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Monday, July 26, 2021

Camping We Will Go

I have been looking for a jig 

that was in my budget 

and that would give me a little more 

(a lot more) independence.

I was about to give up . . .

When driving to my sister-in-law's

a little over a week ago I spied

this with a "For Sale" sign in the window.

I almost didn't stop because I 

thought it would be over

what I wanted to spend.



But instead it was a very well

maintained 2009 with . . . get this,

brand new tires and brakes.

Steve would like that :)

Yes, on my test drive I took it to our

friend, who is a mechanic and he

drove it, put it on the racks 

and gave it a good look over.

  This will give me a way

to run errands that I was depending 

on others to do for me . . .

Sometimes you just need something bigger

than your car to haul things.



 Well, after having it for a week,

and a bit of plywood from Steve's stash.


a bit of fabric from my stash


some small pieces of furniture,

that I had intended on putting

in a yard sale


and some camping gear we already had . . .

Hey, if a girl has to use a port-a-potty

she wants it cute, right?



This is the way the back looks now. 

under the bed I have two storage bins

and room for our fishing poles. 



I screwed that wooden box to the 

top of this little school desk

so that I could store small easy 

to get to items,

but I can still lift the lid 

for more storage. 

 This little cabinet has a glass door,

so I thought it would be a great

place for snacks that don't need to be on ice

and safely tucked where the dogs can't get them :)

I fastened it down with wire on the back side.

Hopefully nothing will be flying around 

while driving. 


That's it . . .

now when a friend says

"let's go camping"

I'm ready to roll. 

Well, that's my post.

I hope you enjoyed it.


Remember to put God first . . .

the Lord is always there waiting 

for you to say "hello"

He wants to be in your life . . .

protecting and guiding you each 

and every day :)


God bless you,

Your blogging sister,

Connie :)



  1. Wow! That is cute! You did a great job...

  2. You've done a wonderful job! It all looks great and you're ready to go!

  3. Connie....only you could make a vehicle so pretty and useful! I love it and hope you are able to have many trips in it.

  4. Connie I am so unbelievably envious!!! I love that truck and what you did to it! What a cozy spot to go camping! Well done!!! Steve is proud of you!!! ♥♥♥

  5. My goodness, what a great job. Wishing many happy camping trips.

  6. Your new-to-you truck is my favourite colour!! And you've done up the back in such a wonderful and creative way. I'm so impressed. I hope you and the pups will have lots of fun outings together.

  7. Wow! It's perfect Connie. I wish we were still there so I could go camping with you. That's what I want to do with our truck, or get a truck camper. Dennis want's a bigger trailer or a class a.
    You've made it so perfect. God had that truck in mind for you. I'm sure of it. I'm so glad you had it checked out because it all seems so perfect for you.
    Blessings and hugs,

  8. CONNIE! You have given me hope that my dream of having a tiny, just for me, home on wheels, can happen! I have been wanting to do that for years but time and money always seem to stop me. I love all the sweet little touches you've done! Happy camping!

    Grace & Peace,

  9. WOW, that looks amazing. Camping sounds like so much fun especially when you can do it with a little comfort like you have there. Now I'm looking forward to reading about your first camping adventure in it.

  10. Oh, muh gorsh, that is so adorable, Connie!!!!! What girl wouldn't want to camp in that cute setting? Nice work!

  11. Oh Connie, how wonderful, what a transformation. You are so clever and talented to do all that yourself. Have fun on your camping adventures, or it would be just as great for doing day trips somewhere such s a lake or forest.

  12. Well aren't you cleaver!!! You did a fantastic job! It's beautiful and practical too. I'm really impressed!!

  13. I am so impressed! You did a great job. Steve would be proud of you!

  14. That's a beautiful truck! I can't believe how you transformed the back into a camper. You are amazing!

  15. Connie that is the cutest, coziest thing I've ever seen! Only you! It would be so much fun to sleep there. You are amazing!

  16. I am ASTOUNDED at how you (1) got the truck and (2) fixed it up so incredibly. Wow, you could LIVE IN THERE! Amazing. Really amazing. God bless you on your travels!

  17. Wow. What a nice amazing thing for you to acomplish! Your camper is so darling now. I admire you for being to do things like that. Enjoy! Nancy

  18. Brilliant! That is a real Mobile Crafty Cottage you have made there Connie- well done! Best Wishes. KEV.

  19. Amazing! What a sweet camping abode you have created. I might look at my husbands truck a little different now. ;) I loved your posts about kayaking. Have you thought anymore about going out and kayaking? Those posts were beautiful and so encouraging to get out and go!
    Rondi /

  20. Connie, that red truck was just sitting there waiting for you to claim it!! Also... so glad you hung onto those items you were going to put in a yard sale! They are just so perfect for your little abode on wheels.. love the cabinet with the glass front! It all looks so cozy. Makes me want to make a special quilt just for our Van and make it more girly, as my hubby seems to have lost interest in Van camping. I think I'm going to have to do the rest myself (get rid of rust, add hooks and curtain rods). Really not that much left to do, and it really IS road worthy right now! I should be out there today working on it as we actually had RAIN this morning! What a shock! is a gray day (first in months).. and still wet out and the wet sage smells are amazing. This is the perfect time to camp!! Your mobile cottage is just darling and I bet it's calling to you! hugs.. Marilyn

  21. Congrats on the new truck, wow you did a fabulous job making it into a nice place to camp in. Looks fabulous and comfy!

  22. How charming! I'm sure you will have some wonderful adventures and catch some big fish!

  23. Well I'll be darned! Looks so cute! What a great find. Happy camping to you. Lisa@ Sweet Tea N' Salty Air

  24. How neat! I love the fabric and how you’ve decorated it!

  25. You are amazing, Connie! What a cute way to go camping. I hope you have wonderful times out fishing and camping!

  26. Hi Connie! You are amazing. What a cool post. Your new ride and the way you've customized it is just great. Thank you for sharing your blog and for your very kind recent comment on mine. Have a great day! John

  27. Oh how I love it! And it's RED! You'll have so much fun with this truck and I love the pretty touches you've made. The fabric you used is perfect for you...and me! We love that shabby chic look!

    1. Yep, I figure there's no reason why girl can't go camping in shabby chic style.

  28. Love your camping truck! Is that bed a regular double size bed? I love the material you used too! And may I ask what that paint color is for your coffee table? I can see I’m going to have to come back to read more of your blog! God bless!!!

    Diane from Michigan