My Alpine Home

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Good Things Come to those Who Wait!

Happy Halloween! May the goblins pass over you and no witches bring you fright!  Hee-hee!

Well, it’s happening. . .I’m doing something I never thought I would.  That is start taking down my Halloween décor before Halloween.  I have a friend that does this every year and we give her such a hard time.  Now, I must eat my own words!

On Weds. I started thinking of everything I needed to get done before our daughter and sil arrive home late Fri. night from their year of touring Europe.  Did I mention that they will be living with us for a few months?

So yup it happened.  I started swapping out my décor.  Right now it’s half Halloween, half Thanksgiving.  I will leave the entry and living room until tomorrow.

Now, onto today’s post.  I’m here to tell you my friends that ‘good things do come to those who wait’!

For years I have envied  loved my older sisters seed box.  It actually was her daughters.  She bought it at a yard sale but it was so big that she had no where to use it in her house.  For years my sis has been gladly keeping it for her.

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Well guess who is the proud owner of it now?  Yup, MOI!

This baby is a beaut!  She is a whopping 30” long.  I love how the touches of turquoise look with my painted island as a back drop.

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A little time worn, but still gorgeous!  Now if you are through admiring the graphics and sweet latch just get a load of this.  J.F.Y.I.  Carpenter Seed Co. is still located in Provo, UT.

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The inside is just as wonderful.  You can see why I have drooled over this for so many years, right?

I took this picture just so you could see how large it is.  Also notice my sweet runner.  I bought it at an estate sale for $5.  The lace is all handmade.  I wanted to give it a soft touch so I pulled it up a little.  Couldn’t be because I was covering a small hole. lol!

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I must admit, she’s everything I ever thought she would be.  I think I see a smile on her face now that she has her belly full!

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I love when you can shop the house and have pretty much everything you need for what you want to do.  I did buy the new turkey at T.J. Maxx and the tomato.

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The other veggies I borrowed from the play house.  Other than the watermelon.  I borrowed it from my sister, Jeanne.  Oh, just noticed the burlap bag with leaves and berries.  Picked it up recently also.  It was only $5.

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Don’t forget to eat your veggies my friends.  They’re good for you!

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I remembered that I had this garden book so I tossed it in.

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Can’t wait for the ‘big day’!  Not sure whether to say Happy Halloween or gobble gobble!

That’s what happens when you’re between decorating.  Either way, have a happy day!

hugs,

Jann

p.s. I want to thank Mary from Boogieboard Cottage  for featuring my Halloween Wreath and Deb at Lavender Garden Cottage for featuring my Witches Tea!

Thanks so much ladies!

This post was featured at A Delightsome Life for Home and Garden Thursday

I will be sharing with these fun parties:

Common Ground for Be Inspired

French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday

Rooted in Thyme for Simple and Sweet Fridays

The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home

Shabby Art Boutique for Shabbilicious Friday

The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday

One More Time Events for Share it One More Time

Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

A Stroll thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday

The Scoop

Knick of Time Tuesdays

Savvy Southern Style for Wow

A Delightsome Life for Home and Garden Thursday

No Minimalist Here for Open House Party

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Share Your Cup Thursday #79

Hello and welcome to Share Your Cup (SYC).  The party where you share the things in life that make you happy!  So glad to have you and if you are new here hope to see you often!

You continue to amaze me with your wonderful  links.  Talent, inspiration, and posts that touch the heart delight me each and every week!

I appreciate the support you give Share Your Cup!

Hard to believe that Halloween is tomorrow and here at the Olson abode the Thanksgiving décor will take over.

I must admit that I am chomping at the bits to start decorating for Christmas.  Next week at SYC  I have a fun announcement to make so please remember to check in.

Here’s a little sneak peek at a new treasure I will be sharing with you Thursday morning.

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Now here’s what caught my eye from last weeks party:

Shannon from A Southern Belle with Northern Roots took us on a tour of her friends eclectic home.

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Tracie from Fishtail Cottage shared the beautiful Fall color in her garden.

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Audrey and her husband from Timeless Treasures carved this amazing trough out of a rustic board.

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Cathy from Vintage Paint and More has been doing some Fall crafting with paper.

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Barbara from 21 Rosemary Lane shared her spooky Halloween mantle.

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Jennifer from Thimbles, Bobbins, Paper, and Ink shared the recipe for this delicious pie.

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Now for the two most visited links:

#1 was Debbie Dabble for her Harvest Tea.

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#2 was:

The Pin Junkie for her Dollar Store creations under glass.

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Congrats everyone and please grab my button if you were featured.

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Now let’s Party!

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 and please do not link up the same thing you linked up last week.
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 a link back will be featured.
4. Please find time to visit at least two other participants. It’s a great way to find new friends.

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

Monday, October 28, 2013

Vintage Chic Style

Hello my friends, today I’m sharing a bit of Vintage Chic Style.

You know that fun vintage piece that with very little effort becomes chic.  Sometimes Mother Nature or time does this for you all by itself.  Other times, you have to help it along.

That’s exactly what I did with an old ice cream maker that I picked up at an estate sale quite a while ago.

What sold me on it in the first place was the turquoise works.  It was natural wood, but I gave it a little charm.

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Almost forgot to take a before picture.  First, I gave it two coats of blue paint.  Diamond Lake, a Clark & Kensington paint that I got at Ace when they had their free quart of paint promo.

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Then I rubbed it in a few spots with a little Vaseline.  Chap stick works great too.  Why, you ask?  Wait and see.  After that I gave it two coats of Vintage White.  Another free paint sample.  Yes, I got two!  I got one and then the next week I was at Ace again.  The employee at the paint counter asked me if I wanted a ‘free’ quart of paint?  I told him that I had got one last weekend.  “It’s o.k.” he said, “you can have another one”.  Let’s just say, he didn’t have to ask twice!  lol!

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Then I sanded.  The white paint did not adhere in the places that I had hit with the Vaseline.  With very little effort I gave it a vintage chic feel.

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I have big plans for this bucket for my Christmas décor, but for now I filled it with my newly harvested Limelight Hydrangea blooms.

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I love how some of the blossoms have touches of pink!

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I was having so much fun that I decided that I couldn’t stop there.

I had this Styrofoam ring that I had picked up at a damaged goods store for $2.

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Because these dried blooms are fragile I poked holes in the ring with a wooden skewer.  Then I inserted the blooms.  I made a cute wreath to hang on the wall of our basement guest bedroom.

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A piece of old crochet lace, a birdie tag, and a bit of bling. . .

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‘Vintage chic’ charm!

How about you?  Have you given anything a time worn look lately?

hugs,

Jann

I will be sharing with these fun parties:

Dwellings for Amaze Me Monday

Mod Vintage Life for Mod Mix Monday

A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday

Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

The Scoop

Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday

We Call it Olde

Savvy Southern Style for Wow

Lavender Garden Cottage for Cottage Style Party

Stone Cottage Adventures for Tuesday with a Twist

Ivy and Elephants for What's it Wednesday

A Delightsome Life for Home and Garden Thursday

No Minimalist Here for Open House Party

Fall Junkers United

Timewashed for Blissful Whites

Shabby Art Boutique for Shabbilicious Friday

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Halloween Wreath

The ‘witching hour’ is almost nigh. . .

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Soon, yes very soon; the crow will caw. . .

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And the bats will fly!

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Little goblins that look so sweet. . .

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Will soon be saying, “Trick or Treat”!

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Sweet goodies they will gladly take. . .

Chocolate, gummies, even a cupcake.

 

I made my fun Halloween wreath at a workshop held at my hairdressers salon.

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It was a fun ‘girls night out’.  We were served delicious bread and soup while we enjoyed a night of visiting and creating.

We pinned layers of paper, coffee filters, tissue, and paper doilies onto a straw wreath. (Tip:  wrap the wreath with tuelle so it won’t be so messy)   This created the base.

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Then we made and tucked in black and orange tissue paper flowers and other fun objects.  Last of all we added tuelle, burlap, and cute fabric strips.

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Perfect Halloween addition to my chippy green door!

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Less than a week a way until the fun day!

hugs,

Jann

*This post was featured at Boogieboard Cottage

p.s. I want to thank Jody from Rooted in Thyme for featuring my Front Porch Greetings post at Simple and Sweet Fridays.  Also thank you to Debra from Common Ground for the same post as being one of the top visited links.

Also thank you to Sandi for featuring my   Milk and Cream Table at her Home party!

I will be sharing with these fun parties:

Funky Junk Interiors for Salvaged junk wreaths

The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday

One More Time Events for Share it One More Time

Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday

Alderberry Hill for Make the Scene Monday

Monday Funday

The Dedicated House for Make it Pretty Monday

The Scoop

Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at Our Home

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Queen of the ball. . .

Hello my friends, I have something fun to share with you this morning.

Are you familiar with Holly from Cutie Pie Cottage?  If not you should get to know her.  She’s a fun loving and talented gal.

And in my opinion, she’s the “Queen of the Ball”  The BALL GARLANDS that is.

I ordered one of her rag ball garlands for my craft room and it’s just the cutest thing!  Adds just a touch of whimsy don’t you agree?

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I requested the main colors to be red, mustard, and grey.  And to throw in a bit of aqua.  I also told her she could use a little black, brown, and cream.

These colors were a little out of her comfort zone, but I think she did a fabulous job.  I made the vintage book page garland to drape from a tent when I hosted a vintage sale for my older sister.  Never got it hung so I decided to use it here on this shelf where I display some of my vintage cameras and collections.

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I borrowed this pic from Holly.  Every close up I took was blurry. lol!  She used super cute buttons.  Some of them are dotty.

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An old instamatic and a Swinger camera.  The Swinger was my first camera.  Too bad this is not my original.

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My youngest daughter Kylee’s bridal picture fit perfectly in this old camera slide.

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A history book of the year I was born, another camera and my lucky #7.  My oldest camera is doing ‘Halloween’ duty on one of my mantles.

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A few fun office supplies.

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I love this little register bank.

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The pops of aqua look cute next to my collection of ‘O’s”.

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Thanks Holly, I had a ‘ball’ playing with my new garland!

hugs,

Jann

I will be sharing with these fun parties:

Common Ground for Be Inspired

French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday

The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home

Rooted in Thyme for Simple and Sweet Fridays

Shabby Art Boutique for Shabbilicious Friday

The Dedicated House for Anything Blue & Pink Friday