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.



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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


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



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