Thursday, January 13, 2011

GRAPE Balls of FIRE!!!

GRAPE Balls of Fire!!!  I am SURROUNDED by grapes!  I know, I know...Of my OWN doings!  Its ok!  It will feel AWESOME when D.O.N.E.!!! 

OK...a few things before I get started...
1}  Continue to Link up To My Whassup Linky...it runs THROUGH Sunday...and I get Lots of hits on the Linky through the weekend!  SO!  That party AINT OVA'...No Way!
2} I got ANOTHER AWARD last night!!!  Heller!  Definately NOT tootin my own horn but Thanking God for the Blessings!  God  ROCKS!!!  I will probably share it on Monday...Ive got 2 FULL posts Today and will have one for Tomorrow...HOPEFULLY the FINISHED "Grape Vinyard" I have GROWING in my bar area!!!  Ive gotta get my HINEY in gear and get in there....It will take at least a couple of Hours to finish...Eeekkk!!!!   And YES!  My neck, arms, BUM THUMB, SLICED FINGER, back are all HURTIN!
3}  BIGTIME  WARNING...This Post is PICTURE OVERLOAD!!!   But I REALLY want to take yall through my Projects with me...So you can see WHAT exactly goes into them, BUT TWO...It makes me feel like I have my 800 Blog GURLZZZ  right there with me....{ ALMOST }  It would be WAAAAY more fun to have yall HERE...but im not having any luck trying to get yall to MOVE HERE!  Come on ladies!!!
4} This is the part where i am gonna tell yall I am NOT going to talk too much because Im "Brain Dead" and then later on in the Post Im gonna start YAPPIN like a Caffine LOADED Chihuahua!!!   BUT...just in case I DONT start YAPPIN...here is my statement that Im NOT gonna....we shall see...
And IMPORTANTLY!!!
5} I would like to know from yall if you think I post Too MANY pictures???  SERIOUSLY...Let me know in my comments under todays post...Be REAL...tell me your opinion...I want to ALWAYS strive to make my Blog better!  So, Too many Pics?  Just Right?  AND Im pretty CERTAIN that you wont say,
"NOT ENOUGH"!  LOL!

OK!   Onward, Decorating Divas!



This is where I started Yesterday....
Yeah.....It was a MESS!



Sheesh!  I just kinda "Flew the Coupe" after working on it the other day!  Hadnt TOUCHED IT!



And theres my daughters 3-4 day old drink!  GLAD it was juice and NOT MILK!  Eeeewww! 
PLUS...had to include this Pic to show our LOVE of our Texas Tech Red Raiders!!!   We BLEED Red and Black in this City, FO SHO!




Look how BARE the wall is.....CUZ its about to NOT be bare!



2 of the BEST GLUES MADE!  I have probably 800 tubes of this stuff!  And that 'Quick Grip' glue...WELL...God made that one!   Cuz it is QUICK GRIP!  Kinda like God said "Let there be Light"...He SAID "Bond Immedately" and put THAT in a Tube!!!  And he sells it at Hobby Lobby...Or other local craft stores!   IT AINT Playin'!!!  You better Stick it right the first time!  Or your gonna need Dynomite!    Well, you have a FEW seconds to reposition....But SERIOUSLY...its Tick Tock, Tick Tock with this stuff! 
Get er Done FAST!



Applied the Glue to the back....And NOT just that one little dot...I COVERED IT!



Stick it in place...Its Quick Dry...but since im dealing with GRAVITY HERE...Taped it in place to be safe!  Masking tape works best for Painting projects...Its stick "WORTHY" but MOST ALWAYS, peels off without removing the paint!



This project takes A TON of Stick the first in place....then step back 10-15 steps to see where your next item needs to be Stuck...to get it balanced and all!  Very Time consuming!  Uuugg!



Did one low to Balance the look from up high AND you want to make the eye travel down as well...REMEMBER...you want the eyes to do DIS: _-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_.....{ get it? }



 All in place!  Taped down and Im letting them set overnight, just to be safe!  The OCD, Perfectionist in me WOULD NOT allow me to move on to the next step!   They were STUCK and NOT goin anywhere...LIKE, if we had one of our Texas Tornados...We couldve held onto the STUCK ON grapes and we would still be Hangin there!   Ooohh!  IDEA!  Tornado warning = apply QUICK GRIP to our HINEYS and SIT on the Concrete...we wont BUDGE!  Again...like the LODGED Goldfish!



NEXT DAY!  Its time to remove the Tape!!!  Its KINDA like what I would IMAGINE plastic surgery would be like on a NOSE...Its all taped in place and you cant SEE the NEW NOSE...so the EXCITEMENT BUILDS till Bandage/ Tape REMOVAL!!!   To see the NEW NOSE!!!
Nose = Grapes....YEAH, I KNOW!  Shut Up Kara!   HEY!  It makes me FEEL a BIT like a Dr...so, Leave me Alone...A Gal can DREAM...Right?   Im actually just thinking of the NIIIICE Paycheck that comes with a New NOSE!  New Grapes...Weeeell...They dont PAY AS MUCH!  { Sigh }....Oh well...I HATE Blood and Needles anyway!  SOOO, that profession wouldnt last me long!  The first NEEDLE i see or DROP of Blood...Eeekk!  I would be Peace OUT Girl SCOUT!  { LOVE that phrase...I LEARNED the girl scout portion from Carrie at Dittle Dattle! }  THANKS CARRIE!   LOVE IT GIRLFRIEND...Uh, Girlscout!  HeeHee!



 GeeYaaw!  FOCUS Kara!  So THERE IT IS!  One grape cluster....Representin' the Chardonnay or White Wine Lovers...{ White is My COLOR choice of Wine }...



 And theres the other 3...But NOTICE: There are 4 total grape clusters...BUT, I have place them in a Grouping of 3 up high and 1 down low...AHHH-HAAA!  4 still equals ODD...its all how you Place things!



Ready for the next step...



Just wanted yall to see HOW COOL and dimensional these molds are...LOVE THEM!




And to add MORE dimension and to create that Vine Effect...Im adding some Grape Cluster stems...



I am Twisting and bending the stem around to get the EXACT POSITION I want....And will NO DOUBT, change 800 times during this process!  I SWEAR...I PICK at the stuff I do in my OWN HOME constantly!!!  YET, I can do a job for a client and Do IT and LEAVE knowing its Just Right! 
WHAT is THAT????   Do yall CONSTANTLY adjust stuff you have done in YOUR own HOME???
The Floral on my Dining room table...CANT HARDLY pass it without ANALYZING it and Jickin with it!
DRIVES me...And the HUB...CRAAAZY!



Oooohhhh!   LOVIN IT!  Its SOOOO rewarding to see when a Project starts to take shape!



 Loooovin!



NOW....To start applying the Leaves...FUN STUFF!!!



MY BABY GIRL!!!   She is my SHADOW these days and I LOVE IT!  She wants to be an Interior Designer when she grows up!  BESTILL my HEART!   Uuuhhh...right now....I KNOW that will MOST LIKELY change in ohhh, say about 7 yrs....and she wont be my shadow anymore either...BREAK my HEART!



 Gonna add some Twiggy Thingys to give more of a VINE look...



Just HAD to share my LATEST injury...this is when I SLICED into my NAIL and the tip of my finger...POOR KARA!




My lil SHADOW wanted to play Photographer...SO...CHEESE!  Again with the NO MAKEUP..OOGIE!



Adding twigs....I SPY a lil Munchkin in da Mirror!!!




Still adding Twigs and Grape stems for dimension...



NOW!  To glue all the leaves on...using that GOD GIVEN GLUE!   Since these dont weigh as much as the Grape clusters, i was able to hold them in place for a couple of minutes, and they were ON!



 I KNOW!  I spy that little amount of tape...Im a FREAKAZOID...OCD OCD OCD!




2 left!  YAY!   Im READY to get to the Painting of the whole wall!  Im READY to be FINISHED!  AAnd MOVE on the the NEXT Project!



Leaves ON...CHECK!



Twigs ON, CHECK!



 Grape stems, ON...CHECK!



LUVIN!



Hhhmm....NOT CRAZY about the "Maroon-ness" color of the grapes! { It reminds me of the Texas A&M Aggies }...Eeek!   Cant have THAT in THIS HOUSE!  Just Kiddin!  I REALLY just wanted them darker to tie in better with the Light fixture!



OMGosh!  Im am SO OCD, its SCARY!  I painted the grapes on the stems...to only change the color a SMIDGE!  Brother!



I wanted to Wrap the Grapes around the corner just a HAIR!  Again, doing that gives the treatment more dimension...



UUUUGGGGG!   For the LOVE of PETE!  I wanted THESE particular Grapes to be "Chardonnay!" 
MAAAAAYBE, I need Meds!



Merlot grapes are NOW Chardonnay!!!  COLOR ME HAPPY!  I will have to do another coat AND then do a Sealer to adhere the paint on...and give them some shine...



AND!  NOT lovin the Mossy Green of the Leaves that I SOOO PRECISELY mixed the color to be a few days ago!   Dang OCD!  But seriously...once i got the leaves up, it was too "Choppy" looking...The golden color will Blend better but still give the added touch needed...



MORE Painting to do here...



Aaahhhh!  MUCH better...A treatment like this can go TOTALLY WRONG if it becomes to "Choppy" or too "Busy"...Less color = less Busy....




OK!  MUCHO BETTER-O!!!   Mose simplistic with just the 2 colors...



All Leaves on and RE-painted...and Grape stems RE-colored with MORE paint!!!  IT NEVER ENDS!



NOW!  Time to get into the Joint Compound...Just if you dont know, this is the stuff they use to shoot the Texture on the walls of your home...AND , the stuff I use to apply a Faux Texture....I normally used this to create FULL WALLS of texture using a Puddy tool and just swipe it on, creating different textures, pits, indentions....all the things that a GLAZE finish will "catch in"...
Gaaaw!  Is this making any sence???  I feel like its a FOREIGN LANGUAGE...This stuff is a LITTLE tuff to explain....



Using a kitchen spatula { the flexible kind, Deeeer }...I begin to fill in the holes, blend the edges of the Grape and leaf applications....I LOVE this part!




You can see that when im putting up the TWIGGY THINGYS and the STEMS, I secure them with a staple gun...that VERY LOOSLY keeps them in place allowing me to step back and look at placement and if I need to RE-Place something...When all is EXACTLY where it needs to be, I then use Nails and thst GOD GIVEN GLUE! 



You know what???  Ah Buh Bye to the spatula!  Im just gonna DIG IN and use my fingers...WAAAY MORE FUN!!!   WoooHoooo!



Im filling in the holes and blending and about to add MORE leaves...





I clipped all these off the grape stems and now im gonna SHMOOSH them into the compound....it gives a really cool look!




 SHMOOSH!!!!



Ya know....All this WORK and all these Grapevines are TUGGIN at the need { well, NOT NEED } but would LIKE to enjoy one of these.....



Look at THAT!  You can see we are NOT big "Drinkers"...I have 1, YEP...ONE bottle of wine in the WHOLE Wine frig!  Call me if your coming ova'...Ill make a Trip to the store!   We would have SOOO MUCH FUUUUN!



 UmmHummm!  Gonna finish up this work day with one of these!  HEY!  I think Ive earned one...RIGHT?



 OK!   Back on Job!  FOCUS  Kara...



Starting to take shape!   But still a bit more to do...Who DOESNT LOVE playin in mud?!
 FUUUN STUUUFF!!!



SHMOOSHED more of those leaves into the mud....



 Cheers!  Heres to NEARLY DONE ....for today!   Holy Shnikes!  Again with the NO MAKEUP!  Sooo
Soooory!  Well, yall know I LOVE YA when I go in front of yall lookin like this!  Eeekkk!




 Doing the same up here...More SHMOOSHING!



 Aaaaand...Over here!!!



So this is where we end for the day....MUST let it cure overnight!  Cant wait to get started on the FINISHING Phase!



OH!  And here is my bar sink that I LOVE!   Love the Fluer de Lis!




AND the lil Munchkin wanted to be on here today!  SO...There she is!   NOT a HAM at all!  HA!

OK....So, I hope i didnt give yall OVERLOAD!

Im off to get back to it!  Cant wait till later to come see what all you Decoratin Divas are doing!!!

Include God in your life today!  You will be SURE to have a BLESSED ONE!

xoxokara

31 comments:

Tete said...

Waiting for tomorrow!

Liz said...

Hey Kara,
I'll be over in a few to have a drink, or two!! Haha! Wow, what a job, what a process. I will be anxiously awaiting the reveal. You are amazing, I would have never in my wildest dreams have thought up such a great idea. I love grape/wine themes...so this is exciting to watch!

I hope your finger heals fast and feels better, ouch!

By the way, your daughter is beautiful just like her mommy!

Have fun today! XOXO ~Liz

xinex said...

Nice addition, Kara. Makes me feel like I am in Tuscany looking at your home. Your daughter is so cute!..Christine

Allyson Pecilunas said...

I love it Kara! I have a wine theme going on in my kitchen, so I love this!! Great job girl. You crack me up you are hilarious. Can't wait to see the finished project. Have a good day!

~Allyson~

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Awesome job girl...I love it and cute muchin also...Hugs and smiles Gloria

Traci said...

Well, you didn't disappoint. I kept wondering, where's the wine? BOOM! It appeared! HA! Your daughter is just too cute! I can't wait to see how everything's going to look once you're finished!

Jemsmom said...

You are one amazing woman! That is just beautiful and I can't wait to see it done! Your daughter is a beauty and so are you!

Becca said...

What a cool idea !! I love your step-by-step pics ... wish I had a place to try this. I have a feeling Liz will have a grape wall soon, too !! Love it. Can't wiat to see more. Your little shadow is precious. :) Hugs. xoxo

The Decorative Dreamer said...

It's wonderful so far, waiting on the reveal! So sorry about your finger too!

NanaDiana said...

I think you ought to quit right now...just a thought~ ;>) I can't wait to see the finsihed product....and, after all that chat, I think you could go with a FEW glasses of wine just to calm ya down! hugs- Diana

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

This is looking incredible. I love it. You are so creative. Hugs, Marty

Debbie said...

I can't WAIT to see the rest of it. It is going to look fabulous. I just know it.

About the pictures: I'm one who likes a lot of pictures. I would just edit to leave out the ones that are creepy and scary like that mutilated finger and the face with no make up.

Ha! Such an easy set up for that one, wasn't it?

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