Wishing peace and joy and happiness for you and your families! Hoping you get to slow down for the next few days and enjoy the things that matter most!
Here’s a little Christmas Eve treat for you! The kid in the star costume is so adorable…
Homegrown in the Heartland
Have a happy holiday weekend everyone! We’re hoping you have a relaxing time with friends and family, and are able to enjoy all that the season has to offer! Last year we had a white Christmas, which we took full advantage of! It doesn’t look like snow this year, but that doesn’t mean there will be any less Christmas spirit! Here are a few things to get you in the mood…
I’ve been listening to this album for the last couple of weeks. It’s my favorite this year!
Christmas around the world.
Love this wrapping paper.
This would be a yummy Christmas breakfast.
I’m not over the top glittery and glitzy and glamourous, but I do like sparkly things in small doses. Especially at Christmas time.
And, especially when those things are gold.
Some gold things that I noticed this week…
And, do you know what else is gold? Beth’s Emmy.
True story! Beth has an Emmy, and it’s real. Seriously. She won it back in her days working at good ‘ol Channel 5 in Nashville. I bet you didn’t know that she’s a genius when it comes to TV graphics.
That’s right. She’s golden.
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!
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!
It’s that time of year again! The Holiday season is upon us. Come out to the barn for a day of local arts and handmade holiday shopping!
Youâ€™ll get to shop with some of our areaâ€™s best artisans! What better way to support your community than by giving unique handmade gifts? We hand-select local artisans to give you the best of the best when it comes to creativity and quality.
When: November 26th 2011(Saturday) from 9am-5 p.m.
Where: Shryockâ€™s Big Red Barn (home of the Corn Maze) just 10 minutes East of Columbia. Click here for directions.
Come finish (or start) your holiday shopping with fantastic local artists!
We have some exciting news to share! 1canoe2 holiday card templates are now available on mpix.com!
Last spring at the National Stationery Show in NYC we met some of the folks from Mpix, which is a really great website for custom cards, prints, calendars and all sorts of stuff. The funny part is that the company is based right here in our own hometown. What are the chances that we’d both have to travel to the big city to find one another? Well, that’s what happened. They asked us to do some design work for their holiday line, which we were thrilled to do!
There are around 25 of our designs to choose from, and you provide the photos to insert into the templates. In order to see all of the options you will need to set up an account and login to their site, which is super simple. Mpix is fantastic! We highly recommend their products, they do great work.
And, that’s not all! We were also asked to create some simple design elements for their new letterpressed line of custom cards, save the dates, etc. These items are available through Miller’s Professional Imaging, another division of the same company.
We love these! Very classy. Such a great way to incorporate your own family photos with the luxurious feel of letterpress!
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!
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!
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!