About I can do that!

I write about craft and D.I.Y. because it’s what I love to do. Creating, designing, organising – these things all inspire me. I love the energy that comes with dreaming up a new idea or project. I love that I can look at something and think: I can do that! Doing what I love brings me joy, and joy should be shared!

I truly believe that creativity is part of everyone. Maybe craft isn’t your thing, but you love to cook, or perform, or garden, or write. Whatever your outlet is, do it! Revel in the feeling of doing what you love. Luxuriate in it. Treasure it.

Change the world by doing what you love. When you are happy, you make others’ lives happy. Live your life full of joy, and love yourself, and be kind, and generous, and thankful, and you will make a difference. Let yourself be inspired, and you will inspire others.

And what about when it all seems too hard? Don’t despair. Look yourself straight in the eye and say: Buck up, Buttercup. I can do that!

About me

My name is Tamara, and I am a dedicated optimist, a feminist, an equality-ist, a do-what-you-love-and-be-proud-of-it-ist. I studied law et française at university and have lived all over the world. I now live in Melbourne, Australia with my partner Mario, our cat Lara. Our home is always cluttered with my latest project, but Mario never complains. He’s pretty great.


We live right next door to my parents and sister, which is why you will frequently see references in my posts to me visiting (and/or stealing from) them.

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When I’m not working or despoiling our house with some new harebrained project (which never seems to be confined to one room), I love to read, dance and sleep. Not in that order though. Sleep comes first.

So that’s about it, for me. I hope you enjoy my blog and subscribe, so I will love you the most. If you have any ideas/suggestions/comments, please feel free to leave them below. But only nice ones. People who know me will tell you that criticism isn’t my thing.

Have a wonderful day, et à bientôt!


P.S. I’ve been working on putting together a map of all my favorite craft and D.I.Y. places around Melbourne… More to come!

Red pins represent craft stores of various descriptions, blue pins are DIY and utility stores (like my beloved Bunnings), and green pins are markets, bazaars, and other awesome-type gatherings of crafty people.

30 thoughts on “About

  1. jsletto says:

    Thanks for following me! We have a lot of things in common! If you haven’t already you should check out my latest blog post “reasons why I crochet” I think you’ll find it a good read! Cheers!

    • tamyraptor says:

      Hey thanks for the comment :) I love your crochet bags! I just recently learned to crochet, not quite at your level yet though. Still, maybe one day!

  2. pepperscrafts says:


    Thanks for liking my first post, you sound like you have a wonderful and busy life and I find that so inspirational. I hope I am able to live abroad one day too (said looking out of my window at a chilly and wet UK afternoon). Your blog is great too and I look forward to seeing more posts from you :-) x

    • tamyraptor says:

      Thanks for coming by and for your kind comments :) I am really looking forward to reading your blog too, I checked out your Etsy store and you make some really lovely things! Can’t wait to read more about your crafts. xx

      • pepperscrafts says:

        Thank you for taking the time to view my shop, that’s really kind of you. Everyone here is so friendly and helpful and WordPress is full of inspirational blogs that I can only hope to be as good as one day :-) x

    • tamyraptor says:

      Oh thank you, that is such a lovely thing to say :) You just cheered my day! I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts, I love your combination of stitching and history. Thanks for stopping by <3

  3. loobyloucreations says:

    Hi, Thank you so much for liking my post I made on my blog, I am new to this so it was so nice to see someone liked what I posted!
    Your blog looks amazing I just looked at your knitting section and I love how you include beginner knitting. I hope to be posting more of my creations very soon

    • tamyraptor says:

      Thanks, and thanks for stopping by :)! Your blog is off to a wonderful start, your hats are great and it’s so nice of you to do that. I will look forward to reading about the promised “sims 3” creations ;) xx

      • loobyloucreations says:

        Hi, thank you so much for the lovely comment :) Also just to let you know one of my Sims 3 Creations is now up on my blog :)

  4. meow2u says:

    Hi – thanks for your ‘like’! I’m trying to get my first blog started so would really appreciate a follow :-) I’m Eat Sleep Bake Repeat. Kim x

  5. Amy says:

    Hi Tamara,

    Thanks for visiting my new blog and liking my teddy. I love your DIY ideas! I’ll be spending more time visiting.

    Amy, Twenty Feet of Freedom

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  7. Jacinta says:

    I don’t know why but i have only just noticed this section and its pretty accurate- although now Mario is your fiance :P You should make a new section about wedding based things cause you have done a lot already with the save the date, your making your own flowers and all the other great bits that you have either done or are about to get done :D Always love your blog and wish I could dedicate as much time as you do to craft :D Thanks for being my inspiration. Cheers

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