Monthly Archives: March 2010

A Tile Bartop Gets Aurastoned….

My last post took our bar down memory lane – this post reveals the changes I just made , last week,  to the marble top –

I didn’t mind the bar the way it was.  But Mark hated the tile – it had several areas where the finish had eaten away.  I didn’t think it was noticeable, but it bothered him.  Probably a lot of this-

helped cause the damage?   🙂  A couple months ago I went to Chicago to learn a new product – Aurastone.  (you can read about that here) I’m quite excited about it.  Of course, like any other new product line or finishes I learn – and this is a whole different system than I’m used to – I  ALWAYS, not only come home and create numerous samples, to see what I can do with it, but more importantly I USE it – I try it out on real surfaces, not just samples.  This is key to succeeding in offering quality finishes to clients.

The bar was a good place to start.  Prepping –

Building a base of stone –

Ready to work my artistic magic –

Waiting for it to dry…. its bizarre, dries much lighter-

Time for a pour of Auraclear –

All cleaned up, ready to go!

Isn’t it pretty?  Commercial, Residential,  Furniture tops…. Art pieces…  Interested in having something Aurastoned?  Give me a call – Fabulous Finishes, Inc.

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How Time Changes…Decor, Bar Counter, Life, Styles…

We moved into this house in the Fall of 2000.  It was a different kind of neighborhood –   an eclectic mix.  Everyone seemed to do their own thing.   Our old neighborhood was filled with young tots and young parents.  By the Fall of 2001 I found myself wanting to reach out – if the friends don’t find you, go find them!  I devised a Christmas Holiday invitation and went around our neighborhood placing them in mailboxes.   It ended up being the start of a great run of holiday parties – I think that first year maybe 30-35 couples visited?   I rifled through old photo discs, to refresh my memory – I can’t believe how time has changed things…

Our first party, that December of ’01-  we hired a bartender to run the bar –

I think maybe 30-35 couples visited?  The men flocked around the bar –

That picture reminds me of the lower bar counters when they were hunter green formica.   The bar stools were hunter green too, six of them,  left behind by the original owners….    The bar was put to good use –

The next year we did it all over again.  More came.   This food photo cracks me up – do you see the plastic crane kid toy peeking out from under the table cloth?  And way over to the left is Julia’s plastic bassinet….   Our basement was the kids domain, when party time arrived, I’d shuffle and hide all the toys, making it look more grown up –

Wow,  I was still in my 30’s here…. that pool light is gone…. the wall sconces are gone…. the carpet isn’t green anymore…..

Oh how a bar draws a crowd…. Mr. Bartender was still around,  but Mark always liked being behind the bar… cooking up crazy drinks or shots you light on fire…..

Please don’t get the wrong impression-  we aren’t like this all the time  🙂  –  this was something that started, and became an event to look forward to…. neighbors, bustling and busy all year, running their businesses, lives, shuffling kids etc, and not finding much time to meet up with their neighbor friends –  we all knew that come December we’d meet up again,  and share some fun and laughs –

Whats crazy, looking back on all these photos?  How LIFE has changed.  So many divorces…. friends that have moved away to chase a new job…..  an economy that plummeted and forced some  out….

A moment in time, when all is good, and you have NO idea what is coming down the road…….

We had name tags on~  too funny.  By 2005,  different bartender (she was awesome),  faux’d over those hunter green formica counters,  added a marmorino finish to the backsplash, and backsplash lighting-

Smile.. Smiling  makes you happy……

Play bartender, if that makes you happy ….. it certainly made others happy!

The barstools have changed,  the green carpet is gone .. tile is now around the bar…. and again,  I can look at this picture and see those that have moved on…….

I think 2006 was our last big Christmas bash.  Time changes everything.    Fast forward to 2010 ….   the marble top bar gets a facelift –   Come back, next post,  and see how!

You Know It’s Sunday, Lead Me To The Cross…

Hillsong’s song, Lead Me To The Cross,  says it all this Palm Sunday….

Crazy Shoes, Crazy Prices.

Got an email from Neiman Marcus – a bold, bright sandal enticing me to shop –

Wow,  845 bucks!     These crazy ones are $1250 –

I’d feel like I kicked someone’s animal and it held onto my ankle!  What do I know,  maybe they’re prettier on.   I’d wear the next pair, but could never afford $975 for a pair of sandals….

Doesn’t this look like that ribbon candy?  $875…..

Seriously?    What is this?

Don’t the shoes seem really, I don’t know, full of shoe?   $875 bucks again!

I do like this pair …  If I was rich I think I’d have something fun like this – and wouldn’t choke on the feathers OR the $830 price!

Earlier this week my daughter and I made a trip to DSW – Designer Shoe Warehouse – she needed a new pair of running shoes for track, and DSW has alot to choose from at discounted prices.  We checked out row after row after row of Spring/Summer sandals… I even took a picture of her trying on a pair for fun –

Heres that pair in black,

much more reasonable price, eh?    DSW had some big, bold and sometimes crazy sandals,  but regardless of style,  the prices were all under $100 –

S&M style booties-

Is it because I’m 46 that these shoes look impractical?  Or is because we don’t go anywhere anymore?  Maybe it’s because my shoe size is is 9 1/2 -10 and these shoes never look so ‘cute’ or ‘fun’ in boat size…..

I remember Dr. Scholl’s being the rage when I was young.  I’m not sure why, looking at them now,   but they must be doing something right because they’re still around –

I did like these –

and these, but was too cheap to pay 50 bucks for a pair of flip flops –

I ended up with these Guess flip flops,  $29.95 –

I just noticed, in that yellow sandal photo above, that Julia’s got the same long toes I was cursed with.  I joke that if I ever lost my hands, I’m sure I could learn quickly how to paint with my feet!