Monday, August 7, 2017

Family Camping - H2H Aug Week #2

H2H Aug 2nd Week 
"Camp Out" 
Hostess:  Sue Reynolds

This week's Challenge is all about "Camp Out".  Be a Happy Camper ... camping out at home, a friend's home, a favorite coffee house, a store sale, a camp ground in a tent, a trailer or cabin.  

Oh, so many memories with our Camp Outs ... so it was not  difficult for me to choose my theme...I won't bore you with our family history here; but if you are intereted go to the end of this post.  

Cricut Design Space had "Camping Critters" as a freebie in July, so knowing this theme would be coming up in August, I immediately cut and put together the car with all the luggage so that I would have it when this theme came up. The car was so cute I couldn't resist and had to finish my card.  This reminded me of our camping excursions using a small car (volkswagon) with luggage on top, 5 bikes hinged to the car, and five of us and groceries, fun, fun.  

Join us at Heart2Heart this week and other challenges in August ... Remember you have all month to create to be eligible for recognition as one of the Top 10 "Darlings".  AND if you create a project for each challenge in the month of Aug, you will earn a badge as an H2H Addict for Perfect Attendance. 

For additional inspiration on this Challenge hop on by to see what other Design Team members have created. Hope this gives you some inspiration and enthusiasm to link your artwork as a participant ... we look forward to your creativity.  

From the same "Happy Campers" design papers there was a border design which I cut out like banners and attached to the inside edge.  

Also submitted to the following Challenges:  
Happy Little Stampers "Anything Goes With Dies"

CTMH Products Used Unless Specified Otherwise:  
Design Paper 
     Paper Fundamentals "Basic - Chocolate" 
     Memory Keepers WeR "Happy Campers"
     Poppy, Cashmere, Sweet Leaf, Chocolate, 
     Crystal Blue, Black and Colonial White
     Peachy Cheap - Sentiments "Family"
Cricut Design Space 
     Campin' Critters #M34B89 "Car" 
     3D Thin Foam Tape 
     Dollar Store - Foam Sheet

My Family's Camping History

1971 - We bought our first tent (12' x 12') with an outside screened in canapy (12' x 9'). Our daughter and my youngest at the time (David) was about 6 months old so we needed a nursery room.  We had an old dresser on the back of the truck which we filled with our weekend clothes and added a pad to the top and used as a changing table in our tent.  We had two sets of bunk beds placed on each side of the dresser, and a portable crib which was placed in the middle ... and believe it or not we still had room left over for a coleman heater and a porta-potty.  

Our outside screened in room was our kitchen and dining room.  I had a pantry cupboard that contained all the dishes and kitchen utilities, along with a Coleman stove which we placed on a 8' Folding Table with space left over for preparation of meals.  Our cooler was placed under the table.  And a Big Coleman Drink Cooler filled with Kool-aid and Ginger Ale. 

Every weekend from Memorial Day to the end of October we re-packed our dresser, grocery shopped, and we were ready to go.  We went to different campgrounds each week. Then when we got back, laundry and more groceries for the next weekend.  I always said these were our best camping days.  We tented for approximately 2 and a half years (3 summer seasons) 

1973 - We upgraded to a pop-up trailer, still went to different trailer parks every weekend; but then decided in 1975 we rented a site at Darien Park for two years so that we didn't have to pull the trailer and we didn't have to set up a tent for residence.  This is where our little red volkswagon came in.  A site to be seen and my Dad had a site up on the hill and could see us come up from the gate.  Luggage piled high on top, groceries behind a cubby hole in the back seat, 3 kids in the back seat, and 5 bikes hinged in the back and/or front of the car.  We thought this was easier than packing up the truck each week, but when you think of it the preparation for camping for the weekend was the same, and the same clean-up when you got back.  

1975 - We decided to buy a lot in at Fawn Lake and used our pop-up trailer as our first home on this lot, and two seasons later we upgraded to a Star Craft Trailer which slept 8 and comfortably the five of us.  But many occasions we squeezed in a few more guests and on one occasion slept 12 using a small tent up on the hill of our lot.  My daughter enjoyed going every weekend because of many friends she got acquainted with, and being a young teen so many boys.  Every weekend and vacations were enjoyed out at our lot.  We eventually sold the lot since family interests had changed.  


Sheila Bennett said...

Definitely makes me think of forced family camping trips. lol

Alyson Mayo said...

This car reminds me of the IKEA commercial - the one with the mounds of boxes piled on top when they come to a low height bridge and they can't fit the car under the bridge... too much unnecessary "stuff" for camping. A tent, blanket and some food and water - good to go. Great idea to showcase the theme :)

Melanie R said...

Always enjoy hearing about your family camping trips and making memories. Such a cute card!