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Posted by on Nov 22, 2011 | 6 comments

From Unfinished Basement to Music Lover’s Man Cave

From Unfinished Basement to Music Lover’s Man Cave

When I married my husband I also married his expansive music collection, including Lionel Richie and Marvin Gaye, gospel music, country, old school rap, and hair bands.  He, like his father and grandfather, has a deep appreciation of all music genres.  This, coupled with the need to collect things, has led to a LARGE collection of cds. When we moved into our house four years ago we put the cds away in boxes and housed them in our one basement storage closet.  But, as the years passed, and we accumulated toys and new heirlooms, the need for space became a HUGE issue — I mean, when is space not at a premium in our area?! Unfortunately, the cds were not going away and Paul wouldn’t let me get a storage unit so we needed to figure out a solution both of us could agree on.  This is where the man cave discussion came in:  We decided to do a basement renovation to turn an ordinary unfinished basement into a music lover’s, kid-friendly man cave. Now, as easy as this may sound, it actually took all of four...

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Posted by on Nov 21, 2011 | 0 comments

Eight Ways to Entertain in a Small Space

Eight Ways to Entertain in a Small Space

With the holiday party season about to go into full madness mode, DIY Del Ray wondered, how do people entertain in small spaces? We interviewed a few local folks, and here’s how they make it work: 1. Mitigate bottlenecks Basically everything is spread out throughout the room so that there is no bottleneck traffic.  People can either congregate to the couch or the bar/kitchen. 2. Keep it simple, low-key My small townhouse, and having small children underfoot, limits the ability to throw large dinner parties.  So when I do have people over, it is generally for a birthday party, a soup exchange, or something else that feels low-key.  I generally put finger food on the dining room table, pull the chairs away from the table and allow a free-flow between the dining room and the living room. 3. Stack it up I fill the dining table with all the hot foods while I put the nibbles on the coffee table. I provide little square white plates for eating because...

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Posted by on Nov 17, 2011 | 1 comment

Furoshiki: A Twist on Traditional Gift Wrapping

Furoshiki: A Twist on Traditional Gift Wrapping

You can find a wealth of ideas for wrapping presents with paper and ribbon. If you want to try something different, a gift wrapping technique that is both lovely and environmentally friendly, look no further than furoshiki. The technique originates in Japan and is simply cloth that you fold in various ways to wrap items to give as gifts — both for boxes for under the tree or for housewarming or hostess gifts. You can also make shopping bags or decorative items for your home. You can buy cloth specifically designed for furoshiki folding, but it’s easy enough to use festive cloth and hem it, or else find scarves at consignment shops to use. We’ve also seen it done with cloth napkins and decorative dish towels. Katie and I tried out a few different folds to demonstrate how easy it is to master furoshiki. We consulted the furoshiki Web site and its handy step-by-step descriptions of folds. Wrap number 1. We started with a big square cloth and used...

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Posted by on Nov 16, 2011 | 2 comments

Free Stuff Around Every Corner

Free Stuff Around Every Corner

I’m always amazed by the amount of free stuff you can find in your neighborhood. No, I don’t troll the streets of Del Ray rummaging through the trash, I usually just stumble upon things sitting on the curb practically screaming “take me home! fix me!” It’s great when you want to try out a new DIY project but don’t want to risk messing up something valuable. Like this chair I saw while walking my son to school. It needed a new seat, but otherwise was stable. I had seen a chair made from old belts and knew this would be perfect for that project. And it was.    Or these lovely dining chairs I found in the alley (Leslie sent me a tip earlier in the day that they were there). Again, in great condition, just needed a new seat. A reader sent in the story of her metal pail turned garden hose organizer, found in the garbage as well. Nature is also a great source of free stuff....

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Posted by on Nov 15, 2011 | 2 comments

Holiday Gift Baskets from Downtown Del Ray

Holiday Gift Baskets from Downtown Del Ray

With the holidays around the corner, get your shopping done right here in the heart of Del Ray. We recently took a stroll down the Avenue in search of our favorite sweet and savory treats — perfect for anyone on your holiday gift giving list. Custard truffles from the Dairy Godmother are delicately nestled in a box adorned with a ribbon — they are all ready to take to your next holiday party. Signature coffee beans from St. Elmo’s come ground or whole bean. The salt and chocolate Bequet caramels (oh, and wine of course) from Planet Wine are amazing. Make your own tasty basket of nibbles with an assortment of cheese and crackers from Cheesetique. There’s also a wide selection of wine and beer to complement your selection.      A warm loaf of fresh-baked bread from Caboose Cafe & Bakery will be more than welcome at your next dinner party or soup exchange. They’ll even slice it for you. Don’t forget the salty meats — these salamis and sausages can be found, yet...

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