Saturday, May 16, 2015

Glamming Practice

A spate of heavy rains and severe storms made camping plans a thing of the past for awhile. Time spent in the storm cellar, however, revealed a location for some glamming activity!  A plain, cement walled storm cellar, two ceiling vents allowing air and light. Short stairs a small storage area beside the stairs and the wall opposite. Not big but enough space for about 4 people to crowd in.  So I began to think....maybe a coat of exterior, white porch paint to brighten the area?  What about a mural to give the idea of space and make it feel less box-like?  Strong, fun colors. Maybe a beach? A Tropical beach? Paint a rug on the floor...

Concept drawing of mural and colors with glamming elements (candle holder, wicker table)

Plastic appropriate spray paint; colorful fabric, some items begin to set the stage. The gold circle marks the general area of the "window" mural.

Items to jazz up include:
Two battered and faded plastic chairs
2 candle stands
1 wicker table
1 plastic storage unit
several plastic storage cans and bins (for extra batteries, candles, food and water)

There are some necessary items you need to keep in your cellar and update as needed:
batteries for radios, flashlights, etc.
battery operated radio, cell phone charger
water to drink
some tools (crowbar and hammer are handy)
Ready to eat, long lasting foods
medicine you might need
First aid and hygiene basics (bandages, antiseptics, mouthwash, toilet paper, etc.)
Warm or rainproof clothes (can be kept in a plastic container or bag to keep dust and bugs out)
A blanket or wrap (can be kept in a plastic container or bag to keep dust and bugs out)
Copies of important papers (in water proof pouch or on a flash drive in a waterproof container)


A family with children is painting a wall with chalkboard paint. Other good ideas and suggestions can be found here.

Sunday, May 10, 2015


Occasional recipes suited to camping.  This one can be done in a crockpot or in a pot.  It's ease of use earned it the nickname "Kitchen Sink Soup" meaning it had a lot of things in it!   The easy use includes combining canned soups and vegetables to create a hearty and tasty meal that travels well. In using prepared foods it is a quick to prepare meal.  Take an extra trash bag along to collect recyclable materials.
1 can/pkg of Lentil Soup
1 can/pkg Progresso Chicken Enchilada
1 can/pkg corn
1 can/pkg peas
1 onion
Seasonings (salt, pepper, 1 t. Italian seasoning; if you like spicy either red chilies or 1 can of chilies and tomatoes)
1 can/pkg beef soup
NOTE: If you like a heartier soup (i.e. thicker) - add a little flour or add more vegetables (potatoes, carrots, celery, etc.)


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Door Detail

The door in a pop-up slides up for storage and then slips into place with a panel that allows light to come in through a screened opening.  Pretty boring too!  Image my delight when I recently saw how someone had used faux tin ceiling tiles to decorate their door. Lightweight, low cost and looks great. I really want to do this because it seems a nice simple way to jazz up the outside.  There is already some metal detailing on the front. It is silver toned so that may decide the tone on the door. We will see...

They are available from many outlets.  Here is one from Home Depot...

Revising the Plan

The grand plans have to be reduced sometimes to more workable - and budget friendly - goals.  So believing greatly in the reduce and reuse model I looked at the camper curtains and decided they could stay a little longer. They were in good condition and so how to jazz them up a bit?  I am thinking of using Velcro dots to attach panels of bright fabric and play up the brighter tones in the current cushions. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Recycle and Reuse:Glamping on a Shoestring

I had this lovely large wind chime in my back yard. One too many storms and I was left with the top made from metal.  Seemed such a waste to just toss it into the recycle bin.  Could it have an extended life as something else? Hmmm.  So I painted it to reflect the current colors used to decorate the camper, added some glass beads and the result was a big of decorative swag that can be used outside or inside the camper (as a mini chandelier?). Some are crystal like and refract light in a bright manner.  If I get the chance I will upgrade to more prismatic beads to increase the glam factor.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

A Starting Place

Brown, tan, taupe, olive, and a light burgundy

Found these at a thrift store for pennies and can add them to the "camper as is" color palette

Found this cool yard ornament in olive and brassy green tones....a maybe