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Don't enjoy camping because 'roughing it' isn't your thing? Affordable tips, tutorials & recipes to make camping comfortable & stylish.
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Update: When the goal of $1500 is hit, I'll post a cocktail recipe that is not included in the book. It is as beautiful to look at as it is tasty to drink.    We made it to $1500 so the video of the recipe is loaded in Update #2 and is available for anyone to see.  Cheers and Thank you!

Why is this book needed?
Perhaps you, or someone you know, has said “I hate camping.” Or you love camping, but can’t convince your partner to go camping with you? They may equate camping with bad food, uncomfortable beds, or having to poop in a hole in the ground. But camping doesn’t have to mean roughing it.

I’m Cara Schulz and my passion is helping people discover they were born to camp.

Many of us have been put off camping by persons who enjoy roughing it, as if that's the only "real" way to camp.  That's absolutely not true and I’d love to be able to take every one of you camping and demonstrate the joy of 2pm cocktails and how much rugs improve your campsite, but I can’t. Which is why I’ve written Martinis & Marshmallows: A Field Guide to Luxury Camping. It’s full of tips, tutorials, ideas, and recipes anyone can use to make camping relaxing, enjoyable, and fun. I showcase products that work and look better than traditional camping gear. Because let’s face it, most camping gear isn’t comfortable and as a bonus, it’s butt ugly.

Glamping, or glamorous camping, isn’t bringing everything in your house nor is it only for the rich and spoiled. It’s an attitude of irreverence, not pretentiousness. It’s highly personal and allows your style to show through. Most importantly, it places equal value on style, function, and comfort.

Aren't there already books on glamping?
While there are a few books on glamping, they focus either on RVs and vintage Scamps or on ultra expensive glamping resorts and safaris. While those are beautiful to look at, not many of us have an extra $5,000 to $10,000 laying around. I know I don’t. As of now, none of the other glamping books are exclusively about tent camping and how average people with very low to moderate budgets can enjoy a luxury camping experience. Camping is an inexpensive way to de-stress and reconnect with the people you love, as long as you know the tips and tricks, and that’s where my experience can help you.

I have over a decade of event industry experience with a lifelong love of camping. I draw inspiration from a variety of design disciplines and I know of resources that traditional camping experts may not be aware of.

Each chapter begins with a camp set up. It breaks down the elements of the look and the gear used – much of which isn’t traditional camping gear. I’ll show you how to use the same pieces to change the look of your campsite to better fit your personality. Recipes for food and cocktails are also included, along with tutorials to make your own camping gear.

Where this project is at:

There's my book, in its binder, at a recent shoot on how to store herbs in your cooler.
There's my book, in its binder, at a recent shoot on how to store herbs in your cooler.

I have the entire book written and the interior design sketched out, longhand.   Two thirds of the photos are shot.  And I have an editing and design team assembled.

But I need your help to make this happen. The reality is editing, cover design, and interior design all cost money. This is especially true for books that are as photo and design intensive as this one.  I simply don't have the advanced skills needed to do it all myself. So I need a professional editor, layout designer, and you as a backer.

When you back this project you’ll receive a thank you from me and a special gift. Or you could become part of the book. Or get this sexy portable bar.

Glassware and alcohol not included
Glassware and alcohol not included

The bar is handcrafted from solid walnut and you have to see it in person to really appreciate the level of care that went into creating it.  It's an amazing work of art.  Durable enough to take camping, perfect for a Steampunk outing, and a lovely addition to have in your home. 

When you back this project, you’ll also support several artists and artisans. Not just the interior graphic designer, the very talented Chris Falletta or the editor Kathryn Fernquist Hinds, who I’m exceedingly thankful to work with. We’re also creating a line of luxury camping gear. One of our artisans is Scott Wermager, a military vet of the Iraqi war. He crafts our wood camping and outdoor living gear, like the bar. He knows from hard experience that a few well-made creature comforts can make a huge difference when you’re out in the field. We’ll also have items like tables, custom rain-flies, and truly amazing camp bedding.

So help me make camping accessible and enjoyable for others and thank you for your support.

Photo credits in video
Photo of Ms. Hinds by Fox Gradin, Celestial Studios Photography.  http://www.celestialphotography.com

Photo of ISES-MSP event, by permission of ISES-MSP under photo policy. http://ises-msp.org/wp/

Risks and challenges

The weather has been the biggest risk. The early onset of winter and the spring that refuses to arrive in Minnesota has delayed the last 1/3 of the photo shoots. The other circumstances that could delay the project is the extremely design intensive nature of the book. Each page in the projected 120 page book needs to be designed separately. The last circumstance that could delay project completion is converting the book to a digital format. Again, the layout is complicated and that can make things interesting. Those three challenges could have the potential to delay the book by a few weeks, but would not place the overall project in jeopardy.

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    Not only will your name be in the acknowledgements section, a photo of you rockin' it at your campsite (you provide) will be in the book. So brush your hair. And yes, you still get the party invite, the signed book, and the eBook. PLUS - a set of laminated food and cocktail recipe cards to take on your next (or first!) camping trip.

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    VINTAGE QUILT SLEEPING BAG
    Perfect for the shabby chic look. This vintage late 60's/early 70's quilt features hand appliques and is in fully original condition. Lined with fleece, machine wash gentle or hand wash, can be fully unzipped. There is only one of these, when it's gone, it's gone. Comes with the printed book, the ebook, the invite to the book launch party, and your name in the acknowledgements of the book! SEE UPDATE 5 FOR PHOTOS

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    A HANDCRAFTED CAMPING BAR! This is the ONLY time it will be made out of solid walnut and it will retail for $500 when we open our store. Extremely well crafted, solid wood (no veneers) with brass accents, and a special coating to help it withstand the elements. So beautiful you'll use it in your home and on your patio, too. And your name and photo in the book, the party invite, the signed book, the eBook, and the recipe cards. But no partridge or pear tree (or glasses or alcohol). (Shipping is $30 extra - US)

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    A LUXURY CAMPING TRIP WITH CARA
    You pick if you want me to come to you in the contiguous USA or for you to come to me in Minnesota. What's the difference? If you come to Minnesota I'll provide all gear, food, and an afternoon tubing. If I come to you, you'll get 2 video conferencing sessions to help you pick out your own luxury gear to use. I reserve the right to refuse creepy people because the only person allowed to wear my skin is me. See UPDATE 4 for additional information.

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