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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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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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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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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Love for the Animals Fundraiser

The Ponies are so excited to be involved in this fantastic Love for the Animals event to raise money for a local animal sanctuary in nearby Mendon, MA. The fundraiser involves a silent auction of various items donated by artists, organizations and businesses including Two Trick Pony. If you live near Boston, you can attend the event and enjoy delicious food, drinks and music too! More info on the Maple Farm Sanctuary website.

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Top Shop: Urban Mercantile

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Bradley Burch, owner of Urban Mercantile, was one of our very first customers and we are honored that he is still stocking Two Trick Pony cards all these years later. The splendid stationery, ceramics, glass and textiles found at Urban Mercantile are carefully chosen by Bradley himself, a former art director. If you find yourself strolling down Carl Street in San Francisco, be sure to stop in and say the Ponies sent you!

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Top Shop: Hazel & Dewey

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Next time you're in the Mile High City, be sure to swing by the fabulous Hazel & Dewey. If the altitude in Denver doesn't make you dizzy, their selection of finely curated modern goods just might!

In addition to selling "astonishing kitchenware, awe-inspiring textiles and adorable hand-crafted curios", Hazel & Dewey also offers a gift registry. Check out their website for more info and give 'em some love on Facebook too.

A big thanks to Hazel & Dewey for selling Two Trick Pony goods!

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Ponies on the Road: Catskill Animal Sanctuary Shindig

The Ponies hit the road last weekend to attend the Catskill Animal Sanctuary’s 12th Annual Shindig, “A Festival of Vegan Living” which took place on Saturday, October 5th in Saugerties, NY. We decided to head out on Friday for the three hour drive through the beautiful Berkshire Mountains of western MA and then on to the Catskills. A slight detour took us through Florence, MA for some Pony refueling at Cafe Evolution. Next stop, the Superlodge for some shut eye before our big day.

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Arriving at the sanctuary Saturday morning, we were greeted by a fantastic crew of volunteers and many curious new animal friends including one mischievous goat who appropriately tried to eat the “Warning - I bite!” sign. So predictable.

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We set up our tent and table in the picturesque vendor area which was adjacent to pasture on one side and overlooking a pond on the other. Throughout the day, we met so many wonderful folks who came out for the animals, the music and of course the food! Some of the culinary highlights were Treeline Artisanal Treenut Cheese, Rescue Chocolate and Cashewtopia Gelato. Yum, yum and yum!

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The day ended with an impromptu tour of one of the barns by CAS's inspirational founder Kathy Stevens. She introduced us to many special animals including Buddy, a blind horse who charmed us all. The perfect end to a perfect Pony day!

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Custom Design Spotlight: Leverage Marketing Group

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One of the wonderful and unique aspects of screen printing is the ability to print light ink colors on dark paper. This holiday card design was provided by our client, Leverage Marketing Group. They chose this shimmery Stardream paper with white ink which really makes the design pop! Check out more of our custom design and print work here.

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John and Schoep

You may have seen this photo making the internet rounds awhile back. This is John Unger and his dog Schoep who suffered from severe arthritis. John heard that water therapy was an effective way to reduce the pain of arthritis in humans, so he began taking Schoep to Lake Superior where this image was taken by photographer and friend Hannah Stonehouse Hudson. Schoep passed away this week after 20 years by John’s side. Visit John and Schoep’s Facebook page to see more pics and offer your words of support to John.

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Top Shop: Magpie

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Last month in our featured retailer post “Top Shop”, we highlighted the fun and quirky Black Ink which has stores in Boston and Cambridge, MA. This month, nearby Somerville, MA is home to the Top Shop: Magpie! Located in Davis Square, Magpie features handmade crafts and indie design with a special focus on local artists. They sell a little bit of everything — from jewelry, housewares and t-shirts to greeting cards, art prints and gifts for baby. Magpie is the place to go for truly unique gifts as well as the ever present moustache, bike and owl themed items essential to any shop located in a hipster-haven like Somerville. Check out their Facebook page while their website is being revamped and if you’re in Davis Square, stop by and be sure to tell them the Ponies sent you.

A big thanks to Magpie for selling Two Trick Pony goods!

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Help us pick the next Charity Card!




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Help a deserving organization and
enter to win a $50 gift certificate!


The Ponies are excited to continue the Charity Card program with a new organization to donate a portion of sales to. We need your help in choosing the card that will be the next Charity Card. It's easy and you could win a $50 gift certificate to our online shop just for nominating a card! Here's how...

STEP 1
Visit the
Two Trick Pony online shop and choose a single card (birthday, greeting, thank you, etc.) to be the next Charity Card.


STEP 2
Leave a comment here OR on our Facebook page by Sunday, June 30th with your choice.


STEP 3
Check back on
July 1st to see if you were chosen at random to win a $50 gift certificate to our online shop!

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We will be donating 10% of the Charity Card sales from July through December 2013 to The One Fund Boston, whose purpose is to raise money to help those families most affected by the tragic events that unfolded during this year's Boston Marathon. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Menino announced the formation of The One Fund Boston on April 16, 2013 and almost 60 million dollars has been raised so far to help families.

Learn more at The One Fund Boston


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We've been nominated for the A-List!

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We are honored to be nominated for the Best Wedding Invitations category on the Boston A-List and hope you will give us your support! Click here to vote for us and if you've worked with us already, you can submit a testimonial on our behalf. Thanks so much!




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