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Posted by on May 31, 2017 | 0 comments

Make Your Own Flag of Hope

Make Your Own Flag of Hope

You may have seen a string of brightly colored flags hanging overhead on Mt. Vernon Avenue in Del Ray since mid-May, a gift to Alexandria from a community group in Whitefish, Montana. They’re Flags of Hope, painted by hand, and designed to “allow messages of harmony to be blown across the land.” This Thursday, June 1, alongside Bean Creative on 201 E. Del Ray Avenue from 6 p.m. to dusk, you can make your own 11 x 11 inch flag! Come with an idea for an artwork that expresses love, hope, harmony, peace, and tolerance to paint with acrylics. They will hang on a new string of flags for our community, and later move to another town in the United States. The Flags of Hope public art activity is a part of Del Ray’s “First Thursday” all along Mt. Vernon Avenue in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria. Held the first Thursday of the month from April to September, First Thursday is a series of free outdoor street festivals...

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Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 | 3 comments

Easy DIY House Number Sign

Easy DIY House Number Sign

The numbers on our house were looking pretty rough. Not only was the sign ugly, the paint was chipping, the wood was split in places, and it was only loosely attached to the house. We needed something fresh and new to boost our curb appeal. To make a new sign I purchased/gathered the following supplies: A scrap of wood Saw Sandpaper White semi-gloss paint (I used the end of a can) Polyurethane House numbers Super glue Double-sided outdoor mounting tape Step 1: I cut the scrap wood to fit the height and width of our 4-digit house number, sanded the edges and painted the front and sides with white semi-gloss. Step 2: The next day, I applied some polyurethane to coat and seal the paint. Our entryway is covered so I wasn’t too worried about making the sign completely weather resistant. Step 3: I super glued the numbers onto the wood. Getting the numbers straight and spaced evenly was the tricky part since super glue dries quickly, but I...

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Posted by on Jan 10, 2017 | 4 comments

Brad and Heather’s DIY Wooden Porch Remodel

Brad and Heather’s DIY Wooden Porch Remodel

I did a double-take the first time I drove past Brad and Heather’s home and noticed their handsome gleaming wood porch. Later, I learned that they designed and built it themselves and were willing to share their experience with us. Here is the porch the way it looked when they first purchased their home. Brad initially did his planning on paper and with computer software. He went through many drafts before​ c​oming up with the perfect design. Once they had the final plan, Brad spent several months ​drawing the interlocking wood panels using a key to indicate the differen​t e​lements. They then ordered enough white oak to build the railings and to replace the ​five original pillar​s that were removed. They salvaged the old yellow pine for other DIY projects.​ While Brad worked on the wood pieces, Heather prepared the flooring by removing many layers of paint by using a floor grinder and pressure washer​. They installed slate tiles, a choice they admitted to regretting since they said it...

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Posted by on Dec 20, 2016 | 0 comments

Kate’s Custom Crochet Doll: The Rainbow Lady

Kate’s Custom Crochet Doll: The Rainbow Lady

If you live in Del Ray and have kids, I can all but guarantee you’ve heard of Rainbow Rock. They’re local musician Kate Moran’s band that has been performing for children since 2012 at parties and festivals, in cafes, and at the annual festival that Kate also produces in the spring, the Tot Rock Fest. When Kate performs, she transforms into “Rainbow Lady” in a colorful bob, rainbow t-shirt and hoodie, sky blue skirt with rainbow appliqué, and black-and-while saddle shoes. What would be more fitting than for Rainbow Lady to have her own lookalike plush doll. The idea came to her in a moment of serendipity, when Kate was browsing the booths at Del Ray’s annual Art on the Avenue last fall and met crocheter Sarah Potter from Hooked and Loopy. Sarah specializes in amigurumi, the Japanese art of making knit and crochet stuffed toys. Kate says, “I walked into Sarah’s booth to buy a penguin and I noticed she had these superhero dolls which were SO cute!...

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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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