Many noticed I was a bit AWOL this Summer.
I'd like to introduce you to why.
The newest love of my life and current design project obsession....
She's a riveted, vintage,
Stella is a 1976 Airstream Argosy 28 Model. (bottom right)
(I wish this was a current pricing list!)
Terry and I spent the majority of the Summer
searching for our perfect "vintage Tincan project".
We drove countless miles, met the shadiest of the shady travel-trailer-hustlers,
smelled every level and form of mold, must and mildew imaginable.
We even said "I do"...twice.
We started out in May on this fun, exciting adventure.
By the end of July it was more like smelly, sticky, time-sucking torture.
Terry would find 3-4 hits for the day.
We'd make appts, drive, (often keep right on driving), meet, smell, repeat.
We said "yes", to this cute little
...only to have her sold out from under us. ("I do" #1).
We also said yes to this....
...thankfully, the title was sketchy
(meth-head who was selling wasn't owner on title & title came up "salvaged")
so, (obviously) we walked away ("I do" #2).
I can't believe we really even considered this one...
delirious & desperate in Boring, OR.
We didn't have anything remotely close to an "I Do" for quite awhile after that.
Just a lot more driving and smelling.
In late July we looked at another cute vintage Shasta.
We made an offer, but the guy was
lame firm on his price,
Terry loves the barter.
We hadn't completely crossed this one off the list but
Terry REALLY wanted this guy to bend a little
(isn't that a Craigslist prerequisite??)
while we were mulling this one over.... we met...Stella...
Early on a Friday morning Terry announces he's found a new lead to check out.
I'm so done with this process.
But it's just over in SE, and he (wisely) mentions Podnah's, so I'm in.
(a vintage Airstream and BBQ...my interest peaked.)
Sadly reminiscent of a visit to the Humane Society.
Rescue her, give her a new forever home and a happy lease on life...
she needs us!
(Now from the start of our search I dreamed of an Airstream.
Rarely, if ever, did one come up under our criteria
and I honestly thought Terry thought I was nuts...
but here she was...THE ONE, in all her neglected, vintage loveliness!!)
The negotiation process was an arduous, mind-numbing affair.
The rambling, pre-Alzheimer's, miserly hoarder and his hypochondriac, mask wearing, shut-in bride, were our
captors host and hostess for nearly 5 hours.
Another 2 hours to clear the way, fix the broken hitch
and negotiate the 6" clearance...
she was OURS.
Hooked up and on the road to better days.
Here she is at home, getting her first bath.
This is where the fun (obsession) begins.
There's so much to do, and I just want to do it all RIGHT NOW.
BUT...there is so much that I CANT do.
Stuff I have to WAIT for Terry to do.
plumbing, heating, electrical (boy stuff).
The ultimate challenge in fighting my struggles with artistic perfectionism
right smack in my lap(driveway),
taunting me daily...
paint me, embellish me, decorate me...but not just yet. ugh.
A before gallery.....
My inspiration gallery....
So Summer has turned to Fall,
and with the drawn out search process and then
finding a bit more of a "project" then initially planned...
our renovations will continue through the Fall and Winter.
We're forecasting our maiden voyage for mid Spring.
We have made great progress
Removed, cleaned, painted window frames (still rescreening)
Cleaned, de-rusted and painted window hardware
Cleaned, scrubbed, disinfected all surfaces
Removed- toilet, kitchen (sink, counter, fridge, pantry)
Removed front gaucho
Found Airstream mattresses & bedding
Primed and Painted interior surfaces
Replaced and repaired sub-flooring
Found wood plank vinyl flooring (front area floored)
Wallpapered back bunk
Repaired shower walls
Caulked & waterproofed exterior (hopefully)
Wallpapered front wall
many major tasks/purchases to go:
Register & license
Kitchen counter/cabinet install
Air conditioner unit
....this is just what I can think of off the top of my head
So, there's the story of Stella, so far.
Can hardly wait for all the adventures (and designing and decorating) to come!