Pretty Painted Pineapples

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... read more
Dogs Get Skin Cancer Too

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... read more
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. ... read more

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. ...

No Spring Chicken Custom Invitation

This year I had the pleasure of designing the 50th birthday invitation for my friend Tony.  He’s been one of my favorite people for over a decade, and I wanted his invitation to reflect his fun personality!  Normally, when I think of Tony, I imagine all things...

Let’s Flamingle!

Earlier this year (after Market), we predicted that one of the HOT trends for 2016 was the flamingo… those pink feathered beauties were ALL OVER!… and we fell in love, so we jumped on the bandwagon. Take a look at these NEW foam cups and koozies that just...

Easy Easter Candy Cups

Need several quick, easy and affordable Easter gifts?  We love this idea!  They’re great for teachers, neighbors, co-workers or friends (and they cost less than $5 each)! For this project you will need: Easter foam cups (we think these “You’re Some...

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...

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 Foam Cup Inspiration 

Sometimes you never know when inspiration will strike, and this year the designs for our two most popular foam cups were sparked at random.  Often people ask “How we come up with these things?”, so I thought I’d give you a little behind-the-scenes...

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...

Holiday Photo Cards: Behind the Scenes

A few weeks ago, I sat down to sketch new holiday photo card ideas (hard to believe it’s already time for that again, isn’t it?). Sometimes the end result is quite different than the original sketch, and sometimes they’re almost exactly alike.  This...