Monthly Archives: February 2011

The Puppy/Dog Toys Aren’t Lasting…

Do ALL puppies destroy their toys?

Had this


Plush Jack Toy

Bella de-stuffed it.   And a couple of these

Loofa Dog Toy

turned to poof in hours….  We realized we couldn’t buy any plush toys anymore.

We had this one in neon green.  She ate those nibbies first, then chewed through the web… it took a few days

Arachnoid Ball

This one we have –  she doesn’t play with it, so it is in good shape.  It must not be that much fun


This line of toys, Tuffies,  advertises that the are TUFF enough for BIG dawgs. They are not cheap –


I think we paid $20 bucks for this toy, desperate to find something that would last.  This was the Tuffy toy soon after we opened it

needless to say, we took that one back for  a refund.

These were my favorite – and hers….

Kookie Mallard

Kookie Chicken

but she destroyed them –    a  s l o w death….  feet first,  then hair, then beak….

no more Kooky Mallard feet….

No more Kooky Mallard Face

This used to be 4 times the size.  Slowly shes chewed it to pieces –

This one

is this

and this one

now looks like a plunger without a stick

The winners?   These

Bella has not made a chew dent in her Invincible Chains

and rubber pig

and rubber doggy

are still great playmates.    These two toys are made more of a flexible stretchy kindof rubber –   they seem to last better than the harder plastic/rubber ones that have all been chewed up.

SO…….     anyone have any durable toy suggestions for BIG puppies?


You Know, It’s Sunday… Come To Jesus

Such a pretty song, Come to Jesus by Chris Rice –

… and like a newborn baby,

don’t be afraid to crawl

and remember when you walk,

sometimes we fall

so fall on Jesus and live.

An Old Desk Top Gets An Aurastoned Facelift

My dad had this desk –  it used to have a hutch on top but that got beat up in a recent move, so they were only going to use the desk solo.  The top had some scratches as well –  mom figured she could get a piece of marble cut for the top –  I told her I’d fix it for her using Aurastone –

I posted about Aurastone before –    very cool stuff,  not DIY – you’d need training for this product – but not something I’d pitch for big surface areas, reason being I think it can be finicky and it isn’t cheap.  For me, using it for furniture updates, or small counter spaces – perfect.

Mom wanted black (dad didn’t care)

MESSY process so prep is involved.   See dad sitting in the chair reading his paper?  He commented something like ‘Jeez, are you going to set a bomb off or what???’

First couple layers is laying wet plaster/stone – when it dries it will become the base for all the colorants-

Then the fun begins…

Getting the edges so they look real…    one thing about these products –  you really don’t have (unless you do the same thing over and over ) certainty of HOW your finished ‘slab’ will  look like…. you have an idea, but there is  a lot of randomness built into it.  That can be surprisingly good or bad.

Certain tints used one way, others heavier and more pigmented, used to blast the surface with color….

Dad gets up to check out the process…

Now the heavy black goes on –  it will take over the ‘slab’  and hopefully my other colors will still make something of themselves….


Needs to dry


Time for the epoxy pour…

Once it leveled out, I torched any bubbles so they’d go away…

Cool veins from Krylon’s Webbing in a can-

All cleaned up and dry

loved it at this point – should have left it alone…

This is one of the reasons I’m not a super fan of this stuff – had a class, got instruction, have notes, have ‘how tos’….    at this point, a fine wet sand is done, then topcoated for even better durability.  Plus, the fine sand can give a ‘honed’ finish, knocking that high gloss down a bit.

Mom wasn’t big on the super sheen, so I went back to wet sand , and I ended up with this –  a foggy’ish looking surface

I hadn’t heard of that in class.  Nothing in notes.  This hadn’t happened when I’d wet sanded before, so ???????     When I called to ask ‘What the ‘hm hmmm’ is up???’   I was told it’s a common thing that can happen with the dark colors.   Really?    That sucks –  had this been for a client, and not a ‘favor’  for my parents, I’d have been in a bad spot.   I could have brought it back to life  by pouring another layer of epoxy over it , but the epoxy is expensive.

I got it to this using the topcoat –

Better than what it was, but not what I’d wanted…. 

My parents are fine with it – so they say –  but next time I’d leave it alone.

Swarovski Crystal Tile…

Decorative painters have been incorporating Swarovski crystals into their wall and ceiling finish designs for some time.   I’ve played on a few

but buried in tiles?  Luxury ceramic tiles, by  AlfaLux Ceramiche (photo installs compliments of Italian Tile of New York City)

Never seen this kind of tile, though it is available in the US

I wonder if it’s expensive?