Thursday, June 30, 2011

My Vintage Camper

This is my "before" -- a camper I received (begged for, really) 
for Mother's Day.  





It has only two redeeming qualities...
it was almost free and it doesn't smell.  


It has endless possibilities, though.  Here are just a few...





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110 comments:

  1. With all that incredible inspiration, and your wonderful talents, you're gonna make that old girl gorgeous!

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  2. I can't wait to see updates on the trailer. It has so much potential and I love the inspiration photos. Will you actually use it for traveling or for other purposes?

    {and I'm a follower ... I love your blog}

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  3. Oh, my, you have quite a project ahead of you! I also have one, a 1977 motor home that looks to be in the exact same condition as yours, lol! I have been asking my boyfriend (its actually his) to let me loose on the inside of it. We just need to move it to my house now :-) I totally love your inspiration photos. I really hope that you blog about your progress because I am now following to see how this turns out.

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  4. Oh soooooooooo many possibilities.Can't wait to see the finished project !
    Hugs

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  5. Oh I love your camper. We use to have a motorhome and it was so much fun. I know you will make this a dream. Hugs, Marty

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  6. What a FUN project! I wish I had a project like that to work on!! So many possiblities and the end result will be so enjoyable! What fun to go camping in!

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  7. You are going to have so much fun fixing this up, Lindy! I love the inside of each one and can't wait to see what you do with yours.

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  8. I'm jealous, excited and on pins and needles! Can't wait to see!

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  9. Oh, you have your very own doll house to decorate! I can't wait to see what you do!

    Carol

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  10. you make me want to check out craigs list for one of those beauties! the inspiration pics are fabulous! Have fun playing...t.xoxoxoxoox

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  11. I've been wanting one of those too. What a great find! Can't wait to see what you do with it - please post updates!!!

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  12. I do believe you've made me want to beg for one too!!! How fun!

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  13. I love your possibilities :-) Can't wait to see how it turns out.

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  14. I love your camper!! I would love to do something like that....I can't wait to see the AFTER!

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  15. Lindy how cool is that camper!?? I can't wait to see it when you're finished. Some of the cute campers you pictured were wonderful. Are you going to camp in it or are you just going to keep it in your yard? Like a Mom cave....?
    I'd vote for the Mom cave. Good luck and have fun with it.
    Susan

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  16. Love all of these ideas. I soooo want a lil' trailer of my very own too. Makes a great big girl club house. :)
    Can't wait to see how you transform it. Have lots of fun!

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  17. Yes you can and it will be just as fab as the inspiration trailers...better actually because it will be perfectly YOU...

    I am so jealous *green*

    and the lack of smell is a huge bonus.

    Blessings Kelsie

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  18. Woo Hoo! I can't wait to see what you do with your little trailer! You've found some wonderful snaps to inspire you!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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  19. YES, YES, YES you can do this~! How exciting. I love my little vintage camper ;-)

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  20. I wish I lived near you because I would totally be all up in your business helping! Have a great time with it!!

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  21. Ms. Lindy!
    YAY! welcome to the club!
    I got one in May- we've not gotten very far with ours. I can't wait to see yours finished!

    Pat

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  22. Oh the fun you will have. Does she have a name yet? I can hardly wait to see your "after" pictures. Have you done anything to her yet?

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  23. Oh my goodness, I can't stand it! I would really like to get my hands on one too. My family thinks I"m crazy. I have seen some cute ones on line.

    I am a follower already. Love your blog!
    You should follow me too.

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  24. So dang cute! Can't wait to see! Lezlee

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  25. Oh I want one soooo bad too! I will use it for all of the crafts that I don't do yet.. haha. Love it!

    Hannah
    theambitiouscattlegirl

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  26. Yeah baby! We inherited a huge pull behind last year and although its in pristine condition, its so not my style/taste. Ive been dreaming of giveing it a big fat overhaul myself. You can see it here(http://handbagsnpigtails.blogspot.com/2010/07/where-ive-been.html). Funny Ive been dreaming of doing a post just like this one. I have all the same pics saved on my Pinterest "Campers" album:)
    Glad to meet a fellow camper overhauler!
    xo,
    Sarah

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  27. Oh I so want one!! We had a vintage trailer but GAVE it to a friend when we moved to Colorado= I could so kick myself now!!!

    I love the inspiration pictures and can't wait to see what you do with yours!

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  28. Oh...I can imagine the possibilities! Can't wait to see what you'll do with it.

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  29. You totally can!!!! Can't wait to see the after pic.'s!

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  30. This is awesome! A big project but there are so many things you can do with it! My husband and I were only talking about buying one the other day and fixing it up into something special. I can't wait to see what you do with this beauty :)

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  31. I'm a firm believer that YES! you can!!! Can't wait to see what you do. My family went camping a lot when I was a child. I think my uncle had a Shasta very similar to the one you pictured! I'm sure your's will out shine them all!

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  32. How totally fun to re-do something so cute like your "vintage" camper! Great inspiration photos too! Hugs!

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  33. Ooooh! I can't wait to see your take on this! Going to be so cool!!
    Lovely examples to be inspired by too!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  34. I just stumbled onto your blog and LOVE it. I spent some time browsing and became a follower. I am adding you to my bookmarks so that you can become a regular read for me. Have a good week-end. And by the way, camper LOVE!

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  35. What great ideas you have go with. I can't wait to see it finished. Even without hitting the road, these has such potential. Wish I one for my writer son who always claims it too noisy in the house.

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  36. We have a 5th wheel, I've been trying (begging) my husband to let me make it over, I'm not there yet

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  37. You will have this little gem perfected in no time. What fun!

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  38. What a great project. This is something I have always wanted to do. Have you heard of the Cowgirl Caravan? They fix up vintage trailers sooo cute. There are other groups that do this sort of thing also. Can't wait to see what you do with her. Great fun!

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  39. How fun and thanks for all the inspiration! My parents just announced that they are giving us their old camper and you've given me some great ideas for sprucing it up !!!!

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  40. It is gonna look so precious when you finish. I love all of the inspiration photos.. Good luck.

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  41. Love, LOVE your little travel trailer! You're going to have so much fun transforming her!
    We finally got the cozy little cottage on wheels of my dreams a couple years ago. She has given us so much joy. Come see ~
    http://lindathompson.blogspot.com/2010/08/its-show-off-your-cottage-monday-at.html

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  42. Okay, the blue and green one is my absolute favorite. I could so go camping in one of those or better yet just camp out in the backyard. ALONE! A little serene hideout AWAY if you know what I mean. I love your new project, can't wait to see it finished in all it's girly glory. I'm tellin' ya all those guys with their little camo hunting campers ain't got nothin' on us! Sorry for sending this via anonymouse...blogger will not let me post under my google identity for some reason. Good luck on this fantastic project signed, Sheila--Beyond the Portico

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  43. Good for you! I have always wanted to do that and even played around with turning one into a backyard showroom for my pieces. Hope you'll share the progress and/or reveal!
    Deb

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  44. I can't wait to see it's progress! I want one so bad! I did a show about a month ago and there were two "glampers" there, I am in loooove!
    thanks for sharing! karen....

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  45. What a cool project to take on! This is so awesome :D

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  46. I love all the possibilities! I would love to have any type of camper :)

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  47. I have a dream to have one of these campers to restore and have as my home office one day. Can't wait to see how things turn out!

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  48. I will show my daughter your blog. She has an electrician coming to help her with hers. Hopefully it will get some special treatment soon. You are going to have a blast!! Can't wait to see what you do with it. Debi

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  49. Ohh it will turn out wonderful! I can't wait to see the end result! I wish my husband would allow me to get an old junker so I can fix it up!! I haven't got him convinced. But yet he has an old junker boat.. hmm...

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  50. Can't wait 2 C the finished product. Love it!

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  51. I love this idea! I've been begging for just a pop up so we can camp with A/C instead of tents.. and now I want to revamp one of these! While hubby sits here rolling his eyes lol Can't wait to see when your finished!

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  52. I love all those possibilities! You'll have to post what you did with that camper!

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  53. Lindy wow what a transformation!! Great job, I adore how cozy & Cute it is!!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

    Come and join a very Fashionable Giveaway!

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  54. Really love the Constance one-wow, i will look forward to seeing the trasformations

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  55. What way cool fun for you! I too, can't wait for the transformation.

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  56. I am so excited FOR you! I dream of having a camper I can transform. Cant wait to see it!

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  57. I have a 1960 camper and made it into "Nana's Playhouse". I painted the outside and did onestroke painting roses and leaves on it, with a faux wood sign saying "Nana'a playhouse" .. Have awnings on the windows. Inside, I painting murals on the walls and ceiling. with clouds, a cat walking across the door jam, a shelf with a litle more etc on it. a 4 piece place setting for the table. and made new curtains etc. we have slumber parties out there..and watch dvd's and pop popcorn with m&m's in them...it is a fun time. I do need to repaint the outside now, as I have had this for several years now...but we have had fun. you will too!.. monna from Indiana

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  58. Lindy, When you add your magical touch it will be beautiful! If anyone can transform the trailer I am betting on you. Enjoy the process.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  59. I am so jealous!!! This would be an awesome project!!!!
    Please keep us updated.

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  60. Now I've asked for a lot of things for Mother's Day but never a camper!! However, after seeing your pictures . . . I am SO in love with them all!! Can't wait to see what you do with this baby!

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  61. What an exciting project. I have always wanted to decorate a vintage trailer. I am your newest follower and looking forward to your upcoming posts. Diane

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  62. How exciting! I can't wait to see what you do with it. The ultimate makeover project!

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  63. Oh how fun!!! I love those little campers! We've got a ginormous one like 42' and 3 slide outs....totally too big for what we really need. our next one will be a much, much smaller on. I see all these cute little possibilities on redecorating the smaller campers are for sure the way to go! Can't wait to see what you do :)
    Visiting from Dittle Dattle's Amaze Me Monday! Have a happy 4th!

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  64. Wholly Cow! I LOVE that you begged for that for Mother's Day. What great inspiration you have to draw on for its transformation too...FUN project!
    Holly
    504 Main

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  65. Ahhhhmazing! I dream of finding my own camper some day. Truly beautiful!

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  66. If you haven't already, check out http://www.theshadydell.com/ It is a 'motel' where the rooms are actually vintage trailers! Each one has its own theme.

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  68. How fun! Can't wait to see the transformation! Now following!

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  69. This is my first time at your blog..Came through from Between Naps on the Porch....Love the trailer...Can't wait to see what you do with it..
    Have a great 4th.
    Sandy in NC

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  70. This just makes me smile to think of doing. My money is on you, I say get in there and just do it!!!
    Such a fun idea and great photos.
    Keep smiling and creating

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  71. Waiting for your endless creativities... sure it will be more beautiful as we saw there...
    Visit me when you get time ...
    http://craftaworld.blogspot.com/2011/
    Love
    Farah

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  72. Can't wait to see what you decide to do :) So glad that you linked to SouthernHosp. and I was able to find you.

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  73. Boy do you have your work cut out for you. I wouldn't know where to start. Love the inspiration pics. Can' wait to see your makeover.

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  74. I'm sure you will have it looking really "cool" in no time...what color are you going to paint the outside?

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  75. Wishing you good luck in transforming the camper! You are right, it has endless possibilities. Can't wait to see the update :)

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  76. all those possibilities stunned me...beyond amazing...every details, I LOVE!

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  77. I'm with you 100percent on the camper! If I could get away with it, I would have one too! It's like having your own play house in your back yard and guests can always use it too! Love the inspirational photos. dreamy!

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  78. I want a trailer.....then I could go in and hide when it gets to lively in the house. Love all the inspiration photos, can't wait to see what you come up with. Thanks for sharing.

    :) Michelle

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  79. It definitely has alot of potential, Lindy! Those darling campers look like little bohemian gypsy homes on wheels! lol! LUV LUV LUV! Have a great time transforming yours! And I'm looking forward to the big reveal! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  80. I know you will sooo make miracles happen for that lil' camper of yours! Can't wait to see it when ya are donw.

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  81. I can't wait to see what you do with it. The inspiration pictures were so adorable. What fun!

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  82. I CAN NOT WAIT to see what you do! How will you ever decide?!?! So many great ideas!!!
    If you get a chance, I'd love for you to share this at the Tuesday To Do Party!

    http://blackberryvine.blogspot.com/2011/07/tuesday-to-do-17-and-16-list-makers.html

    Smiles!
    Jami

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  83. I had looked at buying an old airstream to use as a guest cottage at the ranch. This is so exciting, I can't wait to see what you do with it. I am a new follower!! I would love for you to visit me at Cedar Hill Ranch some time!!

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  84. Oh, that would be so much fun to decorate! Can't wait to see what you do with it.

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  85. Whatever you decide to do will certainly be an improvement. ;) You and your creative juices will get this baby into shape in no time. The camper will lose to your winning ways!

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  86. Those are the cutest campers. Can't wait to see yours transformed.

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  87. Free and doesn't smell, I think I dated a guy with that as his on-line profile once! Loved the peek at the other camper 'afters' to your before.

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  88. your going to have fun. i just watched a big fat gypsy wedding marathon this weekend, i sort of enjoyed the irish traveler lifestyle :)

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  89. Yes, you *can* do this, and it will be fabulous! What a fun gift ... love the inspiration pics, too. Can't wait to see how you add your touch to it!

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  90. I love Vintage Caravans & I hope to buy one in the future! Good luxk with pretty-fying yours!
    love
    Alison
    x

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  91. Good luck with your "new" camper! We purchased a 1968 Airstream in November and have been working to restore it. It is a lot of work, but in the end it will be so worth it. You can do it, I can't wait to see the final results.

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  92. BE STILL MY HEART!! Almost free and smells good usually don't go together, lol!! Well, in my experiences anyway :)) I cannot wait to see it all fixed up!! I have dreamed of owning an Airstream for about ohhhh.... FOREVER!!! And I spotted one in a junk yard on the way to the beach this past weekend!! I almost gave my poor husband a heart attack while he was driving, lol!! I WILL be going back for it :))
    Definitely will be following your blog!! Come and visit if you get a chance!!
    LOVE FROM TEXAS!!!
    ~~Michella~~
    www.michellamarie.com

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  93. Whew, what a project. But what awesome inspiration pics. Have fun and I can't wait to see the after!

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  94. Cute! Have fun! LOVE lovelovelove the inspiration.

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  95. Wow, that looks like a lot of work...but oh so rewarding.

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  96. My favorite is the Aqua Shasta with the yellow accents, looks very period perfect.
    If you have (or want to keep) a man in your trailer life I would avoid the floral and strip orangey concoction. That would be a hit on the women's only camper expeditions.

    Looks like a lot of work but a labor of love.

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  97. SO SO CUTE!!
    I want one!!!
    I can't wait to see what you do!!!

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  98. You are so lucky girlfriend! Can't wait to see how this turns out!

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  99. ok that is too stinkin' cute!! Please post the after pics!

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  100. How darling!! Super, super cute. Blessings... Polly

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  101. I am dying for one of these! Lucky you!
    d e n i s e

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  102. I love this :) My grandmother used to have one... I spent more than a few nights at the beach in that sweet little thing... wish i still had it!! and my grandmother :(

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  103. Love this idea! I think this would be such a fun project. I can't wait to see how your's turns out.

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  104. I know I am really behind the times on your post but I had to comment on your inspiration pictures. They are dar-LING! Good luck with your project. If I tried to do this, my hub would just laugh at me. :7D (I have a reputation for taking a lo-o-ong time to finish stuff. Can you say ADD?)I'll be watching your progress with anticipation and cheering you on! You go, sistah!
    Liz

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  105. this has made me happy, i must have one. good luck.

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  106. I am sure your camper will be a beauty after it is done with all your inspirations. Hoping that you'll post some pictures when it is done. Enjoy remodeling the camper.

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  107. I love all your inspiration pictures! Iam looking for a vintage camper to fix up right now. Can't wait to see how your restoration goes!

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  108. Seriously, I am drooling! Where can I get a camper like that? I am loving this and your post is inspiring! I am featuring this post on my blog tomorrow - come and grab a featured button!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  109. oh my gosh!!! I love that map idea!! I havent painted my trailer yet and have been changing my mind on colours every couple of weeks!!! Thanks! I love you blog already!!!

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