Chinese Painting Brushes vs GIGI Upgrades

I’m practicing using the Chinese paint brushes, deciding if I want to invest in another project with it’s own implements. I like the way I can make tree trunks and branches with this brush but I don’t’ think I’ll succeed using them for flowers. I’m not a delicate painter, I need wide swoops of color, but I’m interested in watercolor, I’ve never tried using it before, thought it would be too hard as I’m not much at drawing and keeping white spaces. I never got too far in the drawing course I haven’t finished taking. And I still have painting courses I can work on.

Now that I have GIGI kind of figured out I want to spend more time learning art techniques. Much to learn, I add these photos here only to show you how much I have to learn! A little bit of wine helps release the inner muse.

But GIGI needs a new sink and faucet asap, well it’s not urgent it’s just old and ugly and is the first thing you see when you come in the door, after you see all the bright red colors and expect something ………clean and more modern. I am sorely tempted to go to amazon and order the sink and faucet, I see just what I want and it seems very reasonable but then I’ll need it installed and what if I get the wrong parts and how difficult would it be to install, because rv’s have different plumbing issues I’ll have to get some rv help….I wonder if they’ll take a credit card? (thinking out loud here). I may just do that, then I’ll have things on the inside looking very good ……..after I repaint some areas that need touch up or really need a second coat of a green I hope I can match……….yeah, I’ll never really be done will I. Soon to get started on the outside, soon as the weather permits, today it’s chilly but not windy, I have some issues to work on on my roof too, not leaks but some potential problems. Probably a priority.

One step at a time is boring.

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A DAy of Wind and Fumes

I think writing here has been a good step for change because of the positive feedback that I am get when I post pics of GiGi.  I hope that when I have no new photos to share my readers with stick around to read what I have to say, but if not I will still continue to write for myself trying for daily posts as a goal.

Today I’ve beeen painting walls again.  I just really hate the way this tiny bathroom looks with it’s out of style sink and useless spaces.  I can’t do much  to it but paint.  I’m thinking of adding more tiles around the inside of the door so that will fill up another terrible wall.  I don’t know what they make these wall of, anything light weight i suppose.  I may be defeating that purpose with all my tiles, my friend says soon the front wheels of the RV won’t touch the ground with all the weight of my tiles in the back. Nah!  I’ve removed a lot of heavy stuff, the wall cupboard in the bath room with the broken mirror and the fold out bed I removed plus all the curtain things, gone to give me more of what I want .

I made an impromptu mess, looks like a grade school project of the rail(?) that is separetling the loft from the cab.  It’s an ugly space that paint doesn’t take because it is somekind of plastic finish.  Tiles are too big to fit there so I thought to just add photos cut to size. Could have doone a better job, here it looks a little silly but I’ll clean it up a bit on the edges and it will be fine for now. It’s kind of dark in the space below thats why it looks odd, I could do it better.UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_200a

A New Life -Style demands…….

A new life style demands change, a new mind set, new goals and maybe even a new persona.

So far I have done a few things to help me make the changes despite the odds I’m faced with. My  GIGI experience has helped me see myself from another perective. Yes, I’m an old  lady but relativly well, no major health problems health wise to worry me, I could be in better shape, I need to try to be stronger and walk more but who doesn’t? My income is small but adequate as long as I respect it and don’t spend foolishly, but……..

I need  new pants to go with my new persona, and other stuff too, poco a poco won’t do it because I’ll forget the plan and go back to old ways of seeing myself.  For the past 10-15 years I’ve was who I needed to be then, but this is now and I have a whole new opportunity to express myself in different ways, and red is my new best friend……..

Pants are here and I love them but they are very thin and need to be hand washed, no problem,  I haven’t tried them on yet because I have a huge mess in  the kitchen which leaks over into other spaces leaving little space to try on clothes.

I’m working on my kitchen space and removing  old cault, not an easy project because this is really old cault but I did it, I think it will be okay when I repace the new clean caulk.  I pulled off the paper I’d applied poorly and plan to paint white.  After cleaning this up the reality is that just cleaning it doesn’t look so bad but now I want to update the sink and faucets.  If it wasn’t so windy I would run out to get new sink and faucets, modernize my space a bit.  But it’s really ugly outside very  windy again and showers off and on. I wonder how difficult it is to do this myself  or with my friend  Robert or Becca., and how expensive.  Remove the old and install the new, I’d like to have one large sink instead of two side by side, more practical for doing any art projects where you need the space.

you know what, I think I’ll leave this project as is for now because it will be easier to paint without the sink in, this may be a several days project, that’s okay, now to put back everything I moved.

Soon it will be warm enough to get out of sweats and into  my harem pants  I should buy some fabric and try sewing these myself.  i could do that.

A neighber came by, we were talking about the fact that we don’t have water today, they’re working on the sewer  problem…You don’t want to know, anyway he was telling me about a product to clean and wax the RV.  He probably noticed that GIGI needs care, it’s not a secret, this product washes and waxes in one step, gotta get me some of that to get started on GIGI’s renewal before the big facelift starts.

by the way included in one of the pants packages was a string bracelet I’ve been telling my sister she should make  as all the cool folks wear them. Now I do too, cool a colorful string  tired to my wrist, I like it.

til later….

An ACupuncture RX plus more Red Paint

I’ve given an acupuncture treatment for painful swollen knees for a friend here in the park. I know this will help her because when I treat my own knees I feel better and can climb stairs quickly, sometimes without having to go one stair at a time. Yesterday she couldn’t bear weight, today she can.

Finally the winds have died down this morning so I’m going to town to do my errands before they start up again.

Walmart had Cadbury candies out for Easter, the Easter bunny doesn’t stop here….I don’t think so, I got a little over excited and bought a lot of mini eggs. Yum

I did some painting today in red. I painted Jose’s table, I removed the paper and it looks great, much better the plywood took the paint just fine and I sprayed a gloss finish, I’m happy with it.

I also painted the cabinets above and below the fridge black, instead of red or white or purple all colors that I tried first. I painted them black because the fridge has black edges so I think they fit in better this way, I used craft paints and will give them another coat of my good black paint tomorrow. Red and black are a favorite combination for me, and I’ve used it liberally here in GiGi.

I’ve repurposed a three tired wire basket that fell down in the ‘kitchen to use in my bathroom and spray painted it with teal to match the mirrors in my barely turnaroundable bathroom. Right now my shower is full of my supplies for my various projects which I move from here to there hoping one day I will have used them all up and I’m finished with my projects, that will never happen I know, there will always be something to fix or change and I’m good with that.

loving my red!

My old RV on my small budget doesn’t compare to those I see on the various fb pages, but I still like mine the best because it’s all about me and who I am, and who I am is a really old lady on the road wondering what the heck I’m doing and can I really tow my toad down the road? I’ll need to get a trailer for it I’m told, sounds like another expense I’ll have to plan for.

Yikes!

Privacy curtains for GiGi

Not sure I’ll be able to describe how my new curtain will look but I think this RV must have come with a curtain in the cab at some time probably long ago, 1991. there are little plastic hooks all along the cab top which will close off the cab from the coach. I had already made window covers using reflexits wrong spelling I think but it is a product that looks like bubble wrap, is used for insulation , I used it to block heat in TX and now to block cold in NM. I covered the inside view with fabric so it looks nice and not so home depot looking. I have a lavender sheet that will work great just fine. I’ll make little tags to hook over the plastic hooks, the sheet is large enough to gather to make it look soft. I should probably stop and sew this now.Stop the presses! That lavender sheet didn’t work as I thought and then I remembered another Indian fabric I should use instead, it looks great! I have some photos , the area is a little dark but if I lighten the photo you miss the exuberance of the colors. I love it, it looks like a secret room back there. Remember that a class C RV is open to the cab, that is the passenger chair turned around to face inside.

After falling getting down for my loft a couple times, I decided to not take chances and so my bed is taking up the space of what would be the ugly table and benches, I don’t miss them at all. I have a small table that folds up and takes only a little space. I wish I could show you how bright and beautiful the colors in these fabrics are. I love my little space.

It may be hard to see what’s what here if you don’t know how my RV is situated, the chair that you see in the second photo is the passenger seat turned around, yes I mentioned that and my bed is there on the left covered with yet another beautiful Indian fabric that I’v e made into a quilt. my loft is above of course, So now you don’t see the steering wheel or dash. Cozy and i love it.

GiGi NEEDS A NEW LOOK

It has been noticed that GiGi needs updating on the exterior, it’s true. She’s looking better on the inside, where I spend my time but I haven’t been able to spend much time or$$ on the exterior. Now the weather is getting nice to do work outside, I’d like to remove the decals and paint something cool but don’t know where to start. Ideas? The carrier on the roof has been removed, I think removing the decals is a first or 2nd step they add nothing to the look of the RV now. I see some nice vacant spaces to work with. All Suggestions Welcome.

WILD WEST WIND

WIND! hazardous air quality due to the gusts of wind up to 60mph here in Caballo NM

So glad I am not traveling, well I wouldn’t go anywhere in this, can you imagine what it would feel like in my little car being tossed around, no way I would be foolish enough to drive into this with either my RV or car, rest assured.

I wish I knew how to let you hear the wind chimes as the wind rocks the RV, I recorded it on my phone but I don’t know how to add it here.

And now it’s raining,

I feel snug as a bug in here with the elements raging around me and GiGi keeping me safe.

Maybe I’ll make some popcorn to have with my wine tonight.

a red flag alert does not refer to wind

You knew that didn’t you.

It is a fire alert When it’s dry and windy with potential for fires. Just needed to clarify that, feeling foolish to think it would be a wind alert, have not lived anywhere where I’d heard a red flag alert before. So, its windy again today. I was going to do laundry today and still could but I started doing stuff on my computer and now the urge to do laundry has escaped and so……..yah, tomorrow is good too.

I like adding a picture here, just something for those readers that need a visual, so here’s my bathroom again, not pictured is the three tired wire basket that I had in my ‘kitchen’ fell down, too many sweet potatoes, so I’m going to use it in the bathroom, the shower bar should hold it it’s black but I’ll spray paint it to match the mirror as I have a can of spray paint about that color for some reason, I’ll do it when I can do it outside without having the wind blow it away or at me..

See that I covered the shelf with this paper that I removed from my table that Jose built to put in here? That paper was a total waste of time and money, doesn’t look good anywhere I put it.I don’t mind the little sink much, maybe paint it with ‘paint on anything’ spray paint. …or not.

I was noticing that the pictures that I printed with my newish little printer makes better photos than Walgreens, I can see the difference in the ones I have here and the ones I have over the fridge, good because I don’t have a Walgreens anywhere close to here.

See that pretty little dish on the ledge? It’s my new denture cup, I tossed the blue one with the cover to hide what was in there, tho the shape tells you it’s a denture cup. I think putting my denture in this pretty little cup instead shows a spirit of ……….hmmmm what? kind of a rebel- ness against keeping secret (or shame) the fact that you wear a denture. note I don’t have the denture in the photo, still not comfortable with that visual.

I’m just meandering here today, you can tell, right? It’s cuz I’m thinking about what to do about the boring exterior of GIGI. Whatever I do or have done will cost me money that I don’t have. But free to consider and plan. I wonder what kind of paints would be used on the exterior. I’ve seen decals used on u-tube nomadic fanatic so it’s not painted directly on the RV, his decals covered the whole RV. Got ideas? send them to me!

Sipping beer in a wine glass

While difficult to achieve, minor elegance is essential when living in a 22 ft box on wheels

Just because I live in a trailer………. excuse me, an RV

don’t mean I don’t got class!

My addiction to cloth napkins and breakable dishes are my ways to maintain my style.

My rig is small, cramped, old, unassuming and cute, a class C, my GIGi is in a class by herself. We are one classy duo.

I suppose you know that painting cheap bookcases and put-together furniture doesn’t -don’t, won’t (?) take paint and now I do too. They may take paint with ‘paint on anything’ spray paints, but can you imagine the mess if I spray painted in here! Already made that mess in my bathroom and had to spend some time cleaning up a pink over spill spray into the shower…pink??

After painting my cabinets red with 3 coats to cover, the first thing I put down on the bookcase scraped and raised the paint, I could probably peel it all off if I wanted to. I thought to cover with polyurethene to save the top but……….no. Anyway I covered the worst looking area with a pretty fabric scarf that fits in nicely with my colors and you can hardly see the mess I made. I also painted a black bedside table and it looks kind of cool with the black spots but I had to cover the top of it because the sewing machine scraped the paint off when I moved it, no worries! Thanks to Robert for ‘helping’ me put this bedside table with a drawer that I’ll use for my brushes and paints. Okay true, he put it together while I held in place the parts


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I am more physically alone now than I have ever been , except for some time spent in El Real, but I’m not lonely, in fact I feel more at home with myself now than ever. It may be because I see so many things I ‘need’ to do, is my busi-ness keeping me falsely contented, will I crash and fall when my projects are completed? NAH I have a selfish contentedness, happy when I have a day all to myself without interruption, yet happy to see a friends face now and then. This really is my happy place.

I am deeper in debt than I have ever been (thanks again to GIGI and Babe) I don’t even care. It will be okay. I’ll figure it out, get a job? No way, I am retired X 2 and not interested in working for money (though I wouldn’t mind selling some stuff) at this time in my life, fortunately I don’t need to, if I remember the difference between wants and needs I’ll get along just fine, better than fine