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

13 Ways to Upcycle Eyeglass Cases

November 13th, 2018 | by Julie Finn

Find a project to excite and inspire you, and you'll be happy to keep your eyeglass case out of the waste stream and make a new, useful second life for it


Three Dozen Free Knit Hat Patterns

November 7th, 2018 | by Julie Finn

A knit hat is a great knitting project, whether you're a beginning knitter or a seasoned professional, because there is a knit hat pattern to suit everybody


21 Free Leggings Patterns and Tutorials

October 29th, 2018 | by Julie Finn

Leggings are super easy to sew, very forgiving for the beginner, and best yet, when you're in charge of making them, you get to choose your favorite prints and patterns, and you get to make sure that the fit and length are exactly what you want


Four Dozen Eco-Friendly Felt Crafts

October 2nd, 2018 | by Julie Finn

Whichever kind of felt you prefer, you can settle happily into any of the felt crafts below, knowing that whatever you make, it will be a great choice for the environment


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



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