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...]

Build a Better Creative Business Webinar

FREE Build a Better Creative Business webinar

I wanted to share this quickly with you.  For those who are in business for yourselves and want to take it to the next level, my good friend Lisa Jacobs and Timothy Adam are putting on the 'Build a Better Creative Business Webinar' Tim writes, "I have been in the creative business since 2007, and have grown his Etsy shop and built Handmadeology. I am a published author on the subject, and he and his wife have built their creative careers around their life together. They're living the dream! As for Lisa, she didn't enter the scene until 2010, but she has made fast friends with the community and more than 3,000 sales in two years. Beyond that and because her shop brings in more than … [Read more...]

Etsy Shop Hook UP Numero Uno – Etsy shop linky party

Weekly Etsy Shop linky party at Taradara Made It

Welcome to Taradara Made It's  FIRST EVER Etsy Shop linky party!!! If you have an Etsy shop or a handmade online store, come on and link up! We will hook up every Monday. The handmade community is important to me and I love supporting all of us. Holidays are right around the corner! Get your shop out there and increase your sales! Sweet Rules: {there are only 2} Must be a handmade or vintage online shoppe Please favorite 2 shops of your liking, we all LOVE being LOVED … [Read more...]

My Martha Stewart’s American Made Award Submission Video

Martha Stewart American Made Award

The Martha Stewart American Made Award contest is in it's final stages.  The winner will be announced October 8th. There were a large handful of my fellow artisans from The Artisan Group who were in the top 100!  I'm so proud of our group!!!  My fingers are crossed that one of us will be named the Winner and be featured in Martha Stewart's Living Magazine, get to meet her in NYC, and $10,000!!! Well, I actually missed the deadline and didn't get my submission in early enough.  But I did make a video for it and thought you might like to view it rather than it going to total waste. Oh, and there is a bit of news in the video that hasn't been shared yet either!   Watch and see what it … [Read more...]

Selling ONLINE

 I thought I'd do a little post today about selling online. This was a post I did a while ago for Handmadeology {an online resource for "teaching artists how to successfully sell their handmade goods online, and to feature the newest handmade, vintage and supply items found on Etsy."} and thought you may like to read it if you didn't see it there. pssst.... there's a little something else {like a coupon code} for you at the bottom!!! How many of you have struggled with getting your 'stuff out there'? Getting noticed, having people look at your store, buying your lovely handmade products?  Lets face it, it's hard to have an online store and not have a product for people to touch, feel, … [Read more...]

Blogging Tips – What I Wished I Knew When I Started Blogging ~ Lindsey from The Pleated Poppy

Amazing Blog Tips from top notch bloggers

More blogging tips! hi all! i'm lindsey from the pleated poppy! thank you, tara, for hosting this series! what a brilliant idea! i so wish i had read this series before i started my blog about 4 1/2 years ago. when i began blogging, i started because a few of my friends were doing it and it looked like fun! i was brand new to the blog world and had only a handful of blogs that i followed. my first posts were all about family, our daily life, and crafty projects. i bounced all over the place with topics, but i don't regret that at all. i feel like it was all just part of developing who i was as a blogger. i never had goals with my blog to start with, since i was just doing it for fun. i … [Read more...]

Fabric Feature Friday ~ Handmade Women’s Accessories

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It's Friday!!!!!!! A start to a WONDERFUL weekend!! Let's see what's new in the shop, shall we? Do you like Olive? Olive green? For your Kindle? For the full tour of it, click here You might not be going on a trip, but your passport might need to keep warm {cheesy, I know} It's right here How about a wallet? I love these batik fabrics! Click here to see the back and the inside Oh, and how about one more.... We all know you secretly want an iPad. {or maybe you have one} How about slipping it in to this piece of lovely right here... Take a better look here Hope you have a GREAT weekend! What are you up to? xo Tara … [Read more...]

Blogging Tips ~ Jessica from Allora Handmade!!!

Amazing Blog Tips from top notch bloggers

I'm so excited today to have Jessica from Allora Handmade here! We first met last year at The Creative Connection and I've adored her ever since ... I might be a bit partial to her 'cause she has two boys as well ;) And she's super cute and I love her style. photo credit Oh, and not to mention her undeniable talent ... HELLO! photo credit I know you want to hear what she has to say about her blogging journey, so here are her words.... I must admit, I had to chuckle to myself when Tara asked me to share what I wish I knew when I first started blogging, because I still feel like I’m figuring it out! My first blog was all about my family life and my adventures as a new mom. I loved … [Read more...]

Creative Estates … What I learned

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Okay, so this IS the last post regarding Creative Estates ... I promise. I wanted to go through my notes and share a few things that I learned. Some of the pointers were things I already knew, but it was great to hear it as it gave solidity and reinforcement to my thoughts and ideas. Turning your hobby in to a business ... *  The Martha Rules  {a book I think I might just have to buy} *  Promoting giveaways on your blog and/or on twitter *  Reach out to other bloggers {you'd be surprised how they are so willing to help!  I have to find it in myself to do this more} *  Join local clubs such as a Wordpress meet up group or Social Media Club.  {I'm going to the next one in our … [Read more...]