.....Where my thoughts and Creativity flows free

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Rally Time !

We went to our first Vintage Rally!  Peppermint Park, Plainfield, CT.  Beautiful large camping sites, small family run campground.  Nice clean pool. Had a great time and met some wonderful people.  The weather was not the best, but not the worst it has been this year either.

I don't have an awning yet <have to pay off the current repairs bill first>.  Still trying to decide on material and colors also.  It is such an overwhelming process to get the "perfect" awning!  Isn't the Diamond Plate amazing!  Changed out the side seams from black to white in the chrome.  Love the bright white over the previous black!

    This Rally I went with the Elephant curtains and Bedspread....

Original atomic star wall mount light was given a brand new socket and the crack repaired the best I could.

Of course vintage handmade tablecloth and matching cloth napkins.  Vintage pyrex, Bean pots on windowsill...
Love the Backsplash!  (SpeedTiles Home Depot)  Found the copper canisters at GoodWill.

Love my cute little alarm clock.  Painted it to match.   Still so sad over the refrigerator.  I'm just going to hold off this year and figure that out next year.

Bernie is looking at a little larger camper this Friday (fingers crossed) but it needs a ton of work.  The underbelly looks good--but they painted it <gasp> with house paint and did not do even a decent job. They painted the lights, the levels, gobs and gobs of paint all over it.  So sad.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

She is Legal

                WOO HOO

   We are Finally Legal!  The same lady that turned me away twice (rudely) and refused to help
had to give me my tags Friday.

    Rhode Island has a few branches shut so I was at the DMV from 10 am till 5:30 pm!  As she was waiting on my I answered her with yes m'am, no m'am.  She is probably mid 20's and I know by the look on her face she was pissed I was calling her m'am (since we are not in the South where it is polite to say m'am).

    Just need to get the call from Paul that she is ready to roll!  Fingers Crossed-- Peppermint Park will be out first destination for camping with the New England and Beyond Vintage Camping group.

.......Oh and I thought this was a "next year" project.  But Bernie said he would pay for the diamond plate! (Side seams are still off in this photo) Doesn't she look spiffy!!!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Got a Little Surprise

Well... long story short have been having issues getting Star registered so she went to NH to have her Serial Number verified.  And while she was back up in NH I dropped her off to have her roof and side seams sealed so she will be ready to venture out of my garage to her parking spot next to the house.
So I got a pic from Big Daddy's with her new bumper! We had talked about having the old bumper removed and a new one attached.  I want to be able to attach a hitch mount receiver on it so I can put a hitch mount bike rack or extension rack to carry items.  

What a difference the new bumper makes!  The old one was crumpled, crusty, rusty and very unattractive!  They had attached "stabilizers" to the bumper.  

I'm getting down to the outside needing the front hitch sandblasted and rubber coated, front crumpled aluminum will be replaced with diamond plate and then a paint job--- but two of those are "next year" jobs.

Inside I need to decide if I am going to ever put the stove back in...If I do run propane lines I will add a catalytic heater at the same time.  And I need to decide if I'm going to set up the water.  I am leaning towards only setting up the water to work when attached to a hose.  I don't feel the need to carry potable water. I do want to redo the closet wood and kitchen cabinets with the same wood I used on the inside of my door at some point.  

          BEFORE                                                                                      AFTER

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Dinette Spare Bed

Set up my Dinette to see how it works as a bed. The table is a little higher on left causing a hump. I will need to take off the wood bar and lower it. :)

Isn't it so nice and cozy!! Not the easiest beds to make!! Need a TwinXL Matrress covwr.  I bought a waterproof, padded twin.

I also installed a backsplash this week, I had been holding off to find the "right" one.  I came across the new Speed Tiles at Home Depot and fell in Love!! I haven't finished the decorative wood frame to go around it yet to pretty it up.  So easy to install!!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Good Day/Bad Day

Always good to see Paul and Monica! He gets so excited over working on vintage campers.

Lights look awesome!! Will post pics once home.  He did such an amazing job.

Got there and had a minor window leak from front window.  He tried a "fix" will know when we get home as rain the whole way. ***Update-- window now leaks on both sides 😕😓

The new double sway bar hitch is amazing!! Looks intimidating but, wow, what a difference. Star is rolling happy!!

The fridge... <moment of silence> ...died.  I refuse to give up on it.  I will search out someone that still tinkers in the old.

If you need work or maintenance done on your campers... look up:
                        Big Daddy's RV
              15 Main street, Winchester, NH.
             Tell them Sherry & Star sent you!

Lights! Camera! Action!

Star is on her way to get her lights and a fancy sway bar hitch!! She is towing much better with the weight of the bed and cushions added back in!

If you get a vintage camper just remember the furntiure is part of the integrity of the camper!! The people that gut and have them sitting dormant for garden houses do not need to worry.  If you are camping and towing, you need all the cabinets, closet, dinette and bunk!!

I was really hoping to get the back bumper changed out and the hitch and bumper powder coated...but money, money, money!!!

Sunday, April 23, 2017


I am so excited to finally start putting in some "homey" touches.  I am at the beginning of the process but need to post some pictures because I am so excited. 💙😜💚😊💛😍💜

Not sure why they post with wavy lines...
These are my new cushions!!  They look better in person.  They are sunbrella fabric so they will last "forever." I am so in love!  I wanted to make the cushions neutral so I can change the curtains with the holiday and seasons.  The pillows in the pictures are two sided.  Gray & white chevron on one side and teal on the other.  I'm going to iron some camper slogans on the pillows to make them cozier. 

My dining table.  1950's Flamingo Pyrex on the table!

A beautiful vintage tray, utensils and pyrex of course!
Can't forget my dog!  This is a super thick and comfy rug under the table. At night I can pull it out for her to have a super soft bed next to my bed 😘

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Almost time to go Camping!

It is always exciting when you can see the "end." Although we all know you are never really "done" with a vintage camper as they always need tweaking.  But I am close to being ready for the maiden camping voyage!

Repaired the crack in this window!

       Looking through the window to the bed.  Used a pocket hole jig to make nice sturdy bed.
Tons of support and great storage! (still in process here)

Bed finished, side pieces for cell phones and such covered
in fake leather for texture and looks.  Anti-fatigue mats
over the oak plywood for comfort and mattress protection.

                             The door rebuilt!  Foam insulated and a nice one-
                              piece construction for aesthetics.  Screening
                               fresh !

Oh I had to take a pick with it looking somewhat decorated!! You know how it is ladies.  You just start getting excited to see how all the "stuff" you have collected will look.

I made the elephant curtains, but I am also in the process of making vintage curtains.  These are the fun curtains.

The pink bedspread is from the 1950's and way to big~ a lot of tucking involved.

Monday, April 10, 2017

One set of Curtains are finished!  The Elephant Curtains.  I wanted to wait until I picked the upholstery for the cushions to make a decision for the "vintage curtains."  I will start out this camping season with the Elephants.

I found some AWESOME throw pillows to add some camper sayings too and also an Elephant pillow.

I will drop off my 1950's bedspread I bought at the Antique Market this weekend to be cleaned in anticipation of the bed being done this week in the camper.  I found some great vintage rose sheets a few weeks back at an estate sale!

I have three wooden box plaques that I will be adding sayings to for decorations and some cool vintage items to hang on the wall.  Everything is coming together nicely.

Yes, I could paint the walls, and have a "Glamper" and everything would look fresh and new...but I want to work with the natural wood for a while before deciding to paint over it all. I would like to retain the 1960's charm.  I love the way the inside "glows" when inside at night with the light lit.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Working, working, working!!

Star will be going back to Big Daddy's the week of the 25th for her sway bar attachment and her lights to be connected!!

 I have picked out the material and paid half for the dining cushions. They are due to be done by the end of April.

I put the foam in the door today and cut the new door panel out.

I am also sanding all of the window sills.  Not sure if I will stain or leave raw for the time being. I really like the look of the raw wood. Maybe a nice coat of Poly to protect the wood!

Building the bed is coming along slowly but surely!! The pocket jig hole maker has been

My first camping trip with other vintage campers is May 2-4th!!  So much still to do.

I replaced one of the broken windows.....boy was that a CHORE!!  I wanted to put new weatherstripping around it but could not find any, luckily I had not thrown out the old stripping.  I have 3 more cracked windows but they will have to wait until I can check into the stripping!!  

All of my new window rain rubber rain guards are replaced!  Easy Peasy!!  Took all of about 15 minutes.  :) 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Heidi Swap Mini Light Box

I had some fun making transparencies for my light box.  It's so easy and puts to use transparencies that have been lying around for years. Please leave a comment and if you have a blog leave your address in your comment and I will visit you! 

My Dog Millie

Made the flower side border & words

Made turtle & words 

My turtle from St. Thomas

Made flower border on left

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Got some New Parts

I've been on hold building the bed.  I need the rubber moulding which is on order still along with a clutch head bit to remove the antiquated hardware on the existing bed frame.  My window dots came in along with the new window weather stripping.

My sign is coming along, varnished and now drying. Can't wait to add the lights.  I will hang a wooden lit up arrow with (No) Vacancy by chain under this sign.
 My daughter wanted me to make the banner shape sideways to be different.

Varnish is dry. Lights added.  This portion of the sign is done. 


Once the camper is repainted to the right of the front door she will say: "A Thousand Stars in the Sky, But this one is Mine. " A tribute to Kathy Young and the Innocents' song that has been in heart since I was a child.  It brings me back to being 7-10 years old living in Md and listening to my Mom and Dad's records.  She was only 15 when she recorded that song, 5 years before I was born. I have loved anything to do with stars & moons ever since.  Probably why I love camping and staring at the stars at night.  

So I need to sew some curtains...

     I don't know about you, but when I get a Michael's 60% off Coupon I have to see what I can get with it!  I love a bargain.  I've had my eye on one of these cute little light boxes for a while now.  Inspirational messages and dinner menus while camping.  LOL who am I kidding...I don't cook!!  We will stick with inspirational & funny messages.  😃😄😆

     I can never decide on curtains, whether it is for my house or for the camper.  Curtains always baffle me.  I found two 84" sets today that I can cut to make curtains for the camper.  The Elephant curtains are cute and whimsical, while the other are playful and pretty.  I bought the Elephant curtains and once I practice making curtains with these I might go back for the others.  I want to be able to change out curtains and decor throughout the year.  Why not right?  The fun is decorating.  
These I Bought ⇧
⇧ These I might go back for...

     I've been painting the outside sign, I have several layers of paint on the sign but I still need to sand to distress and add the vinyl lettering.  Hopefully I will have it done tomorrow.  :)  

Monday, January 23, 2017

Windows and Screens

More cleaning.

I finally got all of the window frames out of the camper, removed all the screens and pulled out all of the staples.

I took the inside portion of the door apart today to see what I was dealing with.  I will sturdy up the door by gluing a nice fresh piece of wood into the bottom portion of the door and nailing small pieces of wood into the door frame to keep it stable.  I am going to add insulation and cover the entire inside of the door with one continuous piece of luan using the 3 existing pieces as templates.  I want a nice clean seamless look when you open the door. Most of the time while I am camping I have the door open for easy in and out.

Next step will be to sand all of the window frames.  I cracked a couple removing them until I perfected my technique of using a scraper to go between the frame and the wall and pull gently to loosen the nails. I used wood glue on those and taped them to keep tight.  I think I might put them back on using small screws rather than nails for easier removal.

cut myself with a staple