Highland Wedding

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We may not be able to time travel back to 1743 like Claire in Outlander (Diane Gabaldon) but we can dream about it!  One of my fall wedding inspiration boards is for a rustic castle wedding set in the countryside.  Being under the influence of having read Outlander this past summer I have set the wedding in Scotland.  I have never traveled to Scotland (hopefully one day), but have gathered these images of a rustic wedding set in the rugged Highlands of Scotland.

There is a chilly mist in the air and the Castle is draughty but the guests are kept warm by crackling fires and hundreds of lit candles. We can hear the laughter and clinking of glasses as the guest dine in the main hall, the music is about to begin.

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Scottish tablet hearts made to a three generation old recipe, from Not on the High Street

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Sunday’s Edition

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What is Sunday’s Edition?

A Sunday Edition post is a single image that represents your feelings for mental state for that week. It can make you feel happy, nostaglic, inspired, etc… as long as it makes you feel something.

No words are used on Sunday Edition posts — the image speaks for itself.
After all, a picture can say a thousand words.

You can find the Sunday edition at:  Natalie [All the Things, Etc] and Ashlyn [Let it be Beautiful]

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New Trends for Halloween: Skeletons & Skulls

If you like to decorate for Halloween then you probably are already planning a theme that you will go with this year,  or maybe you will dust off your  favourite decorations and set up your displays.   I have a friend that lives in a two story older house with a front veranda, the perfect house to decorate for Halloween, and she does, it’s a favourite stop for trick or treaters!  We will do the usual cobwebs and gravestone headings outside.  Here’s what trending  skeletons, bones and skulls!   Here are some terrific finds from the handmade community on Etsy.   Happy Halloween!





Sugar Skull Pillow, The Watson Shop

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Summer Reflections

Hi!  I hope you have had a great summer.  We had fabulous summer weather, and the holidays seemed to fly by.  Fall is definitely in the air as the temperature drops and the days are getting shorted.   Fall feelings have been signalled with the return of the Pumpkin spiced latte!  The kids are back in school and so a bit more of my time has been freed up for my shop an my blog.   Yeah!

Over the summer we just spent as much time outdoors as possible.  We went on our annual camp/ raft trip and an adventurous road trip to Montana.   Our summer road trip was featured on Oh my! Handmade Goodness.  We had a way out west rustic experience,  complete with ghost towns, caverns, and sapphire mining! You can read about it here. Thank you Oh MY!

Here is a photo I took of the Hoodoos at sunset in Southern Alberta (at our campground), isn’t it gorgeous?


Now time to get down to business.  One of my all-time  favourite blogs is starting weekly giveaways.  Emily Jones of Jones Design Company has created a wonderful Fall capsule collection complete with a stylish leather tote, lip gloss, journals and more!  You can find & enter the giveaway here.



I must say it’s good to be back.  Have a great week!  I will be back on Friday with a Halloween preview feature.



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True Romance…handmade weddings

For those of you who have never heard of Etsy, it is a online market place that allows individual shops to sell handmade goods, vintage items and craft supplies.  It is a bit like going to your local farmer’s market, craft fair, and antique store all in one.  I used to tell people that it is like Ebay only for handmade goods, but it really is more than that.  Etsy is a community of artists from around the world that come together to offer their wares.  You can find everything from crochet patterns, vintage clothing, handmade housewares, wedding items,  jewellery, party supplies, photography, art, paintings, notebooks, hand dyed yarn, baby items, food, chocolate, etc…

It is a real joy being a member of the Etsy community.  When you operate a shop on Etsy and join teams with other artisans, then you really experience that sense of community for your little space of the internet.  Sometimes shop owners will make or curate a treasury, which consist of a collection of items from different shops based on a theme.  The theme of the collection can be based on a colour, home living, weddings, geometric patterns, …well anything really.  Etsy then chooses a treasury or collection to feature on its homepage.  This allows Etsy to showcase items to shoppers based on any given theme.

My niche is wedding and party supplies which means that my products usually get showcased in wedding themed collections.  This is one of the perks of my job!!! There are so many unique and lovingly crafted wedding items that can be found on Etsy.   The other day my shop was featured in a gorgeous June Bride collection.  I have handpicked some of the items from this collection to showcase today.  The June Bride collection that was curated by Linnea Heide [contemporary art and original abstract paintings].
















Hope you enjoy these beautiful handmade items.   To view the complete collection click here: June Bride.




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More Anthroplogie Love

It’s so fun to live vicariously through the internet or Pinterest!  You should check out my virtual beach house… [ http://www.pinterest.com/kathyatkiwitini/beach-house/] …sigh,..maybe one day…

Here are my latest picks from Anthroplogie, some great home living ideas to spice up your everyday and summer living…





How cool is this hanging chair!




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Summer Plans



Ah, my favourite day of the week, Friday.   Life as been busy here.   Our flower beds are planted in and we have a couple of wrens who have decided to make a nest in our bird house in the back yard.  Those little birds are small but feisty!  So we need to keep clear of their home to give them some peace.  We also had a baby bunny visit our backyard.

My planters on the deck seem to be taking off and this year the colours are purple, white, yellow, red and black.   … and ,Yes I said black! I have a few gorgeous Black Mamba petunias.  The petals seem like they are made of velvet and really stand out.  No shrinking violet here.

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I am looking forward to lots of outdoor living this summer.  I love dining on the patio!

With the end of the school year only eight days away I am dreaming and looking forward to a summer of fun…

…hiking, cycling, camping, lemonade stands, long weekends, popsicles, reading, napping, butterfly catching, staying up late, ice cream, wine on the patio,  a break from our usual routine….


Ah, summer!!


Hopefully it will truly be an endless summer…




        What are your plans for summer this year?

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Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo! Oh yeah! Time for Margaritas, Piñatas, Tacos and Salsa.  Here are some great decorating ideas for a budget and some recipes to try!




Fresh Salsa, recipe from Martha Stewart



For Cinco de Mayo you want bright festive colours! Here is a great DIY, Frugality Gal.


Yuummy, Coco Pina Margarita, recipe found at Host the Toast blog



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carpe diem

Carpe Diem pillow, Brika.com


Time to clear out the clutter.   Have you got the spring cleaning bug? Whether it is your house, kitchen counter clutter or maybe some life or career goals, it’s time to sit up and take notice what needs to be changed.     Clear away the clutter, open up the window for some fresh air , start making changes to achieve your goals and dreams.

Remember that even the smallest of changes can make a huge difference over time!  So don’t overwhelm yourself with too much, just pick one simple thing to change this week.


Grow Your Own Change, Martisanne Handmade


Carpe Diem!

Carpe Diem Hand Illustrated Tea Cup, Farizula

Happy Wednesday,


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Pinterest Round Up

In this crazy world of social media I must admit I am still a big fan of Pinterest.  So for this Friday I am posting some of my favourite and most popular pins.  Hope you enjoy and have a great weekend.

Beach Cathedral, Ribadeo, Lugo, Galicia, Spain


Seashell and Succulents


Screen print tee from Calico skies blog.


Opal Applique Clutch – Bags – Shop, Two Penny Blue


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