On January 17 I hosted 13&1's very first sign workshop and it was a great success. So much so that not even a week later, the next sign workshop for March is 90% sold out already. I am completely humbled that this is such a hit in the community.
I like to do workshops that I, myself would sign up for. That and being in a small community with great creative minds, making sure activities do not overlap and do not share the same outline too. Some days it has its challenges, but so to does walking and chewing gum!
The workshop went from 6-9pm at the cost of $50 a person. Included in the cost of a workshop is snacks and refreshments.
With each workshop there is a learning curve. Thank you to all who came out and stuck through the couple of hiccups we encountered.
a) a light hand with stain is always recommended if you want it to dry quickly.
b) I will be purchasing hair dryers to speed the process along.
c) after 3 craft store failures in carrying the proper vinyl.... just order it on line
d) Country Chic paint is thicker than regular craft paint and it doesn't bleed as much
e) Warkworth is filled with amazing people.
It is such a quiet month that we are in. A month of in between. It's right after the holiday season, weather is completely unpredictable. This week alone my girls have had 3 snow days, and we have gone from -27 with snow squalls to +9 and rain all in a matter of a day. Its a month when people are sluggish, making resolutions (maybe even breaking them!) and many are coming down with colds and the flu. ICK!
Walking through the Dollarstore and Michael's and they are already decorating for Valentine's Day and even EASTER!
That is something that I have difficulty wrapping my head around... the advance of the next holiday! Decorating the store for Christmas during the second week of November... while my house sat unadorned for a month after that.
It's cold and icky out, I do sit and wish for greener views, warm breezes and a sun kiss felling. But why rush it. Fact, I did get my truck stuck in a snow bank in my own driveway and cursed up a storm while trying to free myself. Blasting about how we should pack up and move to where it is forever moderate. My girls were totally on board for that venture. Lets do this mom! Then we looked around and were like, well, it is very pretty out. Pretty freaking cold!
After giving up, we ventured back indoors and I went onto social media.... first thing that came up was a meme about Canadian weather, and how in winter, there's no mosquitoes. Gave me a chuckle and I am very grateful for no bugs right now. No stupid flies covering my country house's windows, dodging wasps while opening the back door to hang laundry... being Canadian is very much Ying and Yang. Good and Bad, Cold and Hot, Snow and Drought...
I am completely rambling on in my musings and I shall stop before I get carried away about some other topic.
In general, only 47 Days till SPRING.
Only 56 Days till the Warkworth Maple Syrup Festival.
Only 159 Days till Summer!
What a quiet village Warkworth turns into in January.
After the hubbub of December with the Festival, Late Night Shopping, and well, just Christmas in general, we take a quiet step back in the New Year. A bit of solitude before the Spring months.
With that, I took it upon myself to finish a couple of projects.
Up first was a small cabinet that I purchased at an auction. It was advertised as a telephone table, probably because it was full of telephone books.
Once I got it to the store, cleaned it up and opened it, I found the copper and an original sticker and stamp from the company that made it.
As soon as I saw the copper, I knew it was a humidor.
With some research (thank you google) I was able to confirm my assumption. It is indeed a humidor. Specifically, a smoker stand with optional copper lined humidor. Made from walnut and in great need of a makeover. It was made by The Middlesex Furniture Company between 1950-65.
I took inspiration from the blue in the original logo of the company. I went with Country Chic's Midnight Sky for the body of the cabinet then used a natural wax on it with some black wax to give it depth.
I gave the humidor a light wet distressing to add depth and character to it. It turned out quiet handsomely and is an eye catcher.
Once the humidor was finished it was time to move onto a small marble top side table.
This piece was pretty straight forward. I pulled the grey from the marble to match with a paint. I used Hula Hoop by Country Chic and it created a perfect balance of light and dark.
I finished the table with a natural wax and it's all ready for its next home too.
Workshops for January.
January, 17, FAMILY SIGN, from 6-9pm
Make a custom family sign with stencils and Country Chic Paint.
Workshop is $50.
I ask that all who are interested to register with full payment by January 10 so I can create the stencils and prep all necessary boards.
All signs will be painted on a large plank board. Hanging attachments included.
Refreshments included in cost.
January 31, SMALL PIECE OF FURNITURE from 5:30-9pm
Bring in your own small piece of furniture (picture frame, side table, small chair, stool...) and learn how to refresh it with Country Chic paints.
Learn how to sand, prep, paint and how to use different finishes/techniques.
You wil be able to choose a 4oz of any colour you would like. If you would like a larger size, I will deduct the cost of the 4oz from the size of paint you would prefer. (ie. 4oz is $9.95 and a pint is $24.95 (minus the 4oz) it would become $16)
Cost will be $65
Refreshments will be included.
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.