Lest you think I’ve just been slacking on my blog over the last week, I should tell you that I finally took some time off to enjoy a week of tent camping with my family and dear friends. We camped on one family’s gold mining claim along the Hopkins Creek, a tributary to the Feather River in the Sierra Mountains of Northern California. Complete bliss. Also referred to as Quincy. Though this was only my second Quincy camping trip (first about 25 years ago,) most of the families have been going annually for 30 years. My husband has taken our kids there every summer since they were tots.I wanted to share a few shots from the trip- and to reward you for sitting through my vacation photos, a free digital download is awaiting you at the end!
Reclined in a camp chair, I read along the creek’s bank to the sound of rushing water. A Lineage of Grace by Francine Rivers was my book of choice for the week.Does anything taste better than camp coffee in the morning? I don’t think so.We 4-wheel climbed up a very treacherous mountain road only to find a favorite swimming hole had all but dried up.Nelson Creek, another favorite swimming, bathing and fishing hole, was a pure oasis, and a hike I’ll not soon forget.Breakfasts and dinners are scheduled and divided up among the families. My husband is an incredible cast iron chef. He made Biscuits & Gravy, Chicken Pot Pie, Mexican Lasagna, Pulled Pork w/Polenta, Apple Pie and Blackberry Crisp. Heavenly.This was Charlotte’s first camping experience. No stick was safe.God’s beauty was in all things everywhere.Friendship anklets were crafted. I brought along my Sharpies for camp tattoos (see more Sharpie tattoos here.) The teenage girls requested matching script.A henna hand…and a half sleeve.This beautiful serving table flower arrangement was picked by camper Lisa.Fly fishing is the camp sport at Quincy. My son and friend fished up and down the creek for miles and miles on most days.This was a rare sighting of our dogs not running around, (photo taken by my daughter, Jamie.) Quincy is a 24-hour playground for pups.Though we all camped in standard issue Coleman-style shelters, in keeping with the tent theme, here are some sweet vintage illustrations for you to enjoy. Click on the image below for a FREE PDF file of clip art (c.1920) and a rustic wood typeface (c. 1880) from my antique book library.
A couple of years ago, while stripping old spools of their brittle thread, I crafted a series of colorful thread nests. Today, I took that project a step further and included the original spools, with thread remaining, as a part of each finished piece.
My tiny nests spun from the thread on the spools reminds me so much of a favorite book I read to my kids, No Roses for Harry!. It’s the sweetest story of the gift of a rose patterned sweater gifted to Harry the Dog from Grandma. Harry hated that sweater and was trying everything he could to “loose” it, but the children kept finding it and giving it back to him. (Spoiler alert…) One day while in the park a bird took hold of one tiny string coming from Harry’s sweater and flew away with it, unraveling the sweater completely. Harry was delighted! Later, he led his family to the tree to discover that the bird had made a rose patterned nest with the yarn from Harry’s sweater.
For the tiny spool nests I used little eggs that I purchased on Etsy.
I matched vintage spools of thread to Martha Stewart craft paint I had on hand, but most any acrylic paint will work just fine to paint the little eggs.I snipped several tiny twigs from the boxwood bushes in the yard, each with forked areas to hold the nests.I wrapped thread around two fingers multiple times, removed and molded the thread rolls into nests, this time using hot glue. I filled each nest with eggs, glued them into place and tucked the nests into the crooks of the branches. I ran the thread from the spool up and into the nest to finish. These would be fun little favors, place setting decorations or shadowbox decor. And though I prefer the sparseness of the bare branches, you could tiny leaves of small print fabric to enhance them. Here are my final spool nests:
Vintage thread spools can be found at thrift stores, and online at Etsy.com or Ebay. For more detailed instruction on thread nests, click HERE.
Pull out those vintage doilies you have tucked away, or pick up a few next time you’re out thrifting, and try this quick and simple T-shirt doily project using a basic top like the V-necks I buy at Target. For an easy tutorial with photos, visit my blog post over at SC Johnson Family Economics!
Also, please include your ideas for apparel embellishing in the comments of that post. I love reading your ideas!
Hi, I’m Cathe (pronounced the same as Cathy). I’m a graphic designer, crafter, creative blogger, & flea market enthusiast. I live just north of San Francisco in lovely Petaluma, California with my husband, Mr. Wonderful & our 3 awesome teenagers.
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