The Journey ~

Life is a journey. Not a destination.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

New Year Preparation

I have downloaded and printed lots of goodies to prepare for my new year. My next journal will start on January 6, actually I may overlap January 1 - 5 in my January /February journal and Christmas journal. I found some wonderful Internet treasures to inspire me and help me plan.

Ephemera's Vintage Garden has loads of freebies, but beautiful for purchase kits, also! I purchased a planner kit and Christmas kit. Keep in mind the price is Canadian, so it is lower USD.

I also downloaded 2 different planners. First, a freebie from Livia Farkas. There are quite a few very useful pages in this planner! And it's free!

The second planner is a purchase but isn't just a pdf. Leonie Dawson ( has created a beautiful set of physical planners. I purchased the pdf planner and was surprised to find that it included videos to help guide my goal planning. I have it in my tablet and my computer and I love it! 

I have a few more cool printables on my Pinterest board called "2016 Planner".

So, as you enter this new year,  my wish for all of us is that we love well, take time to breathe in the beauty of creation, and don't forget to dream! Oh, and be kind to one another!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

A bit of Joy...

We found out this morning that Jak will continue to work in 2016. I am thrilled! I think Jak is ready to cut back though.  I think he is, at the very least, ready to shorten his work week. It's so difficult to imagine this next phase of our lives...

Here's a peek at my journal so far this week. The Spirit of Christmas Present was on the book page,  so I Zentangled a tree. The Joy banner was a challenge from my fauxbonichi Facebook group. I'm kinda loving my glitter gel pens!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Oh Christmas tree...

I really miss having a live tree. I bought a (very nice) artificial tree when I found that I was going out to cut the tree all by myself and it was becoming a bit of a chore.  But this year,  I am a bit tempted to go out and cut a small tree just for myself. Where could I put it? There is a tree in every room as it is. The deck? Hmmm... 😃

So today I found a rather nice meditation on YouTube from Yoga Moksha. I actually used it while I Zentangled.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Friday, December 11, 2015


I love pockets. I love pockets in my scrapbooks, in my sewing, in my camper, in my backpack AND in this journal! I made my pocket out of an old Christmas card. I have a photo collage of the pocket I made on today's layout in my advent journal, but if you would like a template, email or message me. I made a template but can't seem to attach a pdf from my tablet. Ugh.

As I continue to explore the topic of peace,  I find myself very angry when listening to news, or reading Facebook posts regarding people of the Muslim faith. If you have no Muslim friends then you really should not be making judgment on people you do not know. Did we, as humanity, learn nothing during the Crusades? {{sigh}} The pockets I place in my journal give me a nice little place to vent or write a prayer or draw ... my journey toward Peace.

Peace be with you and enjoy your pockets!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Peace to you...

First keep the peace within yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.   ~Thomas A. Kempis

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day...

I have had this song in my head for weeks...  as I was contemplating Peace.  I went to YouTube and there I found some fantastic videos!  There are (at least) three musical versions of the song. This is just one of the several...  Go and watch it and then come back!

After I heard the history of the song, that the lyrics came from a Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem, I had to find the complete poem!  So, I have included it here, "Christmas Bells", written on Christmas Day 1863,

If you STILL want more, here is an excellent article on Longfellow and the history of this remarkable poem.
I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play, 
    And wild and sweet 
    The words repeat 
Of peace on earth, good-will to men! 

And thought how, as the day had come, 
The belfries of all Christendom 
    Had rolled along 
    The unbroken song 
Of peace on earth, good-will to men! 

Till ringing, singing on its way, 
The world revolved from night to day, 
    A voice, a chime, 
    A chant sublime 
Of peace on earth, good-will to men! 

Then from each black, accursed mouth 
The cannon thundered in the South, 
    And with the sound 
    The carols drowned 
Of peace on earth, good-will to men! 

It was as if an earthquake rent 
The hearth-stones of a continent, 
    And made forlorn 
    The households born 
Of peace on earth, good-will to men! 

And in despair I bowed my head; 
“There is no peace on earth," I said; 
    “For hate is strong, 
    And mocks the song 
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!” 

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep: 
“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep; 
    The Wrong shall fail, 
    The Right prevail, 
With peace on earth, good-will to men.”

Monday, December 7, 2015


This week we are focused on Peace. Such a challenge in this world. I taught on this subject yesterday and we had a great discussion. This is part of my journal from Sunday. Pray the peace prayer of St. Francis of Assisi this week, every day. See? Some days we just don't have time to really do anything fancy! That's okay! 

While I was working on the topic of peace, I kept coming back to this song. I didn't know the history of the poem until I  watched a few YouTube videos.  This is a good one:

Peace to you.

Journaling styles

Since I'm journaling in an old book, there is text already on the page. Sometimes I glue new paper over the top of the page but today I'll show you 2 different styles using the text.  First, in the photo,  is blue writing in the text. It's a style of hidden journaling. Not quite hidden, but very difficult to read. There are times you just need to "vent" and this is a great way to do that.

The second example is to simply use very bold text over the page text. "She passed"

The next line "her prelims" is written in black and then I went back through with a white gel pen covering much of the page text. I like the way this looks!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Blackout Poetry

I am not great at blackout poetry but I do find it rewarding.  If you have never tried it,  you should! My 11 year old granddaughter was excellent at it! Newspapers are perfect for using but an old book works great,  too. Go through the page and circle words. Black out everything else. That's it!

Today my Advent art journal page was already set up with a pocket and a cut out Christmas card as a tag on the pocket. I did it ahead of time. That left a block of text visable above the pocket.  I had already blackened a space and wrote the scripture for today in it (via Mt. Horeb's study in progress) which still left some text. So I did some blackout poetry in that space.  I was surprised at how well it worked.


This is the first day I have seen sunshine since the 25th of November! Hmmm... windows need washed...

Heres a peek at my Advent journal so far.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Starting your journey?

I drove 550 miles today and I'm quite exhausted but I wanted to share my book. Destiny and I worked on our journals together. We put washi tape over the spine. I also made tabs and labelled the first Sunday of Advent. The picture is an old Christmas card.

Have you started your journey? Have you carved out some time for devotions and meditation? 

Sunday, November 29, 2015

First Sunday of Advent!

It's here! Our time of anxiously awaiting. How appropriate that I have been with grandchildren for the past few days. As the holiday decorations come out and the Christmas music plays, they start their lists for Santa and their behavior reflects it!

This afternoon at Mt. Horeb the discussion will turn to Making Space for God. I won't be there in person but in my heart I have been exploring this. Advent, the time of preparation, is very introspective and personal.  You get to make a choice to indulge in the Advent experience!

The first activity to explore this season is TIME. In an effort to make a space for God in your life,  we need to open up some time. Take inventory of what your time is spent on. My pastor made this handy little worksheet to help us. If you would like a copy, let me know and Iwill email it to you.

In my art journal, since I am using an old library withdrawn book,  I have removed about half of the pages to make space for the extra stuff I will be putting into it. I will have a little time to do a page. I will post it when I  can.

O Come, Emmanuel!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Advent Journaling

I used to do an online Advent calendar each year. It was a lot of fun, and a lot of work. I don't think the average Internet user has any use for what I used to do. SO, this year I will be leading an Advent Journaling experience here on this blog. I will try to post daily starting on the first Sunday of Advent, November 29. I will include a mix of journaling prompts, Zentangle step outs, a craft now and then, maybe we will share recipes and memories. The fun thing about using the blog is that we can interact.

If you are interested in joining in, you don't have to sign up or pay anything, just show up here once in a while. You will need a notebook or an old book to use for the journal and something to write with. Everything else is optional.

I'll be using this book. It is a withdrawn Christmas themed book from the library, copyright 1972. If you repurpose a book, I will be doing some  "junk journal" techniques that I will share along the way. I am not an expert. I just do what I do.

Also, I want you to be aware that if you join me on this journey,  I am a Christian, but I may include other source material other than the Bible. You can agree or disagree with my rather eclectic style, but you must always be respectful.  You must be respectful of my views and others who might participate. Thanks, I knew you would!

So, go start looking for a possible journal around your house! An old composition book, even if it's used,  would be cool. So would a Bible, especially if it's a version you don't particularly care for!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Rainy Days...

It has been raining since Tuesday! We were spared the hurricane (Joaquin) thankfully. I can't even imagine the damage of having more reason and WIND on top of the rain we have already.
The only good thing about rainy days is that I can escape to my craft room! I have sewn 3 bags plus 4 zip pouches plus repurposed an old book into an art journal/list book/glue book!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Camp Heartwood

Today was the last day of Camp Heartwood. We had the absolute  best volunteers EVER! This year's children were active and engaging and wonderful  to spend time with! 

Anyway, I loved being with these kids this week!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

New Rug!

I finally finished this little doily rug a few weeks ago for my camper. It is crocheted clotheslines and I wish I could tell you how many clotheslines I used, but I think it was 10-12... probably more. I saw it on Pinterest, I think, years ago and thought I would make a 4 foot doily for the porch. I settled for this 2' door mat. I can't imagine how much rope would go into a bigger rug. And it was getting heavy. And hard for old (old-ish!) fingers to work with. But I am happy that it's finished! 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Repurposed Table

I don't know if I even have a before photo BUT I have had this square corner table with a shelf thing for years. It was in my mother's office  many moons ago. I was going to take it to a thrift store. Today I decided that if I could get the shelf part off, it might be usable. I had to hacksaw a screw, but otherwise it was rather a simple process.

So I thought it would be awesome to take the square table and Mod Podge  some scrapbook papers in a collage on the top... then I remembered a game from long ago. When our youngest was about 10 years old, we bought a Make-Your-Own-opoly game. We designed it after our pets. Why have I saved it all these years?

This is the table after applying lots of game cards and the game board with outdoor formula Mod Podge and a thin layer of resin. Turns out I need another thin layer of resin. I was afraid to pour it thick to start. I haven't had much experience with resin.

It's really  sweet anyway.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Day 6 - return home

After a great sleep at Buck Creek State Park that was all too short, I drove. As I approached Columbus, I realized that I might be able to connect with Beth, my bonus daughter. I hadn't meet my newest granddaughter, Ramsey! Amazingly, Beth was able to load up the girls and meet me for breakfast!

There was a huge storm following me all day and at the end of my drive it went south so I went southeast. At that point, the sun was in the west and there were storm cells everywhere. The rainbows produced  were  incredible! I could see the beginning and the end of the rainbows and usually there were at least 2 separate rainbows, often double. Anyway, for the longest time I had a rainbow coming off of my car hood! At that point I wondered if I had perhaps died (seriously!) and I want aware of it.  And if I was dead, was I eternally camping?

Turns out that I'm still alive. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Day 5 - Ann Arbor

Sunday. Pack up and move on.  To Ann Arbor to visit with family and celebrate Destiny's birthday! Then I returned her to her family and realized  that I didn't know where I was going for the night! So. I started driving.

I ended up at Buck Creek State Park. At 11p. And it rained a bit. And I loved it!

Day 4 - Detroit Zoo

Jill was volunteering at the Detroit Zoo on Saturday. Crazy parking situation there. Excellent weather brought everyone to the zoo! The staff was parking cars in the grass, on the side walks, ... it was nutty but it worked!

Detroit has a very nice zoo. We especially enjoyed the 4d shows and the animation dinosaurs! They have a kangaroo display that you walk through and you are with the kangaroos. Almost like Australia! :-)

Fun day!

Day 2 and 3 - on to Michigan

I slept great and headed out the next morning. I couldn't shower because all the water was cold... well, I couldn't  completely shower. I think I have the opening and closing of Polly PUP down. It will be fine tuned add I go along but it's become fast and easy.

I picked Destiny up around noon. Then what should have been a 3 and a half hour drive became a SIX hour drive. Construction and traffic. Yuck. But we had plenty of time and to be honest, we stopped FOUR times! Once for grocery shopping, once for gas, once for drinks, and you know it, once for bathrooms.

We were joined by my mother at Brighton Recreation Area. Set up camp, Destiny claimed the camper, ate a very late dinner, and then a VERY bold raccoon tried to join us! He stayed in the tree right next to us while we ate and kept sneaking down trying to get a snack. I had to pack everything food related back into my car. I usually do that anyway, we have bears in Virginia.

Brighton, like most Michigan parks has rather close camp sites. But during the week it's fairly empty. And the bathrooms are nice! The lake was lovely. On Saturday, Destiny swam, but it wasn't  really that hot, so I watched. Then we went out to geocache and found it! Yay us!  Saturday night we went on the "owl prowl". Didn't see or hear any owls but hiking at dusk is divine.


Wow. This could be a very long post because I didn't have my phone during most of the 6 day trip. My granddaughter had it! She was usually texting with her friend.

So, I will start with day 1. Some rain, but light, heavy fog in Cumberland/Frostburg  area.

Got to Ohio and Barkcamp State Park was too soon to stop. I went on to Dillon. Route 70 through Ohio is great for camping. From east to west there are state parks every couple of hours or less!

It was early enough that I set up the camper, had dinner and went for a nice walk around the campground before dark. A neighboring camper came to see Polly. She does attract a lot of attention. She's so tiny!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015


I will be taking Polly out for a real trip today...  and what was supposed to be so fun, isn't.  The camper is perfect for ME, and fine for me with one guest. So, I was taking Polly up to pick up Destiny and camp in Michigan. 

But we have an additional guest. So, I have had to pack up all my tent equipment,  too! Argh! It would be better to leave Polly at home and pack up my Infiniti with my tent equipment! I'm worried about the extra weight stress on the old Subaru. I have so much stuff packed that I can't access my camper easily.  It will probably be faster and easier to use a tent tonight since it's just a single night layover on the way to Greenville...

So, here I sit, in dread. How stupid is this? I feel like ditching the sweet camper, AND my tents, and just going to a hotel. Actually,  I could stay at Jill's! But I already paid for the campsite.

Come on, Deb.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Becoming adorable

The bed is becoming adorable! My little camp quilt is only twin size so I turned it sideways and put it over a white down comforter. Mom found the comforter at a yard sale or something and it is heavenly to sleep under.

I still need to work on the bench seating which is too narrow to be comfortable. I am going to put a board in and make the bench double wide, then add throw pillows. But it should probably all be slipcovered.

Sunday, May 24, 2015


I adapted my custom made canopy to attach to the camper awning but I doubt that I will use it very often. When I camp alone, I don't need it. When someone is with me, it's usually 2 someone's and then we need a tent! But I DO think I need a sunshade  to attach to the awning. I found a white "dollar store" table cloth that might be perfect.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Pollyanna Doodle

Seriously? Is this what her name is to be? I don't know yet. But today I adapted the dining canopy I had made several years ago to attach  to her awning.
The campers awning zipper had to be reversed first. I did that earlier in the week. I knew from reading posts that the zippers were often backwards. It wasn't a big deal to rip it out and sew it back in correctly.
Today I put velcro  on 2 sides of the awning and on one side of my canopy.   The canopy can be attached to either side that way.
After messing around with it, the sun was setting and I found a bonus to the velcro! I could add a sunshade to the awning! So... I looked through my fabric - nothing. I needed a lace tablecloth...  or... curtains! I found the valances from when we bought the house.  I pinned  them up as a trial. Yep, I'm going to put velcro on them! 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Rain test and SHE HAS A NAME!

It is steadily raining and has been for a couple of hours (or more? I was sleeping) I checked on Polly... OMG! She has a name... I didn't name her exactly... I asked for suggestions and that was Michael's idea but I didn't dwell on any. I guess Polly Pocket it is. What I hear is "Polly wolly doodle all the day"!!! Even though a Zentangle is NOT a doodle!

Whoa, where was I? Oh yes, the rain. Inside the camper is very damp, but not wet. Sealing seams was a good idea, and since I didn't finish, I really know it was good. I ran a paper towel  along seams and those without ARE going to leak as they are damp now. If it rains hard they will give out.

The dampness is coming from the bed area. The canvas back there is only canvas. And since there is no hard top to divert the water, it just drips  down the canvas. I don't think it's a real problem, I mean, that's how a canvas tent responded to rain. But in this day of breathable nylon and rainflies, when I tent camp in the rain, I am DRY, and the only dampness comes in with me.

So, the question is "Can I/Should I try to waterproof the bunk end canvas?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Glamping at home

I will be working on making the camper adorable, but I also have sewing to do for everyone else this weekend. Not to mention wiring the rest of next weekends women's  retreat! Whew! Good thing our  family camp out was canceled, even though we are all sad. I will be camping with some of them in early June. I haven't seen my children or grandchildren since Thanksgiving!

So, it is supposed to rain tomorrow, big test for the camper tent. I sealed some of the seams but not all and I noticed some small holes in the canvas. Oh boy. 

Glampsite table... usually I prefer to use plates like melmac or whatever, not paper. I have this tablecloth that is washable and sheds spills. I use acrylic glasses. I like every meal to feel special.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

More About the Adventure

I was feeling as if I no longer desired adventure, but as I drove down to Fayetteville, the spirit reignited. I can't explain it well, but I'll share some of those little sparks.

I left late in the day after working at the lavender shop. I love working there and it was a lovely (albeit hot and  humid) day. I discovered a great back road route to Raleigh after camping and we have been using it ever since. So, I was driving a 2 lane road, with the windows down. I could smell honeysuckle waft through the open windows every once in a while. I love the smell and it felt like a gift. Little things. I passed through small towns, over rolling hills, rivers (Appomattox and James), ...

I spent the night with Jaks mother, arriving too late for anything but bed. The next morning I attended the "church" service at her senior living complex. It was great. The woman was a lay person sharing her gift. She was well studied and a good  storyteller.

Then I drove to Fayetteville. I have never driven this route (again, mainly on secondary roads) which passed through several more small towns, including Apex. What an interesting looking town! I even saw those little book lending boxes. So cute, shaped like a house with a glass window through which I  could see the books. The street was lined with interesting looking shops that I might have to go back to look at.

Passing by Fort Bragg made me think of a past love who was stationed there. I remembered his boot camp stories. His weekend trips up to see me. And I thought "If I'd had GPS in those days, I'd have made weekend trips down here". And I wonder why I didn't do that anyway?

All for now. Stay Zenful!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Quicksilver 5.0 - My new baby!

I went on an adventure this past weekend and brought home a new baby! She might need a name...

So, I already have a last started of little things to make her better. She's so tiny! Her bench seats are too small to be usable, so I am going to make extensions and throw pillows. The big table is too big, so it will go along to be used outside but a small table will suffice inside. And her aluminum floor needs a flooring overtop. I think that Home Depot carries an Armstrong  product that will be perfect.

And she was so easy to tow! 520 pounds!  Even with our OLD (96?) Subaru!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

May the 4th Be With You!

It's been a crazy week - a fun week, but busy. I always help out a friend for Mother's Day week at her flower shop, so in addition to Cows-n-Corn mornings, and Somerville Post Office/general store on Thursday, I worked  afternoons and Saturday at the flower shop. And today, after church, I worked at the lavender shop. I don't make much, but I do love the variety! Here's  some highlights from the flower shop!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Today's tangle

One of the many benefits of Zentangle is the practice of  mindfulness. I often use it to reconnect or ground myself. Today, after working this morning and then doing a couple of errands, I came home and had a hard time getting engaged in my home activities. I picked up this tile which was only partially tangled (from CZT18) and completed it.  Now I feel ready to roll!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Moved my Zen!

Actually, I only moved my Zentangle blog to a new site! I will keep my life, camp, etc here.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Happy Earth Day and I AM A CZT!

I am a CZT now! I feel such elation and also a sense of responsibility to the ceremony we know as Zentangle.

This week's Diva Challenge was an Earth Day (or Amanda Day, see her post) representation. We don't usually do representations in Zentangle but we do make exceptions as needed, because we can! I did this in bed last  night with 4 dogs bumping me, so there are lots of extra wiggles. But here it is anyway.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Flux #211

I'm catching up on Diva Challenges and made an Easter greeting card at the same time. This week the tangle challenge was to use Rick and Maria's "flux". My Flux is a combination of both styles. What can I say? That's what Zentangle is and that's what Flux does!

Spiral Challenge #210

BTL Joos just grows and grows and is hard to contain. I had to cut some thorny weeds last week when this challenge was issued, it grew around twisting in to everything in its path. When I finally sat down to tangle a spiral, that is all I could think of! So, here it is!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


I know I got this Zendala template from Bright Owl but I don't know which dare it was, but I will keep  looking.  I think this is only my 2nd Zendala though! And despite  a cat helping me and a micron pen blow out, I am satisfied. Now on to the test of my day! Have a great day!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Go green #209

The Diva challenge this week was to use green... I had been doing a couple of "shamrock" tiles the past couple of days to send out for St. Patrick's  Day, which is also my sisters birthday, but I  had not used color. I decided for the challenge to remain true to Zentangle in form, so even though I am clover shaped, there is no up or down or right or wrong...

On the camping realm, it isn't warm enough yet, but I am considering pulling out the old thrift store found tent and making repairs to it. I really want to experiment with paint or stain or stenciling on the tent. It is a big tent and it has a hole or two, so it will either be fun, or a huge frustration! But the weather over the next few days is supposed  to  be  pleasant - yay!

Have a wonderful day! Go green!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Diva Challenge #208

Using cubine and poke root. And a little poke leaf. This was a fun and  fast one. Thanks Diva! I used a micron  05 for almost all of this tile.

I'm really getting psyched for CZT#18 now. The practice over the past couple of months has boosted my confidence. I have learned a lot about my self, my surroundings, my limits, ... a lot of surprising insights through the process of this thing called Zentangle. It definitely deserves to have copyright status for the process. I can't wait to start sharing this with others.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Unbatz Challenge

The Diva Challenge #207, Unbatz by Sandy Hunter! This was a fun one.  I wasn't thrilled with my overall Zentangle but it was fun to play with a new tangle!  Thanks, Sandy!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Diva Challenge #206

Collaboration with my father... I have been putting this off  because I wanted perfection. But as soon as I let it go and just did this project, I am ready to do another!

My father is a hobbies photographer. His work is outstanding and HE is a perfectionist! So, I understand why I wanted to do my best. I had double prints made of a couple of his florals, two, just in case.  ;-)

Ultimately, this is what I did. Without good lighting. In one evening. In bed. When I let the perfectionist go, I let her go!

So here it is and I am ready to do it again!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sunday snow day

Yesterday's snow is melting, but church was called off. Probably a  good call, even though it isn't that bad now. Anyway, it gave me a chance to do a Zentangle this morning.

I am heading up to my work room now to work with some newly acquired burlap!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Blue Moves Glamp site

Blue Moves, yes, I love Sir Elton.

This is how I actually  set up my Glamp site, more or less. Soft and summery. The bunting is usually outside. I actually have a matching  canopy that I made of fabric and lace and reclaimed aluminum poles.

Year of the Sheep!

This is the Diva Zentangle challenge for this week, the Chinese New Year symbol which is "goat" or "sheep". I tried out 2 new-to-me tangles, curl by Lu-Marie Laker and Cruffle by Sandy Hunter.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A couple glamping tips

I added a small rug to the Victorian  set. Rugs serve several purposes. The first being visual interest. The most important reasons though would be to a) protect your tent floor and b) give insulation when camping the fringes of the season.

The tent floor is sometimes similar to a tarp type of fabric. (My Coleman tents havethat) This Alps Mountaineering tent is nylon, treated nylon, durable but thin.  Always try to put a ground cloth down before pitching your tent. Fold the edges in so that none of your ground cloth extends beyond your tent. Nothing screams "idiot" to me louder than seeing a tarp sticking  out a foot beyond the tent.  Of course it is going to rain. You are camping. It's  like some rule of nature that if you are out, it's going  to rain. The  extended tarp collects that rain and deposits it right under your tent. Even if the tent doesn't let the water in, you will have a mess to clean up. Just fold the tarp a little  and avoid the mess.

Even with a ground cloth you need to protect  your tent floor from the  inside. For protection against puppy toes, children and clutzes, I use those weight room floor mat pieces that go together like a puzzle. They are super insulating, too. I camp in November  and can comfortably sit on the floor. For summer, I have a rug that is woven from some plastic/nylon stuff. It doesn't take as much room to pack so I use it. I also have some nice rag rugs that work great by themselves  or over the mats.

Moral of the story:  Adding layers to your floor is more comfortable and will help your tent too!

I also added some personal photos. It's nice to have personal touches of loved ones with you. I like to camp alone. Photos give me a focus for meditation and contemplation.

Snow day!

We were supposed to get 6-8" or more of snow last night. Not. But it's pretty out and we won't be going anywhere today! I think there's 4ish inches of snow and it's not an outside play snow. Too dry. Oh well.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Glamping - Victorian

I might do another version of this romantic Victorian theme tent tomorrow because I love it so much. I covered the white down comforter with an off white. I made tapestry pillows and a small table cloth years ago that went nicely into this space.

Instead of a bunting, I used the magnets to hang a piece of vintage  lace. I also hung a wreath of lavender using the same method but with a little bit stronger magnet. Magnets work great when decorating your tent. Just be very careful to use lightweight decor!

The leather ottoman is an Amazon  purchase but I saw them at Home  Depot recently. It folds flat for travel and is strong enough to sit on when assembled. It's really convenient to have the storage in the tent.

To add to the mood I brought in my tea pot/cup, battery powered candle, a wool sweater...