Viking decor – cups and a mug

krusBehold my favorite mug! It is perfect for drinking ale or freshly pressed juice. I purchased it at a Viking Market last summer, underneath it says “Zawistowscy DYWITY” I believe that’s the name of the maker? oseberg12Ps: Is it just me or does this mug look like it was inspired by this Oseberg cart? (…At least I think of this carving when I drink from my mug. Cheers!)krus3I love these cups, and I use them for my daily fix of tea. Bough them at a viking market last summer – and this year I really hope to meet the seller again. krus5The lady who made the cups is from Denmark, and sadly that’s all I know. She didn’t have a business card or anything, but I sure hope to see her again. If anyone reading this knows who she is – please let me know. krus4On another note, I am in the process of moving to my very own apartment and I cannot wait to decorate the new home. Right now, everything is being packed up in boxes and the current place is a huge mess. Cannot wait to unpack and fill my new place with good viking vibes. *whispers* It will be a perfect place to make youtube videos. I know some of you are waiting eagerly for that to happen! Hehe..

Sól Geirsdóttir, The Viking Queen

Skulls (part one)

One of my hobbies is cleaning and collecting skulls. This is a hobby that I’ve enjoyed for many, many years. My collection has grown over time, and now there are loads of different skulls everywhere (You’ll get to see when I do a “viking crib tour” of my home. My home is full of viking themed decorations, and the skulls is a part of the “forest” look. I shall give you guys a video tour when I move into the new apartment – which is pretty soon now. Cannot wait for that to happen! :D) Anyways, I went through this weird period in my life where I would find deceased animals in the forest whenever I went out. This happened so frequently that I started bringing plastic bags, knives  and gloves with me every time I stepped outside my door. When stumbling upon the dead animals I collected the parts that could come to use. Better to give them eternal life on my bookshelves that than to let them rot in the forest. When I started collecting skulls I spent hours on internet forums to learn more about how to do this. There are loads of ways to clean bones, but I quickly found out that involving nature was the best idea. I learned that one could leave the cleaning job to the ants by tying a rope around skulls and bones and place them inside anthills. The process of cleaning bones and skulls can be… quite smelly and time consuming. My favorite method is to clean bones by using water – only water and a bucket, and let the skulls soak in water until they are clean. This can take weeks and the water needs to be changed frequently. I must add that I have never, nor will I ever kill an animal for the purpose of skull collecting (!)-  just in case someone thought I was a crazy crow-serial killer. None of that, none of that.

Any like minded souls with “weird” hobbies out there?

Sól Geirsdóttir, The Viking Queen