My Alpine Home

Monday, November 30, 2015

Smash Blast!

Hello my friends, I am knee deep into Christmas decorating.  Having so much fun, but before I dove into it I had a blast creating pages for a Christmas 'Smash' book with some friends.

Not sure what a smash book is?  Basically it's a small scrapbook that you just 'smash' anything you want onto the pages.
We are going for a vintage feel and leaving spaces on half of the pages for a photo.

I thought I'd take a break from all of the Christmas madness, :)  and share the pages we've created so far.

This is the first page I made.  As you can see it contains an assortment of random things that I love. (vintage postcard, old buttons, jingle bells, and a clock image)

 
This sweet bird themed page was created by Joanne, a local friend I met through Instagram.
 
 
Here is a second page by Joanne.
 
 
 
There are four of us working on the book.  We are each going to design 4 double sided pages and then create the same ones for each other.  We will end up with 16 double sided pages.  My sister in law is joining in the fun, but she is living in NC.  She will create her pages at home and bring them when she comes for Christmas.  She does amazing work!

Paula from Pollyanna Reinvents was on a roll and created these next three.



 
These next three were created by me.  You can see that some of them are very simple, leaving space for a photo.

 
The darling little angel card was sent to me last year by my blog friend, Rose.  She received it as a child from her grandma. 
Isn't it precious?



 Creating Smash pages is so much fun!

How did this come about?  Joanne and Paula had seen the Witches guide book that my sil and I made a few years ago and asked if we could make a Christmas one.

(My witches guide book.  If you want to see the pages, visit Paula
She shared some of them on her blog)


  Paula and Joanne are the ones that started referring to them as smash books.  I had heard the term before, but didn't think of it till they mentioned it.  I thought I was making a guide book for Santa.  lol!

Happy Holidays!
hugs,
Jann

I will be sharing with these lovely parties:
The Dedicated House for Make it Pretty Monday
 Christmas Inspirations Link Party
 

Friday, November 27, 2015

Mug Rug and a Hug

Hello my friends, have you ever heard of a mug rug?
It's a cute little mat, smaller than a place mat used to hold your teacup or mug and a small treat.
 
About a month ago Kimberly from
Camp and Cottage Living contacted me
and asked if I would be interested in joining
a 'mug rug exchange'.
 
Of course, I jumped on it.  I was partnered up with Stephanie from
The Enchanting RoseShe is so talented and I knew that my mug rug would be fabulous!
 
When my package arrived, it certainly did not disappoint!

A gorgeous lace tree with bling on top. I also love all of the pretties sewn into the edges!
 

 
And look at the other lovelies she sent me.
 

Love all of the gorgeous lace and embellishments she added.


 
 
Even the tea and chocolate was dressed up so lovely.
 

 
This afternoon I fixed me a cup of hot chocolate and a piece of pecan pie.  I do believe it tasted more delicious than usual.  Could it be because it was sitting on my mug rug? :)
 
 
 
I knew that Stephanie loved pink so I gave her a pair of pink mittens on her mug rug.
 

I threw in a few pink vintage goodies.
 
This exchange was so fun and I'm sending hugs to both Kimberly and Stephanie!
 
And as always,
hugs to you too!
 
Jann
 
I will be sharing with these lovely parties:


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Share Your Cup Thursday #175

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

I want to thank  Grantham Lynn from My Journey Back for featuring my Share Your Cup party on her blog this week.  Yahoo!  What a sweet shout out!!  Please hop over and
 give her a visit.
 
I would like to wish all of you who will be celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow a very wonderful holiday!
May it be filled, with family, blessings, laughter, love, and lots of good food!  :)
 
I can hardly contain my excitement for our 'Creating Christmas' link party!
Can't wait to see what each host as well as you have to share!
 
Please mark your calendars and join each day if possible.  A big thanks to those who have put our button on your sidebar!!
 
 
Now for the features from SYC #174
(remember to pin from their site and not mine)
Usually I only feature 6, but with both Thanksgiving and Christmas being shared.  I am choosing 8 this week.
 
We had quite a few new people last week and I would like to say, welcome!  And of course I always appreciate you faithful participants!
 
Gosh, I have such a weakness for vintage suitcases.  Pat from French Country Style from the Foot of the Rockies shared her amazing collection.
 
 
 
Sheryl from Red Tin Inn shared the fabulous makeover she did on a settee.
 
 
Linda from Bushel and a Pickle shared her gorgeous tablescape.  A great transition between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
 
 

 
Pennys Treasures shared her whimsical Christmas décor in her kitchen.  How cute is this stove?
 
 
 
Debby Goes Shabby shared a couple of darling Christmas finds.  Plus she made the sweet faux macaroons!
 
 
Virginia at Artsy VaVa shared her creative
 'Happy Camper' vignette.
 
 
At Home with Jemma shared her cute pom pom wreath.
 
 
Suzan from Simply Vintageous shared the recipe for homemade French onion soup.  Yum!  One of my fav's.
 
 
Thanks for sharing and please grab my button if you were featured.

 
Don't forget to hop over and see who is featured on my fb page

 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!  
 
 

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Howdy Pilgrim!

Before I jump head over heels into Christmas decorating I have to take time to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday.
 
As I ventured out onto the porch a couple of weeks ago to add a touch of Thanksgiving décor I couldn't help but think of one of my all time favorite actors, John Wayne.
 
Truly, (in my eyes), an American hero!

 
As family enter the door for our Thanksgiving feast this little guy will be saying, "howdy pilgrim".
 
I remembered that John Wayne used the word pilgrim often, but was amazed at how many quotes there were from him using it.  Just google and you'll see what I mean. :)
 

The pilgrim says, welcome and the shaft of wheat is wishing them bountiful blessings!
I've had the pilgrim for years, but every time I pull him out I just have to say, 'howdy'!
 
 
And it certainly wouldn't be Thanksgiving without pumpkins.
 
All gathered together on a vintage ironing board.
 
 
May your table always be filled with an abundance!
 

And may we always remember to "Give Thanks"

 
I feel so very blessed for all that the good Lord has
 provided me with!


 
To all of you who will be celebrating next week,
Have a blessed Thanksgiving, Pilgrims!
 
hugs,
Jann
 
I will be sharing with these lovely parties:

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Share Your Cup Thursday #174

Hello and welcome to Share Your Cup, (SYC for short).
 
The party where you share the things that make you happy.
 
I know that many of you are knee deep into your Christmas decorating.  I haven't started yet, and will wait until after Thanksgiving to start decorating upstairs.
However,
I've decided that I'm gong to tackle the basement before Thanksgiving.  Something I haven't done before.  I'll probably never hear the end of it from the kids, but come this weekend, let the fun begin!  :)
 
Looking forward to our 'Creating Christmas' link party!
 
 
 
I want to thank you for partying here.  So much inspiration is shared each and every week.  There is still one blog that will not let me visit.  Every time I try I get a 'malicious threat' warning.  If you haven't gotten a comment from me that could be why.
 
Now for the features from SYC #173:

Diana from Adirondack Girl at Heart shared her
beautiful fall centerpiece.

 
Lynn from Nourish and Nestle shared her creative needle felted acorn napkin rings.
 
 
Heidi from My Sweet Cottage shared her amazing
bathroom renovation.
 
 
Mindi from My Love 2 Create shared the fabulous makeover of her teenage boys room.
 


The Tumbleweed Contessa shared the recipe for her yummy Creamy Southwest Chicken Soup.



Sandi from Barberry Lane scored this wonderful collection of vintage Gurley candles.
 

 
Susie's Christmas Cottage shared the sweet glitter houses
 that she made.
 
 
Donna from  Adventures in Junking shared a fun vignette she made with a vintage sled.
 
 
 
Thanks so much for sharing and please grab my button
if you were featured.
 



Don't forget to hop over and see who is featured on my fb page

 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! 
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Adding a Romantic Touch to the Farmhouse Basement

Hello my friends, soon I will be pulling out the Christmas décor.  But before I do, I wanted to share a few changes that I have made in our basement.
 
I wanted to add a bit of romance to the farmhouse style.

Quite a while ago I had picked up some toile curtains at a thrift shop.  There were two small swags and one very long valance.  I cut the valance in half and attached one swag to each.  I was able to make it work for my two windows.


I added lace purchased from Joanne's fabrics.  I smile because the thrifted curtains cost me $10 and the lace cost me $40.  And that was using a coupon.  Still, pretty inexpensive curtains.

 
 
I added a ladder filled with some of my vintage linens to one of the corners. The lamb was another thrift find.  I couldn't resist his sweet face.

 
Notice that the ladder is black now?  ha, ha, no you're not losing it.  I'm using the white one on my upstairs hearth for fall.
 

I scored this sweet pillow for less than $5 at a damaged goods store.
 

 

 
To bring out more of the blue I've filled the bottom shelf of my primitive cabinet with blue and white dishes.


 
A sweet hurricane lamp was added to the milk and cream table.


And how could I resist a chippy red chicken?  I have a plain one, but somebody had painted this one red and the paint was chipping off. I sprayed it with a clear varnish hoping to preserve it.

 
I have touches of fall in the family room area and I picked up these two tole trays just this week.
 
 
 
I'll be packing it all up and replacing it with Christmas décor.  I'm so excited to start the holiday madness!  :)
 
hugs,
Jann