Summer Sangria


Confession:  I've never met a sangria I didn't like, but I've never one myself.  This week I tried it for a girl's night by the pool and was surprised by how easy it is.  I imagined it would have to sit for a long time to soak up that fruity flavor... but I was wrong.  Since I've only tasted sangria using white wine, my heart skipped a beat when I saw Emeril's recipe using red, and I knew exactly where to start. His recipe had great reviews, but I did make a few last minute tweaks (just … [Continue reading...]

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 gracefully sketch out a masterpiece or design one on their computer (click. click. click. done.) - in an hour or less (naturally).  Maybe that is how it works for some, but unfortunately NOT for me. Since my "day job" is designing invitations for customers, I don't have much time to sit down and develop my own ideas - at least not when they first come to … [Continue reading...]

Lemony Goat Cheese & Basil Dip


In honor of the store’s upcoming Semi-Annual Lemons and Leftovers Sale next week, I thought it might be fun to share a delicious, lemony recipe that’s perfect for summer entertaining.  This is a recipe I got from Gourmet Pantry a few years ago, and it’s always been a crowd-pleaser.  It’s also ridiculously easy {seriously, the […]

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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 for animal shelters.  The loud noise caused by fireworks can make a dog panic and try to escape to a “safer place”.  {Hey, if I […]

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Prettying up the Porch


Last summer  was my initial “investment” in the patio project.  I didn’t want to spend a lot of money, but I knew that I had to start somewhere, so the World Market Outdoor Furniture Sale was my first stop.  **TIP:  Apparently they have this sale annually,  mid-June to July, so if you plan ahead and […]

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Succulent Tower


Last summer, I made a fun little “succulent tower” to put on my front porch.  At the time, I was just playing around and had no idea that someone might want to know how to make their own.  When it was finished, a few people asked me to blog a how-to, but since I hadn’t […]

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National Stationery Show 2014 Recap


Last weekend, I made my annual trek from West Texas to the Big Apple for the National Stationery Show (#nss).  It was a last minute decision to attend this year (after the added expense of store renovations this spring, I wasn’t sure I could afford it), but when I realized that I had enough airline […]

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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 Cinco de Mayo, I thought this might be the perfect time to post the recipe! You’ll need: 6 large avocados (they should be firm but pliable if […]

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Graduation Gift Guide


With May just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about graduation gifts!  Customers always make it sound like “graduation gift hunting” is a daunting task, so we’ve created a handy little Graduation Gift Guide to help you (through a series of questions and answers)… and the best part?  We can hook you up […]

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“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 Barque happened VERY quickly.  Yes, it took a lot of pre-planning, but once we got the ball rolling, the entire project was completed from Saturday afternoon(move out) to Thursday evening […]

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