My Alpine Home

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Share Your Cup #253

Hello and welcome to Share Your Cup, (SYC for short).
 
The party where you share what makes you happy.
 

 
 
Happy first day of summer.
Hope yours will be filled with fun!!
 
Last week I shared how I
 
 
and how hubby and I have been Sleeping on the Beach
 
 
Now for the features from SYC #252:
(remember to pin from their site and not mine)
 
Amy from A Day of Small Things shared some beautiful summer flowers.  I love her sweet container!
 
 
 
Look at this gorgeous collection of Limoges dishes shared by
Debby Goes Shabby
 
 
Sarah from Hyacinths for the Soul shared photos of her beautiful garden.
 

Wishing I had one of these yummy Strawberries and Cream sugar cookies to eat right now!  :) Lolly Jane shared the recipe.
 
 
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, June 20, 2017

Sleeping on the Beach. . .

Hello My friends,
lately the Mr. and I have been sleeping on the beach.
 
I know what you're thinking. . .that we're too old for such nonsense!
 
I must admit, it's something that two of our youngest kids have done, but not anything that I thought we would ever find ourselves doing.
 
That is,
until
 
I was at Home Goods one day , rounded a corner and spied these. . .
 
 
Sweet sheets that looked like navy blue sea shells on a beach of white sand.  They are so soft and on clearance to boot.

 
You know how I have decorated my kitchen table and
 family room mantle in a nautical theme.  Why not carry it over into our summer bedroom?


Who knew that sleeping on the beach could be so fun?  (wink)

 
Hubby and I did the shiplap wall in January.  I love the farmhouse feel it gave our room.  Farmhouse and beach, now that's a
curious mixture!

 
I don't remember taking this weird angled pic, but thought it was kind of fun.  I found the cute lamp at Hobby Lobby.  There are always birds hanging around the beach.

 
I painted our old brown sleigh bed with homemade white chalk paint a few years ago.  Still loving it!

 
Sleeping on the beach has been a delightful experience.  Every now and then I'll find a bit of sand in uncomfortable places.  lol!
 
Soon after I made the bed some seashells washed ashore.



I've always enjoyed gathering shells at the beach.
 

 
Well, I'm off to sleep.  But first, I'll enjoy a beautiful sunset I snapped on Carmel Beach.
 
 
 
hugs,
Jann
 
 
 
 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

I'm a Big Fan of the Red, White, and Blue!

Hello my friends,
a few weeks ago I was at one of my craft group friends for our monthly hurrah.
 
She mentioned that she didn't like 4th of July decorations.
 
Hard to believe, right?  :)
 
But then she went on to say, "Can you imagine red, white, and blue décor in this house?"
 
She had a point.  Her home is very fancy and she loves purple.
 
Lucky for me, I'm a big fan of the red, white, and blue!
 
 
I've literally used fans to demonstrate this point.  lol!
 
A while ago I was tagged by an Instagram friend to share for "toolboxtuesday".  Yes, they have clever hashtag parties like that.
 
This took only a few minutes and it was so fun to create.  I stuck some paper fans inside the tool box, hung a pocket watch with red ribbon from the latch, and added red, white, and blue around it.
 

 I bought the fan kit at a damaged goods store a couple years ago.  The honeycomb balls were scored at a thrift shop.  My sis gifted me the flag holder for my birthday years ago.  I love Americana books, so of course one had to be added to the vignette.  Vintage sparklers and my 'scary' Uncle Sam complete the display.  Yup, if you look at him closely, he's a bit scary!


I had to show you my cute runner.  I love it!

 
And it goes so well with this quilt I made.
 
 
 
Some of my red, white, and blue is not necessarily 4th of July décor.  If it's red, white, and blue it's coming out. (wink)
 
I recently bought this bowl on my gal pal trip to St. George.  It was the red stripe that sold me on it.  The rag balls were in our last estate sale.  When they didn't sell I took it as a sign that they were meant to be mine.

 
 
I love tucking little red, white, and blue trinkets under cloches.
 
 
a little plate, a notebook, and mardi gras beads.
 
 
And in jars.
 
Patriotic Poker Chips.  (say that three times fast)


The sewing notions are my shout out to Betsy Ross.



This display in my cabinet made from an old window honors our Declaration of Independence.  I bought the parchments in Charleston, SC.


And who doesn't love reminiscing about child
hood days.  We spent many summers sitting at the ball fields watching our kids play. 
 
 I miss those days!!
 

 
Did you ever drink a soda out of a Pop Shoppe bottle?  Not sure that I did.  Sure glad these weren't tossed in the trash.



I removed the majority of my travel treasures from my memories box and added some red, white, and blue.
 

 
 
The button with the yellow ribbon was gifted to me when my hubby left to serve for Desert Storm.  I added the padlock because in my mind the "S" stood for summer.  The shells are what I brought home from Carmel Beach.


 
I love collecting Americana books.  I just found a fabulous one in CA.  I paid $3 for it and it was marked $60 in the inside cover.
 


This is just one page.  It's all about one man's collection of flag memorabilia, simply amazing!
 

 
More of my passion for Americana books.  A fun light up toy for the grands to play with.
 
 
I picked this gal up for $1 at a thrift shop in Sedona on my vacation.  She had a smudge of dirt on her hair, but she stole my heart!


 
I love flags and I love old books!
 
Win, Win!!
 
 
 I bought the wheel in an antique store in Napa.  It will stay out all the time, and I'm certain it will get moved around often.  tee-hee!


 
You know that this is not all of my red, white, and blue.  Really, it's pitiful how much I have!!
 
But does that stop me?  Well, you be the judge.  You might remember the Halloween and Easter houses I made.  Now 4th of July has joined the parade.
 

And just yesterday my daughter, Karrah gifted me with these fabulous books as an early birthday present.  Her brother in law makes them.  She also gave me a fabulous banner!
 (that's another post)
 
Did I need these books?  That would be a big fat, NO!!  But I never refuse a gift!

 
Yup, my passion for red, white, and blue is a bit crazy!
 
 
I've got to stop, but sad to admit; it may not be until I'm dead and buried.  ha, ha!
 
hugs,
Jann
 
I will be sharing with these fun parties:
 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Share Your Cup #252

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 truly believe that by sharing you help to fill others cups as well!
 
We had a fabulous vacation in CA!  We stayed at a darling cottage in Carmel, dipped our toes in the ocean, and found treasures
along the way.
 
I shared a bit of Garden Gate Love  There were so many wonderful garden gates along the streets of Carmel by the Sea.  Oh I longed to wander inside!!
 
 
When I returned home I shared my Early Summer Garden
When you have a garden that is made up of perennials, it's amazing how much it changes in just a weeks time!
 
 
 
After not hosting the party last week I am so looking forward to seeing what's going on in your lives, and what has helped to
 make you happy!
 
 
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, June 12, 2017

Early Summer Garden

Hello my friends,
I am always amazed at how the garden is continually changing.
 
One must be careful, if you blink an eye you might just miss something.  I did miss my French Lilac.  It was in bud before we left for vacation and spent when I got home.  :(
 
I snapped these photos of our garden before we left for vacation last week.  Upon returning home things look entirely different now.

 
Two of my Clematis were putting on a show.  Now they are spent and two new ones are taking center stage.  I'll share them at a
 later date.
 

 
 
 
Some of the blooms of this "Nelly Moser" are huge.

 
I love the intricate centers.

 
I picked the last of my pink peonies today to share on Instagram.
 
The purple Sweet Rockets are spent and will be cut back for a second bloom.  Never as pretty as the first, but still adds a bit of color to the garden.



Kissed with water from the morning watering.
 

 
 My white Peony only had three buds and they were just starting to open when we left. . .yup, missed them.  :(
 
This bloom was trying hard to be noticed behind the
feathery fennel.
 
 
 
I have four colors of poppies in my garden.  Orange, red, white, and salmon.  I love each and every one.  Here orange and red ones are tucked behind purple salvia.
 
 
An orange poppy with yellow Mrs. Bradshaw and Mtn. Bluet, (Perennial Bachelor Button). 

 
 
I have quite a bit of Jupiter's Beard along the rock wall.  It blooms for a long time.  Love the pink blooms!
 
 
We call this "Ada" flower.  It's really a Clustered Bellflower, but my mom's neighbor named Ada gave us the start.  It's really purple, but for some reason looks blue in this photo.

 
I planted a Mock Orange bush because I had one at my previous home and the smell was heavenly.  Weird, but this one doesn't smell.  So pretty, but a bit disappointing!

 
The spring trailers on the rock wall have all been cut back and new ones take over.
 
 


The snowball bush was filled with big beautiful blooms.
 

 
I have wanted to hang this old window from the pergola for a couple years.  Hubby finally did it.  I took this photo looking out my family room window.  I thought it was kind of fun.  Looking through the window at the garden through the window.  lol!  Wish I would have taken it when the Lilacs were all in bloom, next year!!
 
 
We had a wonderful vacation to Napa and Carmel, CA.  I saw so many gorgeous flowers.  It definitely gave me my flower fix, but it's always nice to come home to my own garden!
 
That's the joy of a perennial garden.  It's continually changing.
 
hugs,
Jann

I am sharing with Pam from Everyday Living for her new party
Gardens Galore