a little girl, I would spend hours..literally, hours..sitting in the side yard listening to the Beach Boys and picking four-leaf clovers. It absolutely wowed my mom. Even to this day it never fails to impress anyone who is around. I’m usually just casually walking along, barely looking at the ground, when a four-leaf clover will pop out and catch my eye. I’m not quite sure how to explain it, but that extra leaf is all the detail I need for it to stand out amongst the rest.


I dry them in anything I can get my hands onto to keep them safe — in the pages of sketchbooks, my car manual, in between credit cards in my wallet, anything.

Pressed Clovers

I never really thought that my quirky ability to find four-leaf clovers amounted to much, but it’s been amazing to see the joy it’s brought to others over the years.

My favorite story is about my dad. A couple years ago, my dad was diagnosed with kidney cancer. Thankfully, they caught it early, but he had to have surgery to remove one of his kidneys. A day or so before his surgery, he called with a story he said he just needed to tell me. He had been up at our family farm getting a few last things in order before his operation. He admitted that was feeling pretty nervous about the whole thing that day. We all were! So right before he left, as he was worrying about his cancer, he went to total up the time for some of his workers. He picked up the little blue time book…and four-leaf clovers showered the table. I had worked at our farm that summer and dried dozens and dozens of clovers! Seeing those four-leaf clovers pour so unexpectedly out of that book calmed my dad. He said he took it as a sign that everything was going to be okay, and was so thankful that he ran across them that day. And so am I…he’s now cancer-free!



So keep your eyes open today — you just never know where you’ll find a little luck! Have a wonderful and safe St. Patrick’s Day!!

:: Haley ::

Win a state print!


Our state print collection is finally 50 states strong and DONE! Beth did such a wonderful job and had a lot of fun with the project. You can read all about it here, and even see the very first sketches here.

Now that it’s complete, we thought it’s only appropriate that we celebrate, so we’re kicking off a two-week-long Instagram contest! This is your chance to show off your state and win a print. We want to see the beauty that each state has to offer — every sunset, city, texture, landscape — even a video or two.

So here’s how it works: The contest will run from January 28-February 11. Each state has a template that you can print out. Just cut out the letters, take a picture through the cutout, then upload to Instagram and use your state’s custom hashtag — #1c2stateseries[xx]. For example, all the Missouri folks will use #1c2stateseriesMO while all the Californians will use #1c2stateseriesCA. Entries will be judged on composition and originality, so get creative! As long as the entire state abbreviation is in the picture/video, nothing is off limits!


The lucky winner will get her (or his) state’s print plus a 25% off discount code for her next 1canoe2 purchase. But here’s the really awesome part — the winner also wins 25% off for everyone who entered from the winning state! At the end of the contest, we’ll announce the winner on all of our social media platforms — Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. If you’re from the same state and submitted an entry, you’ll have 1 week to email with a link to your photo and we’ll email you back with your 25% off discount code!

Some of you are probably already planning multiple pictures, right? Well, using a cool new app called Momentage, you can upload as many as you want and have them all show up as one post! Upload pictures and videos, apply filters right from the app, or even record sound to a picture! It’s a really fun app to get to know, and it’ll help you avoid flooding your already beautiful Instagram page with multiple entries. (Entries will be accepted via Instagram and/or Momentage as long as the contest hashtag is used)

photo (@1canoe2 on Momentage)

So now it’s time to pull out the cameras — we can’t wait to see all the fun pictures!!

50 States Strong


North Dakota prints are hot off the letterpress, and you know what that means — the entire state print collection is finally done!

The states print project started more than 5 years ago. Before I moved back home to Missouri, when I worked as a news graphics designer at the CBS affiliate in Nashville, TN. Every morning, I went to the morning news meeting to hear the day’s headlines and to get an idea of what maps, mugshots, or info graphics might need to be made to illustrate that day’s news. I was mostly a casual observer of these meetings, so I often started doodling in my work’s sketchbook. I drew this shape of the state of Tennessee without any agenda. I often made maps of individual Tennessee counties for the evening’s news. (As a useless knowledge by-product, I can now name all 95 Tennessee counties.) Only a year or so later, when scouring the sketchbooks for ideas for my new letterpress, did the idea to marry the words to the beloved “Rocky Top” and this little shape come to mind.

I remember showing the Tennessee print to Carrie, who said jokingly “Are you going to do all 50?” I responded flippantly: of COURSE not. That is crazy. Four years later, I have drawn all 50 states. Sometimes more than once, as I usually change the lettering or colors or drawing just a bit when we sell out of an edition.

For me the most fun part of the project is coming up with the sayings. Specifically, all the memories I have of sitting in coffee shops, in airports, and in the car on road-trips with some of my favorite people and laughing and brainstorming the wordings. I have heartily laughed about Wisconsin’s phrase, agonized over California being too “Northern California,” and thoroughly enjoyed getting feedback from all of you on the more obscure states and sayings. It has been a truly shared effort, and that has been the real reward. Well, seeing it printed in Southern Living magazine was pretty great, too.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed insider info on specific states, purchased the prints for their homes or their loved ones, and for sharing the love all around. The state series has been with us from the very beginning…since before our first calendar, before we worked in our “dream barn,” before we could even quit our jobs to pursue our dreams full time. It feels great to have completed this huge project, but it feels even better to know that we did it together! Now, I guess I need to work on the District of Columbia. Guam, anyone?


P.S. Care to see the VERY old blog post with the very first Tennessee sketch?

Happy New Year!


It may be a couple days late, but, Happy New Year!

After a busy December, we all took some time during the holiday season for some rest and relaxation, and we hope that you did too! 2013 was fantastic for us – we are thrilled with the growth and success that we saw this past year. With the start of the new year we have been talking and dreaming and scheming all about our plans for 1canoe2, and we can’t wait to get started! We are hoping that your year is off to a great start as well, and we wish all the best for you in 2014!

We also hope that your holiday season was filled with warmth and love and everything good that the season has to offer! Winter has engulfed us in full force here in Missouri. Our Christmas season was cold and snow-filled, the way it should be!

One of my Christmas highlights this year, which I hope becomes a yearly tradition for my family, was attending the Lighted Tractor Parade in the small but mighty town of Centralia, Missouri, which is about 20 miles away. It’s a small town in the center of a true farming community, and the parade was SO much fun. Everyone gathers around the town square, most people just park their pick-up trucks and sit on the tailgate, as a parade of highly decorated and electrified farm machinery makes their way through town. It was a little bit cheesy, kind of funny, but all together awesome. Nothing says Merry Christmas like a tractor pulling a grain auger decorated like a candy cane! A true way to celebrate Christmas in the country.

And, don’t you worry, I took pictures.

Merry Christmas!!!!





:: Carrie ::

:: Thankfulness ::

1canoe2 team

Happy Thanksgiving!

We hope this holiday finds you well! We also hope that you are able to spend it with friends and family, and that you are able to enjoy all of the good things that come with being with the people that you love! We know that it is important to be thankful all year long, but it sure is nice to have a special day that is meant for reflecting on the wonderful things in our lives – and, we have SO much to be thankful for!

We were talking this week at the office about this very topic, so I wanted to share with you just some of the things that a few of us here are counting as blessings this year!

Beth says, “I’m thankful for the barn, and all the amazing people who work under it’s tin roof. For Amelia and her sweet spirit. She makes me smile all the way to my toes. For the opportunity to have work that we love and that is meaningful.”

Zach keeps it simple, but we know he has a big heart! He is thankful for Instagram (he really does love it!), empty movie theaters, and his family.

Haley says, “I’m extremely thankful for my two older brothers. They’ve changed tires, replaced headlights, and helped me understand countless math problems and tax forms. They’ve both opened their homes to be my (rent-free) summer housing, even letting me bring along a puppy in potty training. Plus, I can’t even begin to count how many delicious meals they’ve made or paid for. Thanks for being so awesome, Brad and Matt!”

Amy tells us that she is “Thankful for my grandma’s green jello mold. Reserved for the cranberry sauce every thanksgiving. My favorite as a little girl! It’s the only thing that I wanted when she passed in June. Also, I’m thankful for seasons. Life and weather. Joyful for each one and the “sun” and “showers” that each one bring.”

There are many things that I am thankful for this year, but I’m most thankful for my super awesome family that I can always count on, for ANYTHING. For the incredible team that we have stitched together who make coming to work so much fun. And, for a God full of love that always provides me with what I need (and, who is teaching me to be very, very patient).

Here’s to a holiday full of gratitude!

happy thanksgiving

What are you thankful for this year?

:: Carrie ::