Welcome to my website and online shop!
Please note – I work from home and do NOT have a shop front. You can see my work in person at the Witta Markets on the 3rd Saturday of each month or, alternatively, you can contact me to make an appointment.
My passion lies in “Keeping the Old Skills Alive” – with my leatherwork, Rune readings and Viking living history.
I can’t imagine my life without doing leatherwork. It’s been part of who I am since 2007 and, the feeling in my bones, tells me it was also part of who I was once before.
Originally I created pieces just for the love of it, then started taking orders from people as a hobby. However, as time went on, I dreamt about starting my own business and “The Happy Viking” was born in 2012.
‘Keeping the Old Skills Alive’ – whether through my leatherwork, Rune readings or Viking living history is my greatest passion. I have always loved ‘the old ways’, from as far back as I can remember. It has always felt magical to me. Sure, times would have been tough back then but everything had purpose. Craftsmanship was admired. Attention to detail and the time it took was appreciated. Things were made to last and people understood the true value of handcrafted wares.
I like to think that more people today are starting to see the value in handcrafted items, that they are turning away from mass production, becoming more conscious about consumerism and making an effort to get away from the throw away society.
My leatherwork is all about creating from my heart. I love what I do and I am so grateful that I have been given the opportunity to create so many pieces for so many beautiful people. Of course I wouldn’t be doing what I do without (there’s no easy or pleasant way to say this) the skin of animals. It is always my intention to show my respect to the animal by using as much of the leather as possible. I believe that branding marks, tick bites, etc only add to the character of the piece and as the leather ages, that character develops.
I am currently working on dates for Workshops this year. You’ll find a link here soon!
Even more than handcraft, the spiritual side of life has always attracted me to the ‘old ways’. However, it’s something that I kept mainly to myself.
Early in 2016, things changed. I had been learning to read the Runes for myself but was approached by a woman at an event for a Rune reading. Somehow it had been put onto the programme, although I had made no mention of reading Runes to anyone. I had nowhere for her to sit so I invited her into my tent. We sat on the floor and, for the first time ever, I consulted the Runes for someone else. Words seemed to flow out of my mouth and the woman kept agreeing with what I was saying. At the end she was so excited that she asked if her daughter could come and have a reading too. I thought that would be it but I ended up doing 4 readings that weekend and then, at the next event, I was (mysteriously) on the programme again! That was the beginning.
I started learning more about Norse mythology and the role of the Seiðr (Seer) and took on this persona in my Viking group. Within no time I was reading Runes at numerous psychic and spiritual fairs, markets and at my home.
It’s hard for me to describe my connection with the Runes. In a way, it’s the same sense of ‘coming home’ that overwhelmed me when I first went to the Abbey Medieval Festival in 2006 and sat with Saga Vikings. It’s just like a ‘knowing’, something inside of me. At times it’s like I know I am talking but the words are just flying out of my mouth. There’s no thinking involved. Other times it’s like I can see or feel things that I have to find the right words for. Sometimes I can feel what the person I am consulting the Runes for is feeling – sadness, fear or even get feelings in the body – a twitch or pain that they have got, etc. In one reading the Runes might tell a story that flows while in another, it’s like putting a jigsaw puzzle together. It definitely depends on how open the person is to receiving the message that the Runes have to share. The more open they are, the more easily their ‘story’ flows.
What I love about the Runes is that they will always tell you what you need to know, not necessarily what you want to know. They guide you to the work you need to do in order for you to clear your past (your Ørlög) – which is the key to paving your future!
What I get from reading Runes is an amazing sense of fulfilment; like nothing else I have experienced before. I guess the way to best way for me to describe it to you would be to tell you the meaning of the Rune Gebo (which looks like X). Basically, Gebo is about an exchange, a gift, but it is equal giving and receiving. In a Rune reading I feel that you and I are both giving and receiving. You are giving me the opportunity to connect to Spirit and help you to gain clarity. In return, I receive an emotion that I have no words for. I used fulfilment before but it’s much more than that. All I know is that I feel happy, knowing that I have been of service to you and happy that I have made a connection to Spirit.
I offer face to face and phone readings – 30 minute and one hour readings. I also attend various Psychic Fairs and do Rune readings at Medieval Events on the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and more. Please check my Events page for more information.
For regular updates, please visit my Rune readings Facebook page.
Viking Living History
If I could, I’d live like a Viking all the time! Seriously.
I became a Viking re-enactor in 2007 and started with a group called Saga Vikings then, like most re-enactors, tried out a few other groups and even started a couple but have now found the one that is right for me. Recently I joined Rognvald’s Lith, a group based in Lismore. It’s a 3 1/2 hour drive away from me but the journey is never far to travel when you’ve got something good at the other end.
I portray a Norwegian Viking who lived in the period 900-950 and travelled from Norway to the Orkney Islands on my spiritual quest as a Seiðr.
One of the things I love the most about living history is that we make everything ourselves. There’s no zipping down to the shop to buy things. I either make it myself or find someone else within our Viking community who has made it. This brings about such an appreciation of craft and skills and true value.
Me – Elizabeth
Basically, I am a happy person. When I started Viking re-enactment in 2007, a friend said I couldn’t be a Viking because I’m always happy and Vikings always look mad – hence The ‘Happy’ Viking! 🙂
There are definitely times when I’m angry or sad but most of the time I do feel happy. I am grateful for all that I have and where I am in my life. I feel blessed to be Mum to two beautiful teenage kids, a boy and a girl, to be living in beautiful Maleny (Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Queensland) and to have amazing friends and family.
I’m a big believer in Law of Attraction (what you focus on is what you get) and manifesting. I don’t believe that things magically appear – there’s definitely work that needs to be done but where your attention is focussed makes all the difference.
When I’m not doing leatherwork, being a Viking or doing Rune readings, I love to get into my garden, go to the beach (but not to sun bake), listen to music, read, walk, meditate, hang out with my friends and spend time with my beautiful little Bullie (miniature English Bullterrier) and our ratbag cat.
“If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan but never the goal”.
December 2018 marks my 6th year in business! While ‘Keeping the Old Skills Alive’ is still my goal, I am taking a break from teaching leatherwork and focusing more on making things myself, both custom orders and creating pieces that I feel inspired to make. My other focus is to continue walking my spiritual path, studying the Old Norse traditions, learning, growing and continuing with Rune readings. I am really looking forward to the new opportunities and connections that will this will bring!
If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Blessings to you!