Monday, April 11, 2011

Camping, Crafting, and Taking Cover

Calm after the storm
Last week we were at Defeated Creek on Cordell Hull Lake, our first camping trip in the new Sabre. That's one of the reasons my blog post was late. Monday was an interesting weather day, to say the least. We were camped on a point overlooking the lake and the wind was coming right up the bank at our trailer. When the high wind and tornado warnings came, it didn't take us long to decide to head to a safer shelter. Not a minute too soon, either.  

There we were, in the sturdy block shower house, with three other campers and a dog named Willow. Strong wind, sideways rain, and a little hail pelted down hard for about twenty minutes. After the front passed, we headed back to our sites. Everyone's trailers were fine, with a few limbs and a small tree down in the campground. I didn't think of it at the time, but I'm just happy their little dog's name wasn't Toto!
I plan to take lots of digital photos when we camp, particularly of things that inspire creativity. Nature provides fantastic examples for combining color and texture.  Leaves, water (and the whitecaps on it during the wind!), wildflowers, rocks, driftwood, and clouds inspire wonderful design ideas.

Taking a break from crafting to walk around the lake, read, and hang out with my best friend was fun and rejuvenating. I packed several small projects and a sketchbook, but I never even got them out. This time was for relaxing and enjoying nature.

Useful Notion: When you're outdoors, take notice of your surroundings...really look at textures and colors of nature's portfolio. You'll find an infinite source of inspiration for your creative projects. 

If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.  ~~ Eleonora Duse