Today marks 2 weeks since I’ve crossed back into the US, and I’ve only interacted with the public to pick up my RV and pick up mail. It’s odd because this is my typical lifestyle when not at some social event, but now it’s out of necessity instead of preference.

The desert has been an excellent place to hunker down, but being a fulltime RVer right now is strange and a little scary. The large majority of my road friends do not have home bases - and nobody knows if they’ll be “allowed” to stay where they are. Many in campgrounds are getting kicked out left and right when RV parks are deemed “non-essential” and BLM has closed areas with facilities. Right now we’re in a great spot, but I worry about interstate travel and more public land getting restricted, because eventually it will be too hot to stay here and we’ll need to move. I also want to avoid going “home” to family property in WA considering they are such a hot spot right now. I am definitely safer in the desert. So every day is a tossup... I think I speak for all RVers when I say it lacking a home base has never been this uncomfortable. Luckily right now we’re in a state/area *known* for and built on boondocking, so I doubt they will remove us (or even have capacity to enforce removals if they put restrictions in place) - but I still worry a bit. 😅

Anyways. That is #fulltimerv life in a ‘rona world. The good news is the desert is teeming with springtime beauty right now, and I am loving the peace and wildflowers around our little encampment. Enjoy!!

Today marks 2 weeks since...

I am sooo beyond happy to be back in the desert, with endless space and outdoor freedom, great weather, and obviously those Arizona sunsets. I have a bunch of things I need to catch up on posting from Baja but being back “home” in the states has been a massive sigh of relief. Not just with the pandemic, but I was definitely ready to get back home and have gratitude for the US in a new way (aside from the current healthcare 💩show happening.) Baja was fantastic and I loved every new experience there but like Dorothy said, there is no place like home. 😍 #desertlife #rvlife #fulltimerv #desertsunsets #arizona #boondocking #freedom #usa #merica #desertlove.

I am sooo beyond happy...

Instagram vs Reality swipe - “trying to get beach selfies with my dog” edition. God the water was so perfect. 💜
It’s Thursday, and a blogger I used to follow always did a “Things I Love Thursday” (TiLT).. and given our communal need for optimism right now, I’m going to start! So here are some things I love right now....
✨My mama for hand-sewing face masks ✨sunsets in the desert✨warm ocean waves (I can still imagine them!)✨that feeling when you crawl into bed under an electric blanket✨torrential rain that surprises you into the present moment✨waking up to sunshine streaming through my windows✨dreaming of a gazillion ideas for my tiny home on wheels✨perfectly cooked mashed potatoes✨having a fridge full of sweet produce like strawberries and bell peppers✨the taste of a damn good box of wine that you haven’t had in a while ✨that feeling when you put slippers on in the cold mornings✨the satisfaction of getting life chores like mail and banking done ✨ that first sip of coffee in the morning.

What are some things you’re loving today?

Instagram vs Reality swipe -...

Caught mid-shiver on my last day enjoying Baja’s beaches 💜

Caught mid-shiver on my last...

I haven’t posted much lately because life in Mexico is GO GO GO and I’m digging relaxing and working when it’s not. It has been a fun 6 weeks and we thought we’d stay down here all spring but both @dustydeezel and I are getting a little Baja’d out. But I’m looking back through so many pictures I haven’t posted and man it has been FUN! There are city letters in each city and I probably got 10 different San Felipe pics 🤓😛

I haven’t posted much lately...

Sometimes it feels like I’m cheating on my faithful ole’ gal while I’m enjoying the trip in this rig and dreaming of a modern pull-behind. But I feel better knowing she is safely tucked into a comfy spot next to another Jamboree. 😝

Sometimes it feels like I’m...

Some magic in Baja.... PETTING A GRAY 🐳😍😍🤩 Turn your sound on. The excitement from the group is palpable!! There is no bait or training involved here.. they simply come to this extra buoyant lagoon to give birth because it’s easier for the babies to learn how to swim, and for some reason love scratching themselves on the boats and getting love from the humans. This same lagoon is also the location of a commercial salt producer because of the high salinity.

I was lucky enough to snatch Tye’s phone from his pocket when this giant one swam up, thinking it might only visit for a moment as many others had. But this one LOVED neck scratches and came right up to the boat, turned over, and let us all give it a good scritch-scritch-scritch multiple times, happily closing its ginormous eye and gently relaxing each time it circled back. So grateful to have this moment captured. 💜

Whales are incredible, the earth is amazing, and life is good. This was an unforgettable activity and every day I am more and more grateful to be here.

Some magic in Baja.... PETTING...

Anybody else feel a little guilty sharing travel pics? Maybe that’s part of why I’ve slowed down with posting every little thing.. Baja is amazing and I don’t want to rub it in your face. But I guess that’s why there’s an unfollow button. Just remember you are only seeing the highlight reel. 😅 
So here’s where we’re parked right now, and this is high tide. It’s pretty wild how far out and close up the water comes.

You can spot miss Trixi in the passenger window.. she loves the beach and watching the waves just as much as the humans do!

We’ve been completely spoiled traveling in bae’s new rig for this trip. It fits all 3 dogs dogs + 2 humans pretty fantastically - but now that I’ve been here and seen the beach camping, I’m dreaming of downsizing to a perfect Baja-ready tiny rig. Something bigger than a van, but smaller and more nimble than my 27 footer old beast! Maybe a truck camper? Maybe just a smaller class c? Or a custom 4x4 passenger van? So many dreams to dream 😍

Anybody else feel a little...

Brass Chandelier Makeover

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diy brass chandelier makeover before after

Need an idea for a diy brass chandelier makeover? I just pulled one off and honestly, I love it! We found this old thing at Out of the Closet (our local thrift store here in LA) and although it wasn’t perfect, it was the best option within our price-point that we had seen up to that moment. You can start out with any chandelier that you like the shape of. Basically, all you need to do is make sure it works, spray paint it, and add any decorations you might like! We chose to add some mardis gras beads (they were already black so we didn’t need to spray paint them – but you can if you’d like!) and acrylic jewels. In hindsight, I wish I would have bought the decorations online because they would have been a million times easier to find and probably much cheaper. Either way, I’m happy with how it turned out. I’m still planning on adding some more acrylic jewels for that extra bling and eventually I’d like to change out the sockets to actual candelabra sockets.. right now they are standard so the bulbs I’m using are a bit bigger than I’d like.

Here’s the brass chandelier before the makeover:

ugly brass chandelier diy makeover

See the horrible contractor brass chandelier with the bad glass shades? I just don’t like it!! *shivers*

brass chandelier before makeover

Here is a view of it from below. Yuck yuck yuck.

diy chandelier makeover after

Now now. Who’s this pretty little thing?

diy chandelier makeover after

All we did was flip the arms upside down, spray paint it, and add some beads!

diy chandelier makeover

How’s that for one of the coolest diy brass chandelier makeover’s you’ve ever seen?! If you have any questions or if you’ve done a chandelier, too.. I want to see it!! Please feel free to share your shizz in the comments and share this post with your friends.

XO Hannah Monroe

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  • Mandi
    November 19, 2013

    Hi Hannah

    Love your chandelier makeover! How did you put the beads on? How many strings of beads did you use? Where they different lengths?

    • Hannah
      January 11, 2014

      Hi Mandi – sorry for taking so long to get back to you on this!! We used clear string (it might have even been fishing line or something similar) to tie the beads to the screws on each bulb area. I’m not sure how to word it, but there is a screw on each fixture below the bulb that used to hold the glass shades in. I think we used 15 strings of beads, all the same length. There are 5 arms, so we strung one set of beads from arm to arm (5 total), another set of 5 from each arm to the bottom/middle of the chandelier, and a final set of 5 from each arm to a chain on the top hanging part of the chandelier. They were actually mardi gras beads/necklaces from Party City so they were all the same, but I think we ended up cutting some to make hanging them easier. I wish I could be more specific!

      If the fixture on each arm didn’t have the screws, I’m not sure what we would have done. One idea would be to wrap the desired connection area with a malleable metal wire that you could then attach the beads to.

      Also, I have considered taking some of the beads off (specifically the set that goes from arm to arm) as it is pretty busy, and I’d probably find a way to hang more clear droplet beads. You can really add whatever you like but depending on your chandelier, if you use necklaces, you’ll just need multiples of however many arms yours has. 🙂

      Good luck! Let me know if that helps!

  • Michelle
    February 21, 2014

    I am so glad I found this blog. My hubby had to go to work before he could pull the electrical wiring through the other end of the chandelier. I wanted it turned upside down. Then I read your blog and saw that you turned the arms! What! I did that and it made the whole chandelier longer and I was thrilled. I just started painting it black, but it started raining. Thank you for the great pictures and advice. BTW where did you get the big bulbs?

    • Hannah
      March 8, 2014

      Yay, I’m so glad you like it, thank you for reading! I can’t remember where we found the bulbs but it was somewhere usual like Rite-Aid. 🙂 The chandelier actually has normal sized sockets (rather than candelabra sockets) so that was pretty much our only option! I’d prefer the smaller bulbs but it has grown on me.

  • Rebecca Warner
    March 17, 2014

    This just MADE MY DAY!! I have this exact pendant and I am so glad I saw this blog! Not only have I already turned the arms around to point up, but I am seriously considering going to pick out bulbs, beads, and crystals with my 2 1/2 year old son. Oh wait, never mind, that would be a disaster! However, ideas are already taking over my brain!!! Thanks for the info and inspiration!!!!

    • Hannah
      June 16, 2014

      This is way late for me to get back to you but YAY! 🙂 And hey, that’s what online ordering is for! 😉 Did you end up trying it since your last comment?

  • Abbey
    April 10, 2014

    I love it! How did you turn the arms?

    • Hannah
      June 16, 2014

      Just went for it, really! Some were a little loose and went without problem, others took a little more effort. If you have one you’re doing it for, I’d say just be careful and don’t turn them if they seem like they might snap.

  • Cheryl
    May 8, 2014

    Love this but a bit baffled on how to turn the arms. Just found the exact fixture at my local thrifty & wanna have a go at her but arms are firm & not sure if I just give them a crank or what.

    • Hannah
      June 16, 2014

      Hey Cheryl, we just cranked them though they were a little “looser” than a new chandelier project we just got, so I would recommend playing with each arm and each direction a little to see which direction would be best for you to crank it. Let me know how it goes! 🙂

  • Lemmy
    January 17, 2015

    Hi Hannah! Greetings from Singapore! My good friend chance upon your blog & is absolutely amazed by your beautiful diy chandelier! May I know how much is the total raw time you’ve taken from choosing your lamp to sourcing for your beads to fixing all the parts & finally completion of your masterpiece? I’m also very interested if you are willing to share all your challenges or constraints involved in the process of your diy project & how you’ve managed to overcome them. Thanks

  • Iennifer
    July 19, 2015

    Good evening, I was looking for ideas for two chandeliers I purchased today and stumbled across your site. I planned on replacing the hideous chandelier in our breakfast nook but after seeing this tonight I’ve already removed the glass shades and turned the arms around. It will still need paint, beads and new bulbs but is already looking a ton better 2 minutes later. Thanks so much for sharing this!

  • Nina
    September 23, 2015

    I just pick up this exact fixture from a salvage store to go in my closet. I wanted the lights to go up instead of down. I’m so happy to hear all I had to do was flip the arms . Thank you for sharing.

  • Rawnda Stringer
    October 12, 2015

    I have that same light fixture but in chrome. I have added silver beads for Christmas, and added poinsettia leaves, but I take them off after Christmas is over. I have turned the arms up years ago, but that just wasn’t enough. I always wanted it to look more like a chandelier. Now that I’ve seen how you’ve done this, I may go to Hobby Lobby and get several strands of crystal beads from the wedding isle and string it with crystal beads. Then hang the little crystal droplets down like you did. Love this idea. Thank you.

  • Ame Hughes
    October 19, 2015

    Add me to the list of relieved people who are glad to have found this blog! I, too, wanted the hubs to rewire our (exact same) light to hang upside down, and am SO relieved to have just turned the arms around. Haven’t painted it yet (mine’s a matte cream finish), but jeez, it looks so much better just with the arms flipped. THANK YOU!!

  • Mikamookamook
    April 9, 2018

    I am super late….but this was a life saver. Flipping the arms (and removing the metal rings) literally changed the whole look of my chandelier. Thank you so much for the tip!!!

    • Hannah
      July 1, 2018

      I’m so happy it worked for you!