Thursday, January 26, 2012

Curtain Ideas

I really don't like the curtains that are in the Casita currently ... they're actually just neutral draperies that the previous owner cut down and they do match/coordinate with the cushions so I'll save them in case I ever decide to sell her (doubt it) but since she's going to be done in a cottage theme, I've decided to attempt something.

I'm going to use vintage pillowcases that I have tons of and see if that works.  I've got sets of them with detailed embellishments ... embroidery, crocheted/tatted edges and I've picked out the ones that have the most pink in them to kind of have them coordinate.  I'll use 2 on each of the 3 windows in the back by folding the bottom edge over and making a pocket.  The previous owner had a brilliant idea of screwing a little curtain rod into the frame of the mini-blinds so will use those.

I've sorted pillowcases, measured and ironed them and now all I have to do is sew a straight seam on one as a tester and put it up.  Hopefully this works and doesn't look goofy.  I've seen it done in another camper and it looked really cute so we'll see.

I'll post pictures as soon as I get the curtains up this weekend.  I'm also considering using a white eyelet comforter on the bed so will be scouting around looking for one although if I find a pastel polka dot or a nice non-gaudy plaid, I might be really tempted.  Hurry spring!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Pictures of the Casita

I finally got out and took pictures of my new little Casita ... this is pre-decoration of course.  She's going to be done in an English cottage theme (probably mentioned this before) and I can't wait for spring.  I have a ton of vintage pillowcases that have embroidery or fancy trim on them that I'm going to use for curtains.  Hopefully it will look cute ... they're all white with colored embellishments so hopefully that will tie it all in.  Will have to go out and test one out today I think before I start sewing seams for the rod pockets.

Anyway, here she is in all her glory ...

Sunday, January 22, 2012

I Have a Camper!

Well as luck would have it, I now have a camper!  Completely gave up on the Forester ever being renovated as hubby hasn't done anything to it (well I take that back, he did a couple of little things but nothing major) and so decided to try to sell it.  I had just listed it on eBay when he decided he might want a second chance so asked me to cancel the auction.  Well since I had just listed it, I couldn't do that for 24 hours so stuck a reserve on it.  Nearly 4,000 views and 67 watchers, we got nothing.

So we took it to Sioux Falls, SD to a camper place to get an estimate on renovating it.  Also contacted a guy in Lincoln.  Both came in at roughly $6500.  Not worth it to me because I had bad karma with this thing anyway.

So we went to look at an Apache pop up a few weeks ago and it was super huge so passed.  Plus I honestly don't think I could manage the setup and take down every time I wanted to go out so nah.  Stopped by an RV place on the way home and looked at a 2010 Sportsman's Classic.  Very cute, very basic, no amenities, pretty much bare bones (no propane, no stove, no bathroom) for nearly $8000.  Thanks but no thanks.

As a last ditch, I decided to put an ad on craigslist looking for a late model camper 14' or less.  As luck would have it, within 24 hours I had a reply from a nice lady in Iowa who had a Casita.  I had to ask her what a Casita is because it wasn't anything I had heard of.  She sent pictures, we talked over the phone, we emailed and I'm proud to say I'm now the owner of a 2002 Casita Patriot Deluxe (the one with the bathroom/shower).  This is fully self contained, runs on propane, electric and 12V and is teeny tiny but adorable!

Now if it would just warm up so I can get to decorating ... hurry spring!

PS:  To further make my day better, we sold the Forester to a person in Sioux Falls saving us a trip back up there to get it.  Yay!