My Alpine Home

Friday, December 9, 2016

Must Be Santa. . .

Who's got a beard
That's long and white?

Santa's got a beard
That's long and white
(I painted the bellow Santa years ago)
Who comes around
On a special night?
(the artwork, the stackers, and the Santa with tree were all gifts through the years)

Santa comes around
On a special night
(This vintage Santa is one of my favorites.  More of an elf than Santa.  A friend gifted him to me a long time ago)

Beard that's white
Special night,
Must be Santa
Must be Santa
Must be Santa
Santa Claus
Who wears boots
And a suit of red?

(Mr. and Mrs. were gifted to me by the same friend that gave me the Santa with hearts in the first photo)

Santa wears boots
And a suit of red
Who wears a long cap
On his head?

(I tried 4 times to get a clear photo of this guy.  For some reason I could not get it to focus.  :(  I left it small so that it didn't hurt your eyes.  lol!  I bought this noise maker in Oregon.  Isn't it so sweet?)

Santa wears a long cap
On his head
Cap on head
Suit that's red
Special night
Beard that's white
Must be Santa
Must be Santa
Must be Santa
Santa Claus
Who's got a big red
Cherry nose?
(notice the cherry nose on the little guy in the corner?)
Ho, ho, ho
Cherry nose
Cap on head
Suit that's red
Special night
Beard that's white
(two more Santa's that I painted back in the days when I taught tole painting)
Must be Santa
Must be Santa
Must be Santa
Santa Claus
(I spied this at a thrift shop.  Just knowing that it was handmade made me want to bring it home!)
Dasher, Dancer
Prancer, Vixen
Comet, Cupid
And Blitzen
Reindeer sleigh
Come our way

(Santa and sleigh was gifted to me by my sweet cousin.  It was once my Aunt Viola's)  Another one of my favorites!!

Ho, ho, ho
Cherry nose
Cap on head
Suit that's red
Special night
Beard that's white
(I've housed them in my green cabinet made from an old window.  It usually holds my ruby red dish collection)
Must be Santa
Must be Santa
Must be Santa
Santa Claus
I use to have many more Santas.  I left a large tote at my sons house when we moved and they are now enjoying them.  They ran across it one year and asked if they could put them out.  Fine with me, I have to start down sizing some day!!  I enjoy them when I visit their home.  I haven't put my soft Santa's out yet.  Thinking of adding them to one of the guest bedrooms.
Who doesn't love Santa?



Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Share Your Cup #227

Hello and welcome to Share Your Cup, (SYC for short).
The party where you share what makes you happy.
It's what I call, "filling your cup".

I'm starting the party early because I'm out the door.  Who knows what time I might return, this time of year?  lol!
Oh my, what a whirlwind of a week this has been!  December is flying by way too fast!  The house is decked for the holidays and now I will enjoy the cozy feeling that comes with it!
Last week I shared two of my favorite things:
And I had so much fun sharing my Christmas home for the

Cozy at Christmas Blog Tour  hosted by Katie from
Just a reminder that there will be no Share Your Cup next week.
Instead it will be our Creating Christmas link party.
Carol will start us off over at Art and Sand where we will share our Christmas vignettes.  Be sure and check out the other topics on the button so that you can link a post with each of us!  :)

Now for the features from SYC #226:

Debra from Common Ground shared her fun tartan lunchbox with a little Christmas kitch.  I have one of these and hope to do something similar.

Swapna from Practical Mom shared some darling salt dough ornaments that kids had so much fun making.

The red lover in me, swooned over this tablescape shared by Janet from  Rosemary and Thyme
Kristi from Lolly Jane shared a great tutorial on how to make these beautiful cedar shutters.
Jackie from Maybe it's Just Me shared the fabulous makeover she gave their pop up camper.
Mindi from My Love 2 Create shared how to make these darling snowflakes.  And guess what?  They are reversible and can be used for every day as well.
 Thanks so much for sharing and please grab my button if you were featured.

Now let's party!
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.
3.  Please have a back link to this post.  That way others will know where the party is.
  Only those with a back link 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 to fill my cup! 

Monday, December 5, 2016

Cozy at Christmas Blog Tour. . .

It's the most WONDERFUL time of the year and I love everything about it!!
The significance, the decorating, the music, the baking, the cozy spirit,. . .(I could go on and on! :)
That's why I am so excited to invite you into our home.
But before we enter, let me thank Katie for asking me to be included in this wonderful tour!
I hope that you feel right at home from the time you step foot on to our front porch!
My style is eclectic and you'll find that it holds true with my Christmas d├ęcor as well.
You might feel a slight chill in our entry.  Don't worry, we have to keep it a bit cool so that our snowmen don't melt. :)
But surely this whimsical mushroom/gnome tree should help warm your heart!
Let's turn to the right and enter our living room.
This is the room that I am showcasing some of my favorite collections.  If you want to see more visit
My friend, Joanne makes the cutest bottle brush trees.  Last year she shared her tips with me.  I am smitten and made more this year to create a mini forest.  To see how, visit Trees to Dye for
Those who have followed me for a while know my love for plaid.  You'll find that it abounds in both our family room and kitchen.
I'm going for a cozy cabin feel.
See that crazy thing sticking out of the tree? I have three real nests in my tree.  One of them was given to me by my daughter, Kylee. It was lodged in a branch and she cut it off and brought it to me.  I stuck it in just like that.  Love the whimsy that it gives!
This year the theme of our kitchen seems to be "Keep on truckin".  I'll be sharing more in a later post.
My jadite and ruby red dishes are displayed in some of my cabinets with glass doors.  I opened them up for you to get the 'big' picture.  lol!  When they're closed you don't see a lot of them.
Now I want to take you back in time for just a moment.
Some of you might remember as a child, walking down into the basement of a department store and stepping into 'Toyland"
An 80+ year old lady shared her Christmas memories at our church Christmas dinner.  She reminisced about 'toyland' and it took me back to my childhood.  Immediately I knew I wanted to decorate our basement with that theme in mind. 
Farm toys adorn the mantle.  Gifts for girls sit on top of my old incubator. Of course, Santa is near by.
I always decorate in a candy/gingerbread theme.  This year I added vintage toys to the tree as well.
 The kitchen showcases my love for red polka dot, striped, and checked dishes.

An old fashioned 'magical' Christmas is what I have tried to create in our basement.  I'm hoping to develop fond memories for my grands.
When I was little there were not nearly as many toys in the stores year round that there are now.  How many of you spent hours looking at the pages of the Sears Christmas Wish Book?

 We have been blessed with snow this winter.  My she shed, Hilltop Cottage seems to be enjoying it as well.  
Thanks for visiting and I wish you the merriest of Christmases!
Please visit the other participants.  I can guarantee that you will get lots of Christmas inspiration from these talented ladies!

Cozy At Christmas Blog Tour

Let's Add SprinklesHyacinths for the Soul/ Southern DayDreams/ White Spray Paint/ Garden Up Green/ Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson/ Ellie and Elizabeth  

Brookhollow LaneAt Home With Jemma/ My Heart Lives Here/ The B Farm/ Botanic Bleu/ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen/ Art and Sand/ Ash Tree Cottage

Sweet Nothings/ At Rivercrest Cottage/ Opulent Cottage/ Decor to Adore/ Fern Creek CottageThe Dedicated House/ Bluesky Kitchen

I will be sharing with these lovely parties:

Friday, December 2, 2016

Two of My Favorite Things. . .Aqua Bottles and Shiny Brites

One of my favorite collections is that of my aqua bottles. 
 They're not expensive.  In fact, I've picked most of them up for $3 or less.
At Christmas time another favorite collection is that of my
shiny brite ornaments.
So, I decided to 'marry' the two.

I love the results! 
 Notice the ornament on the book with the ribbon tied to the top?  It was one of my sweet mother in laws. I leave it on so that I will remember it's one of hers. When I first did this display I had placed it, along with a second one of her ornaments on the bottles.  Hubby went into the garage and when he closed the door I heard a crash.  I went into the living room and one of her ornaments had fell to the ground and broken.  :( Learned my lesson!  I placed this one down low and my cute daughter, Kylee added stick-um candle adhesive inside the rim of the bottles so that the ornies stayed in place.

Oh how they make me swoon! :)
As do these cute deer purchased at Target last year.  Aren't they just the sweetest?

I added some bottles, ornies, deer, and bottle brush trees to the table in front of my window.  They help to carry the theme throughout the room.  I will show more of this display in another post.

The cameo hanging on the small shaker was my dear mothers.

I love displays that evoke memories and cost very little!
  My shiny brites have been picked up at thrift shops and
 estate sales over the years.
There you have it, two of my favorite things!