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Here’s Some Advice…

Hey, guess what? Today we are featured on the Etsy blog in their Quit Your Day Job section!

We feel really honored that they wanted to let us tell our story of how we started out, and give our two cents on what it takes to make a side project become a full time career.  We’ve taken advice from many people before us, and now it is our turn to pay it forward. So head on over to the Etsy blog, and read our interview! You can find it right here.

Etsy + 1canoe2 = ♥

Well, isn’t this delightful?

Earlier this year the guys and girls at the Etsy headquarters asked permission to use our “Things that are Long” artwork for some promotional items.  Of course we said “you bet, no problem!” and sent it right over.  We weren’t really sure what they were going to use it for, so we were excited when a package came that had a few of these inside!  You can get one of your own in the Etsy Store.

In related news, last week we unceremoniously hit the 4000 sales mark in our own etsy shop!  How about that?  It is kind of hard to believe that we have sent out that many packages.  I’m sure the crew at our local post office believes it.

In case you missed it, back in May during our big trip to the big apple we made it over to Brooklyn and got to visit the Etsy Headquarters.  It is a pretty incredible place!  You can read about it right here.

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 ::