Pin-spiration

Happy Friday Night Friends!

I’d like to take this opportunity to talk about Pinterest and why it is one of my go-to sources of inspiration.

I’ve been an active Pinterest user for several years now – I attempted to find out exactly how long but to no avail. I have 36 boards containing almost 1200 pins. If you’re already a pinner like me, feel free to follow me and check out my boards!

Visit Tara’s profile on Pinterest.

For me, Pinterest has become a more reliable search engine than Google. Mainly because I am a completely visual person and need to see things rather than read text. I also know that many things that are pinned have been tried by others and probably pinned because they were amazing. So I find it unbelievable that there are still people out there who don’t use it. I have also heard from many people who have no idea what its purpose is. I think a good way to describe it is like when you used to read a book or magazine and would dog-ear the pages that you wanted to back to. Or when you were 12 in the 90’s and cut things out of magazines and taped them to your wall. Did anyone else do that? I had an entire wall devoted to teen heart throbs!! It’s a place where you can store your favorite things from the internet in an organized fashion. It’s also very visually appealing. Some of my boards are designated for recipes and I definitely refer back to them all the time when I want to remake something I loved. Others are for ideas for things in the future like home decorating ideas. Then there are my inspiration boards. These are for things that are really cool and from which I can draw inspiration for my own creations. My newest one is inspiration for some Valentine’s and Spring crafts.

For more inspiration, I turned to Wanelo to find some pretty new items to help fuel my creative engine. For inspiration, a framed quote. For the office, a wintry glitter desk lamp, pretty vintage-style floral bird pillow, glitter wall clock, floral binder, botanical clipboard, fun washi tape, vintage wire desk sorter, turquoise desk and leather secretary desktop organizer. For comfort while creating, a pretty yoga tunic. And to look professional but still inspire creativity when representing my crafts, a floral blazer.

Wanelo Collection
New Year New You

 

Can you tell what my favorite colors and themes are? If you like my collection you should totally enter Zazzle’s New Year, New You Challenge!

Zazzle is looking for you to create a fabulously fantastic collection on Wanelo titled “New Year, New You” where you include products that represent your New Year’s resolutions.

If you enter, you have a chance to win one of the following amazing prizes:

ONE GOLD PRIZE : $75 Zazzle Gift Certificate and feature of 9 products from your collection on Zazzle blog

ONE SILVER PRIZE: $50 Zazzle Gift Certificate

ONE BRONZE PRIZE: $25 Zazzle Gift Certificate

How to enter:

1. Follow the Zazzle store on Wanelo

2. Create a collection on Wanelo.com titled “New Year, New You”

3. Tag every product in your collection #zazzlenewyou

4. Add at least 4 Zazzle products, and include at least 9 products total in your collection

5. Fill out this form to submit your collection

For a full description of the challenge please visit Wanelo Collections Challenge .

That’s my bag baby!!

My latest go-to gift item has been bags – I find a fun and unique pattern, or come up with my own, and then put a bunch of awesome stuff inside! For a few bridal showers I made bags and then purchased small items from the registry to put in it. Saves on wrapping, looks really pretty and makes a great keepsake gift!

Here are some of the bags I’ve made recently…

Nautical themed bridal tote bag ~ designed by Tara White Studio
Bag handmade by Tara White Studio using pattern from the Purl Bee. Apple tree designed by Tara White Studio.

 

Green duck shoulder bag ~ designed by Tara White Studio. Available for purchase on Etsy!
Chipmunk shoulder bag ~ designed by Tara White Studio. Available for purchase on Etsy!
Custom penguin and duck shoulder bags ~ designed by Tara White Studio.

And here are some of the many, many bags that I have accumulated over the years…

Tara's bags ;)

Uh oh, I think I might be hoarding bags, maybe I should donate a few of these, hehe. Thankfully, for my wallet’s sake, most were gifts!

That being said, I definitely enjoy finding unique and interesting bags when I shop. Modcloth actually has an amazing collection of super cute bags. Here are some of my faves…

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

ModCloth may be your go-to for cute dresses and clothing, but did you know they have a flourishing decor department? Think fun and unique adornments for your home, kitchen, bedroom, office space, and more. If that’s not incentive enough to check it out, they just so happen to be having a 20% Off Decor Sale that’ll give your place a pop of personality. No code needed, so just shop ’till your heart is content and there really will be no place like your home! Hurry while it lasts!

If you like bags as much as I do, I hope you found something you like here! See you next post!

~Tara

Spring Air and Craft Fairs

282519_634485664039_6129330_n

Before I started on Etsy, I participated in a holiday fair at my work where I sold my handmade clay ornaments. I had a great time and made many sales. Sadly, the organizers got busy, people lost interest and the fair did not happen for the next few years. I then took it upon myself to start it back up again. In 2012, I organized the first official Employee Holiday Craft Fair at my work. I reached out to my coworkers who were also crafters and artists as well as their friends and family. We had a variety of items ranging from jewelry to crocheted octopi! This past year was the second annual Holiday Fair, where we had about 10 different vendors, half employees and half friends and family. Everyone did very well considering there was no cost to us and we held it for only 3 hours.

Before the 2013 holiday fair, I participated in several public craft fairs in my area. These were my first experiences at more professional, open-to-the-public, vendor shows, although many were the first ever. I learned a lot and would like to share what I leaned from each experience.

Destash Bash (first one)

How I found it: Etsy team

What it was all about: selling crafts and “destashing” excess materials and supplies

Duration: 6 hours

Cost: $25 for 10 x 10 space

The good and the bad: For my first public fair, this was pretty successful. I sold a lot of my jewelry but not much of my supplies. I found it helpful to have someone there for part of it so that I could take breaks, use the bathroom, etc. This fair was indoors and possibly not as advertised as it could have been so there were a lot of lulls where there were no shoppers.

My personal seller rating: B+

 

Todd Farm Flea Market (has been around for many, many years)

How I found it: Been going for years!

What it was all about: mostly antiques, some handmade

Duration: ~8 hours (first come first serve for spaces, so have to get there early)

Cost: $35 for 20 x 30 space

The good and the bad: I took a chance trying to sell my small, handmade items at a place known for its furniture and antique decor. I brought my Dad along who was selling some of his antiques and other items, so we split the cost and shared the space. The hardest part was getting there as early as we had to just to barely get a spot. The market is outside, so you’re exposed to all the elements and it was a hot day! In the end, my Dad sold more items than I did and I even put many things out for free near the end to get rid of stuff. I still love Todd Farm, but will probably just go as a shopper from now on!

My personal seller rating: D

 

Essex Shop and Stroll Event (first one)

How I found it: Invited through Etsy

What it was all about: Bringing together Artisans and shop owners in Essex, MA

Duration: 6 hours

Cost: FREE!

The good and the bad: This event was spread along the main street in downtown Essex, MA. Each participating shop was paired with two local artisans who were set up along the road out front. Myself and a local sculptor were paired with an antique shop very far from any other vendors. We were near the end of the route, so shoppers who were walking had to go quite a distance to find us. My Dad and Grandmother came down and almost didn’t find me! Since we were so spread out our potential customers came very sporadically throughout this long day. I would love to participate in this event again and hope that it will be planned a bit differently so that we can get more visitors.

My personal seller rating: C

IMG_3288
Tara White Studio, closeup of vendor table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Fest 2013 (first one)

How I found it: Friend

What it was all about: Local vendors from Cape Ann area ~ food, drinks, music, fun for the family

Duration: 7 hours

Cost: FREE!

The good and the bad: This was one of the longer events I did, but it did not feel that way because of all the festivities happening around me. I also did very well, selling many of my items and making more than any other fair. I met a lot of great people too! I guess I don’t have anything bad to report here!  Thanks to The Bridge for having me! If there is another next year, I hope to be part of it and encourage you to come!

My personal seller rating: A

Tara White Studio, Fall Fest Gloucester, MA

Holiday Craft Market (4th annual)

How I found it: Last year’s advertisement

What it was all about: Craft fair at local elementary school

Duration: 6 hours

Cost: $60 for 8 ft space, plus donation item for raffle (all proceeds went to the school)

The good and the bad: This was the most expensive fair that I was part of, but the money went to the school that I went to as a child, so the cost was easily rationalized and I didn’t mind donating a raffle item because I had an overflow of merchandise. While the fair was only 5 hours, with setup and breakdown it was more like 6 or 7 hours for the vendors. The organizers were definitely not noobs though, and had the whole process under control, everything from unloading and parking vehicles, getting vendors to their spaces, having adorable kids bring around lunch orders and surveys. I was impressed. But, the turnout was not as impressive. I didn’t even make back what I had paid, which was very disappointing. I did have a chance to walk around and there were so many amazing vendors there. This was the largest fair I had been part of, so that may have been why I didn’t make as much, too much competition! I would probably not sell there again, but would definitely like to do my Holiday shopping there!

My personal seller rating: B+

2013 Holiday Craft Market
Tara White Studio, 2013 Holiday Craft Market

After the last one, I did a fair at our sister company in Ipswich, MA. This one was free as well, I sold several items and met some more awesome people. There was another vendor who we had at the fair that I organized and I was proud to say that both of us did better at my show! All of these experiences have taught me a lot about what people like, how to display my items, how to network and so much more. If you have any questions about other aspects of selling at craft fairs, I am certainly not a pro, but I’d love to share more of my perspective with you!

 

Tara White Studio, last craft fair of the season : (

 

Jackson says, “Hello and happy Spring!”

… straight into my arms, straight into my arms. ~Laura Marling

The ocean is almost everywhere you look on Cape Ann, so it is no wonder that it provides inspiration for so much creativity.

Here are some photos of Cape Ann from this weekend, along with some crafts that were inspired by it.

IMG_4100
Magnolia shore. Photo by Tara White 2014.
Whale statement necklace by Tara White Studio. Click to purchase on Etsy.
IMG_4108
Wingaersheek Beach. Photo by Tara White 2014.
il_570xN.573963415_10yn
Nautilus Earrings by Tara White Studio. Click to purchase on Etsy.
IMG_4116
Horseshoe Crab on Wingaersheek Beach. Photo by Tara White 2014.
IMG_4135
Handpainted shell plates by Tara White Studio.
IMG_4079
Magnolia Shore. Photo by Tara White 2014.

Paper bowls and a box of natural goodies!

Hello,

I thought I’d check in and give you a little update on some of the things I’ve been up to this month.

One event that I’ve been planning for this month is the Employee craft fair I organized at my work. We held one in December that was pretty successful so we wanted to see how a summer one would go. The items ranged from sea glass jewelry to crocheted octopi. This time around, we will have baked goods and gourmet salsa too! I will be selling some of the clay jewelry and figurines that I’ve mentioned here as well as some new items that are not on Etsy yet. Here’s the story behind one of my projects for the fair…

DSC06436

 

A while back I purchased a paper making kit from Wooden Deckle. I had made some paper a long time ago and still had a container of pulp that I made myself from recycled paper, in the fridge that I was afraid might go bad soon (I guess that just means get moldy). I broke out the kit again to make some grass paper – yup, paper with grass clippings in it! It came out looking very natural and rustic, I love the look.

DSC06435

IMG_2999

It made eight 3 x 4 pieces and had a ton of pulp leftover. Instead of throwing it away, I decided to make some bowls out of it. I just molded the pulp into various bowls that I had in the kitchen and let them sit, for a very, very long time. Of course I got impatient after a few days and tried to speed up the process in a low temp oven, unsuccessfully. So I worked on other projects while waiting for them to dry almost completely before I could remove them from their molds. I neglected to take photos at that point. I decided to paint them instead of leaving them natural, because it would make them more durable and perhaps slightly functional, definitely not meant for food though! And I was quite pleased by how lovely they turned out…

IMG_2925

IMG_2924

IMG_2926

 

Hopefully there is some interest in these at the fair, otherwise I will definitely be listing them on Etsy soon!

Last year I mentioned my love of flea markets and how my father, sister and I frequented the local ones. This year we had yet to go so my Dad and I went a few weeks back and I hit the jackpot! And bonus, it only cost me $10!! My score is pictured below and includes a bag of multicolored threads, a bag of black buttons, a giant spool of gold thread, a seashell stamp, a bag of ivory ribbon, a bunch of leather laces, several pieces of moon and stars costume jewelry and a vintage gingham scarf.

IMG_2945

 

I am a huge fan of having things delivered to my door, anything that means I don’t have to shop in public is amazing to me! So when I saw an ad for healthy, all natural snacks that are automatically shipped to you every month, I had to try it out! A few weeks ago I registered with Nature Box, for only $5 for the first month and $19.95 each month after. Not a bad price for all natural foods that are the most expensive type at the supermarket. Plus, a “no questions asked” cancellation policy if unsatisfied. Basically, nothing to lose. Another major bonus with this company is that for every person that you refer (who joins through your referral link) you get a $10 credit and could, in theory, end up with free natural snacks!!! Well, I got the introductory box today and I was majorly impressed! It came with six decent-sized bags of various healthy, many vegan, snacks, including plantain chips, cherry granola and mango almond bites. I tried the latter already and they are delicious, seriously! I highly, highly recommend trying them out, and not only because I want credits (but if you sign up through my link, I will be forever grateful!!)  Share the NatureBox Love!!

 

IMG_2996

IMG_2997

IMG_2998

IMG_2754

One of the cool things about the cottage we rent is that it has some amazing gardens in the yard. There are many different types of wildflowers as well as raspberry bushes, chives and mint galore. There is also a strawberry patch, but the berries never turn red… perhaps they are not edible strawberries? I’m not sure. We went to our local farm stand and bought a few strawberry plants, which were doing very well, but have slowed down over the last few weeks. A few months back, my husband purchased some seed pods online, containing various vegetables and herbs. We now have cilantro, lettuce, spinach that we have been cutting down and using. There are several tomato plants, peppers, and a crazy giant cucumber plant from which we are awaiting flowers and subsequently veggies.

IMG_2824

I just think its super cool to be able to just pick food in your yard and cook with it. My favorite thing is the cilantro because every time I have tried to grow it indoors it does not do well and I use it all the time!

In the theme of veggies, I’d like to share a series of ornaments that I recently made. My good friend’s daughter is named Anna, so of course everyone calls her Anna Banana! For her 1st birthday a few months ago I made a little clay banana baby ornament as part of the gift that Mommy could enjoy. I decided it was too cute not to expand and make other types of fruit babies! Along with the banana are a strawberry, a carrot, a bunch of grapes, a pineapple and a green onion.

DSC06107 DSC06123

IMG_1115DSC06137

The fruit and veggie babies are available for purchase in my Etsy shop, here: Tara White Studio

And to round out this refreshing garden-themed post, here’s a lovely Etsy Treasury, “How does your garden grow”.

‘How does your garden grow’ by Claytastic77

Lovely new and vintage items for the garden or garden enthusiast.

Vintage Metal Wheel Barrow Gardening Cart in Aqua Blue and Yellow - sugarSCOUT colorful garden- original watercolor - zuhalkanar Group of 4 Hand-painted Garden Signs - RusticSignworks Vintage Bright Green Garden Tool Bonny Prod. Co. NY Metal and With Plastic Handle House Plants Gardening, Great Gift - DebscountryVintage
Victorian Garden Bridesmaid Necklaces - Rustic Chic Wedding -  Set of 6 - Palomaria Indoor Outdoor Herb Garden with Chalkboard Placards - MeriwetherOfMontana Vintage galvanized metal watering can, gardening - ThatRetroGirl bird garden decor- garden art - garden decoration - plant stake - lawn ornament - plant marker - gardener gift -plant pot decoration - GVEGA
Garden Sign In Hunter Green & Walnut - UtopiaHomeAndGarden Personalized Prayer Flags Made custom for you      xo - Cazmira Garden Plant Markers Veggies - Three Stakes per Set - Great Father's Day, Teacher Appreciation, Gardener Gift : ) - playfularts Gardener's Gift Box - Gardener's Soap, Body Butter, Lip Balm in Eco Tube, Solid Perfume and Nail Brush - naturesmuse
Insect Repellent All Natural with Pure Essential Oils, Vegan, DEET free, Smells  Fresh - PureNaturalis Vintage Garden Tools, Vintage Gardening, Garden Art, Garden Display - BlueMoonCollectibles Blown Glass Hummingbird Feeder Red and Orange Free Shipping - Oberini Hummingbirds and lavender, original watercolor, bird art, garden painting - TivoliGardens

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

Hello Summer!

I can’t believe this is my first post in nearly two months! Since the weather is so beautiful here in New England right now, the theme of this post is nature. I’ll be sharing some woodland animal-inspired jewelry, photos of my first kayaking trip of the season and some random photos taken on walks with my dog.

I’ve mentioned my Etsy shop and team participation a few times. I recently joined some new teams, one called Animal Totems (check us out here: Animal Totems Team). Inspired by the other amazing shops run by members of this team, I created a series of animal spirit jewelry. A while back I had made some bear paw prints out of clay and wasn’t sure what to do with them at the time. So I made some more paw/claw prints as well as some clay claws, teeth, antlers and a feather:

IMG_2715

Initially I planned to use an animal track and a claw or tooth together as part of a more eclectic necklace, like this one for the cat:

DSC06224

While I do love how this one turned out, it seemed it may be too much for some people to handle, plus if I separated them out, I could make way more necklaces!

IMG_0041

Each of the necklaces shown above and more are available for purchase in my Etsy shop: Animal Spirit Jewelry

Since today was too hot to not be near the water, I took old Nemo (yeah, that’s my kayak) out for the first paddle this summer. Our street is on a river, Little River, which feeds into the Annisquam River in Gloucester, MA. Here’s a map showing my route with the red line:

Slide1

I paddled down Little River and passed under the Andrew Piatt Bridge…

IMG_2787

I paddled further and in the middle of where marshes are at low tide I saw a tiny little island, with rocks and small trees on it…

IMG_2798

I had to pull up here and check it out. This was a pretty cool spot that I came across and definitely beat the beach since I was the only person there!

IMG_2804

This certainly was a great weekend and I am looking forward to many more kayaking adventures. Here are some cool pics I’ve taken around the yard and neighborhood to keep with the nature theme!

IMG_2726 IMG_2728 IMG_2806IMG_2764

Bachelorette Party Crafts, what?!

Last night was my friend’s bachelorette party in Boston.

I really wanted some flashy earrings to wear, so I created these…

IMG_2305

I went 80’s and only wore one of them because my hair was asymmetrical and it would have been hidden on the other side anyways!

IMG_0003

We began the night at a hotel in Boston, where we drank lots of bubbly and played a “guess who bought you this thong” game. For mine, I purchased a basic white lace thong, but completely dazzled it up with as many pink embellishments as I could find:

IMG_0035

I may have gone a little too wild on the front and actually think the back looks like something you could potentially buy in a more risque boutique!! I will consider taking special orders for these!!!

We then enjoyed an amazing sushi dinner at Red Lantern, which has an amazing fun atmosphere.

IMG_2323

The highlight of the night was the Drag show at Jaques Cabaret, which was so hilarious and entertaining and the pictures do not do it justice, so I recommend going!

IMG_2425

Now that I’ve shared, I think it’s time for bed  ; )

Social Media Compilation

I feel really guilty about not being able to focus on my blog lately ~ I have a big work trip next weekend that I’ve been preparing for, it’s in D.C. though so I am sure I’ll have plenty to share when I get back. My next post may not be for a couple of weeks, so I felt the need to post something, anything, today!

I thought a fun way to share would be to do a social media update with the goings on of Etsy, FB, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. So here goes…

~,.’`Etsy`’.,~

Faved items…

il_fullxfull.421571918_ga3q il_fullxfull.442122185_6pht  il_fullxfull.328564188 il_fullxfull.441736097_qfuf

Recent treasury I made…

‘Fresh fashion for Spring’ by Claytastic77

Inspired by Project Runway!

8x8 Thread Canvas. 2 Prints. - BlueGiraffeImages
Mini chevron pattern stud earrings bright bubblegum pink acrylic plastic wood - HelloPlasticSun
PETIT JARDIN - SAGE Mint green dress with white lace neckline // retro // vintage inspired // pleated skirt // bridesmaid dress // garden - FleetCollection
5 yards measuring tape cotton ribbon - trim - party favor - scrapbooking - gift wrap - cardmaking - emmyandsoph
Cottage Decor, Sewing Machine Art Print, Shabby French Country, Teal and Grey, 12 x 12 inch print - loriamckee
Plastic Canvas Clear "Tribal Triangle" Necklace - OmareBanksInc
Vintage J.R. Bauman Mannequin Dress Form Collaps-A-Form 1965 - size 10 - US Shipping - PlumandSage
20% OFF The Sewing Box - Sewing room decor, craft room art, gift for her, pastel colours, neutral decor, 8x8 still life print - LolasRoom
Shoes Ballet Flats Spectator Deadstock Leather Taupe and White Skimmer 80s Vintage Size 9 Euro 40 - thriftage
Tim Gunn Makes It Work  - Cheeky Hand Embroidery Kit - laceandsparrow
Double Triangle Earrings Statement rustic tribal aztec Gold with antiqued dark brass chain and earwire - wildandarrow
Vintage Sewing Machine Ear Studs in Peach Green , Small Ear Posts Earrings, Retro - Jugosa
Adult Headband - Sage Green Double Flower Headband for Women and Girls - RufflesAndFringe
Very cute and tiny button and scissor stud earrings for arts and craft lovers and sewing - AprilLilies
Pan Am (high fashion haute couture photography 12x18 art print color fashion photography fashion magazine editorial - StarForeman

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

Recent Treasury I was featured in…

‘Weekend In The Country’ by sarahwilsonking

treasurychallengenonteam.blogspot.com/

cappuccino cup latte mugs in grape purple and mint - set of two - claylicious Romantic floral print- lavender, purple, mint, shabby chic, valentines day, carnations, for her, fine art photo, 8x10 print - dullbluelight Flowered Artisan Lampwork Bracelet - vee41dmb Knitted Bikini Top - Purple Sparkle Mint, Size Medium - WendysKiss
Green and Pink Succulent - Nature Photography -  San Francisco - Fine Art Photography - WorldPhotosByPaola round ear studs . berry geometric earring jewellery . dipped . rustic cottage chic . mini small . magenta fuchsia purple red maroon - FreshfromtheKiln Breathable, Understated Nursing Canopy in Violet Purple & Mint Green. Private, Comfortable, Unique Breastfeeding Cover - MamaWraps Vintage Purple Grapes - TheGlassLily
Black Kitty Rolling Over: Original Pastel Painting - ArtByJulene Handmade ceramic soup mugs Set of 2 stoneware pottery Over-sized Coffee Mugs Mint Green Brown Purple - Rustic Earthy Pottery - CropCircleClay Feather necklace - lavender purple and mint green - handmade clay - tribal unique - TaraWhiteStudio Delicate Handcrafted Dangle Earrings - Amazonite, Glass, Brass, & Wood - Purple Mint - NataDulce
Adjustable antiqued ring with natural pressed real deep purple and mint pink flowers over beige leather - MissMayoShop Bridesmaid Earrings Set of 2 in Purple and Mint Enamel - marmarModern luella / pink, purple and mint antlers earrings - krislington still life photography, mother's day, flower photography, purple, mint green, vintage bottle, office art - 8x8 photograph - SeptemberWren

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

~*FaCeBooK*~

My sister posted this awesome DIY project from Repurposed Recycled Reused Reclaimed Restored  on their wall. It’s a bunch of wood pallets put together to form a bench, stained and covered with outdoor cushions. An awesome, environmentally-friendly and inexpensive alternative to high end patio furniture.

Screen Shot 2013-03-31 at 5.06.39 PM

I just thought this was all to true to how I feel most of the time. Normal is so overrated.

580414_551134581598645_1645072948_n

<<–Twitter–>>

I’ll admit I was a little behind on the Twitter front this week. One thing I discovered was the beautiful patchwork chairs by Kelly Swallow @patchworkchairs.

SONY DSC

PiNtErEsT

I came across a wonderful, home remedy hand treatment on A Thrifty Mrs., which consists of only sugar, lemon juice and some water. I made up a bunch nearly a week ago and put it in a jar and it still works!

tbsp

In an effort to stay healthy, I’ve been trying to make smoothies more often and I recently found a recipe for a banana-avocado smoothie on Martha’s site.

avocado-banana-smoothie-med107845_vert

Hope you found some inspiration from some of these posts, I know I did! See you when I get back from D.C.!

~Tara 🙂

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: