I know it’s seriously sunny at the moment, but I couldn’t wait to share these fabulous insta-wellies with you! Feetz launched at the end of last year, and they’re bound to be a mega hit. Basically you stick them in your pocket and when it rains, or you’re dealing with mud, you just slide these over whatever shoes you’re wearing and you’re away! How cool is that?!
Great for a weekend camping trip or a festival, they’ve been tested in water, mud and even snow. When the weather clears, just give them a wash and stick them back in your pocket. Hopefully they’ll bring out a kids’ range too. They’re only £9.99 and you can order them in black, yellow, blue or white from here.
Father’s Day is creeping ever closer! As promised, here are some more fab pressie ideas:
THE MIGHTY BOOMBALL SPEAKER
Small and round = big sound! The Mighty BoomBall Speaker, £15, can turn almost anything into a powerful music system by using its audio-vibration-conduction-system. In other words, the BoomBall effectively uses any empty space as an amplifier, so the larger the space, the bigger the sound. It’s only tiny so can be hung on a keyring or simply put in your pocket. Then, whenever you need to pump up the jams, you can just stick it to any nearby object and transform it into a speaker. Fantastic for cranking some tunes while putting up your tent.
WETTERLINGS SCOUT HATCHET
The recently reissued Wetterlings Scout Hatchet with its green head and lacquered red handle are something of an outdoor icon. Handmade in Sweden, the company has been around since 1880 and employs only nine craftsmen. Hugely popular between 1930 and 1950, this general use, small forest axe is all your camping man will need to keep the campfire stoked this Summer. The Scout Hatchet comes with a 10-page booklet of axe knowledge and an embroidered patch. You can order one from The Quiet Farm for €83.
BBQ BRANDING IRON
What dad out there could resist that weirdly satisfying “phsstt” as he brands his own steak? You’ll bring out his inner cowboy with this BBQ Branding Iron for sure. It’s only £14.99, has 52 letters and eight blank spaces and you can order it from Firebox.
You can check out my other Father’s Day ideas here and here.
I was in need of a bit of inspiration this morning and this refurbished Canadian school bus had me at hello.
In ten days this trusty 1979 GMC / Bluebird 36-seater school bus was transformed by Marco Khalil and Caroline West, owners of pop-up vintage shop Eight Inch Rule. Impressive. First everything in the bus was stripped out: the seats, stanchions, heaters. The floor was covered in vinyl, a timber day bed was fitted as well as out cute pieces of furniture sourced from many flea market visits. When not serving as a mobile store of travelling wares, the bus doubles as a camper for the two when they hit the road each Summer.
Images by Caroline West, with thanks.
The deeper I delve into the world of camping, the more I discover it’s far-reaching influence. Which is especially exciting when it’s in unexpected places! Take this flashlight/lamp by Spanish product designer Paula Sevilla. Her planned collection is inspired by all the bits and pieces campers take with them on their trips. Under her gaze, Sevilla noticed how they have changed over the years to adapt to the environment: lighter, foldable, portable, weather resistant …. creating a whole new family of objects. Her series of pieces under the title Home Camping, seeks to domesticate those objects. It’s like she thinks they’ve been left out in the wild for too long! And looking at this gorgeous pendant lamp, I’d have to agree.
As Sevilla says, “By domesticating an object that was created for outdoor life, its values, materials and even its meaning have changed in order for it to fit in to its new location”.
Camping just gets cooler and cooler.
It’s been a while since I posted, I know. But I’m swinging back into gear for a great 2014 of camping inspiration for us all so do stay tuned! I decided to kick start the year on campfirestyle with these great camping cups by TMOD. Designed in Australia by Sydney artists Georgie Swift and Milenka Osen, just one look at them made me want to throw the camping stove in the back of the car and head into the wilds of wherever for a cup of tea.
TMOD stands for Turn Me On Design, as the original idea was to design lighting. But they were soon distracted with plans for interactive stationery and jewellery pieces that have now developed rather a cult following. Before long, there were other lifestyle pieces as well. But I love the idea behind these dual-purpose mugs. Once you’ve polished off your coffee or hot choccy, you can follow the instructions and pop up a teepee, make a daisy chain or whip up some damper.
Think about what a great gift they would make for a camping buddy. A mug and everything they need follow the instructions on the sides. Nice.
There’s also one with a guide to the Southern Cross, another with instructions for tying a reef knot and a great one for spotting a rip off the beach. Possibly things you’d need more on an Aussie camping trip, but hey, they’ll sure make you look like a tough, well-travelled camper wherever you light up your campfire. Check out TMOD for more. The cups are $AUD14.50 each. Love them!
Hop & Peck Tractor Egg Cup
So it’s been a little while since I was able to post as my computer was a casualty of a small house flood caused by one of our little residents. But I’m back now, and thought I’d kick things off with these gorgeous little wooden egg cups by Hop & Peck. These are great to take camping, especially if you and your kids like dipping soldiers into gooey eggs. They pack flat, are light, and when you’re not using them, they could easily serve as a great addition to any bunting you have hanging around. Seriously, how cute!
Hop & Peck Scooter Egg Cup
Hop & Peck Rocket Egg Cup
Hop & Peck is based in Essex and each piece is handmade, hand finished and sourced from sustainable Oak. Simple. Clever. Functional. I think these Egg Cups (from £15 each) certainly fit the bill. Check out the Hop & Peck website here.
Hop & Peck Bunny Ears Egg Cup