Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Bridgeton Covered Bridge Festival and The RV

One of two pictures taken, while I was at this nationally recognized 10-day festival. The picture was taken by my husband when he came to visit on the last day. It is of the 1878 House Cabin.
If you've never been to the Bridgeton Covered Bridge Festival -it is something to see. Thousands of people, many in planned tour buses, come to this very small, historic town, in the middle of miles of farm land, to shop at hundreds of vendor's booths, and soak in the historic atmosphere.

Upon the urging of my friends, the Stoneciphers, who make hand-made soap and wood carving, I did the show this year, with my 16-year-old son. To get to this show we drove 3.5 hours in our new vintage RV. I was white-knuckling it the whole way, as I had never driven the 26 foot RV before, or anything like it.

My husband and I bought the RV in May of this year, with the agreement he would keep it running, and I would slowly redo the interior. So this festival was an excuse for me to take it out, and this post is an excuse to show what I've done so far.
Here it is, the 1984 Tioga Camper:
The picture below is the bathroom I painted lime green, and made vintage, polyester fabric curtains. The art work in the bathroom is some small wood panel pieces I had done a few years back. In the bathroom, we have collected hand crafted soaps, from regional soap makers, to help make it smell good and aid in feeling luxury when we camp.

This is the master bed for my husband and I. The mattress is probably nicer than most in our house. I found artist, vintage inspired, print fabric pieces at a small shop in Madison, IN so I could piece curtains and a throw pillow to match. I painted the walls light blue, and hand stenciled owls in a row, under the curtain, to give me something fun to look at as I drift off. The quilt was one my grandmother made from a kit. It is of a Dogwood flower design. She made a different one for each of us grandchildren before she died.
For the kitchen and dining area, I painted the base wall bright yellow and hand stenciled a copper fleur-de-lis pattern like wall paper. The clay piece hanging in the kitchen is from artist, Suzanne Edds of Liberty Tattoo and Art Parlor. It reads: "Liberty or Death".

 For the boys sleeping area, I went with lime green walls, and stitched jean curtains.
Some more fleur-de-lis over the door.
No Camper would be complete without a budding art collection inside. Below The Carter Family, by C.M.Laster.
And his wife, Grace Kelly Laster did the Pink Elvis.
I picked up this hand carved Morel Mushroom from Roman Stonecipher at the festival.