My Alpine Home

Monday, March 31, 2014

Excited for Spring. . .

Oh my friends, I am so excited for Spring that I literally ‘Wet My Plants”!  lol!

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Hubby came home from work one day last week and was so excited to tell me that phrase so I could use it on my next post.  He had seen it on a sign at our local nursery.  Isn’t it nice when others are looking out for us?

Some of my favorite Spring bloomers. . .Ranunculus, Primroses, and Pansies.

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I planted the urns by the garage with a pretty pink and white flowering Kale and some Snapdragons.

I’m thinking that these should last clear into Fall and I can just tuck some trailers in around the edge in May.  Of course I will have to keep pinching the Snapdragons back and I will cut off any bloom that comes up out of the Kale.

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Now let’s see what else has got me excited for Spring.  It rained yesterday, so naturally the umbrella came out.  I made it a couple years ago.

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Sweet little English Daisies planted in an urn are peeking out from a wire cloche.

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I dyed the egg shells with Rit Dye the same time I was dying coffee filters for the wreath hanging on my door. 

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Pretty faux blooms spill over the edge of the umbrella.  They almost look real, don’t you think?

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I dipped stacks of the coffee filters in the dye.  Afterwards I just threw them in the dryer and they came out in different shades of aqua.

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I painted the rustic wooden eggs years ago.  The dot theme is carried out with the ribbon on the umbrella.

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Both the chair and the moss basket were thrift finds.  I recently painted the chair yellow.

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When I came home from a get away with friends my daughter Kylee had done the chalkboard art.  I love it!

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A touch of green grass in a vintage wicker basket.  The duck was bought in Salzburg years ago.

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Hyacinths planted in a metal pitcher will be transplanted into the garden for next year when spent.

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Yup, I’m excited for Spring!

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You can see where we have to build up the lawn where we redid our sidewalk that had settled.

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Hope Spring has come your way!

hugs,

Jann

I will be sharing with these lovely parties:

Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

Kathe with an e for You're Gonna Love it Tuesday

A Delightsome Life for Home and Garden Thursday

Common Ground for Be Inspired

Friday, March 28, 2014

Vintage Lace and Easter

Thanks to Kathy from A Delightsome Life for featuring this post.

There’s just something about vintage lace that makes my heart soar.  I always keep my eyes out for it at estate sales and thrift stores.

A couple of weeks ago I really scored.

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I had been sick all week.  One afternoon my friend, Amanda called and told me about an estate sale she had ran across close to our homes.  She was so cute and said, “It’s such a gorgeous day, I thought that it might make you feel better if you got out for a few minutes and ran to this sale”.  Let’s just say, she didn’t have to beg.  I hopped into my car and off I went.

It was pretty picked over, but I found a pussy willow wreath for $5.  Then I walked into one of the bedrooms.

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There lying on the bed in a plastic zippered bag was a large lace coverlet. Laaaaaaaaa!  Yes, that’s the sound of angels singing.

Because I really didn’t feel well I didn’t inspect it closely, but I thought it looked too perfect to be handmade.

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Still, it was lovely and I thought that if it wasn’t a bad price I would get it.  It wasn’t marked so I took it up to ask a price.  The kid at the table said, ‘How much were you thinking?”  I told him that if it was handmade it would be worth alot, but that I didn’t think it was.  He showed his dad and we all agreed it probably wasn’t.  I told him I was thinking about $20.  He said, “Would you pay $30?”.  I said, “sure”.

Doesn’t it have a beautiful edge?  Well, here’s the thing.  Two of my friends that saw it are sure it is handmade.  One of them said her grandmother had one just like it she made for her bed.  If so, I feel a little guilty.  But really, I just told them what I thought.

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I decided to use it on my table for Easter.  I love how it drapes on the floor.

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Some other vintage lace is spilling out of the moss basket.  Another estate sale find.

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I found this silver bud vase at a thrift for $2.

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Look how gorgeous the top is.

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I stuck a rustic metal chick in my planted pot of grass and tied more lace at her base.

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Mini carrots and a couple of green bottles are tucked inside an aqua berry basket.  A moss bird, some French pots,  and a sparkly egg find homage along side the lace.

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The wicker basket and little chick egg holders are more estate sale treasures.

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I hung a few Easter cuties from the chandy.

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I love Easter d├ęcor, but not as much as I love vintage lace!  So do you think it’s handmade?

hugs,

Jann

p.s.  I would love to thank Kerryanne from Shabby Art Boutique for featuring my Adding Spring in the Bedroom post at her Shabbilicious Friday.

I will be sharing with these lovely parties:

Revisionary Life for Thrifty Life Thursday

http://revisionarylife.blogspot.com/2014/03/thrifty-life-thursday-12-and-milk-glass.html

The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home

Common Ground for Be Inspired

Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

A Delightsome Life for Home and Garden Thursday

Shabby Art Boutique for Shabbilicious Friday

Common Ground for Easter Inspiration

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Share Your Cup Thursday #96

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

I am starting the party a little early because I am going with a friend and may not be home by 4.

By sharing we help bring happiness into each others lives.

A couple weeks ago I planted grass in a few containers to ‘welcome Spring’.  Happy to say, that I now have some green, green, grass at home

When it gets a little bigger I’ll add colored eggs.

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This one is being a little slower.  I think it’s because it’s so low in the basket that it doesn’t get as much sunshine.  I leave them in my kitchen window for about three weeks.  This one will go out on the front porch soon.

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Some of you asked what kind of grass seed I use.  Really, I just buy the cheapest bag.  I have had this one for 4 years.  It lasts a long time.

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I put a couple of smashed soda cans in the bottom for drainage.  Fill it 3/4 the way full with potting mix, sprinkle the seed and then cover with more soil.  Pat it down gently.  I keep it by the sink and water lightly with the sprayer on my faucet every day.

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Lovin me some green grass!

It’s always a challenge to choose features each week.  I appreciate all of your talents so very much!

But anyway here they are:

I love old windows and Dawn from We Call it Junkin showed us some fun ways to use them.  I have a few of these pinned and it’s on my ‘hubby’s’ to do list.

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Christine from Little Brags has been playing with some chalkboard paint and has made her kids playroom a fun space.

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Cathy from Vintage Paint and More shared her Spring mantle.  I love how the wooden accent her hubby made makes her wreath pop!

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Aimee from Refresh-Renew showed us the beautiful purples blooming in her garden.  Wisteria is one of my favorites.

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Carol from Art and Sand just changed her bedroom to blue and white.  It’ll make you want to head to the beach!

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Joy from Yesterfood shared the recipe for this delicious sweet and spicy orange glazed salmon.  I cooked it for dinner last week and we all loved it!  Quick and easy too.

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

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