People Who Make the World Go Round {Friends!}

Friends

Friends! Pals! Best Buds! What would we do without them?! Seriously.

Just think how different your life would be if you didn’t have that person who just gets you. That person who has known you forever. The person with whom you share all the inside jokes, and who always knows just what you are thinking. We rely on our friends for so much! Friends are there when you need a shoulder to cry on, when you need an honest opinion, when you need a ride to the airport, and most importantly when you need someone to celebrate with!

Who is your best pal? Your partner in crime? Who do you call first when you have good news? Who do you know will be there for you no matter what? Friends are at the center of our lives, but how often do you actually thank your amigos? Well, it’s probably time you should! You can download our free printable best pal card right here, and make it a point to let your them know just how much they mean to you!

People Who Make the World Go Round {The Waiter/Waitress}

waiter-waitress-thankyou

To all of the waitresses, waiters, servers, baristas, and bartenders of the world: THANK YOU!

I never worked in the food service industry, but I know many who have. I also know that those who do are often under-appreciated. We all know its true that a great server/bartender/barista makes a meal 100% more enjoyable. It’s time to start recognizing them!

Last week we had the chance to eat at some amazing restaurants in New York City. Wow, there is so much food to eat in New York. So much good food. We hit up some of our favorite spots, and we tried some new ones as well. I can honestly say that we had excellent service everywhere. And, we took note! We left some ‘thank yous’ with our bill (and tip!) as a token of our appreciation. Because, isn’t it the best feeling to get noticed doing an excellent job? You bet it is.

Do you have a local hangout? Maybe a favorite barista who makes your coffee with a smile every morning? Maybe a waitress at the diner around the corner who knows you by name? Let them know that they are doing a fantastic job, and maybe slip them something a little extra next time.

You can click right here for a free printable of our Waiter/Waitress Thank You card. Go give it to someone who serves you with a smile! They deserve it.

(Don’t forget to tag any social media with #WorldGoRoundProject and let us know how you used it!)

:: Carrie ::

Texas Troublemakin’

Earlier this summer, Beth, Haley and I made a trip to Dallas for a couple of meetings. It was a really quick trip, mostly business…except for one very unbusiness-like thing. Before we left the city we unexpectedly found ourselves standing in front of a giant wall with several cans of spray paint in hand.

IMG_2687

While we were in Dallas we learned that there is a huge wall where graffiti is allowed, and even encouraged, and it is open to anyone who wants to display their talents. We had just a LITTLE bit of time to kill, and we were sold.  I’ve actually always wanted to spray paint something huge on a wall somewhere, so this was like a dream come true for me. We hit up the hardware store and loaded up on some colorful cans of paint.

9bffd250fb8911e2b07922000a1fbd9b_7

It didn’t take us long to decide what to put on the wall…we settled on one of our most loved card designs!

IMG_2660

IMG_2624

IMG_2688

We obviously need to practice our street art technique. There was some really amazing work from other artists, and it felt a little strange painting over it, but that’s how it all works.

IMG_2683

IMG_2685

IMG_2633

IMG_2694

IMG_2638

And…all done! It was a little bit of a thrill for us to get to do this. We felt like rebels. And, I will admit, just this little taste of the graffiti world makes me want to do it again.

*** If you are in Dallas you should check this out! It’s called the Fabrication Yard, and it’s located at 621 Fabrication Street. I’ve read that there are plans to open up other locations around the city. It’s pretty great that the city of Dallas would recognize graffiti and street art as an actual art form, and that they offer those artists a place to display their work.

:: Carrie ::

People Who Make the World Go Round {The Sitter}

photo 2

Can you believe it’s almost August? The summer is just flying by! With everyone off enjoying what’s left of summer, it’s been a quiet week in the office. Carrie is currently spending a couple weeks camping and exploring in Alaska, and Beth is anxiously awaiting a vacation to Mt. Desert Island in Maine. As for me, I’ll be spending the weekend relaxing by the lake, feet up with book in my hand. It’s times like these that I am so thankful for my sitter!

Two of my wonderful friends will be watching my dog, Ellie, while I’m away. Laurin and Ryan have always been nothing but happy to have Ellie, and I’m positive she feels the same way! My phone is constantly blowing up with adorable pictures of Ellie having so much fun with Laurin and Ryan. Thank you, both!

Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 12.23.13 PM

Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 12.22.14 PM

We’re dedicating this month’s card to all of those people who help out while we’re away. Maybe it’s your child’s favorite babysitter, or the house sitter who is always willing to water your plants. Or maybe, like me, it’s the friends who are happy to watch your rambunctious pet. 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 their help means to you!

You can download and print our free fill-in-the-blank sitter card right here, and don’t forget to let us know about your favorite sitters! We love seeing pictures of our cards bringing happiness to a day. You can tag any social media with #worldgoroundproject, or send us an email about it to promotions@1canoe2.com.

:: haley ::

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

greenthumb

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.

Green

unnamed-4

 

unnamed-2

 

unnamed-1

 

unnamed-5

 

unnamed

 

unnamed-8

 

unnamed-6

 

unnamed-7

 

unnamed-3

★ Loyal and True ★

military cards

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.

jots

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.

helpthejotshelpthejoes

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.

letterhome

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…

loyal and true

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!}

teacher

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

pinkplaid-3

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!

shlhouettes

 

beepainting

 

coneflowerpainting

 

christmashouse

nssglobe

 

:: Carrie ::