If you and yours are looking for something absolutely fun, wonderful and magical this holiday season, visit the small village of Warkworth!
Friday evenings beginning with the Festival of Trees and the Santa Claus Parade on December 1st, the village will be transformed.
December 8, 15 and 22 there will be free wagon rides from S.O.S. Lounge located on Old Hastings Rd and they will proceed down to Church St and turn on to Main St.
Here you can visit the quaint little shops which many will be open till 9pm for your late night shopping experiences.
Children's activities will be held at The Town Hall. All sponsored by generous patrons within our community. There will be cookie decorating, face painting, a magician, ornament decorating and much more!
Mulled wine will be served in the Metaphorhome parking lot and Santa will be at the Mews all bedecked for a Winter Woodland Wonderland!
Our Lucky Stars will be hosting their famous pizza nights on Fridays and don't forget about Jeannine's Friday Night Dinners, Sper's chef Douglas Hope will spoil your palette with his delectable dinners. Justine at S.O.S. Lounge will surely entertain your soul with live music, spirits and yuletide merriment.
Oh, cannot forget the pop-up shops, Oliebollen, hot cocoa....There is just so many activities... you will just have to visit Warkworth! I promise,
YULE LOVE WARKWORTH!
Last week I hosted a Paper Wreath Workshop and it was so much fun.
The wreaths that I made for demonstrations are now available to purchase in the store. They are quite a hit, so I am planning on making a couple more in various sizes.
In case you wanted to attend but missed it, no worries, below is a step by step tutorial.
As with most things, we need to start somewhere.
I found that in a lot of online tutorials, there was a lot of steps left out so one had to use their imagination to get to the next step.
My hope here is that I can make this as easy as possible for y'all!
First you find some cardboard which will become the backing for your wreath.
Make sure it is clean and not from a pizza box!
Take your cardboard and draw a circle on it for you to cut out. The bigger the circle the bigger the wreath.
This tutorial is for a double layer wreath. You can make a smaller one, but I'm a fan of go big or go home!
Once your circle has been cut out, make a smaller one. Like a doughnut and a hole!
Put the cardboard aside as the fun part now begins. It's time to start rolling the paper into cones. I have used anywhere between 50 cones to over 100. Just depends on how big the paper is you use and how tightly you roll them.
Please remember to be consistent with your sizes as it will appear on your wreath.
I am using a large print Art History book for this wreath. It has lots of art pictures and with the contrast of the white, it will pop!
Once you have rolled and rolled, and even rolled some more, it's time to add them to your cardboard.
Apply some hot glue to your rolled piece of paper and position it on your cardboard doughnut.
I like to glue mine on in a compass style. North, East, South and West. Then fill in the points between until it is filled in completely. The next step is to add another layer over this row by gluing a rolled cone in between each cone. This way it covers the gaps.
Once your second level is done, it's time to start on your doughnut hole!
Here I rolled the papers slightly tighter and started in the compass style again.
Once one side is filled, I flipped over the circle and glued the cones on, but this time overlapping the points to make a tight centre.
Once done it will look like a tight flower. Take the finished top layer of the wreath and hot glue it to the larger bottom portion of the wreath to make one large wreath.
For the back, I glued on a bit of ribbon and some scrap felt. The felt reinforces the backing and gives the hanging ribbon a bit more strength.
When finished, hang your masterpiece and enjoy!
Made with an older book with the centre made of burlap and an old book cover.
A smaller wreath made with only one layer. I used a small red burlap and a little stag toy.
Quick little rainy day table.
I accidentally broke the top of the table and it needed a small repair. Once glued with Gorilla Glue, I felt like it needed a new life. When raining outside and you are a wee bit bored, bust out the sandpaper and paint.
I chose a cherry pink colour called Full Bloom. Once it was painted I put a graphite glaze on the flat surfaces and it is looking quite spiffy!
She's all ready and available for her forever home.
Truth be told, I cannot make a pretty pie. Try as I might, the crust is beyond my ability. I have made them with lard, shortening, butter...then thought maybe it's the type of counter or rolling pin. No, it was the handler each and every time.
I usually stick to press-in shortbread crusts or really cheat and but the pre-made crusts that I can unroll and put into my own pan. You know, to make it look like I made it. Add a little bit of flour dusting to my apron and hair, and voila.
That said, I hardly ever use canned fillings. I love making the blueberry fillings, the cherry, raisin... even the cavity inducing butterscotch filling.
Last year I absolutely forgot about the Perfect Pie Contest and missed submitting one.
This year.... I made it just in time to their cut off of 10:30 am! I submitted my entry at 10:20.
As I said earlier, I do not make pies. My entry was not pretty. It was Perfectly Imperfect. Delicious, but not pretty.
I made a Toasted Coconut Cream pie with a meringue top and a coconut shortbread crust. It was submitted into the Meringue Category. Fingers crossed!
Either way, I enjoyed making it with my daughter who kept me entertained with her antics, except for when she dropped all the sugar onto the floor and my dog got a sugar high.
Next year... I'm thinking one of my pot pies (which I am actually good at!) and a fruit one. As they say, practice makes perfect.
Just in case you want the recipe:
Coconut Custard Filling:
4 egg yolks
1/3 c. plus 2 tsp cornstarch
3 cups of whole milk (1 can of coconut milk + enough milk to equal 3 cups)
3/4 c sugar, plus 1 TBL
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla
2 TBL butter
1 c shredded coconut* I like mine toasted but either way works
Whisk the yolks in a bowl, set aside. Stir cornstarch, sugar, salt together in a medium saucepan. Whisk in the milk carefully to avoid lumps. Cook, stirring constantly over medium heat. Let it boil one minute, then add half the filling into the yolks, whisking to temper the yolks. Add the mixture back into the pan and cook over heat, boiling for another minute. Remove from heat. Add vanilla, butter, and coconut. Cool the filling slightly (about 30 minutes) and pour into a baked pie shell. Cover custard with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours until set.
To toast coconut: spread sweetened, flaked coconut over a cookie sheet and put into a 400 degree oven. Stir occasionally and shake around until coconut is golden brown. Don’t walk away (I’ve burned many, many sheets of coconut walking away.) Cool before using as a topping.
1 cup all purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup confectioners sugar(powdered or icing sugar)
1/2 cup butter, cut into small chunks
1/4 cup reserved toasted coconut (can be left out)
In a bowl, place the flour, sugar, coconut, and salt to combine. Add the cold butter and mix until the pastry starts to come together and form clumps. Transfer the pastry to a pan and, using your fingertips, evenly press the pastry onto the bottom and up the sides of the pan. (Can use the back of a spoon to smooth the surface of the pastry.) Gently pierce the bottom of the crust with the tines of a fork. (This will prevent the pastry crust from puffing up while it bakes.) Cover and place the pastry crust in the freezer for 15 minutes to chill. (This will help prevent the crust from shrinking while it bakes.)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C) and place rack in the center of the oven.
Place the pan on a baking sheet and bake the crust until golden brown, about 13 - 15 minutes. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool. It is now ready to be filled.
Use the 4 reserved egg whites from the coconut custard
A dash of cream of tartar
1/4 tsp of lemon juice
1/4 cup of granulated sugar
**I always use glass or metal bowls as plastic can retain a residue and your peaks will be limp.
Add the lemon juice and using an egg beater, beat the egg whites until frothy. They should form what’s called soft peaks. Peaks are the "hills" that pull up when removing the beaters from the foam. You’ll know your peaks are soft when the tips gently fall over.
Gradually add the sugar, 1-2 tbsp at a time until it is all incorporated and the peaks become glossy. Continue beating until the foam forms stiff peaks and all of the sugar has been dissolved. To test if the sugar has dissolved, rub the beaten meringue between your thumb and forefinger. If it feels gritty beat the eggs a few more seconds until smooth.
Pile your meringue onto your warm dessert and bake at 425˚ F (218°C) for about 4 or 5 minutes - just enough to gently brown the peaks.
Inspiration can strike anywhere! One morning I was washing and airing out my vintage Hudson Bay Blanket and draping it across our treadmill. (that's another story) When all of a sudden, I fell in love with the way the blanket looked hanging on to dry. I had to paint it on a piece of furniture. I needed a piece that would allow for the fluidity of the lines. I started my search for a waterfall dresser. The lines of these would work perfectly with the lines of the point blanket.
I found the perfect piece, a vintage waterfall dresser in need of a lot of love. The veneer was peeling and the top of the dresser had many water rings on it.
It needed to be infused with creativity!
I brought it home and started the process of sanding it right down.
Normally for furniture, I would just do an overall sanding of 120 grit and start painting.
I want to make sure this piece was sanded right down due to it's damage.
After a couple of hours of sanding on a beautiful fall day, she was ready for paint.
I painted the whole dresser in Country Chic's Cheesecake for that perfect creamy white colour.
Then came the not so fun moment of the lines.
I spent roughly an hour measuring and mapping out the lines. Then I realized the tape that I was using was the perfect width on its own. Lets just say, it went a lot quicker after that dawning moment.
The dresser also had a wonderful front detail that I wanted to make sure played well and could be incorporated into the overall design.
Two coats of cheesecake and all taped off.
**Remember to wait a day or two for the base-coat to fully dry before applying the tape. If not the possibility of pulling up the base-coat when you remove the tape is very high.
Once the lines were painted, I removed the painters tape. There were a couple of spots that needed a touch-up, but nothing too major.
The 3.5 point lines were painted in Country Chic's Licorice. From left to right the colours are:
Mornings on Main (custom colour)
All are paints from Country Chic.
I just cleaned and polished the original hardware.
The dresser was finished in a natural wax for extra durability.
Here she is in all her Hudson Bay inspired glory!
Within a week, the dresser was sold. :)
The next workshop for 13 &1!!
On Wednesday, November 15th from 6:30pm till approximately 9, we will have a fun filled evening learning how to make rolled paper wreaths.
The cost is $45 each person. If you invite a friend at registration you will save $5 each!!
Due to limited space, a deposit will be required at registration and full payment due at the workshop.
Small refreshments will be provided.
If you have an item that you would like to be the centre piece of your wreath, please bring it to the workshop for your placement. If you do not have a preferred centre piece, ornaments, vintage holiday pieces, felt and other embellishments will be provided.
Looking forward to seeing everyone there! <3
Please email at email@example.com or visit 13 &1 at 13 Main St, Warkworth to register.
For months... even before opening this store, I wanted to carry custom mugs.
My little book of big ideas had numerous renditions of possible mug designs. Mug designs that I drew while still living in Chatham and thinking my future store would be called "Fleaing Poppies". Fleaing because of all the flea market possibilities and poppies because they are my favorite flower.
Well, it was time to narrow the design down. I didn't want the frame to be overwhelmed with lettering or images. Something that was simple was what was needed. I like to think I am pretty simple and so too are my design aesthetics.
What I eventually came up with (after asking all my friends and family members their opinions) was a classic W. for Warkworth and 1857 the year Percy Mills became established/incorporated as the Village of Warkworth.
Honouring Warkworth on the mug only made sense. There has never been another place that I enjoy more to go outside with a morning coffee, a hot cuppa tea in the evening or a hot cocoa at the outdoor fireplace over looking the magical Trent Hills. If you follow on Instagram, you would notice that my feed is filled with mugs and sunsets. Hardly ever a sunrise... that's what sleeping if for!
So with no further ado...
Each mug is a ceramic take on the iconic tin campfire mugs. All are finished in white with a black band and grey speckling. Mugs hold 12fl.oz
W.1857 mugs are available for $12/ea or for an amazing deal, 4 for $40!!
It is a talent to see beyond an undesirable façade.
I saw this dresser online and I appreciated the lines and the simplicity of it.
Originally I wanted to paint this as a Volkswagon Van as I have seen many pins on Pinerest.
I spent many a hour sanding this little dresser down. I started with a rough sanding then saw some beautiful wood under years of abuse. I had to bring it right down to it's full and natural beauty. My husband sanded down the drawer pulls, and I am sure he lost a couple of fingerprints along the way too.
The more we sanded the more I fell in love with the dresser.
After being in the store window for a couple of weeks, a young couple fell in love with it. They came in a couple of times, took measurements, left, came back, left, came back... and bought the waterfall dresser.
They wanted her painted. gasp!
A small part of me was like, um nope, not going to do it. Then the sensible side of me quickly kicked in and said absolutely! What colour are you thinking?
They didn't know.
The couple took home the sample cards and came back in a week and they settled on Country Chic's Elegance. A very soft blue that would compliment their rec-room perfectly.
Everything was going great until the dreaded "bleed-through" of the original wood.
I had to sand down the panel that I already painted, run out to a hardware store then prime the panels with Zinsser.
After letting that dry for a day, I finished the dresser in the Elegance.
Once it was finished being painted, I sealed it with a natural wax to protect the finish and give it a very subtle sheen.
They fell in love with it and were excited to bring the piece home.
This poor window has sat in our old shipping container that we have on our property for months and almost just as long sitting in my dinning room awaiting its new life.
Months it sat against my fireplace, collecting dust and dog hair.
One day last week, I sent my ever so patience husband a request to bring the window into the store.
After an hour cleaning and prepping the window I got to work.
I added a wallpaper to the reverse on one side and then painted on the other side a chalkboard.
The side with the wallpaper is great as a dry erase board and you can stick little notes and pictures to it along with a sturdy chalkboard next to it. For a bit more versatility, I added two small hooks to the bottom. Great for dog leashes, scarves and small bags / coats.
This will make an excellent message centre in a foyer, kitchen or office.
Hi, i'm jodi!
I am a wife to a railroader, mother to two daughters, caretaker of two Golden Retrievers and a Himalayan cat. I live in a small town with a big heart. I enjoy antiquing, furniture re-habbing, D.I.Y's and painting.