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When I was a kid, out shopping with my mom, she would constantly assure me that she could make pretty much anything and everything we saw in stores, and probably do it better. It drove me nuts.

Today I do exactly the same thing.* I don’t have a daughter to inflict it on though, so I share my creations with the internet. Drop by every Thursday for new craft ideas, and full tutorials approximately every other week. Opinion giving, snarking and random tangents will also be featured.

*This delights my mother. You`ll see her stopping by regularly to comment on my posts, and complaining if they`re late.


About the blogger

I’m a twenty-something-approaching-30 on Canada’s drippy west coast who crafts, plays video games, reads, crafts some more and does other stuff when time allows. Usually I also hold down one of those coveted but dreaded “day jobs,” cuz it pays that other dreaded thing called “rent.” At the moment my day job is a pretty fun one – I nanny a rather charming 2 year-old. Among my larger projects, I’m the Prizes & Sponsorship Coordinator for the annual fundraiser Desert Bus for Hope. I tried out being Superwoman`s stunt double for a while, but the spandex chafed.

I have a very loving & patient husband (who dabbles in tabletop game design and app-making, as well as being a member of LoadingReadyRun), my very own crafting lair (I hear some households call this room the study) and crafting supplies positively coming out my ears. I also have a BA in creative writing, stuffed into a corner of a filing cabinet somewhere.

So stick around for DIY fun! Feel free to share your opinions, ideas and improvements. Just follow Wheaton`s law, and happy crafting.




Want to send me a baby elephant? Have a crafting question or idea? Have any other questions/ideas/random tangents? Post a comment, or email me at [email protected]

Do you do lots of crafting already, and want to be part of the next Desert Bus for Hope Craft-Along? See our general Craft-Along information here (scroll to the bottom of the page for the Craft-Along FAQ), or email craftalong@desertbus.org with your questions, comments or craft proposals.



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  1. Hi Tally,

    I just saw the gorgeous paper pumpkins you made by adapting my paper lantern template. They’re lovely! I can’t wait to see what else you’ve made with the template :-)

    I hope you don’t mind, but I borrowed one of your pumpkin pictures and put it on my lantern page with a link to your site. I’m sure all my readers will love to see this project, and have a look at your site. They are just the cutest little pumpkins I have seen!

    Let me know if that’s OK – if not, I’ll take it down.

    All the best, and happy crafting,


    P.S. I’m running a Xmas craft contest, and we’d be honoured if you’d like to enter, because I bet you’ve got some fab ideas, and we can offer another link into your site. Anyway, if you’re interested, you can find the details on my site.

  2. admin

     /  October 19, 2010

    Hi Stephanie,

    That’s great, no problem at all! I’m glad you like my adaptation. And I would love to enter your Christmas craft contest – I’ve already got a couple ideas… :) Thanks for stopping by!


  3. Hello!! I just discovered your blog after it was linked to on Tumblr. Oh my gosh, you make the most adorable things and you make them look so easy that I’m actually going to give them a go!!
    You are doing a great job, but I think you could expand your blog simply by creating a Facebook page for it. You know, something your readers can ‘like’ and then have each of your new blog posts appear directly onto their Facebook NewsFeed so they don’t miss any. Perhaps you already have one and I’m being silly… if so please link me!!

    Thanks so much for the effort you put into what you do.

  4. I agree with Ellen, having a FB page for your creations would be great!

  5. admin

     /  May 3, 2011

    Thanks guys! I didn’t want to do a FB page a while back because it seemed too “ooh, look at me,” at the time, but now I do think it might be a nice thing to have.

    I will work on creating one just as soon as I can!

  6. Hi Tally,

    My creativity has been quite limited to food, until rather recently. For inspiration, I began perusing the interwebs until I came across your blog–FABULOUS! I’ve literally stalked every one of your archives and your stuff is not only amazing but $$ friendly. Thanks so much for the tutorials and ideas (and I love that you seem to have a niche for felt, my most recent obsession). Happy creating!

    A new and devoted blog reader and poor college student,


    • admin

       /  May 21, 2011

      Thanks Claire! Glad you’re enjoying the tutorials. They’re generally $$ friendly because I frequently don’t have a ton of $$ myself, so yeah, I know how that goes. (The blog partially started as an answer to my depression over not being employed and not making lovely living off my creative writing degree – actually a semi-surprise to foolish little me.) But there is always enough to make something or other. Happy crafting! I hope you’ll stick around – I can positively promise there will be many more felt projects. :)

  7. Fernando Salcedo

     /  July 21, 2011

    Hi there,
    I ran into your blog by chance, and I have to tell you, it is awesome. I had so much fun doing the book’s page corners that I have tons of projects in mind.

    Thanks again,


  8. I just visited for the first time. I’ve never seen a more detailed crafting blog! I can’t wait to catch up on all the posts!

  9. Mitzi

     /  September 11, 2011

    Lookin’ through all the ideas and my mind is swirling! Yes, I agree with your mom ;) I always told my kids, “If they can do it, you can do it too…just a little bit better!”

  10. Ashley

     /  September 15, 2011

    Hey Tally!

    So, I totally love this site! I found it about a month ago and you post so many great ideas! Especially loved the felt dice bag. I can’t sew much, but I was able to do those easily. The paper plants were another huge hit. This site is becoming my go-to for when I want to craft an affordable present.

    I had a couple thoughts/requests:

    1) Wouldn’t a Ponyo fish pattern be adorable? Kinda like the fishes you did last week?

    2) I just found a load of seed beads in some boxes of my packed up childhood crafting supplies. I spent like a whole day sorting colors and now . . . I’m stuck as to what to make with them. Any chance you have any ideas that could help me out?

    Thanks so much again for the weekly ideas and fun stories!

  11. admin

     /  September 17, 2011

    Hi Ashley,

    So glad you’re enjoying the blog! It’s always super exciting to hear that people are using my tutorials and finding them helpful.

    A Ponyo fish patter would totally be adorable. I’ll have to put it on my projects list. (Unless you’re already working on one?)

    Great question about the seed beads. I’m going to ponder that one a bit and get back to you. In the meantime, a while back I saw this rather clever idea for sorting and storing them: http://www.wikihow.com/Store-Seed-Beads-in-Plastic-Straws

  12. Crystal

     /  September 25, 2011

    Just found your site looking for paper braiding information because of a craft my daughter did years ago. I work with children and I’m looking forward to some cool stuff. Thanks.

  13. Danielle Larson

     /  November 6, 2011

    I love this blog. You break down the crafts into easy steps for anyone. I know that I will be visiting often :)

  14. How do I subscribe to your blog? I love your creativity…very talented. Thanks for sharing with the rest of us!

  15. Dear Tally,
    I would like to ask permission to publish one of your post (this: http://nheilke.com/blog/?p=2628) in my blog, translated into Hungarian. I really enjoy your tips and I want to share this bookmark with my readers. Of course, I indicated you as source.
    May I?

    • admin

       /  November 18, 2011

      Hi Gretty,

      Thanks so much for asking permission! I’d be happy for you to post a translated version with a link back to my original site. I hope your Hungarian readers enjoy it! :)

  16. Hi Tally,

    Thanks for your permission! Here’s my post: http://grettyszerintavilag.blogspot.com/2011/11/diy-kitekintes-egyedi-konyvjelzo.html#.TskHTj2sdV4

    I linked back you! ;)


  17. Tina

     /  January 8, 2012

    Hello Tally,
    I am so happyyy to find your blog, it is paradise for me. Of course i share it with my Best Friend (we are big fans of crafting). All week we are making plushies, garlands and others from your ideas.
    My mom saw us and she was fascinated by your work after we show her your site. She please us to translate your ideas ( in Bulgarian). After that my friend ask me “What about the other people that will like the site but cant understand it?”. Now we are making blog in which we are collecting DIY ideas from English sites and translating them in Bulgarian. We started with your site. :))
    I translated three of your posts and of course I post in them a link of your site. :))

    I hope you don’t mind, but if there is problem please write me, I will remove the translated posts

    Also I THANK you for sharing with us your ideas!

    • admin

       /  January 9, 2012

      Hi Tina,

      Thank you so much for your lovely comments. I’m so pleased to hear that you and your friend AND your mom are enjoying my blog and getting creative! I think the idea of making a blog for DIY translations for English is a lovely one, and I don’t see a problem with reposting projects as translations as long as you very clearly give credit and link back to the original site for each project. In the case of this blog, my whole purpose is to get more people interested in crafting and trying out new projects, so the more people who can read the instructions and try projects out, the better. :) Thanks for asking me about it, and thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you continue making lots of lovely things!


  18. t moser

     /  March 4, 2012

    Is there a way to “follow” this blog?

  19. Tally

     /  March 4, 2012

    t moser, if you’re willing to just keep checking back in for a few weeks, there should be RSS and Twitter buttons up soon! I’ve been having some trouble with those things with the WordPress interface, but it’s in the process of getting fixed.

  20. Holly

     /  July 24, 2012

    Hello! Would you mind if I linked to you “Dressmaking without a pattern (cheat to win) over on Cosplay.com? I think they’d find it extremely useful over there. :D

    • Tally

       /  July 24, 2012

      Hi Holly,
      I wouldn’t mind at all, and thanks for asking! Link away. :)

  21. jo

     /  June 29, 2013

    I would like to follow via email if you get it up and running. I’m currently trying to make skirts and dresses to stretch the back to school funds and your tutorials saved me!!! I love folding the dress in half and cutting around it…thank you thank you for that!!!

  22. Rachel

     /  October 14, 2013

    Hello Tally,
    I have been looking at your scavenger hunt that you held for Jeremy and I was hoping to put “Too Old for this Shit” in my own hunt that I will be having next weekend.
    But for the life of me I can’t remember where in James Bay that mattress is.
    Could you tell me where it is?
    Thank you so much.

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  25. Eppu

     /  March 5, 2014

    Wow, just found your blog and Etsy store, and I’m seriously impressed. I love the things you create – in fact, I’m now itching to make fingerless monster gloves of my own! May I share some of your projects on my blog / tumblr? I’d like to include one photo, and would of course credit you and provide a link back to the original posting. Thanks for sharing, and keep up the good work!

    • Tally

       /  March 6, 2014

      Thanks so much! I love that you’re enjoying my blog! And yes, I’d be very happy for you to share some of these projects on your own site with one picture and a link back. I love to spread the crafting ideas! Thanks so much for asking. :)

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