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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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Share Your Cup Thursday #35

Hello, hello and welcome to Share Your Cup.  It is such a busy time and excitement is in the air.  I am thrilled that you take time out of your day to come party with me! 

This past week I have been busily decking the halls.  Can’t wait to see what Christmas d├ęcor you will share with our “Creating Christmas” blog hop.

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Remember the party kicks off on Mon. Dec. 3rd. at Cindy’s  Old Time Farmhouse. Get those farm style Christmas posts ready and come have some down home fun!  When you link up please add our party button somewhere on your blog.  It would be greatly appreciated! Also, if you have put our button on your blog for advertisement please mention it in a comment.

I am chomping at the bits to share mine.  No, it’s not that fab!  Just love the farm style!

Now for some fab features from last week:

Dru’s keeping room has been featured all over blog land.  Is it any wonder?  It is fabulous!  Her and hubby did the floor themselves.  Not sure what a keeping room is but one things for sure.  Sure wish it was mine to keep! Visit her at The Country Farm Home to see more.

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Jean from Ruby and Arthur shared a cute post about things she used on just “Ordinary Days”.

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This sweet banner was shared by Lorena from Shabby Chic Home.

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And Maureen from It's All Connected showed us how to change ordinary cupboards into cute cottage open shelving.

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And look at these yummy peanut butter cups whipped up by Winnie from Winnish

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Last of all, to get you in the mood for Christmas I wanted to show you Susan’s from Must Love Junk open house for her shop.   I couldn’t decide which I loved more. . .

The vintage. . .

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or the rustic.  So you get both.

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Thanks so much for sharing what it is in life that makes you happy.  Please grab my button if you were featured.

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Now for a few rules and then let the fun begin!

1. I would love for you to be a follower of Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
2. Link up a particular post and not your entire blog.  Please limit your links to no more than three.
3. Please have a link back to this post. That way others will know where the party is. Feel free to grab my button on the sidebar if you’d like. Only those with links back will be featured.
4. Please find time to visit at least a few other participants. It’s a great way to find new blogs

After linking up I would love for you to leave a comment.  They help to ‘Fill My Cup”!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The rest of the story. . .

Yesterday I showed you my vintage plaids in my entry. Plaid Tidings

Now, I thought I’d show you the rest.

Welcome to the great outdoors, indoors!

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A feather tree sets inside a rustic sleigh on top of my cabinet.  It’s tucked in amongst greenery, pinecones, berries, and a few paper bird ornaments made by my daughter, Kylee.  When I pulled my tree out I noticed that the shape was ski-wampus.  Decided I kind of liked it that way. The rustic wooden trees were a Christmas gift from my friend, Joyce years ago.  My large white lantern holds pinecones and is adorned with, (what else?) a plaid bow.

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I found the little red cardinals last year.  They seem to be right at home in my feather tree.

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Today, while digging through more totes I found this stocking.  Knew right where it belonged.

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My rustic sled and skis are right at hand if by chance we get more snow.

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I love my little children’s Lake Placid ice skates.  Found in Door County, Wisconsin.

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If you’re not up to sledding or skiing, how about snowshoeing?  I painted the rustic Santa ages ago.  Really, I mean ages!

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I added a little rustic charm on each of the three shelves. . .

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The lantern was an estate sale find.  I swooned when I spied the red glass. A plaid cooler and a pair of rusty metal ice skates.

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How fun is this old Mincemeat jar?

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Vintage clocks reminding us it’s Winter time sit upon a couple of old books.  I added a small garland of rusty jingle bells.  Love that red book with the blue.

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Snowflakes hanging from an old window frame complete the outdoorsy feel.

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Even if it gets cold outside.  We’ll be warm in our outdoors, indoors!

Hugs,

Jann

Monday, November 26, 2012

Plaid Tidings!

As long as I can remember I have been mad about plaid!

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Plaid coolers, thermos’s, and even tape dispensers.

A couple weeks ago at an  estate sale I ran across this plaid tin picnic basket.  I knew the minute I saw it that it was coming home with me.  It was marked $18.  I was hoping to get a better deal, so I asked.  Figured it couldn’t hurt.  She graciously came down to $15.

The two plates hang in my entry.  They were a thrift find of $1.50 each, SCORE!

I used my red glass orbs, a couple of old books,  and planted a couple more Paper Whites for this vignette.  I’m going for an outdoorsy look.

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I made the music sheet garland last year.  What could be more fun than a plaid thermos full of hot chocolate while caroling?

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Wishing you all PLAID tidings, my friends.

Hugs,

Jann

I will be sharing with:

Marty for Table Top Tuesday

Linda at Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

The Gals at Cowgirl Up Party

Kathe with an e for You're Gonna Love it Tuesday

Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday

It's a Very Cherry World for Rednesday

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas Party

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Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for HOME

A Delightsome Life for Home and Garden Thursday

Common Ground for Vintage Christmas Inspiration

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Watching Them Grow. . .

Hello, it is such a busy time.  Thank you for stopping by to visit.

Yesterday I glanced over at the paper whites in my kitchen window.  I plant them every year, but somehow it always seems to amaze me how quickly they grow.  They are grouped together in my old strawberry cart.

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It seems they grow inches over night.  If you plant them you will know exactly what I am talking about.

I couldn’t help but stop and think of Christmas’s past.  Those when my children were younger.  How it seems that it was just yesterday and they grew up over night.

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I like planting my paper whites in different containers each year.  This year I used my white milk glass and a vintage Sno-Kreem shortening can.  Cranberries are my favorite topper.  I love the pop of red!

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This old tin is faded with age, but still sweet.  Just like my Christmas memories of when my children were young.  I don’t remember every little thing, but the hi-lites will forever be embedded in my memory.

Like how they loved unwrapping the little gifts in their stockings.  So much so that often they did that first.  and how they would come into our bedroom and ask, “Has Santa came yet?”  and how their face would light up when I would say, “I don’t know, let’s go see”.  Then as a family we would all go down to that magical place where Santa had so graciously left more gifts than any of them had ever dreamed of.

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Christmas today isn’t quite the same as when my children were growing up.  Oh, don’t get me wrong.  I still love Christmas.  Now I get to see that magic in the eyes of my grandchildren.  But the memories of Christmas past, of my children growing up and my own childhood are what make Christmas present so sweet!

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Enjoy Christmas present because before you know it those little ones will grow up right before your eyes!

I’d like to thank Kim from Made in a Day for featuring my Crafting Christmas post.  I so appreciate it!

Hugs,

Jann

I will be partying with:

Sunny Simple Life for Sunny Simple Sunday

The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday

Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

Cowgirl Up Party

Timewashed for Blissful White Wednesday

A Delightsome Life for Home and Garden Thursday

Common Ground for Vintage Christmas Inspiration

Friday, November 23, 2012

Breakfast of Champions & A Sneak Peek. . .

This morning I could hardly wait to jump out of bed and start decking the halls.  I put on comfy clothes and delved right in.

Well, I did take time to eat breakfast.  If you know me you know that I love tradition.  At my house it’s tradition to have pie for breakfast the day after Thanksgiving.  Maybe not for my hubby, but it is for me. lol!

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A sliver of pecan and coconut cream.  Now that’s a breakfast for champions! Really, did I get enough cream on that pecan slice?  Sure was tasty, but I must admit; I’m not quite up to it like I use to be (in my younger days)  I could only eat half.  Oh don’t you worry, it didn’t go to waste (probably did go to waist).  Perfect mid morning snack!

I started in the living room and then bounced into the entry.  I am mixing things up this year so I could hardly sleep last night.  Visions, not necessarily of sugar plums; but still visions danced in my head.

Here’s a little sneak peek. . .

I will be sharing this entire room for our Creating Christmas blog hop. 

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Evergreen sprigs snipped from my small pine trees were placed in bottles upon an old pharmacy box.  Mercury glass helps to give it a vintage feel.

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My Santa and sleigh I found earlier this year at Star Mill.  I love it!  I placed a bottle brush tree in my large Mason jar.

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Pearls of wisdom. . .a treasured gift from a friend.

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The metal reindeer were another Star Mill find a couple years ago.

vintage beads sparkle and shine!

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I hope you will join us for our party.  Till then, you’ll find me decking the halls, and the family room, and the kitchen.  Hee-hee!  You get the picture!

Hugs,

Jann

I will be partying with:

The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home

Lavender Garden Cottage for Cottage Link Party

Ivy and Elephants for What's it Wednesday

Timewashed for Blissful White Wednesday