Building a business

I've been thinking a lot this summer about growth and how to build a solid foundation for Canoe. There have been countless conversations with successful business owners across the US, listening A LOT, asking questions, and feeling out my own conclusions. I have had a winding path to get where I am today, which I'm really grateful for; it means I have more experiences to draw on and support from a very diverse group of friends. This summer has felt like a turning point, one I've been working towards for a long time.

Vote for Canoe at American Made

As part of this growth, I've applied to the Martha Stewart American Made 2013 contest and hope you'll take a minute to check out my profile and Vote for Canoe! Please share with your friends and help us get the word out. I'm excited to see where we go next. Thanks for sticking around for the ride, friends!

Summer's over

sweet peas by Natalie Davisfield of wild sweet peas in Portland, OR

It's official--summer is over. Nothing quite marks that time than the first day of school, which started Monday. This summer has been a very special time for me, working away in the studio on dream projects of my own making and letting myself explore. It's been a time to stop and reflect on what I want for my life, my business, and this space here. After much thought, I've decided to shift this blog around a bit so I can focus more on making what I love. Fall has a lot in store for Canoe and for me personally, and I'm excited to share our new projects. Thank you so much for your continued support of all my projects; it means more than I can put into words.

Imagine and Jonah Lehrer

Jonah Lehrer Jonah Lehrer is a writer/thinker who eloquently explains the importance of neurology and how science works. I first learned about Jonah from RadioLab, one of my all-time favorite radio programs, and immediately picked up his book, Proust Was a Neuroscientist. He has a new book out called Imagine: How Creativity Works and it's at the top of my list for summer reads.

Be sure to check out this great interview by Charlie Rose where Jonah talks about some key aspects of his book. P.S. He has dreamy glasses.


Dear Miss

Sometimes running a business is like riding a roller coaster. There are serious ups and then inevitable downs. I've had a month filled with both and it can leave you feeling confused with your head spinning a bit. But, in the end, regardless of the outcome, I'm always glad I take risks and put my work/thoughts out into the world in various forms. We learn from the mistakes, even if they can make us feel foolish at times. That feeling thankfully passes. This post is just a bit of advice to myself to keep putting the work out.

special thanks to this great read by Grace of Design*Sponge, which had me thinking a lot.


Nestor Judkins by Andrew Paynter Welcome to 2012. New Year's is always such a hopeful time, this year especially since 2011 seemed to beat the living daylights out of folks. We had some major ups and some downs, but 2012 is what we've been holding our breaths for. We've got new plans for Tool & Tack, collaborations and projects that have been brewing slowly. Stay patient with us as we sort through the kinks, and I can promise good times ahead. Much love for the support and for coming back to visit. We're so damn happy to have you with us.