Archive for September, 2008

Holiday Gift Wrap for Dog Lovers!

September 30, 2008

Available online NOW from Current.

I am so thrilled to have my art included in the Current Catalog offering for this holiday season!  I have ordered cards, calendars, gift wrap and more from Current since I was in college.  And I have been out of school… for a while. 🙂

These lovable dogs are George (white with the black eye) and Gracie (brown) – named by my son in honor of 2 ducks that used to visit our house when he was in preschool.

This gift wrap is available online in jumbo rolls and there are coordinating gift tags as well.

Go fetch before they are gone!

~ Tara

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Play Ball! Sports fabric now in stores

September 30, 2008

Soccer, Basketball and basic sports fleece and flannel are now available at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores.

So if you have any sports fans looking for a fashionable way to stay warm, wrap them up in soft, fleecey goodness!

Or for the younger crowd, why not whip up a soccer or basketball pillow case to spruce up their bed and give them something no other kid on the team has?

Happy Creating!  ~ Tara

P.S. If you do make something with my fabric, I’d love to see a picture!  Email me!

My little escape from reality…

September 30, 2008

(If you read my Art Licensing Information blog – this is the same info – just so you know!)

You’ve heard of a ‘vacation’.

This summer some clever stores unveiled the ’stay-cation’ (where you save $ and gas by staying home and fixing up your house instead of going on vacation)

I would like to introduce the ‘coma-cation’. That is where you go and become so relaxed that all you want to do is sleep for days.  OK… so my ‘coma’ was somewhat medically induced — afraid of getting queasy on my cruise last week I took 1/2 a Bonine for motion sickness and was out cold by 8 pm.  I almost feel asleep at my muster station but did rally for dinner.  That was my trend the next 2 days… sleep, eat, nap, eat, see a show, sleep… it was heaven on water!  Oh how I needed a break!

There is nothing better than a little R&R with the one you love! BTW… my main-squeezes name is Craig — it has been pointed out that I have been ‘protecting’ his identity — for good reason!  He is so amazing I don’t want anyone trying to steal him away!

When I came out of my fog… I got my sea legs and didn’t take any medication after day 2… I found artistic inspiration in between reading, eating and napping.

I checked out the art and was able to study many different art techniques and styles at the art auctions.  They even had a 1/2 hour ‘history of art’ that was pretty interesting.

Leslie Lew, one of the artists whose paintings were being auctioned off was on board and did a few live demonstrations.  She does very textured art — “sculpted oils” she calls them. You can see more of her work on her website at:  leslielew.com

And every night we had a new towel animal waiting for us in our cabin — talk about a piece of art!  I of course bought the book that shows me how to make 75 different animals — it is harder than it seems.  Those cabin stewards are quite talented to clean up the rooms and create these towel creations so quickly!  Kudos to the towel art!

Anyway — I had a wonderfully relaxing time and found some inspiration at sea.  I hope you have the chance to unwind, relax and look for new things to keep you inspired!

~ Tara

A baby girl joins the family!

September 14, 2008

It’s a girl! The long awaited arrival of my niece is over.  🙂

She is so sweet – sleeping a lot as newborns do.  She makes some very funny faces which I am enjoying catching on camera.

Welcome to the family Gillian!  I’m sure you have many great adventures awaiting you!

~ Aunt Tara