Saturday, October 17, 2015


I usually have no time for special treats like this, but there is just something about the holidays that makes me want to make themed treats, plus Ellis LOVES to help me cook and bake, so I figured we would give these a go on a Friday that I am home with the kids. She is taking them to her preschool class on Monday and she gets pretty darn jazzed about bringing treats to school. They are pretty much your every day rice krispie treat with orange food coloring -- easy peasy. ;)

3 Tbsp. butter
½ tsp. vanilla extract
red & yellow food coloring or orange gel coloring
5-1/2 cups mini marshmallows
6 cups crispy rice cereal
mini tootsie rolls
green frosting

In a large saucepan, melt and slightly brown butter on medium heat. Add vanilla extract and marshmallows. Stir until marshmallows are completely melted. Add food coloring until desired orange color is reached. Add cereal and stir until completely combined. Turn off heat and let sit for a few minutes, until cool enough to handle. When mixture has cooled enough, spray your hands with cooking spray and mold cereal mix into circles. Unwrap about 14 tootsie rolls and pop them in the microwave for about 20 seconds. Cut them in half lengthwise and shape into stems. Once they are shaped how you want them, pop them in to the freezer for a few minutes so they get hard again. Once they are hard, push them into the top of the pumpkins to make stems. Make some green frosting and use a leaf tip to make leaves.

I made my pumpkins rather small, so the recipe make about 28 mini pumpkin treats.

Saturday, October 10, 2015


Spaceballs is D-O-N-E. This renovation was the hardest project we have ever completed. It was three solid months of Logan working on the camper every weekend and until 2am on many week nights and me watching our kids by myself while sewing curtains, working with talented individuals to get parts of the camper done that we felt we could not DIY, and working with wonderful sponsors to get this project completed. Lets just say we love it, it is OUR hard work, we learned a heck of a lot about old vehicles, and we are OH SO HAPPY it is done. ;)

When we first bought Spaceballs, we knew it would be a job to renovate her, but we didnt really understand how big of a job it would actually be. So, if you are thinking about doing something like this, let me tell you – it isnt easy. At least it wasnt for us. Spaceballs is 43 years old and every time you are working on something that old, you are going to run into issues. As soon as you start peeling back the layers, you find more and more work that needs to be done. I am not going to lie, there were times when we wanted to set her on fire, throw in the towel, and just be done. I am so incredibly proud of Logan for sticking to it. We are both relatively handy, but know little about trucks or campers. Lets just say there was a whole lot of googling, youtube video watching, a few life-lines to more experienced individuals, and swearing along the way. ;)

But, WE DID IT and we are so excited for the memories we are going to create in it with our family. We had a neighborhood camping trip planned for the end of July and we really wanted to use it. Looking back now, I am so happy we had a deadline because I am pretty sure we would still be working on her if it werent for that. At the time of the camping trip she was about 95% done and since then, we have completely finished her up. The camping trip was so much fun and everything on the camper worked! I remember pulling away from our house, kids all bucked in the dinette seat thinking, I cant believe we did it and it is actually working! Since then Logan has taken it four hours up north on an ATV trip and it ran great. (Thank God!)

So here it is! Make sure to look back at the BEFORE pictures. It is so fun to see how it has changed.

The bed is stored tight to the ceiling when driving and then lowers down when it needs to be used.


FLOORING: Sawcut Colorado Resilient Vinyl PlankFlooring - We debated on what flooring to use and finally landed on this stuff. It is relatively easy to install, super durable, and waterproof. 

PAINT: Behr Marquee Exterior Paint – We had to use exterior paint since it will stored in an unheated storage shed in cold Wisconsin winters. 

HARDWARE (handles and pulls): eBay - No longer available.

HINGES AND MAGNETIC DOOR LATCHES for all drawers and cabinets (eliminates noise and movement of the drawers and cabinets while moving)

BODY REPAIR: We used Marine Tex Mighty Repair Kit to repair parts of the fiberglass body around the stairs.

BUTCHER BLOCK COUNTERTOP - Wood from Menards - Made and installed by Logan and our awesome neighbor, Kevin.    

DINETTE TABLE TOP -  Map for the tabletop - I edited the map file in photoshop and altered the ocean color to perfectly match the dinette cushion upholstery. I LOVE it so much. The Funks Sign Company in Dodgeville, WI turned it into a vinyl sticker and coated it to be food safe. We had the dinnete table remade out of better wood (it was cheap particle board) by a local woodworker and we got the metal edging from Heffrons. Heffrons is THE place to go for all things retro. They have this amazing retro boomerang laminate that I would love to someday put in a kitchen!

DINETTE CUSHIONS: Cindy's Custom Interiors - Cindy is AMAZING to work with. I came into her shop with a vision and she made the cushions exactly how I had envisioned them. It was so much fun! See more about the making of the cushions HERE

CURTAINS: Fabric - JoAnn Fabrics / Teal Ric Rac - Simply Love Fabrics Etsy Shop 

WALLPAPER: Custom made by Livettes. I took a picture of the ceiling design and she matched the olive green. It i basically like sticking a giant sticker to your wall. 



BUNK BED: Through Facebook, we found a family in Northern Wisconsin that has a 1974 Starcraft Starcruiser. They had different plans for theirs that involved removing the back bunk to create a different sleeping arrangement and ours was missing the bunk. They were going through Madison on their way to see family and stopped by our house so we could trade their bunk bed for our rear couch cushions. The original design of our model was to have bench seating in the back that then pulled out into a bed. We decided to put in a double mattress to create a permanent sleeping area, so we no longer needed the cushions. They used the vinyl from our old cushions to patch areas of vinyl in their camper. It all worked out great!
* The bed is stored tight to the ceiling when driving and then lowers down when it needs to be used.

The bunk was not a standard size, so finding a mattress and sheets for it was a bit of a challenge. We finally found what we needed on Amazon. Mattress / Sheets 

ENGINE COVER: We hired a local woodworker to remake the engine cover. It used to just be a plywood hump covered with carpet. We had him remake it to match the butcher block countertop and include two cup holders. It might as well be functional, right?! We used Noise and Heat Resistant Insulation Padding to line the Engine Cover.

Friday, August 7, 2015


A few weeks ago we celebrated Lennon's first birthday along with our two of our niece's birthdays! Isla turned 4 and Brynn turned 6! We had the party at our home and it was a blast!  I am pretty sure our entire neighborhood could hear our family when the kids were hitting the pinata in the garage. To say our family is loud might be the understatement of the year! :) Here are a few pictures of the day!


All ready for the big party!


Saturday, July 25, 2015


I am beyond thrilled with our dinette cushions for our camper. They turned out far better than I had ever imagined.
I actually almost cried when I saw them. No, I’m not kidding.

If you have been following this blog for a while, you know I rarely shy to the challenge of a good DIY project. This entire camper is one GIANT ball of DIY projects with a new disaster challenge at every turn. The further we get into it, the more lovely DIY projects present themselves. The camper cushions, much like the sealing of the windows, was just a job we were not about to take on. I can handle the curtains, but I decided to leave the cushions to the professionals and I am so happy I did.

I chose to work with Cindy’s Custom Interiors out of McFarland, WI. These days stellar customer service is hard to come by and the quality of goods just seem to decline (we all know things aren’t made like they used to be.) It is so rare to find a business like Cindy’s. She sells high quality, beautifully crafted, custom window fashions, upholstery, and slip covers.

Cindy’s level of customer service is top notch. When I first walked into her shop, I had no idea what to expect. She took the time to explain why the cushions needed to be made a certain way (her knowledge is invaluable), she let me show her my many Pinterest boards, her interior decorator, Toni, took the time to look through (what seemed like hundreds) of fabric swatches until we landed on the perfect one, and she even took me into her workshop where we marked off how thick I wanted the white stripe down the center of my cushions to be and a few other specifics of the job. Basically, she took the time to listen to me, ask questions, and make sure she knew exactly what I wanted. As I was looking through fabric swatches with Toni, I watched as customers came in with their different projects and how genuinely excited Cindy she seemed about every single one. She treated each one of her customers just as she had treated me. I could tell she loved what she did for a living and that I love.

I have such admiration and respect for female business owners. So naturally, I asked Cindy a bazillion questions while I was there. As I was leaving she asked me if I wanted to come back and watch her make one of my cushions and I, of course, jumped at the chance.

When I arrived back at her shop a few weeks later, she had everything done except one cushion. I sat with her in her shop for about an hour as she put together my last cushion and told me all about her business. She told me how she started her business in 1986 in an old shed with $500, a borrowed air compressor, a sewing machine on credit and a whole lot of hope. She told me how her business grew, went through ups and downs, and her plans for the future. I listened and watched as she effortlessly put together my last cushion like she could do it in her sleep.

I met Cindy’s father who they all call ‘Dad’ or ‘Too Tall’ – the nickname he got years ago while working at the Green Lantern Restaurant and Bar in McFarland. He stands at an impressive 6’4” tall and had to always duck under the potato chip rack that hung overhead. His real name is Richard and he helps Cindy around the shop. Cindy told me “every small business needs a retired Dad” and I couldn’t agree more.

At one point or another, I met all of Cindy’s employees - most of which are family and the others who might as well be family. Everyone was delightful, even the shop dog, Hunter, who welcomes everyone with kisses and his half inflated soccer ball.

If you are thinking of giving new life to an old piece of furniture or getting custom window treatments, I would highly recommend visiting Cindy and her wonderful employees in her adorable little shop. They are hard working people who know their business inside and out.

The old olive green cushions

The beautiful new retro cushions
Gluing a layer of batting onto our original foam. It was still in excellent condition, so we reused it!
Hunter, the shop dog
Cindy's Dad - aka 'Too Tall'
Laying out the cushion pieces and starting to sew together

Working on chairs for HotelRED in Madison

Putting it all together!

Cindy has a beautiful show room that is spacious and well lit.

*This is not a sponsored post - these opinions are 100% my own.