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 fun in the New Year.  Thanks for all of your love and support – I appreciate you guys letting me live this little dream of mine every day!

Happy New Year!  Wishing you and yours all the best in 2017!

– Kandice

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 worn out to put up all of my Christmas decorations this year.  As much as I love my Snow Village, garlands, nativity scenes and Santas, I didn’t have the time or the energy to do it.  I also didn’t want all the STUFF out.  When I put the decorations away, I’m always relieved that my house is clean and clutter-free…  so I decided to bring on all of that feel-good happiness a few weeks early.  The decorations were minimal, and I used a lot of rearranged everyday items, but it was a welcome change that I’ve enjoyed.  Below are a few of my favorite details  from this year’s “Colorful Christmas”:

The Mantle – I opted for retro bottle brush trees and a watercolor painting from my grandmother.  I had the hardest time finding “pastel” stockings, so I ended up spending an hour or so with my mom’s trusty Singer sewing machine to make my own.  They’re not pretty up close, but they’ll work for now.  (These trees are so fun – we even used them to dress up our lockers at the store this year.)dsc_1072sm

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The combination of the colorful trees and bright pillows (borrowed from the guest room) make for a cheerful and cozy fireside spot (Lucy agrees).

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My Tree – This year I went with a Nordmann Fir, adorned as usual with white lights and my colorful plastic balls.  It’s dog-friendly and easy – exactly what I needed!

dsc_1204smNostalgia – This is my favorite nativity.  For no good reason other than I’ve always loved it.  Since I’ve lived in this house, it’s been an amazing addition to my kitchen decor, mostly because I can keep it safe inside a cloche on the counter.

dsc_1221smA Paper Lover’s Nativity –  I bought this cardboard nativity a few years ago at an estate sale because it’s the same one my mom got from her mother. It fits perfectly on top of my grandmother’s mini piano.

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A Bright Entry – A colorful ball ornament wreath and abstract painting by my grandmother at the door kicks off the colorful feel for this year’s decor!

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Red/Green Books – Instead of packing up all my books, I decided to utilize the red and green ones for my entryway display.  One less thing to pack up, and a great way to use something I already have out.  It’s a win-win, right?

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The Church – This new addition to my decorations has been a favorite – it’s a wooden church for holiday cards!  It checks all the boxes:  cute, useful, and efficient.

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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 planned ahead, because you had to order the ribbon (clearly) – even if the gift you’re using to wrap it with was just purchased.

b)  It screams that you’re an “attention to detail” kind of person (which only creates excitement about the gift it adorns)

c)  It dresses up anything you need to give- from a simple bottle of wine to a wrapped package or gift bag with tissue.

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Basically, custom ribbon is a handy trick all year ’round (think Wedding and Birthday gifts too!), but it’s a great way to enhance your holiday gifts this season. The ribbon is available in a variety of sizes (3/8″, 5/8″, 7/8″ or 1.5″ wide, $70 – $101), colors and ink colors.  Turnaround time is less than two weeks, so you still have plenty of time to get yourself a few rolls before the holiday season is in full swing!

Come by the store or call us for more information about custom ribbon:  806-785-1195

 

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 you can personalize with their favorite color or style to match their kitchen decor… and anyone who likes to”slave away in the kitchen” can appreciate having recipe cards to record their experimental victories (and twists on traditional family favorites).

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Custom Recipe Cards are reasonably priced  – $15 for 25, $25 for 50, $40 for 100 and $52.50 for 150 qty. – so they make a great stocking stuffer too.

Are you or your family famous for passing out treats during the holiday season?  Personalized recipe cards with your family’s name and your handwritten recipe make an extra special touch to your plate of cookies or fudge.  It’s fun for the recipient to eat, but it’s even more fun for them to have the recipe too!

Come by the store or call us for more information on ordering custom recipe cards for yourself or a friend:  806-785-1195

Clever Candle Gift in 3 Easy Steps

Clever Candle Gift in 3 Easy Steps

One of our favorite gift ideas this holiday season involves our favorite candle paired with an unexpected surprise – custom matches!

This ideas is so simple (and genius), we can’t believe we’ve never done it before!   It requires 3 easy steps, which we can help you with.

Clever Candle Gift in 3 Easy Steps

  1. Stock up on your favorite candles to give as holiday gifts (don’t forget to grab a few extra for “backup”).
  2. Order custom match boxes or match books from us at Barque (prices range from $37 – $44 for 50 quantity or $48 – $62 for 100 quantity).  Try to come up with a clever phrase you can use that includes candle-like qualities – “warm”, “glow/glowing”, “sparkly”, etc.  We can help you come up with the right message, but if it comes from you, it will be that much more personal and delightful for your recipient.
  3. Use twine or ribbon to tie your custom matches onto the candle (or even the outside of the wrapped package).

It’s a fun add-on to your gift, it’s useful, and it doubles as a gift tag too.  This idea is definitely one we’ll be using this season!

BARQUE BONUS IDEA:  Wouldn’t this concept be cute for birthday gifts too? Your message could read:  “Happy Birthday!  Hope your year ahead sparkles as much as you do.  Love, Tina & John”

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