June 27, 2011

Camp Bags

One of the things that our Camp always does is have the girls make a camp bag.  
We give the girls some fabric and then they do the rest!  It's really fun to see what they come up with!
For the Leaders, this is what we did: (A Huge thanks to my friend Katrina who made them!!
The bags measure 15" wide and 12" High.  Perfect for camp books and some water and whatever else you will need throughout the day.  You can put some rope or ribbon on as the sash...make it as long as you want, whether you want it over the shoulder or over the shoulder/diagonal ways.
Sew them wrong sides together for the sides and bottom.
Hem the top and sew on the strap.  Very quick and easy!

We made these cute flowers for EVERYTHING!  We had a craft with them for the girls, 
we put them on some shirts, the bags, etc.  We also had to bling them out as much as possible!  

Our girls ask for these bags every year!  They love having something to carry all their stuff in, they love decorating them and well....they just make sense!  

June 23, 2011

Trading Post

I have been so excited to do this post!  It has been MONTHS in the making:)
I was the Camp Director for a Girls camp this year...that means I was in charge:)  Love that!!
One of the first ideas I had was a Trading Post.  
The girls (ages 12-18) had several months to round up some Humanitarian Supplies.
We needed toiletries, pillows, sheets, baby supplies, etc.  
They came to the trading post and traded the stuff they gathered and we gave them Trading Bucks.
With the Trading Bucks, they got to get whatever their little hearts wanted.  
Here are some pics of the Trading Post!
 I"m totally obsessed with Bunting right now:)
Every item had a price.  I never mentioned the theme of the camp was:
It's A Jungle Out There!"
We had tons of animal print items: pillowcases, flip flops, fans, etc.
Tons of candy also...let me tell you this though:
Girls don't really love Blow Pops, Granola Bars or Rice Krispie Treats.
They love: animal print bracelets, rings, pens, pillowcases, air heads, skittles, etc...
 The picture on the left was our Logo for the camp.

 A friend of mine crocheted all the different Jungle Animals...these were the first thing to go!!

The biggest reward for doing all this was how much stuff the girls donated.
I was so overwhelmed and totally speechless.  The donations went to a Women's Shelter in our area.
We bagged everything in Zip loc bags, then we decorated brown bags to put the ziploc baggie in,
Some girls wrote beautiful notes to these women giving them courage and letting them know
that they are a daughter of God and that they are important and loved.
We had over 120 bags complete.  There was so much stuff we ran out of bags!
We had 8 pillows, 10 sets of sheets, tons of towels, more toothbrushes/toothpaste then I could use in a lifetime, baby clothes, baby food, etc.

When we dropped off the donation, the place was speechless.  We had 2 SUV's STUFFED with items.
I was so proud of these girls and how they came through for this Woman's Shelter.  This was the hightlight
of camp for me.  I was truly touched.  

When I get some pictures of the girls putting the bags together and all the items from my friend, I will post them for you to see.

June 20, 2011

Roasted Rosemary Potatoes

WOW!!  It has almost been a month since I last updated.  
Good news though...Girl's Camp is OVER!  
That means I actually have time to do what I love!  
I will be honest...I haven't even been able to bake or craft anything since the last post!  
BUT, I do have lots of ideas for you all who have girls camp coming up:)  

I had to post these potatoes.  By far, BEST EVER.  
They have the perfect amount of flavoring and crispness.  
We eat these on a regular basis:)
So...a big thanks to Paula Dean for the recipe!!

Roasted Rosemary Potatoes

3 lbs. small red or white potatoes
1/4 c. olive oil
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
2 TBS minced garlic, 6 cloves
1 TBS dried rosemary leaves, crushed

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Cut the potatoes in half or quarters and place in a bowl with the olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic and rosemary; toss until the potatoes are well coated.  Dump the potatoes on a baking sheet and spread out into one layer; roast in the oven for at least 1 hour, or until browned and crisp.  Flip twice with a spatula during cooking to ensure even browning.  Remove the potatoes from the oven, season to taste and serve.