Monday, March 18, 2013

Bella's Maiden Voyage With The SOTF

Where do I begin....Bella made her maiden voyage with the Sisters On The Fly (SOTF) in February along with my sister sister-in-law Donna Pritchett Smith.  See, if you join SOTF, you call each other sister so-n-so.  So my sister sister-in-law Donna is really my sister sister-in-law x 2 Donna.  Donna married my brother and I married Donna's brother. Ha  Anyway, we both joined SOTF and so far have been on our first trip to Pigeon Forge, TN to an event called Saddle Up.  If you would like to hear the shenanigans of our trip, you should check out the blog that sister sister-in-law x 2 has created at  It's a hoot!!! 

Our flamingos were having a party.  They loved the rain we had every night.

Since I created this blog to talk about Bella and show you some of her photos, I will gladly let Donna tell the other stories.  She is the writer...not me.  Below and above are some pictures that were taken of the outside of Bella at Saddle Up, Pigeon Forge, TN.  She was part of the SOTF tour of trailers.  She looked stunning!  I even had a traveling reporter from Our State magazine offer to do a story on her.  Hopefully her editor will think the story is worthy and we will be featured in their wonderful magazine.  I can't imagine anything more exciting to happen on her first voyage.  She handled great, parked her with ease (my first time backing into a camping spot), and she made it back home in one piece.  Well except the lights were blinking again and a small leak in the rear window.  Need new rubber flashing above the window.  Wonder where I can find that.  I will say that the bumpy roads have caused the wire to come loose in another running light.  No worry, I have taken all of the covers off and it should not happen again.  Problem solved.

Old linens and suit cases were used for display and decoration.  Donna did a fantastic job.

The pictures below are of her interior.  What a change.  I am in love with her!
Her table was set for guest and she was just so cozy.  Notice the original gas light above the table.

This is a view from the doorway looking into the back where my cozy bed kept me very warm and the bunk above held our luggage and train cases.  Notice the fur on the bed.  Donna wore that for our group picture.

This is the retro refrigerator my sweet husband gave me for Valentines Day.  Doesn't it look great in Bella?  This was the closet I turned into storage above and refrigerator below and below the refrigerator is the porta potty.  Got to have one of them.  Nicely hidden behind the lace curtain.  The cabinet to the left of the original light is where the old refrigerator was located.

See the lace curtain under the refrigerator....porta-potty.  She is full of antiques and vintage finds collected over the years.  One of my favorite things is the antique picture I bought at an estate sale.  And look how the rug I found at Walmart (on sale) matches.

Cindy Smith Pritchett (L) Donna Pritchett Smith (R)

Some of the Sisters On The Fly ...see Donna in the middle with my fur.  LOL

And I would be amiss if I didn't introduce you to our mascot!!!

I hope you enjoyed reading a little about our adventure and looking at the final pictures of Bella.  Well, not quite final.  I have yet to put up her awning I made.  We will be going to Kentucky in April and I will be sure to take pictures of her new awning if not before and post them for you to see. 


  1. Hello Cindy!
    I just discovered your blog today and have become your newest follower. Absolutely love Bella and the way you have her staged. I have a little tin can too and would love to hear more about how you painted yours. Did you roll or spray? What color is that red 'cause it's gorgeous! Come meet 'Betty' and check out my blog. I am way up in Nova Scotia, Canada and waiting patiently (sort of) for summer.
    Happy trails,

    1. Hi Beth, I checked out your blog. I love it and I love your trailer. You have so many cute things. I love that you used different curtains. I made my curtains and cushion covers from my guest bedroom bedspread and canopy that o made about 12 years ago. LOL. I do everything as cheap as possible. I spray painted my Cramer with Rustoleum spray paint high gloss that I bought at Lowers Hardware. The inside I used regular gloss paint and rolled it. The red is the deepest red Rustoleum puts out. Can't remember the name. Thank you so much for reading my blog. Come back and I will keep checking your out.


  2. Bella is amazing.. I just found your blog & so glad I did..You are an inspiration for me to get busy on my little Winne..... I look forward to reading about Bella's adventures..

    1. Thanks Della!! So glad you are here. Would love to see pictures of hour camper.


  3. Cindy, so excited I found your blog. Bella looks fantastic! We came by your home a month or two ago and knocked on your door and asked you about Bella. We are Sherie and Dale (hope you remember us). Well we have found and bought a vintage camper just recently and are going to redo it. She will be called "butta."