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.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Office Design Board

If you know me, you know that my style is pretty eclectic.  I never stay with just one specific style in any room.

One of my favorite things to do is mix vintage items with new!

So when I was contacted by Holly, Community Manager from Chairish to participate in their Style Challenge I was more than happy to join in the fun!

Getting inspiration from their collections of ‘Vintage Furniture'  I created an Office Design Board.

The reason why I chose to do an office is because I have a confession to make.
We NEVER use our living room.  It’s basically a fun room for me to display a lot of my pretties.  As far as ‘living’ in it, not so much!  In fact if I was building a home today I would not even have a living room.

Not now, but someday I could see it becoming a lovely office. 


Let’s take a closer look:
I would like a room with a pretty white hardwood flooring.
The colors in this rug will pull the room together nicely.

This industrial table is what inspired me to do an office.  Don’t you love it?  I like using things in unusual places.  Oh yeah, I’m the lady who has an old laundry room table for a craft table.  No surprise I picked this!
A couple of art stools should fit perfectly.
The minute I spied this old seed cabinet I knew it was what I wanted for storage.  It’ll pull the red out of the rug.  I love a red and aqua combo!
seed cabinet
A girls gotta have a comfy chair to rest her tush.  Isn’t this a beaut?
A sweet wicker side table to sit next to it.
side table
It was instant love when I spied this light fixture made from seltzer bottles.
Seltzer bottle Light
Now for some accessories.  This set of map pictures are awesome!
set of maps
9. & 10.
I don’t want to clutter the desk up too much, but this globe ties right in with the map pictures.  And this old scale is perfect for holding papers!
11. & 12.
To soften the seed cabinet let’s add a couple of treasures to the top.  I have a typewriter just like this and it is one of my favorite display pieces.  The suitcases could also come in handy for storage.
Well there you have it, My Dream Office Design Board.
Now this is a room I could get use to. lol!
What do you think?

I will be sharing with these fun parties:
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Share Your Cup Thursday #123

Hello my friends 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’.

It’s hard to believe that Halloween will be here in no time.  We have been having such gorgeous weather and I am loving every minute of it!

Thanks again to all of you for taking time out of your busy schedules to come party here!  Seeing all of your creativity definitely helps to fill my cup!

Now on to features from SYC. #122:

When pinning, remember to pin from their page and not mine.

Suzan from Simply Vintageous shared this darling bedroom.  So many fun details in what she calls her ‘little bitty guest room’.


Christine from C.D.'s Country Living shared a fabulous makeover of her fireplace.

Fireplace main

Zuni from Chickadee Home Nest shared touches of Fall throughout her home.


Shelley from Calypso in the Country had fun playing with these sweet boots out on her porch.


Fabbys Living hosted a creative Halloween tea party for her cute granddaughters.

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I love these super fun and I bet tasty Raven cookies shared by Simply Suzannes.

raven sugar cookie 9-2

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


After you link up, please come back and leave a comment. They fill my cup!

Don’t forget to hop over to my facebook page to see who is featured there.

Also I’d love if you would follow me on Instagram!

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!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tuesdays Tour. . .A Ride up American Fork Canyon

Hello my friends, it’s been a few weeks since I shared a ‘Tuesday’s Tour’ post with you.

One night after work we decided to grab a bucket of KFC and head up American Fork Canyon.  We wanted to catch the Autumn splendor before it was too late.  Why not enjoy an outdoor picnic while we’re at it?


                                                  (this one was taken just before dusk)

Well, let me tell you; 50 million other people (exaggerating of course)  had the same idea.

The canyon was packed!  So much so that you could not stop and take some of the gorgeous shades of red and orange that were in the lower part of the canyon.  Still there were some beautiful sites!


I am always amazed at the beauty of this glorious earth!


I loved this pop of gold amongst the green pines as the sun started to set.


Remember, this was in the evening.  Can you imagine how brilliant these would be with the sun shining on them?



There’s gold in them there hills!  Why is it always so fun saying that? lol!  Not sure what that puff of what looks like smoke is.



50 Shades of gold.



I love moss so I had to share this photo.



                               (me taking a picture of our daughter, Kylee taking a picture)

Kylee decided to have a little fun.  We thought it was a cute photo.  Apparently another lady did also.  A complete stranger took a picture of her as well.


Golden Oldies.  Hee-hee!


Okay now prepare yourself for what I’m about to show you.

Let me set the scenario.

I saw a large field of golden foliage.

Me to hubby:  Video me while I frolic (skip) through this field. *In my mind this was going to be all “Sound of Music’ like.  You know, the hills are alive?

Kylee:  I’ll frolic (skip) with you.

Me: Okay

Before you view this video let me tell you three things I learned:

1.  NEVER try frolicking (skipping) in flip flops (especially in a bumpy field)

2.  61 year old chubby ladies don’t frolic!  And they certainly can’t jump up and click their hills.

3.  If you try to frolic, come prepared for the laughter that will certainly follow and wear Depends!

Frolicking in the Canyon Blooper

Telling it like it is!

At least the Autumn Foliage didn’t disappoint.



Saturday, October 18, 2014

Welcome to Hauntsville!

Hauntsville is the name of my Halloween town.

It’s the place where haunted houses and trick-or-treaters can be found.


Don’t let Mr. Bones keep you from going inside. . .he’s just as afraid of you.

  In fact, once you enter he’ll run away and hide!


And this smiling ghost. . .well he just stepped out to say, ‘hi’.

Who knows, if your nice; he might teach you to fly!



Hauntsville really is quite a friendly town. .

They have a fountain of pumpkins you can buy by the pound.


A black widow spider is hanging around. . .to see if any left over goodies can be found on the ground.


Although this house says, ‘do not enter’, the path looks quite fun. . .


Once you’re inside, your journey’s begun.

Treats are on the mind of this scaredy cat. . . she’s willing to take a chance and enter in her party hat!


Ha, ha, look who’s there pretending to be brave. . .yup, that’s me, I stepped out of my witchy cave.



The lamp post and the moon keep the town well lit.


That’s why for trick-or-treaters this town is a hit!



Come to Hauntsville. . .hurry come fast!


We all have a sweet tooth and the goodies won’t last!

I picked up the 2 chipboard house kits at a thrift store last year.  I used papers and embellishments I had to decorate them for this ‘kid friendly’ town.
Using two other houses that I already had, I placed it on a bed of green grass(burlap).
I decorated my table more for the grands this year.  5 year old, Saydee had fun exploring it one day when I was baby sitting her.

I hope you felt welcome in Hauntsville!


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Aqua Love. . .

Last Saturday I attended a vintage sale with a couple of my friends.

As we walked towards the entrance it was love at first sight!!

Aqua love that is.

A rustic wooden filing cabinet that wheeled it’s way right into my heart.


Yup, it was those rusty wheels as well as the aqua color that I loved.
It was a fabulous price and I couldn’t wait to get it home and ‘style’ it.


As rustic as this ole gal might be. . .she needed a feminine touch.  A thrift find $2 doily did the trick!  I added a touch of whimsy with the masked pumpkin.

Some of the drawers got filled with pumpkin and Fall foliage.  I’m thinking I need to put the word, ‘pumpkins’  in the label slot.

I tied a $4 enamel pitcher filled with Hydrangea blooms to one of the handles.


I bought it from the vendors Two Pitts of a Pear and I love it!!  They have wonderful stuff and wait till you see what else I bought.  Just a teaser, not showing you yet.


She feels right at home with my shabby bench and $5 orange chair.


I know what you’re thinking, “she has this and that Mining Cart on her front porch?”

mine cart

Somehow it worked!

How about you?  Do you have a bit of aqua love?