Golden Globes 2014

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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...]

Red Carpet TV interview at the GBK Golden Globe Gifting Lounge

I've been spotted!!!  Red Carpet TV was one of my first of many on camera interviews at the Gifting Lounge last week in Beverly Hills. Just wanted to share it with you quickly. Please know that I thought we were 'officially' starting when we both looked at the camera and started talking ... LOL! For more information about The Artisan Group, please visit here. … [Read more...]

Django Unchained, Shark Tank, The Newsroom, SNL: Meet Taradara

Shemar Moore from Criminal Minds gives Taradara a hug at the GBK Golden Globes Gifting Lounge

What does Django Unchained, Shark Tank, The Newsroom, and Saturday Night Live have in common? Their cast {and more} have all now held Taradara products AND they all are owners of Taradara products!! The whole Golden Globe Gifting Experience was amazing and a LOT of work.  However, it was certainly ALL worth every little bit of it. Took a look at why it is all worth it right here .... 2 of the Django Unchained cast members posed with a Taradara kindle cover Dennis Christopher from Django Unchained now actually is using this very kindle cover because he went home with it. Rex Linn poses with the same kindle cover as Dennis Christopher.  He is one tall dude {and I was in a pair of … [Read more...]

What to Wear to Golden Globes

Black flowy sequined dress to wear to the Golden Globes

As you can imagine, I'm starting to get pretty pumped about heading out to Beverly Hills for the Golden Globes event next week.  I've started to think about what I'm going to wear. Would you mind if I share a little fashion show I did for myself yesterday? Feel free to let me know which ones you like most ... At first, I wasn't a fan of this Gap dress.  But now, it's kind of grown on me.  I like it because it has convenient pockets and it actually looks pretty good on me {toot toot!}.  It might be a contender for a non Golden Globes event? My mother in law GAVE me this amazing number!  I love it as it's not thick fabric and it has some give to it.  It makes me feel a bit sexy as it … [Read more...]

American Express Open Forum Likes…

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Taradara!!!!!! They interviewed me over the telephone last week and the post is LIVE now!!!! We talked about starting out, Etsy, goals, and where Taradara is going from here. There are a few incorrect, but for the most part it's on the money.  {I got one art scholarship from my high school and I am still currently an active member of The Artisan Group ... but no biggie!}  He captured Taradara pretty well and I couldn't be happier to be featured on the American Express Open Forum!!!!! Wahoo!!!!! Sheesh, coming home from the SNAP Conference to this wonderful news made all the housework just disappear!!! POOF! I like it! xo Tara … [Read more...]

Etsy Shop Spotlight – Hearts of Stone

Hearts of Stone

Pin It I'm proud to share Heart of Stone with you today.  They are a part of The Artisan Group with me and just gifted in the Oscar Swag Bags this past weekend!!! What do you sell on Etsy? I make and sell handmade gemstone jewelry that features heart carved semi-precious and natural stones. The line includes earrings, necklaces, coordinating necklace sets and solo heart chokers.   When did you start selling your craft? I started creating and selling full-time in November 2009, but began the process of learning how to make jewelry about 10 years ago. It was a hobby that grew! And I wanted to do something other than sewing all of the time (professional seamstress). Who/What … [Read more...]

OWN Your Business

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I wanted to share this past guest post I did for Flamingo Toes blog with you. It's important for you to OWN your business and TELL people about it. Here's a bit of advice I've got for you... I am a business owner with 2 young boys at home who are getting an early education on what goes into having a company run out of your home. Now, I'm not sure if you are a Mompreneur,  but, if you are, I have a few tips on owning your own company and how to get the word out about it. Firstly, OWN your business and OWNING what you do is important,  just as important as going outside the home and working.  So often I hear other moms with businesses say that that don’t tell people what they do … … [Read more...]

Golden Globes Hangover

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Hi all! I wanted to stop in to say hello! I feel like I was on such a HIGH last week getting all my iPhone covers done and sent off for the Golden Globes and now I'm hung over!  LOL! The good thing is that my creative mojo is in high swing!!! This is a pic of my studio when studio work is not in full force.  Notice how it's so clean... Which means that productivity is up in the studio! So, I'm mostly doing this {above} right now ... my fulfillment comes from sewing at the moment... I look at my inspiration board and see things {and people} that I love and who inspire me.  It's so freeing to have a board to pin random 'things' up and not have to worry about the esthetics of it. … [Read more...]

Golden Globe Coverage

Tess Hunt

Hi all! The dresses, the hair, the jewelry ... Who's wearing who? Where did you get your handbag? Well, there is sooooo much more than that at the Golden Globes!!  You know where I'm going with this, right... Go Artisan Group!!! Well, I thought I'd share some of Golden Globe Gift Lounge coverage that The Artisan Group received. Now, in my most recent, I shared some tweets from celebrities who loved their taradara iPhone cover.  In this post, there are posts to The Artisan Group and other coverage we received! Tess Hunt actually wore Nikki Cutro's necklace to the Globes!!!  Nikki is one of the co-founders of The Artisan Group who goes to the Gift Lounges and works alongside Valerie … [Read more...]

The Artisan Group Booth at the 2012 Golden Globes!!!!

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It's FINALLY here! I can't believe it! Valerie and Nikki have been so hard at work coordinating and collecting all of the 32 HANDMADE artisan pieces!!! A HUGE Thank You to them for all the hard work they've done!!!! They shared some pictures on Facebook of our LOVELY and eye catching booth! Would you like to see, too? I know ... here it is.... Some night shots for you... Can you see my iPhone Cover? {I'll give you a hint, it's bottom middle to the right ... blue and orange} YIKES!!!!!!!! Can't wait to see who gets pictures with it!!!! What a table, hey!  Look at all that talent!!! The Artisan Group!!! Amazing! … [Read more...]