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Monday, October 26, 2009

A Repost and Credit Where Credit is Due...

Metamorphosis Monday is hosted by one of my favorite decorating bloggers, Susan at Between Naps on the Porch... If you'd like to see more of Metamorphosis Monday participants, link here to visit Between Naps on the Porch...
If you think you've seen this post before... you have. Yesterday while searching on the internet for another inspiration... I ran across the inspriation for my book Metamorphosis and wanted to give credit where the credit is due... read on...
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In the beginning, my books were crammed into this little flimsy bookcase and one other similar in my office... the books also resided on the floor, stacked in piles around the room, in the closet... well, you get the idea... though they were loved, they were certainly not cared for...

So, the first step... get the books to the dining room table and sort them... first by subject matter and then by size... and here they stayed for a couple of weeks...
until Ricky put my two large bookcases together... purchased at Target on sale for $80 each... a good buy considering the alternatives... Then I put the books on the bookcase in similar order as they were on the dining table... awaiting their next transformation...
I found a lovely idea in one of the many decorating and organizing magazines I consume each month. For the life of me I can't find the original inspiration; but when I do I will certainly give them credit here... In the meantime, just know that I was inspired by someone else's work...

UPDATE: I found my original inspiration... FLN Sarah Richardson's Room Service in an episode titled Moment's Notice... Now you can see what I saw... and give credit where credit is due... thanks Sarah... you're an inspiration!

I have found that in decorating, like the rest of my life, I'm very eclectic. In the bedroom, I like the serenity of Traditional; but in my pink bedroom, I like Shabby French...
In my office, I tend to lean more toward Traditional with a little French flair, lots of clean lines and organization... and so...

The book project.

You're going to need one of those craft cutting sheets made for a rotary cutter, a rotary cutter, a long straight edge... mine is a metal yardstick... and vellum by the roll. Oh, and of course, some books... lots and lots of books...
I found it easiest to measure the book's dust jacket, and then stick with the same size book when cutting the vellum...
be careful cutting... those rotary cutters are sharp!
I managed to get a little less than half of the books covered before I ran out of the two rolls of vellum. This is going to be a little more expensive than I had originally thought... but look!
Pretty books, all covered in vellum... I can still read most of the titles, but the books... they look so pretty and organized... I like this... I really really like this!
Hobby Lobby is closed on Sunday... good thing.. that means I don't feel compelled to run into town and buy more rolls of vellum! It can wait a few days... There is much more to be done in getting my office redecorate/declutter project finished... down here in French Lique!

17 comments:

KBeau said...

Good job. Neat, tidy (is that redundant?) and still functional.

bj said...

It all looks very nice, Dixie..
Happy reading!

mbkatc230 said...

I remember this post and just love the idea. Do you know if you could find similar paper in a different color? I'm getting hit with an inspiration stick here lol. I checked out the link and I LOVE that room. It's just gorgeous. Thanks for reposting this Dixie. Kathy

Angela said...

Hey Dixie!

That is really neat! I think it makes the books look more organized that way too!

Hugs,
Angela

texasdaisey said...

That is a really cool idea.
Debbie

Primitiques 'n Poetry said...

I really, really like this. A crisp look. ~Mindy

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Very nice Dixie...Now find you some time to sit and read ha ha!! Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

That looks so great! I'm impressed. laurie

SmilingSally said...

Good job, Dixie!

Dawn said...

Thanks for the sweet comment Dixie. It's been an up and down month and it's nice to hear from friends. Sorry I haven't been by in a while.

Love the vellum idea, it's like white washing them so you still get some color but it's toned down.

I can't imagine what its like being right in the middle of all those butterflies! We see a little bit of it here in CA (like your arrows show) but nothing like that photo or your description.
Hugs,
Dawn

Laura said...

Way to go Miss Dixie-
It looks great.

Laura

I need a rotary cutter now!

Laura said...

I just read your previous post Dixie.

Blogging takes on a life of its own- it also causes weight gain.
That's my story.

You just relax.

Laura

English Cottage in Georgia said...

Dixie, Love the black bookcase and your declutter project looks fantastic.
Oh how I miss Hobby Lobby....

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Dixie...I remember that post! It really does make a difference in the look of your bookcase! And by hte way, I do think you are right about that little thingy I found. I do think votives or something is missing! Have a great rest of the week!...hugs...Debbie

Janean said...

kiss for your paper cut, but so worth it, huh? also liked your clock post...have the same paris clock...set to paris time!

Candy said...

Love the bookcases and nice job on the books. Slow down with the sharp thingy ;-)
Miss seein or even blogging back and forth. I am on a bit of a blog slow down myself.
Hope all is well down there in F.L.
Be cool!

Lee said...

You are now on my blog list and don't you dare go any place cause I wanna share you with my readers.I love people with heart!
Lee
Thank you again. I am so warmed in my heart that you came by.