Thursday, August 10, 2017

What we have been doing in our spare time...

I am so excited to share some pics of our vintage camper remodel!!!!

I LOVE how it turned out! We took it on its first official trip this past weekend, and I STILL love everything about it! I think that says a lot.

All the credit goes to my amazing hubby - this project wouldn't have happened without him. He found this little gem in a stranger's backyard and bought it for me because he knew I have been wanting one just this size. It is 8x14 feet and perfect for the two of us to take camping... with the option to have company if we wanted.

We have also already used it in our back yard as a guest house a couple times, I mean who doesn't need a spare, spare bedroom?

Be forewarned the before pics are bad. Really really bad, and it smelled. Thankfully we were able to overlook that and see the potential. I am happy to say it doesn't stink anymore and it isn't dark and dingy either.

I would love to answer any questions you may have, so leave me a comment below!

Here is our 1973 Shasta Camper Trailer
We are calling her The Silver Bullet
#SloansSilverBullet




On the inside we gutted everything. Ceiling, flooring, walls, plumbing. It all had to go.


My mom helped me sew the new cushion covers. She did a wonderful job!!!


Kenny made the dining table & I love it! It is rustic and durable, and folds down into the guest bed if wanted.



This is where we sleep in the camper. The sofa pulls out and is longer than our queen size bed at home and only slightly more narrow. Everyone always asks if Kenny (6ft 3in) can stretch out comfortably, and the answer is yes, easily. 



We added this ac unit & it works perfect for this little space. Most the time we don't need it but if we do it cools the camper down really fast!


I love the little kitchen area & the overhead shelf is super practical, in addition to cute. We didn't want plumbing so the overhead water storage with a spigot was the way to go. Under the sink is a large 8 gallon tub we can take outside to empty.


Everyone thought I was crazy for this next part but it is one of my favorite details. Kenny poured me a concrete countertop! Then he stained and sealed it and now it looks like a beautiful slab of stone... which essentially it is. I think it is well worth the extra weight and it was cost effective too!


Initially I wanted to go with navy fabric to cover the cushions, but that color was all sold out online. So I went with the next best thing, royal blue. I have to admit... I panicked a little bit when it came in the mail, I didn't expect it to be so bright. But after we got everything it broke up the color a little and I love it. It really brightens it up and makes it cheery.


AND here are the before photos.




In case you were wondering, yes that is camo duct tape. Not the decor style I had in mind so it had to go.


Dirty shag carpet, also had to go.



Stove and fridge didn't work so they had to go too.
When camping last weekend we just used a cooler with a few frozen gallon jugs of water in it and they were still half frozen when we got home!




It had a toilet/shower stall but we found at least 10 burst sections of the copper pipe, so we decided to completely eliminate the plumbing. Bye bye bathroom.





Well there you have it. We love our little camper and hope to take it on many little adventures!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

One Month To Go!


So I was updating a couple things on the blog today and...
realized how horrible I have been about keeping things current on the blog.
Seriously, really bad.

Have I stopped taking photos? No.
I've been really busy
I just stopped blogging every session because I have a  new online proofing site.
But I am going to try to do better.

So I am just going to jump right in with Shawn and Ellen's engagement session from last fall.
Why start there?
For a few reasons:
Their wedding is in one month! 
I am really excited for this wedding, Shawn and Ellen are adorable, and fun, and photogenic, and completely trust me. I really couldn't ask for more.
I loved their engagement session, it was fall time, by the water, and just perfect.

and
 I have to start blogging somewhere! 

So here are a few of my favorites from their Clear Lake Iowa engagement session.
(If you want to see their whole gallery just click on the Galleries tab at the top of the page.)
Enjoy!
















Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Little Baby Bauer is a...

I am so excited to meet the newest little addition to this sweet family!

Thinking about the past 7 or so years, (when I first did couple photos of my dear friends) it has been such a privilege to photograph the Bauer family as it has grown and expanded. It is a huge compliment when a client comes to you again and again to have you document the important moments in life, and I think I have photographed this little family more than any other.

Thank you Mariela, for entrusting me to to capture these fleeting memories for you. It is a pleasure.

I don't want to spoil the fun, so you will have to scroll down to find out what baby Bauer will be... 






I have been over sharing this gender reveal because I am so excited for them, but if you want to see a little video of this series check out my instagram feed



that's right, PINK, this little peanut is a sweet baby GIRL!!!


Look at this tiny little bump, it is hard to believe there is a little human growing inside there!




AND of course PINK cotton candy to celebrate this SWEET BABY GIRL!





This is how they feel about knowing their little one is a GIRL!





So much sweetness, I am already dying to photograph her tiny fingers and toes.
July can't come soon enough, I am sure Mariela agrees!

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