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Posted by on Dec 14, 2017 | 4 comments

The Luray Avenue Christmas Cards

The Luray Avenue Christmas Cards

In December, Del Ray’s 300 block of Luray Ave. becomes Del Ray’s Christmas Card Lane. If you’ve traveled down the street, you’ve seen the impressive over-sized painted plywood cards in the front of the houses. If you haven’t, it’s definitely worth a trip day or night to admire the artistry. The cards are inspired by a 40+ year old tradition from Kalamazoo, Michigan, one of the neighbors’ home town. Two years ago we shared the full story about how the Del Ray version of this holiday tradition started as well as instructions for making your own card. Since then, a few more cards have been added. If you’re wondering how the cards stand up, you can see in this picture that the homeowners rested their card on a stepladder with a brick it front to keep it from sliding down. Each one has a spotlight for viewing at night. While you’re out admiring the cards, don’t miss the Little Free Library on the corner too. If your block has...

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Posted by on Dec 13, 2017 | 0 comments

Del Ray Holiday Windows Part 2

Del Ray Holiday Windows Part 2

Last week we shared a few of the festive painted holiday windows along Del Ray’s main street. A few more have popped up since then, so here’s a second batch of window art to enjoy. While you are out admiring the windows, don’t miss the 12 decorated trees as well. All the trees were decorated by local non-profits. Vote for your favorite by December 25 — the organization with the most votes wins $500 from the Del Ray Business...

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Posted by on Dec 7, 2017 | 1 comment

Del Ray Holiday Windows

Del Ray Holiday Windows

You may have noticed that we took a break from posting on DIY Del Ray since last summer, but we’re working on more stories about Del Ray in the new year… If you have an idea you’d like to share, let us know! We’re interested in home improvement and renovation stories, interior design inspiration, craft projects, gardening, artist studios, small locally-owned businesses, holiday traditions, and basically anything related to life in Del Ray… In the meantime, today we wanted to share a few of the fabulous holiday windows that are popping up along Mt Vernon Ave. All the windows were painted by various local artists (including Patrick Kirwin and his daughter, Margaret Wohler, Leslie Duss and Candi Ellis). We know there are a few more artists still designing windows and we can’t wait to see what they will create. Happy...

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Posted by on Jul 14, 2017 | 1 comment

Removing Ornamental Columns in a 1920s Bungalow

Removing Ornamental Columns in a 1920s Bungalow

Ever since we moved into our current home – a 1920s bungalow – we’ve been underwhelmed with the two white columns between the living and dining rooms. We wanted to open up the space and we wanted the general style in the home to be more in keeping with a vintage bungalow style. After determining that the columns were not load-bearing, we watched a few YouTube videos, and over the course of an hour, took them out. Here’s how it went: Matt borrowed the neighbor’s saw and (yes, he’s not wearing safety glasses as he should be), he sawed through the middle of the column. They’re made of nice mitered wood pieces, but are hollow in the middle. He then wiggled the column until it broke free. My daughter Nadja put the four separate broken pieces on the front porch. We later put them on the curb for someone to hopefully take to use as garden decor or some other upcycled project. As the column split away, it left...

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Posted by on Jul 10, 2017 | 4 comments

Adventures in Beekeeping

Adventures in Beekeeping

Beekeeping is something that I had been wanting to do for a long time. When I finally got all my supplies and bees, I was over the moon! The whole adventure started when I got my first package and installed it. Putting the bees in the hive on the first day was both scary and exciting. Upon my first inspection, I was able to identify and find the queen in 5 minutes. She is marked with a green dot on her back. I had worried about her all week! Her survival is imperative to the hive. Her only job is to lay eggs. Without her the hive would not flourish. I’ve been keeping a journal and taking photos. A veil and gloves are essential items for a beginner beekeeper’s protection. I absolutely love inspections, I am very curious as to what is going on in the hive. I actually have to hold back because I don’t want to disrupt their work. During the first month, I inspected every 7...

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