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National Stationery Show

The stationery world is a vast one, folks. Every couple of months, 1canoe2 travels to NYC to attend various trade shows that attract buyers from all over the world. You’ve most likely seen pictures from these shows on Carrie’s Instagram or on the 1canoe2 Facebook page, but we thought we’d give you a brief overview of our latest trip so you can see what these shows are all about!

This past week, 6 gals from the 1canoe2 crew were in NYC for the National Stationery Show (NSS). Shop owners from all over the world attend NSS so they may order products to sell in their stores. They walk through aisles and aisles of booths, picking and choosing from today’s best stationery lines.

So here’s how it works. The first order of business once getting to NYC is setting up our booth. We spend two full days painting the walls, screwing in shelving and arranging products. It is a lot of work. A lot. But the finished booth is always well worth it.

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And the finished booth…drum roll, please…

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Ta daaa! (Click the photo for a larger view). We decorate the booth a little differently each year, and this year we chose to go with big, bold and beautiful flower cut outs that Carrie painted. In an attempt to bring part of our studio to the booth, we set up a work desk right in the middle of the booth that mimics Carrie’s actual work space – complete with color palettes, pens, brushes and a plastic Shakespeare’s cup.

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Once the booth is done, it’s basically a mini store-front for buyers to browse our products. The show lasts 3.5 days and it’s a constant whirlwind of taking orders! Those orders are sent to our wonderful shipping folks back at the barn, where products are immediately shipped to their new homes. We have products in everything from giant stores, like Anthropologie, to the brilliant little shops, like Shindig Paperie.

In addition to showing off a new booth design each time, these shows are where we debut our new products! This year we rolled out 16 new cards, 3 new calendar designs and 9 art prints (all of which are now on our website). NSS also marked the first public appearance for our brand new planners! We were quietly taking bets on which of the three designs would generate the most excitement. You can check out all three planner designs here…can you guess which one did the best?

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So that’s it! When the show is over, we tear everything down, pack it up in a giant crate and wait until the next show where we will do it all again. To check out more photos from the show, including thousands of other beautiful booths and products, search #NSS2015 on Instagram!

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A Man, A Boat, and A River

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Last Wednesday afternoon, after we finished up at the gift show, I hopped in a cab and made a beeline to the Metropolitan Museum of Art on the east side of Central Park.

I love the Met. LOVE it. It’s huge.  There is so much to see. SO many AMAZING things to see. You can’t take the whole thing in during one visit. There’s no way. I’ve been trying to make short visits there every time I go to the city, and pin-pointing just a few things that I want to look at.

This time I literally had one painting on my list. One big, huge, gigantic masterpiece. Washington Crossing the Deleware. Painted by a German-American artist, Emanuel Leutze, in 1851. It’s a depiction of General George Washington’s crossing of the Delaware River on Christmas night, 1776, during the American Revolutionary War.

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Did I say that it’s huge? It’s really big. 21 feet wide, and 12 feet tall, in a FANCY gold frame with a big eagle, and banners, and arrows, and other regal looking things on top. It makes a statement, for sure.  And those folks that run the museum know how to show it off. It’s the only piece of artwork hung on one wall that sits at the end of a series of gallery rooms. You can see it coming for a long time before you get to it. Sort of builds some suspense until you actually get there and can stand right in front of it.

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It’s a great painting, of course. I mean, it’s hanging in the Met! It is beautiful and dramatic, and painted with GREAT skill. All things that I appreciate. But, what sets it apart from all of the other great paintings at the Met is it’s size. You can’t ignore it. It makes a statement.

In this case, I think bigger is better.

I’ve been itching to do some larger pieces of artwork lately, and I think seeing this painting has sealed the deal. Probably not 12 feet by 21 feet, and I’m sure it will never end up in the Met, but it may be time to break out the big brushes.

:: Carrie ::

1canoe2 + NYC

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We are back from a hard-working week in NYC! This past week was the NY NOW gift show at the Javits Center on the western edge of Manhattan.

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It was a whirl-wind of a week, as always. Thanks to all of you who stopped by our booth, made orders, and said such nice things! We can’t wait to send out your packages!

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It’s great to be back home, and back to our slower pace of life, but I never leave the Big Apple un-inspired! I made it a point this time to take in some sights that I’ve always wanted to see, but just haven’t had time for in past trips. The list included a visit to the American wing at the  Metropolitan Museum of Art (a FAVORITE place!), visiting the dinosaurs at the American Museum of Natural History, and a ferry ride to Liberty Island to gaze up at Lady Liberty.

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This city is so full of incredible, awe-inspiring sights!

:: 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!

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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!

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Carrie, Beth and Karen