Saturday Snippets: 11.November.2017

It’s been a whirlwind week of traveling for me. Last weekend I was in Edmonton for a work meeting, then home for a day, then down to Seattle to visit friends for 2 days, then home for a night, then up to Dawson Creek for a quick site visit! Six plane rides + two days in the van later, and I’ll be home just in time for our wedding anniversary tomorrow. Phew!

Here’s what caught our eye online in the world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Saturday Snippets for 11.November.2017.

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On Moby News (aka Sprinter van conversion):

To be honest, not much has happened this week, what with all our travels. Jonty has started working on designs for the shower, and I spent a few hours on Monday sewing magnets into the ends of curtains (which has helped keep the slivers of light out).

Kitchen:

  • The newest addition to the kitchen are the customizable dividers for our big drawer. Jonty used the laser cutter to make them, and I think they’re fantastic! We’ll be able to change the layout of the drawer, as our needs change, without having to buy new cutlery trays or things like that. Functional AND lightweight. Perfect for the van 🙂

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter conversion drawer dividers

Customization:

  • Jonty learned how to use the vinyl cutter at MakerLabs last week. Since the day we got Moby, we’ve had ideas of adding certain personal touches to the outside of the van, many of which required being able to cut vinyl. This was our first design!
  • We now have Moby’s instagram account on both of the back side windows. I totally love it! What do you think? So, if you think you might like some fancy vinyl stickers made for yourself, let us know, and we’ll strike a deal 😉

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - custom vinyl lettering

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - custom vinyl lettering

Happy Weekend!

October Photo Challenge: MONOTONE Recap

As this is posted, I’m sitting in the Prince George airport, waiting for the visibility to improve in Dawson Creek, so we can fly. More importantly, so we can land. So, I figured what better way to make use of the multi-hour delay, than to get out my October photo recap! When I was looking back through all the photos, I couldn’t believe that some of these photos were actually taken in October! I must say, that is the one thing I love about my monthly photo challenges – reminiscing about the month. October was my month of MONOTONE and I really did love trying to capture as many single colours as I could.

So here’s my MONOTONE recap for you.

The October Photo Challenge took me from …

… Gorgeous pale pink sunset skies to the solidly grey rainy skies.

… Bright white buildings to dark black coffee shops.

… All of the crisp colours of autumn, from the leaves to the food.

… Enjoying the tastes of Thanksgiving and enjoying the new murals around town.

… Realizing how colourful the world is, while waiting for the bus to come.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | 2017 October Photo Challence - MONOTONE Recap

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | 2017 October Photo Challence - MONOTONE Recap

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | 2017 October Photo Challence - MONOTONE Recap

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | 2017 October Photo Challence - MONOTONE Recap

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | 2017 October Photo Challence - MONOTONE Recap

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | 2017 October Photo Challence - MONOTONE Recap

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | 2017 October Photo Challence - MONOTONE Recap

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | 2017 October Photo Challence - MONOTONE Recap

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | 2017 October Photo Challence - MONOTONE Recap

And just like that, we’re into November and a new challenge word! This month is all about BLACK AND WHITE and you can check out the details here.

Happy picture-taking!

Saturday Snippets: 04.November.2017

Welcome to the first weekend in November! I’m shivering in Edmonton at a work course, but the bonus is I get to catch up with one of my besties afterwards, which makes the cold weather totally doable 🙂

Here’s what caught our eye online in the world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Saturday Snippets for 04.November.2017.

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Insulation:

  • Last month, we ordered more Thinsulate insulation for the two back doors and the two front doors (drivers + passenger). With the weather starting to turn, we wanted to get the remaining areas insulated. The Thinsulate we use is for automotive use, and is really easy to work with. It’s flexible, easy to cut and glue into place, is fire-resistant and doesn’t off-gas, making it ideal for van conversions.
  • We could immediately notice a difference with the doors insulated. They close with a very satisfying “clunk”, and the night we spent in the van a few days ago was noticeably warmer. There was no draft, and Jonty didn’t even need to wear a hat, like he thought he might!
  • Jonty finished designing and CNC-ing the panels for the two back doors. Our initial plan is to hang our bouldering pads off the back doors, but if this ever changes, these blank-slate walls will be the perfect place to hang hooks or rails or storage bins.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - door insulation

More sewing:

  • Last week I said I was done with the sewing, but I lied 🙂 We wanted a curtain hung at the back, to help minimize any drafts from the garage area below. I really love the pop of colour in this curtain! It’s actually two curtains pulled together, so we can slide them easily to the sides if we need to access the bed from the back of the van.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - sewing curtains

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - sewing curtains

Potty situation:

  • We covered the loo seat / ottoman last week! It looks great at the moment, and we’re interested to see how it holds up over time. I chose not to glue the sides of the vinyl to the box, just staple. So if the vinyl starts to sag too much, we can always take out the staples and tighten it.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - covered ottoman

Happy Weekend!

November 2017 Monthly Word: BLACK and WHITE

Another month down, and we’re creeping towards the end of the year! One minute it was Thanksgiving and the next thing I knew, it was Halloween. October was another great month. Aside from a few days of torrential rain, the weather was actually pretty great, and I always find it helps boost our moods. And with that, My Month of Monotone has come to an end. I’ll share the full photo round-up in a few days time.

November Month of BLACK AND WHITE

Like the last few months, I’ve slowly been crossing words off my “photo word list”. Whenever I want to focus on Black and White, I can usually find an excuse not to. Like, when spring finally comes around, I want to be dazzled by the first signs of colour. During the middle of summer, I want to see all the green grass and blue sky! During the fall, I want to see all the gorgeous autumn colours! I feel like November might be a great month for this prompt – the potential for lots of colour is usually fairly low in November 😉

So, I’ll be dedicating November to my month of BLACK AND WHITE I would absolutely love to see what ideas you come up with, too, so if you’d like to join in, please do (as many or as little photos as you’d like). I’ll post my findings on various social media places – Instagram, Facebook, Google+ and Twitter,  tagging #MyMonthOfBlackAndWhite and #MyMonthOfNovember.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | November 2017 Monthly Photo Challenge - BLACK AND WHITE

Here’s to a month of BLACK AND WHITE!

Saturday Snippet: 28.October.2017

The weather has been wonderful this week, which was in stark contrast to last week! We took a day off yesterday and cycled around all the new murals from the Vancouver Mural Festival. It was a full day, and we covered a lot of ground on the bikes. With the sun shining, it was the perfect start to the weekend.

Here’s what caught our eye online in the world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Saturday Snippets for 28.October.2017.

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This week has been a busy one, and we’ve been chipping away at some of the little jobs. I don’t have a tonne of pictures for you this week (I’m scrambling to get this ready for posting today!), but here are a few of the updates from the week.

  • Curtains are all finally finished finally! I think 🙂 Magnets have been sewn into all appropriate places, and I’ve made new tie-backs, which are now sewn onto the curtains themselves. No more dropping them! I’ve also sewn a curtain for under the sink. It will act as a door until we decide if we actually want a door there or not. I’m thinking the curtain will stick around for the long-haul.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - curtains

  • The ottoman for covering the loo seat has been made and I’m in the process of covering it. We’ve glued a piece of 2-inch high-density foam onto a box base, and we’ll cover the entire piece in the same foam-backed vinyl we used for the walls and ceiling.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter conversion ottoman seat

  • We’ve finally boxed in the electrical box! It definitely makes the area look more finished.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - electrical box

  • Jonty has started working on the plumbing for the toilet and shower area. No pictures yet, but the process has started!
  • The drawers have been finished and Osmo’d and work really well. We already know that the main large drawer is going to be our most functional space in the entire kitchen!

We also spent one night in the van (on Thursday). We’ve found a few creaks in the bed frame, maybe due to the cold? So we’ll have to figure out where those are coming from. It’s probably just the bed starting to settle, and we’re assuming that tightening some of the bolts and re-seating the wood slats will solve the problem.

Regardless, we woke up early and drove over to Queen Elizabeth Park, to catch the sunrise. What a wonderful way to start the morning – toast, coffee and the warm glow of the start of a new day 🙂

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Vancouver BC - sunrise at Queen Elizabeth Park

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Vancouver BC - sunrise at Queen Elizabeth Park

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Vancouver BC - sunrise at Queen Elizabeth Park

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Vancouver BC - sunrise at Queen Elizabeth Park

Happy Weekend!