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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 16, 2014 | 2 comments

How To: Homemade Christmas Orbs

How To: Homemade Christmas Orbs

If you walk up Rosecrest Ave (between Commonwealth Ave. and Russell Rd.) in the evening you will see something pretty amazing — 10 or so glowing Christmas orbs, each a different color, hanging high up in the trees like magical balls of holiday cheer. They are guaranteed to put a smile on your face. These are the work of Del Ray residents Hilary and Andy Schmidt who constructed the orbs out of chicken wire and Christmas lights (and a few other supplies). This past weekend, Hilary showed me and my neighbor Heather how to make them. Hilary got the idea to make the orbs while living in North Carolina where there’s a tradition of entire neighborhoods decorating their trees with the hand-made balls. After moving to Del Ray three years ago, she decided to keep that tradition going — and it’s already spreading on her block. Before we started with the demo, Hilary showed us a few of the orbs they were planning to add to their display that...

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Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 | 0 comments

Tips for Setting a Festive Thanksgiving Table

Tips for Setting a Festive Thanksgiving Table

Now that it’s November, we’re excited to start talking about Thanksgiving decorating. Today we welcome guest blogger and Alexandria resident Alicia Rutherford from Untangled Events who will share some great tips for creating a simple yet festive Thanksgiving table. More than any other holiday Thanksgiving revolves around the table. Every host wants a beautiful table that invites guests to a good time. But with cooking the turkey, cleaning the house, dressing the kids, or even running the Del Ray Turkey Trot, the table can easily become a last minute rush to get it set and not forget the spoons. So how can you bring the table into your Thanksgiving preparation without adding more to your already bulging to do list? I’ve got some easy tips that make your table almost as memorable as your food. Having lived and entertained in Del Ray for nearly ten years, I know our unique homes offer a variety of options, and these table ideas can fit into spaces of any size. (Our first...

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Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 | 1 comment

Coloring Easter Eggs with Natural Dyes

Coloring Easter Eggs with Natural Dyes

Inspired by Katie’s experiment of using natural dyes to color Easter eggs, we’re spending the day trying various household ingredients to make additional colors of natural-dyed eggs. Katie’s batch last year using blueberries, beets, and turmeric yielded these shades of blue, red and yellow. I set a dozen white eggs to boil on the stove and then, based on what we had on hand, decided to try: Purple cabbage for blue Coffee for dark brown Turmeric for yellow Beets for pink Paprika for orange Rooibus (red bush) tea for golden orange I started the dyes the night before. For each color, I put the hard boiled eggs into each mixture to soak. For each concoction, besides the natural dyes, you just need vinegar, salt, and boiling water. The ratio I followed was 2 cups of dyed liquid to 2 tablespoons of vinegar to 2 tablespoons of salt. For the dark brown color, I used some coffee brewed extra strong and then added in the vinegar and salt. For the orange color,...

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Posted by on Feb 7, 2014 | 1 comment

A Valentine Card-Making Extravaganza

A Valentine Card-Making Extravaganza

With Valentine’s Day just a week away, I pulled out a ton of craft supplies so my daughters could make their own Valentine cards. I also bought a few items from Del Ray Variety such as construction paper and heart stickers. Our card-making endeavor is an artistic free-for-all, after we get our juices flowing with a little inspiration from Pinterest and other crafty blogs. Ana cut out some hearts of different sizes and sewed them on a card she had cut out from the construction paper. She’s much better at threading embroidery floss than I am, so she also helped me as I sewed a heart row by row starting with a white heart on pink to use as the pattern. Working with embroidery floss is slow going, just be warned. It would go faster with yarn, but you’d need to use a thicker paper, like cardstock, or else you’d probably poke the heart right through the card. The back looks just like the front with little ends tucked...

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