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Powder Coat Me!

Before starting this project, I never imagined all of the great craftsmen I would meet in our town… from welders, metal workers, glass cutters, automotive paint guys, to powder coating professionals.

It’s been amazing seeing how our community has it all! We’ve been able to source all of our needs locally, and affordably. 

My favorite transformation (because it’s been the most instant!) has been powder coating. I know once we get the paint on the Shasta, and the glass in the windows, and the new panels of aluminum up and the lock reassembled, those will all quickly become my favorite, too.  But today- it’s the powder coat!

Unfortunately, I’m a goofball with a really awesome camera who forgot to take before/after pics of the process. When you’re in the midst of a crazy-town project, sometimes these details slip your mind. But I did snap a few photos with my iphone.  before stairs kinda Below the floor, next to the wheel, you can somewhat see the state of the stairs before. They had about 15 coats of miscellaneous paint, rust, and pitting. Our friends at Custom Powder Coating Services were unsure of how deep the pitting/damage was so they made no guarantees, but I had camper good juju faith.   powdercoatstairsAnd it worked!! They look brand spanking new! I showed them off on Tin Can Tourists FB page, and a few thought they were actually new! Next came the wheels.  Which were also scary… which you can also kinda see in that first photo.   but now.. they look sharp! powdercoatwheelsWe left the spare in it’s original state for budgeting reasons (and because we hadn’t planned on it being seen. We may now mount it under the tongue, and may need to have it coated.. but we’ll see!  powdercoathubcaps   And with our snazzy (and lacquered in clear coat) cone hub caps from Vintage Trailer Supply. (Swoooon) Enough trailer talk for today! Feel free to comment with questions/comments/you’re crazy! Would love to hear from ya.      

{ Funday Monday} – Farmland Adventures

Arkansas is truly beautiful.

The fall here is spectacular, and many local places know exactly how to capture and showcase the beauty of this little piece in our state.

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Farmland Adventures in Springdale is at the end of a windy, country road just outside Springdale. As one of the fellow riders on the hayride said as we rode into the pasture to feed the cows, “you feel like your hours outside of the city, but in reality the grocery store is just around the corner.” Truer words I haven’t heard! We live in a pretty cool place where just a short drive leads you on the most magical adventures.

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Connor loved the animals even more this year, and spent 99% of his time pining over, riding on, and patting the sweet ponies. His favorite pony was “Best Pony”, who he rode no less than 10 times. (not exaggerating here folks.. kid loved the ponies)

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He also enjoyed the tractor ride to feed the cows tortillas in the pasture. I remember last year, a flock of chickens trailed after us into the pasture, but this year the silly cows did the trick. They loved brushing up right next to the wagon, and sticking out their long tongues toward our hands. What fun Connor had with them. He kept saying “mooooooooooo” (especially when cows would moo in return, that really got him going..!)

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We were going to explore the corn maze, but after the 10th pony ride, C was shivering, and my fingers were numb so we headed to the van. Not before grabbing a super reasonably priced snack. 

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With admission for 2-and-under kids free, and prices for adults being pretty reasonable (think price of a movie for hours of entertainment), we may have to go a couple more times before their season is finished. 

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Happy fall, y’all!

{ Funday Monday } Frontier City

Since I took last week off from technology, I didn’t get to share with you the adventure we got to go on with my family!

My sister-in-law works for Bob Moore in OKC, and every year they rent out Frontier City for their employee appreciation/picnic day.

They kindly invited us earlier in the year, and we had a conflict, but through magical schedule changes, we DID get to go and had a blast. My sister-in-law also took me to Basket Market in OKC… and GOODNESS! I was in hobby heaven. If you’re ever in the city, please check it out. Cutest overstock, floor models, discontinued items from Hobby Lobby and Garden Ridge at a deep discount.

So… here’s a little photo tour of the weekend!

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We rode teacups, choo choos, roller coasters, and Connor’s favorite- the carousel. (we did that twice- once with nana, and once with mama).

Also, Connor played the duckie pond game and somehow pulled the only XL duck out of hundreds of little ducks, and won the biggest froggie prize they had.

 

Dude has skills.

 

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Happy Monday, friends!!

 

I'm Kalyn

love music. love the outdoors. love life.

Following life around with a camera is my passion; along with mama-ing, beauty-ing, DIY-ing, cooking, and exploring.