Friday, June 25, 2010

Camping, CPQ, Rainbow Eggs, & Crafts

I'm super excited! We're loading up our cooler and a tent and some chairs and some marshmallows, Hershey bars, and graham crackers (and a whole lot more) and heading to the mountains to camp with two other families. Do you know how much I love camping? I love it. The more rustic it is, the better!

I wasn't always this way. I was in Girl Scouts for ages, and every summer we sent my sister off to camp while I stayed home. Why? Because there was no place to plug my hot rollers in. And I would rather have stayed home than have had bad hair at camp. Thankfully, I've matured a bit since then. And thankfully Life is Good makes ballcaps.

Camping in Colorado makes a huge difference. Arkansas is muggy and buggy and that detracts from the whole experience for me. I remember doing some camping as a kid but mostly I just remember mosquitos. There are very few mosquitos here, but we do have to worry about bears! Yikes.

We're not camping long. Because VBS starts bright and early Monday morning, and also because I want to hang out with the one and only CarpoolQueen while her family is in town taking in the glory of Pikes Peak.

I'll be sure to take lots of pictures. Of camping AND of CarpoolQueen.

Here are some pics I can share now though. My friend, Jen, brought us some rainbow eggs yesterday. They're going to taste really good cooked over a campfire! I tweeted about it [Aside: I like Twitter so much more than Facebook. If you want to follow me, I'm @lifeat7000feet] and my friend Lisa asked me what rainbow eggs were. They're multi-colored eggs that come from special chickens. I tried to google rainbow chickens and got funny results. I'm not sure that's what the chickens are called but the eggs look like this:
Pretty! And tasty too. John made us some for breakfast.

Also wanted to share a fun 4th of July craft that the girls and I made yesterday. 

Sarah came home from camp with this cute necklace from the camp store. 
The pendant part is a guitar pick! I decided these would be super easy to make for the 4th of July using red/blue bandanas! Fender makes a speckled pick that is red/white/blue/black which is PERFECT. I ordered mine here. They are 3.99/dozen with free shipping! I ordered a lot because we're going to make these as a craft at our 4th of July block party.

I think they turned out really cute! I like the beads better on the one that Sarah bought but I couldn't find any of that shape at Michael's the other day. I've got to keep looking. And if anyone knows where I can find navy blue bandanas PLEASE let me know. I've tried Michael's, Hobby Lobby, Walmart and they only have royal and cornflower blue. I'm going to try Jo-Ann and Hancocks and DollarTree next week but if any of you have seen them somewhere please let me know! The black looks okay, but I think I would like navy better. It's definitely more patriotic.

So...directions? You simply punch a hole in the pick with a regular ole hole punch. Thread a 1-inch strip of bandana through the hole and tie a knot. I'd either wash/dry your bandana first or dampen it before you start, otherwise it will look stiff and wide. Add a bead on either side of the knot and tie around your neck. I think you'll need the "thin" guage picks. They're very sturdy and I'm afraid you won't be able to punch through the medium ones. Depending on how many picks we have leftover, I want to make some matching earrings. How cute are these?!!

Alright. I think I'll be unplugged until Monday. Peace out, peeps. Y'all enJOY the weekend.

12 comments:

Lauren Kelly said...

Oh, Meredith, have a wonderful time!!!!!!!!!! And those 4th of July necklaces are ADORABLE!!!!! :) I want one!!

Katrina said...

Enjoy your camping trip! those eggs look yummy! 4th of July necklaces look so easy! thanks for the idea!

Christy said...

That is too cute...I'm thinking you could buy an assortment of colors and change it up. That is very unique!

Kari Tell said...

What a great idea, Meredith! I'm an editor for FaveCrafts, and we just featured another 4th of July jewelry idea: http://www.favecrafts.com/Fourth-of-July/Uncle-Sam-Earrings-for-July-4th-from-Rings-Things

You should check it out! :)

stephanie@{Olive Tree} said...

LOVE the necklace idea! I think I'm going to pack up the materials for our trip next week for the girls. Plus - BONUS - I just dug through my husband's guitar picks and he had about a 1/2 dozen of the rainbow ones already! (I hope they weren't his favorites). : )

Gretchen said...

You just go with your crafty bad self and your rainbow eggs, girl! This summer is shaping up to be awesome for you!

Jill said...

Love your necklace idea! So adorable! Have a great week!

Moriah @ Please Pass the Salt said...

I think it depends on the particular store... I've seen navy at Walmart before, can't remember when...

Moriah @ Please Pass the Salt said...

PS - if you don't find them, you could just do all red...

Kathy said...

CUTE necklace idea--I'm definitely copying you--thanks for sharing! :) I found some navy bandanas at Walmart...did you try Target? Hope you guys have a wonderful 4th!

New Every Morning said...

I know I'm WAY late in commenting on this, but it's been a crazy summer and I am finally catching up on all of my blog peeps.


LOVE the necklace idea! My kids will be all over that!

My husband has decided to raise chickens in our back yard. For eggs. To eat. Not sure how I feel about it yet, but it's growing on me. Anyhoo, he ordered the chickens last night and 2 of them are "easter" chickens, meaning, they lay those colorful eggs! How about that! It will be late fall before they arrive/start producing/egging-?? So we will have to see what color our eggs turn out to be!
Great to catch up with you... I've missed ya!

whimzie said...

Crazy cute! What a fun idea!