Crafting Abroad: Thalita

April 1, 2015Elena aka. Midsommarflicka

HELLO PEOPLE!!! Can you tell I’m a little excited today?
Why, you ask? Well, because I have the honor to present you a blogger here today, which I know for quite some time now and who is one of the girls I call my blogger besties! I adore her blog and I’m sure after you read the interview and visited her blog you’ll do so as well. Although she’s “only” from Canada, which may not seem so abroad or even different from the US, she has some interesting things to tell:

Thalita Silva-Murray

In your own words, who are you and what do you do? My name is Thalita and by day, I’m a teacher. By night I’m a DIY’er, blogger, thrift shopper and lover of all things black, white and gold – with the occasional touch of blush!

Where are you from? Born in Brazil, my parents, brother and I immigrated to Canada when I was just 10 years old.


What is the nearest “big” city or district to you? Toronto, ON is about 30 minutes away!

DIY Woven Rope Stool by The Learner Observer

What crafts do you like to do? I love love love to make things, and though I don’t consider myself crafty, I like anything with paint and that makes a big mess. Just don’t ask me to clean it up!

What craft supplies do you have a difficult time finding in your area? Rub n Buff! Oh man, that stuff is impossible to find around here!!!

Are the costs reasonable or is crafting very expensive in your area? I’d say it’s pretty reasonable because we’re fortunate enough to have lots of big craft supply stores around, plus the Dollar Store can be a great crafting source if you’re creative!

Do you use the internet or mail order products from other areas for hard to find items? Not often, but sometimes. I try to buy from small, local shops if I can and have asked for special orders sometimes as well!


They say that with recent popularity, crafting is a revolution of sorts. Is crafting huge where you’re from? Or is it the movement gaining momentum? Oh it’s HUGE, but I think there’s still a bit of negative stigma attached to it in the sense that people seem to think crafting is for retired old ladies or kids. It’s definitely gaining momentum among the younger adult crowds now, though – thank goodness!

Regionally, what type of crafts are popular? Canadians around these parts seem to love making things to keep them warm – duh, it’s super cold here! So scarves, blankets, and tuques (if you don’t know what that is, it just means you’re not Canadian – it’s a knitted hat).

Are there any projects or genres that are specific to your region? Native Canadian projects are the closest thing I think you’ll find to a true Canadian craft, and there are many beautiful pieces that come from all areas of Canada. Moccasins are very popular because they keep our feet warm and are extremely beautiful. I love that you can find someone in a small town in Northern Canada wearing one, and also a stylish girl walking the streets of Toronto with a pair on her feet.

Anything you’d care to add about crafting in your area? I think Canada is a huge mish mash of wanting to stay true to our roots and use materials that are meaningful to us – wood, leather, etc (again for the warmth) and wanting to sort of fit in to the rest of the world. We are so heavily influenced by our southern neighbours in the U.S. that it’s hard to find an identity sometimes. Also, the Toronto area is extremely multicultural, so the Canadian identity is that of the world. We’re great at embracing new cultures, and I think that’s part of what makes our makers so interesting and diverse!


Share with us your three favorite crafts/projects you’ve created! I’m a huge fan of a thrifted stool I made over by re-weaving the top. I love the texture and the pattern! Using natural elements, I made a jewellery organizer out of some drift wood I found at the beach, which brings back lovely memories. And on a completely unrelated note, I also love this black and white striped storage box because it’s so simple and chic. Can you tell that my style is sort of like Canada? A big mish mash of everything?

Where can we find you? I blog over at The Learner Observer about all kinds of things – projects I’m working on, designs I love, thrifted pieces… and you can always always always find me on Instagram!

Comments (4)

  • Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

    April 1, 2015 at 1:12 PM

    Oh yay! It makes my heart so happy to see Thalita over here! Two of my faves in one place. Almost too good to be true! I loved learning more about Thalita’s Canadian culture and how it impacts her as a maker. What an awesome series, Allison! You never cease to amaze me with your creativity and innovation.

    1. Allison Murray

      April 1, 2015 at 2:32 PM

      Thanks so much, but the credit must go to Elena :) She’s taken over the series and she is fab at it!

      1. Elena aka. Midsommarflicka

        April 13, 2015 at 9:22 AM

        :) It makes me so happy to know that you’re pleased with my work!


    2. Elena aka. Midsommarflicka

      April 13, 2015 at 9:20 AM

      Eeek! I hope that the compliment is still valid now that you know that I run this series? Because it made me smile big time and jumping out of joy! :)


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