Gear up for fall with some fashion advice from a witch!

August 16, 2009

Crafter and blogger Jane Wetzel or “not so plain Jane” blogged about one of my rubber stamps yesterday – I was so excited to see what she did! I’m always SO EXCITED to see what anyone does with my designs – be they rubber stamps, fabric, whatever… if you want to share, email me.  It truly does make my day!  With Jane’s permission, I have re-published her blog here…

Witches Shoes..A Tara Reed design for Janlynn Stamps

Just in time for Fall I got this cute stamp from Janlynn stamps! How cute are these “Witches shoes”?? ha ha! Love em! I used some dp from the BG Ambrosia pad and my cuttlebug. Then I dusted off my SU markers and colored along with some Copics. Got to use my new MS punches ( loops and the branch) and the sentiment is an old stamp I found at my lcc. I found this cat face button in JoAnn’s and couldnt resist putting it on this card! TFL!
If you are crafty at heart and want to see more of what Not-so-plain-Jane is blogging about, go here =>
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If you just absolutely, must have this witch shoe stamp and can’t wait another minute to get it, CLICK HERE to order it online from the manufacturer.
One thing I love about the stamps I design for Janlynn/Stamps Happen is that they are pretty – they use full color stickers on the wood so you can see how I originally painted the art or they just look cute on your desk, bookshelf, where ever.  Functional and decorative craft supplies – can’t beat that! While you are over on the Janlynn site, just type in “Tara Reed” in the search box to see all my designs… (and a few other things that for some unknown reason get pulled up – they promise they are working on that!)
Halloween will be here before you know it so start your stamping projects now!

Check out a great blog & win my Green Calendar & stamps

August 14, 2009

I am so honored to be a ‘guest blogger’ over at  A little over a year ago I didn’t think I’d blog at all – now I have 2 of my own and get to guest blog for others.  Who would have thought?

The mission of Craft for Health is to inspire and highlight all the ways crafting is good for… yup! your health.  Physical health, mental health – my latest post is about the health of the planet.


I’m giving away my calendar and 2 green themed stamps if you check out the post and comment… you have to do it by August 20th so if you want in, click here and head over NOW!

Best of luck!

– Tara

Coffee & Wine Lovers Rejoice!

August 11, 2009

I was on the Oregon coast this past weekend for a friend’s wedding.  Craig & I got there early and walked through the outlet mall in Lincoln City to kill some time.

“Let’s go in Kitchen Collections,” I said, “they sometimes carry some of my coasters…”


We only had to go about 3 feet into the store before we found a spinner with 3 of my absorbent coaster designs!  Exciting! (“Life is too short to drink bad wine”, “The end Justifies the Beans” and “Cup Size Matters”.)

KitchenCollection-CarstersThen we walked around the rest of the store and found 2 of my ‘carster’ designs – handy absorbent coasters that fit in your cup holder… hence the name: ‘carster’.  (“Caffeine is not a drug, it’s a vitamin” and “I break for Coffee”)

SO… if you are in or near an outlet mall, head in to Kitchen Collections and pick up some fun coasters for your house, your car, your mother, your friends… whoever!  Just be sure to get the ones that say “©Tara Reed”, OK?

– Tara

Calendar spotting!

July 31, 2009

My sister just sent me the picture of her standing next to the last copy of my calendar in a Bed, Bath & Beyond… how fabulous to have ‘real life evidence’ that it is not only in my office, but in stores as well!  Another reason to have a phone with a camera – instant, cross-country feedback!  Thanks Christine!


Make 2010 a Green Year with a Wall Calendar from Tara Reed Designs!

July 29, 2009

It seems like so long ago that I finished and delivered the art for this calendar… a year to be exact since I just mailed the art for 2011 today!


I am excited to report that my 2010 “Make This a Green Year” calendar is now available in stores and online.  You might find it at your local Bed, Bath & Beyond or OfficeMax stores… in Canada, check Wal-Mart… if you can’t find it ASK because I’m told they ordered some!

Don’t want to leave the comfort of your computer?  Order online at Amazon… Think Be Go Green 2010 Wall Calendar
Or I’ve also found it at

It will probably pop up other places as well – one problem with licensing is I can’t always tell you where you can find products with my art but when I can, I try to let you know on this blog.

Anyway… I’m quite excited so go take a look and remember to do your ‘one green thing’ today…

– Tara

Run, don’t walk to Steinmart and grab some “Fashion Forward” Shoe Coasters!

July 24, 2009

But please don’t twist your ankle if you are wearing heels!  I was so excited when my friend Karen in Florida emailed me this photo of my coasters right in the front of her Steinmart store today.  (Yet another reason to love iPhones!)


These absorbent coasters from Thirstystone are a must-have accessory for the fashion minded – even if the high-heel lifestyle is in your head and not on your feet. (That would be me!)

If you ever find my designs in your local store, do let me know – it always makes my day and keeps the creative juices flowing.

– Tara

Thank you to all the wonderful Quilters at Craft Warehouse in Gresham!

July 17, 2009

Yesterday I had the pleasure of speaking to two groups of quilters at the Craft Warehouse in Gresham, Oregon.  What a fun and talented bunch!  If anyone thinks sewing is easy, you head over there and look at some of their work – wowza!  I was invited to the two “Quilt Parties” to talk about the design process.  If you were one of those women, thank you for letting me join you for the day!Picture 21

I design fabric for South Sea Imports and I’m told my fabric can be found all over the US as well as Australia, New Zealand and I believe parts of Europe.  Usually I’m coming up with ideas from my studio and brainstorming with the office in California.  I do sneak out and look through different stores that sell fabric from time to time.

But having the chance to interact with the people who are really using the product, asking what they like, what colors they want, what themes they wish they could find… that is some valuable information! I had a long discussion about what makes or breaks different “basics” groups (those textured fabrics that come in a rainbow of colors and can be used as background or fillers with all sorts of things).  I took a poll about some ideas I have been tossing around for a new collection and got feedback… and I had a great time!

Today I am back in my studio with new ideas swimming around in my head.  I asked the women who won or bought my fabric to send me a photo of something they use it on to post on my blog… hopefully they will!

If you live in Oregon, Washington or Idaho  and haven’t discovered the joy of a Craft Warehouse store, CLICK HERE and see if there is a location near you.  This family-owned store is a mecca for the creatively inclined!  I’ve never met a Craft Warehouse I didn’t like!

Now it’s back to the studio and back to creating wonderful new fabric collections for quilters everywhere to enjoy.

– Tara

Teach your kids about the benefits of eating squash with illustrations by Tara Reed

July 15, 2009

In the fall I had the pleasure of working with Duke Christoffersen of Brainfood Garden illustrating his funny tale of “Fred the Fish and the Squash that Goes Squish”.  A talented and funny writer, the stories just seem to pour out of him!  His mission is to make learning about health and nutrition fun for kids.

I loved that he was also open to suggestion.  While working on the art, I thought four malamute dogs might be a little dull and had a great idea for a pink poodle who kept everyone organized and on track… he liked and it she is in the book, clip board, whistle and all!

We also created a great “Be Healthy” poster featuring the characters from the book that is perfect for classrooms, childcare facilities, home schooling… you have wall space?  Grab a poster! CLICK HERE to see both the book and poster at “Bottom of the Sea” prices…


I was equally excited when Duke called to tell me the book was going to be adapted for the iPhone and iTouch by iStory Time.  How cool is that to be able to put books on your phone for your kids to read or listen to. (They are narrated.)  If you have or know kids today you know they are much more technically saavy than when I was young! CLICK HERE to see Fred & friends as well as other titles from iStory Time…

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Here’s to having fun and staying healthy!

– Tara

Taking my “trunk show” to Craft Warehouse in Gresham, Oregon!

July 12, 2009

Today I dusted off my sewing machine and got busy! I used to sew a lot… as I sat piecing fabric together I remembered buying my Pfaff… it was about 12 years ago when my son was little and I needed to upgrade my machine.  It was a MAJOR investment and I remembered all the curtains my neighbors commissioned me to do to help pay for the machine.  So worth it!  I still love it today although truth be told, I don’t have the time to craft & sew that I used to!  Now I spend most of my time painting and designing collections to license – one of my favorite categories being FABRIC!

MidnightMonsters-CraftWarehouseAdHow fun to sit at my machine all day, sewing MY OWN fabric. *Pinch me* I still think this whole art licensing career is too good to be true!  All kidding aside, I work very hard but I am passionate about what I do so it makes the work seem more like playing…

This coming Thursday, July 16th, I will be talking to two quilt clubs at the Craft Warehouse in Gresham, Oregon. One meeting is at 11 am and the second is at 7 pm.  You are welcome to come — they are located at: 604 NW Eastman Pkwy. (Division & Eastman) in Gresham, OR 97030.  If you need directions you can call (503) 661-0574.

I will be talking about how I design fabric – from initial concept to putting the patterns together to getting my samples to play with! When I talked to the clubs in Aloha the quilters had great questions and amazing quilts to share – I am in awe of their talent!

When I was talking with the coordinator she asked if I had a “trunk show” – I will admit to not knowing what she was talking about.  She told me it was samples of things made with my fabric.  That’s why I got out my machine – I was inspired and figured it was better to get busy the week before than the week after.  So you will see some things I’ve whipped up (the bag below is one project I finished today), as well as a few quilts a friend did.

So if you are in the area, come on by! If you aren’t but like this fun Halloween Fabric, ask for it at your local quilting store or look online for “Midnight Monsters” from South Sea Imports.  You can also CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A PROJECT SHEET.

Halloween will be here before you know it so find your black, green and orange thread and start your sewing machines…

– Tara

With the Right Accessories, I Can Do Anything!

July 7, 2009

Shoes-ThirstystoneThat is one of the sentiments from my “Fashion Forward” line that is make women across the country say, “Yeah!”  Or, truth be told, I’ve heard many say, “Oh heaven help me if I had to wear those shoes!”  I reassure them by saying that I’m all about comfort shoes and paint what my sister and I now lovingly refer to as “non-weight bearing shoes” – we know we’d look great sitting down in them but aren’t sure we’d even make it across the room!

So whether you can wear them or just like the idea of sporting a  high-fashion high-heel attitude – there’s a little something for everyone and more in the works so stay tuned!

The summer Gift Show in Atlanta is going on now and one of my licensees, Thirstystone Resources, just emailed me this photo of the entry to their showroom area.  You can imagine I just FLIPPED when I saw it!  “Can I please have it delivered and set up in my office when you are done?”  Thirstystone has created a set of 4 Fashion Forward absorbent coasters as well as disposable Pub Coasters featuring two of the designs.

Ask for them at your favorite retailer.  I’ll let you know if I find them online but I don’t want to wait to share my excitement!

As well as coasters, two of these designs are available as rubber stamps from Janlynn / Stamps Happen. They have been seen at Hobby Lobby and other independent rubber stamp stores and are also available online.  Click on the images below…

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Finallly, the designs are available as 12 x 12 wall art prints, licensed to BonArtique and available in stores and online at – click on the images below if you just have to have them!

Here’s to you!  – Tara

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