Fairy Gardens & Writing: how they relate

Planting fairy gardens is one of my favorite things to do every spring. I do this for one of my jobs and on occasion, I teach how-to’s. I’ve planted countless container pots over the seventeen years I’ve been doing this, but planting fairy gardens feels completely different and is always exciting to me. Here’s why:…

Award time!

Last week I won a writing award at UVU for my unpublished YA fantasy novel, Vagabond!!! When I sat down after my speech and chapter reading, I realized I didn’t thank my mom, or my husband, or anyone, really. 😬 My Mom came to the banquet with me because my husband was out of town….

Author Life Month

February was Author Life Month over on Instagram and Twitter. I decided to post the photos—and captions about the photos—from my feed onto my blog. I didn’t post every day,  but I tried. My favorite day was “Challenge Overcome.” It made me realize that every person struggles to be creative. Everyone has the same doubts…

Happy Halloween!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! Please enjoy some of the monstrous illustrations from my brother Todd Powelson. You can find more of his amazing artwork on ARTDUH.COM or ToddPowelson.com Have a safe and spooky Halloween! Tara 🙂

A party that was out of this WORLD!

A few weeks ago I attended a writers retreat with dozens of fabulous, talented women. I asked the organizer what I could do to help. She twiddled her thumbs, trying to think of something, because she’s very organized and had everything under control. “Decorate and come up with a theme,” she said. Interesting, because the…

How To: Tree Painting over my book pages

I have had a lot of people ask how I created this piece of art that sits on my mantle. It’s simple really… Take four years, write a book, and then when you wonder if the words you wrote are any good, shred up the pages and turn them into an art project! If you…

Thankful

During this weekend of Thankfulness and full heart, I reflect on what I am most grateful. The things which fill me with immeasurable joy are my husband, children, family, and friends. I know I can be a selfish creature, artists usually are. I have had many discussions at length about how the life of an…

Into the Mystic

This has been my very favorite song for about two decades. I remember as a teenager playing this song on repeat over and over again while thinking deep thoughts. Ha! Well, as deep as a teenager can anyway. This song inspired a lot of terrible poetry on my part back then. Probably still does 🙂…

Words for a Headstone

A painting I created for my friend. A few years ago, I received a birth announcement from a good friend with a darling photo of a newborn. It was also a death announcement. This sweet infant only lived a few short moments as her complications were too great. At the same time I was going…