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Wildflower Season

Do yourself a favor. Go and find a country road. Somewhere far away from city streets, and traffic lights, and strip malls. Somewhere with wide open spaces, and gentle breezes, and a clear view of the sky. If you can find a gravel road, that’s perfect. If it cuts through pasture land lined with fences that’s even better.

It’s wildflower season! I can’t get enough.

I LOVE seeing all the different types of flowers pop up along the roadside this time of year. It’s that early summer treat – before the intense heat sets in and burns everything up and dries it to a crisp.

Coneflowers, and Queen Anne’s lace, and Black-Eyed-Susans, and lots of others that I don’t know the names of.

If you find yourself following me down a country road, please pay attention. I’m highly likely to stop my car unannounced, and hop out to pick a bunch of flowers.

I suggest you do the same, because there’s nothing more cheerful!

A handful of wildflowers, in a vase, on the kitchen table is one of my favorite things.

:: Carrie ::

The Little House

I’ve talked before about where we get ideas for new designs, and what inspires us, but sometimes it sneaks up and surprises me.  This is a new card that we just designed and finished printing, and obviously you can see that it has a lot of similarities to the cover of “The Little House.”  The funny thing is, I wasn’t really even thinking about this book cover at all when I did the drawing.  It wasn’t until the card was all done that I actually realized how similar it is to the image on the cover of the book.  When I put the two side by side I couldn’t stop looking at them.  It’s like this image was just sitting in my subconscious and found it’s way out.

“The Little House” is a children’s book from the 1940’s, and yes I own this copy, and yes I do love the story and the illustrations.  I used this book a bunch in my classroom when I was still teaching.

It’s a story about a little house in the country.  Slowly over time, other houses and buildings are build up around it until the little house is smack dab in the middle of a big city.  The little house is so sad and depressed until the great-great-granddaughter of the man who built the little house finds it and moves it back to the country where it belongs.  It’s pretty great – a classic.

:: Carrie ::


The Great Road Trip of 2011: Things that Inspire Me

There sure are some exciting things going on here at 1canoe2. It is a busy season – moving into a new workspace, shipping lots of orders, cranking out new designs, and being featured in a nationally circulated magazine. But, I don’t want to get so sucked into all that we have happening and forget to share with you some more of what we are calling “The Great Road Trip of 2011”.

I’ve always been a nature girl. Give me a creek where I can skip rocks or a campfire to sit by and I’m happy. Give me some paper and a pen and my drawings usually lean toward flowers and trees. The natural world amazes and inspires me, and one goal for this trip was to come home with some inspiration. Mission accomplished.

Here are some things that inspire me:

And, have you ever been to Yellowstone and seen Old Faithful erupt? I shot this video when we visited, and I love the reaction from the people around us. That geyser sure is a crowd pleaser!