Coasters for your car – or as Thirstystone so cleverly named them CARSTERS – are now available at Pier1 Imports with my art on them. You can add style and soak up the condensation from your water bottles, soda cups and more that make the cup holders oh-so-gunky.
With three designs to choose from – you will have to decide which one is best for your moving lifestyle!
– Tara Reed
You know the movie right? Christmas Vacation where Clark goes just a tad over the top with his outdoor decor and shuts down the power grid in his city… WELL…
There is a house on a walking route I sometimes take that think they are the Griswold family year round. They had their front yard all decked out for the forth of July – I figured they were having a party.
We drove by last week and they were decked out with flamingos and hawaiian stuff – I said, “One day I might see my flag there!” On the way home we saw it from the other direction AND THERE IT WAS! My “Kick Up Your Flip Flops” flag that had been for sale at Lowe’s. (If you are lucky they might still have one and it will be on clearance – double score for you!)
I’ve never been prouder! I just might give them a sample flag or two to keep up the good work – wonder what they do for Halloween and Christmas??? I also wonder where they store all this stuff…
– Tara Reed
I recently received the following in an email from a new user of my Print-Your-Own-Bunco kits:
“Just wanted to let you know that my Bunco Party was a success today the ladies had a blast and can’t wait to do it again. I used your art work and the detail of it was a wow factor act the party.
Thanks again till my next Bunco Party!”
This just warmed my heart because this was my intention when creating the themed kits for Bunco – to help Bunco hostesses everywhere add that extra touch to their party.
This week would be the perfect time to gather the girls and roll the dice with the Leapin’ Leprechaun Bunco Kit. Not sure how to play? I have the rules on the website too >> PrintYourOwnBunco.com/how-to-play.html
– Tara Reed
I was SOOOOO excited when I saw my RedPlum.com ads in the mail last week. I usually flip through quickly before adding them to the recycle bin but this time, lo and behold, I saw my own checks! How very, very exciting!
So, if you like animal prints and fashion you might love the Concrete Jungle checks available at 4checks.com*. (The are the third down on the far left – pinch me! This is exciting!)
– Tara Reed
Horray for having friends and family around the country to send out on reconnaissance missions! My latest appetizer plate collection by Certified International is now available in Steinmart stores – and we have no Steinmart stores in Portland.
Thankfully they have some in Reno near my mom so I sent her out, armed with a picture of what she was looking for. Not only did she find them but she made sure they were prominently displayed on the shelf and took lots of pictures for me to see and share! (Thanks Mom!)
If you are looking for fun holiday dishes or a great hostess gift – these sets of four 8″ round plates come in a great box – ready for your holiday giving!
– Tara Reed
I’ve been a sucker for fun stationery for as long as I can remember… Maybe “sucker” isn’t the right word to use because it makes it seems like I’m being duped into something that is bad for me. Perhaps I should say “I’ve had a weak spot” for pretty paper products from a very young age.
I remember pouring over Current Catalogs, admiring beautiful boxed cards in stores and loving to find just the right post-it note to fit the occasion.
Here is what they have to say about themselves:
At Orange Daisy Paper Press, we want you to Send Your Style! We hope you’ll find your style here whether it’s an invitation, stationery, thank you note, or even a cupcake pick. Orange Daisy Paper Press is an online custom stationery and card company featuring superior quality and unique designs. It is our goal to revive the art of written correspondence and the importance of a proper thank you, all while sending along a little style.
Each order is custom-made based on customer selections, and assembled by hand to ensure the highest attention to detail. We only ship a finished product that we would be proud to send to our own friends and family. We use what we believe to be superior materials individually selected to match the uniqueness of each product. We use both professional high-resolution laser printing equipment as well as professional die-cutting equipment.
Orange Daisy Paper Press has also launched a Facebook Page and they are looking for people who like their products to “like” the page. Once they hit 100 likes they will chose 5 people at random to win 10 free Thank You Notes. So head over, click the “like” button and maybe you’ll be one of the lucky winners! https://www.facebook.com/orangedaisypaperpress
Here are a few of my designs – head to the website to see lots more!
I hope you take a look!
– Tara Reed
The weather is changing… it’s getting dark earlier… and I just got out my Halloween decorations. I also noticed that a few people have purchased my Halloween themed Print-Your-Own Bunco Party kits.
They are ready for you to purchase, download and print at home. There is no limit to how many score sheets or decorative images you can print – so host a Bunco party for 12 or a tournament for 120 – it’s up to you! Sign up for the monthly eNewsletter and get the Bunco Queen Kit for free. Other themes are just $9.95 each or buy 3 get the 4th free.
So if you already play or are looking for a fun, new activity for girl’s night out – head over to www.PrintYourOwnBunco.com and check it out.
– Tara Reed
The Sewing Room – a local sewing machine and fabric retailer has a standing order to buy any fabric I design. It’s pretty cool to go into the store and see “Local Artist” tagged on my fabric collections. In art licensing, I am usually focused past my local marketplace – working with manufacturers all over the US who sell to stores nationwide and some worldwide. It is always inspiring to get to know stores and consumers locally – who I can actually see and talk to in person – and learn more about what they like about my work, what they are looking for and more.
The Sewing Room is starting an Embroidery Club and I’ll be a special guest in September. Members will receive an exclusive embroidery design (for free!) of this coffee mug that coordinates with my Sip & Savor Coffee fabric.
So if you live in the Beaverton, Oregon area, come check it out!
Find them online at http://thesewingroom.info/
Here are the details:
will be held on the Second Thursday of each Month from 2:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.
One hour doesn’t seem like a lot with all that we have to do,
but ALAS! We can always change the time and length of time
after the first meeting or two.
So put the date on your calendars -
September 8, 2011
We are so excited!!!
Please call to sign up – 503-643-4111. There will be a $10.00 per month club charge which includes
Wendy and Mary
The Sewing Room
Coupon good for 15% off all Embroidery Thread to Embroidery Club Members the month
Offer Expires: September
By that I mean “stumbling upon my art in a store when I’m not expecting it”. One of the hard parts of art licensing is that we often don’t know where our products are being sold. Since I license my designs to manufacturers who are in charge of selling and shipping products to stores, I don’t have a lot of visibility of that side of things. It makes it hard when people email me and say “I love your stuff, where can I find it?” Sometimes I have to reply with “I don’t know…” – that is so heartbreaking!
But today isn’t about being heartbroken – it’s about being exhilarated! I was wandering through Kohl’s the other day and decided to wander through the Home Accents section. I was admiring the pretty wall art, turned around and gasped! (It made the lady working an aisle down stop to see what the problem was.) I was SO EXCITED to see my art on stretched canvas looking back at me! This is my art’s first time in Kohl’s and I’m quite excited about it!
The woman working at Kohl’s was excited as well – first that there wasn’t something bad that I was gasping about and secondly, because she’d never met anyone who made something for sale in the store. She had lots of questions about how it worked and I was happy to explain it. (If you don’t know about it – you can learn all about licensing your art on my websites at www.ArtLicensingInfo.com and www.ArtLicensingBlog.com)
So… if you are a coffee lover and want to add a little whimsey to your kitchen or office – head over to Kohl’s and see if they have any left!
– Tara Reed