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.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Creating Christmas Party–Vintage Décor & Give Away

Hello, and welcome!  I am so excited that it is my turn to host our Creating Christmas Party!  This party will remain open for one week.  I had so much fun sharing with Cindy and Tracie.  I want to thank them both for joining me.

Santa button 2

I will also be sharing this post with Timewashed for Blissful Whites Wednesday.

Next week we will return to our usual “Share Your Cup”

I will be showing both last weeks and this weeks features then.

One of my favorite things to do is mix vintage items with new.  Because of that I have them spread throughout my home.  For today’s party I will be sharing my living room with you.

Since we redid this room last Winter this is the first time I have decorated it for Christmas. I had so much fun!  Warning, lots of pics.  I am even saving the tree for a separate post.  Whew!  Thank goodness!

I’ve mixed Vintage items with mercury glass.  Keeping this room in mostly silver and white with a pop of  color here and there.


My hammered iron tray was a yard sale find.  I love the vintage plate with the picture of a church and mini tart tin.


I made the burlap pillows on the sofa using old trims and buttons passed down from my mother.



This old lamp that I added old doilies, buttons, and lace to the shade makes a fun place to display some of our Christmas cards.



A few of my favorite vintage finds in this corner are, of course, my chippy table, The tiered stand made from old plates holding shiny brites,  the star that I dolled up with a bit of paper and trinkets, the Teleflora bowl planted with paper whites, and the felt stocking found at the D.I. for 50 cents.  Notice the beaded snowflake? 


Love that old frog too!  A few of the ornaments are from hubby and I’s first Christmas tree.


I just hung my dotted Swiss curtains.  Simple and inexpensive from Ikea. The fun ball was made by my hairdressers daughter, Sierra.

Everyone has to have a few Santa items, don’t you agree?



A rustic stool holds an old birdcage filled with gorgeous aqua shiny brites.  While a pillar is home to my D.I. find Johnson Bros. pitcher.  I love anything architectural!



My favorite thing in the room is the shelf my hubby made from half of an old door and three corbels.  I purchased the mirror made from salvaged pieces, love it!


I hung this years book page wreath on the mirror.


I made the music sheet tree after seeing so many fun ones in blogland.  I found the old shutters for 50 cents ea.  Painted them aqua, sanded and glazed them for an older feel.  I love my Santa and sleigh!




I made this wreath last year from old rolled book pages.  I adorned it with one of my mothers earrings.


I bought the old Christmas card box and the plate from Star Mill Antiques.  I love the image of the church and even though I think the plate was originally a wedding plate, Silver Bells is my favorite Christmas song.


My cabinet made from an old window has a few vintage items tucked in amongst my collection of red dishes.

cabinet collage

A glimpse of my tree and this corner of the room.


And here’s looking in through the French doors from the entry.


I’m sure like most of you, I love me a little ‘Vintage Christmas’!

Now, I can’t wait to see your vintage style.  It can be anything old, reproductions, or vintage inspired created by you.

Hugs and wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

Oh my gosh, I just about forgot about the give away. . .that would not be a good thing.

There’s two parts to it.  Here’s the first one:  A darling wreath purchased from my hairdressers Harvest Moon boutique.  Held every Christmas at the Emporium Salon.  All that makes this wreath Christmas is the jingle bell.  Easily removed, or covered with a flower and a gorgeous thing for everyday!


All you have to do is leave a comment and you’re in on the give away.  Link up (mention that you did in your comment) and I’ll toss your name in a second time.

Part #2

I would like to thank those who helped us advertise about our ‘Creating Christmas’ party.  If you put our button on your sidebar tell me in a comment and you will also be included in a drawing for this sweet bottle brush tree.  Now folks, you will be on the honor code. I have seen it on a few blogs.  And sorry, no it doesn’t count if you add it today.


Let’s party!!!


Susie said...

Jann, I love those old ornaments and all the things you have made with book pages. xo,Susie

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

I hope the 2 posts that I linked up are okay..

Thanks for hosting!!


Kris said...

Just lovely!!! I want to come over now!!!
xo Kris

Debra said...

jann so much eye candy! I don't think anyone loves christmas more than you do ! :) I have shared my post "childhood memories" at a few other links already but when I started on it , I had your vintage party in mind....I don't have anything special in the way of collections and I was thinking "what can I do for this" and then the skaters / Ideals/ general memories post 'dawned' on me. But LOL you read it already the other day! :) Merry Christmas Season, Jann to you and yours :)

Julie Marie at Idyllhours said...

Hi Jann... love all of your vintage Christmas goodies!... I want that Johnson Bros. pitcher from the D.I!!!... (for those of you who do not know what the D.I. is, Jann and I live in Utah and it is Utah's version of Good Will) Jann... one day you and I need to meet halfway at the D.I. in SLC... and do some SERIOUS shopping together!... your Shiny Brites look great all over, and that old felt stocking is adorable!... all of your crafts are fabulous too!.. Thanks for hosting the party... I linked up a post... please enter me in your fun giveaway!... I would have put your button on my sidebar, but I didn't think I'd be able to get a post ready but I did!... can't wait to see MORE of your tree... that was such a teaser!... xoxo Julie Marie

Trisha said...

I love all your vintage decorations! Your home is so festive and fun!
Thanks for asking me to join in on the glad to link up!


Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Jann, you have a lot of decorations and vignettes packed into your post. I love the chippy table and the plate rail. Also the sheet music tree and wreaths, the lampshade, the bottlebrush trees and all the glittery ornaments.

Old Time Cindy said...

Wow Jann, you have to be exhausted. So much eye candy! Thanks for inviting me to join you. It was a great experience! I linked up my dining room for this party.
Farmhouse hugs,

ImagiMeri said...

Wow Jann, your living room is lovely. I love your shelf and mirror the most.

Happy Holidays,

Chenille Cottage said...

Dearest Jnn,
You have transported me to a time long, long ago. What a nostalgic and wonderful place you havecreated. Every tiny touch is so you and so very pretty. Magic flows from vignette to vignette.
How I love your wreaths, the darling shelf you sweet husband fashioned for you, the vintage pieces, your charming chippy table,
your artfully stitched pillows...Oh, my you have given me so many things to enjoy!
Blessings and the sweetest of Christmases to you and your family!
Carolynn xxx

Yes...I would love to meet you in person one day. I do think we are kindred spirits...and, by the way, I was a Dental Assistant, too.

Alderberry Hill said...

I am happy to be linking here this week, thanks so much for this wonderful party. Happy Wednesday & Happy Holidays too!{Hugs}

mimi_62 said...


I love it all and hope I win!!!
Thanks for sharing~

Sharing Shadymont said...

What a great party. Your home looks gorgeous!! I love your tree, and all the other items. Those ornaments are adorable. Thanks for hosting!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Jann,
I LOVE your chippy table and the blue green shutter. Wonderful ornaments and some of your pieces of furniture would look nice in my home too. :) You have a charming home! Thanks for sharing.

Christmas blessings,

SwedishCorner ~ DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Thanks for hosting, Jann!
See you next week too :) ~Pernilla

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Jann, Thanks for hosting! Your home looks so beautiful what a great mix of things.

This is my longest post I have ever done.

Cottage and Broome said...

Jann, You have so many beautiful vintage vignette! I love the bird cage and also all you pink ornament from your first tree! They would fit in perfectly at my house.. Thanks for hosting again this week Hope you are having a wonderful holiday season so far, Laura

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Hi Jann; thanks for sharing your Christmas home. A treat. And thank you for hosting this Creating Christmas party this week.

Denise @ secondtimearoundfinds said...

Thanks for hosting the Creating Christmas party this week Jann, and thank you for sharing your lovely Christmas decorated home tour.

Katherine Wolak said...

I LOVE what you did with the house and the lovely baubles! :D


Rob Hunt said...

You have been working hard getting everything decorated. Looks great. Thank you for hosting.

Micupoftea~ said...

Looks great! I love the soft tones, tiered stand with ornaments and charming Christmas pillows. Welcoming and cozy :)

Donna Heber said...

Hi Jann,

Wow, everything looks fantastic! Your home is so festive and inviting. Thank you for hosting our lovely party. Enjoy the beautiful season.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

I also have the button for the party on my side bar and have for sometime now...

Thanks SO much for hosting this delightful Christmas party!!


Maria Elena said...

Your home looks gorgeous! Thank you for hosting! Happy Holidays!

andrea@townandprairie said...

Jann, All linked up and please enter me in the giveaway! I don't know what it is, but I'm really into the handmade this year, too. I'm really into the vintage inspired paper crafts this year. All of your wreaths look darling! Love your shiny brites. Thanks for hosting another Christmas party, A

Jill said...

Thanks for hosting, now to,start reading through all the posts!

Your home is so inviting, it's beautiful!

Heather @ new house, new home, new life said...

Hi Jann

I haven't been by in a while, my bad. But happy I saw that you were hosting this party. I've entered my vintage hankie stockings.

Happy Christmas!

Rosewalk Cottage said...

I love vintage ornaments and I have quite a collection but I didn't get them out this year. Everything looks great Jann.

sew sweet vintage said...

LOVE the paper wreaths!!! Super festive Jan!

Two Cottages And Tea said...

Hi Jann,
Oh, I just love all your vintage decorations and how you displayed them! I have a tall lamp like yours and I love the idea of using the lampshade like you did! The next time I'm at my little farm cottage I'm going to copy that! Thank you for hosting your fun party and wishing you a merry Christmas!

Karen Mary Butterfly said...

Wonderful. I love your mix of old with new. Your vintage paper pretties are all so sweet! Love the wreath with your mother's so pretty and meaningful! Can't wait to see the tree...I was trying to peek a bit :)

pembrokeshire lass said...

As always a feast of new ideas and so much to take in! Could I be entered in the giveaway as I live in the UK? We always seem to miss out! Thanks. Joan

must love junk said...

Jann, you have so many fun vintage things, I don't even know where to begin! (I LOVE the chippy table!) I just linked up-thanks for hosting! :)

S said...

Wow, this is lovely with a cozy old fashioned feel. I join in with the others - love that chippy table.

Little Susie Home Maker said...

Wow! Jann, your room is just so beautiful! i would not have expected anything less from you. It must warm your heart to get to decorate your new room for Christmas. may many lovely memories come your way in this new beautiful room. Merry Christmas.

Kathy Watkins said...

jann, your living room is beautiful and looks so good. done a great job as always. kathy watkins