Christmas

Rustic and Modern Twig Stars

I woke up this morning with no intention of doing a post. In fact the first thing that woke me up was the realization that I forget to move Elf on the Shelf last night (yes there’s now one in our home and I am not happy about this) and then later on was attacked by my 4 year old who ran downstairs with her $1 Advent Calendar to remind me today was the first day she could open up a window on it. That’s when I realized oh damn, it’s December 1st.

So I sat down on my computer to check emails etc like I usually do after I work out and I started to randomly edit photos of some projects that I had done but not yet posted. And suddenly I came up with this idea to do a series of posts I’ll now call “12 Days of Christmas Projects”.

I don’t have anything planned. I don’t have a fancy PicMonkey’ed or Photoshopped Graphic Header ready for this. In fact  I think I am completely insane for even suggesting this because there is a good chance I won’t make it to the end. In order to give me some buffer days I am going to share the posts during the weekdays. My husband is also going to read this and say “You complain you don’t have time to fold laundry or do anything and yet you’re going to make, photograph, edit and write blog posts for the next 2 weeks straight?”

Yes.

And here’s why.

Without getting into too many details, I’ve become quite disenchanted with blogging these days. A lot actually. And none of it has anything to do with my love of writing and creating on this blog. It has a lot to do with external factors that come with being a blogger and blogging politics that have really worn me down and have just about made me want to quit blogging every single day. Maybe at a different time I’ll get into the whole “why” of that. But for now it’s Christmas time and we should try be festive and you’re all stressed enough as is this time of year, you don’t need to hear my vent.

So I thought what better way to get out of that mind frame than to challenge myself and maybe get back down to the basics of why I started this blog. And that was to create, to write, to share, to inspire others. To have a body of work and memories for myself and for my kids. And often throughout the year, that gets lost in translation.

The goal with these posts is to make uncomplicated projects. Things you can do at home with your kids, maybe using stuff from your recycling bin. Nothing where you’re like do I need to sign up for a 12 week course to learn this skill just so I can do this craft. I’ve been really listening to my friends these days and what they often say is that they find certain DIY projects and crafts intimidating because they feel like they take too much time or are too hard. The whole “Ain’t nobody got time for that.”

I don’t want that. There’s a time and a place for those projects (and I do do those as well) but not for this. I made a list of ideas and we’ll see how it goes.

Let’s start off with a simple one that is a classic family favorite throughout the year. Which are twig stars. I made them using both twigs that I had leftover from my twig wreath and I also have a ton of wooden dowels that I picked up at the Dollar Tree. That way I have a combination of rustic and modern stars.

Using my glue gun I basically glued the twigs and dowels together as such.

Making Twig Stars   Step 1 - northstory

Making Twig Stars  Step 2 - northstory

Making Twig Stars - Step 3 - northstory

Making Twig Stars Step 4 - northstory

Making Twig Stars  - Step 5 - northstory

All the beautiful ribbon that you see is from May Arts.

I used their Bakers Twine and the Black and Cream Striped Ribbon.

How to make rustic and modern twig stars using twigs & wood dowels - northstory

DIY Rustic and Modern Twig Stars - northstory

DIY Twig Star Ornaments - Decorations - northstory

Wood Dowel Star - northstory

DIY Twig and Wood Dowel Stars - northstory

Those are now on our main floor Christmas Tree. We have 4, no wait, 5 Christmas trees. The fifth is on our front porch. Or rather is going on the front porch as I have done nothing with it yet.

Is this the moment I regret pressing Publish?

Challenge Accepted.

8 Comments

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    gemma@thesweetestdigs
    December 1, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Yay! Love the intent behind this series, this first project is really beautiful, and I look forward to watching what else you create. You are extremely talented Alex… and I hope that your love of blogging is renewed. Forget all that other stuff and go back to why you started doing this in the first place… and hopefully the rest will fall into place.

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    Danielle
    December 1, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    You ARE insane and I love it!! These are gorgeous and you are so talented, I’d hate to see you stop blogging because of the behind the scenes blogging crazy. I can’t wait to see what you come up with for the next eleven days!

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    thelearnerobserver
    December 1, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    I can’t wait to see all the awesome things you’re going to make, and disillusioned with blogging or not, you’re easily one of my most favourite bloggers of all time ever for so many reasons – more reasons than I have time or space to write about. I love that these are simple, beautiful, and completely you.

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    dani@lifeovereasy
    December 1, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Good for you! xo

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    Susan
    December 2, 2014 at 7:15 am

    I have a glue gun. I don’t have twigs. I don’t have coloured ribbon. BUT I can raid the mans workshop for pieces of dowel and string. I love this idea.

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    Ann Martin
    December 2, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Am now so glad I never got around to gathering sticks after the last wind storm. I’m going to make these stars – thanks for the idea!

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    Darlene
    December 2, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Keep on blogging for you! I really enjoy your honesty and the fact that you have a regular life makes me like your posts even more. I read other blogs but a lot of them are so commercial. You are one of my favourites! Merry Christmas…and I’m making those stars, especially after the windstorm in Ontario. Lol

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    Ammanda
    December 8, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    I googled file cabinet desk and found your blog and I’m so glad I did! Love your style – and these stars are just the thing to make with my kids. I love that they aren’t too….kid-ish (because that’s a word):) – so we can make them and decorate with them. Thanks!

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