Thursday, January 31, 2013


Well I was up aaaaallllll night thinking about porta potties for the Shasta. I need a bathroom , and the pesky wheel well is getting in my way!
Here  is the style I'm interested in...

I just wish I could find a great quality one in low profile, so I don't have to step up to it...

Wednesday, January 30, 2013


This is the awning rail I decided to go with.It is marine grade flexible pvc.

FLEX Awning Rail

I will be sewing a  5/16" diameter marine grade cord thru  a hem on one side of my awning, then feed it thru the channel.

I still need to get:

* Adjustable tent poles
* Heavy Duty tent stakes

* Tie-Down lines

* Tension adjusters for lines

* Medium weight spring for each  tie-down line

* Small pulley for each tie-down line

* Metal Washer for each tie down line instead           of a knot

* Awning rail pulley


Well after two days scouring the internet, I think I finally found my foam . I won't order until the Shasta is in the driveway, because I really don't want to screw up measurements. The great thing about this company is free shipping. I love that!!!

Also I found the cutest foam crown molding from this site. Because it's foam it bends any way you want, and is lightweight. All you do is glue it up and paint. I'm thinking because of the canned ham roundness, it is gonna be sooo cute.

Here is the link ...check it out.

Monday, January 28, 2013


I found a piece of scrap wood in the garage . It was the perfect size for my sign on the Shasta

Tuesday, January 22, 2013


Well, just ordered my awning fabric ...Sunbrella .
100% Sunbrella Acrylic, Repeat: 8 inches, Up the roll stripe. UV and Stain Resistant, 54" wide . $36 value .... 

I got it for 5 bucks a yard! They only had 11 yards left, so that will make my awning about 9 ft. x 12 ft.

I will be making screened side panels that velcro on.  SWWWEEET!

I was just emailed that half of my fabric I had already ordered and paid for was sold to someone else. I had already ordered my edging and trim to match, and they are absolutely horrible .
 Please beware of this company.  
Anatol's Fabric Outlet
1328 Strassner Drive
St. Louis, MO 63144

I have now ordered some off of E-bay for just about 20.00 more , but the color is much nicer,and I can order more if needed!
My order came within 2 days!!!Great Seller!!
Sailors Exchange (

350543886433 - Price: US $88.00

Great tutorial on diy awning!!!


This guy is amazing with the pulley system!

Today I am starting sewing my awning.The measurements will be 10 foot by 12 foot. 
 This is the corners , where I notched out a square.

 Reinforcement where grommets will be.

 I painted the sides with exterior white paint and antiqued it with some floor stain.

 The scalloped edges were cut using a lid for a template.

 I used a stencil from Hobby Lobby for the black scroll design.The fleur de lis was a stencil I made with a cardboard cut out.I traced it with a  black sharpie, then painted it with acrylic craft paint.

 The edges were finished with a half inch double seam binding I ordered off of Ebay.

My helper.....

Friday, January 18, 2013


Because my Shasta has no interior, I have the choice to build and or repurpose furniture that fits.

I had a buffet in my dining room that fits perfectly in the space designated for the kitchen counter.

While unconventional , it is just my style which I call Gaudy French .

For tutorial you can go to my other blog at

Here she is all done.


This may just be the fabric choice for the front dinette cushions. 

It appears I will be needing 5 yards for the two cushions, and then for the back bed I figure another 5 yards.

Holy moly this stuff is adding up. On the other hand, I am saving alot of cha ching by sewing all of this myself.

Here is the diagram for the front...
 And here is the back bed...

Here is a great tutorial for a vintage camper awning!

Saturday, January 12, 2013


Here is my paint design for the Shasta. Her colors will be very antique, muted cream ,gold, mauve,green , etc.You could say french Parisian of sorts. 

The crown is actually a fire pit ring that's being lazer cut out of aluminum and formed in the shape of a crown. Then attached to the top. I can pull it off and use it whenever needed.How frickin' cool ey?