Sunday, June 19, 2016

Flamingo Glamping Treasure

This cute flamingo teapot is my latest glamping find!  Just had to share...

Flamingo Teapot

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Camper girls are happy girls!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Guinevere’s Story

One day Guinevere the Goose waddled into a vintage camper rally and immediately noticed some gorgeous pink glampers.  It seemed their only job was to stand on one long, skinny leg and look beautiful.  She knew that one day she wanted to achieve that polished, pink look.  

Back in the water, however, Guinevere noticed her reflection and worried about the bump on her head and her short, short legs.  She was so desperate that she even briefly considered a Plasti-Duck surgeon. 

Then she met Gypsy, a free-spirited Romny goose, who also happened to be a glamper. She said that dressing up is not a requirement although some glampers do have their own unique style.  Glampers just want to have fun outdoors with their friends and are not there to judge anyone else.

Afterwards Guinevere realized she didn’t have to be perfect.  Long, skinny legs and a bump-less head were not required to join in the glamping fun!  Her worries began to roll off her back like water.

However, Guinevere did so love pink and for her first rally she wanted to achieve that classy look.  Gypsy suggested that she watch some “Duck-Tube” videos on beak makeup and temporary feather coloring.  Guinevere put on her best “Flam-tastic” look by coloring her feathers in "Flam-pink" and applied some beak camouflage using the popular CoverDuck makeup palette.

At the rally none of other glampers seemed notice the head bump or the fact that she couldn’t stand on one leg all day.  Resting on the ground was perfectly acceptable, too.  It was great to know that she could choose her own unique pink "flam" look or just choose to come as you are.

Guinevere realized that rally glampers are wonderful creatures and accepting of all birds of a feather!

MORAL OF THE STORY:  If you want to be a glamper, don't hesitate to join in at a rally!  You can have your own unique style.  Or NOT.  We will accept you for who you are!

NOTE:  Please feel free to share the link to this page with any of your friends, but please do not copy and paste the actual story or photograph, which belongs to me.  Thanks!  ~Tin Can Happy Girl

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Camper girls are the happiest girls!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Vintage Campers Can Be A Puzzle
But Here Is An Easy One!

Puzzles. Either you like them or hate them. Some people find working a puzzle very relaxing (me) and for others it drives them crazy (me). 


"Well, which is it?" 

"Make up your mind, girl!" 

Whoa, roaring crowd! I am woman. I am complex. I like to think it makes me appear interesting.  

I do find puzzles to be relaxing while at other times they get on my nerves. My. Very. Last. One. If a puzzle is in the 100-250 piece range, then I enjoy the task.  Any more pieces than that and it drives me nutty! A 1,000 piece puzzle? Oh mercy sakes, no. Not under any circumstances. I said I was complex, not a saint.

A 1,000 piece puzzle that I love but will never complete.
Click the image to get one at Amazon!

The only way I'll work a bucket full of puzzle pieces is if I have someone to help. Even better would be a bunch of rowdy, happy glamper gals around a table, solving all the problems of the world over a cuppa of joe or other drink of preference. Sip and solve. Yes, happy camper gals can multi-task.  We can talk, solve world problems, and work a puzzle. All at the same time. It's a gift.

Do you know how hard it is to find a cute vintage camper-related puzzle, much less one that is 100 pieces?  So I just decided to make my own.  Check this out!

Oh, and it comes in its own box with the image on top of the box.  Can't wait until it arrives!  Another blog post on the horizon when I get it put together.

Be Happy!

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Camper girls are the happiest girls!

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!