The Story of 149 SunnySide

by Tanis and Chris on Tuesday, March 23, 2021
The Whole Ball of Yarn

This was our first home. The home we moved into three weeks before we got married! We moved from a loft in NDG when we realized we needed more space for our business and dog. 

We own and operate a company called "Tanis Fiber Arts," where we focus on producing sustainable, organic yarns in bright, versatile and inspiring colours. I started the business (TFA) in January of 2008 with no real plan, I just loved yarn, and I loved colours! The TFA story has very humble beginnings - at first, it was just me, conducting dyeing experiments in my old apartment's kitchen. It's hard to believe how far we've come! 

Sure, we're still working from home, but now we have a proper home office space and a lovely little backyard studio. And instead of being alone in the kitchen, I get to work with my husband and best friend Chris all day. We're a real old-fashioned, family-run business. The day to day operations are handled by just the two of us, but it would never have been possible to get here without all the love and support of the knitters out there. We are fortunate to have a very strong niche market behind us!

We loved this home the moment we saw it. The extra space in the bonus room off the kitchen sealed the deal for us. We could really see ourselves building our lives here. 

Over the years, we've found great joy in renovating and redecorating every room in the house. We finished the basement, opened the kitchen to the rest of the living space on the main floor, remodelled two bathrooms, and built our atelier in the backyard (a fully insulated, heated and plumbed studio on slab). We also decorated a nursery and a kids' room as we grew our family. 

Discovering our new neighbourhood was a thrill. A block below us is Sunnyside Park (the cutest tobogganing spot!) A block in the other direction is Arthur Seguin playground, Sunnyside pool, tennis courts, a baseball diamond with an outdoor ice rink in the winter. The cherry on top of our sweet little spot is that we are steps away from the walking trails in the forests of Terra Cotta woods. A Nature reserve with maintained trails and footbridges over little streams. 

Over the years, we've grown our family to include three beautiful children. Bringing them home from the hospital into the comfort of this home are the moments we will never forget. It will always be a special place for us, and we hope that the next owner finds as much comfort and joy in 149 Sunnyside as we have.