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Posted by on Apr 19, 2012 | 0 comments

Five Ways to be Eco-Friendly This Earth Day

Five Ways to be Eco-Friendly This Earth Day

With Earth Day this weekend, what better time to look back at some of our favorite eco-friendly projects and ideas. Here are five ways to protect and preserve our beautiful planet on Earth Day and every day. 1. Install a Rain Barrel Rain barrels are a simple way to collect rain from rooftops for watering your garden, lawn, and household plants. They are inexpensive and easy enough to make yourself and many local groups offer classes for a small fee. Read more…     2. Turn Your Backyard into a Certified Wildlife Habitat Leslie and her daughters worked together to accomplish this relatively easy task. Their back patio now provides food, water, cover, and a place for many different species of wildlife to thrive and raise their young. Read more… 3. Consider Green Elements for Your Next Home Renovation Melissa and Bruni added a green roof to the shed they built. The roof is not only attractive but it also reduces storm water run-off, creates a habitat for wildlife, and filters pollutants...

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Posted by on Mar 22, 2012 | 2 comments

MV Big Flea: Bargain Shopping and “Junque” Dropping

MV Big Flea: Bargain Shopping and “Junque” Dropping

Well, another Saturday, another MV Big Flea Shop ‘n Drop. Last weekend I made a quick stop to the new location (next door to the old location in Arlandria) to drop off an old bookcase and see what treasures had been added since my last visit. I’m currently in the process of some serious Spring decluttering and I’ll be mostly “dropping” for the time being. But if you’re ripe for “shopping” here are some of the highlights from last Saturday’s shindig. Chairs. Lots and lots of chairs. This vintage rocker/glider needs some new fabric  — I imagine a froggy green or deep red velvet — but she’s got good bones and a regal style. Here’s something you don’t see every day. This chrome chair (left) has a unique physique and a pristine white vinyl seat. Would be nice in a teenager’s room or as a dining chair in an eclectic-styled house. And on the right, yet another memory from Bungalow (formerly on the Ave). Can you picture an Ikat or Indian-designed...

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Posted by on Mar 1, 2012 | 0 comments

More DIY Inspiration from the MV Big Flea Shop ‘N Drop

More DIY Inspiration from the MV Big Flea Shop ‘N Drop

The Mt. Vernon Big Flea is a huge fundraiser that benefits the Mt. Vernon Community School PTA located in Del Ray. The MV Big Flea takes place in May, but work is well underway to ensure a successful event, including a Shop ‘N Drop last weekend. Like the name suggests, anyone can come to the Shop ‘N Drop to purchase items already donated or to drop off household items for sale. Last weekend, I volunteered at the second (of many) Shop ‘N Drops, helping to unload and sort merchandise. DIY Del Ray posted about the first Shop ‘N Drop a few weeks ago. Like the last time, I got a sneak peek at the bargains. These are some of the fine items that caught my eye this time around. There’s some mystery inherent in this box. What is its true purpose in life? It looks like something that belongs on a boat, but it just begs to be used in the house or garden in a creative way, wouldn’t...

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Posted by on Feb 27, 2012 | 4 comments

IKEA Bath Mat Meets IKEA Poang Chair

IKEA Bath Mat Meets IKEA Poang Chair

Who says a bath mat can only be used in the bathroom? I’ve seen bath mats sewn into pillows, and I’ve made one of those too, so surely bath mats are getting the short end if, for their whole lives, they are only allowed in the bathroom. During some pre-Spring cleaning last weekend, I found two IKEA bath mats that had never been used and thought they would make a great replacement for my worn and grimy Poang cushion cover. Poor Poang was relegated to the basement because he just couldn’t keep up. For this IKEA hack of sorts, I used two new bath mats, some decorative fabric for the back of the cushion (actually an old tablecloth) and the foam core from the worn Poang cushion. First, I sewed the two bath mats together because one alone was not long enough. The two mats sewed together were too long so I cut the ends of the mats to be the right size for the foam and trimmed the excess nubbies so it would be easier to sew...

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Posted by on Jan 25, 2012 | 5 comments

DIY Inspiration from the MV Big Flea Shop ‘N Drop

DIY Inspiration from the MV Big Flea Shop ‘N Drop

The Mt. Vernon Big Flea is a huge fundraiser that benefits the Mt. Vernon Community School PTA located in Del Ray. The MV Big Flea takes place in May, but work is well underway to ensure a successful event, including a Shop ‘N Drop last weekend. Like the name suggests, anyone can come to the Shop ‘N Drop to purchase items already donated or to drop off household items for sale. Last weekend, Leslie and I volunteered at the Shop ‘N Drop, helping to unload and sort merchandise. And, as an added bonus, it gave us the opportunity to get a sneak peek at the bargains — and you know we love a good bargain. With treasures behind each corner, I think we only saw about half of the merchandise. But as we dug through boxes and bags, a few things caught our eyes. We weren’t really sure what this was, but think it could possibly be a wall hook for a quilt or tapestry. I imagine it hanging in...

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