Spring has sprung and the Easter Bunny will soon be leaving treats around every corner for the kiddos. Your cooling racks will be covered in stacks of fresh cookies, deviled eggs will be chilling in the fridge and a honey-glazed ham will make the whole kitchen smell like happiness! Whether you're hosting a family reunion or a taste-testing get together with friends, place cards are the perfect way to make everyone feel special. Download our free table setting place cards here and check one task off your to-do list!
If you tried calligraphy out with our last place cards, refine your skills further by testing out a different handlettering style! We decided to go with block lettering this time, but the possibilities are endless! Check out our Quotes + Typography board on Pinterest for some inspiration!
These floral designs could easily be slipped into one of our letterpress calendar stumps to set the springy mood, but don't stop there! Wrap some flowers and twine around the base of the stump, or sprinkle petals around the outside edges to create your own unique look. If you need more stumps, you can buy more right here!
Excited yet? Print your free place cards, pick your prettiest tablecloth and let the festivities begin!
:: Claire the Intern ::
Since releasing our Hazelwood line with American Crafts, we have had our eyes peeled to see what you crafters are creating...and wowza! We have not been disappointed. A few of our favorites are below, but don't stop there! Most of these awesome crafters have even more Hazelwood designs. Just click on the photo to see their Instagram feed!
Thank you, crafters, for sharing your creations with us!! They are absolutely beautiful and we can't wait to see more. Keep tagging your photos with @1canoe2 and #hazelwood so we can follow along!
Sometimes we work really hard behind the scenes for a long time (like a whole year) and we can't show you even a tiny peek until the project is ready to go. IT IS SO HARD! Especially when the project is so huge and well-loved by all of you guys.
YOU GUYS. We're making globes! And so are you! We have developed a line of 6 beautiful DIY globes with our friends at American Crafts, and I really just can't believe we've been able to keep it under wraps for so long. But today is the day! The amazing thing is, they are all customizable! You can check them out on our site now, and they'll be available for purchase in just a couple weeks!
From the very first globe we painted in 2013, we've gotten thousands of requests for custom globes. A couple of years ago, we worked with Anthropologie to make 3 signature styles, but they were exclusive to Anthro, so we were never able to carry them in our own shop. Much to our fans' (and our) chagrin!
Our partnership with American Crafts has opened up some incredible opportunities for us to make things that our tiny company could never do on our own.
You'll be able to choose from 6 styles, assemble, and add fun 1canoe2 embellishments and make them your own. And they're only $30. Seriously.
We would LOVE to see what you make with these globes! Post on Instagram, tag @1canoe2, and use #1canoe2crafts to see what other creative people are doing with them. We've been known to send a sweet package or two out to followers who post incredible projects.
:: Beth ::
Our 2016 Everyone Loves Pie contest has wrapped up and you picked your winners! Meet Amanda Mae, Lauren, and Chelsey:
THIRD PLACE | Pumpkin Pie
Celiac runs in my family so I love to experiment and attempt to make gluten free treats taste just as good as it would be otherwise! This is the good ole fashioned pumpkin pie from the back of the can. I make my crust using either cup4cup flour or King Arthur flour. The trick is to use a beaten egg to help bind it. This is a classic recipe made even better with maple cinnamon whipped cream!
:: Lauren ::
Here at the office, we decided to get a little festive and throw a Christmas Cookie Party! Everyone brought in their own batch of cookies to swap and share, and boy, did our conference room smell amaaazing! Sally and Amelia, two of our company kiddos, decided to be our "cookie critics" and chose the top three cookies "based on taste and presentation, like Cupcake Wars!"
Haley's amazing Peanut Butter-Chocolate No-Bake Cookies came in at third place, Liz's Oreo Peppermint Bark was a close second, and Luke's Milk Chocolate Cookies and Cream Cookies topped it off in first place!
Below we've listed all of the cookie recipes for you (or where to find them!) so that you can have a cookie exchange of your own! There's nothing better than leaving work with a dozen cookies from a dozen different kitchens. Share with neighbors and friends, or just keep them to yourself! Happy Holidays!
1. Luke's Milk Chocolate Cookies and Cream Cookies
2. Liz's Oreo Peppermint Bark
3. Haley's Peanut Butter-Chocolate No-Bake Cookies
4. Kelsey's Chocolate Crinkles
5. Sara's New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies
6. Crystal's Christmas Crinkle Cookies
7. Gretchen's Green Holly Cookies:
New shoes, or a road trip? The best iPad available, or a weekend spent exploring a new state park? For me, the choice is easy. Memories are the best and longest-lasting gifts on the market. Those experiences stay with you forever and feel brand new every time you stumble upon a memory that causes you to stop, smile and reminisce.
That's what I was looking to give my partner, Damon, when I went to Airbnb in search of a cozy weekend getaway to be his Christmas gift. I was hoping to find an apartment somewhere close to a state park or a cute little small town. How I ended up finding a twinkling tipi in the woods--I will never know.
The tipi listing was immediately too awesome to resist. It was situated on private property with plenty of space and freedom, our two dogs were not only allowed to come but could be off-leash the entire time, and there was a heated bathhouse just a short walk away. Since we would be staying the first weekend of December, where the high was estimated to be in the low 40s, that heated bathhouse was the deal breaker. I booked the tipi for a full weekend and didn't look back!
The tipi is located outside of Park Hills, Missouri so Damon and I had a bit of a drive from Columbia, but my goodness was it worth it. We pulled past the private property sign well after a thick darkness had settled in for the night, which made the first glimpse of our weekend home absolutely breathtaking. Magical is the only word that seems to do that moment justice. The air was crisp and still, our dogs were happily running through the woods, feverishly exploring new smells, and splayed out in front of us was a giant tipi situated on a beautiful deck surrounded by woods.
I could have turned around right then and still I would have had so much fun.
Once we bundled up with a few more layers and got our bags situated in the tipi, we set out to cook dinner. The deck had a grill and all the utensils needed to cook a delicious meal and, as part of Damon's gift, I had seasoned steaks and veggies ready to go. I popped open the complimentary bottle of wine (Yes! The tipi comes with wine!) while Damon fired up the grill. And that's when the coyotes made themselves known.
This video gives me chills every time I watch it. Coyotes calling in the night is one of my favorite sounds. Having grown up with farmland, that sound feels like home. Both of our dogs are used to hearing the echoing yips and yowls of coyotes, but its still pretty fun to watch them yowl back. No coyote would get anywhere near our little setup without going through Seamus and Ellie first!
Okay, so the second video from a couple weeks before the tipi trip was even a thing...but how cool are those calls!? This was our soundtrack falling asleep every night and it was absolutely amazing.
Speaking of sleep, let's talk sleeping arrangements for a minute. Going into this adventure, I had a healthy amount of worry about actually sleeping out there. Missouri in December is definitely no California. Lows in the 30s each night had me shivering just thinking about it. But the Airbnb owners, Keith and Benka, thought of everything! The bed had a heated mattress pad and a heated blanket. We actually woke up sweating the first night and had to turn them down! If you choose to go in the winter like we did (which we would highly recommend!), just be prepared to bundle up the entire time you're in the tipi unless you're under the toasty covers. And use the trusty camping tip that Damon taught me--sleep with your clothes for the next day under the covers with you. They were fresh-from-the-dryer warm putting them on in the morning!
Saturday brought the first chance to see the tipi in the daylight and explore the grounds. There are trails on the property, including a long section of abandoned railroad that's set up for a picnic!
Tell me that doesn't look like something straight out of American Horror Story.
We found these all over while we were walking around...
Have you ever seen this before!? I hadn't. They're called Frost Flowers. From what I've read, conditions have to be just right for frost flowers to form. The weather must be below freezing, but it's vital that the ground is above freezing. Kuriositas does a great job of explaining why it happens:
"As the temperature gets to freezing or below the sap in the stem of the plants will expand. As it does so the outer layer of the stem comes under increasing pressure and microscopically thin cracks, known as linear fissures, begin to form. These will finally give way under the pressure of the sap and split open. Water is continuously being drawn up the plant’s stem while the ground remains unfrozen. It travels up the plants external structural axis (stem!) and reaches the split or splits. As it does so, it oozes slowly out and it freezes. Yet more water is coming behind it. This new water reaches the cracks and it too freezes, pushing the previous slither of ice away from the stem. In this manner the amazing ‘petals’ that you see in these pictures are formed."
How cool is that!?
Other than hanging out at the tipi, we had all of these grand plans for the weekend...the area is glittered with state parks that we really did have the best intentions of checking out. Johnson Shut-Ins, Elephant Rocks, and Taum Sauk Mountain are all right there (and all worth going to if you're in the area!). The Missouri Mines State Historic Site is also nearby...so many fun places to explore! We knew we couldn't make it to them all but in the end we only ended up visiting one place – Old Village Mercantile. Candy heaven!
Even though there were so many other intriguing places around, we ended up deciding to stick close to the campground for a super relaxing, chill night. So we broke out the whiskey and hotdogs and spent the night huddled around a campfire.
P.S. If you've never listened to The Wailin' Jennys, you definitely should! It is the perfect Pandora station for a relaxing night in the woods.
The tipi even came equipped with all the fixing for smores! It was all packaged in this perfect little tin...which I accidentally stole when we left. Eep! It was an accident, I swear. I never thought I'd use our Sorry card, but it was the perfect card for the situation as I embarrassingly packed up the stolen tin and mailed it back to Keith and Benka.
Excluding the accidental thievery, Damon and I (and our two incredibly tired but happy dogs) had an outstanding weekend. It was the perfect way to celebrate Christmas, and it will be a gift that we will remember and cherish forever.
:: Haley ::
Instagram: your go-to social media platform to get lost in beautiful, curated photos. Foodies, crafters, animal-lovers and fashionistas alike can all get their fix. So many photos are uploaded per day that it seems like you could scroll forever and never run out! So how does Instagram decide in what order you see the photos?
Until June of 2016, photos would appear chronologically, according to the time and date they were posted. But now things have changed a little. Here’s the low-down on the new algorithm:
The new Instagram algorithm personalizes your feed by monitoring how often you interact with certain accounts. For example, if you like and comment on 1canoe2 posts every day, our posts will pop up sooner than those of an account you rarely check, even if that other account posted more recently than us. When the change was announced, a lot of bloggers and business owners flipped out, thinking that they would get lost in the feed and you’d forget all about them! So, they started asking people to turn on notifications for their feed, so that every time they uploaded a photo, you would get an alert. Either directly interacting with your favorite brands and bloggers or turning on notifications works! It’s all about preference.
:: Claire The Intern ::
I grew up in California, in Palo Alto to be exact, and spent my weekends and summers in Santa Cruz–just over the mountains and through the woods. My grandparents lived on Seabright Beach, the sound of the ocean a constant soundtrack to daily life. Their house had the oldest living Cypress tree in the neighborhood; when it died it had to be removed by the city because if it fell, it would have taken out almost an entire block with its huge canopy. Their house was also where many of the neighbors congregated in the early evening for a cocktail (or attitude adjustment, as my grandma used to say). I can still hear the clinking of ice in glass as Roberta, from the corner house on the street, would come into the living room.
Many of the people who owned the houses on the street lived in Stockton, Ca (inland about 3 hours away, near Sacramento) but would all vacation in Santa Cruz. However, my grandparents lived there year-round, raising their kids and taking care of my great-grandparents. Their house was home base, their door always open to receive guests. When you walked in, you felt safe, loved, and part of the community. Years later when my grandparents were nearing the ends of their lives, the house started to fall apart bit by bit. And yet, none of us noticed it because their light shone so brightly, it masked the reality of a house needing repair.
When my grandparents died, they left their house to me and I still own it today. While I don’t get to live in it year-round as they did, I get to vacation there, when it works for me, my husband, and our two small children. My kids get to climb the same twisting staircase, bathe in the same enormous claw foot tub, and feel the same love that enveloped four previous generations of children. They didn’t get to meet my grandparents, but the fact that they get to be in that house means they know who my grandparents were: kind, funny, caring, loving. The house exudes it.
The Seabright neighborhood is filled with cute houses: each one is a different color with gingerbread details on old Victorians, all made of wood, odd but with cute details on porches, funny little windows, tiny garages, and so many succulents and beautiful flowers trailing over entryways. While many new families have moved into the neighborhood, there are several of us who still have ties to the original families who owned houses by the beach. Several of us still refer to the houses by the last name of the family living there in the 1960’s. The Moultons’ house will always be the Moultons’, Charlie Miller’s house will always be Charlie’s house.
My children scurry down to the beach just as I did as a child, as did my father and his cousins… My husband and I fall asleep to the sound of waves pounding on the beach just as my grandparents did. Our table seems to magically expand as a few more friends squeeze around to share a meal with us. These dwellings are our collective home, whether our stay is measured in days or in years, and we know we will always be welcomed.
:: Kelsey ::
From a cozy California beach house to a swarming bee hive hanging high in a tree–these are the dwellings that inspired the 2017 XL Calendar. Buy yours today and have it in time for the holidays!
Mark your calendars, because the 2016 Annual Everyone Loves Pie Contest is here!
For anyone new to our 1canoe2 family, every year we host a contest all about pies and prizes! We ask you to bake a yummy pie, take a cute photo of it (presentation does count!), and show it to us via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #1canoe2lovespie.
From there, it's totally up to you! Vote for your favorite pie on the 1canoe2 Facebook page and the pie with the most votes will win a 2017 XL Dwellings Calendar plus 3 butterfly prints! Second and third places will snag a 2017 Great Adventures Calendar and an Eggs and Milk Tea Towel Set.
For inspiration, check out some tried and true recipes on our Pinterest board! We have over 52 recipes waiting to be tasted. Here are two of our favorites:
Odds are, once you start baking, you won't be able to stop! We can't wait to see what you come up with. The very first year we held this contest, a smashed, splattered, and upside down pumpkin pie was only votes away from taking first place. Anything can happen...and that's the fun of it! So if you're up for the challenge, here are all the details you need to know!
Contest Dates: November 23–November 30
How to enter:
1 :: Bake a scrumptious pie
2 :: Upload your pie photo to the 1canoe2 Facebook page or post to your Instagram or Twitter. Just caption the photo with the recipe name and hashtag #1canoe2lovespie
3 :: Vote for your pie on the 1canoe2 Facebook page, then share so your friends can vote for you, too!
4 :: The pie with the most votes wins!
1st Place: 2017 XL Dwellings + 3 Butterfly Art Prints (Any 3 butterfly prints of your choosing, unframed)
2nd and 3rd Place: 2017 Great Adventures Wall Calendar + Eggs and Milk Tea Towel Set
Have a great time baking and a wonderful holiday. And don't forget–if you're hosting friends or family, be sure to check out our free holiday place cards to put the finishing touch on your table setting!
:: Claire the Intern ::