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Thursday, 29 November 2012

swiss inspired...

So here's the thing... for a while now I have had a thing for swiss crosses. I cannot seem to get enough and have found little hits of swiss are gradually making their way into each room in our house. I'm not the only one loving the swiss, and to prove that point I've collected a few images for you to ponder:

swiss for your pillows, via salvage dior

swiss for your crap, via houzz

swiss for your drugs: by thomas ericksson for cappellini

swiss for your furniture, via tattered tiques
more swiss for your furniture, via miss mustard seed
here are some of my takes on swiss:
  •  french provincial painted white and distressed. Grey cross and painted hardware to match... this guy sold after 1 day in the Old Strathcona Antique Mall.


  •  I painted this little side table in a pale blue and couldn't resist adding a white cross to the top, then I lightly distressed the whole thing (I can't help myself - I'm a sanding addict)
  • I painted the chair using this technique from salvage dior - it is a pretty fun way to paint, I must say, I did change it a bit and used a blend of dark and light greys - for a little drama
  • the styling is not the best, it was a rush job before these went out the door and yes, we are still low on staging grounds - hopefully that will change soon!
  • both the chair and the side table pictured below are available at my booth (105) at the Rocky Mountain Antique Mall


  • I've also used crosses on my pillows in our living room, you can read about them by clicking the link below
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 So what about you? What do you think of swiss crosses??? Am I crazy?

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Wednesday, 28 November 2012

i heart ireland: landscapes

ruins at fore

I am finally getting back to it... and while I would like to show all my pictures (and I am probably about to show you more than I should) I have picked a few of my faves:




Trim castle

Boats and Traps:

One day soon I will go back and when I do my camera will be coming with me, I can only hope that between now and then I will become a better photographer...

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Tuesday, 20 November 2012

making it for Make It

It seems like I've been waiting for this show forever, and now it is almost here. I am filled with a mix of excitement and nerves. This is my first BIG show... Have I done enough prep? Have I done too much? Is it even possible to prep too much? Will my stuff measure up? So many questions... Above all though I have to say I am pretty excited. Excited to see new faces, meet new people, shop other booths - I can't wait!

For anyone who doesn't know, Make It is a huge art/craft/design show that happens twice a year in Edmonton and Vancouver. We are so lucky to have this show happening right on our doorstep here in Edmonton and were blown away when our application was accepted! Here is a sample of the wears I will be peddling:

My partners in craft and I will be working it, as in working hard for the money... so hard for the money...  at booth 105. I am so lucky to be sharing space with these talented ladies who continue to inspire and amaze me with their creations. I think everyone should check out their stuff:

follow on instagram: @gingerdoll

follow on instagram: @rootstobranches

Make sure you come and say hi!

Oh and here are some of the particulars:
  • Make It happens from November 22nd to the 25th
  • This year it will be in the Enjoy Centre in St. Albert, Alberta

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

2 toned beauty

Just a quick little post to show one of the pieces I have been working on. In my haste to start I did not snap a before pic (an ongoing issue around here) but I did manage to get an "in progress shot" after I had stripped the drawers:

Now this piece was a little more money then I usually like to spend... I saw it at one of our local charity shops last Wednesday and could not get it out of my mind, for the rest of the week I thought about it. Does that ever happen to anyone else, or am I the only one who obsesses over this stuff. I didn't even have a plan for it, but I knew that with a little elbow grease I could take this dresser from okay to something special. Finally on Saturday I caved. My hubby had the kids while I was out for the afternoon, tending to my booths at the antique malls, so I thought I would just pop in and see if it was still there...

I walked in. The place was pretty busy. My heart started racing a bit, will it still be here or will I have to tackle some poor soul in the parking lot? I spotted it... Elbowing my way through the crowd (that's right - don't get between me and a piece of furniture) I sprawled across the dresser waiting for the next unfortunate employee to happen my way...

I am not kidding you. That is what happened. I am not proud as I say this, it was not an attractive sight to see, but it was a sight.

Anyway I made it out of there with 1 dresser and 0 enemies. A good tally, I think.

So here it is:

I know that not many people would be whipped into a frenzy over this dresser, but there was something about it that spoke to me (not literally, I am not that far gone yet). It went through a pretty basic transformation.  I had all kinds of ideas but in the end I opted for this simple, rustic but elegant finish...

I painted the top and body of the dresser in a white homemade chalk paint and then stripped the drawer fronts down to bare wood. I wanted to give it a little more character and dimension so I did a light milk paint wash in white and then wiped it back, so it is very faint. I finished it off by sealing it with 3 coats of clear coat Varathane.

I love it and hope that it finds a home with someone who feels the same way about it. It will be taking up residence in my booth at the Old Strathcona Antique Mall starting Saturday.

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Disclaimer: I was not kidding when I said I have no staging room in my house I carved out some room in my kitchen where the lighting isn't the best; the dresser had to squished beside our eating nook  - sorry for the poor pictures, I hope they will improve soon. No pressure flooring team...

Monday, 12 November 2012

working it...

Well it's been a week of crazy production around here. In my own defense I knew that having 2 booths at 2 different antique malls as well as prepping for an upcoming craft fair was going to be a lot of work. I prepped the best I could before I left for holidays buying smalls for the booths and painting every piece of furniture I could get my hands on. I felt that come November 1st (I actually didn't make it there until the 3rd) I was gonna be prepared-ish.

What I didn't anticipate was being featured in the Edmonton Journal (our local paper) while I was gone (you can read about it here). I actually found out about it the day before we left but by that time I was basically gone and not able to go back and really stock my booth. So November 3rd comes and I discover that my booth is virtually empty - thank you Edmonton Journal, it was so exciting but also introduced a big kink in my "I am prepared" state of mind.

So I have been toiling away getting things into my booths and trying to get ready for make it. I am pretty pumped about the "product" I've been getting ready, but have not had a chance to photograph it yet...

Please bear with me as I try to keep up...

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

outside my window and so much more...

Today is a day that was made for cuddling on the couch with the kids, drinking cocoa and watching movies, because outside it looks like this:

On a side note I picked up a chair yesterday and finished it last night, I was in such a furry to get it done that there are no before pics. You'll also have to excuse these pics I have no place left to stage my furniture as we have new flooring stacked all over the house, and I'm too lazy to even throw a cushion on this chair or straighten the curtain... so it all looks a little blah, but use your imaginations friends because soon (being anytime between now and Christmas) I will have new floors and a plethora of staging grounds - a plethora I say!

This is one big, solid chair and is actually really comfortable considering there is no padding.  The chair was already painted black but it had about a zillion drips that needed to be forcibly removed. Once that was done I over painted it with grey homemade chalk paint  and then distressed it within an inch of its life.  Finally I waxed and buffed it and called it done.  I love it, but reason tells me I cannot keep it so it will go to my spot at the Old Strathcona Antique Mall, booth 202. Now considering the snow storm and condition of the roads I don't expect to have it there until Friday...

Oh and check out my newest project care of Holly from in the funlane who was having a blogorage sale, what a great idea, how could i resist?

in the funlane
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Sunday, 4 November 2012

i heart ireland: cottages

While in Ireland I could not resist snapping some pics of the homes.  I fell for the country homes, cottages and estates.  I couldn't photograph them all (thanks to my hubby driving the country roads like his life depended on it...), but here is a very small sample of what we saw:

Galway County 

County Mayo

 There were so many amazing places, it seemed like everywhere we turned there was all this eye-candy (of the bricks and mortar variety). How can I capture this vibe and infuse it into my house, proudly located in a prairie Canadian city - and yes, a thatch roof and refacing our house with 100 year-old-stone is out of the question, believe me I asked... any thoughts?

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Saturday, 3 November 2012

where I've been and exciting news

I've been away - 2 weeks on an international vacation. My husband and I decided that if opportunity knocks, who are we to walk away. So when a family wedding in Ireland cropped up we jumped at the chance to visit.
County Mayo

My husband's family is Irish and he has been a regular visitor throughout his life. I have never been, nor have our 2 kids (2 and 3 years old). When we boarded the plane we left with high hopes of nondescript travels. We knew that the 20 hour trip that lay before us would be long and, at times, tough, but that didn't tarnish our rose coloured glasses...
the pub once owned by my father-in-law
Let me tell you what did... 20 hours with a 2 year old boy who would not/could not sleep. To say he was a wreck by the time we hit London, our second connection point, would be putting it mildly. The poor kid had a pretty tough time and let me level with you: so did his mommy. I was ready to give up by the time we hit Dublin, I wanted to go home and to take my boy with me...
Kylemore Abby
I didn't. I am SO glad! We all adjusted to the time change (7 hrs) and we had the time of our lives. We stayed in the family home place (isn't that the best name for a family home) which was in a great country spot. Once we arrived we were greeted with open arms and plates of food by family who hugged us all and said "welcome home" and so went our trip.  We saw so much, spent great times with family and friends our kids met their cousins and to top it all off we went to an Irish wedding - so much fun...

housing in Westport
There is so much to say about this magical country. The people and the scenery stole my heart and I can't wait for my next visit. Ireland is in a tight spot right now, as so many countries and citizens are. I acknowledge this fact, and empathize with the struggle in which so many find themselves.  This is not a blog about politics or the economy or such topics, so in order to stay on-point I will not really discuss such things; but how could I have traveled there at this time and not at least acknowledged their current situation.

I was able to snap a few photos of amazing cottages and landscapes which have inspired some up coming tweaks around my own abode. I will share them soon, maybe they will inspire you too...

Now for news from home:

Vintage Prairie Style was featured in our local paper while I was away! I was interviewed the day before we left for our trip, so it was a bit of a whirlwind and I just saw the paper copy yesterday when I arrived home. I am super excited about it and so appreciate the interest. Anyway check it out if you have time... there is a pic or 2 of me in here "working" I hate seeing myself in photos - I am not photogenic - but that little cutie beside me sure is!

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