A fresh view…

We are back from camping at Raccoon Creek State Park. I have been busy working a new Couture piece and designing a pink ribbon for my friend at the post office. I have been cleaning the house and keeping up with the garden and all my newly planted flowers.

The site we were at had a wonderful view, was next to the bathrooms (yay) and down over the hill a little so it was more secluded that some sites. Raccoon Creek is an enormous park that can be packed with people but we always prefer to be as far away from everyone as possible. Luckily, our neighbors were very nice and quiet and the park cleared out on Sunday. We were left with a very peaceful couple of days to ourselves…with the Racoons.

OUR VIEW

Lots of trees and undergrowth. Very nice.

OUR CAMP

Contents include: a very old canvas tent that truly a dozen people could camp in, a lightweight blue canopy that we can sit out the rain under…for at least a little while, two camp chairs and collapsible table, Coleman stove and twenty year old Coleman lantern, 5 gallon water bladder, and two coolers. It’s just the basics but it makes a comfortable camp. We like to call it luxury camping because we have hiked with packs on our back with all the water/food/clothing we need for three days. There is no room for an extra teabag in those circumstances.

OUR FIRST MEAL

Rice, Chicken with BBQ, and fresh green beans all cooked over a good fire.

We avoided rain for the first day although it threatened us the entire time. However, it POURED through the night. Rain is very nice to sleep through and a very big mess to clean up the next day. There is just no such thing as a completely waterproof tent when you are camping in Monsoon-like rain.

The left pic is the swamp we woke up in,the next is me wiping the entire floor out, and the right is our cots made and everything clean.

I am a nester. When we get to camp, we take care of the essentials…put the tent and canopy up, unpack the car, start a fire…not necessarily in that order. As soon as these things are done, I nest. I shake out our bags and pillows, make our beds and arrange everything neatly on our picnic table. then I can relax by the fire my husband works to establish. I do this when we are hiking too. I like to feel like I have made a home for us to relax in. I don’t want to waste any time looking for things. And I make pack lists to follow before we leave.

Hubbs trying out his new fleece bag. It’s actually a liner for a sleeping bag. Through the years there have been multiple attempts to find the perfect sleep gear for him. Different blankets, bags, sheets, ground pads and cloths, ponchos….he’s high-maintenance, dear man. I have used one bag, one pillow case and one ground pad this entire time.

Seth is being silly with Emrad the camping Reindeer. Seth gave me Emrad the first winter we were together and he has been on every hike, camp and  in every cabin. We have tons of funny photos of this little red reindeer with candy cane striped stuffed antlers. Just a little silliness on our part.

Here is me, late night, in my favorite camping shirt which later ripped at the neck. I have had this lightweight cotton shirt for about 15 years. Very depressing….we cremated it the next night.

Bummer. Farewell favorite shirt. 😦

The second night the raccoons were restless. There was no one about so no food to steal, only crumbs in the campgrounds. We heard them clanging around on our gear but the food and garbage was in our trunk. We have always made jokes about them licking all our stuff while we are sleeping which totally freaks my husband out. In the middle of the night a raccoon decided the best place for a potty was in the middle of our picnic table. I will spare you the photos but needless to say, we threw out our plastic tablecloth. Ew.

This is our camp flag. Completely stitched in wool over one summer. It is staked where ever we go. It is all needlepoint and Crewel on canvas with a leafy green backing and frame.

An amazing amount of research and hours went into this work. It is one of my favorite accomplishments. My hubbs absolutely loves it. I was inspired when we stayed at a campground where all the RV campers had a small flag with the family name in front of their site. I thought…we should do that. Stake our ground when we camp!

I used a heavy weight Mono canvas. I think it is 18 count. The stitches that were used were: Victorian Step, Byzantine, Milanese, Tied Scotch, Oblique Slav, Diagonal stem, Staircase, Mosaic, Diagonal Cashmere, Roman, Vertical Brick, Scotch Checker, Oriental, Mini Leaf, Diagonal Mosaic, Irregular Byzantine, Upright Cross, Tied Scotch, Spider Web, Horizontal Threaded Chain, regular Chain, Long and Short Stitch and Continental and a couple I can’t remember right now.

Everything was chosen carefully to represent a natural scene as much as possible from the color to the stitches. the result is high visual texture and coloring that seems painted from a few yards away. When I was done with the stitching, I mounted it with green cotton fabric and added loops to the back so it can hang on the small flag hook. Then I quilted around the entire border with a random swirl pattern to keep the fabric flat. It handles rain, sun, heat, and a dark basement very well.

So, we are off again this weekend. Back to the park. Last time we took a long hike through all the different campgrounds to find the best spots and we will be staying in a wooded spot away from everything this weekend. We are super excited! Time to pack everything up again.

I have a new Couture design I am working out and another one on my mind I will try to design this weekend.

This is the tatting gear I take with me when we camp and hike. Sketchbook, old ball of crochet thread that can get wet/smoky and I don’t care, 4 shuttles, crochet hook, tiny scissors connected to a clip so I don’t lose them, measuring tape, mechanical pencil all in a cheap plastic box. This pic gives a preview of a ring on ring design I am working on right now. Fully beaded and black. I am hoping to have it completed sometime next week.

Two fresh listings in my Etsy shop: the MOD bracelet in a heavier thread with large, Deep Pewter, Czech Glass beading throughout. and MOD earrings in a lighter thread with Hematite seeds and center.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/72212732

http://www.etsy.com/listing/48939873

June’s coupon code for Blog Subscriber’s will be available till Friday. A new email will be sent out then with a fresh code for the month of July. I welcome orders while I am on brief camping trips. A notice of shipping times will be written in my shop announcement.

Cheers everyone!!!

Jennifer

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