Tara Reed Designs - Art for Licensing

Hop on over to Lowe’s for a fun two-sided flag for Easter!

I’ve been designing garden flags for several years now… this most recent flag was an artistic challenge that was worth the result!  I was asked to create the “back side” of the Easter bunny and chicks that were selected so the flag could be two sided.  While I normally don’t have to do that and make sure everything lines up, it was an effort of trial and error.

But now that I have this flag in my front yard it makes me SMILE every time I leave the house or return home. (Honestly, I think I’m more enamoured with seeing their little bottoms when I head out the door than their smiling faces when I return!)

Easter is quickly approaching (April 20, 2014 – are you ready?) so if you want these cute characters in your yard too, it’s time to hop over to your local Lowe’s and put them in your basket!

Happy Easter Flags at Lowes - design by Tara Reed Designs - 2014

– Tara Reed

Easter is coming! Celebrate with my new Easter Chick paper party goods!

One of my favorite little animals is now on paper plates, napkins and more from Unique Industries!  Bright greens and yellows dominate these party products and honestly make me want to have a party. :)

Easter Party Goods - 2014 - Tara Reed Designs

Of course one of the tricky things about what I do is that while I know these fun products are out there, since I don’t manufacture and sell them myself, I don’t know everywhere they can be found.  I found some on OrientalTrading.com and am told they are also at Party Zone.  If you see them somewhere else too, let me know so I can spread the word!

Wishing you a bright and happy Easter!

– Tara Reed

This week – save on checks, address labels and checkbook covers!

I’m excited to be the featured artist over at CheckAdvantage.com this week and that means savings for you!  With code CAFA you save $3 off any order of checks, address labels and checkbook covers with my designs on them.  

There are 10 themes to choose from: Cowgirl Boots, Queen Bee, Chevron, Houndstooth, Sunflowers, French Influence, Pink Ribbon, Modern Dots, Lime Animal Prints and fun flowers with zebra print accents.  

Which will you choose? Click here to check them out and order today – sale ends on Monday, February 24, 2014.

Save on Check Advantage products by Tara Reed Designs

Be changed but don’t be reduced…

Quote by Maya Angelou

I saw this quote on Twitter the other day and was struck and inspired by it.  It is yet another reminder that while we can’t control everything in our lives, we can always control our reaction and affect the outcome.  

Everyone has gone through something – or many things – that could have turned them down a road of bitterness, defeat, depression and anger.  Some go happily down that road and build a house and stay there.  

Others take the road that is a little harder in the short term but makes for a happier life in the long term.   Work through the pain and find the lesson.  Become stronger and wiser and learn to forgive.  

This Saturday marks 10 years since my ex-husband and I decided to divorce.  10 years ago I was a puddle of a person – I felt sick to my stomach for months and couldn’t eat.  I lost some weight and a neighbor told me “Divorce looks good on you!”  That was even more depressing because I knew that at some point I’d eat again and what would that mean?? :)  I had a 10 year old son to stabilize and my own sense of being to recover.  

I look back and still remember how hard it was but am also amazed and proud of where I am now.  I’m proud of how my ex and I put our son first and never in the middle.  I am stronger for the experience – but now look for more productive and gentler ways to build my strength. :)

Another huge life event that could have gone either way for me and my family emotionally is the more recent and still present experience with my dad and his “journey” with Alzheimer’s.  We went through all of the usual emotions – disbelief, questioning, despair, fear… and now I have come to a place of relative peace.  Rallying against Alzheimer’s doesn’t help.  Accepting it and showing up where my dad needs me to be – either talking or sitting quietly, playing dominoes or looking at flash cards and talking about trips – that is a more peaceful way to be.

My wish for you (and for me) is that we meet our experiences and challenges with grace and an open mind.  Allow them to change us for the better but never reduce us.

Thank you Maya Angelou for these wise words.

– Tara Reed

Focus Word of the Year: RELEASE

A few years ago I was introduced to the idea of choosing a word – ideally a verb – to serve as a focus for the year.  In the past I’ve chosen CREATE and LEARN… I’ve finally decided on my word for 2014 and have chosen RELEASE.

I’m excited that I found this typewriter key that I bought years ago with the plan to turn it into jewelry.  It has been sitting, waiting, in my drawer.  I am determined to find a way to make it happen so I have a very real and physical reminder of my intention.  I plan to release the margins and the heart of things that keep me down, make me doubt and don’t serve my vision of a happy life.

Word - 2014 - release

A few things I plan to release include…

  • self-criticism
  • self-doubt
  • concern over what others think… (as someone told me, it’s really none of my business!)
  • fear of failure
  • fear of success
  • fear of judgement
  • fear of things I can’t control
  • habits that don’t serve me
  • beliefs that hold me back
  • beliefs that make me feel bad

RELEASE THE BRAKES!

Do you have a “word” for 2014 and if so, what is it?  If you were to think about things you want to release – what would they be? 

– Tara Reed

My fabric is featured in a fun new quilting book – Panel Play by Barbara Becker of Four Paws Quilting

I love designing fabric!  I think the puzzle of putting together repeat patterns and then coming up with combinations of patterns that quilters and sewers can use to create is so much fun.  It’s also fun to see what people do with the fabric once it is out in the world.

I’m excited to announce that several of my fabrics are featured in a new quilting book – Panel Play by Barbara Becker of Four Paws Quilting.

Panel Play - quilting book - Jan 2014

 

It’s been a while since I’ve done any serious quilting so I loved the pages of “Nuts and Bolts” that talk about everything from figuring out quilt sizes to cutting, blocking, sewing and more.  She then shows a variety of projects and variations.  While fabric comes and goes faster than I ever imagined, the concepts will work with any combination of patterns or themes you want for your home or gift giving.

Thank you so much for including my designs Barbara!  If you are a quilter, you can click here to find the book.

Happy Quilting!

– Tara Reed

What are your WINS from 2013?

Happy New Year - 2014As we brace ourselves to ring in 2014, I find myself in my usual end-of-the-year reflective mood.  Equal parts thinking about 2013 and anticipating and planning for 2014.

My natural instinct is often to focus on what I want to achieve or do or be moving forward without enough time spent acknowledging what has been done and accomplished in the past and present.  I can’t believe that I’m the only one with the pesky “Yeah but…” voice in my head.  Someone might say something like, “Wow!  Look what you did!” and that voice immediately says “Yeah, but you didn’t get THIS part done…” – stealing the spotlight and happy feeling of what has been done and acknowledged.

Well I for one am TIRED OF THAT VOICE! Some may feel it encourages them to do and be more, I feel it does more harm than good.  Life is about feeling good, being joyful and offering that to others.  If we constantly second guess or berate ourselves, how is that helpful?

Instead of making the normal resolutions to lose 50 lbs (although I’ll take it if it comes along!) I’m going to focus on being happy and quieting the voices that try to make me feel less-than.

An exercise I started a few months ago in my training with Tiffany Peterson has helped with this and I will continue it into the new year.  Focus on the NEW & GOOD, acknowledge the WINS.  Wake up and count your blessings.  Share the things you are grateful for first thing in the morning with your spouse.  End your day by giving yourself a few “atta girl!”s about what you did great that day.  Whatever way resonates with you – make it a daily routine.

Today I invite you to join me in creating a “Wins of 2013″ list.

Spend a few moments and write down all the things you did that you are proud of in 2013.  It can be anything – big or small.  Think about relationships you have nurtured or healed, business successes, fun trips, new habits and more.  You might be surprised at what you come up with and happy with how it makes you feel!

Here’s to acknowledging the good and great of 2013 and setting the intention of an amazing 2014 ahead!

– Tara Reed

Toast the holidays with fun Reindeer wine accessories from Pier1!

Tara Reed - WreathIt is hard to believe Christmas is less than 3 weeks away… are you ready?  I convinced my mom to come help me decorate last week and we had fun putting up the tree and some other holiday cheer.  

We aren’t sure how this holiday season will roll out – it’s the first year my dad is in the Memory Care facility … he doesn’t seem to fully understand the seasons and holidays which we count as a blessing – it would be more heartbreaking if he was feeling left out.  Everything that has been going on makes you really think about how you spend your time and who you spend it with – as we never know just how many Christmas’ we will have.  

One thing I was excited to break out were my new wine charms, bottle stopper and wine tool that I designed exclusively for Pier1 Imports.  I’m excited to toast to family and friends with my own designs adding to the fun… I truly am blessed to be able to do what I do!

Pier1 -2013 - Reindeer Wine accessories

Wishing you and yours the happiest of holidays!  Remember to take a break  from the frenzy to appreciate all that you have!

– Tara Reed

Don’t miss our Christmas melamine plates, trays and glass cutting boards on Zulily!

We are excited to be back on Zulily.com for the next few days.  We are part of a bigger “Personalized Christmas” sale from October 25 – 28, 2013.  We have 2 holiday designs for glass cutting boards, 9 melamine plate designs, 3 trays and a platter.  Here is a sneak peek of some of the designs…

You can find my designs by searching “Tara Reed Designs” because they will be mixed into this sale.

We hope you love the designs, check it out and share it with friends!  Christmas will be here before we know it!

Zulily.com sale - October 25-28– Tara Reed

 

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