Monday, March 10

meet Gladys...

here she is, just as we found her at ten o'clock Saturday morning in a small town north of us, waiting outside the old school house...


as we rounded the corner and she came into sight i knew we had found 'our trailer'...her outside is in pretty good nick compared to last week's model and her inside has already been gutted out(doesn't that sound harsh when talking about her)...she has a new floor laid and is waiting for a coat of paint, new electrics and some 'fabric' and 'furnishings' to warm her up...

the guy who sold her to us lives in the old school house that is full of reclaimed pieces of architecture and furniture...everything about the place felt right...he even made the 'coffee stop' by the gas station where we had our celebratory 'hot chocolate' on the way home...it seemed perfect that we found 'Our Gladys' living in such a wonderful place.

dear readers, i am shaking at the very thought of it...Gladys arrives at Mossy Shed on wednesday morning...

i worked Sunday to finish up 'mossy's sign' for her arrival...i used an old piece of our fence, a bit of paint and then my friend Beth suggested using some bits of broken terracotta pots...we have the perfect tree just by our driveway, a huge old maple with gnarly roots. just fitting i feel...

so things are going a long at a great pace, this week i am keeping my fingers crossed the electrician makes an appearance...the loft hatch has gone in, so our #4 has moved back into his room.
i have given up the search for an old kitchen table, they are thin on the ground here and when i find one the price is always high or the legs are in the wrong place. in the end i bought an unfinished pine one from Ikea last week, (not quite the same i know) and am busy painting it glossy white (yes Lynn, that would be glossy and shiny). once there are enough coats on it to survive life in the kitchen i plan to add casters to the legs. this way on a sunny warm morning, i can just fling open the french doors (due to be installed Monday) and wheel out my little kitchen treasure and breakfast alfresco without requiring any one's help...

it was a good weekend...cooking shrimp on a little fire late at night, finding Gladys, officially naming mossy shed, trying to get Miss T. Dryer to work and love is in the air...

she still can't quite believe that come wednesday, looking out of the kitchen window she'll see her airstream trailer waiting for 'memories' to be made ~ Tif

19 comments:

Di said...

Wow - I love Gladys! How exciting!! I am sure it's Loobylu's blog that has some retro caravan interiors at the moment! i can't wait to see what you do to tart her up a little!!

debbie said...

*sigh*! Gladys is divine. I can't wait to meet her one day.

Jerusalem said...

Oh Gladys is so lucky to have such a great home! I dream of having her 3rd cousin or long lost seperated at birth sister coming to live with us someday..seems like you are getting all your little duckies in a row!

lucykate crafts... said...

oh my god, she is fabulous, can't wait to see her arrive and see inside!

yes, it was loobylu's blog, it was a link to a holiday place on the isle of white, i think, where you can rent airstream caravans to stay in.

dottie angel said...

i know the very place...they were featured in a magazine a while back and yes the insides of the airstreams have been done up beautifully :) i hope i don't let Gladys down with my 'interior decorating' skills :)

i believe this is the link...

http://www.vintagevacations.co.uk/deatils.htm

just makes me swoon :)

Francesca said...

tif, i'm so pleased that all your dreams are coming true. and thanks for the vintage vacations reminder, i was just racking my brains trying to remember what they were called.

i love that mossy shed is now official. and that your man supports all your whims!

Rubyred said...

Oh yes Gorgeous Gladys,You picked a good one Tif.Can't wait to see what you do to her insides!Love the Mossy shed sign too!

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness! I'm so happy about Gladys (my Mum is called Gladys too) after the last unsuccess. And I love your coffee stop place.

Yay!

E

Jane said...

Oh Tif - This is the very same model as ours - though ours is in considerably worse nick. Airstreams in the Uk are horribly expensive due to being trendy (£17,000 - I kid you not) so we went for what we can afford which is one in need of a LOT of care.
I shall be pestering you for close-ups of all the bits that are missing from ours.
Beautiful sign
J
x

French Knots said...

Vintage Vacations are in Country Living again this month, perhaps they could do a feature on Gladys once she has been transformed.
Green with envy!

janet clare said...

Sick with envy over here in rain sodden suburbia!!

rebecca said...

How lovely - cant wait to see what you do with her!

Gigibird said...

Ok even I am beginning to warm to Gladys:)
Lovely photo of you under the tree sporting a rather lovely brooch:-)

Janell said...

I am so very excited for you. She looks lovely and her name is perfect. I can't wait to see the reincarnation! Wednesday won't come soon enough for you.

A Saucerful Of Secrets said...

Tif! Tif! you've got it! your airstream!How fab is that? I'm so excited for you, can't wait to see what you do with it.2008 is a good year isn't it? Annie x

dottie angel said...

thank you so much for all your lovely words about Gladys, mossy shed and me...it truly is a wonderful thought to know out there in the world are lovely people such as yourselves rooting for me, my airstream and a little dream...it warms my heart everytime i think about it :)

Monica said...

Everything is looking great! Awesome!!

Two Crofters said...

......is it really you Gladys??
oh dear - you clearly made a wrong turn - you were meant to follow the signs to Scotland :)

sooooo pleased for you Tif my dearest x
also green with envy of course!
speak to you soon - owner of an Airstream!!!!!!!
t x
p.s - loving the sign and Vern x

~ Junkyard Jennifer said...

Tif, this is so exciting! I'm so envious! :) I can't wait to see what you do with her.

I'm so excited for you! I dream of an airstream, so I can well imagine how you must feel to finally be getting one. Good luck with all of the interior decorating. How fun!