Friday, January 25, 2013

Three's a Collection

I didn't set out to collect toy toasters. I don't think anyone sets out to collect toy toasters; it just happens. One day, I was at the flea market and saw the toaster with the rooster. Plaid is fun and roosters are fun. I brought it home and it sat in my kitchen for about a year.

A few weeks ago, I spotted the blue toaster at the same flea market. It's in crazy good shape and such a great color. It had to come home with me.

Today, Roger was restocking our booth at the antique mall and saw the red toaster in a display. Red is my color, you know, so he brought it home, too.

And, that, my friends, is how you start a collection.

See more thrifty finds at Young Heart's weekly link-up!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

New BIG Project

Wow!! It's been over 2 months since I've blogged! I need to do better! But, we're not going to call that a resolution, because I never complete those.

The other day, I sent Roger a picture of a vintage trailer with a chandelier in it. He responded that a chandelier was completely impractical in a camper and maybe what we needed was a second trailer as a playhouse. Well, I didn't have any problem getting behind that idea!

On Saturday, we convinced my brother to haul this home for us. He's pretty easy to convince. Our bizarre requests don't even phase him anymore. Like I told Roger, when you begin your marriage by buying a church to live in, nothing else you do will surprise your family.

As best we can tell, this is a late 50s Streamline travel trailer. Possibly an Emperor model. When your serial number is only 4 digits long, you know it's old.

This trailer isn't going anywhere. It's going to be my craft space. I can hardly wait. In fact, I'm dying for Roger to get done with the boring stuff, so I can do the FUN stuff. He thinks I'm going to spend the summer polishing the exterior. He's so cute.

Here's a quick tour of the inside.

Someone has started a seating area in the front of the trailer. This is all coming out. My craft table will take center stage here.

The kitchenette would have been to the right of this built in storage cupboard. The sink and countertop have been long since removed. There's a set of rough bunkbeds in its place. Those are going away to make room for a waist high countertop where I can cut fabric without having to bend over.

Across the way is this big metal "thing". A fullsize range would have gone in the open space. The rest of it is two closets. The closets will remain, but I'm hoping we can remove the metal whatever-it-is up to the closets.

There is a nice open area at the back of the trailer which was the "bedroom". There would have been a twin bed on each side of the middle aisle. A bathroom would have been through that back doorway. All of the fixtures have been removed from the bathroom, so we are going to convert that to a nice little reading nook. Kind of like a window seat.

So much work to do! So much planning! I've already got a car seat full of paint chips and a pinterest board dedicated to ideas and inspiration for my craft trailer.

Stay tuned!