I’m ready to throw in the towel

I wanted to make some changes in the guest room.

  • My wife and I were getting things ready for her parents to visit.

They were going to come to our house and stay for three weeks and we wanted everything to be perfect. We decided to make some major changes in the guest room. We got rid of the old carpet and we painted the walls. We bought a brand new queen size bed with new sheets, pillows, and a comforter. Since the guest room is farthest away from the HVAC unit, there are often indoor air problems in that part of the house. I didn’t want my wife’s mom and dad to be uncomfortable during their visit, so I decided to install a ductless mini-split HVAC unit in the room. I found several mini-split HVAC units online, and I purchased a piece of equipment that came with step by step instructions and a video. I was certain that I would be able to complete the HVAC insulation job on my own. When the machine arrived in the mail, it took two guys to carry it from the front to the front door. I tried and tried to read through the instructions and watch the video. Unfortunately, it was much more difficult than I anticipated. When I was ready to throw in the towel, my wife and I called the local HVAC company for help. Luckily, they ‘re happy to come help us with the installation. They didn’t even charge much money to complete the job. When my wife’s parents came to visit, they were really surprised by all of the changes.

Home owner solutions

I bought a new home

I have been bugging my wife for the past year about moving to another house, however the two of us live in a arena now that has bad indoor air quality plus the Heating plus A/C plan that the people I was with and I currently have is just terrible! Not only is the Heating plus A/C plan terrible, however I assume like the people I was with and I spend every spare penny just paying for our heating plus cooling bills every week; I assume like our money is literally going right out the window with our heating plus cooling bills.

I would like to buy a house that’s more energy efficient than the 1 that we’re residing in now. Unluckyly, the people I was with and I don’t truly have the money to buy a better home right now. The two of us are toiling on paying off 1 of our cars plus my wife says that once that is done the people I was with and I can talk more about moving. I keep thinking that if it wasn’t for all of the ridiculously high heating plus cooling bills that the people I was with and I have to pay here every week, the people I was with and I could truly be saving lots more money to transfer out! I like the plan of residing in an energy efficient house with maybe a heat pump or a ductless mini split unit as our heating plus cooling system. If the people I was with and I could find a arena with radiant heated flooring, that would be even better. I guess I should just focus on 1 thing at a time, though, moving to an energy efficient house with fantastic indoor air quality is at the top of my wish list, though. It’s going to happen sooner or later, I just guess it.

Air quality products

Who can handle wedding invites?

My soon to be husband and I are entirely excited to be planning our wedding. We have the venue, the dress, the flowers, the band, the cake, the shoes, we are on top of it. What we are looking for now, though, is a reliable, affordable printing business for our invitations. We are somewhat new to the area. We graduated from the school just outside of town and found jobs here. So my husband and I do not know which printing service is the best printing business for our wedding invitations. All of the printing services have great reviews on social media, although I was hoping for some personal perspectives on the printing services around here. Which of the printing services offers wedding invitations? Which printing services have the best prices for what you get? Which printing services have the largest variety of choices? Which printing repair has the best staff? Questions like this are hard to answer with a quick google search. I’m hoping to find a printing service with a fine rate. My husband and I are willing to pay a little more for the perfect invitations. We want a nice staff member working with us on the invites too. We don’t want our wedding invitations to look just like everyone else’s. It is hard locating the right business in town. It is difficult knowing who gives off quality work without actually ordering some invitations online. By then though, I would be stuck with that invite and need to use it.

 

 

Product printing

You can decorate via printing

As an interior designer, I have seen it all.

I get a lot of clients who just want to do the latest trend.

In any industry, fashions and patterns tend to emerge from what is popular. One thing that became entirely known a few years back was decorative solutions through printing services. There were plenty of decorative solutions for scrap books, school projects, etc. but legitimately utilizing the printing industry as a decorative solution for your house only became popular around 5 years ago. You can have printed patterns on your bathroom walls. Your pool pavers can look cracked. You can even put it on the floor tile or the ceiling if you want. The easy thing about using printing services as decorative solutions is that you don’t have to worry about driving a nail through your wall. You don’t need to be concerned about leaving a large mess with paint or wallpaper. The decorative solutions that printing offers legitimately makes it easy to peel and then stick your decorations wherever you want in your home. If you ever change your mind, these decorative solutions are easy to change out. It makes for a quick house improvement project. A new trend coming along is 3D printing. You will eventually have the option to print your own decorative solutions for your home! Printing services will likely need to adapt to keep up with what I suppose will be a growing demand. I imagine that this printing solution might be slow coming for now- 3D printing still tends to have that feeling of looking like an action figure.
custom label printer

The town’s printing business

I have lived in a tiny town my entire life.

Yeah, I live in an even smaller town than I grew up in, but small towns are basically the same all over.

One thing that’s always certain, no matter which small town you head to, is that there’s always a local printing business that gets all of the nearby school’s/schools’ business. When I moved to my new location, I was shocked to find that my new small town had no such printing business. With my degree in graphic design, I saw a real chance to make money by offering printing services. I got a small company loan plus opened my printing shop 2 years back. I offer all sorts of products. I can do decorative printing solutions, printing services for birthday invitations, lamination, tagless t-shirt printing, you name it! If you want it printed, I’ll get it done for you. Probably my best business is the tagless t-shirt printing. It is easily my largest source of income. It’s one of the few businesses left where online ordering doesn’t take over. The thing about tagless t-shirt printing- especially for schools- is that people have a particular idea in mind that they want printed on that t-shirt. If you can’t make the exact needs online, it feels like a waste of cash, time and effort. I work hand in hand with the students and even teach them how to use the tagless t-shirt printer. I’m proud to be this town’s trusted printing dealer. If you’re in the area, I hope you’ll head over.
Used equipemnt

Custom made fish tank stand

When I first started dating my boyfriend, he had a small fish tank with a few fish.

I thought it was a cool hobby and supported him in this.

Over the years, this small fish tank has turned into a 100 gallon tank with stones, sand, and 20 fish of all different species. I love the fish tanks, but they are a lot of work. They are great to observe and watch grow. When we got the biggest tank, we had to have a custom made stand built to support the weight. Only a custom made stand would be able to meet the needs of the amount of weight that is required for this kind of thing. The custom made stand had to be carefully designed in order to hold up to a thousand pounds of weight. Water is very heavy. When you start to add rocks and sand for structure, it gets even heavier. In order to support this, we had to have the woodworker that would be designing the fish tank come over to the house to take a look at the equipment. Another thing that had to be considered was how the stand would look in the house. This is a durable and expensive piece of furniture that I knew we would be keeping for many years to come. We had to consider that one day, we might not have the fish tank anymore, and it would be nice to use the custom built stand for something else. I suggested that the stain be a neutral color so that in the future, it could be used for something different.

 

 

Paradise valley manor

Custom made coffee table to match the sofa

For many years, I have saved my money in order to be able to design a custom home for me and my family.

The custom home would consist of a new kitchen with custom built cabinets and custom furniture in each room.

As I was putting all of this together, I realized that I would need to have custom pieces designed to go with the other custom furniture I started a few years ago. I forgot that I had started this project a few years ago before I knew how expensive it would turn out to be. I was shocked to find that this is such an involved process! The people who make custom furniture have more attention to detail than you could imagine. It is nice to be able to pick out exactly what you want and then have someone build it for you. Buying cookie-cutter furniture is nice for people on a budget or in school, but most people don’t realize how amazing it can be to have custom furniture in their homes. It makes everything a conversation piece! I love how naturally conversation flows over a custom built piece of furniture. It provides the perfect opportunity to provide the name of the business that brought your custom made furniture to life. It is exciting to see the furniture you have always imagined in your head in the middle of your living room and knowing that it will last a lifetime is a great thing.

High end furniture

My boyfriends sofa

On our first date, we had tacos and margaritas at a local mexician restaurant.

I knew I was going to like this guy from the second he ordered guacamole without asking.

On first dates, I always wonder to myself silently “what does this guy’s house look like..”. Sometimes, I am able to predict it pretty much anything! It is funny that there are so many different types of furniture styles. Some people buy cheap furniture that won’t last longer than their lease, and some people keep old, but sturdy, pieces of cherrywood furniture until they meet a girl, like me, who insists on upgrading or refurbishing. The first time I stepped foot in my boyfriend’s house, I saw it. The sofa that had been passed down from family member to family member. The sofa looked comfortable which is the first sign that it probably smells bad. There were no throw pillows, and the coffee table was made from that awful plasterboard. The coffee table was falling apart, and part of me thought that if I placed my glass of wine on it, it might collapse right in front of my eyes. Of course, I did not say any of this while I was at his house for the first time. I simply went home and admired my custom made coffee table and refurbished bookshelf that I sanded myself. A year later when we moved in together, I told him that the coffee table had to go. I was surprised it even lasted that long! As for the sofa, it is now in the man-cave. I had to explain to him that just because a piece of furniture was comfortable, did not mean that it was acceptable to keep for 20 years.
Classic elegance

Custom furniture 101

When I was able to save enough money to finally build the home of my dreams, I started looking at custom furniture almost immediately.

When you are building a home, you have the freedom to create a space that is the exact size, shape and color that you imagine.

From basic to unique, there are so many ways to go about building the perfect home for you and your family. I have a friend and he owns a furniture building company. He has told me about the most wild pieces of custom built furniture that you can imagine! Some of the things he has built look like they’d belong on a Hollywood set. In the beginning of his days of creating custom furniture, he would make things like bar stools to fit a counter that was not a standard size. You have to think, once you start building a house, nothing is going to be standard. A custom built table requires custom built chairs to match while a custom built vanity requires a custom built stool, and so on. If you are not prepared to fork out a ton of cash on these custom built pieces of furniture, it might be worth it to hold out until you are financially stable enough to do so. People who build custom furniture usually charge a lot of money for their time and labor. The costs of wood can also range from average price to an insane amount of money. Most wood used for custom made furniture is of great quality and will last for many years.

 

Tuscan beauty

Building a dream home

I always knew that I would want to build my own home one day. I have rented apartments, houses and condos and all I have ever wanted was a house I could design and call my own. I knew this would come later in life, and not necessarily be easy or cheap by any means, but it was a dream that I had since I was a little girl. Many girls dream about a dream wedding, but I always dreamt about a house. I have never been into fairy tales or princess stories. Instead, my dreams consisted of custom built furniture, sketches of a spacious kitchen coming to life, and natural wood furniture. I have never been a fan of cherrywood furniture that seems to haunt everyone’s childhood home. I was always thinking of ways to renovate something old and boring into something new and fun. I took a liking to details at an early age and was constantly eyeing furniture in other peoples homes. In my childhood, I would spend hours drawing the inside of houses and arranging the furniture on paper. I remember drawing details on dressers down to the shape and color of knob I wanted in the room. For some reason, the sofa was always the hardest for me to draw. I didn’t think that this would be too difficult, as it is only 3 sections and some curves, but the sofa was always so difficult. I would spend days on one piece of furniture, hoping to create a magazine-esq look by the end of the day.

Sofa