Taryn’s Creative Crafts specializes in the very thing its owner was unable to find as a child – personalized items catering to those with unique names. “It’s been a passion since my childhood,” says Taryn Manning-Tolnai. “I had an unusual name, and I was never able to find magnets or anything made for me.” Her parents took advantage of every opportunity to gift her with personalized items whenever they encountered anyone who made them.
Thanks to Taryn’s Creative Crafts, personalized items are now available to anyone, even the Rumpelstiltskins of the world. The online business opened in December 2018, offering personalized cards and custom special occasion cards as well as handmade hats and garments. “I am a lover of all things crafty,” she explains. “I specialize in crochet, cross stitch, embroidered cards and a little bit of knitting too. I enjoy customizing orders to suit clients’ needs and am working towards having items in stock.”
Her love of crafting is also due to childhood influences. Although her grandmother passed away when she was eight years old, she well remembers the lady coming over to visit every Sunday with her knitting bag. “I used to sit with her and pretend to knit with my fingers,” she laughs.
Taryn grew up in Orillia and moved to Hastings with her husband Doug in 2009. Her parents were dedicated supporters of Sleeping Children Around the World, an international initiative dedicated to improving living conditions for children. “We lead a 100% charitable global community of volunteers and partners who have transformed the lives of over 1.5 million children in developing countries by providing bedkits for a good night’s sleep,” explains their website. “Each $35 donation provides a bedkit that consists of a mat or mattress, pillow, sheet, blanket, mosquito net, clothes outfit, towel and school supplies.”
Taryn’s family spearheaded annual fundraisers for the cause. “I first donated $25 in pennies when I was 12 years old, to buy my first bed kit,” Taryn remembers. “And then I received a photo of the child in the mail and I realized what a difference $25 could make”.
Taryn has travelled to Kenya and India on distribution tours for the Sleeping Children organization. “It was a life-changing experience,” she recalls. “It gave me a new appreciation for everything we have here.” Her last trip in 2014 was to India with her mom, Anne Tolnai, during which her group distributed 5,000 bedkits to kids in need.
Although travel has temporarily been back-burnered by the birth of their son, McKeever, in 2016, Taryn says that future tours are definitely on the agenda. “After three tours, I can be a team leader,” she notes. “I’d love to go with my son when he’s old enough. I think it would be an amazing experience for him.”
In the meantime, Taryn’s keeping busy with her new online business and, of course, her role as mom. Taryn’s Creative Crafts doesn’t have a website yet but it will in the near future, thanks to a website designer in the family. Until then, you can find her and browse her products on facebook.
Taryn's Creative Crafts on facebook, www.facebook.com/tarynscreativecrafts
Website, Sleeping Children Around the World