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.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Who Can Make You Happy?

The candy man can!  Or at my house it’s the candy gram.  Yup, my grandies call me grammy or grams for short.

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Containers await to be filled with homemade candy.  Dishes ready for the sweet treats.

As much as I love decorating with vintage items I also love the bright and cheery side of Christmas.

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So for that reason the family room and kitchen are going all “Sugar and Spice” this year.  Oh, but of course I love throwing in a little bit of old with the new.

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This made me laugh when I spied it at an estate sale.  I’m sure someone made it.  For $1 I had to bring it home.

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Who better to stand guard over the goodies than a thrift find blow mold Santa?

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Notice the linen table runner?  $5 at the same estate sale.  Now that’s SWEET!

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The mantel is decorated with ‘Sugar and Spice’  I gave it a little picmonkey snow.

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And here it is without the snow.

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Candy, cookies, cupcakes and more. . .enough to delight the kid in all of us.

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I need more gumdrops in the sucker jar.  I went to the store and forgot to buy them.  Ever do that?  Forget to buy what you went for? Am I getting old or what?

The tinsel garland is vintage.  I bought it last year from Star Mill Antiques.

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More sweet treats on the hearth.

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I made 4 of these gingerbread girls years ago.  Three of them I gave as gifts.

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I made one mistake with this mantel.  Can you see it?  It needs some height in the middle. Wishing I had put my old window up there.  But honestly right now I’m just ready to call it done.  Now maybe tomorrow it will be a different story. lol!  I am always tweaking.

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One thing that drives me nuts about pics of my mantel is the fireplace.  See how it looks like there’s moisture in there?  It’s been like that since we bought the house.  I don’t notice it until I see a pic.  Anyone know how to fix that?  Doesn’t look like it comes apart.

Sure hope this will  make ‘visions of sugar plums dance in your head!”

Sweet Dreams!

Jann

I will be joining:

From My Front Porch to Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday

Rooted in Thyme for Simple and Sweet Fridays

The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home

The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday

Savvy Southern Style for Homespun Christmas

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A Stroll thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday

It's Beginning to Look Alot Like Christmas – Mantels

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28 comments:

Erica of Golden Egg Vintage said...

Your theme is the best! I used to love buying those JUMBO candy sticks that you have on the mantel. I'm still a little tempted every year! lol
I love your little elf candy jar holding the candy corn too! Really, it's all just great!
Erica :)
p.s. my parent's fireplace does that too!

J9's Happiness in the Every Day said...

Hi there, a wonderful blog post this week!! Thanks for hosting the party - I'm joining in again this week!! Thanks and enjoy your weekend! J9 x

Old Time Cindy said...

All looks great! I did a fun snack area this year just cause I'm a new grandma. She won't be here for the holidays, we are going there. Little ones sure can bring the child out in you and it makes the holidays so fun. The elf jar is hilarious!
Farmhouse hugs,
Cindy

Susan said...

Your decorations are gorgeous!! I love the sugar plum theme. I sort of have sugar plum theme going on in the master bedroom. That is the room where I used red and white and green.
In my main living area and sunroom, I used the brown and gold tones. I have a mixture of Christmas color themes going on in my home this year!

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

I love those large cookies on the mantel. Love all the "sweet" decor. I like vintage too, but we have to have some bright red and green for the kids.

Old Fashioned Gal said...

I had to ask myself if that chocolate cake was real or not but I then convinced myself it was not. Or else I would have wanted to jump through the computer to get a piece! lol
I love your displays! They are all so cheerful and colorful! :)
-Denise

jenclair said...

Love the mantle! I had to quit putting candy into pretty jars...guess why.

The little elf container is priceless!

Linda W. said...

Reading this has made me hungry! :)

J9's Happiness in the Every Day said...

Cute!!! Love your decorations! J9 x

Rose L said...

Yummy. I can remember ribbon candy that my parents always put out but cannot find it anywhere.
I loved my dad's homemade fudges.

NanaDiana said...

What a cute theme, Jann. I really think it is just darling. I love your gingerbread girl. That is really cute. Blessings to you- I am still tweaking, too. xo Diana

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Very sweet indeed! Mixing the old with new is what I do, too! ♥

Merlesworld said...

I very rarely eat candy but my husbane and best friend love lollies so they never go to waste, chocolate is my thing.
Your gingerbread girl is very sweet.
Merle.....

Ruthie Miller said...

What a happy post from a happy place. Sugar and spice and everything nice!
Ruthie from: http://www.ladybstimefortea.blogspot.com

Julie Marie at Idyllhours said...

Hi Jann... sooo sweet and cute!... I would love to visit and just snack away!... I have some of those darling gingerbread girls I bought years ago at a local boutique... remember when the Quilted Bear did boutiques?... xoxo Julie Marie

Sherry said...

Jann,
I love your candy themed mantel! It reminds me of making a gingerbread house with the kids. What a fun theme and you have pulled it all together perfectly! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!
Sherry

Fran said...

I love your candy-themed mantel! What fun....and those snowflakes in the background add just the right touch, did you make them yourself? Your grandkids must love visiting "Candyland" at grandma's house! :)
--Fran

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Everything looks like such fun! I love all of the bright colors. And the little pixie is just adorable. I collect the old ones but they are hard to find! Happy Holidays!

Ann Krucek said...

I suddenly have a craving for a Christmas cookie!! I love the cookies and treats all across the mantel, looks really yummy!

Foxxy said...

I think it's appropriate to simply say you're home is so very sweet! :)

Lori E said...

Oh how the grand kids will remember this. It is better than sugar plum fairies. Are those real cookies on the mantle? I am pretty sure I would come home to some half eaten decorations at my house.

Lori E said...

Oh how the grand kids will remember this. It is better than sugar plum fairies. Are those real cookies on the mantle? I am pretty sure I would come home to some half eaten decorations at my house.

Kim said...

Aw, what a delightful place! I'm sure lots of wonderful memories are created here. Lovely!
xoxo,
Kim

Pamela said...

Everything is so festive Jann. I LOVE your blow mold Santa! Thanx for joining us at THT.

Chubby Chieque said...

Hello Jann,
That's an absolutely cutest and most festive table I encounter this week. I love your treasures. I love them all.

Greetings from a freezing & snowy Stockholm,
/Chie

Jody and Stan said...

Thanks for sharing all your wonderful Christmas goodies on Simple & Sweet Fridays! Have a wonderful week.

Jody

Diann said...

Well Jann, I just LOVE it all! I am doing one large jar of candy for decor but, all of yours looks like a little kids (okay, big kids too!) fantasy! Thank you for sharing all your sweet thrifty goodness with us at TTF! Have a fun day!

Alycia Nichols said...

The mantel is so fun! I LOVE those oversized cookies! I always like BIG, BIG, BIG!!! Visiting from Kathe's blog hop.