Sunday, March 31, 2013
I decided it would be fun to make one project a day for 7 days, and not spend more than $1.00 on each project. My first project is a clipboard. I found an old one (that's the style I like) for 50 cents at the thrift store. I drilled holes on the side and strung leather around the side: 10 cents, tied on 2 beads: 5 cents, decoupaged a copy of the cowgirl onto the front of the clipboard: 25 cents. Grand total: 90 cents!
Friday, March 29, 2013
One of the teachers I work with found me a whopping deal on trays, so I bought a bunch and started decoupaging them. I have to add, our local PTA has a book fair, where you can buy used books for .50 each. The first tray I took pages from a discarded book from the book fair & decoupaged them right onto the tray. The second tray I started by painting a base-coat of paint onto the tray. Next, I painted the saying onto the tray. After that, I cut out an image of the cowgirl and the floral design and decoupaged them onto the tray. Last, I decoupaged the entire top of the tray. When I took the picture I included 3 vintage glasses I found. I was delighted to find glasses with a bear, a fish and an elk. They fit both my camper and my family!
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Monday, March 25, 2013
I won't get all carried away with my "Sisters" stuff, but I did want to share my chair and table for outside. The table (a tiny step stool) is the cutest thing ever! I saw it at an antique store and I had to have it. The little steps fold down and I love the old faded paint. It will be perfect for a drink or dinner plate, and it folds up and doesn't take up much room. My chair is an old camp chair we had already. I just fancied up the back with material and the logo, and added the fringe for fun.
Sunday, March 24, 2013
I have a lady from town who brings me oatmeal containers and egg cartons. I didn't have any problem using up the oatmeal containers, but I wasn't really sure what to do with the egg cartons. I decided to start by painting a couple of them white with acrylic paint. Then I stamped one with rubber stamps. It needed a little something else so I cut some chickens out of a book and glued them on. I distressed the carton with ink. I thought it was pretty cute. The second carton I painted white, and I took a Sharpie marker and wrote on it. It needed a little picture, so I glued the chicken and flower on it. I distressed it as well. I am going to make one of these for my camper, but I think they would be cute gifts filled with fresh eggs, hard boiled eggs or candy eggs.
Friday, March 22, 2013
I am one of the new members of Sisters on the Fly. This is a group of women who restore vintage campers and explore the outdoor wilderness. I am going to learn to fly-fish and head out on some new adventures. Isn't that what life is all about? My husband hunts and camps. We camp and jeep together. We camp and jeep with friends. Now I will camp and fish with other women too. Life is an adventure and I love to live it to the fullest. Here is a little vintage suitcase I decoupaged with the "Sisters" emblem on it.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Back to school tomorrow, so today was a busy day! I made a window panel for the right window. I painted signs on 2 cupboards. I finished this window up. Mike cut my mattress pad so the bed is nice and comfy. He also fixed my table so it's nice and sturdy. All I need are some pretty flowers for the table and I'm good to go!!
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Friday, March 15, 2013
My little camper is turning into a gypsy. It has a personality of its own. When I started this project I thought I knew just what it would look like, but it is taking on it's own personality. I thought it would be a light color, like the ceiling. But it needed a little age, so I painted it a sienna color. I thought I would use tea stained lace, but it called out for denim blues. It is turning into a beauty. It is my gypsy caravan. Here is a picture of the window panel I made yesterday: Here is the bedding: I made this quilt about 20 years ago. It is the first one I actually quilted. I made the bed ruffle from a skirt. Then I added lots of pillows! I covered the bulletin-board with denim pieces, and then added stuff I love. In the above picture you can see where I covered the cupboard panels with vintage materials. I can't ell you how much fun I am having with this project!!
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
My husband, Mike, told me I really should mention what kind of camper "Baby Bear" is. It is a 1972 Serro Scotty Sportsman Camper. Vintage? I told my friends, if this is vintage, I am a relic! My first project was to recover the seats in the dinette. I made them reversible. One side is covered with denim and bits of old stuff, and the other side is a soft feminine floral. I am going to do the curtains and sheets with reversible fabrics as well. When I am done decorating my camper, it should be easy to change the looks 4 different ways. If I am doing all this sewing and such, I would like to make it fit my needs the first time around. Old Cushion: New Cushions:
Monday, March 11, 2013
Spring Break! Time to play with Bear! I have lots of projects started. I finished recovering the cushions. I decopauged the insides of the cupboards with book pages. I have half of the ceiling papered with wall paper that looks like antique tiles. I used distressed ink to make the paper look aged. Oh, my! This project is a lot of work but it is so much fun! Here is a look at the insides of my cupboards. Before: After: Here is a peek in the corner:
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
I bought 4 wood folding chairs for $20.00. I painted a table and 2 of the chairs for my classroom. I painted the chairs with a lot of color and padded the seats. I put the other 2 chairs away, and pulled one out the other day to fix up. I repainted it white. I made the seat cushion out or fabric scraps. Then I took a denim piece I had made last summer and sewed it around the back-top of the chair. Here it is!
Sunday, March 3, 2013
I have had the strong desire to restore a camper for many years. I have been buying vintage goods for it. I made a quilt for it. And now I get to do it! My wonderful husband searched high and low for a camper that would be safe, light weight and cute. Boy, he knows me well! This is the camper he found for me, and I Love It!!!! I have had it for a week and I'm so excited and full of ideas that I can't hardly sleep. Since most of my free time will be spent restoring Baby Bear, I thought I would post before and after pictures on my blog. My sister, Cindy, is also restoring a camper. It's so much fun bouncing ideas off each other and sharing this creative energy!