My Alpine Home

We have lived in our new home in Alpine, Utah for four years now. My current goal is to make a larger more open home (which works great with our extended family) have a bit of cottage charm and seem more cozy. I hope you will follow along and give me encouragement as well as advice as I embark upon this challenge.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tuesday's Tour. . .Our '2013' Holiday Home

With Thanksgiving  just a couple days away I thought that it might be fun to spread a little Christmas cheer.
I don't know about you, but seeing others Christmas décor gets me all excited to dig in and decorate!
 I have just started on this years décor so I am taking you on a 'holiday tour' of our home from last year.
I absolutely love the Christmas season and the spirit that it brings!
I am so happy to have you and I hope you enjoy our Christmas home.
I wish you ‘Plaid Tidings’
Plaid Tidings
And hope you feel welcome when you first step onto our front porch
and enter into our home
(living room)
(family room)
(basement family room)
(basement kitchen)
I love mixing things up from year to year and it's kind of fun to look back.
Hope you enjoyed the tour!
Wishing everyone a  very wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Cranberries. . .Not Just for Eating!

Well my friends, with Thanksgiving right around the corner our thoughts often turn to turkey, stuffing, and cranberries.
I don’t know about you, but I take a bite of turkey and then I follow it with cranberries and stuffing.  Tremendous trio if you ask me!
But as tasty as cranberries are, they are just as pretty, don’t you agree?
Now is the time to plant your Paperwhites and Amaryllis if you want  them to be blooming for Christmas.
Although Paperwhites don’t require soil for potting I chose to plant mine in dirt so that I can top them with, (you guessed it cranberries).
Just something about those pretty plump berries that are a delight.
I especially love them when the white blooms burst open.  You can see that mine are just barely popping their little heads out.
Here’s a picture of some that I planted last year.  They had grown to this height after only a week or so.
They all start out in my kitchen window, but some will be moved throughout the house when they start to bloom.
These two clay pots have been covered with a red with gold stars tissue paper.  I didn’t do these myself.  Found them years ago in a close-out box at a local shop for $.25 cents ea.
Easy to do though, using Mod Podge.
Cranberries are also pretty layered with fruit.
Here I’ve used cranberries, oranges, limes, and lemons.
cranberries, lemons, and limes
I like them better in a tall narrow clear vase, but all of mine have been used to hold candies and such in my Christmas basement décor.
You can also cover them with water and let them float.
You do need to change the water every so often or it will get rancid.
One of my favorite things to do with cranberries is to make a spice simmer.
I dumped the entire contents of the jar in a pan and added cinnamon and cloves.  You can even throw in a sprig of pine.  I didn’t have any handy so I threw in some Rosemary.
Bring it to a boil and then turn down and let simmer.  Just check it occasionally and continue to add water as needed.
(I won’t lie, I’ve cooked mine dry before)
You can even refresh it with more spices and it will last you for quite a while.  I toss it when it gets looking kind of ugly and make a fresh batch.
Growing up my mom always had a simmer going on her stove.  She always used an old coffee can.
It made our home smell wonderful!
Can you believe that this ‘Mrs. Olson’ does not even own a coffee can?  Folgers would not be happy with me. lol!
But look what I did have.  Brought this home from my sisters house when I was helping her pack.
*note. . .make sure your can will hold water.  I filled it with water first and it seemed to do the trick.
Now my simmer is as sweet smelling as maple syrup!
and so is my home!
Pick up some pretty cranberries while you’re at the store.
This week they are sure to be on sale.  I paid $5 for two bags.

Friday, November 21, 2014

A Deerly Beloved Thrift Store Vignette

Recently Alice from Thoughts from Alice requested bloggers to join in a ‘Holiday Thrift Store Challenge’.
She was worried whether or not people would be up for it.
Well, did we ever surprise her.  .  . 30  people answered her call and I happened to be one of them.
The challenge was to buy something (or things) for $25 or less and transform them into something for Christmas or create a vignette.
I didn’t hesitate a bit when I read her e-mail.  Sounded like a grand idea to me!
The past three years I have had a bit of a vintage deer fetish.  Every time I go to a thrift shop or an estate sale I have my eyes peeled for them
Recently I scored this sweet thing for $1.  He’s velvety soft and has a tag saying “made in Norway”.
Every year before it freezes I bring my Rosemary plant indoors.  I love using it for Christmas décor as well as cooking with it.
It was a teeny tiny start that I picked up at Walmart for $1.50 on Clearance.  Originally I planted it in my wheelbarrow fairy garden as a little pine tree.  By Fall it had become a giant tree. lol!
I thought that it would make a cute ‘Christmas’ tree!
and it will smell wonderful as well.

Rosemary is the perfect plant for Christmas. . .it signifies love and remembrance.
What a sweet reminder of the Love we have for our Savior and the Remembrance that he died for us.
I planted it in this rustic galvanized pail that I picked up for $4 last summer.
Tied a bit of burlap around the center and stuck in a few branches.
Perfect for showing off a few of my vintage ornaments.  I bought the box of Shiny Brites last year for $4.
The long ornaments are not a thrift find.  They are from our first Christmas tree  back in ‘1972’.
I love how some of the ornaments have remnants of spray snow on them.
The bottle brush tree was a damaged goods store find for $3.  I think I am going to try bleaching it.
Even the sprinkling of snow was a thrift find.  I can always use more snow and  the bag was only 50 cents.
I played a little and tried putting this estate sale (free) mirror in the background.  It was brown and I painted it with homemade chalk paint.
The reflection from the mirror is kind of fun.
Which vignette do you like best?  With or without the mirror?  
Even if you had to buy a Rosemary plant this is very economical.
This simple ‘thrift store’ vignette cost me right around $12 and took about 15  minutes to throw together..  It’s sure to be Deerly beloved by me!

Hop over and visit all of these very creative gals and see the amazing things they did to fulfill this 'Holiday Thrift Store' challenge!
Glam Christmas Throw Pillows by Thoughts from Alice

A Deerly Beloved Thrift Store Vignette by Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson

Christmas Cloche by Craftberry Bush

A Vintage Mantel for Winter by Finding Silver Pennies

DIY Holiday Walling Hanging by House of Hipsters

Christmas Decor from Thrifty Find by Town and Country Living

The Trellis Tree by Cozy Little House

DIY Centerpiece Tray by Cherished Bliss

Rustic Christmas Tree by Delineate Your Dwelling

DIY Crocks by So Much Better With Age

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Share Your Cup Thursday #127

Hello my friends and welcome to Share Your Cup, (SYC for short).  The party where you share the things that make you happy.

It’s what I call ‘filling your cup’.

Remember to mark you calendar's for our ‘Creating Christmas’ party. Can’t wait to see your fabulous Christmas posts!

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* I picked up a cute little give away gift for helping us advertise.  Please tell me in a comment if you have put our button on your sidebar and I’ll toss your name in the hat!

Wishing all of my American friends a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Now for this weeks features:

*I want to mention that there were alot of posts that I could not see a link back to SYC.  Sorry, but in order to be featured you must have that!

Remember to pin from their site and not mine.

Tracie from Fishtail Cottage shared her cozy cottage dining.


Melinda from The Refeathered Roost shared her beautiful bathroom remodel.


 Nancy's Daily Dish shared some gorgeous and unusual Turkey Transferware platters.


Dana from Starfish Studio has created some very creative Map Frames.


Mindi from My Love 2 Create shared this fun under the bed storage she made for her sons room.

MyLove2Create, left view pulled out

Sarah from Hyacinth for the Soul shared these yummy gingerbread acorns.

acorn gingerbread

Thanks so much for sharing and please grab my button if you were featured.


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Now let’s get this party started!
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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.
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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 fill my cup!