Fiesta Floral Invitation: Behind the Scenes

Fiesta Floral Invitation: Behind the Scenes

We create a LOT of custom invitations, but this spring I designed one of my favorites thus far – a festive Mexican floral with stripes.  In my head, I envisioned the flowers on a Mexican embroidered shirt – so that’s where I started for inspiration.  As you can see in the screenshot below, I found several photos of Mexican embroidered shirts for ideas.  Then I created a few flowers to start playing around with.  Slowly, with lots of moving and rearranging, the floral design started to come together.  The final part of the process is where it REALLY starts to firm up – selecting the final colors for the design.

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I love how this invitation turned out – it’s fun and cheerful and makes me all kinds of happy!

(And for those of you who have wondered “how it’s done”, now you know. )

Mexican Blanket Invitation:  Behind the Scenes

Mexican Blanket Invitation: Behind the Scenes

A few years ago, I was walking into the grocery store behind a gentleman wearing this shirt. (Sorry it’s a terrible photo, but I was on the move.)

IMG_8024I loved the bright colors and how it reminded me of a Mexican blanket, and I immediately thought it would make a great invitation.  I re-created the look by using various widths of stripes and bright colors – adding a few “stitching” details to make the design look more like a textile.  While it’s a simple design, t’s the look I was going for – and it’s been a popular option at the store.  This “Mexican Blanket” design is available in two sizes – 6×9 and 5×7 – some are pre-packaged on our shelves (for customers who want to print their own), but  we can also print these as a custom job and change up the colors.

IMG_9144smWhat do you think?  Inspiration really is everywhere, friends.  Keep your eyes open!

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 face and our customers love her as much as we do!

DSC_0217 smShe’s a great student, a hard worker, a thoughtful friend, and now – a beautiful Bride-to-Be.   Our team has watched Shannon’s relationship with Austin blossom from the beginning, and even though we’re sad to see her move on (we don’t want her to leave!!!!)… we ARE excited for this next chapter in her life!  So naturally, the Barque team wanted to send her off in style with a Bridal Shower.  I mean, parties are what we DO – of course we wanted to throw one for one for her!DSC_0084 smThe fantastic hand-lettering details were created by another talented Barque team member – Kelsey.  {find her on Instagram  @kelseylainee}.  Don’t you love this chalk sign?  She also did all the mini signs for our snacks.DSC_0050 sm

DSC_0066 smThe gorgeous strawberries were handmade by our resident Party Queen, Suzanne.  She’s pretty much a pro when it comes to party mechanics and details.  She was also kind enough to host the shower in her home – and it served as the perfect backdrop!

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DSC_0067 smWe purchased the bride’s favorite thumbprint cookies from Simply Decadent Bakery, and the Keesha made the Artichoke Lemon Pesto Dip (we carry it in the store and it’s a crowd favorite at parties).

DSC_0091 smFor the floral arrangements, we decided on a combination of simple white flowers and vegetable garden accents.  I had seen one similar to this from Southern Living awhile back, so I was anxious to try it for myself.  I made a few modifications to their tutorial here, but I love how it turned out!DSC_0087 smThe larger arrangement also had hints from the garden with various pops of color from carrots, brussels sprouts, orange beets, artichokes, kale, collard greens and radishes.

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DSC_0047 smShannon’s guests showered her with so many great things!

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DSC_0135 smDo you recognize any of these pretty ladies from the shop?  🙂

DSC_0106 smNone of us wanted to play cliche “Bridal Shower Games”, so instead we opted for something PAPER related (shocking) – Milestone Mail for the happy couple!  Guests were asked to choose a milestone event, write it on the front of the envelope, then write them a blessing or word of encouragement to read when that milestone occurs.  It should be a fun way for her to remember these guests and how much they care for her – even years down the road!

DSC_0185 smThe hostesses of the shower gifted Shannon a big basket of kitchen goodies – and we made each item special with words of well wishes.

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DSC_0224 smWe ended the shower with a sweet photo of our “Barque twins” – aren’t they the cutest?  {By the way, Emory and Kelsey did some serious wrestling to get those balloons to cooperate – it was a windy day!}

Shannon, we are proud that you’ve spent the last three years working for us and we wish you nothing but happiness in this new chapter of your life!

Love, the Barque Team

[ If you’re planning a Shower soon, you might want to download our Shower Planning Sheet – this idea came from a customer who has throwing showers down pat!  Thank you for the great idea Tomi!]

What’s Trending for 2016

What’s Trending for 2016

At every Market, I enjoy spotting themes and trends – they seem to just reach out and grab me. I find it interesting how so many independent vendors can be “on” the same design trend at the same time. Sometimes it’s downright spooky!

Author Elizabeth Gilbert calls this phenomenon multiple discovery.

” To me, multiple discovery just looks like inspiration hedging its bets, fiddling with the dials, working two channels at the same time.  Inspiration is allowed to do that, if it wants to.  Inspiration is allowed to do whatever it wants to, in fact, and it is never obliged to justify its motives to any of us.  (As far as I’m concerned, we’re lucky that inspiration talks to us at all; it’s too much to ask that it also explain itself.)” – Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic

(which by the way I highly recommend reading if you’re a creative type)

So, are you curious what trends I spotted at this January’s Gift Market? Here ya go, my friends!   Just remember, when you start noticing these on your own “in the wild”, you heard it here first!

+ flamingos, flamingos, flamingos!

{giant flamingo pool float by Sunnylife + feathered flamingo decorations by Creative Co-op + flamingo lights by Creative Co-op + talk all day card by Mr.Boddington’s Studio + inflatable flamingo drink holder by Sunnylife + you’re so fabulous card by J. Falkner + hello flamingo card set by Waste Not Paper + coral flamingo scarf by Tickled Pink}

+  gold foil (still) – on stationery, drinkware, greeting cards, home accessories – this isn’t a new trend, but it’s not going away soon!

{drinky tumbler by Easy Tiger + Yay! champagne glass by Easy Tiger + best decision card by Sugar Paper + Kate Spade 2016 agenda by Lifeguard Press}

+  gem/jewel/spirograph/geometric shapes – loving this look!

{geometric votive and candle holders by Creative Co-op + light fixture by Creative Co-op + art print by Read Between the Lines}