My Alpine Home

Friday, July 29, 2016

Americana Tea if you please. . .

Well my friends, July will quickly be coming to an end.  But, before it does; I couldn't miss sharing this fabulous tea I attended last week.
 
I've mentioned before that here in UT we celebrate 'Pioneer Day' on the 24th so we leave our Americana décor up until then.
 
 

It was hosted by Kimi, a friend I met through a friend.  :) 
 
She loves to decorate and enjoys opening her home up for others to see her seasonal décor. 
 
 
We arrived to her home decorated to the max.  Eye candy everywhere you looked.
 

 
 Her collections were amazing! 
 
 

 
 
 And she is so creatively talented.  Look at these darling
 houses she made.
 



 
Lots of banners were draped here and there.  Because of lighting some were too difficult to get a decent photo.


 
 This was one of my favorite displays.  Just so unusual!
 
 

Her dishes had this dish addict oohing and ahhing.  lol!
 


Great vintage treasures!
 





 
The old photos are of her mom and grandma. . .precious!
 

 
Simplicity is not her style, but she shows it here with our beautiful flag draped over a chair in her entry.
 

 
Everyone brought food and it was all so yummy.  I was too busy taking photos of her décor to think about getting ones of the food.  ha, ha!
 
Farewell July. . .till we meet again!
 
hugs,
Jan
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Share Your Cup #208

Hello and welcome to Share Your Cup, (SYC).
The party where you share what makes you happy.
 
It's what your hosts call, "filling your cup"
 
Hope you are having a wonderful week and thanks for taking the time to come party with us!! 
 
It's my (Jann's) turn to pick features this week. 
 
But as usual, let's see what your hosts have been up to.
 
Carol reminds us how important it is to  Enjoy Life!
 

 
Jo continues to show us how to use
 
 
 
 
I shared my Pioneer Woman tablescape for Pioneer Day.
 
 
and
 
the  Junk Wood Wall in my new she shed, 'Hilltop Cottage'.
 


Thanks so much for visiting us and commenting on our posts.  It truly does, "fill our cups"!
 
Now the features from SYC #207
 
Joanne from A Pocketful of Blue shared how she has added some wonderful farmhouse style to her kitchen.
 
 
 
 
Patti from Old Things New shared her fabulous mini
garden conservatory.
 
 
Cecilia from My Thrift Store Addiction shared her fun garden themed mantle.
 
 
Mary Jo from Masterpieces of my Mind shared her darling
burlap planters.
 


Kath from You'll Shoot Your Eye Out shared the beautiful baby shower she hosted for her daughter.
 
 
Jacqueline from Purple Chocolat Home shared this delicious raspberry lemon wow cake.  Believe me I know how yummy it really was!  She made it for my birthday celebration.
 
 
Thanks so much for sharing and please grab our button if you were featured!
 



 
 

 
 
 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Adding a Junk Wood Wall to the She Shed

Hello my friends, the junk wood wall in the she shed is finally finished and now the fun has begun!!
 


I lined the top of the wall with some of my watering can collection.  Alot of them would not fit, but these small ones worked nicely.
 

 
Originally I wanted to make this junk wood wall all by myself.  Simply to say that I could.  :)  Alas, hubby would not let me use the table saw that we used for ripping the wood.  Many pieces had to be ripped to line up with other wood. 


Just an old piece of chippy plywood scored at my cousin, Betty's home being ripped.  Did I mention that I kept calling it stripped instead of ripped.  Hubby corrected me plenty.  lol!  What can I say?  some girls just want to 'strip' more than they want to 'rip'!

 
Marking a line to be cut.

 
He did let me use the chop saw.  Something about using a power tool that is exhilarating!  :)

 
Safety first!  Always wear eye goggles.
 
 
I am not the worlds greatest hammer lady, but I gave it my
best shot.


 
Even if it did put me in some, 'not so pretty' predicaments! (wink)
 
I might mention that hubby took a video of me hammering and it's quite comical.  I think I missed more times than I hit.

 
 
This wall turned out to be everything I had dreamed it would be. 
It's fun adding bits and bobs here and there.  I had the old hinge and we recently dug up the rusty saw blade while planting a bush.  It had to be added to the wall!
 
 

 
When we were more than half way done I remembered I had this old pegboard we made a few years ago.  It had hung on the wall in our family room.  We took it down when we bought our entertainment center.  If I had remembered earlier I would have added it directly into the wall.  Not wanting to tear any wood down I opted to hang it on top.


 
I was staining the inside walls on Friday.  Look who flew in to say, 'hi'.  Looks like I'm not the only one loving my new she shed!  Now to finish staining the other half.
 
My work never ends!
 
hugs,
Jann

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Pioneer Woman Dishes for Pioneer Day

Hello my friends,
 here in Utah we celebrate 'Pioneer Day' on July 24th. It's the day the Mormon Pioneers entered the Salt Lake valley and Brigham Young declared,
 "This is the place"!
 
I thought it would be fun to set my table with my 'Pioneer Woman' dishes for 'Pioneer Day'.


 
I'm sure most of you are familiar with this line of dishes created by Ree Drummond from the Pioneer Woman Blog.  And can I just say, how fun to have your own line of dishes!!  If ever I was so lucky mine would have lots of polka dots, grain sack stripes, and florals.  (dreaming)
 
She uses a variety of colors, but of course the red and aqua are my favorite. 
I use these as my everyday dishes and store them in some of my glass front cupboards.  They're just too cute to keep hidden. :)
 
 
Sweet floral designs grace the pitcher and creamer.  Darling blog friend, Ann Marie from  Musings of a Vintage Junkie sent me the  fun cow creamer.
 
I corralled them all together on a vintage hammered iron tray.  It looks as though it may have been carried across the plains.  (wink)
 
I tucked my vintage Utah hankie inside the pitcher.  It was gifted to me at my birthday party by my friend, Joanne. I haven't bought the sugar bowl, but this aqua melamine one matched nicely.

 
I'm using the creamer to store serving pieces from this gorgeous set of silver plated utensils I scored at an estate sale.
 
 
I do not own anything other than inexpensive stainless, so I was beyond thrilled.


I tucked a red napkin in the aqua goblets, which I love!

 
 
 
The Pioneers arrived here either pushing handcarts, or riding in covered wagons.  I found this lone salt shaker at our local thrift.  No pepper, but I love it just the same!

 
The little July girl was another gift from Joanne.
 
I sat them on a Utah plate and placed them under a cloche.

 

 
All the table needed now was some flowers in the center.  As I stepped out into the yard to cut some I knew it
 had to be Lambs Ear.
Why?  Because I was told years ago that the pioneers used the soft fuzzy leaves as bandaids.  The purple blooms were almost spent, but still they are the perfect choice for my 'Pioneer Day' table.



Sure am glad that I don't have to walk across the plains pushing a hand cart.  On second thought, maybe it would be kind of like a walker.  lol!

Happy Pioneer Day!

hugs,
Jann

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