Floral Inspirations & Romantic Roadtrips

Maybe I mentioned it before, but Spring is by far my favorite season!

Sunshine, cool breezes, rain showers, budding plants and, of course, floral everything!

Flowers, whether in a garden or a vase suggest beauty, life and fragility.

One of my favorite artists, Frida Kahlo once said, “I paint flowers so they will not die.” She was often seen wearing them in her hair, which has become synonymous with our memory of this legendary woman.

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I am currently working on a new mixed media collage painting based on my own sketches of Ms. Kahlo and recycled paper products that have bright colors and flowers on them. I’ll be sure to share pics on Instagram and Twitter @tarawhitestudio when it’s finished!

Sketch sesh

Frida sketch session

Floral prints add a certain timeless charm and femininity to anything. This makes them a staple for Spring wardrobes and any romantic getaway.

My favorite online fashion shopping venue, Modcloth has created a special Romantic Roadtrip Collection. There are more than 1000 beautiful items from dresses, blouses and jackets to bags, watches and shoes.

I’m hoping to plan my own romantic road trip and would love these items to wear:

While perusing through the collection I came across four items that would make a fun, flirty and comfortable springtime road trip outfit. The floral crown in pastels is reminiscent of those worn by Frida. The faded denim blue dress is casual and comfy but could be dressed up too. The mint green bag would fit all my necessities. And the multicolored slip on sneakers would make it easy to jump in and out of the car to check out all the sights!

If you love Spring, flowers and anything pretty, definitely check out their collection and leave your comments below!

Thx 😉

8> Tara <8

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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…

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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…

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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 Craft Projects

Here’s a peek at some of the things I’ve made this Spring…

I wanted a beachy but rustic welcome sign for our front door so I painted the word on a piece of old driftwood, attached it to an old, weathered basket and embellished it with scallop shells and vintage mother-of-pearl buttons.

Welcome Sign ~ Handmade by me out of a worn shallow basket, driftwood, shells, buttons and paint.

For Mother’s Day, I knew I wanted to make gifts for my mom and my mother-in-law. I had acquired a huge bag of vintage fabrics, including tablecloths, dish towels and doilies, many, many doilies! So, when a doily bag post from Sew Mama Sew came up in my blog feed, I was beyond excited. I came up with this bag for my mom. I altered the pattern a little by using the trimmed outer edge of my green doily as an accent for the top edge of the bag.

Vintage doily flower bag ~ handmade by me following pattern from Sew Mama Sew.

I was able to use a combination of some fun fat quarters that I had in this adorable little tote, pattern courtesy Oliver + S blog. I gave this to my husband’s Mom along with the Family wall hanging inside.

Multi-fabric tote ~ handmade by me following tutorial from Oliver + S blog.

Family wall hanging ~ collaged book pages, acrylic paint and metal leaves on canvas.

I decided to make something for my Mom to hang as well. She now works from home, using my sister’s old bedroom as an office, so I thought an office sign would be neat. I attempted to make it look old-fashioned, and even painted a vintage rotary telephone on it.

Office door sign ~ collaged book pages, printed text, acrylic paint on canvas ~ a Tara White Studio original.

The wall hangings / signs were relatively easy and fun to make, so you may see some in my Etsy shop in the near future!

Oh you crawled, out of the sea….

… 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.

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Magnolia shore. Photo by Tara White 2014.

Whale statement necklace by Tara White Studio. Click to purchase on Etsy.

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Wingaersheek Beach. Photo by Tara White 2014.

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Nautilus Earrings by Tara White Studio. Click to purchase on Etsy.

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Horseshoe Crab on Wingaersheek Beach. Photo by Tara White 2014.

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Handpainted shell plates by Tara White Studio.

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Magnolia Shore. Photo by Tara White 2014.

Yearning for summer

I came across this draft for a nature photography post this past summer. Since I am over this cold, snowy winter weather, I thought this would be appropriate to share now!

I love nature and really enjoy photographing it, even though it sometimes takes a lot of patience! Here are my favorite nature photos I’ve taken this summer:

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Paper bowls and a box of natural goodies!

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…

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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!!

 

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Eat your veggies!!

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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.

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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.

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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.