I shouldn’t have left you, without a dope beat to step to. đŸŽ”

You guys, it’s been over a year since my last blog post and only the words of Timbaland can convey how that makes me feel.

What have I been up to since we last saw each other? Well, I’ve made several new mixed media pieces that I’m really excited about (pics and details below). Once the animal ones get framed I’ll be actively searching for an exhibit for them all to be seen. I have ideas for the next piece but am waiting for a rainy weekend at home to get it jumpstarted. I sold three of my older pieces around the New Year and would love for these ones to get new homes too!

I’ll keep this post short and sweet so stay tuned next week to find out about my digital art progress and new job. 😎 Check out my work below and let me know what you think. And of course follow my social channels, especially IG, if you like my content. Later nerds. đŸ€“

Mixed media surrealism painting Tara White StudioMetamorphism. Mixed media on reclaimed wood. 7×12. 2018. ©TaraWhiteStudio

Mixed media wolf painting Tara White StudioShapeshifter. Mixed media on canvas. 18×24. 2018. ©TaraWhiteStudio

Mixed media raccoon painting Tara White StudioRabid Radical. Mixed Media on Canvas. 18×24. 2018. ©TaraWhiteStudio

All of my life I have had animals as parts of my family. They really make the best companions. They are always happy to see you, they don’t judge and never stay mad at you. This is why I have enjoyed drawing portraits of companion animals. I feel that it is just as important that our memories of our quadrupedal friends last forever. As a former veterinary technician, I have seen many people lose their loyal friends and it can be just as painful as losing a human friend. Although you can go out and adopt another pet, no one forgets their lost companions. They are all unique with their own personalities, just as we are.

Most portraits were made for friends and co-workers, but a few were for some lucky raffle winners.

Dogs…..

(click on the images for slideshow and info)

I use high quality, archival drawing paper for graphite drawings, textured paper for charcoal and pastels.

Cats…..

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This Mother’s Day, of course, I’d like to wish a happy day to all of the mothers I know – my Mom, my Mother-in-law, our Grandmothers, and all the women I know with children. I’d also like to suggest wishing a happy day to those women who do have small ones in their lives that they care for, provide shelter for, and spend their time thinking about, that may be a bit furrier than those other little ones.

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So to all the other fur-baby moms out there, I’d like to wish you a happy Mother’s Day because your love for your animals is just as significant as other people’s love for their children. And a special shout-out goes to those who’ve adopted shelter animals. Many of these animals have had very difficult and scary lives as little puppies and kittens. Most were born on the street and had to fight for food or starve. They definitely require a lot of patience in the beginning but it is worth it to be able to give them their forever home.

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My husband and I adopted our dog in 2009 the day we cam home from our honeymoon. We went to our local shelter, Cape Ann Animal Aid, and immediately fell in love with a quiet, 6-month-old hound mix named Josh. We decided to name him Jackson after one of our favorite places, Jackson, NH. He curled up on my lap in the back seat on the ride home. Fast-forward seven years and he is my best friend. I am as excited to see him as he is to see me when I come home after work. He is a special, loving dog whom we hope has at least another seven years to go.

As fur-baby moms we may not get any gifts this Mother’s Day, but that doesn’t mean we don’t deserve a little something for ourselves. I love shopping on Modcloth and came across some adorable and fun pet-themed items that I think you’ll love. Check it out:

 

Happy Mother’s Day!😉

8> Tara <8

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. I know, this is one of those love it or hate it holidays. Personally, I don’t care for the mushiness, stuffed teddybears, Hallmark cards, and heart-shaped everything. I do celebrate the February 14th because it’s my husband and my original anniversary of when we started dating 16 years ago!!

I think it’s a good day to celebrate someone you care about, and I don’t think that someone has to be a significant other per say. Why not a sister, brother, friend, co-worker, Mom or Dad? Remember back in grade school when you gave a Valentine to all your classmates? Let’s bring that back!!

This is one of those holidays when handmade or just really thoughtful gifts go a long way too. This year I decided to make a bunch of cute, valentine’s-inspired items for my Etsy shop. I came up with some really fun wooden spool photo holders. While the concept is not new, I gave them my own special flair by adding extra “bling” to the tops!

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Wooden Spool Photo Holder

 

And of course I had to make my own Valentine’s. As a creative and lover of the environment, I always try to make my own cards from recycled materials. I had so much fun making these first three cards. They are made from the tops of those small, square Kleenex boxes, recycled greeting cards, Starbucks corrugated cup sleeves, scrap fabric, trim and assorted embellishments.

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Valentine’s Day Card Victorian Romance
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Valentine’s Day Card Bohemian Lace
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One thing that drives me crazy about cards is that they typically aren’t something you want to keep out for very long. So, the best part about these Valentine’s is they can be hung as a keepsake!

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Valentine’s Day Card Victorian Romance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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For our special day, my husband and I will likely go to dinner somewhere close to home. Not too fancy, but more upscale than usual. I’d most likely be able to wear a cute dress with leggings and boots, which are more my style than a little black dress with heels (I don’t do heels). Perhaps I’ll splurge on a new outfit!

Modcloth has so many cute dresses and more and they’ve made shopping for Valentine’s Day super easy by creating their Sweetheart Shop. I checked it out and here’s three items I’d like to buy for V-Day:

This is the “About the Artist” dress, which I have been obsessed with for quite some time, but have not allowed myself to purchase yet. It is so simple, but still pretty and romantic.

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About the Artist dress – Modcloth

I’d pair it with these adorable little pink ballet flats because they add just a touch more girly without being sickeningly sweet.

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Tasteful Touch flat in blush – Modcloth

Finally, this bag, omg, this bag is the icing on the cake. How amazing is this? It looks like it came right out of an antique store and the colors go with the gray dress perfectly! If I end up buying these I’ll be sure to share a pic of me in the outfit!

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Forget me not bag – Modcloth

See what cute things you might want for 2/14/15 at www.modcloth.com/shop/valentine-clothing-decor!

Happy Valentine’s Day to all!

It’s been almost 6 months since my last post! I thought I’d share the handmade gifts I gave this Christmas (note the mason jar wall hanging and sugar scrub were handmade by my sister who gave them to me).

Mason jars were the star of the show this year. I bought a case of them to make the sewing kits, Frozen-inspired craft jar, Charlie Brown tree, as shown above, along with cookie mixes and a Portlandia-inspired pickling kit in a jar (sadly no pics of that). My sister made several wall hangings with jars and bought special smaller mason jars for the sugar scrubs, which are amazing, I must say. Basically, jars make the best, most creative gifts, so I plan to come up with some more fun ideas! Save those pickle jars people!!
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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!

… 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.

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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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.

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