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.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

LEAF it Up to Me. . .

According to our local weatherman, we are going to have an early Fall.  I have already been seeing touches of color on the mountain sides.

Are you looking forward to seeing a gorgeous Autumn?  It’s always such a breathtaking sight!
Well, until that time arrives; leaf it up to me to show you my collection of pretty leaves.

In the entry I have a  ladder filled with small quilts.  Sure to find some colored leaves here.

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We don’t often think of blue as an Autumn color. . .but I love this leaf image my daughter, Kylee made for me years ago.  A picture of her and her cat, shadow sitting by her playhouse clothesline when she was young.  Notice the crows?

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A scene of an Autumn home sits on top of my blue cabinet.

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The leaves were made by adding lots of tiny circles.
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A little leaf themed vignette sits atop a round table.

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Leaf plates hang above.

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Now let’s step into the living room.

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Pumpkins formed of metal leaves were a gift from a friend.

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A sweet little oak leaf garland.

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A glitzy leaf hanging on an old window makes a simplistic statement.

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Nothing is quite as gorgeous as the ‘real’ deal!  I dried these leaves last year.  They have been pressed in a book until I retrieved them to make this garland.

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It drapes across the living room mantle.  Plain and simple, but I love it!

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The family room and kitchen have a few leaves also.

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One little leaf juice glass joins my fall themed glass collection.  All are thrift finds.

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More thrift finds with a leaf theme.

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I had the leaf bowl, but I recently found the plate to match.  Yup, at a thrift store.  I can’t pass things like this up when I run across them.  Whether I need them or not.  Needs got nothing to do with it, right?

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I hope my colorful Autumn leaves helped get you in the mood for Fall and the beautiful colors that soon will be here!

hugs,

Jann

I will be sharing with these lovely parties:

Thoughts from  Alice for Sundays at Home

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sunflower Saydee. . .

Yesterday my daughter, Karrah called and said that Saydee’s babysitter had a sick child and could she come to Grandma’s house.

She’s always a delight so of course I said, ‘yes’.

As soon as mom headed off to work Saydee wanted to go up into the bonus room to find a toy.  Grandma obliged.

Originally she said that she wanted ‘to play dress ups’.  Grandma has a closet full of fun fashions.  But when I told her I was going outside to spray off the front porch she settled for Barbie’s.  No fun to dress up without Grandma watching.

We sprayed off the porch together.  I did some and then handed the hose over to Saydee.  She mentioned how she was a ‘good helper’.  Indeed she was!

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I plucked a ‘giant’ sunflower from the garden and placed it on my rustic bench.  The sunflowers in my front yard reseeded from last year.  I thought they were all small, but then this one and only giant beauty surprised me.

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I’m just beginning to give the porch touches of Fall.  It’s been in the 70’s here lately and feeling very Fall like.

When we went back inside Saydee asked if she could dress up as a helper.  I was curling my hair and said, ‘sure, I’d be up in a minute’.

She headed up stairs on her own and this is what she came down in.  Wondering what kind of a helper she is? lol!

I couldn’t resist so I grabbed the camera.  I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking for me.

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I love that ‘Sunflower Saydee June’!  Named after my sweet mother.

hugs,

Jann

p.s. Did I mention that she took the hat and slip home with her?  But the scarf (boa) was too itchy.

I will be sharing with these lovely parties:

Thoughts from Alice for Sundays at Home

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Share Your Cup Thursday #116

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

In other words, the things that ‘Fill Your Cup’.

*Just a Note:  There will be no SYC next week.  This gal is going to be off having fun with her quilting friends in St. George!

Feeling very Fall like here.  I’ve decided to embrace the much cooler than normal temps and start my Autumn decorating.

Thanks to all of you for partying here at Have a Daily Cup.  Welcome to anyone who might be linking for the first time.

(Every now and then I want to feature a post that I can’t see a link back or link party list.  Please be sure and have that if you want to be featured!)


Now on to features from last weeks Party, SYC #115.

Christine from C. D.'s Country Living shared her gorgeous dining room makeover.

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Olivias Creative Quest  made the sweetest skirt and crochet edge for her vanity.

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Distressed Donna Down Home shared her score of vintage quilts as well as some other great treasures.

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Lindy Lou Macs World in Photos shared a beautiful photo of a hidden corner in Italy.

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Jonell from My Grammas House shared some wonderful Fall inspiration.

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Mary Ellen from Spindles and Designs shared the recipe for these yummy Pineapple Crumble Bars.

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

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Don’t forget to hop over to my  Facebook Page page and see who is featured there.

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 fill my cup!


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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tuesdays Tour. . .Playing Around with Places to Play

When we think about creating a place for our kids or grandchildren to play, most of us think of something like this. . .

A small area with fun elements.

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We add whimsical touches to entice them to stay and play.

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Or how about this?  A cute little place where they can pretend to be in school.

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And deliver a special letter for the teacher.

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We might even add some fabulous artwork.

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Or create a larger more open space like this.

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But, have you ever thought of creating an entire floor dedicated to ‘playing’?

All of these photos were taken at our local Home Show back in June.  Now, I’m about to show you a play area that was ‘unreal’!

I’m not judging these home owners, I’m sure they are wonderful people.  But have you ever heard someone say that the ‘younger generation seems to feel entitled?”.  If so, I’m thinking that we might just have something to do with it.

I know that as parents and grandparents we want to give our kids and grandkids the best we can.  But, are we overindulging them?  I myself am guilty at times.

Welcome to ‘Wood Square’.

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Where you will find a Post Office. . .

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A Bakery  and a Candy store. . .

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A Salon where the girls can pretty up and a Boutique full of fabulous dress ups.

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There’s a shop full of dolls. . .

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A special place for building Legos,

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and a fabulous nook for reading a book.

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This play area was huge, but my favorite part was this:

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A long wide hall way lined with bunk beds for their grands to sleep.

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Here’s a wide view and you can see where the beds are located.

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Well, what do you think?  Kind of makes you wish you were a kid again, right?

hugs,

Jann