Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Truck Protection

Even though this isn't completely a Tiny House thing, most folks that have a THOW, also have a big truck!
This is mine, Big Bertha!














She is a Full Crew Cab and even at her age had a very nice interior when I got her.
I am short enough to sleep on the back bench seat, and so for short camping trips, I do just that!
So I needed something to protect the interior from UV rays and block from view, when it becomes a camper.
Here's what I came up with.










It is an outdoor canvas curtain, that covers the side windows, held on by water bottles who's loops are shut in the doors.
The area of the little front wing vent windows has a dowel through the edge, so that stays in place and doesn't sag.

It works well! So I'm quite happy with it!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Wheel cover!

As you may know, UV light is very hard on tires. That's why you see trailers and RV's with pieces of wood over the tires. I originally had tarps over my wheels, but I always had planned to sew a cover using marine vinyl. That's normally used for upholstery in boats, exposed to a lot of sun!
Finally got a few sunshiny days so here it is!









The ugly blue tarp is covering insulation so my water coming into the house doesn't freeze! But the wheel cover is purple to coordinate with the house.
When I can afford some more marine vinyl I will make one for the other side that is shaded by trees, so the tarp is in better shape.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Bench improved

Well, it's been a wet week. Being forced inside I started looking at what still needed to be done. 
My bench seat had a solid cushion that I had to cut out a section to accommodate the stairs, when they are ready to use. I had been just covering the cut out piece with some pretty canvas fabric when the stairs were up. 
So it was time to do it right!


















Here is the space that needed to be filled.
Here is the cushion, I created in place. 











Looks much better! 
I used marine vinyl for durability!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Castle!!

Every year I turn my Daughter's Family gifts into something interesting. 
One year, they became a Christmas Village, one year Animals. This year it was a Castle!!
Including a moat and drawbridge!

The finished Product!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Another Project!

Just because I'm living Tiny full time, I haven't stopped working on projects!
My latest was to repair, sand and paint my glider to match my pantry!









I had to replace some lost wood, repair some original wood, then sand, paint and reassemble it all.
It coordinates with the Pantry











and I think they make a pretty pair!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Christmas Time

The Christmas  season has always been one of my favorites, The cookies, tinsel, songs and hot chocolate all conspire to make us smile as we concoct ruses to misdirect our families guesses as to what their presents might be.

Tiny House deserves to shine too! There were these great organic Italian sodas that came in beautiful, embossed glass, tinted a soft aqua and I knew I couldn't just recycle them! They needed something beautiful to show the Joy of the season.

I filled them part way up with shiny copper coated BB's and tucked in some Christmas lights, topped them with a cork to keep everything in place (and any rain out)



















They look pretty nice lining the ramp in the daylight, but they really shine at night!



















Looking like Christmas, don't ya think?

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Ramp Redo!

My ramp stain was one of the first things I did on my Tiny abode. Followed Directions, and it didn't hold up well.
I needed to redo it all. As I was planning it, I realized I could paint (stain really) the Logo on the ramp before I stained it!



















Lower section all sanded and painted!



















The finished product!
Great project! Got it all done before the rains hit:)
Now the ramp is icy in the mornings so I need to start looking at ways to make it non-slip without covering up the Logo.