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Tara Noel
Colorado
Paper artist and book binder.
Interests: Running, watercolor painting, mountain climbing, card making, gardening, and learning to play the piano.
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Last fall I thought that taking a class on something I know nothing about might end a creative drought. So I signed up for The Ties that Bind at Bemis Art School in Colorado Springs. It was a bookbinding class taught by the funny and talented Jillian Jacob Murphy. There... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2014 at T'art
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Every year since 1984 I have handmade Valentines for family and friends. This year I made a small pocket for candy and covered the surface with a doily. The effect was so pretty I decided to cover several other things. My friend Perrie graciously loaned me her Valentine as I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at T'art
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I haven't posted in a while. I've been on a sabbatical, living an ascetic lifestyle in a small yet tastefully decorated cave in the south of France. I took a vow of silence which included typing...and smoke signals...and tattoos. I'd post pictures but they're all hand-drawn. But I'm back; colonically... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2014 at T'art
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My friend, Allison, and I recently visited Table Rock Llamas Fiber Arts Studio and the DyeWorks in Black Forest, Colorado. Part yarn store, part fiber arts studio, part instructional classroom Table Rock Llama is a fusion of retail store and creative space. Although there were no scheduled dye classes until... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2013 at T'art
The apocalypse is big news these days. Whether it comes in the form of a pandemic, nuclear bomb, zombies, or a random Mayan date it’s impossible to avoid the hype. Heck, we just went through the apocalypse of no Twinkies and there was plenty of panicking and hysteria. Hollywood has... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2013 at T'art
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Every month a talented group of designers aka DCC comes together for a blog hop. This month our theme was handmade flowers...as in, using items found around the house...not as in, using items from the craft and art supply stash in your studio. Fair enough. I used several sheets of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2013 at T'art
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Around this time of year I seem to notice nothing but the neutral palette of winter; brown and grey. I think it is a subconscious longing for spring. Which is why whenever I see color against this backdrop it surprises me, makes me pause whatever I am doing, and seriously... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2013 at T'art
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Every month talented designers come together to participate in the Designer Craft Connection's Blog Hop. In supporting each other we support art. This month's project was to handmake something with love. One of my favorite things to give as gifts is lavender sachets. I grow my own lavender every year... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2013 at T'art
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I found this scoreboard die by Eileen Hull while searching for Valentine ideas. This muslin covered box can be decorative as well as useful. I used it as a placeholder at a recent dinner party and as a small surprise box ideal for rings, earrings, or charms. Supplies: Sizzix ScoreBoards... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2013 at T'art
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We are all accustomed to slang. It's hard to keep up with the new terms, abbreviations, and emoticons in what was once the domain of teenagers, who use different words or phrases to culturally define and distance themselves from the last generation. For instance, when I was a teen 'bad'... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2013 at T'art
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This month is handmade home decoration's for the Designed Craft Connection. The DCC, for short, is a talented group of artists and designers who come together once a month to post and blog a group theme. My husband and I recently switched offices. I have been wanting to remake this... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2013 at T'art
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It is undeniable that by mid-September the Earth is transitioning. The Sun has crossed the Earth’s equator marking the start of fall in the Northern Hemisphere. The light changes, the afternoon colors intensify, and the evenings are cooler. No matter what I do, I can no longer convince myself there... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2013 at T'art
In the wake of the Elementary School shooting in Connecticut I'm as appalled by the news coverage almost as much as the deplorable act itself. Every detail of this tragedy, including everything about the shooter, has been plastered across television, the internet, and in every piece of written media. We... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2013 at T'art
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January 1 had a long journey of ups and downs before it was accepted as the first day of the year for our modern calendar. Originally, Roman emperor Julius Caesar proposed it as the first day of the year in 46 BCE. Later, during the rise of Christianity, the New... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2013 at T'art
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Every month a talented group of designers, Designer Craft Connection, come together for a blog hop. This month our challenge was to create a project using vintage materials. There are many beautiful tablecloths that have been thoughtlessly or unknowingly discarded and can be picked up for a song at local... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2012 at T'art
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Every year I forge temporary friendships with my plants as their summer caretaker and in exchange for water I get back an abundance. Although my garden is not in my life very long it still leaves me with something of value, besides the vegetables, that enriches my quality of life.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2012 at T'art
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On the first Monday of every month the Designer Craft Connection comes together to blog. Visual design is communication and the projects linked together as the DCC communicates the immense talent of this group. After all, design plays a role in making the world what it is. The challenge this... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2012 at T'art
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Other than fresh lemonade and homemade cupcakes, Karen Burniston's Lantern Die has to be one of my favorite things in the world. This muslin covered and stamped lantern was inspired by my recent participation in an open air market with, Bonnie Bruns at Eve's revolution in Old Colorado City. When... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2012 at T'art
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Every summer, once a month, Eve's Revolution hosts a Gypsy Bazaar on the grounds of it's store located in Old Colorado City. This open air event reminds me of the markets found all over the European capitals and small towns which showcase some of the finest collections from local artists,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2012 at T'art
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Every month a talented group of designers, Designer Craft Connection, joins forces and delivers a group blog. This month was vacations but because I live in Colorado Springs mine was delayed because of the wildfire. On June 23rd a wildfire broke out in Waldo Canyon west of Colorado Springs. Over... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2012 at T'art
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Every month a talented group of designers, Designer Craft Connection, joins forces and delivers a group blog. This month was vacations but because I live in Colorado Springs mine was delayed because of the wildfire. On June 23rd a wildfire broke out in Waldo Canyon west of Colorado Springs. Over... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2012 at T'art
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On the first Monday of every month the group of immensely talented designers, The Designer Craft Connection, bands together to blog and showcase their talents. A Picnic Party 1917-William Kay Blacklock When I mentioned my picnic blog to co-workers last week I was quite surprised to learn that the actual... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2012 at T'art
I love how you created the birds!
Hey, that's really cool! I'm going to use it for my nephew's graduation!
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Chartres Street, New Orleans I frankly admit that I am skeptical of ghosts. I can trace this skepticism to my childhood where my three brothers were constantly trying to scare me. As a child I was more afraid of someone jumping out from behind a door than I was of... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2012 at T'art