Monday, September 5, 2016

Hey everyone! Wow, I can't believe my last post was in 2014. Well, we've had a lot going on since then and I haven't been able to keep up. I spent about a year and a half away from my bench helping out with some family stuff, but now I am back! We are currently in Eastern Pennsylvania and have been here since Christmas of last year. I've had some time to reflect and get myself back on track. I've been slowly adding items back in my Etsy shop and Evan has been slowly building inside the bus. It's starting to feel more like a home, he's amazing! I will try to get some more updates on the bus build soon, but for now enjoy this photo I took of the amazing campground we have been staying all summer. It has been PARADISE! It is not only beautiful, but also filled with generous and fun loving people. We are going to miss them dearly when we head back to the west coast for the winter. If you are on Instagram I have been posting pictures. You can find me under artbywinona and winonaphotography. That's all for now, thanks for reading!

Monday, October 27, 2014


Here we are with our second update.  We are moving right along with the bus remodel and have made some real progress.  We decided to just take out the shower and the rest of the wall structures that were previously built and start from scratch.  There will be a completely new design to accommodate our needs.  Three of the five windows have been put in and it's starting to look like home.  There have been some real good rains storms the last few weeks which has actually been a blessing because we have discovered some leaks.  The two fans in the ceiling were poorly installed and has caused some water damage.  So thank you to the Rain Gods!

The timeline for our bus project has been cut down considerably because of Evan's full time job offer. Alas, our funds have also run short.  We would like to have the bus fully running to go by the end of December.  If you like our project and would like to donate to our cause we have set up a Go Fund Me account.  I plan on making artistic gifts for anyone who donates big or small.  You can check it out here:

And of course I have more pictures!  Take a gander and enjoy :-)

Evan removed the old windows and cut out new spots for the new windows.  Here, he is welding in some extra supports where the windows will go.

I got a chance to practice some of my welding.  Maybe I'll get in on some of the welding on the other windows :-)

I cleaned up the windows real nice and got them ready to install.  These came from Evan's 1972 camper he had.  He took it apart a while back because it had so much water damage.  I love that we get to reuse them in the 1972 bus, a match made in heaven.

A nice view of before the windows are installed.  The fan above is what Evan is working on now.  The ceiling panel had a bunch of water damage on the other side.

TA DA!  Aren't they pretty? 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Our new home

Welcome!  This blog is going to be about our new journey to happiness.  I have dreams of being a full time metalsmith and my fiance loves his job as a Rigger.  Evan's job requires lots of traveling and we are miserable being apart for so long.  I would also like to travel more so we came up with a solution. 

 We bought a bus!  A 1972 Crown super coach school bus.  It already has been partially upgraded with toilet, shower, sink, solar panels, freshwater/gray water tanks, and sewage tank.  It looks nice on the inside but it isn't accommodating for our needs.  We got it home on Friday afternoon and had a huge portion of the inside ripped out by Saturday evening.  It had several bunks built in for the two adults and 7 children that lived in it before.  There is a lot of work to do still to meet our satisfaction but I am excited to work on this project with Evan.  He is a very handy man and am thrilled to learn some new skills.  I am going to have a section of the bus just for my mini studio, I am so excited!  

For your viewing pleasure, here are some before pictures of the bus and what we have torn out so far.  I hope you enjoy following us on our journey. Share with others as well, the more the merrier :-)

This space above here is going to be my studio space :-) My bench is going to fit perfectly.

Our friend Tony showed up.  He helped us out some, mostly drank ;-)

We're going to add some windows in from our vintage camper we took apart a while back. 

This is all for now in the demolition process.  Now we just have to plan what we are going to do next.  Probably going to put in the windows and redo the ceiling.