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Posted by on Apr 4, 2016 | 4 comments

La Bella Strada: A Chalk Painting Festival Coming to Del Ray

La Bella Strada: A Chalk Painting Festival Coming to Del Ray

We are so excited about the first ever chalk painting festival coming to Del Ray on May 14, 2016. La Bella Strada is a modern street painting festival that originates from an ancient Italian art form. Organized by the parents of students who attend The Del Ray Montessori School, this unique event takes place along Mt. Vernon Avenue. As a fundraiser to help the school with the New Building Fund, local artists, sponsored by businessses and individuals, will decorate Del Ray’s sidewalks with their unique chalk masterpieces. Families and individuals can also reserve designated sidewalk squares for making their own colorful work of art. To test out the artist-grade chalk the artists will use and to show how anyone – not only the professional artists among us – can be involved and make a beautiful chalk painting, my co-chair Candi and I designed a couple of squares ourselves. We started by marking off the squares with painters tape. Candi drew a grid on the design she wanted to paint...

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Posted by on Mar 18, 2016 | 0 comments

Sneak Preview #2: 2016 Del Ray House and Garden Tour

Sneak Preview #2: 2016 Del Ray House and Garden Tour

Earlier this month, we shared our first “sneak preview” of one of the homes that will be featured on the 2016 Del Ray House and Garden Tour, May 7, 2016. Today, we’ve got our second preview, a home you may remember from the 2014 tour. Officially named our “project house” in 2014, this fixer upper has now been completely transformed by its DIY-savvy owners. Here’s what the house looked like two years ago after the owners spent months removing carpet, wallpaper and layers of dated ceiling tiles, and painstakingly and meticulously scraped layer upon layer of paint. The DIY didn’t stop there. When they decided to give the kitchen and second level (as well as the entire HVAC system) a complete overhaul, one owner, an architect, designed the project while the other did large portions of the grunt work – restoring original windows and removing every inch of asbestos siding. They hired a contractor to raise the roof on the second floor and complete the interior which now boasts...

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Posted by on Mar 16, 2016 | 8 comments

Sneak Preview #1: 2016 Del Ray House and Garden Tour

Sneak Preview #1: 2016 Del Ray House and Garden Tour

We’re less than two months away from the next Del Ray House and Garden Tour, May 7, 2016, sponsored by the Del Ray Citizens Association. The tour will take you inside 11 neighborhood homes, each one uniquely designed and decorated and guaranteed to leave you with ideas and inspiration to try in your own home. We’ve got the inside scoop on all these homes and will be sharing sneak previews over the next few weeks. Without further ado, our first sneak preview is a house situated on a spacious tree-lined corner lot that will wow you with every turn. Though the owners gutted 80% of the original home when they purchased it a couple years ago, the newly renovated space still retains a classic early 20th century feel, thanks to rich hardwood floors, custom architectural millwork, and vintage lighting and building materials. The owners’ eclectic design style blends old and new — mid-century globe lamps juxtaposed with salvaged pocket doors, rustic wood cabinets alongside contemporary furniture. You’ll find over-sized dark...

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Posted by on Dec 8, 2015 | 0 comments

Holiday Pop-Up Shop with Artists Sue and Christine

Holiday Pop-Up Shop with Artists Sue and Christine

Sue Henry, one of our guest bloggers and a talented artist whose studio we toured a while back, is hosting a pop-up holiday shop this weekend in her Del Ray home. Sue and her friend, artist Christine Charboneau are offering accessories, decor, jewelry, paintings, hula hoops and other beautiful, one-of-a-kind gifts. You can visit the pop-up shop this weekend – Friday through Sunday, December 11 to 13  – for Sue’s Tulusa Home Goods and Chrissy’s fine art and handmade hula hoops. To make her collection, Sue carves large rubber stamps and uses them with fabric paint to create custom textiles, which she hand-embroiders and then sews into pillows and clutches.  (As a knitter, I find the clutches the perfect size for knitting notions.) Sue’s also made whimsical garlands with pompoms and beads to hang horizontally or vertically. Christine is selling her lovely, small paintings of nature scenes from the area, as well as fun, handmade hula hoops. Pop-Up Hours & Location Friday, December 11 for a Sip & Shop open...

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Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 | 0 comments

A Yarn Storm at the Alexandria Beatley Library

A Yarn Storm at the Alexandria Beatley Library

As one of their many community-building activities, the Alexandria Beatley library  is conducting their annual Yarn Storm this month. The Yarn Storm has two parts – an exhibit of miniature yarn animal vignettes made by the Del Ray Yarn Bombers, and a yarn display made up of donated scarves that the library later donates to a nonprofit called Community Lodgings. Last year, the Beatley staff covered two inside pillars, as well as a book cart, and they donated more than 100 scarves. In collaboration with the library, the Del Ray Yarn Bombers created vignettes of woodland creatures, marine life, and more. Here are some sneak previews of the work you’ll see at the library. (Their last project was on a completely different scale involving six giant donuts for the Sugar Shack donut shop.) The Yarn Storm is on display from November 16 to December 10. The Beatley library is accepting handmade or store-bought scarves until December 10. You can drop them off when the library is open. For hours, see the Beatley Library website. To...

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