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Vintage Synonym Flashcards – Restoration Hardware Knockoff

Don’t you just love Restoration Hardware? I mean, they have some of the most stylish art and furniture around. (Sometimes I think I like RH Baby & Child the most.) But, although I’m sure it’s worth it, the prices are often out of reach for the average family. Which explains all the RH knockoffs that are online!… 

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Weekend Retreat Link Party #83

How has your first week of September been? Was this your kids first week back? Or is it already old-hat? Do you come ready to share a project or recipe this week? Or are you here to be inspired? Either way we’re ready for ya! Laurel Wreath Graphics from Designs by Miss Mandee | Caramel Apple… 

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Creating a Farmhouse Kitchen | Blogger Homes

When Anne moved into her home 4 years ago, the kitchen had no windows, 4 doorways, un-salvageable original cabinets and a miserable 3′ of counter space. Now she has a light, bright and happy space filled with things she loves – come take a look! Visit DesignDreams by Anne for more of Anne’s Farmhouse Kitchen.


Baked Ziti Recipe

My dad had this rule when I was growing up – when it’s hot outside and the air conditioning is on, do NOT turn on the oven! Seriously. From June until about mid-September the oven wasn’t an option for cooking. It’s funny how ingrained those things become. I still wonder if I’m breaking some universal rule every… 

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free fall printable

Fall Vignette and Free Fall Printables

With kids back in school and leaves already falling while we were up in cottage country this weekend, fall is certainly on its way. Around here fall comes with so much seasonal excitement – apple picking, bonfires, corn roasts, Thanksgiving and pumpkin spice lattes. And fall decorating, of course! I showed you our fall mantel… 

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ultimate list of submission sites for bloggers

The Ultimate List of Submission Sites for Home, DIY & Craft Bloggers

I realize that’s a pretty lofty blog post title: The ‘Ultimate’ List of Submission Sites for Bloggers. But I’d like to think after 4 years of blogging that I’ve gathered some useful resources. Which, of course, I want to share with you! And let’s face it, the only way to get your blog noticed is… 

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Blogger Homes | Jane’s Brick Colonial

Check out Jane’s updated 1980′s brick colonial! She says her home has been a labor of love. Over the last 8 years they’ve updated nearly every room in the house primarily with paint! Amazing what a little paint can do The challenge with Jane’s home was making it feel current and more modern, all on a tight budget…. 

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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 | www.akadesign.ca

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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