Before it was ours, when I saw our vintage Apache Ramada camper In very sad shape in the neighbors yard I started to get an idea...an idea that, even though my husband has been hearing my crazy ideas for over 25 years now, made his jaw drop. I can still picture him stamping his foot as he said he would have no part in this one, and I almost gave up right there.
Now I had already been longingly gazing at vintage trailers and girlie campers, but knew they were out of reach, those cute Air streams and Shastas cost a good amount of hard earned money, but what about an abandon pop up camper that needed a ridiculous amount of work, Could it be cute? Could it be a way for our creative bunch to share our vision and art with others! I thought it just might work. So, I made a very special dinner and when my husband was sitting back full and content I made my move. I usually just blurt things out but I waited for a good moment this time, (I had seen this camper) Now I wasn't expecting his reaction at all. I thought he would catch the same fever I had already caught right away. He had not seen the Pinterest boards and the magazine articles, but...he had already seen the camper, He already knew that what I call sad shape was really much worse. I am not sure why he
changed his mind but I can tell you that after a few months of working all day Saturday, I had lost some of the dream and was kicking myself big time for letting my impulsiveness drive me. This is something I have learned about myself and my husband. I am great at getting an idea and jumping in, then I second guess myself, doubt and fret a bit when it takes longer than I thought. Now my husband is cautious at the beginning because he likes to have all the facts before starting and his impatient wife wants to just start, But then he gets going on the idea and stays steady working it unto fruition and inspires me with his love, loyalty and kindness. The more we see how our differences compliment each other then we are free to appreciate those differences. I know I need to research and have some answers for him upfront and he is getting better at learning as we go and letting mistakes be part of the learning process. We can laugh and relax about how different our approach is because we know our destination is the exact same place! Now that the project is done and we can look back to see what we learned, I will have to say he became a serious woodworking machine, we found out that pallets are an incredible free building material and that spurned on what I will tell you about some other time....a studio makeover with pallets!
Working on the inside with one of my girls!
Thanks so much Scott!