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Turn a Boring Floor into a Piece of Art with Faux Paint

Turn a Boring Floor into a Piece of Art with Faux Paint

With a little bit of paint — and...

My husband turned to me a couple of weeks ago and said, “You know that vintage area rug you’ve got downstairs in our basement studio, trying to cover up the plywood floor? I’ve always hated that. What I’d like to see down there … read more

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Enjoy the Versatility of Lavender by Growing Your Own

Enjoy the Versatility of Lavender by Growing Your Own

An old-fashioned, fragrant herb, lavender colors the garden with a purple haze in midsummer. This herb is so popular, it has its own festivals. Lavender’s reputation is attributed to its beauty in the garden and diversity of use, from aromatherapy to crafting. The … read more

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Bremerton's Fish Catching Fisherman Statue

Bremerton’s Fisherman Statue Warmed Its Way into People’s Hearts

There was immediate controversy. I cringed. I was told the imagery of a fisherman, costing thousands of dollars, was not made by a local artist and it would be installed a few feet from my art gallery’s front door at 4th Street and … read more

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Review Website Warning

The Pitfalls of Using ‘Review’ Websites to Help Choose Your Building or Remodeling Contractor

You’ve seen them online, and the ads on TV. Use their website to get reviews before you hire a builder or remodeler (or a doctor, dentist etcetera). Their “list” can save you lots of headache, the ads claim. But how do these sites … read more

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Caterpillars that are hanging dead from their tent after having been destroyed by parasites.

Tent Caterpillars Are Making a Comeback

What you need to know

The last tent caterpillar outbreak in West Sound happened quite a while ago. Yet the memories — of the sounds they made as they munched away at our tree canopy and the shivers they sent through my spine as they fell on my … read more

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Frozen Popsicles: mango, pomegranate, and strawberry lemonade

Celebrate Summer by Making Your Own Cool Popsicles

Summer has officially arrived and for me that brings forth childhood memories of hearing the ice cream truck music off in the distance. I would scramble to the house and scrounge around to get enough change together before the truck passed me by. … read more

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Port Gamble celebrates Independence Day with Americana

There will be plenty of fireworks in Port Gamble for Independence Day, but why stop there? On July 4-6, the picturesque town will host Old Mill Days Americana, a festival that will include a lumberjack show, chainsaw carving competitions, music, ice sculptures, food … read more

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Roses are a nice addition to any perennial garden and are great companions with clematis. Shown is the 'Honey Perfume' floribunda rose with a 'Nelly Moser' clematis.

Roses are Blooming in West Sound

Learn all about roses at the June 29...

Have you thought about growing a few roses or just been wondering which types of roses might be successful in your garden? This Sunday, June 29, the Kitsap County Rose Society will host a Rose Show in Silverdale at the Community Center, next … read more

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