Fun weekend at the third annual vintage trailer show in Morro Bay! Awesome trailers, great entertainment, good food, and then things got scary!
Come on in! HapPy gO gO is ready to hit the road!
Our maiden voyage was a success! As my friend Tamara said, we went with "trailer royalty" for a couple of days to Morro Strand State Beach in Morro Bay.
In October of 2013 we bought a 1959 Oasis vintage trailer. My husband, Jeri, and his friend worked for over a year to restore her and boy is she pretty now! This is HapPy gO gO 2 years ago...
I painted the drawers red and the kitchen tiffany blue. Then I lined the drawers with cherry paper!
Let the adventures begin, glamping we will go! If you would like to see our trailer we will be at the 3rd annual Stranded In Morro Bay Vintage Trailer Show. The trailers are open to the public on Saturday, October 31, from 10:00-12.
Hope to see you there!
Barb & Betsey
This was our 26th year in the Cayucos 4th Of July Parade and boy did we whip up some fun!
HapPy gO cupcakes! I think these are some of the best looking cupcakes I've ever seen....
and even a cherry on top!
It's always great fun to see my customers along the parade route! Love the HapPy go 4th Of July shirts!
Milo was in charge of the shop and even Betsey got in on the action!
We took home the Fantasy award this year! I want to thank Cayucos and all of the AWESOME people and organizations who host the best 4th Of July celebration in the county! So many people work all year to raise the money for the fireworks and put on the parade. THANK YOU!
In loving memory of Wendy Ryan~Cheers!
Barb & Betsey
Looking for a fun way to celebrate Father's Day? Head over to Centrally Grown in Cambria. It's got something for everyone....delicious food, beautiful gardens, and my favorite thing is throughout the property there are little sitting areas where you can play games or just enjoy the view.
Their mission statement at Centrally Grown is "To create transformative experiences for individuals and communities, inspired by nature, rooted in history, cultivated by curiosity and advanced by simplicity."
When you arrive grab one of the many delicious salads, soups, or sandwiches from the deli.
At Centrally Grown they are "inspired by nature and strive to cultivate curiosity in all that they do. Every part of Centrally Grown is influenced by our community, from local farmers to local artisans."
There are lots of beverages to choose from....
a bucket of beer, wine, tea, or a cup of coffee to name a few!
After you have your food and drinks head outside to find the perfect place to eat.
There aren't many places you can go and just hang out! I love how everyone is so relaxed just enjoying the company they are with.
From their website, "Centrally Grown is currently just a seedling. Our amazing team is watering, feeding and giving love to the seedling each day. We invite you to come be a part of the growth as we sprout and turn into a mature community tree, creating better standards of being."
Eldra Avery~ INSPIRATION~The excitement of the mind or emotions to a high level of feeling or activity. The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative. This is how you feel in Eldra's presence. Her zest for life is contagious! She is an inspiration to so many people in so many different ways. To her students she teaches them "to write from your heart, it will give you wings." To me she inspires me to create and keep learning. When I met Eldra she did not know how to quilt. So.....she took a class, watched you tube videos and away she went. During the next year she made and quilted more quilts then most quilters make in a lifetime!
Recently, I stopped by to show her the finished results of what happened when she and I created a quilt together!
I always ask her, what have you created lately? She said, "Oh here are a few pairs of socks I've knitted!" (She also knitted the blanket they are laying on! Again, Eldra didn't know how to knit when I met her. She decided she wanted to learn...SO SHE DID!)
"Here are the last two quilts I've made....
She then shared the story about this quilt with me.
What a great lesson! I asked her if she would like to share it with all of you. She said, "yes" and jotted down her story. I hope you are inspired by Eldra's story....
I always tell my students, “You must take risks, loosen up, and be willing to fail. If not, you will never really know what you’re capable of writing.” I say this with perfect confidence because I’ve been writing essays for a long time and I’m perfectly willing to push myself and often I’m perplexed when they let their fear of failure inhibit them.
But recently, I had a failure in a different arena that re-taught me my own lesson and I’m so happy for my failure because not only did it allow me to empathize more with my students’ fears, it allowed me to pick myself up and start again. The very message I send out daily in class.
I’ve discovered a Swedish designer, Gudren Sjӧden. Her work is colorful, bohemian, ethnic, and so beautiful. I decided that I wanted to try to make a dress that would reflect her style. Off I went to my fabrics. I chose from what I had and soon I had created a Big Fat Flop of a dress!
At first, I didn’t want to admit that I didn’t like my results. Instead, I hung the dress in my sewing room telling myself that in a couple of days I’d reconsider. Well, when I found myself stealthily hanging the dress in my sewing room closet, I knew that I was messed up because who was I hiding that dress from? I made it!
Two days later, I opened the closet and with a seam ripper in hand, ripped out the seams and prepared to take a failure and use it as a step toward success. I decided to make a quilt. I mean I loved the colors and the fabric; I just didn’t want to wear it as a dress.
Immediately, I heard myself pleading with my students to loosen up, take risks, and possibly fail and felt a little embarrassed when I realized that hanging that dress out of sight was for me the same denial that my students feel about taking risks in their own writing. Best of all is the fact that as a teacher I must constantly practice what I teach and that necessitates relearning my lessons in areas beyond writing. I’m using the dress/quilt as a lesson and hoping that my failure will help my students face their own flops.
Thank you for sharing with us Eldra! You are amazing. I'm so blessed to have you in my life! Blessed to have these two other beautiful ladies, Tamara (Eldra's daughter) and Dianne in my life also. I love passionate people! Who inspires you? What are you passionate about? Is there something new you would like to learn how to do?
Wishing you many new inspiration,
Barb & Betsey
Can you say cuteness overload? What a treat to see so many adorable vintage trailers. The work and love that goes into restoring these gems is amazing. Hop in this adorable autoette and I'll show you just a few of my favorite trailers!
The trailers usually have a theme. This one was decorated with leopard and aqua.
Annie Oakley was the theme of this trailer. Her signature stars were everywhere! Even the owner was dressed to match his trailer!
Surprise! Surprise! What fun to see one of my customers at the show with her sweet, little trailer! I spy one of our a HapPy gO glamping towels!
One of my favorite people, Jamie, from Tinker Tin Trailer Co. Isn't she just the cutest?
Often the trailers are towed by vehicles that are just as classic as the trailers.
What a fun. friendly group of people!
Even the dogs get all decked out for the rally!
One of my fellow Sisters On The Fly's trailers, "Still Cherry!"
HapPy gO go.....my little 1959 Oasis will be ready to hit the road in a couple of weeks! My husband and friend have been working very hard on restoring her this past year. Adventure on......Barb & Betsey
Here we go...hop in and join me for "The Junking Trail Part 2"! We started at The Cottage in Paso Robles and then headed all the way down to Buellton. The Cottage is a must when looking for that perfect treasure. Rachel Ashwell recently stopped there and found a few treasures herself!
Next stop Pink Trash & Treasures! Look at that darling trailer! Also check out the out house behind the shop! To cute!
From Buellton we headed to Solvang. First stop Serendipity, where I met the adorable shop owner!
When in Solvang aebleskivers are a must!
Stopped by A Piece Of the Past before we headed home. Met the fun shop owner and saw some of my favorite customers there! They were buying chalk paint to redo a table, getting ready to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary!
Then this past weekend was The Three Speckled Hens Show! All I can say is WOW!
The theme of the show was Something Old, Something New. There were beautiful vintage wedding gowns throughout the event. The one on the left is from Ruby Rose in San Luis Obispo, if you are looking for a dress!
Found lots of cute treasures at The Junk Girls, Wildflower 57, Polly Jane's, and Lisa and Lynn's booths! The cherry jacket is made by Jill Dufau Vintage Textile Arts!
HapPy gO Junking! Wishing you much success on your junking adventures, Barb & Betsey
Let's go for a ride along the Junking Trail! Hop in....pick up the Central Coast Vintage Market Map at any of the participating shops. Then make sure to have them stamp it as you visit each shop! You could win a 2 night hotel stay, dinner, and some cash!
First stop, the shops at the Garden Shed in Cambria! One of my favorites, The Junkgirls, where of course I had to have a customized bracelet made. Then, the Garden Shed where Lucky wins the prize for most excited person to receive their maps! Make sure to visit Grow while you are there and check out all of the amazing succulents.
Such a fun day visiting all of these wonderful, locally owned shops! Stay tuned for next weeks travels to south county! Hope you can join us for the Junking Trail trek on April 18, from 9:00-4:00. For more details about this special day check out their website at www.thejunkingtrail.com. Junk on my friends....Barb & Betsey
To kick off the festivities for the Cayucos Sea Glass Festival this coming weekend, merchants around town have created beautiful mermaids to display outside of their shops. We were fortunate enough to have Coast Union High School Senior, Ben Sanford, create our lovely mermaid. He made her in his 3D design art class. She is made of paper machey and plaster.
The mermaids will be displayed for the entire month of March. Stop by HapPy gO SmiLe and pick up a map! There are 36 mermaids in town!
Here are a few mermaids I spotted around town. This beauty and her seahorse were at The Sea Shanty.
This lovely, mosaic maiden was swimming by the Aloha Spa.
Our mixed media paint & collage class for the month of March will be to paint your inner mermaid! Space is limited so reserve your spot today!
Local artist, Debbie Graft, will have a large selection of her jewelry for sale this weekend. Stop by the shop and meet her!
Hope you can join us for all the festivities this weekend! Looking forward to seeing all of you. A huge thank you to all the ladies who make this event such a big success.
Barb & Betsey
Took our HapPy gO SmiLe show on the road for the weekend! Sisters On The Fly is an amazing group of women who love to have fun!
We rented the cutest little trailer from Tinkertin Trailer Co.
I was invited to teach our mixed media paint & collage class at the Lopez Lake.
“Sisters on the Fly”,SOTF, is the largest outdoor women’s group in the United States. Its membership-based community supports women in their journey to get up, get out and become more adventurous!" The group was started in 1999, by 2 sisters and now has over 5000 members! Members come from all walks of life; mothers, sisters, wives, teachers, lawyers, etc.
Now let's talk about the vintage trailers the Sister's restore. I'm talking cuteness overload! These creative, talented ladies paint, sew, and decorate their trailers without missing a single detail. They also tow and park their own trailers!
There motto is "We have more fun than anyone"! It's true, I had a great time! These are my kind of peeps. So, I made it official I'm a member now. Sister #5499! I'll be turning 50 next week and thought what a perfect way to start it off! Until our next adventure, Barb & Betsey
May the adventures of Barb & Betsey inspire you to love and live your life! We will share with you the places we enjoy, the people we meet, and the fun things we do! Here's to more adventures!