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Posted by on Dec 14, 2012 | 0 comments

A Homemade Holiday: 15 DIY Gifts

A Homemade Holiday: 15 DIY Gifts

If you are looking for something to make your friends, family, children, neighbors, school teachers and co-workers, here are 15 projects to get you inspired. Sock Monkey Wood Slice Trivet Lemon Ricotta Cookies Blanket Roll Geoboard Braided Dog Toy Terrariums Lemon Cranberry Biscotti Freezer Paper Stencils Photos Mounted on Wood Blocks Dollhouse Miniatures Buttery Maple Granola Upcycled Maps: Baskets and Picture Frames Decoupaged Serving Tray Felt Dryer Balls and Juggling Balls What DIY gifts are you working...

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Posted by on Dec 11, 2012 | 0 comments

Holiday Shopping for the Del Ray Gent

Holiday Shopping for the Del Ray Gent

Still looking for that perfect gift for the special gent in your life? Perhaps these gift ideas and personas will match that hard-to-shop-for guy on your list. You’ll find all of these items (and more) at shops right here in Del Ray. The Coach He coaches your children’s sports teams. All of them. Both kids. Practice two-three times a week, games on Saturday and Sunday. He balances overlapping schedules, carpools, and the expectations and dreams of sideline parents. (1) Thank him for giving up his me-time by making a book of the year’s best sports moments — ask other parents to pitch in their candid shots. (2) Treat him to a much-needed massage at Vital — Fall soccer season may be over, but Winter indoor soccer is right around the corner. (3) Buy some vintage barware at Potomac West or Not Too Shabby and a sports-themed bottle opener at Kiskadee. (4) Give him a dapper hat from Amalgamated Clothing and Dry Goods to replace his grungy baseball cap — something a little...

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Posted by on Dec 4, 2012 | 1 comment

Holiday Shopping at Potomac West Antiques

Holiday Shopping at Potomac West Antiques

Potomac West Antiques along with their sister store Not Too Shabby Consignments is having their annual sale this Saturday, December 8 from 10am-6pm. With 10 percent off all merchandise, it should definitely be a stop for your holiday shopping and decorating needs. Leslie and I stopped by Potomac West last week to browse the merchandise. Here are some of our favorite finds. For the tea lover on your list, check out this rustic wood caddy. Fill with different flavors of tea, add a bow, and you’re done. Pair with a homemade mug from A Show of Hands or Clay Queen Pottery just down the street. I could also see this used to store jewelry, loose change, business cards or desk accessories. Vintage tins can be found throughout the shop — consider using one of these as a gift box (add a ribbon, no wrapping paper required) with a gift card inside for one of our many local restaurants and shops. The gift recipient can reuse the tin however they please, so it’s really two...

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Posted by on Oct 18, 2012 | 0 comments

Host and Hostess Gifts People Actually Like

Host and Hostess Gifts People Actually Like

So you’re invited to stay at an out-of-town friend’s house over the weekend or during the upcoming holiday season. Do you bring a gift, a small token of appreciation for the hospitality? And what’s the best gift to give? For the answer I surveyed a bunch of my friends asking what they like to receive from house guests. I thought for sure there would be a clear winner. But as it turns out, there is no cut and dry answer. Let’s look at some of the options. Food/Baked Goods Assuming your host doesn’t have any dietary restrictions, it’s nice to give homemade treats like biscotti… … which pairs nicely with coffee beans from your local roaster. Store-bought truffles in a pretty package are great if you’re in a hurry or just don’t like to bake. A basket of seasonal jams and spreads… … can accompany fresh bread from your favorite bakery (asiago pesto, marble rye, or chocolate babka are all nice choices!). Alcohol One of my friends pointed out that alcohol...

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Posted by on Sep 10, 2012 | 0 comments

A DIY Engagement Gift for the Outdoorsy Couple

A DIY Engagement Gift for the Outdoorsy Couple

My good friend Rebecca and her fiancé Dave are über-outdoorsy – they sea kayak, hike, ice climb, mountain bike, snowshoe, you name it – on all vacations and most weekends. I’m knitting an afghan as a wedding gift, but also made an engagement gift that seemed a fitting tribute to their love for each other and of the outdoors. I received these wood slices from Ana’s former teacher as she was cleaning out her new classroom. I thought of the many DIY projects I could do with them: use chalkboard paint and write an inspirational message, make a clock by following this tutorial, or drill a large one into a planter for succulents. I even used a few as trivets and centerpiece decor at a party. But then, it came to me: I would use a wood burning tool and carve a heart with Rebecca’s and Dave’s initials just like love-struck teenagers do to trees in the forest. I had seen this idea on various wedding decor sites recently...

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