About Julie Finn

Julie Finn I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now. Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.

Author Archives: Julie Finn

Is Denatured Alcohol Eco-Friendly?

February 20th, 2018 | by Julie Finn

When you're looking for an alternative to most commercial cleaning supplies, it's important not to overlook one of the cheapest, most readily-available cleaning supply out there

How to Sew a Pompadour

January 22nd, 2018 | by Julie Finn

Madame de Pompadour lent her name not just to the bouffant hairstyle, but also to the practical yet lovely little drawstring wrist bags that allowed one to both wear a fancy ballgown (with no room for pockets!) and carry a lipstick and some cash for gambling with

35 Ways to Reuse Empty Wine Bottles

November 13th, 2017 | by Julie Finn

The best part of reusing empty wine bottles is that you won't have that big bin of them sitting out on your curb for all of your neighbors to look at on Recycling Day

40 DIY Upcycled Cat And Dog Toys

October 30th, 2017 | by Julie Finn

Each project uses upcycled materials in its making, so that it's eco-friendly (and cheap to make!) and has a full tutorial so that you can easily DIY your pet its newest, funnest plaything

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