Sewing for S/V Sweet Escape

I don’t buy things unless it’s a deal or something I can’t live without. That being said, for the past year I’ve been shopping for custom yacht bedding and it’s not cheap nor ever on sale. Yacht bedding for our v-berth sales for about $500. Anyway, I finally decided to pull out my sewing machine and make my own custom fitted bedding. I cut up a quilt I had and added navy piping for a more tailored look. The project cost me less than $15. I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out and I no longer have to fight to make a regular sized quilt fit our v-berth.

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Cabin Kitchen Makeover

I decided to give our little cabin kitchen a simple makeover. We had a broken dishwasher and replaced it with a much needed cabinet.  I couldn’t find a stock cabinet that matched the wood cabinets we had so I decided to paint all the cabinets with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  I picked this type of paint because I didn’t have to do much prep work. It was super easy and super inexpensive; wipe down cabinets, add 2 coats of chalk paint and a couple of coats of wax. I added a little dark wax just to give the cabinets a little rustic character.


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I Spy a Bear!!

These are not pictures found on the Internet and it is not Henry dressed up! LOL!!  When we arrived at the cabin last week Henry immediately filled our bird feeder with food, and within 2 hours this bear cub wandered right into our front yard to have an afternoon snack.  Our neighbors have since informed us NOTHING should be left outside otherwise we will have regular unwanted visitors.

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Laundry Aboard

Sailors call this luxury!! After a year and a half living aboard I finally convinced Henry  that the guest shower stall was the perfect place for a washing machine. It may be small but no more hiking to the laundromat.  I actually never knew you could get an automatic washing machine this small (0.9 cubic feet) but it fits perfectly and it works like a charm! It hooks right up to the shower faucet  and drains into the sink.  The washing machine is called: Laundry Alternative SuperCompact Full Automatic Washing Machine and the Dimensions are: L: 16.00″ x W: 17.00″ x H: 25.00″

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Guest shower

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A Change in Plans

A Slight Change In Plans! The golden rule for sailors: “Plans might as well be written in sand at low tide.” We’re huge planners and while it is important for sailors to make plans, it’s just as important to have the flexibility and imagination to toss those plans out the portal.

A year ago we dramatically downsized from our oversized seaside home and moved onto our sailboat to begin a unique lifestyle. We’ve had an amazing year living on our boat; however, we haven’t been able to permanently cut our dock lines as quickly as we had planned. Sometime between having our boat on the hard (aka in a cradle on land) for close to two months and then breaking my leg we decided to make a slight change in our plans and buy “landlubber” retreat. A place where we can escape from things like the bloody summer heat or the challenges of living with a broken leg on a boat. Or a place where we can just regroup and “put a little wind back in our sails”. Today, exactly one year after moving onto our sailboat, we have become the proud owners of a beautiful Smokey Mountain cabin. Now we have the best of both worlds, S/V Sweet Escape and Sweet Escape Mountain Retreat. Simplicity, Tiny Footprints and Amazing Views!!!

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I’ve Got New Hardware On Board

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Nope S/V Sweet Escape doesn’t have the hardware one of her crew does. My little slip and fall on our vacation sailing adventure turned out to be a little more serious than the Key West ER Doctor originally thought. I had surgery 2 weeks ago and I am finally up and slowly getting around.

It’s finally the perfect sailing weather but unfortunately my doctor says I won’t be in any shape to help sail our vessel for about 6 months. Needless to say the challenges of living on the boat with an injured limb will continue for just as many months.