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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

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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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Dressed for Glamping: Unveiling My Casita Travel Trailer’s Makeover!

Welcome Stencil on Screen Door Casita Travel Trailer

UPDATE: I have added NEW interior photos, which show my latest changes to the inside of my Casita, leaving the original “dressed” photos for you to compare.

 

The changes are subtle, but I think they make a big difference. Let me know if you agree!  Note: New interior photos are noted with descriptive captions in RED.

 


With the interior remodeling complete,
IT’S TIME FOR THE UNVEILING of my Casita Camper’s Glamping MakeoverCompleted Interior Makeover of Mrs. Padilly's Casita Travel Trailer

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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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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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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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