Friday, January 24, 2014

Current favorite Vintage Travel Trailer Shops found on PINTEREST

Pop-up shops are such a super concept especially when out of a vintage travel trailer.  Small towns can have a proper main street on occasion during the year or a caravan of these lovelies at your local festival or art show adds a tourist attraction drawing in more of a buying crowd.
VW Cafe website here setting up at a local openhouse adding to the ambiance of the day playing jazz on a turntable and offering expresso, pastries and lighter fair to the crowd
Such an upscale tone set for any event out of a mini cafe on wheels surrounded by a more sophisticated clientele.
blog post  about a clothing company, Madewell, along a main shopping area in NYC as a pop-up shop out of an Airstream complete with denim bar, braid bar and outside dressings complete with city chic casual.  
Glady's BLOG a beautuful pop-up vintage store in Seattle  
Kara Rosenlund's shoppe on the road in Australia
Rosenlunds's lovely display at the local farmer's market in Australia
Rooftop Movies projecting from a  caravan on a roof in Australia :)
Myrtle & Mae pop up shoppe South Australia

Nunu's House of miniatures
So loved is this idea, artists have created miniatures celebrating the Vintage Travel Trailer shop.  Here is a complete tiny cafe street side in a VW bus on a London street perhaps?

There is not a store inspiration that cannot come to fruition in a vintage travel trailer, from pop-up restaurants to bowling alleys or mini theaters to book stores.  What is your dream shoppe?  I know myself the idea of moving from venue to venue is crazy attractive to me as an artist allowing for that diversity in location and change up in client base.  LOVE IT!!!!!!
For more examples of shops, libraries, movie theaters, vintage and antique shops, record stores, restaurants and cafes go HERE, my set on Pinterest.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Happy Holidays from SDAJ and On the Road Studio

Did you receive a vintage travel trailer surprise this Christmas?  I was super excited when my wonderful cousin Lori gifted me this sweet little canned ham available from Cracker Barrel.  Our families celebrate Christmas Eve together every year along with the handing out of gifts.  I surprised them with a humming bird feeder as well as a bully swing to go along with their feeder.  Hummingbirds are so aggressive when at the feeder, that I thought some place for the little guys to land for a bit would be a fun gift set.
 12 gauge copper wire, a ruby red faceted briolette fire polished Czech bead and lilac or peach branch sections make up the swings.  My daughter Thea saw the swings in a magazine last month and wanted me to make one for next summer and feeders on our porch but, now a few more porches will have them ; - )

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Having it all the Dam

cup of coffee waiting come and create!

On the Road Studio turned out wire work this time around for the Fall line of jewelry going to trail stops in the Pennsylvania Wilds.
working with Wubber pliers and Xuron cutters to wrap stones, glass and wood beads with 20 & 18 gauge copper wire

unfiltered DreamWeaver wheat beer was pretty fabulous in the midst of leaves and beads

a stacked aluminum camp set is great for bringing along all the design elements and tools in this great vintage set.

what is better than this back drop of a fire burning, leaves falling and sun setting

I will then oxidize the shine right out of that bright shiny copper wire

It was hard to leave all this weather. I had never been camping in the new campground  since my Girl Scout days 35 years back, the Civil Corp of Engineers received a big chunk of funding over the last 10 years or so improving greatly the camp area.

~More about camping below:

At the end of September we finally were able to get a 3 day camping trip in at East Branch Lake outside of Wilcox, Pa. in the Allegheny National Forest.  This was our go to while taking drives with my parents and grandparents all through our growing up.  The dam was just a small ride up over the hill for a well needed water fix (most of us were water signs...if that matters ;)) after ice cream at Dutch's which usually happened on flavor Wednesdays of either tea berry, blackberry or root-beer flavored ice cream deliciousness.  Their steak hoagies are still talked about to this day on 'remember Johnsonburg' Facebook groups  Loved those..taking a trip to The Dam Inn evidently, didn't realize this.   I know that the Inn has been making Tilly Wings forever from a lightly breaded whole wing favorite  served at a local watering hole that no longer exists called Bobe Winter's Bar and Grill in West End.

The outside awning was not set-up yet since we arrived at the campsite right when it was getting dark.  I did not think that all the campsites would be full, we luckily pulled in one of the last of two spaces.
Instant coffee with cinnamon sprinkled in was pretty terrific on a very cool Saturday morning while listening to The Nosh and The Alton Browncast on Stitcher

Always save brochures, maps and booklets for camping trips to play catch up.  I love this pic of Herb reading the one from Potter County which includes a great map.
loads of carrots, potatoes, onions and garlic on in with the meatloaf cooked in parchment and foil for easy clean up in the dutch oven for about 2.5 hours.
meals on the fire or charcoal, Saturday and Sunday including Pork Chops and Meatloaf with sausage/eggs/potatoes Saturday morning.  My Mom and girls came to the site for food ;)
poking some slits in the foil so they don't stew

marinating in fresh garlic, fresh thyme, light soy, olive oil, brown sugar and dried herbs


Monday, September 16, 2013

Just plain camping June and July

First time getting out for us was mid June @ Twin Lakes. The weather was perfect, we got to relax with family/friends and the best meal was Saturday evening which included grilled steak, dutch oven potatoes and a good green salad.
Grey comforter added this year
hoot, hoot I do love myself some cast iron cooking!
sweet daughter and her phone... at the dinette, of course there sets my Kindle
just starting to set up
ladder ball with friends and my youngest

July camping again at Twin Lakes (for it is close) with the grand daughter. It rained Saturday and Sunday off and on, mostly on and then perfect Friday evening.  Lots of game playing and dvd watching, especially Coraline and Lady and the Tramp. 
Jenga and a tea party anyone, anyone....

my husband slept in the 4 man with an air mattress through lots of rain

well helloooo there

sweet Bean around the fire Friday

Saturday night winding down thank God for DVD players

Sunday morning bacon and eggs.  We love Wegman's uncured organic bacon :)
Our big thing was to get Elly out camping with us for she lives mountains away and we did. She had been playing in the Winnebago and Shasta all July at Gramma's and was very excited to finally get to a real campground. 
All month of August we did not make it out and now we are mid September and I am needing some nature in my life.  Gearing jewelry projects for 'on the road studio' creating lately for at least a few more outings.  Not quite sure where as of yet, pretty sure though  not close ones ;)
WiLd about the... PA WILDS available here

Friday, May 3, 2013

2013 PA Wilds Partner Update

If you ever wondered what I mean when I write about, talk about or present the PA Wilds brand on my work here is a fabulous video our ombudsman Ta Brant created. If you look closely the PA Wilds brand pendants I cut, hammer forged and metalstamped/printed are included in the video :) another thing that makes me smile :)

available HERE

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Bright Palette to Inspire and Motivate

I love using color in my designs.  Dh and I set-up our new hammock this morning on one end of the porch creating a little oasis next to the gardens and bird feeders.  Doing some research also on curtain options out there for that part of the porch to make it a touch more private.
I can see this color combination attaching itself to my summer necklaces, bracelets and pendants to be made while camping this Spring and Summer!!!! Here is a link to this collection on ETSY 

Monday, April 1, 2013

Pendants to Celebrate Vintage Travel Trailers and Camping

Camper pendants made from 18 gauge copper sheet metal cut into quarter coin size discs.  A collection of hammers paint the scene with texture for the perfect campsite under a warm summer sun.  I don't know about you but, desire for wanderlust screams right about now especially after our crazy long winter in Pennsylvania.  I cannot wait to set up camp in the trees next to water, hopefully ;), forgetting about it all!

Making jewelry under the trees while chipmunks are scurrying under feet sounds good to me and also not hearing motorcycles, chainsaws and 4 wheelers is a happy thing too.  I can't wait to start our camping season.
Pendants before tumbling and oxidizing on the stump.
Listing in the shoppe ETSY

Our Winnie.
enjoy, xoxo