My Alpine Home

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Share Your Cup Thursday #195

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

Monday, April 25, 2016

Garden Party

Hello my friends, I have been looking forward to the opening of this fabulous 'Garden Party'

Carol and I are so excited to be joining the gals from
Thoughts of Home for this fun monthly link party.

Spring is my favorite season, and there's no place I'd
 rather be than in the garden!
Pull up a seat, (well, maybe not this one); and stay a while!
This one might be a little better.  And look at that ray of sunshine.  Love it!
If you've visited my garden before then you know that there is always a lot of red going on.  This year I am having fun working with a new color scheme.  Our oldest grandson is getting married in our garden in June.  His sweet bride has chosen aqua and coral for their wedding colors.
The cushions for our faux wicker furniture were five years old and not looking the best.  I had them recovered in fabrics that would tie in with the wedding.
I picked up this wicker stool at a thrift shop and sprayed it coral.  At first I thought it was a bit bright.  But the pop of color is growing on me.
Saturday I attended the "Three Dotters' vintage sale and came home with this planter.  The plants were the perfect color!
It's still early here in UT, so not a ton of color in the beds.  However, my trailing plants are really putting on a show.
This candy tuft is so huge it hangs clear down to the lawn.  Before it was in full bloom it looked like a heart. 
My Weeping Crabapple is loaded with gorgeous pink blooms.
Lenton Rose are one of the first things to bloom in my garden.  I have a pretty green one as well, but try as I might; I could not get a decent photo.  They have a tendency to hang down.
Love the forget me not type blooms of Brunnera.

Another early bloomer and favorite - Pasque flower.
My 6 year old grandson, Jack wanted to know why I had a cage over my Delphinium.  "Grandma just does silly things like that in her garden"
Sweet little Violets.  Just realizing that I have a thing for purple.  :)
He also was quite amused that I had plants in my boots.
I've been planting some of my containers, knowing that I can bring them indoors if we have a freeze.  Very likely,  because we're not truly safe until after Mother's Day.
I saw this one at our local grocers and thought the colors would tie in very nicely.

Now you've visited my garden, I can't wait to see yours!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Made in the Shade

Hello my friends,
Whether I am cruising in my car.

Shopping for plants,

or visiting a friend who called and wanted me to come by for
 some garden advice.

I've got it made in the shade with my cool new
sunglasses from firmoo
Not only are the frames sweet, but the blue lenses really do make you feel cool.  :)

And look at that fabulous case!  Almost makes me want to craft with it or use it in a vignette.  (wink)

I feel honored that I was able to review these glasses for firmoo
I got to pick my own style and ordering online was super easy.
Now for the fun part.  They are giving away a pair for one of my fabulous readers.
Just leave a comment and you will be entered to win.  The give away will remain open until Friday the 29th.
Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Share Your Cup #194

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

It's what your hosts call "filling your cup".

This week it's Carol's turn to choose the features, but first, let's see what your hosts have been up to.

Jann is back from her Carolina vacation 

and she shared her finds in Thrift Finds for a
Farmhouse Mantel. 

Jo is feeling better and is busy sewing 

 In With the Old, Carol shared the changes in their guest room 

and talked about the friendships made through social media in
It Takes a Village.

And now for the features ...

I love (and am coveting) all the whimsically colorful
Picnic Goodies shared by Nitka Design.

I was touched by the beauty and history of the beautiful post shared by Kitty of Kitty's Kozy Kitchen - the teacups were painted by her Great Aunt Kitty and the tablecloth was embroidered by Kitty's mother.

Amy of A Day of Small Things shared a beautiful post about passing up on big box knockoffs in search of pieces that have a history and tell a story.

 Jacqueline of Purple Chocolate Home instilled great beauty and missed no detail in staging a birthday celebration friend.

Doreen of Altered Artworks rescued a little industrial chair from a warehouse sale and gave it a fun update.

Pat of French Country Style from the foot of the Rockies took us on a lovely tour of the south of France in How I Found My Style.

Thanks for sharing and don't forget to grab the button if you were featured.

Here's a quick reminder about the Garden Party -

link up a garden themed post on Monday, April 25 beginning
 at 6:30 a.m. CST.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Thrift Finds for a Farmhouse Mantle

Hello my friends, the other day I met up with a blog friend, Paula from Pollyanna Reinvents to borrow some of her vintage trophies.
I'm hosting a baby shower at my home on Tuesday and we're going with a theme of, "Our Little Champ".
When I contacted her she suggested that we meet at our local thrift.  Let's just say, she didn't have to twist my arm.  lol!
I didn't find any vintage treasures, but I found some fun items that inspired me to come home and create a farmhouse scene on our basement mantle.
The first thing I found were these two sweet plates.

I loved the checkered border and cute rooster image.

They called for me to add my rooster and hen S&P.  I found them at a thrift shop as well.

It certainly needed a red rooster.
I rounded the corner to the next isle in the thrift shop and spied this large white bowl.  It screamed to be paired up with the
 rooster plates.

I also found this wire egg basket.  Of course it was the red handles that caught my eye.    I tried filling it with wooden eggs, but it wouldn't stay open unless it was hanging.

So I just tucked it inside the white bowl and settled for my chippy red chicken basket instead.  I placed it on one of my vintage scales to add a bit of height.

For a little over $6 I found some fun things to create a simple
 'farmhouse mantle'.
Have you found any fun thrift finds lately?
I will be sharing at these lovely parties: