Thursday, 8 March 2012

Hey, hey, Vicky! Hey, Vicky, hey!

.... You and your Viking friends!  Of course if you weren't watching kids tv in the 80s that opening will make no sense whatsoever to you.  Apologies.

I was going to do todays blog on items from - It's British! It's free to list!  But then I signed up and put a couple of items up for sale to get a feel for it.  First problem is I can't find any stats for my shop other than clicking on the individual items to see how many 'views' and 'likes' they've had.  I'm a stats addict (as many website owners and bloggers are) so lack of decent statistics is a problem for me.  But I persevered and starting 'liking' items to feature in my blog today and then realised I couldn't find anywhere to view a list of the items I'd liked.  Hmmmmm.  Perhaps these features are there and I'm just being stupid but it's put me off using tosouk.  There are too many other online craft marketplaces out there to bother with one that's not intuitve and/or lacks the features I need.

As a result I've had to have a last-minute rethink on the subject of today's blog.  As it's Thursday and my newest tv obsession, The Almighty Johnsons, is on tonight this blog is a homage to all things Norse and Viking.  And for this post I've returned to the safety and comfort of good old Etsy.

Copper and Silver Longship Brooch by AlisonMooreDesigns
£79 (+ £3.50 p&p)
Copper and sterling silver brooch shaped like a longship.  length approx 4cm, width approx 3.5cm

Leather Wrist Cuff by kelldragon
£28 (+ £3 p&p)
The embossed celtic design is from a vintage stamp no longer available, then antiqued it to give it a rich glowing effect.  The Inner cuff is made from two layers of vegetable tanned leather, dyed a rich brown antique colour, this is to give it a vintage earthy look. The outer cuff is hand sewn onto the Inner cuff and a chrome metal snap secures it together.

Viking Eirik Print by thehousesparrow
£10 (+ £1 p&p)
The design will be printed on canon archival photo paper with a glossy finish so that the design has a crisp and vibrant finish.  Your print will be delivered in a protective cello bag and a board back envelope to make sure that it reaches you safely.  Print Dimensions: A4 21cm(w) x 29.7cm(h)

Frigga Norse Goddess of Fertility by BirdsBecomeFishes
£9.78 (+ £1.30 p&p)
Frigga is the Norse Goddess of Fertility. She swirls the rain clouds around in her hands to release the rain onto the Earth, replenishing the land and restoring life.
This mini painting is done on 'rough' Aquarell Watercolour paper, using watercolour paint, soluable crayons, fineliner pen and 3D paint. The size of this painting is 8x10.5cm

Child's Viking Hat by KatGoldinDesigns
£15.79 (+ £1.97 p&p)
Knitted wool Viking hat available in sizes from newborn to 7 years.  I need to get one of these for my little boy to wear when we visit his family in Shetland.

Viking Mouse Ornament by TheHouseOfMouse
£26.08 (+ £1.63 p&p)
Värmod Catcrusher the Viking Mouse was hand sewn using felt, silks, beads, glue, cardboard, wire, sequins, fake leather, wood, monofilament and he is stuffed with polyfil. He stands approximately 2.5inches tall (6.5cm) His costume is not removable.

Wilfric the Viking Pendant by SarahBirtJewellery
£32 (+ £1.25 p&p)
This little viking aka Wilfric the well-mannered is ready for battle with his silhouetted axe, sturdy boots and Highland cow horn helmet!  Cut from sterling silver sheet and pierced by hand, this pendant measures 1.7cm in height and 1.7cm at its widest point. It is a floating pendant on an 18 inch chain. 

Smoke Fired Ceramic Runes by RowanSongCrafts
£35 (+ £3 p&p)
Each rune has been hand formed & polished to a smooth pebble then carved. They are then bisque fired to make their form permanent but leaving the body of the clay quite open to absorb the smoke from a fire.  The set will come in a basic, handmade drawstring felt bag which is nice and roomy for getting your hand inside.

Sihouette Print by thehangingbadger
£12.50 (+ £2.50 p&p)
This image illustrates Beowulf travelling across the sea to aid King Hrothgar against Grendel!  This image was made using vinyl-cut relief printing. It is printed using a water-based black ink on high quality white card.  It has been printed by hand and because of this no two prints are ever exactly the same.  All prints are signed and dated on the back.
Image size: approximately 15cm x 15cm
Card size: approximately 25cm x 25cm

Woodcut Print by jonosandilands
£25 (+ £4 p&p)
A sea of beard - inspired by vikings and Shetland's Up Helly Aa fire festival.  A4 - 1 colour woodcut print on 270gsm Harvest GFSmith Colorplan paper.


  1. Great blog. Thanks for including Beard Sea :D

  2. I didn't know I had a thing about Vikings until I saw this, I'll take the lot including the baby.