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WI Trip and Camper Update

WI Trip and Camper Update

We’ve got it covered – literally!Love my vintage camper!
The Aquatomic Lounge cushions are covered, the bed has sheets and covers, the front step is covered, our outdoor table has a now-grommeted covering, the propane tanks are covered, and I’ve got covered dishes for the microwave…but, WAIT…I need to back up a wee bit! The camper build was done a couple weeks ago, but we didn’t haul the CAMPER home until after WE got home from a family reunion in Wisconsin.

Schmidt Family Reunion 2015Our first stop on the trip was Mom’s in Iola, then the reunion in Chili, then Dad’s in Menasha. Whew! We had a wonderful time, but, as always, the visit was too short to see everybody and do “all-the-things”. We had plans to head to the RV Motor Home Hall of Fame in Elkhart on the way home, but the touch-ups on my murals at Little Explorers in Madison took longer than anticipated and we scrapped that part of the trip. We yell the battle cry: “NEXT TIME!”

This Schmidt reunion was obligatory for me, as I missed the previous two we’ve had in my lifetime. A trip to Wisconsin also meant John would get a chance to further his education of “all things Wisconsin” (deep fried curds, Friday perch fry, Spotted Cow, “or what”) and meet more of my Schmidt family. He’s passed the pronunciation test of Mukwanago, Menomonie, Shawano, Kaukauna, and Oconomowoc. He knows that the home of the Packers is pSchmidt signronounced Green BAY, not GREEN Bay, like many sportscasters say it. I used to live on Packerland Drive IN Green Bay, so trust me, I know how to say it!

Staying with the “covered” theme, we DID take covered dishes to the party: my famous taco dip, and JohnnyV’s yummy antipasto! Blessed with a beautiful sunny day for the reunion at Jim and Maureen’s homestead, it was great to share stories and catch up with our cousins!
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Iola car show office  Iola Car Show office  JR's, Waupaca
Above: At the Iola Car Show office w/Ms. Schwartz (Iola is the largest car show in the Midwest). Next pic: Iola commemorative cars from each year. Eating perch at JR’s in Waupaca, a local favorite tavern/petting zoo.
My brother, Eric  My brother, Rich.  Brandy Old Fashioned Sweet
My brothers, Eric and Rich, and me. The drink that always says, “You’re in Wisconsin” to me: a BOFS (Brandy Old Fashioned Sweet). No other state knows how to make these – one place in Florida served me a whiskey sour when I asked for an Old Fashioned. The horror! I never found anyone in Florida who knew what it was, unless they were a transplant.
Fun Fact: There are more brandy drinkers in WI than anywhere else. According to an article in OnMilwaukee.com regarding WI brandy consumption: “Wisconsin is our number one state,” says Margie Healy, director of public relations for the California-based Korbel. “We export 385,000 cases a year, and 139,000 go directly to Wisconsin. That’s one-third of our total production.”

Bowls to paint!Flamingo PurseArt pic: I brought home a BUNCH of bowls to paint! There are some fantastic shapes in this pile, too! I’ve got a bunch sanded and can’t wait to start painting them this week! If you want to see what I do with them, look in my etsy shop (link opens in a new window). And lastly, my adorable flamingo purse I scored at Cracker Barrel, which go great with the lil’ cow purse from Dad.

The vintage camper update:
The Aquatomic Lounge was towed home from the shop on August 11 (in the pouring rain and threat of hail). She’s almost completely ready inside! We enjoyed an evening of hanging out and sleeping in it last night (August 15th), and it was comfy! Lola approved! We will be having a christening party for her soon.

Hooking up trailer.  1966 Yellowstone vintage camper  card  card interior
Above: bringing it home. A sweet gift from the friends who let us use their shop space for a very long time.

space ducks  Star Trek swoosh noisemaker  potti closet mirror  potti closet mirror, tp holder
Above: TINY space duckies on a TINY vintage shelf above the door. The Star Trek motion-activated door “swoosher” (info on the resources page). I can’t wait to see people’s faces when they come in and hear it. Our potti closet now has a mirror and TP. I just had to show off my “girls just wanna have vintage” shirt I found.

Cushions - finally!  Red vinyl cushions  New cushions.  Step cover
Above: Our new cushions with an old skool look. Our new step cover (listed in camper resources).

Rear bunk.  Works for me!  Lola usurps my bed.  Lola shows off the lights
The rear bed, all made up and ready for a snooze! Lola approved. Check out the star lights in action! The Astro Girl is floating amongst the stars in the last photo – look closely! (Items are listed in camper resources.)

The star light.  concrete in bucket 
Large star light in action above the rear bed (light listed in the camper resources post). Concrete and pvc in a bucket, and now it’s a holder for mega-pinwheel!
Propane tank cozies!  Propane Tank Covers
I finished the propane tank “cozies” yesterday – too funny! (Fabric listed in camper resources.)

That was a LOT to do and a LOT to get done in two weeks! Now that we’ve covered “all that”, I need to go cover some bowls with paint! Until next time, we’ll get it covered!
Eclectic Dawn
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Camper Done, Lights Installed

Camper Done, Lights Installed

Light in the camper, and light at the end of the tunnel!
As of today, July 25th, 2015, the rebuild of the 1966 Yellowstone Cavalier, now known as The Aquatomic Lounge, is DONE (except for testing the propane)! Now, the decorating fun begins, but that won’t take long at all, as I’ve been planning, plotting, and dreaming this “look” for almost TWO years!

There’s so much progress to show you! Curtains, backsplash, outlets, signs, table, counter, atomic symbols, and lights — so let’s get to the pictures! First, some silliness. The aliens are glow-in-the-dark “earrings” I put together for our rock guard because the guard corners are forehead height for John and I. I figured these would help us avoid stitches when walking around the camp site. I hung them up yesterday while we were working, and sure enough, John immediately endorsed them! He came around the front of the corner, saw an alien in his face and ducked, avoiding bonking his head on the corner. Success! The second photo shows the beaded trim with flamingo drops that I put together for the tiny back berth windows. They are too high and small to need curtains, but I still wanted to embellish them somehow. “Embellishment” is my middle name!

rockguardearrings  berth window trims

Next: the table and curtains! Look at that sexy Formica! *wolf whistles* It looks fantastically nebula-like! JohnnyV and I took a break to have a celebratory first meal at the table, even though we have no cushions yet (don’t get me started on the upholstery saga)! Check out the neat little USB fan in the middle pic – another JohnnyV “cool find”. In combo with the ceiling fan, we evidently had a bit of air circulation, because when we shut the tiny fan off, we noticed the temp rise.

vintage camper dinette  15.7.25 dinette table formica  15.7.24firstmeal

The power is hooked up and working, so, here are lights, and the curtains. All of the lights in the camper are LED, which means that we can be “off-grid” and still have lights for over a MONTH. Energy-efficient. The storage bins fit so nicely up on the shelf – I only brought George and Jane out so far – I still need to bring Astro and the Atomic Fishies (sounds like a good name for a band).

vintage camper dinette   15.7.25curtrear

Today was backsplash install day. We installed the SmartTile pretty quickly (more info on this tile in the “Camper Resources” post – link in the sidebar). It is a little finicky to work with because it is so thin, so you REALLY have to pay attention to what you are doing. Such an interesting look, it is super light, and no messy grout, so all around, it was a great choice for this camper.

15.7.25 smart tile install 15.7.25trimming smarttile 15.7.25 smart tile install 15.7.25 smarttile backsplash

I love the contrast of the vermillion and ruby red against the aqua! This is all coming together quite nicely! Once the tile was up, we were able to hook up those outlets. The under cabinet light sure shows off the color! If you look closely on the right side of the backsplash, you can see the cool nightlight that JohnnyV got me for Christmas last year. It’s aqua, it’s 60’s, it’s a lava lamp! Perfect for the camper!

vintage camper galley kitchen vintage camper galley kitchen lighting 15.7.25 smarttile backsplash camper backsplash

Three exterior shots: the guard for the screen door and the Lend-A-Hand folding hand rail were installed yesterday, and we now also have a nifty outdoor courtesy step light. We really needed the screen guard so Lola doesn’t push her way through – she can get just a wee bit rambunctious when she wants to play.

vintage camper door  camper grab handle  courtesy step light Lola is a Packer fan

There’s been a lot of work I’ve done in the studio for the camper besides the rock guard “earrings” and the curtains! A wide variety of tasks like cutting the vinyl lettering to label our First Aid kits, and handpainting the “Spy vs. Spy” sign I painted for the head. All the little details are what make a look come together. Did we NEED the Spy vs. Spy sign? No, but it adds one more 60’s bit of flair so that when you step into the camper, you feel transported to another time!

camper first aid kit vintage porta potti closet 15.7.25potti2

Speaking of little touches, we put up the atomic symbols on the front cabinet today. Quite subtle, you almost can’t see them, but they catch the light and then you see the symbol of the atomic age at each end of the cabinet. I was so tickled to see the shiny reflection in our varnished wall. The finish on the wood is beautiful.

alternate use for atomic computer fan cover  15.7.25symb2  vintage 60's camper dinette curtains

It’s almost time to take the plastic protection off the step and take her on her maiden voyage! Hmmm…need to think about a christening of this vessel! I don’t want to smash a bottle on her nose, so maybe a water balloon?? 🙂

1966 Yellowstone Cavalier, new paint 1966 Yellowstone Cavalier, new paint 1966 Yellowstone Cavalier, new paint 1966 Yellowstone Cavalier, new paint

hand painted sunflower wedding giftAnd lastly, one photo of a special hand-painted piece I just finished. The mother of the bride from last weekend’s wedding commissioned a commemorative bowl for the newlyweds, telling me to just keep my eyes and ears open at the wedding for a moment to capture in paint. The bride told me a lovely story about one of the sunflowers, so I painted them on the piece. I just got word that they loved it! *smiles*

So, there’s light at the end of the rebuild tunnel, there’s light in the camper, and there’s a special kind of light that comes from sharing stories and sharing love…I hope YOUR weekend is filled with light and love!
Eclectic Dawn

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