Christmas House Tour.


I managed to get outside to take pictures just a day before the great snowfall of December 2013 hit my neck of the woods.

People automatically assume that if you’re in Canada you have a white Christmas, but where I am in Southern Ontario, there’s actually very little chance of a white Christmas, and if there is snow, it’s usually just a dusting.


This was not a dusting.  And it had me seriously regretting not making more of an effort to go and get my snowblower from where I store it at my mothers.  I experimented with making a snowblower out of 3 hairdryers, a pile of rope and a remote control Tonka truck.  It was an unsuccessful experiment.

Behold the pre-storm outdoor Christmas shots …



You can no longer see this wood pile.  This wood pile now resembles a ski hill.





You can also no longer see the chickens.



Back Door


Gathering Wood


That wood you see me gathering got me through the storm.  Well, not that single armful, many armfuls.  I’d go outside in the freezing cold, shovel, shovel, shovel … then come inside, strip my wet mitts and hat off and sit by the fire until I dried out.  Then an hour later, I’d do it all over again, punctuating every other trip with a hot dog roasted on the fire.  Come to think of it, it was actually the hot dogs that got me through the storm.

And my neighbour, who in fact, did all my shovelling as I stood playing with a Tonka truck.



  1. It looks so gorgeous Karen! I too was drawn in by the gorgeous Ikea solar light as well as the holiday decor and snow dusting.

    I have to say my heart dropped when i saw you’d be gone til the New year. I am happy you will get some time with family and your beloved potato chips and Christmas movies and all but it couldn’t come at a worse time for me —-ya know! I have all 3 kids AND my husband home for a few weeks….I am going to need some laughs and a good reason to get on my computer.

    Merry Christmas.


  2. Bols says:

    Karen, did you make the wreaths on the chicken coop gates? If so, would you consider posting a tutorial?
    They are SO perfect!

    • Karen says:

      LOL. They’re so perfect because they’re fake! 🙂 They’re $9.99 from Ikea and I love them. I bought 5 of them. 2 for outside and 3 for in. ~ karen!

  3. Deirdre says:

    Perfectly Ontario picturesque. I’m hoping its not too late to add Ikea items to my Christmas list. Thanks for the pictures.

  4. Dan says:

    I suggest that you make a couple of firewood carriers. You can carry a lot more wood each trip. With one in each hand, your arms stay the same length. See Bob’s Instructable.

    Keep up the good work.

  5. Agnes says:

    Love your jacket, is it Canada Goose? My boyfriend finally bought himself one this year after debating over it for the past 3. Now I want one!

    • Karen says:

      Yes it is. I got it about 7 years ago or so. I got the men’s version because I didn’t like how the women’s version was kind of fitted in at the waist. ~ karen!

  6. Kari says:

    Love your house, so beautiful!

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