outdoor adventures

Fairies In The Forest Upcycle

A Very Fairy Beach Lighthouse Not My First Fairy Home Annmarie Garden’s annual Fairy & Gnome Home Festival offers children and adults alike an opportunity to get creative. I created my first fairy home for the festival in 2012 with downed bamboo and other natural materials. Complete with tower-top glass domes housing a reading nook,…

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Fairies In The Forest

Magical Fairies and a GIVEAWAY The Lure of Magic Imagine, me at age *ahem*, sporting my own pair of fairy wings for this adventure (pictured above). They were not provided by the venue where I filmed. Rather, I pulled them from my closet just a few feet from where I type. Haven’t yet sprouted your…

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Painted D.C.

This Colorful City The Iconic Murals Washington, D.C. is a hub of culture and art, and the artwork is not just for galleries. Murals adorn the sides of aging buildings and new construction alike in this buzzing metropolis. Iconic murals like the art decorating the outside of Ben’s Chili Bowl, which changes every few years,…

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Vanadu Steampunk Upcycle

Feeling Steampunked What’s a Steampunk?Many of us have heard the term “steampunk,” though we may not know what it means. If you joined me on last week’s outdoor adventure to Vanadu Art House, you got an eye-full of steampunk art. This art process fuses industrial technology from the 19th century with artistic aesthetics. To illustrate…

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Vanadu Art House

A Home Covered in Upcycled Art The House of My DreamsOkay, maybe I don’t want to live in the house, but I’d like to live next door and visit often. As an upcycle artist, I’m enthralled with Vanadu Art House, which happens to be a quick 20 minutes down the road from me. I’m not…

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Meridian Hill Park is Malcolm X Park

Black History Month and a Park Steeped with It Is it my place?I asked myself this question quite a few times as I searched for an outdoor location with a story to celebrate Black History Month. The question wasn’t, “Is this place fitting?” or “Is this story interesting enough?” The question was, “Is it my…

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The Lonely Castle

A Storied Castle It must be this grey, cold winter vibe that has me craving the creepiest of adventures. While the lonely castle does not disappoint, there’s something inspiring in this structure that has lasted more than century, during much of which it stood empty and neglected. With a new life for the castle on…

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An Abandoned Stone Mill Upcycle

Getting Colorful This upcycle episode is based on last week’s eerie outing at the abandoned Seneca Quarry Stone Mill. I took inspiration from the site as I dreamed up this week’s artwork. I wanted to find a way to celebrate nature reclaiming the quarry site with the trashy treasures I found. This Ecopsyched! upcycle was…

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An Abandoned Stone Mill

Seneca Quarry’s Abandoned Stone-Cutting Mill Happy New Year! It’s a brand new year, and I hope it finds you safe and well. I’m grateful for the continued opportunity to share Ecopsyched! adventures in nature and art, and I hope they offer you moments of inspiration. Find yourself outdoors and getting creative this year. I’m kicking…

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