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Catch up on our vintage trailer.

Alright. Alright. Alright ( in my best Matthew McConaughey voice)

Its been a while, I know, and I have a lot to catch up on. My computer died on me and until recently didn’t have a computer to keep update on our trailer. So much has happened since last summer and we are SO close to getting it finished. IT WILL BE ON THE ROAD THIS SUMMER.


OK. lets rewind back to the end of last summer….


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Most of summer of 2014 was spent getting all the paint off the trailer to get it ready for a new coat of paint. MAN! What a job! It took F.O.R.E.V.E.R

We ended getting off about 90% of the paint, which I call an accomplishment. Sanded and washed it down. Then, began with the primer.


One side without primer. The other side with. You can see the huge difference even just the primer made. Looks a million times better.

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While we were in the process of getting the paint off and prime the camper, I pulled off the gutters above all the windows and door. Some needed to be straightened out and cleaned. To make them all match and give them a little bit of shine, I primed and painted them as well with a metallic spray paint.



We made a summer trip back east to Indiana and Michigan to visit some family. My sisters’ sister in law does some metal work and made this really sweet sign for our camper. We plan to post at our campsite when we go camping, if you see us, swing over and say “hi” . 🙂 Oh, and if you want one made for yourself, I am sure I could get you connected with the right person. Now I just need to get the handsome husband to weld a post onto the sign. Just one more thing to add to his ” honey do” list.



Ok, so the camper is all primed and has received its new coat of off white paint, which is to be the main color. I believe we used rust-oleum in glossy almond. I did thin down the paint at the recommendation of others with vintage camper blogs to get a smoother finish. I thinned my paint to about 1/3 cup of mineral spirits per quart of paint.


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Now our little camper is starting to look like the one in our dreams! Once we got most of the almond color on, I started taping off for the bottom half. As far as chosing the color for the bottom half, we( by ” we” , I mean ” I”) went back and forth. What can I say, we are an indecisive couple. Heck! we are still trying to make up our minds on the backsplash for the kitchenette. First it was RED. Like a dark retro red. Then I thought, maybe that would be too much, so I turned my sights on hunter green. While I thought that would be a good choice and look nice, I got to thinking about my favorite color in all the world – navy blue. Finding the RIGHT navy blue was a bit of a hunt, because a lot of oil based enamel colors come pre mixed and not a HUGE selection of color. sigh. I soon prevailed at my local Ace Hardware store. YAY for Ace! The blue of my dreams is called ” international blue”.


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Upon buying the trailer, we found an old Livingston MT felt pendent in the camper and displayed it proudly in the trailer ( far left cabinet door). The handsome husband found a Seattle’s Worlds Fair one at an antique store and scooped it up ( far right cabinet) and then…….he found a Great Falls MT pendent for me to find a spot for in our trailer! Keep them coming, honey! 🙂



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Lately, my children have been using the camper as their own personal play house. I keep saying, ” its not a camper, its just an expensive playhouse for the kids.”

In the mean time, the hubby decided the table for the dinette needed to be altered. Because it was a rectangle shape, it made it somewhat difficult to squeeze into the bench seat closest to the stove( unless you are an ultra skinny super model). So, as you can see from the pics above, he removed the table and it was under construction…

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And….. here we go! the new paint job revealed! Now I must confess – at this point ( sometime in Sept. 2014) I only had three sides of the trailer painted. This early spring when the weather started getting nice, I thought, ” I really want to get on the road. We could TOTALLY drive it and go camping somewhere with only three sides painted, right?”

Then, I got ” the look” from the husband. He said we are not driving that thing down the road till all four sides are painted. Fast forward to April 2015. The weather was nice for a straight week. I went and bought some more paint and finished up the fourth side. 🙂

Oh! by the way. A list of the paint that was used on the camper:

*For the gutters and doorstop, I used rust-oleum metallic brilliant metal finish.

*For the trailer primer, Rust-oleum Gray Primer latex aluminum primer. For trailer color, rust-oleum protective enamel in gloss almond, thinned with mineral spirits. Along with, Ace machine & implement rust stop oil based enamel in gloss International Blue, again, thinned with mineral spirits.

* For the tires-primed with rust-oleum automobile primer spray, and rust-oleum gloss protective enamel spray in black.



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With the exterior paint done, I put the gutters back on the windows, and resealed them with a gray putty like substance(purchased at a camper supply store) so that the outside elements don’t find their way in and around my windows. Out of all the gutters, we only had to completely replace one on the front window.

Alright. On to the tires! At first, we thought we were going to have to get new tires for the camper, but after pulling them off and really looking them over, there is still some life in them, so we just cleaned them up a bit. Sanded off as much old paint as we could, primed and painted. Mr Handy Man also cleaned and repacked the wheel bearings. What a great guy! 🙂


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With some left over paint, we put it to good use. The tongue in the front of the trailer didn’t look bad, but it didn’t look great either. Out came the sander and the rest of the spray primer and paint. Details matter, people!

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As we come to a close on updating everyone one on the progress of our camper, the new altered dinette table gets back in the with corner taken off and a new coat of paint across the top to match the kitchen cabinet doors. With all this painting going on, I just couldn’t stop myself, I repainted/updated my boys’ bedroom as well and took their stuffed ram’s head. I felt it would be more at home in the camper. What do you think?

In the last picture, I tried to show you one of my DIY projects I came up with. One of the curtains in the back over the bed – I took a plain white curtain, found an image on the internet that I felt fit the feel of our camper. It’s a vintage picture of an old cowboy sitting on his mule, overlooking the Grand Canyon. A sense of adventure!

And there you have it! Honestly, all that’s left to do to just get this sucker on the road is some current tabs and a little extra wiring so that the lights can be hooked up to the truck. We will get him on the road this summer ( fingers crossed)

Until next time… happy trailers…. I mean, trails. 🙂

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Copalis Beach WA : Razor Clam Digging

I have lived in Washington most of my life ( going on 20+ years) and I have vaguely heard about clam digging in my young years, but have never tried it. WELL. Its kind of a BiG deal around here, as I found out this last weekend when I went on my first ever razor clam dig. 🙂 I mean, how DARE I call my self a Washingtonian all these years and never know the adventure of a clam dig!!

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(our journey from Tacoma to the coast in purple)


(Copalis Beach is where we had our dig)

I totally see and get the appeal now and I can’t WAIT for next season to start. I think I had the ultimate experience as a beginner. It was the last day of the season (sadly) but the dig started early in the morning ( but not TOO early), the sun was out and the clams were showing well.

After I reached my limit of fifteen, I found out the season starts back up in Sept/Oct and most of the digs are in the middle of the night, to correspond with the tide schedules. So…. to recap, when I go again, it will be in the fall ( cold) and at night ( hard to see unless you have a headlamp)…..  Now I am really glad I went this last weekend when all conditions were at their best, because I am TOTALLY hooked.

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(our little group heading out to the waves)

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(my momma and me)

The best part of it all was I got to go and spend some QT with my momma. 😉 At the beginning of the dig I tried my darnest to stay mostly dry even though I had rain boots on. But after I was on my first clam I had spotted on my own, the waves came rolling in and I had to sit there mid thigh deep, and wait till they went back out to pull my gun up. ( sigh) So much for staying dry. After the first full boot of water, I was over it. Might as well had jumped into the Pacific for a swim…

After all in the group we were with had reached their limits, we piled back into the cars and headed back to camp, were I then learned how to properly cut and clean my clams. Everyone pitched in with the cleaning, I mean we had an assembly line going-boil, cut, gut, clean- and it was so nice when someone thought to make us all breakfast. Cause let me let you what, you’ll work up an appetite cleaning those suckers.

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Ok, so I have to share…. while out on the beach learning how to spot them, and by ” them”, I mean their little spout holes so we could dig them up, I noticed some little baby sand dollars. Those little guys were so little and cute, I pointed them out to my mom and she thought the same. In the mean time I was having the dangest time trying to find those blow holes that show where there is a clam underneath. Finally, a friend of my mom, ms. D, pointed out, ” Look there’s a clam! Go dig it up!”

I said, ” What?! NO. That’s a baby sand dollar. You sure it’s a clam?”

“Yeah, that’s a clam. That is the top of the neck and you are seeing the siphon. Its called necking, and it means they are really close to the surface.”

“WHHHHHHAT?! I passed up, like, five of those bad boys, thinking they were cute baby sand dollars!”

Lesson learned. If you see  ” baby sand dollars”, diggem up!



(your anatomy lesson of the day. Parts of the razor clam, and I’m tell ya, that little siphon on top looks like a little sand dollar!)


(This is what you look for in the sand as the waves pull back out. That little “V” in the water along with a hole)

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And this, my friends is how we ended our day…. with warm sunshine above us and warm soft sand between our toes. 😉



With the warm weather upon us, time to tackle the outside of Floyd. It was time to strip him down!

And give him a fresh coat of paint. 🙂

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The Handy Husband made a trip to our local Home depot and picked up a jug of paint stripper.

Ok, I’m going to be honest with you…..I have never stripped anything before..:/ this was a first for me and not knowing the type of paint on the trailer, we started with test spots on the trailer to see how easy or hard the paint would come off.

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In the mean time, while we were waiting for the chemicals to do their dirty work. Handy Husband broke out the sander and got some paint and rust off the tongue.

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Lucky for us the paint stripper is doing its job and at this point and coming off easily. Most of the parts are coming off in big chunks. YAY ( for now)

2014-05-28 09.42.06Then……I spoke too soon…. We started to realize the bottom half of the trailer had at least three different colors/coats on it, whereas the top half had just the single layer of white. When the paint was scrapped off, the top white layer came off with the greatest of ease ( for the most part). The bottom half was a different story. Because of the layer upon layer, and one of the layers being red, it wanted to smear. Well…  that’s not what we wanted. I was expecting it to come off in one giant piece, like peeling the skin back. HA! who was I kidding?!

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Day two: That’s right, I said, “day two” of scrapping and pulling off paint, we discovered that on the bottom half ( remember the layers of paint), if we let the paint stripper sit and dry the thicker layer of paint could be pulled off in BIG OLE chunks. YAY! VICTORY!

Unfortunately, that method did not work on the top half ( thinner single layer), so……. back to scrapping. (sigh)

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By the end of day three, and the last day my handy man had off to help me, we have gotten most of the paint off. In the last hour, I experimented some more and found a hair dryer also works well to heat up the paint and peel it off.

So this is where we are at, and honestly, I think to myself, ” not too shabby.”



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FUTURE (sort of) 🙂

…And So Work On Floyd The Camper Resumes.



Oh Floyd, how I have missed you!



Its been awhile, but the weather is starting to warm up in our little corner of the world. Good Ole Washington!

Time to get back to working on Floyd and HOPEFULLY ( fingers crossed) get to take him some where….ANYWHERE this summer.

As you can see from the pic above, the back window could use some work. It came with a crack running from top to bottom and electrical tape was used over the winter to keep as much moisture out as possible. More on that in a minute.



While most of the of the inside is done, there is still is the matter of the backsplash……(sigh)This has been the GREAT DEBATE lately. Ok, so originally, we had wanted to do the quilted diamond pattern in copper for the kitchenette backsplash. When I ordered the sample I noticed a copper hammered look, liked it and thought, ” What the heck, we’ll see what that looks likes too.”

Both samples were ordered and came in. I feverishly ripped open the cardboard box and ran out to the trailer




Once out in the trailer, the Handy Hubby, who was totally on board with the diamond pattern, instantly loved the hammered look. And while I liked both, the diamond look, seemed cleaner looking to me…

Then I got to thinking, the hammered look might be easier to install ( no seams) Thus, my problem was born.

Alright, back to the windows….

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Taking a break from backsplash…. I need time to mull it over, we turned our attentions to the two busted windows. On the first ” warm” day, we got to work pulling out the two windows with my youngest supervising. 🙂




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Complete side note: I am still trying to figure where my little guy came from, cause when we bought him, he didn’t have many identifying marks. We found this logo of a fish on the front and back with the word “RAINBOW” underneath and something about California….. any vintage trailer buffs out there that want to take a stab at it, I would love any info. 🙂




Back to the task at hand…. While waiting on our windows, it got warm. It got REAL warm and the boys favorite hangout out was, you guessed it…. the trailer. We opened all the windows. Well, the ones we still had. The Handy Hubby kicked back on the pull out bed and took a siesta while the other two read books and played UNO under the table. My kinda way to spend a lazy afternoon. 🙂



SOOO….. The windows are back and look GREAT! A big THANK YOU to Meridian Glass in Puyallup WA for taking on the challenge. Now time to get these bad boys back in the trailer.

Until next time. ;0)

Uncoventional Thanksgiving

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Most people who celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday, did so with a roasted turkey and all the trimmings. Not this family. We had pulled pork and cole slaw sandwiches! Boy, were they D.E.L.I.C.I.O.U.S!

Side note: we celebrated our Turkey Day the week before, due to family being out of town. 🙂

http://genxfinance.com/crock-pot-bbq-pulled-pork-recipe-for-under-15-easy-and-frugal/ < awesome pulled pork recipe.

So I thought I would share the love with the recipes I used with the things I did different. 🙂

First, lets start of with the pork. I used a pork shoulder for my pulled pork. I thawed it the day before and seasoned it with Weber roasted garlic and herb seasoning. Honestly, you could use whatever seasoning and be fine, as the recipe from genxfinance states. Then, I  rolled it up in saran wrap and threw it in the frig overnight…

Things you need for pulled pork:

  • 5-7 pound whole pork shoulder
  • 1 medium to large onion
  • A few cloves of garlic
  • BBQ Rub Seasoning
  • Liquid Smoke
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Salt and pepper

The next day, I pulled it out , unwrapped it, and tossed it in the crock pot. Ok, before I did that, I cut up my onion into 8ths. Tossed those in. Coarsely chopped up the garlic. Tossed that in. THEN put my piggy on top of that.

I added the liquid smoke, salt and pepper, and water to the crock pot last. Oh, and the liquid smoke I used was Colgin Liquid Smoke natural hickory, and I only used 2 tsp as opposed to the 1 TBSP the original recipe suggested. A little goes a long way when it comes to liquid smoke.

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I set my crock pot on low for 7 1/2 hours. BOOM! done for the next 7 hours. 🙂

Flash forward to 7 1/2 hours later the pork is done and falling off the bone. I pulled it out and chopped into large chunks to be placed in my kitchen aid to be shredded. Yeah, betcha didn’t know that! You can shred chicken and pork in your kitchen aid mixer. Just use the all purpose paddle on a low-speed. While the pork is shredding I emptied out the contents of the crock pot and put the shredded meat back in, so I could add the final ingredient….. Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce. oh yeah! One whole bottle of sauce and mix it up good!

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Ok, now for the awesome cole slaw for the sandwiches.

http://www.lindasyummies.com/cajun-slaw-by-ayesha/ < awesome slaw recipe.

I will say that, I have NEVER made cole slaw before, and yes, I KNOW it’s not hard, but, one: I am not a big fan of just regular slaw, and two: I didn’t want to screw up dinner with my inexperience of making slaw, so I was a little nervous.

Well, let me put your worries aside and tell you, it turned out AWESOME! I ate some right out of the bowl and my youngest ate some as a side on his plate.

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Things you will need:

(note: I am listing ingredients I used, you can check the link above if you want to see what the original recipe used)

1 head of cabbage

1 red onion

2/3 c. mayo

1/2 c. sour cream

2 TBSP sugar

2 TBSP lemon juice ( bottled)

2 TBSP dill pickle juice( from your jar of pickles)

1 tsp Franks Hot Sauce

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Chop up cabbage and red onion into long thin slices. Mix cabbage and red onion in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whip the remaining ingredients with a wire whisk until smooth. Pour over the cabbage mixture and mix until well combined. Chill. serve, and enjoy!

After all is said and done, this is the masterpiece you are left with. Your welcome.

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In the Garden: Fall Clean Up


Its Fall in the garden and time to the put the beds to bed for the season. I don’t normally mulch my planting beds in the fall, but the chicken coop needed to be cleaned out, so what the heck, might as well use one thing for two purposes. I don’t know what other urban chicken farmes use, but lately, we have been using straw to bed the hen-house and roosting boxes.

I ended up pulling out all the old straw and hen turds and threw them into the garden beds. My thought…straw will help keep weeds down and existing plants warm till next spring, while the girls’ little surprises add nutrients. Genius. I know.




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I still have some cabbage in the garden, so I just placed the straw around  the plants still above the soil. Notice the bitty rosemary at the bottom of the pic. I am really quite proud. I threw down some rosemary seeds last spring/summer and then realized I was supposed to start them indoors(oops)…. well, to my surprise a few of my seeds popped up! I really hope they make it through the winter. Pretty, pretty please! I have not had good luck with rosemary in the past….



Now, that I’ve got all the old stuff out, the new must go in…..



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Alright, the fresh straw is down and ready for some eggs!

My hope is that, throughout the winter as I clean the coop, I’ll add more old straw and droppings to the rest of the beds, and by next spring I’ll have a most awesomest soil my plants every did see! ;D So…. we’ll see….





Thrifty Halloween: Creating a Kids Play Wardrobe

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If you have young’ns you might be able to relate.

Kids LOVE to play dress up, at least, I know mine do. 🙂 And one of the thrifty ways to build a little closet of play clothes for them to dress up in is to shop the thrift stores around Halloween. That’s right, HALLOWEEN. Betcha didn’t think of that, did ya? 🙂

I know, I know, I am genius!

Ok maybe not a GENIUS….. it hit me a few years ago when I saw the cost of play clothes online or at toy stores. HOLY MOLY! Then after my two sons first Halloween dressing up, I noticed they continued to dress up and run around the house in their Batman and  Robin get up after Halloween.


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The following year I it hit up my local Goodwill Thrift Store two months before Halloween, when they start putting the Halloween costumes and decorations out. Wanted to make sure I got to the good pickings before they were gone. 🙂

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Scanned through the racks and picked up a few more costumes(and when I say ” a few more” I mean, like five of six) for just a few bucks each. Over the last two years I have built up their play closet to more than  just Batman and Robin. Now, they can be Spiderman, Hulk, pirate, Peter Pan, solider, construction man, Darth Vader, storm trooper, knight, and vampire. 🙂





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