How To Give Your Glamper Eyelashes

A fantastic way to glamp up your trailer’s exterior is to give her “eyelashes.”

As we were prepping the exterior of our first trailer, Bessie (a 1976 Nomad), we knew that eventually we would have to find a way to make the window frames look cuter. Becky came up with a brilliant and original idea to make these awesome window “eyelashes” or “scallops” as she called them.

Cheap, easy to make, and removable for travel, these eyelashes added so much more cuteness to our little Bessie that we both couldn’t imagine her without them.

We haven’t seen them anywhere else, so you are getting a scoop!

 

Here’s how you can make your own eyelashes.

You will need:

  • A ruler
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • A small bowl
  • Vinyl
  • Velcro
  • Sewing machine
  • Upholstery Thread

1. Measure the windows of your trailer, width-wise

2. Determine the diameter you need for each scallop and the number of scallops you need for each window. You want uniformity throughout the trailer windows, so you will want to use same half-circle size scallops on all windows.

  1. Use a compass and measure out your scallop.
  2. In order to determine the general size of scallop you want to use, take the smallest window length, and divide it by 3. This will give you an idea of what the diameter of each scallop would need to be.
  3. The number of scallops is best in odd numbers, and never do a window with only 2 scallop shapes...it looks too much like a pair of boobs!!

3. Pick out your vinyl from a fabric store (we chose a brightyellow). Make sure to buy enough to cover all your scallops.

4. Cut your main piece of vinyl

Cut the length of window by the height of the scallop PLUS three extra inches for the height (as you will need a space at the top of the scallop to attach the Velcro—a “header” for the scallop).

5. Trace your scallops onto the vinyl

  1. First, divide the vinyl section in half to find a center point on the window.
  2. Take the vinyl and lay it out on a flat surface.
  3. Center the middle scallop to the center of the window.
  4. Then work your way outward creating scallops.
  5. For each window, take a round bowl approximately 5 to 6 inches wide (or based on the size of scallop you want) and turn it over onto the vinyl. Trace the outside of the bowl with the pen.

  6. Halve the circle to create a half moon using the ruler. Make sure to leave at least an inch of space for the base of the scallop (ie, the “header” of the scallop)

6. Cut your scallops along the markings with a sharp scissor (The nice thing about vinyl is that it doesn’t need to be hemmed)

7. Sew your header

  1. First, fold the vinyl from the top of the scallop down one inch
  2. Then, fold it another inch.
  3. Sew a seam along the top of the header.
  4. The front should look similar to this:

8. Attach the soft side of the Velcro to your eyelashes

  1. Sew the soft side of the Velcro onto your new header on the back side (trailer side) of the eyelashes.
  2. Sew two seams – use a heavy-duty needle on your sewing machine and upholstery thread. (If you don’t want to sew, just know that any type of adhesive [i.e. sticky Velcro] you try may be subject to weather and fail)

9. Attach the rough side of the velcro to the window frame using the sticky side.

There are two main ways you can attach your eyelashes to your trailer.

  1. One is with Velcro – just know that the weather may be a factor in the stickability of the Velcro.
  2. The other is to screw in the Velcro to the top of each window. This is not recommended for trailers that have no gutters or coverings above the window, as holes made by screws may cause leaks. Use small aluminum screws and screw the Velcro every two inches across the top of the window underneath the gutter or covering. If you don’t choose to screw the Velcro into your trailer, weatherproof adhesive might work as well.

10. Apply the eyelashes to each window by pressing the Velcro sides together.

11. Show off to your friends!

...And be sure to remove eyelashes when traveling.

 

How to Use Milk Paint

You can use milk paint to update your cabinets, like we did inside Lou Lou, the Scotty Trailer we renovated for Julie Phipps of Piper Farms.

 

You apply milk paint in 5 easy steps.

Step 1 - Prepare your surface

  • Make sure your surface is smooth. Do a little bit of sanding to rough up the surface to get a little better adherence. Then, make sure your surface is clean and dust free. You can use a dust cloth to wipe the surface after sanding.

Step 2 - Apply the paint

  • Brush on one to three coats if desired.
  • Make sure you stir your milk paint really well.
  • You want your milk paint to run, so make sure to add water until the paint drips easily off of your brush.
  • When applying, try to go right with the grain of the wood.
  • Milk paint dries really quickly so you may be able to apply your second coat in a short time after the first. Sometimes as little as 5 to 10 minutes will work.

Step 3 – Sanding and Distressing

  • If you don’t want a distressed look, you should use a really fine sand paper. Just give it a nice smoothing before using your dust cloth again to wipe clean.
  • If you prefer a distressed look like we did with Lou Lou, you will take a rough sander and choose places you want to show through the paint. For example a seam in the wood you might want to show through.
  • Always make sure to clean off any dust from sanding.

Step 4 – Glazing

  • The whole point of glazing is to put a color on and then you are going to take some off.
  • (Hot Tip for glazing: Use baby wipes!)
  • You always want to do a small section at a time.
  • The biggest mistakes people make when glazing are:
  •       a. Use too much glaze
  •       b. Use too big of a brush or sponge
  •       c. Try to glaze too large an area at one time
  • We used General Finishes Glaze Effect.
  • Put a small amount of glaze on your sponge brush and apply small thin strokes of glaze to your milk painted area.
  • Next, take a wet baby wipe and wipe lightly so that the glaze is diffused and is mostly wiped away, leaving the desired amount/effect.
  • You want to try to wipe your baby wipes with the grain because you want your glaze to look like part of the wood grain.
  • Use the baby wipes to blend in each of your small sections of glaze.
  • Then, just let it dry!

Step 5 – Apply a Top Coat

  • Make sure your surface is not sticky at all, and is dry to the touch.
  • Put on a nice layer of smooth top coat. Make sure it is not too thick. If it starts to show a white foam, or white drops, that means it needs to be smoothed out.
  • You can do three top coats.

And there you have it!! Now you know how to use milk paint!

 

 










 

Glamorous Camping and She Shacks: The New Sacred Space for Women to Relax in Luxury and Quiet

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. and MOSES LAKE, Wash., Nov. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- While Virginia Woolf had a room of her own, today's woman also needs her own space – but nowadays, it's in "camper form."

At least that's the way Camper Chicks (http://camperchicks.com) Emilee Moeller and Becky Crowther see it.  On the heels of their appearance on HGTV's Tiny House Hunters, the chicks are taking their latest camper renovation to Washington State for The Piper Barn Show in Moses Lake.

"Women may have bigger homes than they used to, but a sacred personal space of their own seem to be, in comparison, in much higher demand these days," said Moeller.  The Los Angeles-based environmental attorney-turned-actor doubles as producer and show host to combine her love of the big city with her roots in a small farming town in Washington. 

On the heels of their appearance on HGTV’s Tiny House Hunters, the chicks are taking their latest camper renovation to Washington State for The Piper Barn Show in Moses Lake.

Crowther, whose life path led her in a completely different direction in Utah as a dietitian and mother of four, added, "Glamping up a trailer is a chance to let your creative juices fly in a space that is purposeful yet fun.  I think women, especially, need that," she said.

A little more than a week ago, Moeller and Crowther were featured on a show called Tiny House Hunters, which showcased for the first time, a tiny living option known as "glamping" ("glamorous camping"). 

On November 4th, the Camper Chicks will reveal their next vintage camper renovation "Lu Lu", a 1970 Serro Scotty Trailer.  The Piper Barn Show boasts over 60 vendors of vintage accessories, Christmas decor, upcycled and painted furniture, handmade treasures, and children's items.

"I am excited to see how the Camper Chicks have transformed Lu Lu," says Barn Show director Julie Phipps, who runs the event on her family farm. "Vintage Trailers are timeless and an inspiration for shoppers who like upcycled treasures."

Obsessed with vintage trailers, best friends Becky Crowther and Emilee Moeller became self-professed "camper hoarders" and started renovating their own and other people's trailers. "Camper Chicks" was born, which consists of a blog, YouTube channel and upcoming book devoted to sharing their experiences and tips about camper decorating, renovating, and all things "glamper."


How to Strip Your Camper

Click to watch two girls stripping.

Click to watch two girls stripping.

Want to glamp up your camper by painting its exterior?

Well you may have to strip it first.

We loooooove a product called Citristrip. You can get it at Home Depot or other retailers.

You apply the Citristrip with a paint brush and let it sit for 30 minutes to an hour (sometimes 2 hours). You will start to see the paint peel off.

Strip the paint off using a plastic scraper. On the edges and crevasses you might want to use a metal scraper.

You can re-apply Citristrip if necessary to strip more layers of paint.

Citristrip is eco-friendly and safe to use. Just make sure to wear protective gloves.

Check out this video where Becky shows you how to strip your camper:

Camper Jealousy

Have you ever coveted another woman’s….vintage trailer?

You know you have. Drooling over pins and blog posts and glamper FB groups.

Fess up.

We have all been there.

It happened to me BIG time. And it was my best friend who made me jealous.

Becky and I had just bought and renovated Bessie, my 1976 Nomad when all of a sudden I get texts from her of a 1960s Field and Stream.

WHAT?!! I told her she was cheating on Bessie and going behind my back to get a “cuter” model.

I had Camper Jealousy.

It was bad.

In a future blog I will explain the showdown between Bessie and “Myrtle”.

Stay tuned.