My Alpine Home

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Plaid Tidings!

When I think of comfort and joy one of the things that comes to mind is plaid.  Just looking at it brings me joy and there’s nothing quite as cozy as a comfortable plaid blanket.

I had already planned on decorating my front porch in plaid this year.  Imagine my excitement when I found out that Alison from Polohouse  had chosen the theme ‘Plaid Tidings’ for her December Favorites on the First,

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I grouped my collection of plaid containers.  A picnic basket, a couple thermoses, and coolers. 

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I recently found this old heater at a thrift shop.  It was actually in a mans cart.  I mentioned how cool it was when I walked by.  He said, “do you want it?”  I said, “No, you buy it”.  He said, “I was thinking of putting it back”.  He didn’t have to ask twice.  I knew it would be so fun for Christmas.

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I mixed in some of my buffalo checked ribbon and tied strips of plaid and burlap to pumpkins sprayed with hammered iron paint for the urn.  I bought the boxwood wreath at Trader Joe’s, but the pine boughs were gathered from my Fil’s garden.

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My rustic wooden star came from the ‘Star Mill Antiques’.  My dads old lunch pail is home to my collection of vintage scotch tape dispensers.  I made the pillows from a dress I found at a thrift shop.  I also got the minnow bucket at a thrift in AZ.

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I just found this plaid golf bag at an estate sale for $5.  A lot of people in UT go skiing on Christmas day.  But I’m sure that there are those in warmer areas that go golfing.

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Even the putter agrees that Christmas is a #1 holiday!  The white door is off of my daughter, Kylee’s home which is over 100 years old.  I wonder if it’s the original door?

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I love the bits of red paint that remain on my old apple ladder.

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More pumpkins, another minnow bucket I picked up at a yard sale, and a rustic shoe form sit on top of my wooden wheelbarrow.

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A little plaid, a tin star, and twigs dress up a wooden church birdhouse sitting in my birdbath.

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I love old lanterns.  I hung them from my garage lights.  I got this idea from my friend, Joyce.  Hope she doesn’t mind that I copied her!

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Lots of pics.  Hope I didn’t lose you! 

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Plaid Tidings to you!

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hugs,

Jann

I will also be joining:

The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday

Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday

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

A Stroll thru Life for Inspire Me

Savvy Southern Style for Wow

A Junky Rustic Christmas Party

Lavender Garden Cottage for Cottage Style Party

Green Willow Pond for What We Accomplished Wednesday

No Minimalist Here for Open House Party

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

‘Share Your Cup Thursday #83

 

The pies are in the oven and the countdown begins.  Wishing all of my friends in America a very Happy Thanksgiving!

I wish you all an abundance of blessings and a cornucopia of thankfulness!

I really appreciate you taking time out of your busy day to come party here at Share Your Cup. Can’t wait to see what filled your cup this week!

Soon Thanksgiving will be just a memory and the full Christmas mode will begin!  Don’t forget to come join us for our ‘Creating Christmas’ party beginning on Dec. 7th.  I am really looking forward to seeing how everyone creates their own special Christmas magic!

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

Poppy from With a Dash of Color shared her darling French Country bath.

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Sally from Salmagundi made a wonderful new table runner.

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I just had to show you her quilt cabinet.  She is an amazing quilter!  And I thought I had a lot of quilts.

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There were a few darling paper trees shared last week.  I loved them all, but Jeanette’s primitive trees stole my heart. Creating a Life Now.

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Aren’t these gift bags sweet hand embroidered by Cara from The Craft Dictator?

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Dianne from Shabby Gals gave this chest of drawers a sweet makeover.

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Aren’t these cupcakes so festive for the Christmas holidays?  Mary Ellen from That's My Home shared her recipe.

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Don’t ask me why, but I can’t get linky to show me the number of visits on each link.  So I guess I am bagging show the top two most visited links.

Thanks so much for sharing 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!





Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Wrapping Things Up. . .

Thanksgiving is drawing near and if you are hosting dinner at your home, tomorrow will be a busy day.

I will be trying to wrap things up. Doing the last minute preparations!

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(here’s a little peek at what I’ve been doing to get a head start on Christmas. . .Wrapping things up!)

I will be making the pies in the morning soon after I rise.  Every year I strive to make crust as flakey and delicious as my mother did.  Not quite there yet.  Maybe in 20 more years. lol!

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(my wrapping this year is red, aqua, green, and white.  The trio of accent colors in my family room)

Our families favorites are Pecan and Coconut Cream.  The pecan pie recipe I use was my mothers and the Coconut Cream was my mil’s.  A wonderful tribute to those two wonderful cooks!

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(I pulled odds and ends of trims, ribbons, and lace from my stash.  Mixed it with burlap and paper doilies for a rustic yet elegant feel)

I also start getting my homemade stuffing ready the day before.   It’s our favorite side dish!  The recipe is from my mother,  My mil gave me a couple of tips that helped me as a young bride to get that perfect stuffing.

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(doily flowers are so easy to make.  Just poke you finger in the middle, draw the doily up and twist.)

Did you think I would leave you hanging and not share the tips?  No way my friends!

1.  How to tell if your stuffing is moist enough:  After adding liquid. (which I do this just before stuffing the bird) grab a handful in the palm of your hand.  Close your hand.  Open it up.  If it stays in a ball it is moist enough. If you are cooking the stuffing outside of the turkey you will want it a little moister.  Have you ever had stuffing that was way too wet?  I have!

2.  Grate a carrot into your stuffing for a little pop of color.  Looks pretty and is good for you too!

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(rolled burlap flowers are another easy way to dress your packages up. I start with a knot for the base.  I then roll a little and hot glue it onto the knot.  Keep rolling and gluing until you get the size of flower you want.  Cut the burlap on an angle and tuck in back.)

Something that I do (which my mother did) is save bread all year long for my stuffing.  Sounds crazy, I know. but it’s no bother and I love the mixture of a variety of left over breads, rolls, croissants, and even hamburger and hot dog buns. 

When I have left over breads that are not so fresh I take them out of the package and place in a bowl in my pantry to dry.  Of course this has to be done before they start to mold.  Let them totally dry out.  Then I put them in a zip lock bag or a plastic grocery bag and store them on my food storage shelf.  If you let them dry out and get hard they will not mold.

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(bits of cedar clipped from my garden to give them a touch of nature)

Isn’t it funny how cooking traditions are carried down from generation to generation?  My oldest daughter called me a couple days ago and said, “Hey mom, do you have any extra dry bread that I could use for my stuffing?”  Wonder if she will save it when I’m gone?

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(I have always loved wrapping gifts ever since I was a teenager.  Nothing fancy, but a little love goes into each and every one!)

Now the next trick is knowing how much sage to add.  I went to a party once that the stuffing had so much sage that it was green.  My trick is my hubby.  Yup, he’s my taster and tester.  To tell me, that’s just right!

There you have it, a few tips for Thanksgiving.  Now, I’m off to relax and call it a wrap!

Oh, but I will be cutting up that dry bread.

Do you have any cooking traditions that have been carried down from your family?

Hope to see you tomorrow for Share Your Cup.  If you’re not too busy wrapping it up!

hugs,

Jann

I will be joining these fun parties:

Common Ground for Be Inspired

Monday, November 25, 2013

Inspiration from Pinterest

I know that so many of us have fallen in love with Pinterest.  After all, what’s not to love?  Ideas, recipes, inspirational quotes, etc. just a click away.  So much inspiration  to help make ‘All our dreams come true’. lol!
I must admit, I was a little slow climbing on to the band wagon.  My oldest daughter, Nichole kept telling me that it would be much easier for me to ‘create a board’ than to have all of those things saved into my favorites.
Glad that I finally took her up on it.  Although, we must remember to ‘fall off the band wagon’ every now and then.  Lots of hours can be wasted just clicking away!
A couple weeks ago I saw this picture on Confessions of a Plate Addict.  A pillow made from a plaid jacket.  PINNED!
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I have always been Mad About Plaid!  (You can click on the words to see my Pinterest Board if you’re interested).
For me this pillow was instant love.  Last week my sister and I went to a thrift shop.  I decided to check out the clothing for anything plaid.  I didn’t find a darling jacket, but I found a cute dress for $4.
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I removed the collar and started cutting and sewing.  My son borrowed my camera so I am taking these with my phone.  Not the best quality, but this girl couldn’t wait to show you!
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I actually tried draping the collar over the large pillow but I thought it looked too much like a dress.  I’m sure I’ll find something to do with it.
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I backed them with burlap and I still have some plaid fabric to add strips here and there to my outdoor decor.  These are going to go out on my Christmas porch.  I added my rain boots and tucked a little evergreen tree inside one of them. 
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Oh,and look!  It doesn’t stop there. . .a while back I found this plaid purse at the same thrift store for $1.50
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Won’t it be cute filled with pine boughs and maybe a pinecone or two?  I had to give them all a dusting of snow so I could get that cozy outdoor feeling.
How about you?  Are you ‘mad about plaid’?
I will be sharing with these fun parties:
The Dedicated House for Make it Pretty Monday
Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
The Scoop
Kathe with an e for You're Gonna Love it Tuesday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow
Common Ground for Be Inspired
A Delightsome Life for Home and Garden Thursday
Rose Chintz Cottage for Home
Rooted in Thyme for Simple and Sweet Friday
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home
What About Co. for Show Off Friday

This post was featured at:  http://sandimyyellowdoor.blogspot.ca/2013/12/home.html

Friday, November 22, 2013

Making a Statement!

Don’t you just love it when you walk into a room and something just makes a statement?  Kind of speaks to you in a way?  

That’s how I feel about some of the chairs in my home

Because of this I didn’t hesitate a moment when I received an e-mail earlier this week from One Kings Lane asking if I would be willing to help introduce their Home Decor Resource Guide

They asked me if I had a statement chair that I would like to share in a post.

A Statement chair?  Sorry, I couldn’t pick just one.

I must admit that I have a bit of a chair fetish.  Old or new, I just can’t get enough!

Now tell me, could you walk into my basement guest bedroom and not notice this chippy beauty?  She’s old, she’s worn, but oh what a doll!

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Here’s one that’s not quite show showy, but still causes you to take notice.  I covered the seat with an old grain sack.

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Now that I’ve shared a couple of my ‘old’ statement chairs.  Let’s see a few more modern chairs.

This is probably my favorite statement chair in my home.  Everyone that visits always comments on what a great chair it is.

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You might say that I am ‘hound dog’ crazy for houndstooth!  I also love the high wing back style, the tufting, and nail heads.  This chair is big and comfy.  Even the men in my family like this chair.  It is very similar to One Kings Lane  Rachel chair.

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I have had this chair in my living room for years, It traveled with us from our previous home.  I never tire of it.  I adore the soft comfortable cushion, the check fabric, the piping, and the skirted flounce.

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This is my newest statement chair.  It’s in our basement family room.  I’ve placed a gold pillow in it for Fall.  Again, I love the nail heads and that floral design just cried out to me.  Not to mention that she is super comfy and looks smashing with our red leather sofa and love seat!

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I’m sure by now you’ve figured out I love color and patterns.  A lot of my blog friends have neutral chairs and I love them.  However, when I bring a new chair home it always seems to be pretty bold.

A good chair is like an old friend.  You feel comfortable around them and love everything about them!

Do you have a statement chair in your home that you love?

I enjoyed visiting their Home Decor Resource Guide and the great information that it shared!  Wondering what style of chair you have?  Check them out and see.

hugs,

Jann

I will be joining these fun parties:

The Dedicated House for Anything Blue Friday

How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday