People Who Make the World Go Round {The Green Thumb}

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The growing season is in FULL swing in our part of the world. Flowers are blooming, tomatoes are ripening, and the corn is taller than me. We love this time of year because of the lushness and wonderful things that summer brings. We also appreciate all those people who put in the time and effort to help tend gardens and mow lawns and just keep everything alive and well.

This month we are thanking all of those people in our lives who have a green thumb! Maybe it’s that person who mows your lawn, or who waters your plants while you are gone from home. Maybe it’s the person who you buy home grown veggies from at your local farmers market, or your neighbor who shares their bumper crop of zucchini with you.  Maybe it’s your local florist, or the groundskeeping crew at your favorite park. I’m sure you have a person like this in your life, and we hope you take a little time out to let them know how much you appreciate them and the work that they do to make this time of year so wonderful!

You can download our free printable green thumb card right here, and don’t forget to let us know about your favorite green thumb! You can tag any social media with #worldgoroundproject, or send us an email about it to promotions@1canoe2.com.

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★ Loyal and True ★

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There is no one more loyal and true than a person who is dedicated to serving our country!

Earlier this year we released a series of three cards that honor those men and women who serve (or have served) in our military. We wanted to provide a way for you to say thank you, and to keep in touch with those who are serving far away. There is absolutely nothing sweeter, nothing better to raise the spirits, than a letter from home!

There are many reasons why I wanted to create these cards, but there is one story that has always fascinated me, and was the true driving force behind this series.  It happened early in my grandparents lives, during World War II.

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My Grandma grew up in a really tight-knit rural community, called Hatton, Missouri.  It’s the same community where my family still lives. It’s a community of farm families with strong work ethics. It’s the kind of place where everyone knows everyone, and neighbors will do anything to help one another out. As in many communities like this one, when World War II broke out, all of the young men enlisted and went off to fight the war, and everyone at home banded together to do what they could to support the war effort.

My Grandma and her three friends were no exception. Verna (my grandma), Lola, Gladys, and Maxine formed the “Jot’s Club.” They were all school teachers, and they also all had a “sweetie-pie” and a brother far away from home serving in the military and fighting the war. The Jots had one purpose – to write to their boys. They met once a week, in the upstairs bedroom of my grandma’s house, where they wrote  a newsletter that they called the “Jot-it-Down.” Every week they compiled stories from the home front, as well as news about the goings-on of each of the boys, and they mailed it out to the “Joes” who were scattered all over the world.

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As time went on, the mailing list grew to several dozen Hatton boys.  According to the boys, receiving the “Jot-it-Down” was a highlight of every week, and some even read it aloud to fellow soldiers. It became a weekly source of information and entertainment for whole platoons. The letter usually included news from the community, poems written by the girls, and sometimes poems or stories sent in from one of the boys. Usually there were juicy pieces of gossip, maybe a complaint or two, a listing of the top songs playing on the radio, and always jokes and funny bits that were good for some laughs.

To fund the newsletter, and to pay for postage, the girls set up a stand near the general store on Saturday nights where they sold ice cream. They also charged a nickel to anyone who wanted to visit their meeting room. Visitors were treated to a large display of letters, souvenirs, and photos sent home from the boys.

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The boys were faithful in writing back in return with news of their whereabouts, and confirmation that all was well. The Jots had created a system of communication for the whole community. They kept the boys’ spirits high and kept them informed about what was going on at home, and it gave them a way for everyone to stay in touch with one another.

Miraculously, all of the boys eventually made it home alive and well.

I love hearing my grandma talk about this time in their lives. I know it was a difficult time, but the stories of how everyone came together to support one another and the war effort fascinate me. I love how those four girls, with their simple idea of writing letters, were able to provide such a needed line of communication and warmth from home to all of their friends and loved ones who were risking so much to help win the war.

Recently my grandma gave me a notebook full of all the original “Jot-it-Down” newsletters. Reading them is like opening a time capsule into their lives at that time. It is such a treasure.

I actually think the whole story would make a really great book… or a movie…

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Our hope is that you would think about those people in your life who serve our country, and write them a note of thanks, and send them some words of encouragement. Especially if they are far away from home.

You can find all three of our military cards in our shop right here.

:: Carrie ::

 

 

Paper Plane

Every once in a while I run across something that totally captures me.

I found one of those things today.

Hand drawn illustrations by Felicita Sala, brought to life through stop-motion animation, for the song Paper Plane by Massimo Giangrande. It’s beautiful, and detailed, and extremely well done.

Just thinking about the time invested in creating something like this makes it even more impressive.

I’m in awe. I hope you like it too…

:: Carrie ::

People Who Make the World Go Round {Teachers!}

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We all know that teachers make the world go round. That’s the truth!

Next week, May 5th through the 9th, is Teacher Appreciation Week.  There’s no better time than now to let all the teachers in your life know just how much they are appreciated!

We definitely have a soft spot in our hearts for teachers. Karen and I are both former teachers, and we know first hand that it is a job that requires a big heart and an enormous amount of time and effort. As a way of paying it forward, Karen is leading the teacher appreciation week effort at her daughter’s school this year. Kids and parents are encouraged to write a little note of thanks to their teachers, and they will be showered with treats all week long!

We all have our favorite teachers picked out to surprise with a card and a treat, and we would love if you would think about doing the same! Maybe you have a child (or two, or three!) with some dedicated teachers.  Or maybe you have a friend who spends countless hours outside of school preparing lessons and activities for her classroom. Or, you might want to go back and thank a teacher from your past and finally let them know just how much they impacted you.

You can download and print our teacher thank you card right here! Let us know how you used it by tagging your photos with #worldgoroundproject.

:: Carrie ::

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 ::

People Who Make the World Go Round {The Tax Expert}

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Happy Tax Day!

It’s April 15th, and hopefully your taxes are all done, paid, and in the mail. If you are anything like me, you have a trusted someone who helps sort everything out, fills out all the forms, and explains all of the hard to understand things that come with making sure you give the government their share.

In recent years that has all become MUCH more complicated for us as small business owners. Luckily we have Wade. Wade is our accountant. He’s the guy with the brain that knows everything that we don’t, and helps us tackle our taxes. We appreciate him more that he probably knows, so we wanted to make sure to tell him! We dropped off this card to him today along with a little surprise, that hopefully he can enjoy now that his busy time of year is over.

We are hoping that you take a little minute this month to let your tax expert know how much you appreciate them! Maybe you use an accountant. Maybe your dad, or your older brother, or your spouse, takes on the task of helping you complete your taxes. Or, MAYBE you do your taxes yourself. If that’s the case, way to go! Great job. You should just go ahead and treat yourself today.

You can click right here for a free printable of the Tax Expert card. Go give it to your tax day hero and tell them how wonderful they are! (Don’t forget to tag any social media with #WorldGoRoundProject and let us know how you used it!)

:: Carrie ::

{tutorial} Painting Blown-out Eggs

It’s that time of year — Easter eggs!! I was shocked last week to find that some of the folks here at the barn had never painted blown-out eggs, something my family has been doing for as long as I can remember. It’s one of my favorite family traditions. Every year my mom pulls out a beautiful glass bowl full of the eggs we’ve painted over the years. It’s so fun to see the watercolor eggs from when I was just a toddler compared to my intricate paintings today.

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To see just how much fun this could be, the 1canoe2 crew took an afternoon off to paint some Easter eggs of our own. We had a wonderful time, and so can you! Everything you need to know is outlined below..happy painting!

Supplies

Here’s what you need:

> Eggs

> Paint (We used acrylic, but you can also use watercolor for less detailed designs)

> Paint brushes

> Bowl

> Pins

> Newspaper (or anything to protect your table from paint!)

First, use a pin to poke out a decent sized hole in each end of your egg. The easiest way I’ve found to do this is to poke several pin-sized holes fairly close together, and then poke out the areas in between to connect all the small holes into one bigger one. Try to keep the edges as clean as possible so the egg doesn’t crack down the sides. If it does, there’s a good chance the shell will crack apart as you try to blow out the center.

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Above is a picture of roughly how large the holes should be. If you’re not quite sure, start small. You can always go back and make it bigger if you need to!

After you’ve made a hole in each end of your egg, it’s time to get your bowl and blow out the middle. Warning :: the sound effects aren’t pretty!

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If you’re having a hard time blowing out the center of the egg, go back and make your holes a little bigger and try again. You’ll know you’re done when all that you hear coming out of the egg is air. When that happens..you’re ready for the fun part. Painting!

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Tip :: Q-tips are super handy to have around! If you pull off the puffy ends, you can stick the Q-tip through the holes in the egg (above) so you can paint the entire thing and keep your fingers clean. You can also keep the puffy end on (below) and use it to make perfect little dots!

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Voila! You have beautiful eggs to keep for years to come. If you already know you’ll be doing this again and again, try keeping an egg from each year, like my family does! It is such an amazing thing to look back and be able to see the progression of your style and creative ability.

Hopefully this project marks the beginning of a new tradition for us here at the barn…and for you at home! Happy Easter, everyone.

:: Haley ::

Lately…

Sorry things have gotten a little bit slow here on the blog. It is definitely not a sign that there is nothing going on! The truth is that I’ve been so busy working and painting and making new things that I haven’t had much of a chance to think about blogging. We are gearing up for the National Stationery Show which we’ll be attending in May, and now is crunch time. Here are a few photos of some work in progress, which you can look forward to seeing more of in the future!

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:: Carrie ::

Easter Tulip Glass Toppers

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We’re sending you tulips! The hand-painted kind, that is. This year we decided that we’d like to contribute a little beauty to your Easter. Download and print these FREE glass topper place cards and have a beautiful place setting in just minutes.

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It’s super easy. Just print the template (below) as many times as you’d like, cut out the tulips, write a name on each, then slip onto your favorite glass. Voila! A festive Easter setting.

Click here to download and print your own Easter tulips. **READ BEFORE YOU PRINT :: When you click above and are led to the download, the image may scale to fit your screen instead of showing the appropriate printing size. If it looks a bit small, try clicking the image once more and it should get bigger.

We want to see pictures of how your table turns out!! Tag us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter and use the hashtag #1canoe2tulips! We can’t wait to see your place settings.

:: 1canoe2 crew ::