Pillage First THEN Burn

I’ve always been a bit fascinated with ancient games, especially board and dice games. When we made the dision to add games to our arsenal of crafty creations, I just knew Hnefatafl had to be amongst them.

Hnefatafl is a tafl game, played as far back as 400CE and is nicknamed King’s Table and Viking Chess. This ancient game was very popular all the way up to the 11th century and held on through today. This tafl game was most popular amongst the Norse, but was played across Europe. It is thought to be one of a handful of games that eventually evolved into chess as we know it today and a world hnefatafl tournament is played in Fetlar every year (this year it will be on August 6th).

Check out all these other great items we found on Etsy. Just imagine decking out the family room all viking or celt style, kicking back with a flagon of mead and stroking your braided beard (real or fake) while contemplating your next ruthless move.

‘Pillage First THEN Burn’ by barbedlotus


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Lugh the Long Arm 5…

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Pattern- Queen Isab…

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Lael Viking Hat PDF…

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Long braided viking…

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Minnesota Vikings B…

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RAVEN Necklace

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manly viking helmet

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Handmade Black Scot…

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Tiny Viking Ship is…

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The “Celtic Ma…

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Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

Our Hnefatafl set includes glass stone pieces, instructions and history of the game, a poem form of the instructions, riddle cards, and are all contained in a wooden game board box that has had the game board hand burned on top.

We will be introducing more tafl games to our shop this winter, maybe sooner, as well as other games from around the world, as well as peg doll Hnefatafl sets featuring an army of vikings pitted against an army of celts.

Raspberry Days

I have been going to Bear Lake (a lake on the border between Idaho and Utah) every summer since I was a baby. It is the most stunningly blue bit of water I have ever seen. My great grandma has a membership to one of the camp grounds right on the lake shore and we got a real kick out of the staff last year when they realized that there were 5 generations around our fire when they came to say hi to her.

‘Raspberry Days on Bear Lake’ by barbedlotus


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First Raspberry

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Blue water

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Raspberry Photo Gre…

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Pickles

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Wooden Catapult

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Homemade Natural St…

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L is for Lake Monst…

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Summer Raspberries …

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Raspberry & Aloe So…

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Mini Sea Shell Bead…

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Sun sweetened Raspb…

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Bear Lake Twilight …

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It’s not really real camping there anymore since there’s everything from a pool to an actual little hotel on the beach now if you feel like renting a room instead of sleeping in a tent or motor home, but it’s still always been a ton of fun. It’s just not summer without going to Bear Lake, having a shake from Garden City and getting usually fairly sun burned. Every few years we catch a show at the Pickleville Playhouse and I always seem to come home with a couple of bags of the mini sea shells that are all over the lakes beaches. And as crystal clear and startlingly blue as the water there, letting you see way deeper than you’d think possible, there are big sections of the lake where the bottom hasn’t been found yet. There are even campfire type stories telling of a lake monster like Nessie. I had one of my friends when we were kids convinced that the trail of ripples motor boats leave in their wake was really a lake monster following the boat.

While I’ve gone year after year, I have only been to the biggest event in the area a couple of times. Raspberry Days is a huge celebration they have every year in Garden City (a city near the lake) to welcome in the raspberry harvest. I think the last time our yearly trip landed on the Raspberry Days festival I was about 11 or 12 and the thing I remember best was the wooden catapult for flinging raspberries at unsuspecting siblings and cousins. I’m really excited to be taking my son to his first Raspberry Days festival and he is so getting one of those catapults. Good thing his dad isn’t picky about how he gets his raspberries as long as their still edible after impact.

All of these items kind of remind me of Bear Lake and how its not just a place, its part of who I am.

Uniquely Utah

Utah is kind of a strange place. Green jello and drinking laws that you have to have a doctorate to understand half the time. But it’s home. July 24th is Pioneer Days and we will have a booth at the Ogden Farmer’s Market the Saturday before and be staying late hennaing those at the celebrations.


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Utah Cufflinks – Made f…

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Needles Original Oil Pa…

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Cabin in Utah.

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Salt Lake Temple in Blo…

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Christmas in July Sale….

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Bryce Canyon I

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Love Utah State Sticker…

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University of Utah Tile…

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Park City distillery

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Utah licence plate phot…

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Tree Stump in Bryce Can…

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