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.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Majestic Ladies. . .

Yes, I assume that all of the plants in my garden are ladies.

Anything that beautiful must be female, don’t you agree?

Today I couldn’t help but notice how majestic my tall perennials were looking.

Look at this white beauty.

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I planted it in the middle of my front porch.  It is so tall that it’s definitely a show stopper for anyone coming to visit.

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My blue delphinium is standing stately as well.

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This is the 2nd summer for my garden.  Can’t believe that we will have lived here 2 years on the 24th of July.

When we bought the home the rock wall was already in.  That was nice, but other than that it was a weed patch.  All of these, except for the white delphinium were starts that I brought up from my Highland home,

Last year my white Dutch Iris didn’t bloom. Boy, did my eyes light up when I saw a bud; and then soon after a blossom.

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This is Husker Red Penstemon.  Leaves are a bit reddish, guess that’s where the red came from.

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I love any type of Campanula.  Aren’t these bells sweet?

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Every time I look at these beauties I marvel and thank God for giving us such lovely things here on this earth to enjoy.

And to share, don’t you love sharing with a friend?  I have given away more starts than I could ever count.  I know that they are appreciated.  I love it when someone gives me one in return!

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Enough Already!!!

Warning

Reading this post may result in Americana overload!

As I visit other peoples blogs I see how sweet and uncluttered their Americana décor is.

The question I ask myself is “why do I have to have so much?”  I’ve mentioned before that my Mother-in-law once said, “Give her a space and she’ll fill it up.”  I cannot deny, It isn’t a lie!

Didn’t know I was a poet did you?  See, I do have other talents besides decorating. Hee-hee

Seriously, I don’t know if it’s a talent or an addiction.

And maybe I’m just a greedy, greedy gopher guts.

Here goes, we’ll start in the entry.

When you first walk in you see this:  (click on picture to view larger if you’d like)

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Now for a few close-ups.

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My jars are one of my favorite things to decorate with.

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I made this banner three years ago.  Very simple, but it’s really all it needed.

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Some of my Patriotic small quilts.

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Remember when making rag baskets was all the rage?  Well, I made this.

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I just bought these buttons at Planted Earth Antiques for $1 each.  I pinned them to some vintage military hats I had picked up at a yard sale.  Pulled them out of the grandkids dress up closet.

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Close up of the buttons.  I love the one with the hands and the bird.

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I told my friend, Joyce that I was looking for an old window frame.  Can you believe she just happened to have one that she was willing to give me.  I don’t hang stuff from it all the time. Whenever there’s a holiday there’s bound to be something dangling down.

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My sister, Jeanne gave me these kissing dolls for my birthday one year.  Notice the sparks flying behind them. K- I- S- S- I- N- G!

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I painted this sampler over 20 years ago.  Still has a soft spot in my heart. 

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Now the Living Room:

Uncle Sam is another oldie.  I use to have a shop where I taught Tole painting.  I have to keep some of what I painted.

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Red cupboard hangs over my sofa.  Holds some of my Americana plates and bears.

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This cabinet made from an old window is home to my red dishes.  I bought most of them while vacationing in Virginia.

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Humpty Dumpty Sam and Betsy Ross are more of my painting.

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A close up of some of my collection.  I love them.  We pulled them out at Christmas and mixed them with my daughter, Kylee’s green collection.  They made our family dinner very festive!

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The Family Room:

The runner I made 3 or 4 years ago.  The doll a long time ago.  Why can’t I part with some of these oldies?  You might say that I am just trying to be thrifty and use what I have.  I have to come up with some excuse.

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I bought Miss Liberty from my Sister-in-law.  She was going to sale her.  See, she can part with stuff.  What’s wrong with me? Actually, I really have given a lot to my kids.

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You can’t have a Miss Liberty without an Uncle Sam.  One that is balancing flags is even better.

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My sister, Julie made the flag y0-y0 for a b-day gift.  LOVE it!

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Another quilt I made hanging from stair rail.

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My mantle

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I love this guy.  His face is really quite scary.  If I didn’t already have so much I would buy more like this.

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Couldn’t forget the hearth.

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Or the green table

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Love my little Americana bird!

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Or the chair.

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Or the chalkboard.

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BULLETIN:

We interrupt this post to say, “This is going to be too dang long.”

I’ve decided to do it in two parts.  I will post the 2nd part on Friday.

Hope you’re still feeling a bit Patriotic and will want to visit me then.

Till then, we’ll still be stylin the Red, White, and Blue!

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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Dot to Dot

I decorated my front porch Americana on Flag Day.

I have been so busy that I just finished the inside décor on Friday.

As I was decorating the table I noticed that I had unintentionally created a dot to dot.

It started with this:

Poker chip circles I picked up at D.I. for $1.50

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Then It continued with this:

Felted wool circle garland.  I bought this at a boutique last Spring for $10.  Very easy to make. My daughter made one with my wool scraps.  If you’ve ever bought wool you know how pricey it is.  I figured $10 wasn’t bad for such a cute variety.

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And then there was this:

I set my table with my Americana dishes that are only service for four.  On the ends I threw in these.  I love a bit of a mish-mash décor.

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So there you have it, my dot to dot.

Now on to my story.

Our ten year old grand daughter was spending the weekend with us.  After church my hubby and I decided to cook her a BERRY special brunch.

While hubby was cooking the pancakes and eggs (he likes cooking breakfast) I prepped the fruit and whipped the cream.

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Doesn’t that look yummy?

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Only to have her say, “Grandma, I really don’t like berries.”  WHAT?  how can anyone not like any berries?

Well, to make Grandma happy she put on a few.

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I actually caught her looking like this.

“You got cream on your face, you big disgrace!”

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Here’s a bit more of the table.

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The red burlap tablecloth I purchased at Tai-Pan’s tent sale for $4.50.

I have had these Americana dishes for years.  I think I bought them at Mervyns.  I swear I have salad plates that match.  Who knows, may still be in the cupboard of our Highland home. Hee-hee.  Our son rents it.  I’ll have to have him check.

Cherry napkins came from K-mart, $1.29 on clearance. I don’t remember where I bought the napkin rings.  Have had them a long time.  Each flag is a bit different.

My hob-nob white cruet, candle holder, and small tea pot were  D.I. finds.

I collect red and white S&P’s.  This set is one I got at an estate sale.

Red glasses are from T.J. Maxx.  I have a pitcher to match, but it is doing décor duty. Most all the other plates and bowls came from T.J. Maxx also.

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Berry lover or not, I think our Grand daughter Jordyn enjoyed her meal!

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She looks pretty stuffed to me, wouldn’t you agree?

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