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

10 Ways To Upcycle A Crystal Head Vodka Skull Bottle

August 13th, 2018 | by Julie Finn

So if you, too, buy skull-shaped vodka bottles mostly so that you, too, can do something cool with them after you've drunk the vodka, then check out my list of my favorite ways to upcycle that Chrystal Head Vodka skull bottle!


How to Make a Fairy Garden

July 24th, 2018 | by Julie Finn

A fairy garden is easy to make, and nope, it actually doesn't require any of those porcelain or plastic store-bought fairy garden accessories


16 Homemade Recipes for Fingerpainting

May 23rd, 2018 | by Julie Finn

Fingerpainting is a wonderful activity for the little ones, and it's even better when you realize that you don't have to bother with store-bought fingerpaints for the kids to have a great time


24 Free Baby Quilt Patterns

May 17th, 2018 | by Julie Finn

Baby quilts are a great intro to quilting, as their smaller size makes them a less time-consuming (and SUPER satisfying!) project to complete


How to Sew a Sleep Mask

April 3rd, 2018 | by Julie Finn

A soft and comfy sleep mask will block any ambient light that comes your way, letting you drowse in complete darkness


How to Make Waxed Thread

March 20th, 2018 | by Julie Finn

Whether you're a bookbinder or a leather worker, want to sew outdoor-friendly projects, or are interested in macrame or jewelry making, you have a use for waxed thread



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