Catherine Albiani - Sales Associate - CENTURY 21 Commonwealth | Winchester, MA


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Collage is a fun art project for all ages. You don't have to be a skilled artist to create something beautiful. And best of all, you have everything you need around the house in junk drawers and photo boxes. You can use just about anything for collage.

Try these collage tips and tricks using things you have around the house.

Pick a Base

Be creative when you're thinking about what to use for the base. It needs to be sturdy enough to hold the objects you'll glue to it. Beyond that, the possibilities are only limited by your imagination. Once you've chosen your base, then select a color and prep the surface with a couple of coats of paint.

Here are a few ideas for the perfect base for your project:

  • hardcover book cover
  • Wooden tray
  • Wooden boxes
  • Pictures frames with back
  • Wooden panels
  • Cardboard and thick foam core
  • Pro tip: Keep the base color neutral and incorporate pops of brighter colors with collage pieces such as tissue and colored paper.

    Photo Collages

    Old family photographs and prints of digital photos create a lasting memory piece for your home. Combining the two for making wall art collage works, too. As you're gathering the pictures, think about the story you're trying to tell. You'll find plenty of inspiration for photo collage in the memories family pictures bring to mind.

    For example, maybe you have a collection of pictures from camping trips or winter ski vacations. These photo collections are ideal inspiration.

    Photographs and cut out pictures from magazines are excellent choices for putting together a vision board. This type of collage uses the idea of goal setting as a basis for the images. Creating a vision board helps define your ideal life and plans for the future.

    Ideas for Adding Elements

    It's the little touches that make these projects even more special. You can cut letters out of colored paper, felt, and wrapping paper. Alternatively, cut whole words from magazines to incorporate into your collage. Also think about texture, surfaces, and whether the object is flat like paper or 3-D like a button.

    Here are a few ideas for items to consider:

  • Confetti and glitter
  • Crayon and colored pencil shavings
  • Flower petals and other natural objects such as shells and leaves
  • Newspaper clippings and pages from old books
  • Pieces of puzzles and games
  • Stickers
  • School papers and kid's artwork
  • Special notes
  • Lists
  • There are hundreds of things lying around your house that you can incorporate.

    Other Supplies & Tools

    Scissors are a necessity. If you have arts and crafts scissors, that gives you even more options for creating decorative edges. An Exacto knife is always handy as well. And a variety of glue from Elmer's to wood glue might be needed, depending on what items you use for the collage. If you have Modpodge, that's perfect.


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    Picking the right veterinarian for your pets matters. It will put you at ease every time they need a healing touch. Whether you're new in town, or your pet has a specific issue you'd like carefully tended, here's how to find a vet who will offer you a high standard of care.

    Finding the Best Vet in Town: Where to Start

    You can start with a simple search: "veterinarian near me." Then, take a look at each website that comes up on the first page of search results. Check out the vets' biographies. Do they belong to the American Veterinary Medical Association? What about your state's or region's veterinary medical association? These are key credentials.

    Now, talk with your neighbors who take a keen interest in their pets' well-being. They will be able to give you recommendations. Don't just ask your neighbor which office they use. Ask which of the practice's vets they couldn't do without!

    Confirming What You Learn: Supplementing Your Pick With an Online Search

    The two strategies above, combined, will start a solid, well-informed search.

    Round your strategy out by going onto the online review sites (such as Yelp or Google), and confirm the opinion you have made.

    Sure, some people use review sites to vent. But many clients use the sites to praise particular vets and their pets' experiences. And the negative reviews are likely to be answered in a polite, professional way by a good veterinary office.

    Your Pet's First Visit: How You'll Know You've Found the Right Expert 

    During your first appointment, consider all of these aspects good signs:

    • The place is clean. It looks busy, but not unmanageably hectic.
    • The office staff members are polite and understanding when answering calls.
    • Both the staff and the vet make you and your pet feel respected, and put you at ease. 
    • There is a caring protocol for pets' pain management. Neutering and spaying, for example, include pain relief medicine.

    You'll want to know there are at least two vets on staff, to offer adequate coverage for absences. And the office should offer at least some weekend hours.

    Changing Course: When the Time Comes to Switch Vet Practices

    Do not be embarrassed about switching to a new vet if you develop concerns about your current practice. You might also just wish to go with another, highly recommended vet.

    But do collect all the necessary information before you switch. Ask for full records pertaining to your pet. These might be handed to you on a disk, or sent directly to your new vet.

    Best wishes settling in with the perfect vet to oversee the health of your best buddies for life.



    22 Lebanon, Winchester, MA 01890

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    $3,000
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    8
    Rooms
    4
    Beds
    1/1
    Full/Half Baths
    Beautifully maintained townhouse style apartment within a 2-family home. 3 levels of living space, hardwood floors throughout. Perfect for professional couple who are looking for separate, individual home office space. Natural bright light on the first floor fills the formal living room and classic dining room with decorative fireplace and classic built-in china cabinet. The kitchen has stainless steal appliances, pantry and direct access to the driveway for easy every-day use. Second floor features 2 bedrooms, full bath and great space in the hall for a quiet reading nook. Third floor has three additional rooms (2 with closets) for home office, yoga studio, home gym etc. Great location to highway access, Fells reservation and all Winchester downtown has to offer.
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    Don't let your neighbors get in the way of a fast, easy and profitable home sale. Instead, home sellers can take advantage of the following tips to prevent neighbors from sabotaging a property sale:

    1. Talk to Your Neighbors Before You List Your House

    Communication can play a key role in the home selling process. As such, maintaining open communication with your neighbors can make a world of difference, particularly for those who want to reap the benefits of a quick, simple home sale.

    Reach out to your neighbors before you add your residence to the real estate market. This will allow you to outline your home selling plans to your neighbors.

    Also, don't be afraid to ask your neighbors for support.

    In most cases, neighbors will be happy to help you achieve your home selling goals. And if your neighbors keep their houses looking great, they may be able to create an attractive neighborhood that helps your property stand out in a competitive real estate market.

    2. Respond to Neighbors' Concerns and Questions

    Neighbors may have many concerns and questions about your decision to sell your home. With an open approach, you can respond to neighbors' concerns and questions with ease.

    If you've lived in your neighborhood for many years, you've likely become close to your neighbors and may consider them to be friends. Therefore, it may be difficult to share the news that you intend to sell your house.

    However, try to stay calm, cool and collected as you discuss your home selling plans with neighbors. And remember, even though you plan to live elsewhere in the near future, you can still keep in touch with your friends at any time.

    You can always lean on neighbors for home selling advice too. If neighbors have sold houses in the past, they may be able to offer expert insights into the home selling cycle that you might struggle to obtain elsewhere.

    3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

    When it comes to selling your house, meeting with your neighbors can help you get the best results possible. Of course, if you work with a real estate agent, you should have no trouble navigating the property selling process as well.

    A real estate agent understands what it takes to list a residence and stir up interest from homebuyers. This housing market professional can teach you about the ins and outs of the real estate sector. Plus, he or she will set up open houses and home showings, keep you up to date about offers on your house and negotiate with homebuyers on your behalf.

    Perhaps best of all, a real estate agent is happy to respond to any of your home selling queries. Thus, if you're unsure about how to discuss your home selling plans with neighbors, your real estate agent can provide you with plenty of help.

    Ready to add your house to the real estate market? Use these tips, and you can include your neighbors in the home selling journey.



    41 irving, Winchester, MA 01890

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    $1,750
    Price

    4
    Rooms
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    Beds
    1
    Baths
    Oversized One bedroom apartment on the first floor of a lovingly maintained 2-Family home. Finished sun room on the front of the home directly off the living room is flooded with great natural light. Hardwood floors throughout. Outrageously large eat-in kitchen with Gas stove, granite counters and stainless steel appliances. One bedroom with walk-in closet. Mudroom off the driveway and assigned parking space. Basement allows for extra storage and has washer/dryer hook-ups for a savy tenant with their own machines. This unit is a rare find, don't miss out.
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