My Alpine Home

We have lived in our home in Alpine, Utah for five years now. My current goal is to make a larger more open home (which works great with our extended family) have a bit of cottage charm and seem more cozy. I hope you will follow along and give me encouragement as well as advice as I embark upon this challenge.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

New Found Treasures

Well my friends, I must admit that I don't need a darn thing!
what's need got to do with it? lol!
Treasure hunting is just so much fun.  I try not to go too often, but when I do I find that I bring home quite a few goodies.
I have a fruit and veggie theme going on in my kitchen for the month of Aug.
I was excited when I spied this little pitcher for 75 cents.  There were two of them, but I only bought one.  I do have some will power.  Hee-hee!
This cup was $1 and the saucer came in a stack of assorted small plates taped together for an additional $1.  Our local thrift does not put cups and saucers together so you have to do a bit of searching.
It's a fun game seeing if you can find a mate.
The design is English Harvest and is made in England.
The harvest is exactly what I think of this time of year.  I've picked cabbages, peppers, and onions, but it wasn't until last weekend that I picked my first tomato.  Usually I pick one by July 4th.

A green transferware saucer and onion timer.
Driving home with my friend, Joanne; the timer went off.  It gave us a good laugh!

I picked up the bread pan a while ago.  I love it when collections are both useful and have a fun theme!

These are not old, but I have such a weakness for dotty dishes!  I will use them for Fall and Halloween.  Thought they'd be great for making individual pastas for the hubs and I.
I love anything Beatrix Potter and I have a small collection.  $1 for both pieces.  I thought that the pot would make a cute vignette this coming Spring.

I picked up the large wheat glass for 50 cents thinking it matched my collection.  It is different, but that's o.k.

I love these tulip juice glasses!  They're red, need I say more?  :)

I can never pass up doilies.  do you think the little one with the blue bow is a baby bib?  I hung it on the clothesline in the playhouse under the stairs.

I love old fashioned paperware!

Pretty enamel bowl.  Again, not old, just cute.
I'm going to turn this light shade over and make a bird feeder.

The blue cherry bowls were scored for $1 for all three.  Two have a small chip and one is cracked.  Actually, the one was fine when I got them.  The bagger sat the sack down hard and I heard something crack, but didn't say anything.  Darn, of course it was the one good bowl.
As I looked at this collage I realized that everything in it other than the set of small dotty bowls was picked up at thrift shops.
All of the blue checkered pieces were found one at a time.  Love when that happens!
How sweet is this little nursery rhyme cup and saucer?  I especially love Mary and her lamb. I have plans to use it in a back to school vignette.
Some of my finds were picked up by my friend first.  She handed them over to me.  Obviously she has better will power than I do.  Her excuse was, I don't do vignettes.  Like that would stop me!  lol!
I also found a fun picnic table, but I'll show it in a later post after I give it a make over.
Have you found anything fun lately?

I will be sharing with these fun parties:
Bella Rosa Antiques for Let's Talk Vintage

Friday, July 31, 2015

Embracing Summer. . .

Hello my friends,
Hard to believe that July is coming to an end and before we know it the kids will be heading back to school and we'll be diving right into Fall.
Our weather has been cooler lately and I have felt a touch of Fall in the air.
It's going to warm up and be right where it should be for the month of Aug.
So I decided that I would not wish away the summer, but embrace it instead!
I've decorated the front porch in shades of pink, red, and aqua.
I made a little summer banner to drape across my old window.

It's very simple and took little time to make.  I simply cut banner shapes out of poster board and added scrapbook paper with spray glue.  Then I modge podged chipboard letters and sprinkled them with red glitter.  Again I used spray glue to adhere them to the banner.  A few thrifted beads, scraps of ribbon, and bakers twine. . .
 there you have it.
This urn that I found on clearance at a local shop, Dear Lizzies was the inspiration for the colors.
I tucked a piece of burlap inside to hide the pot.
look at this beautiful geranium I picked up marked down to $4 at Walmart.
I deadheaded it and gave it a shot of Miracle Grow.  Should put on a show soon.

I threw in touches of aqua because I still had the old filing cabinet out there and didn't want to move it.  :)

I brought out my chippy chair for a pop of pink.
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 And I brought my bike around from the back yard.

Of course we couldn't stop there.  hee-hee!  My pink cabinet needed to come out as well.
I placed a few of my old clocks in it for 'summer time'.

My Herb Cemetery is doing well and I just moved them around a little bit.
A pink watermelon hangs on the door.

The Agapanthus planted in the urns on each side of the porch and my hanging geraniums add more floral color.

The Daisies have gotten huge.  In fact, I had to cut one down because it was blocking the sprinkler.

This Kale came back from last year.  We had such a mild winter.

It truly is a jungle out there!  lol!  These sunflowers reseed every year.  This is the first year that I don't have any large ones.  Next year I will pull them out.  In fact, I'll be pulling these out soon.
But for now, the birds are loving them!

How about you?  Are you anxious for Fall or embracing summer?

I will be sharing with these lovely Parties:
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home
How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Share Your Cup Thursday #159

Hello and welcome to Share Your Cup, (SYC for short)
The party where you share the things that make you happy.
I love seeing what you share each week and appreciate you taking time to party here!  I love the variety of links this party gets.
Now for the features from SYC #158:

Dana from The Starfish Studio created the cutest beach themed bag.

Cecilia from My Thrift Store Addiction organized her pantry and gave it a darling vintage look.
Biti from Pret-a-Vivre shared her gorgeous roses in an old canister.

Tracie from Fishtail Cottage shared her beautiful garden.  Always such a delight!
Jolena from While I Linger took us along on her vintage bazaar trip.  Lots of eye candy!

Kitty's Kozy Kitchen shared the recipe for this delicious freezer caramel pie.
Thanks so much for sharing and please grab my button if you were featured.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

A Berry Cherry Tea. . .

Hello my friends, won't you join me for a
 Berry Cherry Tea?
Today I have my 9 year old granddaughter, Paityn so I decided that we would have tea time for a morning snack.

On Saturday I decorated my kitchen in a fruit/vegetable theme.

Tins with a retro fruit motif take center stage on the table.  I have had the round cake carrier for years.  The picnic tin is a new purchase from World Market.  Had to have it after Sharon from Blue Willow House showed it on her blog.
I brought my grain sack stool in from outside to add a little height.  On top is a tin with a cute fruit label and my little cherry gal made by Magpie Ethyl
I love and collect cherry dishes so I brought a few of them up from my basement kitchen for this berry cherry tea.

I love it when you start with one thrift find and in a few years a collection has evolved.
Years ago I found a bowl with this design.  Loved it and brought it home.  It would be years later before I would find another piece.  When a new thrift shop, Tags opened in our area I scored the little creamer for $1.  Then I found one plate at another thrift.  Imagine my excitement when I scored 3 more plates all on the same day.
Now for the most bizarre coincidence.  Joanne, a friend I met on Instagram came to my 'Meet and Greet' and gifted me with the teapot.  Mind you, she had no idea that I had other pieces.

(this is the back side of the table)
Paityn loved the little teapot that I picked up at Fleaology a couple weeks ago.
When you have more than one cute cherry teapot it's hard to choose which to use.  But in the end.  The child's teapot won out because it had a basket to hold the wild strawberry herbal tea that I am drinking today.
I put a bit of the tea in this diffuser, but it was slow to flavor the water)
Isn't it a gorgeous red color?  And what a delicious mild strawberry flavor!

I help in the nursery on Sundays at our church.  Sunday evening one of my little nursery boys brought me by some no bake oatmeal cookies and a picture he colored just for me.  :)
had a few left for tea.
This cute teacup was another thrift find.   

I love the fun saying inside!  While carrying it upstairs the lid fell and broke.  :(  Accidents happen.
Paityn drank her lemon limeade drink out of this cup.
polka dots, checks, and cherries.
It doesn't get much better than this!
It's always fun to enjoy tea with one of my grands!
This post was featured at J & J Cooking and Crafting.  Thanks Julie and Jess!
I will be sharing with these lovely parties: