Need some Inspirational Motivation – Weight Loss

Women's natural bodybuilding

I saw this video on Facebook recently and have watched probably 10 times.  Arthur is changing lives and he's doing it by sharing his own story about overcoming weight loss and health obstacles and not believing what others said to him. Arthur's journey is a true testament of never giving up and believing in one's self.  I am so drawn to his story as it has moved me so much to want to share it with you I have started my own journey to help myself get back to where I once was 5 years ago. Can you believe I had a 7 month old baby and a 2 year old when this picture was taken?  There is obviously no reason why I cannot accomplish my goals after watching Arthur's story. I can make up a … [Read more...]

Marketing Your Business Tips

Marketing your small business with these GREAT tips!

Let's switch gears a little bit today to talk about marketing business tips {and your Etsy shop} today.  It's hard to have an online store in which you do not have an actual product for people to touch, feel, and squeeze or smell ... and actually sell it online. Here are some tips to help you market your business. So it is really key to have some sort of a marketing/advertising strategy or plan to help you through.  It doesn't always require a huge marketing budget, there are ways to spread the word about how amazing your product is. Many of us are doing what we love and trying to make it, so we don't have a lot of expendable money to spend on marketing.   We have to be smart where we … [Read more...]

Golden Globes 2014

taradara on npr

With the Golden Globes set to air tonight, there is a lot of anticipation and excitement.  Including what's in the swag bags the celebrities get. I was recently interviewed by Marketplace Business and unbeknownst to me, it was aired on NPR radio the other morning!  A sweet gal from Fons and Porter I've worked with in the past emailed me to say she was listening to NPR and a story came on about Golden Globe swag bags and she thought of me.  THEN, she heard my voice!!! How crazy is that!!!! Here's the link to the story and to the audible of the interview. To have a chance of getting your handmade items in the award show swag bags, you can apply to get in with The Artisan Group. The … [Read more...]

Interview at the Emmys Gifting Lounge

An interview with Red Carpet Report at the Emmys Gifting Lounge at The W Hotel in Hollywood, CA. I love these guys!  They are fun to talk with! … [Read more...]

Sew it All TV DVD

Sew it All DVD Season 5 featuring Tara Rex, Kathy Cano-Murillo (Crafty Chica), Angela Yosten, Heather Bailey, and many more

Great news, friends!  The Sew It All TV Season 5 DVD is now available for purchase!! You may remember earlier this year, I taped an episode for Sew It All on PBS with host, Ellen March.  I taught the viewers how to make a fabric bracelet and a card holder.  For the written tutorial and templates, you can see it in the Sew It All Magazine. {psstt ... the purple magazine located over on the right sidebar}.  A lot of friends, family, and followers were unable to watch it as it did not show in their area.  In fact, I haven't even been able to watch it as the series is not showing at this time on PBS in Denver.  I'm very excited that my family and friends will be able to see it ... and so will … [Read more...]

My Boy is just like ME

Paracord Bracelets for sale

My boy made me proud yesterday ... well, ultra proud!!! He's been making the paracord bracelets for himself and he REALLY likes making them!! He has 2 here, he now has 5 that go up his arm ... LOL!! My little rockstar! His buddies at school have also expressed a desire to have HIS bracelets.  So he has made a few for his closest friends and given them to them.  It brings me back to when my girlfriends and I used make those friendship bracelets ... remember those??!!! So, it's just like the male version of them! I love it!!!! So, he said, "Hey Mom, I could sell these!!!" BOOM!!!!! That's what I'm talking about!!!!!! That's my BOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So, he told me … [Read more...]


Cone of Shame

Hey all! So, I have NOT fallen off the edge of the earth! Life has just happened. Surgery, work, taxes, projects, kids, etc, etc, etc ... I am currently getting ready to do a couple 1 hour long video tutorials on a couple of FUN cute projects!! AND!!! You will see me in the Sew News magazine in the winter!!!  Yes, I'm sewing Christmas attire in April!!! My studio was just missing the Christmas music!!!  Ho Ho Ho!!! It's been nice to be back in the studio so soon after just having surgery. Check out my war wound!! Pretty sweet that an Orthopedic surgeon sewed this pretty little line, isn't it?! (No offense to orthopods, but it is an IMPRESSIVE closure!) Hmmm ... what else … [Read more...]

Sheryl Sandberg – Lean In

Sheryl Sandburg's Lean In

As a female, a mother, a business owner, and a career woman, I can completely identify with Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook. She has a new book out, Lean In. I cannot wait to read it!! She was recently featured on 60 minutes and is out currently touring promoting her book. I wonder how many wives can identify with her when she talks about husbands doing the laundry and 'the reward'?   Men, you have to watch this video just for this tip!!! Here's her 60 Minutes segment... She talks about trying to be liked all the time.   How women look at how they got successful so much differently than men.  We say we were lucky, we had lots of help, etc.  The guys attribute their success … [Read more...]

Big News Announcement!! Build a Better Creative Business Course

Enroll now for the Build a Better Creative Business course with Timothy Adam and Lisa Jacobs!

In case you haven't heard, my friends Lisa Jacobs and Timothy Adam have an amazing course, Build a Better Creative Business.  It's FULL of amazing tips and tricks.  These 2 combined have truly rocked the handmade business and have been very successful on Etsy. I'm happy to announce that I will be a part of this amazing course!!! I'll be talking about PR {Public Relations} and Media Exposure. I feel very proud to be teamed up with these 2 successful business savvy entrepreneurs. This is week 2 of the Build a Better Creative Business Course and we still have stops available. Lisa and Tim have a few FAQ's you can read through over on the Build a Better Creative Business' blog HERE.   … [Read more...]

Taradara on Fox 31 with Hema Muller

Last week, Fox 31 Denver came to my studio and did a story on my involvement with the Golden Globes Gifting Lounge in Beverly Hills. It was so great to have them back here as they had covered my story last year around the iPad 3 release. Without talking too much, how about you watch the video ... {I absolutely love that they featured the boys again this time ... nothing warms a mama's heart than watching her kiddos} Here's a link to my Etsy shop if you'd like to do a bit of shopping or to just take a look around ... xo Tara … [Read more...]