Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Beginnings of My Bus to Camper Conversion


Winkelman Architecture
Short BUS Retro
In the Fall of 2012 I saw a photo of a green bus that got me stirred up....



Afterwards I was determined to get an old bus....and do my own remodel.  It seemed like a great project for me and HE to complete.  He can fix anything that has a motor...and I figure myself quite handy with a bit of interior design, amateur woodworking skills, and a sewing machine.  What else would we need?

Time, Location, Patience! ....and Cash.  Here's a brief Time Line.... to get us caught up....
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  • Sept 2012. Inspired by Winkelman Architecture 1959 Chevy Short Bus Retro.
  • Oct 2012. Found a 1947 Dodge on Craigslist...called...talked to the owner....but it seemed beyond my budget at the time...and I didn't think it was time to invest in a bus...or get my heart set on a mechanic. Did I mention it didn't have a motor?  
  • Dec 2012. My mechanic relocates to Kansas City..new job..new life?...5 hours away?...Time would tell if the mechanic was really interested...and I had no business owning a short bus without him!
  • Jan 2013 to May 2013. It became pretty clear. The mechanic and I were going to continue despite the temporary distance between us.  And when I mentioned the bus again...we both wondered if it was still available.
  • June-July 2013.  The very same bus...still available!  And despite my Mom's infamous deragtory statement upon seeing the early photos, I proceeded to purchase the best little bus I've ever seen.
I'll be posting some photos and videos of the adventure of loading and getting my bus home....and trying to keep up with the makeover as we slowly move forward.  We anticipate it will be done in time for our retirement years.....perfect timing for our first road trip!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Home Made Back Tab Curtains

Well I made 'em!  My west facing Oklahoma windows are threatening to heat up my home this summer...and give my air conditioner a run for MY money!  So I set out to sew my first set of back-tab curtain panels.

So onto Pinterest I went and I found lots of great ladies who had conquered this little "to-do".  I used the following pages as my inspiration/education resources: View Along the Way and Ana White . If you want to sew some of these for yourself...just get your notebook, tape measure and calculator...and cruise Pintrest for some great ideas.....

I won't go into great detail here.  Make yourself some sketches...decide how big your hems are gonna be..... I used a double 3 inch for the bottom and a 2 inch/ 4 inch for the top hem.

But I would mention this:  If you are new to sewing it will serve you well to remember the standard fabric widths.  Fabric is typically sold on bolts that come in standard widths.  For example, fabric on a bolt is usually folded in half...with right sides together...and on the end of the bolt you will see 44/45.  That means when you unfold the fabric it will be about 44-45 inches wide.  The big single ply rolls that are alway so mesmerizing to wander through....those are 54 inches wide.  You may occasionally find 35/36 width fabric...but just remember 44/45 and 54.  A good panel can be made with 44/45 inch fabric...  and I always buy an extra yard of fabric......cause I love fabric!

For a set of 2 panels (95 inches in length) for a standard window, I used 3 yards for each panel of 44/45" width decorator fabric. I asked the clerk to cut 3 pieces: 2 pieces of 3 yards each and 1 piece of 1 yard.  I got great advice from my good friend "Verna Lee"--she helped me decide to go with this beautiful "Filigree Butter" paisley print.  Love it!


Richloom Filligree Butter
I did line these panels with some black-out curtain liner...(trying to keep that hot sun out!) I bought 54" wide liner fabric...but it was much wider than I needed...I felt like I wasted alot..but it is what it is...

I used some 1/2" Electrical Metal Tubing (EMT) as my curtain rod.  I used a pipe cutter to customize the length and then sprayed with flat black spray paint.  I didn't even prime it since I'm not using rings.  And for an retro-industrial look I used some old door knobs as the finials.  They look nice and were pretty cheap! Enjoy the pics.

The EMT Coupler and the old door knob (pre-paint).

The 1/2" EMT I used as a curtain rod. (and the pipe cutter and a little yellow gripper I used to help twist the pipe) (Bad hands.)
The 5 inch strip that becomes the back tabs. Just folded in half and stiched.

The back tabs are 6 inches long.
Turned inside out....folded up 1 inch on each end and pressed/pinned.
All the back tabs....ready to go.
The black out liner...with a double 2 inch hem.
The finished product.

Oh...how lovely.  It might even be worth unpacking all my boxes I've been living out of for the last few months.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Hello Mashed Potatoes!

The old Nelson's sign downtown Tulsa
Had a wonderful lunch at Nelson's Buffeteria while shopping in Tulsa Saturday.  I just stumbled upon it....never realized that they had such a history downtown (75 years in some shape or form) and were just newly reopened near 44th and Memorial (map)-The photo above is from the past...the downtown location-The food is wonderful...and from the reviews I read, close to the original menu.  What a find!  I ate the chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes (Hello!), gravy and green beans.  So heavenly!  Got there near closing time (2pm on Saturday) and the potatoes were running low.  "HELLO MASHED POTATOES" the server yelled out to the kitchen.  I only jumped half way out of my skin....he really startled me!  But yes...I agreed, Hello Mashed Potatoes!  I didn't want to miss out on these! They were delicious!  I do have to return soon. Reason: They were out of the homemade pies. And you know I can't not have the pie!  Guess I have more Tulsa shopping to come!

Monday, June 13, 2011

He Still Would Have Loved Tent City....Part 2.

It's that time of year again....2nd week in June.  Oklahoma Freewheel  Cross State Bicycle Tour is well underway without me.  I've never had a year like this...when I really wanted to go...but just couldn't.  Maybe next year.   I miss my Dad in June...and not just because of Father's Day this coming Sunday......Freewheel week is always bittersweet with memories of him..how he got us started...how much he loved camp and how he inspired my sister and I to believe we could do anything-whether it was on a bike or regarding life in general.   Love You Dad!    Photo: Gary Dean Peters (middle) and the Preacher's Boys. (Looks like a late season training ride, huh?)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Another Round of Limoncello di Avila?

My second batch of Limoncello is ready to go....I spent time Sunday getting the labels printed and assembled and also double filtering the liqueur.  Tonight was spent sterilizing bottles, filling, capping, and decorating with the usual ribbons and beaded caps.  I love the sound the caps make on the glass bottle.  It's like having a cocktail without even opening the bottle.  I have a few special folks on the list to recieve this batch...  Hope they enjoy!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Hermosa Chicks

Well we made it safely to and from Hermosa Beach, CA and the Peters household.  Grandpa and Grandma were well. Met some real nice folks, too! 

Cold and occasional rain....yes..we were in Southern California...checking the long range forecast next time I get a bug to book a trip!

We of course were able to find the absurd along our journey as documented photographically here. 

Monday, March 21, 2011

Hitchhiker

My sister is on her way to my house...we are taking a spring break trip to California to visit Grandfather.  I'm supposed to be cleaning my house and packing my bag..  But instead I have made a hell of a mess putting together this gift for her birthday...yeah...it was 2 weeks ago (that's right...same day as mine...four years apart)....but hey...things like this take time!  I don't even care if she sees this mess of a house....I think she is gonna love it!  I have it sitting on the deck waiting for her to arrive....with it's "Mt. Ida" hitchhiker sign clearly indicating he is needing a ride back to her house later this week when we return!    

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Ready......

Set.....Tomorrow I add the simple syrup to the Limoncello (45 days infused so far-another 45 to go)......Distilled water and Sugar!......   I have at least one friend anticipating the decanting in December....I think I need to start another batch......   Stay tuned.  P.S.  Check out my Flickr photo site under Galleries....I planted 100 daffodil bulbs Sunday, October 24th, 2010.  I have another 100 to plant in memory of my Maggie Mae!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Non-Flip-Flop Sister

I am not a good shoe shopper.  I love shoes. I used to say Nine West was my favorite store.  But then shoes went funky on me and I got left behind.  I didn't buy shoes for a while.  But shoes wear out and faced with the need to purchase new shoes, I ventured out looking.  Not buying.  But at least looking.  Practicing, I call it.  But all I see now are tons of shoes with a bit between the toes (like a horse bit)...commonly known as flip-flops.  (Formerly known as thongs but nobody wants to go there anymore)

I used to wear flip-flops.  But then I stopped.  I recently asked my sister, "When was the last time you saw me wearing flip flops?"  Oh she couldn't remember.  Grade school?  Maybe junior high?  "Somehow you have become the non-flip-flop sister," she announced.  Labels be damned, I say!  I will not be the non-flip-flop sister anymore. Not that I think that is such a bad thing.  I mean "Non-smoker" is a good thing, right? But what about "Non-flip-flop"?  How could something as innocent as a toe bit have precluded me from the world of fun summer shoes?  I vowed to re-enter the shoe world by conditioning my feet to the point that I could wear flip-flops again.  I dream of a whole world of shoes opening up to me once the feet are capable.  I calculated that a late summer purchase would give me time to ease into the wearing of the shoe and that by Spring 2011 I would be ready...or at least the feet would be.  I visited Nordstorms shoe site on line to browse.  I asked friends for recommendations....I thought it over.  I announced my intentions...I even shopped once or twice...but never bought any.   

But then my Mom was visiting Labor Day weekend.  I told her of my plan.  I think she likes a challange and so it was on....We found these lovely Teva Mandalyn Wedge flip flops.  Oh...the pattern/color?  Andante Kimono.  Very likely my first pair in 25 years! To think...flip-flops were always flat in the old days...now you can get a good heel on these things.  I love them and really think this is going to work out perfectly.  A few observations however: 
  1. My feet are cramping more these past two weeks.  I suspect the shoes.  But I won't give in.  It will pass.
  2. I'm a fast walker....but you just can't go fast in these things...they are definitely a strolling shoe, hence "andante", a moderately slow pace.  Even the name of the shoe is whispering to me, "Slow down." And so I am slowing down, enjoying the relaxed pace-hoping I can adopt a similar state of mind as well.
  3. You shouldn't try to change directions too fast...of course this goes hand in hand with strolling (or would that be foot in foot? part and partial?....
  4. Maintaining presentable, well groomed, exfoliated and moisturized feet is a must when wearing these shoes.  Your foot is just about naked!  Nobody wants to see a dirty rough naked foot.  These shoes will require additional pedicures for the feet, whether professionally or personally performed. Oh well.  I think I can handle that.    
All in all I am pleased.  I'm adjusting well and should be a shoe buying machine (in training) come spring! Or at least that's my theory.  Either way, I got a nice pair of new shoes.  Thanks Mom!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Homemade Limoncello-The Wait Begins.

Finally got around to trying my hand at making homemade limoncello, that sweet lemon liqueur of Italy. I found some organic lemons (without wax or pesticides). They were just Eureka Lemons, not the Meyer that are so highly recommended.  They seemed a bit small so I zested all 26 of them even though my recipe only called for 18-20. It took me about an hour to zest all the lemons, add 1.5 liters of 100 proof vodka and stow away in a nice cool dark cabinet.  I had a huge gallon jar...I washed it out put in in the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15 minutes to sterilize it.  My batch is only 1/2 gallon though. Guess I will try to make a double batch next time if I can find enough lemons. After 45 days I will add a simple syrup and put back in the cool dark for 45 days.  Then, filter out the zest and put straight into the freezer.  Serve ice cold straight or use to mix cocktails.  Or how about splashed over pound cake?  I like the sound of that!