I had hoped to have my camping bracelet done before our first trip of the season, but the final bead was a bit tardy and only arrived yesterday – the day we returned from our first trip!
I started planning this bracelet almost a year ago. Before I started I didn’t have much of a plan beyond some of the centre beads, so it’s been interesting seeing how it developed. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. You can see the idea behind several of the beads in my posts from when it was still a simple bangle and when it was about half full, so I won’t explain those again. But that still leaves quite a few beads that have been added in the last six months!
We’re lucky to have several provincial parks within a reasonable distance from us; we usually have a canopy of trees around and above us when we camp. Aside from the green glass that I had already added, I knew that I wanted to represent the dense foliage of the parks with a silver bead, and the Nordic Tree was perfect. It was actually one of the first beads I identified for this bracelet, but the last to arrive, a victim to “too many wanted beads, not enough bead funds.” It’s a bit bigger than I had anticipated, so it caused a last minute reshuffle of some of the beads last night, but it evokes the feeling that I wanted.
My parents also love to camp, so we sometimes meet up with them on trips. The girls love seeing their nana and grandpa, and having them on a nearby site means we get a few moments of peace every once in a while. The Mushrooms Family is a bit of nod to a running joke we have with my mother. We’ll be on a walk with her and she’ll stop to take a picture of a mushroom. And we’ll wait. And wait. And wait. And then we’ll repeat it again a few minutes later when she finds another interesting one. Our kids now search out mushrooms to show to their nana, so I knew I had to represent them on my bracelet as well.
I was also able to find a second navy galaxy in the last few months and reinstated my artisan night sky in the centre of the bracelet. Around the same time, I caved and bought a footprint bead and it – along with the murky blue – represents the beach. That gave me the idea of moving the fire bead further to the side to balance the water with fire. And I snuck the Cozy on to represent the campfire s’mores. ;)
It’s really too bad I can’t wear my camping bracelet while we’re camping. It would be taking our glamping to a new level!