On a road trip to Key West, we stopped for some primitive off grid camping at Kisatchie National Forest, just off Hwy. 84. Traveling big and living small, we invite you to journey with us to the simple side of life.
Key West Road Trip in a VW Westfalia: In our second stretch of the journey to Florida, we stopped at beautiful Kisatchie National Forest in central Lousiana. We hope our adventures inspire you and your family to live on the simple side of life.
~~ Shaker Drum from plastic Folger’s Coffee Canister ~~
I’m always looking for fun creative projects for my Nixi; always hoping to re-use, re-purpose, recycle in the process. Well, our last homeschool art project has touched on all levels of creativity, as far as I’m concerned anyway. Putting together Nixi’s newest musical instrument was both fun and rewarding! –Not to mention very useful to our band Gypsy Vin Rose.
Here’s what we used to make our shaker drum, and a brief run-down on the process (though it’s rather self-explanatory). It’s SO easy to make, you can probably do it with your eyes closed. : )
*Make a joyful noise by re-purposing, re-using, and recycling!*
For three years, we’v been stuck in a ‘Bermuda Triangle’ of sorts; spreading ourselves thin between three areas of our lives. Leaving loose ends at our last stop had inhibited us from moving ahead in our current place. In short, we were like a racket ball pinging wildly around the court…never knowing quite where we’d land.
But earlier this month…we finally let go of that third anchor that had been close — so close — to our hearts, but weighing us down to the point that our family was sinking. We just let it go. Just like that. And looking back to that day, we both (Nico and I) know that it was the right thing…the BEST thing we could’ve done.
No longer are we stuck going in three different directions at once! We are down to only two directions in-which we could go from here. I for one feel much-more free. And while it was purely heart-breaking to let go of that part of our lives, I know we will have another chance on down the road…when the time is right.
For now, we are still…still. –Sitting on our little spot where we landed over three years ago. — Still working on bringing our tiny home on wheels back up to par. It’s a labor of love, for sure! But I feel the wind whispering my name; calling me and my family to adventures yet to be had, discoveries yet to be made…somewhere down the road.
Our old Peniki is waning. She’s seen better days. But I feel — I know — in my heart that she has a few more journeys left in her rubber band engine. Her rusty gas tank gets her quite choked up at times; which is no fun for her family…being stuck by the roadside. Still, being a woman of strong intuition, I know she’s not done just yet!
So I stand strong and firm on my belief that our nostalgic camp mobile will live long enough to see her family down the road to a few more destinations. When I think of such, my tummy flutters with excitement! I feel like I’m my young daughter’s age…all over again! I know, when I get that feeling…it’s the road we need to follow. And I will follow…where ever the wind whispers.
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, 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.
Yes, I’ve often been told I have a very wild imagination. No wonder I turned out to be a writer of fiction, songs, and…this blog here. : ) But alas…my old Dixie didn’t let me down. That old girl was whistling just as perfectly as she did, I’d like to think, the first time she fired up…back in the 1940’s (I’m guessing) when she was new.
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 by Hubby Nico, screen door…gracing the front of our beloved ‘tiny-home-on-wheels’ Mermaid Mansion.
All it took was a trip to Home Depot, a quick trip to the hardware store (for replacement parts), a day off from work (for Nico), less than $30.00…and our lovely new door is swinging. Here are a few pics of the process and the supplies we used. I hope it inspires you to build your own (perfect-for-your-glamper-camper-or-RV) custom Do It Yourself screen door.
*Easy projects are just our cup-of-tea!* #DIYCamperScreenDoor
Our old screen door. Nothing could save it at this point.
I’m always trying to come up with new ways to exercise my daughter’s creativity. Being that she is six years old, she has a lot of input when it comes to our zany creations. One thing’s for sure — we always have fun coming up with new ideas.
I had been trying to think of a fun art project we could create from my Nixi’s hand and foot prints, but ‘the light bulb’ had continued to elude me. Finally, last week, the ‘light’ lit-up brightly above my head, and this Hand & Foot Print Family Tree was the result.
Using Nixi’s foot print as the trunk of the tree (which had to be painted, since we had no brown construction paper), we traced and cut enough of her hand prints from green construction/art paper, and labeled each hand (or, should I say ‘leafy tree branch’) with members of our immediate…