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.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

PITCHER Perfect Week. . .

You know when something bad happens or something breaks down you often hear people warn you to, “Be careful, bad things come in threes!”
Well, I think that the same thing goes for good things. . .in a weeks time I scored three cute little pitchers at our local thrift shops.
The first one I found was this wonderful brown transferware.  $10, but so worth it!
Perfect addition to my Fall mantle!
Then yesterday was the grand opening of a new thrift shop called Tags.  Look at what I found for $1.
This darling cherry pitcher that matches a bowl that I found at a thrift shop a few years ago.
I placed it next to the bowl on my open farmhouse kitchen shelves.
Cute, cute!
Then I also found this sweet little white one at our local D.I.  Another $1 find.
It also found itself a home on one of my open shelving.
It looks awfully sweet next to my larger one.
Now my question for all of you savvy ironstone collectors.  “How do you know if it is ironstone?”  The only marking on the bottom is U.S.A.
Well, if you ask me; it’s been a pitcher perfect week!

*Have a Daily Cup is now on Instagram.  I'd love it if you followed along!

I will be sharing with these lovely parties:
Thoughts From Alice for Sundays at Home


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fall Greetings on the Front Porch

Although the last two days were 15 degrees warmer than usual today we are back to our normal fall weather.

Perfect timing for my Fall Greetings out on the front porch. . .


The minute I saw this idea on Pinterest I knew that I wanted to make one.  I had the perfect large pillow that I had bought a couple years ago from T.J. Maxx.  It was just a matter of stenciling the words on burlap and making a pillow cover for it.
If you’d like to know how I made it, I shared instructions on Hometalk


It turned out to be the perfect size for my vintage glider.  Originally I was NOT going to pick my pumpkins until Oct.  but I just couldn’t resist adding one next to the pillow.  The long vine was so cute I had to leave it attached until it shrivels.

Now I’d like you to meet, Twiggy.  This cute stand is a new thrift find.  Funny how something as inexpensive as $7 can brighten your day!  I bought the watering can a few years ago at an antique shop.  I love the orange spout!


Well, you knew I couldn’t pick just one. lol!  I did leave a few larger ones on the vine.


Oh and ya, I plucked a bowl full of ‘Baby Boo’s’ too.


And ‘Orange’ ya glad I didn’t pass up this hanging sap bucket with the orange trim when I ran across it on our vacay in Napa?


Hangs so cute on my chippy white ladder.  I planted it with Basil, A Flowering Kale, and then I tucked in one of my sunflower heads.  Stay away birds!  lol!  (this will make more sense later).

You know how much I love decorating my porch.  That was one of the stipulations when we were shopping for a new home. . .it HAD to have a porch!


My friend, Joyce gave me the rusty ‘harvest moon’ years ago.  Her hubby made it.  So of course I had to add my rusty springs topped with some ‘baby boo’s’.


I placed my giant sunflower head out on the porch before I left for my getaway with my quilting friends.  By the time I got home seeds were everywhere and the birds had picked it clean.

My cute sunflower milk bottle and copper tackle box (a thrift and estate sale find), were the perfect accents to sit at the leg of the drop leaf table.  Remember when milk came in bottles like that?



My cute spreader continues to ‘spread sunshine’ on the other side of the porch.  I tucked a rickety old piece of picket fencing behind and hung a rusty enamel pitcher from it with a bit of burlap.  I filled the pitcher with a few of my Limelight Hydrangea blooms.  The bench is empty for now because there’s a lot going on out here.



Things will change for Halloween and I love this idea I pinned today from B. H. and Garden


This yellow chair sits on the other side of the door.  The only thing new I did to it is add the little Fall banner.

For now I pulled a few sickly plants out of the urns at the top of the step and added a couple of Mums.


It’s only a few days until the actual arrival of Fall so let me be one of the first to say,
Happy Fall ya’all!




I will be sharing with these fun parties:
Revisionary Life for Thrifty Life Thursday
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home
Shabby Art Boutique for Shabbilicious Friday
DIY Link Party
Thoughts from Alice for Sundays at Home

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Share Your Cup Thursday #118

Hello 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’.

My friends, Have a Daily Cup is now on Instagram.  I’d love if you followed along!

The last two days we have returned to summer and had temps in the lower 90’s.  The mountains are showing more and more color each day.  The next few days we will be returning to Fall weather.  Hope you are having gorgeous weather as well!

Lot’s of wonderful links from last weeks party.  Let’s see what caught my eye.

Patti from Ivy and Elephants shared cute fairy jars that she made.  Hop over and see the others.


Marie from Interior Frugalista shared the gorgeous water wall her husband built for her garden.

Water Wall with Graphic

Kiki Nakita shared her beautiful bathroom makeover.


Cynthia from Handmade, Homegrown, Beautiful Life shared her love for vintage patterns and her gorgeous embroidered towels.


There were so many wonderful Fall links.  Really hard to choose just one.
 Karen's Up on the Hill is new linking to SYC.  She shared beautiful Fall displays in her home.


Holly from 2 Kids and Tired Cook shared the recipe for this yummy Lemon butter cake.

lemon cake

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


Don’t forget to hop over to my facebook page and see who is featured there.  I’d love if you liked me also!

Now let’s get this party started:

 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 and please do not link up the same thing you linked up last week.
3. Please have a link back to this post. That way others will know where the party is. Feel free to grab my button on the sidebar if you’d like. Only those with a link back 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 fill my cup!

  When pinning, don’t forget to pin from their site and not mine<

Monday, September 15, 2014

Pink Tea in the Garden. . .

Hello my friends, gorgeous weather, pretty pink flowers, and recent finds prompted me to have a pink tea in the garden.
Yup, a pink tea for just little ole me!
although things are winding down, there’s still some pretties to enjoy.
I set this up in the shade, but by the time I was ready to sit down it was sunny. lol!
Well, as you probably already guessed; the tea wasn’t actually pink.  It was a green tea. . .still seeping in a pretty cup which once belonged to my Aunt Viola.
but the teapot was.  Isn’t this so sweet?  The pot itself is actually white, but it has an insulated metal pink cover.
Look at the details on this gorgeous plate.  The back is labeled, Ovington Bros. ‘Made in England’.  Both the teapot and the plate will be listed in my etsy

So will this pretty sugar bowl.
After I set this table I realized that everything I used was either a thrift or estate sale find.(sigh)

Don’t you love the cross stitching on this tablecloth?
To accent the blue in the cloth I used my blue and white enamel pitcher to hold my gorgeous Limelight Hydrangea blooms.
Extra cups in case a friend, (or two, or three); might drop in and join me for my positively perfect pink tea!  Say that three times fast. Hee-hee!
What would a pink tea be without a pink chair?  Rustic but ever so charming!
I sat the pitcher on the chair to take a photo of something and decided it was picture worthy.
Notice the touches of pink on the blossoms?
And what did I have to go with my ‘pink tea’?  A pasta salad I made on Saturday filled with lots of goodies from the garden. . .and a slice of toast with some of my homemade raspberry jam.
Perfect weather for a Positively Pretty Pink tea!
I’ll leave you with one more pretty pink posy.