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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Glampette's new countertop and shelves

Look what's new in The Glampette! While visiting Fred, my trailer builder and friend, in Michigan this past month (after attending the Camp-Inn Camp-Outt rally in Mauston, WI) he built me an oak countertop and shelves for the interior of my trailer.

You may recall that teardrop trailers have their galley on the rear end of the trailers beneath a hatchback. Since I travel alone I wanted to move my galley to the interior of the trailer so I wouldn't have to go outside at night to grab something from the back.


Fred took measurements based on the trailer and my preferences. Then he got to work. I LOVE my new interior. It makes my trailer look like a tiny studio apartment.

The first night I used it after leaving Michigan I was over the moon. Upon opening the door I immediately had a place to set down my purse and keys! The experience was quite luxurious compared to the old stacked-plastic-bins method I'd been using before.

Thank you Fred! You're the best :)


Other improvements include the small sleeping curtain right above the bed. In the morning the light from the vent fan would glare in my eyes. I realized a tiny curtain was all I needed to block the glare. Some fabric, pom poms, and velcro were all I needed to craft a glampy, little curtain.

Also, I was tired of things bouncing out of the pink plastic bins in the overhead shelf, so I found some aqua fabric and black parachute cord and sewed together the drawstring bags that hold the bin's contents in even on the bumpiest of roads.


One final new addition, a tiny DIY closet rod that I could hang jackets from. It's a drawer handle screwed into the underside of the overhead shelf. It worked great! The only modification I made is when traveling I tie the hangers together with a piece of ribbon around the base of the silver hooks. The ribbon keeps them from bouncing off the pull. Loose, several would fall off but tied together none do.

While The Glampette is still a work in progress the most significant things have all been done. There will be a few more improvements over the coming months but for now I couldn't be happier with my perfect little abode on the road :D

Nine teardrops and a tiny travel trailer on Treasure Island

The Treasure Island Meet and Greet was a huge success


I arrived at Treasure Island shortly after 7:30 AM to meet all of my Teardrops 'n Tiny Travel Trailer (tnttt.com) kindred spirits. We needed to be there early to park our trailers on the lawn beneath the Bliss Dance sculpture and get them set up for the crowd that would arrive at 10:00 AM when the flea market opened.


It was fun to pull in and park with all of the tiny teardrops as we waited for everyone to arrive.


After parking I set up my awning for the first time ever! Dare I say it was super cute? Because I still haven't found a Sunbrella fabric that matches my yellow paint I used an old tablecloth as a temporary awning. Some rope and a couple of eyelets were all I needed to put it together. I'll make a tutorial later and show you how I did it.

I helped my neighbor Laura put up her awning just to learn how to do it. Then one of the guys helped me put up mine. Two tent poles, four stakes, some rope and tension pieces for the guy lines and I was set.

YAY! I didn't think it was possible for the trailer to look even cuter but turns out it was!


There were ten trailers there on Saturday. We set up and hosted a meet and greet with the public answering any and all questions they had about our tiny travel trailers.


Meals were easy to find at the food truck round up just yards away. I had my first Chairman Bao hum-bao, a Crispy Miso Cured Tofu patty with garlic-tofu mayo and baby choy sum greens. It was delicious! And I don't even like tofu. LOL. The funniest thing was that it took me over three hours to eat it. There were so many people stopping to ask questions I was averaging a bite of food every 15 minutes or so. Laura joked it was going to take me eight hours to finish it. I think it took just under four.


As the sun set we prepared to settle in for the night. . .


Two vintage Benroys awash in the warmth of the setting sun.


That night we gathered around two propane fire rings. If it hadn't been for the wind it would have been a balmy 56º out. With the wind chill? I think it was closer to 41º. It was COLD! But, like troopers, we huddled up and spent the evening chatting around the fire. There was even freshly popped campfire popcorn to be had.


Sadly, Bliss Dance wasn't completely lit at night as she was the year before.


My disappointment about the sculpture not being lit was lifted when all of a sudden a fireworks show began across The Bay. I left the safety of the warm zone and ran to the edge of the lawn to take some pictures. Turned out it was the 35th anniversary of Pier 39. It was a nice, unexpected treat.


Sunday morning was cold, grey, and very windy.

But it was still a very fun time. The top ten questions I was asked most often were:

1. You can't sleep in that can you?
2. What made you want to get a trailer?
3. Where do you take it?
4. You travel alone? Aren't you afraid to travel alone?
5. What kind of vehicle do you tow with?
6. And it gets around ok?
7. So you design trailers for a living?
8. Where do you go to the bathroom?
9. What are the dimensions?
10. How many miles have you driven?


My neighbor Laura had the coolest tow vehicle (she built with the help of friends) hitched to the vintage '46 trailer she restored herself. As a welder and blacksmith she was a fascinating person to meet and talk to. She's been welding for 20 years! I wish I'd taken it up earlier in my life. You can make so many things when you know how to weld.


All of the other trailers at the meet and greet were teardrops with the exception of The Glampette. There were vintage trailers from the 40's and modern teardrops from Camp-Inn and Little Guy.

Congratulations to Debbie and Randy on their trailer winning the People's Choice award. Their handmade wood exterior teardrop measures a whopping 5'x10' is filled with beautiful quilted accessories (made by Debbie), and was the hit of the rally winning by a landslide. Sadly, I didn't get a shot of it set up. I was too busy talking to the public Saturday and they left just as I was leaving my trailer Sunday morning :(


One of the flea market vendors came by Sunday morning with a new piece of recycled art he created overnight. How fun! If I had room to store decorative items I would have been tempted but I can literally only bring on board things I need, then I try to find a way to make them cute and glampy.


As Sunday morning wore on the other campers departed one, sometimes two, at a time. My friend Armando wanted to come by and see The Glampette for the first time so I waited for him. Which made me the last woman standing, well, second to last if you count Bliss Dance.

Photo by Christina Nellemann

I even made it into a blog post about the rally on the Tiny Yellow Teardrop blog. Click here to take a peek :)

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Come see The Glampette on Treasure Island!


This weekend October 26th & 27th is the Treasure Island Flea Market... Making her Bay Area debut will be The Glampette! The Glampette and I have been invited to participate in this year's Teardrop Trailer Meet and Greet at the October Flea Market Saturday October 26th. We'll also be there part of the day Sunday the 27th. You'll find us beneath the Bliss Dance sculpture.

The Flea Market is an all outdoor, open air show at the Great Lawn and Pavement. Gates open at 10am and close at 4pm. $3 admission, kids (under 12) and pets are free.

If you've been considering a teardrop or tiny trailer of your own this is your chance to see nine up close and personal, be able to chat with the designers, builders, and owners, and get an idea of what kind of trailer would be just right for you. That's what I did when I attended the same meet and greet last October.

So come on out see the trailers, shop the Flea Market, and grab a bite at the food truck round up, and shop for a pumpkin at the pumpkin patch.

CLICK HERE to visit the Treasure Island Flea website.




Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Another kind of naked

Recently I had a conversation with my friend who mentioned that the last time of day she would want her picture taken was first thing in the morning. I can't remember what we were talking about exactly but I told her I kind of like the way I look as soon as I wake up in the morning. I'm talking before I've brushed my hair or put on my lipstick for the day, probably because it's the time of day I look the most relaxed and rested.

It made me realize that as a follow up to the "Naked" post I wrote a few months ago that dealt with emotional and physical nakedness, there was another kind of naked: Going out in public without makeup on.

2008 with foundation and red lipstick - 2013 with no lipstick or foundation

For the most part I've only worn lipstick, usually a bright or dark red, every day (probably) since I was 15 years old. Occasionally I'll wear some powdered foundation if I know my photo may be taken to cut down the oily shine my skin gets around my nose. And when participating in professional photo shoots I've had my makeup done professionally. I'd have to say I feel most comfortable in front of a camera with professional makeup. It makes your skin look flawless and fake lashes give my eyes much more character than my natural short lashes. LOL

But recently while traveling and camping I quit wearing lipstick, cold turkey, for a couple of weeks. It just seemed kind of silly to wear it out in the woods and driving alone in my car to get to the night's campground destination.

Can I just say it was liberating? To not worry about having to reapply it throughout the day was really nice. I'd gone without for four days earlier this year when I misplaced my make up bag but this time was completely intentional and for a lot longer.

My mom commented that it took her longer to go out in public without lipstick on. Most likely she was in her late 60's or early 70's. She looks great without it. I told her so. She said "Thank you, but you're not getting a picture of me without it for your blog post." LOL

I guess I'm still a work in progress, as I suspect most of us are :)

Photo on left by: Natalie Napoleon Wi



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Lots of new posts coming soon!

Apologies for being so quiet for so long. All is well.

My normal life was turned sideways back in August when I finally discovered the final cause of the exhaustion that had been plaguing me the last few years. So, I'd been focusing on getting well. . .

Somewhere in Iowa

And traveling with The Glampette. Turns out I have a true wanderlust and my tiny trailer has allowed me to see and discover more of the country in the past four months than I'd seen in all of my 48 years combined.


It's been a wonderful experience and I'm looking forward to sharing my past and new adventures in the coming months :)


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