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December 27, 2011

Customize Your Tent

Filed under: Site News — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

Part of the reason that a trailer appeals to me is because I could decorate it. Just look at this adorable trailer. It makes me want one of my own:

Cute Camping Trailer

As cute as that trailer is, I just can’t justify owning one. I’ve talked about this before:

Sharpie Fine-Tip Permanent Markers at Amazon.comSo, I have decided to customize my tent in order to make it my own as much as the owner of that trailer did. Originally, I wanted to stencil on a map of the U.S. so I could color in each state as we camped in them, but that idea became too difficult. Instead, we decided to draw an image for each place we’ve camped.

To do this, we used Sharpie markers. We tested the Sharpie Fabric Markers, but their colors were so bright and they just didn’t look as good as the regular Sharpie markers. We hope to have a tent covered in little reminders of all the places we’ve camped. As of now, it only has the Lake Mead picture because that’s the only place we’ve put up the tent since we bought it last November, since our backyard doesn’t count. Here is how it looked with the regular Sharpies.

Regular Sharpie Markers

Luckily, we tested it with the Sharpie Fabric Markers on one of the bags. It didn’t look as good because we didn’t have as large of a color selection and the colors are a tad on the flourescent side.

Fabric Sharpie Markers

You should test the markers on an unobtrusive part of your tent, letting them dry and then checking for waterproofing. The Sharpies didn’t affect our waterproofing on our canvas Springbar tent, but I have no idea how they would work on a nylon tent like our old Hobitat.

The next time I see an adorable trailer that has been personalized, I won’t feel as left out. I can look at my own tent and relive all the great memories we had camping in it.

Trailer photo via: camper « ¡Ay Mujer!

August 14, 2011

Las Vegas! Fly TWA

Filed under: Site News — Laura Moncur @ 1:24 pm

I love this old advertisement for TWA:

Fly Las Vegas TWA

It reads:

Las Vegas

Fly TWA

I love how it showcases the two faces of Las Vegas:

  • The unrelenting sun and heat that makes you want to spend the entire day in a swimsuit.

  • The nightlife and gambling that makes you want to dress up in a sparkly dress.

Just seeing this old advertisement makes me want to hop into the car and spend a few days down in Vegas, despite the 104 degree weather!

Advert via: vintage_ads: CONTEST ENTRY: Las Vegas! Fly TWA

January 23, 2010

Twitter Updates for 2010-01-23

Filed under: Site News — Laura Moncur @ 4:00 pm
  • Dear Expedia and Travelocity: Your websites have become completely unusable. I might just have to hire a travel agent. What is this?! 1992?! #

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January 5, 2010

PostSecret: Privacy Please

Filed under: Site News — Laura Moncur @ 1:26 pm

This postcard from PostSecret made my blood boil with anger.

PostSecret: Privacy Please

PostSecret: Privacy Please

It reads:

I take these signs off of the doors in all the hotels I stay in.

I find the thought of awkward encounters for cleaning ladies truley amusing!

I wanted to slap that dork back into the seventh grade where he/she belongs.

Hey, give me some freakin’ PRIVACY PLEASE! I put those signs on my door because I don’t want the hotel staff in my room while I’m not there. I don’t lock up my laptop, camera or journal because I trust that they won’t come into the room.

When morons like you steal my sign, the hotel staff come into my room when I don’t want them there!!!

While I’ve never had trouble with hotel staff stealing my stuff, I don’t want to worry about the fact that I didn’t pick up my underwear off the floor or that I DIDN’T TIP THEM!!!

Keep your sophomoric paws off my Privacy Please sign!


PostSecret‘s beneficiary is the National Hopeline Network. It is a 24-hour hotline (1 (800) SUICIDE) for anyone who is thinking about suicide or knows someone who is considering it.

December 7, 2009

Twitter Updates for 2009-12-07

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December 1, 2009

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November 10, 2009

Twitter Updates for 2009-11-10

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September 30, 2009

Twitter Updates for 2009-09-30

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September 5, 2009

Twitter Updates for 2009-09-05

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September 1, 2009

Twitter Updates for 2009-09-01

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  • RT @SqlAsylum: For those Photographers out there the Canyons are starting to change ever so slighty. http://tinyurl.com/no643v #
  • RT @ClintGN: Happy to see Disney acquire Marvel. I’m really looking forward to see Spiderman scale the Matterhorn at Disneyland. #

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