Now that there is frost on the lawn it feels (kind of) more appropriate to talk about getting ready for the holidays. It’s early, but the event is intentionally early. The event being the Art Gallery’s Annual Christmas House Tour. Each year 5 or 6 homes are decked out by local shops, decorators, designers etc. Traditionally all of the specialty Christmas shops and Nurseries are the first to sign-up to be a decorator. But as any good event evolves and keeps up with the times, this one has too. A world of DIY and Pinterest projects means the glitz and glitter that used to be associated with the holidays is no longer the majorities cup of tea.

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So, long story short, I am decorating/designing a home… as handmade as possible.

Having been involved as a home owner, I knew the work involved. Three years ago, my house was enlisted as part of the Thunder Bay Art Gallery’s 2011 roster. It was decorated by Moss Cottage.Harry Canary Co Christmas House Tour Harry Canary Co Christmas House TourMoss Cottage‘s Kate is known for her greens and has become famous for her signature square wreaths. She filled my house (now old house, I sold it this spring) with cedar bows and pine, paperwhites and little wreaths made from greens that I’m not sure what they were, but they looked great.

Harry Canary Co Christmas House Tour Harry Canary Co Christmas House TourHarry Canary Co Christmas House TourI gave her a hand with some of the crafty bits… I made the paper garland hanging over the dining room table. Painted some stuff, and did just about anything else that she instructed me to do.

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This was the actual backdoor. It was old and was being replaced shortly after so we took it as an opportunity to do something clever with it. I  painted it up and that was that. It has since been moved out to Kate’s property to become part of her woodsy, plucked from the wild, winter display.Harry Canary Co Christmas House Tour Harry Canary Co Christmas House Tour Harry Canary Co Christmas House Tour Harry Canary Co Christmas House Tour Harry Canary Co Christmas House Tour Harry Canary Co Christmas House Tour Harry Canary Co Christmas House Tour Harry Canary Co Christmas House Tour Harry Canary Co Christmas House Tour

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So that was 2011. Hopefully, crossing my fingers, 2013 will be just as successful. Moss Cottage and I have partnered to bring you a Vintage Canadiana Christmas. And in the spirit of handmade, I’ll be posting tutorials to as many projects as possible. Everything from homemade moose antlers to repurposed sweaters. Along with some more specific (less crafty) things like how to turn a drawing into a rubber stamp to make your own Christmas cards. For those in Thunder Bay, this years tour is Nov 9th and 10th. And for those everywhere else, you can following along with all of the how-tos starting Nov 11th!