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If you are in the market for some family photo Christmas cards this year head on over to Mpix! We partnered with them again this season on some holiday card designs. Go ahead and find your favorite family photos from the past year, or better yet, dress everyone up and snap a holiday photo, and just upload it to their site. It is super easy, and the options are endless.

They do really nice work, the customer service is top notch, and the turn around time is really fast. We love working with them!

Aside from the traditional Christmas cards, we also worked with them on several holiday ornaments which would look great on your tree!

Or, maybe an accordion mini photo book?

And, if you are looking for gifts, they also do calendars, growth charts, photo boxes and lots of other great stuff! Go make something awesome, and tell them that we sent you!

:: Carrie ::

Where Are You Gonna Be This Weekend?

We’ll be in one of our favorite cities…Chicago! We’re setting up shop at the Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market, and we couldn’t be more excited! It really is one of our favorite weekends of the whole year. The Renegade crew always puts on a great event! We’re looking forward to a cozy weekend at the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse, and of course, we plan on doing a little holiday shopping of our own. We’ll be in the main auditorium, booth #5, right next to our hometown girl, Lily Dawson Designs. If you live in Chicago, or anywhere near Chicago, we EXPECT you to come. Really. Please don’t disappoint us.

Kicking off the Holidays…

Well guys, Thanksgiving is just a few days away! I love this week. I love Thanksgiving. It is hands down my favorite holiday, for several reasons. I think I just love the simplicity of it. It’s a time to be thankful for what God has blessed us with, to spend the day with family and friends and the people that we love, and to eat some really good food. And, in my family, we celebrate the end of harvest season this time of year. It’s a signal that life on the farm is ready to slow down for a few months. Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas too, I really do, but there is just something special about Thanksgiving.

Of course there are the traditions. We always have the traditional meal…turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberries, green beans, sweet potatoes and my mom’s home made rolls. And, there is always oyster stuffing and everyone (my brother Dustin, and my cousin Colby in particular) looks forward to Aunt Bobbie’s layered yellow cake with chocolate frosting that she brings in the avocado green and white tupperware cake dish. Every year. Then, there is usually a game of football in the back yard. The annual game of football, from which we have so many legendary family stories. Then we eat a little more, and always play a few rounds of cards. Pitch. That’s our game, we always play Pitch. (By the way, is that just a mid-Missouri thing? Does anyone else out there know how to play Pitch? I’ve always wondered that. I never hear about other people playing it, but it’s the card game of choice around here.)

What are your Thanksgiving traditions? Any special dishes that always make an appearance?

Also, I’d love to hear what you are having for your thanksgiving meal? I’m planning on helping my mom out in the kitchen. And, I’m also making a pie of some sort to add to our desert table selection (which is always way too big!) I’m thinking about making this one, or maybe something along these lines, or this one is always a winner. I’ll let you know how that turns out.

:: Carrie ::

This week I had the press all loaded up with our shiny gold ink, and it looked so festive!

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.

Wait. What?!

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.

:: Carrie ::

Happy Weekend!

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!

:: Carrie ::

Renegade Holiday Sale

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!

:: Carrie ::



Holiday Barnwarming Market 2011

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!

You’ll get to shop with some of our area’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: Shryock’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!



Branching Out

We have some exciting news to share! 1canoe2 holiday card templates are now available on!

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!



:: 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!


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!