Sunday, December 02, 2007

Another day, same mosaic

If your looking for something new it isn't here! Still at it. But I'm going to make a bold statement this morning and say THIS will be my last day mosaicing. (Other than the day I grout.) I will enlist anyone who walks through my door so beware! Both of the kids spent the night at a friends last night. John is gone to work (workaholic). They have to come home sometime...

My hands are taking the brunt of the whole thing. I did Babzy's thing last night and put lotion on and then the gloves before bed. Helped a lot. Then this morning I picked up the laundry basket and winced a little. Yes, the hands are slowing me down BUT I am determined to finish this beast today!!! And it will all be worth it.

The right hand corner and wall completed!





The left hand corner.



Finally the left hand wall and today's goal.



In case you are wondering, yes there is no glass in my cabinets but I believe that Mr. Shoemaker (as in the shoemaker's children have no shoes) will be taking care of that when I'm finished. We moved across the driveway and into this house at least 5! years ago and never could figure out what kind of back splash we wanted or find the kind of glass we wanted. But now it's ridiculous. I am determined to have my kitchen finished.

I found some bisque (as in unglazed tile) outlet covers so when I am done I can glaze these to match the mosaic and fire them in the kiln. Unfortunately the actual outlets will still be white. I'm not really aware of anything I could paint them w/that would stick.

22 Comments:

Blogger No said...

Lookin' good!

12/02/2007 10:43:00 AM  
Blogger Hayden said...

wow. WOW. what an inspiration!

12/02/2007 12:09:00 PM  
Blogger Carla said...

Incredible!!

Do you guys want my 700 gallon build your own pond kit? Maybe John wants to build you a pond??

12/02/2007 12:36:00 PM  
Blogger ┬┐Yh8? said...

You GROW Girl!!!!!!
Heh heh! Like McDonaldz "I'm LOVIN IT"!!

12/02/2007 01:10:00 PM  
Blogger enigma4ever said...

SooooooBelllllaaaaa....beautiful.....bella.....now about your poor hands....have you tried "UDDER CREAM", they sell it at most pharmacies, it is yes for cows ( no offense dear)....but it is wonderous....now the other thing that works on really Wounded Hands, is diaper rash cream ( there is one made by Crabtree& Evelynne- I will try to find the name for you....)

take care ....you are almost done...and the kitchen is so lovely....

12/02/2007 02:53:00 PM  
Blogger Sornie said...

That tile work is insanely intricate and I can't even get started on our rather basic bathroom design. I applaud you.

12/02/2007 05:09:00 PM  
Blogger betmo said...

you might be able to buy new outlets and just replace them with a color that more closely matches- maybe the off white ones. hubby replaced some of ours- and i think it would just be a matter of reconnecting a couple of wires. looks fantastic though!!! no one is going to notice if they stay white!

12/02/2007 06:58:00 PM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

I bet you're super tired and your poor hands!! Honey, if I knew your last name or snuck it out somewhere, I'd gladly get your some great hand lotions to recuperate!
I am VERY impressed!!
hugs
Ingrid

12/02/2007 07:52:00 PM  
Blogger Babzy said...

WOW - your project is much bigger than I expected. It's really beautiful.

12/02/2007 09:55:00 PM  
Blogger la bellina mammina said...

will you do my kitchen.....????? :-)

12/03/2007 03:37:00 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

It does get hard at the end. But take your time. After all you've waited five years, what's another week!

12/03/2007 05:39:00 AM  
Blogger Casdok said...

Wow! Looks fab!

12/03/2007 05:50:00 AM  
Blogger Spadoman said...

A commercial lighting and fixture wholesaler might have outlets in color. I know they make them.

Otherwise, a time consuming chore would be to remove them, (Unhook from electric current), seal the slots and spray paint with Krylon that adheres to plastic. I also have used Testers brand model paints on plastic and it works. Prime first with a flat finish, then paint.

Looks beautiful, really. Worth the work in the end. I can see the "This Old House" episodes in 2069.
"No here is an unusual back splash. I think we must preserve it as it adds such character to this house"

Peace to All.

12/03/2007 07:01:00 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

You ARE almost there! A beautiful job, too! You really had a good vision. This work is perfect in your kitchen.

12/03/2007 09:29:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

No- I've lost you again. Where the heck are you?

Hayden- If you are inspired to mosaic this much hire people to help! Ha!

Carla- Okay we'll take it.

Y- Thank you SO much for the button! I love it!

E4E- I am going to the store right now!

Sornie- Thank you. Once you start, well you'll have to finish or you won't be able to use your bathroom. I mean we haven't really used the kitchen for over a week now.

Betmo- I think the off-white will be better. John just changed a bunch of them because the place that sells the bisque covers that you can glaze only had covers for certain types. Wait until I say ummm...could we change them again. I guess I'll wait until I put the covers on and see how it looks.

Ingrid- You are so kind. I would happily tell you my name but I wouldn't want you to go to that trouble. I am sure I will find something when I go out. Thank you for caring.

Babzy- As my mother said "That's not a backsplash that's a wall!" If she'd only said that before i started.

La Bellina- Sure! If you have a lota lota $$$ ;)

Cream- I just finished and you are right. I couldn't have done anything but take my time at this point. All the steam was gone. Luckily my daughter helped pull me through to the end. I did it!

Casdok- Thank you.

Spado- I found red, blue, orange a grey so far. Thank you for the painting tips. I'm going to try it. I have had customers ask me to paint them before.

I love the "This Old House" thought. It makes me laugh. I was thinking while I was doing this, what if the next people who live here walk in and " I hate it!" and rip it down. You never know. Every time I say I want to move the kids object. I am a sucker for my kids.

Carol-I finished! Yeah!!!!!! All that is left is grouting.

12/03/2007 04:28:00 PM  
Blogger No said...

Don't worry, Mary, I'm still lurking about...just decided, for the 1069th time, that I am addicted to blogging, and I limiting myself to only commenting.

12/03/2007 05:51:00 PM  
Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

Grout on, oh brave Lady! Tenacity be thy middle name!

'Sides that, it's damn pretty as well!!

12/04/2007 01:55:00 AM  
Blogger CHEWY said...

Wow more pix! Look how the tile mosaic reflects on the counter top.

The hands suffer for now. The eyes water at the artistic beauty.

12/04/2007 09:10:00 AM  
Blogger Easybreathingfella said...

Hi Mary,

I can see I must drop by more often,what a fantastic mosaic. But more to the point trhe fantastic talent that was able to put it there.

If you fancy popping over our kitchen could do with a face lift?

If the results of chilling out can produce this type of talent, then I'm with you my friend (Ref to my last blog)

Best wishers to you and yours for a peaceful and joyful Christmas.

Luv

Keith x

12/04/2007 10:09:00 AM  
Blogger TomCat said...

Looks great Mary. You gonna do one for me when you get done? ;-)

12/04/2007 03:13:00 PM  
Blogger Krissy Doyle said...

Doesn't Michael come home tomorrow? Happiness!

12/04/2007 05:24:00 PM  
Blogger enigma4ever said...

Goood Wishes for tomorrow...many hugs and light and love your way....we all will send you good thoughts to you and your family....namaste...

12/05/2007 01:45:00 AM  

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