Sunday, April 13, 2014

Random Post- a fire pit

The other night was one of those absolutely perfect evenings. Sitting outside around the fire pit, roasting marshmallows, enjoying the mild climate with the boys. I decided to grab my camera and mess around with some of the settings. You know, the ones I dont know anything about or how to use. Aperture, ISO, F-stop. All that good stuff.  I have the amazing camera and no idea how it works.  So I decided to sit back and play while gazing into the embers and flame. The first two photos here are on Automatic. I just let the camera do what it thought it should do.  Not too bad. but  i wanted to see what I could do with a manual adjustment, where I picked what aperture and what F I put it on and what ISO I chose.

Looks like a horse

another horse
As it got darker I had to start doing a trial and error type thing, to see what each one did.Some of these photos look pretty cool (in my opinion). I snapped a BUNCH, but only a few made the cut.

i THINK i've got it...boy george I think ive got it.  (Sort of. A little more practice)  

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Throwback Thursday...1980 and Farrells Ice Cream Parlour Birthday Party

So on Facebook I have been posting various TBT (Throwback Thursday) photos of myself when I was a know, way back in the LAST CENTURY.  When everything was orange...and velour.

This morning as I was sifting through my photos, I came across these two gems:

1980. My birthday.  Im front and center in yellow.

This party was in Columbus Ohio,  at Farrells Ice Cream Parlour. The waiters wore barbershop quartet type outfits, and they would bring you a GIANT bowl with an ice cream sundae in it,  and everyone would get a spoon and dig in. The theory was that you were supposed to scoop it out and have it in your own bowl...but that never happened. Everyone would just take their utensils and go to town from the same communal ice cream sundae.  Oh criminy, can you even imagine doing that now??  I am getting a nervous tick just THINKING about eating after everyone. all those germs and backwash. (Dry heaves commencing in 3...2...1...)

My supremely talented neighbor Margaret Harris (I STILL remember her name) made that Winnie the Pooh cake for me and the girl next to me with the blonde hair and the blue jumper tied at the shoulders was my BFF at the time, and partner in crime, Amy.
At one point Amy and I had matching shag haircuts. yep, that kind of makes us like war buddies in my opinion.

Farrells was my favorite place to go as a kid. I dont think they are still around, except in California.

Such an easy time. I am waxing nostalgic.

Kids these days dont understand, and I dont think they ever will. My childhood was amazing, and my children wont ever have these simple experiences that I did. They dont know what ice cream parlors are, they dont know what it is like to sift through photos..or having to take photos to a lab and have them developed and WAIT for them. They wont know what it is like to have a shag haircut, or bellbottom pants. They wont ever have a chance to play on unsafe playground equipment, or eat communal ice cream with 10 of their friends.  

Sad really.

TBT.  I feel old.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

So this happened...painted laminate countertops

The 1970s ugly laminate had to go. But we werent quite ready to invest in the granite just yet. So we decided to try a pinterest idea and paint over the countertops and seal them with a bartop epoxy resin.

So this past weekend we bit the bullet and did it. (Hubby wasnt 100% sold, but I said "Hey if it doesnt work we will be replacing them anyways. This is a trial"  He agreed)


I decided on a black base. I used Behr Marquee base primer paint, tinted to Off Broadway Black.
I bought a quart of it and painted the entire countertop the base coat.  I waited an hour and recoated. so I had two nice coats.

After just the base coat hubbs was impressed with the difference.  he liked just the base!
I was tempted to just keep it the dark color.  But wanted to try my hand at the faux technique.

I then took craft paint in 3 various colors: Slate Grey, pearlized white and powder blue and dabbed in random patterns, using small pieces of a natural sea sponge. It looked like a bunch of kitty paw prints all over the countertops, so I then took a cleaning sponge and cut it in half and used the black base and did random squares over that.  Then I took a dry paint roller and rolled everything together, giving it the subtle streaking and flecking I was looking for.

I then did 3 coats of quick drying poly, sanding in between each coat with 220 grit and 400 grit with my random orbital sander, just to seal in the colors and seal the paint.

We then taped up a couple of tarps and used a bar epoxy resin to pour over the countertops.
 We mixed part A into part B for 4 minutes. Then Poured into a clean container and mixed again for another 4 minutes.  (phew)
Pour over surfaces and spread with a squeegee or paint stick or putty scraper. This stuff is self leveling (if the temperature in your house is warm enough). I don't recommend doing this in the winter or in colder temps.  We had the heater on and brought in space heaters just to make sure we had the proper atmosphere while doing this. You have 15 minutes to play, and that's it. Seriously. After 15 minutes this stuff will ripple if you try and mess with it too much. So two hands are better than one if you are doing a larger area.

Its so shiny....

Now walk away.

Walk away for 24 hours. 
Dont touch.  Dont breathe on it. Dont even look at it.
after 24 hours you will be able to tell if you want a second coat or not.

If you are happy with it, then in another day you can start putting stuff back on it, as it will be fully cured.
It will be water resistant, and hard as a rock!

and the Hubbs??  He loves it.

Now next is to get rid of that faux brick veneer!
Then paint.
Then Backsplash.

so much to do so much to do!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Demolition of the tower of terror...

Out 1970s kitchen has had it coming for a long time now.  I have waited for this day for 10 LONG YEARS!!! And today it finally happened.  I tore down that bleeping tower of terror.
The oven tower and upper cabinets had blocked the view into the eating area, and basically cut the kitchen in half.  It made the kitchen look closed off and crowded and cramped.  I know this kitchen has great potential,  and the first step to unlocking its greatness was to finally start demolishing the eyesore.


So hubbs and I got out the prybars, we got out the oscillating tool, we got out the muscle and elbow grease and went to town...

took out the wall oven and needed to cut the tower in half, flush with the only demolishing half the tower.

AND after several long hours, we finally got everything out.  Phase one COMPLETE!!

 Still have tons of work to do, but at least those cabinets and that oven tower and GONE!

Next on the agenda:

getting rid of that faux brick veneer backsplash (gag, hate it). 
new countertops.
turning that end portion of the counter into a butcher block
new backsplash
crown moulding around the upper portion of the cabinets

now i can live with this for a little bit as we plan for phase two.

so happy right now.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Its that time of year again!!


Time to donate to a good cause!!

Raising money for the school and new technology for the school.
Foof will be running laps and you can donate per lap, or a flat rate.
Even just a dollar or two helps.!!!

so visit his page HERE:

His goal is to win the big prize this year, his last year in elementary school. so help a brother out.,


Thursday, February 20, 2014

New furniture. And its all mine.

In 17 years I have never owned a piece of furniture that was mine. Never.
When we first got married We had two floral couches that had at one time belonged to my parents. At the time they were about 10 years old.  A little careworn, but all in all pretty decent. We kept them for several years.
in 2000, after the passing of my sweet grandmother Bea, I inherited her couch and wingback chair with ottoman. This behemoth is colonial grey/blue and rust plaid tweed  and was at the time about 25 years old.It has seen 2 dogs, 3 cats, 2 children, and many other visitors. This couch has GOT to be about 40 years old. It has seen its day.
The couch downstairs is my parents old leather couch, which is at least 20 years old...and after 2 kids, 2 dogs, 3 cats etc you can imagine how good of shape it is NOT in.

My dresser in my bedroom is over 25 years old. Charles dresser is the same. They both came from my house from when I was growing up.The cedar chest at the end of the bed was my moms, a gift to her for her high school graduation (so it is 50 years old)... The kitchen  table was my grandparents. (But it is an ethan allen and will last forever). The Dresser in Preteen sons room was my dads. This dresser has to be almost 50 years old. It is HUGE and weighs a zillion pounds. Even his bookshelf was a goodwill find.

The only original furniture in this house is a bed that belongs to my teenage son (how fair does that sound?) and the bunkbed set that belongs to my preteen son.  dresser in teen sons room is original (it was his when he was baby, so he has outgrown it and needs new one).

I have decided that for the first time in my adult life I was going to be a real grown up and buy myself real furniture.  No hand me downs. No Goodwill finds.  MINE. ALL.MINE.

So As we were wandering around the store I saw this:
kind of looks like the chair from revenge

I fell in LOVE with this chair.  Absolute love.  I knew I would be walking out with the chair, no matter what so I had to find a couch that matched.  Usually people find a couch then match the chair.  Not me. I found the chair and needed to match the couch to it.  i Love this chair.
 So I found this: The couch is a darker color, to match the script pattern. The flash on the lower pictures made it look a little lighter, but it is a darker browner green.

I am just so in love with my front room now I want to spend all my time in there. 
I still need to repaint walls and switch out pictures and frames etc , but this is the general setup/gist of the room.
my storage table. Need to get some new knick knacks and figure out how to display

complete with our giant sized panther cat. This cat is 9 months old and is almost 16 pounds now.