My Alpine Home

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Share Your Cup #273

Hello, and welcome to Share Your Cup, (SYC for short).
 
 
The party where you share what makes you happy.
 
It's what I call, "filling your cup".  I truly believe that by sharing we help to fill others cups as well.
 
I want to wish all of my American friends a vey Happy Thanksgiving!
 
I feel so blessed and can hardly wait to dig into many of my favorite dishes!!
 
This week I shared how About 130 Ornaments Later I had created an ornament tree.
 
 
I also took you on Our Tree Cutting Adventure
 
 
I am so excited for Christmas and have started decking the halls ever so slightly.  I've decorated our bedroom, entry, and living room.  The kitchen and family will remain decorated for Thanksgiving until Friday.
 
Then. . .Let the fun begin!
 
Now for the features from SYC #272:
(remember to pin from their site and not mine)
 
Katie from Let's Add Sprinkles shared her fun collection of turkeys.
 
 
Vickie from Making Our Sustainable Life created a rustic woodland centerpiece for her Thanksgiving table using gifts from Mother Nature.
 
 
 
Sheryl from Red Tin Inn shared how she aged and stenciled shiny new buckets to make them look time worn.
 


 
Lynn from Happier than a Pig in Mud shared her recipe for this yummy white fruitcake fudge.
 



Thanks so much for sharing and please grab my button if you were featured.
 
 
 
Also, I want to tell you about a couple of fun events coming up.
 
First, I am excited to be joining Katie and a number of other wonderful bloggers for her Cozy at Christmas Holiday Blog Tour!
 
 
Also, myself and 4 other bloggers will be hosting, "Creating Christmas" link party again this year.
Hope to have a button made by next week.
 
I am looking forward to all of your wonderful Christmas posts!
 
 
 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, please come back and leave a comment.  They help to fill my cup! 
 
 
 
 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Our Tree Cutting Adventure. . .

Hello my friends,
many of you know what a 'theme' gal I am.  Yup, give me a theme and I'll do my best to run with it.
 
A couple of weeks ago I was laying in bed.  Trying to fall asleep, but visions just kept popping into my head.  (wink)
 
I was contemplating on how I wanted to decorate our front porch for Christmas this year.  That's when it came to me, "decorate it like a tree farm"  :) I pictured a porch full of pines with tree stumps and boughs overflowing everywhere.
 
Oh, and why not add a cocoa bar while I'm at it.  A fun place to sip a cup while hanging out in my tree farm.
 
Now, back to the trees.  Being the cheap, I mean frugal gal that I am I was not about to pay big bucks for trees to go on my porch.  My daughter in law came to the rescue.  Seems that if you have a deer license and you don't get a deer you can cut a free tree. (who knew?)  Well, with quite a few hunters in our family she rounded me up 4 permits.
 
Our youngest daughter had the day off, so us three amigos loaded up in hubby's truck and headed to the designated
 'Christmas Tree Cutting' spot.
 
I had shed the coat by now and as you can see I am mad about plaid!  lol!
 
 
I gave the thumbs up on this one and,
 
 
hubby cut it down.

 
He suggested only taking the top half of this one.  Brilliant, because we know how these trees look small out in the wild.  Get them home and they are monsters!

 
 
Cute Kylee dragging both the tree and the chain saw down the hill.  What a woman!!
 
 
The sun shining through the clouds caught my eye.  I have no idea what that tiny blue speck is on the bottom right.
 
 
I look like an idiot in this photo, but just something about holding a power tool. (hee-hee) Yup, I cut this one all by myself.
 
 
Four trees down the hill and tagged for the journey home.
 
 
All loaded up.

 
Saying good-bye to our beautiful Utah mountains
 

 
Kylee had a bit of fun playing with my phone.  Showing off the new boots her boyfriend gave her.

 
One never knows what they might run across when traveling the backroads.
 
 
 
Anyone in need of a new pair of shoes?  Well, maybe not so new!  lol!

 
Trees arrived home safely and have been placed in
 buckets of water.
 
Can't wait to see if my "Christmas tree farm" is everything I imagine it to be!
 
Have you had any visions of sugar plums or such running rampant in your head lately?
 
hugs,
Jann
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

About 130 ornaments later. . .

Hello my friends,
today I am sharing with you a project that we made in Craft group.
 
About 130 ornaments later, I now have a fabulous ornament tree!

This photo is of three of the 5 trees created that night.  Mine is the back right one.

 
 This is how we began.
 
Last Christmas one of our craft friends, Joanne made the most amazing ornament tree.  We were all in awe of it. Right then and there we decided that we would make one next year.
 
 
That gave us a year to gather and collect.  We then chose a base.  I had this vintage hammered tray that I bought at an estate sale years ago.  It fit the look I was going for.  All of our cones are metal and varied in sizes.  We hot glued them to our base and then. . .
 the fun began!
 
It's a bit like piecing together a puzzle.  You start at the bottom and work your way up.  The key is to put the hot glue where there is contact and hold in place for a while.
 
This photo shows the variety of bases and cones.  I actually bought the crystal and gold one, but decided it was too fancy for me.  It was perfect for my friend, Jackie!
 
Karen put hers in an urn, which I loved!  Brenda used
 a wooden one.
 
 
I didn't want to spend a million bucks on this tree.  When I put my Christmas away last year I saved a few ornaments that I didn't mind using.  I have a collection of shiny brites, but I couldn't bring myself to use them.  I bought a couple of boxes on sale at Home Goods, and some individual ones at Hobby Lobby.  A large share of them I picked up at thrift shops.
  
Only Brenda finished her tree that night.  Most of us found we needed more ornaments. 
 
I finished mine a few days later and sat it on my living room coffee table for you to see.
 
 
I tried to count the ornaments to give you some idea of how many it takes.  I lost track at 120 something.  And who knows if I counted some more than once.  (wink)  Of course the number you need will depend on your size of cone.
The only thing I might do is add some gold or silver foliage in the tiny holes.
 
Now let's take a closer look at some of my favorite ornaments.
This little pixie, 1/2 price from Hobby Lobby is one of my favorites.
 
 
The little house and train were thrift finds.  The cute striped elf was one I bought after Christmas last year.  I've had the
glass mitten for years.

 
The candy ornaments were more thrift finds.  I added just a few shiny brites that I picked up on our recent trip to Colorado.
 

 
I love the lamppost!  It's one I just bought at Hobby Lobby.  Luckily they were half price.  You need lots of small
 ornies for filler.

 
Even after buying more ornaments I still couldn't quite make it to the top.  I started decorating my bedroom and found a few that I didn't mind using in one of my boxes.  I've had this snowman ornament for quite a few years.

 
The light bulbs came from a light set I bought from Avon eons ago.  When they quit working I saved the bulbs and tossed the
light set.

 
This silly gnome stole my heart!

 
Lots of memories from many of these ornaments.

 
How cute is this ruffly tree?
 
I debated about whether or not to use this long aqua ornament.  I like the whimsy that it brings.

 
Another friend, Natalie gave me this Santa tree finial for my topper.
I love him!
 
 
 
I am loving my ornament tree and it was very fun to make.  The only question is now, "how am I going to store it?"  :)
 
 
Have you created anything fun lately?
 
Hugs,
Jann
 
I will be sharing with these fun parties:
 
 
 
 


 
 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Share Your Cup #272

Hello, and welcome to Share Your Cup, (SYC for short).
 
 
 
The party where you share what makes you happy.
 
It's what I like to call, "filling your cup".
 
I hope all of you are having a wonderful week!  It has felt like spring here and I am loving it!!  I'm excited for Thanksgiving next week, but 'Visions of Sugar Plums' have been
dancing in my head.  :)
 
Last week I shared how after coming home from Colorado and walking into our home I was Floored
 
 
Now for the features from SYC #271:
 
Mary from The Boondocks Blog gathered some wonderful things from nature and created a beautiful vignette!
 
 
Amber from Follow the Yellow Brick Home shared her inviting harvest kitchen.
 
 
 
Pam from Everyday Living shared her beautiful Thanksgiving tablescape.  I love the pumpkin in the cotton ball wreath!
 
 
 
Antique Mama shared her Pyrex collections and the stories
behind them.
 
 
Thanks so much for sharing and please grab my button if you were featured.
 



 
 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, please come back and leave a comment.  They help to fill my cup! 
 
 
 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

You FLOORed me!

Hello my friends,
 
Many of you know that recently we got new hardwood flooring in our kitchen, family room, master bedroom, and sewing room.
 
We already had Engineered wood in our kitchen, which I loved.
 
I wanted to replace the carpet in our family room with wood and they were unable to match what I had so I had to get all new.
 
 
I chose chiseled walnut.  Even though I had seen it in a friends home, doing such a large area had me a bit worried.
 
We went to Colorado for a week while they installed it.
Honestly, I was afraid that the wood tone would clash with my cabinets.
 
I must admit that when I walked in I was floored!
 
It was everything I had hoped it would be.

 
I took a risk of ordering a rug on line from Birch Lane.  I chose one that I thought would blend with my throw pillows.  Again, when it arrived I was floored!
 
I think it matches perfectly!!



Here's some other views of the family room,
 



and kitchen.
 

 
I stained the top of our table white, hoping for more of a farmhouse look.  I haven't done the chair seats yet, and I'm thinking I need to sand it more.



 
I am also pleased with how the lights and darks in the wood coordinate with my cabinets.

 
 
I'm still putting my sewing room back together. (I decided to paint my sewing table red) But, I'll show you a few pics of the bedroom.
 
 
The new flooring adds a richness to our bedroom.
 
I bought this faux fur rug at Home Goods.  It's like stepping out onto a soft cloud in the morning.  :)



 
 
Has anything 'floored' you lately? :)
 
hugs,
Jann