Memorial Day Jeep Adventure {Beautiful Images}

Memorial Day is a day to spend time thinking of those we have lost while they were out protecting our country and our freedom. This means that we are free to spend time out enjoying our country, America the Beautiful. Here are some pictures I took while we out this weekend on our little Jeep adventure. Feel free to use these pictures in anyway you like, they would make lovely background images.

jeep adventure

We went out to find Sunflower Mine. While we didn’t see any sunflowers there were many other beautiful wildflowers along the way. There have been fires recently and it was amazing to see the wildflowers and new growth among all the burnt trees.

We stayed along a very tiny stream for awhile and the trees and wildlife were beautiful. It was a nice break from our regular desert scenery.

We also found purple rock, It was a type of shale or something. It was so neat to find rock that color, I have never seen any. If I had I would have thought it was fake. My sister and I collected some small purple river rocks and I took home a couple of pieces of the bigger purple shale rocks, they will go around my fire pit in the backyard. My goal is to take a few rocks from everywhere we travel and have a small patio of memories. Hopefully soon I will have pictures of the projects we make with the rocks.

We found lots of mine remnants and took a look in the old machinery and looked in at the mine shafts as well.

We finished up around sunset, it was a nice end to a great day.

America is beautiful. It’s amazing that I was able to enjoy that beauty with my family.

For More Beautiful Pictures and Jeep Related Posts, Check out these links:
Arizona Cacti
Printable Bookmarks with Journaling Tips
Camping and Jeep Adventure on the Mogollon Rim

DIY Jeep Fabric Printing

I started off needing a design for my little boy’s next backpack. He loves all sorts of different tv shows and toys but one thing he REALLY loves is something the entire family loves- Our Jeep!

Jamer Jeep

After a couple other ideas went wrong I started searching the internet for neat Jeep shirts that would be cute and easy to replicate onto the backpack’s fabric. I stumbled upon this amazing Jeep t-shirt by 2GodBtheGlory. They have some painting skills I will never have! (It might be because of laziness though) I also thought of how neat it would be to have Jeep fabric with the print of our very own jeep tires with all of the imperfections from fun outings and good runs.

First I set up my work station- I swung the spare tire out and set up a chair by it as a step stool. I then washed the tire where I would be painting, because dirt will just come off in the wash. I also zip-tied our beach umbrella (that has never been to the beach) to the tire rack (if that’s the correct word for it) so that the paint wouldn’t dry up before I was able to get the paint onto the fabric.

DIY Jeep Tire Stamping Set Up

Next I mixed the paint- a nice muddy brown! It didn’t have to be too well mixed either- mud can be all sorts of colors.

Muddy Brown Paint for DIY Jeep Track Printing

Next, the paint had to be painted onto the tire. It needed to be put on thick enough to look good but it also shouldn’t have been too thick. Mine started dripping down the grooves of the tire and that really didn’t look too great. Luckily that’s the good thing about painting tires- they can have tons of imperfections and it still looks good. Also make sure that you paint enough surface area of the tire to cover everywhere you want painted on your fabric.

DIY Jeep Tire Print

Once the paint is on you can carefully place your fabric onto the tire and use your hand to press down all parts of the fabric so that it gets plenty of paint.

Carefully pull off your fabric and lay it out to dry. Now you have some of your very own personalized Jeep fabric!

DIY Printed Jeep Fabric

After I printed the tires onto my Jeep fabric, I wanted to add a stencil as well. Check out my stenciling tutorial here– the only thing I do differently for fabric is I print the graphic I wanted out on card stock instead of drawing it on light weight paper. Also make sure to let your stencil dry completely between uses.

DIY Jeep Fabric Stencil

I love my new Jeep fabric- and what I’ve made so far with it! I will be writing post or tutorials on my new bags (eventually) but until then I will just show them off here.

Toddler T-Shirt

This only took the work of the painting and printing- a very easy project as long as you have a blank shirt to use.

DIY Jeep T-Shirt

DIY Toddler Jeep T-Shirt

Toddler Backpack

Tutorial yet to come- a bit involved but worth it after the backpack is put to use! The painted front had to be painted before we put together the rest of the backpack.

DIY Toddler Size Backpack

Mom and Dad Diaper Bag

This started off as a simple tote, with the main piece of fabric was painted before the tote was assembled and sewn. This diaper bag also has Spiderman lining with large pockets inside as well as the round pocket in front and two big open pockets in the back (perfect for bottles!).There won’t be a tutorial for this one, but I will be taking more pictures and writing a post with links to the bags (and tutorials) that inspired it!

DIY Jeep Tote / Diaper Bag for Mom and Dad

Stay tuned for updates on this post- I printed more fabric to use for all sorts of other things down the road. You can follow me a few different ways to hear about the updates: BloglovinFacebookInstagram, or Twitter.

More Jeep Projects and Jeep Inspired Posts:

Jeep Sewing Projects
Roll Bar Fire Extinguisher Holder
Pregnancy Announcement
5 Reasons I Love My Husband

Roll Bar Fire Extinguisher Holder {Jeep Sewing Tutorial}

Jeep Roll Bar Fire Extinguisher Holder

I made this Fire Extinguisher Holder for our Jeep last August. Just recently I had to make a second one as a gift for my dad- a little late for Christmas but that’s what happens when you have the ultimate lazy excuse. It was pretty simple and easy to make, and the materials were much cheaper than the ones that are available online.

Rollbar Fire Extinguisher Holder Tutorial

Materials:

  • Canvas Fabric -12 Inches
  • 1″ Triglides
  • 1″ Webbing -7 feet
  • 1″ Velcro – 2 feet of Looped Velcro, 15 inches of Hooked Velcro

All of these links are to Amazon, and I will receive compensation if you buy anything. Each of these are the actual products I have bought from Amazon though!

Directions:

1. First cut your canvas fabric. There will be a 12″x12″ square and a circle that should be close to 12″ around. Use a cup, lid or similar object that measures close to 12′ around as a template.

2. Cut three straps of webbing to 25″ each. Use a flame (from a candle, match or lighter) to melt the edges so they don’t fray.

3. Cut the velcro pieces. There will be three strips of the looped velcro, they should be 8″ each. There will also be three strips of the hooked velcro and they will be 5″ each.

4. Next you will start sewing the straps.First will be the hooked velcro, once piece will be sewn onto an end of each piece of webbing. Right next to it will be the looped velcro on each strap.

Straps Layout

5. After all the velcro is sewn on, make sure you velcro them closed so that they don’t stick to anything while you are working. After that is done you can sew the opposite end of the straps (not the side with the velcro) onto the triglides.

Completed Strap

6. Next press and hem an edge of the square canvas, it will now be the top.

Press and Hem Top Edge

7. Now you can sew the straps to the canvas. Make sure you sew them on about 4 inches down the webbing, away from the triglides.

Strap Placement for Jeep Rollbar Fire Extinguisher Holder
Strap Placement

8. Now you can sew the side seam for your fire extinguisher holder. Move the straps out of the way (and pin them if necessary) and pin the sides together, with the inside of your fire extinguisher holder facing out. Sew the seam and use a zig zag stitch if you don’t have a serger to keep the canvas from fraying.

Sew the Side Seam

9. After the side seam is sewn you will need to sew on the bottom piece. Once again, make sure you move your straps out of the way before sewing. Pin the canvas circle to the bottom of your holder. Sew it on using the zig zag stitch as well.

Pin the Bottom On

Sewing the Bottom

After the sides and bottom are sewn on everything is done! In my finished product pictures I wrapped the straps tightly and tucked them behind the fire extinguisher, but really they are loose and have plenty of length until you strap them to your roll bar.

Rollbar Fire Extinguisher Holder Tutorial

Happy Wheeling!

Some of my other Jeep-Related Posts:
Jeep Sewing Projects
Jeep Pregnancy Announcement
My Unnofficial Guide to Arizona Cacti and Arizona Valentine’s Day Printables

Best of Summer {Money Saving Travel Tips}

Really these traveling tips are great for any time of year, but because I am thinking of my summer this week here they are! Check out my other Best of Summer Posts and where to go in Arizona in the Summer.

Eating Out of a Hotel Room {Money Saving Ideas} In this post I talked about what we ate while we stayed in a hotel room for over a week. It was when we really shouldn’t have been spending any extra money, and this helped save us from having to eat out for every meal when we were away from home.

Snacks to Bring to the Zoo These snacks help keep you full and not buying expensive snacks while you’re at the zoo, on a roadtrip or out other places.

Airport Traveling Tips One of the tips on this list is to bring an empty water bottle through security so that you can fill it up with free water once you get past security. You can even bring drink mixes with you so that it’s flavored.

What I Forgot on Our Cruise I packed for two trips when I packed for our cruise and forgot alot. It would have saved me money to think about some of these things before we left home.

Road Trip Packing List (And One for Toddlers) I use these packing lists every time I go on a road trip now. It keeps me from forgetting anything, and so far they have worked pretty well!

Easier Traveling with a (Cute!) Fanny Pack Save some stress on your next trip to a theme park by having everything you need on you at all times.

Save Money Before Your Vacation I try to hide my credit cards from myself to remind me to save money for my potential vacation.

More Travel Tips I review some of my past tips and how they went.

More Best of Summer Posts:
Place to Go in Arizona
Souvenirs to Make or Display

Best of Summer { Souvenirs to Make or Display }

During our summer vacations I love to shop around for souvenirs, but I want my souvenirs to be useful in one way or another. Sometimes I just buy useful things but for everything else I try to make sure that we have a place to display it.

These 3 Frugal Disney Souvenirs are different things you can get at Disneyland for little to nothing and have memories of your trip when you get home.

Those squished pennies that you can get almost anywhere are usually the cheapest souvenir out there. That makes them my favorite, but what do you do with them afterwards? I made this Smashed Penny Display to use my smashed pennies to decorate.

When I was a kid my dad collected the souvenir sized baseball bats for us, and I had to find something to do with them. They are on display at my house once I made my Souvenir Baseball Bat Display.

More Best of Summer Posts:
Places to Go in Arizona
Souvenirs to Make or Display

Best of Summer { Places to Go in Arizona }

This summer was all about vacations and staying out of the Arizona heat. These are some places that you can actually visit in the summer here in Arizona.

The heat in Sedona is still pretty high, but it is a bit lower than the valley’s heat. Here are a few places to stop while visiting Sedona, Arizona.

Camping on the Mogollon Rim was a great place to cool off and enjoy some beautiful views of the outdoors. It was pretty easy to access and there were lots of areas to explore.

Makutu's Island in Tempe Arizona

This is a great place to visit during the heat of the day when the kids want to run around. You can let them run wild in Makutu’s Island in Tempe, AZ.

This is another great indoor venue of things for you and your kids to do. Flipside in Chandler, AZ has bowling, arcades, bumper cars, lazer tag and a cool foam ball area with a climbing area and slides.

The Queen Creek Olive Mill is a great shop, restaurant and tour. During the summer the tours are still running and they show you all of the equipment and how they make olive oil. There indoor shop is perfect for hiding from the heat!

At Arizona Speedway you are sitting out in the heat, but during the summer most of the races are after dark, when it’s cooling down.

Other Best of Summer Posts:
Souvenirs to Make or Display
Money Saving Tips for Traveling

Jeep Sewing Projects

We recently bought a jeep and have been four wheeling every weekend this month. I want to buy accessories for it, but I’m being thrifty as usual and making my own. It sure helps out for making the payment too!

Handle Bar Bag

This turned out to look a little frumpier than I wanted it to. Next time I’ll have to use some heavy backing. I do love that I have all of my stuff close and convenient. There’s always extra space for snacks and for my camera too.

Tool Roll

This is an adult version of a crayon roll! The tools are a little bit odd shaped, so they don’t roll as well as a crayon roll but it is a great way to save space and keep your tools safe and organized. It’s also convenient to have all of your tools in one spot and can be easily carried to wherever you need them.

Fire Extinguisher Holder

Did you know it cost over $20 for one of these? I made it for much less! I finally finished a great easy-to-follow tutorial for how to make your own. Click here to see the full Roll Bar Fire Extinguisher Holder Tutorial.

Blanket

This wasn’t the most important thing I wanted to make but it is always great to have a spare blanket and to use a ton of extra fabric. It’s now my son and my dog’s favorite blanket to fight over. I love the patriotic color theme, it’s like a taste of 4th of July every day!

More Jeep Posts:

Today at Arizona Mama: A Few More Traveling Posts

A few years ago my husband and I went on a great trip to New England together. It was a great trip but my memories of it are fading. Read my story over at Arizona Mama.

Also, during all the fun and excitement I have had from traveling recently I missed telling you about my Eating Out of Your Hotel Room post. Better late than never! When we stayed at a Fort Bliss hotel for a couple of weeks we tried to eat out of our hotel room to save money instead of eating out every night. I have plenty of ideas and things to shop for over at Arizona Mama.

What I Forgot on Our Cruise

I usually am very prepared when I go on vacation. I have multiple lists to remind me of what I need to bring, and I use them almost every time. This time we went on a vacation during our vacation and apparently traveling without my toddler makes me forget a lot of stuff.

More Money- We spent tons more than I planned for. It was worth it though!

Stuff for Sea Sickness- We ended up buying Sea Bands and a small vial of tea tree oil, both of those totaled $30

Camera Cards- We had one, but forgot to transfer everything to the computer before we left

Laundry Soap, Quarters- I knew I needed to do laundry but forgot this stuff

Beach Bag/Purse- I haven’t been carrying a real purse, just a small clutch but I needed one while traveling. I ended up buying one at Bubba Gump’s.

Sun Screen & Aloe- Closer to the equator you burn easier.. we were in alot of pain for the last few days of the cruise!

Case of Water- We found out later that you could bring your own water to keep from buying their bottled water. I would have used the free water but it really didn’t taste that great.

Books/Magazines- I usually just read stuff online but without internet I was a little bored at times.

Walkie Talkies- We didn’t need these all that much but they would have been useful to use because I wasn’t paying to use my cell phone

Ballet Flats- I brought sneakers, flip flops and heels but I would have liked something to wear on formal night when my feet were done with heels.

Jacket- I would have really appreciated having a nice looking jacket with me, I was cold most of the time but didn’t want to dress down with my one long sleeve shirt

Watch- I needed mine because I wasn’t carrying around my phone. We always needed to know the time so we could get to dinner and shows and stuff on time.

Hair Ties/Clips- I took these with me but I needed the reminder to keep one on my wrist at all times, incase we wandered to an open deck

Swim Cover Up- I should have used this dress as one, but I just forgot it.

Goggles- It was so cool to see things in the ocean once we bought some goggles. I just wish I brought some from home instead of paying a ton at the beach

No Soda Card- We paid for the soda card for the week but found out it wasn’t worth it. It might be worth it daily but the days we spent at the different ports we didn’t order any soda or anything. The days we did order soda it was still kinda iffy about if we would have saved money on it or not.

Other Travel Tips:
Eating Out Of a Hotel Room: Vacation Money Saving Ideas
Airport Traveling Tips
DIY Personalized Suitcase
Motivational Credit Card Sleeves {Saving for Vacation Idea}