Sunday, August 4, 2013

Glamper Progress So Far

It's been a busy first few days of working on Rosie Rae. When we first start a project, we think we know what we are in for...and then when we actually start it, we realize we didn't have a clue. In my mind anyway, I was thinking we would do a little of this, and a little of that... and then we would decorate and have some fun. Ok... uh, NO. Not even. Honestly, I knew there would be a lot of elbow grease, long days, sore muscles, etc. But what I think I forget is that I'm not as young as I used to be. This will be another one of our "we are never going to do it again" projects (we thought the same thing when we built our own storage building because at that time we thought 'how hard can it be?' right?). But you know what.... we love the challenge. And Rosie Rae is going to be awesome when we finish with her!!

Here are a few pictures from the last few days. This is an example of what we found when we started tearing out the bad spots:

After removing and replacing damaged/rotted wood, we thought we better get busy sealing up the outside. (There's still a few places on the inside that need to be repaired but we thought since we had a few dry days we better get some of the work on the outside done.)

Then, it was time to tackle the bathroom... removal of the toilet and shower walls. This was not an easy task, let me tell ya. I think that old toilet was super glued in there. Believe me, we won't be putting THAT toilet back in there. (Anyone have tips or suggestions on painting that shower base?)

Remember, we have never owned a camper... and have never had to take care of one. With that said, after removing the toilet, we realized there was 'something' that we should have done first when we first brought Rosie Rae home. Yea... have the black water tank emptied. So... we had to figure out how to empty it. With heavy duty gloves and plastic rain suits on, we proceeded to flush out the tank. Can you say PEEEUUUU!! We could not wait to get this done and take a shower.

Yesterday we purchased two new roof top vents to replace the existing ones. That will be our project for tomorrow. Whoever put the vents on the last time must have thought they needed a gallon of tar... or whatever that stuff is. All I know is that it is a mixture of black and grayish gooky stuff and it looks like a real mess up there... and for anyone that knows me, you know it will drive me crazy until it's all nice and neat and clean looking.
So... We are calling it a night. Tomorrow is another day. Thank you for stopping by!!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

New Project... a long term one!

As if we don't have enough 'projects' in our lives... another one has entered. And I'm really excited  about it. Without further delay, here is the new project...

She is a 1972 Shasta 16SC, and she has the Shasta wings but they were not on her when we picked her up. As a new member of our family (yes, we consider many 'things' members of our family - pets, cars, home, camper) she has to have a name as well. We've decided on Rosie Rae (Rose is Jan's middle name and Rae is mine... hence Rosie Rae)... or R&R. We actually thought the RR could mean 'rest and relaxation'... or you know the sound most men make when they feel proud of something they've done? Heehee :-). Anyway, Rosie Rae needs a lot of work (in our opinion) before we can take her out on her first adventure. We want to brighten her up... give her a more girly look. And since we are not professional renovators, there may will be a lot of trial and errors no doubt. .

Here are couple more pictures of Rosie Rae as she looked when we brought her home.

This is the back of Rosie Rae... the sofa and table and benches.

The kitchen - she has a refrigerator, sink and stove/oven.

And here's another view of the table and benches.
There's also a bathroom but I did not download that photo. It's pretty small. Just a toilet and shower combo. But hey... at least we won't have to 'hit the woods' when nature calls - right?

We have already started on some of the renovations... I'll be posting those pictures in my next blog. Hope you will join us on the journey of renovating Rosie Rae. Oh... and PLEASE leave tips, hints, opinions and comments... anything that you think will help us on this new endeavor.

And now... the journey begins!!!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

My World has been 'Scrabbled'

It's late...well, ok early, and I can't sleep. Thought I would share a little project that I've been working on the last few evenings to try to unwind. It actually worked. Should have worked on something last night so I wouldn't be up right now! :-)

Anyway...I'm sure you have all seen scrabble tile pendants. They are just what the name says they are...Scrabble tiles from the board game, turned not jewelry. Really easy!

Here is a picture of the ones I worked on this week.

Here is the one I wore to work on Friday.
If you would like to know how I make mine, just leave me a comment and your email address. I would be happy to share what I know with you.
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Piggy KitKat Cake

A few days ago I was browsing Facebook and I saw the cutest cake ever. Once I see something I like, I just have to try it. Whether its a new recipe, an art journal page idea, or any craft project, I can't get it out of my head until I give it a try. 

Here is my attempt at making the Piggy KitKat Cake. Here it is chilling in the fridge. 

This will go to work with me tomorrow for the Friday treat. 

I have a couple other ideas for ways to make a KitKat Cake.
1. Make chicks floating in a barrel of water. Instead of using chocolate ganache, use cream cheese icing and color it blue to look like water. Instead of pigs, use plump marshmallow chicks. 
2. Make an Easter basket. Use coconut dyed green and use Peeps and malted milk eggs to decorate the top.
3. Make a winter scene. Use white fondant or icing to make snow on top and make a snowman out of fondant...add some snowflakes.

The possibilities are endless...and so easy.

What are some of our ideas?

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Snowman Kisses

My project for the day... Snowman Kisses. I thought these would make cute stocking stuffers. Once again I found something on Pinterest that I just had to try.
This is how I started out...
Definately want to give you the link to the Pinterest post (here) where I found this great little stocking stuffer. Let me know if you give this a try!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Countdown to Christmas

The last few months of the year is always such a busy time - shopping, work, parties, dinners, housework, school activities, etc. Unfortunately, quality family time can sometimes get lost in the shuffle. I don't have small children at home anymore, but I do have grandkids that I'm always thinking about. When I saw a project that was posted on Pinterest, I thought "my grandkids might really like this". Here is the project that I saw.
So... of course I set out to create this really cute calendar for my grandkids. Here are just a few of the steps I took and how my completed project turned out.
I selected my canvas size (16 x 20) and the paint color (Americana Snow White). I painted this first and let it dry while I started on cutting out the paper pieces.
I picked out five different, coordinating 12x12 sheets from the Me & My Big Ideas, Mambi Sheets scrapbooking cardstock pad.

I cut out the following:
24 (2 5/8 inch) squares from the four patterned papers.
24 (1/2 inch x 7 1/2 inch) strips from the same four patterned papers.
2 (2 1/2 inch by 9 inch) strips for the header.
24  (2 7/8 inch) squares from the solid (or semi solid) paper.
24 (1 3/4 inch) snowflakes on my Cricut using the 'When It's Cold Outside' cartridge. You could also use circles or flower shapes to put on the top of the tins.
Then I started laying out the solid (semi solid) squares and the header strips (the header paper is actually from a sixth piece of paper from the same paper pad). Putting a coating of Mod Podge down first, then covering the paper with another coating of Mod Podge.
While the solid squares and header was drying, I used Mod Podge to adhere the strips of paper to the tins base (Wilton Favor Tins - purchased at Michael's - there are 30 in a package).
Next, I went back to adhering the second layer on the header and the smaller squares cut out of the patterend paper on top of the solid colored paper. Then the lettering was added to the header. These letters were white. So I had to paint them red and I used red Stickles to give the letters a little shine.
While the canvas was drying, I started on the tin lids. First I used the "When It's Cold Outside" cartridge to cut the snowflakes and used Cuttlebug's Swiss Dots embossing folder to give the snowflakes some texture.
The flakes were then adhered to the lids using Mod Podge.
The numbering on the tins were cut out using my Cricut and adhered to the lids. (Yes, I used a lot of Mod Podge.)
After adding a few other embellishments (Santa hats on the letters, Frosty and Santa), I used Velcro squares to attach the tins to the canvas. I did this so the tins can be moved around or taken off the canvas if they needed to be.
Inside each of the tins is a slip of paper with a different holiday activity that the kids will love to do. You can also put a few pieces of candy in each tin just for fun...and I'm sure the kids won't complain!
So when all was said and done, this is what  mine looks like. I had such a great time working on this. And I hope the kids will enjoy several years of a new family tradition.
There are several great ideas on Pinterest for fun family activities that can be used or you can come up with your own ideas.
I would love to hear if you have made one of these. How does you family schedule their time together during the holidays?
Thank you for stopping in for a visit. Hope you've enjoyed yourself!!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Dream, Fly, Soar

Today I worked on a project that I saw on a fellow blogger's blog. I just love the work that Stephanie Ackerman does. There's something about it that just puts me at ease when I see it. Stephanie had posted a tutorial for the project I did today and I thought I would save it here. If you've stopped by for a look, check out Stephanie's blog as well and take a look at some of her other wonderful pieces of art. Here's what I did today.... I'm really happy with how it turned out.

I also have an exciting project coming up that I can't wait to get started on. Brave Girls Club is offering an online art school that will be six weeks of "creating, learning, connecting, and sharing". I'll be documenting my experience here on my blog so I hope you will come by to check it out. Life is a journey... and adventure... and I want to take in all that I can.

Thanks for dropping by!

Monday, July 30, 2012

A "Me Day"... what's that?

It has been a while since I've posted... work has been all consuming lately. But today was a Me Day. You ask 'what is a me day?'. Well, it's a day when you don't have anyone or anything to answer to. A day when you do things if you want to ... or any way you want to. It's been a LONG time since I've had one of these days. Here is a sampling of how my day went... what do you do when you have a 'me day'?
Quiet and relaxing breakfast at Carolina Bagel Bakery.
Went to look for new shoes for my workout challenge.
Stopped by to look at the next phone I'd like to have.
Placed the ad in the paper for this weekend's neighborhood yard sale.
Took time for a little pampering - a new haircut!
Finished up a craft project.

Now it's time to call it a night and get ready for the the rest of the week... at work. I'm not sure when I'll get another day that is just for me, but that's OK, I really enjoyed today.

Let me know what you do when you have a 'me day'. And thanks for stopping in.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Recycled Glass Jars

This weekend has been pretty relaxing. I had three days off and I was able to spend some time in my craft space. Love it!!!

One of the projects I've been wanting to try is something I saw on Pinterest {of course}. This is a great way to recycle glass jars that would normally get thrown away. Check out this link "recycled glass jars" and try it yourself... it's so much fun.

Instead of using napkins {liked Artsy VaVa used}, I used a few sheets of DMD Handmade Paper {kind of a thin fiber paper} that I bought for $1 and Mod Podge. I added a stamped and inked tag along with an old key - tied on the jar with some natural jute twine. I forgot to mention in the original post, but there is a tea candle in the jar... maybe that was obvious but just thought I should mention it... :-)

I can't wait to empty some jars so I can make a few more of these. Let me know if you recycle a jar or two; I'd love to see them!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

"Just Because" Time

Just a QUICK post. I love this blog... I found it on Pinterest {one of my most favorite websites to find creative ideas} and it's inspiring me to think outside of my normal way of thinking about art. It's messy... it's random... it's FUN! Here are three projects that I've done over the last week that I REALLY enjoyed doing. And now I can't wait to come home from work everyday to try something else. I have been referring to this creative style as my "just because" time.

Thanks for taking time to stop by... hope your week is going well and that you find time to do something creative everyday!