Monday, November 7, 2011

Made With Love Sponsor Spotlight: TZ Burps!

I came across TZ Burps! a while ago on Etsy and immediately fell in love with Tara's handmade owls! I think that handmade plushies are the best - especially knowing that they are stuffed with love and care! I love that the owls and birds that Tara creates are so unique and have so much personality! Each one looks a little different - from the variety of fun colors that they come in to the different accents! So, I am thrilled to get the chance to introduce you to Tara of TZ Burps! and her wonderful, cuddly owls, birds and other fun creations! Tara creates some really sweet and adorable fleece owls and birds and they all look so perfect to cuddle up with as a little friend or even as a pillow! They would be a adorable for a baby shower gift, a gift for an older child or even use as a decorative accent in a little one's room. 

One huge plus for all of the TZ Burps! creations is that they are all machine washable and dryer safe! That is just perfect when it comes to little ones and their plushies! Tara is constantly hard at work making her handmade fleece feathered friends and she is always working on new designs. She has even created an owl tooth pillow! I really love the variety of different owls and birds that Tara creates. She really has so many bright and fun fleece color choices to work with! Have a specific color in mind for an owl or an idea for another fuzzy friend? Tara can work with you to make a custom owl or bird! Whether you are looking for an owl, a bird, or another soft, fleece friend, Tara is more than happy to work with you to create the perfect item for you or your little one! 

Here are some examples of owls Tara has created:

Can we say, cuteness overload?!

I had the opportunity to ask Tara some questions about sewing and where her inspiration comes from. I hope that you feel like you can get to know Tara and TZ Burps! a little bit better, just like I did! 

What inspired the name, TZ Burps! for your shop?
Well, most would think it is because I make baby items such as bibs and burp cloths, but the secret is…I have a talent of burping well, like a man.  The TZ comes from a nickname of mine which happened to be my initials before I got married.  Now that you know the truth, shhh!  ;)

How long has your shop been open? 
Since March 2010

Has your shop or items changed at all since you first opened?
Oh yes, my shop is inspired by daughter, the stages of life she goes through and her interests.  I began with bibs, burp cloths, hair clips, fairy wands, changing pads and now focus mostly on fleece plush owls and birds.

How long have you been sewing? Did someone teach you or did you pick it up on your own? 
I have been sewing since 2007.  Before that a little in high school when my mom showed me how to make skirts.  My mom is the one who taught me and gave me the refresher course when my daughter was 2 months old, now she is 4 and into owls!

What is your favorite item to make?
The owls, I love coming up with new creations and can’t wait to see how they turn out.  Each owl is unique and has its own personality that comes through once it is stuffed.  The owls really allow me to get out my creativity and they are the most fun, plus I love my daughter’s input and approval.

What would be the perfect way to spend a day?
Outside with my daughter and dog, enjoying nature.

Thanks for this opportunity to share TZ Burps!  We hope you like our creations as much as we do!

He is just adorable
I was thrilled when Tara told me that she was going to be sending me a new, un-named owl for little man to play with and try to give a name to! I was so excited to see little man's reaction when he saw it ...and I was pretty excited to see a new owl design too! When I opened the package, I immediately fell in fleece-y, owl love! He is so cute and matches perfectly with the colors in little man's room. Little man saw him right away and started saying "Owl? Owl" and "Whoo!"  as he was reaching for him.

Little man started cuddling his new owl buddy right away! He loves giving him hugs! Little man hasn't given his new owl a name far, he just calls him "Owl". Whooo knows though, he may come up with a name for his new friend! :)

Little man even practiced using his owl as a pillow and at nap time, he asked for owl to join him in bed! It is so sweet how much little man loves his new owl friend. He is stuffed to perfection for squeezing and hugging and the colors are absolutely perfect! It was as if Tara had seen little mans room before she made the owl. I am already thankful that our TZ Burps! owl is washable, since little man has been giving him big, wet slobbery kisses!  
kisses for owl!

Our little owl is just wonderful! He is soft, cuddly and the perfect little friend for little man to squeeze or tote around! The sizing is just right for little hands to grasp! Tara definitely puts a lot of creativity, love and care into each or her handmade creations. It is easy to see that Tara loves what she does and I would definitely recommend shopping with TZ Burps!, whether you are looking for an owl in your little ones favorite colors, a fuzzy stocking stuffer or the perfect accent to a nursery or child's room! 


TZ Burps! is one of the sponsors for the Made With Love Event (happening November 8-13) and Tara has generously offered the winner an owl like the one she sent me!

This prize is up for grabs on my blog during the Made With Love Event! Be sure to come back to my blog between November 8-13 to enter for a chance to WIN this awesome prize!

You can shop for an owlet for your little one (or for yourself!) on the TZ Burps! Etsy page. You can also connect with Tara on TZ Burps! Facebook page and through the TZ Burps blog

Interested in earning an extra entry into the the Made With Love Event when it starts? Visit TZ Burps! Etsy page and leave me a comment below telling what one of your favorite item is! When the Made With Love Event giveaway starts, you can claim your extra entry in the Rafflecopter form.


  1. Aw! All her items are so cute! I especially love the Plush Owl and Bib Set-Whoo Wants Peace in her etsy shop. I wish I was that crafty!

  2. I love the Plush Princess Owl. And pretty much everything else in her shop!

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  3. I like the owl pairs (brothers, sisters, etc.) but really wish the Autism Awareness Owl actually funded Autism research and support. The owl is a good thought, but that would be even better! :)

  4. This is so cute! I love owls. :) One of my favorite items is the Cappuccino Owl. Thanks!

  5. I love owls! My favorite is Owl and Apple Bib with Owlie.

  6. love the blue initial owl tooth pillow

  7. Francine is so cute. I could get several of these to leave as decor pillows on my daughter's bed for fall.

  8. I like the wild and bright ribbon blankie. shreve_mary(at)yahoo(dot)com