Random Cost of Freedom

1-DSCN0513In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, we have come to know just how much freedom really does cost.  Fleeing the island because of a mandatory evacuation, I was glad to change scenery and break out of the rut we’d been in for over four years.  Now, even though we are still obligated to work and try and save enough to move on down the road, we are finally back in my beloved VW Bus, Peniki.

Work-camping among suburbanites and city-island dwellers has proven to be just what I had expected: constant scrutiny, all eyes upon us, and a bit unnerving at times.  Still, I am happy to be back in our camper van: free to live and see the sun rise and set, see the stars at night…in the quiet moonlight.  Once again, I am happy…no matter what judgement is lain upon us by ignorant ‘inside the box’ thinkers.

In my ‘opinion’, I am much richer than any of these sticks and bricks folks will ever be.  Because I welcome myself back from a long…long nap, I am letting go of all the things that have bound me and my family.  Our Mermaid Mansion will soon be going up for sale.  It is a hard…hard decision, but one we (Nico and I) feel is right.  The 85 Blazer we bought to pull it will likely be up for grabs as well.  There is no need to have a truck, if we no longer have our trailer.

We are currently taking offers.  Please contact us on Instagram or Facebook.  We’ll be happy to discuss.

*Here’s to freedom…no matter the cost!*  *Let go of all that threatens to bound you to the ordinary and mundane*

Evacuating Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey Evacuation

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Hurricane Harvey Evacuation

So it only took a hurricane…and a mandatory evacuation, to get our home on the road!  This being my first hurricane, I didn’t know what to expect…so we packed what we could carry on Peniki or our tiny home on wheels, and we evacuated.  I thought that’s what ‘mandatory evacuation’ meant!  ‘Leave with what you can.’

Never mind that we left a mess behind of bits and parts that were attached to our Mermaid Mansion.  And never mind that the old BAG living in her ‘double wide on stilts’, felt compelled to take a pic of what we left during our evac; sending it ever-so tattletale-ish to the owner of the lot we’d been planted on for waaaaay too long.  And never mind the phone call from said land owner, asking us what was going on?

To which I replied something along the lines of, “Well, we were told to leave…so we did.”  I didn’t realize that we were expected to stick around and tie up those loose ends while #HurricaneHarvey blew our way.  Really, it’s not like me to leave such ends untied, but when it comes down to protecting our family and home (that we stayed put faaaar too long to remodel); I guess I might tend to be a bit…hasty.  I meant no disrespect to anyone; not even the old BAT next door!  I guess humanity only exists on the news.

#RhythmOfTheRoad #HurricaneHarveyEvacuation #TinyHomeOnWheels #LeavingLooseEnds

Evacuating Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey Evacuation

DIY VW Bus Seat Re-Upholstering Part III – Drivers Side

So in Part I and Part II of the DIY reupholstering of my front seats, I’ve been working on the driver’s side first…just to get it out of the way.  Most folks might think that both front seats are the same in VW Buses, but they aren’t.  The drivers side seat has a full back side (back side of back rest), while the passenger’s seat (at least in my 71 Westfalia) only has a partial back panel so it can lock into place with the ‘hoop lock’ attached to the van itself.  I’ll post some pics of this when I get to the passenger side seat re-upholstering.

For now, I am still in the throes of figuring out the various shapes I am having to create from the very worn out, tattered, and barely there pieces of the old driver’s seat.  I am hoping for the best, while bracing myself for the worst.

I’ve lost a bit of momentum, I admit, since it took over a month to receive the faux burlap I ordered from Baja California Sur, Mexico.  I wasn’t very pleased when I received it, because it is quite transparent.  So…with hopes of remedying this problem, I have plans to fuse a very thick layer of Pellon Wonder Under fusible webbing to the underside.  I guess we’ll see how that goes.

For now, here are a few pics of the patterns I have created from newspaper.  I will post more pics in the next part of this series; when I cut and fuse the fabric.  If you have re-upholstered the seats in your VW Van…ever, please feel free to drop me a note or two of advice.  I could use it at this point!

Thanks for stopping by, and uber thanks for commenting!

*Never stop learning new, exciting, and useful things.*  *Amaze yourself every now and then!*

 

DIY Seat Upholstery In VW Bus – Part II

In Part I of my take on cheap seats in my Volkswagen Camper Bus, I showed the remains of the driver’s seat, the bare frame of the seat, and listed the products and items I am using to redo my front cab seats in my 71 Westfalia Camp-Mobile Bus.

Here in Part II, I’ll be showing the process of how I sewed a burlap cover to overlay the springs of the frame; which was not done in the original seat upholstery process.  Originally, the coconut hull cushion was just lain right over the springs; which to me seemed haphazard.  –Especially since the springs had, of late, been piercing through all the ragged layers and ripping my clothes.  I felt it was a very necessary step.

Then I cut-to-fit (cutting quite big, at first…so as-not to undercut; since I have limited supply), the carpet padding and glued two layers (wrong/rough sides together), to give my driver’s seat plenty of firm cushion.  Then…I went even further and stitched the cushion to the under-springs with Hemp Twine (see pics below).

I hope this tutorial will inspire some of you VW Bus enthusiasts to re-upholster your own seats, and let your creativity be your improvisational guide.  Thanks for reading my Blog.  Stay on the look-out for Part III, where I hope to finish this project with success!  :  )

Peace .V.. & Love!

The Process (in pictures) of the 1st Phase of Re-upholstering (Driver’s Seat): PART II 

*Click on Pics to Enlarge*

 

DIY Seat Re-Upholstery in VW Camper Bus

DIY Seat Re-Upholstery in VW Camper Bus:

‘Need new seats in your VW Westfalia Camp-mobile or Bus, but you can’t afford to have them professionally done?  Well…you’re not alone!  I too found myself in this situation where the front seats in my old 71 Volkswagen Camper Bus were not only shredding and falling apart, but the seat springs were ripping our clothes when we sat down to drive.  I knew I couldn’t put off upholstering any longer.

With minimal to no funds for prettying up my old bus, I had to get creative.  Enter this Do-It-Yourself method I conjured up out of desperation and hard-headedness.  Re-purposing some leftover (brand new and unused) carpet padding from re-carpeting our daughter’s tiny room, I found it was a perfect fit (firm cushion and water-resistant on top side) for the job.

So, here’s Part I of the creation of my van’s CHEAP DIY seats.  :  )  I welcome you to follow my blog for Part II of this project.  I am awaiting my fabric so I can finish the job.  Wish me luck!  I’m learning as I go, and welcome any comments or suggestions any of you may have.  Thank you for stopping by!  :  )

.V.. (Peace) & Love!

ITEMS USED for RE-UPHOLSTERING Seats —

  • A yard-and-a-half of Jute Burlap fabric
  • Tan Upholstery or Heavy-duty thread
  • Regular, but Large/Sturdy, Sewing Needle
  • Upholstery Needle
  • New ‘Moisture Resistant’ carpet padding (enough for two layers on seat and back)
  • Spray adhesive
  • Hemp Twine in various thicknesses
  • Choice of Upholstery Fabric ( at least 4 yards) *Does not have to be upholstery fabric, but can be any medium or heavier weight fabric.*
  • Fusible Webbing like Wonder Under (heavy weight, but still flexible)
  • Elmer’s or similar school glue **Optional

THE PROCESS (in pictures) — PART I: The Tearing Down