Wednesday, January 29, 2014

2014 and A New Manifesto...

It is finally done.  And I am pretty pleased with it.  Here is my 2014 Manifesto.  As you may know if you have followed my blog, several years ago I found a post by a fellow blogger on their own manifesto (post with links here) and I thought it was a grand idea for making resolutions and seeing them all the time to remind myself of what I wanted to accomplish.

Last year I took a pic of the one that I printed and hung...

I feel like I did ok...I did run the half marathon, I did more gardening and made more food at home.  I sort of rode my bike more...and did grow the blog some.  We explored when we could, and while we did not buy a farm yet, we are well on our way with our move to Central CA.

This year, I feel like I have great goals and resolutions.  Things I can really work toward and are important to me.  Or reminders to slow down and check out something new. 

If you want to make your own, I did this all on google draw.  I had a lot of fun checking out all their fun fonts and playing with the design.  Nothing super fancy, but fun nonetheless!

What are your goals for 2014?

Happy New(ish) Year!


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Crafty Market Fun...

Just before the holidays, Ric, Kaitlin and I set out to sell our crafty wares at a couple of the local fairs and markets here in the area.  First we set out to the Saturday Farmers and Crafters Market in nearby Paso Robles.  Held every weekend, year round (unless really increment weather…like rain…haha!) this little market is very sweet and a lot of fun to be involved with.  While it was chilly, it was sunny and bright. 

After closing that table up around 1:30pm, we drove out to our little town of San Miguel to set up for the Christmas Electric Lights Parade and Craft Faire.  It was a great showing of all the folks in town and a great opportunity to meet some of the people who reside here.  We had a lot of fun chatting with the kids that just loved Rocket Pack Crafts and showing off upcycled goods from my side, 23 point 4 degree tilt. 

The little parade held after dark was just adorable!  We had so much fun seeing all the cars in the parade lit up, Santa on the fire truck, and the mariachi dancers of all ages (the kids were too cute!  Sorry, no good pics from it, though.)

We have since decided to continue doing the Saturday Market and have now done our 4th one this last Saturday.  With gorgeous weather, Kaitlin, Ric and I have had fun talking to people and selling our goods.  We have been working on a better displays, etc, each time, and each time we are little nicer!

Hope you had a great New Years!!  Can’t wait to share the new New Year’s thoughts and ideas with you soon!


Thursday, January 2, 2014

Making our little RV a Home

After we arrived, we had worked hard to make our little RV “Oliver” a home for us.  First was to find a kitchen table that would fit in our space but that we could move to clean, etc.  After much searching, we decided that we could not find something just right.  So we decided to make ourselves one.  We needed materials, so we took the pallets from our solar panel and decided to make it into a our new little table.

After disassembling the pallet, we began to create our new table…

Ric and Kaitlin working on the table…

It’s coming together!

Final touches…Ric used a torch to create burns in the wood.  Then after a little clear varnish, viola!  I just love it!  It fits perfectly and looks great!

Next was to create some slipcovers for the furniture that existed in the RV.  We put some cute fabric to use and made slip covers for the dinette and the pull-out couch.  We used the same fabric that we used on the couch for a privacy curtain at the front of the cab part of the RV.

(Privacy curtain at the back and our sorta messy little table.)

(The couch with its new cover)

(Ok, totally looks messy here, but I assure you this is pretty organized for this tiny space!  Check out my cute little slip cover to the right on the little dinettes with the little pockets.)

Added a cute little chandelier (found this on sale and made of cardboard, so it is perfect!)

It is a little messy still, but that may just be part in parcel for such a tiny space.  We always have something we are working on out.

More soon on our crafting exploits in Paso Robles and in San Miguel!