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.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

My Pillow Passion. . .

Well my friends, I have a confession to make. . .I have a terrible pillow passion!
Don’t know what it is, but I just go all ‘Lady Ga Ga’ over them.
I love seasonal ones and have a closet and blanket chest full of them.
I don’t have a lot of pink in my home but I couldn’t pass this sweet thing up when it was marked down to $10.00.
Pink chenille.. .makes me swoon!
It seems that I have a knack for finding things marked, ‘clearance’.  lol!
Like this large red houndstooth beauty.  $20, regularly $80.  It simply had a seam that needed to be resewn.
This shabby chic number was made by my hairdresser and priced very reasonably.
Gorgeous buttons, ruffles, and floral, what’s not to love?
Another clearance find.  Love the reddish bird!
Now lets step into the bedroom.
Again I have lots of pillows that I switch out often for the season.
After removing my Winter spread the other day I went back to my everyday quilt.
Then it became time to decide which pillows I would use.
I started with my two red Euros, a small polka dot pillow in the center and this beautiful ruched pillow.  I had seen it at a shop and loved it but was not about to dish out $100 for it.  Lucky for me I was there the day they only had one left and marked it down to $30.
 I started adding more pillows. By the time I was through you could barely see it. 
I added the ‘Good Morning and Good Night’ beauties that were gifted to me by Carol from Art and Sand.  Such a sweet blog friend!
Then I tossed a few more red and whites in.  Perfect for Valentines Day!
Another pretty white with lace Target markdown bolster sits on the bench at the foot of the bed.
I love redwork so when this Splish Splash pillow showed up on PB clearance, I had to have it.
The small pillow adds a touch of turquoise.  A Home Goods find.
I have a lot of pillows on both upstairs and downstairs sofas as well as the sectional in the theater room, (a post for another day). Hubby is always removing them, but never complains!
Oh yeah, now and then he’ll hint that he thinks I have enough pillows.
But then he didn’t say a word when he was with me when I found the red houndstooth beauty just a couple weeks ago.
Gotta love a guy like that!
I’ll end with a glimpse of my coat closet.
Most of these are seasonal and I’ve made quite a few of them.
Anybody else have a passion for pillows?  I know you’re out there. . .fess up! He-he!  Please don’t let me be the only one!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

SEW Much Love!

Have you taken the time lately to stop and think about how loved you are?
And did you know that if you want to be and feel loved that you have to give and show love?
It truly is a continuous circle of giving and receiving.
I think that there is no truer saying than that of “Love makes the world go round!”.
I really do feel loved and it’s that thought that I had in mind when I decorated my kitchen table.
Vintage Sewing Machine Vignettte
When family and friends come to visit I feel their love. . .there’s nothing quite like a big hug and kiss from a grand!
Excites me almost as much as a vintage treasure.  JK!
I’ve had this vintage sewing machine for years.  It was in a sewing cabinet and I really had nowhere to display it so after storing it for 5 years I finally took it out of the case and I love using it in vignettes!
love the soft pink of this crochet sheen.
The vintage linen towel was found at an estate sale. Look closely at that needle.  Anyone know exactly what it was used for?
I pulled a couple of pincushions from my sewing room.  The sweet Battenberg one was a gift from my cousin, Betty and I bought the wool heart years ago at a fabric store.  It was love at first sight!  The pretty doily was another estate sale find.
I corralled some luscious colored wooden spools of thread into a glass vase and tucked in a pair of vintage scissors.
I gathered the hearts I made together and placed them in my black and white dough bowl.
I recently picked up this roll of buttons on wire and thought it made the perfect garland to string throughout my ‘SEW Much Love’ vignette.
The wooden doll is a lavender sachet and a small pair of scissors are attached to the end.  I ordered these years ago from Lillian Vernon.
The cupid plate that I made years ago by Modge Podging fabric onto the back of a clear glass plate seemed to be perfect for this vignette. 
And yes, let’s add flowers. . .a few dried roses.
I filled the chippy red jar that I found earlier this week at a thrift shop with some of my vintage buttons.
My white linen tablecloth remains to be one of my favorites.  I love how it hangs.
I had Sew much fun putting this together and I hope you enjoyed it!
Wishing you “SEW much Love”!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Share Your Cup Thursday #133

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

It was so much fun to be back partying with all of you amazing people.  Thanks so much for being faithful party animals, lol!  And a warm welcome to you newcomers!

I am smack dab in the middle of spreading lots of L.O.V.E. throughout my home.  Haven't even brought up the Valentine boxes yet and with all of my seasonal dishes and vintage goods it looks like it could almost be finished. lol!  You can bet that I'll find a place for them.

Here's a little sneak peek of my table.  The theme is "SEW much LOVE!

Now for features from SYC #132:

Many of you know that I have been making hearts out of old linens.  So it's no wonder that I absolutely adore these pillows that Jen from Lace Crazy created using her vintage linens.

Stephanie from The Enchanting Rose made this sweet wall organizer.  Love the fabrics!
Sharon from Rivercrest Cottage took a trip to her daughters and helped redo and organize her closet.
I love this fun table Virginia from Artsy Va Va made!

I love the simple elegance of Laurel's new chandelier.  Visit her at
The North End Loft

bj, from Sweet Nothings shared the recipe for a couple of yummy pies.  One sweet and one savory.
Thanks so much for sharing and please gram my button if you were featured.
Don't forget to hop over to my fb page and see who was featured there.
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!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Thrifted Treasures

Hello my friends, I have had a bit of luck at the thrift shops lately and I thought I’d share them with you.
Saturday I woke up with an infected eye so on Monday I called the dr. and he had me come in.  It meant a half an hour trip to Provo, but stopping in at a nearby thrift shop helped me forget about my pain. lol!
English Transferware
Imagine my delight when I spied these beauties right off the bat!  They were in the collectors case so a little more pricey, but still to sweet to pass up.  The large plates and cow creamer were $10 ea. and the saucer was $5.
I love toile and this is two side panels and one very long valance.  I think I can do a bit of tweaking and use them in my basement family room.  If not, the fabric is great and can be used for so many things.  All of them cost me $10.  I just washed them and haven’t ironed them yet.
I found 8 of these pink goblets for $.50 cents each.
Pink Goblets
This sweet little Beatrix Potter child’s plates was only $1.
Today I went to a friends house to plan for an upcoming party.  Why not stop by our local thrift?
It made me smile when I spied this cookbook for $2.  I had this one when I was first married.  Silly me got rid of it when it became worn an bought a new one.
The shutter I found a while ago for $5, but just painted it.  I need to buy new sandpaper to distress it more.
What do you think of this jar, leave as is or repaint it?  I know what I am going to do, but just wondering. He-he!  It cost me all of $.50 cents.
A pretty red and white box for $2.  I have plans for this in my Valentine d├ęcor.
I thought this little fairy was sweet and would be fun for Spring.  Marked $5, but he offered to lower it to $3 because it had been there a week.  I didn’t even ask.
The pretty eggs are perfect to add to a bird vignette.
I never pass up a vintage ball or a piece of hardware.
I bought these for $1 each with my kids in mind.  I knew they would love them.  My son, Dalan and dil were here tonight so they took them home.
I just love hunting for thrifty finds, how about you,
found any treasures lately?

I will be sharing with these lovely parties:
Bella Rosa Antiques for Let's Talk Vintage

Friday, January 16, 2015

Towel Bar made from Vintage Hardware

Hi my friends. Today I am sharing an article that I thought you would enjoy.

Make a Towel Bar from Vintage Hardware

By Merri Cvetan


Remodeling a bathroom is a big and expensive undertaking. The results, however, are always worth the effort. Who wouldn't love a new sink, toilet, tub and shower? But if complete remodeling isn't in your cards at the moment, there are several ways to update the room that gets used the most. It's as easy as replacing hardware. You can get new knobs for the vanity or cabinetry or simply replace the towel bar.


As an interior designer I'm always looking for new ways to add style to any room I'm redecorating. Sometimes all it takes is thinking outside the box. When I found an old brass door pull at a flea market, I instantly knew it would be perfect as a towel bar. I assume this one came from an apartment or commercial door. Maybe the lock was in the center opening? It's the perfect size for a hand towel when installed horizontally.


I love the shape and little bit of detail in the design. Don't polish away the old patina—that's part of the charm of antique pieces. The brass gets shiny with use. This bathroom has painted wainscot, so the door pull complements the vintage styling in the room.


Design shouldn't be too serious. Have fun with accessories. I printed an appropriate reminder for the little ones in the family: "Wash Your Hands"!


If your bathroom is a guest powder room, you might want to decorate in a more sophisticated style. Try black and white zebra print towels. I love the contrast of old wainscot and vintage door pull paired with a modern animal print.


Try adding a little bling. The powder room is an easy space to do something unexpected. Go glam and wow your guests. I added a vintage rhinestone and pearl pin to the opening using candle adhesive. It's a waxy substance you use to hold candles in place. It's removable so you can change your "jewels" every season. No holes necessary!

What other repurposed items do you have that could work as new bathroom accessories?

Interior designer and DIY crafter Merri Cvetan writes about her craft projects and on home decor for Home Depot. Home Depot's own selection of towel bars and other bathroom accessories can be viewed online.

I was contacted by a representative for Home Depot wondering if I would be willing to share this article.  I love using unexpected items in different ways and thought Merri’s towel bar was so fun!

What do you think?



I will be sharing with these fun parties:

Olives and Okra for funtastic friday

Thoughts from Alice for Sundays at Home