Hi, I’m Ali and I’m so happy you’re stopping by. I live in the country in Northern Alberta with my husband. I love to sew, bake, cook and create so blogging is a natural harmony of ticks for me.
A bit of background…
When my mom describes me as a little girl, I’m the one who woke up on Saturday mornings marching into her room asking “what are we doing today?!”
Clearly, I like to go-go-go.
I studied honours English at The University of Western Ontario, receiving my BA; also, I have a BEd from The University of Ottawa and taught high school English in Dallas, Texas for two years. Those two years were challenging, life changing, and inspiring all at the same time. Most recently I completed my Master of Leadership in Service Innovation, MLSI, from the University of Queensland. Since my first job in high school – making popcorn and dishing out ice cream at Pop’s Old Time Shoppe – I’ve racked up a decent sized resume. Over 15 jobs in 2 countries: 4 states and 2 provinces. The job I have now, working in recreation for municipal government, is my favourite. Such a joy.
My life in the country is awesome, yet doesn’t come without hard work. We have 3.5 acres and a lot of grass. Lily was our Great Dane and she’s the kindest, gentlest dog I know. Life on the acreage is pretty great and I don’t take a single second for granted. We’ve been here since 2011 and I doubt we will be moving any time soon.
Below is a family shot from Glacier National Park in the spring of 2016.
Above, that’s me on a Michigan hike. I love photography.
Oh my – that’s Miss Bella-rama trying to steal a marshmallow from me some summers ago. She was a sweet pup and we miss her dearly.
In 2019, just before the pandemic hit, we got an Afghan Hound – Daphne, or Daph-Daph or Daffer as we usually call her. She’s such a great addition to our family. She keeps us on our toes and ensures we get our daily walks!
Now, just a little bit about me!
Life has been so great to us and in the spring of 2016 we spent more than 3 weeks traveling Southeast Asia. Traveling is inspiring and eye opening. I’m looking forward to more exploring and adventures in the future – thanks for stopping by and learning a it about me.
Want to read a bit more on the name of my blog? Check out my history post!
We need to replace the frame on our 1971 Boler. Do we leave the wood in situ pending a replaced frame or upon removing the body from the frame can we cut the floor out?
I await your reply
Sounds like a fun project. Have you checked out our post on how to take the frame off a boler? If you’re replacing the wood in addition to the frame, you’ll need to do one section at a time. You can’t put the frame back on before replacing the floor – you’ll want to reconnect the frame to a solid floor. Hope that helps! We did replace the floor in Tipsy last summer, so it’s doable.
Brigette J Quinn
Hi Ali. I think you and I are kindred spirits! I love your blog. I have a 1973 Boler that is in for some repairs now after being vandalized while I was on the Pacific NW coast. I’ve been thinking of taking the Boler off the frame for a serious overhaul, but scared. Your blog really helps.
I’m both Canadian (originally from Ontario) and American. I think of myself as a North American now.
I also love to sew and learning to repurpose clothing. You have created some beautiful things! You a great inspiration. I’m also inspired by artists like Lana Saint Michel and have bought 2 of her designs so far. http://www.vgegallery.com/a-fabric-ated-life-lana-saint-michel/
She only sells at art galleries so her items are an investment for sure.
I have yet to purchase a serger, but considering…..perhaps after some lessons.
Thanks for all you do!
Thank you for the sweet note. I love that you have a Boler – yet sad to hear it was vandalized on the coast.
Hope all is well.
Hi Ali,I absolutely love your posts and
all your boler renos. I’ve always wanted one, but have never done a reno and have no idea how to . I live in Saskatoon and have been looking on line for one ,but cant seem to find any close by. Do you take orders ?
Thanks for reaching out – we don’t take orders. We do list them on Instagram and they’re first come, first served. Let us know if you’re on that platform since I have a list of people we tag when they’re up for sale. The next one might not be for a while since we’re putting our own boler (Tipsy) back in the shop to overhaul her again.
We’re renovating an old Boler but the previous guy pulled out all the inner skin. Have you replaced this, and if so, with what? How did you figure out what pieces to cut and how big to make them?
We have replaced it! Both on Tipsy and on Scooby Doo the Boler. Check out Scooby Doo’s After reveal. We used hull liner, or headliner which is mould resistant and keeps condensation at bay.
Hope that helps!
My husband and I are renovating a 1974 boler and I wondered if you might tell me where you order your boler fridges from (they look new). We are hoping to have our reno’s done this summer so we can use it but I have to say it’s been a challenge
Thanks and great blog
In most cases the Boler Trailers we’ve renovated haven’t had fridges, but rather iceboxes. We like the icebox functionality better, since then you don’t have to run your propane while in transport. We sand them down and paint them so they’re clean and fresh. In the Boler we’re overhauling right now we’re putting in an electrical fridge (just a little bar type one). Hope that helps!
And you’re absolutely right – working on a vintage trailer can present a lot of challenges – wishing you all the best.