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Posted by on Nov 12, 2013 | 2 comments

MV Big Flea Shop ‘N Drops

MV Big Flea Shop ‘N Drops

It’s back! The MV Big Flea is back in business. If you’re unfamiliar, the MV Big Flea is a huge fundraiser for our local school, Mount Vernon Community School. The actual event doesn’t happen until spring, but PTA volunteers are now collecting AND selling merchandise at the Big Flea temporary showroom. They are holding monthly — and eventually weekly — Shop ‘N Drops to collect donations and get a head start on sales. So this is good in two ways: First, you can take this opportunity to get rid of stuff that’s cluttering up your house. And second, if you’re looking for a little furniture rehab project, there’s a lot of options to choose from. Take this story from last year’s Flea, for example. As my friend Mary and I were trolling the streets of Del Ray during bulk trash day eve last April, we found this fabulous antique dresser on the curb. Though our truck was practically spilling over from curb treasures, we knew we couldn’t let this...

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Posted by on Nov 7, 2013 | 5 comments

Cool-Weather Vegetable Gardening

Cool-Weather Vegetable Gardening

A while back, my neighbor Eileen gave me some tips on fall gardening. In addition to sharing some really interesting plant suggestions, she mentioned there are a lot of vegetables that thrive in autumn’s cool climate. Here’s what I’m trying out this year. First there’s cauliflower. I’m not a huge fan of cauliflower, but I love it pureed in a soup and it is soup season after all. Next to the cauliflower I planted some red leaf lettuce. And in a small raised bed I built last summer for my deck, I planted a few cabbage plants. My garden has a few leftovers from the summer as well. There’s a large lemongrass plant I acquired during the spring Del Ray Food Swap. And we also have an abundance of lavender and thyme which have been hardy enough to survive all year long. In addition to these vegetables, Eileen also recommends spinach, swiss chard, radish and peas. What do you have growing in your fall...

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Posted by on Nov 5, 2013 | 6 comments

Del Ray’s Autumnal Splendor

Del Ray’s Autumnal Splendor

A walk down Commonwealth Avenue reveals fabulous color and textures in this amazing autumnal season. Oh Del Ray, you are at your finest this time of year. Storefronts on Mt Vernon Ave. mimic fall’s flavor through art, fashion and feasting. And Del Ray’s unique character echoes on side streets and alleyways. Hope you are enjoying this season in Del...

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Posted by on Oct 31, 2013 | 3 comments

Halloween in Del Ray

Halloween in Del Ray

Happy Halloween! Here’s a few photos from one of our favorite Del Ray events, the annual Halloween Parade. Did you have any favorite costumes? See you next...

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Posted by on Oct 29, 2013 | 3 comments

Simple Halloween Marquee Light

Simple Halloween Marquee Light

After seeing marquee lights on various blogs and websites in recent months, I really wanted to try to make one. But before I invested too much time and money, I thought I’d test the process out with a simple Halloween sign using scrap wood and Christmas lights. First, I wrote the word for my sign on the wood and indicated where I should drill the holes. Using the largest bit I had, I drilled holes for the lights. Then I sanded down the rough edges. If I were making a nicer indoor sign, I would have erased the pencil marks and probably painted or stained the wood. But since this was going outside for Halloween, I didn’t bother. I flipped the wood over and inserted the mini lights in the holes. Fortunately, they were just the right size to peek out. To make the lights more secure, I taped the excess wire to the back in several places. Voila! My Halloween marquee was done and ready to scare the treat-or-treaters Halloween night. This was...

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