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Posted by on Oct 31, 2013 | 3 comments

Halloween in Del Ray

Halloween in Del Ray

Happy Halloween! Here’s a few photos from one of our favorite Del Ray events, the annual Halloween Parade. Did you have any favorite costumes? See you next...

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Posted by on Dec 18, 2012 | 2 comments

Four Homes for the Holidays

Four Homes for the Holidays

Living on a street of typical 1950s identical rowhouses, it’s always interesting to see how people decorate the inside of their homes — their paint choices, furniture arrangements and at this time of year, how they decorate for the holidays. There isn’t much wiggle room in these houses — every last inch serves a purpose for something — but that hasn’t limited the festiveness or desire to create a warm and cozy haven. My neighbors John and Laura and their dog Patton are fortunate to have one of the few end units on our block so their house has two windows on the side. They placed their tree by one of the windows, in sight of passersby on the sidewalk below. John proudly showed his Star Wars Lego Advent calendar to my boys, whose eyes lit up as John shared the latest treasure. Their tree is decorated with multi-colored lights and all sorts of ornaments — some representing places John and Laura have visited as well as old family favorites. There are even a...

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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 13, 2012 | 2 comments

Danish Holiday Cheer in Del Ray: SKÅL!

Danish Holiday Cheer in Del Ray: SKÅL!

Katie and I stopped by Rachel and Christoffer’s Del Ray home to see their traditional Danish holiday decorations and look on as Rachel made Scandinavian mulled wine and sweet treats. Their craftsman bungalow has the clean, uncluttered style that’s typical in Danish homes, making the glowing festive holiday tree, greenery, and advent candles even more captivating. We left with warm bellies full of mulled wine and holiday cheer or as it’s know in Denmark, hygge! Danish Christmas Tree Rachel and Christoffer decorate their live Christmas tree with traditional paper hearts and the paper cones that they fill with small gifts for their three young children. In Denmark, the Christmas trees are usually Firs with longer needles and more defined shelf-like layers, so that instead of stringing lights, they can safely burn candles. Rachel hangs the traditional candle holders, but she won’t light them. Danish æbleskivers How lucky we were to receive an invitation to watch Rachel make these amazing æbleskivers, a cross between a doughnut and a pancake. Rachel gave...

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