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Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 | 0 comments

Countdown to the MV Big Flea

Countdown to the MV Big Flea

We’re getting down to the wire at the MV Big Flea. Just TWO shop ‘n drops left this flea season on April 5 and 12, 2014 (2-4 p.m.) at the temporary showroom located at 3815 Mt Vernon Ave. Come on over to drop off household items you don’t want, or purchase any of the fine merchandise that has already been donated. After April 12, the flea will pack up and move all those wonderful donations to the Mount Vernon Rec Center for the actual Big Flea on April 26, 2014. Merchandise comes and goes every shop ‘n drop. Here are a few of the recent acquisitions — I’ll be working the shop ‘n drop this weekend so email me if you see anything you like and would like it to be put on hold. A gorgeous wall mirror would look amazing over a dresser or sideboard in a dining room. This chair is part of a set of six that comes with a dining table. Baskets galore — great...

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Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 | 3 comments

An Old School Bike Gets Yarn Bombed

An Old School Bike Gets Yarn Bombed

After finishing our first big showcase project — the award-winning 10-foot holiday tree —  the Del Ray Yarn Bombers set our sights on something completely different. Christian Myers, owner of VéloCity Bicycle Cooperative, donated a retro kids bike to decorate. It has a banana seat, plenty ‘o rust, flat tires, and no chain. The perfect canvas. We started working on the project at UpCycle Creative Reuse Center (CRC) a few hours at a time. We keep a dedicated “yarn bomb box” there with donated acrylic yarn and bits and bobs from our earlier projects. Visitors, kids and grown-ups alike, often joined in the fun, wrapping parts of the bike with their choice of yarn. No knitting or crochet skills required. Miruna, a skilled knitter, designed the seat cover with loopy yarn and fitted it on the seat during a work session. Earlier this year, we had a well-attended work session at St. Elmos Coffee Pub just to make pompoms for the bike. Most of them adorn the bike now. Miruna...

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Posted by on Mar 6, 2014 | 0 comments

Greetings from the MV Big Flea!

Greetings from the MV Big Flea!

We’re deep into MV Big Flea season right now. The temporary showroom is filling up with donations, merchandise is selling left and right… it’s all to raise money for our local school, Mount Vernon Community School. In our last post about the Flea, we shared a few of the great finds the Flea has to offer — some (not many!) of these are still available, but so much more has arrived waiting for a new home. Since we both have kids at Mount Vernon, Leslie and I volunteer for the Flea each year. We live-tweet some of the interesting things we see during the Shop ‘N Drops. For example, the mid-century mod dresser seen here sold for a cool $40. This guitar sold for $50. An espresso machine, still in original packaging, for $60. I helped a woman carry this wardrobe in to the last Shop ‘N Drop. She said her husband found it on the side of the road, fixed it up and restored its cedar lining. It’s...

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Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 | 2 comments

Tips for Inspiring Your Kids to Read: A Consult with Melissa LaSalle

Tips for Inspiring Your Kids to Read: A Consult with Melissa LaSalle

A few months ago, we introduced you to Melissa LaSalle, an Alexandria resident who writes the very thoughtful and informative blog What to Read to Your Kids. In addition to the blog, Melissa also provides in-home consultations as way to help parents decide what books are the best for their particular children — what is appropriate for their reading level, what will challenge them as they get older, and what will inspire their imagination and, hopefully, a life-long love of reading. I tagged along on one of her recent consultations with Mary and Chris and their 7-year-old daughter Alora. Before diving in to Alora’s collection of books, Melissa listened attentively as Alora told her what she’s currently reading and what other types of books she likes to read. Just as you would do a deep clean of your closets and basement or attic every once in a while to figure out what you don’t need anymore, Melissa suggests doing the same with your kids’ books. She carefully sorted through...

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Posted by on Feb 14, 2014 | 2 comments

Coming Soon: Seva’s Farm Fresh Market

Coming Soon: Seva’s Farm Fresh Market

If you’ve walked by Seva (2016 Mt Vernon Ave) recently, you may have noticed the large wood plank sign on the side of the building is gone, the furniture in the dining room is covered with drop cloths and there are no inviting chalkboard signs out front luring you in for a hot bowl of soup and a warm panini. What is going on? Has Seva closed down just four months after opening? Nope, not to worry, Seva is still here — big changes are coming, including a new cafe menu and a farm market. The changes are the result of a recent partnership between Seva owner Dan Bender and Jawad Laouaouda and Tania Leach, owners of Bon Vivant, a company that sells meats, cheese, eggs and produce from local farms. When Seva re-opens next week (soft launch February 19, grand re-opening March 2), the cafe’s front entryway will be filled with local farm-raised meats, seasonal produce and dairy products you can purchase and enjoy at home. On the...

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