Thursday, August 20, 2009

Hookin up

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Brisbane's Own Mimsy’s Trailer Trash Tattoo Caravan

Sure, we have vintage caravans here in Australia. Tattooist Mimsy Gleeson's
1959 Qualicraft above is a little cutie. There's even a
Club for vintage caravan owners here. But when it comes to the iconic Airstream, there aren't many about.

These caravans (or trailers) are travelling works of art. Originating in the 1930s in Ohio, USA,
Airstream trailers are easily recognized for their distinctive rounded alumunium bodies. One of my blog friends in the US is an Airstream devotee. An Interior Designer and Artist, Judith Thibaut manages to add class to any interior she tackles - including her Airstream. See more Airstream photos at Judith's flickr site.


If you just want a taste of the Airstream lifestyle, you could holiday at an Airstream Hotel. And not just in the US. If you happen to be heading to South Africa, this fleet of Airstream trailers is positioned on the rooftop of the Grand Daddy Hotel, overlooking Cape Town's Table Mountain and the city below. You can choose from themes such as Love of Lace, Dorothy, and Afro Funk.

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Or, just get a little taste of the pink flamingo lifestyle with these.

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1. The Mod Shop 2. Birdie 1 3. Crafty Guys 4. BA Kid Again 5. Blitz Knitz 6. Lush Punk

And no, not a flamingo, but a little winged poppet for Melange's 'Flight' Challenge and for the Three Muses Challenge. A miniature quilt titled 'She could not see what all the fuss was about' - photo transfer, embroidery, detachable felt bear.


43 comments:

Indy Grrrl said...

These are so adorable! I love the Pink Flamingos.

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

Now they are some caravans I could really spend some time in! Just so sweet!

DELiciousDesignz said...

These are too fricken awesome for words...I luuuuurve the pink one xo
Hope you are feeling better Chrisy

Rose said...

They really are unbelievable! I would love one with pink interior, maybe I could invest in a caravan instead of a house lol.
The flamingo things are adorable too!

Rose

Julianne said...

Lol, flamingos. They are awesome creatures.

Who would ahve thought that Caravan's could look so spiffy, so much for being poky, dull spaces.

Love your mini quilt.

REread said...

love the trendy trailer trash

Sarah Lulu said...

That was exactly like a gorgeous mini holiday for me...thank you!

House of Willow said...

My dream is to own an airstream.

Great blog and photos

Sam said...

Man! I would just love to tour all around Aus in one of these beauties! Those interiors are incredible too!! *sigh* true freedom me thinks!

velvetwoods said...

Who ever said caravans are trailer trash well not these ones.I love them !

Maggi said...

Holy moley, I am SO in love with vintage trailers and want one so bad! (I can't decide on whether to decorate it pink and glitter or Tiffany's blue, black and glitter. lol)

Love your mini quilt!

Hey Harriet said...

I'm going to have to visit Mimsy's Trailer Trash Tattoo Caravan! How awesome is that!?! I don't have any interest in the tattoo side of things but I just want to go and admire that cute caravan! After viewing all this trailer trash and the pink flamingos I'm feeling the need for a John Waters movie marathon! (any excuse ;)

Your little quilt is adorable Chrisy!

KekeLynn said...

Wow... I would love to have an airstream like that pink one in the picture!

studioJudith said...

Chrisy .. .

What a giggle to see my favorite little toy
s l i d i n g across your page.

Having been an Airstream Wannabe for many years before my dream came true .. I encourage all of you to give hold fast and you too can become
Trailer Trash !

Ah yes, there's nothing like
Downward Mobility.

Riding Off into the Sunset -

Judith de Airstream

cabin + cub said...

oh that pink trailer is too cute.... and I didn't know there was such a thing as airstream hotels.. how cool! I will have to look up if there are any on the west coast. ;)

Maya@A Beach Lovers Place said...

I'd love to go cruising with an Airstream!

Little Lovables said...

what a great post! love the pics

LindaGJ said...

Such a delight to see the adorable caravans, the pink vintage one! I almost felt like I too was on vacation! I love all your vintage famingo art too! Aren't those days so grand? I was a baby during this time, but I really think the style was so fabulous. Everything had a unique quality about it, the cars,etc. especially, all looked so different with so much character, unlike today's new cars.
Love it!!!!
Such a entertaining and fun post!
Thanks for sharing!
Linda :)

Renee said...

That was fun Chrisy, I love the blue polka dots.

xoxox

ArtSnark said...

What a fun last days of summery post!

Gabbi said...

Such amazingly lovely kitsch! I've always dreamed of owning an Airstream trailer... just to own because very honestly I'm not much of a camping person. I'd probably keep in my driveway for fun? :)

Eden said...

Zomg this is an awesome article! i'm so inspired I want one of those awesome Airsteams! :D :D
Thankyou so much for including my flamingo necklace!

Vanessa said...

What a cute blog!
Love the pink vintage airstream :D

http://tuttifruttidesign.blogspot.com

w said...

oh i love the blue polka dot interior. i'd love it even more if it were pink polka dot.

wonder if my husband would go for that for our rv...

paperhill said...

wow, some of those are amazing! matthew mcconaghy (have no idea how to spell his name!) lived in one for the longest time you'd always see pictures of him on the beach in his airstream!

apparentlyjessy said...

I love flamingos! I have been eyeing off that necklace from Lush Punk for a while now! Loved looking at the airsteams & the funky interiors!

Jessica Cangiano said...

Those are hands down some of the absolute most fantastic trailers I've ever seen. Seriously fabulous, thank you for showcasing them!

Thank you very much for your comment, honey. Wishing you a stellar Friday!
♥ Jessica

Dreamgirl said...

Wow, this was a fun post!
Those were some crazy cute trailers... I would have stayed in the blue polkadot one! How can you not have an awesome time in one of these?

Have a fab Friday!

Lee W - The Way I See It said...

Chrissy- thanks for stopping by my blog and then ehading over to Julie's. I love your blog and yor latest post is great. I find myself surfing on Ebay now and the, looking for one!!

indybev said...

What a lovely little quilt! My only experience with photo transfers was onto a T-shirt, and it mostly washed away at first laundering! I really must try to discover what I did wrong. Your detail work is extraordinary. I'm so glad you found our challenge. We hope to see you again next week!

SleightGirl said...

Oh wow! Those look like so much fun. I've never been inside one of them before.

Polly Jones said...

Great post. I cherish the thought of someday roaming around in an airstream. Thanks so much for sharing my flamingo tray picture too.

Linda S. Socha said...

Oh... I want an Airstream....I have never seen them in THIS lovely light
Great post
Linda

Ozstuff said...

Welcome to the Muses Challenge! Your mini-quilt is exquisite. Those of us who are "handcraft-impaired" can only dream of creating such beautiful works of art. I hope you can join in more challenges at the Three Muses!
Cheers from Marie aka Ozstuff.

Tumble Fish Studio said...

Can you hear me breathing heavily? I have a "thing", a romance with Airstream trailers, but vintage trailers in general. One of my blog friends has one and she is always showing it off in her pix and I sit gawking, so envious! So, here, a whole post about vintage trailers and on top of that ones that have been decorated so heavenly! And that Lucy movie, one of my all time favs. I tell my blog friend that if I owned such a trailer, I would park it somewhere with some fake turf grass, some pretty paper lanterns strung about amongst the pink flamingos and call it home!

Your Three Muses piece is wonderful! So glad to see you playing about in other worlds! Well done, girl!

lyptis said...

Hey sweetie, lovely post.

Trailer(parks) have always some kinda trashy/romantic thing about them, dont they?!
My man is from NZ, so i always take the piss out of him, that he grew up on one!;)

Love the trailers in the hotel, they are So stylish, i want one!
And u changed ur banner, like the new colours.

Yvonne said...

Your quilt is amazing!

What a fun blog you have too.

Martina2801 said...

This is very impressive!
Stunning work!

Joanna Jenkins said...

What a GREAT blog!!!! This post made me smile the entire time-- including the flamingos :-) And very cool how you got the panorama/moving photo in the middle. I'm so glad I stopped by. I'll be back again soon!
xo

PamperingBeki said...

Those are crazy cool!

Glenda-TwoCoolTexans said...

Oh my Chrisy, you never cease to come up with the most wonderful creations.

jewelrygirl said...

Awesome! There is nothing I would like more than to get an old Airstream.....gut it.......and make it a Bohemian, Goddess retreat! How fun would that be??

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