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I thought it was time I share a Shasta Update.  We aren’t done with the fix up completely.  There are odds and ends like adding shasta wings, putting on our new side lights we order from Vintage Trailer Supply, making curtains for the kitchenette, making an awning… man it sounds like a lot now that I write it out. LOL

 I was going to try and not paint the interior, but in the end I just crave a bright white interior, so paint it I did. I’m so glad. It is just so much more bright and crisp.

I’m including some before and afters for fun.

Dinette Area:

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I used a vintage table cloth for the front window and made curtains for all the other windows accept the kitchenette.  I also tried my hand at making an atomic clock!

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Kitchenette Area:

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Rear Couch/Bed Area:

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I added a little shelf so that I could display my little pink radio and phone!

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Exterior (so far, not finished)

Exterior before and after

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We’ve got one more camping trip planned for this year then we’ll be selling this Shasta in the spring.  We would like an older model, so if your interested let me know!

Later gators!

Melissa

The new Shasta sneak peak

I’m planning to take some photos tomorrow while it’s sunny of the new Shasta interior. I finished sewing the new cushion covers awhile ago.  I’ve been playing around making vintage table cloth pillows, a twig camp sign,  and a crouched rag rug. FUN FUN.  And check out the vintage pink phone I found while antique shopping…so sweet…it make me feel like Gidget. =)

Here’s a quick i phone snapshot of the rear couch:

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Change on the horizon

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It’s definitely time for a check in!

It’s been a mighty fine summer. I am feeling, just as I have last few years, very sad to see it go.

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Perhaps even more so this year with the impending polar vortex that is scheduled by mother nature to come through Michigan in September, and the insane winter we had last year.

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It must be my age that has changed my outlook on the seasons.  I can remember longing for fall, and being so pumped up for football and orchard weather.  NOT NOW!!!   I think I would be down right content if summer lasted for 8 months, then winter and fall could each take two months apiece.

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I find myself extremely reluctant to battle snow and ice these days, and now understand my Mom’s distaste for fall.  It’s not autumns fault, it’s just that it’s the harbinger of winter.  But I will clam my worries by living in the moment, and enjoying all that summer has left to offer. Surely the beautiful scents, and colors of fall will carry me through the frozen tundra until spring.  If not there’s always Florida, hehe, am I right?

We’re working on the Shasta and I’m excited to share some pictures very soon! We’re almost done, just finishing up the exterior paint job and ordering the Shasta wings.

This summer has been the “try new quilt blocks” summer for me, as far as quilting goes.

I became fascinated by,  and enamored with log cabin pineapple blocks. So I ordered up a Craftsy class and template and started one of my own.  I have some borders to plan and add, but I like it so far.

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I pieced together a few online tutorials, and added some of my own math to make a “Victory Garden” knock off.  It was on my quilt bucket list. Check!

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I’m finishing up the last rows of this kaleidoscope block quilt.  I ordered the kaleido ruler a month back, and couldn’t wait to try it.  They are fun little blocks.

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We have a week left until school starts and I’m interviewing for an “out of the house” job this week.

Yikes, changes are a coming!

Melissa

Digging in the dirt

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If your not into gardens you might want to skip this one.  Tons of baby garden pic’s ahead!!

We’ve been diligently working on our landscaping since the snow melted.   If only we had a million bucks right? We’ve got grand plans, but they involve  loads of dirt, rocks, driveway ashfault,  plants, trees, and bushes  that are just not in the budget.  We remind ourselves often: one step at a time. =)

I ran across this photo taken a few days before we moved in to our house and it did make me feel better.  What a jungle, you couldn’t even see the front stairs!!

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We cleared out all the overgrown flora and fauna and planted two manageable boxwood bushes in front. They are still babies, but will hopefully grown to nice round big guys.

There are very few sunny spots on our property to plant the flowers I love unless we just plopped a garden bed in the middle of nowhere!! Which I just might do someday.  But there are three spots.  The first is right behind our house.

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This bed is filled with purple coneflower, blackeyed susans, purple salvia, moonbeam coreopsis, lambs ear, sedum, shasta daisy, and some lillys that are just about to bloom.  Can’t wait!!

I had an extra ladder around so I threw it out here to hold my garden tools

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Just around the  corner on the side of the house is another sunny spot. Unfortunately this is also where all the electric and meter reading doo dads are.  Nothing messes up your pretty garden pictures like electric boxes. hehehe

This bed is pretty much all new plants this year with the exception of the spider wart, lilly, and roses.

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The roses were so pretty this year!! I just cut them back and hope to see another bloom.

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I used to think spider wart was just a weed, but it does look pretty in the morning when the flowers are open.

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Our new additions to the bed are:  Foxglove getting read to burst open.

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5 new hollyhocks

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A baby purple salvia

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I forgot what this is called but I love the wispy stems these purple flowers bloom on.

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There are two new of these things that I can’t remember either! Ha I think it’s in the pinks or carnation family??

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And one of these English moss rose plants

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It will be exciting to watch this bed fill out.

The other tiny little sun spot we have is at the right end of our shade garden.  There is a Rose of Sharon bush growing there  and another dratted day lilly (we have both of those ALL OVER and have to keep digging them out.)

I just planted some new sun lovers there this weekend.

A pink yarrow, purple Jacobs ladder, two delphiniums that are about to pop open and a hibiscus.

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The shade garden still needs some filling out but we are so pleased and geeky about our hostas!! We go out to watch them grow all the time.

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One addition in the shade garden we are excited about is this scottish plant.  It’s the prettiest green with tiny white flowers.

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We are trying our hand at a veggie garden this year. We put it out in the side yard.  We’re not sure if it will get enough light, but as I mentioned we are light challenged around here.  We planted tomatoes, cukes, cabbage, cauliflower, zucchini, squash, green pepper, onion, and sugar snap peas.

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The peas are climbing like champs!

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And the cauliflower is starting to make heads!!!

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Doesn’t take much to thrill us with our first veggie patch!! HAHAHA

Probably our biggest gardening feats to date is FINALLY getting grass to grow around our patio and fire pit!!! YAAYYY!

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We have plans to clear out the weedy mess along our driveway today.  I better go find some bandaids for my blisters!!

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Later gators!

Melissa

Summerizing the Homestead

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One of my favorite things to do each season is make new pillows.  It is amazing what a new pillow can do to change the mood in the house.  This year for summer I made simple red/white and blue/white striped pillows.  They feel nautical and patriotic at the same time to me, which is just what the season calls for!

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Besides my new pillows the things I am most excited about with my Summer decor this year are:

1. I finally quilted and bound my red and white quilt!!! I’m in love! It lights up the whole family room. It’s my favorite quilt ever. =) There is no pattern, just the very center paper pieced star block is from  Judy Niemeyer,  then  I added square in a square’s and some applique and borders to it.  It’s finished off with a scalloped border.

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2. This old coke box I found while antiquing,  another vintage red lantern, and a very sweet milk glass red and white bottle  for the kitchen table.

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3. My recent obsession with vintage picnic tins.

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5. It’s my first summer to decorate the mantel without the huge ugly mirror!

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It obviously doesn’t take much for me to get excited! Hehehe.

Later gators!

Melissa

Summer Porch Spruce Up

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After our bedroom makeover this winter, our front porch floor was a disaster.  I had gotten stain and paint all over it knowing I would have to repaint the floor out there this spring.

Last week the porch floor repainting job got checked off the list and while I was at it decided to give it a little Summer makeover.

I  just had to go to the antique store to help me out don’t ya know!

I found these adorable lanterns and cute vintage coffee can that shout summer to me.

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What would summer be without yummy drinks?

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I found this neglected little wicker chair hiding in a corner at the antique store and gave it a once over with white spray paint.  Then I made a new cushion out of chenille and a vintage table cloth.  The pillow is from the same table cloth with a little pom pom trim added for good measure. =)

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I rounded up some red and white quilts and my vintage picnic accessories and made a little vignette on the old school desk.  I also made some new 4th of July pillows.

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It’s now a refreshed spot for morning coffee!

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Ahhhh summer…I love ya!

Later gators,

Melissa