So apparently this fixing up vintage campers thing isn't a one time thing. It's not even a 4 time thing.
When I started shopping around for a camper to fix up a year ago, the Airflyte was the one that made my heart skip a beat, but I couldn't touch them at around $3,000, and that was on the low end. But apparently I built up some good camper karma by fixing up the others and putting them back on the road. My roomie out at the hangar had his paws on one that looked pretty scary on the outside. So scary that I wasn'... read more
So it went a little something like this. I designed a website for a local scooter shop in trade for a scooter. Sold the scooter for a 1968 Shasta LoFlyte, sold the LoFlyte to buy a 1955 Yellowstone Sunset, then sold the Yellowstone to buy...
A 1973 Airstream Tradewind. (yippee!)
(Tons of pics here)
I think we'll stand on the Airstream for awhile. What's funny is that all of these upgrades required no additional money. It was just better opportunities to trade up that presented themselves. Kind of like a vint... read more
One of my New Year's Eve to-do list items was to find a large workspace. We've been paying rent on a storage space and a parking spot for the camper, and with the addition of this new studio/storage/camper spot we will actually decrease a bill, which worked out kind of well.
Anyway, so I'm trying to tell you that I rented an airplane hangar. One-third of a hangar, to be precise, which is plenty of space for me.
Funny...My grandfather being one of the first licensed pilots on the country, my father being a pilot... read more
I was inspired last week by some folding shopping cart liners I saw online and decided it would be fun to try one myself. I love cruising flea markets on summer mornings and I usually have a folding shopping cart with me, but I hate that smaller items fall through the large holes in the frame. I've seen folks with all sorts of inserts and liners, but nothing cute. Functional stuff has to be cute for me. I prefer it that way. It falls under my "why live a boring life?" policy.
So I got hold of a used coffe... read more
Last Friday my younger daughter and I spent the afternoon wandering around downtown. We took in The Art Institute's new modern wing, then headed over to the Magnolia Bakery for a snack. I immediately fell in love with the decor and just had to share some shots with you. There's a lot of vintage kitchen inspiration here. Cleanly displayed collections, industrial pieces mixed with warm vintage accessories that were probably in your grandmother's home.
Has anyone else noticed how much burlap there is out there these days? I've admired how people are using it paired with reproduction and orginal graphics, made to look like an old French country feed sack. Lots of folks are doing gorgeous things with upcycled coffee & potato sacks with all kinds of colorful printing.
From the most vibrant to the most plain, I think it all looks wonderful. When such a rugged material is paired with sweet fabrics, it only enhances the pretty factor.
For quick projects, it... read more
On my project list for this coming weekend is to make a liner for my folding shopping cart. I use it when I go to antique, vintage, and flea markets. If I can't be out trolling the grassy aisles in Kane County, I can at least be working toward it in some fun little way, right? If you're a pro market goer, you know you have one of these with you at all times. Can't be held down by armloads of vintage treasures when there's shopping to be done!
My friend Carrie over at Loyal Order of the Glamper had this one made fr... read more
There are so many things that pass through my mind as "Oh my gosh, I need to do/try that!" and I always lose track of them. So this year, as my New Year's resolution, I am going to keep a running list here and cross things off as I get to them. Hopefully it works out and by this time next year, I can look back and feel like I got a lot done.
Bake a cake from scratch
Bake a pie from scratch
Make pasta from scratch
Participate in a couple of good blogger syndicates
Lose weight (1/17, joi... read more