02 May

Backstage with Ruthie Collins

The 1975 Argosy of country singer Ruthie Collins is part lounge, part green room and part mini venue! Her name is Amelia Earheart!

The 1975 Argosy of country singer Ruthie Collins is part lounge, part green room and part mini venue! Her name is Amelia Earstream!

The trailer also has a state of the art sound system.

The trailer has a state of the art sound system.

The SMEG refrigerator is new made to look old and was a find from the pages of Country Living Magazine.

The SMEG refrigerator is new made to look old and was a find from the pages of Country Living Magazine.

All is good in the trailerhood when Ruthie Collins hits the touring trail in her vintage Argosy. Ruthie's new LP is coming out soon on Curb Records.

All is good in the trailerhood when Ruthie Collins hits the touring trail in her vintage Argosy. Ruthie’s new LP is coming out soon on Curb Records.

Amelia Earhart does double duty as green room and mini venue for private performances.

Amelia Earhart does double duty as green room and mini venue for private performances.

The theatre seats came out of an old Tennessee schoolhouse that had been converted to a community center. The upholstery is all original with vinyl seats and faded velvet backs.

The theatre seats came out of an old Tennessee schoolhouse that had been converted to a community center. The upholstery is all original with vinyl seats and faded velvet backs. The flooring is repurposed pallets.

The vintage settee was a $75 flea market find that she had reupholstered in different ticking fabrics.

The vintage settee was a $75 flea market find that she had reupholstered in different ticking fabrics. Ruthie and her mom made all the curtains and most of the pillows.

After taking the trailer down to the skin and rewiring and repairing leaks the trailer was insulated with spray foam and a 1/4 layer of luan was attached. The white bead board went on over that. The ceiling is a plastic replica of a tin ceiling that is flexible and easy to install. The light fixtures add lots of feminine bling and are from Pottery Barn.

After taking the trailer down to the skin and rewiring and repairing leaks the trailer was insulated with spray foam and a 1/4 layer of luan was attached. The white bead board went on over that. The ceiling is a plastic replica of a tin ceiling that is flexible and easy to install. The light fixtures add lots of feminine bling and are from Pottery Barn.

When Ruthie found her trailer on Craigslist it was in original condition, and not in the good way! A college student had been using it on his parents property and it had the original twin beds and shag carpet!

When Ruthie found her trailer on Craigslist it was in original condition, and not in the good way! A college student had been using it on his parents property and it had the original twin beds and shag carpet! Her idea was to empty it and give it a rustic vintage look and use it to hang out with the band! I think she succeeded!

The church pew was cut at an angle and fitted with comfortable cushions. The band has had up to twenty guests squeezed in for performances.

The church pew was cut at an angle and fitted with comfortable cushions. The band has had up to twenty guests squeezed in for performances.

Ruthie and I in our matching Farmhouse Frocks!

Ruthie and I in our matching Farmhouse Frocks!

 

21 Feb

Save the Dates for the 2016 Country Living Fairs!

I am so excited to share the dates for this year’s Country Living Fairs . Mark your calendars and save your vacation days because it’s going to be a Girl Camper destination! The Country Living Fair is a lifestyle event in which the “pages of Country Living magazine come to life.”  It’s not just a “fair!” The vendors hail from 25 different states and bring with them beautiful, handmade, one of a kind items. The food is not your average “fair” food. Hamburgers made from grass fed beef! Organic food, vegan food and cake rolls fill the food dreams of every fair goer. Guest speakers provide lots of inspiration for those Pinterest, Facebook and social network followers. Rhee Drummond, the Pioneer Woman,  and  Mike Wolfe of American Pickers were at last years shows and this  year’s lineup is sure to please.

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Throughout the day the Country Living Kitchen stage is giving hands on tips from our favorite bloggers and authors on how to do all things “kitchen”. Canning, preserving, soap making …. you won’t want to miss them!

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Go RVing is a Country Living Fair sponsor and is on site to let  you know how easy it is to join the RV lifestyle. You can tour their beautiful RV, enter to win a great prize and discover how you can find your “AWAY YOUR WAY!”

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One of my favorite vendors from the Rhinebeck Country Living Fair last June! 2 Chix and a Barn owners Leslie Brighthaupt and Kim Rodrigues have curated a selection of things you will want to have! Plus, their vintage Airstream is awesome and they don’t mind showing it to you!!

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Our cast iron cooking seminar was a great success! Plus we got to eat the demo!

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Last year sponsor Go RVing added mini seminars on the RV lifestyle. Here I am sharing my tried and true knowledge on how to make pizza at the campground in your cast iron skillet. Irene Rawlings book for the Sisters on the Fly on cast iron cooking was a give away prize.

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The Girl Campers will be on board again displaying their vintage trailers and sharing their tips for finding, buying, renovating and using these vintage treasures. Suz Q Landis, aka be back soon love mom, always has a new project to share with fair goers and will be at this year’s Rhinebeck show with her latest trailer!

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Go RVing’s panel of Girl Campers will be on the Main Stage on Saturday at 2 PM to share all the fun and shenanigans they have on the road with friends. Anita Wallace, a Georgia sister on the fly and curator of camper happiness for the Atlanta and Nashville shows, is pictured here with me and Country Living Magazine’s Crystal Simon. Also on the stage at last years Nashville show were honored guests, Sister on the Fly founders, Becky Clarke and Maurrie Sussman.

 

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My favorite food truck from Ohio’s fair! Dashing Diner! The BEST sliders ever!

Food, finds, demos, speakers, Country Living beauty! Mark your calendars and reserve your hotel, B&B, or campsite now! Do things!

 

 

02 Feb

Girl Camper #17: The Country Living Fair, A Girl Camper Destination

In this weeks episode we talk about Girl Camper destinations and one of those is the annual Country Living Fairs produced by Stella Shows for Country Living Magazine. Jeanne  Stella is our guest today and she tells us why this is not your usual “fair” and why people travel for nearly 40 states to attend them in Nashville, Tn; Rhinebeck, NY; Columbus, Ohio; and Atlanta, Georgia. In our campfire chat I share what I have learned so far about camping passes and Thousand Trails and why you might want to consider this cost effective way to camp more!

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