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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 ::







A Tale of 2 "R"s

So we are working on a new project. We’ve both been sketching, and tonight we e-mailed some scans back and forth. When I compiled everything, here’s what I got:

One of these is Carrie’s and one is Beth’s. Totally un-seen before by either party. Scary.

I’ve always thought that our drawing styles are so incredibly different, but it’s weird and wonderful the way they work together. This may be an example of us growing too close. Anyone want to venture a guess as to whose is whose?

Something Big is Happening Today!

We’ve known about this for a while now, but today is the day.

Today 1canoe2 is the featured seller on Etsy! We are pretty excited, and really feel honored that we would be picked out of the who-knows-how-many other incredible shops are out there. Thanks Etsy!

And since we are going to have a lot of visitors today we thought we’d share some more photos. A couple of weeks ago we were visited by the lovely Donna Boucher, aka Miz Booshay. We are big fans of her photography, and were thrilled that she brought along her camera. She has such an eye for using natural light, her photos are beautiful, just like her heart!

Our presses are located in Carrie’s family’s big red barn. If you are ever in or around the Columbia, Missouri area, you probably know where this is.

Operating the press and feeding in each paper is often times a two person job.

Hot off the press, literally!

1canoe2 ♥ Chicago

We’re a match made in heaven!

We have SO much to tell you about the Renegade Holiday Craft Fair this past weekend in Chicago. Let’s just say that we were overwhelmed and encouraged by the great response we got from everyone who stopped by to see us. We were also excited to get some love on the Renegade blog today!

More about our weekend and lots more pictures will be coming soon!

Publicity Photos

Carrie and I thought we should have some respectable photos of ourselves…you know, without the ink smudges on our faces. So we went out to the lake on the Shryock’s farm and Carrie’s mom took some wonderful photos!

This is the best…from the dock. First, we went out in a canoe, thinking that would be appropriate. After a few minutes debate, I climbed in the back which was in the water, and Carrie was about to hop in the front after pushing off from the bank. Just then, a little brown FIELD MOUSE popped out, and I was in a canoe alone with a mouse! I’m proud to say that I didn’t over turn the canoe, but just laughed, and eventually it found it’s way out and swam to shore. Who knew that mice can swim? Yuck.

After we got underway across the lake to where Carrie’s mom was waiting on the dock, I realized that there was a fountain of water spewing from the bottom of the boat, into the boat. Again, laughing. We made it to the dock, and quickly back to shore before being sunk by the pinkie-size hole in the bottom. Did I mention our oars were broken as well? Good times in the country.

Living Up to Our Name

Carrie and I took a couple of days out of the week and went for our first official company-wide float trip! We get asked all the time about our company name, and while I wish there was a more clever story, basically, we just like canoeing a lot, and then we liked how “1canoe2” sounded.

It’s been several years since Carrie and were in a canoe together, and it was exactly what the doctor ordered! We camped the night before and were on the water before 9am.

Southern Missouri has some really great floating rivers, but the best in my opinion are in the Ozark Scenic Riverways National Park. We floated the Current, which is completely springfed, meaning that the water is completely clear, even when it’s 15 feet deep, fairly fast moving, and COLD. Every time you pass another spring, the water gets cold again.

We floated 10 miles or so, and never saw another boat of people. Heaven! It was one of the nicest days of the summer so far (83 degrees) and so we didn’t swim as much as we normally might have. Great weather for camping, but a little chilly for jumping in 60 degree water!

We saw lots of turtles, and 3 cranes.

There are several great floating rivers in Missouri. Unfortunately, a lot of them are full of partying rednecks on the weekends. I think the Current River tries to keep that to a minimum. It also helps that we went on a Tuesday. All in all, it’s a relaxing experience. It really felt like a breath of fresh air in the middle of the week!