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Hello Tatertots and Jello Readers! My name is Shannon and I am a Canadian writer, graphic designer, interior designer, wife and homeschooling momma of three. I am the writer and one half of the creative duo (my hubby Dean being the other half) behind the DIY and lifestyle blog, AKA Design. I am also the author of Bloggers & Brands, the blogger's guide to pitching and working with … [Read more...]

Giveaway Monday — $70 to Vinyl Crafts Typography!!

vinyl craft sign

 Happy Monday!! This week's giveaway is from one of my favorite sponsor's and an amazing person -- Becky from Vinyl Crafts!! Becky is incredible. She makes beautiful signs and runs her Vinyl Craft business AND she has nine kids! Plus she loves chocolate and runs marathons too! Wow! Here are some of my favorite Vinyl Craft signs: … [Read more...]

Favorite Thing Monday: Win $100 to Barn Owl Primitives!!

you are my sunshine barn owl

Happy Monday!! I want to bring some of my favorite things to YOU this year. And today I am excited to share one of my favorite shops -- Barn Owl Primitives!! Kristi makes the cutest signs!! UPDATE - Giveaway is Closed. Winner is Erin from Sew Abundantly And Kristi is so talented that she now has her signs licensed in TJ Maxx, Home Goods and Marshalls. How amazing it that??? This is  My … [Read more...]

Giveaway Day {11/29} winners!!


Wow - what a fun giveaway day!! Thank you all for your comments -- supporting these wonderful businesses!! Here are the winners:  Giveaway Day: Tickle Bellies -- stationery and more ($40 credit!) Winner: Shanna Uptergrove "LOVE the penguin plates! So cute!"   … [Read more...]

A Few Winners and Giveaway Days!!

giveaway days

I hope you had a great weekend!! We are all ready for the big day tomorrow!! And speaking of tomorrow, it's my very first Giveaway Day!! I am so excited to be spotlighting 10 amazing shops and previewing some fun ideas for Holiday Shopping!! I hope you will stop by for the fun!!     And, I wanted to share a few giveaway winners with you, including the Silhouette Cameo winner. The … [Read more...]

Giveaway Monday — $100 to Little Miss Missy!!

missy collage

{{{Happy Monday}}}  I am so excited to introduce you to one of my favorite etsy shops and sponsors -- Little Miss Missy!! Little Miss Missy offers DIY printable for all the Party details, Cards & Invites for Baby, Birthdays, Wedding, Anniversaries. Darling original prints for decor and great ideas or lil gifts for the religious side of things. She also does custom jobs where you can tell … [Read more...]

Giveaway Days are coming up soon!!


One of my favorite parts of blogging is discovering awesome handmade businesses and sharing them. I'm so excited to announce that I am going to be hosting THREE big Giveaway Days before the Holidays!! Each giveaway sponsor will receive their own spotlight and write up. There are only a few slots open each of the three days. If you are interested in one of these slots for YOUR business, … [Read more...]

Giveaway Monday — $200 to Gussy Sews!!

gussy sews ruffled bag

{{Happy Monday}} [[If you tried to leave a comment before noon Monday (MST), my new site might have eaten it. Please check to make sure your comment was recorded, and if not, please leave a new one.]] I am SO excited about this week's Giveaway Monday! It's from one of my favorite shops of all time- - Gussy Sews. I was so excited to meet Gussy last week at The Creative Connection … [Read more...]

Giveaway Monday — win a $50 credit to Word Whipped {Homemade Typography Art}


Update -- giveaway closed. the winner is #33 April. Happy Monday!!  This week's Monday Giveaway is from a great etsy shop -- Word Whipped {hand painted, custom typography signs}  {Family Signs -- you can add places, names, addresses}  {What little girl wouldn't love this Rosette Sign}  {or have a custom sign made with any saying you want like this Peace, Love Happiness sign} … [Read more...]

A bonus Giveaway to brighten up your day — from *Shey* [B]


Update -- giveaway is closed. The winner was $113 Jenae.    The weather here is dark and dreary, so I thought it might be fun to add a little brightness to the week with a pretty giveaway!!  You know Shey B -- she makes beautiful, camera straps:  {These rosettes are amazing!} {I love this one for Spring!} But did you know that Shey makes other beautiful things too? … [Read more...]