Monday, July 29, 2013

Our newest promo video + a GIVEAWAY!

It's Monday!! Normally, I'm not that excited about the first day of the week. Usually I'm more like "It's Monday...." or "It's...Monday?!"

Well, THIS Monday happens to be very special for three reasons.

1. We have a super cute and fun new promo video of our market! { done by Emily Moore Films }

2. We're giving away 3 CDs { and an amazing 'Tea + a Tape' box set } by the adorable Take Berlin, the band featured in our video.

3. Tanner comes home from Houston after being gone for 11 days!

Without further ado, our new video!

Did you dance along to the song in the background? If you say no, you're probably not telling the whole truth. There was probably at LEAST some toe-tapping going on. I'm 9 months pregnant and this song makes me want to do the Charleston across the United States.

Here's a little background on Take Berlin from their website:

"In the winter of 2011, Jesse pulled a beat-up, old cassette deck from a pile of snow in Brooklyn.  A few months later, at a festival on the Baltic Sea, he met Yvonne.

Chance – the occurrence and development of events in the absence of any obvious design.

Yvonne Ambree was performing at the Baltic Soul Festival with soul legends Gwen McCrae and Ann Sexton, while Jesse Barnes was there while touring with New York-based Eli “Paperboy” Reed and the True Loves.  The two met backstage just as Jesse and the band were running vocal warm-ups before their set.  They took the stage and Yvonne disappeared into the crowd.  A few weeks later in Glasgow, Jesse and Yvonne crossed paths again.  This time they hung out after the show and would stay up all night, sharing stories of their lives back in Brooklyn and Berlin."

I first heard Take Berlin in a video that Holly from Decor8 featured on her blog. It's a super cute video for watermelon gazpacho done by Liz & Jewels. As soon as I heard it, I knew that Take Berlin was a perfect fit for our video! It's very VWM. 

Yvonne was kind enough to send us THREE copies of their EP, and a promo box set. When I opened her package, it smelled AMAZING! I had to check it out, guys...they included TEA in their box set! There's also a tape of their EP. I just love it.

Click here for a song and video from their EP.

"One year and a half dozen trips across the Atlantic later, Take Berlin has finished their debut Ep, Lionize. Drawing inspiration from the writing of Louis L’amore and the interpretive style of Joao Gilberto, they use an acoustic guitar and Wurlitzer as the main accompaniment.  The emotional and lyrical terrain is rooted in questions that linger and tend to produce more questions. “Lonely Vermona” tells the true story of a mother leaving her daughter and escaping to West Germany in the trunk of a car, while “Kentucky” was inspired by an intrepid alley cat that lives the life of a prince on the rooftops of Crown Heights."


- Like Take Berlin on Facebook (just click HERE to be directed to their page)
- Like Emily Moore Films on Facebook (click HERE to be directed to her Facebook page)
- Leave us a comment with what you thought of the video so we know you've entered!

The first lucky winner will receive a copy of their EP and the box set. The next 2 will receive a copy of their EP. We'll leave this open until next Friday!!  Hope this brought some sunshine to your day! 

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Vanessa's Home Renovation: Sitting/Dining Room Reveal!

A room DONE!! It only took me about 6 off-whites to find this perfect color, And it is PERFECT! The windows face south so this is the brightest, most cheerful room in the house. 

This is the "before" of the room...

For days after it was finished, I found myself gazing into this room with such joy! The light streaming in through the windows made this room SHINE!

This is going to be my favorite spot in the house.

A finished room does a body good!!!
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Monday, July 22, 2013

Strawberry, Rhubarb, Ginger, & Peppercorn Soda Recipe

Some summer nights are meant to be enjoyed outdoors. Since I moved to Colorado, I've been so enamored with the trees, grass, water...

We moved from Wyoming where there were only trees in the parks or lining a few city streets. Last night, I had to soak it in on the deck. Being 8 1/2 months pregnant, I can't say that I'm particularly fond of cooking or being inside while the oven is going, so a simple meal of fruit, flatbread, and a spread did the trick.

The real star of the show was my strawberry, rhubarb, ginger, and peppercorn soda. Some of you might know that I started a fresh, artisan soda company two years ago and had to abandon it due to money and personal issues. I miss it dearly. Coming up with these recipes makes me so happy...and I figured I might as well share one with you! This is my favorite.

A symphony of strawberries and rhubarb with the spice of ginger and's heaven. It's also very simple...

You'll need fresh strawberries, rhubarb, ginger root, sugar, and peppercorns of your choice. I used a combination of black and pink peppercorns. 

Start by cutting up your strawberries (discard the tops and halve them) and the rhubarb (thin slices). Place them in a stockpot with the water, sugar, and peppercorns. Bring to a boil, and then simmer for one hour or until the fruit breaks down. The rhubarb should break up when you stir it. Turn off the heat and let it cool completely. 

Strain through a sieve and funnel into the container of your choice. I like my soda syrup pulpy, and you'll get medium pulp using a sieve. If you'd like it to be smoother, place a piece of cheesecloth over the sieve before straining. This is the lengthiest part of the process. 

...but it's SO worth it.

Slice a few thin pieces of ginger root (I use quite a few because I love the spicy kick it adds to the soda) and place inside the container. The flavor gets better the longer the ginger sits in the syrup. You can also boil the ginger with your fruit when making the syrup, or even add a few slices to each glass! 

I use 2-3 TBSP of syrup to an 8 oz drinking glass. Fill a cup with ice, pour your syrup over the ice, and then top with sparkling water. We actually use a Sodastream machine (leftover from the days of my fresh soda slinging venture), but we've also used Perrier and it's very tasty with the syrup. I hope you enjoy!! 

Bottles dug from my parents property in North Idaho. They find old artifacts from the 1800s and I reap the benefits. Pretty good deal if you ask me!

Strawberry, Rhubarb, Ginger & Peppercorn Soda

2 1/2 cups cut strawberries
2 1/2 cups cut rhubarb
2 1/2 cups water 
2 cups sugar (I used cane sugar because it was on hand. You can also use turbinado sugar)
1 ginger root, cut into slices based upon your taste preference
5 peppercorns 

Place all ingredients in a stockpot, stir, and bring to a boil. Simmer for one hour, turn off the heat and let syrup cool completely. 

Strain pulp through a sieve and discard pulp (I've actually used the pulp as a tasty ice cream topping!) 

Place slices of ginger inside container and refrigerate syrup until ready to use. Syrup will stay fresh up to two weeks, if it lasts that long. 

Use 2-3 TBSP syrup to an 8 oz glass. Fill glass with ice, pour syrup over ice, top off glass with sparkling water. Enjoy!! 

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Vintage Whites: July 2013

This summer has already started off with a bang! Vanessa is remodeling a house in downtown Kalispell, and I have been slowly settling into life in Colorado. Of course, we're also both pregnant, so market planning has been interesting! I think more than anything, it's allowed me to see that this market TRULY is my passion -- to keep doing it year after year, even in the midst of chaos! I'm so excited to introduce my son to what I love.

My dear friend Kelli Trontel came out to photograph the market for us on Saturday. I can't tell you what a blessing and an inspiration she has been to me, even from a distance! I met Kelli at one of the first markets we did in 2010 (when it was still in Vanessa's garage) and immediately felt a connection. She came to a dessert night with several other friends, and I got to know her a little more. Her story is SO inspiring and I highly encourage you to visit her blog and get to know her! From her time in the music industry, to discovering her passion for photography, to moving from Nashville to Montana and opening the cutest frozen yogurt shop in really is remarkable.

Anyway, what inspires me most about her is how amazing she is with her son, Ezra. For years, Tanner and I have been so preoccupied with getting pregnant and staying pregnant, that I never really opened my eyes to the responsibility of parenting and the complex, yet beautiful role of being a mother. Kelli involves Ezra in her passions! He isn't in the background...he's PART of their story -- front and center. That's exactly how I want our son to experience life. A life full of passion, love for God, love for people...contagious and kinetic. 

I'm so thankful for Kelli, and I think after you see the pictures she took of our will be too.

Our first market this year was amazing. The response from the communities of the Flathead Valley overwhelmed me. I mean, we had a line out to the highway! That's not a short distance! We also had a large number of people who came from out of town. I talked to several people from Alberta, western Washington, Idaho, Illinois, New incredible.  I had a message on the VWM Facebook page at 7:15 AM from some girls who were wondering where to line up at!! That's the first time a shopper beat us to the field to line up! HA! Here's a picture that I took with my phone of the line. This is just the beginning of the line! If I was better at using the panorama feature on my phone, I probably could've captured about half of it. 

We gave out these adorable tumblers to the first 30 people in line, and of course sold our signature tote bags illustrated by Mary Kate McDevitt and handmade by Sandy of Sweet Notions. Of course I'm a bit biased, but I think they're just the cutest around!!

Speaking of the tumblers, we are now selling them! They hold 12 oz, have a waterproof vinyl sticker of our logo, and a wax straw. They're $10 plus shipping! If you'd like to order, you can leave a comment with your PayPal email address, city and state, and we'll send you an invoice via PayPal. You can also email us to order if you'd prefer not to leave your email in the comments. You can reach us at

We added free pony rides this year! There were so many adorably cute kids, along with a few who found out they didn't like ponies! It was so fun to watch. 

We also brought back our free photobooth, courtesy of Kelly Kirksey, a WONDERFUL photographer in Kalispell, Montana! (you can see more of her work by clicking HERE and her Facebook page HERE) We threw up some wonderful vintage floral sheets and a few paper flowers that I made (I used a mixture of DIY posts from The House That Lars Built, The Elli Blog, and several video tutorials on Youtube). This photo is courtesy of my iPhone... 

I think the backdrop turned out SO cute, and so did the photos! Love this one of 2 girls from The Vintage Farmhouse Sale and their finds! Check out their page on Facebook! 

Our vendors amaze me. They spend all year collecting, repairing, repainting, repurposing, and curating amazing finds. We're so proud of the little family that is Vintage Whites! Here are a few images from the market to make your heart go pitter-patter...

Each market just keeps getting better and better. Our August 31st, 2013 market boasts even more vendors, several food vendors, Shayla Smith and her lovely live music, free pony rides, a free photobooth, and a few other surprises that we always leave until the day of! We sure hope you'll make it out -- we would absolutely love to meet you! You can check out our other markets and get information at our website, We also have a list of vendors and recaps from our first annual Salt Lake show!  

We would LOVE to know if you attended! Please leave a comment and where you are from! If you have a blog recap of our market, add your link as well and we'll make sure they go up on the website! XO
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