Thursday, December 18, 2014

MAKING A GIANT CHALKBOARD...

THE MAKING OF A CHALKBOARD
Last week I painted and my husband trimmed out a giant chalkboard on our playroom wall for our youngest daughter...we waited for it to cure, seasoned it up and TADA....it's finished...below is a pictorial of how we did it!!  


All done!!
before
We used painters tape to mark out the size....
We used Rustoleum Chalkboard paint...

After 3 coats...
All trimmed out....
Hannah Mae seasoning the board....
a very important step...
Piles of chalk dust collected EVERYWHERE, LOL.....
as you can see....
And that's how you do it!!

xo, Mariaelena

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Cookie time!!!

It's cookie time!!   
Every year I host a big cookie swap...my cookie contribution to the party has been my almond/cranberry biscotti for the past few years...It's also a big hit with my family....had to whip up a double batch last night for my husbands work luncheon!!!....
HAPPY BAKING!!!

xo, Mariaelena

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

2014 Family tradition Christmas craft!!

Hi friends.  Every year since the girls were little, we have a family tradition...as soon as Thanksgiving dinner and dessert are over and the kitchen is  all cleaned up, we crank up the Christmas music and make a craft...it has evolved over the years....now the older girls are 21 & 19 and so it holds special meaning to me that we still so do this together after all of these years.  Our 9 year old especially enjoys it!!  
Take a look at what we made this year...

We used the clear glass Christmas balls from Michaels and got our craft on!!


We spent Thanksgiving at the beach house this year but I brought these beauties back to the burbs to display...
This is all we used....
They have found their place in this years Christmas decor & I'm thinking they'll be here for years to come!!
Have a happy day!!
xo, Mariaelena 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Favorite home DIY yet...I'm obsessed!!!

Hi friends...this may be my FAVORITE home DIY yet...OUR NEW HALF WALL...besides the design, all of the credit this time goes to my husband...he did it all and I couldn't be happier with the result...we've been pondering the idea for years and finally took the plunge...what a difference it makes...take a look at the result...sorry for the pictorial overload...I told you I'm obsessed!!
these are pics of before from both sides...



UH OH....LOTS of wires!!!!!!

our friendly onlooker....Hudson




WOOHOOT!!!!!!!


the making of the faux column...


all trim & first coat of paint complete










LOVE the molding!!!!


He did a great job tying it into the kitchen counter...

almost 20 years in this 1963 ranch and all of the moldings my husband has added has made our house our home...






So happy we finally did it!!

xo, Mariaelena


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