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

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

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Cuteness Overload

     I finally announced Star to my family and facebooks friends with this photo.  Not the photo I was hoping to set up and take, but a quick little dress up.  By Fall I will have an awesome photo for a Christmas Card. I love old fashioned C7 and C9 bulbs.  These are C7's with the clear bulbs.  I am looking for C9 ceramic bulbs.  I have a strand from when I was a kid, but many of the bulbs need replaced. 

Vintage Camper

Pilgrim Pines

     Went away with the girls on our annual Scrapbook retreat in NH.  Had a great weekend.
I managed to make a few projects for Star.

     I made a napkin holder (two sided)  I am working on customizing this file; for one they had the tire on the outside--no camper has tires on the outside!! they are tucked under.  I added the door frame and changed the window.  I have since slimmed the chrome of the window down to the width of the door and changed the shape of the windows to square along with adding windows to match Star. I still need to change the outside shape as this is a little more rounded about hitch.  My goal is to end up with a replica of Star.

A Reversible Banner:  For inside bunk area.

     I didn't get around to making the outside banner or lights yet, but they are on the list of many to-do's. 

     My son is looking at a 1970 16' Shasta this weekend.  It would be cool if he gets one to re-do.  Since he has more expendable income than I do, I am sure he could have his done quicker than mine will be!!  I did find someone who will re-porcelain the stovetop for $82.50! (once I can get it done)

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Working on the Bunk Window frames and Screens

     Wow...what a lot of arm and finger work to shine up these window frames! It is so worth it to see them shine.  I am going to put some fresh screening in them also.  These are the only two interior windows that have this type of framing, the rest are wood--thank goodness.  But the outside will be just as fun I am sure.

Window on Bottom is Before!  
Window Frames After!!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Cleaning Her Out!

     I took some vacation days now that the Holidays are over and my husband went to a wedding with his family in Texas.

     Today I have been working on the closet, cabinets and drawers.  It took me a while to decide on cabinet paper but since the wood was a little dated and they had some really heavy duty paper on it previously I decided to cover all the exposed wood above the stove.  I am hoping the paper holds up in different humidity levels and such.  It's not that expensive, so I figured I would give it a shot.  Here are a couple of pictures.

Cabinets Before
Cabinets After

The Adorable Refrigerator that I am working on cleaning out.  Need to clean the seals with a toothbrush!!

Isn't it adorable! 
Still has the drip pan! 

Look at these AMAZING Vintage Glasbake Honey Whip Bean Jars from the 1950's-60's!!!  The colors are pristine.  Can't wait to figure out how I will use them in the camper. 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Finally Home!

     She finally came home right before Christmas but I have not had time with classes and family obligations to work on her until a few days ago.

     The four stabilizer jacks came and she is rock solid to work on.  I washed her down with mild soap and water and started waxing the front of the camper and the back (so far).  My DH helped for a few minutes with the waxing while I cleaned out some bees nests and screening that was poking me every time I walked into the camper.

     I cleaned out the drawers and am removing the very ugly shelf paper over the stove. Bernie bought a heater for the garage to make it more comfortable to work outside.  It works great (when it stays lit), apparently "high" does not work on the heater.

     When we bought this house we were amazed at how high the garage ceilings were due to the previous owner/builder having tall trucks to store in it.  I am so blessed now to have this awesome space and high ceilings.  (about 10 feet above the camper)

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Getting Closer

     Getting closer to the glamping part of working on my camper!  I need to scrub up the outside, wax the paint and do a deep cleaning of the wood and cabinets.  
New electric has been run and is hidden inside the cabinet out of the way.  

     Besides a lot of cleaning I really need to make a decision on the pattern I am going to use for the curtains and such.  I want a nice piece of laminate for the counter top, probably boomerang.  Since she is a White Star I am leaning towards Atomic Starburst for the pattern.  I love anything celestial.  

     I am enjoying the "collecting" part.  I have some Glasbake Honey Bean Pots on order, a 1960's tube radio, a late 1950's bed comforter and a really cool percolator. Still searching for the perfect set of eclectic dishes from the 60's and a mini chandelier. 

Front Dinette



Sunday, December 4, 2016

Vintage Camper Update

     Work has been progressing.  I must confess a couple of times during this process my stomach has done some flip flops.  It was so hard to see her up off her wheels and tilted to get to the frame.  But as time has progressed progress is being made.  The new carriage bolts were installed and the floor has been placed.  The old plywood floor was two layers with linoleum on each layer!  It was quite a task for Paul (my restoration expert).  He has been such a pleasure to work with. He is very patient with my ever changing mind! I had originally intended to pick her up and bring her home to do the work myself, but I am very thankful that I needed lights and stopped in his business.  He has some AMAZING vintage campers on his lot that he will be restoring and I would love to go up on weekends and help him.  He has a tiny silver canned ham that is absolutely to die for! Wood from top to back.  

Ok, on to some pictures.  

The ceiling had to be addressed first since it was leaking:

Getting ready to replace wood and insulation
Could not find more boards, so had to patch a little.  Still not done.

Onto the Front Window and Floors.  They had removed the exterior lights and did not seal the holes so water was coming into the camper.  More than likely also around the windows over time as they all need new rubber flaps on them.

Front Window

Demo- Have to work around the fridge! 
Nice fluffy insulation

Love the new clean floor!  Heavy duty water resistant wood.
Checking out the new flooring which won't go in until after the front and back walls are gutted, strengthened with new wood

The front and back walls.  I had asked to add an electrical socket, however I did not specify the outlet that I wanted (my fault).  I will be changing that to a ceramic socket with a silver plate cover.  Hoping to find an older one, if not I will get a new one and age it.  

Front Window/Dinette. Birch & Beadboard
New Back Window/Beadboard (lighting bad same wood as front)

The new flooring.  I really wanted the gray with the brown to match the wood but it was special order, had I known I wouldn't have put it in the weekend I bought it I would have ordered the other color.  But, the flooring is luxury vinyl plank flooring with a click lock system.  It is waterproof, scratch resistant, and cushioned to walk on.  Best part is, you can't see dirt or shoe marks when you walk across it.  Very important with my OCD, if I can't see it I can assume it is clean!  It's a shame most of the floor will be covered, but a good foundation is important.  We will be redoing the floor in my daughters pop-up during semester break this winter.  I will use the rest of this flooring in her camper.  

Sunday, September 25, 2016

My Little Vintage 1966 White Star Camper

     This is my baby.  I fell in love when I saw the ad online and pulled it up everyday for two weeks until I finally was able to go look at him!  I showed my kids the picture and said "this is going to be your baby brother!" And they thought I was crazy.  White "Star" that has to be a good omen for my love of stars.

     Finally the day came I was able to go pick him up, I crossed my fingers and texted the owner to see if he was still available.  Holding my breath for almost an hour until I got the reply "yes".  A man of few words.  Me "Can I come tonight?" Him: "It's not a good night."  Me- heartbroken "Can I come tomorrow at 9 am?" Him "yes".  Me "I will be there." Off the phone and practically doing cartwheels.  I could barely sleep that night. 

     I woke up and drove the 2 hours and 45 minutes to finally pull down the driveway to see him.  And there he was-- or so I thought.  I get out and walk over and SHE is Tiffany Blue and definitely female.  I thought from the picture online she was baby blue, but no, no, no the beautiful Tiffany Blue was shining through.  

     I knew she was coming home, I had the cash and wasn't going to argue the price.  In the end I offered him $100 less than his asking price (although I found the original ad he purchased her for $500 less than his asking, but hey everyone deserves to make a profit).  I told him I would send him pictures of her progress and he said "please don't, my wife is the one that wants the camper gone, I am heartbroken." I wanted to cry for him.  

     She didn't have any working lights so I paid for her and then went to buy some magnetic lights.  On my way to the store I went passed an RV repair shop with vintage trailers in the parking lot.  I stopped in to see if they sell them or do work and luckily they do both!  I asked how long he would be open because I needed to get tires and the bearings repacked.  

     An hour or so later I was back with the lights and connected them up and hitched her to the back of the Jeep Overland (v8Hemi).  She had two different size tires and was very crooked.  I am pretty fearless and I was white knuckling it down the New Hampshire curvy roads to get to the RV dealership.  There was no way I was making it home on the highway with her riding crooked, not to mention I did not like the dry rot I saw on the tires.  

     PSA- please do not pull campers long distances until you get your tires, frame, springs and bearings checked!!  No matter how badly you want to get your camper home.  Many dealerships do courtesy checks once a year.  

     I made it to the RV Dealer and he came out to see her.  He was as excited as I was. We priced out some tires, rims, bearings, labor--$475 later I was out the door without her.  It was like the best Christmas Day & worst Christmas Day all rolled into one.  You know that get the toy you had been waiting for and it needs batteries that you don't have.  When I was a kid we lived in the country and you were not getting batteries until Dad went back to work January 2nd.  You had to stare at the toy for 9 days.  Anyway, leaving without her behind me was heartbreaking, even though I know it was the right thing to do. 

     It's been two weeks, and she has her tires, rims, bearings, a new crank and wheel, a new lock on the door, a new roof vent, roof has been checked and sealed, the inside roof area where vent leaked has been fixed. The ugly added bar has been taken off, holes sealed and a track for a bag awning added.  The electric has been tested and is safe! None of her windows were cracked when I bought her and 3 have small cracks on them now. :(  

     I just sold my pop-up and have more money to put into repairs.  Hoping to get her back in a week or so to start cleaning up the interior.

Meet 'Star' a 1966 White Star Galaxy Camper

I kept the original interior hardware and fixed and sealed exterior dome

love the handle to get in the door!! 

jalousie, love, love

1960's light fixture and the porcelain sink does not have a scratch on it, or rust stains.  Stove looks great also.

The light in the middle is electric and has an outlet in it, one of the only two outlets in the camper.  Gas light over the tab