How to Rock a Trade Show

We were honored to be included in Aeolidia's super helpful round up of tips for selling at trade shows and craft fairs. The advice from seasoned exhibitors like A.Favorite Design, Sycamore Street Press, I Heart Guts and others is great for newbies just getting started and even old pros looking for some new tricks. Head on over to Aeolidia's blog for the full post and tell 'em the Ponies sent you!

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images of A.Favorite Design, Sycamore Street Press and I Heart Guts via Aeolidia


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Thought of the Day | 11.18.14

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The Privilege of a lifetime is being who you are. — Joseph Campbell

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Mmmondays! Nutty Oatmeal Cookies

Mmmondays is back! After a long hiatus, we thought we’d open up the doors to the Pony kitchen and share a recent favorite recipe. This one is especially awesome because of how versatile it is. Don’t like raisins? Use cranberries or any other dried fruit instead, or better yet double up on the chocolate chips! Don’t like bananas? That’s just crazy, who doesn’t like bananas? You can use applesauce instead if you must. (Actually Mr. Pony prefers them that way.)

Without further ado, here’s the recipe:

Nutty Oatmeal Cookies
1 1/2 cups rolled oats - we use the regular kind rather than quick oats
3/4 cup coconut flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup of flour or almond meal - we use whatever is one hand, usually whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup chopped nuts - we like walnuts and pecans
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chocolate chips
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking sheets.

In a large bowl, combine rolled oats, flour, nuts, coconut and cinnamon. Add raisins and stir, making sure they don’t clump together.

In a medium bowl (or high speed blender), combine canola oil, mashed banana and vanilla extract. Add mixture to dry ingredients and stir.

Form into balls and flatten with a fork on the prepared cookie sheet.

Bake for about 15-20 minutes. Try not to eat them all at once!

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Top Shop: The Artisan Center

Since 1977, The Artisan Center in Denver has been offering its customers funky and unique gifts from home decor to baby clothes to fabulous American-made jewelry. Whether you are looking for sweet things for the little ones (creative animal mittens!) or the perfect pillow, this eclectic Top Shop is just what the Ponies ordered! Check ‘em out on Facebook where they seem to always be celebrating a special occasion!

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New Beginnings

This blog post has been a long time coming, it's been on my to-do list since May. It's a hard one to write, bittersweet. You see, when Two Trick Pony began there were two Ponies. And while Carrie will always be a Pony deep down, she has moved on to become a full-time mother to an amazing little girl named Hilma. So, now I am on my own and while excited about this new challenge, also adjusting to life as a solo Pony.

The past eight years building this business together has been incredible. I have learned so much and done things I never would have dared to do on my own, like exhibiting at the National Stationery Show in our first real year of business! It. Was. Crazy. NSS is the biggest tradeshow in our industry and creating an 80 square foot booth from scratch and on a budget was no small feat. But Carrie's can-do-anything attitude and my tendency to overpack you-never-know-we-might-need-this supplies made it work. We had everything but the kitchen sink that year and we made fast friends with neighboring booths who had forgotten a screwdriver or ran out of packing tape. Even more than the tools and supplies though, it was Carrie's warmth and friendliness that drew other exhibitors to the pony booth. If you've ever met Carrie, you know exactly what I mean.

When I look back at all those years, the one thing I miss the most is not Carrie's fantastic design skills or ability to pretty much make anything out of anything (MacGyver's got nothin' on her!), but her presence. Next to having a spouse or a child, having a business partner can be one of the most intense but rewarding relationships. You have to trust, respect and listen to one another and always know that you are in it together. I couldn't have asked for a better partner... or friend.

xo, Laurie Pony

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Throw Back Thursday! NSS 2007

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Wow, it was 2007 when we first exhibited at the National Stationery Show in NYC! What an amazing, fun, crazy seven years it's been. We can't thank those first buyers enough for giving us the confidence to keep going. Writing those orders and knowing our designs would be in so many fabulous shops was (and still is) so exciting. We can't wait to see what the next seven years brings!



















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National Stationery Show

At last month's National Stationery Show, the lovely ladies from Crow and Canary showed off our new goods in their booth. Since we didn't make it to New York in person this year, we've been drooling over the gorgeous photos online. It was tough to narrow it down, but here are some top notch booths we spotted on Oh So Beautiful Paper's 14 part (yes, 14!) wrap up of the show...




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Yellow Owl Workshop





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Gingiber





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Papillon Press





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Tabletop Made





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Fancy Seeing You Here





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Pepper Press





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Noteworthy Paper & Press





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Hello!Lucky





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Hammerpress


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