Wednesday, July 31, 2013

A Summer Place

Hey hey . . . well, you did make it back today for another one of my Stories . . . thanks mucho!! Yesterday I told you all about the vintage felt pennants that Momma Sharon has been finding for me.  

I have a distant cousin who lives up on the elbow of Cape Cod and she's a bigger version of me called a T@DA.  I met her for the first time this past April when we were all hanging out together at James Island down in South Carolina.  Her name is "A Summer Place" and what a beauty she is!  Her Momma Sandi is a junkin' queen and loves that shabby chic look.  

One of her all-time favorite movies is "A Summer Place" with Troy Donahue and Sandra Dee.  In fact, I think Sandi was named for Sandra Dee!!  Anyway, when it came time to choose a decorating theme for my cuz, her Camper Mom went with nautical reds, whites, and blues.  You probably figured that out by looking at the sign that she made at my Blue Ridge Rally.

Inside of A Summer Place is lots of cool fishing stuff because Papa John is one of those guys who loves to fish.  But what I wanted to tell you about today are all the cool pennants on display inside that big ole T@DA.  They aren't scrawny little ones like I have . . . they are the great big, full-sized ones from long ago!  Just like mine, they represent all the fun places she has been.  Take a look . . . 

Some of my cousins far and near don't like to have things stuck all over their walls and filling up their spaces, but I'm so happy that our Moms do because it makes us feel all groovy inside!

OK, that wraps up today's tale.  I'm serious when I tell you I'm tickled that you stopped by for Story Time!  Have a great hump day and always remember . . . 

"Peace & Pennants, Love & Camping"

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Vintage Felt Pennants

Hey-eeee campers and friends!  It's SplashT@B snitching a little computer time to share another Story with you.  I hope all has been well with you since we chatted a couple weeks ago.

My Camper Mom and Aunt Becky took a road trip to West Virginia last week, but they didn't take me! That's actually OK because I heard that they did oodles and oodles of u-turns and I'm not so hot on u-ies. While they were there, they did some junkin' and I know how happy that made Momma Sharon.

Way back in the summer of 2011, Mom found a small vintage felt pennant that said St. Augustine.  It only cost a couple bucks and since we were all going there for a big Halloween rally that fall, she bought it for me and put it on my wall over the stove.  

On our post-Blue Ridge Rally Caravan in May of 2010 we stayed four nights in Gettysburg, PA.  When she spotted another little pennant from there, she snatched that one up too and put it on my wall.

Every time she and Aunt Becky are out junkin' they are always on the lookout for more felt pennants from places we have camped together. While on our Natchez Trace Caravan last fall, she found another one! You know where this is going . . . ha, ha.

Now here's what you don't know.  Last spring, Aunt Becky saw a Great Smoky Mts. vintage pennant in an antique store in Black Mountain and told Mom about it.  Well, for a variety of reasons it took her a couple months to drop in the store to get it.  Guess what?  It had been sold . . . boo hoo.  I was really wanting that one in particular.  Well, on their trip to West Virginia last week, Aunt Becky was standing in the aisle holding something in front of her and guess what it was?  Oh yeh, it was that National Park pennant we've all been looking for for months. How cool is that?

This morning Momma Sharon came down to the T@Bport and we got to hang out a while so she could put my new (old) pennants on the walls.  I love them and hope she finds lots more in her junkin' and travels.  Since we're all going to Ohio in August, who knows what we'll find!!

I'm planning on sharing another Pennant Story with you tomorrow that involves a distant cousin of mine who lives up in Cape Cod.  I'd love for you to come back then, sit down with me for a bit, and let me tell you that Story.  Until then always remember . . . 

"Peace & Pennants, Love & Camping!"

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Lamp Post Finishing Touches

This afternoon, my Camper Mom paid me a quick visit.  She was on a speedy mission to get a couple signs and one flag out of my storage bins.  Those items were needed for a final photo shoot of my new camping lamp post.

Momma Sharon decorated the lamp post with the same duct tape that's on my luggable loo.  It's got paint splashes all over it and I think it's pretty cool because I look like I have paint splashes all over me! You remember that's why she named me Splash . . . tee hee.  She told me that "the jury is still out" on her design and I'm not exactly sure what that means.  ???

Maybe I should ask you guys what you think of it!  I know that all those circles and stripes will peel right off and the whole post can go back to white with very little time or effort involved.  I also know that Momma Sharon is still arranging the signs and flags and can go with a bunch of different combinations to get it exactly how we like it.  Plus, I told her she needs to get a few S-hooks to try.

Well, take a look at the finishing touches and see what you think . . . 

It's pretty hot around these parts today, so I hope you are staying cool wherever you are.  I'm really happy that you came back today to see my finished lamp post and always remember . . . 

"Peace, Love & Camping!"

Monday, July 15, 2013

Rolling Home Lamp Post Project

Hey Campers . . . Splash here to tell you a story about my Rolling Home Lamp Post Project!

My Uncle Rob made an uber-cool lamp post out of PVC pipe for Pod's upcoming F.R.O.G. Rally in August.  He's going to join dozens of other Forest River campers and almost two dozen R-Pods for a big, big gathering.  So, it shouldn't surprise you in the least that Momma Sharon snitched his idea after seeing Pod and Tinker-Pod's lamp posts! If you'd like to read about his creation, look over to the left side and you'll see the link for Pod's blog.

In August, I'll be going to Ohio for my HUGE rally where I'll be hanging out with my T@B and T@DA brothers and sisters.  It's called Rolling Home and we'll be joined by a whole slew of Little Guy teardrops!  I told Momma Sharon that I wanted something really special for the rally and that's how my lamp post idea was hatched.

On Saturday, she and Aunt Becky drove to Landis so that Pod's dad could help her make one.  A quick trip to Lowes was in order to pick up the PVC pipe pieces, couplings, flange, power cord, duct tape, and lamp.

While Aunts Becky and Trisha were inside chatting, the lamp post-creators got to work!  Pipe pieces were cut to length, holes were drilled, and everything was dry-fitted.

They threaded the power cord and used a pop rivet to hold it in place.

Next, Uncle Rob added a plug for the lamp and attached another piece of PVC to hold the lamp on top of the pole.  Then it was time to test the light and VOILA! it worked!!

Momma Sharon knew that she wasn't going to spray the post black like Pod's, because black doesn't match me for goodness sakes.  Plus, she decided she wanted it to have two arms to hold all my signs and flags while we are out camping.  She made sure the power cord is extra long too.

Mom wanted to wait until after she decorated it to show you, but I told her that Tink would shoot her if she did that, so here's what it looks like all put together!!

What do you think?  I'm really diggin' it and cannot wait for you to see it all decorated.  I'll keep that a secret until tomorrow.  So if you want to see what groovy design Momma Sharon chose, come on back tomorrow for that Story.  Have a great Monday everyone and always remember . . .

"Peace, Love & Camping!"

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th To You All

Happy 4th of July everyone!  Splash here with a little Short Story on America's birthday.  I'm sitting down at Aunt Becky's high and dry under my T@Bport and that's pretty significant since a lot of people around these parts are building their arks!!  LOL . . . it's been raining for what seems like 40 days and 40 nights and the weatherman says it will continue for at least another week!  YIKES!

I'm sure that lots of my buddies are out there camping with their moms and dads and with that in mind, I'm just going to do a bit of day-dream-camping and tell you that if I could be anywhere with my Camper Mom today it would be somewhere like . . . 

Have a big ole happy 4th everyone and remember . . .

"Peace, Love & Camping!"