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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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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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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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