Showing posts with label camper. Show all posts
Showing posts with label camper. Show all posts

Monday, August 15, 2016

Gratitude and My Craigslist Obsession

Oh how I struggle y'all. Gratitude can be a tough one to hold on to, have you noticed? To pause each and every day and be grateful for every part of your life at that moment, whew, it's harder some days than others.

Case in point, camping, I love me some camping, like lots, like too much. What's not to love? All that adventuring is beyond awesome! Last year, we purchased a little pop-up camper and it's been absolutely amazing and has allowed us to travel and experience life and learning in a whole new way. It's the greatest thing since sliced bread y'all. Seriously. But, and this is a biggie, as we begin to expand our traveling horizons and plan several really large trips, I've started looking, dreaming, dare I say coveting, larger campers. Yes, I really, really want a C Class RV folks and I've become totally, hopelessly, obsessed. They say the first step to recovery is to admit that you have a problem. I stand before you today to admit that I am beyond smitten with motor-homes, there, I've said it out-loud, now let the healing begin.

There's nothing wrong with dreaming, but sometimes the dream can overshadow the here and now and suck the gratitude from THIS day that we've been given. I may or may not spend waaaaaaay too much time on Craigslist, like EVERY day y'all. I'm thinking of starting a 12-step program, as I'm pretty sure there may be others out there that suffer from my RV smitten disorder.

Excuse me for getting a little personal here, but often what we want is not at all what we need. I've kinda learned that the hard way. I desperately want a motor-home, and I hope to have one in the not so distant future, but right now isn't the right time. Financially, we need to save more and we'd have to sell our pop-up before purchasing anything, but the biggest reason, and it's gargantuan, is that until I'm able to master gratitude for all the things God has provided our little family, including our pop-up, anything new would be tainted. Taking on debt would be a really bad move for us and even though every fiber of my being really wants to go out there and get what I want, when I want, I know in my heart it would be all wrong. Purchasing an RV not within God's timing would be a huge no no. That RV would be a shiny red apple on the outside with a nasty bitter taste on the inside. I've had that bitter apple before, I've put the proverbial cart before the horse and let me tell you, it's no way to live. I never want to live that way again.

So today, I'm focusing more on the here and now, and less on the future. I'm committed to an untiring pursuit of daily gratitude.............and, just by chance, if you happen to know of any good deals on a C Class, oh shoot, there I go again, prayers welcomed as I continue to pursue daily gratitude.............

Monday, May 18, 2015

Life Is Good

Sadly, I'm feeling a bit under the weather, but I really wanted to share some of our first camping adventures with y'all, so here I am. I have so much to say about our trip, mostly that it was everything I'd dreamed of {and more} and I can't wait to hit the road again! 

We were thrilled that our first adventure was to our beloved Savannah on the Georgia coast. We camped at Skidaway Island State Park. We drove over to Tybee Island to have a little beach fun everyday and these are some photos from our last evening there {sigh}. Hubby and I got in lots of time together too! There's lots of benefits to having older kiddos on vacation and we took full advantage of our free time!

Tybee Island is our favorite beach. It's a non-commercialized beach {my favorite kind} and still sports that old time beach kind of a feel. Lots of locally owned little shops and eateries, and none of that chain stuff from the real world. 

I'll have more about our camping experience later as soon as I'm feeling better. It was so wonderful y'all and I have tons of ideas swimming around in my head on how to improve our camper life. I can't wait to share them all with you. Y'all have an awesome week!

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Freshening Up Your Mantel For Free

Thank y'all so much for all your sweet comments about our camper redo. I have enjoyed reading each and every one. Y'all make my day! We are just back from our first trip out and I cannot wait to tell you all about our camping adventures. Until I'm back at the computer, I thought I'd share this little post I did for Blissful And Domestic earlier this week. I freshened up our mantel for free, can't beat that, huh? Click here to read more.  I'll see y'all Monday.

Friday, March 20, 2015

A Camper Redo {part one}

We've been hard at work over here getting our little pop-up ready for travel. Y'all remember we got a little pop-up camper? My plan is to have a vintage/bohemian vibe with a little hippie thrown in for good measure. I'm really challenged with the bohemian style because it's filled with mismatching and I have a real hard time making things flow without matching, but I'm committed to making it work and I know I'm going to love the end result. I've had a crush on bohemian for a while, and I think I'll be as surprised as y'all when it all comes together! 

I've found an awesome site filled with pop-up redos and helpful advice. If you're considering a pop-up, check out The Pop Up Princess. I purchased some clean-up products on Larissa's advice. 

My first goal was to clean the canvas both inside and out. It was mildewy as sometimes happens to canvas and that had to go. I used Scott's Outdoor Cleaner and even though it doesn't remove the stains left by the mildew, it completely removed any smell which was my goal. Next on my list was to clean and protect the see through plastic windows. I used ProtectAll and the plastic is as clear as glass. As soon as we have a few sunny, hot days in a row, I'll be applying Scotchguard to all the outside seams to waterproof the canvas. 

I removed all the cushion covers from the seating areas and all the curtains. They were definitely not  bohemian. I put a whole lot of thought into what I wanted to cover our cushions with because it had to match the bohemian vibe, and let's face it, we'll be traveling with kids and pets, it has to be easy to keep clean. I've been swooning over leather sofas for a while but our current home has way too much dark wood to be able to pull off one of those, so it was a natural choice to choose leather cushions for the camper. Easy to keep clean and a perfect fit for my bohemian dream. I know they're not real leather, but just play along with me here, k? 

My husband helped me recover all twelve  cushions and it was a bit of work taking an entire day, but I think it's going to be perfect in the end. Now, I've covered quite a few seat cushions in fabric, easy-peasy, but this was different, first, it was 'leather', and it's stiffer to work with and tends to bunch up and second, half of these cushions needed to be pretty from the backside as well, all new challenges for me. I had no intention of sewing with leather, so it was obvious we'd have to learn some upholstery tricks. We finally  found a tutorial on You Tube and it was the answer to my prayers. It addressed every issue we were having.

Whew, once we knew what we were doing, we went right to work. I love  them.

I'm just giving you little sneak peeks at them {you can see them all finished up when we're all done with the camper}. Next up, sewing new curtains. Stay tuned y'all for part two real soon ..............

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Camper Crush and A Dirty Laundry Update

I've just got to write about my camper crush before I explode! I want a camper- like in the worst way! Anybody out there with me? I want a vintage pull behind camper about 16 feet in length. 

Isn't that just the cutest little thing? It's going to be a long process of saving and finding just the right one, not too terribly far from home, for just the right price. This is going to be quite an exercise in patience, thank you God for yet another of those {I say while clenching my teeth}! I want one so badly- I can see myself sitting there at it's lovely little dinette, relaxing after a long day hiking and exploring. 

The peaceful sounds of the evening melodies of the cicadas lingering in the background as I rustle up some dinner on the cutsie retro stove top nestled inside my little vintage wonder. Yep, I've given this a lot of thought! I welcome the challenge of the redo, with all it's painting and sewing, bring it on I say!

But alas, it's patience that's the most laborious for me. I'm sooooo not good at patience, which is why God keeps setting forth these challenges for me. 


See my problem? I'm in a hurry to finish learning how to be patient. Mercy, I've a long way to go! And just in case you know of one of these puppies needing a new home for dirt cheap, shoot me a message will ya? Just sayin'............

And in other news- my daughter and I are both patting ourselves on the backs because we haven't changed out of our first outfit choice even once since my posting of And More Dirty Laundry. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, follow the link here back to my original post. This is monumental for us both since usually we feel we just don't look "right" several times before heading out the door. This is good right? Progress, yes? How are y'all doing? Are you loving yourselves more? Do it, won't you? If we can do it, you can do it! Hugs to you all!

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