Built-In Bookcases

I've been reading a lot of blogs recently and I decided to broaden my blogging scope. I don't need to have all my blog post about what I created with hot foil do I? So here are some of my other projects and creations:

I finally got my built in bookcases:

I needed a place for projects and homework and the dining room was where I decided to create my faux library. Rarely do we use a dining room - so I purchased a small round conference table from craigslist and new leather chairs from ballarddesigns .
This is where I now make cards, help with homework and of course play games.

To really make it work I needed a large bookcase to store all the "stuff" that goes along with those activities. And I needed cabinets below to hide it all

- after all it still is part of the Living Room....

So after having cabinet makers quote us prices ($4000 - $12,000), and searching for the right piece of furniture (especially the height - it's only 8' tall right there & 11' wide) I found the perfect piece to fit by parker-house and it was gorgeous. I almost bought it too and I would've loved it.

Isn't it pretty? The sale price as just over $3000 I went home to think about it and count my pennies, the sale expired and I waited for the next sale...

Then finally after searching everyday for at least 8 months I found the right size bookcase for sale on craigslist. A family was moving and couldn't take it. It wasn't perfect and it wasn't as pretty but they only wanted $250! and for another $40 they delivered it - SOLD!

I had to remove the pull out/swivel TV part attached to the middle section, and then I hired my favorite handyman to attach them to the wall and install the crown molding - didn't he get the crown stain to match perfectly?

The one thing I convinced myself I had to have was drawers on my bookcase - to hide crayons and coloring books etc.

I haven't had those made yet but I found this handy caddy at IKEA for now.

Now I have my $.10 on the $1.00 built in bookcase.

I'd love to hear your comments!


Design is still in focus

With Design still in focus I thought I would display a few other ideas with inspiration...

Again a Trash to Treasure Story inspired my mydeartrash

My first thrift store purchase..

I don't know what to do with it but it was cheap.
My first Hobby Lobby Purchase...

A fresh can of spray paint...

Spice Organizer (it's a lazy susan) I thought maybe a paper back organizer at first?

A book end?

These are my latest blog ispirations. I'm a newbie.


Blog Give Away!

Hot Foil Designs teamed up with My Dear Trash l to give away a set of my
Personalized Understated Elegance Notecards

These beauties are printed on emobssed notecards,
and come with matching envelopes.

Here are some other examples of my notecards...

^Caslon and Condensed Uppers;
Printed on 4x6 textured cardstock, with brown matte foil

^Monogram and Condensed mixed;
printed on Ecru with Deckled Edge, with silver foil

^Script; printed on Ecru Deckled Edge in Copper Foil

^Balloon type;
Printed on Understated Elegance notecard, with light purple foil.

They are all printed with my Hot Foil Imprinting Machine.
Here are the choices of "Type":

You also have your choice of colored foils in Matte (top row) or Metalic finish (bottom row):


Blue Foil Imprinted Baby Boy Gift Box and Tag

So I realized I really enjoy giving gifts..Well that is when I find the perfect gift for someone, and when I can wrap it up the way I want.
Here's not a perfect example. But I should give you some ideas of what to add hot foil to:

I took a plain orange box (purchased at a dollar store 2 for $1) I wanted to hot foil baby feet and "Oh Boy" on the box. The baby feet didn't work on this box so I made the tag to cover up my mistake. See my other card and tag making blog at http://cardmakingonthecheap.blogspot.com/ for more tag ideas.

Adding a bit of personalization to a simple box can really do the trick. Imagine a plain box with the recipients name imprinted with foil on the front, classy!

Oh and she loved it!