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I’m a Happy Camper!

Happy Camper Printable from Mrs. Padilly's TravelsAs of July 2016, over 1,700+ of you have downloaded my Happy Camper printable! That’s a lot of Happy Campers!

This free printable, for your personal use and enjoyment, is my way of saying Thank You for stopping by MrsPadillysTravels.com.

Occasionally, however, readers ask if they can use the image for commercial use; like a request I recently received from Julia, of KlayZ Kreations.

Julia contacted me to ask if she could use my image for one of her soldered charm designs. Intrigued by this request, I visited Julia’s Facebook page, and liked what I saw.

While I typically say no to such requests, I could see myself wearing one of Julia’s necklaces, and gave her permission to use the image under one condition; she make one for me!  🙂

Julia happily agreed, and informed me her soldered necklaces come in two sizes: 1 1/2 inch, and 2 inch squares. Since I’m a Texan, I naturally went for the bigger 2″ size!

Happy Camper Necklace by KlayZ Kreations

I was very excited the day the necklace arrived in the mail, and thrilled with the design and quality of Julia’s work! I will wear it proudly!

Thanks, Julia!


Since so many of you have downloaded a copy of my Happy Camper printable, I thought you might like to see the image that inspired me (found on Pinterest).

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Moving the Ol’ Homestead: Casita Coming Home!

Mrs. Padilly's Good Luck Horse ShoeIt’s been a bit quiet on Mrs. Padilly’s Travels, but for good reason! We are moving the Ol’ Padilly Homestead out to the country, which will allow us to bring my Casita Travel Trailer “Free Range,” and Mr. Padilly’s C-Dory cruiser “C-Horse” home! (No more off-site storage!)

I can’t include enough exclamation points to show you how excited I am about this move, and having my Casita on property!

But the best part about this move is once we are settled in our new home, and life returns to normal routine, I plan on redecorating the inside of my Casita to fit our new home’s Texas ranch theme, and sharing this redesign with you! 🙂

In the meantime, here is a peak at the site where Free Range will soon call home.

Happy Trails!

Mrs. Padilly

Mrs. Padilly's New Homestead - stables

Mrs. Padilly's New Homestead - Pasture & Garden

 

Bastrop State Park, Texas ~ Campsite #73

Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930’s, Bastrop State Park is one of only seven CCC parks in the nation to be awarded the National Historic Landmark status.

Entrance Sign to Bastrop State Park Texas

Padilly-Tips
Date of Visit: July 11-13, 2015

  • Large motor coaches and trailers may find the pull-through sites in the Piney Hill Camping area more suitable. This area is located near the pool and above most of the tree line, giving you sweeping views of the fire-damaged park.
  • Smaller RVs and trailers have the option of Copperas Creek Camping area, where a patch of loblolly pines survived the fire providing shade and back-in level concrete pads (Padilly’s site was #73). Tent camping can be found at Copperas Creek, and Deer Run (near Piney Hills).

Campsite #73, Bastrop State Park, Texas
Mrs Padilly's Camper at Bastrop State Park

A brutal Texas drought in 2011 resulted in many fires across Texas, one of which raged through Bastrop State Park. 

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Creating an Heirloom Camping Table


How To Create Heirloom Glamping TableDid you ever repurpose something you own, that you did not know the value of, and it became priceless?

Well, that is exactly what happened when I created my Heirloom Glamping Table to bring on camping trips in my Casita.

A little Padilly background information:

In addition to my passion for the subjects of this blog, I’m also into genealogy, and have lots of vintage family photos, including many of my mother and her family taking road trips out west during the 1940’s. These family photos do a wonderful job of capturing the time period, and all deal with outdoor travel activities.

Then one day it occurred to me, what better way to bring their memory with me on camping adventures than to make a table with all their photos glued on top!

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Window Treatments for my Casita Travel Trailer

Mrs. Padilly's Casita Camper Dressed For Glamping: Final Makeover PictureAh, window treatments…This is always a challenge for me; I do not like to sew.

Finished Rag Valance on Casita Camper Glamping MakeoverCase in point: my daughter was a bridesmaid in a wedding where each girl was given fabric by the bride-to-be to make a dress from a pattern of their choice. Of course my first thought was, “are you sure you want to be in this wedding?” But momma guilt kicked in and I knew I had to sew the dress.

It ended up fitting like a glove, but if I had to charge for the hours of work I had to put into making it, the dress would probably have cost more than a wedding dress. Truth is, when it comes to sewing, I’m just plain slow.

Solution? Create no-sew drapes for my Casita. Better yet, valances!

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Stenciling the Screen Door on a Casita Travel Trailer

Stenciling Welcome on Screen Door Casita Travel TrailerIt is said that it’s the little things that matter most, and when I apply this saying to my Casita’s makeover, it turns out that one of the little things I did during the makeover, stenciling the screen door, had one of the biggest impacts on my camper’s overall charm  – and it happened by accident. 

As I frequently do, I was wandering the aisles at my local hobby store when I came upon a chandelier stencil (perfect for a Glamper!), and immediately knew I had to have it, but wasn’t sure how I could use it.

My initial plan was to use the stencil on the camper’s closet door until I remembered the screen door.

Taping Chandelier and Welcome Stenciling to DoorThe chandelier was the perfect scale for the screen door, and since this is the entry door to the camper, I purchased a “welcome” stencil, too. I found my chandelier stencil (7 x 9 inches) at my local craft store, but if you cannot find one locally, you can order this online. The design is very similar in look and scale (8 x 8 inches): Small Chandelier Stencil (affiliate link). If you can’t find a Welcome stencil locally, here is the welcome stencil I used: Welcome Decorative Stencil (affiliate link).

This project was simple and quick, with wonderful results! All I needed to do was tape the stencils to the screen door, and using some basic white acrylic paint and a stencil brush, I applied the paint to the screen (best to go lightly, and add paint after first coat dries so you don’t clog the screen with paint).

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Installing Wood Vinyl Flooring in my Casita Travel Trailer

My Casita is a 2006, and for a travel trailer of this age it’s in great shape!

But there was one area of my Casita that really showed its age; the vinyl floor you see in this photo.

Before and after photo of adding a vinyl floor to a Casita Travel Trailer CamperThe vinyl is stained and yellowed with a dull finish. It desperately needed updating, but I needed the new flooring to be lightweight and easy to install. The answer was self-adhesive vinyl flooring.

Another key consideration in choosing the vinyl was that the old floor was secure to the flooring below; I simply needed to place the new vinyl on top.

The following steps show what I did to add a new floor in my Casita.

Step 1: What Type of Flooring to Use?

Since the old vinyl was securely attached to the flooring below, I first thought about chalk painting the floor, but couldn’t convince myself to put chalk paint on a surface so heavily used and abused; so I took a tour down the vinyl aisle at my local home improvement store.

I have to admit I have not shopped for vinyl since the 1980’s, and I was immediately impressed with the quality and variety of vinyl flooring options! A lot has changed!

Vinyl floor in CamperSince I did not want to tear up my current vinyl floor, I chose the vinyl you see in this picture.

The vinyl is very thin, lightweight, easy to trim, and has a self-adhesive back; it also has a quality feel to it, and looks like real wood (without the price tag).

Step 2: Organizing the Tools for the Project

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Installing a Tile Backsplash in my Casita Travel Trailer

Interior of a Casita Travel Trailer BEFORE MakeoverI thought the tile backsplash would be one of the easier projects to complete since the space is small, and I have worked with tile and grout before.

I was wrong about that assumption, and it resulted in my one real mistake (i.e. can’t fix) during this makeover.

If you have followed along as I makeover my Casita Travel Trailer, you will note in this “Before” photo, there has already been big changes from the chalk painted cabinet doors, and teal paint added to the cooktop, fridge, and mirror.

You might also take note that the wall behind the sink’s faucet has a small wire shelf to hold supplies. The first step I needed to take was to remove the shelf in preparation for the tile.

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Adding Teal Paint Accents to Glamp my Casita Travel Trailer

Mrs. Padilly's Casita Travel Trailer "Free Range"

The second project I completed, after chalk painting the Casita’s doors, was to add a splash of color with some teal/aqua spray paint.

I love working with spray paint; even my Mrs. Padilly logo was created by spray painting my name on a car at the Cadillac Ranch near Amarillo, Texas.

But when it came time to add spray paint to my camper, I only wanted to apply it to a few items; some that needed to be painted due to poor condition, and other’s to add a pop of color and draw attention to them.

Since spray painting is pretty easy when using good paint, I felt there was no reason to share a detailed how-to process; instead I broke down the process into three steps based on my thought process:

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Chalk Painting the Cabinet Doors in my Casita Travel Trailer

Chalk Painted Cabinet Door with Scroll Work in Casita CamperThis is my first how-to post, of a seven post series, on the Glamping makeover of  my Casita Travel Trailer, starting with Chalk Painting Cabinet Doors.

(Please see my post My Casita Camper “Before Glamping” Pictures, to learn why I chose to buy a Casita Travel Trailer; including before pictures as I cleaned her to get ready for her makeover).

Interior of a Casita Travel Trailer BEFORE MakeoverThe picture to the right shows what the interior looked like before painting.  As you can see, the interior is white molded fiberglass with the exception of the cabinet doors, which are a standard MDF door construction made to look like wood.

My Casita is a 2006, but the current models still have these doors and similar hardware. It is a nice clean look, but not glamped enough for me.

Where did I get my inspiration?

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My Casita Travel Trailer’s “Before Glamping” Pictures

MY CASITA CAMPER “BEFORE GLAMPING” PICTURESFor the last several weeks I have turned my Casita Travel Trailer into a Glamper, and will be sharing this transformation with you through seven how-to posts (see the end of this post for links to all projects).

Because I knew my limitations for restoring my Casita, the process of Glamping my Casita has been very enjoyable, which leads me to my one piece of advice if you are preparing to buy a travel trailer to Glamp; know your limits (i.e. time, costs, renovation experience, facilities, etc.).

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My New Casita Travel Trailer!

NOTE: Interior restoration on my Casita is complete! Ready to jump right in and read the first post in the series? Go to “My Casita Travel Trailer’s Before Glamping Pictures,” or just continue reading below about My New Casita Travel Trailer.

Welcome! This is the first post to my new blog, MrsPadillysTravels.com, an extension of my Texas Travel Journal, MrsPadilly.com, which launched in 2012.

Mrs. Padilly’s Travels is a travel and DIY blog that includes posts on my boating, camping, and outdoor adventures, plus DIY projects and restorations like the one I will be doing on the newest addition to my travel options:

My New-to-Me 2006 Casita Travel Trailer! 

Mrs. Padilly's Casita

This little travel trailer, which was painted brown by the original (first) owner, was brought home to our family only two days ago.  She is now sitting in our storage shed where I will be transforming her from a typical Casita travel trailer interior into one fit for Glamping.

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