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Thursday, December 29, 2005


I have started on the mosaic for the bar front at our Casa del Mar Tapas Bar and Grill!
The border is black, red and yellow. That was easy to do!
The hard work was to decide what design to use the mosaic... I have played around with mosaics in the past but not on such large scale.

I started and let my artistic mind wander. It is just a succession of swirls made with square bits of tile and then filled in with different colours.

The photo doesn't do the colours justice because they are much brighter in reality. What appears as cream is really bright yellow. I will take a photo when it's finished. Posted by Picasa


Blogger carla said...

Oooh...this is going to be very pretty! I love the swirly patterns and I love these bright colors. It looks like a great project too. I can't wait to see the finished product! Funny...we have been looking at glass tiles for a backsplash in our kitchen, and in my travels I keep finding sites with gorgeous mosaic tiles. It makes me want to make a mosaic instead of a more conservative treatment. Maybe I'll make something little just for fun. Did I say Happy New year yet? If not..well, then...and if so, well, then...Happy New Year:>

29/12/05 9:06 PM  
Blogger cadiz12 said...

beautiful! reminds me of gaudi's benches at parque guell... love the colors. :)

29/12/05 11:48 PM  
Blogger juliana said...

That's really nice. You know what, I have to go to the U.K. and go to your tapas bar! It is my new goal in life. I have to go to your restaurants and see what they're like with my own eyes and taste buds. :)

30/12/05 2:55 AM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

cream, this is so impressive! I love this and it is so nice that this creative facet of you will be greeting people at your tapas bar. yes i will meet juliana at your tapas bar too! you are a marvel!

30/12/05 5:07 AM  
Blogger Janet said...

I'm impressed! I've always wanted to do tile work (even going so far as to buy the tiles and supplies for my kitchen). ...but I never get up my nerve to start.

30/12/05 5:15 AM  
Blogger juliana said...

Party at Cream's tapas bar!


30/12/05 1:33 PM  
Blogger Hayden said...

ohhh, WOW! I'm loving this - and if the colors are even better it must be dazzling. Just wonderful. Can't wait to see the photo of it finished.

30/12/05 2:33 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

You are having fun aren't you!

Everyone will go crazy for your bar!

30/12/05 7:41 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Thank you all for the lovely comments! It is very easy apart from the fact that it takes a long time! Tomorrow I shall finish the central part. No idea what I am gonna do. I just hope I finish before the midnight celebration starts!

30/12/05 8:30 PM  
Blogger Brian the Mennonite said...

I love it. Is this an area where bar stools will be placed? Is there under-the-counter lighting here? Just curious. I have a thing for bars and restaurants. I thought of opening one up myself once.Who knows...I may suddenly change careers like you. Good luck and I wish I could be there to see it. Perhaps I'll come to the party that Juliana is calling.

30/12/05 9:44 PM  
Blogger cream said...

It won't be a traditional tapas bar because food will be served at the tables so there won't be any stools to hide the mosaic. There is under-counter lighting.
Hoping to open 3rd week in Jan if everything goes according to plan.

30/12/05 10:11 PM  
Blogger hobbes said...

Brilliant brilliant brilliant! I know the tapas bar is going to be a great success - have a very happy new year, and thanks for all the wonderful posts.

30/12/05 11:02 PM  
Blogger Viking054 said...

Oooo, purdy! Makes me hungry, and thirsty, and hungry again!

31/12/05 12:31 AM  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

Wow. It's all fire and grill and sea and food. Love it!

You're going to do well, Cream, you will! Sending good vibes.

31/12/05 2:35 AM  
Blogger Alex¬™ said...

it is so nice!

31/12/05 3:09 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

What Juilana said!

This is looking fantastic, Cream. I love mosaic but this is better than anything I've seen in ages. Let your mind go -- you'll like what you end up with.

Bonne annee!

31/12/05 5:23 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Thank you all! I finished it on New Year's eve at 4.30pm. Very tedious in the end! I will post a finished photo next week!

Happy New Year to all my blogging friends!

31/12/05 7:18 PM  
Blogger L'Oiseau said...

Just popped by to say Happy New Year!

May all your tapas dreams come true in 2006 !

1/1/06 11:57 AM  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...


1/1/06 1:33 PM  
Blogger annie said...

I raise a toast to you, your folks and Casa del Mar, Cream. Happy 2006!

1/1/06 4:55 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

Looks great! You've got such a great imagination, Cream. I think that's why I love your blog so much.

Happy New Year to you and yours! :) Who knows the adventures that await you this year!

2/1/06 8:12 AM  

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