Saturday, February 27, 2010

How to make a Van into a RV?

I would rather be Maying.......

Sorry I have not posted much lately. A sweet blog friend of mine Jannie asked me how I was doing. (By the way go see her wonderful art!!!) So I am posting you some of what I wrote her.
Jannie's painting

I have been so involved in projects that I have hundreds of blogs I have not seen on my google reader..but I try to catch up on a couple people once in a while.


I have been so busy. I am going to be in Art Dolls Quarterly, Somerset Studios and Belle Armoire this spring and I have been writing the articles for the features I am in. I have had 3 zines in a month to write for...very cool..but I am an artist not a writer. But when they come out it will be so very exciting.




I am also busy...building a RV into the new Sprinter Diesel Van we bought used in Oklahoma in Dec.
Then we drove it to Sante Fe for Christmas.

I was going to post photo's soon...it is ugly right now... but last weekend I spent a day just buying an old seat..and a day cleaning it...
buying wood, fridge,,fabrics, laminate. like building a house..helping the guys who I hire..welder, handy man sawing wood..talking to my friend the Upholsterer.
Picking out fabrics...

Welding up a bed.....
Tearing off the bad insulation and putting in new....Getting it wired.....

It is like making a house from scratch. I have to plan and hire everything. Or get my sweet friends to help me make it happen. Alexy and I where cutting the wood panels into the night and we will cover with them with fabric next week after I finishing the insulation. Van Specialties in Portland Oregon

Van Specialties in Portland Oregon


Hopefully when it is done it will look more like this sorta.


Outsider Vans Portland Oregon

But mine will be a little more like a sports car...blacks and grays and industrial steel things. We are going to use it for sleeping and haul music gig stuff around. And of course a place for me to stay and sleep in when I take art workshops....cool or do out door painting trips....




Then I am still ....booking the tour to Europe...so much time and work..even though it is enviable to tour around the best parts of Europe I work hard for it. Making posters, PR. booking rooms flights, tickets. It going to be so fun...I am really thankful!



Finally trying get John a few jobs to pay for the Van RV conversion!!! I am also looking for a new booking agent. As well as calling around for gigs in Oregon Washington for May and the Celtic show. If you are in the NW do you know anyone who would put a house concert on or church or folk group for John's Celtic music show?

No art..lots of Graphics.
I still have my Christmas decorations up!

I am truly thankful for all these wonderful things. Just wanted to let those of you who care know why I have been so busy.

Happy Springing.....

7 comments:

Sarah said...

Wow Deirdra you have been busy! I love what you are doing with the van-how exciting! I can imagine the work involved in booking your tour so good luck with the rest of that! And three articles, zines-you must never stop!
Take care :)

Healing Woman said...

I look forward to reading and seeing your beautiful work in the upcoming magazines. You are very busy!

Best
Cheryl

BumbleVee said...

omigosh.... you are sooo busy Deirdra! Can't wait to see how the van turns out...

I made a second Jane dolly.... did a few surgical tucks in her waist and whatnot...just like I noticed on a couple of your ladies...she seemed a bit thick around the middle to me... hahahha....

I think my sister will be getting one for Christmas...she seems to really like the look of the dolls with their little skinny legs.. it'll have to have a purple something on it .. Vikki loves purples and pinks....

Maija said...

OMG- that is so wicked cool!!

Janine said...

Wow, you are busy Deirdra!

Thank you for the comment and the link to my blog, what a nice surprise!

lk moonwood said...

Nice to see how the van is coming along - I can't wait to see the whole concept in place - I'm sort of picturing your studio on wheels!
: ) lulu

Mademoiselle Julie said...

My, you ARE busy like a bee! Love the van conversion - can't wait to see the final version! :-) Cheers, Julie