Not everyday is sunshine and lollipops, which is okay. I know the busy season is just about to begin and now it's a great time to plan and self reflect.
What colours to order? What will look good on this piece of furniture?
Gosh I have a lot of stuff, maybe I should set out a discount table on the weekend.
In the meantime, I'm just over here planning new workshops, promoting current ones, painting furniture, blogging and eating a fab rice bowl from the local cafe.
Thank you to everyone who nominated 13 and 1 for the Ignite 2018 -Business Award.
Congratulations to all the other nominees! Good luck and we will see you on the 28th at the Award Ceremony.
I wonder if Mother Nature forgot that it is indeed Spring?
We have had snow, rain, sleet, high winds, temperatures below 0 and over 5 degree. That is all within one day!
I cannot wait till the spring flowers are in bloom. Till windows are open, laundry is on the line and warmer temperatures.
This day will come.
Until then, I will be keeping warm in a big sweater, sipping on a hot tea and listening to some music.
Enjoy the link of "Spring Rain by Bebu Silvetti" above.
Come join 13 and 1 for fun filled evenings of creating!
There are three amazing workshops coming up over the next two months.
Create something beautiful for your home, cottage or give as a gift.
Dates and Times are posted below.
This will be held on April 21 which is a Saturday from 6-9pm
Back by popular demand is the Paper Wreath Workshop
Join us on April 21 to make beautiful paper wreaths.
All wreaths are made from discarded books ready to be re-purposed!
All material will be supplied for the workshop and coffee, tea and snacks too.
Please advise Jodi if there is any allergies.
**Registration and payment in full is required by April 16.
April 25. Wednesday evening from 6 till 9pm.
Bring Your Own Small Piece
Cost of the workshop is $65
This includes a step by step tutorial on how to prep your piece of furniture, how to apply the paint and different ways to distress the piece. All materials will be included along with a 4oz colour of choice from the Country Chic Paint line.
Recommended small pieces are frames, small chairs, petite side tables, boxes...
Coffee, tea and snacks are provided. Please let Jodi know if there is any allergies prior to the event.
**Registration and payment is due by April 22.
May 18 and May 25, Friday evenings. 2 part workshop. 6 till 9pm.
Barn Quilt Workshop
This is a two night workshop on Friday evenings.
Join us at 13 & 1 for a fun evening and gain experience making your very own custom barn quilt with Country Chic Paints.
Make your own 2 feet by 2 feet custom barn quilt for $120.
Space is limited, so register soon!
Coffee or Tea, and light refreshments will be served.
*please note, payment in full is required to reserve your space in this workshop.
Payment online or in person at the store are accepted.
**Registration and payment is due by May 6.
Visit 13 and 1 at 13 Main St, Warkworth to register or email Jodi at firstname.lastname@example.org
Capturing the quotes in the silver is always a challenge.
Today’s quote is by Sylvia Plath
“I wish to cry yet I laugh
And my lipstick
Leaves a red stain like a
bloody crescent moon
On the top of my
Poignant, beautiful and sad knowing of her demise.
I tried to incorporate that feeling through the red stain and multiple exaggerated stampings.
Sometimes when you are on a roll stamping and a theme runs through your head, you stick to it.
Stamped some bracelets too. Just a couple of words each, but with a novel of meaning.
A simply smashing set of "mantiques" just arrived.
All tool boxes have been lovingly restored, cleaned, and waxed for your pleasure.
So many creative uses for them. Hold lovely jars of herbs in a kitchen window, artist paint brushes, mementos, or even what they were intended for.... TOOLS! *gasp!*
Some of you may know that I grew up in a small city called Chatham. In case you are wondering where that is, it is between London and Windsor along the 401 corridor but not officially on the 401. That is a whole other history lesson in politics and rural development.
Most of my impressionable years were spent living in a century farm house outside of Blenheim between Porky's Corners and Erieau.
It was an ideal setting. Farm land for miles and miles but only a 5 minute drive to Lake Erie.
We were surrounded by barns and farms. We lived on a one acre parcel that was severed from the original farm land. The land around us either had wheat, corn or tomatoes for Hienz growing. The barn outback was used as a smoke barn in the summer. Same as the barns across the street from us. So many people on their way to the lake would stop and come up to our door to let us know that the barn was "on fire". Eventually my mom made a sign saying the barn is NOT on fire but is a smoke barn.
Alas, that old barn has been torn down same as the one across the street from where I grew up. The old farm house still stands and I feel as though it must have shrunk in size from the time I lived there. I guess that comes with getting older. My love of barns is still the same though. On our way to the camp when I was younger we would always take the back roads to Bayfield with my grandfather in his Ford station wagon. Bouncing around in the very back of it eating our oatmeal cookies and enjoying the views. My grandfather explaining the names on the barns, why there was a clover leaf on some, cows on others and pointing out the barns that had the family name on it and instead of sons,,,,, it said DAUGHTERS! We always giggled at that. Thinking about the poor farmer with 7 daughters because they kept trying for that proverbial son that never came along. (which reminds me always of the Mighty Casey at the Bat and his daughters cartoon)
One year, the barns were looking different! Why was there quilts on the barns? Some of them were very simple in design and others were elaborate. So many questions and no answers as to the decoration.
This was my last year to go to camp and the following year I moved away.
Years later, fate brought me back along with my family and once again we were venturing out for car rides through the country side. Once again I was intrigued with the quilt phenomenon. There were a couple scattered about Chatham-Kent County but the majority was through Middle-Sex County. Luckily this time, I had this wonderful resource called the internet! Well, they were called Barn Quilts and many of them represent the farm, barn and family that it belongs to.
Today there is a website called www.barnquilttrails.ca/ and there is so much information regarding this along with history of the tour, maps, how to be involved, and more. The movement is expanding through Ontario and is very prominent in the United States.
You are probably wondering what does all this have to do with 13 and 1? Well, these are apart of me, my upbringing and in turn have some kind of creative influence on me and what I present in 13 and 1.
I love the colours, the history and the creative outlet these rural farmers have.
This summer I want to plan a barn quilt for the front of my shipping container that I have plunked in my yard. What kind of story do I want to tell people when they pull up into my yard?
What's my story? I have two dogs, two daughters, live on a hill, it's windy as all can be and the house is always a mess. How can I portray that? ha ha.
I am sure I will figure it out. But in the mean time, I am now planning a workshop for May about making a small 2x2 quilt block.
I will have to think about the logistics of it and how many people I can accommodate. Hopefully I can have access to the small barn that is on my landlords property which is why I am looking at May when it is a tad bit warmer.
This will be a longer than usual workshop and will most likely be held on a Saturday afternoon when I will have help for the store front.
There will be no stencils but full size templates, a light luncheon and fingers crossed a history lesson in regards to these pieces of rural agricultural art.
Please stay posted for the date and cost for this awesome event! I am so excited to be planning this.
Thanks for reading along. xo Jo
There are a couple of workshops coming up at 13 and 1.
April and May's workshops I am still trying to figure out possible dates and times.
If you have any questions or would like to sign up, please don't hesitate to contact me.
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.