Tara Reed Designs
A few weeks ago I was out at garage sales with my mom and some friends. We ran across some dominoes… my mom looked at them and said, “This is a great price but I don’t think I need any more…”
I replied, “Let’s get them! I’ve seen people doing cool things with dominoes lately!”
Yesterday while I was looking through Pinterest and getting over inspired as usual, someone in my home feed was on a roll pinning domino art, how tos and more.
I decided to create a board – Things to do with Dominoes - to share with my mom and with you.
I think I am going to have to go raid my mom’s garage sale stash and play with dominoes! Next time you are out you just might find some creative canvas’ in the form of dominoes too!
– Tara Reed
A few months ago I found myself brainstorming a new idea with my husband Craig. I love licensing my art but I also want to be able to offer personalized products, or designs that might be a little too ‘niche’ to make it in mainstream retail but that I thought people might still want.
We played the “what do you want your life to look like in 5 years” game and I saw a future where he worked fewer hours and we had more flexibility to travel. LIGHT BULB! These two conversations just might merge into something cool… and that is how LetsPersonalizeIt.com was born!
We are only getting started but have 30 cutting board designs, 16 iPhone cases (for 4/4S or 5) and a few canvas shoulder bags ready to be personalized and sent your way.
Wow! Setting up a website that sells things is very different than what I usually do… for 10 years I have focused on creating art and let the manufacturers focus on selling the products. Let’s Personalize It! is bringing in a new layer of “Stuff” to do – but it’s exciting!
We are also really excited that we have decided to donate a percentage of each sale to charity – and the people who buy get to decide what type of charity their purchase will help. You can learn more about that on the website.
As we have been working on getting this started, I’ve been designing, we’ve ordered some samples, I photograph them… but we need some help. We need more pictures and feedback about the products!
We decided to do a special “grand opening sale” and a contest to entice you to send us some great pics of your personalized products that we can use on the website.
Grand Opening Discount:
Use code: photos to receive 30% off your order. (You will enter the code after you submit the order and enter your address – a little weird I know but I can’t control that part of the system.) This discount code will work for a week – from August 2nd through Friday, August 9th, 2013.
Enter to get your order for free by sending us photos:
We really need more photos of actual products in cool settings to put on the site so they don’t all look like digital mock ups. Anyone that buys a product and sends us some photos we can use online by September 15th will be entered in a drawing. On the 15th we will pick one person who will get a refund of their purchase price – so one person will get a what they bought for free!
Simply take some photos (pretend you are Austin Powers and have fun with the photo shoot!) and email them to LetsPersonalizeit@gmail.com We will add you to the site and to the contest. On the 16th, we will post the winner.
SO… do you need a personalized iPhone case? A canvas shoulder bag? a personalized cutting board? The holidays are coming too – you could get a jump on your shopping and save some cash by planning ahead…
Enough reading this post – take advantage of the discount and remember, shipping is always free in the continental US! Head to LetsPersonalizeIt.com and see what we have to offer!
Thanks for helping us spread the word by telling your freinds too…
– Tara Reed & Craig Harris
As many of my blog readers know, I have been licensing my art since 2004 - which means that manufacturers put my art on “stuff” – stuff you buy in stores. It is very rewarding, but there has always been a piece missing for me – the ability to offer personalized products or art that is more niche-oriented.
Let’s Personalize It! was born from my desire to offer my art on personalized products.
But I have to introduce you to the other exciting piece of this – my husband Craig. I know, I know, lots of people say “don’t work with a spouse!” And we have been of that mind for years. He always supports anything I decide to try, but until now nothing has been a fit for us to do together.
As I talked about my vision for this site, I quickly realized it was going to be very hard to do alone and keep up with the rest of my business. We realized that his organization and customer service skills would be a great fit and decided to give it a shot! Heck, we have survived a major home remodel so why can’t we handle this? (When I say major, I mean MAJOR - every surface was touched, a garage was added – it was BIG!)
So in the summer of 2013 we launched Let’s Personalize It! from our studio in Portland, Oregon.
So far we have lots of glass cutting boards, iPhone cases and some super cool canvas shoulder bags. Lots more is in the works!
Our Vision for Let’s Personalize It!
- Our goal is offer high-quality products with unique art that can be personalized to your specifications.
- We don’t want to be like every other personalized product company out there – we want you to think of us because of the quality and selection of designs you can choose from.
- We want to help others while we build our own version of the American dream… to do that, we are Giving Back to causes, helping groups do fundraisers and more. (Get more details on our GIVING BACK page – we are pretty excited about it!)
We are really excited and will be telling you more about it in the near future. For now, we hope you check it out at www.LetsPersonalizeIt.com
– Tara Reed & Craig Harris
I have had a long-term love affair with pretty checks… I was always willing to spend a little more to get checks that had art on them that made me smile rather than going with the free boring -blue checks my bank offered me. And while I don’t write as many checks these days I still want them to be fun!
I’m really excited to announce my latest licensee – Check Advantage.
I’m given carte-blanche (pending their approval of course) to decide what designs I think will speak to consumers. I’ve created seven collections to start and am eager to see which ones rise to the top. I did a variety of some basic patterns (Sassy Chevron and Modern dots) to classic icons (Sunflower Delight and French Influence.) Throw in some fun boots in the Cowgirl Happy collection. The ever-popular animal prints are present in both Wild About Lime and Inspiration Garden.
The next time you need new checks, I hope you think of me!
I would also love to know what themes, styles and colors you wish you could find for checks but can’t… who knows what I’ll decide to create next!
– Tara Reed
Happy Mother’s Day to all the mom’s out there! I hope that you get to do whatever YOU want to do today – be surrounded by people or left alone with a good book…
I’m excited that my son will be coming home from his first year of college today! What a crazy year it has been… he’s loving Boston University and I’m loving that he avoided all the weather and violent drama that unfolded there since he left in August. Hurricane Sandy, a Blizzard and bombings… oh my!
It’s also pretty cool that for the first time in 20 years, I live in driving distance to my own mother! We have a barbeque planned if the weather holds out but chose food that can just as easily be prepared in the kitchen. This is day 2 of the celebration since my brother will be working… we had part one last night.
I’ll also be doing some work as my big trade show starts next week in New York. It’s crunch time and my brain has a hard time shutting down…
That’s how I’ll be spending my Mother’s Day and I’m thrilled about each and every piece of it. If you are a mom – I hope you get to do just what you want to do too.
– Tara Reed
I’m excited to announce that WineEnthusiasts.com has a second set of my designs for sale!
Here are the product details… Melamine Plates. Designed with the warmth and beauty of hand-painted ceramics, these colorful plates are shatterproof so fabulous for cocktail parties and outdoor dining alike. In a versatile size, they’re perfectly proportioned for cheese, crackers, desserts, a luncheon salad, a little bite. The coordinating plates, rendered with a sense of whimsy, feature one each Cabernet, Merlot, Chardonnay and Riesling. Dishwasher safe. 8” sq. Set of 4
And a great review from Barb in Kentucky! (No – I don’t know her. ) I use these plates for my book club meetings. with all the wine drinking we do, they are perfect and fun.
SO… what will you use YOURS for?
– Tara Reed
One of my guilty pleasures – much to my dad’s dismay – is reality tv. Guess what? I KNOW that it isn’t 100% reality – that people behave a little differently in front of a camera, that situations might be manipulated a bit behind the scenes… but regardless, I find it entertaining to watch while I sketch or sometimes to veg out or escape my own slice of reality.
Every once in a while I get a tid-bit of wisdom from these shows that sticks with me – I thought I’d share the most recent one from an episode of LA Shrinks. Dr. V mentioned that her dad always told her you need 3 things in life to be happy.
The three things you need to be happy:
1. Something to do.
2. Someone to love.
3. Something to look forward to.
Dr. V went on to say that she usually finds, both in her life and for her patients, that when one of those three is missing, that is when life gets difficult. For whatever reason, this little bit on conversation really resonated with me and has gone through my head on several occasions.
The next time you are feeling a little sideways – ask yourself if you have these three things… and if not, see what you can do to remedy it!
Thanks Dr. V!
– Tara Reed
PS – this image and many others are available as rubber stamps – click here to see what Janlynn offers
St. Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching – are you getting together with the girls for a fun round of Bunco? Why not add to the festive mood with the “Leapin’ Leprechaun” Print-Your-Own Bunco Party Kit? Complete with 4 different Bunco score sheets, decorative images and border papers that you print at home and use as you see fit. One year a woman even decoupaged a design onto wood for her centerpiece – make it as easy or crafty as you’d like!
Here’s to a fun and festive St. Patrick’s Day!
– Tara Reed
Ever since I visited my friend and web guru Kim Beasley back in November, I have been wanting a Wonder Woman Potato Head. (Yes – I have a soft spot in my heart for Potato Heads!) My fabulous husband got me one for my birthday and she is making me SO HAPPY! I’ve had her posed around the house holding a pencil, paintbrush, even money. She’s my reminder that I have the tools to overcome whatever obstacles come my way – from my own fears and mental worries to crazy-fast deadlines. I just channel my inner Wonder Woman!
So today – channel yours! I’m going to bookmark the theme song so I can play it when I feel less than able – between the upbeat music and looking at my Potato Head – I’ll be back on top in no time!
Want to rock out to the theme song? CLICK HERE (sadly it wouldn’t embed)
Here’s to your creative (and silly and happy) success!
– Tara Reed
P.S. Want your own Wonder Woman Potato Head? Get it here >> http://bit.ly/WonderWomanPotatoHead
What can make a Valentine’s Day window cling even more exciting? GLITTER! Even better yet – it’s the kind of glitter that is contained within the cling and won’t be found all over your house for months to come.
I just got my samples from Impact Innovations and wanted to share them with you. Don’t ask where you can find them because at this moment – I have no idea! That is one of the down-sides to what I do – I don’t always know where the products will end up.
If you see them in a store – please leave a comment so we know where to go!
Here’s wishing you lots of love in your life every day of the year -
– Tara Reed