My Alpine Home

Friday, January 31, 2014

Plaid Picnic!

The other day I was putting away the winter d├ęcor I had out on the front porch. I was changing it to Valentines.   As I gathered up my plaid thermoses a thought crossed my mind.

  “Wouldn’t it be fun to have a plaid picnic?”

This morning I had to create the scene to see if it was as wonderful as I had imagined in my mind.  lol!

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Although this is set up in my back yard, I really think this is doable.  With Valentines Day just around the corner, wouldn’t your sweetheart love this?  I know mine would!

A picnic tin and thermoses full of goodies all loaded onto a sleigh for lunch.  Don’t forget a warm plaid blanket and some kindling.

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I set it up not even wearing a coat and trodding  through the snow in my hubby’s house slippers.  Didn’t want to get mine wet.  Hee-hee!

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Of course, if you were going up into the mountains you would want to bundle up!

Don’t forget to take some water for hydration.  It’s especially nice in a vintage red pitcher from ‘Avon’.

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I just picked up the little wooden coasters at World Market yesterday.  You could make your own, but when I spied them I knew they were perfect for this outdoor setting!

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Now it wouldn’t be a ‘plaid picnic’ without plaid dishes.  All thrift finds.  I have had the two large red plates for a couple years.  I paid $1 each for them.  The two small green ones I just picked up a couple weeks ago in St. George for 50 cents.  I just love mixing plaids!

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I found the plaid sugar bowl this week.  50 cents also, complete with a lid.

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Now be sure and fill those cute plaid thermoses with hot tea and cocoa.  I don’t have a lot of jadite, but this mug and teacup were the perfect pop of color!

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Loaded up and ready to go!

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I tied a boxwood wreath with twine to the back of the chair for a woodsy feel.

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There you have it, my ‘plaid picnic’.  Would your sweetheart love going on a winter picnic?

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And look what I created out on my deck as I tried to walk in the same footsteps each trip outdoors.

I’m not even kidding folks.  I made this heart without even trying.  I noticed it as I was making a trip back inside for more dishes.  Meant to be!

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hugs,

Jann

p.s.  I want to thank Kerryanne for featuring my Oui, Oui, Come to Paris with Me post at her Shabbilicious Friday party!  And also to Jody from Rooted in Thyme for featuring the same post at her Simple and Sweet Fridays!

I will be joining these fun parties:

The Style Sisters for Centerpiece Wednesday

Revisionary Life for Thrifty Life Thursday

Common Ground for Be Inspired

Rooted in Thyme for Simple and Sweet Fridays

The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home

The Dedicated House for Make it Pretty Monday

The Little Red House for Mosaic Monday

A Stroll thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday

The Scoop

Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

Savvy Southern Style for Wow

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Share Your Cup Thursday #89

Hello, happy winter and welcome to Share Your Cup! (SYC).  Although it has felt and looked more like spring here lately, we really need more snow!

So maybe those of you who are getting pounded can think warm thoughts and coax it our way. lol!

Share Your Cup is all about sharing the things you love.  I love the variety that each of you bring!

Each week choosing features is a bit of a challenge.  I start with a large list and have to narrow it down to a few.  Now and then a post does not get featured because I am not seeing a link back to the party.  Please try to do that so that I can feature your lovely blog!  Also, if you would get rid of word verification you would get more comments.  Now let’s get out there and visit and make new friends!

Here’s this weeks pics:

Although Spring is a ways away, Diane from Design till it Shines has me longing for it with her pretty bird collage and springtime vignette.

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Betsy from My Salvaged Treasures shared her latest finds.  Among them were these fantastic ceiling tiles.

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Thoughts From Alice shared her vintage Valentines Mantle.  I love the stacked books and the wooden spools of thread!

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Revi from Revisionary Life shared her Winter mantle.  Love all of the layering of the picture frames!

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Kim from Living Vintage shared her amazing library/dining room breezeway reveal.

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Debra from Doll in the Looking Glass shared the cutest snowman wall hanging she made.  Love all of the detail!

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

*Don’t forget to hop over to my Facebook Page and see who was featured there.

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Now let’s Party! A few rules and then let the fun begin!

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 help to fill my cup

 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Play BALL!

What is it about vintage sports balls that is so appealing?

I know I’m not the only one that swoons when they run across them!

Last week I scored when I found a bag of old cue balls at a thrift shop in Tooele for $10.  My sis and I were there for a funeral.  It’s about an hour and a half away so we decided to see if there were any thrift shops before heading back home.

I placed them in a jar in our theater room.  They make me smile!  No windows in this room, so I done my best!

The croquet balls were another thrift find a year or so ago.  Only two, but for 50 cents each I didn’t hesitate.

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The old Yahtzee game is another thrift goodie.  Love the graphics!

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These are doubly wonderful!  Not only are they sports balls, but they are numbered!

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Now do you think that’s all the balls I have for you today?  lol!  Nope, there’s more!

I found these about a month ago.  They were $.75 each.  I didn’t even bother to clean them up.  Loved them as grungy as they might be!  Just imagine the hours of play these beauties have seen!

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They look pretty sweet on top of my old blue cupboard along with an old bowling pin, vintage coke cans, and reels.

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Only one problem I might have.  I can think of one little (almost 4) grandson that just might have to climb that cupboard to get one of those baseballs.

I figured that by now you are having such a ball that I had better show you one more jar of balls.

These numbered balls still had the Pier 1 tag on them when I scored them at another thrift.  A lady actually had them in her hand.  When she put them back I asked?  “Aren’t you going to buy them?”  She replied, “Oh, no I really don’t know what I would do with them.”  When I said are you sure, because if not, I am.  She said, ‘you go ahead’. 

Not knowing what to do with something has never stopped me from buying.  Not always a good thing. Hee-hee!

There’s my lucky #7!

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Well, there you have it folks.  My collection of balls.

And I’m sorry, I just can’t resist,

Thrift Stores got balls!

hugs,

Jann

I will be sharing with these fun parties:

Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

Knick of Time Tuesday

We Call it Junkin for Home and History

Green Willow Pond for What We Accomplished Wednesday

Savvy Southern Style for Wow

Revisionary Life for Thrifty Life Thursday

The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday

Friday, January 24, 2014

Kitchen L.O.V.E.

For many of us the kitchen is the heart of our home.  It’s the place where delicious smells draw people together.

It’s only natural that we want our kitchen to evoke a feeling of love.

With Valentines Day just around the corner my kitchen is filled with even more love than usual.

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I’ve filled the counters with my seasonal dishes.

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Of course my every day reds work perfectly for Valentines.  Even my chippy highchair seems to be dressed for the occasion.

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Sentiments of love are tucked in here and there.

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My red Kitchen Aid is happy to be put on display.

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Showing a little more love is what Valentines is all about. . .I dressed up my faux candles with a paper heart and bakers twine.

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My newly found scale holds some ceramic cupcakes.  I had to snatch it up because it was so different from any of my other scales.

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A thing of rustic beauty!

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A handy baking center for whipping up a sweet treat.

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A couple containers of goodies.  Notice the middle section is empty?  I must confess, I ate most of the jelly hearts.

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More faux cupcakes.  I had m&m’s in the bowl but I used them to make a weekend snack.

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A few of my vintage red dishes are on display in my wicker baby scale.

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While others hang on my French mug rack with handmade tags, pretty ribbons, and a few tokens of love.  Little hearts and such.

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Glittery hearts and ticking ribbon hang from the chandelier.

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This little vintage Valentine is perfect for my thrift find locks and keys.

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Here’s the treat that used up the m&m’s.  One batch fills two pretty pink vintage bowls.

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There’s even a little love hangin out in the hood.  lol! 

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If you pop in for a visit chances are you’ll find me in the kitchen.

I might even be wearing one of these.  I know, I know, it says baskets, but right now aprons are taking center stage.

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Now in case your in the mood to share a little ‘love’ in your kitchen.  Here’s the recipe for my

Sweet Chex Mix:

1 large box Rice Chex cereal (for this batch I used some rice and some corn)

1 1/2 cubes of butter

1 c. light Karo Syrup

1 c. sugar

1 c. mixed nuts (original recipe called for blanched peanuts)

1 package seasonal m&m’s.  (It makes a great neighborhood gift at Christmas time)

Pour Chex cereal and nuts into a large bowl.

Heat butter, Karo, and sugar in a med. sauce pan just until boiling.

Immediately pour over cereal and nuts.  Stir well. 

After it cools slightly add m & m’s.  If you add them when it’s too hot they will melt.

YUM!

*Warning:  You can’t eat just one handful!

January is almost over and it won’t be long now.

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With love from my kitchen to yours!

Jann

I will be sharing with these fun parties:

Green Willow Pond for What We Accomplished Wednesday

Savvy Southern Style for Wow

Lavender Garden Cottage for Cottage Style Party

Ivy and Elephants for What's it Wednesday?