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Letter From the Editor: August 2013

Aug 1, 2013

by Alison Feldmann

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Some of my fondest childhood memories are of gathering around the campfire and sleeping under the stars in my tiny orange pup tent. Snuggling down in my sleeping bag, melted marshmallow bits stuck in my hair, I knew life didn’t get much better. Fireflies, hot dogs, friendship bracelets: what’s not to love?

These days, my camp experiences are few and far between, but the memories are still strong. This month, the Etsy Blog is dedicated to all things camp. We’ll reflect on camp nostalgia (and the Girl Scouts!), explore traditional camp crafts and summer camps for adults, share our favorite bonfire-inspired Etsy finds, and learn how to make thoroughly modern s’mores. It promises to be good clean fun — though a flask of something boozy is always welcome!

We’ll be sharing our finds on Pinterest and Tumblr, in addition to the Etsy Blog. Follow along with the hashtag #CampEtsy. And to all you glampers out there: I want to hang out with you!

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  • jessgreenleaf

    Jess Greenleaf from GREENLEAFblueberry said 5 years ago Featured

    I tried to be a girl scout- a bird pooped on my head while I was standing at a woman's doorstep trying to sell her Thin Mints. That about summed up the experience for me- it just wasn't meant to be. I did and still do LOVE camping however. Can't wait to see the posts for this month!

  • WoodlandCottage

    WoodlandCottage from WoodlandCottage said 5 years ago Featured

    MORE SMORES! MORE SMORES! Thanks--this looks so fun!

  • LennyMud

    Lenny Mud from LennyMud said 5 years ago Featured

    I am going to be a happy camper this month!

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  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 5 years ago

    This is awesome! Can't wait!

  • jamieshelman
  • H88255

    H88255 from HillarysSuperfoods said 5 years ago

    I can't believe it's already August! Lovely post.

  • lovelygifts

    Linda from lovelygifts said 5 years ago

    Awesome! Love the portable bar.

  • jizbasusan

    Susan Jizba from TheWeaverOfWords said 5 years ago

    I LOVE hiking and all things woodsy! I'm really looking forward to all your wonderful upcoming posts!

  • admspeicher

    Adam Speicher from SpeicherBowTieCo said 5 years ago

    Camping is the best!

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty said 5 years ago

    Love it!

  • FluffyFlowers

    FluffyFlowers from FluffyFlowers said 5 years ago

    totally groovy :)

  • johntasto

    John Tasto from JohnsCustomPens said 5 years ago

    Some of my fondest memories are camping with family and I'm excited to share that with my nephews as we go camping this weekend.

  • leskahamaty

    Leska Hamaty from DigitalWork said 5 years ago

    summer childhood memories are the best!

  • agebo

    Ann Cosgrove from acbcDesign said 5 years ago

    Fun stuff!

  • jessgreenleaf

    Jess Greenleaf from GREENLEAFblueberry said 5 years ago Featured

    I tried to be a girl scout- a bird pooped on my head while I was standing at a woman's doorstep trying to sell her Thin Mints. That about summed up the experience for me- it just wasn't meant to be. I did and still do LOVE camping however. Can't wait to see the posts for this month!

  • LanaManisDesigns

    Lana Manis from LanaManisDesigns said 5 years ago

    I haven't been camping in years! This article brought back such wonderful memories! My mom told me she and my dad first took me camping when I was only 6 weeks old! They spread mosquito netting over my bassinet. Later when I was a kid, we camped a lot... and we didn't have tents or paved park roads. We threw a box of pots and pans and food in the back of the old pick-up truck along with a few quilts and pillows. My dad and mom drove back country roads, spinning out of ruts, and trying to miss pots holes so us kids didn't fall out of the truck bed. We made a campfire by the river, fished, swam, ate, and slept under the stars in the back of the pick-up. Waking up the next morning with a bit of dew on us was expected. :)

  • PattiTrostle

    Patti Trostle from PattiTrostle said 5 years ago

    Wonderful! I love camping. I haven't been in a long time. I really miss it!

  • JoDeneMoneuseJewelry

    JoDene Moneuse from JoDeneMoneuseJewelry said 5 years ago

    Loving your choices.......thanks for sharing them!

  • lowelowejewelry

    Lowe Jewelry from lowelowejewelry said 5 years ago

    Love it :)

  • EdelweissPost

    Patrick from EdelweissPost said 5 years ago

    I'm going camping next week with my two brothers in the mountains of Idaho~ One of the most remote forests in the continental US! Can't wait ~ If anyone wants a postcard from Boise, let me know!

  • ebkriley

    EBK Riley from DeeAndFee said 5 years ago

    I'm not a camper, but if this month's feature is as lovely as last month's on all things seagoing & nautical, you might convert me. Great start!

  • ikabags

    IKA PARIS from ikabags said 5 years ago

    Love it :)

  • buffalonerdproject

    Lisa from buffalonerdproject said 5 years ago

    Fun theme! I myself am heading out on Saturday to spend some time camping in Colorado and South Dakota. :) Mucho excited!

  • jizbasusan

    Susan Jizba from TheWeaverOfWords said 5 years ago

    I love the woods, being outdoors and hiking! I'm really looking forward to all your upcoming camping posts! : )

  • MissingTagVintage

    Caroline from MissingTagVintage said 5 years ago

    I love the simplicity and quality of old camping gear. Looking forward to seeing the finds!

  • CabochonCorner

    Emily H from CabochonCorner said 5 years ago

    Yay! Gonna be some good articles ;)

  • NirvanaRoad

    Lisa from NirvanaRoad said 5 years ago

    I was a Brownie but ever made it into the Girl Scouts.... still camping and loving it.

  • debrayoung3

    Debra Young from EarthHearts said 5 years ago

    What fun! My favorite part of camping is singing around the campfire. Remember the song, Kumbaya? If a someone has photography featuring a campfire, I would like to post it to my blog: www.debsdailyref.blogspot.com. Just let me know. In the meantime, I'll keep checking this thread. Happy August 1st!

  • donnieleandro

    Donnie from DonniesDiscounts said 5 years ago

    quirky

  • WoodlandCottage

    WoodlandCottage from WoodlandCottage said 5 years ago Featured

    MORE SMORES! MORE SMORES! Thanks--this looks so fun!

  • SewnNatural

    SewnNatural from SewnNatural said 5 years ago

    oh, glamping :) dreaming of an Airstream! in the meantime, canvas and camp stoves it is. fabulous idea for a theme - look forward to seeing your finds.

  • TheJoyofColor

    Yael Berger from TheJoyofColor said 5 years ago

    Oh this is fun Alison it brought memories from my girls scout day

  • patspottery

    Pat Parker from PatsPottery said 5 years ago

    Use'd to camp with my kids, but not for years and years. It was a lot of fun, and hard work, but it brings the family together to share in the work and the fun, the fishing and the campfires, the tents and the washing of the dishes in the stream:>)

  • vintagejane

    Stacey McCaffrey from vintagejane said 5 years ago

    Ah....memories. Great article!

  • BlackStar

    Katie McClanahan from WearYourWild said 5 years ago

    Our camping gear is always packed and ready to go. (see, it's right there.....in the hallway). August is a little hot and buggy, but that won't stop us. Looking forward to this months posts.

  • BarnshopAntiques

    Carol Bender from BarnshopAntiques said 5 years ago

    Great memories, wonderful post.

  • xZOUix

    Zoui from XZOUIX said 5 years ago

    ♥♥♥ i luvv camping! and even more when the good music is involved ::::-) thank u for sharing your inspirations w. us! :)

  • mclaughlinnautical

    Marsi McLaughlin from McLaughlinNautical said 5 years ago

    Oh goodie! First a month of nautical features, and now a month of camping features? I'll say it once again: I love you Etsy. And also, my travel/adventure jones is out of control in large part to your posts!

  • PennyBirchWilliams

    Penny Birch-Williams from PennyBirchWilliams said 5 years ago

    Look forward to seeing what you have in store for the month. My parents weren't campers so I had no experience of it until I took a cross-country trip with my older sister when I was 17. We drove her teeny tiny Honda from Florida to Niagara Falls, then west to Denver, and then to Seattle, camping in a pup tent most of the way (when we didn't have relatives to stay with.) It was quite an experience...almost blew away in a storm in Nebraska one night...fending off lots of bugs and critters...and a bunch of adventures and misadventures. Very glad to have those memories, especially since my sister is now in a nursing home with early onset advanced dementia, so I hold those memories for us both. I'm still not much of a tent camper but enjoyed RV camping when my kids were young!

  • amysfunkyfibers

    Amy Gunderson from amysfunkyfibers said 5 years ago

    Wonderful theme!

  • TheAngryWeather

    Iveth Morales from TheAngryWeather said 5 years ago

    Fuuuun!

  • bookmarksNbangles

    Emily from bookmarksNbangles said 5 years ago

    Love this theme! It captures some of the best parts of summer!

  • bookmarksNbangles

    Emily from bookmarksNbangles said 5 years ago

    Love this theme! It includes some of the best parts and memories of summer and summers past.

  • cutefindsf4u

    Lena from Cutefinds4U said 5 years ago

    Love camping! In NC we have great places for that! :-)

  • richdon1

    Rich and Dona from TheCottageMouse said 5 years ago

    Not the camping type but love your theme. Thanks

  • farandtwee

    Vintage Minnow from VintageMinnow said 5 years ago

    Need me some smores!

  • SaltandSpirit

    Amanda McCall from SaltandSpirit said 5 years ago

    Very excited for this theme! :-D

  • cosmiksouls

    joan kelly from cosmiksouls said 5 years ago

    AWESOME !!!:)

  • 2chicdesigns

    Cynthia from 2chicdesigns said 5 years ago

    How cute EAO!

  • LennyMud

    Lenny Mud from LennyMud said 5 years ago Featured

    I am going to be a happy camper this month!

  • GracefullyGirly

    Kimberlee from GracefullyGirly said 5 years ago

    YEA! I LOVE camping. I was a backpacker for years (I was actually paid to lead groups into the wilderness for about 5 years in college) The older I get the more glamper I become! Give me a nice cushy bed! My hubby and I just bought a rustic cabin in the woods this summer. It's more like glamping since we have a real roof over our head and a fridge, but there's no electricity nor phone. My daughter had a massive glob of melted marshmallow in her hair just last weekend! I've been finding some really wonderful things from Etsy to add to our cabin's ambiance. I am SO looking forward to following along!!!

  • CathyJoAt76513

    Cathy Dennison from GetColorCrazy said 5 years ago

    Great memories to remember and to come!

  • Berlinroses

    Carla Elizabeth Rose Rose from ArtistCarlaRose said 5 years ago

    My Girl Guide and Brownie days are very dear to me , something about learning embroidery and singing around the campfire away from home always felt so independent and like this was what it meant to be grown up . Now I am grown up (33) I live in the Australian bush/rain forest love to take my little girl on lyrebird hunts :)

  • dancingintherains

    Gwen from dancingintherains said 5 years ago

    Love camping during school days. This remind me of those days that boys like to tell ghost story while camping :D

  • dancingintherains

    Gwen from dancingintherains said 5 years ago

    Love camping during school days. This remind me that boys like to tell ghost story at night :D

  • glitterandstones

    glitterandstones from glitterandstones said 5 years ago

    Beautiful

  • Iammie

    iammie from iammie said 5 years ago

    :)

  • TreadleLady

    Donna Kohler from TreadleLady said 5 years ago

    Alison, what a great subject! We were just sitting around on the front patio with neighbors the other evening talking about making smores. Speaking of Girl Scouts, I was one in the the late 50s, as the sash for badges was coming in but my uniform had badges up the sleeve. I love seeing my old uniform now and then and remembering the great camping weekends at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. We used to make a stew in a coffee can, what fun.

  • yippeevintage

    yippeevintage from yippeevintage said 5 years ago

    Fun theme... that felt bonfire playset is great! I love camping... was a Brownie and a Girl Scout... lots of good memories. Camping on the Oregon Coast is my favorite. I love to be snuggled up in a warm sleeping bag in the chilly air! I'm looking forward to more Camp Etsy posts :D

  • sabahnur

    Sabahnur from sabahnur said 5 years ago

    never ever had a chance for camping :/ all these about camping sounds fun and great..

  • beachbabyblues

    Susan Wagner from beachbabyblues said 5 years ago

    Oh YAY !! Camping !! I have been camping with my family , on the California Coast,since before I could walk ! This brings back memories of our first camp trailer. My dad and grandpa made a camping trailer using the axle from a pickup truck , then welded iron bars to hold up plywood sides that they painted green and tied a green Army canvas on top for a roof. We used a bent coat hanger to hold paper towels and of course,to cook hot dogs, they hooked up a little propane tank for our camping stove, inside the trailer. There were even built in bunk-beds, for my brother and I ! My mom would cut holes through paper grocery bags to slip over our heads and arms, so we could finger paint, at the picnic table ! I used ride my bike all over those campgrounds.We would go clamming and grandma would make fresh clam chowder , on the beach ! We of course , upgraded to an Airstream . But, those were the BEST days of my life !! I can hear the Seagulls, taste the salty air and feel the sand in my toes, just thinking about it ! I am so EXCITED about this months Blog !! Yay for Camping ! Yay !

  • handloomin

    Manju G from JaipurHandloom said 5 years ago

    Awesome. I love this small portable bar!!

  • emberair

    emberair from EmberandAir said 5 years ago

    Sounds fun! Great theme!

  • coverupboutique1

    CoverUp Boutique from CoverUpBoutique said 5 years ago

    We love to camp and this is wonderful!! I am so in love with the portable bar ♥ What a unique idea!! This is why I love Etsy so much :)

  • handmadebycecilia

    Cecilia Escobar from HandmadebyCecilia said 5 years ago

    I love going camping with my husband, girls and dog. It's so much fun and Michigan is a great state to go outdoorsy. However, my childhood memories of camping are all in el Cerro El Avila in Caracas, Venezuela ... it brings tears to my eyes just remembering how beautiful and lucky I was enjoying that gift from nature, te amo cerro Avila! I will be waiting for all the posts, thanks.

  • woodsedgestudios60

    David D from woodsedgestudios60 said 5 years ago

    Camping and fishing are good for the soul! I am looking forward to reading and watching the posts. I'm a happy camper! Dave

  • birchcreekdesigns

    Janina from birchcreekdesigns said 5 years ago

    camping is best with dogs :)

  • WhisperingOak

    Quality Handmade Items from WhisperingOak said 5 years ago

    This is such a great idea.

  • SquidWhaleDesigns

    Elizabeth McTear from HonestAlchemyCo said 5 years ago

    I love this! I'm a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts and spent nearly every summer outside camping. My first jobs were at camp too: Kitchen aid, counselor, art director, up through my college years. I'm basically Beth from Wet Hot American Summer. If program staff at camp paid more, I'd be working there for life. I cannot wait to see all everything unveiled this month! And I totally want to go glamping, or camping, or both. I build a mean campfire and totally good at cooking over a fire. I also know plenty of camp crafts!

  • MissingTagVintage

    Caroline from MissingTagVintage said 5 years ago

    We plan to go camping soon this year. Coming from Florida the only camping we did was at a state park by the beach. Time for some real camping in the woods among bears and northern wildlife. Looking forward to seeing more camp gear!

  • BambuEarth

    Amber from BambuEarth said 5 years ago

    ♥♥♥ this. And LOVE camping... especially in Yosemite!

  • mriefler

    Molly Riefler from MulberryStreetPaper said 5 years ago

    oh. my. goodness. i HAVE to get that bonfire playset for my daughter! She loves playing camp at night!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 5 years ago

    Camping is such fun! Looking forward to it!

  • ReleafPaper

    Heather from ReleafPaper said 5 years ago

    OMG my favorite theme of all time!

  • Pixie2428

    Doris C. from SewBeautifulbyDC said 5 years ago

    Great photos, I love the bonfire play set !

  • andreamwl

    Andrea Lawson from MaeWarrenDesigns said 5 years ago

    I always LOVED summer camp! Bound to be an excellent theme for the month. Excited to see what finds you discover for us!! :)

  • MerCurios

    MerCurios from MerCurios said 5 years ago

    CampEtsy - can't wait!

  • TheresasGourmet

    Theresa Ryales from TheresasGourmet said 5 years ago

    Love this.

  • alcdipree

    Amanda Cruse Dupree from JMPaper said 5 years ago

    Thank you so much for featuring my Glamping print :) The print also comes with a second print for FREE upon purchase :)

  • NinaRaizel

    Nina from NinaRaizel said 5 years ago

    So much fun! This month is going to be full of adventure. Can't wait!

  • crochetgal

    crochetgal from crochetgal said 5 years ago

    The best days are the ones spent completely away from all technology. That's when you truly realize the real adventure that is life.

  • UniqueCatVintage

    Shiloh from MixyMitzy said 5 years ago

    Grew up camping. I was a girl scout for 10 years and my family camped all the time. I miss it, I wish I had a tent and supplies.

  • korenkwan

    Koren Kwan from GarasuWonderland said 4 years ago

    enjoy reading this article!

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