My Alpine Home

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Adding a Junk Wood Wall to the She Shed

Hello my friends, the junk wood wall in the she shed is finally finished and now the fun has begun!!

I lined the top of the wall with some of my watering can collection.  Alot of them would not fit, but these small ones worked nicely.

Originally I wanted to make this junk wood wall all by myself.  Simply to say that I could.  :)  Alas, hubby would not let me use the table saw that we used for ripping the wood.  Many pieces had to be ripped to line up with other wood. 

Just an old piece of chippy plywood scored at my cousin, Betty's home being ripped.  Did I mention that I kept calling it stripped instead of ripped.  Hubby corrected me plenty.  lol!  What can I say?  some girls just want to 'strip' more than they want to 'rip'!

Marking a line to be cut.

He did let me use the chop saw.  Something about using a power tool that is exhilarating!  :)

Safety first!  Always wear eye goggles.
I am not the worlds greatest hammer lady, but I gave it my
best shot.

Even if it did put me in some, 'not so pretty' predicaments! (wink)
I might mention that hubby took a video of me hammering and it's quite comical.  I think I missed more times than I hit.

This wall turned out to be everything I had dreamed it would be. 
It's fun adding bits and bobs here and there.  I had the old hinge and we recently dug up the rusty saw blade while planting a bush.  It had to be added to the wall!

When we were more than half way done I remembered I had this old pegboard we made a few years ago.  It had hung on the wall in our family room.  We took it down when we bought our entertainment center.  If I had remembered earlier I would have added it directly into the wall.  Not wanting to tear any wood down I opted to hang it on top.

I was staining the inside walls on Friday.  Look who flew in to say, 'hi'.  Looks like I'm not the only one loving my new she shed!  Now to finish staining the other half.
My work never ends!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Pioneer Woman Dishes for Pioneer Day

Hello my friends,
 here in Utah we celebrate 'Pioneer Day' on July 24th. It's the day the Mormon Pioneers entered the Salt Lake valley and Brigham Young declared,
 "This is the place"!
I thought it would be fun to set my table with my 'Pioneer Woman' dishes for 'Pioneer Day'.

I'm sure most of you are familiar with this line of dishes created by Ree Drummond from the Pioneer Woman Blog.  And can I just say, how fun to have your own line of dishes!!  If ever I was so lucky mine would have lots of polka dots, grain sack stripes, and florals.  (dreaming)
She uses a variety of colors, but of course the red and aqua are my favorite. 
I use these as my everyday dishes and store them in some of my glass front cupboards.  They're just too cute to keep hidden. :)
Sweet floral designs grace the pitcher and creamer.  Darling blog friend, Ann Marie from  Musings of a Vintage Junkie sent me the  fun cow creamer.
I corralled them all together on a vintage hammered iron tray.  It looks as though it may have been carried across the plains.  (wink)
I tucked my vintage Utah hankie inside the pitcher.  It was gifted to me at my birthday party by my friend, Joanne. I haven't bought the sugar bowl, but this aqua melamine one matched nicely.

I'm using the creamer to store serving pieces from this gorgeous set of silver plated utensils I scored at an estate sale.
I do not own anything other than inexpensive stainless, so I was beyond thrilled.

I tucked a red napkin in the aqua goblets, which I love!

The Pioneers arrived here either pushing handcarts, or riding in covered wagons.  I found this lone salt shaker at our local thrift.  No pepper, but I love it just the same!

The little July girl was another gift from Joanne.
I sat them on a Utah plate and placed them under a cloche.


All the table needed now was some flowers in the center.  As I stepped out into the yard to cut some I knew it
 had to be Lambs Ear.
Why?  Because I was told years ago that the pioneers used the soft fuzzy leaves as bandaids.  The purple blooms were almost spent, but still they are the perfect choice for my 'Pioneer Day' table.

Sure am glad that I don't have to walk across the plains pushing a hand cart.  On second thought, maybe it would be kind of like a walker.  lol!

Happy Pioneer Day!


I will be sharing with these lovely parties:
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Share Your Cup #207

Welcome to Share Your Cup (SYC), the party where you share what makes you happy – it’s what your hosts call
 “filling your cup”.
It is my (Jo) turn to select the features this week, but first let’s see what your hosts have been up to.
Jann from Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson shared her wonderful sewing room. She has a craft room and a sewing room and a She Shed! She must have been a very good girl! lol
You just have to see Jann's collections to really appreciate the dedicated junker that she is. A Cooler collector!
At Art and Sand, Carol shares a painting that her husband painted for her, he did it this shape because she had a special wall for it to go on.
Carol also shares some of her collections. Collecting takes sometimes years and a lot of patience.
bar leaf
I (Jo) from Anne's Attic - design have been decorating with florals this summer and have loved bringing the outside in. It sure does brighten up my little nest that doesn't have a lot of light.
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I made new pillow covers for my antique sofa in florals and stripes. I will be attempting to make a tufted mattress for the sofa. Am I crazy or what?
Now for the features.
I love this lovely tea party with roses. It looks like heaven to sit amongst the roses sipping tea out of a rose tea cup.
Build your own beautiful Reclaimed wood coffee table with free plans and picture tutorial from MyLove2Create!
At My love to create Mindi has another wonderful creation! Reclaimed wood coffee table. What an amazing job!
At Designs by Pinky she shows a lovely tablescape all set for the sea shore. It would be fun to have a wonderful dinner there!

You just gotta love this amazing cottage makeover. Stop by and check out each stage. At Hello Lovely Fixer Upper.

Distressed Harlequin Art Deco Side Table Makeover
I just love harlequin print on anything. Our dear Frugalista has done it again. See it at The Interior Frugalista.
Caramel Peach Cake with Caramel Topping
Doesn't this picture just make your mouth water? I can even smell it from here! lol You will find the recipe at The Charm of Home.

Now it’s time for you to share and don’t forget to grab the button if your were featured.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Traveling into another year. . .

Yup my friends, I celebrated my birthday yesterday and I am now traveling into another year.
When you get to be my age, you really don't care if you celebrate that you are getting older.
However, I must admit. . .it's better than the alternative.  :)
And how could I not be thrilled with this fabulous 'travel' themed party that my friends from craft group #1 threw for me?
 It was held in my friend, Joanne's garden and she was the brain behind all of this fabulousness.
It all started with some trays that she had that represented a few states.  They became our chargers.  Wish I would have thought to lift up the plates and snap a photo.  (wink)
There were eight ladies and she set a setting with a plate of the state where each of us were born.  This is mine for Utah.  Amy made the amazing state cookies.

A cute hankie was tucked into my glass and I got to take it home with me.

How clever is this?  She bought toy trucks at the thrift shop and used the wheels for napkin rings.  Love, love!!

She plans months ahead.  I'm sure it took her a while to find plates of all the states us gals were born.
Each setting had a map magnet of the initial of our first name, sun glasses for travel protection, and an arrow stating how many miles to the state where we were born.

 Little salt shakers were filled with flowers from Karen's garden.

Other hankies were tacked to pillows and placed under the pergola.

Even the chairs were embellished with paper airplanes and little matchbox cars.

Laura was going to throw these chippy cuties away so Joanne snagged them up and they are so fun on the table.

The meal was so yummy!  Burgers, beans, potato salad, fruit, and all topped off with root beer floats.

It was a fabulous evening and after we ate Brenda taught us how to make a crazy quilt pin cushion.

 Jackie made my gorgeous cake.  It had a raspberry and lemon filling inside.  Oh yum!!
The white chocolate are 'wings to fly'.  Jackie has a blog,
 Purple Chocolate Home and shares how she made this beauty.
And she really knew how to make me smile with this sparkler candle!


 Karen sent me home with this cute holder and beauties
from her garden.

Oh what a night!
Here we are being sassy in our cool shades.
(Laura, Joanne, Jackie, Natalie, Brenda, me, Karen, and Amy)
p.s. I just had to laugh.  I accidently typed jugs instead of hugs at first.  I wonder if it's because I am unintentionally poking out my
none others.  lol! 

I will be sharing with these fun parties:
The Dedicated House for Make it Pretty Monday
Rose Chintz Cottage for No Place Like Home