Monday, March 1, 2021

Tropical revisited! My Funny Valentine 2021 Theme.

 As in the previous post, i shared a preview of this years theme for the Shasta. I had started this theme 4 years ago and got as far as making the curtains and collecting a few items. So this year I decided to finish it for this summer's theme! I have so many now. I plan on revisiting each and  sharing the ones that I had not shared!  So to recap, this is the start of the curtains. I always start with curtain fabric to set the tone and colors of the theme. I love that this fabric has ALL of the colors, so the sky is the limit on this one. I have more projects to go on this but want to share where I am at the moment!  


Outside set up from 4 years ago! This is going to be fun to recreate and improve this summer!


What fun fun fabric! Unlimited colors!


This fabric is sooo fun! I used the Michael Miller fabric (found on Etsy and is still available) with a burlap trim. I cut it a few inches wide and then frayed the edges to make a fringe at the bottom. Then used a accent fabric in red (always include my red to go with the trailer)  And sewed that on top to hold in place. Before I sewed the curtains to the backing light blocking lining fabric. I think the next set of curtains, i will make a tutorial!

I am currently working on the quilt top for the comforter cover. I LOVE making quilt tops, but hate the quilting process and LOVE to sleep under a feather comforter. I had found one at Goodwill, brand new for $12 so I came up with the idea of making the comforter covers! I back the quilt top with muslim and then use a sheet or decorative fabric to create the cover back!
Photos are where I am today! After this post will be working on outer borders and creating the cover!



I started the decorating as well. I need to go through tubs and add some actual essential items, like canisters and any other used things for actual camping! Usually have a basket to hold lotion, aspirin and chapstick near the bed. That kind of thing. 
I found the Tiki mugs I had gotten 4 years ago. Star Wars themed! Too funny! I decided to add a few more and found a relatively inexpensive set of 9 on Retroplanet.com!  So was fun to add! I realized there is a sub culture of Tiki mug collectors and they can get really expensive! Miscellaneous items from Goodwill have added some more details. I found some Tiki statues in the doll house decor and also ordered a few signs from Amazon. More to go, but it is coming along nicely! My latest find was the Monkey dishes at Goodwill! LOVE them. But no photo, i just realized. I guess i can save that for later!  Two purses that I found at Goodwill! I realized as I search for items, you have to be open minded at what you might come across and where you can use them! But half the fun is the thrill of the hunt! 

3 of the set of 6 Star Wars Tiki mugs, a sign from Amazon (set of 4, cheap) and hibiscus plates from Goodwill

Tiki mug collection from Retro Planet and two wooden Tiki statues from my doll decor!

Thrifted wooden spoons, Tiki warmer from Ollies, the other 3 Staw Wars Tiki Mugs from Thinkgeek.com which is no longer there....*sniff* Palm place mat from Hobby Lobby and hand made glass margaritta glasses were a gift from my mom a bunch of years ago!

Various items from my stash!  The palm tree is from my porch decorations stash, the Tiki mugs are from Retro planet, the hula dancer figures, the parrot, cage and coconut monkey figures all from Goodwill!  Surf board signs from set from Amazon! 

Palm pillow was a find at Ollies!Palm candle holder: thrift shop and the little Hula couple salt and pepper shakes: Amazon!

Ollie's pillows, more Tiki mugs from Retro planet, hula mug: thrift shop

Well there is more to go, some fun projects to share and the outside as well, but that will come in the near future! That is all for today! Aloha!








Sunday, February 28, 2021

Serenity, 1961 Avion Spring/ Summer theme 2021

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This has been my latest project. A few more final touches for the trailer will be added, but it is mostly finished!  

Introducing my Pineapple Party!!  With flamingo accents! This theme started with the panels that were used for the comforter cover. I found it a while back when visiting my father in Redmond Washington, before he passed away. Any how my son Tyrus loves flamingos. So when I saw the panel I had to get it for him and his then girlfriend Kayla to make them a plush backed quilt. I loved it and later decided that i wanted one too. So I ordered 3 more panels (one set was used for another plush backed quilt for my best friend Jair)  and discovered the red fabric that was part of the fabric series. I was perfect for my Shasta trailer for curtains!  Fast forward to now! I never got around to making this theme for the Shasta, however, it has the colors for my Avion as well! Gold and turquoise. So it was perfect for a summer them for Serenity!! so here are the details! 

First: the Flamingo/Pineapple panel that started it all! Note* I decided since Art was going to be camping with me to focus more on the  Pineapple aspect and less on the Flamingos, although did add a few here and there! 

The fabulous curtain fabric!! So pretty and fun!

So now that we had the theme chosen along with colors, the real fun began. Curtains made it was time to shop and find the details. I did my best to find some vintage items to stay with the vintage feel of the trailer, so a mix of new and old the look was created!

how fortunate! A Flamingo with a PINEAPPLE! I believe it was from Hobby Lobby!
Hobby Lobby is always an amazing source for items. I try to make sure it is when they are on sale,or it can get too expensive. This umbrella was a "must have" too cute! 
I found this cute rug for a good price on Amazon (another go to place to find specific items) 

The finished table setting, but lets look at the details first!

I used the turquoise bowls from the vintage melamine set from fall. Found these fabulous vintage mid century enameled cups, new napkins, plates , placemats and elevated platter from Hobby Lobby

A couple of pineapple lanterns found at Goodwill. I added the battery powered candle inside. I believe these were originally tiki lanterns that got separated from their bases. I saw some on Amazon after i got these. I think they work fabulously as table decorations!


Here I reused the gold teapot, had the flamingo in the car salt and pepper shakers, to the side a copper pineapple drink mug from Amazon, vintage napkin holder found on Etsy, with new napkins from the Pioneer Woman collection at Wallie world!

close up of that awesome pineapple drink mug. I got a pair of them! I can't wait to be sipping some delicious tropical concoction on a camping trip this year!

Another piece of that fabulous md century enamel ware. Briard is the designer. I keep discovering more pieces. I found an amazing 3 gallon coffee pot, it was not that expensive, so I had to add it to the collection. I have not only been decorating, but am also getting the trailer ready for actual camping. I discovered the wall backsplash is able to hold magnets, so I added some magnetic spice containers and a peel and stick magnetic knife holder! I will add the spices closer to camping  seasin! 

Next came the pillows! I had the collection of pillows from Tyrus and Kayla when the parted ways. Tyrus didn't want to do the flamingo theme any more, so I kindly took in all the decor! LOL I found the amazing gold pillows at Hobby Lobby! so vintage looking! Great addition and will probably remain in the trailer with future themes! 

And to bring the focus back to pineapples. I made these wonderful Pineapple pillows with some fun fabrics and fabrics from the curtain and comforter cover!




Last but not least, the comforter. The final touch to bring the whole theme together! It was a really fun project and added so much to the theme when I put it on the comforter!! So happy with my bright and fun theme for this year! Here it is as the finished top! Just before I added the backing and made into a cover!


And here it is on the bed with some final decoration photos! 


found this perfect condition straw bag at Goodwill!!and just had to have the retro radio from  Amazon!!
Here you see the 3 gallon Braird Enamel pot from a newlydiscovered antique store downtown Jackson, Michigan! Also, a cute ceramic pineapple, the other lantern and a vintage hair dryer, all found at Goodwill!


The best part of all of this is sharing. My grandchildren seem to want to go out to the trailer every time they visit. Ayla was enjoying playing "tea party" after asking me once again to go out and see the trailer! Micah was just doing his own thing! LOL 



next post will be an update on My Funny Valentine. She is getting a tropical tiki theme! One I started a few years ago and am now getting around to finishing...a preview....the curtains I made 4 years ago...  So many fun photos with this theme and lots of projects!! Update soon! three posts in one morning is enough!! See ya next time! 







 




Owls every where! I quick Owl Halloween decor!

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I brought my new Avion home shortly before my last camping trip in October. As always, wanted to add my touches to her decor as soon as I could. Even though the original decor was lovely, it simply wasn't me. I needed some stronger colors and lots of fun additions. Being that I only had a few (3-4) weeks or so, I quickly found things that I had around the studio with some quick trips to Goodwill and a few finds from Etsy. First and foremost, new curtains. I always start a new theme with curtain fabric.  I searched for days to find the perfect retro fabric, got some samples and still never found something I LOVED.  But, I had this cool owl fabric that I had purchased for a possible dress. It had the right turquoise and accent colors. Now that I decided to use that as my start, I knew that there wasn't enough for a complete set of curtains, I brought the fabric with me to the fabric store and found a base fabric to use as the curtains and then use the owls as a border! Voila! Fast fix. So now i had the start of my theme! 

so for the tie backs, I simply found some fabric on hand that was a nice accent. To carry on the color theme of the trailer, the gold was a natural choice! Even though, I probably would not have chosen gold as a wall choice, I truly love it and find the challenge of creating a color scheme with what i have rather fun!

Next came the decorating! A few quick trips to Goodwill found some fun accents! Oh another first for decorating a trailer is finding dishes that match. I absolutely LOVE vintage melamine aka melmac and in my search found this pattern on Etsy. It was perfect! It has all the colors and I loved the art on it! However,  It seemed really familiar. After a short dig through tubs in my attic, I discovered that I actually had a set!! wwoohoooo! I love those synchronicities 

I found a couple of leaf placemats and the gold teapot at Goodwill! What fun!  I had various owls and owl pillows in the home stash!  My theme was coming together! 
A Halloween owl and some new pillows from JoAnn Fabric and the theme was building. A silver pumpkin from Goodwill, more owls from the stash. A brown Owl mug from my kitchen, a mate in turquoise found at Goodwill, It was getting really cute in there! 

Two new pillows in the color scheme with a red one from my home stash. Another owl pillow I had from my front porch owl theme....so many cute and fun accents! 
My one owl that I searched for. I was looking for a vintage 70's macramé owl. Our Halloween gathering is always a "Hippy Halloween" so my nod for that was finding a few 70's items. Including this owl! I was so fortunate when I found this at a local antique store and then the addition of a couple of lava lamps and some incense, i had a fun 70's theme going on! 


Ceramic owl, Goodwill find. My cool copper coffee pot!  Making the trailer my own is always so much fun!

The previous owners left me this amazing vintage radio. Sadly, it doesn't work. And Hedwig from my Harry Potter theme, got a place of honor in the corner!
Another important aspect of decorating a trailer, is the bed. Since I was on a time constraint, making a new cover for the comforter was impossible. So I dug out the gray cover from my previous Halloween theme for the Shasta and the fluffy gray blanked, added the owl pillows from my porch theme and the new ones i purchased (those were a bit extravagant, but fit the theme so nicely, I just could not resist)

from back to front. Looking so cozy in there!

so there is the inside. Next, I gathered some fun Halloween items from the home stash and had fun decorating the outside for our rally!! Dream catcher and floor pillow were from the Gypsy Gala Party I created for my mom for her 80th birthday! The rest were things from my home stash in the Halloween tubs! 

Flamingo skeletons were a fun project! Black spray paint and white acrylics make for a quick Halloween update for the standard pink Flamingos!  LOL 


Next post, my Pineapple and Flamingo theme, I was going to make it for the Shasta, but since I still have not found that "perfect" fabric for a default decorating theme for Serenity, I used the fabric set for the Avion instead! It is so fun and happy! I am actually kind of glad I haven't quite found the "right" fabric so far! 

Serenity joins the family!

Meet Serenity!  My new to me, 1961 Avion trailer! It was love at first sight!

She is fully restored from the frame up.  Here is the interior from when I purchased her! Beautiful Amber interior!

Lot's of storage
Amazing kitchen area with vintage tile that was rescued from a 1950's kitchen

Many of the original hardware and fixtures, including this amazing fan that works! My favorite is the fan behind the stove. You activate it by letting the pull release and the vent cover pops out automatically and it turns on!

Panels added to the new refrigerator and an original Avion metal piece!

Full size rounded bed, that lifts for storage. I have since had a slide out built onto it to make it into a king width if you sleep sideways, to make it roomy enough for both of us to sleep on it

more of the beautiful restored interior. Notice all of the cupboard space in the bed area! Original working stove!
Time to hook up and bring her home!

at home with my little Shasta!

One happy mamma! I was so nervous at first, got her hooked up and here I go. She is longer than my Shasta, but soon realized with towing did not feel significantly different!

Home sweet Home!