Friday, April 08, 2011

Camp Smartypants!!

Bright Colors?  CHECK!!
Fun Designs?  CHECK!!
Sense of Adventure?  CHECK CHECK CHECK!!

Who remembers summer camp as a carefree time of friends, crafts, sunshine, and endless hours dreaming about your cute new 'crush'?  Well, I certainly do! It was such a happy, free time in life.

Rachel at Camp Smartypants overwhelmingly brings back this feeling with her designs.  The first time I clicked into her Etsy shop it was like *BAM!* and I had to explore.  

Camp Smartypants sells handmade women's clothing and accessories that anyone with a sense of spirit would be proud to wear and feel happy in the process.  We love the different pins and buttons that you can add not just to your lapel but to a backpack, bag, bandana, hair accessory and so much more.  

Rachel crafts from her home in Oregon where she is inspired by summer camp adventures.  She learned early in life about crafting from her mother, grandmother and in girl scouts.  Rachel has a BFA in Graphic Arts and uses her talent well in creating her one-of-a-kind items.  Camp Smartypants is a bonanza of beautiful colors and eye candy designs!

In addition to her Etsy shop, Rachel chronicles her crafting adventures on her Camp Smartypants peace love and style blog.  If you're lucky enough to be local to the Washington/Oregon area, she will be participating in the Crafty Wonderland Spring Sale Saturday, May 7th at the Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR and the Fremont Fair June 18 - 19, 2011 Seattle, WA.

Now, speaking of summer camp, the one thing that immediately pops into my head are the songs and chants.  We would yell "High Low - Mini Ha Cha Cha - Mmm Cha Cha - Pee Wa Wa - Yoo Hoo!" at the top of our lungs to another camp group.  I honestly have no idea where that came from!  There were so many more great songs like "Peanut Butter", "Slippery Root", and "Kumbaya".  The Ultimate Camp Resource has a great archive of songs if you'd like to reminisce.

The giveaway portion of this post is now CLOSED.  Congrats to our winner, deanna!!

Back to Rachel and Camp Smartypants and some exciting news!  She is graciously offering to give one of our lucky readers a set of Scout Badges and a Happy Camper Card.  Awesome sauce!!  Thank you Rachel!!

Just follow these rules to enter the giveaway.  Be sure to leave your email in your comments if it isn't in your profile so I can find you if you win.  Thanks!

*1) Visit Camp Smartypants and leave a comment on this post with your favorite design or something you learned.

EARN EXTRA ENTRIES, complete as many or as few as you like:
*2)  Like Camp Smartypants on Facebook.  Leave a comment and include your Facebook name (first name, last initial).  Please feel free to leave a comment on their Facebook wall if you would like.
*3)  Follow @CampSmartypants on Twitter.  Leave a comment and include your twitter name. 
*4)  Follow @ArtsyChaos on Twitter.  Leave a comment and include your twitter name.
*5)  Like the Artsy Chaos Facebook fan page.  Leave a comment and include your facebook name.
*6)  Add Camp Smartypants to your Etsy Favorites.  Leave a comment with your Etsy name.
*7)  Follow Artsy Chaos with Google Friend Connect (in the right sidebar--->).  Let me know you follow.
*8)  Tweet this giveaway.  Leave the URL to your tweet!  You can tweet once daily if you'd like, just come back and leave a comment to let me know.  Or, if you'd prefer, share on facebook or another social networking site. Just leave the URL in a comment and let me know (once daily).

Giveaway ends April 16, 2011 at 11:59 pm MST.  Be sure to leave your email or  have it in your blogger profile so we can find you if you win.  Open to residents of the US and Canada who are 18+.  Winner will be selected by a true random generator.  Winner must respond to winning email in 48  hours or a new winner will be selected.  No compensation was given for this article and all opinions are honest and unbiased.  Thank you to Rachel Beyer at Camp Smartypants for providing the giveaway prize(s).

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Yanni and The Night Sky

As part of our Close To Home event, we'd like to share some ideas with you about how we spend time together as a couple and as a family near our home.

One of our favorite things to do when it's warm enough outside is to get a roaring fire going in our fire pit, break out the camp chairs and lean back to enjoy the night sky.  It's certainly nothing fancy because we have just your basic backyard and your basic decorative fire pit purchased from Target with run-of-the-mill basic camp chairs.  However, the time we spend relaxing together is anything but basic.  And the best part is, anyone can enjoy time like this for a budget of practically nothing.

Our relaxing night sky-watching time is not complete without some relaxing music as well.  Ok, sometimes we roast hot dogs and marshmallows too!  Mostly we enjoy listening to the local jazz station but I think I have found some new music to shake things up a little.

Yanni's new album Truth of Touch is a little bit of jazz, a little bit of rhythm, mostly instrumental, a lot of new age, and a big mixture of sounds and textures.  This is perfect music to enjoy while watching for falling stars and far off planets. 

Yanni is also touring the US and Canada this year so you can enjoy his sounds in person.  Some dates and cities are already sold out, so jump on this if you'd like to see him in concert.  Learn more at!

I received a complimentary download of Yanni's album Truth of Touch as a member of One2One Network for purposes of facilitating a review.  I have received no other form of compensation for parts of this article.

Monday, April 04, 2011

Crazy Dog T-Shirts

When we're hanging out in the great outdoors or in the backyard, we rarely wear anything but jeans and t-shirts.  Honestly, my kids and my husband pretty much only wear jeans and t-shirts.  Have you heard of Crazy Dog T-Shirts?  If you want to laugh, you really need to check out their Funny T-Shirts

Crazy Dog T-Shirts sent this uber-cool Next Life Zombie T-Shirt to try out.  I love how vibrant the colors of the screen print are, they just make the whole design stand out.  Zombies are pretty cool anyway and you can find this tee in the Zombie T-Shirt Section with a bunch of other awesome zombie designs. 

The practical side of purchasing tees from Crazy Dog T-Shirts means great value for the price and exceptional durability.  This tee has been washed a handful of times in the regular wash and has not shrunk, faded, or lost its soft feel.  They often run incredible specials too including a $6.99 t-shirt every day. Sign up for their weekly t-shirt drawing and newsletter so you don't miss anything! 

And remember, if you're looking for something to do with your old worn out tees, try our Camp Blanket TutorialThanks for stopping by!