All lit up!

Hey y'all! I'm so excited to share the progress we've been making on our Craft Cruiser this week! My parents came down and helped us out with some projects on the trailer.

After removing all the interior paneling and cabinets, we had found a small leak in the seams of the roof. This week we ended up replacing the old roof vent with a skylight and went ahead and caulked the seams with a special roof sealant. In order to install the skylight, we added some new wood blocking as well. 

If you read our first trailer post, you'll remember that we towed our Shasta home with no brake lights! (Whoops!) We went ahead and ran all new wiring for the exterior lights, as well as replaced all the marker lights with new retro tear-drop style ones! 

In order to install the new lights securely, we went ahead and added additional blocking for structural support and a secure mounting block.

I had to order new taillights from a specialty vintage trailer supply, so we will install those as soon as they come in! Next on the list is completely sealing the roof with a paint-on roof finish and removing the windows so that we can replace the blocking around them and polish them up!

Stay with us each week for updates on our progress and don't forget to sign up for our Kickstart the Craft Cruiser Party, where you can join in on the crafty fun and help support our restoration!

So hot y'all.

It's SO HOT y'all.

Not much progress on the craft cruiser this week - it's just too hot to get out there and do anything without getting dehydrated after 10 minutes!

Since it's too hot to be outside for very long, I've been working on pulling together some inspiration for the finished product! Check out these Shasta Compacts that others have restored! 

I've been deciding on finishes for the interior and researching costs and weight (the lighter the material the better when towing!). Here's what I'm thinking for the interior!

I can't decide which floor I like best - the warm red tones with touches of teal (on the left), or the the more subtle gray/brown tones of the one on the right! Which one do you like?

I can't decide which floor I like best - the warm red tones with touches of teal (on the left), or the the more subtle gray/brown tones of the one on the right! Which one do you like?

I'll keep researching and posting more inspiration on my Pinterest Craft Cruiser board. You can follow me there and let me know your thoughts on my choices as I pin! 

It ain't easy being demo'd

What a week! It's only been 10 days since we brought home our little trailer and we've already made a good chunk of progress (on the demolition side anyway)!

Here are some before shots of the interior:

Check out that amazing green floor (har har)! 

We have ripped out all the cabinets, the benches, the light fixtures, and the walls! I kind of felt bad about ripping out the walls until they all just started splintering in my hands. If you ever need to take aggression out on something - do some (safe) demo! Ripping out things with your (gloved) hands can definitely give you a good workout! (Don't forget your mask and eye protection either - you never know what kind of dirt or debri awaits.)

Here are the current "after" photos where you can see the bare aluminum skin and current wall structure.

That's it. The whole thing is made with aluminum, 1x2, some staples and some screws. Kind of amazing how well it's held up after almost 50 years!

This week we need to test and re-run the electrical to make sure that the exterior light system works (we kind of towed it home without brake lights - eek! I don't recommend that.) and to place electrical sockets where they can be better utilized for our little workshop.

Also, thanks to the awesome thunderstorms we've been having, we found a small leak in the roof at the seams this week. With all the paneling and insulation gone, there's no where for the water to go but directly on the floor. With the closet gone, we've weakened the roof structure, so the water goes straight to the middle. We bought some silicone caulking this weekend and plan on applying that to make sure she's water-tight. We've also built a temporary roof support until we get in there and install new and additional "studs".

I can't wait to get to the fun part of decking her out, but I know that a solid foundation is key for having a well planned and fully functioning little space. I am, however, already picking out the interior finishes and found this beauty on sale at Hobby Lobby (I even got an extra discount because some of the drawer stops need to be repaired!).

This will be my inspiration piece once the "fun" stuff can begin!

Until then, stay tuned with our journey of repair and remodel! 

Meet Our Newest Family Member!

The day I have been dreaming of FINALLY came on Saturday! After answering an ad on Craigslist, the hubs and I drove up to Eden, NC and picked up this gorgeous girl!!

Meet Vera! This 1968 Shasta Compact Camper is the newest member of the Crowned Sparrow Co. family! Over the next few months she'll be gutted, painted, renovated, and polished to become our very own mobile workshop and store! 

I'll be posting updates each week on the progress we will be making as well as ways that you can get involved! Stay with us on our journey!

A look at modern wall weavings!

In preparation for the next craftXcraft event, I decided to pull together some awesome weavings that I’ve seen for you to use as inspiration! Some are beautiful in their simplicity and some are just knock-out insane!


1.     Molly Makes has a great article that teaches you all the terminology you’ll need to get started! The image is pulled from @combedthunder – follow her amazing creations on Instagram!

2.     All Put Together has this really fun version of a wall weaving – I love the colors and how she left the ends of some of the yarn sticking out the sides! 

3.     This tutorial is mostly for kids, but I love the big chunky yarns that SmallforBig uses – as well as the super sweet pom poms that she adds on the ends! 

4.     These weavings by Mary Anne Moodie are fantastic! I particularly love her trio of cream wall hangings. The simple color palette paired with the chunky fiber makes for an amazing combination!

5.     This branch weaving on Instructables is a completely different take from the rectangular versions that you usually see! Love it! 

6.     This little weaving on Holy Crap! Yarn and Stuff! is adorable! Using the lavender for the warp is a genius idea – proving that you can use many materials to be creative! 

7.     craftXcraft sample! Don’t forget to sign up for craftXcraft and learn the basics of this re-emerging art!

My big week recap!

This was SUCH a big week for me!

In case you missed it, Charlotte got covered with a layer of ice on Monday night. The second craftXcraft was scheduled for Tuesday! You can imagine my stress when I woke up Tuesday morning, not sure what the weather was actually going to be like.

Though we did have a layer of frost, it looked as though the weather would clear JUST ENOUGH to carry on with the crafting! 

Despite the frigid (ok, in the South, anything under 40 degrees is frigid!) temperatures, a few brave souls ventured out and got their craft on! I'm so glad they made it out - we had such a fun evening and I was extremely impressed with the creativity these ladies brought to the table! It's amazing how you can give the same basic materials to multiple people and every single piece comes out differently! 

On Thursday, I was pumped to attend the second #weloveCLT event at 809! #weloveCLT is the brain-child of Garrett Tichy, one of the most genuinely kind people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting! His excitement over building a community of people in Charlotte that come from all different backgrounds but come together to support each other and share ideas is infectious! The speaker was Amy Herman, of VTGCLT fame. Her talk was short, but poignant. I took away some awesome inspirational thoughts that I believe apply to so many people!: 

If the worst thing that happens is you lose money, so what? Just do it.

You won't believe what just asking does.

Sometimes you have to create your own dream job, and maybe that's not doing just one thing with your life.

It was definitely the best way to get rejuvenated and affirm that I am on the right path for me. 

Prior to the event, I had been in contact with Garrett and was able to come up with this amazing cutout of the #weloveCLT logo. It was set up at the entrance for everyone to add their twitter handles. It represents such a an amazing community of people with spirit, heart, and a love for Charlotte. To paraphrase Amy from the talk: Charlotte is an exciting place because it's small enough to make a difference, but big enough to make an impact. 

I am incredibly excited to see what will happen over the next year. If there's one major thing that I'm walking away knowing this week, it's to just say yes to opportunities that present themselves. You will never know how helping someone with something that seems small to you can impact them and add such value to your own life! What will you say yes to this week?