Wednesday, April 30, 2008

The Cushion Mission

Foam and Fabric....

We needed to replace all the cushions in the trailer. We purchased to pieces of 4" thick foam. One at 60" X 80" for the back cushions for the bed and one at 30" X 72" for the front bench.
We traced the wooden front bench on to the smaller peice of foam for the shape and we glued on a short piece on the end. (We did this rather than buying a second larger piece at twice the cost).

The back bed cushions required some thought as to how to cut the cushions so when the table was up the would fit along the backs of the seating area. The picture shows the pieces that were cut. This also left a 14" leftover piece which we will use as a 14" high backrest for the front bench.

We are using some fun fabric to cover the cushions. My theme for this decorating truly reveals my personality. We are going with a "Country Girl" style.
To pull this all together we are covering the cuchions with blue jean material with tan suede detail along the edges. We will also be using tan and chocolate suede for the curtains and the pink is for some fluffy pillows!

I am a country girl and camper at heart. I am so looking forward to getting this project in useable condition so I can get out and connect with nature. I am sure when this comes together that I will be the coolest camper at the campground!

Thanks again to my parents for helping me turn this dream into a reality!

More to be revealed.


Tuesday, April 29, 2008

My Boler Story

Once upon a time....
I guess the story starts here with the pictures I took before we started any work on this little fiberglass trailer. The shell was in excellent shape but the inside left a lot to be desired. The interior walls were covered in patches of red shag carpet. Maybe it was good for insulation but it was bad for decoration!

I suspect it was once used for someone who was into hunting and the old furnace inside probably kept them warm....but I am a summer camper so we took that right out. We tore out all the old carpet which was held in with different types of adhesive including liquid nail which was not the easiest guck to get off the walls and ceiling.

The job then required some grinding to remove the chunks of adhesive left behind. Masks we a necessity as the fiberglass dust filled the air and rolled out like steam from a hot shower. We were not going for a smooth texture just a more even surface. A bit of sanding was done before she was ready to be primed and painted.

We applied a coat of mistint that we purchsed at a discount price to use as primer. This covered the fiberglass very well then we applied the top coat. It's amazing how much a coat of paint can improve the appearance of the interior.

I am fortunate to be working on this project with a couple of experts - my Mom & Dad! My dad is the handyman who has taken on the challenge of building the closet and the counter. He also comes up with many great ideas to get the most room out of the 10 foot interior.

My Mom fortunately has excellent sewing skills that are sure needed for recovering new cushions for the bed and bench. I enjoyed picking out the theme and fabric for this job but couldn't do much without her.
So thanks Mom & Dad!!!

I have included pictures of the project this far and will continue to update as we progress.

Happy Camping!


My Niches

I am going to be setting up some websites soon to generate a residual income. Some of the niches that I have chosen to focus on are:

Support Housing

  • for people with disabilities
  • for people with mentall illnesses
  • for people with brain injuries
  • for those who require special care

Boler Site

  • of interest to fiberglass trailer owners
  • a step-by step how to remodel this unique rounded trailer
  • tips & tricks completed by my family on our first project

Addiction & Recovery

This site will be a more personal sharing site in which I hope to share the intimate details of my journey through addiction and recovery. My disease was progressive from social using to daily use, which eventually led me to crime, homelessness, prostitution, jail and near-death.

My recovery journey has taken place over the last 3 years and I look forward to sharing my experience in hopes of helping someone else find a better way to live.

These are just the first few ideas which I hope to develop into websites over the next few months. I look forward to this journey.



My First Million

I am excited to write my first Blog after attending the Engineering Millionaire's Event on the weekend. I am even more excited to be enrolled in the Rip2it Web publishing tool that I am convinced will assist me in making my first million dollars.

I am starting my blog with this entry and will be updateing periodically as my business progresses. I look forward to sharing my new adventure with everyone.

Happy Blogging!