Pages Menu
TwitterFacebook
Categories Menu

Posted by on Apr 24, 2012 | 0 comments

Make Your Own Biodegradable Seed Start Pots

Make Your Own Biodegradable Seed Start Pots

Luckily for procrastinators like me, it’s not too late to grow some seed starts. Mine only took one week to sprout. This year, I only wanted to start seeds for two plants for my back patio: sunflowers and ornamental gourds from calabash seeds.  As any good DIYer, I made some seed pots that will decompose in the ground as the starts take root. First, I folded some easy origami boxes from newspapers. I used one layer of newspaper but then realized that it was too floppy to hold the shape. It works much better with a few layers. The gourd seeds went into these pots with some potting soil mixed with compost. I asked Matt to make a multiple-egg omelet so I could use the halved egg shells and then I propped the shells upright in the egg carton. I planted the sunflower seeds in these. I put the pots in a big casserole dish and gave them a strong dose of sunshine and twice-daily watering. (The painted rocks...

Read More

Posted by on Apr 18, 2012 | 3 comments

Sneak Preview #2: 2012 Del Ray House and Garden Tour

Sneak Preview #2: 2012 Del Ray House and Garden Tour

NOTE: This event has already occurred. Last week, we gave you a  glimpse of a few of the alluring features in one of the fabulous homes on the 2012 Del Ray House and Garden Tour. What could be behind door number two? When you enter this captivating home, you’ll wish you had an audio tour to listen to the fascinating stories the owner can tell about each and every object and art piece she lovingly displays. You’ll find gorgeous en plein air landscape paintings hung throughout the house. Bird cages and religious iconography. Mirrors and lights strung inside and out. J. Bauer California pottery collected during the owner’s many years living and working in Los Angeles. The house is warm and inviting, but you can’t linger too long if you want to see all 12 homes on the Del Ray House and Garden Tour on May 19, 2012. Buy your ticket today by visiting the Del Ray Citizens Association website or stopping by the Del Ray Farmer’s Market on a Saturday...

Read More

Posted by on Apr 17, 2012 | 0 comments

How to Take Great Sports Photos of Your Kids

How to Take Great Sports Photos of Your Kids

I bet I’m not the only parent who finds it challenging to get a crisp, tightly cropped photo of my child playing a sport. It’s hard to isolate one player in a fast-moving game from the sidelines, especially if you’re not equipped with a powerful zoom lens. But it’s not impossible to get poignant, memorable, well lit images. In this post we’ll share some composition tips that are appropriate for most camera types including DSLRs and point-and-shoot cameras. If you have a DSLR or are considering purchasing one, we’ll also share some tips about using your camera’s settings to capture some stunning shots. Of course, these are only suggestions; play around and see what works for you. Composition Tips For Any Camera Type Spend most of your time shooting at practice where you can move into the field and get closer to the action, in lieu of having the zoom lens. Be careful of getting mowed over though. At games, take a lot of shots before the game, when the kids are warming up....

Read More

Posted by on Apr 12, 2012 | 4 comments

Vintage Country Yard Sale: Wish You Were Here

Vintage Country Yard Sale: Wish You Were Here

My husband’s Grandma is moving from the home her husband (who passed away in 2005) built in 1955 in western Pennsylvania to a smaller home, so the family held a gigantic yard sale last weekend after consigning furniture and other larger items. Grandma wasn’t a hoarder but she hung on to just about anything with any sentimental value or usefulness, which means we displayed wares from the midcentury and every decade since. For starters, she had over 300 Ball, Atlas, and a few Kerr Mason Jars in the garage in pint and quart sizes. Matt and I bought a set of the classic blue jars, which Matt plans to DIY into a chandelier. She still had these old apple cider jugs. We had many collectors come early to pick out treasures like this almond joy box…. …classic storage tins. …some old roller skates. A sweet cookie jar that served countless batches of cookies to little reaching hands. An assortment of vintage sewing patterns and vibrantly colored spools of thread....

Read More

Posted by on Apr 9, 2012 | 0 comments

Alphabetizing and Sorting: Chores Kids Will Seriously Love

Alphabetizing and Sorting: Chores Kids Will Seriously Love

I had a brilliant brainstorm during spring break. While Katie’s son Jack was spending a few afternoons with Ana, I thought of an extra credit chore they could do together: alphabetize the spice rack! Katie loved the idea and came up with one too: sort the loose hardware into baby food jars! And wouldn’t you know it, Ana and Jack were psyched! It wasn’t even about the lure of earning $2 each for each chore. They really enjoyed being in the moment. Alphabetizing the Spices They debated whether Ground Pepper went with the Ps or the Gs, and if Red Pepper should go with the Rs or the Ps.  They mispronounced Oregano as Or-ray-gone-noh. They giggled over alphabetizing the sprinkles. Ana reached high to put the jars back in the rack while Jack shuttled them to her in batches. Sorting the Loose Hardware They got right down to work and gave the job their undivided attention. Even after their diligent sorting, they wanted to do more: Can we make...

Read More