The beeswax experiment

Yesterday we needed to go to a garden store to pick up some things for the mother in law, but while we were there we made a real cool discovery. They had beeswax, we had ordered some from a friend but it would only get delivered around januari. So of course my husband, impatient as he is, bought a pack and some wick.

When we came home all I wanted was to relax a little since I have been coming down with a little winterblues. My husband set out our fire plate in the yard and got a little fire going, I pulled out my little stool and let the bliss of the fire overcome me.

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I love sitting by a real fire and the bonus of smelling like a viking market for days makes it amazing.

Of course since my husband had bought wax he wanted to get going straight away, so while I was sitting by the fire he started melting the wax in a tin coffee pot.

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Seems like he found his new craft ^-^

His first little candle got a test run in our lantern straight away.

Beeswax doesn’t smell bad at all like paraffine does wich makes it a lot more fun to burn and my mother in law couldn’t complain about the horrid smell since there was none. Hopefully he will have perfected his craft before our first event so that he can sell some of his pretty creations

The ever dreaded task

I don’t know about you, but I hate gift wrapping and yet every year I end up making it harder and harder on myself by buying the weirdest shaped items I can find. This year my challenge was a wooden axe and shield for my nephew, it looks horrid wrapped believe me.

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My husband came up with the fantastic idea to give bottles of wine to his grandparents, I have never wrapped a bottle in my life. So i set out to the magnificent internet in search of the perfect tutorial to gift wrap bottles. I came across a few YouTube videos and pinterest post on how to wrap a bottle but none looked like what I had in mind, because of course I do not only want it to be easy, NO I want a bloody masterpiece with brown paper and burlap oh and twine of course.

I came across this marvel

Ok its not brown paper or burlap or even twine, but its adjustable and easy and I can make it a masterpiece. Hurray! Lets get wrapping.

This is the result

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A sparkly tag and a couple of mini balls for colour ^-^

Keeping busy during the winterbreak

Since the winter break started I have been postponing my viking related crafts, I still have a lot to do before next season. My husband however has been very busy with the table he made, trying to set up our tent while it looked like it was going to be a good day, he even designed and painted a flag for our group.

Me however, I started needlebinding a glove and it stayed half done for over a month, I have 2 hoods to make and my serk and hangrok need some adaptation.

I got my shit together this weekend and finally finished that one glove and I even started on the second one (yay me).

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glove one nearly done

I really like needlebinding its the only “knitting” I don’t screw up since its to simple and easy to do.

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Glove one done and nr 2 in the making ^-^

I was shown how to needlebind by a lovely lady at the archeon easter viking market. Well actually my husband was shown since he would needlebind, he ended up taking over my cardweaving and I got into needlebinding. We had just bought the bone needle from the Otilia clan stand, when I spotted the lovely German lady busy making gloves (I think). So I got all my bravery together and asked her if she could show us how its done, of course she could show us. She motioned my husband to go sit next to her and with utmost care she explained step by step, it took about 30 minutes before he got the hang of it but eventually he had a nice strand in Oslo stitch ( which is the only stitch I master :s).

When we got home he told me he didn’t like needlebinding and I took to youtube for video’s on how to, we weren’t going to let that needle go to waste. I found this one lady who’s video’s are the best in my opinion and other then trying to show you my step by step, I’ll just link you to her youtube channel. There isn’t a chance I could explain it the way she does. So if you want to give it a shot HERE is where you need to be.

And last but not least, I can now announce the secret event we are invited to.

Litha Fest is a celtic and viking gathering to celebrate the summer solstice, there will be a market, workshops, concerts, live cooking,..,…
There will be so much to do, I cant wait.

 

A small step for man a giant step for Jormungandr Nordsea vikings

We are moving forward in bounds and are making great progress, we all ready have all our bowls and cups, a tripod ( which my husband tested as soon as we got it) and a kettle.

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He made his own little table

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And since Saturday we are now the proud owners of our very own tent.

sorry for the crappy pictures.

My husband was able to get a pole together and was amazed by the size, he wanted to start putting the tent up seeing the first rays of sunshine but the weather has not been our friend thought, we are waiting for a couple dry days to be able to set it up.

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look at the size of this thing O.o

So until the sun decides to join us for a couple days, I will have to make do with example photo’s from the website.

Our main concern was if we would have enough space, but I think we will be fine seeing the size of the one pole.

Our first event has also been booked, its a secret for now but as soon as its announced officially I’ll post about it. I honestly cant wait for the season to start!