My Alpine Home

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Farm Country. . .

Three of our five children were going to be out of town for Easter.  So when hubby mentioned the two of us ‘gettin out of Dodge’ for a weekend get away I agreed.

We debated about heading South to Zion or North to Lava Hot Springs, ID.  Knowing that Zion would be much more crowded, Lava won out.  Besides, a soak in the hot springs is just what the doctor ordered after a long winter.

Now if you’ve never been to Idaho and you love old, rustic, and funky junk you are missing out!

Here’s some of the wonderful old homes and outbuildings we saw.

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These were all  taken in the town of Chesterfield.  It’s an old ghost town (turned tourist attraction) settled by the Mormon pioneers.  This time of year it really felt like a ghost town.  They do tours May-Sept.

Hubby found it on the internet and thought it would be a place where I could shop for antiques.  Nada, but not to worry.  I found plenty of goodies in Pocatello.

Here’s some of what I would have liked to have brought home with me.

I love this giant windmill and look at all the treasures that could be found on that piece of farm equipment.  So many fun things could be made out of all that funky junk!  Love, love the mustard colored gas pump.  It would fit right in my soon to be craft room. lol!  And I love any kind of gate, but notice the metal wheel hanging on it?  Love it too!

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Soon I’ll share my finds with you but till then I’ll leave you with a few more pics.

Here’s my angler hubby dreaming of fishing on the Portneuf River.

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I snapped this pic of him climbing over the fence.

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And here’s why you don’t ask your hubby to hold the camera for you while you climb over. lol!

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And you can’t do a farm country post with out farm animals. . .

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or a beautiful farm nestled below the mountains.

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This goat sitting on the dog house made me laugh.

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hugs, (from down on the farm)

hope you’ll come back and see my farm country finds!

Jann

I will be sharing with:

Farm Girl Friday

Old Time Farmhouse for Old Time Party

 

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Match Made in Heaven!

Oh what a beautiful morning it is here today!

Recently I showed you my newly purchased bedspread.  But what I haven’t shown you is the set of thrifted dishes that I found shortly there after.  I snagged these babies, service for 4 for $20.

The floral pattern goes so well with the patchwork flower square in my quilt.

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Don’t they look right at home there sitting in my cute red tray?  It was a Pottery Barn clearance for $10. There is a slight crack in the bottom, Phew; who cares?

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Last Monday I found these fun red utensils at a thrift store.  $3.50 for the lot. Oh, and the little red basket was $.50.

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Right about now you’re thinking; “Why in the heck does it matter if her dishes match her bedspread?”

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Well dearie, I may just have to start having breakfast in bed.

Excuse, me I think I hear the kettle whistling!

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In the famous words of Lady Grantham, from Downton Abbey.  “Where on earth is Miss O’Brien with my breakfast?”

Oh, I forgot to mention that the silverware is tiny.  Perfect for the grandies.

Oh my, think they’re gonna want breakfast in bed too?

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Whether you’re having breakfast in bed, cooking your own, or settling for a bowl of cold cereal.  Good mornin to ya!

hugs,

Jann

p.s.  If you haven’t linked up to Share Your Cup .  I would love to have you join!

I will be sharing with:

No Minimalist Here for Open House Party

Common Ground for Be Inspired!

The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home

Bernideens Tea Time blog for Open House

The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday

French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday

Rooted in Thyme for Simple & Sweet Friday

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Share Your Cup Thursday #51

Hello my friends and Happy Spring!  So glad to have you join me for ‘Share Your Cup’.

If you’re new here, this party is for sharing what ever it is in life that makes you happy.  If you’re like me, that pretty much is anything and everything. lol!

I am celebrating SYC’s first birthday with a Spring Canvas give away.  I put everyone’s name who commented at last weeks party in a hat.  Or maybe it was an Easter bonnet. Hee-hee!   The rabbit name I pulled out of the hat is:  Maureen from It's All Connected.  Please go visit her and read today’s touching post.

Last weeks party was great and the posts made me happy, happy, happy!

Here’s a few that caught my eye:

Doesn’t Angela’s Spring porch look so inviting?  I love the black with the pop of green.  Go visit her at Twelve Oaks Manor to see more.

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Nancy's Daily Dish  shared this gorgeous table.  I love the purple transferware and wood chargers!

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Di from Cottage Wishes played with her metal letters and created this darling Spring board.  Aren’t her grandsons precious?

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Isn’t this the sweetest nursery?  Rebekah from Woven Home created it to welcome her baby girl due in May.

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I had never heard of Lu-Ray before I visited Bella Rosa Antiques.  Oh my, aren’t the colors gorgeous?  I had two cups and saucers and didn’t even know it. lol!

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Aren’t these features the perfect colors for Spring and Easter?

Thank you and please grab my button if you were featured.

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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 two other participants. It’s a great way to find new blogs

After you link up please come back and leave a comment. They help to fill my cup

Happy Easter!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

My Peeps & More Peeks!

This time of year many of you are loving your Peeps.

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Well, I’ve never cared for these Peeps, but I want to tell you about ‘My Peeps’.  I love these Peeps year round.  They are often in my thoughts and prayers.

My Peeps are my family and friends. . . I feel so fortunate and blessed to have such wonderful family, extended family, and friends!

People in my life who care about and know me.  You know what I mean those who love you through thick and thin and are there for you no matter what.

I have so many friends and family that I can rely on for pretty much anything.  Peeps that know the little things about me.  Some of them live close and I can hug them often.  Others far away and some that I have never even met in person.  But hope to someday!

Today I want to talk about two of my Peeps.

The first one is my Peep, Carolynn from Chenille Cottage.  If you know her at all you know how incredibly sweet she is.  Yesterday, I was relaxing in my family room when I heard a knock on the door.  When I opened it I saw the UPS truck driving away and a box on my porch.  Much to my surprise it was from Carolynn.

For no reason, no reason at all; (other than she is a sweetheart) she sent me a package.  Oh my gosh!  Look at the treasures inside.  Two darling toppers with bouncing bunnies.  A precious spoolie, a cute wheelbarrow full of tasty jelly beans, garden seeds, a fuzzy little chick, and a sweet card.

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See, Carolynn is one of those people who knows and remembers things about me.  Like how much I love to garden.  She bought this little wheelbarrow because she saw it and it reminded her of my Strawberry Cart that I showed in a post.  She also remembered how I love fuzzy little chicks because I always got one in my Easter basket as a child.

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She knows that I love sewing, crafting, and birds.  Is this felted wool birdie not the cutest thing you ever did see?  I’ve always wanted to learn how to felt wool.

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Oh there are a lot of other Peeps out there in the land of blog that I have grown to love and adore.  But thank you Carolynn for your sweet, kind, and generous heart!

The second one is my youngest daughter, Kylee.  Her and her husband are off on an adventure in San Sebastian, Spain.  They are so giving and could care less about worldly things.  They are over there teaching English.  They are both full of ambition and have launched a new business.  One that will not only help them, but help others. http://www.ropesouls.com/# (if you decide you want a pair, don’t miss the coupon code on the side for a $5 discount)

Let me tell you just a couple things about Kylee.  She’s a daughter who told her mom that she wanted to be ‘just like her’ when she grew up.  She’s also the daughter that sent her mom this hummingbird & locket necklace for Valentines Day because she saw it and it reminded her of me running around my back yard trying to snap pics of hummingbirds for my blog.  A post that was featured twice I might add. lol!

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Give them a visit and see what Rope Souls is all about.  Even if they’re not for you the story is worth reading.  Here they are sporting their Rope Souls in San Sebastian.  Read more on their blog. http://www.ropesouls.blogspot.com/

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I was hoping to get some pics of me gardening in my rope souls.  They are so darn comfy.  Too cold today.  I bought me two pair.  A natural and a green.  Can’t wait to get mine wet.  Oh yes, hubby and I are going to Spain for a visit in June.

This is a long post, but here is another peek at our basement.

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Fireplace and mantel and brick wall in the theater room.  We have what they call a daylight basement with 9 ft. ceilings and lots of wonderful light.  Notice the snow outside still.  It’s the North side so it hasn’t melted there yet.

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The wood guy custom built my mantle and barn doors.  Love them!  The doors are going in my craft room.  Can’t wait to see them hung.  The ceiling and back wall in the theater room is painted a darker grey. The pillars will have lights on them and I have a fun vintage piece to hang on the brick. (Gotta keep you guessing) I went with 8” flat baseboards throughout.  Love them too!

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When we first hired our contractor he wanted to see my upstairs to get a feel of what I liked.  Hubby and I are usually do-it-yourselfers, but we knew this was a bigger job than us two old folks wanted to take on.  Remember when we installed the bead board on our living room ceiling?  If not, you can read about it here: Extra, Extra, Read all About it! Really quite comical.

I have to tell you what our contractor said to me after I told him some of the things I wanted.  He said, “Now your mixing styles.  You’ve got Farmhouse and Craftsman”.  Then he continued, “But that’s o.k.; because you’re Ecclectic”

Oh my gosh, just by looking at my upstairs he knew my style!

Wishing you and your Peeps a happy Easter!

Jann

Monday, March 25, 2013

Spring Greens and Basement Sneak Peek. . .

A couple weeks ago I planted a few containers for some Spring green.

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I saw the dented tin cans on Pinterest last year and thought they were so fun.  Using paint I had around the house I painted one blue, one yellow, and one Spring green.  One of my favorite things to plant is my own Easter grass.

Notice how the Hyacinth in front is in full bloom?  The one in the blue can was planted the same day.  It is just starting to open.  Proof that some of us are just late bloomers. lol!

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On Friday my friend and I stopped at a thrift store.  I found a few more Spring greens to add to my dish fetish.  Only two plates and one bowl.  I loved the shape and the green check.  $2.75 for the three, how could I pass them up?

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Now because I am on the subject of Spring green I thought I’d show you a peek into my basement farmhouse kitchen.  They just finished painting on Saturday.  The walls are Whetstone Grey and the trim is Cotton Ball white.  My favorite thing is the bead board ceiling.

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This shot is looking away from the kitchen and towards the children’s play area.  Now here’s where I would love your opinion.  Usually I pretty much know what I want.  Like this vintage green paint.  I knew I wanted a touch of it somewhere.  At first I was going to paint the top of the pillar.  My friend, Diana suggested I paint the bead board.  Love it!

Notice the transom window and old door on the pantry?  I had told the painters to leave them their original color.  I adored the old chippy paint.  We thought we matched the pillar color to a tee.  As you can see it’s a tad lighter.  So question is, should I paint the door to match or leave it the way it is?  I might mention that my island is an old seed cabinet that was used as a counter in a business/partnership I once had.  It is a darker shade of green and has been glazed. It’s not large, only 62” long.  The top will be granite which will break up the green. Too many greens?

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Notice my tape asking them to not paint?  They’re gonna think this lady is looney if I ask them to paint it now.  Oh well, they would be right! 

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Well, that’s the sneak peek for today.  Flooring and cupboards coming this week.  I can’t wait!   I’d love to hear your opinion.

More peeks to come!

hugs,

Jann

I will be sharing with:

Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday

Sunday, March 24, 2013

SEW in Love with Spring!

Living in a state that you easily see all four seasons I do my quarterly task of swapping out my quilts.

It’s SEW easy to see that Spring is my favorite season.  I have made so many Springtime quilts.

a couple are Easter themed while the others just Spring.

This ‘Chocolate Bunnies’ quilt drapes from my living room couch.

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Here’s a couple of close ups of the bunnies.  This was my first and last needle turned applique.

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This small bunny quilt hangs on the rail leading to our upstairs.

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A few years ago, my friends and I entered some quilts in a local show.  This won best of it’s category (baby quilts).  That was a real shocker!  Especially since we didn’t even know they gave out ribbons.

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This quilt in my family room is one of my favorite quilts.  I adore the colors and the sweet flowers.  I cuddle up with it to watch t.v. at night.

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Are you still with me?  Hang in, there is more!

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Don’t you love the soft pastels of Spring?  This one is in my entry along with the chenille pillow I made.

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I have a few stacked in my blue cabinet.  Some will be displayed better after I put away the bunny quilts.

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Pics of them opened up.

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This garden themed quilt hangs on a rack upstairs.  This was a group exchange with the ‘Dog Kennel Quilt Guild’.  I did this before I really knew how to quilt.  My block was the embroidered one.  I also added the vine around the basket.

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I’m sure that right about now you’re saying, “Enough Already”!

I’ll quickly show you two other Spring themed quilts.  These I will pull out after Easter.  The colors are not pastel, but still Springy.

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I love the chenille, ragged edge flowers, and buttons.  Also adore the colors in this quilt.

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This quilt has birds here and there throughout.

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Are you still with me?

Now that’s a whole lot of quilts!  Like I said, “easy to see that I love Spring”

Doesn’t this make you want to go SEW a SPRING quilt? lol!

Think maybe I should.  I haven’t (completed) anything since last Fall.  Did I mention that I have a couple kits for cute Spring quilts?

hugs,

Jann

I will be sharing with:

Common Ground for Be Inspired Friday

The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday

Sunny Simple Life for Sunny Simple Sunday

Alderberry Hill for Make the Scene Monday

Share it One More Time

Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

Fluster Buster for the Fluster Muster Party

Wednesdays Adorned From Above

The Scoop

Our Home Away from Home for Tuesday's at our Home

Ivy and Elephants for What's it Wednesday

A Delightsome Life for Home and Garden Thursday

Rose Chintz Cottage for Home