My Alpine Home

We have lived in our home in Alpine, Utah for five years now. My current goal is to make a larger more open home (which works great with our extended family) have a bit of cottage charm and seem more cozy. I hope you will follow along and give me encouragement as well as advice as I embark upon this challenge.

Thursday, October 1, 2015


There's a party goin on right here. . .
(feel free to sing this song as you go)

Well my friends, October has arrived and it is going to be a month of parties and celebrations!

The party animals are out and ready to PAR-TAY!
Yahoo! This is your celebration
Yahoo! This is your celebration

Celebrate good times, come on! (Let's celebrate)
Celebrate good times, come on! (Let's celebrate)

I saw a painting of a crow canvas on My Painted Garden blog.  Erin is an amazing artist.  I contacted her and asked if she would mind if I painted one for myself.  She said 'go for it', and was so encouraging!

I threw in the aqua bottles and pulley to bring out the aqua in the crows banner.  I love a touch of blue with orange!

There's a party goin' on right here
A celebration to last throughout the years

This coming Saturday I will be hosting a 'woman's party' at my home for extended family on my mom's side.  This is something we use to do when she was still alive.  Many of them I have not seen for a few years.  Sounds like there is going to be a nice turn out, and I can't wait!

Doesn't this look like there's a party gong on in there?  :)

Some of the crows are dressed in their finest.  This cute thing was made by my friend, Dolly.
So bring your good times, and your laughter too
We gonna celebrate your party with you

(believe me, with my family; there will be plenty of laughter!)

I made party hats for my crows a couple years ago and I still love them!  They sure look like they are having fun in that black velvety tree! 
Come on now

We are going to have a ball! 

Let's all celebrate and have a good time

I have a fall banner like this I made a few years ago.  I decided to make a b&w one for my mantel.

(keeping it simple.  I didn't even add ribbons or burlap to the ends)



We gonna celebrate and have a good time

In 10 days we will be celebrating fall in New England.  So excited to see that beautiful
part of the world! 
It's time to come together
It's up to you, what's your pleasure
Everyone around the world
Come on!

Yahoo! It's a celebration

Of course, towards the end of the month we will have our annual family Halloween Party.
 Always guaranteed fun!

Celebrate good times, come on!
It's a celebration

Celebrate good times, come on!
Let's celebrate!

How about you?  Do you have a party planned for Oct?

You party animal you!!  (wink)

(this is funny because I am a horrible winker.  Can't even wink my right eye!


I will be sharing with these lovely parties:

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Share Your Cup Thursday #168

Hello my friends and welcome to Share Your Cup, (SYC for short)
The party where you share the things that make you happy.
Looks like we are going to have fall weather again.  After having two weeks of gorgeous summer time temps.
The change will be nice, but I must admit I was loving the
 warm weather!
Can't believe Sept. has come and gone.  Love decorating for Halloween, so you'll be seeing plenty of that at Have a Daily Cup! 
I tried my hand at more artwork.  I'll be showing you where my party animal ended up, but for this photo he just hung out with a couple of pumpkins.
(my inspiration (with permission) came from Erin, an amazing artist at My Painted Garden)
Also, I want to thank those of you who entered the Farragoz on line art class give away.  Thanks to Tania for letting me be a
 part of it! 
*Wanted to mention that something crazy is going on with blogger.  There were a few people I visited that it would not let me comment.  Also, one blog when I visited it said it had a threat and would not let me go to it.
Now for the features from SYC #167:
It was a difficult week to choose!  So much wonderful fall inspiration was shared!
*remember to pin from their site and not mine
Pat from French Country Style at the Foot of the Rockies shared her romantic fall décor.
Penny's Treasures also shared the softer sides of Autumn.
 Amber from  Junkaholics Unanimous shared her fun use of vintage items and pumpkins out on the porch.
Mary Jo from Master 'PIECES of my Life shared her fabulous birdcage all decked out for fall.
Angie from Knick of Time shared how she made over this farmhouse cabinet.
Kara from A Spirit of Simplicity shared the recipe for yummy molasses cookies.

 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! 

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Out on the Fall Porch

Hello my friends,
hard to believe that there are only 3 days left in September!
I don't know about you, but for me it just flew by.
Once Oct. arrives I switch my décor from fall to Halloween.
I'll be adding just a bit of spookiness to the front porch. 
But before I do I thought I would show you what it looks
like right now.
The 100 year old white door ended up here out of laziness.  (wink)

I was decorating when hubby was at work and I wanted to move the door into the garage, but it is so darn heavy that I decided to just move it from one side of the porch to the other for fall.


All of my outdoor planters are still flourishing so I brought this watering can planted with a sweet potato vine around front.  A rustic bench and a perfectly plump pumpkin completed the scene.

I just about threw this sign in the garbage because it was so faded.  But then I thought to myself.  "Jann, if you found this at a thrift or yard sale you would buy it and give it a make over."  So, I decided to do just that.  I repainted the words and pumpkins then rubbed a little stain on top for a bit of shading.


My rusty harvest moon was a gift from my friend, Joyce years ago.  He makes me smile!

I thought that my old push mower was the perfect colors for fall.  I planned on making an autumn banner to hang from it, but never got around to it.


I placed two old coal buckets filled with pumpkins on each side of  the porch pillars.

This poor bucket has seen better days, but I love it!


I love unique pumpkins, but this year I have not came across anything real unusual. 

This one is a little pale, so it caught my eye.


Isn't it funny the things we drag home with us?  I spied this twig while hiking with my hubby and daughter.  Loved the lichen growing on it.
Pink and orange are complimentary colors.  This little impatient plant in an old minnow bucket started blooming again just in time for fall.

I placed a bundle of wheat in a large funnel and added my watering can with the orange spout and marigold.


My chippy aqua filing cabinet made it's way into the corner.
The Cosco stool and hanging bucket are some of my vintage finds.
Love the white and warty pumpkins!
I have had the little wooden cornstalks for years.

My hanging geraniums are still putting on a show.  This past week we have been back to summer time temps.
Having a glorious Fall!
I will be sharing with these lovely parties:


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Smalls for Fall

Hello my friends,
fall has officially arrived and oh, isn't it glorious!
I know that big things really make an impact when it comes to decorating, but let's not overlook the smalls.
Things that when gathered together invite people to take a moment and discover each and every little thing.
I used a bunch of smalls to fill up my tiered galvanized tray.
I had so much fun tucking in fun favorites here and there.

I first saw this tray on Priscillas blog last year.  I told my friend, Ann about it and her and I went to Sam's to buy one.  No luck, they were sold out.  But being the persistent gal that Ann is.  She pursued until she found one and surprised me with it for my birthday in July.
Now let's check out the smalls.

I love dried Hydrangeas!  These are ones I dried last year.  On the top rack I added a faux cabbage,

a child's golden harvest tea set, and a vintage bottle with a seed pod.

I recently added this gorgeous crystal given to me by
 my friend, Joanne.

I stacked a collection of sunflowers fridge keepers I picked up at a thrift.  I thought they were little bowls.  When I came home and googled about them I found that they originally had plastic lids. 
I added a corn spreader and a mini pumpkin and pear.
The amber crystals were also scored at a thrift. 
 I couldn't decide whether or not to cut the strings off,
 (in case I wanted to hang them)

The green bottle holds a tiny sunflower and I tucked in another pod and hydrangea.

On the back side I have a little box that was a party favor years ago.
The third tier has a dried sunflower, cabbage S&P shakers, a glitzy bird on a faux sunflower, and more hydrangeas.
Sunflower plates, another thrift find; are on the other side.  The card is an invite that I received to a fun bloggers luncheon hosted
 by Tea Time with Trina and the jar
of apple butter was one of her (3) gracious take home gifts.
Wow, what a wonderful time we had and the food was delicious!!

The gourd candles and scoop are on the backside.
Okay now, I am being perfectly honest.  This is what it looked like originally.  After hopping over to Priscilla's to copy a link to her site I decided I need to dress it up a little more.
So I shopped the house and added a few more flowers and leaves.


All alone these smalls would be unnoticed, but gathered together they make a fun statement!
I always pick up smalls at thrift shops.  How about you?  Do you love them, or simply pass them by?
I will be sharing with these lovely parties:
This post was featured at Friday Favorites.  Thanks Gals!