Monthly Archives: February 2012

GBK Oscar Gift Lounge :: Handmade goes to Hollywood


The Artisan Group brings hand made to Hollywood at the GBK Productions Oscar's Gift Lounge


It’s time for the Oscar’s!!! GBK Productions hosts an amazing luxury gift lounge for the nominees and presenters for the Academy Awards. The Artisan Group has pulled together an AH-MAZING swag bag filled with handmade products from exceptional artisans. The best part? You too can have many of these products. Celebrities and VIP’s will be receiving hand crafted soaps and body lotions, shaving kits, and incredible hand crafted pen, designer stationery sets. You can find a list of links below! Sparetire Design has business cards in each of the bags being handed out by The Artisan Group.

Hand crafted soap by Magic Senses

Designer Stationery by BeezKnees

Hand Painted Pendant by 13 Black Cat Designs

Fine Art Photography by Afton Dufoe

Dragonfly Mini Flower Pots by Happy Moose Garden Art

Forget-me-Not Necklace by Luster WorksMermaid Bracelets by dbk design artsBeautiful paper flowers by The Crimson Poppy  Copper and Silver Earrings by Catcophony  Stick Dog Toy by Wags and WigglesCocktail rings gifted to press members by Beads of Aquarius Swarovski Crystal Bracelets Color Coded to match our causes Jewels For HopeCherry Blossom Tote Bag by Nan Gates Designs Fused Dichroic Glass Tea Light and Votive Candle Holders by Mt. Baldy Glass WorksHandmade Pottery Copper Earrings by Willow Creek JewelryOscar the Slouch Hat by Oops I Knit it Again

Luxury Edible Organic Facial Skincare by EdenSong Essentials

Fine Art Photography Oscars Collection gifted to members of the press by Paper Angels

The City Clutch gifted to the press by Sew Beastly

Wonderful Handcrafted products on display and gifted to celebrities at GBK’s Oscar Gift Lounge



Awards and Chances You Can’t Pass Up


Sparetire Design is awarded the WW Bride's Choice AwardWow only a few weeks into 2012 and I already know this is going to be a fantabulous year! The year started off with a bang, Sparetire Design was awarded The Bride’s Choice Award from Wedding Wire! “The esteemed annual awards program recognizes the top local wedding vendors from the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism within the wedding industry. While many industry awards are selected by the organization, Sparetire Design was selected based on its stellar reviews from past newlywed clients. ” I have the best clients, thank you to all of you for your kind words!

Speaking of awards, this is the season: The Golden Globes, The Grammy’s and The Academy Awards (Oscar’s) are always this time of year. Through my membership and affiliation with The Artisan Group, I have the opportunity to have Sparetire Design business cards, in each celebrity swag bag gifted at the GBK Luxury Gift Lounge for the Nominees and Presenters of the Academy Awards. Here is a link to the official Oscar’s Gift Guide that all attendees of the lounge will receive (as well as their bags full of wonderful hand made goodies!). Be sure to check out these shops, truly amazing artists!!!

I have also just experienced a once in a lifetime event.  My brother (who is wonderful and awesome) invited me to attend the Super Bowl XLVI!!!!!. He works for the NFL network so not only was I able to attend “the game” I was able to accompany him to all the NFL exclusive functions. I mingled with greats like Phil Simms, Howie Long and Jim Kelly to name a few. We attended the NFL Saturday Night dinner party and concert were CMT Crossroads hosted an amazing line up: Sugar Ray opened for Steven Tyler and Carrie Underwood. Steven Tyler and Carrie Underwood were incredible!!!!! Effortless and truly talented! We attended the very posh and swanky NFL Tailgate where I watched The Fray play live on NBC (I was in the front row you may have seen me) and Lenny Kravitz put on a smashing show. Of course there was the game, and what a great match up of the NY Giants and NE Patriots, wasn’t it!?! Of course we were over the moon by the Giants win so we just had to celebrate! The whole experience was really amazing.It may take me all week to recover 🙂

Creative Business and Self Discovery


Doesn’t running your own business sound wonderful and easy? You make your own hours, use your passion as your guide, you don’t have to answer to any one, and best of all work in your pajamas.

That’s the bright side, and sometimes looking at the bright side blinds you to the whole picture. Running a business isn’t about your product, your talent or even your clients; it is a road to self-discovery that can often be daunting, troublesome and truly eye opening. You start out knowing your strengths and quickly realize your weaknesses and how they often out weigh your strengths. Learning to overcome and work around those weaknesses becomes just as important as refining your creative skills.

You have to search your whole self for answers to questions you never considered when “my own business” was just a passion and a dream. Now that you are running that creative business you need to know not only why you create and for whom, you have to have a constant analysis of what is working and what isn’t, what trends are blooming and which fading, where you are making an impact and what avenues to leave to have a more focused approach. You are every department head and underling that big corporations have; except it is just you in your cute little jammers. (and third cup of coffee)

But every day you show up. You show up whether you have an idea or not, and you work, and try and try again, and keep plugging away. It isn’t easy. It isn’t always wonderful, but to be able to say you run your own business based on your passion, now that is something.

“So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left.” – Dr. Suess, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Yup. What he said.