About Tara

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A little history for ya

I was born and raised in a small town in Canada, my mom and dad recognized very early they were raising an artist. Maybe it was my superior finger paint art in Kindergarten or when I was the envy of my {not so} fashion conscience friends when I made my own clothes in the eighth grade. As I and my talent grew, I received scholarships to colleges for my art but surprised everyone when I opted for an education in nursing.

My choice took me out of Canada and to the United States to work as an RN in a level 1 Trauma Center in New Mexico.  My calling kept whispering in my ear and I continued to create and educate myself in the arts. Not only do I create one-of-a-kind sewn accessories, I’ve also studied faux finishing and mural painting, raku pottery, photography, and now, I so some amazing work with Play Doh, yes Play Doh. I am mom to two handsome little boys and married to my NM sweetheart.  I now make my art and our home in Colorado.

IMG 0789 300x200 About TaraI love being at home, therefore, I have decided to work at home to be readily accessible to them at all times (I know, crazy, right?!).  I love to sew and have designed some great pieces that are LOVELY and popular.  I come by sewing as my talent quite honestly … my great-gramma quilted, both of my grammas sewed (one quilted) and they both knitted, my auntie is a pattern maker for theater and the movies, and my dear mom is a seamstress as well.  So, I was destined to sew and good thing ’cause I do love it … did I mention I love sewing?

What would you like to know about Tara?

Hopefully some of the below will answer some questions for you.  If you’d like to know more, you can always shoot me an email taradaramadeit@gmail.com

Where did the name ‘taradara’ come from?  Obviously my first name.  My maiden name was Darough.  In college my nickname was ‘taradara’ … hence my business name.  Kinda catchy, don’t ya think?

I feel blessed to think of where I was 10 years, 5 years, and even 3 years ago to where I am today.  I was nursing 10 years ago, even 5 years ago … now I’m living the dream of working from home and raising our 2 boys.  My life is full of activities, sewing, blogging, networking, writing, and more.  The path has led me to various Ambassadorships!  I have done numerous TV, Radio, Newspaper, and business blog interviews sharing my story.  We get to take in a lot of what Denver has to offer for families and share with you, too.  Life is so good!  SO GOOD!  Oh, and I get to sew for a living.  Life doesn’t get much better than this.

So many wonderful and fun things have occurred!

GOING to the 2013 Golden Globes, the 2013 Emmy’s, and will be at the 2014 MTV Awards!!!  WOW!!!!!

Shaving my head for St Baldricks Day 2014 to raise money for Childhood Cancer Research.  What an amazing experience!

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Being on The Rachael Ray show on her Top 10 Recipes of 2013.

Filming multiple sewing instructional videos for PBS, various DVDs, and online sewing videos.

Being chosen to be one of Bob Vila’s Bloggers!

Being in multiple sewing magazines (including landing a cover on Sew News!!!  WOOT)


Be sure to visit the ‘In the Press‘ page for all the wonderful MEDIA coverage that taradara has received!

Be sure to visit the ‘Celebrities with Taradara‘  (it may include a picture of the lovely Shemar Moore)

So, what else do I do for fun?

Beyond sewing and creating, I also love traveling and exploring with my family.  My whole family is still in Canada, so every time they come down, we are pretty much gone the whole time they’re here.  It gives us a wonderful opportunity to explore our state and brings us to destinations we may not have visited.  On our own, we have traveled around Colorado and frequented a lot of local places for kids.  We love the outdoors and the boys have taken up flyfishing, so we love to find different flyfishing areas to try.  As a mom, I love providing exploration excursions for our boys … here are a few posts: Tiny Town, bike riding at Aurora Reservoir, Rockies game on Father’s Day, and our drive up to Mt Evans to take in the marvelous natural beauty of the changing leaves.

Did you hear?   Taradara won the 2011 Inventor Showcase at the Moms in Business Unite Conference in Denver for my iPad covers!!!  And recently ranked 84th in the NATION for Leading Moms in Business amongst 600+ moms.

Taradara’s iPhone covers were in the 2012 Golden Globe Award’s swag bags AND another wonderful handmade product in the 2013 GBK Productions Golden Globe swag bags as well!

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