I put the drip coffee maker and grinder in the vardo with a carefully measured 8 tablespoons of Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee beans in a bowl with 4 cups of water in the machine. Just then Raven showed up, perfect timing.  Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee is the very finest coffee in the world, none better, even the Hawaiians admit it. I ground the beans in 2 batches and loaded the maker, turned it on. Note, this is the first pot of coffee made in the vardo of the finest coffee there is, that’s something. I also made some drinking chocolate in the kitchen by melting some in a pan on low and adding half and half a little at a time. We set up the chairs in the sunny driveway with the high stool as a coffee table. Sipping fine coffee and separate demitasse cups of chocolate, contemplating how to put shutters on the front window.

We’ll need some special hinges so they’ll open out and still close to protect the glass on the highway. It will cover detail paint when open, but oh well.

Raven started painting the cabinet doors with the completed stencils. I set up the saw horse door bench to lay out the burgundy fabric for the outer bench cushion covers. When we bought the fabric, it was to the end of roll at 4 1/2 yards, my calculations put it exactly there with a little extra on the width, but tight. I laid it all out using the blue tailor chalk , we have enough and left overs enough to cover the 8 inch pillow foam.

Lunch time, I cooked up an organic chicken stew, carrots, red potatoes, garlic with garden onions, oregano, thyme, parsley and rosemary, a dash of white wine, flour thickened. Served with raw carrot sticks, rice crackers and cornichon pickles, tasty.

After lunch I broke out the scissors and proceeded to cut the fabric. The bigger shears hurt my thumb, I found a pair of Gary’s hospital shears, much better, cutting on the chalk lines, first the zipper panels and long outer edges, finishing with the top and bottom panels.  This took some doing and most of my day. It’s ready to sew but we’ll need a zipper foot in the sewing machine, less than $5 at Joanne’s Fabric.


Raven finished painting two more cabinet door stencils, applying the paint, then freeing the stencil for each color to let it dry a bit and not stick. As the Daisy stencil needed to be finish cut, she did that, then painted it as well. Low on white paint, she found the marbleizing kit we bought at Salvation Army has a bottle, perfect, another door complete.

cab detail 2

Just three more doors to stencil cut and paint. Sew the cushions next. We did a lot, including a christening with the finest coffee in the world. Raven prepped the benches for sleep mode, finished off the stew and headed for a movie as I write. She has a jam session tomorrow. A productive day.


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