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New Things in Progress

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Happy Monday!

We have been busy, busy, busy wrapping up a whole bunch of new products the past couple of weeks in preparation for the National Stationery Show, and our spring release!  It’s always a long process from generating ideas and sketches, to having everything in our hands. We are really excited about everything we have on the way, but until we can show it to you, here are a few process photos to give you a little sneak preview!

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:: Carrie ::

National Stationery Show 2013

I know it has been a little quiet here on the blog the past week or so. We have been busy! We got home on Thursday from New York City, where we spent the week at the National Stationery Show. This was our third year exhibiting at the show, and we couldn’t be more pleased and excited with how it went.

First of all, a big huge thanks to ALL of you who stopped by our booth in person and showered us with kindness and compliments. Really. We feel so blessed, and a little overwhelmed with the amount of hugs and praise and admiration that we received. We have the BEST customers and admirers. We’re not really sure what to say. Thank you.

This year we doubled the size of our booth, which was a little intimidating to think about at first, but it was a good move. We loved our new location, and everything just seemed to come together perfectly. Of course, we had everything planned out before hand – shelves and tables built and prints framed and pretty things for the table – but it’s always kind of hard to picture it exactly until we actually put all the pieces together on site. I think it came together well! I will tell you, it is intensely satisfying to see all of the hard work that we put in over the course of the last few months together in one place, looking so good. That hard work is SO worth it.

We were excited to debut several new products at this show, which I’ll be sure to tell you about in more detail later. This is one of our new calendars for 2014 – the Pieces and Patterns Calendar. It’s 9×12, and I think it would look fantastic on your wall!

Here’s another new calendar for 2014. We’re just calling this one the Oversized Calendar, because that is exactly what it is! It seemed to attract a lot of attention this week, and we were completely honored when we learned that it won a best new product award!

How about that?! Seriously.

So much to be thankful for. And, really, this is just the tip of the iceberg.

We definitely worked hard this week, but we had a lot of fun too. It is always great to catch up with our fellow exhibitors and friends that we have made here over the last couple of years, and see what everyone has been up to. We spent some time roaming around the city, hit up several of our favorite spots, and explored some new ones. We had a couple of amazing meals with some great friends, and we even squeezed in a Mets game! (Thanks Tiffany!)

We love visiting New York, but we are definitely glad to be home, and glad to see trees and grass, and ready to get back to our regular schedules.  There’s a big stack of orders for us to tackle, and many new things on the horizon. But, I’m kind of already looking forward to our next trip to the city!

P.S.

To Kim, Tiffany, and Bizzie – THANK YOU so much for all that you did for us while we were in town. We COULD NOT have done it without you! Thanks for painting walls, hammering in lots of tiny little nails, running out to get lunch, taking orders, chatting with customers, exploring the city with us, telling us funny stories, and keeping us laughing. It is great to have friends in far away places! We loved seeing you and spending time with you. Y’all are the BEST!

♥♥♥

Carrie, Beth and Karen

Last Minute Preparations

This past week has been spent doing last minute preparations for the National Stationery Show. There sure are a lot of details to think about, but I think we have it all covered. I think. Our to-do lists are getting shorter, at least.

Our new wholesale catalog came back from our printer and we couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out! There is a HUGE amount of work that goes into planning, designing, and producing all of those new products, so to see them all in one place is intensely satisfying.

We’ve been doing some last minute self-promotion. Keeping in touch with all of our customers is a top priority!

We’ve been making some pretty things to liven up our NSS booth.

We’ve been spending a little bit of time in the wood shop with some power tools.

And, we have been making some adjustments to our booth set-up so everything is just right.

We’ll be in New York in just a few days. We’re looking forward to the week ahead, and hoping that we didn’t forget something important!

National Stationery Show :: We Did It!

We’re back home from New York safe and sound!  The Stationery Show was a huge success.  We took lots of orders and made a ton of contacts.  We will have so much to share with you in the near future, but for now, here’s how our week went…

We showed up at the Javits Center on Saturday morning relieved to find our big huge crate still in one piece waiting for us in our booth space.  We spent most of the day unloading it, setting up the walls, and arranging everything to look *just right*.  We added an extra wall for this show, and it worked out great.  Thanks Dad!

Several of our products made their debut at the this week, including our 2013 calendar, and four new notepads.  They got great reviews!  Look for them at one of our retailers and in our online shop real soon!

The show lasted Sunday through noon on Wednesday.  At least two of us were in the booth at all times during the show answering questions, taking orders, and chatting with everyone who stopped by.  It is a lot of fun sharing our story and what we do with everyone who’s interested, but let me tell you, at the end of every day we were exhausted!

When the show wrapped up on Wednesday no one wasted any time in starting to pack up.

In just a couple of hours the Javits looked like this.

For the second time we’ve been lucky enough to find a place to stay that’s just a couple of blocks from the Javits Center.  We rented a small (very small) apartment for the week, which was great.  Being so close made it easy to relax for an hour or so at the end of each day before heading out into the city for the evening.

During the course of the week we visited a couple of retail stores who carry our products.

Cursive is a tiny little stationery and gift shop right in the big bustling hub of the city – Grand Central Station.  There is also a second location inside the beautiful home decorating store ABC Carpet and Home.  1canoe2 will be available in both locations very soon!

We also stopped by the Anthropologie store in Rockefeller Center and look what we spotted on the shelves!!  Our Recipe Binder!  I have to say, it was quite a thrill.  Anthropologie is one of our favorite stores, and to see something that WE MADE on the shelf was so satisfying.

New York is obviously a different world than where we live, but that’s what makes it fun!  Some other highlights included…

Eating.  There’s so much amazing food to eat in New York it can be overwhelming.  We went to the Shake Shack  in Madison Square Park  for burgers, fries and milkshakes.  We had some mouthwatering bar-b-que at Southern Hospitality.  Dos Cominos  in SoHo  served us some fresh guacamole and tacos.  We had a real authentic Italian experience in the lower east side at Lanzas.  We walked a couple blocks from our apartment to  Five Napkin Burger, which  never disappoints.  And, of course, we hit up the Magnolia Bakery for their famous cupcakes.  Yum.

We also hung out with our buddies Ted and Samae from MPix, who we’ve done some design work for.  They treated us to dinner (thanks guys!) at Birreria, the rooftop restraunt at Mario Batali’s Eataly.  So. Good.

It was a whirlwind of a trip!  The crazy thing is, we’ll be doing it again in August when we go back for the New York International Gift Fair.  That will be here before we know it.

:: Carrie ::

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 ::

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Stationery Show Preview

We have been absent from the blog recently, and we apologize.  But, don’t think that things haven’t been happening!  We have actually been busy.  Really busy.

This weekend we are jetting off to New York City for one of our biggest adventures yet.  We are taking the plunge and setting up as vendors for the first time at the National Stationery Show.  You can find us in booth #1055 at the Javits Convention Center this Sunday, May 15th through Wednesday, May 18th.

Last week we shipped off a pallet loaded with most of our supplies and inventory for our booth.

How do you prepare for a national trade show?  Well, let us tell you, it is a lot of work.  Here are some things we’ve been doing…

::  Designing and printing lots of new products.

::  Designing and producing (if we do say so ourselves) a top notch, colorful, glossy, informative, can’t take our eyes off of it press kit to hand out to potential clients.

::  Making decisions about…lighting, flooring, wall materials, display options, colors, shelving, advertising options…and the list goes on.

::  Tracking down furniture that will work in our booth and is portable enough to ship to the site.

::  Consulting with several like-minded creative types who have gone before us.  The information we have gained from them has been invaluable!

::  Booking airline tickets and tracking down a place to stay in NYC.

 

Yes, it has been a lot of work.  But, we can’t wait to go and see how all of our hard work pays off!

Here is a sneak preview at a few of the new products that we’ve recently completed, which we will be debuting next week at the show.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s to a great first show, meeting new people, and successful navigation of the NYC subway system!

We’ll be back with a recap when we get home!

Carrie