creating with watercolor

Drawings to Watercolor Paintings (Kids’ Craft)

Our kids are growing up so fast. When they were small, it seemed like we’d have a gazillion summers to spend hanging out together. In the blink of an eye they’re teens/almost teens. Time is flying by. One of the ways we’re making the most of the summers we have left is to spend deliberate time… 

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dips and salsa

Best Salsas and Dips

Summer is the perfect time for care-free entertaining – and the best salsas and dips are perfect for that! Copycat Chili’s Salsa Recipe on Real Advice Gal Everyone’s Favorite Guacamole on AKA Design Individual 7 Layer Dip Cups on A Cultivated Nest Guacamole on Love Grows Wild Cream Cheese Ball Recipe on Design Dining Diapers… 

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Easy Chalkboard Wall Design – Rectangles

We painted our dining room chalkboard wall about two years ago now. It’s good for doodles when the buffet isn’t blocking the wall. But mostly I use it for creating impactful art with the changing seasons – and occasionally just on a whim. (I really should paint another one just for the kids to create on…. 

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Weekend Retreat Link Party #126

Weekend Retreat Link Party #126

It’s link party time again!!!! What have you been up to this week? Cookies and Cream Puppy Chow on Mommy on Demand | Pizzetti on The Best Blog Recipes | Nautical 4th of July Party Ideas on Play Party Pin | You Are My Soulmate Free Printable  Message in a Bottle on AKA Design If… 

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hanging cage light

Hanging Cage Light

Awhile back I purchased a pretty little cage light from Target. You know, when Target was still in Canada. Sigh. Anyway, when I first brought my little cage light home I set it on my secretary desk – and there it stayed for months. I did eventually get an Edison-style light bulb to go with. But it… 

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You Are My Soulmate Free Printable | Message in a Bottle

When I was shopping for my summer decorating and craft supplies I picked up a cute little bottle with a cork from Michaels. For awhile it just sat on the piano empty. Then I thought it may be fun to turn it into a message in a bottle, so I whipped up a free printable to… 

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chevron wall art with weatherwood stains

Chevron Wall Art with Weatherwood Stains

So the other day on our Easy Painted Sign post I mentioned a new line of ready-to-decorate crafts that I found at Michaels. Genius I tell you. Anyway… Today’s project uses chevron wood pieces from that brilliant Michaels line plus some fabulous stain called Weatherwood Stains developed by my friend Becca. Weatherwood Stain is used to create an… 

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Patriotic Holiday Decorating

With both Canada Day and the 4th of July coming up, I thought it would be fun to share a selection of Patriotic Holiday Decorating Ideas with you. Star Spangled Banner Trunk on Redo it Yourself Inspirations DIY Canada Day Banner on Yummy Mummy Club Fourth of July Bunting Tutorial on HMH Designs Oh Canada Party… 

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Easy Painted Sign

Easy Painted Sign

I have a confession to make. As a DIY/craft blogger it’s a tad embarrassing actually. I’ve hinted at it before I think. But I’m not sure I’ve ever come out and typed it here on the blog. Before I tell you, dear friends, can you promise to keep a secret? Okay. Here goes. I don’t… 

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Weekend Retreat Link Party #125

How are we at our 125th Weekend Retreat Link Party already?! I so love seeing all your talent each week – thank you so very much for coming!!! Roasted Garlic Chicken with White Sauce on The Best Blog Recipes | Strawberry Jello Crunch Cups on Mommy on Demand | Fried Chicken and Sweet Corn Puree… 

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Vintage Window Flower Box

DIY Vintage Window Flower Box

Good morning! I’m so over-the-moon excited to be here today sharing my very first guest post as a contributor for AKA Design. Just in case we haven’t met yet, I’m Kristi, the gal behind making it in the mountains, where I love to share all sorts of rustic DIY and design projects as we journey… 

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rustic living room

Throw Pillows in the Living Room

I think it’s safe to say I have a real thing for throw pillows in the living room. (She says with a sheepish grin.) It started innocently enough – a pillow here, a pillow there. Until I had a whole collection of throw pillows in the living room. But when I find really awesome throw… 

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Caprese Sandwich with Mushrooms and Sundried Tomatoes

Chicken Caprese Sandwich with Mushrooms and Sun-dried Tomatoes

Hi, friends! It’s Cat from The Rustic Willow again. I’m back to share another delicious summer recipe with you! I’m so happy you loved my Grilled Pineapple Bites with Strawberry Honey Dipping Sauce last month, but this month I really have something special for you. When I think of summer, I think of firing up… 

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Cupcakes for all occassions

Cupcakes For All Occasions

Does anyone else love cupcakes as much as I do? They are just so stinkin’ cute – and delicious! I’ve gathered a collection of cupcakes for all occasions. Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes on Swanky Recipes Snickerdoodle Cupcakes on Simply Stacie Death by Chocolate Cupcakes by Raking in the Savings Mimosa Cupcakes on Home Made Interest… 

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Health Progress – Jawbone UP MOVE

It’s been a few weeks since we talked health so I wanted to check in with you again. I’ve been wearing my Jawbone UP MOVE on most days. I’ve been walking and moving more. Trying to go to sleep a bit earlier. Eat a little better. It seems my UP Move helps me to remember to think about… 

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WEEKEND RETREAT LINK PARTY

Weekend Retreat Link Party #124

Who’s ready for this week’s link party?! Red, White, and Blue Scavenger Hunt on Play.Party.Pin | Breakfast Taquitos on Mommy on Demand | Updating the Vertical Garden on AKA Design | Creamy Pesto Chicken Pasta on The Best Blog Recipes If it’s your first time here we love to feature YOU! This party is shown on… 

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DIY Rustic Arrow Wall Art

Hey there AKA Design readers! I am so excited to share my very first contributor DIY project with all of you. AKA Design has been such an inspiration to me and I am so honored to be part of this creative team with an awesome bunch of ladies! So, a little bit about me and… 

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