My Alpine Home

We have lived in our new home in Alpine, Utah for four 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.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Spring Trailers. . .

If you have a rock wall then you know how important trailing plants are.  They do so much to soften the rocks.

Even if you don’t have a rock wall trailing plants are lovely planted at the edge of your flower beds.

                                                  (Basket of Gold)


To keep the rock wall ‘blooming’ up until the first snow hits I have planted trailers that bloom at different times.

Today I am sharing my Spring trailers with you.

                    (Candy Tuft, Creeping Plox, Aubretia (rock cress), and Basket of Gold)


I have a lot of the same plants repeated along the wall.  When I walk out back they really catch my eye.

Notice that the Basket of Gold is not in full bloom yet.  The first picture was one taken last year.

I have been spreading mulch in the beds today.  Amazing how it makes everything look so much nicer.  These were taken before the mulch was added.


Big mounds of Candy Tuft by the entrance to the fire pit.


I have lots of little trailing plants inside the fire pit rocks. 

A lot of these are what they call ‘steppables’.  Great plants to plant in rock paths.  When tucked in walls they creep throughout the rocks.

                                                      (Kenilworth Ivy)



                                                           (Blue Star Creeper)


                                                        (Orange Flame)


                                    (Sisyrinchium ‘Devon Skies’)


                                                  (Sea Thrift)





I also planted trailing plants along the rocks out front.  These have just started to bloom.


This mound of Plox is huge.  See my new Laceleaf Japanese Maple waiting to be planted?


These trailing plants add a pop of color for Spring and help pacify me until my perennials really take off.

Have you got Spring trailers in your garden?



I will be sharing with these lovely parties:

Kathe with an e for You're Gonna Love it Tuesday





























Saturday, April 19, 2014

Good Eats!

Happy Easter weekend my friends!

In my previous post I shared with you a ‘TIME’ themed bridal shower that I co-hosted with two of my sister-in-laws.

Today I am sharing the delicious food that we had.  It was some ‘good eats’ in our ‘TIME to eat’ segment!


Perfect time to share my new sign with you that I bought at a local boutique.  I had this little wall space between my basement kitchen and family room.  Looks like it was meant to be. lol!


Now on to the ‘good eats’.  Boy did we ever have a delicious spread!



Alayna made these delicious Salad Stuffed Shells. 


I made stuffed mushrooms and  baked Brie.  Rita brought a wonderful fruit tray to accompany it.  she also made yummy deviled eggs.


Alayna’s daughter in law, Julie helped out and made these yummy stuffed tomatoes.


Pretty pink plates were stacked and waiting to be filled.  Of course we needed one for food and one for dessert.


I took the upper photo earlier in the day and this one was taken at night after the food was added to the table.


Cream puffs and coconut cherry bars. . .


Lemon bars and some kind of chocolate deliciousness!


Loved this photo with the candles in the background.  Plus a second look at a cream puff never hurt. Hee-hee!


I added this wonderful heart sent to me in a ‘spoolie’ swap to the handle of the plate stand.


Here I am posing by the yummy food.  Can’t wait to dig in!



For drinks we had good old fashioned water and a refreshing water punch.  A recipe I got from my dil and sons wedding.


I’m sure a lot of you will be having some ‘good eats’ tomorrow.  Happy Easter and Passover and hope you have a wonderful day!

We will be going ‘South of the Border’ with our Easter dinner.  Serving up ‘Café Rio’ type salads.  A little different that what we usually do for Easter.  But ever so delicious!



Thursday, April 17, 2014

It’s About TIME. . .

Last night myself and two of my sister in laws hosted a bridal shower at my home for the ‘soon to be bride’ of our nephew.

From the beginning we decided that we would go with a ‘TIME’ theme.  We laughed how sayings using the word ‘TIME’ ran rampant through our heads.   Using things that we had it really was quite easy to pull together.


Oh if we could only capture ‘TIME’ in a bottle!



Time seems to fly by quickly, but I wonder if the future bride and groom feel that 17 days away seems like forever?


Many of you may remember my ‘Spring Time’ mantel.  Well, I pretty much recreated it on the basement mantel where the party was held.

Groupings of clocks. . .some old. . .some new.


My sil, Alayna made a cute little flip chart that we used.  It brought in a bit of humor.  We started with introduction time, then followed with story time.  Where the bride to be told the story of how they met and all about the proposal.


She also made a darling photo board of the bride and groom.  Seems that  in no TIME those babies we have are grown and exchanging vows.



Look at the darling embellishment she added to the corner of the photo board.


We all know that we grow wiser with age.  We asked everyone to share some ‘pearls of wisdom’ for the new bride in our “TIME for advice” segment.


I had fun creating these little ‘pearls of wisdom’ bottles.  I picked up the bottles for $1 each at a local antique mall.



Each guest took one home as a thank you for coming gift.





What a fun TIME we had!  Be sure and come back and see the delicious food.

I’ll be sharing our ‘TIME to Eat’ segment soon.



I will be sharing with these lovely parties:

The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home

Shabby Art Boutique for Shabbilicious Friday

Natasha in Oz for G'day Saturday

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Share Your Cup Thursday #98

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

I had such a great time on our Caribbean cruise, but it’s always nice to be back home safely.

I missed visiting and partying with you!!  Can’t wait to see what amazing things you have to share this week!

I’m busily getting ready for a bridal shower at my home in a few hours so we will jump right into the party.  Because I was away, there will be no features.

Thanks again for taking the time to party here!

Monday, April 14, 2014

This Chick is Back. . .

Hello my friends.  I’m happy to say that this chick is back in town.  I missed visiting all of you!

After a week long wonderful Caribbean Cruise let’s just say, I’ve got my work cut out for me.  You know, laundry, cleaning, yard work, and the list goes on.

I’m also getting ready to help host a bridal shower at my home on the 16th.  But I just had to take time to share my chicks with you.  I intended to share them in my Bunnies and Chicks post.  When it got a bit lengthy I decided I’d share the chicks when I returned.


Many of you have your brood of real chicks.  I think they are ever so sweet, but for now these are the only kind of chicks you’ll see at the Olson home.


I think baby chicks are one of the cutest animals.  Have you ever been lucky enough to actually see one hatch from an egg?


And I’m not even going to ask if you’ve ever seen one perched on a cupcake.


However I’m sure you’ve seen one traipsing through grass.


How about party chicks?  After all, they are animals!


This fuzzy chick traveled all the way home with me from Salzburg over 10 years ago.




I love this box that I received in an Easter spoolie swap last year.


I rarely run across vintage Easter décor.  So when I spied these two egg holders a couple years ago I had to snatch them up.  Soon they will be sporting pretty colored eggs.


And of course, there ‘s always  at least one crazy chick in the bunch.


Well, there you have it.  My small collection of chicks.  I do have a few cute ducks.  Who knows, they might just waddle their way into a post before Easter.

We didn’t take a ton of pics on the cruise.  I’m hoping that  I will have some good enough to share with you.

It’s always such a delight to come home and find that you were featured at a blog party when you  were away.  Thanks to Kathy from  A Delightsome Life for featuring my Vintage Lace and Easter  at her Home and Garden Thursday party.



I will be sharing with these lovely parties:

Common Ground for Easter Inspiration