Thanksgiving + Birch Bark Harvesting

canada goose sweater

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend, in fact, we had 3 Thanksgivings, all delicious and unique. The weather this weekend was absolutely perfect! Sunny, warm days and cool crisp nights, the perfect weather for being outside and working off some of those pumpkin pies.


On Saturday I went to visit Mjolk in Toronto and was overwhelmed, impressed and inspired by John and Juli's beautiful store. (I'll post photos on the blog later this week.) They had a gorgeous Finnish birch bark installation in their storefront and I was in love with it.

Big Chuck and I love natural wood, and the idea of using birch bark somewhere in our home was something I really liked. So, when we arrived at the cottage for thanksgiving dinner and I saw not one but two birch trees laying next to the wood shed, already sawed into perfect 16 inch logs the wheels in my brain started turning. And, before I knew it, Big Chuck and I were harvesting birch bark.


We have a big bag currently sitting in our backyard. I haven't figured out exactly what to do with it yet. I'm not sure if I want to do something on a large scale like the installation I saw at Mjolk, or something smaller and potentially sell-able. I'll keep you posted.

Have a great Wednesday!
xo bess


  1. such a great idea!
    this weekend was so spectacular!
    I am so glad you spent it outdoors.

    I love john and juli's store! I have to go back soon!

  2. Have always had a fascination with Birch bark. Looking forward to seeing what you do with it.

    (Love seeing the goose sweater again, so perfect!)

  3. Agreed with Michelle - you look absolutely perfect in that sweater!! That is the ultimate fall Canadiana picture :)


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