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.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Planting Party

Hello my friends,  yesterday the weather was absolutely gorgeous and hubby and I spent the day spreading mulch.
While we were at it I planted some Canna and Gladiola bulbs, and sprinkled a few Zinnia seeds.
At the end of the day I was feeling a little tired, but I perked myself up by throwing a little planting party.
Yeah, I was the only one to attend, but it sure was fun!  lol!
I visited three nurseries this week and boy was it ever delightful.  Just walking inside and seeing all of that beauty brings a smile to my face!
I love planting my vintage containers.
This old spreader received a fern, marigolds, impatiens, and a trailing Petunia.

I scored this sweet thing at last weeks get away to St. George.
I kept it simple and filled it with Snapdragons.

This little ice cream bucket gets filled with impatiens every year.  It's about the only thing that will thrive in that small space.

I've got lots more to do, but what a fun start!

I bought this cute yellow stool at a yard sale in St. George as well.
Perfect to hold one of my minnow buckets!

I love the pretty leaves of this variegated impatiens.

This morning I decided to hang the begonia planter with the bow on the old door out on the front porch.
It has a flat back and hangs nicely.
I stepped outside and went to remove the Forsythia wreath that I had on there.
Well my friends, that wreath isn't going anywhere. . .it was really hard to see, but a bird has made it's nest on the top of it.
Hubby stood on a stool to get this picture.
But look at this one.
See what I mean about hard to see? Smart bird hid her nest well!
A peek inside revealed one tiny little blue egg.


I hope to hear chirping out there soon!
Finding this just made my day a little bit brighter!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Happy, Calm, & Focused. . .

Hello my friends.  First of all I want to thank you for the congratulatory wishes on the birth of our new grandson, Evan.

Three or four years ago I received one of the greatest compliments ever.
(at least as far as I'm concerned)
My oldest grandson, soon to be 20 said, "Grams, it doesn't take much to make you happy".
(even a whimsical tablescape will do the trick)

A couple months ago I received an e-mail from the customer manager of
asking me if I would review their product.

(wasn't it nice that the bottle matched my tablescape?  : )

I wasn't sure if I was the best person to do this.  I'm generally a happy person and I don't get too riled up.
But a woman of my age certainly could use help focusing.
The brain isn't quite what it use to be!  lol!
I learned a long time ago that it doesn't do any good to worry.
I love the quote from "
'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'.
"It will be alright in the end. . .if it isn't alright, it isn't the end!"

(I found the chalkboard crates and easel at a damaged goods store)
I realize that it's in the nature of some people to worry.  They just can't help it.  My sweet mother in law was one of those.
And there are those who are suffering from depression and/or anxiety.  Definitely not anything to make light of!
I contribute my positive attitude to my dear mother.  She was always happy and upbeat.  I feel truly blessed that she passed some of it down to me!
(I found the fun honey spoons at T.J. Maxx)
I can't help but smile knowing that almost my entire table was set with dishes found a little at a time at thrift shops.
And I snatched up my gorgeous white linen tablecloth on sale.

(the dishes may be blue, but I'm certainly happy)
( I found this sweet enamel pot at a yard sale last weekend for $.25 cents.  I placed it in the back of the upper crate)
The pretty anemones were picked from my garden.
I bought this BEE-uty of a cake stand on clearance from a local gift shop.
It was the inspiration for my blue, white, and yellow theme.
(both honey pots were found at estate sales)
The supplement was filled with lots of healthy vitamins.  I knew it couldn't help but do me some good!

I took them faithfully for a month and although I didn't notice a change in my temperament, boy did my hair ever grow fast!
When I color my hair I only color the roots.  I generally do this once a month.  The time that I was taking the supplement I had to color it every two weeks.
(yup, I confess. . .I get my blonde out of a bottle).

(the wire cloche I made mimics a beehive)



Another thing that I might mention is that I don't take any daily medicine.
Occasionally I take Ibuprofen or Naproxen for aching joints.
Medicine never really does much for me.  In college my roommate and I got a cold.  We both took Nyquil.  She was out for the count and it didn't phase me.

( the pretty towel was a $2 estate sale find and I snagged the cute little bees (2 of them) at our local thrift for $75 cents.)

Don't worry, BEE happy!
I would love to know if you think this product could help you!
I would recommend trying it if you have a hard time being
What a wonderful world this would be if everyone could


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Share Your Cup Thursday #147

Hello my friends and welcome to Share Your Cup, (SYC for short).
The party where you share the things that make you happy.
Sometime today we will be welcoming our 10th grandchild into the world.
Can't wait to hold baby Evan in my arms!
I created a little vignette in honor of his arrival.
Sorry that I am late starting the party.  Baby Evan was born and I was so excited to go see him that I forgot to publish my post.  lol!
Here he is just moments after being welcomed into this world.
Our grandchildren certainly make us happy!
Now on to features from SYC #146
remember to pin from their site and not mine.
Martina from Northern Nesting has been shuffling things around and came up with this cozy seating area.

Poppy from With a Dash of Color created a lovely spring tea tray vignette.

Katie from Let's Add Sprinkles shared this sweet 'April Showers' display.
Nancy from A Joyful Cottage shared this darling cottage.  The gardens are as charming as the home!

Marcia Pilar's post about Blue Skies will surely brighten your day.
There were so many fabulous food links this week I had a very difficult time choosing one.
Pam from Every Day Living shared the special memory about her mom's homemade biscuits.  Plus you have got to check all of the other biscuits she shared!
Don't forget to hop over to my fb page and see who is featured there.
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 I would love for you to come back and leave a comment.  They help to fill my cup!


Monday, April 27, 2015

Bringing the Outdoors In. . .

Hello my friends, I'm sure you've all heard the design tip that we should consider our outdoor area an extension of our home.

In other words, create a welcome space with comfy furniture for dining, entertaining, and just relaxing.

I love decorating my outdoor spaces, but before the garden is in full 'welcome ' mode I also love to bring a little of the outdoors in.

One of my favorite collections is my watering cans.  Some will be planted with Sweet Potato Vines and others I actually use.
Cabbages are planted, but not ready to be plucked.  I'll settle for a little faux cutie.
I've had the set of garden plates for years.  Perfect addition for my indoor garden.
My collection of floral frogs are just waiting to be put to use.

I brought in a few of my vintage sprinklers.
Love that patina!
Old gardening books and a frog tree under a cloche.
Finials that will end up in the garden make a fun statement indoors.
Seeds needing to be planted are housed in a green ball jar next to an old pair of clippers.
I added another watering can to the stacked picnic hampers in the entry. 

This garden themed cabinet caught the attention of a whimsical fork footed bird.
(yup, the feet are made from forks)

After being gone for a few days and raining all weekend I came home to a garden that is really starting to blossom.
Won't be long till a lot of these items will be moving outdoors.
Till then, they make me smile!
I will be sharing with: