My Alpine Home

Friday, March 24, 2017

Puttin on the Glitz. . .Easter Village

Hello my friends,
Today I'm sharing my Easter village that I gave you a little sneak peek of in the
Hello Spring Blog Tour
 

We created these in our craft group last week.
 
When Karen suggested that we make an Easter village I was all in!  What's not to love about houses that glitter?
 
 She bought the houses at Hobby Lobby.  The medium house costs $4.99 and the small was $3.99.  Although sometimes you can get them for 50 off.  If not, be sure to use the 40 percent coupon on one of them.  :)
 
Then she spray painted them in the colors of our choice.  A few of the gals chose a yellow one, and it was darling!
 
If you spray them all white first and then the color it will be
easier to cover.
 

 
She brought them all painted on a long board.  Over 20 houses and it was quite a sight.  Why didn't I think to snap a photo?
 
Yup, she did the majority of the work for us!
 
This is the stuff that makes them magical!  We simply brushed a small area at a time with modge podge, using a sponge brush and sprinkled.  She came prepared and brought us a shirt box to place our houses in to glitter.  Then we could dump the excess glitter back into the bottle.  She's a clever lady!
 
 
Now, let the magic begin!  When it comes to creating a fun village it's all about the details. . .
 

The little things that catch your eye and draw you in.  Like a baby chick in the yard, or the pet duck tied up to a fence post.
 



A bunny here or there frolicking in the garden.
 

 
Little peeps peeking out. . .

 
fuzzy bunnies and trees.  Oh yes, lots of trees!!  My friend, Joanne taught me the how to's and I shared how to create them in



When I spied this little wheelbarrow amongst Aunt Bunnies treasures, (the estate I'm helping with); I knew it was mine!
 

 
Karen provided a few goodies for us to add to our village.  The two bunnies in the previous photo, the picket fence, and the supplies to make this darling topiary tree.

 
Joanne had lots of little trinkets to share.  The cute boy bunny is sliding down the pole to meet his gal.

 
Placing some of your houses on cake stands takes them to a whole other level.  Literally, (wink).

 
Don't be afraid to add some larger figures.  Over exaggeration is what makes it magical.  You wouldn't expect anything less in an Easter Wonderland!
 

 
 
 
Then after you've gotten up close and personal.  Developed a relationship with each little critter. . .stand back and take it all in.
 
 
It's hard to tell in the photo, but the grass matt is sparkly.  I bought it at the Thanksgiving Point Emporium shop.  Sadly it has since closed.  Things were a bit pricey, but so fun to visit and they would often have sales.
 
 
(originally I thought I would doll the houses up more,  but then I decided I liked them just
 sweet and simple)
 
Just something about a little village that make me ever so happy!
 
hugs,
Jann
 
 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Share Your Cup #241

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".
 
Spring has arrived and I am elated.  It is my favorite season and I love spring clean up in the garden.  Just something about getting my hands into that dirt that does wonders for my soul!  :)
 
It's always a delight t see what makes you happy each week.
Thanks for joining the party and welcome to any one who might be linking up for the first time.  So happy to have you!
 
Last week I shared the
 Super Bloom at Anza Borrego Desert State Park.  Hubby and I took off on a whim and what a fun time we had!
 


I also shared my 'Easter Wonderland' for the
 Hello Spring Blog Tour I participated in.
 

 
 
Now for the features from SYC #240
 
Lori from Dining Delight showed us how to create seasonal displays in a tray.  Isn't her spring one so cute?
 
 
Pam from Everyday Living created a beautiful tablescape using plates that normally hang on her wall.
 
 

Jennifer from Decorated Chaos  made over a thrift find shelf and gave it a farmhouse feel.
 


Shannon from Belle Bleu Interiors shared her beautiful spring porch.  I absolutely love the post box on her front door!
 
 
Susan from Ash Tree Cottage shared a wonderful blue and white tea set that she once gifted to her mother.
 
 
Janet from Rosemary and Thyme shared how to make the sweetest Marshmallow flower cupcakes.
 
 
*Each week there are blogs that I would like to feature, but see no link back to Share Your Cup.
 
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!
 

 
 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Hello Spring Blog Tour

Hello friends,
I am so happy to be participating in this Hello Spring Blog Tour hosted by Katie at
 
 
There is a fabulous line up of bloggers that will be sharing their spring décor.  I guarantee that you will get inspiration from
each of them!
 
And now, I would like to welcome you to my
"Easter Wonderland". . .
 
 
(My inspiration for using a filing box on my table came from the cover of Country Living magazine)

 
It's a magical place where time feels as though it is standing still. :)
 
 
 
The white rabbit wears his watch on his vest.

 
 
 
There's lots of cabbages for munching, and the bunny tails come in pretty pastel colors.
 
 
Much like Alice's Wonderland the teacups are stacked and the table is set for a whimsical party.
 
(the pretty pink dishes made in Portugal were scored at a thrift shop a few months ago)
the goblets also came from a thrift a few years ago.
 
 

 
If you're feeling extra silly you can wear my polka dotted
 bunny hat.
 
 
I've set a place just for you!
 
 
 
 
In Easter Wonderland the houses are small. But because it's a magical place, that doesn't matter at all! 
 

 
(I will be sharing more of my Easter village in another post.)
 
 
I hope you enjoyed your visit to Wonderland today!
 
hugs,
Jann
 
Below are links to the others participating in this fun tour.
I hope you will hop over and visit!
 
Sweet Laura from Décor to Adore featured this post on her blog. 
Inspiring Spring Decor   Thanks Laura!!
 
 
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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Super Bloom at Anza Borrego Desert State Park

Hello my friends,
do you want to take off with me on a whim and visit the Anza Borrego Desert State Park in Borrego Springs CA?
 
That's exactly what hubby and I did last week.  After watching the 10 o'clock news and hearing of the 'SUPER BLOOM' we thought, why not go?
 
We knew that the park would be busy, (which was evident when we had to book a hotel an hour and a half away).  So we arose early on Tuesday morning and headed out.
 
Seeing the gorgeous sun rise was worth every bit of lack of sleep.  :)
 

 
It was just coming up over the mountain as we reached the park.
 
Needing to share something for a # party (Treasures and Trinkets Tuesday) I co-host on Instagram I stopped to snap a photo of some thrift finds I picked up in the town of 29 Palms.
 
Hey, a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do!  (wink) 
 
 
Now normally I wouldn't share a pic of my not so small derriere, but just had to show you what hubby was busy taking a photo of while I was setting it up.   Oh, I'm sure he was just wanting to get the wildflowers and I just happened to be in the way!  lol!
 
Dirty old men!!! (smile)
 
 
Now on to maybe not bigger, but better things. . .
 




 
The pictures really don't do it justice.
 
My friend, Joanne sent me a photo off of the French General site on Instagram.  It was of a gorgeous gal sitting amongst the yellow blooms at Anza Borrego.  She has shoulders bared and it really is stunning!  With me, this is what you get.
 

I was worried about crushing those beautiful wildflowers, so I looked for a sandy spot.
 
We arrived at the visitors center before it opened.  There was a walking trail there where you could enjoy more flowers.
 





The cactus were just starting to bloom.  They will be gorgeous in another week or so.
 

I loved the pretty rock wall.

 
Well folks, live and learn.  After getting inside we decided on a hike we wanted to take.  Only to find out that when the parking lot to the hike is full they don't let more people in.  Of course it was full.  We were informed that most people hike it at 7 or 8 a.m.  Who knew?  We were there and could easily have done that.
 
She suggested we check it out later in the afternoon.
 
In the meantime we drove to the south end of the park and took a different hike.  Not nearly as colorful, but also not nearly as busy.
 
Did I mention that my hero doesn't love crowds?  Oh, but isn't he ever so strong?
 
 
 Later we were able to go on the hike that we wanted, Borrego Palm Canyon Trail.  It was beautiful!  But, it was 91 degrees and a bit too hot for us oldies.  Unusually warm for them as well.  They are normally in the 70's.
 
We started off with a skip and a hop and drug back in by the skin of our teeth.  Especially after hubby got sun screen in his eyes and could barely see the trail.  : (
 
We did get to see 4 big horned sheep.  Look closely by the log and you'll see one.
 
 
 
Well, hot as it was; we had a great time!
 
 
 
 
Definitely had the sun in our face. . .
 
(I took this after the hike.  I knew you'd want to see how hot and sweaty I was)
 
 
I couldn't wait to crank up that air conditioner!!
 
and we felt a bit like a flower child.
 

 
I hope you enjoyed the tour. . .really, the only thing you were missing is the heat.  Ha, ha! Oh, and I forgot to mention that when we came back to the north side in the afternoon the line of cars trying to get to the visitor center was miles long.
 
hugs,
Jann

Just a reminder that the hello spring blog tour hosted by Katie will kick off tomorrow morning.  I know it will be filled with lots of spring inspiration!