Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Happy Anniversary, Airstream

Ten years ago (I actually missed it by a couple days, it was April 20th, 2003) I brought home a camping trailer. After months of researching online, and hunting through ads, and never getting to actually see an Airstream in person, I placed a wanted ad in the paper, and got a call from a gentleman in Oregon who had one to sell. It wasn't the Argosy with the big front windows I was looking for, but it did the trick just fine. It was beautiful and everything in it (sort of) worked.

We took it camping regularly, replaced the axle, replaced part of the floor, replaced most of the appliances over the years, and never missed a single camping trip. It's been the catalyst for making many friendships all over the country and especially here in the NW with friends we regularly camp with. We've been through many ups and downs, and it is still our favorite toy, and the best money we ever spent on anything that rolls. It's not just a vehicle, it's like family.

Posts about the Airstream

Happy 10th Anniversary to our 1968 Caravel, which also turns 45 years old this year! I hope we'll be traveling in it for many years to come! I guess I could also say happy Anniversary to the mighty van, which was purchased immediately after the Airstream to tow it, and has set a record for us as the longest we've ever owned a vehicle.


Monday, April 15, 2013

Wall shelves for the living room


We have a big empty wall in the living room, and not much to put on it, except this cool vintage clock Dave's Dad Gave us. I decided to build a shelf around it, so we could have a place to put a few knick-knacks. I sketched up a design.



Then, I hung the clock, and laid out the design using painter’s tape




I went out and took advantage of my newly organized garage and built the shelves (and simplified them by leaving off a couple short shelves I felt weren’t necessary), then laid on a couple coats of stain, but it came out ugly and drippy. So I sanded it clean and got a gel stain, applied that, and it again came out looking terrible. Finally Dave suggested I paint it, and knowing that it would look terrible if just painted brown, I suggested green, to match the carpet.




Dave helped me put in some screws to hang it from the studs so it would be secure.



Tah dah – just as I envisioned it!