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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.  

 I bought the Elephants!                                                                                       I might get these next!

     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 Staple!  Luckily I have my Tetnus Shot! 

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. 

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.

Before ! 

After..... Beautiful! 

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.

Cabinet Before.. 

Cabinets After!

This is my Refrigerator!! Isn't it absolutely adorable.  At first they said she wasn't working but then he called and said he did get it running! So Happy.  

Still has the Drip Tray! 
Love the Butter/Cheese and Egg holders!

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. 

Honey Whip Bean Pots

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 5 feet above the camper)

My Baby!!