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Posted by on Dec 4, 2013 | 22 comments

Holiday Giveaway #1: A Show of Hands

Holiday Giveaway #1: A Show of Hands

It’s giveaway time! We’ve partnered with several members of the Del Ray Business Association to create the Eight Days of Del Ray Holiday Giveaway. Throughout the month of December, we’ll announce eight giveaways with shops in the Del Ray neighborhood. Keep reading to find out how to enter! Our first giveaway is from A Show of Hands. Pat Miller and Maria Wasowski opened A Show of Hands (located at 2301 Mt Vernon Ave.) in 2005 to showcase artists living and working in Del Ray and the surrounding neighborhoods. With its front door always open, even on cold winter days, it’s a go-to shop for unique gifts and an inviting place to explore a wide selection of handmade arts. Jewelry, pottery, fibre arts, paint and upcycled crafts — there’s something for everyone in this corner shop in the heart of Del Ray. The inventory is constantly changing with over 200 artists represented. Twinkling lights adorn the front window this time of year with sparkling stained glass, handmade ornaments and holiday...

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Posted by on Aug 26, 2013 | 36 comments

Giveaway: Canning Jars from Del Ray Variety

Giveaway: Canning Jars from Del Ray Variety

Since we’re on a canning kick here at DIY Del Ray and 2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the first true “mason jar,” what better time for a giveaway! Thanks to Del Ray Variety, we’re giving away a 6-pack of the Blue Ball Heritage Canning Jars to one lucky reader. Even if you don’t can, there are many uses for these jars. I turned the blue jars into lanterns for my back yard. Last year we painted clear mason jars for Halloween luminaries. Rebecca uses mason jars to store dry goods in her pantry. You can use them as is as drinking glasses. The storage and decorating possibilities are endless. To enter the giveaway, comment on this post and tell us how you’d like to use the jars. Don’t know yet? Just make something up! PRIZE: One (1) six-pack of Blue Ball Heritage Canning Jars DEADLINE: Wednesday, August 28 at 11:59 pm EST WINNER: One lucky winner will be chosen by random.org and notified on Thursday, August 29 by email....

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Posted by on May 10, 2013 | 11 comments

Giveaway: CeCe Caldwell’s Chalk Paint

Giveaway: CeCe Caldwell’s Chalk Paint

If you live in the Del Ray area and you like to refurbish furniture, this is the giveaway for you. We’re excited to partner with Potomac West Antiques on this special deal for a lucky DIY Del Ray reader — a can of CeCe Caldwell’s chalk paint. This product is eco-friendly, VOC-free, self-priming, super adhesive and made from chalk, clay and minerals. If you’ve used Annie Sloan chalk paint, you’ll probably also enjoy using CeCe Caldwell’s. It’s great for modernizing a dated piece of furniture or sprucing up a worn out antique. Though we haven’t used it, we can’t wait to try it. Look at those stunning colors! The best part is that Potomac West will host a free CeCe Caldwell chalk paint workshop at their shop on May 18 from 11am-12pm so you can learn the techniques to really make your furniture look great. To enter the giveaway, comment on this post and tell us how you’d like to use the paint (Don’t know yet? Just make something up!) and...

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Posted by on Apr 19, 2013 | 46 comments

Giveaway: Win a Compact Kitchen Composting System

Giveaway: Win a Compact Kitchen Composting System

In the spirit of Earth Day, we are thrilled to announce a giveaway on DIY Del Ray, a compact kitchen composting system from azure b llc. azure b llc is a small family-owned, permaculture farm and apiary in Marbury, Maryland. The owners, Heidi and Stefano Briguglio, invented and produce the composting system themselves. Last month, I wrote about how I use the system in my own home to turn kitchen scraps into nutrient rich soil for the plants in my patio garden. The composter works through the power of the red wigglers (worms or squirm) feasting on kitchen scraps (vegetables, fruit, even tea bags and spent coffee grinds). Despite popular misconceptions, it’s completely odor free and won’t attract insects. The kit includes one tea chamber with a leak-proof spigot to allow excess moisture to drain out, two interchangeable feeding chambers, drainage rocks, starter bedding material and instructions with your unique adoption number that is used for squirm fulfillment (included), as well as access to customer support from Heidi. As they say, “you already recycle…take the next...

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Posted by on Feb 8, 2013 | 86 comments

We Heart Yarn: Win $50 from fibre space

We Heart Yarn: Win $50 from fibre space

We’re so excited to announce our first giveaway on DIY Del Ray — a $50 gift certificate for fibre spaceTM in Old Town Alexandria, VA. fibre spaceTM owned by Danielle Romanetti (whose home we featured a while back), specializes in unique yarns and fibres from hand-dyed, independent, local and U.S.-made sources for knitting, crochet and spinning. In addition to yarn, they offer a wide selection of classes, designer workshops, yarn “tastings,” movie nights and more. PRIZE: One (1) $50 gift certificate to fibre spaceTM in Old Town Alexandria, VA. DEADLINE: Wednesday, February 13 at 11:59 pm EST. WINNER: One lucky winner will be chosen by random.org and notified on Thursday, February 14 by email. We’ll also announce the winner on this blog post and our social sites — make sure you like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for additional notice. Winner will have 48 hours to respond or else another name will be selected. PRIZE REDEEMABLE: The gift certificate can be used in store and in person...

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