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, December 27, 2012

The Winter Blues. . .

As many of you may know, this time of year alot of people suffer from the ‘Winter Blues’.  After all the hustle and bustle of Christmas things slow down and for many of us, we settle into a long cold Winter.

Lucky for me, I have never really had a problem with the Winter Blues.  That’s not to say that I am not already counting the days till Spring.

I find that keeping myself busy is the best cure.  Who has time to get down in the dumps?

I fight the ‘Winter Blues’ by pulling out some of my ‘Blues’.  I swapped out my red dotty bowls for my vintage Pyrex.

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I also created a little ‘blue’ baking center in the kitchen.

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I placed my snowflake Pyrex on an old scale and filled it with a vintage pastry blender and beater.

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My wicker scale holds another beater, a turquoise fridge mate, an old cooking thermometer, and this funky flour tin.

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A couple of blue bottles hold snowflakes.

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And look at this frosty blue bubblegum.

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Winter Table

My mantle is now home to some of my ‘blue’ bottle collection.  I will show the entire mantle in another post.

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And look at these fun new ‘blues’ that I got for Christmas.  My son bought them for me from his two boys, Jack & Will.  Haven’t done anything with them yet, but lots of possibilities!

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I hope that my ‘Winter Blues’ might help to chase away yours!

Hugs,

Jann

p.s. I would love for you to come join in Share Your Cup Thursday if you haven’t already.

Sharing with:

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Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday

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Smiling Sally for Blue Monday

Old Time Farmhouse for Old Time Party

30 comments:

Ky said...

Oh, I cant wait to see the rest of your mantle. I love it already. And those new blues from jack and will are super cute! Your really good at chasing the winter blues away. During the winter months after school, I always couldnt wait to get home to our warm cozy house with delicious food and candles burning, never any room for winter blues there. Love you.

Ky said...

Oh, I cant wait to see the rest of your mantle. I love it already. And those new blues from jack and will are super cute! Your really good at chasing the winter blues away. During the winter months after school, I always couldnt wait to get home to our warm cozy house with delicious food and candles burning, never any room for winter blues there. Love you.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

I love all your blues, Jann!

I don't get the blues in winter but quite a few of my family members do. I tend to not like too much heat and sun, so I am their polar opposite, pun intended.

Denise said...

I just love your pretty blues. Those bowls are lovely together and bring back fond memories of My Mommy :)

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Well you have some great winter blues..always looking for butterprint pattern for my girlfriend.

I don't have the blues yet,but they set in January, I think just lack of sun.

Pamela Gordon said...

I love your vintage blue and aqua especially the Pyrex bowls! You have a great collection. I am still in Christmas mode here and will be until after New Year's Day. I am dreading having to take it all down though. Blessings, Pamela

Old Time Cindy said...

I do my best to fight off the blues, but I do enjoy my blue decor mixed with my whites. Your blue and white is the perfect decor for winter.
Farmhouse hugs,
Cindy

Winnie said...

Everything looks so pretty and elegant!
I like the winter btw
I'd like to wish you a wonderful New-Year Jann

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

I don't have any Pyrex. That one thing I don't collect. LOL. I love the your blues. I think I have said it before, but I love the chandelier. And I might say it again when you show it again!

NanaDiana said...

Jann- I just adore YOUR kind of winter blues. I don't suffer from them either but I do like to see the sunshine. I find keeping busy is the best thing for me to keep me "up". Loving ALL your blues- xo Diana

Karen Mary Butterfly said...

So pretty and fresh. I love the winter touches, the snowflakes and snowman....I seem to go from all Christmas to nothing. It's nice to still have those pretty seasonal touches! Can't wait to see all of your mantel and what you do with the gifts from your son!!!
Karen

Denise @ secondtimearoundfinds said...

So many lovely vintage items the Pyrex is my favorite.
The best of the New Year.
Denise

Gina said...

I love all of your winter blues. Hard to be blue with so many pretty blues around! :)

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Loved seeing your blues! :)
I have the small casserole with clear glass lid on top (1st pic), and a white one with the aqua image. Had another larger one, but broken many years ago. They were gifts in the 60's - Talk about a flash back! Thanks for sharing your collection.

Maureen Wyatt said...

Those flashes of pretty blue are sure to cheer up the grey days of winter! I kind of like hunkering down with hot tea and good books for a couple of months so it doesn't really bother me if the weather is bad.

cynthia lee designs said...

I love your winter blues!! I collect those blue jars too. We got a blizzard here the day after Christmas, but they cleared the roads pretty good today...so we were able to get out for a bit. Heard we have more snow coming on Saturday...thinking it might be a long winter!!
~Cindy

Kris said...

Love all of those blues!!!!
xo Kris

jeanetteann said...

Lovely, especially the gift from your grandsons. x Happy New Year

Micupoftea~ said...

Aw, what a nice gift from the grands- the blues are so serene. HAPPY 2013!
Shawn
I'm one of the few who love the cold, rain, and darker days- cozy and perfect for crafting, cuddling and tea drinking! lol

ohiofarmgirl said...

What a fun idea, I don't have blues but I could probably find something fun to display! Dianntha

Christine @ Stonehouse Living said...

Hi Jann,
Love your Winter blues!!
Your new jars are such a lovely gift. Love the snowflake Pyrex perfect on display for the Winter frosty months.
All the Best,
Christine

Gayle said...

Hi Jann - Found you through a linky party - always fun to meet another Utah blogger!

Madge Bloom said...

Love those blues... My taste and yours are so similar! I'm your newest follower and rss subscriber!

Chenille Cottage said...

Hi Jann!
Ahhhh....Blue is such a soothing color. What a thoughtful son you have...He knows just what you like.

Your blue canning jars are so wonderful. You have such a gifted way of displaying things and making them look pretty.

Blessings to you and a happy new year!
Carolynn xxx

Carol L McKenna said...

Creative post and wonderful photography ~ love the colors ~ Happy New Year to you ^_^


(A Creative Harbor ~ aka ArtMuseDog and Carol ^_^)

Stone Cottage Adventures said...

What lovely blue displays, Jann! I actually have a bowl EXACTLY like the second one on your shelf that belonged to my maternal grandmother! Thank you for sharing at Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

Ann said...

All the blue vignettes are blue te ful. I don't see you getting the "blues". I really like old scales, I have just one but keep my eye out for afforadable ones. Have a great New Years Eve.
Ann

Chubskulit Rose said...

Beautiful collection you have!

Catching up with Blue Monday.

Here's my BLUE

Sherry said...

What a cute vignette with the cookbook Jann! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!
Sherry

Old Time Cindy said...

Thanks for boot scootin' on over to join in at the Old Time Party!
Farmhouse hugs,
Cindy