Monday, January 24, 2011

Amaze me August #21 ~~ TARADARA Sponsor Giveaway ~~

Oh wow, I am sooooo excited to introduce you guys to one of my newest sponsors. 

Tara Dara

Here is a little info on this amazing mama, in her own words. 

I’m 37 years old and I have been sewing for over 25 years, yes - 25 years! Sew Crazy!
From making my own clothes as a kid, to drapes and duvet covers, I sewed it all! I was born and raised in a small town in Canada, mum and dad recognized early they were raising an artist. It started with superior finger painting in Kindergarten, and led to becoming the envy of my fashion-conscience friends in grade 8. In high school, I was offered many scholarships for my art but surprised everyone when I opted for an education in nursing. 
My choice took me from Canada to the United States to work at a trauma center in New Mexico. My calling kept whispering to me and I continued to create and to educate myself in the arts. Every time I got the chance, I took a class! I have studied raku pottery, painting techniques, quilting, sewing and photography, which comes in handy when I photograph my creations for my stores and blog.
Through my training, I met a wonderful lady who showed me the technique I presently use to make my wallets, passport covers, ID/Card holders, book covers, and calendar covers. I love it because it's funky and unique and I can really put my own style in to it. The best thing is the instant gratification with this form of 'quilting'. The pieces are small enough that it doesn't take as long as, say, a quilt!
Today, my husband and I live in Colorado and we are blessed with two young sons. Becoming a mom has opened up a whole new world of creative sewing to me. My cuddly snakes for boys and girls are one of a kind and one of my best sellers!
It is such a gift to have a 'job' that can be flexible and allow me to be at home for my family while doing what I absolutely love, I love sewing and creating items that I know people will absolutely love.

Thank You so much Tara for sharing with us. 
Guess what everyone, she's not done sharing. 
She is super excited to give ONE lucky winner a 
$15.00 credit to her Etsy shop
Funky Card Holder - ID, Business, Rewards, Credit Cards
Funky Card Holder - ID, Business, Rewards, Credit Cards

This cute mini wallet is just one of the many items she offers. I so love how artsy fartsy it is. So funky and cute, I'm sure every time you take this out, you will get a compliment. It's that fun. 

Here's how to enter this GREAT giveaway!
Mandatory Entry
1. Go to taradaras ETSY store tell me your favorite item,
AND link up to Amaze me August.
Extra Entries
1. Follow taradara on Facebook.
2. Follow taradara on Twitter.
3. Subscribe to Bella Before and After.
4. Follow Bella Before and After.
5. Follow Bella Before and After on Facebook.
1. Purchase anything from taradaras ETSY store.
2. Blog, tweet, or facebook about this giveaway.

Please leave a comment for each entry.

JUST so the rest of you don't feel so left out, she is offering EVERYONE 15% off anything in her store. 
Just enter the code "Bella" at checkout.

Giveaway ends 1/31 midnight.

Please visit my Link party Directory
For the coolest parties, I participate in. 
Feel free to add yours, if you think I'd like it :)
Now let me see what you've been up to. 


  1. here's hoping comment #1 might win - - I LOVE those funky card holders, especially the turquoise on turquoise ones!

  2. Thank you for hosting! this is my first time linking up here. I found you through Life in Rehab. I've signed on as your newest follower. I'd love to have you visit KeenInspirations when you have a minute.
    Enjoy your week!

  3. I LOVE this one!

  4. I am subscribed via google reader! :)

  5. I follow Bella BELLA on facebook! :)

  6. I really like the fabric she uses on her adorable burp cloths and am so excited to have found a new place to link up each week! :)

  7. My favorite thing from Taradara's Etsy shop is definitely the green and brown cup cozy!

  8. All of her stuff is so cute & unique! I think I'd go for the burp cloths.

  9. She uses great fabrics! Everything's so pretty. My favorites are the burp cloths:

  10. Hello sweet Bella! Thank you for hosting such a great party! Of course I follow Bella Before and After!!!

  11. I "like" Bella Facebook!!!

    Thank you for your sweet comment on my DIY Modern Mirror. You are too kind :D

  12. My favorite... this adorable little business card holder! :)

  13. Subscribed to Bella Before and After in Google Reader. :)

  14. Following Bella Before and After on FB!

  15. Posted the contest on my FB wall! :)

  16. I so want one of the funky card holders!!! And I linked up!

  17. I shared on twitter!!! @kassarie

  18. I link up & I like taradara on facebook!

  19. I follow Bella Before & After! :)

  20. I tweeted about this giveaway!

  21. Thank you to everybody who entered! I will happily extend the 15% discount for one more week with the 'BELLA'. Have a great rest of the week!
    All the best,


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