Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Fall Art Festivals

I loaded up my vintage trailer, left instructions for the last of the year's CSA deliveries with my husband and boys, gathered up all my art supplies and hit the road for a wonderful couple of weeks spent hiking and painting in some of the most beautiful scenery available.  I attended 2 festivals, one in Escalante and the other in Moab.

I saw this old Chevy sitting in a yard in Torrey, Utah.  I stopped and quickly painted it in watercolor. Someone purchased it, I hope it was an old Farmer and it reminded him of one of his old trucks. 

One afternoon artists were invited to a beautiful yard owned by one of the art patrons.  I painted this waterfall.  Loved the bright blue pot.

Sitting in the parking lot of a local church, I quickly captured the majestic vista.  Using bold strokes and colors I was able to simplify the details.  This painting sold just 10 minutes after the art show opened.

One competition of the Moab festival is a downtown paint out.  The artists pick a spot and have a time frame of 2 hours to complete a painting.  One of my fellow artists across the road painted me, painting.


 Here is my quick painting inspired by some fellow window shopping.

I stopped at my friend DONNA'S booth at the local farmers market in Escalante.  We go way back, I first met her years ago when we both had booths in another market.

Some of Donna's beautiful, organic produce.

Of course I stopped in at the local thrift store!

Spending a couple of weeks in my 1965 vintage trailer, hiking and painting in the great outdoors is so wonderfully rejuvenating.

Thanks to all those who work so hard to make the Festivals a great success.  As always I had an amazing time!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Beautiful Reflections

This beautiful mirror resides on top of my old antique dresser.  I make them out of a 4 inch circular mirror you can purchase at a craft store, an old sterling silver knife, and a good epoxy glue.  Rummage through your jewelry box, antique or thrift stores to find bits and pieces of long forgotten jewelry, beads, or trinkets.  Simply glue the knife onto the back of the mirror and then add the jewelry.  Let glue dry completely before picking up! 

Add items that have meaning in your life.  I love horses, dragonflies, flowers, vintage lapel pins, butterflies, and gardening.  I hung an anchor on the handle in honor of my wonderful husband who is my anchor, keeping me grounded when necessary, but giving me freedom also.

The large green flowers came off a broken necklace I found at a thrift store.

Add vintage earrings, the clip-on style are especially well suited for this project.  Use a pair of pliers to remove the clip before gluing.  Long, pierced earrings make interesting "charms" added to the handle.

These mirrors make excellent gifts for brides, or for Mother's Day. 
 Make one or several for yourself!

Monday, October 3, 2016

A New Home

This past summer the rental we had been living in was put on the market for sale.  Fortunately we were able to find a beautiful little farm to rent.  An extra large garden spot, small green house, and several  covered out buildings are on the 3 acre parcel and home we are now renting.  The outbuildings will give winter protection for several of my vintage vehicles.

Hooked up little "Gypsy Rose" behind the Ford Flatbed and drove her to her new home.

I had to carefully back her in, needing to keep the trailer as close to the side as possible to allow room for the pick-up to be parked adjacent to the trailer.

"WHEW", that was almost too close!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Antique Brass Bed Frame

I have always wanted an ornate brass bed frame .  I have several of the old iron ones, but I continually kept my eye out for an ornate brass one.  I really would like to have one similar to what the Munsters have in their spiderweb filled bed-room, but those big ornate ones were just too much for my budget. Several years ago I found one that would do.

Everything pictured above was purchased in second hand thrift stores over the years.  

If you are familiar with antique beds, you realize that they are not made for a queen size mattress, so how do you address the dilemma of how to fit a queen sized mattress on a full size frame?

Well, sometimes you just have to improvise.

I suggested we take the cover off the box spring and put the frame together inside the springs.  Hubby used a saws-all and cut jigs in each corner to allow the curves of the bed frame to fit in snugly against the box spring.  We have always used old waterbed drawers under our bed to set the box- spring on so it was a matter of matching everything together before cutting the wood.

We were surprised that it actually went together as easily as it did.  O.k. it really wasn't that easy, but we finally got it together. ( Only breaking off a small piece of the frame.)


Thursday, August 18, 2016

All who wander are not lost

"All who wander are not lost" 
J.R.R. Tolkein

Early this spring a trip to see the new grand baby in Arizona was a good excuse to drag along my vintage trailer.  We spent a few days at Cedar Pockets on the Arizona strip.

new growth on a barrel cactus

Living in the arid southwest, I think cactus flowers are some of the most beautiful.

Simple meals of toasted olive bread, fresh mozerella cheese, drizzled with olive oil, and sunburst tomatoes were easy,quick, staple meals during our travels.  The ingredients keep well in a cooler.

a stack of comfy pillows for relaxing after hiking all day

stopped at the North rim of the Grand Canyon for a few days

rubbed his nose for good luck

Loved this book when I was a kid.  I will have to read it again this winter after the gardens are harvested.
Have you been anywhere exciting or adventurous this summer?

Monday, January 25, 2016

Vintage Market Place and BOHO Bazaar

For the past 5 years I have had my eccentric vintage items, antiques, one of a kind re purposed clothing and furniture at the Funky Junky Gypsy Mama's Emporium in Fort Duchesne, Utah.
I used to sell on consignment but the venue was recently  changed and I now rent a booth space.  As you come in the front door, I am located directly to your left.  My booth is stacked full of vintage glassware, a large selection of antique and vintage lamps, cowboy boots, BOHO items and clothing, antique furniture, crystal chandeliers, and so much more.  I would like to say Thank You to all those who have supported my "hunting for treasures obsession" over the years!
Y'all stop by and see the amazing selection of items provided by more than 25 vendors.

I currently have a beautiful Tiger Eye maple vanity for sale along with several refinished, painted dressers and nightstands.  Several brass bed frames and candlesticks are also available.
If you are looking for that one unique item, I am sure I have it floating around somewhere or can find it for you!
Hope to see you at the store.  
Check back here often for sale coupons.

Monday, August 10, 2015


Needing a bigger trailer than my "Little Gypsy Rose", I decided to sell a few of the beautiful antiques I have gathered over the years and buy this,  a classic old, old, old Avion Travel Trailer.
I have been attending more art festivals and sometimes hubby comes along and we just needed more space.  He gladly made the 5 hour one way trip to pick up the trailer, and didn't complain when the trailer lights shorted out in the snow storm as we were dragging her home.  He didn't seem to mind having to spend the long, cold night stranded along the road waiting for daylight with just a small coat to keep us warm.  We patiently waited out the night,  but at daybreak the fog rolled in and we still needed the lights. Luckily I am a farm gal and after thinking about it for a while I asked, "Couldn't we somehow hook into the back lights of the vehicle?"  It was worth a look and as we tore into the back wall panel, we discovered a wire to a heater fan.  Hooked into the wire and simply had to turn on the heater fan for the lights to work.  I will say however, he did gave me quite the look when we first stepped inside the trailer and he saw the shape it was in, but he didn't say a word other than, "it's up to you".  Being a bit of a dreamer and an artist, I could see what potential it had and was thrilled for all the possibilities. Smiling, I handed over the cash!  

This little trailer pulled home like a dream.  She didn't slip and slide on the snowy roads, and followed along so nicely it was hard to tell we were even dragging a trailer.

She is 18 feet long, just the right size for us to take on our travels.

We spent a couple of days gutting out the interior.

Then it was off to the store to buy paint, marine plywood to cover the big holes in the floor, and new laminate flooring. The step into the trailer was re-attached and c-bolts were added to the metal frame for more stability.  Grates were screwed shut and the holes from small doors that were missing were covered with rolled aluminum sheeting.  Once again hubby gave me the look when I said I wanted to buy blue, orange and green paint, but by now he was getting anxious to see the results of all our hard work so he just said "It's up to you". 

I  purchased an old, used, water bed frame with drawers at the Habitat for Humanity store.  I knew they would be just the right height to place the mattress on. The water bed headboard was placed in the wood shed to be donated later to a local thrift store.
We yanked out the propane stove and fridge.  Keeping the existing cupboards, I painted them and added new (old,vintage) hardware.  We built a cupboard to fit in the area where the stove was.  It is filled with my silver tea set and copper pots and pans.

Here are the results!!!!

(I know, can you believe it?)

The propane stove and sink were removed to allow for the full counter top.  I needed the space to work on various art projects, framing, painting etc.  I have an old Coleman Propane stove to cook on outside and a large metal milk bucket I fill with water to heat up and do the dishes in.

The wall surrounding the bed was left "as is".  It has so much character from years of use and different layers of paint, wall paper, and old peeling cork.

The large double closet is big enough to hold all our clothes and shoes for an extended stay.

I found the perfect vintage chandelier after several years of searching.  It showed up in the local thrift store!  The hole that was in the cupboard where an old clock would have been was covered with a second-hand silver plated serving tray and then I attached a mirror over top of the tray.  I purchased the bird pillows in a discount store.  They are the only "new" items in the trailer, but I couldn't resist the bright colors and colorful tassels.

The double door storage area under the bed  is the perfect place to put both my oil and watercolor easels.  Also plenty of room in the drawers for all my sketch pads and other art supplies, or they can be filled with food and necessities.

Corrugated tin placed along a portion of the bottom edge reflects surrounding colors

Candle sticks are screwed down to the top of the shelf.  They remain stationary as we travel.

Old  metal tiles I had purchased 20 years ago line the wall above the counter.  An old paraffin oil lantern I purchased in Wyoming, gives us light.
A chandelier made from a vintage lamp and pretty beads scored in the discount bin at a local craft store makes a beautiful addition.

Remember the old water bed headboard destined for the thrift store?  As it was being loaded into the vehicle,  I had a flash of inspiration.  What if I tore it apart and made it into a bench for the trailer?

It turned out better than expected and can easily be removed if needed. 

If desired, I can add my old rocking chair. I recovered it in a mix-matched variety of fabric, velvet, lace and trim.  It gives me a perfect, soft comfy
 place to sit.

Just found this smaller, green velvet chair at a second hand store.  It fits the space better so the rocker was moved into the house.  I filled the small cupboard with books to read while on the road.

Photos of the bathroom before the remodel.

shower and counter with sink

and after

A portion of the cabinet was removed to allow for more room around the toilet.  I used green industrial, waterproof  paint to coat the inside of the shower.  The walls were painted orange and corrugated metal was placed on the wall surrounding the toilet.  Tile was also used along the floor, covering the holding tank and the shower entrance.

We do not have water in the trailer.  A personal choice, the trailer is old and the shower and sinks were made to run out on the ground.  We will be collecting the shower water in a bin under the trailer to dump in specified areas.  To conserve water, we will use a small solar shower bag and a basin for washing our hands.  By removing the existing sink, I had a large counter space and wanted to make it extra fancy.  I constructed a mosaic top out of old plates gathered from the kitchen.

A blue patterned shower curtain picks up the colors of the flowers on the counter-top.

 The tile placed around the holding tank and shower edge is the same tile used around the mosaic counter-top.

I added this vintage metal rose wall hanging along part of the wall and across the top.  I wanted something to help transition between the green and orange colors.  Bright blue birds are added........well because I wanted to and they match the shower curtain.

Now we are ready to run away on another adventure!

I have traveled extensively the past couple of years since the remodel.  Took a trip along the old route 66.  I attended several Plein Air art festivals in Southern Utah.  Camped in the high Uintas, the Rocky mountains, and made a couple of trips through Arizona to visit my kids.  If you see me along the way be sure to honk or come on over to my camp and say "hello".


"All  who wander are not lost."
J.R.R. Tolkien

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