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Posted by on Jul 13, 2016 | 2 comments

A Day in the Life of a Dog Walker

A Day in the Life of a Dog Walker

Del Ray is a dog friendly neighborhood filled with furry friends. When their owners are busy at work, many are cared for by a dog walker like Stephanie. Stephanie is one of the many dog walkers from DoggyWalker.com. One warm afternoon, Stephanie let me join her on a walk with one of her clients, Mica. Del Ray is filled with places to walk a dog. Stephanie walks along paths, parks, and through neighborhood streets with her clients. She starts at 11 am and continuously picks up dogs throughout the day. What a great way of getting exercise! She spends most her day outside, walking. She walks from seven to eight miles a day (she counts her steps). As she walks, Mica gets a chance to sniff around and meet other dogs. There are plenty of opportunities for Mica to stay hydrated as she walks in dog friendly Del Ray. Being a dog walker is a great career choice for someone who enjoys being outdoors. Stephanie gets to spend her...

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Posted by on Jun 23, 2016 | 0 comments

Hanging Wallpaper with Kay

Hanging Wallpaper with Kay

I’ve loved the idea of using wallpaper somewhere in our home. I had two rolls of sample wallpaper hanging around – a nature-themed Marimekko pattern  – that wasn’t enough for a whole room, but would work nicely on one of the walls in our laundry room. With a little help from Kay, who has a lot of experience with DIY wallpapering and also enjoys it, it seemed a cinch – something we could together do on a weekend morning. These are the supplies we used: Wallpaper adhesive from the hardware store in Del Ray A paste brush Seam roller Plastic smoothing tool Sponge A bucket for mixing the adhesive Tape measure Xacto knife Scissors Pencil We measured and cut out each panel on a table using the tape measure, pencil, and scissors. Then, we brushed the adhesive on the backside of the paper using the paste brush and sponge. Once you add the adhesive, you have to move quickly to bring the paper into the correct place. Here is...

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Posted by on Jun 3, 2016 | 0 comments

Del Ray’s Live Bubble Broadcast

Del Ray’s Live Bubble Broadcast

About a month ago, we were asked to demo a project during a Fox5 news segment about the Del Ray neighborhood, part of their summer ZipTrip series. Coming up with one project was difficult — there are so many fun things you can make! And then we remembered Scott Reinke and the amazing bubbles he shared with us last year. Fortunately, Scott was available the day of the live broadcast (today!) and jumped at the chance to “share the joy of bubbles” on the show. Scott makes the bubble solution and wands himself using ingredients you can buy at your local hardware store and at teacher supply stores. His recipe and process can be found here. The wands are made from tomato stakes and mop rope. You just dip the wand set in your bucket of bubble solution, open it, and watch beautiful bubbles float in the air. With a few adjustments of the rope on your wand, you can make bubbles of various shapes and sizes. Scott dazzled...

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Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 | 0 comments

The Morning Regulars at Simpson Dog Park

The Morning Regulars at Simpson Dog Park

I’m sure that dog parks everywhere have their morning regulars, the people who bring their dogs to the off-leash park at the same time each morning, like clockwork. I often stop for a visit to the Simpson off-leash park with my Star (the dog in a “play bow” in the photo below) after dropping my daughter off at school. We humans enjoy greeting and chatting with each other of course, but the main attraction for all of us is watching our dogs romp and play. We enjoy seeing each pup – large and small – come bounding into the park to meet their friends. There’s Zoe, Alice, Dino, Dakota, Wally, Star Jackson, Puppy, Soba, Sophie, Cash and a few others who weren’t there the day I had my camera –  each one a tried-and-true Simpson Park morning...

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Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 | 8 comments

Flip or Flop? Mary’s Del Ray Remodel Part 1

Flip or Flop? Mary’s Del Ray Remodel Part 1

If you enjoy those TV shows where a reno team takes the ugliest house on the block and turns it into the best house on the block, you’re in luck, we have the Del Ray version right here. Mary Denby of MHD Builds bought this ugly duckling last month and she’s got big plans to restore it to its former glory. No one has lived in the house for quite some time, for years it was used as storage for an antiques store. It was listed as “un-inhabitable” on the MLS and sold as-is. Just steps from Mt Vernon Ave., however, it sits on a deep lot in a prime location, and has some unique original architectural elements. Still, Mary has her work cut out for her. Her crew is cleaning out the house and after careful inspection of the foundation, she’ll be able to make a decision about what can actually be done inside. The process has uncovered some interesting treasures: Circa 1976 newspapers hidden in the walls,...

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