Beauty and the Best Little Trailer: A Casita makeover

“Ya know, guys?  This place sure could use some sprucing up.”

I’m sitting on my bed with the crew at my side.  Bridget and Reggie lift their heads.

“Look at these pillow shams.  They’re threadbare!  And this quilt!  Faded, drab, UGLY.  As for this comforter, I’m done trying to hold it together with needle and thread!”

The crew looks around the interior of our home, wondering at the source of my passionate outburst so early in the morning.

“C’mon, crew.  We’re going shopping!”

By the time we’re inside the Perfect Tow Vehicle, rolling out of Buckeye Hills Recreation Area, our mission is clearly defined.  We will attack the bedding department at Wal-Mart. Well, I’ll do the attacking.  Bridget and Reggie will hold down the fort PTV in the parking lot.

As I peruse the shelves of bedding, I keep in mind that I want fresh, cheerful colors and a design that will help conceal “dirt” between trips to the laundromat.

Fast forward . . .

“Bridgie?  Show ’em what we got.”

“Okay, RVSue.  Here it is everybody. . . our new quilt and new shams.  Aren’t the colors and design wonderful? You can’t help smiling when you look at it, it’s so pretty!”

P1090777“I just LOVE the pattern.  The whole effect is very flattering, don’t you think?”

P1090783“Never mind, Reggie. . . . We also have a new, color coordinated comforter (behind me in the photo).  It’s super soft and luxurious.  RVSue rolls it into a bolster during the daytime and then she puts it over us at night.  It floats like a cloud around us so you feel . . . . ”

“Excuse me, Bridge.  Well done, sweetie.  Thanks.”

Okay.  I’m not done telling you about shopping at Wal-mart.

After I load the cart with quilt, shams, comforter, and new bed pillows, I cruise around the end of the bedding aisle and come to a swift halt.

Is that what I think it is?  Oh, oh . . .

I shove the cart into high gear and we burn rubber as we barrel down the wide, center aisle toward a display of . . .

Storage drawers!

Hmm . . . a good, calm color — the same as the BLT’s walls — and roomy, nice, and not too heavy.  I pull open a drawer.  Oh my, they glide on wheels!  Gee, perfect except for one thing — too tall.

Just then a Wal-Mart employee comes along. (How fortuitous is that!)  He helps me disassemble one of the drawers and load the unit on top of my already full shopping cart.

After seeing how it fits in the BLT, we go back to Wal-mart the next day and I buy two more.  The three units provide nine — NINE — deep, wide drawers for storage!

P1090811-001The drawers extend from the side of the refrigerator all the way to the back.  Not only do they look great, they fit so snugly that I doubt they will tumble off the fiberglass channel they rest on whenever we bump along rough roads and desert floor.

P1090812-001The new bedding and the three storage units propel me into full-throttle decorating!

I make several trips back and forth to Wal-Mart and Dollar City in Buckeye.  The top of the storage units is too plain, especially with the pattern and colors of the new bedding on the opposite side.  These three placemats ($2 each) are a nice touch, don’t you think?

I secured them with a removable adhesive of the “chewed gum” type.  It’s called Quakehold! Museum Putty .  Each placemat is held with tiny dabs at the corners and the middle of each side.  I didn’t want cloth on this long surface.  These cheapo placemats are attractive and easy to keep clean, plus they don’t need to be put away when we move camp.

I have a grand time organizing all my stuff in the spacious drawers.

P1090807I use the smaller drawers from the old storage units to make compartments.  At Dollar City I pick up small plastic boxes with lids to corral little items. I organize the top cabinets, too.

Did you notice the new colander?

After using a cheap, too tiny, plastic colander for over four years, I want a sturdy, big one for washing vegetables.  The little one is good for berries.  While in a shopping frenzy, I see this enamel colander and in the same color as the comforter.  Perfect!

P1090806I have a rule about what I bring into my little house.

Every item must pass the weight-to-function test.

“What is the weight-to-function test?” you ask, leaning foward, bursting with curiosity.

Well, first off, the item must have a function other than being decorative.

At best, the item serves more than one function.  Also the weight that the item adds to our home must be justified by the level of its importance.  In other words, too much weight for the purpose of the item?  No, we don’t want it.  Ideally, the item is multi-functional, very important in use, and it adds very little weight.

P1090813Note:  In the photo above . . .  battery voltage meter in socket, bracket for hanging TV (black), 12 volt outlet and antenna button (white),  wall calendar, and the panic button for the “Tooter” (air horn).

Let’s look at the weight-to-function of the colander.

It scores high on function — I can wash vegetables with it and it also serves as a fruit bowl.  It scores middle-to-low on weight — It’s not real heavy, but it’s heavier than need be.  A plastic one would be much lighter.

However, it serves a third function, not a necessary function, but, hey . . .  I like it!  It’s pretty!  And just the right touch of color!

Let’s get back to the storage drawers.

One problem.  With the fixed, pedestal table set up under the back window (the table that comes with a Casita), I can’t open the storage drawers.  I take out that table and its support pole, and replace it with a table I can move and also fold up and put away, if I want.

I choose a folding chair to go with it. 

The chair has a padded, faux suede seat but no back cushion.  I find a reversible cushion with both sides matching the color scheme.  I tie it to the back.  Voila!  (No more sitting on the bed without back support while blogging.)

Less talk, more photos!

P1090784Oh yeah, that’s the spare keyboard (above) I tried when the letter “m” was stuck.

Here’s the table set up for dinner and showing the other side of the cushion.

P1090809-001This view is looking to the back of the BLT at the foot of our bed.

P1090789When I put the pillows at the head of my bed (not shown), Reggie thought they made a fine bed.  That gave me the idea to remove the doggie bed at the foot of the bed and put two more pillows there.  Looks much better and . . .

Reggie likes it!

P1090769Reggie begins his night’s sleep in the pillows.  In the middle of the night, he sits up and whimpers.  I bring him up next to me and he sleeps the rest of the night curled up beside me under the comforter and alongside Bridget.

We’re a close-knit family.

P1090772I think you can tell that I’m delighted with the new look inside the Best Little Trailer.  Everything came from Wal-mart and Dollar City (inexpensive).

P1090773That’s all for now.  I’d love to hear your reaction to the makeover.  What do you think?

rvsue

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354 Responses to Beauty and the Best Little Trailer: A Casita makeover

  1. Robin B (Oregon) says:

    First?

    • Robin B (Oregon) says:

      Beautiful makeover! HGTV worthy! I think you missed your calling.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Thanks!

        • Lucy says:

          W O W, Sue… your home looks cheerful & fresh with the new fabrics. I love the drawers , I have 2 of them, they are light & truly roomy. The color of them is so smooth & becoming, they easily blend in many types of environments.
          Congratulations your home looks so…how would say, HOMEY !!

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            Thanks, Lucy!

            Aren’t these drawers great? You describe the color very well: “smooth & becoming.”

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      YES! CONGRATULATIONS, ROBIN B IN OREGON!

  2. Shawna (Far Northern Cali) says:

    Crud. Second?

  3. Yoga mats come with patterns. I used Glue Stick to fasten it down to surfaces (comes off easy). Cut mats to size I want, and glue in place. Acts as non-skid pads… and stuff does not move (unless I hit a big bump). Looks really nice. Glad your pups have good taste.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Charlene.

      Whatever sticks, right? As for me, when I retired from teaching I swore I’d never pick up another glue stick.

      • Ronda western WA says:

        Lol! Me? I avoid navy blue. For 20+ years I wore a navy blue uniform and never had any personal clothing in navy blue. A couple years ago I found a blouse I really liked and bought every color reluctantly even the navy blue. The red and green ones are wearing thin in spots. That navy blue one is still like new.

      • Right, whatever sticks. I actually used a paper stapler the last time, just opened it all the way, and stapled the yoga mat right to the top of the old wooden desk. Been working well, but of course you can’t do that with the plastic drawers. You may not have to use anything, actually. The stuff doesn’t scoot much. Or double-sided tape, or like your little table there, just cut a piece the same shape and lay it on top. If dogs bump the table, most stuff will stay put. I have even forgotten about a drink sitting on my desk, and started driving, to not even have it tip over. I just can’t say enough good stuff about these yoga mats.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Interesting, Charlene. I never would’ve thought of yoga mats.

        • Anne - in GA says:

          Hi, Charlene,

          I also love the yoga mats. And I haven’t the foggiest idea of how to do anything yoga.
          I use one for photography – placed on the ground for those very low shots – don’t have to lie on the dirt, sharp gravel/stones, wet ground, etc.

          Also, I have several folding tables from K-mart (back when they first were offered and the price was around $14). Two of the tables are for food prep and consumption. One yoga mat was cut to fit on both of these 2 tables set end to end, so things are not knocked off into the dirt, etc (particularly my dinner). The table are so great as they can be adjusted to 3 different heights. Add the yoga mat as a non-skid and easy-to-wipe-off surface and life is so sweet.

          I love reading about new uses for things. Reading Sue’s blog is like recess AND class all in the same moment. So fun. The biggest plus – I can have “friends over” and never have to clean house before they arrive. & ‘ b

          Anne – still in mosquitoville but daydreaming of being in bloggerinoville.

  4. Dan says:

    3d works for a newbie

  5. Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

    Oh my, near the top this time! Now back to read and really look at those beautiful colors!

  6. Pepe & Gigi, Tibbie & Ella (Bend, OR) says:

    Good choices Sue. Home decorating degree now part of your resume.

  7. Colleen says:

    Everything looks fresh and spring like. Great job. I can tell Bridget and Reggie love the remodel…great ideas.
    Thanks.

  8. Page says:

    Beautiful! We are waiting until our bedspread wears out, but I am looking forward to putting something colorful on the bed.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Page. Ah, why wait….Toss that bummer out. I don’t know why I waited for so long.

  9. Chris B of the Clete and Diego Tribe says:

    I love the new look. It’s perfect! The drawers are the right color (instead of stark white), the colors are so cheery and the colandar fits in perfect. I never thought of using one for fruit. Great idea!

    I think that Bridget likes it, too. She seems to be smiling in the photos. Reggie….typical guy! Napping through the excitement of decorating.

    Have fun!
    Chris B

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’m happy you like the look, Chris B of the Clete and Diego Tribe,

      You’re right about the color of the drawers. They recede whereas the white was “in my face.” Yeah, the colander is too pretty to hide in a cabinet.

  10. Sherri D says:

    Oh how can anyone NOT like your new decor? It just pops and is such a happy color and design!!! WELL done Sue….very well done! 😀 Add the seal of approval from the doggesess, and you can’t go wrong.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Sherri D.,

      I’m glad you like the decor. As a quilter, you know color and pattern!

  11. AZ Jim says:

    You have been busy Missy!!! All that hard work paid off though with the new look, bright colors and a warm cozy feel to it all. I can see by the pix that you had plenty of enthusiastic help too (LOL). Great job!! Sue, you have great taste… Big Hi to your little chicken eatin’ partners… 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, AZ Jim! You recognize the amount of work it took… Emptying the old storage drawers and pulling them out. I had stuff piled to the window tops. And then taking apart the big drawers to remove one of the drawers, hefting them into the BLT, sorting, sorting, sorting…. I’m very happy with the results. Hi to Detta!

  12. Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

    I love the colors of teal, coral, plum, and rose, and I also see some paisley patterns too, one of my favorites. Excellent choice in bringing brightness to the interior. It even matches your outside rug. As for the drawers, will they roll open going down the road or do they have a type of latch that you have to lift them up and over to open? As for your weight analysis. I do the same! DH calls me the weight police! Well, one can’t be too careful when you are rolling down the road and being safe depends on it! Thanks for the great posting!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcomme, Renee Galligher in Idaho,

      I love those colors, too. I don’t know if the drawers will slide open while on the road or not. There isn’t a latch to hold them. I do have an idea. Maybe I can hook one end of a bungee cord on the bottom drawer’s handle and hook the other end on the top of the back (there’s a deep enough edge for that.) It will take a long bungee or a strap of some kind. It would be great if it turns out that I don’t need to do anything.

      • Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

        Good idea. Seems too that if there is nothing really heavy that shifts weight, then the drawers would stay closed. Anyway, that’s part of the adventure of life – the what if’s!

      • Krystina ~ Sutton, Vermont says:

        Yabby, Dabby, Doo! (sp?) Your decorating skills are fabulous! LOVE the colors and the look of it all. It must have been fun playing house…after all it is almost Spring!!! I had drawers like that up in the bed over the drivers seat in my class C. I used bungee cords to keep the drawers closed. Worked perfect. Enjoy your new “look”.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Krystina in Sutton, Vermont,

          Yay! Bungee cords will work! Thanks for confirming that and for approving my color choice… The crew looks so nice all wrapped up in “pretty” this morning. They love the puffy comforter. I hope your home is wrapped up in pretty, too!

  13. Barb from Hoquiam! says:

    WOW! LOVE that pop of color! Looks so great!

    Hugs from Hoquiam,
    Barb

  14. I love the new look especially with the colander. Everything just looks so happy. A very good choice I think.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Judy L., Horn Lake, Mississippi,

      “Happy”…. Perfect description of the mood in our house. Thanks!

  15. I use my colander for a fruit bowl too

  16. Linda Rose, Muffin, Murphy, Molly & Midgy in Carmichael, CA says:

    It all looks so cheerful and comfy. How fun for all of you! First thing I did in my little Roadtrek was make new curtains in bright turquoise and blue paisley fabric. I’m loving your storage containers. I have a 4th seat that is only used to set stuff on top of it so I’ve been thinking about removing it and replacing it with storage. I’ll have to head over to Wal-Mart after I measure my space.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Linda Rose, Muffin, Murphy, Molly & Midgy in Carmichael, Califoria!

      Aha! You’re inspired! Good luck finding what will work best in your Roadtrek. It sounds like a good idea to remove the seat which will open up the area and make the space more functional.

  17. Deb D says:

    What a makeover ! Great new look and love the colors and patterns. Reminds me
    Of out west. Very nice and crew approved.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Deb D.,

      “This makeover is crew approved.” 🙂 I hadn’t related the colors and patterns to the west… I can see that now!

  18. John says:

    You share a lot with us but I think this is the first I’ve seen of your personal space, nice!

  19. Gal and a Cat in FL says:

    LOVE it!!!! The colors and patterns may appeal to some as homey and others like me semi hippie! SW for sure. I just love. Very nice digs you got there and will enjoy the wall of drawers. Tidy! And it was one shopping trip inexpensive to change everything.♥

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Gal and a Cat in FL,

      I love that you love it! I see what you mean about “semi-hippie.” And yes, it’s great having a place for everything to be put away. I like tidiness, but I need help maintaining that. Having a place for everything to be stored helps a lot.

      The joy of a tiny living space… It doesn’t cost much to change it completely!

  20. Sharon in MO says:

    Sue, your new interior looks so colorful, bright, and cheerful! I like the look, and the new drawers must be quite handy and useful. Good job!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Sharon in Missouri,

      It’s remarkable how something like spacious storage can make such a difference in daily living in a small home. No more yanking and struggling… These slide open with the pull of a fingertip. And the bright colors are a delight. . .

  21. DesertGinger says:

    I like it! I like all the pink and red tones in this print. And the new storage drawers are awesome. Looks oozy and comfy.

    I continue the same…tired, nauseated, fluttery, overloaded with fluid. Don’t know what is next. Wish I felt better.

    Love to all.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I wish you felt better, too, Ginger. You have plowed one rough road for a long time. Hang in there!

    • Cynthia from San Clemente says:

      Hi Ginger: Sorry you aren’t feeling sprightly yet, but give it a little time. You just went through a major procedure – you’ll bounce back before too long. Gentle hugs to you.

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        Hope you feel better soon DG. You’ve had a lot to go through lately, so I’m sure it will take a little time. Small steps.

  22. Pam and Maya, Still in NY says:

    I just love the new look, Sue and crew. You have chosen an Arizona color scheme. Look at Bridget’s smiling face as she poses with the new decor, what a pretty girl! Ha, ha, Reggie looks like he could care less.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pam and Maya, Still in NY,

      Thanks! I’m happy you like it. You’re right about the crew… She’s excited, he’s bored. 🙂

  23. Karen LeMoine says:

    Love love love it! The printed comforter reminds me of the clothes we wore from the 60’s! The wonderful decade of fashion!So refreshing for the coming spring/summer! Its good to freshen up one’s environment.I need to get off my butt and do the same! I’m craving color now! Thanks for this creative artistic post!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Karen,

      Spring is a good time for redecorating… Bring those colors inside! 🙂 My next project is to take the curtains to the laundromat and also give the floor a good cleaning. I’m toying with the idea of applying a new finish because it’s very dull. The crew will slide and dance on it for a while, but it could use some sparkle.

      Good luck with your own decorating!

  24. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Whew that was a job! Looks marvelous! Love the bright colors.
    BRidgee almost got carried away thinking it was canine corner time! I laughed! It’s okay girl! Reg man seems bored with girl stuff redecorating! Hahh

    Museum putty was a staple living in CA. We still use it here to secure things to the mantel and table top.

    So does the bottom drawer open now? Looks like there is a piece of wood in the way. If so…maybe it can become a shelf cubby hole area by removing the drawer. Or a toy box.

    Nice job!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cinandjules,

      I guess museum putty would be good to have in California. It’s great stuff. You can move it around easily, it leaves no trace, and it holds really well.

      All three bottom drawers open up well. I can scootch the table over toward the bed far enough (or move it entirely out of the way or fold it up). I don’t know what you’re seeing… a piece of wood? Which photo?

      I’m tickled you enjoyed the input of Miss B!

      • Chris(MN) says:

        I think she is talking about the 5th photo from the top.

        • Cinandjules (NY) says:

          Yep that was it! But it seems like everything works well with no wasted space!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Oh, now I know what you meant. (Thanks, Chris!)

          That is a wood panel affixed to the wall to cover wires, as it came from the factory. It is well below the storage unit which sits on top of a fiberglass “channel” running from the fridge to the back wall. The “channel” houses the water tank, wheel well, propane line to the heater, and such. Anyway… The drawer clears it.

      • gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

        Wish I’d had some museum putty back in 1994 during the Northridge Quake. My apt building slid 2″ off foundation. A little dab in each corner would have done the trick, I’m sure. 🙂

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Gayle — Southern California Beach Boomer!

          Ooh… 2 inches off the foundation… all for the lack of museum putty. Live and learn!

  25. Tesaje says:

    Looks great. I’ve been thinking of putting storage on the opposite side of my bed in my van and this gives me some ideas. Love the placemats on top. Pure genius.

    I’m impressed you can be comfortable on a 2′ wide bed with the 2 cuddle bunnies. I need the bed to cover the aisle with just a cat.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Tesaje,

      Glad you like the new look . . . and you appreciate the placemats. My first thought was a long runner. No, cloth wiggles around every time you put something on it. And then you have to fold it up when moving and so forth.

      I learned to be a side sleeper on a tiny strip of bed when married to a bed hog. It’s a skill that serves me well on this narrow bed. Good luck “fine-tuning” the interior of your van!

  26. Ronda western WA says:

    NICE! Bridget the new style looks good on you! Beautiful comforter! And nice storage up grades, it all looks good but especially your smile. I’m glad you’re feeling better too.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Miss Ronda in western Washington. I am feeling much better.

      You like our “new” house! I think it’s gorgeous. I don’t know why RVSue had us on that ol’ drab quilt and comforter for so long. Sometimes I don’t understand that woman. I mean, she’s nice to us and all, but, REALLY… I believe in surrounding oneself with nice things!

  27. Lee J in Northern California says:

    Wow, that is a delicious transformation. I love those colors and they are so cheerful. I can see that the use of the small chair and table will add a lot of comfort, everyone needs a spot inside to get comfortable especially when dealing with temperature variations. A blog spot! They fold up, right?

    Do the new cabinets give you enough places to put everything away that needs a cubby? Your camp always looks very tidy and I imagine that would be importent to you, everything in its place and a place for everything!

    I like the detail of the placemats on top of the cabinets, the uniform mild color of the walls and cabinets benefited from the color boast. Later if you choose to change to a new comforter set it would be simple,to change out the placemats. Good thinking!

    I was thinking, looking at your sleeping area, did the addition of the new pad on the bed help your sleeping discomfort? I just got a new full sized foam mattress for my Casita, I also have a liberty, but have it configured differently. I used the dinette cushions as a template and cut them to fit the radius of the walls, used a serrated bread knife, cut after unzipping the cover. I now have a bed with no divisions and I don’t bottom out by the end of the night! When it comes time for a new sleep foundation, I bet a trimmed to fit twin mattress would be just the ticket.

    Thank you for sharing your “new” home, it inspires me to get on with making new curtains in my bedroom.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Lee J. in Northern California,

      And thanks for the positive reaction to the new decor!

      Yes, both the table and the chair can be folded up and put out of the way, although they aren’t in the way really. They are so light I can move them easily to the side or switch the table from long-ways to sideways. I can put the chair so I’m looking over my laptop out the back window. And it’s great having support for my back.

      The foam topper has helped the leg ache. It didn’t cure it completely. I bought some Dr. Scholl’s inserts for my sandals and between them and the bed topper, I hardly ever have that ache any more. I wish I’d thought of the shoe inserts sooner. A lot of us women have walked for too long in shoes with no shock absorption. I shudder at the shoes I once wore!

      Thanks for explaining how you made your bed better, using the cushions as a template — very clever! I might do the same someday.

      Have fun with the curtains!

  28. Dave Stewart (in missouri for now) says:

    Well I have to say looks good, did make it bright and cheerful.
    Just the thing to perk up the spirits, and the crew seems to be happy with it. looks like a win-win.

    If you get a chance there used to be a hole-in the wall Mexican food cafe on main street, that was very good, and inexpensive. (if you like Mexican) Chili Verde was awesome.
    I will be coming out that way, on Friday for a weekend, in Peoria, with family for a reunion, will see a nephew who i haven’t seen in 50 years kinda excited. and will be going to the family farm about 7 miles from lake Pleasant.
    Don’t worry I know the Rules. Just wanted to share.
    Dave

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dave,

      And I’m glad you did share… That’s the kind of comment that makes this an interesting place. It’s more than what the crew and I are doing . . . . I hope you have a wonderful visit with family and, wow! “after 50 years!”

      Thanks for the recommendation on the food cafe. I probably won’t dine there because it’s too hot to leave the crew for long in the PTV, beyond mid-morning… although today is a lot cooler than it has been.

  29. Diann in MT says:

    Oh, Sue,
    Everything is “spectaculorus” and brilliantly executed!
    My heart is lighter knowing that you made it through those mid-winter blues. And, look at those marvelous improvements!
    I’m kinda down in the dumps these days. Nothing personal. I’m very worried about the lack of moisture in our section of the world. We haven’t had any precipitation of note since January. It’s been unseasonably warm for weeks and the wind has been ceaseless. I’m worried for the northern Rockies this summer. Camping in the mountains made be iffy if we continue to lose snow pack.
    Some divine intervention is about all we can hope for at this point, I guess.
    Keep on keeping on.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Diann in Montana,

      I apologize for giving the impression I had the blues. You aren’t the only one who thought that. I guess that my statement, “I feel like I’m carrying rocks uphill in a shovel,” is what made people think I was depressed. I made that statement in response to people not commenting on my blog.

      And then I had a bout of hypersomnia. Anyway… It was nice of you to be concerned.

      I imagine the drought is disconcerting, to say the least, especially as seen from your location. There’s the concern for wildfires, among other things. I hope you can find a way to get “out of the dumps” and feel good cheer again.

      Thanks for your enthusiastic response to our new decor!

  30. Jack says:

    Looks trrrific! Plus the Regginator looks happy. Great job!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jack… Thank you! I’m happy to see you appear here again… Maybe you’ll make it a habit! 🙂

  31. Gail from Buckeye AZ says:

    I love your new colors, they are Happy Colors! You did a terrific job blending all the colors. Thank you for sharing the pictures!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Gail from Buckeye AZ… and thanks for the “thumbs up” on our colors!

  32. rhodium, RI says:

    It looks nice and bright. Of course, that is what we guys have learned to say about any new decorations. If you want more male input, it might be time for a trip to Home Depot or Harbor Freight.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, rhodium in Rhode Island…. Yes, you said the right thing about the decorations. 🙂

      No Home Depot or Harbor Freight in Buckeye…I’d go there if I could! As it turned out, Wal-Mart and Dollar City had what I wanted.

  33. Lynn Brooks says:

    FANTASTIC!!! I love all the creative changes you’ve made & great ideas to use your space!!!
    The BLT looks so pretty all “freshened up”!!!!
    Use your new items in good health!!!
    Lynn B. (Baltimore, MD)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Lynn B. in Baltimore, Maryland! I’m glad you like our new look.. Good health to you, too!

  34. Chris(MN) says:

    Excellent makeover! Lightweight and very usable storage. The new comforter is cheerful and has lots of colors that you can pull from it to accent your trailer. Even Bridget looks like she approves! Reggie just likes a comfortable place to crash between adventures. I can see why you are pleased with the results!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Chris in Minnesota,

      Thanks! Yes, the storage is “lightweight and usable.” For the past few years I’ve looked at the old storage drawers and wished there was something better available. I recognized them immediately — perfect for a lightweight travel trailer.

  35. MollyLuvsRoadtrippin (Seattle) says:

    Such a beautiful and efficient make-over! What a good feeling it must be to have sorted and organized your stored items (big job!!) and now you get to enjoy a cheery environment in every direction that you look.

    I wonder if you will switch the table and chair around to have a scenic view out the back? I enjoyed learning how you thought through your needs with each piece, selecting coordinating items and brilliantly solving issues as they came up.

    I bought a folding table for my Casita too in replacement of the fixed one – it is prettier and it can be stored aside at night to make room getting out of bed. I have to say that your use of the tiny space is the best I have seen – and a huge advantage of making it so livable is that you and the crew share that narrow bench bed. I admit I couldn’t manage that, but love how it works so well to give you distinct spaces for full time living. Thanks for sharing!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, MollyLuvsRoadtrippin (Seattle),

      Yes, I can turn the table and chair around. In fact, right now I have the chair so that I’m looking toward the back window. It’s nice to be able to look at the view while writing.

      I didn’t want a table quite as big as this one. It was the only choice at Wal-Mart. Now that I have it, I like it. I can store it and the chair aside at night like you do.

      Thanks for the compliment — “your use of the tiny space is the best I have seen.” I do like the clean lines along with the prettiness.

      It’s fun making our Casitas just how we like ’em. 🙂

  36. Alice (So. Fla) says:

    Beautiful !!! and more importantly the kids look like they like it. They match very well also.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Alice in South Florida… Thank you! Yes, the crew fits into the decor very well. They’re my favorite “home accessories.”

  37. How bright and nd comfortable everything looks now. What a cheerful tone you’ve managed. I really like the storage drawers, they look like they will be a good asset and won’t fall as you go down the road. That is nice little table and with the back cushion comfotable chair, glad it is easy to put away for traveling? And best of all Bright and Reggie approve!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lisa W, currently in the Bay Area of California,

      The crew does approve. They seem to be lolling around on the bed and the pillows a lot today. Of course, that could be because it’s cool and breezy outside. 🙂

      Yes, I can fold up the table and chair in a flash for when we move camp. I’ll let you know how the storage drawers travel. Thanks for the positive feedback!

  38. eliza says:

    fabulous, and well worth waiting for since you first mentioned the makeover. thank you for sharing…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, eliza. It’s nice to have someone to share this with. Thanks for the “fabulous” response!

  39. weather says:

    Great selections and job getting so much done, Sue. Wow, you really transformed it into such a happy looking easily functioning space. I really like the way everything coordinates without too much repetition of any one pattern, color or element. The versatility of each thing you chose makes a small home just roomy enough. Was your enjoying how well it all turned out why Bridget was really smiling?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, weather . . . Thank you!

      Was Bridget smiling about the makeover? I don’t know. It’s the only reason I can think of and it’s a good one! You can see I had the camera not far from her and she seemed happy to pose, rather than shirking like she often does. Her eyes are smiling.

      I hope all is well with you and your family. I look forward to hearing about your trip south with your new home-on-wheels. 🙂

      • weather says:

        Thanks for your hope that all is well with my family and me, Sue, it is. Our mentioning a leaf blower to each other in comments on your “Theodore Roosevelt Lake” post Halloween before last has been on my mind recently. Something happened this past Saturday morning that made me think we’d lost the neighbor it belongs to. Yesterday afternoon he walked through the yard like he has since the first day I met him fourteen years ago. We’ve been given another miraculous just one more…I hadn’t been in a talkative mood for a while because of that .I have been reading everyone’s comments though. Your seeing your activities as cartoons intrigues me. It strikes me as such a light hearted, funny , positive and highly unusual( possibly unique) view for a writer to have. Do you see them in color or as black and white drawings?

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Good morning, weather,

          I have noticed a change in tone in your recent comments and assumed you were preoccupied with life. Of course, the thought that something might be disturbing you comes to mind, as it does whenever a friend seems a bit distant. I understand now. “Just one more”… a priceless gift. 🙂

          The cartoons are like the ones our generation watched as children in the 50s and 60s. In color, I guess… hmm… not sure. Maybe because we had a black-and-white tv and then, finally, a color tv! Ha! My life as cartoon is another form of self-deprecating humor, which I enjoy.

          I hope your day is enjoyable. Thank you for what you shared here.

  40. Cynthia from San Clemente says:

    Love the new bedding – very cheerful and anything with turquoise or aqua in it is just lovely. Reggie looks so happy with it and Bridgit was doing a wonderful job with the home tour until someone interrupted her!!! I think you can increase the “weight to function” utility of the new colander if you use it as a helmet in case of a hail storm 🙂 We had one here this morning – a rare occurrence in So Cal!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cynthia from San Clemente,

      You have me laughing — a helmet! Why didn’t I think of that! Perfect! I can see you absorbed the weight-to-function mini-lesson very well. Well done!

      You had a hail storm in So Cal… What’s the world coming to! 🙂

      • DesertGinger says:

        Yes, my friend ?Barbara lives in Costa Mesa and talked about going out to her car this AM to find sand sized ice particles. Apparently there was also lightning which would have been spectacular from my view window, but I slept through it. I sleep about 3 hours a night and it just had to be during the storm!

  41. Well I’m sure glad your feeling better Miss B and Sue sure brightened up you and Reggie’s Home,,, Miss Piper,,, Oh dad says hi too,,,,,,,,,

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Piper just below Bumble Bee, off rood 59…

      Miss B sends her thanks… Hope it’s warm enough where you and Rusty are camped. I guess that isn’t as high up as Prescott. Take good care of your dad…

      • We were up by Drake Saturday because we had “Clingers” and we froze, so we came back to our camp this mid morning and no one was here till a hour a go, new Clingers, they pull in a long class C that has a garage in the back with a Dobie painted on the side, then the guy took a P and got in a white SUV and took off south,,, if they make noise, we’ll move up the road north of Cords ’bout a mile to a one camp site till the 19th, then up and over to camp kinda across from the Winery on RD 372 lookin’ down at 17/ 169 junction where we camped with you Sue, before we made up our minds to get the House,,,,,,,,,, rusty

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I’m sorry you’re being chased out of camps by clingers. Very annoying! Good luck finding a spot where you can be comfortable without close neighbors.

  42. DesertGinger says:

    One more comment…you get such enjoyment from this…don’t wait so long! Do it once a year at least. You can afford it and you enjoy it.

  43. Thank you for the interior pictures. You look all functionally decked out. BLT rocks!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pickett Huffines . . . Thank you! It looks like your truck camper is “functionally decked out, too!” Interesting blog, BTW!

  44. LOVE the makeover! And I think I was too late yesterday, but Happy Adoption Day Anniversary to Reggie!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi. LittleBittyLiving Janis P,

      Thank you from the Reggie Man! You remind me of something I want to do. I need to pick a day in March for Reggie’s birthday. I don’t know his real birthday. When Bridget and I adopted him, we were told he was 3 years old. Hmm . . . . Maybe March 15th. Easy to remember because my birthday is on a 15th. He’ll be four years old… and he still acts like a baby!

      • DesertGinger says:

        Ok well let us know and we’ll have a party!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Poor Bridget. I never chose a birthday for her. 🙁 Need to do that! (Then I can eat birthday cake 3 times each year. hee-hee)

      • Good idea; everyone needs an official Birthday.

      • Pamela K. says:

        Sue,
        March 15th for Reggie-Man’s b’day?
        Isn’t that CORPORATE TAX DAY for a lot of companies?

        LOL, there is something just not right about a b’day on any TAX Day, is there?
        Around here, with all the lead-up to that day and then Personal Taxes on April 15th, I would be forgeting about anything unrelated to taxes, even if it was my own b’day! I keep really good records but I’m glad Klemper and his team take care of all the tax stuff. Just seemed like Reggie and Taxes don’t fit in the same mold of thinking somehow. Maybe not *part-tay* enough for such a party-guy like Reggie…

      • Ronda western WA says:

        Good point! We should do that for our pack. We currently celebrate any convenient weekend in February. Keva’s puppy shot records lead me to believe she was born in February. Peanut was still young when we adopted him n our vet guessed February. So Maggie who was 2 when we adopted her just gets lumped in there. However, if she were to have her own Bday, we would get MORE CAKE!!!
        Sadly though it’s easier on my brain to remember how old they all are if everyone gets a year older at the same time

  45. Dawn says:

    If Bridget posed then she MUST like the new bedding! I was thinking when you said that – in order to really get cleaning, I always have to go have some “resale therapy” at the local thrift 🙂 And weirdly enough…clothes. I start with the closet. That always inspires me.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dawn,

      I know what you mean about needing inspiration to clean. Adding a bunch of new stuff, makes stuff that was already here look like it could use some attention. I have two runner rugs for the floor that need to go to the laundromat, for instance.

      We have two Dawns commenting… You and “Dawn in MI.” Could you help us keep you straight in our minds by including your state with your name? Otherwise, I know I’ll get the two of you mixed up. Thank you!

  46. Pat H....now at Harris Beach State Park says:

    I love the new decor!!!!! I’ve been looking at the same ones, but they just won’t work with my Mom’s quilts. Spring cleaning and decorating is so refreshing. Looks great!!!!!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Pat H… now at Harris Beach State Park,

      Oh, Harris Beach is a lovely place to be!

      About the quilt and shams… I’m surprised someone hasn’t commented “Oh, I have the same ones!” I have to give Wal-Mart credit… There’s a great selection of bedding right now, and the gloomy, purple-grey-black trend is finally OVER.

      • Ann from Virginia says:

        This is so funny! I was just reading all the comments and then read this one. Yes! I do have the exact same quilt and I love it. I bought mine last winter and I chose it because it has such happy colors. Well, I must have good taste if RVSue chooses the same one! I did not get the shams, though. Enjoy!

      • Pamela K. says:

        Sue,
        Yep, I left you a note about having the that same set and the matching shower curtains. I have a spare matching curtain so read that message, if you need it I can send it general delivery to you. I had three of them and only used two. It is new and still sealed in the plastic wrapper.

  47. kgdan from Wapato, WA says:

    Probably the thing I miss most about the Casita is the great view from the windows in the back. Many the morning I watched the sunrise from my perch on the bed.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, kgdan from Wapato, Washington…

      Aww… Your Casita gave you lots of sweet memories. I agree — the back window really brings in the sunrises and sunsets. One is kept aware of surroundings all the time.

      Always compromises, losses and gains, when going from one rig to another. I bet those recliners you have in your bigger rig are a joy!

      • kgdan from Wapato, WA says:

        You betcha! In fact, right now, caught in the throes of severe bronchial coughing spasms from cold/flu caught from you-know-who, I am about to take a nap in upright position in said recliner. Definitely a step up in comfort.

  48. Jolene/Iowa says:

    Hi Sue,

    I love the makeover! The colors are wonderful and those storage units should work great for you! Love it!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Jolene/Iowa,

      I love it, too! Can’t you tell? Ha! Yes, I plan to keep these storage units for a long time…

  49. EmilyO in NM says:

    Happy, happy, happy. You all make it look and sound like fun. So, I went and washed my bedroom curtains and washed the windows! Now I am happy, happy, happy. Take care.

  50. Cheryl O, Puget Sound, WA says:

    I like your new decor. It’s obvious the kids are happy about your new color scheme and arrangement. I want to beautify my trailer, also. Been looking at Pinterest ideas to use to cover up the brown colors. I’m still downsizing my house and bought a shoe organizer that hangs from the door, except I want to put possibly shirts in the cubbyholes instead. My trailer is still covered up, though, with all the storms we’ve been having, I’m not quite ready to remove it. Hopefully, soon.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cheryl O. in Puget Sound, Washington,

      By “covered up,” I assume you mean snow? Part of the fun of RVing is coming up with creative ways to make it “work,” ways to store stuff like shirts.

      Best wishes for your downsizing and happy decorating!

      • Cheryl O, Puget Sound, WA says:

        Actually, I mean an ADCO trailer cover, which I probably won’t use ever again once I go full time. On another note, I’m talking to my finance guy this afternoon to probably pull the plug on my job and retire. My work is offering a voluntary layoff option, then I could retire the following month. I’m excited but then I’m not because my son and his family will be moving here from Thailand and moving in with me next month. I was hoping to sell my house soon after retirement. I am confident that the money I’ll get from work will help in the mean time my son and daughter in law can get a job. Let’s cross our fingers.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Wow! Lots of transition going on in your family. I wish you the best, whatever you do!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          A trailer cover… Of course! I wondered about that much snow along Puget Sound…

  51. Lisa and her pack in SoFl (for now) says:

    Oh my goodness, I don’t know which is happier, your new color palette or Miss B’s smile. Everything you have done inside is so nice, and I can feel the joy radiating from each bright color and the eyes of the crew. Kudos on your new folding furniture and easy open drawers. Just wondering if you could use a tie down to hold your storage drawers in place when you tow. Just a thought…..I like things securely held when the trailer is in motion. I will have to Wmart for my little home, those drawers would make a nice tiny dresser.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lisa and her pack in South Florida for now,

      Thank you. Yes, some kind of tie-down. I don’t think the units themselves will move. They’re really in there tight. The drawers might open. If they do open without spilling, that’s okay. In the meantime I’m going to experiment with ways to secure them. Gosh, I love the way they look and they are much easier to clean (fewer seams, nooks and crannies).

      They make a nice, good-sized dresser. Remember they come with four drawers. 🙂 I hope you find that one will work well for you!

  52. mockturtle says:

    Nicely done, Sue! 🙂

  53. Linda - from Central Illinois says:

    Love all the pretty colors!
    Isn’t it amazing how a change can brighten our outlook and attitude?!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Linda from Central Illinois!

      Yes, it is amazing… how easy it is to totally transform a space, once you find the right products. I wanted to start a redo when at Midland, but the store choices are slim. I didn’t want to drive all the way to Parker for a Wal-Mart and the K-Mart in Blythe had a lousy selection (not surprising).

  54. Linda Hughes North Carolina says:

    I love the new look RV Sue!!! I do believe Reggie and decorating do not mix well, he looks exhausted with it! We looked at a home just like the one you have a couple days ago, I loved it. We have a 19 ft. camper but want something smaller to tow across country. I thank you for the decorating tips, love the bright, cheerful colors! Give Bridget and Reggie a hug and keep rolling along!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Linda Hughes in North Carolina,

      The BLT is the Liberty Deluxe model. Lots of folks like the Spirit model because it has a dinette. I like the flexibility of the Liberty. There are several different ways to arrange it. Good luck finding what is best suited for you!

  55. Judith says:

    Looks great. And, your crew likes it too.

  56. Anne - in GA says:

    Oh, Sue,
    I love what you’ve done with the place!!!! & ‘ )
    I do love the colors, they are so happy and calming.
    I have those very same drawer units except mine have 4 deep drawers.
    Looks like your have only 3? At any rate, the drawers will open with the slightest
    provocation – I tipped mine ever so slightly (about 2 cm off the floor to the front
    while moving them around in my tent. All the drawers opened completely.
    I don’t know which I like the best = the new decor/colors or the photos of those adorable crew mates of yours. They just steal the show. Excellent job with color and design coordination. Also, so great to see Desert Ginger commenting again. More prayers for faster recovery from the peach and mosquito state.
    Anne – getting lots of exercise swatting mosquitos

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Anne in Georgia,

      I’m glad you like our new look. My storage units came with 4 drawers, too. I had to disassemble and remove one of the drawers on each of the three units. It sounds like I’ll need to fasten the drawers closed before hitting the road again.

      Thanks for the nice comment with compliments. 🙂 Egads! Skeeters!

  57. Sealarkesmiles says:

    Love your new look, Sue! Nothing better than a change of scenery, even if it is a bit of color and convenience, to lift one’s spirit’s and add a bit of sparkle to the day. Bridget and Reggie seem to be enjoying the new decor as well which makes it triple special! Enjoy!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Sealarkesmiles,

      Thanks. I’m happy you love it! Yes, all three of us are enjoying the change. We change our outside scenery a lot; might as well change the inside, too. Hope all is sparkly in your world!

  58. Jules mn says:

    Sue, I had to finally comes out of the shadows. I just ordered two sets of the same bedding. May I compliment you on your great taste!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You sure can, Jules in Minnesota! And I’ll compliment you on YOUR great taste. Welcome, new Blogorino! 🙂

  59. Kelly says:

    Totally love this ! Just my style. Well done Sue….. You are right… it’s the kind of thing that gives you a lift…..and makes you happy….

  60. Hi Sue, sorry I have been absent these last couple of days, the couch has been calling me since Saturday afternoon. We had a heck of a storm this morning and I belive it is probably heading your way…it is fast moving so just batten down the hatches for a little while….the wind is following after the moisture, but with your very snappy new interior, staying inside during the rain and wind should be a delight. I can sort of see your new arrangement, but I was missing the big picture, as in, I cannot tell where something begins and the other things leave off. Sorry I was just wanting a “from the door picture” but that might be a little too intrusive for you, and if it is, I am sorry for asking. I know how important feeling warm and cozy on the inside can be…we have the whole outside for a spare room, but you core needs to feel really good and warm. I think you nailed it! Looks like you, like me, likes lots of fluff…I like pillows and blankets and rugs and just “fluff” but I do realize there is a weight restriction…I guess I am going to have to get all down stuff. Have a good evening and I hope the storm just skips right past you….I will see you tomorrow morning for coffee…and peanute butter toast if that is still on your diet. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Shirlene in Huntington Beach, California,

      You’ve been on the couch? That doesn’t sound like you, although we all need to rest and regroup at times. Hope all is well…

      From the door gives you a photo of my stove and that’s it. Most of the photos were taken while standing at the door end of the BLT with the fridge on one side of me and the sink on the other, looking toward the rear. When I tried to back up completely for a shot (back against the bathroom door), it didn’t come out well. It’s a long, narrow space. Maybe one of these days I’ll do a better job of it.

      To tell you the truth, I’ve never been a fluff person. Never wanted the 16-pillows-on-the-bed look. I put rugs down when we’re in cold weather to hold in the heat. Otherwise I pack them into the PTV so the crew can lie on the cool vinyl flooring.

      Oh, I’d love to have some peanut butter toast… Haven’t had any since I eliminated bread, rice, pasta, and cut way back on salt and sugar. Enjoy a slice for me!

      • Thanks Sue, I have a better idea now… I am happy that the lens cloth was used and worked well for you along with giving you a happy memory…That is kinda the idea huh!. Enjoy them and if you ever need anymore, I am here for you, of course Rusty has a butt load! Ha! Speaking of no peanut butter toast, are you feeling a difference in cutting down on the salt and sugar? Both of those things I think saved my life…and yes once in a while the couch calls and calls and calls…but that is because I am still working a 5 day work week and 10 hour days at times…that will end fairly soon. Thanks for asking.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I didn’t realize you are working so hard. Gosh. No wonder you were on the couch. I’m glad it’s going to stop soon.

          Yeah, the lens cloths are great! I keep one in my purse for my glasses and the others in the drawer near my laptop and camera.

          Am I feeling a difference since I cut down on the salt and sugar? Well, I haven’t had any headaches which might be because of cutting down on salt. I think I was drinking too much water before which could have been the salt. At first I eliminated too much sugar, I think. I’m drinking some fruit juice and eating more berries and fruit which seems to be a better balance for me, along with honey in my coffee and, oh yeah, my yogurt has some sugar… but I’m doing much better!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, I forgot — the storm! Thanks for the heads up. We had quite a bit of wind last night and it has been cool all day. Still breezy under blue sky with lots of white clouds. I’m ready with the colander for my head if we get hail. I need tin cups for the crew.

  61. Deena in Peoria, AZ says:

    Your home looks springtime homey and efficient; seems the Pet Supers have approved of your hard work. Very glad you All are settled in with the new environment upgrades. Sweet smiles and lazing around – LOL.

    Deena and Miss Mollie

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Deena and Miss Mollie in Peoria, Arizona,

      Yes, we do a lot of “lazing around” here. 🙂 I hope you have the chance to do the same. Get the rest you need and keep your strength up. Thanks for the nice comment.

  62. Lois (AZ) says:

    Wow!! Love, Love, Love the remodel!! You did good…Love to read all the encouraging comments too…so nice you respond to all of them! Enjoy your stay…and your new look!

  63. Val R. Lakefield On. says:

    Sue the BLT looks great. Nice job. I love the last pic of the crew.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Val R. in Lakefield, Ontario… I’m glad you like our new decor. Reggie and the Bridge… both ready to nap at the same time!

  64. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    Love the new makeover, Sue. Everything looks so springy. I can’t wait to get some personal things taken care of so I can get started with Spring cleaning. Hopefully, I can get some new curtains made for a couple of rooms and get my sewing room moved downstairs. My bonus rooms needs a major clean. I like your new drawers so well, I may change out my old plastic for those. They really look great. The colorful place mats on top are a nice and colorful change to the scarves. Good job.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Barbara in Nashville,

      There’s something about spring that makes us want to perk up our living space. Sounds like you have some big projects to tackle. It’s worth the effort if it makes daily living easier, more comfortable, and pleasant. Gosh, it’s been ages since I’ve run a sewing machine. For me the best part of sewing is picking out the fabric. I love that.

      Tickle Angel behind the ears for me!

  65. Pamelab says:

    Oh, Sue –
    I love what you’re done with the place – as they say. Your fabric is so colorful and lovely. I think you have come up with some very creative solutions to the small space.
    To be able to walk to the overhead cabinets in back is a great idea, instead of crawling over the bed to access. It sounds like you have always used this option. Smart use of the space.
    Your home is beautiful! It makes me smile. Love your idea of the folding table and chair, too.
    Thanks for sharing. I was looking forward to seeing the photos.
    Pamelab in Houston, for now…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pamelab in Houston for now,

      Thank you! Such a nice response to my new decor.

      The first few months I had the BLT, I had it set up with a double bed across the back. Of course that meant crawling on the bed to reach that overhead cabinet above the back window. Once I tried having a bed on one side lengthwise and the other side all storage, I knew it was the best for me. It gives us a long aisle (great for the crew).

  66. Audrey says:

    Love the new, updated decor of your home. Very cheerful!

  67. rvsueandcrew says:

    Okay, I have to say something. I’m missing several people. Come baaaaaaaccckk!

  68. Oh! I absolutely love your style!!! Your home looks gorgeous!!!
    The photos of the Crew are so cute!!! Just put a smile on my face…ear to ear!!
    Enjoy your beautiful,comfy home!! 🙂

  69. Dawn in NC says:

    Thanks for all of the great pictures of your space and of the crew! There is nothing like spring coming to put that little skip back in one’s step!

  70. katydid in Chicago says:

    I love the looks of your new interior décor. It makes me wish to do some sprucing up here in Chicago, but I refuse to buy a single thing! It is just 6 months until our full-time RV journey begins and I will save my creative impulses until then. For now it is all about downsizing and editing all our household goods. Maybe by next spring our RV will be almost as cheery as yours.

    It is fun to see the crew enjoying the new bedding too!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks. Good for you, katydid in Chicago! Don’t lose your resolve. Only 6 months to go… I’m happy for you.

  71. cc and canine (soon to be leaving Eastern Missouri) says:

    Love the cheery colors and the turquoise color scheme. Your curtains still look so
    fresh! At one time, you ordered a colorful striped runner for the floor of the BLT, but couldn’t get it delivered for some reason. You probably don’t need it with summer coming, but will you reorder it from Amazon come fall? You had a link to it, and I have added it to my wish list….may still get it once we move to Oregon.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, cc and canine, soon to be leaving Eastern Missouri,

      As it turns out I’m glad I couldn’t have that striped runner shipped to the Post Office. I don’t think it would look that great with this pattern… maybe it would. It’s hard to say. Instead I picked up two shorter runners at the Kmart in Blythe. They’re the same color as these storage drawers, the walls, and the floor… with a darker border. They are very subdued and “disappear” into the floor.

      I’m very pleased with these curtains. They slide out of the way in many configurations. I can control the breeze coming in. They are airy and light and wash well. The only thing they don’t do is darken the room. That’s okay. I have reflectix for that.

      Still looking for a place in Oregon, eh? Good luck!

  72. Marcia GB in MA says:

    Lovely colors, so fresh and bright. I can see that the crew is very happy with the new colors and comfort. I really like your storage drawers, too. I’ll have to look for them. Enjoy your new decor!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Marcia GB in Massachusetts,

      I’m happy you like my makeover of the BLT. Thank you. I think these storage drawers have been around for awhile. I usually stay close to the food end of Wal-Mart so I didn’t see them until the other day. Very practical item! Maybe they will work for you.

  73. ValGal (westernWA) says:

    Looks awesome, Sue! Definitely cheery. I think you wore Reggie and Bridget out. Lol.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi ValGal in western Washington,

      I turned the tables on them! Usually they wear ME out. 🙂 Glad you like the decor.

  74. Liz-Boise, ID says:

    The colours are gorgeous!!!!! It’s so bright and cheery. My husband and I just bought a fixer upper Casita….love the storage bin idea. I think Reggie & Bridget like it also!
    Liz-Boise, ID

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Congratulations on the Casita, Liz in Boise, Idaho! Have fun fixing her just how you want. Thanks for the enthusiastic feeback on our color scheme.

  75. Drawers are so good. We started out full timing in a travel trailer and had most of our clothes in bins (stacked on the bunk beds). Everything, and I do mean everything, a person wanted was always on the bottom of the stack. We ejected those and got the wire rack/drawer system from Lowes. Life was good, getting dressed was so much easier. We did secure the drawers with bungee cords when towing. Your colors are just delightful and springy. It’s almost enough to make me go shop. Those are good colors for HRH.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Allison in Tucson, Arizona,

      For some things we have to let them evolve. Figuring out how to store one’s stuff while living in a small space is a challenge but it’s fun! Especially when you find something that works. I tried a bungee cord. It’s too short (only secures the top two drawers). I think a longer cord will work just fine.

      Aww… If you need to freshen up your space, go shopping!

  76. Penny in AR says:

    Love your new bedding…..all the colors are so cheery and perfect for the southwest! I covet your colander?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Ooh, dear… Penny in Arkansas suffers from colander envy. 🙂 Thanks for the cute message!

  77. rvsueandcrew says:

    I’ve been thinking about birthdays. AlanOutAndAbout had a birthday this month, also Cherie (Tony the terrier’s mom) who camped here, and Ann, mom of the playdate pals…

    Who else is a March baby?

    • Lana in Phoenix says:

      ME!! March 5, although I am trying hard to ignore the numbers that are getting so high even I can’t believe it! Hope my mental and emotional years never catch up with the physical years. I am one of your lurking blogerinos who doesn’t comment often, but doesn’t miss a posting. Love your new decor – very spring-like! I am in hopes of joining all the full-timers on the road some day!

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Hi, Lana in Phoenix,

        Nice to hear from you again! And Happy Birth Month to you! I hope your full-timing dream comes true…

    • Lisa, Tommie and Buddy in SoFlo (for now) says:

      I am a March baby, Tommie too!

  78. Kathy (NC) says:

    Love the new look – so fresh and cheerful, and those new drawer units look ideal. I’m in the middle of sorting through my sewing room and am now inspired to get new storage drawers instead of the old mismatched boxes. So creative! Thanks for the photos, especially of the happy pups.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Kathy in North Carolina,

      The choices that stores offer these day are wonderful. You can do a lot without spending a bunch of money. Some “storage solutions” are pricey, but there are less expensive ways to organize. Good luck with your sewing room sorting!

  79. Maryanne Davis-Baldwin-CT says:

    Your new decor is lovely & bright; thanks for sharing your photos complete with crew. Also I want to thank you for suggestions to make my Paperwhite work. Being a Yankee (cheap) I now can get free books from the library, though it isn’t exactly simple.
    One of the things I like about my little trailer is the cream woodwork. I’ve covered the couch with pinned on red material (easy to wash) with poly fake oriental short runners (ditto) & a red & white home made quilt-all this “goes with” the white & red exterior & my bright red Tundra.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Maryanne Davis in Baldwin, Connecticut,

      Wow! I bet your trailer really pops! And you decorated to match your Tundra…. I imagine it looks great. Sounds like you’ve been very creative.

      I’m pleased your Paperwhite is working and you’re getting those free library books. Enjoy!

  80. cateW says:

    Hi Sue and Crew,

    That’s a great make-over for the BLT. Hey Sue…if you get burned out on the blog you could start a new business as “Sue’s RV Decorator Service” or maybe Casita would like “Sue’s Custom Casita Interior Décor”.

    Those bright, cheery paisley-prints were a fantastic choice, and I love the look of the new storage units. The crew obviously approved with a “test-drive” of the new pillows, etc..

    You sound like you are in good spirits and more rested?

    Take good care,
    CateW

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cate W,

      To be honest, I’m not very good at interior decorating. Really. I’m not. I have a younger sister who can turn any abode into a wonderful space. She has incredible talent and knows colors and textures and furniture styles and all that stuff. I don’t know how she does it.

      A travel trailer isn’t very hard to make pretty… Nice of you to think I have talent though. I appreciate your cheerful response to the post and photos.

      As for my mood — It always makes me happy when lots of folks write positive comments. The enthusiasm is contagious! Thanks for being a part of that.

  81. Great job Sue, love all the bright cheery colors you selected! Right up my alley! Looks like the crew approves too. Did you ever get a chance to reorder the rug you looked at awhile back? I have that rug in my front hallway and every time I vacuum it, I think about how it would look in a BLT.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Linda in Austin, Texas,

      No, I didn’t reorder that rug. I never arranged an alternative shipping method. I hope you like yours. I bought two inexpensive runner rugs at Kmart because the floor was too cold for the crew when we experienced lows in the low 40s. The rugs look fine, blend into the floor as they’re the same tan color.

  82. Geri in the beautiful Florida panhandle says:

    I love the new look, a very happy vibe! I really loved the smiles on Bridget’s face! Now that tells me SHE really loves and approves the new look! If Bridgie loves it, who could possibly disagree with her wisdom? Best photos of her ever! she must be feeling a lot better.
    Sorry Blogerino’s, I didn’t read all the comments. But I will catch up with the comments I promise!
    Sue, Please hug your sweet babies from me and know you are loved!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Geri in the beautiful Florida panhandle,

      Consider us loved and hugged! Thank you! Yes, Bridget is a happy girl. I think the new bedding has her feeling special. Hi to Chuck, Doogie, and Radar!

  83. Nancy from South Georgia says:

    We must be “sisters from another mother” because I had some fabric almost identical to that back in the late 1970s which I used to make bedroom drapes. Love the look, Sue, and I agree with the off-white being softer on the eyes, especially at night with the lamp on, gives a nice soft glow.

    Those pups are precious, Sue – I never get tired of seeing them. You’re such a good mom and the love shines from their eyes so passionately.

    Funny colander story (well, depends on your sense of humor, I guess). A neighbor lady used to sit out on her driveway in a plastic chair, with her feet soaking in a large tub, smoking a pipe, and wearing a metal colander on her head topped off by a bath rug. The first time I saw her, I was driving down the street, and I just had to stop and see if she was okay. She said the metal colander was to keep the “government” from knowing what was on her mind, that her foot soaking time was also her “thinking along on stuff” time. Just puffing that pipe and thinking her thoughts. With a colander on her head. (The bath mat was to keep the hot Georgia sun off.)

    • Cynthia from San Clemente says:

      OMG Nancy: You paint a hysterical picture!! I am so stealing her line …. “I’m just ‘thinking along on stuff.'” It’s great. There must be something about metal protecting one from government intrusion. Way back in the 70’s when I was a police dispatcher, we used to get calls from a woman all the time who covered the vents in her home and the top of her chimney with foil … she said it was to keep the government from reading her brain waves. Gotta love those characters!!

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Gee, Reynolds Aluminum might have promoted their foil wrap. You know, an ad that suggests lining your roasting pan with foil, covering your vents and chimney top, making pointy hats, etc.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, Nancy… That’s a hilarious picture! You can’t make this stuff up!

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        We had a family that lived down the hill in our neighborhood who put tin foil over their windows for years until they moved. The police department said they did it to keep the aliens from reading their minds. They got so many complaints about the appearance of the house that they had to investigate. It was hilarious.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Well, I suppose the tinfoil makes people feel more secure. I can see where the neighbors wouldn’t like it though!

    • Anne - in GA says:

      Nancy, I had such a laugh at your story. I sent it to one of my cousins who lives near me here in the “Magnolia Midlands”…how fancy that sounds.
      At any rate, her sister is 84 and has advancing dementia. This is the answer my cousin sent back to me.

      “Oh my goodness !!!  You know how my sister worries about the government watching us and we probably don’t know it.  And I have been telling her she should soak her sore toe in some epsom salts water.  Wonder if she has taken up smoking a pipe. Maybe I had better check and see if the old pipe I have of Daddy,s is missing !!!  lol  lol”

      So I replied to her –
      “I saw a lovely turquoise-colored collendar the other day I’ll bring by for her to help keep the pesky gov’t from reading her thoughts while she soaks the toe!”

      What a really funny tale. Loved it!!

  84. Cheryl B. says:

    Love the re-do! I purchased the same place mats for my RV. Great minds think alike I think.
    I love how you brightened your space with cheery and colorful patterns. The crew really seem to be happy among all those fresh colors.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Cheryl B. Ha! We have the same place mats. Very practical. Cloth is nice but can be a PITA.

      • Cheryl B. says:

        I use my place mats to decorate my tv table that holds my computer and phone… I like your use much more. 🙂

        Just have to say, that Reggie is absolutely adorable. And Miss B. always brings a smile on my face.

  85. Judy says:

    I love your new colors. I noticed that you have the same dishes that I have in my trailer-white with black dots. Mine are from Walmart. I’ll bet yours are too. ?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Judy… Yep, my Corelle dishes came from Wal-mart. Of course! I like that design. Food looks good on those plates.

  86. sharon aka as SKCCoast says:

    Sue, love, love love the “new” look! When redecorating or just rearranging it always brings a sense of accomplishment and cheerfulness. Your colors are great and the crew has a look of approval. Well, Reggie has the nap of approval.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Sharon aka as SKCCoast!

      Thank you. “the nap of approval”… I love that! Much better than “the nap of boredom.” 🙂

  87. Glinda says:

    I love what you did. The colors are so pretty and cheerful.
    I have a 16′ FD Casita. I use the booth area for a bed and the small
    table with the captain chairs to sit at. It is always fun to see how
    Everyone makes it their own. You have really made good use of the
    Space and it is beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing your home
    With us.
    God bless!
    Glinda

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Glinda. Thank you for the nice comment. It sounds like you have a very comfortable Freedom Deluxe Casita.

  88. Linda-NC says:

    Well Sue-doesn’t that new color scheme just make you happy! I can tell Bridget and Reggie approve. You can see that “Oh-you humans” look on their face. Happy new stuff just for us! Organized is always good and you did a great job! Travel on in your new and improved perfect little tow vehicle.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Linda -North Carolina….

      Hello and thank you! Yes, these colors do say “Be happy.” It’s funny how being organized gives a feeling of all being right in my world. I guess because when things aren’t organized it feels like the wheels are coming off the bus… Ha!

  89. Donna says:

    I absolutely love your makeover, especially the beautiful colors of the comforter and shams. The colander and placemats are a nice touch and so pretty. Great idea to add all that drawer space and remove the dinette table. I also removed the dinette table and one bench seat in my old camper and it added so much more room for me and my 3 dogs. Now I have a new 10 ft. camper with no dinette that I’m getting ready for the camping season. I hope Bridge’s leg continues to be OK and does not hurt her. Your dogs are so precious and I love seeing photos of them.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Donna and your three dogs,

      Thanks for the kind words about my crew, my photos, and the makeover.

      I didn’t remove a dinette table because the Liberty Deluxe Casita doesn’t have one in its design. That’s a big reason why I chose the Liberty. In my research I read of several folks removing their dinette, as you have done. For one person who doesn’t entertain, a dinette takes up too much room. I guess you could call it the space-to-function ratio. Some folks love their dinette; I can see where a couple would like having a dinette.

      Have fun “getting ready for the camping season.” I don’t know where you are but that’s a hint… You aren’t in southern Arizona!

  90. judy in east texas says:

    Hi Sue and the Crew…….i love the new decor…..i guess i should because i have the exact same thing in THE BEAST…i too bought the whole set from Walmart. Great minds and all!!!
    On a bad note…i was headed out yesterday in The Beast for work and caught the corner of the bumper on the cattle guard post and ripped it right off!!! I almost fainted, i was so mad at myself. Called Insurance company, called repair people which came out immediately to give me an estimate. Ready for it……$16,000. worth of damage. Ok now i really did faint! Not sure if the insurance company will just total it out or have it fixed, i was thinking a little duct tape fixes everything!!! Guess i was wrong! So for the time being i’m sitting in a hotel room (which i hate doing) for the next 2 weeks while we figure out what to do about The Beast.

    Stay safe out there and rock on, judy

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Judy in east Texas,

      Oh, my… I can’t imagine your horror…First at the accident and then at the repair estimate. The waiting (in a hotel!) must be excruciating, wondering what the insurance company with say. Sending lots of positive energy your way… May this turn out to be merely an unpleasant memory as you move on to better times.

      I’m glad you like our new bedding — Of course you do! 🙂

      • Barb from Hoquiam! says:

        OMGosh! For the bumper? It must be an integral part of the frame I guess… UGH! OMGOSH!

        Ugh!!!

  91. Chuck Hajek says:

    Ms B looks so photogenic lately!She is looking good! Of course Reggie is a ham. Your new deco be lookin’ so good!!! But wouldn’t Amazon be a better source???? Heheheh.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Chuck,

      Yeah, Amazon is the best source! I haven’t looked to see if Amazon has these items. BTW, as an Amazon Associate I am not allowed to order through the links that give me a commission. Thanks for the compliments — I do have a handsome crew!

  92. Diane says:

    Beautiful fabric!! So cheerful and cozy. I think I’ll go over to Walmart and see what they have . . .

    Diane

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Diane. I think you’ll be pleased with the selection. I had a tough time choosing one. In fact, I chose one with rich red, purple, and orange colors (with no white in the pattern) — quite stunning. I put it back on the shelf because I was afraid I would tire of it, even though it’s beautiful.

      Have fun doing the Wally! 🙂

  93. DesertGinger says:

    Geez I feel like a caged animal. So sick of hospital. If I go to rehab at least I can take exercise classes. I want to go home and get back to a regular life!

  94. Elaine says:

    Hi Sue! I am contemplating buying a truck and travel trailer for my permanent home on wheels. Heard about your blog from friends of mine. Since I haven’t completely read your blog, how long is your trailer? I love your new decor! Bright cheery colors! Storage containers are wonderful items, I have many of them all filled with crafting items.

    I’d love to hear from you!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Elaine… I love hearing from you! Thanks for joining us!

      And thanks also for the enthusiastic reaction to the BLT’s makeover. To answer your question, the Best Little Trailer is 17 feet, measured from its back to the tip of its tongue. I think of it as being longer than that because the Perfect Tow Vehicle is also 17 feet and most of it is storage space.

      Best wishes as you figure out what suits you for full-time vagabonding. I’m partial to a van for a tow vehicle, of course. (No crawling to retrieve stuff, like storage containers.) Then again, I know some people love their trucks and would hate having a van…

      Stop in again, Elaine… Oh, I almost forgot… Welcome to my blog!

      • Elaine says:

        Thank you for your reply! Believe it or not, my current vehicle is a Chrysler Voyager.
        Do you have a full bath in your BLT?

        I have so many questions!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I have a marine bath. In other words the room has a toilet and a sink and a shower hose with a drain in the floor. The room is the shower stall. I don’t use it as a shower because I found it is too awkward in that little space trying to control the aim of the nozzle and wash one’s self. Plus everything in the room gets wet. I prefer to use basins of water set up outside that little room.

          Girl! You need to read my blog from the beginning! 🙂 You’ll learn a ton of stuff. In the meantime feel free to ask me or the other blogorinos any questions you have.

          • Barb from Hoquiam! says:

            Oh gosh yes! Read from the beginning!!! Sue has had some adventures and some ups and downs. There is a family here of sorts 🙂

            Don’t forget the resource tabs too! GREAT info up at the top of the page!

            • Elaine in Colorado says:

              Thank you Barb! I love the idea that everyone here is a “family” of sort. Since I really don’t have family to speak of, I’ll consider myself at “home” here.

              Thank you for the welcome!

          • Elaine in Colorado says:

            Hi Sue! Thank you for your reply re: full bathroom. I did start reading from the beginning of your blog but came up to current in the middle of some year. 🙂

            I was thinking of an 18-20 ft travel trailer therefore my want of a truck to haul it.

            I would love comments from you and all your visitors as to what size travel trailer is your preference and why.

            As it is right now, I’m watching on SSDI and almost to a stage where I can finally see the end of that tunnel. Once I’m receiving it, my plans are to travel and see the country and to visit with the many friends I have met online and offline. Of course, I will go to the local shelter and pick out a “traveling companion”! He/she will be my therapy companion as well as my buddy.

            Any suggestions are always welcomed by me!

            Thank you for welcoming me to your blog! I love it!

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              It’s my pleasure, Elaine. I’m honored you feel this is home.

            • Elaine in Colorado says:

              Hi Sue,

              I read that you are a shopper in WalMart & Dollar Tree … I am a frugal person myself and have devised ways to save money that others may not have thought of. I’m an information sharer as well which is something that makes me LOVE your blog. I’ve been reading from my cell phone but wondered when your adventures started …. I’m only to August 22, 2012. I’ll check on my laptop to see if your blog has a listing of blog posts that I don’t see on the mobile version.

              I did love your idea on the king size quilt, I sew, quilt and crochet. My quilt is all flannel with warm & natural batting and a bit more than king size at 133 inches x 133 inches, it has two matching shams.

              It’s just after 9pm here, hope you and your crew had a fantastic day! How could you not? 🙂

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              I’m not sure if you’re asking a question in your first paragraph or not. That’s interesting that you can’t see the sidebar on your mobile device… even if you enlarge the font and scroll to the side? Darn. Yes, the archives can be accessed from the sidebar.

              I started the blog in April 2011. I retired and sold the house a few months later. We picked up the BLT at the factory in Texas in August of that year and immediately started living in it full-time, traveling out of TX to NM. After having solar/batteries and a Wave 3 heater installed in NM, we went to AZ where we boondocked for the first time. We have camped in several boondocks and campgrounds around the west during the past 4+ years.

              Be sure when reading posts PRIOR to June 2013 that you are at rvsueandcrew.com (not at dot net) so you can see the slideshows.

              I hope you keep lovin’ my blog and joining us here!

            • Elaine in Colorado says:

              I didn’t want to “advertise” but I have all different ways to “earn” on the go and save on the items we really need. I’ve made a listing of them!

              I did request the “desktop view” on my phone but didn’t like how I had to push the page back and forth. Got on my laptop and found it, been reading ever since. Thank you for the recap of your “additions” to the PTV and BLT.

              I need to get out of here today, do some favors for friends …..

              Have a GREAT day!

  95. Lolalo in AZ says:

    I LOVE it! You have a little (lot) of hippie style! That is so bright, colorful, and cheerful. I am surprised WalMart carries such a nice print. Enjoy!

    • Lolalo in AZ says:

      Oh – and I have the same Corelle set.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Ha! The plain white with a geometric pattern around the edge is nice, isn’t it.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lolalo in Arizona,

      As a longtime Wal-Mart shopper, I think the merchandise has improved in quality and selection over the years, at least at the Supercenters. I usually find what I want at a reasonable price.

      Thanks for loving my hippie decor. 🙂

  96. Paula in Indiana says:

    “I shove the cart into high gear and we burn rubber…” LOL!! Sue, I chuckled all the way through this post, love your sense of humor and Bridget’s sweet smile and that silly Reggie lolling around with his head under the pillow!

    The new decor is gorgeous – and turquoise is my absolute favorite color! Your pretty new colander with the fresh oranges in it, now that is a splendid piece of art. Simple pleasures are the best, aren’t they?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Paula in Indiana,

      Yes, simple pleasures are everywhere to be enjoyed and, I agree, they are the best. I’m glad this post gave you some chuckles. About burning rubber with the shopping cart… When I recall the details of a day that I’m writing about, I often see it as a cartoon! You know how cartoons have the vehicle stretched out of shape when it speeds around a corner, that’s how I see that shopping cart. Haha! I couldn’t get over to that display fast enough! 🙂

      Thank you for the nice comment. (appreciating my still art, “Oranges in Colander.”)

  97. Hi Sue and Furbabies!
    I was waiting for the pics of your remodel and gee they sure are nice! Removing the unmovable table is a great idea, one that I planned to do when I get a trailer…
    The fabric is lovely.
    I wonder if just the right size bungee cord ‘net’ would work to stabilize the cabinets while driving?
    We rearranged the entire bedroom and now I also have 10 new matching curtains for the living room, 1/2 bought yesterday at Goodwill and 1/2 luckily found today at Big Lots!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Julia in Chatsworth,

      Wow! You must be a master shopper! One could try for years to find 10 curtains that match (the right length!) from Goodwill and Big Lots and never pull that off. Amazing….

      Yes, I think a bungee cord will work to hold the drawers closed. The ones I have are too short. We’re going into town today to the laundromat, and I’ll look for longer bungees.

      Thanks for the positive feedback on the decor. 🙂

      • Barb from Hoquiam! says:

        Oh I want to see how you figure this out with the drawers… 🙂

      • You know, we were just real lucky. I saw the 1st 5 at Good will but did not purchase, then the next day sent hubby over to get them… then I looked them up on the internet because they looked new.
        Sometimes when I envision success in finding or winning, it Happens! ( like when I won the 500 gift card at the company Christmas party) And so there they were, 5 more, at Big lots and now they are up and look great! 2 extra in case we need pillows…
        We rotated to different walls everything in the bedroom and the feng shui must be fantastic because hubby got a big order! But the moonlight shines in now in on my face and we need a new special curtain in there, I will make it tomorrow.
        ps there are tons of bungees at Harbor Frieght.

  98. Virginia Henkaline says:

    Wonderful, Sue. Such happy colors you coordinated. Makes me smile for you and your little side-kicks. Good job!!!

  99. Laurie in NC says:

    I really like your choices! A quilt can really make a camper cozy! Reggie is saying “I love how comfy the bed is with the new quilt and shams.” The colander is a great idea and I will be looking for one this weekend! I currently have a plastic one in the camper that is not that great and a basket for fruit. I love when something has more than one purpose!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Laurie in North Carolina,

      I really like quilts because they make a smooth surface for us to sleep on. I don’t bother with sheets. Sheets wiggle around too much and are just something more to fuss with and to launder. The quilt is a King size. I fold it, of course, to cover this narrow bed. Between trips to the laundromat, I can turn it over for a clean, fresh surface (like changing the sheets).

      About the fruit basket… I agree — It’s fun coming up with ways to make an item multi-purpose.

  100. MB from VA says:

    LOVE the make-over! It’s amazing what just a few new things added…..and/or a few old things subtracted can do for our space and outlook. And Spring is the perfect time for new beginnings. I remind myself of that here at home. Don’t let it get “stale”. Just a few tiny changes make a big difference sometimes. When I look at possible travel homes, I always envision the ways in which I could make the space “mine”. Colors, bedding, rugs, towels and just a few, very special things from my old life….all coming together to make it my home. “Happy sighhhhhh…..” One day soon. Enjoy your new look you three! Love from VA! MB, Sissy (the cat who is learning to walk on a leash) I’ve had her 15 years and wither I go….she goes! Not too hard for her. She goes for walks off leash with the dogs and I now. And she doesn’t even care about the harness. Now we are working on the leash part. She’s doing very well. Sweet girl. Never bit, hissed or clawed me once in anger in 15 years. And love from Wyndy and Bella too!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, MB in Virginia and Wyndy, Bella, and Sissy…

      Good news about Sissy wearing a harness and walking on leash! Your loving, trusting relationship makes it possible. This may sound weird — I noticed that Bridget and Spike had a certain way about them while walking on leash, as if the three of us being connected while walking made it a special time, rather than a restriction.

      Have fun looking at rigs and dreaming of how you’d make them yours!

      • MB from VA says:

        The walking comment doesn’t sound weird at all. I believe the same thing. We can walk most of the time off leash because we are a long way from a road. But we all still walk together. We walk as a “pack”….the human, hound, Chihuahua and cat. And you are right, it is a very special time. I am walking my hound on the leash more, just for practice. My Chihuahua already goes so many places with me and has been to Utah and back. She’s good on a leash. My hound, Wyndy loves to ride and I will be taking her places like Tractor Supply and Southern States for practice being in situations with people/environments she doesn’t know. They know Bells there already….and at Lowes too! 😉

  101. Pamela K. says:

    Sue,
    Love those shelves! Look to be nicely made too.
    About your makeover… I gotta say, I love the set. I have that same set and the matching shower curtains. When I went to look for something -summertime- to decorate my van with that is what I chose. I use the matching shower curtain with a heavy shower liner to seperate the driver cab from the rest of the van as my black-out curtains. They look really nice and the colors just seem to be so cheery to wake up to when camping out. I even like the reverse side with only the light blue and white design. The quilt is so light weight that it is all you need to take the evening chill away during most springtime and summer nights — great for snoozing too. No doubt you and the crew will like them for a good long while. Maybe check your local wally-world and see if they also have the shower curtain there. If not, I have an extra and can send it general delivery if you like. I had bought three but only use two (one on each side of the shower curtain liner) for my black out curtain behind the driver/passenger seat area. Anyway, the set washes up nice. I wash them only in cold water because of the two different patterns and that lessens the chance that one or the other side will shrink. So, yeah, I love the new look 🙂 Enjoy!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pamela K.,

      I didn’t know the set has a matching shower curtain. I didn’t go over to the bath section. I’m glad you mentioned that because there may be readers who want to do as you have done — use the curtain to separate the cab area from the rest of the rig. With a liner between two of them — Clever!

      In the BLT I don’t have a need to section off an area. I don’t even have enough area to divide into two spaces! Thanks for the generous offer.

      Yes, definitely cold water for the bedding. Good to know it washes well. That’s always my concern with bright colors on a inexpensive item.

      • Pamela K. says:

        Sue,
        I meant the shower curtain for your bath room, you have a shower in there in your Casita, right? I know you don’t use it but having the matching curtain might be fun if you ever needed to. Yes, your van you use as storage so that would not work for that use. My van I use for camping in. It is a conversion van with the queen bed in the rear. Like you, I added extra drawers for gear, camera gear, beach stuff, cooking needs.
        oh! BTW! Speaking of letting people know about stuff that might be of help to them… I learned something really cool! The City Of Atlanta land-banks vacant lands. Many are close to the city but are outside of the city and have many acres to them. They will let people camp on them for an overnight or a weekend if you call and ask first! They tell me most large cities do that too! Well, turns out these lands are almost park like. Some cleared areas and nice roads in. How’s that for a really great tip? I was so excited about finding them because I like going into the city sometimes but don’t like the city-style private campgrounds where you almost always have to use unless you motel-it. Klemper and I almost completely stopped going to live theater because the hotel costs plus the show was just getting out-of-hand with the prices. Now we have options again 🙂

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Very interesting about the land banks. I guess one can find details by searching “Atlanta land banks” online. Great option… Wish more cities would do that.

          Oh, I’m sorry I mixed up what you meant about the curtain. I didn’t think about the bathroom. The shower curtain goes across the door when you’re in there. Since I don’t use the shower, I don’t need the curtain. Others might use the suggestion though….

  102. Kay from KC! says:

    Sue and Crew – The colors are ‘popping’! They go together well and easy to look at. Good for you for making a change! When someone tells me they are cleaning up, cleaning out, rearranging, de-cluttering, it makes me cringe and I realize that I need to do that to! My daughter is coming home for spring break in a couple of weeks and we’re going through the guest room and cleaning it out. That’s a start! Keep enjoying life!

    Kay from KC!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Okay, Kay from Kansas City… Time to stop cringing and get to work! 🙂

      As a longtime procrastinator, I understand completely what you mean about becoming motivated after seeing what someone else has done. Gee, spring break is coming up and you have your daughter coming home. How nice!

      You keep enjoying life, too!

  103. Diane, Blue Ridge Mts, VA says:

    Hurray! Beautiful colors! Love it. Plastic drawers that fit the space are a wonderful find. Storage for a small living space is challenging, one has to be creative at times.
    I found a net truck tailgate thing at a yardsale, attached each end to the wall up high. Now have a net shelf to hold clothes while camping. $3.00. Can’t travel with it that way because the clothes will bounce off, HA!
    Feels good to have clean fresh living quarters, congrats. Take Care Sue and Crew.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Diane, Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia…

      Yay for plastic storage drawers! You know what was the best part? Even though I measured carefully, I wasn’t sure if the drawers would fit because there’s a slight curve to the wall at the back. Not only did they fit, they fit perfectly right to the millimeter! They’re as snug as if they were screwed to the wall. How fortunate is that? 🙂

      A net! What a cool idea! Like the way kids hold their stuffed animals… very creative solution… Congrats to you, too!

  104. jason in NY says:

    Two thumbs up on the new look!!!!!!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Two thumbs up on seeing Jason in NY here again!!!!!!

      Thanks. I’m glad you like the look. 🙂

  105. Pamela K. says:

    Sue,
    Did you know that you can take one of your pillow shams to Wally-World and have it scanned and printed in color the size of a placemat for your table? Yep, then you can laminate it and it is a great matching placemat! I am doing that for another quilt set for my side table. That set is white with navy blue Flamingos — I know, that beach thing of mine. But I thought you might like doing that for your table too. They come out looking really cute 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      What? I never heard of that! That’s fantastic, Pamela! Gee, how did I miss that? I thought I knew Everything There Is To Know About Wally World.

      Gosh, that opens up all sorts of creative possibilities. I don’t think I’d want it on my table though. If you were here, you’d see why… too close quarters for more of this strong pattern.

      Thanks for telling us about this! I bet I’m not the only one who didn’t know about it. I have a feeling this is something I’m going to utilize, just haven’t thought of it yet.

      I bet your white-with-navy-flamingos set is nice. White always makes a pattern look fresh.

      BTW, where do they do the scanning at Wal-Mart? Can you have photos scanned to make placemats? I’d love to make a placemat of the Bridge and the Spikester together.

      • Pamela K. says:

        Sue,
        I assume all the super center Wallys can do it. I had mine done at the photo center area in the back of the super store. Yes, they will scan photos. I use Staples and Kinko’s, any office store for that sort of thing too. At the later stores, they will even put the scans on a thumb drive so you can resize them later too. I have even used my color laser printer and fed cotton cloth thru it instead of paper for patchwork quilts but that is sometimes tricky… So, yep, just ask at the Wally in your areas at the photo center counter.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Okay… Thanks!

        • Pamela K. says:

          Sue,
          Placemats of Bridge and Spike, WONDERFUL!!!
          I would go to Staples, Office Depot, or Kinko’s for that. They have the larger laminates there and they can scan your photo to size. That would be so cute!!!
          Golly we all miss Spike… He was one special kinda pooch. That would be a fun way to keep him near 🙂

  106. Toni Matthews says:

    Hey Sue, I enjoy your blog on a regular basis, just don’t comment. Today I wanted to thank you for motivating me to get off my butt and freshen up my Lance Truck Camper to have a “happy” look as opposed to dull. Thank you. I have had it for 11 years and I think it’s time! My yellow lab, Gerte, goes everywhere with me (of course she doesn’t know she’s a dog). We’ve been stuck in some nasty legal stuff but this has given me the encouragement to begin a new sunny day. Happy Travels. Toni

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      What a wonderful comment, Toni! You have made my day! Thank you.

      Hoo-boy . . . Is any legal stuff not nasty? I hope you can get through that pronto and enjoy many “sunny” days.

      Lance truck campers are great campers and now yours has a happy look. Best wishes to you and Gert. Do keep in touch . . .

  107. Cheri says:

    Sue, I got to Tim’s house fine and my loss of park gear was from a bolt that had jiggled loose and fallen on the floor. $50. And an hour at my favorite repair shop and all bolts and screws under the dash are tightened down with lock tight. Shifts great now. HUGS to you and the crew. See you on the road again someday. Loved visiting with you and love your new decor. Cheri and Tony

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Great news, Cheri! You’ve popped into my mind several times since you left here, unable to shift into park. Wow! A 50-dollar fix. That’s fantastic. I’m sure that was a relief.

      Okay. I have a confession to make. I saw that bolt on the floor! I was going to say something and we were talking and then you were gone. Later I was kicking myself. So it’s a double-relief for me to hear you found out what was wrong and someone didn’t try to replace your transmission or something. Whew! Thanks for the update.

      We enjoyed visiting with you and Tony, too. Have a good visit with the doctor having your new knee checked. You have some great possibilities in your future!

      Be safe, be well, be happy, Cheri.

  108. Utah Bonnie says:

    I love what you’ve done to the place Sue. Nothing like a spring freshening up to feel good in your space and the crew looks like they approve. I’ve often wondered about the lack of storage space in a Casita but it looks like you’ve solved the problem with the function vs weight concept in mind.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Utah Bonnie,

      Thank you… I’m glad you like it. 🙂

      About Casita storage — two decisions helped with that. I opted not to have a furnace installed under the sink. That’s where I keep pots and pans. I also opted not to have a microwave over the fridge. That’s my pantry. In addition to those spaces, I have the cabinet over the stove and the little cabinets on the ceiling “channel.” Not enough storage for a full-timer! Hence the PTV and these big storage drawers.

      I don’t know how couples manage to full-time in a Casita, but they do!

  109. Pauline in Mississippi says:

    It looks wonderful!!! So cheery and comfy!! You did a great job. I love the colander; it added a colorful touch too. I love bright colors.
    Heading to Jackson MS at 3:30 in the morning (9 AM game). Elly and the Booneville Blue Devils won the Quarter Finals last Saturday…another 3:30 AM trip ..Semi finals tomorrow…and hopefully…the Finals on Saturday. Then the basketball season will be over for another year. Elly has had a terrific season!!
    Give Bridget and Reggie a big hug and of course, sending a BIG HUG to you.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Go, Elly!!! Wow! Where did all this athleticism come from? Gotta’ be from Jerold’s side of the family or from Melissa’s side. 🙂

      You must be bursting with pride watching Elly play. What fun, although I would be so tense during the game, I don’t think I could watch. Give my congratulations to Elly, along with a big hug. Whatever the outcome of the coming matches, she’s earned both!

      A picture just came to mind . . . You as a cheerleader, back in the day… Cheering your heart out along the sidelines of the basketball court. I watched you from the bleachers in amazement. How can she do all those jumps and lead cheers in front of everyone? And you were so happy when our team won!

      Little did we know you would be a cheerleader all your life. You’ve cheered on your family to accomplish much in their lives. Here’s a cheer for you, dear sister! I love you!

      “Give me a P! Give me an A! Give me a U! Give me a . . . . ” 🙂

  110. rvsueandcrew says:

    I hope I haven’t missed a comment… It’s wonderful hearing from y’all!

    We’re off to the laundromat for more fun and excitement! Wheeeee!!

    Sue and the crew

  111. casitagirl says:

    Wow Sue!

    I used to teach a lean method called 5S to people as a part of my job as a hospital quality improvement coach so people could organize their work environments so they so they work more productively for them. It’s a lot like what you just did. Here’s a link to a youtube video that I used to use in my class with surgical residents that they got a kick out of–A sweet lady who takes 5S to a whole new level! 🙂 Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoC83JhkCAw

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I look forward to viewing the video, casitagirl! Tomorrow I start another month of data, so I have to wait. Thanks for the link!

      • casitagirl says:

        It’s so crazy perfect, it’s crazy!! You should see how a room full of Type A high performing surgical residents react when we watch parts of it! They don’t want me to stop showing it.

  112. Looks wonderful and light and fresh. I love reorganizing and making things work better for our space. The crew certainly look like they’re loving it!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jodee Gravel on the road in Santa Fe, NM,

      The crew and I just returned from the laundromat with clean rugs and clean curtains to go with our “light and fresh” bedding! Right now Reggie is loving a nap on “his” pillows and Bridget is having a snack.

  113. Terri From Texas says:

    Commenting late again, but here I am!
    I will say what so many others have already said-great decorating! I love the comments cause there are so many good ideas. Not working today so I get to spend some time reading! RvSue you sound very chipper and I hope you have a great spring ahead. The photos of Reggie and Bridget are precious. They are lucky dogs!! Take care.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I hope you have a great spring, too, Terri from Texas. Thanks for the nice remarks about the decorations and the crew.

  114. wildflower in prescott says:

    Love the new look, Sue. As I downsize I consider the multiple functions of an item before I toss it. I learned that many years ago when I started backpacking. Single-use gadgets are mostly expensive clutter and take up valuable space and weight. After I sell my house I want to buy a new SD Casita, but now that I have seen yours I may have to rethink this, again. ?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, wildflower in prescott,

      It is very easy to accumulate a bunch of one-use, hardly-ever-use items.

      Do consider your Casita model choice very carefully. Here’s what I asked myself: Do I want the dinette because it’s cute? Am I reacting with emotion imagining myself sitting at the dinette? Or will the dinette enhance my experience? Does the space it takes up justify giving up space I could use for other purposes?

      That last question made me realize I didn’t want the dinette. I love eating outside. I don’t cook for other people and, if I did, they would eat outside, too. I haven’t regretted my decision. You may come to a different decision. Just be dang sure you want that dinette before choosing it. Lots of folks end up ripping them out. Others love ’em.

      Ain’t this fun? 🙂

      • Elaine in Colorado says:

        Hmmmm …. dinette or not dinette …. after reading some comments and a post on your blog … I would say no to the dinette and use it as a functional space for items of my choosing. I also love to eat outside or while watching tv. I noticed your internet antennae! That would be a must for me so that I can help my friends via computer. Love the air horn post from the top tabs! A must have! Yes, I’m making a list.

        As for the furnace, well I love a hot shower and will make sure that there are no leaks from it to another area. Then too, I could always get a camping shower that sits on the hood of your car or somewhere else, I like those for camping and boating so why not for travel trailer living.

        My friend drives over the road – he has an RV type tractor, we have stayed in it together for about a week or so, I like it.

  115. Robin Shaw says:

    Love, love, love all of your redecorating! It must feel like a breath of fresh air in the BLT! Love the print on your bedding! We are Wal-Mart/Dollar Tree folks, too! Kudos Sue! Robin in NC

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Robin Shaw! I’ve seen the same products at other stores for much higher prices. That’s what turned me into a Wal-Mart/Dollar Tree person. Why pay more? I don’t need glass and mirrors and “atmosphere” when I shop. I want bargains!

      Enjoy your day…

  116. Jan Johnson says:

    I LOVE your redecorating efforts. Even without seeing all the other bed sets, I know this is the one I would choose – love it! And the drawers must mean so much in such a tiny space. I live in a tiny bedroom without a closet, so I could use those too! That dark aqua color is my favorite – the collander and back pillow are so pretty and I love the idea of securing placemats on top of the storage units. I may employ that idea myself. It can really alter your mood to cheer-ify your surroundings, so hoping you are feeling cheerier than ever!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Such a cheery comment! Thank you, Jan Johnson!

      You know, there are also similar patterns to choose from. I think there’s three different kinds of quilts with shams — They all start with the word “jeweled”… can’t remember the names. I saw a blue and white print that was so beach house summery.. not practical for us though.

      Yes, four big dresser drawers for your room will give you lots of room for your stuff. As for the placemats, I had to do something to tie that side of the room in with the bed side of the room. Glad you like it!

  117. Sandi Stewart says:

    Looks fantastic Sue. Good finds.

  118. Dineen -BOZEMAN, MT says:

    Absolutely beautiful! Lovely cheery colors! I love to see how other people decorate their homes. Those storage shelves look like they were made for the space. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dineen in Bozeman, Montana (one of my favorite towns),

      I was thinking the same thing when these dressers slid into the space in a perfect fit — “They look like they were made for the space.” What a lucky break. Thanks for the thumbs up!

  119. Kris says:

    That looks great! I especially love the colander-as-fruit-basket idea. I may have to borrow it. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Kris! Great to see you here!

      It’s a much better idea than the fruit-basket-as-colander idea… 🙂 Hope your day is all you wish it to be.

  120. Phyllis in Phoenix says:

    I love the colors – very bright and cheerful. Bridget looks as proud as you are of her new bedding. It’s always so fun to redecorate.

    It’s funny, but I always take a colander with all our fruits and veggies for our weekend trips in camper. I sit it on top of a pretty placemat on counter and it doesn’t move even on the road. It looks nice and it’s handy.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Phyllis in Phoenix,

      Hmm… You gave me an idea. Since I only move the colander to wash it or to — duh — use it as a colander, I might put some museum putty on the bottom and leave it where it sits right now. I bet your rig doesn’t hop around as much as the BLT which goes over some pretty rough roads… even so, I think I’ll try it. Thanks!

  121. bess in oregon says:

    hi Sue, i think your design and color sense is fantastic. you will get many happy years of use of the cabinets and the bedding looks very comfy! the doggies can’t help themselves from smiling and dozing.

    Barry and i are starting to plan our first big trip this summer to go to a family reunion at Yellowstone Park on (of all crazy dates) the Fourth of July weekend!!! Barry’s cousin is on the board of Friends of Yellowstone (or something like that) so she wanted to show us all around. i read about your time there in 2012 and i know that i will have the same feeling about seeing Old Faithful. too many people! so i will stay in our camp site or play by the lake. of course we will see the geysers and other stuff.

    i loved hearing about your campsites near the Grand Tetons too. we are thinking of going up to Montana and maybe even go into Canada to see Banff. we will use your suggestions for boondocking on the Madison River.

    Do you still hear from your friend Larry from that area? he sounds like a wonderful man and i loved hearing about your connection and the bears and the beauty. tell him hello from me please.

    i am so happy that you are making your Casita your own and that the sunny colors will add warmth and joy to your daily life. congratulations!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, bess in Oregon,

      You have an exciting summer planned! It’s nice that you have family to show you around Yellowstone. Maybe Old Faithful will show his stuff for you, like he did for me, when I drove by without stopping. Man, what timing! I couldn’t believe it!

      I hope my blog helps you to have a fabulous trip to Montana.

      Yes, Larry is a wonderful, warm-hearted person who’s lived an interesting life with great highs and deep lows. He’s one of those people that I felt was a long-time friend the very first day I met him. And after not seeing him for over year, we sit and talk like we’re family. He has a pretty girlfriend, much younger than he… I guess I provide mature companionship. Ha! Anyway… We email each other at Christmas and maybe two other times during the year. We had intended to camp next to each other the last time I was in Wyoming, but the timing didn’t work out. Instead he drove out to our camp near Lander. You have me thinking about him… I think I’ll send him an email. 🙂

  122. I had a dentist appointment this morning in Kingman, AZ to take care of a nasty problem. The hygienist looked in after I laughed out loud while waiting to get numb. Told her I was reading rvsue and her canine crew. Nothing like taking a virtual Wallyworld shopping tour from a dentist’s chair. Your story really helped me relax and get through the procedure with lots less stress. Especially liked ‘burned rubber’ and your choice of the happy colored bedding. Paisley is a long time favorite fabric. I used a cheerful yellow, pink, green and cream for the backing of a queen size quilt I made with my daughter last year. She bought the collection called Rose Cottage for my 77th birthday and we had fun putting it together. Good times.
    As a rather newbie here I’m going back through your earlier posts to catch the full flavor of your adventures. My best friend Donna recommended that I check in. Did and now following. Best decision in a long time.
    Wishing healing, peace and joy to those who need that and warm hugs too…before AZ gets too hot; ).
    Thanks again for your virtual ride along…Marilyn
    PS please say hello to Desert Ginger…love her name.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hello, Marilyn Moore, and welcome to my blog! I’m very happy you have chosen to be a follower and now a blogorino. 🙂

      What a delightful story of you reading my blog in the dentist chair! I’ve heard several stories from readers of unusual places they’ve read one of my posts. This is the first from a dentist office. I’m glad I helped you relax…. Amazing world we live in, isn’t it!

      Desert Ginger checks in here quite regularly. She’ll probably see your “hello.”

      The colors you mentioned, the ones on the quilt backing, are a lovely combination. I did a bedroom in that color scheme a long time ago.

      I hope you enjoy reading the old posts. And thanks to Donna for sending you here!

  123. Piper n' Rusty / just below Bumble Bee off road 59 says:

    Important, Sue and Crew,,, be cautious down there with Rattlesnakes, a RVer got bit by a snake as he was checking under his RV for a sound that he couldn’t I.D. ,, this happened near Phoenix, AZ,, heard this on the radio and online, USA Today,,,,,,,,,, rusty

  124. Jan NH says:

    Hi Sue and crew…I like others was waiting with bated breath for your reveal so thanks for sharing. I don’t even have my TT yet and am excitedly making plans for changes and adding storage when I see all that you have done. (Haha).
    I will at least be making the appointment to install the tow package on my tow vehicle after my bonus check is deposited on Friday… Woohoo – first step anyhow.
    There us an RV show next weekend… I don’t expect to find what I want there but I love to look.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jan in New Hampshire,

      Blogorinos are organizing and decorating their rigs all over the land! Even those who haven’t purchased a rig yet are thinking storage and decorations! It’s contagious! Get on over to Wally World! Haha!

      I love that you’re excited about the TT you haven’t obtained yet… It’s fun to dream. You bring back memories with your appointment for a tow package. I remember how thrilled I was to have a hitch put on the PTV. Kinda’ funny.

      Have fun at the RV show!

      • Jan NH says:

        I totally understand that ‘thrill’. Every step taken is one step closer!
        Even though I have a few years before I can retire and go full time, my plan is to spend some weekends and vacations in my (not yet purchased) TT exploring NE…you never can know what tomorrow may bring…I also think once I retire I’ll be following warmer weather so figure I should get my fill of NE and the east coast while I’m here?.
        Every blog you write and other’s comments inspire me!

  125. Lacy says:

    Hi Sue (and Crew)! – Just popped over to check on yall and I LOVE the new colors. And the storage, wow. “I just love what you’ve done with the place!”. Ok, I’ve always loved it regardless of what’s in it but this is a nice up-do.

    ENJOY (like you wouldn’t……ha!)

    Lacy

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lacy,

      “up-do”… Never heard that, except for those old-fashioned hairstyles. I’m happy you like my up-do. 🙂

      • Lacy says:

        ……….ok, maybe up-do wasn’t THE right phrase – but ‘re-do’ sounded too dull for those adorable colors. I just love it. If there were a Town and Country Magazine for trailers? You’d be ON THE COVER!!!!

  126. Teri in SoCal says:

    I’m late to the party, but I think everything looks beautiful!

  127. susan vlastelica says:

    Looks terrific! Colorful and bright!

  128. DesertGinger says:

    I love the pleasant, happy expression on Bridget’s face. I swear she is pleased with the new look. And I’m pleased when she is happy.

    I’m still in the hospital. They have me on massive IV drug treatment for excess fluid. I continue to have about 30 lbs of fluid. My heart rate also continues to be fast. If they can get the fluid and heart rate down I can go to rehab. I’m eager to move on with my life. I want to go home. I still need to go to the Pulmonary Hypertension clinic at U of A, and be treated there. But I think I am headed in the right direction.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, DesertGinger,

      That photo of Bridget makes me laugh. It wasn’t until I posted it with the words “Here it is, everybody — our new quilt and shams” that I saw her paw pointing to the bedding, like Vanna White! Hahaha!

      It’s great to read your last line — “. . . I think I am headed in the right direction.” Yes! You are! Not as fast as you’d like — That’s understandable. At least the doctors know what needs to be done to get you up and out of there. Thank you for keeping us up-to-date on your progress, Ginger.

  129. Beverly Northwoods WI & Venice FL says:

    Wonderful choice of all of your new items. Brightening up your space just brings smiles to the day. The dogs are so darn adorable.

  130. Heather says:

    Beautiful home makeover! I love the bright, cheerful colors and especially that pretty, blue colander. I love using the old silver one that belonged to my grandmother many years ago.

    I enjoy reading your blog posts every day during my lunch break and am absolutely fascinated with your life of simplicity and joy. Being surrounded by your sweet, furry friends and your most important possessions sounds like a wonderful way to live.

    I noticed in one of your comments that you were a teacher! I am in my 25th year of teaching (currently first grade) and was wondering what grade or subjects you taught.

    Have a beautiful day!

    ~ Heather

  131. Jan NH says:

    I just have to share. Here it March 9 and the air in NH smells summery…it is warmer outside than inside. Course it will be cold again tomorrow but I do love these surprise days. Definitely have spring fever today with all the windows open!

  132. Piper (Virginia) says:

    Beautiful!! You did a good job!

  133. In my ceaseless quest to be the last comment, I’ve adopted a new strategy; I’ll just comment on old threads! I’m only surprised I didn’t think of this before. Anyone can be FIRST but being last takes work!

    I had to show my wife (also Sue) the photo of Bridgie with a big and then the next one with Reggie shagged out behind her. LOL.

    Sometimes Bridget likes being the focus of attention.

    Nice stuff. You may have to tie those drawers in somehow, though.

    WDR

  134. Cindy Hoyt says:

    Hello Sue,
    Love the new look and the creative way you have configured things. I have a Casita as well and you’ve given me some great ideas. Just a couple of questions if you don’t mind:
    where did you get the folding table, and does it fit into one of the metal posts that come with the Casita?
    It looks like your bed is only the width of the bench seat… is this correct? I have toyed with that idea but it seems very narrow to me.
    I’m wanting to make my Casita space a bit more user-friendly as you have. My biggest problem is the bed (a comfortably-sized bed) taking up so much space, and the lack of a decently-sized table. Is this one of those “you can’t have your cake and eat it too” situations?
    I like your blog and I enjoy spending a little time in your out-of-the-way places by reading it.
    Cindy

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cindy,

      You don’t mention what model of Casita you have which limits my ability to brainstorm ideas for you to make it more “user-friendly.” I assume you’ve looked at the fiberglassrv forum and the casita forum for ideas.

      To answer your questions:

      The folding table and all the main, makeover items (other than incidentals for organizing) came from Wal-Mart. As I say it is a folding table, therefore it isn’t affixed to the floor with a metal post.

      My Casita came with three tables of different size, the biggest one being huge. I’ve never wanted more table space than what I have set up and even that is more tabletop than what would make me content. The key is to consider the outdoors part of your house. I have a large, folding, height-adjustable (for sitting or standing) table I use outside. I also have a small, side table that folds. If you need the large tabletop for a hobby, maybe make the hobby supplies easy to carry from your tow vehicle to the outside table? It’s wonderful to be actively engaged while outside in the fresh air in a beautiful setting. Of course, you have to follow the good weather for that!

      Yes, my bed is the width of the bench seat (or fiberglass “channel” as I call it). It is narrow and probably wouldn’t work for most people.

      I’m glad you like my blog. Thanks for letting me know that. Good luck tweaking your Casita!

  135. denise says:

    Hah! I bought that same quilt with shams for our winter condo in Arizona. I just love the bright colors — makes me smile.

    Maybe it’s the old hippie in me…

    Nice job on cheering up the casita:)

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