Wednesday, November 02, 2011

COUNTRY LIVING FAIR - ATLANTA

What a weekend!  The Country Living Fair exceeded my expectations in many ways, but most importantly, it gave me a huge dose of inspiration.  It was just what I needed!  I went with daughter Kelly and sisters-in-law, Marie and Kathy.  Kathy came all the way from Connecticut for the fun!  And fun we had.
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Inspiration 1:  COATS
I bought one at Anthropologie before I left Atlanta.
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Inspiration 2:  BURLAP
Not really sure about the pants, but still they caught my eye!
I did ask her if she was wearing them as a punishment.
She assured me that they were lined.
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Loved the shade!
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Wished I had thought of bringing a cart--with a burlap bow!
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Inspiration 3:  DISPLAYS
clever, clever, clever
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Inspiration 4:  Oil Cloth

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I just had to have those buntings  in the background for my camper!
One side is colorful and the other is black chalkboard.  LOVE!
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Inspiration 5:  RUFFLES
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Yes, I had to try on those ruffled pants in the freezing cold in the outdoor dressing room!
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Inspiration 6:  LAYERS
Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.
Never did figure out the hula hoop.
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Inspiration 7:  CRAZY REPURPOSING
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Inspiration 8:  CARI from HGTV's Cash and Cari
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Inspiration 9:  SISTERS ON THE FLY
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So true!
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Saturday, September 10, 2011

CARRIED AWAY DEBUT

By golly, it seems like forever since I've blogged or even thought about blogging.  Where does the time go?  I hate that I've kept everybody waiting so long to see the progress on my little camper project.  But I do believe you will think it worth the wait.  While it is not done yet, I do feel that I am in the homestretch.  I took Carried Away on her first outing last weekend--not quite perfect, but still quite capable of handling a weekend at the lake.

Against the strong opinion of my son, I decided to paint the outside myself for four very good reasons.  

1. It was cheaper.  Much cheaper.
2. It was quicker.  Much quicker.
3. Her condition warranted it.  No matter how much I spent, this little girl was never going to look perfect.  She's old and has battle scars that were just not going to be covered up with a fancy-schmancy paint job.  She's a lot like me.
4. It's been done successfully before.  I did my research and there are plenty of hand-painted trailers owned by Sisters on the Fly.  That was good enough for me.
Also against the strong opinion of my son, I chose to paint her bottom bright yellow.  There are some good reasons for that as well.  

1. Everyone in the family (except my son) voted on that color.
2. It was a color on the shelf at Home Depot (Rustoleum oil-based).
3. It made me smile and sing "You Are My Sunshine." 
You may wonder why my son's opinion is even mentioned here. Well, that would be because he did all the inside carpentry work.  I did, as nicely as possible, remind him that he was on the construction committee not the decorating committee.  In the end, he did agree that she looked pretty good considering.

Tessa had enough sense to take a shot of my beginning efforts. I admit that I had my doubts for a few hours.


I am quite happy with the results.  Of course, I still have the white to paint on the top.  Labor Day weekend did not wait for me to finish. Husband had enough sense to stop and have me take a photo of her first outing.

It was some feat getting this comfy mattress through the door, but oh, it was worth it.  Unfortunately, it came off of my guest room bed, so that room looks weird right now.



There are lots of  things to notice in the kitchen besides I did not finish painting that board. That was because it was nailed in right before we left.

The old tin was one of the pieces I bought at an auction for $10.

The string of lights I bought on clearance at Home Depot.

The dish towel from William Sonoma came from Goodwill.

The bar and little shelf thing came from IKEA.

Modern conveniences:  micro, fridge, stovetop


And now onto the dining area.
I fell in love with that yellow Waverly fabric at a local outlet.  It was $5 a yard.  I already had the blue that I used for the piping.  I actually had a local guy do the cushions for $25 a piece--worth every penny!  I know that the tablecloth does not really match, but the table was still a little sticky from painting.  *grin*
I made the curtains from some long IKEA ones that I had previously used in the house.  I love the little pinch pleats and the red rings that I sewed on.  I did not want to use the clip-on ones that are so popular . They are hung by twine right now, but that may change. 


I have several more things to finish and tweak, but I could not go another day without sharing. I hope you will stop back to see some more finishing touches.  I have a trip planned for October, so it will motivate me. I promise!  And in closing, the following photos were just too cute not to share.

That sink came in handy.  Temperatures were over 100, and Jett was a sweaty mess!
 I do believe he thought I got "Carried Away" when I pulled out my special shower gel. 
 "Please, Grandma, must I smell so . . . pretty?"

Sunday, May 15, 2011

VINTAGE CAMPER - TAKE SIX

Wow! I'm even impressing myself with all these posts in one day. It makes it look like we've been really busy on that camper this weekend! The truth is that son Michael has been at the Police Academy for the last two months, so he has only been able to work on it on weekends. He has been very generous with his off time considering that he now has so little of it!

I was kind of running out of money for this project--actually, I never really had any money for this project.  The guys had been using this and that from around the shop.  Well, this and that ran out last week, so I had to get a bit creative.  I cashed in a handful of gold jewelry--the majority of which was found in apartments that hubby had cleaned out.  There were a few pieces that I no longer wore or cared about.  The value of gold is high right now, so I was able to get about $500.  Son Michael is happy to now have a bit of a budget.
The table and benches went in this weekend.
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Michael made a track for the piece that is needed to make the table area into a bed.  Clever, he is!  And the storage area under the bed is enormous.  It can be accessed from the outside also!
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And, of course, he hinged the bench seats for additional storage.
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The window frames are going to the sandblaster's tomorrow.  What's next?  Glad you asked!
  • Flooring - found in the warehouse (no cost)
  • Old tin backsplash - bought at an auction a while back (no cost)
  • Install cabinet doors (need to buy hardware)
  • Hook up sink and stove (had sink, stove came with camper)
  • Run gas lines
  • Caulk and paint
  • Buy new tires and hubcaps (no bargain)
  • Upholster cushions (foam will cost, fabric have)
  • Make curtains (have several ways I could go with what I have)
  • Design outside lettering and choose colors (hopefully Tessa is on this one)
  • Sell my first born to pay for exterior painting? Just kidding.
  • Accessorize and stock the thing all cute like
I am sure that there are other things that the guys are planning on doing that I have no clue about like brake lights and such.   Once school is out at the end of the week, I will get to help a bit more with it.

VINTAGE CAMPER - TAKE FIVE - THE NAME

In the books I have read about vintage campers, it is suggested that you pick the name before you even start the project. If I had waited until I had the name, the bushes would still be growing out the backside because my guys would have lost interest. Nothing, I mean, nothing came to me for the longest time. And then, there it was. And I knew. After weeks of thinking and praying--yes, that probably sounds ridiculous considering the important things that there are to pray about, but I was desperate--it just was so very apparent. I was at the mall in Bath and Body Works, and saw this:

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And standing in that store, I could see it painted on the side.  And I let out a squeal.  And Tessa *got* it right away.  And I was happy, very happy.  And I will try not to get carried away with this post.  It's just that it communicates why I even wanted a vintage camper.  The added plus is that I love the scent and have a gift card to buy it for when I get carried away this summer!

VINTAGE CAMPER - TAKE FOUR

Okay, so far my camper duties have involved photography and an occasional planning meeting.  I am chomping at the bit to get to the decorating part.  I know all this structural stuff is important, but really   I was very happy to see the light fixture go in above my bed.  Love, love, love it..  And it only costs $20 at Lowe's.
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Son Michael has made all new cabinets, including doors and drawer fronts.  He is something, that boy!
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There is quite a bit of storage in the seats and under the bed area.
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He never stops working.  Got to love a guy like that.
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