Tuesday, July 16, 2013

it's been a while...

So, it's been a while... maybe I'm not cut out for this blogging thing after all. But I would like to share with you some of the new designs I have been working on. You can find them all in my new shop:

If you are on instagram you can find & follow us here:  @elskanshop
*psst, note to instagram pals... if you's like to own an Elskan top knot headband we are having a giveaway! Deadline is Friday July 19 at 8pm central.

More NEW items to come this week. I hope you enjoy!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

summer, part 2

1.  Rob driving the boat- blue sky!*
2.  we had some visitors, Luna found a little buddy....
3.  ....and chased him for a kiss
4.  ducks diving for food
5.  boat ride
6.  Collyn came to visit (all the way from the Yukon!)
7.  took a trip into town, Luna bought herself an ice cream
8.  green balloon
9.  fixing the deck & Mya poked her head through
10. my darling
11. inspired
12. dressed up in a funny costume to surprise daddy
13. little old man in a paper beard

*blue skies were rare for a while. Major forest fires stretched over 2 provinces and the air was thick and grey- weather reports on the radio were often "smokey". Some days we were able to stare directly at the sun, which appeared as a huge glowing red ball in the sky. Photos just don't do any justice compared to seeing this strange beauty first-hand. The sun's reflection on the water was like dancing fire.  (see below)

Thursday, October 11, 2012

summer days, week 1

 These photos were taken our first week at the cabin, back in July. Wish I could have posted them sooner and as they were taken, but a whole summer spent at a remote cabin meant no internet access or blog updates. Not that I am complaining- it was so good to get away from it all and enjoy life in it's most beautiful, natural form. There is absolutely nothing like having all the time in the world to spend with your loved ones.

The homestead belongs to Rob's family- they have had this land for over 100 years- and there is so much history everywhere you look. It is a 20 minute boat ride to get to the nearest road, which meant that the only form of "traffic" was the odd boat passing by, or an airplane flying overhead. No neighbors to speak of. The nearest town was another 20 minutes away by car.... so the city sounds we had grown accustomed to were replaced by songs of wildlife: ducks, loons, frogs, coyotes, etc.

We feel so grateful to have been able to spend the last few months living a dream.

1.  Luna & our view from the cabin deck, looking to the lake & the old wash-house
2.  laundry and some entertainment
3.  flowers by the garden
4.  pine needles & pinecones on the path to the beach
5.  the sweetest smelling roses in the garden
6.  our pup Mya resting
7.  Mya close-up
8.  trees along the path to the beach
9.  daddy & Luna swimming
10. drying off
11. dancing on the deck
12. all tuckered out
13. couldn't put this book down- best I've read in a long time
14. taking a walk
15. our little boat
16. docking, taking a trip into town for supplies
17. spruce bug
18. these little guys were everywhere
19. Rob chopping wood
20. daddy's helper
21. Luna & her cousin Lyric jamming
22. "too loud"
23. my sunshine

Thursday, October 4, 2012


After a wonderful summer at a remote cabin without electricity & internet, we're back! Oh little shop, how I've missed you. It is reasons like this I am happy to get back to the big city.
And for the big news: We now have our very own website!
To celebrate our grand re-opening Kyssa Vintage is having a 20% OFF sale. Remember to use code 'TWENTY' at checkout to receive the discount on any 2 items in the shop.

If there are things you love about the new store or even things you'd love to change, all feedback is welcome & appreciated.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Thursday, June 21, 2012


Hi friends,
I have four dresses in the running for the Girls Resort Wear collection at One Jackson. If selected, this is an opportunity for my children's wear designs to be manufactured and sold worldwide!

If you would like to get in on the voting just 'like' the fb page here:
Then go to onejackson.com and click 'connect with facebook' to vote for all of your favorites. There are so many talented designers and you can vote for as many as you'd like!

Here is a link to my personal design page:

Thanks for voting & happy solstice!
xo Amanda

Voting  ends: 06/27/2012

Thursday, June 14, 2012

ice cream

We went for ice cream, or as Luna likes to call it: "ow fweam."
(please excuse the blurry photos...appears it's time to re-read my manual)