Exciting news ~ I have a new blog!!

4 Jul

Hi everybody!!!

I’m so excited to announce the launch of my new blog:


It’s the same ol’ me, but with an updated look!!!

 This has been a looooong time in the works and I’m so pleased to finally share it with the world!

Please go on over and take a look and see what you think….

psst … you might have to subscribe over there to receive the updated blog posts

Happy Independence Day!!!

xo Tara

Finished the spindles!!!

2 Jul

Just wanted to pop in share some pics of the spindles that I recently knocked out!

…And a bit of my Canadian roots…




A fresh coat of paint sure does make a difference, doesn’t it!!

Oh, and how about a pic of me representin’

Canada style!!!

{I think I’m singing Oh Canada here}


Okay, my fellow Americans…


Your turn is in 2 days….


xo Tara

Fabric Feature Friday – and an Announcement or two

1 Jul

Hi ya!!!


IT’S FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here’s what’s new in the shop...

iPad Cover for you

Peace, love, and recycle, dude!!

{or dudette}

Fun fabrics here folks!!

Kindle Cover for you

Whether you have a Kindle or a Nook

this cover will keep it cozy!

Check out more pics here

Funky Passport Cover for you

Going somewhere?

You HAVE to go check this animal envy out!

If not for yourself, for someone you know!

Here is where you can see it!


I have TWO MAJOR announcements.

1 ~ I have tailored down my Big Cartel store and am primarily using ETSY for sales

{hard to keep 2 stores going}

This is the REALLY exciting news!!!!

2 ~ My blog is getting a facelift and will be revealed on the 4th!!!!

It’s been in the works for such a looooooong time.

I’m soooooo elated to finally show you next week!!!

Have a wonderful weekend!!!!

xo Tara

What I Wished I Knew When I Started Blogging ~ Advice from Meghan Tucker from The Tuckers Take Tennessee

30 Jun

How are you liking this series so far?

I’m learning so much from these great seasoned bloggers and hope you are too.



This week I’m featuring my dear friend, Meghan.  We met on Twitter {of course} and have become great ‘virtual friends’.  She has a great blog called The Tuckers Take Tennessee in which she describes in her post below.


Blogging advice in Meghan’s words …


It was in 2006 that I really started to hear more about blogging. But what was it? Who knew. A place for people to journal online? For the world to see their dirtiest of secrets? Eh, not for me. In 2008, that I really started to look deeper and start reading blogs. Okay, people didn’t air their dirty laundry out for the whole world to read (and those who did, I didn’t go back to their blogs). I was wrong. I began to love reading. Reading blogs began quite the hobby (uh-hum addiction) for me. 


Then my husband gave me the idea to keep a blog for all of our family in Florida. Ok, that sounded great. So, I posted a few pictures here and there and videos. But that didn’t last long. To me, it was boring. I wanted my blog to be more. And for the Florida family members, they all could see the pictures and updates on Facebook, so I ventured out of the “family blog” scene and entered into the “mommy blog” scene. 


There are SO many mommy bloggers out there. But how do I distinguish myself and make my blog different from every other blog? That was the question I wrestled with for a while. In May of 2009, my blog took on a face-lift. We had decided to homeschool, so that was a passion of mine. I also loved blogging about my faith as well as what it takes to make a Home a “home” and being the Home Engineer of my household.


There were many things that I wish I had known when I started blogging. 


*Start off with WordPress instead of Blogger. So much more user friendly and customizable. (And thats WordPress.org instead of WordPress.com)


*Have a set schedule. If you aren’t careful, blogging can take over your life. Set office hours for yourself. For me? I blog when my boys are taking their rests in the afternoons or at night once they have gone to bed. Don’t let your family suffer because you’re blogging all the time. 


*Find your niche. Don’t blog about everything under the sun. Find what you love, what you’re passionate about, what you feel you’re good at and go for it. You’ll be surprised at your success!


*Don’t jump at every opportunity. Be someone who can say “No” and find balance. Know what you can handle. I have learned to become very picky about what I share on my blog as well as who I represent. 


*Don’t spend a lot of money on your blog at first. Once it grows, you can venture into to more technical and pricey things for your site. Nothing worse than spending a lot of money on your blog and you get frustrated or don’t find the time to blog and all that money has gone down the drain. 


*Set goals for yourself. There is nothing wrong with succeeding. Set smaller goals on traffic, subscriptions, and once you hit those goals, reward yourself w/ a new blog design, a new button, or a pedicure. 🙂


These are just a few things I wish I had known or learned early on. Maybe just one of these things will help you figure out which direction to take your blog. 
Happy Blogging!


Meghan describes herself as: Christian, Homeschooling Mom of 2, Adoption Advocate, and Photographer Wanna-be. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, blogging, and social media. You can find her at The Tuckers Take TennesseeTwitter, and Facebook.  She is also the co-founder of  Hip Homeschool Moms.


Meghan has some pertinent points here, doesn’t she!  The one that I can completely identify with is which blogging platform to use first.  Yes, it’s free to use some platforms, however, you are very limited to what you can do with them as far as the look of them, etc.  You can easily run out of space if you post a lot of pictures {which I do and many of you do too, I’m sure}.  So, now I’m in the process of transferring everything over to my new blog … I could’ve saved a LOT of time just starting with wordpress.org in the FIRST place.  But, being a new blogger, I wanted something I could get right there and start up and I didn’t have the knowledge {and am still learning} to go with all the coding and getting a background I liked, etc, etc….  Okay, enough rambling from me….

What did you identify with in Meghan’s post?  Please let us know in the comments!!  We love to read your comments!!!


xo Tara


Please visit the past guest bloggers in this series….

Amy from The Idea Room

Stacy from Not Just a Housewife

Mark Montano {TV host}

Becca from Blue Cricket Design




Painting updates…

29 Jun

Remember last week when I just couldn’t finish the unfinished projects in our home … because I’d rather play with our precious little boys…


Well, I’m thrilled to share with you that they are now crossed off my to do list!!!!  

And I am sooooooo happy about it!!!


Here are some pics of before and after….



What a feeling!!!



{yes, it’s the opposite side, but both sides are now COMPLETE}


Now, my next project….

I can’t wait to finish this puppy.

I have started and it’s all primed and ready to go….

What are you working on?

xo Tara

Goodwill Finds

28 Jun

I’ve been wanting to do this post for so long!

There have been many many great finds that I’ve scored at Goodwill.

I’ve tried to take pictures of them all, but that gets a bit much.

{My husband always asks me, why are you taking a picture of a ‘sweatshirt’}

Yes, I’m becoming one of ‘them’…. hehe

I found this sweatshirt, you may recognize the name {if not, you may have been living under a rock;)}

That’s right, an Abercrombie and Fitch sweatshirt!!

Only $2.00!!!

This casual jacket is a definite find right here…

A Mystree casual jacket for ….


I’m telling you people, I can’t enough of our Goodwill!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the stitching

{very True Religion-esq}

I love the detail on the hoodie!

Okay, what else…

A silk Banana Republic blouse for $3.00

How about an Eddie Bauer vest for $1.50?

I have a serious problem now.

Goodwill has really ruined me.

I can’t go in to a mall and bring myself to buy anything for MYSELF.

I get sticker shock.

When I know that one day I will find the same pair of (jeans) for .99 cents.

My name is Tara and I am a Goodwill Addict.

xo Tara

The work in progress ~ My studio

27 Jun

So my studio has been morphing slowly to where I’d really love it to be.

There’s nothing quite like having a place that’s inspiring and comfortable to work in!  I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to have the coolest artsy fartsy studio, you know, like the ones you see in the magazines like Where Women Create or Studios.

One day maybe, hey, a gal can dream, right!!!

I took some pictures of how it looked just a few short months ago and will share in a few posts as there is so much to look at …. LOL!

Here’s what  inside the walk in closet USED to look like …

It’s a bit hard to take a good shot in such a small space.

Here’s a pulled back shot

Not cluttered at all!

And here’s a view from outside!

Aye Yie Yie….

So, I pulled EVERYTHING out of it because I wanted to put my Great Great Grandmother’s dresser in there for extra storage.

Wait for it….

No kidding!

Here’s another view because I can’t quite believe that ALL this STUFF was in this CLOSET!

Holy HANNAH!!!

There’s a lot of loot in there!

So here’s my Great Great Grandmother’s Dresser:

Isn’t it AH-MAZING!

I am in total love with this piece.

It’s been in our son’s room.  Now he’s getting older and catching on to what’s for boys and what’s for girls.

So, I took it out and replaced it with this dresser that I redid with maps.

Both of us are now happy.

Okay, getting back to business….

LOVE the authentic-ness of this dresser!

So here it is in the closet…

Tucked way back in there.

But, it is certainly utilized…..

So, I realized I don’t have any pictures of everything BACK in the closet.

{I think because it doesn’t look much different}

BUT, I am proud to say that I got rid of 3 LARGE garbage bags full of crap!

Nothing like a good little purge now and then, hey!

xo Tara

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