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Posted by on Dec 14, 2017 | 0 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 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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Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 | 0 comments

Decorating Del Ray for the Holidays

Decorating Del Ray for the Holidays

There’s no shortage of holiday spirit this time of year in Del Ray. Understated or over-the-top, Del Ray loves to decorate. Here’s a few of our favorite outdoor holiday decorations: Yard Cards: We discovered the hand-painted yard cards on Del Ray’s “Christmas Card Lane” (aka Luray Ave.) last year. They are borrowed from a tradition in Michigan and can be viewed by day and night. Christmas Orbs: If you haven’t seen the orbs on Rosecrest Ave., make plans to drive by at night sometime this month. They are nothing short of magical. Follow these step-by-step instructions to make your own. Del Ray Business Association Holiday Trees: Starting this weekend, there will be a tree on every block along Mt Vernon Avenue decorated by a local non-profit and sponsored by a local business. Each tree has a theme and residents get to vote on their favorite. We still hold a special place in our hearts for the yarn-bombed tree from two years ago. Window Murals: As we shared earlier this...

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