• The Weekend Retreat Link Party #82
  • Make Your Own Perfume
  • Free Meal Planner Printable
  • 9 Industrial Stools I Love!
  • String Art Star
fall mantel aka design

Rustic Chic Fall Mantel

You know it’s officially (almost) fall when the mantel is all decked out in leaves and pumpkins and burlap (oh my!). And of course Oliver too. He’s always hanging around up there. I’m describing this year’s mantel as ‘rustic chic’ because it’s got all the rough textures I adore like straw, burlap and old paper.  And… 

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The Weekend Retreat Link Party #82

It’s the last week of August – can you believe it? Where on earth did summer go? (Assuming summer came to your neck of the woods, sheesh!) Did you make anything this week? Any last minute summer decor? Or did you get a jump on fall? What about recipes – did you cook anything to… 

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Make Your Own Perfume

You guys, I have a treat for you today. Don’t worry, I don’t plan on turning AKA into a blog full of contributors. But today I am giving the floor to my sweet friend, Rebecca MacIntosh. I met Rebecca a few years ago shortly after Dean and I started going to our church. She and I didn’t get to… 

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Free Meal Planner Printable

It’s not fancy – but this is the meal planner printable I use every week. Okay, every week that I’m organized and on the ball. Which would not include summer and school holidays. But I am getting back into the swing of things, now that all our summer visitors have gone and our homeschool is starting again… 

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9 Industrial Stools I Love!

Sometimes it’s great fun to go window shopping, isn’t it? We could actually use a couple more stools for our counter height breakfast bar, so I thought maybe you’d like to come window shopping with me today? Pull Up a Stool I really love looking for unique bar and counter stools, even when we don’t… 

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String Art Star

I originally shared this String Art Star over on Tatertots and Jello earlier this summer, but thought some of you may have missed it. Add this one to your list of easy crafts – just a little wood, a few nails and some string. Supplies 6″x6″x1″ piece of wood string/jute/twine/hemp cord 1″ nails String Art… 

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The Weekend re-Treat Link Party #81

It’s been a busy week around here! My parents came for a few days. We played games with the kids, shopped and chatted. It was a good visit. But I didn’t get any work done! We also introduced you to 17 other bloggers – all from Canada – who have impeccable style through the first… 

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Halfway Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing

As promised when I shared our Halfway Homemade Croutons recipe last week, I’ve got a yummy halfway homemade Caesar Salad Dressing recipe to go with. Making homemade Caesar salad dressing from scratch isn’t usually possible around here. Who am I kidding? It never happens. But I can greatly improve upon a healthy bottled dressing by… 

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Goodbye Vinyl Door Decal

Last week I shared my first Silhouette project with you when I showed you how to make yourself a ‘Pumpkins’ Wood Sign with a Silhouette-cut stencil. Today I’d like to show you another cute little project made with my new toy Silhouette… Goodbye Vinyl Door Decal We’ve had a vinyl decal that says “hello” on the… 

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Canadian Bloggers Home Tour and Our House Tour

I know I say I’m excited about a lot of things. And truly I am. I’m a bit of an all or nothing girl after all. But this. The Canadian Bloggers Home Tour. THIS I am extraordinarily excited about. The Canadian Bloggers Home Tour I love all of our readers, no matter which country you… 

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Pumpkins Wood Sign | Silhouette Stencil

I don’t think you’d be surprised to hear that I like to make things for our house. Big things, little things. Complicated things. Simple things. As long as they’re stylish, I like to make them. Often it’s a matter of spending less and still making our home a cozy, cheerful place. Frequently it’s also a… 

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The Weekend re-Treat Link Party #80 | www.akadesign.ca

The Weekend re-Treat Link Party #80

Well, it’s Thursday night again friends. Which means it’s time for you to show us your creations – recipes, DIY, crafts, etc. We want to see them all! And while you’re here, be sure to check out our favorites from last week and this week’s featured blogger too! Egg and Avocado Salad by More Than… 

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Pumpkin Pedestals Craft

I do believe that several of you told me that you liked short and sweet, simple little crafts. Mostly because it means you felt you could get something done in one sitting and without any of hubby’s help. Well, if nothing else, I aim to please. Today’s craft is definitely short and sweet. And simple…. 

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