My Alpine Home

Monday, February 8, 2016

Sucker for Succulents

Hello my friends, happy Monday morning!
 
I have not always been a lover of succulents.  Well, I've always loved hens and chicks because my mother had them in our garden.  I remember her telling me to plant them at the base of my Clematis's.  Why, you ask?  Because they like their head in the sun and their feet in the shade.  That's what mama would say.
 
But other than that, I always felt that they had too much of a desert feel.  Ha, ha, like Utah isn't considered a desert.
 
 
The last few years I have become somewhat of a sucker for succulents.  I've planted them in just about everything I find that is rusty and crusty.
 
This morning I tried my hand at planting them in an old bundt pan.
My friend, Kathy and I had seen this done on Instagram by Black Sheep Designs.
 
 
I didn't do anything to my pan other than wash it.  I love it's time worn look.  I'd say it's baked a cake or two in it's day, wouldn't you?  :)
 
 
They are really fun and easy to do.  Just turn the pan upside down and insert a round disc of oasis.  You can pick them up at the $1 store.  I had to trim mine a little to fit into the hole.
 
Plant with succulents.  I added touches of sheet moss, some white berries, and a few ribbon flowers.
 
Then mist.



While I was at it I decided to plant this old meat grinder.  I had painted the handle red a while ago.
 
Here are a few other succulent planters from my garden last summer.
 

 
The more unusual ones will not come back here in Utah, but I watch for them to come on sale for a good price.





 
I'm longing to see that green grass again!  Still buried in snow.  Last year we had such a mild winter that I had my entire yard raked and cleaned up for Spring by the end of February.  Crazy!!
 
 
Here are some of the other ways I have used succulents.
 
 
 



Anything galvanized is always a great choice for succulents because they can take the heat.
 


 
I love planting tool boxes and tool trays.  Couldn't find a photo of my tool box, but here are two trays.  Both of these always come back.  I just leave them out all winter long.


 
 
How about you?  Do you love succulents?  If not, I suggest you give them a chance.  I bet they will grow on you.  Well, not literally I hope!  lol!
 
However, one never knows.  They don't require a lot of dirt to grow.  ha, ha!
 
For more succulent ideas visit my Pinterest board,
SucculentsIt's new, so it's small, but you know it will grow!
 
hugs,
Jann
 
I will be sharing with these lovely parties:
 

Friday, February 5, 2016

Unfinished Business!

Hello my friends,
today I want to share with you a topic that I think, (hopefully) we all can relate to.
 
Please tell me I am not alone when it comes to,
 
Unfinished Business.
 
 
Yes, I hate to admit it, but I have quite a bit of it hanging about in my home.
I started this 'Grandmother's Flower Garden' quilt three years ago and here it sits waiting to be finished.
 
I've began working on this cute wool mat for Easter.  My friend, Amanda generously shared her pattern with me.
 
 
Determined that it doesn't end up in my 'Unfinished Business' pile.  :)
 
The other day I reached into my sewing tote to get my floss and pulled out a bag filled with someone else's 'Unfinished Business'.
 


When ever I go to an estate sale or thrift shop I am filled with delight if I happen to run across 'Unfinished Business'!
 

 
Notice that this end of the tablecloth is finished, but the other three still need the leaves to be stitched.
 
I smile when I think of the hours that another women spent lovingly working on this project.

 
The napkins are complete and ready to be sewn.  On my to do list!  (wink)
 
I think that the woman who started this would be so happy to see me finish it, don't you?
 
Now here's the best part. . .the pattern!

 
I love that it says it's a 'Bridge Set'!!  Gosh, maybe I'll have to take up playing bridge.  lol!  I do play pinochle, think that will count?
 
This beauty was gifted to me by my cousin, Betty.  It's a large tablecloth that my Aunt Viola had never started.  As you can see I haven't even begun to make a dent in the hours of work it will take to finish it!
 
 
How cute is this skirt kit?  Scored it at a thrift shop.  This one will not be finished.  Just love the fun packaging!
 
 
Oh, I wish I could say that I only had those few things in my 'Unfinished Business' stack.
 
But no!
This hexagon quilt is waiting to be added to.
 
 
And why, oh why, can I not get back to sewing the rows together on my basket quilt?

 
One might agree that I am a woman who has too many
 irons in the fire!
 
Just last night I learned a new fun and fast way to make hexies.
 
 
Would love an entire quilt made up of these.  But then, I'm thinking it will end up in my 'Unfinished Business' pile.
 
Let's just hope that when my time comes that someone will love finding my 'Unfinished Business'!
 
Leaving you with a little something that made me smile.
Yesterday when I finished vacuuming I went to unplug the cord and saw this.
 
 
 
The cord had literally twisted into a heart.  Definitely
 love at home!  :)
 
hugs,
Jann
 
I will be sharing with these lovely parties:
 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Share Your Cup Thursday #183

Hello and welcome to Share Your Cup (SYC for short)- 

the party where you share things that make you happy - it's what your hosts


call "filling our cup".

Let's see what we have been up to that filled our cups this week.


Jo's beautifully written post this week,


showcases her fabulous Valentine d├ęcor.


Jann showed us a sweet pillow she sewed from a vintage chenille spread in Chenille #4


and decorated the mantel in her living room with the theme, SEW in Love With You.


I talked about "Living Well" by taking the time to add the little extras to everyday events


and showed off a pillow I recently knitted (inspired by a post by Lory of Designthusiasm) in Rainy Days.


And now to the features - Carol had difficulty narrowing it down to just 6.


My love of whimsy had me going back again and again to look at this fun chandelier that Lory of Designthusiam has hanging in her Dream Butler's Pantry.


Each week Carmen, of Carmen Whitehead Designs, shows techniques for art journaling and one of these days I am going to get out my supplies and get back to journaling.


Debra of Frugal Little Bungalow shared about how making One Monthly Goal public inspired her to finish this gorgeous quilt. 


I fell in love with this beautifully transformed piece shared by Lynn of Quaker Hill Farm in Shades of the Sea and might just copy it for a dresser I want to update.


I felt a connection to Sherry of Thrift My Cottage who showed this lovely corner in Changing Up the Chalkboard because she was recently received the cute banner from Connie of Crafty Home Cottage and I also own a sweet banner from Connie.


I love the title of the post from Nitka Design - My Happy Place and she has inspired me to make a bunny of my own.

Thanks for sharing and grab our button if you were featured.


Monday, February 1, 2016

Chenille #4

Hello my friends, outside it's snowing and blowing,
but inside it's warm and cozy.
 
Perfect time for sharing my vintage chenille!
 
 
I shared it on Instagram right after I made them and got a lot of sweet comments.
 
I always have my eyes out for old chenille spreads at thrift shops and estate sales.  I had not had any luck but then, all at once I started finding them.
 
My count is now up to #4.
You know, we've all heard of Chanel #5, well this is not quite the same; but every bit as lovely.
 
I love chenille, but really don't need 4 spreads.  I pick them up with projects in mind.  One was so nice that I let a granddaughter use it on her bed. 
One is purple and I think it will be fun to use for spring.
 
 
 
I found one with pom poms and it's a beauty.  I thought I would make the shams out of it, but after laying it out I liked the fringe better.
 
It ended up in the living room.
 
 
 Now for the how to's:
 
Start by cutting a piece of chenille the size of your pillow form plus 1/2" for seams.  Mine was 27" square.  I cut it 27 1/2" x 27 1/2".
 
Normally this would be the front of your sham, but because I wanted the fringe to hang over on the front the solid piece is going to be my back.
 
 
 
Next cut two pieces for the front.  One  approximately 2/3rds.  I cut mine 16 x 27 1/2.  The other piece cut 1/3 plus 5 inches for overlapping.  I cut mine 12 inches x 27 1/2.  This is where I used the fringe piece.  (Make sense?) 
 8 inches was 1/3.
 
Iron down 1/4 inch on one long edge of the piece you cut 2/3rds.  Then fold it over again and sew for a nice finished edge.
 

Lay your large square down with the right side facing up.  Then with right sides together lay the smaller 1/3 plus 5 piece at the top.  Next with right sides together place the larger piece you hemmed to the bottom overlapping in the center.
 


Pin edges and sew (normally a 1/4" seam.  chenille frays so I sewed a 1/2" seam to make sure it held).
 
I always backstitch well where the two pieces overlap.  It gives it extra strength and keeps it from ripping after taking pillow form in and out.
 
Trim each corner to eliminate bulk.
 
 
 Turn right side out.

I use the end of a sharpened small dowel to push the corners out nicely.
 

 
Insert your pillow form and voila!  You have a lovely euro sham.

 
The hardest part is cutting the second one to be the exact same placement on the chenille.  :)


I still love my 'Good Morning, Good Night' pillows gifted to me by sweet Carol from Art and Sand
I found the Love pillow at T.J. Maxx a few years ago.


I pulled out the handmade lace coverlet I scored at an estate sale for $30.  I could hardly believe that it was big enough to fit our king sized bed.  Before now I have just used it on my kitchen table.


I draped one of my small Valentines table toppers across the bottom edge and added a ruffled pillow to the bench.



The night stand got dressed up with this sweet runner given to me by my friend, Amanda last year.  She had me as her 'secret pal' in a club we belong to.
 

 
Sending a little Valentine 'love' your way this cold February day!
hugs,
Jann
 
I will be sharing with these lovely parties: