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A TWO-Rex Birthday Party

A TWO-Rex Birthday Party

We loved designing the invitations and food signs for this adorable birthday party.  The invitation was simple with a few colorful dinosaur silhoue...

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'Til Death Do Us Part

'Til Death Do Us Part

We design a LOT of wedding invitations every year, so it's particularly fun when a couple wants to do something really unique.  This couple was get...

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Baby Shower Cutie

Baby Shower Cutie

We love a themed Baby Shower - especially one that includes fruit (see proof here)! This "cuties" theme that we created for a customer is especiall...

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Grilled Corn Salad

Grilled Corn Salad

In the Summer, we love a good salad, especially one that's easy, refreshing AND includes a grilled element. This one checks ALL of those boxes! ...

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Bad Axe Team Party

Bad Axe Team Party

The team that throws together, grows together... isn't that what they say? Well our Barque Team had a BLAST throwing axes at Bad Axe Raider back in...

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A Note from Teacher

A Note from Teacher

photo credit: @jsscytn This past Spring, we were so inspired by Jessie, a loyal shopper and local middle school teacher. She had us customize folde...

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Spring Appetizer Board

Spring Appetizer Board

Spring is finally here, and that means more gatherings are around the corner - Easter, Mother's Day, Gradutation, parties on the patio, and di...

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Christmas Movie Bingo

Christmas Movie Bingo

Everyone knows that Hallmark Christmas Movies are some of the most-watched shows of the year.  In fact, a lot of girls (and guys) live for week...

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Halloween X-Ray Invitation

Halloween X-Ray Invitation

Flashback Friday to this custom Halloween invitation.  It's about a decade old and has gotten several updates over the years, but it's still fun to...

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Personalized Treat Bags

Personalized Treat Bags

Have you heard the old saying "A monogrammed treat bag keeps the candy stealing monsters away!"?  We think it's true, and this year we have 6 diff...

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How to Throw a Fiesta

How to Throw a Fiesta

Are you tired of hearing how much we love a Fiesta yet?  Sorry, it's still our favorite party to attend OR throw! If you follow our Instagram st...

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Island Stack Up

Island Stack Up

In Summer, we're all about easy dinners that utilize the grill, so this recipe is a go-to.  It's perfect for a gathering by the pool or a backyard ...

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Refreshing Mint Towels

Refreshing Mint Towels

On a hot Summer day, sometimes all you can THINK bout is cooling off - and FAST!  This solution is borrowed from our friends at the Anse Chastenet ...

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The Fabulous Patio Egg

The Fabulous Patio Egg

After the rain (PTL!), mosquito deterrent is a MUST if you plan to spend any time outside.  The Patio Egg has been a staple of ours for years, and ...

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You're Cool Popsicle DIY

You're Cool Popsicle DIY

Summer just started and it's already a scorcher - over 100 degrees every day this week!  As a special "thank you" for the team working so hard ...

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Lime Salt Watermelon Bites

Lime Salt Watermelon Bites

This easy recipe makes for a delicious summer treat - especially for cookouts and backyard parties!  {It was a favorite during the Barque Team Luau...

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12 Great Gifts for Grads

12 Great Gifts for Grads

With Graduation Season in full swing, moms of grads seem to get overwhelmed with all there is to do - order graduation announcements, get gifts for...

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Summer Locker Makeover

Summer Locker Makeover

Our Lockers got a little Summer inspiration today!  We love how this display turned out (using diecut palm placemats as the backdrop).

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First Birthday Fiesta

First Birthday Fiesta

With Cinco de Mayo on a Saturday this year, we've done a (taco) truckload of Fiesta invitations!  This First Birthday Fiesta invitation is just one...

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Margarita Punch

Margarita Punch

With Cinco de Mayo around the corner, we thought you might enjoy one of our favorite Margarita recipes.  It's a twist on the original, but it's sup...

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Meet the Owner

Meet the Owner

Hi friends! We have a lot of new faces around here, so I thought I would take a moment to introduce myself. I’m Kandice, the Creative in Charge aro...

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Written and Bound

Written and Bound

  If you've been in the store recently, you may have noticed our growing selection of children's books... and we couldn't be more excited about ...

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Llama Love

Llama Love

When a sweet customer requested a Llama invitation for an upcoming baby shower, we jumped at the chance to design this beauty.  She gave us free re...

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Easy Easter Gift

Easy Easter Gift

Need an easy Easter gift idea? This is one of our favorites (and it’s super affordable too)! These little cups of candy will make a great gift fo...

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You Can Girl

You Can Girl

“I’ve always been independent, and even as a child, I never liked hearing the word “NO”. 😜 In hindsight, having this incredible opportunity to own ...

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Team Letterpress Pizza Party

Team Letterpress Pizza Party

I'm so proud of our Barque Team, and thought it would be fun to show them a little love right before Valentine's Day.  This is the biggest our team...

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Woodland Holiday Table

Woodland Holiday Table

This Christmas, my holiday tablescape was inspired by evergreen trees, and I love how it turned out.  First, I used a plain white tablecloth to cre...

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DIY Gift Bow Drink Markers

DIY Gift Bow Drink Markers

Need a quick and easy idea drink marker idea for your holiday party?  We have one (and it's a very inexpensive solution)!   All you need is a packa...

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Hot Dr Pepper Cider

Hot Dr Pepper Cider

So many of you messaged us for this recipe, so here you go!  Hot Dr Pepper Cider has been a staple in Kandice's family for years, so we're excited ...

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Poinsettia Holiday Cocktail

Poinsettia Holiday Cocktail

For Small Business Saturday this year, we served a festive cocktail that everyone loved!  Since so any of you messaged us and asked for the recipe,...

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Small Business Saturday 2017

Small Business Saturday 2017

“If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.”  - John Irving Any small business owner will ...

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Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin Soup

I originally got this recipe from a Caribbean cookbook when I visited Jamaica, but since it calls for "Scotch Bonnet Sauce" (made from a pepper loc...

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FANG-tastic Hostess Gift

FANG-tastic Hostess Gift

For several years, our go-to Halloween hostess gift has been disguising a bottle of wine in witch's tights with a tag (see it HERE).  It's still on...

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Photo Gift Tag Idea

Photo Gift Tag Idea

Last weekend I attended a baby shower for my future nephew, but since I only flew in for the day, I didn’t have my usual gift wrapping supplies. I ...

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Fiesta Fun

Fiesta Fun

If you're a regular around here, you already know how much we LOVE a Fiesta!  Last weekend, Kandice hosted one to celebrate "a collection of friend...

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Top 3 Game Day Bags

Top 3 Game Day Bags

Are you ready for football season?  We are, and today we're sharing our Top 3 Clear Bags for Game Day!  Most college (and professional teams) now r...

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Freezing Hatch Green Chiles

Freezing Hatch Green Chiles

August is beautiful month.  It means:  Back to school (yay for school supplies!), slightly cooler weather (wishful thinking in Texas, but it DOES m...

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Flamazing!

Flamazing!

Planning a last hoorah for summer? Flamingo-themed is the way to go! We love these custom invitations and cups we did for a party recently - aren't...

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Summer Lockers

Summer Lockers

Dear Summer, we should hang out more. {Can you spot our newest item in the shop?  Hint - it's not a croquet set!}

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Amber's Baby Sprinkle

Amber's Baby Sprinkle

What do you do when you want to show a Momma a little love before her second baby arrives?  You can't have full-blown baby shower... so you have a ...

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Patriotic Lockers

Patriotic Lockers

Our lockers are ready for the Fourth... are you? {big thanks for @kelseylaineholt for the hand lettered sign - check her out on Instagram!}

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Beach Must Have

Beach Must Have

We are SO excited to announce that our favorite beach blankets have arrived! (Seriously, we've been looking forward to this all year... it finally ...

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Behind the Scenes - Ole!

Behind the Scenes - Ole!

In Texas, we throw a lot of Fiestas - for any occasion - birthday, retirement, graduation, engagement, couples shower, baby shower... just about an...

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Barque's 3rd Birthday

Barque's 3rd Birthday

This April, Barque turns THREE!  We can't believe how quickly the time has flown, but we're still loving every minute of it.  We celebrated our 3rd...

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Dos & Tres Fiesta!

Dos & Tres Fiesta!

When our sweet customer Casey needed invitations for her son and daughter's joint birthday party (turning 2 and 3, respectively), she threw out the...

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Carry On Chico

Carry On Chico

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Buttermilk Biscuit Basics

Buttermilk Biscuit Basics

At the store, we love the buttermilk biscuit mix from Callie's.  They make making biscuits easy and delicious (plus they make a great gift when pai...

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Valentine's Day Lockers

Valentine's Day Lockers

Love is in the air... and for our customers, we hope it's in their mailboxes too!  This LOVE-ly locker renovation is inspired by mail for and from ...

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New Year's Eve Lockers

New Year's Eve Lockers

Our lockers are ready for 2017... and so are we! We're thankful that 2016 has been a great year for us, but we're looking forward to even more f...

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A Colorful Christmas

A Colorful Christmas

Y'all, this holiday season has been busy... which is great for business, but that also means that this girl is TIRED! The sad truth is I was too...

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Custom Ribbon

Custom Ribbon

One of our favorite "cheater" moves for dressing up a holiday package is to add custom ribbon to it. a)  It gives the impression that you planne...

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Custom Holiday Recipe Cards

Custom Holiday Recipe Cards

Do you have an avid baker or cook on your holiday shopping list?  Custom recipe cards make a great gift for foodies!  We have several options that ...

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Pilgrim Wine Topper

Pilgrim Wine Topper

Need a quick and easy hostess gift for Thanksgiving?  Grab a bottle of wine and our Pilgrim bottle topper for an adorable token of gratitude to you...

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Colorful Holiday Lockers

Colorful Holiday Lockers

Our lockers got festive over the weekend!  Check out the adorable bottle brush trees we got in this year - aren't they fun?!  Each color wave set i...

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Thanksgiving Table Ideas

Thanksgiving Table Ideas

Thanksgiving is around the corner, and we've got a few ideas to help make your table decor easy and beautiful!  Check out our setting. Paper t...

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Chicken Wire Frame DIY

Chicken Wire Frame DIY

One of my favorite ways to display paper goods is with clothes pins on chicken wire - it's just so easy and if there are "gaps" between items, you ...

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Halloween Details 2016

Decorating for Halloween is a highlight of the season - it means that fall is officially here and I can get geared up for my favorite season.  I do...

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Football Lockers

Football Lockers

Are you ready for football season?  Our lockers are! {This locker redo was done using details from my Football Mantle at home - I wanted to ...

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Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork

For our Aloha Team Dinner, I decided to keep the prep easy for BBQ Pulled Pork tacos by using a slow cooker, and this recipe turned out to be a kee...

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Meet Linda McMillan

Meet Linda McMillan

Graduating high school or college is a milestone, so it's only fitting to have a photo session to commemorate the event.  Luckily, we've partnered ...

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Aloha Lockers

Aloha Lockers

After our Aloha Team Dinner, I hated for all of the decorations to go to waste, so we gave our lockers one last summer wardrobe change. We know it ...

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Aloha Team Dinner

Aloha Team Dinner

This past weekend the Barque team said "aloha" (goodbye) to summer AND "aloha" (hello) to a great fall ahead!  It was the second annual End of Summ...

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Pretty Painted Pineapples

Pretty Painted Pineapples

For our Barque Team Dinner this summer, I had decided on a tropical theme, so I knew that PINEAPPLES would be the way to go for decorations. Ult...

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Dogs Get Skin Cancer Too

Dogs Get Skin Cancer Too

Although I've been a dog owner my whole life, it's never occurred to me that my dogs needed protection from the sun.  If it's never occurred to you...

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Patriotic Lockers

Patriotic Lockers

Just before Memorial Day, we gave our lockers a little Red, White and Blue treatment.  All of the fun paper fans, tissue tassel garland and strings...

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Graduation Lockers

Graduation Lockers

Our lockers are ready for Graduation Season... are you? Fabulous hand lettering on the "happy graduation" sign by @kelseylainee , The World ...

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Shannon's Bridal Shower

Shannon's Bridal Shower

Over the past three years, we've had the pleasure of working this pretty special girl right here ---> Shannon.  She's always got a smile on her ...

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Weekend in Greensboro

Weekend in Greensboro

For my birthday this year, I had the pleasure of visiting Greensboro, North Carolina for a long weekend.  My friends Tony and David moved there las...

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Let's Flamingle!

Let's Flamingle!

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Easy Easter Candy Cups

Easy Easter Candy Cups

Need several quick, easy and affordable Easter gifts?  We love this idea!  They're great for teachers, neighbors, co-workers or friends (and they c...

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Change in Availability

To our Barque customers: I am so grateful that many of you have come to rely on us (me) for all of your invitation needs.  I truly enjoy designing...

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What's Trending for 2016

What's Trending for 2016

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How to Make a Dog Tuxedo

How to Make a Dog Tuxedo

To get your pup red carpet ready, you will need: - a white button-up shirt (I got mine in the Men's section at Goodwill for $3 - just make sure ...

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Happy New Year's Card

Happy New Year's Card

This year I had grand ideas for doing a "frozen" themed holiday card - pretty powder blue envelopes with silver glitter liners... a pic of the pups...

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Welcome 2016

Welcome 2016

After my New Year's photo shoot with the pups, I thought the mylar balloons would be a great addition to our lockers for the new year. Adorned wi...

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End of Summer Fiesta

End of Summer Fiesta

To wrap up the summer, I thought it might be fun to throw an End of Summer Fiesta for the entire Barque team.  We've never had an official "office ...

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Fiesta Tissue Napkin Rings

Fiesta Tissue Napkin Rings

As I'm planning an End of Summer Fiesta, so I thought it might be fun to create decorative napkin rings for it.  They were easy, and I like how the...

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Pineapple Plates

Pineapple Plates

While in Costa Rica for my brother’s wedding, my family took a half day fishing tour. When the young local fisherman presented us with a gorgeous p...

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Summer 2015 Market Trends

Summer 2015 Market Trends

We just got back from shopping Atlanta Market over the weekend and couldn't wait to share with you what looks like the hottest trends for this fall...

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Cue the Confetti!

Cue the Confetti!

Have you heard the news?  Barque was just named Trendy Stationer of the Year by Stationery Trends Magazine!  We're honored and excited and feel ver...

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Summer in Full Swing

Summer in Full Swing

Temperatures are up, which means Summer is in full swing.  That means it’s time to get our lockers seasonably dressed… with an Estate Sale croquet ...

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The Watermelon Keg

The Watermelon Keg

It's summer - and that means that picnics, backyard barbecues and outdoor get-togethers are happening NOW! For your next summer party, use a waterm...

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Sample Saturday 6/20/15

Sample Saturday 6/20/15

Last Saturday, June 20th we hosted a “Sample Saturday” in the store. We served a few gourmet foods that we love (and offer in the store) – from gou...

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3 Step Margaritas

3 Step Margaritas

Some weekends, the best way to beat the Texas heat is to whip up a batch of easy frozen margaritas.  This recipe is tried and true (from my friend ...

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Make Way for More Cards!

Make Way for More Cards!

As spring shifts into high gear and Mother's Day, Father's Day and Graduation draw near, we need more room for greeting cards - we have cards out t...

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Employee Easter Eggs

Employee Easter Eggs

For holidays and special occasions, I want our staff to feel appreciated, even if it's with a small gesture.  This Easter, I had the idea of making...

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That's the Ticket!

That's the Ticket!

With Barque’s First Birthday coming up, we thought it might be fun to change up the decorations above our register. I envisioned something colorful...

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Grilled Artichokes

Grilled Artichokes

With beautiful weather in store for this week, I couldn't resist pulling out the grill over the weekend!  I've only made this recipe a few times (I...

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JWC Cosmo Club Night

JWC Cosmo Club Night

Last week we hosted a private shopping night for the Lubbock Junior Women’s Club and it was great - despite the snowy weather! This group of ladies...

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2015 January Market Trends

2015 January Market Trends

As always, my last trip to Atlanta Market did not disappoint.  It's true, going to Market IS fun, but make no mistake - it's NOT a vacation or plea...

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Dinner in the ATL

Dinner in the ATL

One of my highlights of visiting Atlanta for Market is the variety of incredible restaurants within a stone's throw.  Being in West Texas, I don't ...

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New Year's Day Brunch

New Year's Day Brunch

This year, on a bit of a whim, I decided to throw together a New Year's Day Brunch with my girlfriends.  I had the day off, I still had plenty of f...

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3 Ways to Give Better Gifts

With Christmas around the corner, a lot of people stress about trying to find the "perfect" gift for their loved ones.  In retail, I see the panic ...

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5 Reasons to Shop Small

5 Reasons to Shop Small

Today is Small Business Saturday, and we've got 5 reasons why you should "shop small" with businesses like ours {Barque}! 1.  Sometimes Less...

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Happy Howl-o-ween

Happy Howl-o-ween

From my Correctional Facility to yours, hope your weekend is Spooktacular! {I love doing a Halloween card with the pupalups every year.  Thi...

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Witchy Wine Hostess Gift

Witchy Wine Hostess Gift

Do you need a cute, quick Halloween hostess gift  (or something for a friend or neighbor)?  This is the EASIEST idea (seriously, it takes less than...

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Biscuit Bar Brunch

Biscuit Bar Brunch

When it comes to brunch, you can almost always bet I'm going to go for something savory (and probably with eggs), but I know not everyone feels the...

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DIY Turf Tailgate Runner

DIY Turf Tailgate Runner

Fall is here!  Well, technically it doesn't feel  like it yet since temps are in the 90's, but the arrival of September means that at least it's on...

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Garlic Truffle Fries

Garlic Truffle Fries

Summer burgers on the grill are good, but homemade fries make them better... and when they're garlic truffle fries, well then they're BEST! In h...

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Summer Sangria

Summer Sangria

Sangria is so delicious and SO easy!  Try this recipe for your next Summer cookout or get-together. Summer Sangria (yield: approximately 3 quarts...

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Gift Tags:  Behind-the-Scenes

Gift Tags: Behind-the-Scenes

I think most people imagine that designers sit around, gazing off into the distance over a steaming coffee (brainstorming, of course) and then grac...

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July 4th Dog Safety

July 4th Dog Safety

While celebrating July 4th is fun for us humans, it can be very stressful for our dogs.  In fact, July 5th is one of the biggest days of the year f...

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Easy Guacamole

Easy Guacamole

Guacamole has always been one of my go-to dishes to bring to a party.  I so fresh and yummy (and it's really easy to make)!  With tomorrow being Ci...

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Grapefruit Margaritas

Grapefruit Margaritas

Shake things up this Cinco de Mayo weekend with a tart and delicious Grapefruit Margarita!  This version is perfect for spring - easy, delicious an...

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Graduation Gift Guide

Graduation Gift Guide

With grauation just around the corner, it's time to start thinking about great gifts for grads!  Customers always make it sound like "graduation gi...

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"The Switch"

"The Switch"

Even though it's been a long time coming (almost 2 years in my head), the transformation (aka - "The Switch")  from being Calligraphy Etc. to Barqu...

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Wild Hibiscus Cocktail

Wild Hibiscus Cocktail

For the preview night before the official grand opening of  Barque, we used one of our newest products to create a super easy (2 ingredient!), sign...

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Barque

Barque

So this new name, Barque, how do you say it?  [bahrk] - sounds like a dog's bark or bark on a tree. Now then, what does it mean? According to...

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Why Change?  Why Now?

Why Change? Why Now?

I know what you're here for.  You have two questions:  Why change? and Why now? I'll answer that in a bit, but first, let me back up and give yo...

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Punny Valentines

Punny Valentines

I've always enjoyed collecting vintage Valentines,  mostly because they're punny!  "I long for you" on the image of a dauchsund, "You make my heart...

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Holiday Garland Tip

Holiday Garland Tip

As you start to think about packing up your Christmas decorations, try this little tip I use for organizing garland.  It's simple one, but if you'r...

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Halloween Party Playlist

Halloween Party Playlist

For a Halloween party, we think you need a good playlist, so here we've compiled a few "halloween-music-must-haves" with a few seasonal faves.  It'...

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Definition Straw Flags

Definition Straw Flags

For my #booksandbirds Halloween party, I decided to make definition straw flags to coordinate with the literary theme.  Using the definition of "dr...

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Mercury Glass Tutorial

Mercury Glass Tutorial

... just in time for Halloween decor! Mercury glass is such a classic and spooky look, it's just perfect for Halloween!  When I decided to s...

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Lunchbox to Mail Organizer

Lunchbox to Mail Organizer

I found this "mailbox" lunch box at an antique store in town and instantly snapped it up...  I especially love the "Mr. Zip" on the side (hehe).  W...

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