Setting the perfect table

Good Morning everyone…today was my day to sleep in a bit since In the Kitchen with David (hosted by Marybeth today) doesn’t start until 1pm however my eyes of course popped open at 6am – I hear sleep is overrated.  Must motivate to go for a run – I actually find I am my most creative while I am running and can sort out a lot of what  is on my mind – what does that for all of you?

Took my dear friend and program host Shawn Killinger to the airport for her vacation to Greece -wow can you imagine how spectacular that must be – can’t think of anyone who deserves it more.  I am truly blessed to not only work with these incredibly talented people but the friendships we have created are genuine and so fulfilling –  speaking of fulfilling a group of us including Shawn got together to see Eat, Pray, Love – if you haven’t seen it yet, it’s worth it – I loved it!

The 9pm show tonight is incredible  and I am in the 1pm David show today as well – I am really excited for both! The dinnerware H13604 is back and I added black and confetti because your requests were becoming hourly – ha ha – I love that by the way, I love that I can hear directly from all of  you what you would like, even what you don’t like helps me so much in the creative process.  The 16 pc set K27938 is back in stock -that is the only set in the entire collection that has the 13 x 9 dish- I actually love this set and think its a no brainer if you are just getting started, adding to your collection or gifting temp-tations.

Story I must share…my father who most you know passed away this February 11th was a huge collector of coins, more specifically he collected all of the new state quarters.  Towards the end on hospice his movement was to a minimum but he so wanted me to understand the collection and share it with me – he was waiting for the final quarter to arrive which ironically was Hawaii – his favorite place on earth!  Anyway we would spend hours pouring over all the coins and I would patiently listen and drink in all he told me, after all this was part of his legacy.  I told him to leave me a quarter from time to time to let me know he was with me…I have now received my 4th quarter – the first one was only two weeks after he had passed and I was getting ready to launch a Todays Special Value on the Q which is always stressful and he used to get so excited to talk to me about it  and of course to watch…I was really missing all of that and  was out to dinner with my mom and as we were getting ready to leave to head to the studio when I heard a clang on the ground,  I looked down and in the middle of the crowded restaurant there it was..a beautiful shiny quarter – just for me.  The way I felt that night and the way I have felt each time it happens since is indescribable…I tell you this   because life is good even when things are so incredibly hard and you can’t figure out why you are in some of the situations you are in,  have faith – believe that good will always come of it and it will. I look forward to sharing with you, my family, each time I am blessed by a quarter.

Ok…lacing up my sneakers – speaking with all of you motivated me to go for my run :) See you at 1pm…

ps – the Hawaii quarter, the last of his collection, came a week before he passed!

XOXO – Tara

Pls tune in at 1pm and 9pm for…

Pls tune in at 1pm and 9pm for the launch of my dinnerware in black and confetti!

What’s everyone making in temp…

What’s everyone making in temp-tations tonight?

About to sell floral lace 1.5q…

About to sell floral lace 1.5qt with FREE shipping and handling :) 8:40 EST

Blogged today but want to ment…

Blogged today but want to mention 2 new colors for polka dot. Brown and green :)

Count down to 8/5…Nerves in full swing

Hello to my wonderful temp-tations family…Can you believe it is already August – the summer is flying by and that to me is always bittersweet.  Don’t get me wrong I do love fall and winter (well really only fall – maybe the first snow in winter) but there is something so invigorating about the warm weather – long walks, car windows down – running outside – glorious!  Getting very excited for the end of August, twice a year my BFF Amy and I try to take a quick 3-4 day vacation together, she lives in Colorado and I love to visit however this year we are going to California – Yay!!! Think I have shared with you that her daughter Gracyn is my God daughter so I will fly out spend a day with the kids, spoil them rotten like a good auntie :)  then Amy and I will fly out the next day…

Once I get back the stress returns – twice a year I have two huge product presentations with QVC where I present all my thoughts and ideas for the upcoming year 2011!  I have been working non stop on new patterns, new concepts and new pieces to add to your collection of  the already loved patterns you adorn your table with.  I love designing, it is one of my favorite parts but when I hear from you and you share your experience that is my absolute  favorite.  Been thinking it would be fun to post a few new patterns and have all of you vote on your favorites – sound weird? I just think it would be fun, you give me so many great suggestions all the time and I am constantly incorporating them…hmmm gotta talk to Matt who helped me design this page and see what our options are…

Ok so the real reason you check in is not really to hear me ramble on about an upcoming vacay, washer and dryer mishaps or even my movie likes and dislikes – speaking of, saw inception when my mom was done for Christmas in July – holy cow that was a good movie but so loud I think I still have ringing in my ears..ok so I digress – anywho back on track – the big Today’s Special Value on 8/5. I have to say, it really is awesome – temp-tations on the go has been so incredibly popular that I wanted to take it to the next level based on everyones suggestions – its 2 bags in 1 -finally a way to transport an entire meal – hot and cold all in one bag..2 great oval polka dot bakers – never have done oval in this collection yet and probably most requested shape – launch of see thru storage covers, silicone handled stainless steel utincils and so much more..perfect for “on the go” or “on your table” wait till you see the colors and two new to the polka dot family!  I have (4) 1 hour shows that day – midnight, 10am (all polka dot hour including the dinnerware – only show of the day featuring it and not many to go around so if you are thinking about it, don’t wait), 3pm and 8pm.  I am bursting to share this with you and hope it exceeds all your expectations…you guys ROCK!

Blessing and a big XO

Tara

Getting ready…

Getting ready for the Polka Dot Todays Special Value on 8/5 :)

Drum roll please….

Busy, busy as I am sure you all are…why is it that the summer seems to wiz by while the mounds of snow keep piling up in the winter and the minutes tick by like hours? I find myself looking forward to various things over the next two months and literally wishing time away…not good- my yoga practice would tell me to focus on the here and now and that everything is as it should be…speaking of that…

Did anyone know it would be so complicated to have a washer and dryer delivered and installed? – UGH this is now the third time people have been out to set it up and failed…off to the neighbors to do some laundry I guess – if you see me wearing the same clothes on air you will know why ;)  If things are as they should be apparently this is a lesson in patience…

On the patience note… went to the beach for a few days over the holiday weekend and got to spend it with friends, one of which has a 2 1/2 year old adorable daughter – but I now fully understand why they say the “terrible” 2’s…I had the pleasure of being hit in the eye with a stuffed dumbo animal when I wasn’t looking – foolish me – pay attention Ta-wa :) I love that she calls me that and I love her take charge attitude – she will take over the world one day for sure!

Why the drum roll- the long awaited glassware should be in launching in my show on 7/14 and great news, got word today they are probably going to make this a 2 hour show at 7pm EST…so buckle up that’s a lot of temp-tations talk with none other then the host of the show…David Venable :)Yippee – he’s so great to work with, honestly they all are, truly a wonderful group to work with…so I hope to see you there…I am also working on a butter dish, gravy boat, napkin holders and so much more…please keep your wishes coming – I will try to address them all…blessings to all of you and thank you for taking time out of your busy life to spend a few minutes with me :)

 

 

Summertime is definitely here….

Wow is it hot out – definitely not complaining but have reached into the memory banks for some snow storms to try and cool off – the power of mind, fascinating thing!

So since we last spoke I have been on a whirlwind with my mom.  I had told many of you that I was planning a cruise with her – a little relaxation coupled with some much needed alone/healing time and I am happy to report… we conquered all of the above.  We did a Mediterranean cruise that went through Italy, France and Spain – absolutely some of the most beautiful sights in the world and charming people along the way.  I have to say I think my favorite although I am sure it sounds cliche , was the Vatican and Sistine Chapel – I stood there in total amazement and was truly overwhelmed by all there was to see.  Mom had the time of her life and I think I heard her ask various people to “pinch” her because she thought she was dreaming – isn’t that the best! I absolutely love sharing something with someone that changes their or your life…Speaking of changing my life, I was honored by being in the delivery room of one of the my God children, Brodie and I will say that moment changed my life for sure!!

temp-tations too has changed my life as well and meeting all of you has just been a total highlight in my life – thank you to all you members of the temp-tations family!  So I know you want to know what’s new and coming up (geez is that all you like me for :) ….So by popular request, there will be a polka dot TSV in August…shhhhhhh! and a lot of new polka dot items to compliment it so think dinnerware (yippee), soup and sandwich sets, mugs and plates in gift boxes, tea sets and dots more…ha ha!  The old world glassware is arriving as we speak so I would expect to see that shortly and I have to admit, its even better then I could have imagined…busy, busy these next few weeks so stay tuned and keep your suggestions coming – I read every single post on here and try to incorporate your vision with mine…

Stay cool and be happy – Blessings – Tara

My Dogwood is blooming…

So after a very harsh winter I was convinced that my dogwood tree had seen it’s last spring- I am happy to report there are buds on it – can’t help but look up to thank Dad for that one! So the craziness of work continues, the back and forth from NY to PA starts to wear on me a bit but I truly love what I do and how nice not to do it in the snow for a while.  I am heading off to see my best friend Amy and her family in Colorado for a few days – we talk a thousand times a day and never struggle for words – truly a blessing to have a friend like her.  Amy has two of the most adorable children who of course I spoil rotten and laugh when they are being disciplined – not sure why but I am that “Aunt” that needs to leave the room when tempers flare..,seeing your friends as “parents” can sometimes catch you off guard…still I must say being a parent must be truly one the of greatest joys and my hats off to all of you.  The bond my mother and I have is one that continues to grow and evolve everyday – she’s amazing.  As some of you know we lost my dad this February so we are slowly healing, slowly adding some “normal” back in to our lives – as mom says “everything is just different” and it really is.  We both planned a cruise in May together – something for the both of us to look forward to and to plan – it’s important to keep moving forward – as a good friend of mine says – close your eyes and just take that step.  So I love yoga, actually it’s become almost somewhat of an obsession for me – I love the whole experience – the way I feel physically and emotionally – I love the idea that everything in your life “is as it should be” and that you can be the change you want in your life. I truly do think like that – overall I am an incredibly positive person – Mom says she and I would be the ones rearranging the deck furniture on the Titanic – I used to laugh at that but now I embrace it…Anybody see the blindside yet? What a fabulous movie that is – inspiring and uplifting – I loved every minute of it – I laughed, I cried and felt all emotions in-between – if you are looking for a honest feel good movie – this is it…so now that I have rambled on and on…you want to hear about temp-tations right :)

To answer a lot of your questions- Yes the polka dot line will be expanding and in a big way – think early August ;) dinnerware, microfiber towels, insulated totes, soup n sandwich sets and a covered rooster to boot! Yippee, I love this collections…I will also be expanding on floral lace and no worries more old world in black is coming in new and old sets – yes dinnerware and confetti too…I have two hour shows on 4/24 and promise to give you a heads up on what will be in those hours – so fun…so…..what did everyone think of Rustico – have to admit I was pretty proud of myself on that one and was super excited for the launch!! Anyone try my cookbook yet – another proud moment in my temp-tations life – I really encourage you to try it and it does make a great gift…

Ok – so I guess I should get back to work, my emails are piling up and mom is waiting for me – we have a 6pm yoga class….Namaste everyone!

March 21st temp-tations shows on QVC

Hi Everyone – I am super excited about the upcoming shows on Sunday!  I have heard from so many of you regarding expanding your favorite patterns.  I am happy to share that there will be 2 new additions to the polka dot family.  An 11 pc set with the new snap on lids in the 10pm hour and the most adorable set of 3 canisters in the 11am show – do not miss these they are simply adorable.  Additionally for all of you who love Magnolia, I will be featuring in the 10pm show 2 open oval bakers to go with squares you may already own.

For all my Old World lovers the 4pm show will be dedicated to that with lots of new – a 1.5 gallon beverage dispenser, (4) individual covered mini casseroles, an adorable figural salt pig and chicken (choice of) sooooooo cute!! and then all of our favorites from microfiber towels to the breadbox and dinnerware too!

I think you will be happy to see I have incorporated a lot of the requests and suggestions and will continue to do so. I read every comment on this site and love listening to all your feedback. Thank you truly for all your support and Happy St. Patrick’s Day….  See you there…Tara

Leaving the Chicago housewares…

Leaving the Chicago housewares show – great show and breast cancer charity event!

New “Sneak Peek” section to temp-tations.com

Hi Everyone – I will be showing a sneak peek of upcoming products for the 3/21 QVC airings.  Stay tuned, should be on the website by 3/15.  Please let me know after you watch this what you think! I will write more in a bit…

Shooting a sneak peek at what …

Shooting a sneak peek at what I will be sharing w/ you on 3/21 on QVC. 3 shows at 11am, 4pm and 10pm EST. Check out temp-tations.com to see

Thank you from the bottom of my heart…

I cannot begin to tell you how touched I was to hear from all of you.  I found each and every post truly comforting and the true definition of “random acts of kindness” – You took time out of your busy lives to share your stories and give me support – I am so thankful for that. I think of my dad almost every minute of every day — I feel him with me and like so many of you said, I always will.  So again, thank you my friends for reaching out and giving me faith.  I hope you know just how special all of you are and how much your words comforted my family in this time of indescribable loss.

Giving blood right now. My way…

Giving blood right now. My way of giving back a bit…

Working on lots of new ideas a…

Working on lots of new ideas and concepts to add to your collection…3hr shows on 3/21. Hope to see you there – check out temp-tations.com

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February news

Hello everyone – I apologize that it has taken me so long to write.  It has been a crazy month so I thank you for your patience. On February 28th I have a Today’s Special Value – it is very exciting and I know you will all love it.  It is a 16 pc set in the Old World pattern with a 13 x 9 baking dish that you all have been requesting along with a new color, black, to add to the family of colors.  Additionally I will be launching my first ever cookbook that day with over 120 recipes, 50 pictures, family recipes –  and if I can toot my own horn, it came out amazing! Please be sure to tune in at midnight for this and a lot of new items throughout the day.  I will have 5 dedicated hours of temp-tations shows, as well as, throughout the day.  Hope to see you there.

On a more personal note, it is with a very heavy heart and deep sadness that I tell you of the passing of my father after his long battle with Emphysema/COPD. I have so many wonderful memories and my dad truly was the best.  He watched every airing of mine on QVC and it gave him so much joy – he was my biggest fan! The love between a father and a daughter is certainly a unique one, one that will never be replaced.  Dad always pushed me to follow my dreams and always told me I could do anything I set my mind to.  I have been blessed to be his daughter.  I will miss him dearly but I know he will always be with me.

Blessings to all of you, your love and support get me through each and every day!

Happy Holidays and Hope for 2010

Sorry it has been forever since I last wrote – I have been so incredibly busy as I am sure all of you are as well! Well I am happy to say that I have finished most of my Christmas shopping and if I don’t physically have it, I at least have an idea or gift in mind…this is big for me, I am unfortunately that person who has the best intentions but then leaves everything to the last minute and has to pay just as much as the gift for the expedited shipping…maybe that should be one of my new years resolutions – stop delaying! Have not really been able to get into the Christmas spirit so I treated myself to a pedicure and had them paint a snowman on my big toes – that should channel some positive energy…Growing up you should have seen how crazy my dad was about wrapping gifts – we were only allowed to use 3 pieces of tape, one for each corner and the one in the middle – do you know how insanely hard that is yet still to this day I smile every time I make it with just 3 pieces..one year my brother in law wrapped his gift for my dad and proceeded to tape the entire outside of the box..hysterical – sorry Dad but it’s a little nuts! I have so many funny stories about the way we load our dishwasher, unload our dishwasher, use dental floss and don’t even get me started on the toilet paper situation- Dad was in the Army so we never wasted…anything – actually it is a great trait, one I hope to share with my kids some day.

So last minute temp-tations add to the calendar – very excited – 12/21 at 10am with Jill – should be great and the best part – you will receive everything you order that day by Christmas – lots of great items in that show.  After that hoping things will ease up a bit and I will get some quality family time – really need that right now – mom and I are working on a cookbook together, its going to be great!

This will probably be my last post for a bit but I wanted to say thank you for a wonderful year and for all of your support – I have some wonderful things to share with you in 2010 and as you welcome in that year, may it be filled with all the love your heart can hold. Blessings to you and your beautiful families…

A time to be thankful…

It is so easy to get caught up in everything that happens in our lives on a day to day basis but it is this time of the year that I am most thankful for.  This is the time where I find myself reflecting on all the wonderful things I have been blessed with.  I have the most amazing family and I am thankful that I have yet another Thanksgiving with my father – we have been told year to year by medical doctors, hospice and the like that he wouldn’t make another one…well here we are – he has a force and strength I can’t explain – just thankful to still be able to kiss, hug and love him!

I am thankful that I created temp-tations and have been able to share it with all of you – this has brought me so much joy. I am thankful to be welcomed into your home and that  you give my dishes top honor – a place on your table that you share with all of your loved ones.

May you all have a blessed holiday full of all the love your heart can hold and if you would like to respond to this blog I would love to hear what you are thankful for.

I had no idea….

that when I started this blog I would  feel so much joy.  Reading all of your comments and listening to your suggestions, changes, additions etc has truly inspired me…it just gives me the encouragement that I am on the right track. My designs and configurations are the things initially that I liked, but being able to talk to all of you lets me now incorporate even more into this collection. Well this weekend is a big one – it will be the final IP weekend for my most successful item K8103 – this started out as a Todays Special Value and has been running for a little over a year – in my opinion it is the perfect set and if you are thinking about it for yourself or as a gift, this weekend will be the time to get it! Additionally, I will have an hour show at 10pm on 11/14 with MaryBeth – she is wonderful, RECIPE CARDS ARE BACK and a few hits with David (yippee) on Sunday…

Thank you everyone for truly putting a smile on my face..hope in some small way I can return the favor!

Less then 48 hours…

Well good morning everyone – just got back from a much needed work out, what a stress reliever that can be! Well I can’t believe it’s almost here, the Old World dinnerware today’s special value will be kicking off at midnight EST on 11/5 and I am thrilled to share this and many other ideas with all of you. From dinnerware and flatware to buffet servers and thermal totes – there is truly something for everyone – including great gifts!!  It is so nice to read all your comments and feedback on this blog – I check it all the time and I am very excited to spend the day with you on Thursday.

I also want to thank you for all your warm thoughts and prayers for my family – family is truly what life  is all about, with that unconditional love, anything is possible.  Wishing all of you a happy and healthy holiday season, early.  I am very glad in some small way that temp-tations will make times with family easier, happier and make you feel good about the table you set.  Happy Entertaining ~ Tara

Coming up for some air….

Wow, what a day – thank you, thank you for all the thoughtful phone calls, emails and posts regarding my 5 year anniversary!  I must say that I am overwhelmed every time you tell me how you have welcomed me into your home.  For me, temp-tations has truly been the smile at the end of every day, a labor of love.  Each dish, each design is like a part of me.  I spend hours going over ideas, sketching, trying to decide what I think would look beautiful in your home and make you too, smile!

So the big question – Tara what’s new? Well I am preparing for my big dinnerware TSV on November 5th, I cannot begin to tell you the amount of work that goes into this from my end and of course QVC’s…the production, the sets, every detail – it’s very exciting and bit nerve racking – I just want it to be perfect :) I am also launching a completer set (platter, vegetable bowl, sugar and creamer) and 18/10 matching flatware…104 pieces. It is going to be a blast and I will be kicking it off with my TV BFF and for those that watch me regularly you know who I mean…

Looking forward to heading home tomorrow, back to NY to visit my mom & dad – they are two of the most beautiful people in the world and I am truly blessed.  They just got a puppy – a schnoodle from a rescue, named Cody who has brought them so much joy.  My father is home with hospice battling end stage emphysema so any smiles these days are always welcomed.  He is my rock and truly my biggest fan – every daughter should be as lucky as to have a dad like mine…

Well I am clearly rambling a bit… thanks again for all the support and I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Getting ready for a big “Cooking on Q” day….

I am bursting! I could not be more excited for my 5 year anniversary this Sunday 10/18 on QVC. I have so many new ideas to share with you.  I have (2) 1 hour shows – the 11am EST will be all  in my Old World pattern where I will be launching table linens (70″round w/6 napkins, 60×84 w/6 napkins,60×102 w/ 8 napkins and 60×120 w/ 8 napkins), an adorable breadbox for your counter-top, terry cloth like oven mitts in all the fabulous colors of old world and a brand new addition to the family – instead of a basket image the trivet actually being a serving platter!

 

For my 6pm EST show I have a brand new addition to the polka-dot family – a thermal embroidered carrier tote with 3 baking dishes inside – it’s adorable!!  Also I will be launching the recipe cards many of you have requested – a set of 40 of  my mothers creations, some favorites and good ole comfort food…wait till you see the hand painted recipe box to hold these in…the list goes on and on…also there will be special anniversary pricing during these shows :)

 

I will also be on with the Old World paper towel holder and microfiber towels during Mom’s Kitchen at 7amEST and with Cucina for the Finale at 10pm!

Hope to see you there – would love to hear after the shows what you really liked, what you would want to see more of…keep the input coming!!! Thanks for all the support – I am forever grateful.

Wow..what a beautiful fall day here in New York!

The leaves are changing and falling – guess its officially time to welcome in the colder months. Need to find some time for apple picking. I am also very excited to announce the birth of my nephew – John David born on 10/2… truly a blessing.

I am getting ready to head down to QVC for airings Wednesday and Friday. Wednesday’s patterns are some of our favorites, old world and orchard vine. On Friday I am launching a brand new pattern with Carolyn at midnight called heritage and a new configuration of my latest pattern floral lace with Jane later that day – very excited about both!!! Please check my Calendar for exact times.

Hope to see you there!

Sunday 10/4 – In the Kitchen with David

Just wanted to let you know that I will be selling the Old World 8pc Speciality baking set (K25585) with David this Sunday.  I adore this set ~ it includes a pie plate with a tempered glass trivet, a 6 cup muffin baker with a wire rack,a loaf pan in a wire basket and two (brand new to the collection) utensils- you can do such adorable things in each dish….my fav is to bake your recipe, wrap it up in plastic, attach your recipe and give it as a gift – with that in mind this would make 3 fabulous yet very personal gifts.  Tune in, hope to see you there!

ps ~ you can always check “my calendar page” to see my upcoming shows..my big 5 year anniversary is on 10/18…lots of new

Welcome to my new website!

Hi Everyone – as you can see I have updated the look of my website.  I will be posting as often as I can with new patterns, new ideas and what I am doing from day to day… Your feedback through emails, letters and phone calls has been truly inspirational and I am so glad to have touched so many of you…Look forward to hearing from you soon.

Find new and favorite temp-tations here at temp-tations.com :)