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...]

Celebrities at the Emmys Gifting Lounge

Tempest Bledsoe at the GBK Emmys Gifting Lounge

Although my ‘boyfriend’, Shemar Moore, didn’t make his appearance at the GBK Emmys Gifting Lounge a few weeks ago, there were a lot of others that showed!!!  He was on our run sheet to show, but he was busy at rehearsals, etc.  Pfftttt ... If he knew I was there, I'm SURE he would've shown up! I wanted to share some pictures that were taken at the GBK Emmys Gifting Lounge. I love this one of Matt LeBlanc and David Crane, the creator of "Friends" and "Episodes".   Of course, the host of the big show, Neil Patrick Harris, made an appearance ... I loved, loved, loved seeing him!!!  As you can see in the other picture below.... Tempest Bledsoe, we all know her from The Cosby Show, but … [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...]

Pre-Emmys Interview with Real TV Films

I know it was like so 2 weeks ago, but I wanted to share this video in the Emmys Gifting Lounge held at The W Hotel in Hollywood, CA.  Tia Barr is the host for Real TV Films for the Emmy's Gift Lounge ... she was so cute!!! Featuring The Artisan Group It was such a blast to be a part of. Hope you enjoy it! I love representing all the artisans from all over the world!  It is such a 'high' for me and I love sharing the Handmade talent with celebrities and Hollywood!!!  It's something they wouldn't probably be exposed to most times, but going to these gifting lounges allows them to be exposed and for them to SEE all the amazing talent that makes The Artisan Group!!! … [Read more...]

A tour of the GBK Emmys gifting lounge

Take a tour of the gifting lounge in Hollywood for the Emmys … [Read more...]

What Do Celebrity Moms Beyonce, Kourtney Kardashian, and Jessica Alba Have in Common?

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Beyonce, Kourtney, Jessica, and 22 other Celebrity Moms will be receiving a Mothers Day Gift bag from The Artisan Group. Taradara, of course, will be in every single one of them!!! Beyonce and Baby Blue Ivy {via} They are getting a CUP COZY from Taradara!!! AND ... they were the FIRST to receive them in taradara's new packaging!!! What do you think? How fun will it be if they are photographed out and about with a taradara cup cozy around their Starbucks Coffee cup?!  Way fun!!!!! As always, they are all one of a kind and no two are alike!  I just hope they like the one they receive in their bag! Here's a list of the Celebrity Moms that are receiving a bag from The Artisan … [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...]

Indie Biz Chicks today


Hey everybody! So you might have noticed that I've been away for a few ... it's been super crazy {in a GREAT way}, so I've had to change my focus a little bit. BUT, I got an email from Crissy of the Indie Biz Chicks asking for an interview about blogging, online business, and working with brands. Here's the link to the interview post. Be sure to check out all of her podcasts as they are full of wonderful information to help us along our journey. Indie Biz Chicks also offers some amazing tools and resources to help you with your Press Releases, Marketing your Online Shop, and much much more!!! Hope you like it!!! xo Tara … [Read more...]

Rachael Ray, This is For You

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Rachael Ray has been a gal that I have loved for many years. via She is innovative. She is smart. She is creative. AND she LOVES handmade!!! So, The Artisan Group is putting a lovely gift bag together for her!!! One of my funky wallets is going to be in her hands very SOON!!!! This great wallet with a lil' yellow bird will hold her money, pictures, cards and more... Do you think she'll like it? I sure hope so. I wrote her a little note too... I told her about how my Gramma was such a HUGE fan.  It was my Gramma who actually turned me on to Rachael Ray years ago.  Gramma's are amazing, aren't they! Goodness, I can't imagine what Gramma would think if she knew I had this … [Read more...]

Etsy Shop Spotlight – Saniki Creations

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Please welcome another fellow Artisan Group {and a fellow CANADIAN!!  Yay!} to taradara! Penny has some real intricate creations and some great advice as well!!! What do you make/sell?  I specialize in Chainmaille Jewelry (bracelets, earrings, necklaces/pendants, rings), chainmaille charms for accessories (cellphone/bag/zipper pulls), and chainmaille home decor (suncatchers/ wine charms/ornaments)  I do have a few one of a kind beaded jewelry items, but am phasing them out by mid year to concentrate on chainmailling. When did you start doing your craft?   Mid 2008 would be the beginning of my adventure. My daughters love jewelry, but being young (ages 8yrs, 5yrs, and a newborn) … [Read more...]