northstory notes – Aug 23, 2013

This week’s random act of kindness award goes to my friend April who bestowed me with this awesome bottle of wine that I will fully enjoy trying out for the first time in the near future.

fat bastard wine - northstory

As well as to the big ball of fire in the sky – the sun – that has somehow thought that the month of August was October this year. So it disappeared. And with it came wind and cold and I heard “Below Seasonal Temps” on the weather forecasts so many times I was thinking it was going to be time to break out the Sorel’s by September.

Well it came back. And with it started to move along all the the green tomatoes waiting to ripen in our backyard.

garden tomatoes - northstory

In other bloglovin’ & Twitter news…

My love the Yard Stick Wainscoting from Making It Lovely knows no bounds.

Got some old toys? How about you make them into a necklace?

Shannon & Dean from AKA Design revealed their Modern Country Dining Room and I have decided they need to make me a farmhouse kitchen table. But not until we gut our travesty of an existing kitchen and make it worthy of a table as nice as the one they built.

With TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) taking over Toronto in September, you should see the great Film Festival window display Renee from Re:Creative did.

And in honour of us heading to the land of Once Upon A Time (a.k.a. Disney World) next week…

little girls room - blue and white northstory

DIY wood letters

…as the kids draw their favourite Disney characters, go take a look at If Disney Princesses Had Instagram until I tide you over with my trip pics on my own Instagram account of how to survive a road trip down to the Happiest Place on Earth. Did I mention I hate road trips?

Psst – if you want to see how we made that Filing Cabinet Desk and Bulletin Boards above, click here.

So on that note because I am on vacation and taking a week off of my blog next week, I will see everyone in September!

PS – You do not and I repeat do not see the stucco ceiling in the above photos. Understood. It does not exist and you must pretend it doesn’t exist in any future home update posts that I ever do. Because as long we’re living in our suburban McHome, it’s “stuck”. Oh that was just terrible.


  • Reply
    Lynne Knowlton
    August 23, 2013 at 9:21 am

    I’m beating up some stucco ceilings too. Grrrh. PS. I clicked on your links, and it was AWESOME ! Love the dining table,and the chalk board wall was d’bomb dot com. xxo

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    Stephen Hughes
    August 23, 2013 at 10:55 am

    How great to be bestowed with a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon – I won a bottle at my last Craft Fair! – bring a surprising smile to the face!
    PS.. your tomatoes look delish!! – and the kids room shows Ikea how its really done!!

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    August 23, 2013 at 11:12 am

    K your tomatoes look amazing!!! Can you do something to fix my sage and my basil and my oregano that just will NOT live!??!?! I suck at plants. Awesome links, and ditto on the yardstick wall. I love. Also ditto on the stucco. What is UP with that crap!?!??!! So terrible.

  • Reply
    August 23, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    I have the same stucco ceilings in my apartment. Sigh…

    You are going to love that wine!

  • Reply
    Neaten Your Nest
    August 23, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    I love the big art desk for the kids. It’s great and they have plenty of room to spread out. Love it! Have fun and take the road trip in stride!

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    Victoria • Restoring our Victorian
    August 23, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    I’ve forgotten what I had to say about Disney princesses, tomatoes, or anything else… because I am wondering if you are DRIVING to Disney? From CANADA?

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    August 23, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    You, my friend, are the best!!! Enjoy the wine! You’ll need it afte your road trip lol! Drive safe and be safe!
    Call me when you’re back and we’ll crack open the wine! 🙂

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    Danielle from Storypiece
    August 23, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Oh my gosh… you freak! I did not see the stucco ceiling at all. I love, love , LOVE the white letters on the white walls. It’s so elegant! Have fun at Disney.

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    August 23, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    i love that the letters are white. very sublte and, therefore, dramatique!

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    now at home mom
    August 27, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    enjoy your vacation with your family Alex! 🙂 take care & I will pretend I never saw your ceiling 🙂 love the once upon a time
    see you in September!

  • Reply
    September 4, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Thanks for including my window!

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