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Etsy Item of the Day: Whimsical Wreath

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This whimsical wreath features yarn balls in hot pink, lime green, and turquoise, plus shiny coordinating ball ornaments. The wreath feels both cozy and fun, and it would be a great gift for a knitter or anyone who enjoys more unique holiday colour schemes. If you would prefer a more traditional colour palette, the shop also has a lovely red and green version.

Etsy Seller: Whimsy’s Workshop

Raymond Around the World: Portland

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Last year during the summer, Raymond had fun travelling to Brussels, India, and London, sampling local cuisine and taking in the sights. This year he did even more travelling, starting with Ventura, California in the spring. Over the summer, I was lucky enough to take several trips with Raymond, the first of which was to Portland, Oregon.

It had been a long time since I had visited Portland, and Raymond had never been there, so we had to hit up some of the classic spots. First off, we stopped by Powell’s Books, which occupies an entire city block and claims to be the largest independent bookstore in the world.

Raymond in Portland
Raymond about to venture across the street to Powell’s Books

Due to the size of the store and my love of books, we could’ve spent all day there. Raymond enjoyed the variety of books as well.

Raymond in Portland
Is Raymond giving a hint about where else he travelled to?

After checking out the bookstore, we wanted a snack, so we headed over to Voodoo Doughnut where they have dozens of doughnut flavours. Raymond wanted to try every single one of the doughnuts!


Raymond excited for his doughnut

Unfortunately Raymond and I were too busy chowing down on our doughnuts, and we forgot to take a photo with them! But, trust me, the doughnuts were yummy :)


“Mmmm!” says Raymond
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Raymond eyeing the rotating case of doughnuts

Where else do you think Raymond went this year? Stay tuned to find out! :)

Etsy Item of the Day: Cozy Fingerless Gloves

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As Will our weatherman can tell you, it’s cold up here at the North Pole. On the particularly cold days, we elves keep our hands warm—but our fingers free for crafting and the like—with fingerless gloves. I like these cozy fingerless gloves in creamy grey because they would go with anything, plus the button is a nice accent.

Etsy Seller: Pixiebell

Etsy Item of the Day: Jolly Basset Hound Cards

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If you followed the Elf Blog last holiday season, you know that we love Etsy so much that we like to feature an Etsy Item of the Day to highlight the awesome handmade goodies other folks are making. So, may I present to you the first 2013 Etsy Item of the Day… A set of Christmas cards featuring an original watercolour of a jolly basset hound running through the snow. I simply can’t resist his wrinkly legs and the way his ears are flapping in the wind as he dashes across the scene! And, if that wasn’t enough, he’s wearing a scarf—love it!

Etsy Seller: Jud’z Art

The Holiday Season is Upon Us!

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Less than 2 months. 7 weeks. 51 days. However you want to phrase it, the fact remains that Christmas will be here before we know it.

This is an especially busy time here at northpole.com, just as I’m sure it’s a busy time for you. I do hope you and your family will come visit us here regularly during the holiday season. Besides all of the great stuff elsewhere on the site, such as the personalized stories and yummy recipes, we will be bringing you brand new, fun, festive content here on the Elf Blog every single day between now and Christmas.

If you love holiday crafts, are searching for gift ideas, or simply need a daily dose of Christmas joy, the Elf Blog has you covered. We look forward to spending the holiday season with you and yours!

Kickstart Your Merrymaking

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We elves love most everything creative. Be it an inventive cookie recipe, a new sewing technique, or music that mashes up various genres, we get excited over new ideas. If you’re like us and would enjoying checking out some imaginative and sometimes unusual ideas, head on over to Kickstarter, a website whose mission is “to help bring creative projects to life.”

Raymond perusing Kickstarter

Kickstarter is a platform for creators to announce and explain their projects to the world and for other folks to donate money to help make these projects become a reality. The site includes all different categories of projects, such as music, food, technology, design, and more, and the projects can range from $700 needed to print a run of t-shirts to $1,000,000 needed to create a telescope [a publicly accessible space telescope, actually—how awesome is that?!].

Since there are only 3 months until Christmas [yowza!], I thought it would be fun to highlight a few of my favourite festive Kickstarter projects, so without further ado…

Ximena’s super cool-funky-unique Hol.i.dAy album !

The singer & project creator, Ximena Borges, describes this album as “infusing holiday music with a breath of fresh air! All one voice, one body, no snow required—must hear twice to believe!!” Just watch the video, and you’ll hear was Ximena is talking about!

I know you’re tapping your toes now, so help fund Ximena’s album here.

Tree Man Documentary

This documentary by Brad Rothschild and Jon Reiner about men who spend a month selling Christmas trees on the sidewalks of New York City each year sounds like it will give viewers an interesting behind-the-scenes look at the commercial side of the holiday season.

Donate to the Tree Man documentary here.

A Cookie Revolution: It’s Not Biscotti. It’s A Marlo.

Baker-creator Marlo Gertz says, “I’ve taken my Grandmother’s Old World recipe for unique, twice-baked cookies and made them contemporary and even more delicious.” The cookies in the video look fabulous—mmm!

The rewards for backing Marlo’s project are cookies, so how could you not donate to her project? ;)

Stetson’s Christmas Adventure

I love anything with dogs, so even the adorable Kickstarter video for this film by Nancy Ogden was tugging at my heart strings.

Help Stetson the pup continue his acting career by backing this Kickstarter project.

Chelsea Market Holiday Snowflake Installation

This art installation by Chelsea Hrynick Browne will consist of hundreds of hand-cut origami snowflakes, and the project sounds fun, interesting, and beautiful.

Let Chelsea bring some beauty to NYC this holiday season by backing her art installation project.

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