My Alpine Home

We have lived in our new home in Alpine, Utah for four 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.

Friday, November 21, 2014

A Deerly Beloved Thrift Store Vignette

Recently Alice from Thoughts from Alice requested bloggers to join in a ‘Holiday Thrift Store Challenge’.
She was worried whether or not people would be up for it.
Well, did we ever surprise her.  .  . 30  people answered her call and I happened to be one of them.
The challenge was to buy something (or things) for $25 or less and transform them into something for Christmas or create a vignette.
I didn’t hesitate a bit when I read her e-mail.  Sounded like a grand idea to me!
The past three years I have had a bit of a vintage deer fetish.  Every time I go to a thrift shop or an estate sale I have my eyes peeled for them
Recently I scored this sweet thing for $1.  He’s velvety soft and has a tag saying “made in Norway”.
Every year before it freezes I bring my Rosemary plant indoors.  I love using it for Christmas décor as well as cooking with it.
It was a teeny tiny start that I picked up at Walmart for $1.50 on Clearance.  Originally I planted it in my wheelbarrow fairy garden as a little pine tree.  By Fall it had become a giant tree. lol!
I thought that it would make a cute ‘Christmas’ tree!
and it will smell wonderful as well.

Rosemary is the perfect plant for Christmas. . .it signifies love and remembrance.
What a sweet reminder of the Love we have for our Savior and the Remembrance that he died for us.
I planted it in this rustic galvanized pail that I picked up for $4 last summer.
Tied a bit of burlap around the center and stuck in a few branches.
Perfect for showing off a few of my vintage ornaments.  I bought the box of Shiny Brites last year for $4.
The long ornaments are not a thrift find.  They are from our first Christmas tree  back in ‘1972’.
I love how some of the ornaments have remnants of spray snow on them.
The bottle brush tree was a damaged goods store find for $3.  I think I am going to try bleaching it.
Even the sprinkling of snow was a thrift find.  I can always use more snow and  the bag was only 50 cents.
I played a little and tried putting this estate sale (free) mirror in the background.  It was brown and I painted it with homemade chalk paint.
The reflection from the mirror is kind of fun.
Which vignette do you like best?  With or without the mirror?  
Even if you had to buy a Rosemary plant this is very economical.
This simple ‘thrift store’ vignette cost me right around $12 and took about 15  minutes to throw together..  It’s sure to be Deerly beloved by me!

Hop over and visit all of these very creative gals and see the amazing things they did to fulfill this 'Holiday Thrift Store' challenge!
Glam Christmas Throw Pillows by Thoughts from Alice

A Deerly Beloved Thrift Store Vignette by Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson

Christmas Cloche by Craftberry Bush

A Vintage Mantel for Winter by Finding Silver Pennies

DIY Holiday Walling Hanging by House of Hipsters

Christmas Decor from Thrifty Find by Town and Country Living

The Trellis Tree by Cozy Little House

DIY Centerpiece Tray by Cherished Bliss

Rustic Christmas Tree by Delineate Your Dwelling

DIY Crocks by So Much Better With Age

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Share Your Cup Thursday #127

Hello my friends and welcome to Share Your Cup, (SYC for short).  The party where you share the things that make you happy.

It’s what I call ‘filling your cup’.

Remember to mark you calendar's for our ‘Creating Christmas’ party. Can’t wait to see your fabulous Christmas posts!

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Wishing all of my American friends a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Now for this weeks features:

*I want to mention that there were alot of posts that I could not see a link back to SYC.  Sorry, but in order to be featured you must have that!

Remember to pin from their site and not mine.

Tracie from Fishtail Cottage shared her cozy cottage dining.


Melinda from The Refeathered Roost shared her beautiful bathroom remodel.


 Nancy's Daily Dish shared some gorgeous and unusual Turkey Transferware platters.


Dana from Starfish Studio has created some very creative Map Frames.


Mindi from My Love 2 Create shared this fun under the bed storage she made for her sons room.

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Sarah from Hyacinth for the Soul shared these yummy gingerbread acorns.

acorn gingerbread

Thanks so much for sharing and please grab my button if you were featured.


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Now let’s get this party started!
1. I would love for you to be a follower of Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson.
2. Link up a particular post and not your entire blog. Please limit your links to no more than three and please do not link up the same thing you linked up last week.
3. Please have a link back to this post. That way others will know where the party is. Feel free to grab my button on the sidebar if you’d like. Only those with a link back will be featured
4.  Please find time to visit at least two other participants. It’s a great way to find new friends!

After you link up, please come back and leave a comment.  They help fill my cup!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tuesdays Tour. . .My friend Amanda’s Thanksgiving Home

Yesterday I stopped by my friend Amanda’s home.  I only had my phone with me, but I decided to snap photos to share with you for Tuesdays Tour.

I tried to share this earlier today, but my laptop would not download my phone pics.  Don’t ask me what was going on.  Hubby came to the rescue.


Amanda has a gorgeous buffet in her family room.  This beautiful platter sits on top.
It was a gift from a friend.  It has a small chip, but still stunning!


This plate rack made by her talented hubby is one of my two favorite pieces he made.  It helps separate the kitchen from the family room.


This little berry tailed turkey sits beside it.


This is the other piece he made that I love.


She’s getting ready for the big day with her cookbook at hand.


Her table is topped with a fall quilt she made and a vintage gold cake stand that she bought at a yard sale.



Seasonal towels hang from her hoosier.





She also made this runner.


She found this at our local thrift last week when we went after our quilt guild meeting.  Guess what folks?  I have one that I made years ago from the same pattern.


Sweet little crochet pumpkin pie made by our friend, Beth.


She recently finished this wool penny runner.  I have one started, but haven’t finished it.


And a couple wooden pilgrims to say. . .


Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope you enjoyed the tour!


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Quilty Sew Along Fun!

Hello my friends.  Some of you may remember the hexagon table runner that I made last Spring.


The little ruler I used to make this was given to me by Lori Holt from Bee in My Bonnet.  I was fortunate to meet Lori when I spent a week at my quilting friend, Rae Ann’s cabin.  Lori and Rae Ann are friends as well.  Lori is such a talented quilter who has books, patterns, and her own line of fabric.  It was fun to see her at work.

Recently she shared a ‘Have Yourself a Quilty Little Christmas’ sew along on Instagram .

Rae Ann invited me to join in this sew along.  At first I tried to resist, knowing what a busy time of year it is.  Well, as usual; that didn’t last long.  lol!

I started my first block on Friday sewing along with my friend, Amanda. I am having so much fun!


How lucky are these people to have two trees in their small cottage?  Hee-hee!

I pulled fabrics that I had grouped together for a candy themed applique quilt I want to make.  Some of them I bought from a friend.  She purchased them for a baby quilt and then decided to sale them.


Notice that most of them are not Christmas fabrics.  Just fun colors that will work for this project.

Then came block two:


And three

(these may not be the order Lori did, just the order Ive sewn them in)


Yesterday afternoon I finished my mittens.  I will only use one of these in the quilt, but have plans to make something with the extra pair.


I can’t decide yet which one I want in the quilt.  Really it’s going to be more like a table topper.

Did you notice that the dotty mittens have a fat thumb?

At first glance I couldn’t figure out why because I had sewn them the same as the snowflake mittens. . .so I thought.


Take a closer look.

I sewed that little thumb piece backwards on the dotty pair.  But I decided in honor of chubby fingers, (myself being one of those) I would leave it.  At least you can still tell they are mittens.



Lori had a sewing instagram retreat last night that I just read about this morning.  She soon will be introducing block 9.  Boy, I’d best get crackin!!

I’ve got plenty of reds. . .


Pretty pinks and greens. . .


Beautiful blues and a couple pops of yellow. . .


And look at all of these fun dots.  Our quilt guild did a dotty exchange years ago and I haven’t done anything with them yet.


But what this color lovin gal is lacking in is background fabrics.

I may have to take a trip to our local quilt shop tomorrow.

If you want to join in this fun sew along it’s not too late.  Just hop over to Lori’s


You do need her book for some of the blocks, but the free ones are super cute if you only wanted to make a few!



Friday, November 14, 2014

A Thrifted Thanksgiving Table. . .

Hello my friends, I don’t know about you but I am just tickled pink today.

I just love it when I find something at a thrift shop and then when I go to use it realize that I have something that goes so well with it.

That’s the case with this Thanksgiving table.

Tuesday after quilt guild my friend, Amanda and I decided to hit our local thrift shop.  There in the collectors case was a set of these beauties.


Four plates and four saucers for $10.  This is our off year for Thanksgiving.  You know, the year that all of the kids go to their inlaws home.  We might end up with a few, but not sure as of now.


I decided to add them to my Thanksgiving tablescape.  That’s when I remembered that I had these beauties.  Fruit motif cups by Avon, called “Sweet Country Harvest”.  They were a thrift find last year.


I could not believe how well the design and colors went together.
Oh, and the napkins were a thrift find as well.  New in the package.  Love how they bring out the touches of blue!


The plates say Westwood, hand painted; Fine Quality, Japan.
Good gravy, do we have enough gravy boats?  Need lots for the big day. lol!  $8 for all three.  I’ve added another thrift bowl, Nasco “Mountain Woodland” and a pie bird to the top of my French mug rack.


I told a lot about my table décor here with more thrift finds.  So I am just quickly going to show a few photos.



I think that mashed potatoes in this bowl might be just the thing come Thanksgiving!


Oh yum!  I can taste it right now and my thoughts have turned to the smell of turkey baking in the oven.  Nothing quite like it!!


Happy Thrifting and Happy Thanksgiving!



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