An adventure in Hurkett

I like to think of life as a series of adventures! Last weekend Karen and I hosted our largest milk paint workshop ever. We packed up my little green truck and headed 90 minutes away to Hurkett which is a picturesque little community located on Black Bay on the north shore of Lake Superior.

I don't have any photos of the workshop itself, but I managed to get this one photo of the ladies with their painted signs. The ladies from Hurkett and the surrounding area were so welcoming and enthusiastic that we felt like we made 24 new friends that day!

After the workshop, Kirsten Spence from Hurkett Hill Farm invited us to meet her kids and she had a whole whack of them! I believe she had 12 in total!

Yes, 12 baby goats!

This little one looks so shy, but don't let her fool you. The baby goats were certainly not shy!

How adorable is this little one? It looks like she has on little boots.

And those boots were meant for walking. Not! They were meant for running. The minute I would kneel down, the baby goats would attack! I was lucky to get in one quick photo and they were all over me ... smothering me with love. They would run right over and start sucking on my ears, knibbling on my hair and pulling on my sweater. I was pretty much in love with them in about two minutes flat. 

Everyone loves baby butts. How adorable are these ones?

Meet one of the momma goats. Her name is Scotch and she was quite camera shy. I think she believed that if she just closed her eyes, I would go away.

I took many photos of Scotch with her eyes closed and even though I asked her politely to show me her beautiful eyes, her answer was ...

"nope".

Eventually Scotch let me win.

Meet Kirsten and a couple of her kids. Kirsten and her husband are the owners of Hurkett Hill Farm. I can't thank her enough for letting us spent some time on her farm. It was a wonderful experience!

Hurkett Hill Farm has a wonderful facebook page and when I saw this photo I had to share it with you. Hilarious!

Here's a little video of the kids. It's super adorable!

In reality, I know I will likely never own a goat. But a girl can dream, can't she?

Posted on April 14, 2017 and filed under photography.

The power of friendship

Something very special happened to me yesterday and I wanted to share it with you. 

We all go through times when life is throwing challenges our way - left, right and center - and you just can't dodge them. I've gone through some challenges lately, but things are working out just fine. I don't want to bore you with the details because we all have challenges and struggles. That's what life is about.

A wonderful friend of mine, Jan Whybourne, has been my sounding board lately. She always is. Yesterday her and her husband, Rob, were in my shop and I was busy with some customers and I didn't even realize Jan had been taking photos. I was busy talking, Jan was busy taking photos and Rob was busy fixing my toilet. What a team! Thanks Rob!

Last evening Jan sent me this. I read it and I cried. I couldn't stop the tears. I am not even sure what emotion I was feeling. Perhaps just the idea that Jan would take the time to make something like this for me was just so unbelievable. So beautiful. So sweet.

Jan even found the beauty in the junk piled in my yard. For the record - I have a game plan for the junk stuck in the ice in the last photo. Okay, who am I kidding - I don't have a game plan, but it's pretty cool stuff and by the time the ice thaws, I will have figured it out!

Thank you Jan. I will cherish our friendship forever.

If you click on the photo below, you can scroll through and see all the photos. 

A good friend!
Posted on March 29, 2017 and filed under my old general store, photography.

Pretty wood boxes painted in Fusion Mineral Paint and more painting workshops

Pretty wood boxes stained with Homestead House Wood Stain and painted in Fusion Mineral Paint. Colours: Heirloom, Brook and Plaster.

Well hello! Karen and I have been messing around the shop trying to come up with some new workshop ideas. We decided on these wood boxes painted with Fusion Mineral Paint. We love how they turned out!

Pretty wood boxes stained with Homestead House Wood Stain and painted in Fusion Mineral Paint. Colours: Heirloom, Brook and Plaster.

I like pretty things, so each box has a lovely wood embellishment on it.

Pretty wood box stained with Homestead House Wood Stain and painted in Fusion Mineral Paint in the colour Heirloom.

Our first box is painted in the colour Heirloom.

Pretty wood box stained with Homestead House Wood Stain and painted in Fusion Mineral Paint in Brook and Plaster.

And our second box is painted in Plaster and Brook.

Pretty wood boxes stained with Homestead House Wood Stain and painted in Fusion Mineral Paint. Colours: Heirloom, Brook and Plaster.

Both boxes were stained with Homestead House Milk Paint Stain in the colour Quebec Maple before we painted them. 

We like to teach a variety of techniques in our workshops, so we decided to distress the boxes. Of course, workshop participants can choose whether or not they want to distress theirs. They can also choose what colour(s) they want to paint their box.

We finished off the boxes with Homestead House Furniture Wax and just a wee bit of Homestead House Espresso Wax to make them look a little more aged. 

Next week I will write a tutorial for those of you who cannot attend a workshop. We used a rather cool technique to distress the boxes and I am excited to share it with you!

We are also offering these three workshops again. Last time they sold out quickly and people were disappointed they couldn't come ... and I like happy painters!!

-Farmhouse Style Sign
-Farmhouse Style Chalkboard
-Farmhouse Stool

Posted on March 25, 2017 and filed under Fusion mineral paint, milk paint.