“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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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!), signature cocktail for the event. Wild Hibiscus Barque-tail Ingredients: Wild Hibiscus Flowers in Syrup (each jar contains about 11 flowers) Prosecco, chilled (we used Ruffino) mint leaves (optional, for garnish, […]

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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 the dictionary, it’s a sailing vessel, which is but for our purposes, Barque is a combination of things we love – paper, dogs and cooking.  […]

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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 you a little background (in a nutshell). My love affair of paper began with my college job at Calligraphy Etc. (back when it was in Memphis […]

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Change is Coming

Normally I don’t like change.  It’s uncomfortable.  It’s different.  It’s not always fun, but sometimes it is necessary- and in this case I think it is. I’ve been hesitant to announce this for awhile, but since it’s been rolling around in my head for almost two years, I think it’s time. That and the fact […]

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Happy St.Patrick’s Day

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Happy St.Patrick’s Day from me and my little redheads! (I can’t even tell you how many tries it took to get a shot where Linus wasn’t trying to eat the hat off of Lucy’s head!  I guess I got lucky!) May there always be work for your hands to do. May your purse always hold […]

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FREE Red Mustache Printable


With St. Patty’s Day right around the corner, I thought it might be fun to help you get in the Spirit O’ the Irish! How about this straw idea for your St.Patty’s shindig this weekend?  Kids and adults alike are sure to enjoy these! Simply download the free printable (HERE), print on white cardstock, and […]

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Egg Nest Brunch


When it comes to brunch, one of my  favorite go-to recipes is a version of one I saw in a cooking magazine few years ago.  They called it “Breakfast in Bread” but I like to call them Egg Nests.  When I have company coming, it’s one of the easiest dishes to make, but it’s always […]

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Bloody Mary Bar


I love brunch.  I love the idea of sleeping in, taking time to prepare a meal for family or friends, sipping on a cocktail mid-morning (because that’s acceptable brunch behavior), and enjoying a tasty meal in my pajamas.   Sounds like fun all-around! If I have company for brunch, I love to set up a bloody […]

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Rum Cake


Anyone who knows me knows that I’m not big on desserts.  My brother got the sweet tooth in the family, and generally speaking, I’m disinterested in dessert period.  I don’t even eat cake at weddings – it’ doesn’t tempt me one iota.  So you can imagine my surprise when I fell in love with this […]

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