October 14, 2016

Creating Frugal Furnishings for the Camper :: the sweater blanket

Here's a sneak peak on the color scheme for our motor home, completely inspired by Pinterest and frugality. The entire project was free, except for my time of course. The sweaters vary in weight and texture, but each block is approximately six by six square. This project is also very forgiving... and it's a good thing.

Being my first attempt at sewing a knit project of this size, I guess my best advice would be - one: pin, pin, pin, and I am not talking about Pinterest here. :) Second: I think some sort of fusible edging would help keep your blocks nice and straight. Making the sewing a lot less frustrating...

The back of the blanket is lined with a deep grey flannel, and finished with tie offs and a blanket stitch in white along the entire outer edge. It's heavy enough to keep you warm, but light enough to allow for easy movements. And I really like the look of the different textures...

You can find some great instructions out there too, and now that I have made one I have requests for a couple more. That's the way it goes... {smile} - seriously though it was a fun project and one that will add charm to our little home on wheels.

~ Blessings!

Shared With: Strangers and Pilgrims/The Art of Homemaking Monday's

October 9, 2016

Motor-home Make-over :: over cab rebuild

Even with much on my mind, I wanted to get some sort of update shared... currently our would be stuff hauler/short term home for relocation purposes is now our full time living space. And necessity - always brings to mind what is truly important, by night one it was clearly evident that the over cab bed, or the lack there of, needed to be addressed.

We had spent one afternoon gutting the over cab, just prior to our full time living in it, right down to the metal... the entire bed frame, base and window supports were rotten and growing some sort of fungus in a couple places.

Needless to say, everything had to go:

I was able to glean the needed one by twos and one by fours to rebuild the bed frame, which now sits two inches up off the metal “floor”. Sure, we lost two inches of space, but in my opinion gained something far easier to deal with should we spring another leak. Let's face it, it's a 1976 – it's not going to last forever:

In keeping with 'frugality and function' most of our make over supplies have been reused. I already mentioned the gleaned supplies above, and the rest of the items we needed were purchased from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Except the wood for the bed base which was gifted to us. Making the total cost of the over cab frame, bed and window supports a total $3.52.

There's still work to be done with the over cab, but at least we now have a bed in place to sleep on and as your looking over the photos, please keep in mind that I never professed to be a carpenter.

Herbalist maybe, carpenter... not so much. 

~ Blessings!

* We did not fully realize the amount of water damage that was done to the motor-home when we purchased it. However, I am not afraid of hard work and learning as I go... and some things just need to be ripped out by the root. Rotting wood and fungus being one of them...  the entire cab will be painted with mold inhibitor primer before it is finished. 

September 19, 2016

Preparations for Fall :: a life collection

It's about there... being fall. My absolute favorite time of year! I really enjoy the cooling days and nights, the colors beginning to turn and that over whelming feeling to 'squirrel' things away for the winter. But these days have me bouncing from one project to another, leaving me little time for online visits and in depth fall preparations at all.

And when I am searching the web...  it's all about RV remodel. I know, a girl has to do what a girl has to do, but secretly I would rather be canning veggies or milking goats... however, in all honesty, I am squeaking a few fall::ish preps in here and there. Helping me to stay seasonal and in fair weather.

There's the Seed Harvest:

It's Calendula! We could not let these little gems go forsaken, so in a hurry I snipped them from our plants at the community garden and I plan to sort them... soon. I would like to send you to visit a lovely blog, where JES shares about Calendula and a whole more! You will not be disappointed...

The Latest Issue of The Biblical Herbal:

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I really like the cover, and the inside pages are filled with wonderful {quality} herbal goodness... I am currently on page 4. Did you know that anyone who purchases the Fall Issue receives a free bonus, it's an 11-page pdf created by contributing herbalist Rosanna King - a Herbal Menstruum Guide: Preferred alcohol concentration of menstruums for extracting over two hundred herbs.

The Continuing Tomato Harvest:

To me the tomato speaks for it's self. Indigo Blush. Two Bites. Now added to my list of things I would like to grow each year...

And Sukkot:

A very bad picture of our sukkah. Yes, it's made out of popsicle sticks and yes, that 'person' is made from a clothes pin... and yes, there really is a miniature paper chain hanging in there. It's what we can do in this season.

Finally, the Motor-home Remodel:

Alright, that might not be a fall::ish preparation. But it is something that we have been doing... okay it's been something that we have been working on a LOT. The hubby, half of which you see in this photo... is attempting to remove a piece of particle board. Sawing one inch at a time... by hand.

It took him almost an hour to remove one board.

One large board.

The good news. The motor home is completely gutted, and rebuilding has commenced. I hope to take better photos soon and share... until then:

~  Blessed Fall Y'all!

P.S. There was also a wedding anniversary, with a date night and special dessert the day of. Sixteen years... where has the time gone! Thank you Father in Heaven, for my husband. Thank you...