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.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Bird Business

Many of you love decorating with birds as much as I do. 

After my 5 year old granddaughter Saydee left my home yesterday I wondered if just maybe I was in the 'bird business'.

My grands are use to our home being decorated for upcoming holidays.  So when Saydee asked why I had so many birds.  I think she thought there was some special bird holiday that she needed to know about. lol!

  I gave her some lame reason and it wasn't until after she left that I thought that I should have teased her a little and said that I was in the 'bird business".

 
 
I love feathering my nest!
 
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Decorating with birds for Spring helps me do just that!
 
 
3 or 4 years ago my sil, Laurie and I made a bunch of paper birdhouses.
They were so much fun to make and I still love them!
 
I placed some branches in one of my white urns and hung them from the limbs.
 




 
 
 
I love birdhouses!  I often buy them when on vacation.  The large blue one came from a road trip in ID a few years ago and I bought the little one in Napa last July.
 



I found this sweet red one at a local furniture store 4 or 5 years ago.





 
 
Hubby recently made me a chippy frame out of some old wood I had for a bird print that I bought in Feb.
 
 
It became the hi-lite of my mantle.
 




 
I created a small vignette on the hearth.  It included a bird of course.
 
I brought a touch of nature in with a moss ball in an urn on top of two of my favorite décor books. 
 
 
 
 
Once my nest is feathered I love to fly out into the garden in hopes of seeing some real live birds.
 
 
 
Are you like me and have so many bird themed items that you are wondering if you are in the 'bird business'? 
 
 
hugs,
Jann
 
I will be sharing with these lovely parties:

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Share Your Cup Thursday #145

Hello my friends and welcome to Share Your Cup, (SYC for short).

The party where you share the things that make you happy.

Hubby and I took off on a last minute road trip so I was only able to visit a small amount of links from last weeks party.

For that reason, there will be no features this week.  : (

If you have a favorite post you shared last week, please feel free to link it again this week!

Here's a sampling of the wonderful things we saw and did.





 
 
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 I would love for you to come back and leave a comment.  They help to fill my cup!



Thursday, April 9, 2015

Birds and Blossoms

Nothing says Spring more to me than seeing birds in my garden and blossoms in my trees.
 
They make me smile every time I walk outdoors.
 
After putting Easter décor away the birds and blooms started flying into my home.  I've got them tucked here and there.  They've even flown onto my table.
 
 
My Weeping Crabapple tree is covered with gorgeous blossoms.  I couldn't wait to bring some indoors!
Pink blossoms and aqua bottles.  A bit of heaven, if you ask me.
 
 
I found the cute S&P shakers at an estate sale last week.
 
 
The vintage quilt I've used as a tablecloth came from the same sale.
It's time worn, but I love it!
 



A couple of months ago I found the bird plates while shopping at Home Goods.
I have so many dishes that I tried to resist.  As you can see I didn't succeed.  lol!
 



I placed them on pretty vintage dishes, Virginia Rose by Homer Laughlin.  I found them at our local thrift.  To me it looks as though the birds are sitting among blossoms.

I used a faux cabbage leaf as a charger.
 
I love the sweet bloom and crochet edge on these vintage napkins.
 
 
 
I made the little nests last year by cutting a vintage sewing pattern into strips and twisting and rolling it like you do to make flowers.
 
I placed a small egg and a millinery flower pin inside.
 
 
I have 6 bird plates, but only four of the floral.
 
The remaining two birds are on display in my chippy pink grate with some hand painted plates I found while thrifting in ID.
 
 
 
I have used my grate on my table before, but never thought of using it to hold plates until I saw Cathy's from My 1929 Charmer.  Don't you love getting inspiration from blog friends?
 
Of course I had to add my pretty glass sugar bowl with the bird on top.
 
 
I knew just what I wanted to do with this old grinder when I spied it at our thrift.
 
 
 
 
I paid $2 for this darling tea towel at the same estate sale.  The purple teacup was a birthday gift from a friend years ago.  I like how they pull the purple flowers out of the floral plates. 
 

 
 
 
 
Can you tell how much I love these blossoms?  he-he!
 
I always need a bit of whimsy.  Got it by adding some garden gloves and a cute little bird to my aqua chandy.
 

 
Mini egg wreaths added to the back of the chairs is the final touch to this
'Birds and Blossoms' table.
 
 
 

 
( I'm smiling because I had the bar stools turned up on the island so I could mop the floor.  but I had to stop and take photos first.  Think of them as a green picket fence.)  lol
 
I hope you enjoyed my Spring time table!
 
hugs,
Jann
 
I will be sharing with these lovely parties:
 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Share Your Cup Thursday #144

Hello my friends, I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter holiday!
 
Welcome to Share Your Cup, (SYC for short).  The party where you share the things that make you happy.

The trees are filled with blossoms and boy does that ever make me happy.  Love bringing them into my home!
 
Sweet touch of Spring!
 
 
 
You all are amazing with your wonderful posts.  Really makes it a challenge to pick just a few!
 
Features from SYC #143:
*remember to pin from their site and not mine.
 
Sarah from Sadie Seasongoods shared her creative garden projects.
 
 
Trisha from American Honey Home dressed up her kitchenAid.
 
 
Pat from Lilly My Cat shared her collection of gorgeous French postcards.
 
 
 
Brenda from Muchmore Creative made the cutest Easter jars.
 
 
 
This darling tea party shared by Sarah Beth from Along Magnolia Lane
makes me wish I was a little girl again!
 


Joy from Yesterfood shared the recipe for these delicious fruit crescents.
 
 
 
Thanks so much everyone for sharing and please grab my button if you were featured.




Don't forget to hop over and see who is featured on my fb page.
 
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 I would love for you to come back and leave a comment.  They help to fill my cup!
 
 
 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Spring Porch

I have been waiting for the tulips in my birdbath to bloom before I shared my Spring porch.
 
They were suppose to be red so imagine my surprise when I saw these beauties!

 
The purple crocuses are spent, but there is still pretty color.
 

 
I created this collage one morning with my phone to share on Instagram.
 
 
Since then I've added a few pussy willow branches to one of the filing cabinet drawers.
 
 
 
My enamel pot of sedums has come back to life so I placed it at the base.
 
 
I planted both urns at the top of the steps with Pansies and added a little piece of metal garden edging.
 
 
 
 
I planted a red primrose in a rustic bucket and hung it on my old garden gate.
 
 
 
 
 
To add whimsy I placed a couple of rusty springs under one of my metal cloches.
The sweet turquoise oil lamp was a recent thrift find.
I love it!
 
 
 
The little bunny planter was also found at our local thrift.  I filled it with a yellow Viola.
I bought the funeral basket at an estate sale a few years ago.  I have a small collection.
They remind me of my sweet mother and how she used similar ones every year to decorate for Memorial day.
 



The door in the corner is over 100 years old.  It came off of our youngest daughters home.  I kept it simple and hung a faux Forsythia wreath.

 
Love this chippy plant stand that I bought a couple years ago from my friend, Dolly's Aunt Bunny.
 

 
Nothing says 'Spring' to me more than pink and yellow Primroses in an aqua pot.
 
 
 
Happy Spring from my front porch to yours!
 
 
 
hugs,
Jann
 
I will be sharing with these lovely ladies: