The Vintage Verandah

The Dying Art of Shopping

I had a thought the other day as I read a post on Facebook saying ” I finished all my christmas shopping online this morning” that going out to shop has some stiff competition from the internet.

A memory instantly came to mind of my Mom taking me to The Bay in downtown Winnipeg, to Christmas shop. Just walking into that store evoked the feeling of Christmas in me. The huge garlands and trees & even toy trains that were a part of their Christmas decor made wondering about the store so comfortable.  There was never any hustle and bustle to those shopping days.  It was was quite simply enjoyable and as a child it helped teach me the simple joy of picking out that special gift for my family or friends. That joy of giving a gift that was carefully hand selected for the way it felt or smelt, not the way it looked on a computer screen.

Take a look at the beauty in the building itself, in the picture below… the building and the company is rich in history & tradition

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And the hallways….

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Certainly our society is a busy one, my life included. However I am determined to find the time to take my children shopping so that they can experience the same joy of choosing that special gift just from them. In addition we will shop the small businesses in Cochrane that work so hard to bring Christmas to their stores. Today I found my Mom a gift a Paisley Boutique and The Kitchen Boutique as well as some other gifts at Just for You…..I can’t say for who!!

Our lives are built on memories…..some are captured through photos & video’s, told through stories or evoked through conversation. For me the memory of shopping at The Bay is comforting & they were a part of our Christmas traditions growing up.

Just my thoughts today….thought I would share!  May the next few weeks leading up to Christmas provide you with some enjoyable, relaxing pre-Christmas Cheer!!

Tanya, xoxo

Soak, Spritz & Dab

Library Of Flowers

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I am so excited to introduce some new product lines at The Vintage Verandah!! Just in time for your holiday shopping we are bringing you some fabulous new must haves.

Library of Flowers has everything to soak, spritz & dab yourself with. In three beautiful scents all very feminine but all very different….. soft & flowery to a little on the musky side.  I am in love with these products & as a bonus they are packaged so beautifully.

Wildflower & Fern, The Forest & Arboretum scents in bubble bath & shower gels, soap, hand lotion, Eau De Parfume, Parfume Creme & candles finish out this complete line of “pamper” yourself products.

For a limited time we will be offering a FREE GIFT with the purchase of a Bubblebath, hand creme & perfume creme. Receive Library of Flowers Pinon Incense FREE when you purchase the above mentioned package.  One Incense box has 20 bricks & a ceramic burner.  A true impression of the Southwest, rich & smooth with an earthy character of smouldering firewood.

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The whole line will make for beautiful gift giving this Christmas season.

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Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint

Did you know that we are now a retailer for Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint? This Canadian Made milk paint is also VOC free just like CeCe Caldwell’s Chalk & Clay paint. I am enjoying getting a naturally “chippy” look for my furniture with this paint but if chippy isn’t what you want you can also create a washed look as well or just paint it on solid.  So many options…..which is what a girl wants, right?!

Miss Mustard Seed’s comes in 18 beautiful colours all with a heritage feel to them, take a look.

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Look for a complete list on my paint page, soon! Finishing this paint is so easy….clear wax of even hemp oil can be applied to seal in your chippy look & prevent further chipping. Dark wax can be applied or even white wax.

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Clothing

We are slowly adding some more feminine style clothing and accessories to round out our little store. Next time you are in take a look at our scarves and top extenders.  Every girl needs a little bit of pretty!

Until next time….Tanya xoxo

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Twine Abode

Today I am frantically trying to finish up last minute details for The Vintage Verandah’s booth at Vintage With Flair! It’s a very exciting weekend because believe it or not it is the very first vintage market I have had my own booth in!  As I say those words it even surprises me that I haven’t done a market before.  I have been the shopper…..the helper (many times at The Olde Farmhouse Market) and the admirer of  my talented friends in the business. So to have my own booth this weekend is just icing on the cake! Here is a peak at my booth….

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I hope to see you this weekend….oh and FYI the store will still be open tomorrow 10-5.  Caroline will be there to help you while I am at the market.

 

NOW the real reason for this post is to introduce you all to the new line of Bath & Body products that we are carrying here at The Vintage Verandah! I am so pleased to introduce you to TWINE ABODE. This company consisting of three lovely ladies is based out of Abbotsford, BC. They have an all natural body & home fragrance line that is free from all chemicals, preservatives & artificial colorants.  It is produced in small batches and packaged in beautiful rustic mason jars & linen’s.

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Always a Prairie Girl

There are many words that come to mind that describe what being from the prairies is all about. Wheat is the first…..then maybe Canola, even though it’s stinky it is beautiful!IMG_8090

Long winters are also a given in the prairies! I do my share of complaining about the cold but I would be the first to miss the changing of the season’s if I lived anywhere else! My Dad grew up on a farm in southern Manitoba and although he didn’t stay on the farm (he is the black sheep choosing accounting instead!), many of my childhood memories revolve around trips out to my Grandma & Grandpa’s farm as well as my uncle & aunts. My uncle would have hundreds (at least as a child…what I thought was hundred’s!) of round bales lined up in a row.  We would spend hours playing on top of them, jumping from one to another…row to row. Oh and in the winter the snow would drift so high around their spruce trees, it made for a perfect spot for a fort.  I hardly remember feeling the cold back then, why is that? From riding horses, to searching for the barn cats & kittens, to feeding chop to the cows & holding piglets. These memories are all a very important part of what has made me who I am today.

My family and I just returned from a short trip to Manitoba. As we drove through Saskatchewan and witnessed abandoned farmhouses, one after the other, it made me kind of sad.  To think that these once beautiful farmhouses full of somebodies memories were no more than an empty shell, windows and everything gone. Sigh……

Well part of the vision behind The Vintage Verandah is to re-capture the essence of the old prairie farmhouse and bring it alive again in your own homes.  Pieces of furniture with such history and stories behind them. Even if you don’t know the story, it easy to imagine where it used to be or how it may have been used. If you are blessed enough to have a story that comes along with your piece, even better! Make sure you share it!

Take a look at a few of the pictures that I took at an old farm site north of my hometown of Stonewall,MB. Beautiful is all I can say, right from the gate that leads to the property, the long winding driveway and the red barns! I hope the pictures do it justice.

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This antique gate was salvaged from a house on Wellington Ave, in Winnipeg, which is a very old area of the city with some beautiful homes

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If I could have found a way to take this whole building home with me I would have!

If I could have found a way to take this whole building home with me I would have!

getting into the barn was a small challenge....there is so much so there this year

Getting into the barn was a small challenge….there is so much snow there this year!

Another red beauty!

Another red beauty!

These two friendly giants Freda & Fiona were trying to pick my pockets, looking for treats like a couple of dogs!

These two friendly giants Fred & Freda were trying to pick my pockets, looking for treats like a couple of dogs!

An easy way to dress up the outside of your buildings!

An easy way to dress up the outside of your buildings!

As an added bonus, we came home with some wonderful additions for the store!

As an added bonus, we came home with some wonderful additions for the store!

Thanks to Dwight & Nancy for being gracious hosts! Ben & I thoroughly enjoyed our visit.

One more thing! Along with the prairie theme……I would like to introduce The Prairie Girls Vintage Market 

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My sister Leah from The Olde Farmhouse and myself have joined forces to bring you this event to Cochrane,AB on September 20th,2014!! Mark your calendar because you won’t want to miss this shopping experience and if you are interested in participating as a vendor, e-mail us at theprairiegirlsmarket@gmail.com also check out our Facebook page www.facebook.com/theprairiegirls.

Once a prairie girl….always a prairie girl

Tanya

 

 

 

ReStore furniture ReDo!

Hello! I know it’s been a while…….it has been very busy around the store. Not the greatest excuse, I realize but it’s all I have! I do have A LOT to share with you. So if you have a minute stick around and see what we have been up to at The Vintage Verandah!
 
I have to tell you that since I have opened my store, I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting each and every one of you! The stories that I have had the privilege  of hearing from you certainly have made this new endeavour of mine most rewarding.
 
I had begun, over the past several weeks, to think of a way to give back in a way that suited what I had to offer. Well I believe everything happens for a reason and at the right time!  In walks Wendi to my store and invites me to be a part of the Shabby-to-Chic project for The Calgary ReStore. They wanted to promote the fact that you can find some fabulous furniture in their store that can be easily transformed into something new and fun! What better way to help than with CeCe Caldwell’s Natural Chalk & Clay paints and finishes. She didn’t have to twist my arm very hard to get me  involved.  Habitat for Humanity is an outstanding organization that is known worldwide for their efforts to bring new homes to people in need. Every dollar made from the Calgary Restore goes to the Southern Alberta chapter of Habitat for Humanity and helps make a big dent in the administrative costs associated with running this program!
 
So my lovely daughter Megan and I set out Sunday to paint some furniture that Lisa from The ReStore had set aside. We joined designers Wendi Napier from Open Door Interior Designs and Connie from Lioness Interiors.  All the furniture will be on display and available for purchase at The ReStore’s booth at the Calgary Home Expo January 17-19th at the BMO centre.  http://www.homexpo.ca/CHE.html
 
Take a look at these before & after’s!!
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We painted this fun little maple dresser & hutch with 2 coats of CeCe Caldwell's Vermont Slate, then finished it with Satin finish. We added the wallpaper to the back of the hutch and the glass knobs.....what a fun piece for a young girls room!

We painted this fun little maple dresser & hutch with 2 coats of CeCe Caldwell’s Vermont Slate, then finished it with Satin finish. We added the wallpaper to the back of the hutch and the glass knobs…..what a fun piece for a young girls room!

 
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We updated this coffee table by using CeCe Caldwell's Spring Hill Green and Satin finish. The best part about this piece is we turned the centre glass inserts into a chalkboard! We simply painted them with CeCe Caldwell's Beckley Coal! What a fun addition to any playroom!

We updated this coffee table by using CeCe Caldwell’s Spring Hill Green and Satin finish. The best part about this piece is we turned the centre glass inserts into a chalkboard! We simply painted them with CeCe Caldwell’s Beckley Coal! What a fun addition to any playroom!

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Beckley Coal, Johnston Daffodil and Cinco Bayou Moss transformed this old heavy wood dinning set into a more current stylish set!

Beckley Coal, Johnston Daffodil and Cinco Bayou Moss transformed this old heavy wood dining table & chairs into a more current stylish set!

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Here is the whole crew after a very busy but successful afternoon!!

Here is the whole crew after a very busy but successful afternoon!!

Make sure to mark the Home Expo on your calendars so you can come and visit us at The ReStore booth! In the meantime keep their store in mind when you are looking for some projects to re-style! They are located at : 3465 Sunridge Way NE, Calgary

Stay Warm!!

Tanya