My Alpine Home

We have lived in our home in Alpine, Utah for five 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.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Cottage Guest Bedroom

Some of you may remember the guest bedroom we finished in our basement two years ago.
If you'd like to see what it originally looked like visit
 Be My Guest.

It's always been a romantic looking room, but I just
 gave it more of a cottage feel. 

 Shortly after we finished it our youngest daughter came and lived with us for a while and it was a bit 'too girly' for her.  So I told her to pack it up and make it her own. 
She did just that!  It really was cute, but I didn't take a photo of it.  Imagine maps, dream catchers, and a framed photo album of the Beatles Abbey Road.  I'm sure you are getting the picture.

Well, she hasn't lived here for a year and I finally got around to putting the room back together.  Making a few changes, of course.

Last August I scored these decorative plates at a thrift in Idaho.  I got the whole lot for around $5.
I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them.

I found this awesome frame at our local thrift about a year ago.  It was gold, but I painted it white.  I had hung wire through the middle and used it on my mantel for the New Year.  I hung the numbers '2015' printed on book pages across it. 
I thought that some of the plates would look cute hanging in the middle.
Aren't the plates gorgeous?  Very cottagey, don't you agree?

Notice the wording Smoking Tobacco?  The graphics was something that drew me to it.  The top says, "Bull Durham"  It's not really noticeable, but just makes it unique!

This piece of lace was another thrift find.  It adds a touch of elegance draped along the bottom of the bed.
You know how us girls move things around.  :)  The window was moved from the porch to the living room, to now here.
A little banner made for a bridal shower gave it a dainty touch.

More cottage romance.

All picked up at thrift stores, yard, or estate sales.
Reproduction aqua bottles hold some of my dried flowers.
I love vintage bath and beauty items!

What do you think of this little angel?  I thought she was sweet, but my daughter thought she was creepy.
Travel themed items for the weary travelers that might rest their heads in this guest bedroom.
I recently found another suitcase to add to the stack, but It needs a little work.
When we first finished the room I painted an old oak armoire that we had in our bedroom at our previous home

We changed the mattress from a queen to a king, but kept
the door headboard.

Are you feeling romantic?  lol!

If so, 'be my guest'!


I will be sharing with these lovely parties:
Shabbilicious Friday
Cooking and Crafting with J & J
The Cozy LIttle House for Tweak it Tuesday
Roses of Inspiration
The Dedicated House for Make it Pretty Monday


Thursday, October 1, 2015


There's a party goin on right here. . .
(feel free to sing this song as you go)

Well my friends, October has arrived and it is going to be a month of parties and celebrations!

The party animals are out and ready to PAR-TAY!
Yahoo! This is your celebration
Yahoo! This is your celebration

Celebrate good times, come on! (Let's celebrate)
Celebrate good times, come on! (Let's celebrate)

I saw a painting of a crow canvas on My Painted Garden blog.  Erin is an amazing artist.  I contacted her and asked if she would mind if I painted one for myself.  She said 'go for it', and was so encouraging!

I threw in the aqua bottles and pulley to bring out the aqua in the crows banner.  I love a touch of blue with orange!

There's a party goin' on right here
A celebration to last throughout the years

This coming Saturday I will be hosting a 'woman's party' at my home for extended family on my mom's side.  This is something we use to do when she was still alive.  Many of them I have not seen for a few years.  Sounds like there is going to be a nice turn out, and I can't wait!

Doesn't this look like there's a party gong on in there?  :)

Some of the crows are dressed in their finest.  This cute thing was made by my friend, Dolly.
So bring your good times, and your laughter too
We gonna celebrate your party with you

(believe me, with my family; there will be plenty of laughter!)

I made party hats for my crows a couple years ago and I still love them!  They sure look like they are having fun in that black velvety tree! 
Come on now

We are going to have a ball! 

Let's all celebrate and have a good time

I have a fall banner like this I made a few years ago.  I decided to make a b&w one for my mantel.

(keeping it simple.  I didn't even add ribbons or burlap to the ends)



We gonna celebrate and have a good time

In 10 days we will be celebrating fall in New England.  So excited to see that beautiful
part of the world! 
It's time to come together
It's up to you, what's your pleasure
Everyone around the world
Come on!

Yahoo! It's a celebration

Of course, towards the end of the month we will have our annual family Halloween Party.
 Always guaranteed fun!

Celebrate good times, come on!
It's a celebration

Celebrate good times, come on!
Let's celebrate!

How about you?  Do you have a party planned for Oct?

You party animal you!!  (wink)

(this is funny because I am a horrible winker.  Can't even wink my right eye!


I will be sharing with these lovely parties:

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Share Your Cup Thursday #168

Hello my friends and welcome to Share Your Cup, (SYC for short)
The party where you share the things that make you happy.
Looks like we are going to have fall weather again.  After having two weeks of gorgeous summer time temps.
The change will be nice, but I must admit I was loving the
 warm weather!
Can't believe Sept. has come and gone.  Love decorating for Halloween, so you'll be seeing plenty of that at Have a Daily Cup! 
I tried my hand at more artwork.  I'll be showing you where my party animal ended up, but for this photo he just hung out with a couple of pumpkins.
(my inspiration (with permission) came from Erin, an amazing artist at My Painted Garden)
Also, I want to thank those of you who entered the Farragoz on line art class give away.  Thanks to Tania for letting me be a
 part of it! 
*Wanted to mention that something crazy is going on with blogger.  There were a few people I visited that it would not let me comment.  Also, one blog when I visited it said it had a threat and would not let me go to it.
Now for the features from SYC #167:
It was a difficult week to choose!  So much wonderful fall inspiration was shared!
*remember to pin from their site and not mine
Pat from French Country Style at the Foot of the Rockies shared her romantic fall décor.
Penny's Treasures also shared the softer sides of Autumn.
 Amber from  Junkaholics Unanimous shared her fun use of vintage items and pumpkins out on the porch.
Mary Jo from Master 'PIECES of my Life shared her fabulous birdcage all decked out for fall.
Angie from Knick of Time shared how she made over this farmhouse cabinet.
Kara from A Spirit of Simplicity shared the recipe for yummy molasses cookies.

 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! 

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Out on the Fall Porch

Hello my friends,
hard to believe that there are only 3 days left in September!
I don't know about you, but for me it just flew by.
Once Oct. arrives I switch my décor from fall to Halloween.
I'll be adding just a bit of spookiness to the front porch. 
But before I do I thought I would show you what it looks
like right now.
The 100 year old white door ended up here out of laziness.  (wink)

I was decorating when hubby was at work and I wanted to move the door into the garage, but it is so darn heavy that I decided to just move it from one side of the porch to the other for fall.


All of my outdoor planters are still flourishing so I brought this watering can planted with a sweet potato vine around front.  A rustic bench and a perfectly plump pumpkin completed the scene.

I just about threw this sign in the garbage because it was so faded.  But then I thought to myself.  "Jann, if you found this at a thrift or yard sale you would buy it and give it a make over."  So, I decided to do just that.  I repainted the words and pumpkins then rubbed a little stain on top for a bit of shading.


My rusty harvest moon was a gift from my friend, Joyce years ago.  He makes me smile!

I thought that my old push mower was the perfect colors for fall.  I planned on making an autumn banner to hang from it, but never got around to it.


I placed two old coal buckets filled with pumpkins on each side of  the porch pillars.

This poor bucket has seen better days, but I love it!


I love unique pumpkins, but this year I have not came across anything real unusual. 

This one is a little pale, so it caught my eye.


Isn't it funny the things we drag home with us?  I spied this twig while hiking with my hubby and daughter.  Loved the lichen growing on it.
Pink and orange are complimentary colors.  This little impatient plant in an old minnow bucket started blooming again just in time for fall.

I placed a bundle of wheat in a large funnel and added my watering can with the orange spout and marigold.


My chippy aqua filing cabinet made it's way into the corner.
The Cosco stool and hanging bucket are some of my vintage finds.
Love the white and warty pumpkins!
I have had the little wooden cornstalks for years.

My hanging geraniums are still putting on a show.  This past week we have been back to summer time temps.
Having a glorious Fall!
I will be sharing with these lovely parties: