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Register Now: Valentine-Themed Hand-Lettering Workshop

Register Now: Valentine-Themed Hand-Lettering Workshop

Our hand-lettering workshop with with local artist Samantha Testa, of Painted Palettes was so popular last November that we are  hosting a second hand-lettering and watercolor workshop on Saturday, February 11 from 4-6 p.m. Photo credit: @melindasnyderphotography In this workshop for beginners, you will learn the basics of hand lettering using several unique pens and several different styles to practice. You will be using different strokes and formation techniques. In addition, you will learn basic watercolor wash techniques to create a colorful watercolor Valentine’s Card for your favorite person (or people). At the end of the 2-hour workshop, you will take with you: A gorgeous, personalized workbook folder Hand lettering pen(s) A handy workbook to help you keep up your skills Watercolor paper Small journal for practice A ready-to-display work of art that YOU create with your new talent! Discount coupon for the Painted Palettes online store Space is limited to 15 students. The 2-hour workshop costs $47. REGISTER...

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Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 | 0 comments

Register Now: Kremena’s Sweet and Savory Pastry Class

Register Now: Kremena’s Sweet and Savory Pastry Class

You may know Kremena Stefanova as one of the friendly faces behind the counter at Del Ray’s Caboose Cafe or perhaps you’ve met her at the Four Mile Run Farmers Market where she sells her homemade Bulgarian baked goods. We’re excited to announce that Kremena will teach a pastry class for DIY Del Ray readers on Saturday, February 4 at 3 p.m. where you can learn some of her tried-and-true techniques. Kremena grew up in Bulgaria and learned to bake from her mother and grandmother. She moved to the U.S. in her early 20s, met her husband and they are now raising their family in Alexandria. When she started cooking for her kids, she says she wanted to make good, nutritious food, and soon decided to try making a go of having her own small business selling scones, croissants, crisps, bread sticks, granola, and strudels. At this one-hour class, Kremena will demonstrate how to make a butter dough and its variations that can be used for both sweet and...

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Posted by on Jan 5, 2017 | 0 comments

Get Ready for the MV Big Flea 2017

Get Ready for the MV Big Flea 2017

The annual MV Big Flea, which benefits the Mt Vernon Community School, is back and it wants to help you declutter. Now until mid-April, volunteers are collecting unwanted household items that they will sell at the big event on April 29 at the Mt Vernon Rec Center in Del Ray. This month, there will be two opportunities to donate: Sunday, January 8 from 12-3 p.m. and Sunday, January 22 from 12-3 p.m. at the storage facility located at 444 Swann Ave. Just look for the orange flea-made “fleahicle” on the corner of Swann and Route 1. But you don’t have to wait until April to shop for bargains. You can stop by the storage unit during drop-off times to buy anything that has already been donated. This includes dishes and small kitchen appliances, wall art and decorative items, toys and games, tools and hardware, bikes and strollers, and lots of furniture, ripe for the DIY eye. The Flea accepts pretty much anything that you’d find at a yard sale...

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Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 | 1 comment

“Be the Light:” The Making of an Art Installation

“Be the Light:” The Making of an Art Installation

Today we welcome Nancy Belmont to share how the “Be the Light” display in Del Ray came to be… If you’ve been on Mt. Vernon Avenue in the evening over the past week, you may have noticed some extra energy. On Saturday, December 3, I launched, “Be the Light,” a new community art installation. The project asks visitors to think about the light inside of them, write an intention about how they can bring that light into the world, then light a candle to add to the display. Photo credit: Bill Coyle on Flickr “Be the Light” is my third interactive public art project over the past year and a half. (The first was the Courage Wall; the second was UNITY.) It was inspired by the idea that sometimes my light feels covered up by sadness, pain or heartbreak. I wanted to bring people together in a way that allows them to be vulnerable through anonymity. By creating a space where people can participate without sharing their identity, they...

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Posted by on Dec 12, 2016 | 0 comments

Mindful and Merry Del Ray

Mindful and Merry Del Ray

From trees and garlands to window murals and light displays, anywhere you walk along Mt Vernon Ave. in Del Ray, you are reminded to be “mindful and merry” this holiday season. The Del Ray Business Association chose the “Mindful and Merry” theme this year and it is thoughtfully and creatively executed on every block. Local businesses sponsored the trees decorated by non-profits (you can vote for your favorite tree on the DRBA website before December 25). Several windows have been painted with winter wonderland scenes — some are still being painted and if you are lucky you may just catch an artist in action. It wouldn’t be Del Ray without something out of the ordinary as well. A stand-out this year is the custom-made “Be the Light” display, the work of Del Ray resident Nancy Belmont (more on this project later this week). And it’s all capped off with the giant tree at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, one of the merriest spots in...

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