Drawing of my character by @Featherweight_
Hi everyone! Today, I was delighted to take part in the Extra Life event as part of the Wizards of the Coast: Dungeons & Dragons team. I played the 8am – noon shift, and many outrageous adventures were had. One of my schticks was that since my character had a minstrel background, I would write and perform little ditties for donations. Unfortunately, Extra Life experienced problems all morning and was unable to take donations, but I did my ditties anyway, and encouraged viewers to donate retroactively once things were working again.
Here’s the group of players I was privileged to be part of:
Greg Bilsland — Dungeon Master
Jeremy Petter – playing Alek’vi, drow druid
Mike Selinker — playing Destiel, tiefling fighter
Molly Lewis – playing Jackie Pointy, half-orc bard
Rodney Thompson – playing Alaric Rosethorn, dwarf bard
Tally Heilke – playing Engeltokken “Tokk” Pebbleston, gnome paladin
Posted by Tally on November 2, 2013
Halloween is upon us!* If you need a quick host/ess gift for a party you’re attending, might I suggest a bottle of wine that will double as Halloween decor? It’s super easy to do, and super quick. And how much better to drink wine that is actually the blood of an ancient undead than just plain old merlot? I mean really.
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Posted by Tally on October 24, 2013
Here in Canadaland, Thanksgiving comes early. It seems strange to our American neighbours, but this coming weekend, not even halfway through October, we will be sitting down to a stomach-bloating meal of turkey and mashed potatoes and all the other traditional foods.
My husband and I are hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, so I thought I’d make some nice festive table decor, to distract from the fact that our bland cookie-cutter apartment doesn’t dress up all that well.
These napkin rings are fast, easy and very colourful. And here’s a bonus: if you spill food on them during your delicious dinner, you can throw them in the laundry along with your other (like-coloured) linens!
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Posted by Tally on October 10, 2013
All photos in this post are the wonderful work (and copyright of) Andrew Ferguson. See more of his photography at goldengod.net.
The colouring sheets are the work and copyright of Ash Vickers.
This week on the blog, it’s wedding details! I’ve got a couple of posts to show you guys some of the craftsy and DIY bits of our wedding. There weren’t that many – we kept that stuff down to a happy minimum to stay sane and in budget. We had the wedding favours that doubled as place cards and the terrarium centerpieces, and that was most of it. Our bouquets and boutonnieres were homemade, as was my dress, all of which I’ll talk about in another, near-future post.
Apart from all that, there was just one other thing (and it just might be my favourite): our custom wedding colouring sheets. Jeremy and I are blessed with a huge number of incredibly creative and talented people in our lives. One of those people is Ash Vickers, a webcomic artist and all-round utterly wonderful human being, though her comic, Megacynics, might have you believe otherwise. We thought it would be nice to use some of Ash’s art for our wedding, but weren’t sure exactly how.
Then I was thinking about how I love getting people to do artsy, creative things, and how it would be fun to let people colour at the tables, like by having paper tablecloths. But paper tablecloths didn’t seem that feasible with the mix of long trestle tables and round tables we’d be using, plus they were a little less elegant than I wanted for a wedding. That’s when I thought of having colouring sheets. Read the full post »
Posted by Tally on October 3, 2013
I never liked cleaning my room as a kid, but I did like organizing it. In fact I’d usually procrastinate on actual cleaning in favour of organizing one small drawer or corner in fastidious detail. At one point in my teenage years I not only alphabetized all my books, I also put little numbered and lettered tags on the bottoms of their spines just like in a library.
To this day, tidying and organizing gives me a sense of calm and accomplishment. So when I saw this idea for organizing tights and belts and scarves and other wardrobe bits and pieces, I desperately wanted to try it. Because I also own a lot of scarves and tights.
Not only is this storage method tidy and space efficient, it also won’t create poking-out warped spots in stretchy fabrics the way hooks often will, nor will hung-up items fall of of it easily the way they do off hooks. And it would be a wonderful organizer for a kids room as well, placed within their reach so they can learn to hang up and organize their own things.
Credit where credit is due: I did not come up with this wonderful idea myself. I saw a picture of this method of closet organization some months ago in my online craft perusals, and have been itching to try it ever since. Here’s the original post that inspired me, on the blog Lana Red. It’s a brilliant idea, and I wanted to modify it a bit for my own use. Instead of glue gunning the clothes pegs to the closet wall (which you probably shouldn’t do if you live in an apartment, and also I don’t have great faith in the durability of hot glue, and you really really shouldn’t use a more reliably permanent glue if you’re doing this in an apartment), I drilled them all into a piece of board, making it a more lasting piece of household equipment, and meaning that the only holes you need to make in the actual wall are the four to attach the board. Just like I did for my advent calendar & fake mantelpiece last year. Makes it easier to remove (and reattach) if you’re moving, or reorganizing the room or need to move it up the wall for a child who’s gotten taller.
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Posted by Tally on September 26, 2013
Starting in this month, I’ve taken up a nanny job once again (this is my third time nannying over the past decade – I just keep falling back into it somehow). This means that, in addition to the posts about our wedding that I’m finally almost ready to post, there will probably be a higher percentage of kid-crafts on this blog in the next few months. So, like, stuff with crayons and cardboard and glue, and lots of bright colours. If you’re not excited about this regardless of your age, maybe it’s time to reexamine your life and interests a little. Crayons are never not cool, guys.
Some of this nanny crafting is going to be pretty utilitarian, like this week. We need a way to not keep losing library books in odd corners of the house, so I’m working on a box that all library books will live in when not being read. And in the meantime, I made us a library bag to cart our books back and forth in. Since I’m working with a two year-old here, bright colours and big easy-to-read letters are the thing – not that she can read yet, but labelling things like our library bag will help her along the road to reading.
This is also a combination craft, meaning that it combines two other craft tutorials I’ve previously written for this blog:
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Posted by Tally on September 20, 2013
Before all the wedding and honeymoon and 30-turning events of this summer, my husband – who’d gone back to school to complete his BA after a break of several years – graduated. Because why not do everything in one summer?
This was an occasion we felt needed to be adequately marked with celebration. My father-in-law and his wife graciously hosted a lovely garden party to mark the special event, and there was food and drink and, of course, gifts. I wanted to give Jeremy something very special, something I’d made. And what do you give a grown up man to mark the occasion of a grown-up accomplishment? A stuffed animal!
A badass stuffed animal.
Jeremy’s been playing Highlander (a popular local MtG format) a lot, and has an elf deck whose main win condition is getting Craterhoof Behemoth on the board. So I decided to make him a (much miniaturized) Craterhoof plush. So that he can do THIS.
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Posted by Tally on September 6, 2013