northstory notes – Nov 29, 2013

Hello fellow US blogging friends!

I just wanted to tell everyone out there that I hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving and I now look forward to you all joining the rest of us crazy Canucks in the Christmas season that is underway for half of us, who I must confess are already knee deep in decorating and crafting. And some like myself are re-decorating their Christmas tree after half the lights died a week after it was fully decorated.

This is because we celebrate Thanksgiving in October. And then just go full steam into the glitter and Bailey’s in your coffee season.

The coffee and Bailey’s are used to warm me up when I do projects in my garage. My husband will appreciate me saying it’s my garage because all of my projects have literally taken over his work bench. And the garage floor. So there is nowhere to park the car. You don’t need a car in the suburbs do you?

painting white branches

But in honour of US Thanksgiving I’d like to give thanks to one of my favourite reasons to be thankful for when it comes to this blog and that’s my friend and web designer Stacey.

She blogs over at A Goode House where her and her husband are renovating a gorgeous mid-century modern home and anything and everything that is done on here, that remotely functions on here or looks the way it does is thanks to her.

We met innocently enough through our blogs and it shows you the power of this medium. In the sense that without it, there’s a good chance our paths never would have crossed in real life. Who knew a mutual love for mid century furniture would have led me to someone who is now not only a friend, but who would have designed my header and saved my CSS challenged self many times over. Never underestimate what is under a bloggers outer shell. This is why I always tell people, take the conversations off of the pages of the comments section of a blog. You need good friends who blog that you can chat with outside of all of this to help you navigate it all.

So Stacey, Thank You for all that you have do and continue to do for me! If anyone out there ever needs a website re-design or help with a blog migration, she does this in addition to her insanely good sheetrocking skills. Yes I just made that word up. Though sheetrock is a real thing. In Canada we call it drywall. It’s the little differences that make our countries unique to each other despite being next door. Sort of like Thanksgiving being in different months.

But on that note, remember when you’re out shopping this weekend in the lunatic crowds of Black Friday (which has migrated to Canada by the way)…

no bloody swearing

In this week’s northstory notes:

If you’re not reading A Storefront Life, you should be. They’re a couple who live in and are renovating a 100 year old Storefront Conversion in downtown Toronto.

I am always looking for easy Christmas treat recipes and this bark fits that bill perfectly.

Paper trees that are just incredible.

Pink Little Notebook made an amazing Wood Veneer Pendant light.

I am getting dangerously close to giving in to this whole washi tape epidemic thanks to crafts like this.

Speaking of my friend Stacey, she recently redesigned the online home of the talented Natalie from La gang à Nat – go say hello!

If you haven’t made an Advent Calendar, this one is a really great idea.

Salted Chocolate Caramel Pecan candies. Do I need to say more?

My growing obsession with copper isn’t being helped by this stunning DIY copper pipe Advent Candle wreath.

Just discovered Nicole Tarasick’s pillows. Canadiana love!

We have these shelves all over our living room so I love this hack of them.

And sometimes the best holiday decorations are the simplest most endearing ones.

Happy Weekend everyone!


  • Reply
    November 29, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Alex, what a lovely message of thanks for Stacey. Indeed, she is a pretty incredible person all around and worth thanking a zillion billion times!!!

    And a huge thanks to you for the lovely shout out!!! 🙂


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      November 29, 2013 at 4:59 pm

      I’ll just let you teach me how to sew. 🙂

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    now at home mom
    November 29, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    🙂 Alex, I love that you mentioned u r friend Stacey here today, after I read Natalie’s FB about her new design, I visited Stacey’s blog and loved it. I have been thinking for the longest time of having someone work on my blog design. If you don’t mind, I would love to ask her and mention you? Is that Ok? Please let me know! 🙂

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      November 29, 2013 at 5:01 pm

      Oh my God, ask away!! I get absolutely no kickbacks for mentioning Stacey. I do this b/c I genuinely love her work and she has been nothing but an amazing rock of support since the early days of my mess of a free blog. I’d love to see what she could do for your vision of a redesign. 🙂

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    Lynne Knowlton
    November 29, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    oh all those linkies….I can wait to push all the buttons. Gotta run. They look so freaking tempting. Thanks for sharing !!! xx

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      November 29, 2013 at 5:02 pm

      I love your phone. I need to go share that asap!

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    Christina @ The DIY Mommy
    November 29, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Thanks for mentioning my candy recipe, Alex! Happy weekend!

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    Lynne Knowlton
    November 29, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    I’m back. That was fun. I clicked on every link. It was an awesome ride. Thanks for that !!!

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    November 29, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    It’s so true about needing blogging friends behind the scenes…I have really realized this, this past year. Friends through blogging are invaluable! So glad you have Stacey!! And thanks for the shout out too Alex!
    P.S. Baileys and coffee are my faaaaaave!

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    November 29, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    awwww, thanks Alex! I’m sure everyone here can agree that you are an awesome chick who makes a genuine effort to jump off the pages of your blog to create lovely friendships with the people you meet online. I certainly adore you and the “off the blog” chatter we have. ( and you allow me to cuss like a sailor and act like an idiot )
    These connections mean the most to me and lets talk about the fabulous folks you introduce me to. — THEY’RE INCREDIBLE LADIES!

    My only problem is I’m starting to LOVE working with bloggers more than being one.
    HA HA! I also love these Friday posts and visiting all the blogs you talk about. SUCH FUN! No doubt that everyone who gets mentioned here on these special Fridays appreciates you so much for it. Thanks for spreading the love! You rock… and you’re great with a glue gun and some spray paint. (jealous). Have a great weekend! XO

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    Victoria • Restoring our Victorian
    November 30, 2013 at 9:20 am

    In my next life, I want to come BACK as Stacey… house skills AND web skills!! (Or, I could just come back as someone who can afford to not DIY!)

    Happy non-Thanksgiving to you! It makes way more sense the way you do it in Canada!

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    November 30, 2013 at 11:44 am

    I’ve only clicked on a few but I need to come back and click more!

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    Shauna @ Satori Design for Living
    November 30, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    I’ve met so many friends through blogging that I would’ve never met as you mentioned. It’s great to have each other to bounce ideas off and as a source of support, a real community!

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    Inspire Me Heather
    December 1, 2013 at 9:42 am

    I loved your links!! Those trees – sigh – and the pecan candies – sigh – happy weekend to you too!

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    Danielle from Storypiece
    December 3, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    You are a blogging dynamo, girl! I can hardly keep up. 🙂 Love it all!

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