Monday, July 09, 2018

Seven windows plus five more! OK, we did it!

I’ve been itching to take on these projects since the day in 2015 we bought this Landmark 5th wheel.  Brown, brown, brown was the theme of the décor and there was plenty of it including the seven windows in the main portion of the coach, four in the bedroom and one in the bathroom.  Why do RV manufacturers think that RVers prefer brown??

Part 1:  Seven Windows


The bells are Christmas décor.

Valance before

I made several trips to Joann Fabrics and took photos of fabric possibilities.  Some fabric looked good but wouldn’t work due to print size and/or color.  The tan fabrics blended and disappeared into the wall color so they were eliminated.  Some of the prints I really liked were just too big for the 7” high valances. 

And, then, of course , there’s the compromise aspect between GET and I!  We’ve been married a very long time but still don’t agree at first go-round on almost any and all decorating!



The winner!

It was very expensive at $49.99 a yard but on sale for $19.99 per yard and then I had a Joann coupon so instead of $149.97 my final cost was $51.17!  What a deal!20180209_171654

The “pattern”

Since the fabric was pretty expensive, even with discounts, I wanted to make sure I had it laid out to most efficiently accommodate the seven pieces.  I also made sure I followed  the “measure twice, cut once” rule!


The bed is my largest flat space so I laid my cutting mat on it and it worked quite well.  Of course, I had to work around the napping little brown dog, Zodiac!


Stapling the fabric around the valance (or is it a cornice?) is pretty straightforward, although time consuming initially, had to remove the majority of the many staples from the original fabric layer. I didn’t completely remove the original layer.



I’ve noticed that many who are renovating their RV’s have been hanging traditional curtains.  Our rig came equipped with really upscale shades so no way was I going to remove them.  I also prefer a more contemporary scaled-down look. 

I’ve been following and getting a few ideas from RV Inspiration which is an informative and helpful site for decorating and renovating RVs.  Most of the featured RVs have been done in cottage-type décor but there are still ideas to be had for our more contemporary home.


We donated the bulky (and pretty uncomfortable} brown leather sofa and replaced it with this contemporary blue sofa.  Yes, that is a real dog!  If I had tried to get Dulee to pose he would have immediately moved or at least turned his head!


Part 2:  Five Windows


Really brown aren’t they!


Stapling in progress:



Bedroom and bathroom


Another after:

Don’t have a “before” photo of the headboard but believe me it was very BROWN! Dark brown stained frame and a dark brown fabric insert.

I used the existing headboard, added padding, and tufted it with metal sand dollars.  Couldn’t find burlap fabric I liked so purchased burlap “ribbon” and made my own cording.


It matches nicely with the comforter set I purchased on-line from Wayfair.


The bench in the bedroom was upholstered in, NO, NOT BROWN, but ORANGE!  Oh no, almost as bad as brown in my book.


I really didn’t have enough extra fabric to properly do the bench (a project I really hadn’t planned on ) so the underside is a little rough. Lots of safety, T pins and straight pins.  But, who will see it anyway?  See the patch of original orange fabric?


We are well on our way to creating a bright and airy home on the road…more ideas in the mill! 

Monday, March 19, 2018

Rookie mistake after 23 years of Fulltiming? YEP!

A few days after leaving Laguna Seca last month we noticed big scratches and a teeny ding on the top front of the fifth wheel. We’ve been fulltime RVers for more than 23 years…we should know better!  So, how did this happen?  Heaven forbid---a rookie error!20180209_111359

The front side (the right side) overlooked the race track.


However it was backed (the left side) by numerous Coast Oak trees.


And the ding on the fifth wheel happened on the right side where there were fewer trees! 


I was spotting on the right side of the rig while GET backed out and where the oak tree growth was the thickest and closest to the side.  Oopsie, there must have been a wayward large branch on the left side that scraped the front. Neither of us noticed or heard anything but the evidence is there…luckily GET was able to rub most of the scratches out and applied a little paint to the nick.

We’ll never make a rookie mistake again…ya right…HA!

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Life in a RV…filling nooks & crannies

Cords snaking here, there and everywhere and the laptop propped against a chair, on the recliner, on the credenza and pretty much a tripping hazard!  That was GET’s laptop! (not related at all but YES, he is a diehard Raider fan!)


This is my computer desk but he had nothing!  Do you see the hook behind the chair for my purse?Another nook & cranny solution!DSCN0640

Our chairs are quite sturdy and have a solid stabilizing rung.  Umm, I had a thought: I could place a shelf on the rung for storing his laptop!


GET went in search of a board to use for the shelf and came back with a salvaged pre-finished shelf onto which we traced the chair rung outline!  DSCN0609

He then cut the board along the traced outline. Yes, that’s my picnic tablecloth! (RV’s don’t typically come equipped with a workbench so a picnic table often serves as a substitute.)


Nailed rubber feet to the bottom of the shelf in order to give it a snug fit and finally stained the one raw edge with a stain marker.


And there we go—GET’s laptop has a secure home! And convenient too since this chair sits beside his recliner .


A couple of my other “nook & cranny” storage areas:

Shoe holder for cleaning supplies in the narrow space beside the washer/dryer.


Wine glass racks in both corners under the living room cabinet.


Excuse me while I nose around for a nook or cranny for more of my books or sweatshirts or ???.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

An Accidental Family History

As Denise, Stanley and I looked at the 2016 Thomas Times Christmas newsletter Stanley asked if I had saved copies of my old newsletters, noting that they are a look at our family history!  His observation set my creative juices flowing.  I would make Christmas Newsletter albums for the grandkids!

2016-front-half fold format

I assembled all of the newsletters beginning with 1992.  (I’ve done Christmas letters many times through the years but none of these survive.)  Some of them were easy to scan, a few I have saved in my laptop so they were also easy to retrieve and a couple, which I had originally formatted on colored cardstock, were a bit more challenging to make good copies.


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I chose a loose leaf format so additional years could be easily added (maybe they will bind them in the future?) and purchased 1” binders, a different color for each “grand”, and plastic sheet protectors.

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In order to customize them for each kid I used actual mastheads from different years for the album covers.  The photos are a mini family tree: Us, Russ & Denise, Gary & Vivian and Kelle & Joe, and the “grands” Jorden, Stanley, Mary and William.


Finally, I slipped a little dedication card into each album:

dedication card

When I shared a photo of the albums with daughter Kelle she replied “I want one!”


I enjoy receiving Christmas newsletters but Christmas Newsletters as family history?  Quite a concept!  I wish I had saved my older ones and also those of friends and family!