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All the Buildings in New York

It seems like an impossible task, but James Gulliver Hancock is attempting to draw all the buildings in New York.

Hancock is an illustrator living in Brooklyn, and he admits to having somewhat of an obsessive interest in recording places and things. It’s an ongoing personal project that he knows might never be completed. I love his style, and his tenacity. There is definitely something to be said about setting huge goals like this and slowly working toward completing them. Usually some pretty amazing things come out of that process.

You can follow his progress on his blog, and you can see all of the work that he has done so far in his new book.

NYIGF: Mission Accomplished


We just got back from our week in NYC for the New York International Gift Fair, and we’re a little tired, but more importantly we’re feeling like we had a really successful week!


We spent the majority of our time here, in the Javits Center, where the show took place. We’ve done shows here a handful of times now, but for some reason, I never really appreciated the beauty of the building until this trip. Its a HUGE conference center, but the main entry way is gigantic and made entirely of glass.


Here’s our booth! We had a great response to our new greeting card collection, and our new recipe cards and recipe box were a huge hit. Hopefully they will be coming to a store near you!

Thanks to those of you who stopped by, and especially to those of you who made orders. We can’t wait to send out your packages!

:: Carrie ::

Back in the City!

Well, it’s here. The New York International Gift Fair – August edition. We’re back in the city to sell our goods!

Yesterday we got settled in, and then we took a little trip over the river into Brooklyn.

After dinner we walked back to Manhattan across the Brooklyn Bridge.

What a great night! We’re excited for an awesome week ahead. Looking forward to seeing a lot of familiar faces, and making some new friends. We’ll keep you posted!

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 ::

Workin’ It


Day three of the stationery show is in the books. We’ve had quite the week! It’s been so fun catching up with our buyers. I have to say, we get to work with some GREAT shop owners. The best.


For example, the girls from Social Graces in Nashville came bearing gifts! Some amazing chocolate, handcrafted in Tennessee. Yum.

We’ve also made a lot of new contacts and we are pleased to say that 1canoe2 will be available in many more stores around the country! More on that later.


We’ve also been catching some sights around the city…


And eating at good restaurants.


Tomorrow’s the last day of the show. We hope to wrap everything up and still have a little time to have a last hurrah in the city before we board our plane home on Thursday.

:: Carrie ::

Shakin’ It Up


It was a long day of set-up, but everything went together nicely. Our booth is lookin’ good! We left the Javits Center exhausted…


so we headed on down to Madison Square Park and treated ourselves to a little Shake Shack.


Mmmmmmm…Shake Shack, we love you.

:: Carrie ::

Hello Manhattan!


We’re back in the big city! It’s the National Stationery Show, and we’re ready to tear it up. Seriously. We’ve been scrambling the past several weeks to get things ready, and now it’s game time.


We shipped our big crate containing our display last week. It will be waiting in the Javits Center when we get there tomorrow morning for a long day of set up.


We’ve also been painting signs…


Designing a fancy new catalog for our wholesale customers…


And printing lots of new card designs up until the very last minute.

We’re ready for a great week at the stationery show, and for some fun in the city! Who knows who we might meet!

:: Carrie ::

Home Again, Home Again


What a whirlwind of a week it has been! We’re home from New York and looking forward to a couple days of downtime before we get back to work.


We saw so many inspiring things and met so many great people while we were in NYC, and I think it will take a little bit of time before it all sinks in.


Until then, we’ve got college basketball and the Super Bowl to look forward to. Tonight our Mizzou Tigers (#4) take on the KU Jayhawks (#8) at Mizzou Arena. It’s an INTENSE rivalry that gets rowdy every time, and the hype for this game is huge. It’s going to be a good weekend.

:: 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 ::