Monday, September 1, 2014

Camper remodel: Pop-up, Slide in

Campers are just like tiny houses!  I love miniature things and Jon was so kind as to let me redecorate his newest purchase, this sweet vintage pop-up camper.  He did nothing but research campers and craigslist his butt off for weeks, and here is our beautiful result:
Purchased at a steal from a guy named Aaron in WY- He was super nice and helped Jon install the camper.
We took the LOOOONG way home, due to the highway being closed, and it was the best drive ever- Snow on the mountains, and wildflowers on the ground!
 If you've never been over Guanella Pass, CO, please make it a priority, it was so cool!

We did some renovations over the next couple weeks:

We just put a blanket over the top bed part, with my novice upholstery skills I deemed it too ambitious. It's been working beautifully.

A good cleaning, some febreeze, and little jute area rugs were essentials. I found the rugs for $10 each at this store called AtHome. 
The curtains were particularly tricky- they were grubby (and boring!) so they def. needed changed, but they had little grommets that would need to be sewn directly into the fabric, and I wasn't crazy about creating a whole new system. My workaround: Cut and launder the top 2 inches of the existing curtains, then sew new fabric underneath to create new curtains using the existing hardware.

Here's an example up close:

So it's turned out to be adorable, and it's been one of the most rewarding projects ever. 
The upholstery fabric cost about $80 (Hobby lobby, and I used a coupon)
I needed a new staple gun and staples, $10
The curtain/pillow fabric is from JoAnn and was about $40, plus $10 for a pillow form.
Rugs: $20
 So the actual DECORATING cost of this project so far has been only $160.
We still plan to change out the carpeted areas, and Jon has already done some re-wiring and propane-related things that I didn't include here.
Turns out I might be into camping after all!


Friday, August 22, 2014

Bear Family fabric= Instant awesomeness

Ahh, a good sewing project that results in adorable Colorado-y cuteness.  It's like a mountain stream and a rainbow had a baby, and out came these fabulous bear-family fabric creations:

I PROMISE we will NEVER wear them at the same time and sicken everyone with our adorableness!
I ordered this fabric from and I am smitten!

I bought the following:
tank top for me
black vneck for Jon
My sweety actually requested that I make him something out of the fabric too, which made me stupidly happy. I love demonstrating my value through crafts.
SO I made him a pocket tee:

And what should have been the easiest project on earth became the most frustrating ordeal.  My "vintage" sewing machine is evidently made for old fabrics, like burlap or something.  I cannot even count the amount of times that stupid pocket got gummed up in that stupid machine.  It was STRAIGHT LINES for gods sake. So aggrevating.  But I am a survivor, so I perservered and the result is somewhat wonky.  (He said it makes it even better that it's imperfect, and I'm not going to question him. Did I mention how sweet he is??)

I cut a vaguely pocket-shaped blob and ironed it out flat with the edges strategically folded under

Here is the resulting debacle.  I kinda want a do-over, but the point of the project is: What's to stop me from sewing pockets on everything I own? And he says he loves it, and I'm not going to argue with him.
I also made myself a tank top:

It turned out remarkably better than the pocket, somehow.  My machine really seems to prefer zigzag stitch.

1.  I cut the front part off of the tank top, and cut the straps.
2.  I used the front part of the tank to as a guide and cut the front out of the fabric

 It occured to me that the neckline looked way nicer on the shirt I had purchased, so I stole it and sewed it onto my tank instead of awkwardly trying to create one.
OOH I can wear it when I go outside in wildlife!  The bears will trust me, they'll be like, OOh She's cool, lets make friends with her.
I look like this in mine, and I couldnt decide which pic of jon looking adorable in his, so here's 4: 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Thanks, Ambitious Procrastinator!

My dear friend and fellow blogger (Better blogger!) Nikki of was kind enough to donate a little patio table and 2 chairs (along with a window AC unit and a birdfeeder! Score!) when she moved away. 
They needed a little lovin, and I know an easy project when I see one, so I snatched up that table and chairs, and loaded them tetris-style into the ol' WRX to it's new and beautiful life.

I forgot to take a picture of the supplies, but here is a list: 
-2 cans of springy yellowy green spray paint with primer in it. (MJ

 told me that if I followed through with my original color choice, coral, he changed his mind about them giving me the table)
-a dropcloth

And now this happens:
Nikki would be proud.
Oh, and the other chair?  I ran out of paint. Maybe I'll do that one coral! hahahaha

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

It's pretty much the prettiest.

So, I did this:

As you can see, my backyard was getting to be a bit of an eyesore, which made me sad.
So I invested a whopping $70 and it's now my favorite place ever. 
I bought 5 shower curtains (I got them at Gordman's-  I forget how much I like that place until I go there and get $10 shower curtains.)   and some ribbon to tie them up.
I also feel pretty clever for my easy-access ribbon arrangement.  When I was up on the ladder, I was able to just grab one at a time... out of my brastrap.  My methods are unorthodox but you can't argue with my resourcefulness.
I recovered some pillows with some cute aztec fabric


And here is ryan looking amazed.

total project cost:
 Shower cutains:  $10 each x5=  $50
Ribbons: $10
Fabric:  $10

Friday, June 6, 2014

I'm succulent rich, nerds!

Please join me in the absolute kick-ass joy that comes along with someone just giving you bags of succulents, like they're outgrown clothes or trash or something.  I have never been happier than when I got this text from my mom: 
If this was her ploy to get me to come over, it worked. 
So, I have this ugly flat-tire wheelbarrow in my backyard that I like to use as a cooler for beer when I have parties, but when there's not a party occurring its just an ugly flat-tire eyesore. 
Now it's my favorite thing in the world... Presenting:

I had gone to Home Depot and picked up some salvia and some other plants, to go with my new babies. 

and it occured to me I forgot to buy soil.  Hmmph. 
So I went over to my "Compost pile" (where I stack leaves intead of bagging and disposing of them appropriately) and got a layer of leafy leaves to start:

Evidently, I'm super smart to just have leaf piles laying around, because beneath THOSE was the most awesome dark wormy soil I have ever seen.  AND I didnt have to pay for it and drag it home in a bag.  So I did a layer of THAT over the leaves, and got started planting:

So, I'm feeling very clever and my landlord won't give me that disapproving why-do-you-have-a-broken-wheelbarrow-here LOOK when he stops by anymore.
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