My Alpine Home

We have lived in our home in Alpine, Utah for five 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.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Spring Time Blues. . .

Hello my friends!
Today is a gorgeous day and I am heading out into the garden.
I think that I will be able to finish the last of my Spring cleaning.
I've planted some early veggies and life is good!!  lol!
My thoughts turn to you that have had such a harsh winter and are not able to get outside and enjoy Spring.
I'm sure that you are feeling a bit 'bottled' up!
Sharing some Spring time blues to hopefully chase some of yours away!
I love old aqua colored bottles!  I gathered a few of my smaller ones together and displayed them on my chippy shelf from D├ęcor Steals.
The little clock faces are my take on 'Spring time in a bottle".

The sweet paper basket was a party favor years ago.  Made by my niece, Shaleace.
I just realized that I need to fill it with some of my fluffy chicks.
A motto to live by:  Live well, Laugh often, love much!
Easter postcards hang from a wire strung across the old window frame.
If I could bottle up some of our sunshine and send it to you I surely would!

For now I'll share my pretty Spring time blues and hope they brighten your day!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Share Your Cup Thursday #142 and a Giveaway Winner. . .

Hello my friends and welcome to Share Your Cup, (SYC for short).

The party where you share the things that make you happy.

Thanks so much for the sweet comments many of you leave on my posts and for joining in SYC.

Without any further ado, the winner of my anniversary give away is Jonell from Like Grammas House.  Congrats!

I hope you enjoy your Spring quilt!

Now on to features from SYC #141:
*remember to pin from their site and not mine.
Love Olympia June shared this wonderful buffet/sideboard that her and her hubby built.
Infuse with Liz  shared her love for creating vignettes.
 Debra from Common Ground styled her seed box perfectly for both St. Patrick's Day and Spring.
Cecilia from  My Thrift Store Addiction used an old chicken feeder to style a darling Spring mantle.
These rockin peeps just made me smile.  Shared by The Crafty Journal.

The Tumbleweed Contessa shared the recipe for this delicious chicken.

 Thanks so much for sharing and please grab my button if you were featured.
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Monday, March 23, 2015

Dotty Boots Redo for a Rainy Day Tea.

This morning we were greeted with some well needed rain.
Really, more of a drizzle; but we'll take what we can get!
Perfect day for updating my dotty rain boots.
Originally they looked like this.  After having used them out on the porch for a couple of years they had become faded.
So I gave them a fun makeover!  If you'd like to know how I did it, I've shared the instructions on Hometalk.
Now that I've got some fun new rain boots.  Let's have a rainy day tea!
I've set the table with a layering of vintage dishes.  All found at thrift shops.
I've used an assortment of doilies in place of chargers.
My neighbor gave me this herbal Passion tea by TAZO.
It's a blend of hibiscus, cinnamon, & tropical fruits.
Oh my, was it ever yummy!
And look at that gorgeous pink color.
Notice something different about the little glass ivy plate?
Three of them are green and one is pink.
That's all I have found so far.  Certainly makes for a conversation piece!

I've had this dotty teapot for years.  The soft yellow was perfect with the hexagon runner I made last year.  I elevated it with a cute little bench.

This sweet sugar bowl is one of my recent thrift finds.

Spring is my favorite season.  I love the renewal of everything!
We think of new life.  That of the earth, our Savior, and the baby animals that soon fill the barnyard.

I filled the boots with flowers I found in my garden.  Pussy Willows, Daffodils, and white blossoms cut from my Snow Fountain Weeping Cherry tree.

If you're stuck inside try having a rainy day tea.
I will be sharing with these lovely parties:

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sunday Solace

Growing up did you ever go for a Sunday drive?
That was something we did often in our family.
I think our parents considered it an inexpensive way to keep us kids entertained.
Last Sunday it was such a gorgeous day that after church hubby and I decided to head up the canyon for a little
'Sunday Drive'.

With our unusually warm weather the canyon was packed. 

 When we reached Tibblefork Reservoir it didn't take us long to realize that a drive just wasn't going to cut it.

We had to get out and go for a walk.  We really didn't come prepared to hike, but a stroll would be delightful!

 It truly was an afternoon filled with Solace!

I snapped a photo of hubby traipsing along the hillside.

Don't ask me why?  I just have a thing for moss.  lol!
Is this what ducks call a double date?
Do you see the duck?  I tried to catch him as they took off.  His head is behind the bush.
This one is a bit better.
A cluster of pretty red dogwood bushes.
This yellow dogwood just glowed in the afternoon sun.
On our way back to our car I couldn't help but think of my blog friend, Carol from Art and Sand
She is always collecting wonderful heart rocks.  I snapped the first one right where it laid.  The second I pulled from a pile.
I left them there for someone else to discover.
A little love from me!
Ha, ha, like they'll ever know.
I know that like me, many of you love rustic fences.
It looks as though they thought of painting the posts green.
But then decided that maybe that was just too big of an undertaking!

I love being out amongst nature.
Have you tried it lately?
It truly does bring solace!


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Bloomin Birdbath

Hello my friends, on Saturday I harvested my Pussy Willows and I thought I'd share a fun little project I did.

Last month when I received my Country Gardens magazine there on the cover was a cute birdbath planted for Spring.
I had an old metal birdbath that I had picked up at a thrift shop about a year and a half ago and couldn't wait to play with it.
I found this pot of blooming bulbs at Lowe's for $7.95.  I Intentionally chose one that wasn't fully blooming so that it would last longer.
It contained Daffodils, purple Crocus, a pink Hyacinth, and red tulips.
As you know birdbaths aren't very deep so I took the bulbs out of the pot and separated them and replanted them in the birdbath.  I then mounded dirt around them and added pieces of moss.
I also dug up some real moss from my garden and added it here and there


Of course we have to add our own twist.  Not wanting to copy Country Gardens to a tee I added a couple of clay pots that I had painted green last year.  Some of the color has chipped off here and there and I love the look!
I have a bit of reindeer moss coming out of one pot and for the other I planted some small sedum that I also dug up from the garden.
I clustered some of my Pussy Willows branches in the center.

In just a few days the blooms have started putting on a show.  Just waiting on those red tulips to show off.
  It's such a sweet Spring welcome out on the porch!
I have to tell you that when you enter the front door the sweet scent of the Hyacinth is heavenly!
I had so many Pussy Willows that I filled an old milk can that came from my husbands grandparents farm.

I now have it up on the deck and I can see the soft blooms from my kitchen.

I love that the letter B for Beckstead is still on the can!

Tomorrow is the official first day of Spring.
My favorite season!

I will be sharing with these lovely parties:

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