Random Cost of Freedom

Originally posted on Writing & Wanderlust:
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, we have come to know just how much freedom really does cost.  Fleeing the island because of a mandatory evacuation, I was glad to change scenery and break out of the rut we’d been in for over four years.  Now, even though we…

Tiny Home Living — D I Y Kids Room in Island RV

#DIYRV Sleigh Bed Kid’s Bunk in Tiny Home on Wheels — Home Sewn Seaside Curtains, Accessories, and Upholstered Toy Cube Ottoman*

In Part I of DIY Sleigh Bed in Kid’s RV Bedroom, we featured the build of our little camper’s tiny home RV bunk. But, since then…I’ve been stitching and sewing the curtains and pillow shams for her new bed. It took some searching on Ebay and other online market places to find the perfect fabric for the job.

Like a snake…

Driftwood Christmas Trees & Tiny Homes on Wheels

It seems like yesterday I was out in the yard building my first-ever drift wood Christmas tree for #Mermaid Mansion. Even though it required a bit of ‘sprucing’ up, I am so happy to use my lovely island tree again this year.

I made little tree for Nixi last year, too. –Out of the scrap driftwood I had left over from the bigger (but still very ‘tiny home size’) tree we put in our big bay window…in our living/bed room. Accumulating more and more ornaments over the last year with-which to trim our tree, I find that my collection of mermaids is growing…

DIY Canopy Bunk Sleigh Bed in RV

KIDS ROOM IDEAS?! — Build a Bunk or Canopy Sleigh Bed in Your Little Camper’s Room! Here’s how we built a custom sleigh canopy bed for our daughter, with a hidden stow away up top for her toys and dolls. She’s even able to crawl up there and play; though the head room is lacking because we had to build her bed up high to house the electric water heater.

Living the Full-Time RV Life

To the naked eye, our tiny home on wheels looks pretty sapo’d in (sapo is Spanish slang for a frog that has buried itself in the ground and nested), but looks can be deceiving.

In fact, everything we do is easily collapsible and can be taken down in less than a day…if need be.

Living in a hurricane zone, we deliberately built it all that way — to be easily removed in case we have to evacuate the island.

Galveston by Gypsy Vin Rose

Originally posted on Writing & Wanderlust:
Written for those of us who love Galveston, and all that island life entails.  –A story in song and video, of the many memories made on G.I. as a child, over the last decade, and as IBCs (Islanders by Choice)…raising our daughter within the embrace of Mother Ocean. We…

Cheap Cooking Off the Grid

In our efforts to work towards falling off the grid, I’d say our propane cook stove will take us where we want to be when that day comes. And even though we’re still unsure where this journey of life will lead us next, Nico and I both realize that it’s time for a change. We do love our little island bungalow on wheels, but we’ve quite soured of the scenery around us (minus the sunsets).

Tiny Home on Wheels — Camper Garden Retreat

Following months and months of hard work…digging, renovating, re-arranging, designing and replanting, I feel like my little courtyard style garden is finally taking shape.

Looking back to gardens-past, I feel like this is one of my best efforts; though I’m still not done.

There’s still more white pave stone to lay down…in-order to finish my circular patio, and more to plant; weeding and weeding some more…

Antique Dixie Stove in Glamper RV

My oldest daughter just stood there laughing at me, as I jumped for joy…clapping and bubbling over with joy that my old Dixie Stove had fired right up. It had been a constant worry that the day my husband finally got all the parts together and hooked it up, that we’d go to light it and there would be nothing. I even worried about a fire…or worse — that my old relic would go ‘ka-BOOM’ and we’d go right along with it.

DIY RV Camper Screen Door Project

It had to be done — there was just no way around it.  I couldn’t have been happier to see my old ‘recycled’ screen door fall apart, because I knew it would mean a new…custom-built-for-Mermaid-Mansion screen door would have to follow.  That was two days ago, and already…I have my brand new, perfectly put together…

To Plant…or Not To Plant! –A Nomad in Limbo

Originally posted on Writing & Wanderlust:
The hardest thing about sitting still for long, is being at-odds with two sides of myself.  To plant…or not to plant a garden.  With Spring in the air, it’s impossible to resist sprinkling a few seeds about…just to watch them grow…for as long as I am here in this…