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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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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