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This spring, I’ve been so inspired by everything nautical and anchors. I even had a necklace with an anchor on it custom-made for me by Katie Wilken of EvaRose Couture. What better place to fan the flame of anchor lust than with an Etsy treasury? So here’s one filled with anchor-themed jewellery, porcelain, prints, and […]

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  • Colleen - Thanks so much for featuring my sterling silver nautical earrings! I’m proudly from Ontario and have found a new favorite all things ‘Rural” source!ReplyCancel

    • Sarah Koopmans - You’re welcome and thanks so much for following and commenting! :) ReplyCancel

  • Shawne Bennett - Thank you soooo much for including my cottage themed embroidery hoops :) All of my designs are hand drawn & hand stitched and created in Waterdown, Ontario!ReplyCancel

    • Sarah Koopmans - You’re very welcome, Shawne! Thanks for commenting and following!ReplyCancel

Theatre Season is Almost Here! Summer theatre in rural Ontario is truly a magical experience. Visiting a playhouse in an idyllic small town setting is a treat. For me it’s all about the whole experience – the pre-show dinner reservations, the awesome stage performance and the after-show cocktails. All I have to decide is who I’ll […]

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  • Nancy Payne - Great suggestions, all, but the list could easily have been expanded–the Lakeview Arts Barn near Bobcaygeon is always worth the trip!ReplyCancel

Slowly but surely, the snow is receding, more birds are appearing, and crocuses are popping through the ground. It’s officially spring, and despite the lingering cold temperatures and not-so-white-stuff, it’s time to finally think warmer weather! Today, I thought I’d share some of the things that I’m most excited about this season. Who doesn’t love […]

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  • Angele Desjardins - If you’re looking for tomatillos this summer, look no further than the Almonte Farmer’s Market. My friend Hilary of Maple Lane Farms has them when in season. She is also part of the CSA. If you’re a shareholder, they (along with other fun veggies) are a fun surprise in a couple of the weekly bounties. Happy salsa making!ReplyCancel

    • Sarah Koopmans - Thanks, Angele! Unfortunately, the Almonte farmer’s market is about a 7-hour drive for me, so I can’t pop up there for my tomatillos! Perhaps you know of a retailer in the Oxford or Middlesex County areas?ReplyCancel

A New Take on Tradition The farmhouse is the quintessential rural architecture; with a traditional front porch, clothes line and long gravel lane way. Lately I’ve been dreaming about building my own farmhouse style abode, albeit with a more modern twist. The version I’m imagining has the standard white horizontal siding and the black shingled […]

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  • Jennifer Squires - I fancy a modern farmhouse too! Love the open concept interior, and loads of huge windows. I’d also add board and batten exterior, big chunky trim, aged wood floors, and, most importantly, a big, beautiful, focal point fireplace.ReplyCancel