northstory notes – Nov 8, 2013

Hey Season of Fall, how are you? Nice of you to show up. I can finally wear some cozy sweaters and scarves.

The only pet peeve I have is how quickly you’ve taken away the gorgeous red leaves on our Autumn Blaze Maple tree we planted in our backyard almost 2 years ago.

Autumn Blaze Maple tree leaves

Nature needs to invent a tree that has leaves like that all year round. Not just for 3 weeks out of it. But enough about the colder weather.

You know what I want to talk about today? Something I love and that is shout outs from other bloggers.

No really. Everyone thinks what’s the big deal, we all link up to each other?

Umm, it’s a huge deal each and every time. Have you seen how many Home Decor, DIY, Craft, Lifestyle etc. bloggers there are out there these days? My Bloglovin Reader is rammed.


Every day hundreds of new voices press publish on the internet and join this mysterious blogging community. And to get your voice, your stories and your projects noticed in that sea of bloggers, is a feat on it’s own. So anytime someone thinks something I have written or done is worth sharing I want to thank them. Because that little hyperlink introduces your little corner of the internet to all the people that read their corner of the internet.

This past month alone I’ve had several bloggers link up to me in such a way that it blew my mind. Most recently Dani and Nads from Life Over Easy gave a whole bunch of Canadian bloggers a shout out in their Cityline Featured Blogger post no less. I mean you don’t get much more love than that.

I have also learned quickly over the short time I’ve been blogging, that bloggers that you love usually follow other bloggers that you’d probably enjoy reading as well. So if a blogger does a link up in their post to someone, go check them out. Chances are they’ve probably caught the eye of the blogger you love for a similar reason they may catch yours.

So this week I want to say thanks to some of those bloggers who did that for me recently – Lindsay, Lauren, Kelly, Linda, ThalitaJennifer and Kelly. Many thanks for paying it forward!

It is always appreciated. Always.

In this week’s northstory notes:

I am loving this card craft from Onelmon.

My Nordic Christmas decor loving self is really excited to see this.

Those famous cinnamon stick candles all over Pinterest. Have you made them? Here’s what Pintrosity had to say about them.

Birch tree branches are among my favourite so I love what Nalle did with them.

Got a DIY that went wrong? Mandi from Vintage Revivals wants to hear your story.

This is one of those craft ideas that you go “Why didn’t I think of that sooner?”

I want this sign in our basement.

Cute Christmas crafts do not get much cuter than this.

So this is what I should have done with the birthday banner turned birthday present garland wrap I made for my younger daughter’s birthday.

And because have started to develop an unhealthy obsession with lanterns, I leave you with this eye candy. And this one. And oh yes, this. And of course these.

Happy Weekend!


  • Reply
    November 8, 2013 at 7:05 am

    My comment is that I would love to see all the things you mentioned. It I’m not following all those links. To a blog, yes, but not for every single thing.

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    Victoria • Restoring our Victorian
    November 8, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Can I just say, that I LOVE neon signs? Right now, there is a neon sign on craigslist that says – Elvis. And it is coming out of the top of a vintage turquoise radio. The only reason it is not in my house right now, is because they want $400 for it. Which even I know is too much.

    I love that you take the time to compile all these links. I always find something interesting!!

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      Danielle from Storypiece
      November 8, 2013 at 2:27 pm

      I didn’t think that there could be a “too much” price tag for a Neon Elvis Sign. That’s what ramen noodles are for, right?

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    November 8, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Hey Alex, beautiful photograph of your red leaves!!! And I thought I was happy with my one lantern till I saw that collection of them on stairs…darnit…need to get more now…

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    Kelly @ View Along the Way
    November 8, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Thank you for the thank you! 🙂 And for the awesome projects that are totally worth shouting-out!

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    Danielle from Storypiece
    November 8, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    It’s HUGE when you receive a link or blog love from another site that genuinely enjoys what you’re doing. That’s why I think your Northstory Notes rock! The kindness of others means the world and you always share the coolest stuff here. Thanks for finding these treasures and sharing them.

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    November 8, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Thank you so much, Alex, for the shout out and the creative links! The birch hooks and the cone tree blew me away!! They are brilliant!

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    November 8, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing my birch hooks! I love reading your notes and finding so much inspiration. Have a wonderful weekend!

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    November 9, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Thanks for the link Alex! I’m still thinking, why didn’t I think of this sooner?!!

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    November 9, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Hooray for sharing the awesomeness of the internets! 🙂

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    Thalita @ The Learner Observer
    November 10, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    It’s easy to share anything you do because your blog is full of amazing content! Some seriously awesome links here~ That Scandinavian catalog? Oh wow!

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    Dani @ lifeovereasy
    November 12, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Great roundup Alex, and thanks so much for the shoutout! Blogging can be a little solitary sometimes, you’re so right that any mention feels really big. Always makes my day!

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    June 5, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    Yay for sharing the love and passing it on. 🙂

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