My Alpine Home

Thursday, December 14, 2017

A Dish Addicts Christmas. . .

Hello my friends,
today is my turn to host our 'Creating Christmas"
 link party.

So let's see what you dish addicts have to share!

Link up your favorite Christmas dishes, tablescapes, and even a favorite dish you like to make.

Just a little reminder that there will be no SYC this week.  It will return on Dec. 20th.
I have been counting the days until it was my turn.  Well, to be honest; I'm lucky to have a post ready.  It has been a trying day.  We laid our little grand babe to rest with a very nice graveside service.  A luncheon was held at our home afterwards.
On top of that I am sicker than a dog!  lol!  That saying always makes me laugh.  How on earth can we ever tell how sick a dog really is?
Anyway, my head is pounding as I type. . .but, a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do!  :)
I am the first to admit that I am a bonafide 'Dish Addict'
Happily, I know that I am not alone!  (wink)
Here at the Olson home dishes are used for much more than eating.
I have so many seasonal dishes and I love using them in my displays.  Perfect spot for some Shiny Brites, don't you agree?
Recently I hosted a bridal shower with the theme of "Yes Deer".  I will share it in a later post. 
That got me thinking that I needed to give my kitchen a '50's' vibe.
So out came the Pioneer Women dishes from my glass front cupboards and in went the Pyrex.  I added just a wee touch of Christmas.
What cupboard wasn't filled with Pyrex in the 50's?

I had no idea I had amassed so many!  I've picked them up a few at a time.  Some sets aren't complete, because I am not willing to pay big bucks for them.
I had more than the cupboard would hold so I filled my bowl stand with more of my aqua ones.  I love red and aqua together!

One of my favorite dishes that I have collected is my jadite.
We love getting together and playing games with friends and family during the holidays so I opted not to set our table this year.
Instead I stacked them. . .
filled them. . .
and created vignettes with them.

I have a terrible weakness for cake stands. . .oh my gosh!  Don't even ask me how many I have!
Other dishes were used for displays as well.  I loved this vintage bowl with the Poinsettia motif.  Just so happens that I had an old ornament and postcard with one too.  (wink) 

I found the Tom and Jerry mugs a few years ago.  I was thrilled when I found this bowl at a thrift shop.  When I got it out this year they didn't match.  Still a fun bowl!  I sat it on a stack of Mary Englebreit Christmas books.
As much as I am loving red with my jadite this year, the red lover in me had to have a cupboard filled with red and white dishes too.
Some are vintage, some are not.  Doesn't bother me in the least.
Now, raise your hand if you are a dish addict too.  Oh yes, I see a few hands raised.  lol!
Thank goodness!  I was worried that no one would
 show up to the party.
Speaking of party. . .
On Friday Katie Let's Add Sprinkles will be sharing her 'Nordic Christmas'.  She has such an eye for design.  Hop over and link up any little thing that has a bit of a Nordic feel.
All parties will remain open until Dec. 24th. 
Continue to link your darling posts.
Debby for 'A Shabby Christmas'
Carol for 'A Homemade Christmas'
Cecilia for 'A Rustic and Romantic Christmas'
Merry Christmas,


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A Little Bit Rustic. . .A Little bit Romantic Santa Mantle

Hello my friends,
welcome to Day 3 of 'Creating Christmas' link party.
Today Cecilia
will show us how rustic and romantic go hand in hand.
Hop over and link your rustic and romantic posts on her blog.
 I looked around to see what I might share that had a bit of a rustic feel, with a touch of romance.  I decided that my Santa mantle filled the bill.
The $5 scale I scored at a thrift shop in CA. . .rustic.
The glitter houses from T.J. Maxx. . .romantic.
I can't decide whether this sweet deer frolicking in the forest is rustic or romantic.  Maybe a little bit of both?

Shiny Brites strung on a piece of jute as a garland. . .definitely romantic!  :)

My chippy red and aqua stool is a little rustic, but somehow the colors and chippiness carry it over into romantic for me.

This photo has a touch of mystical romance, if you ask me.

My giant ever so glittery Santa definitely leans towards the romantic side.
It's hard to tell just how glittery he is in photos.

Whether it's rustic or romantic, it makes our Christmas home feel warm and cozy.
Especially when the fire is blazing!

Here's a closer look at my sweet pinecone elves on the hearth.  They are one of my favorite vintage Christmas collections.  I just love their sweet faces! Buried under that sprinkling of snow, is another rustic scale.
My cute deer with her fabulous fur collar leaves us with a touch of romance.

Rustic and Romantic a match made in heaven!
Remember that the linky party will remain open until Dec. 24th.
Continue to link up your 'Shabby Christmas' over at
and your 'Handmade Christmas' at
Tomorrow I will be sharing my love for dishes in
'A Dish Addicts Christmas'
Hope you will link up and share.  I know there are plenty of dish addicts out there, like me!
Merry Christmas,

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A Homemade Christmas

Hello my friends and welcome to day 2 of
"Creating Christmas"
Today we will be linking up our 'Homemade Christmas' over at Carol's Art and Sand
Carol is always whipping up something fabulous.  Whether it be her wire creations, sweet hearts, etc.  Her hands are never idol!
I know that many of you are like me and just have the need to 'create'  :)
I have always been a tinkerer.  Playing around with vintage items is one of my favorite things to do.
Last year I created this Christmas scene on a large tart tin glued to a candlestick base.

I love using little trinkets and old tins!

And Santa mugs seem to be the perfect vessel for a
bottle brush tree.

I often find myself picking up tacky old greenery and picks at thrift stores.  Just something about them take me back in time.  This little basket took all but a few minutes to create.

I've shared my Ornament Tree that I made this year a lot.  Thought I'd share the wreath I made last year.

I love pretty fabrics and enjoy seeing them come together in a quilt.  This is actually the back side.  The front is squares of all different red and white fabrics.  I love dots and it worked perfectly with my dotty garland hanging on our staircase.

I've shared this quilt a lot.  I made it about 10 years ago.  I adore red work embroidery.

This stocking quilt is very warm and cozy.  Perfect for wrapping up in on a cold winters night.

This is a small table topper in the 'crazy quilt' pattern.  I love the fabrics!

I love paper as much as I love fabric!  Although, I don't work with it nearly as much as I use to.

Last year two friends and my sister in law swapped pages to make a fun Christmas photo album.

I've added some photos, but continue to add more.  This is one of my favorite photos of our granddaughter, Taylor.  She is 18 now.

Jordyn is 16 now, but never too old to sit on Santas lap.  (wink)

I love creating gifts for my friends.

I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the things that I love creating.
Everything is always better when it's homemade!

What's your favorite thing to make?

Remember that you can still link up your 'Shabby Christmas' over at Debby's blog Debby Goes Shabby

and tomorrow we will be linking our 'Rustic and Romantic Christmas' with Cecilia at  My Thrift Store Addiction

All links will remain open until December 24th, so please keep those posts coming!

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Loving Me a Shabby Christmas. . .

Hello my friends, today is the first day of our Creating Christmas link party.
Who doesn't love a 'Shabby Christmas'?  Even if you don't do shabby, I think you'll agree that it is ever so fun to look at.
No one does shabby quite as wonderful as Debby from
Debby Goes Shabby
Hop on over and link your shabby Christmas on her blog.
Most of my shabby d├ęcor is in my living room, so that's what I will be sharing with you today.
I bought this bottle brush wreath at Glitterfest, an art festival in California I attended last year.
I had the little white and aqua mercury glass tree for 5 or so years, a couple of years ago I found the large one to match at our local thrift.  I've placed the small one inside the wreath and sat them on top of an antique wooden wheel I bought in Napa, CA last June.
One of my favorite things in my living room is this chippy table.  I think that chippy just adds to the beauty and carries it over to shabby.
I bought this Santos doll bust in St. George, UT last spring.  My friends all that she was hideous, but I love her.  :)  Like they say, "beauty is in the eye of the beholder".

I added the golden tree tag around her neck for Christmas.  Vintage books are my favorite things to use for elevation.  I never pass up an aqua colored book.  (wink)  The bead garland is very old.  Love just letting it lie around.

This pink cabinet sets on the center of the table.  It's hard to photograph because of the glass.  This year it houses my angel collection.  Notice, more books?

The middle shelf of the cupboard.  I love the little bird planter!
I bought this green shabby door at a vintage sale for $40 quite a few years ago.  I still love it!  The aqua bells are a very old garland as well.  I can never pass up an old garland.  Often I have more than I know what to do with, but I can't get rid of them. 

 My friend, Joanne had such an amazing collection of vintage mirrors.  After seeing hers I picked up these three.  I bought the old corbel in South Carolina and the trio of trees were picked up at a damaged goods store this year.

 I absolutely love the colors of these $1 bottle brush trees from Target!

It's obvious that I have a thing for doors.  :)  This one stands next to my mantle.  I bought it at R.C. Willey's 8 years ago.

This sweet champagne colored tree is new this year.  I walked into Hobby Lobby one day after Christmas last year.  It was on their display.  It was the only one they had left and had marked it down to $15.  It was originally $70.  I couldn't resist!

Notice the little elf on the shelf?  He doesn't really go there.  My granddaughter, Paityn and I are taking turns hiding him from each other.  I hid him there 5 days ago.  She just found him last night.
Do you remember this laundry cart that I turned around for in Napa?  It was perfect for my new tree!
Here it is all lit up at night.
I have lots of ornaments on this tree that I love.  Years ago I had a pink and green tree.  Most of them are from then.  My friend, Peggy gave me three of these pink Santas.  The sweet little pink macaroon was made and sent to me by none other than Debby Goes Shabby.  Love them!

Some shabby finds only cost $1.  Like this Santa I picked up last Friday.  I figured the postcard alone was worth that. 

A bit of shabby love added to the glass doorknob of the cupboard housing my red dishes.  Dried roses, a clock, and glittery bell.

When I think of shabby I think of bits of lace.  It's hard to see with some of my Christmas cards attached, but I covered a wire shade with laces and twill for this old floor lamp.

I love the tan color of Hydrangeas drying on my Limelight Tree naturally.  I get buckets full every fall.

I am looking forward to seeing your 'Shabby Christmas'!
Remember to link up your 'Handmade Christmas' over at Carol's
Art and Sand  Tomorrow, Tues. Dec. 12th.
All parties will remain open until Dec. 24h,, so continue to link up until then.
Merry Christmas!
Also sharing with Amber and Debra for the
Thanks for featuring this post at the Home For Christmas link party