I'm excited to be working with the wonderful people at Flagology.com. Flagology is passionate about bringing your favorite photos and designs to life with completely customizable flags. With hundreds of design templates to choose from, you can create a one-of-a-kind flag in minutes.
The entire concept for their personalized flag company started with a very special mixed breed dog, Bella, who needed a flag just as unique as she is. Because every great dog photo, cat photo, family photo (or any other photo you love) deserves a one-of-a-kind flag, they offer completely customizable flags with a variety of design options, so you can make your outdoor décor uniquely yours!
I've been designing flags for them for a while but am excited that they just created a page where people can go find all my designs in one place! > www.flagology.com
– Tara Reed
My hand painted alphabet and definitions have been such a hit that I have had a few requests for journals. A big fan of notebooks and journaling myself I loved the idea and it is now a reality!
100 lined pages let you use these journals in any way you want. They have a matte finish and qualify for Amazon Prime shipping. Get them for yourself or they would make a great gift to encourage others.
Find these, other journals and books I've written and created on my Amazon Author Page > amazon.com/author/tarareed
Now go create up an amazing day!
– Tara Reed
You may or may not know that my father has Alzheimer's… it has been a long and twisting journey. Now, he has been in a Memory Care Home for over 2 1/2 years… we never in our wildest dreams did we expect the end of his life to be like this. My dad was a highly intelligent man who used his brain extensively… he wasn't overweight. He exercised. He had none of the basic risk factors… but sometimes you just don't know why or how these things happen and when they do, you need to figure out how to surrender and figure things out. (I'm not the best at surrender – I prefer to take action, figure things out and control what I can.)
What you can control is how you react to it. How you grieve. How overwhelmed you become and stay. How much you question and blame and how you decide to proceed.
It's a painful process – to watch someone you love slowly slip away. To deal with the behaviors that are so incongruent to who they have been. The “new normal” is rarely better than what they were. It's a minefield that no one fully gets until they are on the ground.
As you move through “the journey” as I like to call it, you can always look back with 20/20 hindsight and “shoulda, coulda, woulda'd”. I should have done this… oh had we only know we could have made this easier… I wish I would have done ______.
But know that if you are on this journey that you will do the best you can in a stressful situation. Just as I have done and am doing.
I've decided to write about my experience so that others can learn from my 20/20 hindsight. I've been helping others individually but am feeling drawn to do it in a bigger way. That begins with my book – What to Do Between the Tears. BETWEEN is the key word – there will and should be tears. You need to let yourself grieve and release the stress. But in between – when you can stop and think from the logical side of your brain – there are things to be done.
Read on to learn more about the book. Then I invite you to my other website for more information and resources – PivotToHappy.com/alz
“What to Do Between the Tears… A Practical Guide to Dealing with a Dementia or Alzheimer’s Diagnosis in the Family” by Tara Reed is the result of the extensive research Tara performed while developing the best caregiving solutions to lovingly address her father’s needs as he progresses through the evolution of his Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis.
This easy to follow guide is a compilation of the professional advice, guidance and critical information Tara selectively pieced together from the countless doctors, care home managers, articles, support groups and classes she encountered in her journey for the optimum solutions to provide her father the best care possible and to prepare herself and her family for the road ahead.
This wonderful guide offers a framework to work through the decisions you will face and how to find the happy moments and joy in your new reality. Tara sprinkles personal stories throughout the book to illustrate the points.
Feedback from a pre-release copy:
“I stayed up and read your book from cover to cover …. WOW! Heartbreaking about your dad, I felt like I was going through it with you. In a way I am, as my mom is in the ‘recently diagnosed’ phase. I can now envision what I (and my dad) will be going through — and what I need to do PRONTO! The planner in me is about to come out and guide him more effectively!” – Penny S.
126 pages, 5.25 x 8″, softbound
Filled with links to articles and online resources
– Tara Reed
P.S. If you need help navigating this journey, register for my webinar – A Lifeline for Families with Alzheimer’s. You don’t have to go through this alone…
I moved to Oregon (the first time) back in 1994. I immediately fell in love with the Made in Oregon stores. So many fun and amazing products, all made in or by people who lived in Oregon. When I started my career as an artist, I dared to dream of one day having my work in the stores too…
And writing that sentence made me feel old… but I'm going to let that unproductive float on through and focus on the accomplishment!
All 10 stores now carry my Color Yourself Happy coloring book and journals so if you live in or find yourself in Oregon, pop on in and grab a few! The coloring book isn't just another coloring book, it is part of Pivot To Happy – another passion of mine. At PivotToHappy.com where we share skills and techniques to help people PIVOT (from fear, sadness, anxiety, anger, you name it) TO HAPPY. The more you consciously practice, the faster you will recover from life’s setbacks. Coloring is one way to change your perspective and focus!
Each page includes arrows to represent pivoting – one definition of “pivot” is “to whirl about on one foot”. Even if you can’t change your physical circumstances, you can always try to pivot your perspective. As a fun reminder, there are three arrows in each and every illustration – some are big and easy to spot and others are smaller and pretty well hidden!
In addition to the arrows, every picture has the word happy somewhere in it. Just like life, sometimes it is large and easy to spot and other times it is small and hidden. No matter the size, there is always a little happy to be found!
I hope this is the beginning of my relationship with Made in Oregon – I'm an Oregonian by choice and proud to be in their stores!
– Tara Reed
P.S. If you love to color, I have a monthly eMail where you can sign up and get a new design to print and color each month! Head to PivotToHappy.com/free-coloring/ to sign up!
Before the holidays you see a lot of very black and white posts on social media – “Boycott big box stores – shop local”. So where does that leave a little local girl who makes her living with things sold in the big box stores? In a pickle if everyone were to listen to these pleas!
I'm a small business (just me – that's as small as it gets!) and I have 3 gift bag designs in The Dollar Tree now. Many of my US artist friends are on these bags a lot too. Nothing is black and white…
So today I say, support small businesses / US artist and go buy some gift bags at the Dollar Tree! (The shark, cupcake and dog are all mine.)
Thank you in advance! 🙂
– Tara Reed
My Facebook feed is beginning to be flooded with photos of back to school – from back to elementary to heading off to college, kids are on the move! My son heads off to start his senior year at Boston University next week and I can hardly believe it. It seems like just yesterday he was heading off for the first time!
Next, I have some free back to school lunch box printables you can grab from my other project – Pivot to Happy. It's a new adventure I'm embarking on in addition to the art I do for products. If you haven't checked it out – I hope you do! Click here to go get your free printables – no sign up either, just free! If you like them and/or don't want to miss future freebies or fun, happy stuff, be sure to sign up for the email list over there.
I'm excited to have partnered with Roaring Brook Art as my exclusive wall art publisher! One thing that is tricky with what I do is that I often can't tell people where to find products they love with my art on it. Many of my designs are in and out of places like Home Goods & Marshalls and it is truly hit or miss for consumers. I do my best to help you locate the things you love.
I am elated to report that my wall art prints are all available at FulcrumGallery.com and FramedArt.com – prints are at FulcrumGallery.com and if you prefer a fully framed and ready to hang piece of art, head to FramedArt.com
Right now there is a Q&A on the Fulcrum Gallery site – maybe you'll learn some things about me you never knew before…
It's the week of Thanksgiving here in the US and that means lots of food, family gatherings and shopping. Thanksgiving Thursday is followed by Black Friday – the day retailers hope to “be in the black” – as in, making money. It's to official kick-off of the holiday shopping season.
Then comes Small Business Saturday… Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local. Small Business Saturday is a registered trademark of American Express corporation. There are lots of images floating around Facebook… like this one. (I couldn't find the original creator or source of the image – it isn't mine, no copyright violation is intended)
Specifically – “Let's make sure our money goes to individual people and not multinational companies.”
Well… multinational companies aren't just nameless, faceless money funnels. They need a lot of people, resources, etc to survive. And many, many small businesses are helped when you shop at places like WalMart, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Lowe's and more…
THIS small business owner, for example. And many of my friends and clients.
I am ONE PERSON, working out of a home office, making a living, paying my bills and taxes and contributing to my community. I do art that goes on products that are primarily sold in large chain stores… so if you boycott “multinational companies” – this artist is going to be in a world of hurt.
Many of my clients, who are vendors to the big stores, are US based small businesses. Their livelihoods are also tied to big stores.
I'm not saying don't go to that craft fair or locally owned hair salon – don't get me wrong. But I think the message is getting a little too cut and dry – David vs. Goliath if you will. Goliath supports a lot of David's in this new world economy.
While we are on the subject of WalMart, if you do find yourself in there, look for these cocktail napkins – designed by me. Manufactured by a company in Philadelphia. Moved around to all the locations by trucking companies who bought gas, food and probably coffee, all across country. If your WalMart has canvas wall art for Christmas, you might be supporting my friend Jennifer Pugh – another one-woman artist business out of Utah. Her family thanks you for your support as well.