Summer Busyness May 30 2014, 0 Comments

This year will be a year of trying new things.  With a very busy baseball schedule ahead of me with two of my boys, we will be trying something very new ... camping.  We live in the country and I have always said that I have no need to go camping because I have all of the appeal of it right on my own property. There is nothing but woods behind our home, at night we hear the coyotes yipping, we sleep with the windows open, we hear the birds chirping, etc.  Because of the coyotes yipping and the black bears in those scary woods, there is something about a little tiny piece of fabric between me and all of that that kind of freaks me out. Anyway, it needs to be done and we're going to do It.

I have to do this camping thing (have you seen the price for a hotel room lately!) but we are going to try to do it right. We purchased a tent (a used one time kind of deal for one third of the price paid), and two cots.  I have scoured Pinterest for great ideas on how to do this successfully and have been somewhat drawn in by the glamping idea. I have a plan and that is to keep the colors bright and cheerful. That way, if it should be dark and dreary (oh Lord, and even rain), perhaps the cheerful colors inside the tent will make us feel better about our situation.  The cots are relatively comfortable but I will need something a bit closer to a pillow top.  

I have been inspired by this blogger for her fantastic pillow cases as well as by the colors she uses. 

The plan is to make a cot topper out of five pillows held in place with a fabric case with seams for each pillow. I will also make some blankets using fleece and twill. How to fit it all in the Volkswagen will be secondary to the comfort factor.

I am looking forward to working with some traditional fabrics. I have spent the past few years sewing only leather and canvas.  Who knows, I may start offering some new things in the shop that feature traditional fabrics.  I have been tossing around some different things.  I would love to begin making the bahama shorts that were all the rage in the 90's.  Wide brimmed sun hats for women might be interesting as well.  

One last thing that I will be doing is making a cheerful crocheted flower for each camping trip and will hang these banner style at the tent entrance. By the end of the summer, I should have about 20 of them!

Until next time ...