Yesterday and today we had snow days and the girls were kept home. Once again they went to the neighbours to help muck the sheep barn, and once again I/we painted! Stay tuned for that post tomorrow!,
This morning when we woke up everything was covered in ice. Tree limbs are hanging low, bending to their maximum allowance before breaking.
G went out early this morning and took some pictures of the property and these two are my favourite. So much so that I posted them to the Warkworth Facebook page to be asked to forward them along to the County of Northumberland's website for their tourism page.
Keep an eye out for my husbands pictures!!
Today was a snow day for my daughters. Not much snow but we had freezing rain from 12:30 till dinner time. Girls were happy to sleep in but they were concerned about their ski trip they were to have with school. Good news, it's rescheduled for next Wednesday.
I planned on painting our mud room today while they were at school and feared this would have to be postponed till tomorrow, thankfully my neighbour asked if the girls can help her with her sheep and help haul some wood. After breakfast, off they went.
Since they were gone, it was time to get my painting on. After a debate with G over a colour to use, I went yesterday with the intention of picking an agreed upon deep mauve colour. I could get the one colour I really wanted out of my head. I just loved it! Even though G said it would be too dark for such a small space, I bought it.
It's called Poppy Seed by Behr. Tomorrow I am going to paint my red fireplace in it too!
After some patching and sanding, the room was ready to get a face lift. Who knew that such a small room would take so long to paint! Two hours for the first coat and just over an hour for the second coat. Lots of doors and cutting in. Glad to say that I, for once didn't bump the ceiling with the roller.
Room is done being painted and I just have to wait for it to dry overnight before the hooks, wall hangings and accessories can go back in. Even as it is, I love it and G says it is the perfect colour in there. It makes a statement for sure!
These pretties just arrived in the mail and I am excited to start using them!
Baby steps to becoming something more!!
It's a relatively nice day up on the hill. Did some errands this morning, came home and felt like the house should smell like banana bread. Told G that I will go home and make a loaf and he asked if I could make it with the flax and oats this time. It's just a basic banana bread recipe that my aunt gave me that I always add to or change a bit. Today I added oatmeal and cut back on the flour amount, added an extra banana and tablespoons of chia seeds and flax seeds.
Here is the Basic Recipe for Banana Bread
Pre-heat oven to 350
1/4 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 beaten egg
Cream these ingredients together. In a separate bowl mix together
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups flour
Slowly add the dry ingredients to the creamed sugar and butter.
Once that is mixed add...
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Grease and flour a loaf pan or line a muffin pan. Pour batter into pan and bake for 60 minutes or until an inserted tooth pick come out clean.
Sometimes, just some times it's better to just sit inside and have a tea with a favourite aunt of your husbands than to wonder the back fields with him. Not this time though.... Should of gone on that walk.
After being gone for an hour he comes in like a giddy school boy!! He found an old truck in the field. He wants this old truck. We might be getting an old truck.
I don't know when, if it actually runs, if it will run or if it will just become a yard ornament, but I feel some intense negotiations are going to be happening with my husband and his uncle over Christmas and the following months.
The idea of it is growing on me though.... Maybe as a company truck?
Here's the thing, I don't really know where to go with this idea of mine. It takes time, effort and money to start almost anything in life.
My goal for a long time has always been to open my own shop. I quaint little store front where I would sell fabulous antiques and one of a kind items. Not to limit myself to this little market I also want to supply a spot to sit and enjoy a cuppa and freshly baked treat. This is my dream. This would be amazing.
For years I have kept a journal/sketch book of my many ideas for this wonderland! Everything to what the store front would look like, to what a label would be, to packaging and uniforms (I am kind of over the whole red Crocs as standard foot wear!)
Originally I wanted to call it "Fleaing Poppies". Kind of weird and unusual I know but it has deep meaning. Fleaing because I wanted to hit up as many flea markets and antique fairs as possible to stock the store along with having bus trips to the larger fairs such as the Christie Antique Show)
Everything planned to the "thanks for coming on this ride" loot bags and what to bring with you to attend. Poppies for my husband and his love for his grandfather who we all called "Poppy" and for my favourite flower that my grandmother had growing along side her house.
As most things, over time, ideas have changed.
We moved to a small four corner place where we live over looking the amazing Northumberland Hills. Most importantly, I have been able to watch my two little girls grow into two amazing young ladies. These two are my 13 & 1!!
So in all, I've changed the name to Brickley 13&1 and incorporated poppies into the logo of this blog, site and someday shop. For now, just keep an eye out for items on Etsy and on here.
Sorry to all of you who follow this very little blog and site, for being awol for quiet a few months. Since my last post we sold our house rather quickly and moved to our new beautiful home in Brickley!
I know many are left in the dark about the remaining rooms of our "old" house, but I promise to share those soon!! Currently we have been working hard to make this new house a home.
There will be posts about this new adventure, my soon to be hands at gardening, my dogs and of course my art.
I am still trying to work out somethings on my end and cannot wait to share it with all of you!!
Currently I have 3 paintings lined up for some fabulous people and I will post after pictures once they are finished!
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.