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  • The Weekend re-Treat Link Party #76
  • Halfway Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

A Few of My Favorite Etsy Shops Part 1

I think my absolute favorite place to shop online has to be Etsy! With all of the variety and beautiful things that can be found, it’s my go-to place for fun art, paper party goods and more for our house. Here are a few of my favorite Etsy Shops and a small sampling of what… 

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5 Steps to Organize ANYTHING

No matter what type of person you are – the born organizer or, well, not – anything can be organized in five simple steps. Just five. Don’t believe me? Keep reading. 5 Steps to Organize Anything Step 1. Sort. Place like with like. Don’t try to be tidy with this. The mess actually has to… 

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Creamy Coleslaw Recipe

Summer is the time for picnics, lazy days on the beach and family barbecues. The last thing anyone wants to be doing is slaving in the kitchen for hours. At least I’m pretty sure it’s the last thing I want to be doing! While fresh and homemade, this creamy coleslaw recipe can be whipped up very… 

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The Weekend re-Treat Link Party #74

Well, it’s the first week of summer holidays here. We started things off with a weekend up north (in Muskoka) at my sister’s for her son’s baptism. We spent time at the beach, bbq’ing, visiting gorgeous stores and just hanging out. We also visited Dean’s parents, which is always full of adventures and various card… 

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Confession Time: 5 Places I Rarely Clean

I think the biggest lie ever would be that our house is always perfectly clean and tidy. It is quite frequently tidy and the important parts are clean. Not many people will see dirty laundry on the floor or tooth paste splatters on the bathroom mirror. (If you have, consider yourself one of my closest friends!)… 

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DIY Ribbon Chandelier

If you’ve ever wanted to bring a little extra color or movement into a whimsical space, perhaps a diy ribbon chandelier is just what you need! Our little basement corner is a great space for building lego, crafting and coloring or playing a board game. And truthfully it was just fine as it was before…. 

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PlaidFox Industrial Favorites

There’s a New Shop in Town Called PlaidFox

Okay so maybe not “in town” exactly. But there is a new shop online and they have all sorts of gorgeous goodies for your home! Barbary Coast Cart Table | Camfer I | Celestine Ceiling Lamp Twine | Gilbert Galvanized Clock | Helix Chair Rustic Wood | Hartford Dining Table Distressed Wood | Toro Chair Charcoal | Square Ottoman | The… 

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etsy art favorites | www.akadesign.ca

Current Art Favorites on Etsy

It’s been a really long time since I’ve written about my Etsy favorites! I love to shop on Etsy because there are so many gorgeous little shops with such fun finds. And art is one of those things I love to buy on Etsy because there is such diversity and creativity in the art available…. 

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How to Build Your Own DIY Vertical Garden Wall

I can think of many reasons to put together a DIY vertical garden. Small outdoor spaces, cooling shade, fresher air (especially on a city patio) and privacy definitely top the list. We built our DIY vertical garden not on an actual wall, but on a arbor that acts a little like a wall. If you read our before… 

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Weekend re-Treat Link Party #73

It is officially summer! As of today our homeschool is out for the summer! Wahoo! Can you tell I’m just a little excited? This teacher-momma is good and ready for a break! What plans do you have for the summer? What fun projects and recipes did you come up with this week?   Pottery Barn… 

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15 rustic patriotic projects and decor ideas

15 Rustic Patriotic Projects and Decor Ideas

With both Canada Day and the 4th of July coming up next week, I thought it would be fun to share some rustic patriotic projects and decor ideas with you to get you in the mood to celebrate! For my Canadian friends, many of these ideas are for the U.S. but could totally be customized… 

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industrial wooden orb | www.akadesign.ca

Embroidery Hoop Orbs

There’s nothing new under the sun. A wise king named Solomon penned these words years ago. And he was absolutely right. Just when we think we’ve come up with something new – a quick Google search will tell us differently.  Such is the case with these embroidery hoop orbs! I’ve long-loved the industrial look of… 

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What would you do with $20,000? #GreenYourRoom

So a few weeks ago I talked (a lot!) about Jonathan and Drew Scott and the Scotiabank #GreenYourRoom contest. Remember these two? Why Green Renovations? Why am I suddenly talking about eco-friendly renovations? Well, a recent Scotiabank survey revealed that while two-thirds of Canadian homeowners would consider making their home more energy efficient or environmentally friendly by considering green… 

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