Meet Ellie, The Oily Bus (Part 1!)

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Now that we have officially announced this project, The Oily Bus is starting to feel more real than ever. All our friends on Facebook and Instagram are freaking out, telling us how crazy, cool, and awesome this project is gonna be (as well as lots of messages saying how insane we are 😀 ). We have friends offering to donate materials, some are offering to help build it with us (which is awesome because they are all trained in building, plumbing, electrical, and so on), and The Oily Bus’ Instagram has gained almost 200 followers in one day. We are pretty sad because we have to work all week until our friends Nate and Charlei move in on Friday, so we cannot work on the bus at all till next week 😦 As we promised, today we are going to tell you about how we found Ellie and her trip home!

1.jpgLike we said yesterday, we found our beautiful bus on Craigslist on Friday. After speaking to James, the man selling it, for about an hour, we agreed to come check her out the next day. We were very excited and tried not to get too excited. We returned to our webpages saying what to look for and not to look for when seeing a bus. We couldn’t wait until morning!

Saturday morning we got to the church at 10 AM. We felt comfortable buying it from a church because we didn’t think they would rip anyone off. James showed us everything in and out of the bus, and he started it up for us so we could hear the engine. After about an hour of talking and looking, he took us for a quick test drive. She drove smoothly and all felt great! We told them that we would buy it on Tuesday morning, as soon as a mechanic friend of ours could come check it out. When we left they messaged us saying that the actually had another person interested in it. The other buyer was only wanting it for the engine, and would dump the rest as scrap metal. That meant that if we didn’t do something by Monday, Ellie would be gone forever. We took a huge risk and bought the bus on the spot. James drove it to our house later the same day (which was good because we can’t drive it!), and he parked it in our driveway.

Our mechanic friend Ian checked it out for us today and he says that it seems perfect, with no problems and that it seems like it’ll run forever. He also said that the motor looks well taken care of and should never give us any issues. Sometimes in life you have to gamble, but if you play your cards right you’ll win big. We think we hit the jackpot with this bus!

Here is the “before stage” of Project Oily Bus:


The grand entrance of the bus 😀 The church added extra steps for little kids which makes the stairs hard to use, but well get a closer look soon.



Isle view from front of the bus


Isle view from back at emergency exit.


Drivers seat and area. This part is pretty dirty, so we’re gonna clean it up and reupholster the chair as well.


Two handsome little boys taking a ride 🙂


Our first test drive with Ellie!


Some rust that needs to be treated on the emergency door at the back.


Here’s a closer look at those kid steps. We will take out the added blocks and fix the stairs up so they sparkle 😀


Inspecting the engine.


Rear view of the bus. See the little rust hole on the back?

That’s everything we have for the “before stage” of this project! Tomorrow we will post some of our ideas for Ellie, why she got her name, and the first few steps of what’s happening in this skoolie conversion.

We hope you enjoyed meeting our beautiful Ellie, and that you’ll follow along our journey! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay updated with pictures and videos! We’ll see you tomorrow with “Meet Ellie, The Oily Bus Part 2!” ❤ 😉



Makeup Brush Case Tutorial

imageYesterday, we had a strange urge to make something… Anything! This happens to us pretty often, and the only cure we can usually find is to get up and find something to make. After searching for hours on Pinterest, Veronica went with a fruity berry smoothie, and Erica made a case for her makeup brushes. The design is super cool and pretty, and very easy to make if you are a beginner at sewing. The best part? You can make it using your larger fabric scraps! It was so much fun to pull out the sewing machine again, and the roll case came out so pretty. Luckily for us, Momma is sliiiiightly addicted to buying pretty fabric, so we always have nice materials to work with! 😀 Lets get to it!

For this pattern, you will need…

11-2 fabrics in different colors, thread to match your fabric, one pair of scissors or a rotary mat and rotary cutter, a rotary ruler (is that what it’s called??), measuring tape is optional but helpful for when you don’t want to measure with the huge rotary ruler, a safety pin, a pencil, and sewing pins. 23

4.pngBefore you cut your fabric, decide which color will be on the outside and which will be on the inside. We chose a blue and white quatrefoil design for the inside and a yellow white polka dot for the inside. Iron your material, and then it is time to cut! For the outside material, you will need one piece that is 10×15 inches and two strips that are 1-1/2×18 inches. For the inside material, cut two 10×15 inch pieces. One will be folded in half to  use as a flap, so keep that in mind and maybe separate them from each other. We prefer to use a rotary cutter so we get nice, clean lines, but you can use scissors if you don’t have one handy 🙂

5.pngThe first step is to take one of the inner pieces and lay it flat, design side up. Take your second inner piece and fold it in half, also design side up. We found it helpful to iron it perfectly in half so it cooperates more XD Pin it to the first inner piece so the open ends are facing the bottom and the creased side is in the middle of the first fabric. Take the makeup brushes that will be living in this roll (Erica chose to use eye makeup brushes onand set them out on your fabric, about one inch apart.

67Next, use your pencil to make a small mark between each brush. Once you have marked each one, remove the brushes and draw the line all the way down. The ruler comes in handy here so you can get nice straight lines. This will be your guide for the next step.

8.pngOnce you have your lines all marked, sew a straight line through each pencil line. Your slots are officially done, yay! Use the eraser on your pencil to gently erase any pencil lines you can still see. Press the piece set it aside.

9.pngNow, take one strip and fold it in half, design side in. It helps to iron it flat. Take it under the sewing machine and sew all the way across toward the end. Take your safety pin and attach it to the bottom, then use it to flip the strip inside out. It takes a bit of time since the tube is so tight, but don’t give up! Repeat on the second strip and iron them flat. These will be the ties on the roll case!

1011Take the outer piece and lay it on your work table. Line up the ends of the ties and lay them on top, so the ends are sticking out about 1 inch on one side and they aren’t hanging out anywhere else! If not, then the ties will get stuck and your case will be ruined! 😥 Lay the yellow inner piece on top, design facing down. Pin the pieces in place making sure the corners all match up. Sew all around, leaving a 2-3 inch space unsewed at the top!!! This is very important!

1213Using the hole left in the top, inside out the case and use your pencil or something else pointy to push the corners out. It should look something like this! Tuck in the ends of the opening and iron well. Lastly, sew all around the case with very little seam allowance, press again, and you are finished!

141615imageYou now have a beautiful new roll-up case for your makeup brushes made with love! These make amazing presents, and they take hardly any time at all to make. If you do plan on making this as a gift, maybe add a hand embroidered initial for the recipient of the gift before you sew the two sides together; it makes it so much more personal and sweet! It’s so fun to mix and match designs, and get fun with the thread colors and patterns! Take advantage if you have a sewing machine that has lots of fun stitching designs! Ours do not, but Mommas does. Pick a cute design and use it to do the final hem around the edges for some extra flair! You can also make these for that artist friend of yours for their paintbrushes! ❤

What do you think of our makeup brush case? Have you ever made a case for your brushes? What color/design combo would you do for yours? Let us know in the comments bellow! 😀 ❤


Spring Treats!

11.jpgHappy Spring!!! We are SO happy that winter is finally over; this winter was miserable for us. We had lots of cold, however we only had 2 snow days, and the snow only stayed around the first snow day. Only cold and rain, for quite a few months. We’ve had enough, and couldn’t be happier to say good bye to the cold! To celebrate, we pulled out an old recipe that we haven’t made in a long time. Pastel colors scream a few things to us: spring, Easter, and adooooooorable! These delicious peppermints are made of only 3 ingredients and couldn’t be easier. Let’s get started!

12The three main ingredients we used are 1 cup of softened butter, about 6 cups of confectioners sugar, and Young Living peppermint essential oil (if you don’t have oils, that’s okay! Just use 1 tsp of peppermint extract). We also used some food coloring  pens and gels by Wilton since we didn’t have all the colors we needed in gel. Here we go!

3.jpgFirst, start by placing your softened butter in an electric mixer and use a paddle attachment to beat the butter for one minute. Add 5 cups of powdered sugar, one cup at a time. We sadly forgot to take pictures at this part 😥  Be sure the powdered sugar is fully mixed before you add the next cup, and that you mix slowly at first or the powder will fly everywhere! Add 4-7 drops of peppermint essential oil and mix, tasting between each drop. Once it tastes minty enough for your liking, you are ready to color your peppermints!

4.jpg6Next, let your mix stand in the fridge for about half an hour, to let it harden up just a bit. It can be hard to work with if the mix is too melty! Separate the mix into the same amount of piles as colors you plan to use (we made 5 piles for 5 colors). Spread your last 2 cups of powdered sugar on your counter top and kneed the mixture so it is no longer sticky. If you are using food color gel, dip the tip of a butter knife into the pot and dab it in the peppermint mix. If you are using food color pens, twirl the tip of the pen in the peppermint mix for a bit. Remember, not as much dye comes out of the pens so be sure to swirl a lot!

5Kneed the food dye in until the mix no longer has streaks of color. Add more coloring until you reach the desired shade. Repeat for all of your different colors, allowing the finished batches to rest in the fridge.

789Once you have completed coloring all of the peppermint mix, it’s time to shape them! This part is very fun, and perfect for letting little ones help. Simply take a pinch of the mix, roll it between your palms into a ball and gently flatten it a bit. Use a fork to press the top and peel the fork away, leaving a striped design on the mint. Repeat with all batches of color until you have none left, let them chill in the fridge for an hour, and you are done!

101112Don’t they look lovely?? They taste so yummy, and everyone loves them! The only issue is that since they are mostly made of butter, they soften if left out too long, so they need to be refrigerated while covered when you aren’t eating them. They keep for about a month covered in the fridge, however they never last more than a few days in our house!

What do you think of our mints? We hope you try out the recipe and let us know how they come out! Have you ever made peppermints before? Let us know in the comments!

😀 ❤ Happy Spring! ❤ 😀