Friday, July 11, 2014

Spotted at the Farm Chicks Campout: Accessories and Neat Ideas

The Farm Chicks Campout (see previous post) takes place the first weekend of June, during the Farm Chicks Antiques Show. It's always a great venue for picking up ideas from others.

The matched set of tote bags with vintage campers is mine. I love these bags, from, for organizing batches of items in a grab-and-go way.

The surfboard-shaped rug belongs to Miss Mig, who uses it as part of the lavish decor for her Hawaiian  trailer, Island Girl.

The spare tire cover on Miss Sylvia's trailer is made from a giant crocheted doily.

Miss Izzy's rig is a delivery van, converted into a gypsy wagon. It has a back porch! With railings made from the side rails of a daybed.

Miss Linda dressed up her trailer's kitchen by applying fabric to the sides of the drawers.

The ceiling is covered in embossed wallpaper, painted silver to look like pressed tin.

Miss Joyce installed a faux grandfather clock inside her trailer's door. How awesome is that?!

And who says old TV trays have to stay looking that way? Miss Carol Jo's trailer sports this dandy repainted number that goes with her cowgirl theme. (FYI, a TV tray is one of handiest things you can keep in your camping outfit.)

See anything you like? Let us know!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Girl Camping for 'Farm Chicks 2014'

For the last 6 years, we've used the annual Farm Chicks Antiques Show in Spokane, Washington, as a reason to camp out together at a nearby state park. This year was no exception, yet was exceptional if only for one reason:

The weather was perfect! No rain, no gusty afternoon wind, no cold nights…not always the case for the first weekend of June. Nobody had to get out the tarp!

I arrived a day early with Iron Pony, just to stretch out my camping time along the Spokane River. A few others did likewise. That's one bonus of planning a gathering at a public park as opposed to private property--you can come early and/or stay longer without inconvenience.

The campsites offer room to spread out, so we did! This is Miss Mig's setup with Island Girl--part of it, that is, because it includes a separate bar and entertainment area, as well as a dishwashing station.

It's a natural drop-in spot, because it's so inviting.

We were thrilled to see Miss Sherry's labor of love, Shanty Shack, all dressed up and ready to be admired after a laborious rehab. Sherry has so many talents that we probably haven't seen more than a portion of them yet!

Miss Karen and Driving Ms. Daisy always have style and smile to spare. Karen made dinner for the early-bird gang--a nice treat.

I'll be back later with more of the Farm Chicks '14 photos, but for now, must go get a few other things done!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Perfect R&R for Memorial Day Weekend

As much as I hate to say it, I usually spend Memorial Day Weekend doing yard work. There's a lot of it to do, because Mr. Ed and I live on acreage that likes to grow, grow, grow.

This year was different! Miss Debbie hosted a private campout at her splendid country home in northern Idaho, and the lucky guests, including yours truly, had an absolutely wonderful time of easy R&R. We set up our trailers on her expansive and perfectly groomed yard, and had her stocked fishing pond all to ourselves!

We rowed the pond, practiced fly fishing, and even caught 'Big Walter,' the pond's resident lunker. We put him back, of course, but he did get to see daylight for a few moments!

Debbie and her husband, Denny, spoiled us the whole time. Denny started our morning campfires and coffee, and then went inside the house to make us breakfast, which was served in the great room overlooking the pond and yard. And he refused to let us do the dishes! That's Miss Kim, above, warming up by the fire.

Check out the lovely shaded area for picnic tables. It was better than being at any public park.

Our thanks to Deb (shown above) and Denny for their gracious hospitality and pampering. What a treat!

Friday, April 25, 2014

My Newest Old Trailer: 1972 Red Dale, 'Meadow'

I pictured it, held out for it, and it finally happened: A mid-sized vintage trailer with bathroom, well cared for and ready for camping, came up for sale in my local area for $1,500 or less. This is her, backed into a soon-to-be-shaded parking spot at my place.

I knew I wasn't going to get 'perfect' in that price range--as you can see, she could use some new paint--but what I did get is a 17-foot 1972 Red Dale with a lot going for her. (Coincidence: My cowgirl-biker trailer, Iron Pony, is also a 1972 Red Dale. But smaller, at 14 feet.)

The previous owners, a retired couple named Ethel and Dave, had upgraded all the trailer's systems and  painted the interior a crisp white and apple-green. Ethel made the matching curtains. So this is what I saw when I opened the door. CLEAN was the word. Dave demo'd the water, battery, electric, and propane systems for me. He said they would work, and they do.

He produced a clean title and a spare tire, we made our deal, and I drove the trailer home. (I know you're dying to ask the question, so I'll divulge: I offered and paid $1,000.)

It took me about three quick trips into the house to get the trailer decorated, because truth to tell, I love green and have collected it forever.

Hubby Dearest, Mr. Ed, took one look and came up with the right name for this trailer:


I love how the various shades of lime, apple, and grass greens update the original avocado green of the stove.

 And I couldn't resist adding some dandelion decals to the little bathroom--for 'going potty in the weeds.'

Meadow will be going on her maiden Girl Camping voyage in a few weeks. Then she'll be going to Girl Camp for the summer.

Fun ahead!