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 ::
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 ::
It's that time of year again! The leaves are falling, sweaters are being pulled out of storage, and holiday decor is filling the stores. Holiday season makes us want to tie on our aprons and start whisking up batches of Christmas cookies and pies -- but we can't eat it all by ourselves! Tis the season of giving, so why not throw a Thanksgiving or Christmas party to share the rest of those goodies? We've even got the first part covered for you. Use our free table setting place cards to provide the finishing touch to your dining room table!
There are so many different ways to jazz up a placeholder. For starters, instead of using your normal handwriting or printing out names, look up a simple calligraphy tutorial on Youtube and try your hand at it. Having a beautifully written place card automatically makes your guests feel special and cared for.
Once you've got your names written, slide your place card into one of our wood stumps to make it stand up (and stand out)! If you have a letterpress stump calendar, you've already got one stump on hand, and you can buy more right here!
If you want to make your stumps extra special, try a little DIY magic on them by using some twine to tie sprigs of holly to the outside, or roll the stumps in Hodgepodge and glitter. For a slightly more rugged feel, you could carefully tear the placecard edges. If you want to go all out, use chalkboard paint to cover the front of the stump and once it's dry, write your event's hashtag on it.
Maybe you're thinking of moving beyond just decorating the table and sprucing up your entire kitchen. These place cards are designed to match some of our other holiday favorites. Collect a couple and your decor will coordinate perfectly.
With so many options available, you might have to throw multiple parties! Now that you've got a few ideas, click here to print the free template.
:: Claire the Intern ::
Hiya folks! Today I am here to help show you how to make some fun little pennants out of our fabulous Tucker Prairie fabric. They are very simple and I have done my best to outline the steps for you below. Keep in mind that I am an amateur crafter, so if I can do it you can too!
-¼ inch dowel rods (I got mine at Michaels)
-Tucker Prairie fabric
-pennant pattern of desirable size (I made mine out of some scrap paper)
For these particular pennants I am showing below, I did not have any fabric left of significant size to make my pennants the same fabric on both sides. I ended up using complementary fabric patterns in different colors to give the pennants a two-tone effect. If this is not desirable, just make sure you use one large piece of fabric, folded. This will also allow you to skip to steps 3-5 below.
:: Kate ::
I spent 6 lovely years living in Nashville, and sometimes I miss it so much it hurts! I love all things Southern: literature, steeplechase, traditions, and of course: the food. Mostly the biscuits. The Loveless Cafe is on the western edge of Nashville, and it’s the home of my very favorite biscuits in the world. Since I’m living back in my home state of Missouri, I had to try to figure out the secret recipe. I think I’ve come pretty darn close with this from a copycat recipe I found on Pinterest.
Loveless Cafe Style Biscuits
Yield: About one half-sheet pan of biscuits. Quantity depends on the size of your cutter. You can halve this recipe if you want. It makes a ton!
1 (¼-ounce) packet active dry yeast
2 tablespoons lukewarm water (105º to 115ºf )
5 cups Southern soft-wheat self-rising flour*
¼ cup sugar
1 ½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 cup vegetable shortening (Crisco)
1/2 cup buttermilk powder (you can find this on Amazon)
2 cups water
4 tablespoons (½ stick) butter, melted
* If you can find Martha White, get that. If not, I just use regular self-rising flour and it’s fine.
Get all of your ingredients together. Get some hot water from your tap. Make sure it’s not TOO hot.
Dissolve the yeast in the water in a 4 cup measuring cup or similar sized bowl. After a few minutes it should be foamy. If it’s not, your yeast isn’t any good and you need to get some fresh yeast. Stir together the flour, sugar, salt and baking soda in a large bowl. Add the Crisco. Using a pastry cutter or just your fingers, crumble up the shortening until it’s in small pea sized chunks and coated with the dry ingredients.
Stir the buttermilk powder and water into the dissolved yeast. Stir into the flour mixture using a fork, just until moistened.
Grease a baking sheet with a little butter. Knead the dough lightly, about six turns. Do not overwork! It will make the biscuits tough. Roll out on a lightly floured surface to a ½-inch thickness. Stamp out biscuits with a 1 1/2-inch cutter. (Don’t twist the cutter or the biscuits will rise taller on one side.) Gather, roll, and cut the scraps. Arrange the biscuits with sides touching on the prepared baking sheet - pack them in tightly. Cover with a damp lint-free towel. Let the biscuits rise in a warm place until they have doubled in bulk, at least 2 hours. You can refrigerate them at this point.
Preheat the oven to 425ºf. Bake until the biscuits are lightly browned, about 15 to 20 minutes. Brush the tops with the melted butter and serve hot.
Serve with additional butter, honey or jam.
:: Beth ::
Hi I'm Amber, @simplelovequilts on IG! I'm a huge fan of 1canoe2 and I want to thank them so much for having me! I thought and thought of the perfect box to make for my tutorial before I came up with the one that stuck. The recipe cards on their site are simply adorable so a box displaying them in all of their loveliness was completely necessary. I can't forget to mention how their fabric along side their cards are a match made in heaven. In the end I ended up with more of a recipe card holder than a box. I had so much fun making it and hope you will as well!
1 FQ for Inside Fabric
1 FQ for Outer Fabric
1/2 Yard Pellon/Peltex 71F
(Ultra Firm 1-Sided Fusible)
Coordinating Colored Thread
Needle for Handstitching
Iron for fusing Peltex
Wonder Clover Clips
Glue Stick for Basting (you can glue baste instead of using thread if you choose to)
Pearl Cotton thread for top stitching
You will need to cut 1 of each piece using the Pellon/Peltex.
Outer Bottom Box:
• 2 Pattern Pieces
• Bottom: 3.25" x 6.75"
• Front: 3" x 6.75"
• Back: 5" x 6.75"
Inner Bottom Box:
• 2 Pattern Pieces
• Bottom: 3" x 6.5"
• Front: 2.75" x 6.5"
• Back: 4.75" x 6.5"
You will also need to cut your fabric using the Pellon pieces as a guide. Make sure you have at least 1/2" to 3/4" of fabric surrounding your Pellon pieces on all sides for basting.
Making your Recipe Box:
1. Prepare your Pellon pieces. Using a clear ruler and a pen trace your rectangles and your side pattern pieces to the non-fusible side of your Pellon. Make sure you label each piece as you go, to help you remember what will go where later on. Then cut them all out.
Click here for the template!
2. Fuse your Pellon to the matching fabric pieces.
3. Baste the fabric pieces to your Pellon. You can thread baste or glue baste.
4. You will now start to sew together your recipe box. You will first sew together your inner box completely. With right sides facing stitch together the pieces until you have a complete box. Now sew together your outer box.
5. Flip your outer box right side out, and keep your inner box inside out. Place your inner box inside of your outer box. Wrong sides facing.
6. Top stitch your the tops of your outer and inner box together.
I used pearl cotton thread, but this is optional. Coordinating thread to your box fabric will look equally as nice!
7. You're done! Now, write a recipe down and cook something yummy! :)
Or fill it with other goodies!
I hope you had fun looking through these pictures and if you are interested in making some of my other boxes you can find me on craftsy! :) Here is my pattern store link: http://www.craftsy.com/user/2330367/pattern-store?_ct=fqjjuhd-ijehu&_ctp=156212,2330367
:: Amber ::
**Many thanks to our wonderful guest blogger...such a lovely tutorial! But our partnership isn't stopping there. Together we're hosting a giveaway on Amber's Instagram! Here's the deal:
1. Follow both @simplelovequilts and @1canoe2 on IG
2. Tag 2 friends on the giveaway photo on @simplelovequilts
3. At 9pm ET on Sunday, February 7th we'll randomly select a winner to receive a 50 pack of Green Mixing Bowl Recipe Cards + Tucker Prairie 5" Charm Pack for you and each of your two tagged friends!
Everything could be improved with a little gold paint. This is a super quick and easy tutorial on how to class up your wood stump! All you need is the stump from the 2016 Letterpress Stump Calendar, a paintbrush and a small amount of Liquid Leaf paint. Now usually I would show you a picture of the paint jar so you know what to look for when you’re out shopping, but it turns out that apparently I don’t know my own strength and broke the jar while I was trying to unstick the lid! Gold paint was ALL OVER my kitchen. My toaster is now gold, the blender is gold, even the crockpot fell victim to the splash. So no picture of the actual jar, but you can see it on the Michaels website right here.
The size of brush you choose depends on the level of detail you’re looking for in the final product. The bigger the brush, the less detail you’ll end up with — pretty straight forward. I would, however, recommend using a cheaper brush that you could easily live without. This gold paint is a little harder to rinse out than your typical acrylic or gauche.
Here it goes:
1. Shake the Liquid Leaf well before using.
2. Evenly coat your brush with paint. I dipped my brush straight in the jar...no need to dirty things up more than I need to, right? The paint is fairly thin but opaque so it covers very well. You should only need one coat.
3. Get to painting! Remember that there is a definite top and bottom to the stump — the top will have a nice little groove cut for the calendar.
Be sure to post your finished project to our Facebook page! We love seeing these tutorials come to life in your photos. Happy painting!
:: Haley ::
Psst..we also have a tutorial on how to up-cycle the 2015 XL Calendar!
So it's almost 2016 and hopefully, you've already got your refill for our XL calendar hanger. Now what should you do with all of those beautiful florals from 2015? We print our calendars on super heavy luxury paper. It's sturdy and cuts like a dream, so it's perfect for crafty projects. Here's a craft post from 2015 New Years that actually works even better this year. Enjoy!
Like I do every new year, I woke up this first day of 2015 with a mighty craving for cute organizing tools. No better way to start the new year than with a fresh and tidy desk, right? Right. This will last approximately 15 seconds into my first day back at the office, but a girl can dream.
These pages are so big (20x30 inches) that really the up-cycling and crafting opportunities are boundless! But I thought it might be fun to make new file folders for my "new" desk.
It's so easy, that if you have the supplies on hand, it literally takes about 2 minutes to crank out your first folder. And you could make 12 or 13 folders out of the whole calendar if you want to. **UPDATE! The 2015 floral calendar is organized so you can actually make 2 floral folders out of one page! So the folder count goes up to 24 folders out of one calendar**
1) Unfold and trace the old folder on top of one of the calendar pages.
2) Cut out the folder with an Xacto blade or scissors
3) Fold the old file folder in half, and using the Xacto, lighly score the newly cut sheet in the middle so it will fold nicely.
5) Make millions more! You will miraculously become organized for the whole rest of the year.
:: Beth ::
This month 1canoe2 will celebrate its second annual Worksgiving, a day to share a meal and share what we’re thankful for before we go our separate ways for family Thanksgivings.
At the heart of this 1canoe2 tradition is Amy, our Production and Inventory Manager. She’s small but mighty, and she loves to gather people together and celebrate the important things in life. Last year’s first annual Worksgiving was a result of her labor of love; Amy cooked all of the food and treated us to a feast. Her gourmet spread is still mouthwatering a year later: lemon and herb chicken, sausage, wild rice and cranberry stuffed acorn squash, homemade rolls and strawberry jam, pear and blue cheese salad with balsamic vinaigrette, and pumpkin bars with cream cheese icing.
We filled our plates and sat elbow to elbow, enjoying the food and conversation. Over dessert each person was asked to share something he or she was thankful for with the team. During that time we cheered for one another, laughed with one another, cried tears of joy and gave hugs to those facing a challenging season ahead. What began as a somewhat cliché Thanksgiving question became a sincere time of sharing that brought us all closer together.
Worksgiving taught us that traditions in the workplace are just as important as family traditions, rites of passage that move us forward as an organization. The time we spend connecting face to face and being thankful for our business and the people who make it work is just as important as the weekly staff meetings, creative meetings, and operations meetings, maybe even more so.
We hope that in the busyness of this time of the year that you make time to break from your work to appreciate those who work with and for you. We'd love to hear what your workplace traditions are and how you work to build a strong, supportive work community. In the meantime, we’ll be working on pulling out our best recipes so that we can all pitch in for this year's Worksgiving meal! Sweet potato casserole anyone?
:: Karen ::
Pumpkin-Spice Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting from Betty Crocker