Author Archives: melanie

About melanie

living a small and dreaming big in an airstream trailer.

10 of the Best Books about Traveling

Best Books about Traveling

It’s that time of year where I want to hop on a bus, train or plane and travel somewhere. “Anywhere! Anywhere!” And one of the best parts of traveling? Yes, the opportunity to see places you’ve never seen, but there’s also so much down-time. That beautiful, glorious down-time that makes for great reading time.

Today I’m sharing 10 of the best books about traveling. Read them while traveling or read them at home! I hope they stoke your fires of wanderlust. Continue reading

My Birthday Trip to Seattle

The Space Needle in Seattle

This picture is unedited! The sky was really that blue!

My birthday this year was a big one. I turned 30. Eeek! I’ve been a little anxious about getting older, but George, my husband, softened the blow with a trip to Seattle. I didn’t know where we were going until a week before the trip, so I didn’t have much time to plan. And that was A-OK. In my everyday life, I plan like a squirrel on steroids, but I don’t like to plan every detail of trips. It takes the adventure out of it. Continue reading

Link Love: 72

Photobooth photo

It’s been nothing but go, go, go lately. Even when the pace is energizing (because sometimes it is!) it’s important to take time for yourself. Enjoy your me-time with a side of Link Love.  Continue reading

Ask Melanie: Advice for Buying a Vintage Airstream

The last video I posted was our home tour back in August. Yikes. It’s been a while. If I’m being honest, I feel a lot more comfortable writing than I do speaking– especially in a video that will live forever online– but I’m trying to expand my horizons and maybe even expand my readership through a different medium.

Today I’m answering a question from a lovely reader via video. She wanted advice on how to buy a vintage Airstream. So I’m bestowing my infinite wisdom upon you all. Ha!

Please watch the video above, let me know if you like the video format and let me know if you’d like to see more videos in the future.

Thanks ya’ll.
love, love, love,

Custom Van Update

Custom Van Update

I just wanted to pop in to show you the progress we’ve made on our van. We hope to have the inside complete by Memorial Day. The outside is another, more expensive story! Continue reading

How to Create the Perfect Whitewash

How to create the perfect whitewash |

We’re getting really close to having the inside of the van complete! Yesterday we put the doors on the kitchen cabinets and since we didn’t have enough old barnwood to create the doors, we used leftover boards from creating the walls of the van. George was insistent on a bright interior, but I didn’t want something that would show every speck of dirt either. That’s why we decided on a whitewash for the walls and cabinets. Today I’m sharing our nontraditional method for creating the perfect, antique whitewash. Continue reading

Link Love: 71

An Airstream Lit by Candlelight It’s been a little while since the last Link Love. I’ve been distracted by other things. Taxes, work, trying to figure out my life, you know, those fun adult problems. But sometimes it’s good to take a bit of a break. Speaking of breaks, put your feet up, grab another cup of coffee and enjoy Link Love! Continue reading