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It’s not cotton candy…

One of the toughest jobs of fixing up the camper would be dealing with insulation. It’s wasn’t hard, just uncomfortable. Being in protective gear in 90* weather was a little stifling.

After packing the walls with this fluffy stuff , we installed the walls. I’m using 1/8″ Luan. Weird name for thin bendy wood.

The nail gun would not hold this stuff down so we just scored into the edges. That small corner wall was a beast to fit correctly until my hubs had the brilliant idea of tracing the the outside of the camper on to the Luan to get the curve right. Smaahht.

The bench was to installed which will eventually fold out into a twin sized bed. The wainscoting on the front gives it such a finished look!

The ceiling went up, cut from the same Luan. I painted it first to avoid splattering on the floor. The seams aren’t perfect but that will all be covered with trim. It’s really starting to come together! Now we can move to the other side of the camper, which is still a shambles! It houses the dinette and all of the important electric and water structures. 🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼

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The floors are on the wall!

Between the heat, thunderstorms and a horrible sunburn I am slowly making progress on my camper.

After finishing the cabinets and hardware, I started the flooring. It changes the whole feel already. Bye bye 80’s.

I’ve decided to install the peel and stick vinyl flooring to the one wall that the kitchen is on. I ❤️ the texture it’s adding to the space.

I thought that the adhesive on the flooring would be enough but I ended up having to use a couple of caulking tubes of E6000 glue. I used painters tape on the seams to hold it all in place. Nothing is ever as easy as I think it’s going to be🙄

I’ve just ordered the foam cushion inserts and bought the fabric for covering them. So excited! BUT FIRST- let’s get some walls and a bench/bed up. It’s starting to look like a camper✨

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Vintage camper project!

I love home decor and I’ve been wanting to get my hands on a vintage camper for quite a while. This project is already bigger than I thought it was going to be. I wanted to slap some paint on and update the flooring but this baby needs a little more TLC than that😭

Yuck! Not the best site I’ve ever seen. But with a little hard work we are slowly replacing the framework.

Looks so much better already! Luckily the cabinetry is in OK condition and we removed the doors and started painting.

I’m using the highest grade of Sherwin Williams paint and so far it’s worth the $$$. It goes on so smooth with amazing coverage. And it has almost no odor, which is everything when you are working in such a confined space. I purchased this hardware from Target, it’s from the Hearth & Hand line. So lovely but I wanted some gold. If you’ve never tried Rub ‘n Buff, you’re missing out. It comes in various colors and is so easy to use. And it lasts!

Look at the lining of these drawers! I used the gift wrap that I designed from Spoonflower. It’s such heavy paper and so perfect to add that bit of color. ❤️ This is the part of the project that I love❤️

Painting cabinets may seem a little premature given the fact that my camper has no walls😬 but I wanted to paint them without caring about drips and painting outside of the lines… But it’s also incentive. Seeing the fresh paint makes me want to hurry up and finish it!!

Tradeshows

Blueprint 2018

Things are finally settling down around here… well, not really but I have some time to post about Blueprint. I’ve been looking forward to this tradeshow all year and it didn’t disappoint.

With all of my marketing materials and designs I headed to NYC. Blueprint is so easy to set up for. Instead of a booth, you have tables with banners behind you.

It was so much fun to meet clients, old and new and plenty of hopefuls 🤞🏼 I even met Lilla Rogers ✨ That was definitely a highlight. She enjoyed taking a peek at my sketchbook. Eeek!

Besides eating lots of yummy food, I also enjoyed some hotel time at the Yotel. I would for sure stay there again.

It was a more successful show for me than last year. I’ve grown so much as an artist/designer and learned so much about the biz. My work was well received and I’m excited for the future. I’d call that a success💪🏼

It’s always fun to travel but it feels so good to be back home. Until next year NYC!

painting

Animal Antics


I’ve been enjoying this online workshop and exploring a totally untapped part of my creative brain. 


One of my favorite things to do is cloud watch with my girlies and use our imaginations to find shapes and animals. This course is exactly like that but with paint! 


It allows me to give myself permission to PLAY and get messy and not think about making finished pieces.  I highly recommend it for anyone looking to experiment and get out of their creative comfort zone.  Have fun and get messy!!

random revelations

burn out.

I’m an artist working from home. Glamorous, right? Don’t get me wrong. I am #blessed. I love what I do but sometimes that’s the problem. I can rarely turn it off. Creating new art is barely half of what I do. Administrative and marketing tasks take up quite a bit of my time, too. And when I do leave the studio, I’m often thinking about being in the studio….

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The journey of commercial art takes so much. Organization, constant creativity, but also a thick skin and monster focus. There is so much rejection in the consumer art world that it can wear on you at times. It is SO important to take care of yourself, to make real time for yourself. To give yourself permission to really shut down. Even though we think we are taking time off, we are often still checking social media, which is not shutting down!

IMG_3340Last week, my body forced a shut down. I think it was a combo of the winter blues and overworking myself, combined with the stresses of parenting, marriage, and just life. My energy was so low that I knew I needed some rest. I took a beginner yoga class and enjoyed just breathing and emptying my brain. I also spent a lot of time in the barn, grooming the horses and shoveling @#$!. It was just what I needed.

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This week, I am back in the studio, feeling refreshed and ready to rock it out again. I am still going to go full force in my creative biz, but I know how important it is to take the time for myself. Real time. Outside. Breathing.