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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

 

 

 

 

 


 

 
 
 

 

This & That

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My husband and I were actually able to escape from our busy schedules for a couple days last week.  It is always so nice to re-connect with each other.  This time we didn’t even have a set plan or a hotel booked ahead of time, so different from every other holiday that we go on with the kids!

I thought I would share a few photos I snapped along the way…….the scenery is so different in the span of a week! As I look out my store window this afternoon, the most beautiful snow flakes are falling.They are coming straight down because the wind is not howling like it can so much here. It is picture perfect…… but last week was too! This is what it looked like last week on our travels…..

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I thought I would also post some pictures of some new things around the store, as well as some painting projects that we have been working on. Our CeCe Caldwell’s all natural chalk & clay paint workshops have been so much fun this month! Everybody continues to amaze me with their projects.  I am so proud to be able to offer this VOC FREE product, that is so easy to use. Oh and it comes in 38 colours! As we head into November there are more workshop dates available if you are interested. NOVEMBER 16TH & 27TH HAVE OPENINGS! NOVEMBER 5TH AND DECEMBER 7TH ARE CURRENTLY FULL. Watch for January’s dates later in November as well as a FINISHING class!

Here are some of the projects I have painted that are for sale in the store……

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Re-purposed rake,wood spindle & gear, now a fabulous jewelry holder. Painted in CeCe Caldwell’s Destin Gulf Green.

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Old Door Headers re-purposed into shelves. Painted in CeCe Caldwell's Seattle Mist and Young Kansas Wheat

Old Door Headers re-purposed into shelves. Painted in CeCe Caldwell’s Seattle Mist and Young Kansas Wheat

 

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This lovely old dressing table was painted in CeCe Caldwell’s Vermont Slate and Young Kansas Wheat. Finished with Satin finish and some aging wax

Although I could go on and on about how much I LOVE CeCe Caldwell’s paint and finishes, there are some wonderful “as is” pieces in the store that could be painted BUT they are beautiful just the way they are. Maybe that perfect piece that you have been looking for is here waiting for you!

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Thanks for looking! See you soon!

Tanya

 

 

 

Autumn’s Awesomeness!

The mornings are crisp, the leaves are turning…….autumn is rolling in and I couldn’t be happier.  I LOVE AUTUMN! The smell, the colours and the cozy feeling of putting on a warm sweater and curling up with a throw & a cup of tea.

Last weekend my husband and I had the opportunity to visit a farm near Water Valley. When we first turned onto her long winding driveway we came across the cutest little produce stand.  This is why I love country living! She had fresh organic potatoes, pickled carrots and her homemade goats milk soap & it was all sold on the honour system! Of course we couldn’t resist picking a couple bags of potatoes for supper.

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We believe we met the best example of a pioneer women!  She raises her own goats, which she milks and she makes cheese & soap from the milk too! She has a bountiful garden full of vegetables and flowers. I wish I had the talent she obviously has when it comes to gardening…..maybe one day.  Anyways it was a perfect fall day….. so peaceful and it smelt so fresh. She graciously agreed to let me post some pictures of her beautiful property…..

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IMG_2069Take a look at her beautiful little shed that was original to their property that they purchased many years ago! It actually served as a midway point to ranchers that would be moving their cattle through from grazing back, to the farmstead.  They would stop at the cabin and rest and warm up with the wood stove.  She now uses one half as a cozy cabin, filled with her amazing collection of farmhouse antiques and the other half as a host for her more delicate plants. I referred to her as my kindred spirit as I felt such a connection with her and simply loved the way she displayed all of her finds!

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She gathers from her natural surroundings and artistically makes beautiful dried arrangements which are now available at The Vintage Verandah! They have that wonderful scent of walking through the woods in the fall with the dried leaves crunching underneath your feet & of course they are full of beautiful fall colour! Take a look!

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The Vintage Verandah

The Vintage Verandah has taken on a fall look this week! If you are looking for some fall accents for your home come in and take a look! I’m sure we can find you something to bring the warmth of autumn into your home.

Thanks for visiting!

Tanya xoxo

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Dreams come True!

Welcome to The Vintage Verandah! I thought it was about time I actually posted on my website about this journey that has resulted in my store….time has been a rare commodity the past couple months and this site has taken the back seat to meeting so many wonderful people in the store! 

I have always loved decorating….as long as I can remember I have been re-using and re-purposing what I already had! It would be quite normal to come over to my house from week to week and find everything in my living room in a different spot!

So when I discovered CeCe Caldwell Natural Chalk & clay paint it seemed like a very natural progression for me to start sharing what I love through a small boutique setting! Your options are limitless when it comes to decorating & design.  What I love, is to show you how to bring that really old piece……that piece of the past & make it the present!  We all have something at home that was our parents or grandparents. We don’t really use it but we don’t want to let it go because it has some sentimental value. Why not learn how to actually use it or display it in a more current way!

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So I am including a few pictures of the transformation of my space, that started out as offices! It was a family affair, with my husband ( honestly he did most everything-we were just his “grunts”) and our three children doing it together! We spent many evenings and weekends there together.  It meant so much to me that they were all so helpful and willing to be there!

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After the initial “gutting” we set out to build a wall across the back that would seperate the actual store space from the workshop.  I still wanted the workshop accessible and somewhat open though, so we decided that sliding barn doors and some window openings would be the way to go.  In comes the talented husband and we whips up these doors as well as the panelling along the lower 1/3 of the wall!  Happy dance!! Then I painted them with CeCe Caldwell’s natural chalk & clay paint…..the doors in Simply White and the barnboards in Seattle Mist.  They both have some Virginia Chestnut dry brushed on top to bring in a little more of an aged look.  I was so happy with the result! My barn board look was even posted on the CeCe Caldwell facebook page!!!

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Once they were hung and painted the real fun for me started with bringing in the furniture! 

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IMG_1997 Whether you are looking for something old or something new.  For something that you can re-paint or something already painted! Hopefully you will find what you want and if not let me know because I am always on the hunt for new “old” finds!!