Share Your Cup #274

Hello, and welcome to Share Your Cup, (SYC for short).
 
 
 
The party where you share what makes you happy.
 
It's what I call, "filling your cup".
 
Sorry for the late start!
 
Last week I shared the fun things that I received and gave in a 'vintage kitchen' themed Craft Swap I joined on facebook with some of my crafty friends.
 
 

 
I have been busy decking my house in order to be ready for a bridal shower that I am hosting at my home tomorrow for one of my dear friends daughter.
 
I love everything about this time of year!
 
How is your decorating coming?
 
Now for the features from SYC #273:
(Each week there are posts that I would love to feature, but do not see a link back to the party)
 
Sharon from Blue Willow House shared her Rustic
Thanksgiving Table.
 
 
Mary Jo from Masterpieces of My Life shared how thankful, and blessed she is.
 
 
Heidi from My Sweet Cottage shared the darling frosted alliums she created to use in her Christmas d├ęcor.
 
 
Sandi from Rose Chintz Cottage  shared a beautiful tea on her  lovely green transferware.
 
 
Thanks for sharing and please grab my button if you were featured.
 
 
Also, I'm so excited for our upcoming 'Creating Christmas' link party.  Each host will be doing a blog post about their Christmas topic.  Please get your posts ready and link up with each of us daily!  I have hosted 'Creating Christmas' for quite a few years and always look forward to the wonderful Christmas posts you share!
 
 
I would love if you would place this on your side bar so that other's will see and hear about the party!  The more the merrier!!  :)
 
hugs,
Jann
 
 Now let's party!
 
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 back link to this post.  That way others will know where the party is.
  Only those with a back link 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! 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Vintage Christmas themed Craft Exchange

Hello my friends,
A while ago I joined a craft swap with many of my crafty blogging friends on facebook.
The theme was 'Vintage kitchen'.  We were to make something using some kind of kitchen item as well as a tag and then send a few goodies as well.

I was teamed up with Deb Hogan from
Garage Sale Gal

She sent me the sweetest gifts!

I have had such a deer fetish the last few years and look at this darling scene she created in a flour sifter. 

I love everything about it!  The deer, the bird, the angel, the bottle brush trees, and the vintage bling.


I used my cute red doll chair to display some of my goodies.  The fun tag she made me is hanging beside it.  The noel kitchen towel and hot pad are perfect for the 50's Christmas theme I am going with in my kitchen this year.  The bag is filled with goodies.  They are all gone now, of course.  :)




 I felt like she knew exactly what I loved.  I fill old milk bottles with Christmas candy each year and these old bottle caps are perfect!  She filled the tin with all kinds of vintage cards, tags, and stickers.  I have already put many of them to good use.  (wink)




Here are the pictures that Deb shared on fb of what I sent her.

I created a Christmas scene using a vintage Mr. and Mrs. Claus S&P shaker inside of an old Cottage Cheese container.


I also made her two small tart tin ornaments.



 I tucked a few goodies inside her box.  Christmas cards, A bottle brush wreath, an old bell, and the Santa tag I made.


Of course I had to send her some chocolate.  The apron is the card I sent her.


This was such a fun exchange!  I love vintage kitchen, so it was right up my alley.

Have you ever joined any swaps?  It's a really fun way to get to know other bloggers.

hugs,
Jann

I will be sharing with these fun parties:
Snickerdoodle Party


Share Your Cup #273

Hello, and welcome to Share Your Cup, (SYC for short).
 
 
The party where you share what makes you happy.
 
It's what I call, "filling your cup".  I truly believe that by sharing we help to fill others cups as well.
 
I want to wish all of my American friends a vey Happy Thanksgiving!
 
I feel so blessed and can hardly wait to dig into many of my favorite dishes!!
 
This week I shared how About 130 Ornaments Later I had created an ornament tree.
 
 
I also took you on Our Tree Cutting Adventure
 
 
I am so excited for Christmas and have started decking the halls ever so slightly.  I've decorated our bedroom, entry, and living room.  The kitchen and family will remain decorated for Thanksgiving until Friday.
 
Then. . .Let the fun begin!
 
Now for the features from SYC #272:
(remember to pin from their site and not mine)
 
Katie from Let's Add Sprinkles shared her fun collection of turkeys.
 
 
Vickie from Making Our Sustainable Life created a rustic woodland centerpiece for her Thanksgiving table using gifts from Mother Nature.
 
 
 
Sheryl from Red Tin Inn shared how she aged and stenciled shiny new buckets to make them look time worn.
 


 
Lynn from Happier than a Pig in Mud shared her recipe for this yummy white fruitcake fudge.
 



Thanks so much for sharing and please grab my button if you were featured.
 
 
 
Also, I want to tell you about a couple of fun events coming up.
 
First, I am excited to be joining Katie and a number of other wonderful bloggers for her Cozy at Christmas Holiday Blog Tour!
 
 
Also, myself and 4 other bloggers will be hosting, "Creating Christmas" link party again this year.
Hope to have a button made by next week.
 
I am looking forward to all of your wonderful Christmas posts!
 
 
 Now let's party!
 
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 back link to this post.  That way others will know where the party is.
  Only those with a back link 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! 
 
 
 
 

Our Tree Cutting Adventure. . .

Hello my friends,
many of you know what a 'theme' gal I am.  Yup, give me a theme and I'll do my best to run with it.
 
A couple of weeks ago I was laying in bed.  Trying to fall asleep, but visions just kept popping into my head.  (wink)
 
I was contemplating on how I wanted to decorate our front porch for Christmas this year.  That's when it came to me, "decorate it like a tree farm"  :) I pictured a porch full of pines with tree stumps and boughs overflowing everywhere.
 
Oh, and why not add a cocoa bar while I'm at it.  A fun place to sip a cup while hanging out in my tree farm.
 
Now, back to the trees.  Being the cheap, I mean frugal gal that I am I was not about to pay big bucks for trees to go on my porch.  My daughter in law came to the rescue.  Seems that if you have a deer license and you don't get a deer you can cut a free tree. (who knew?)  Well, with quite a few hunters in our family she rounded me up 4 permits.
 
Our youngest daughter had the day off, so us three amigos loaded up in hubby's truck and headed to the designated
 'Christmas Tree Cutting' spot.
 
I had shed the coat by now and as you can see I am mad about plaid!  lol!
 
 
I gave the thumbs up on this one and,
 
 
hubby cut it down.

 
He suggested only taking the top half of this one.  Brilliant, because we know how these trees look small out in the wild.  Get them home and they are monsters!

 
 
Cute Kylee dragging both the tree and the chain saw down the hill.  What a woman!!
 
 
The sun shining through the clouds caught my eye.  I have no idea what that tiny blue speck is on the bottom right.
 
 
I look like an idiot in this photo, but just something about holding a power tool. (hee-hee) Yup, I cut this one all by myself.
 
 
Four trees down the hill and tagged for the journey home.
 
 
All loaded up.

 
Saying good-bye to our beautiful Utah mountains
 

 
Kylee had a bit of fun playing with my phone.  Showing off the new boots her boyfriend gave her.

 
One never knows what they might run across when traveling the backroads.
 
 
 
Anyone in need of a new pair of shoes?  Well, maybe not so new!  lol!

 
Trees arrived home safely and have been placed in
 buckets of water.
 
Can't wait to see if my "Christmas tree farm" is everything I imagine it to be!
 
Have you had any visions of sugar plums or such running rampant in your head lately?
 
hugs,
Jann
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

About 130 ornaments later. . .

Hello my friends,
today I am sharing with you a project that we made in Craft group.
About 130 ornaments later, I now have a fabulous ornament tree!

This photo is of three of the 5 trees created that night.  Mine is the back right one.

 This is how we began.
Last Christmas one of our craft friends, Joanne made the most amazing ornament tree.  We were all in awe of it. Right then and there we decided that we would make one next year.

That gave us a year to gather and collect.  We then chose a base.  I had this vintage hammered tray that I bought at an estate sale years ago.  It fit the look I was going for.  All of our cones are metal and varied in sizes.  We hot glued them to our base and then. . .
 the fun began!

It's a bit like piecing together a puzzle.  You start at the bottom and work your way up.  The key is to put the hot glue where there is contact and hold in place for a while.

This photo shows the variety of bases and cones.  I actually bought the crystal and gold one, but decided it was too fancy for me.  It was perfect for my friend, Jackie!

Karen put hers in an urn, which I loved!  Brenda used
 a wooden one.


I didn't want to spend a million bucks on this tree.  When I put my Christmas away last year I saved a few ornaments that I didn't mind using.  I have a collection of shiny brites, but I couldn't bring myself to use them.  I bought a couple of boxes on sale at Home Goods, and some individual ones at Hobby Lobby.  A large share of them I picked up at thrift shops.
  
Only Brenda finished her tree that night.  Most of us found we needed more ornaments. 

I finished mine a few days later and sat it on my living room coffee table for you to see.


I tried to count the ornaments to give you some idea of how many it takes.  I lost track at 120 something.  And who knows if I counted some more than once.  (wink)  Of course the number you need will depend on your size of cone.
The only thing I might do is add some gold or silver foliage in the tiny holes.

Now let's take a closer look at some of my favorite ornaments.
This little pixie, 1/2 price from Hobby Lobby is one of my favorites.


The little house and train were thrift finds.  The cute striped elf was one I bought after Christmas last year.  I've had the
glass mitten for years.


The candy ornaments were more thrift finds.  I added just a few shiny brites that I picked up on our recent trip to Colorado.



I love the lamppost!  It's one I just bought at Hobby Lobby.  Luckily they were half price.  You need lots of small
 ornies for filler.


Even after buying more ornaments I still couldn't quite make it to the top.  I started decorating my bedroom and found a few that I didn't mind using in one of my boxes.  I've had this snowman ornament for quite a few years.


The light bulbs came from a light set I bought from Avon eons ago.  When they quit working I saved the bulbs and tossed the
light set.


This silly gnome stole my heart!


Lots of memories from many of these ornaments.


How cute is this ruffly tree?

I debated about whether or not to use this long aqua ornament.  I like the whimsy that it brings.


Another friend, Natalie gave me this Santa tree finial for my topper.
I love him!



I am loving my ornament tree and it was very fun to make.  The only question is now, "how am I going to store it?"  :)


Have you created anything fun lately?

Hugs,
Jann

I will be sharing with these fun parties:





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