My Alpine Home

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Share Your Cup Thursday #199

Hello and welcome to Share Your Cup, (SYC for short).
The party where you share the things that make you happy.
It's what your hosts call, "filling your cup".
It's my (Jann's) week to pick features.
But before I do I want to remind you that the Garden Party Carol and I have joined with the gals from Thoughts of Home is still going on.  Please hop over and link up your garden themed posts!
Let's take a look at what your hosts have been up to this week.
Jo shared a great tutorial on how to make her darling
 She also shared that she is going to be helping to decorate her two adorable granddaughters bedroom in Sweet Dreams.
 Carol's Garden Party post Cruisin the Neighborhood is a delightful tour!
 She also shared that although she loves color, she is moving towards  A Lighter Look in her darling cottage.
I have been adding a garden theme to my home with Baskets and Bees and made a bee banner to hang from the mantle.
For the Garden Party I shared the flowers in my May Garden.
Now for the features from SYC #198:
*Please remember to pin from their site and not ours.
Carol from The Red Painted Cottage took us along on a fabulous vintage flea market!
Heidi from My Sweet Cottage shared her makeover of an old chair for her garden.
Olivia's Creative Quest gave her hutch a new look by adding some vintage find lace.
Rita from Panoply shared the profusion of blooms in her beautiful garden.
Debbie Dabble shared her fabulous score of fiestaware at an
 estate sale.
Thel's Kitchen shared the recipe for these delicious Madeleines.
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if you were featured.


Monday, May 23, 2016

May in the Garden and Garden Party. . .

Hello my friends,
hard to believe that spring is whizzing by and summer will be here before we know it.
There's no better place to be than in the garden.
no better thing than to stroll (virtually) through one another's.
Once again Carol and I are joining the ladies from Thoughts of Home for our 2nd Garden Party.
The first one was so fun and I am looking forward to what you share this month!
Here in Utah, May has been a very rainy month.  We've only turned our sprinklers on 2 or 3 times.
The garden is loving it and things are popping up all over.
One of the things I look forward to most in May are the Lilacs!
I planted this Sensation variety a couple years ago.  Isn't it sweet how each petal is lined with white?
 I have three dwarf Korean lilacs planted behind my pergola.  It's like sniffing a bit of heaven every time I walk outside!

Bleeding hearts are planted in between.  I adore the pairing of pink and purple!

Sweet Rocket and Jupiters Beard.  Pink Peonies are right next to them and ready to open any day.
Sweet Rocket varies in shades of white, lavender, and purple. I started with a couple of gifted plants and now have them sprinkled throughout my garden.
I bought a new Peony already in bud.  It's name is Mr. Ed.   I found that to be a bit comical.  I always thought Mr. Ed was a horse.  :) It started out very pale pink and opened to be almost totally white.
The early spring trailing plants on the rock wall have started to fade and new ones are taking over.

 I love the little steppables and moss planted amongst the flagstone just inside our gate.
One of my Clematis shared it's first bloom.

Mtn. Bluet (perennial bachelor button)

The Golden Chain tree is always beautiful and Iris are really putting on a show!

I shared this collage of my Iris varieties on Instagram.  I love them because they were one of my dear mother's favorites.
I adore beautiful whites here and there throughout the garden!
Meadow Rue

Anemone (these have bloomed for an entire month.  catching the tail end of them here)

 Snowball bush
Solomon Seal

Hubby got our pondless waterfall running and the sound is
pure delight!
I'm still adding pops of coral shades for the upcoming June wedding of our grandson.
Yes, thanks to the rain things are growing very lush.  I plant heavily as it is and there is hardly a bare space on top of my rock wall.
But of all the things popping up, this has to be my favorite.
Yes friends, we've got walls!
The garden shed is beginning to take shape.
Boy was I ever doing a happy dance when the rain finally stopped on Saturday and this happened!!
Now I can't wait to see what you have to share!
Link up your gardens or anything garden related.

And be sure to visit the other hosts:
Art and Sand
At Home With Jemma
Poofing the Pillows
White Spray Paint
Decor to Adore

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Baskets and Bees. . .

Hello my friends,
each time I walk out into our garden I am greeted with an assortment of baskets and plenty of bees buzzing about.
The only thing we don't have plenty of lately, is sunshine.  Boy has it been a wet spring!  I'm not complaining, the garden is loving it!
why today of all days?  The crew is here to frame the 'she shed' and it is raining.
Somehow I don't think there will be a lot of 'singing in the rain' going on.  lol!
When the garden comes alive, I like to carry the theme into my home as well.
So I pulled out my bee sampler that hubby made the frame for last year and placed it on the mantle.
Then I added one of my cast iron baskets. 
These baskets are (one) of my newest obsessions.  Noticed I said, one?  :) Isn't this one gorgeous?  I love the colors!! It went so well with the sampler.

My friend, Joanne has an amazing collection; and I was totally smitten!  She actually brought two of these home from Virginia for me (what a sweetheart)! The third one (on the left),I picked up at fleology last weekend.
The rustic beehive was a thrift find.

I also love corbels and brought a few home from South Carolina.
This chippy pair have seen better days, but I adore them just the way they are!
This mantle is very simplistic and I liked it, but felt it needed just a little something more.  (wink)
So last night I printed some graphics and made a 'bee' banner.

I kept the colors very subtle so it wouldn't take away from the vintage feel. 
 I laugh at the things that I save.  It's hard to see, but on the Queen bee there is a little tassel type thing hanging down.  It was a tag that came on some jeans I bought a few years ago.  I saved it knowing I might use it on something.  It actually has the letter 'Q' on it.  Meant to be!  ha, ha!

I think the banner added that needed touch!  Although I'm thinking I should make one more so there would be 7 instead of 6.  What do you think?
Hope you are having a BEE-utiful day!
And don't forget our Garden Party starting Monday, May 23rd!
Hope to see you there!

I will be sharing with these lovely parties:
Thoughts of Home