He’s Beautiful Inside (aka He’s got a great personality)

OK, currently NOTHING on Clyde is pretty and I totally know that. But, as we all know… I gots plans. I gots ambition. And, more than anything else, I got tchotchkes! So, in my head, Clyde is already decorated and gorgeous inside. But, considering what he looks like right now, he reminds me of that Blind Date Kiss-of-Death intro… he’s got a great personality! He’s so beautiful inside!

Now, to help you visualize (and to keep me from losing track of what I have for him), I had a little photo session in my Clyde Storage Area or CSA (okay, it’s a shelf with a couple of storage boxes in the basement, but doesn’t it sound like a Warehouse with awesome crates in it when I call the CSA). It consisted of beautifully posed shots on a gorgeous backdrop*. Here are the results and some descriptions.

*actually, me sitting in the freezing cold basement floor with an old sheet behind the items, waiting on the laundry to finish so I could swap it out and go back upstairs

As a side note, before I begin, I want to note that this is the first time I’ve used WordPress for a blog. I need to learn some more about it, because right now… the pictures are driving me NUTS. I absolutely HATE the way it has you insert pictures and edit them. It has 3 different areas to title and tag and sometimes my best oneliners wind up showing up only if you hover over the pictures. So, bear with me, and if you want to get a little humor, go thru this and the old posts and hover over the pictures for some giggles. Now, on the way:

Owl Fetish

Whooooo are you?Whoo Whoo Whoo Whoo

Yes, the owl fetish continues. Clyde will be true to his 1970’s roots and rock out with the owl theme and appropriate color scheme. Here are just a couple of examples. Believe it or not, none of these were purchased by me! They were all gifts to Clyde from my friends. Thank you Katie, Beverly, Heather and Holly! He’s quite popular with the ladies!

Dinner with the Groove-sters

The 70's called, this is too vintage for even them

Only the hippest of hip for our Clyde! He will be rocking out with Walmart’s Finest Summer Clearance from Summer 2011. The entire ensemble wound up costing me $4. To keep him as enviro-friendly as possible, I’m really going to try to use as much non-disposable stuff as I can. These plates and such are so cheap and so thin that they probably weigh less than paper plates anyway!

Kitchen Bits

Clashing much?

Yes, I know they’re mostly red. I also know that they came from the Dollar Tree, therefore fit my budget. They’ll hide in the cabinets when company comes, so no one has to know. But, the little basket-y thing will fit in the color scheme and is someday going to hold silverware. When we get some.

Electricaly-Welectricaly Things

Shocking? I hope not

On the right, we have the things that wire Clyde up to the Jeep to tow. Don’t ask me how they work. I may be an electrician’s kid and the wife of a former electrician. I may be able to pull wire and install outlets. I still don’t understand how any of it works. I chalk it up to Electrical Magic brought about by Magical Electrical fairies. Price on these $0. Gift from my Dad!

To the left, we have my favorite part of camping as a kid. The awning lights! I used to LOVE picking those out. And, naturally, the tackier they were, the happier I was. I found ice cream cones, owls with sparkly eyes and tons of cool ones. Alas, the groovy, blown-plastic atrocities of my childhood are nowhere to be found, or if found, are a bajillion dollars on eBay. Still, I found a close second in cool-factor. Mini Coleman lanterns. They were $20 at the Coleman outlet and so darn cute I paid full price.

Pots ‘n’ Pans

I have a 9x13 baking pan in here... and no oven.

OK, it’s not the most exciting thing in the world, but ya gotta cook on something. I couldn’t use high quality cookware because:

  • a. it is expensive
  • b. it is heavy
  • c. did I mention it’s expensive?

So, we got the Walmart box set! It has pretty much everything you need to fix basic meals, which is about all we’ll do in a camper. And, despite being priced $39.99, I caught it on sale on Black Friday 2010 for $9.99. BARGAIN! And, since everyone was busy fighting over the cheap TVs and X-Boxes, no one cared that I got one, so I didn’t have to risk my life. Score!



Aren’t they cute? Aren’t they perfect? Aren’t they the wrong freakin’ size??? And, naturally, the band around them has torn off in storage, so I doubt they will take them back. I’m going to try this weekend. But, if they don’t, I’ll just keep them and make curtains or something out of them. Good news is, I got them on clearance at Target for $7 last year.

Butter yellow? Heck no, it's Princess Buttercup Yellow!

The bedspread in it's it's fringey chenilley goodness!

Lunatic Fringe!!!!!

Check out the fringe!

And, the piece most recently added to the collection (so new it missed the photo shoot, these are the pics from the seller) is my pride and joy. $16.49 on eBay (with free shipping). It’s my vintage, yellow, chenille bedspread!!! Isn’t it groovy??? It’s also the wrong size. BUT, I’m going to make this into a positive. I’m going to have someone who knows how to sew (I’m looking at you, Paula, Khara and Mom) to cut the excess off and make it into pillows to surround the bed. That way, the bed can double as a second seating area (couch) and be all matchy-cute. Since the bedspread is 103″ and a twin mattress is only 39″, we should have plenty to work with!

A board with glass knobs! Awesome!

What more can I say. Stick. Glass.

Yeah, that’s exactly what it is! My mom used it as a coat hanger for a while in the cabin and got sick of it. I doubt we’ll have room to hang coats, so the plan is to use the knobs on the various cabinet doors. Free is always doable!

Hot Stuff!

Lookin' for some hot stuff...

Literally! HOT! This is the “stove.” Since counter space will be at a premium, and an actual stove costs a lot of money, we are going with a hotplate set. I was discussing this at work, and lo and behold… my friend Bev had one (a much nicer one than the piece of junk we were going to buy for $20) and just gave it to me! FREE!!!!

I saw the Light…

I saw the light, I saw the light...

I saw the light, I saw the light...

OK, I think out of all of my great purchases for little Clyde, this one has to be the most impressive bargain-wise. I fell in love with these lights. We have NO overhead room (even for shorties like me and Chad, there is only a couple of feet above our head) and besides that, messing with the roof/ceiling to install a light is just asking for trouble, since the roof is pretty much the only thing that does NOT currently leak and doesn’t appear to have done so in the past. So, we decided to put a small light in each corner over the sleeping/sitting/dining areas. It needed to be small, because so is Clyde. I loved these at first sight. They were on clearance for $20 each. I knew much cheaper fixtures would work just as well, so I decided to hold off and see if they’d drop. I went back about a week later and they were down to $10 each. I was so happy. I also forgot my stupid debit card at home and had about $2 in cash.  I worried myself to pieces that they’d sell before I could get back. Not only did they not sell, there were 4 (exactly what I needed) left when I got back… and they’d been cut down again in price. To $5 each!!!! So, $20 was much easier to swallow than $80 AND they even come with the light bulbs! YAY, ME!!!

We may add some strip lighting under the cabinets and under the shelf over the dinette area, but we’re going to wait and see how bright these little guys are first. If they aren’t quite enough, small fluorescent lights will be super-easy to install and are crazy-cheap.

Incredibly Advanced and Expensive Music System

Video killed the radio star!!!

OK, it was free, it came in the camper. And, it works. CD/Radio and very importantly, weather band (after we ran into tornadoes in Oklahoma one year and had no idea until we SAW THEM, a weather radio is high on my list of priorities for travel). Sadly, no input area for me to plug in the iPod and my white-noise app that makes me sleep like a baby. Soo..

Bling me, baby!!

Yup, pink speakers for my pink iPod! I actually bought these ages ago to use as speaker in my office. I didn’t read the fine-print (shocker) and didn’t realize they wouldn’t do crap as computer speakers. As an iPod speaker, though, they’re pretty good! And, they add such an air of masculinity to the joint. Yeah, Chad won’t even use cover on the iPod it is so girly. I’m sure he will be thrilled to see the speakers.  Speaker cost $8.

There are other things (some super-cool towels with cute colored trim that even has a built in hanger-upper and a black microwave) that were tucked too far back to drag out. And, besides, my laundry was done, so the photo session was over.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Darrell Tipton
    Apr 06, 2012 @ 09:52:20

    I’m calling you Lucy. And Chad.Ricky with you two camping in your new vintage short short camper called Clyde.


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