Ok, this was a lot of work. A LOT. But if you don't have an entire weekend to devote to a backpacking or camping trip, sometimes a picnic is the perfect alternative. And since we aren't at all into the standard red and white checkered tablecloth, fried chicken and potato salad sort of thing, this is what we ended up with:
After spending years - honestly - searching for an ideal portable camp kitchen, one that would hold everything I could possible need (except the pots, stove and food), I gave up. My obsessive nature (really, someone just called me "obsessive" about ten minutes ago -- not joking) led me to the inevitable conclusion that I would have to just suck it up and make one myself.
People who know me are probably wondering how I could be so dense and waste so much time looking for another way to accomplish this goal -- after all, what do I do for a living now? I sew. And sew and sew and sew and sew. But that's precisely why I wanted someone else to do the sewing for me for a change. Besides, I sew stretchy, blingy, shiny things (check it out here); not sturdy, square, pocket-y things. Why would I think I could design a better camp kitchen than all the others out there who do this for a living? Perhaps that's why I put it off for so long and why I was less than enthusiastic at first about making it myself.
But in the end, what I came up with is absolutely perfect, like nothing I've ever found anywhere before. In fact, it's so perfect, and because I already own a fabric and sewing business, I figured others might find them perfect, too...
So in 2015 I'll be launching a full line of textile camping supplies, aptly called "Wilderness Table!" Stay tuned, but here's a sneak peak at the #1 Best Portable Camp Kitchen Ever: