northstory notes – Dec 20, 2013

When you’re a blogger there’s usually a queue of posts hanging around in your Drafts folder. Or extra tutorials floating in your photo gallery ‘just in case’.

Well I royally missed the boat on this imaginary draft so you’re getting my Instagram shots of our Christmasified front porch. The one I did in late November but was too busy making scented ornaments to go outside and photograph in all its glory.

Then the snow came this week. And more snow is coming this weekend. And most of the porch got buried under a pile of the snow. And it looks nowhere like “staged” snow shots that are internet friendly –  you know where it looks like the perfect amount of snow was tossed innocently over the tree branches when in reality you’re sitting there sprinkling over in the spot that mother nature missed. I am totally ruining this image of blogging for you aren’t I?

But really, Instagram filters can make anything in the surburbs look better.

So in honour of Christmas being less than a week away, I thought I’d share some photos to get you into the spirit. Just imagine drinking some Bailey’s in your coffee under some twinkling lights this weekend. That should be your goal and that is literally my only goal over these Holidays. To eat, drink and be merry as this is my husbands first Christmas off of work in ages.

Red basket with birch logs and skates on the front porch -

Painted White Branches for Christmas -

Snowy Lantern for Christmas -

Black Steamer Trunk - Christmas Front Porch -

And at night…

 Snowed in Christmas front porch -

The stocking I kept moving around. I couldn’t make up my mind. Those branches are from the Halloween front porch and I just spray painted them white. And that awesome steamer trunk was a Kijiji find.

I have great ambitions to get up a gift wrapping post on here this weekend. There’s a better chance that recap will show up next November on these pages. Or most likely in my Instagram feed. Ask me after I come back from last minute stocking stuffer shopping this weekend. But if you don’t see me reappear on here until January, it’s because I either got lost at the mall or I’m outside shoveling the driveway and back deck. I wanted snow, oh it’s here.

Who am I kidding, I’m sitting down with food and wine! So Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours!

In this week’s northstory notes:

Amazing DIY craft and project kits for your kids.

Clementine wreaths that make an amazing gift. Seriously this is so clever!

You know I love wood veneer crafts so when Sugar and Cloth posted a sneak peek on her Instagram, I knew I’d love the end result.

I also love a good card craft. I love it even more when you’re kids can make it.

Thanks to Paper & Stitch for leading me to this Copper Christmas Tree. I am having a bit of a love affair with copper these days.

A rustic paper star garland.

Can someone get me a HBC blanket for my Canadiana filled living room?

A t-shirt I am sure a lot of you can relate to.

And what I want to be my new motto come the New Year “I want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares.” Saul Bass.

Now go get your Holiday on!


  • Reply
    Inspire Me Heather
    December 21, 2013 at 6:52 am

    You’re so sweet!! I was reading though and saw the links, first one I clicked went to my blog… aw. Thanks for mentioning my paper stars now I have to go check out your other links too! Happy Holidays to you and your porch decorations look great, beautiful with the snow too!!

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    December 21, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    LOVE IT! Also I love Saul Bass and it makes me happy that other people know who he is. Merry Christmas Alex! (Surprised there’s not a different Canadian one though..)

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    January 6, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Your decorations were sweet Alex! I love the bright red produce basket. I tonnes of them but no colored ones!

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