Saturday, June 27, 2015


Pattycakes, my vintage camper
is on the cover!
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Friday, June 26, 2015


On a recent thrifting excursion to the local Goodwill store, I picked up this "fishy" plastic trash can for 99¢.  Once home with my treasure, I began to tape off the top and bottom edges of the can with FrogTape.  This green tape is more expensive than the blue painter's tape but it is amazing and will leave perfect painted edges!  No paint seepage like the blue stuff.

FrogTape/newspaper to leave white strip on 
outer top edge and to protect interior of can
FrogTape/newspaper to leave white outer bottom 
edge and to protect bottom

The next step was to prime the trash can with Krylon Maxx Ultimate Coverage primer.  I bought mine at Walmart.

Two coats of primer: Krylon Maxx Ultimate Coverage

Then I painted the can with two coats in the "Calypso Sky" color, which was original in a small bottle of FolkArt acrylic paint.  Since it is a color I plan to use throughout  my vintage camper, I had a quart color-matched at Home Depot.

FolkArt acrylic paint color-matched at Home Depot

Waa-laa!  My completed "Trailer Trash" project!

Finished on one side

Opposite side

The words/atomic symbols were designed using my vinyl cutter. It totally matches my recent "Life is Good in the Camper" luggage makeover project.  See the luggage project blog here.

Vintage Luggage Makeover

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Camper girls are the happiest girls!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Painted Glamping Luggage

I just finished the luggage makeover for "Pattycakes", my 1976 Serro Scotty Hilander.  Read further to see how I did it.  Be sure to scroll far enough to see what's on the back side!

This upcycled piece of luggage is a Goodwill buy.  It is approximately 21"x14" and started out in a rather dull shade of blue.

Plain Jane suitcase found at Goodwill

The inside still looked great, so I decided against ripping out the lining on this one.  I let it air out for several days and when closed it is stuffed with "Bounce" dryer sheets to get rid of the slight stale odor.

Use Bounce dryer sheets when closed for the stale odor

I first taped all metal on the suitcase with FrogTape. Forget that blue painter's tape because if you are looking for a clean line with no paint seepage, then you want the GREEN tape and I'm not "croaking"!  Groan, right?  


Yes, it was time consuming to tape all the metal, but I enjoy that type of thing.  Some prefer to paint everything, including the metal.  That is a quicker way and there are some very cute upcycled luggage pieces out there using that technique.  

Kyrlon Maxx Primer
Since the suitcase was much darker than the color I wanted to use, I knew it needed to be primed.  I found a can of Krylon Maxx Ultimate Coverage Primer at Walmart.  It did a great job and I used the entire can on this project.  

Top & three sides primed; bottom still dull blue.
I sprayed light, thin coats on the suitcase, waiting one minute in between each spray session.  When it was primed enough to suit me, I set the kitchen timer for 1 hour and prepared supper for the hubba-hubba hubby.

Time to prime the bottom of the suitcase.
An hour later - tummy full and dishes done - I flipped the suitcase over and primed the bottom using the same spray method as the top and sides.  Then I let it all dry overnight.

The next morning I used a 1-inch paint brush (the cheapest one at Home Depot) and painted 2 coats, letting each coat dry for at least an hour or more.  I first painted the top, then all four sides and let it dry for a few hours.  Then I flipped it over and painted the bottom.  

It looked fabulous with just a paint makeover, but I decided to give it a bit of glam using my handy-dandy Silhouette Cameo vinyl cutter.

Life is Good in the Camper!

This is what the bottom looks like, words cut on white vinyl with my Silhouette Cameo.

Bottom of Suitcase:  Oh the Places I'll Go!

About the paint color:  I had a bottle of Folkart acrylic paint in "Calypso Blue", which was bought on clearance and a discontinued color. I had painted a postcard holder in this color and loved the shade.  So I took the holder to Home Depot and had them color match a quart of Calypso Blue.  I still have plenty for more glamping projects for Pattycakes!  

"Calypso Blue" FolkArt acrylic color-matched in Behr Premium Plus

Overall this was a very easy paint project, one that anyone could easily master!

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Camper girls are the happiest girls!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Life is Good Crusher Tees

My Favorite Glamping Goodies!
"Life is Good" Crusher Tees

The "Life is Good" crusher tees are soft when they are new, but only get softer with every wash.  They are among my favorites and if there's a camper on the front, then that just makes it perfect!  

NOTE:  To buy one of these tees, click on the images or links.
Happy Camper Brown Crusher Tee 
on sale at

Happy Camper Crusher Tee

Happy Camper Ivory Crusher Tee
Sale at

Life is Good Ivory Crusher Tee
Airstream Store

Not All Who Wander Are Lost Crusher Tee
Airstream Store

Happy Camper Crusher Tee
Airstream Store on sale

Happy Camper Orange Crusher Tee
Airstream Store on sale

Happy Camper Green Crusher Tee
Airstream Store

This "Hit the Open Road / Enjoy the Ride" tee is one 
that I own, but was not able to find it for sale online.  
It may already be a retired design.

The crusher tees below are retired designs, but 
I'm always hopeful that one day I can find 
a used one on eBay!

Life is indeed good!  
If  you are blessed to do what you love, 
then you are richly blessed!  

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This is How Tin Can Happy Girls Roll!

Friday, June 12, 2015


If you are into vintage retro items like I am, then you know that simple things like a canister set from the 1950s can be quite pricey! The aqua set below just recently listed on eBay. 
$115.00 on eBay!
Not in my budget!  I want an aqua canister set, preferably one with the "atomic" designs that were so popular in the 50's and 60's for my wee vintage canned ham camper.  Since I couldn't find (or afford) exactly what I wanted, I decided to take matters into my own hands.

This 3-piece avocado green canister set was priced at a little less than $3 (with my little old lady discount) at Goodwill. 

It was the right price, but not the right color or design.  But I had an idea because my thinking cap was on.  I had been thinking... This is where my hubba-hubba-hubby usually says, "Uh-oh".  Yes, I had been thinking about how this green set could be re-born in aqua!


One spray can of primer
One spray can of aqua paint
My handy-dandy Silhouette Cameo vinyl cutter 
An Extreme Canister Set Makeover.

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This is How Tin Can Happy Girls Roll!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015


A few weeks ago I found a plain Ikea lamp at the Goodwill and thanks to my little-old-lady discount I picked up this treasure for just a little over $3.00.  It was still in the box and looked like it had never been used.  But what to do with it?

I finally got my craft on today and this how it turned out.  It is going to look great in my little camper, Pattycakes!

Using my dandy Silhouette Cameo vinyl cutter, I combined three silhouette images into one to transform my plain Ikea lamp into a cool glamping lamp.

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This is How Tin Can Happy Girls Roll!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Tin Can Happy Girl Products
Can Cozie, Bottle Opener, Party Shades

This is the latest addition to my Tin Can Happy products in my Zazzle store.  The soda/beer can cozie is 10% off through Saturday, June 27th with this code SUMMERDEAL4U

Here are a couple more cool products that are available.
Party Shades Retro Camper
Party Shades Retro Camper in 3 Styles and 9 Colors by Tin Can Happy Girl

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Camper girls are the happiest girls!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015


ONCE UPON A TIME there was
a land of wee gnomes 

that lived in Fairyland.  

Fairyland is very near my home somewhere among the flowers.  These gnomes are mostly good neighbors but they can be, shall we say, a wee bit mischievous!  I have a healthy respect for these sometimes crabby little neighbors of ours and try to keep them happy by leaving tiny swings and bicycles and tables with chairs out for their enjoyment.

So when I recently parked my newest vintage camper near the house, I immediately could tell that the little guys were not happy but I could not figure out why!  Things were being moved around inside the camper and even lying on the floor.  Outside more things were awry with gloves gone missing, pots turned over, flower petals on the ground.  It seemed to get worse with every new day.

Then while recently shopping online I saw something that gave me an idea.  So I ordered a couple of things and when they arrived I started on a new project.  When my project was done, life was happy again in Fairyland!  Those cantankerous little gnomes now have their very own campground and I am pleased to say that things are calmer up here on Bucks Mountain.

The Fairyland Gnomes were just jealous of my new camper!!  Who knew gnomes were into glamping, too???


As for the rest of the things in the Fairyland Campground, I am guilty as charged.  I waited until after dark one night and stole things here and there from Fairyland to put in the new campground.  Those little guys are so happy to camp/glamp along with me that I don't think they noticed!

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This is How Tin Can Happy Girls Roll!