New Punny Valentines for 2017

New Punny Valentines for 2017

One of my favorite products to design are punny valentines, and I love to draw inspiration from my collection of vintage designs.  I found these at an antique store in Greensboro – aren’t they fun?  The fish is from the 1920’s! (The inside of the... read more
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,... read more
Behind the Scenes Nutcracker Madness

Behind the Scenes Nutcracker Madness

I love designing custom invitations for our customers’ events, but when they give me complete creative freedom, it’s a lot more fun. I was recently challenged with creating a custom invitation for a Christmas Coffee.  Off the top of my head, I suggested a... read more

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. Ultimately I decided that painting only the tops would be easiest – and since I had less than a week to plan the entire...

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 either – dogs get skin cancer too.  I recently learned this first-hand, and now I want other dog...

Garden Floral Arrangement How To

For Shannon’s garden-themed bridal shower, the floral arrangements were one of my favorite details, so I thought I would share a few tips for creating your own. To start, you’ll want plenty of fresh flowers in the color scheme of your choice.  I got these...

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! She’s a great student, a hard worker, a...

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 last summer from Dallas land opened a gift/stationery store there called Party Chick and Paper.  It’s a really cute...

Guest Room Refresh

After living with my poor decision to get a chevron duvet cover long enough, I decided the guest room needed a refresh.  Nothing major – I left the furniture and layout of the room the same – I just replaced the textiles to give the room a whole new look. ...

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 the neck opening is clsoe to your dog’s neck size) – scissors – stapler – black...

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 in the frosty snow…  Well, nature had other things in mind – like a 70 degree...

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 with a few party hats and a feather boa, we’re ready to ring in the new...

Holiday Decorations Cheat Sheet

It’s time to deck the halls again! I used to think decorating for Christmas was daunting – where does THAT item go… Was it on the mantle or on top of the piano?  Or was it in the guest room?… I used to overthink it too much and decorating took...

Thanksgiving Dinner Game Plan

I love planning a holiday meal.  As new food magazine issues emerge on the shelves, I start collecting them – and scouring them – using page flags and sticky notes to mark interesting recipes. I’m lucky that my family is laid back when it comes to...

Fly Fishing Weekend

Without a doubt, fall is my favorite season.  The first time that air turns crisp, I’m as giddy as a schoolgirl. For past several years, my grandparents have traveled to Roaring River State Park to go fly fishing in the fall, and I’ve been lucky enough to...