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.
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.