HGTV’s Design Star Likes ME! Kim Myles Likes ME

HGTV's Design Star, Kim Myles, like this bloggers kitchen makeover tutorials.  See what she has to say

She really likes me!!! Kim Myles shocked the heck out of me when I saw she had retweeted me {she tweeted my post to all of her followers}!! When I post a blog post, it automatically tweets it out to my followers.  So, I cross my fingers and hope that someone in the twitterverse will see it and click over. Kim Myles added to my happiness when I saw this after I posted my How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets tutorial... She wrote "Great How-To!" WOOT!!! I HAD to reply to her ... cause that's how I am!  She told me she loves what I do as well! WHAT? Yup, she said it!!! I actually did watch her season and watched her finale!!!  It's hard to watch TV with little people, but I DVR'd HGTV's … [Read more...]

SNAP! The Conference

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... is fast approaching!!!! I'm so excited to say that I'll be there! And ... better than that, I'm on their Social Media Team! What does that mean? It means that I'll be tweeting and facebooking as the conference is in full swing so that you can get up to date feeds of what's going on at the conference without even being there! It would be amazing if you will be there, so we can meet and catch up. BUT, if it wasn't in the cards for you this year, please follow me on Facebook and on Twitter to get the deets! Also, if you're a local, you can stop by and SHOP!!!!!  The Queen Bee Market will be in town with a ton of amazing handmade artisans selling their wares!! You want to see where … [Read more...]

Dyan Cannon Tweeted ME!!!

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Yes, so I had to let the world know!!! DYAN CANNON!!!!! Here she is... I would list some movies that she's been in, but there are SO MANY!!!  So, you can see them ALL right here... She was married to Cary Grant {years ago} and give him a sweet baby girl... Okay, I'm done. Well, for tonight anyways. xo Tara   … [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...]

Blogging Tips – Denise from Denise Blooms

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We're back and running this week! Great Blogging Tips!! {sorry about last week, friends!  Just was super dooper busy and had a hugely full week!} I met Denise on Twitter and have loved her blog and her tweets for the last year.  She's a beautiful writer, and an inspirational woman. With that said, here is what she has to say.... Thank you Tara for inviting me as a guest to share a bit of my experience in the blogging world. I am always thrilled to be able to encourage someone out there who might need a nudge in the right direction for their blog. I have been online since 2007, where I started out building a website on home decorating from scratch. I was passionate about that … [Read more...]

1,000 Twitter Followers = $100 Giveaway!!!

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photo credit I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am to be doing this giveaway!   You have helped me reach 1,000 Twitter Followers! Awesomeness!!!!!!!!! To think that I didn't even know how to 'twitter' 8 months ago.  Man, I cannot get away from my twitter friends!  I have met so many WONDERFUL people from all over the world.  It has made my world smaller and I'm grateful for that.  {some may argue that the world is small enough, but, I guess mine was pretty big before} Would you celebrate with me? How about entering to win my $100 GIVEAWAY to anything in my store! To enter .... Mandatory:  * follow me on twitter {if you're not already OR *Subscribe to my blog Bonus Entries: * … [Read more...]

Other People's Wisdom and Skills – Tips for Making Sense of Social Media

This week I'm so pleased to post on Nicolette Tallmadge.  Her podcasts are one of the first ones I started listening to while I sewed.   I guess I should share with you one little thing.  I started listening to podcasts because I was tired of late night radio and wanted something new and different.  I started listening just after Christmas because Santa brought me an iPad {lucky me!} and I was able to bring it in to my studio and listen.  The other main reason I started listening to them is to MAXIMIZE on my time.  Trying to learn while I was sewing works for me.  Whenever I hear an important point or website I should visit, I'd write it down on a note pad next to my machine.  So, now that … [Read more...]

Other People's Wisdom and Skills – The Science of Blogging by Hubspot

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The first podcast/webinar of this series that I'd like to share with you is from Hubspot. Now, this company has an arsenal webinars talking about all things to do with an online business.  They provide various services {of which I haven't used just yet as I recently stumbled upon their webinars} that cater to help generate traffic to your website and beyond. Here's a few topics that they have posted on their site that I'd like to share with you: MARKETING.  I'm a Work at Home Mom {WAHM} and am not out in the public eye as much as, say, a brick and mortar store is.  So, I need all the help I can get in the marketing department as my business is primarily online. GETTING FOUND.  They talk … [Read more...]

Yes, I'm reading The Handmade Marketplace

My husband ambushed me ...   I'm reading a GREAT book "The Handmade Marketplace" by Kari Chapin You can go to her blog here It's such a great book that I've read it many times And every time, I learn something new It's all marked up with my notes The pages are dog-eared to remind me of things I NEED to do She's a great gal and her blog cracks me up. You can follow her on twitter if you so fancy:  @karichapin   You know I realized with these pictures ... I'm not 30 anymore .... bwah ha ha .... but, I'm not quite 40 so, it's all good xo Tara … [Read more...]

Twitter tweeps are awesome…

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I have met a LOT of great gals on twitter! It's really amazing when you put yourself out there and reach out to people, the response you get. You see all kinds of blogs and connect with ah-mazing people! There are so many kind people in the world, and a lot of them are on Twitter ... LOL! One of my twitter friends, Chrissy {@Chrissy217 on twitter}, had taken a look at the items I make and contacted me. She had some fibers that she never used and asked if I would like them .... UM, YES, PLEASE!!! How kind is she???????? She sent them in the mail and I received a bag of fabulous fibers that I use on my pieces! So then ... I had posted one of my new listings on Twitter, just to get … [Read more...]