Monday, April 18


Greetings, dear friends! Webster here!

I have commandeered my mom's computer again to introduce you to a couple of my new friends!

First, my friend Yager...he came over to see me the other day and WOW! Does he ever wear a guy out! He's just so full of energy and always wants to play!

Say hello, Yager! He's a boxer and a pit bull...or something like that. But he's really tiny and adorable! He also PIDDLED on my mom's rug! On MY rug! What was he thinking? Then *I* had to piddle on top of HIS piddle since it was MY HOUSE after all! I got in trouble...

This is my "Uh-oh...I'm in trouble" look. :-(  

Now I have another friend whom I haven't met you have friends like that? His name is Winston and he's another "high energy" puppy, but I can't wait to meet him...

I take 3 walks a day, but hanging out with THESE guys? Whew! EXHAUSTING!

Oops!  Talk to you all again later! I have to get my "innocent look" on my face!  Here comes mom! 

Happy Trails!
 Love, Webster

Saturday, April 16


Greetings, dear reader!

I am here just to do a bit of "pitching" for my son Paul and daughter in love, Leah. As most of you know, they are getting ready to launch their new bakery, "Creme Hurray" at the Knoxville, TN Farmer's Market! Here's their little Kickstarter Video:

They have MORE THAN reached their startup goal, and now, all that remains is additional funds for equipment, and bakery necessities!


Look at this incredibly awesome GAMING COMPUTER! It's a PC and it's a "gamer's dream!" Behold the vital statistics:

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2GHz Quad Core Processor
GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P Mother Board
XFX Radeon HD 5770 1GB
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600
700W OCZ Power Supply
1.5 TB (3x500GB HD) (These can be set as a RAID natively via the BIOS)
160GB (Loaded with Ubuntu at the moment... Just for funsies)
Keyboard/Mouse included, Monitor as well if you're interested. (Samsung SyncMaster 971P 19")
Info from his Craigslist ad:
"Case is black aluminum with acrylic window. Alien face and exhaust fan glow with blue LEDs.
I've ran several games on this machine and maxed out the settings. It's never had so much as a hiccup. (GTA4, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Fall Out: New Vegas, and of course, World of Warcraft) If you have any other questions, please feel free to email me. Price Firm. Willing to consider trading for a comparable laptop."

If any of you have sons or grandsons into computers and online "gaming" , this is a STEAL of a DEAL...just in time for Easter! (The funds will go toward the "my-wife-quit-her-real-job-to-live-a-dream-fund" for Paul and Leah!)

Also, daughter in love Leah was told by a successful business man today (she and Paul are taking Small Business SMART is that?!?!) that she "fits the mold perfectly" to be a small business owner! Isn't that incredible!?

I would ask you, dear friends, to please say a prayer for them both, and, if you're able and would like to, please feel free to donate or find their facebook page(s) and encourage them. Spread the word! You may see this girl on Oprah one day! I wouldn't be a BIT surprised!

Thank you! More creative and exciting news soon!

Paula Clare

Tuesday, April 5


Greetings, dear readers!

I'm sorry it's taken me so long to get back here...LOTS going on in my world! But I am here to tell you how to make an altered camper album. First, you'll need to find an old license plate. You know. The kind from a car.

Besides a license plate, here are tools and additional supplies you'll need to gather:

Tin Snips
Chipboard (or heavy cardboard)
Sharpie (black or dark color)
A Favorite Camper shape/template 
Crop o Dile or Industrial Strength Hole Punch
Low grit sandpaper (or Dremel grinding wheel)

(Warning: I assume I am speaking to adults here, so I also assume I don't have to tell you that metal (when cut) is SHARP! DO TAKE CARE when cutting the license plate and using tin snips! If you are arthritic at all, you may need to bribe, I mean PERSUADE hubby dear to do the cutting for you.)

Okay crafters!  Do you have everything you need? 

1. First, wash off the license plate. Doesn't have to be shiny clean just knock the loose dirt off of it!

2. Trace around the license plate onto the piece of cardboard. Divide in half. This is the size your camper template will need to fit into. 

3. Cut template out of cardboard or chipboard.(if you need to know how to make one, go to my "Vintage Camper Tag Tutorial" post to find out how!) Simple shapes are best!

4. Position onto back side of license plate. Trace around template onto license plate with Sharpie (permanent marker)

5. CAREFULLY Cut two. (Flip the template over so you have 2 campers: 1 for the front  cover of the album and 1 for the back cover.)

6. Hammer down the edges, sand or grind smooth. (I like mine to be beat up it's just come off the road. So feel free to "go crazy" with the hammer or any other tool to make the plate look "authentic." :-) )

7. Next, using your crop o dile or industrial hole punch, make two holes in  each camper. (For ring binders)

Now you have some decisions to make...leave your camper covers looking like authentic license plates, or spray paint them?! I am leaving this set as is...

For the inside pages, you can use an inexpensive wallet album (the kind you get at dollar stores), punch holes in the binding and place wallet size travel photos inside, OR you can use your template and create cardstock pages that you can scrapbook photos on. Add embellishments to the outside for effect...I've used toy car tires to make it look like the "real deal." lol

More soon!

Sunday, April 3


Greetings, dear readers!

I will be back tomorrow to show you how to make the coveted camper album. In the meantime, would you please check out my son and daughter in love's AMAZING Kickstarter video? HE is an amazing film editor. SHE is a baker extraordinnaire! Together they are Creme Hurray, Knoxville, Tennessee's newest best kept secret!

They are hoping to debut at the Knoxville Farmer's Market which begins in May. They don't have much time to raise money...and they only need a little! Won't you check out their video and donate? Even $1 will help them reach their modest goal! And even if you CAN'T donate, please say a prayer for them as well as post a link to their video from your blog and/or website?

Daughter in Love has taken a GIANT leap of faith, said goodbye to "sure thing" employment in an effort to become a full time baker! I'm so proud of them for "going for it" while they are young and fairly unfettered by obligation!

Thank you for saying, "I believe in you!"

Friday, April 1


Greetings, dear reader! 

Thanks to all those who participated in my little survey. The 1957 Aljo was the runaway winner of the "best camper shape" award. YAY!  The survey was to discover the most popular shape...for the children's book I am going to write! Details to come! How exciting! 

And now the winner of the drawing for a FABulous prize:

CHERYL at My Sister's Cottage! Cheryl wrote:
Hi Paula, I have to cast my vote for the 1957 Alto but I love the little Scotty too. I love your real-life vintage camper. We have a little Casita that I love touring around in...and decorating, also in a cowgirl theme. Were you inspired by "Sisters On the Fly" too? Love your blog and have just become a Follower.
Happy Camping!
Cheryl at My Sister's Cottage
p.s. I also love altered art so will be visiting often.

Cheryl has won the following:

A little camper scrapbook created by me...complete with magazine articles about vintage campers and canned hams!

Also, Cheryl will receive a set of vintage camper party lights! WOOT! 
PLUS a rubber stamp set from Cosmo Cricket:

Congrats, Cheryl! Please email me with your snail mail addy so I can get these fab prizes posted in the mail right away! 

Coming soon: How to make your very own Altered Camper Album! Stay tuned!