My Alpine Home

Friday, June 23, 2017

My Summer time Happy Place. . .

Hello my friends,
do you have a summer time happy place?
I certainly do!
It's not a place I can hang out in the heat of the day, but it's my little retreat after my early morning garden stroll and some evening relaxation. 
We've made a few changes this year.  One is we purchased a new patio set.
Hubby and I went to Home Depot one day and when we entered I spied this patio set and fell in love. We weren't really shopping for a new table set, but sometimes things just catch our eye.  Lucky for me it was on sale.  Unlucky for me it was the last one and the table was scratched.  The sweet gal helping us said that we could order it on line for the same price and free delivery right to our home.  :)
I love the lighter chairs and how the darker table matches the faux wicker pieces we already had. 

The table looks wood, but it is actually metal.

Happy accident that the table, faux wicker, and pergola
 are all dark brown.  Nothing really planned, it just fell into place.
The pops of aqua and coral make it bright and cheery.

I have two of these chairs that I used with my old table.  I can't decide whether or not to hang on to them or give them to one of our kids.  They rock and are very comfy.  It makes the space pretty busy with so much furniture, but when we all get together we certainly can use more seating. 
You can see our old table at the end of the patio.  It will be going to one of the kids.

I have wanted to hang this old window from the pergola for a few years.  I finally talked hubby into it.  lol!  I love the way it looks.  The only problem is the wicker love seat use to sit here.  It was a little scary having a huge window hanging over your head.  We moved the love seat to the other side.  But now when you sit in it you have a view of the back of our house instead of
our beautiful mountains.  :(

My planters are looking prettier each day.

Another seating area that is super cute, if you ask me.  (wink) However, it's not too comfy.  Every now and then, cuteness wins over comfort.  The little ones don't seem to mind.

Here's a wide view so you can see that there is quite a bit going on.
Too much for some I'm sure, but I love the cozy feel!

One thing I love about my happy place is that wherever I look I have a pretty view of the mountains or my sweet she shed,
"Hilltop Cottage"  I also can hear the sound of water from our pondless waterfall.  It's the perfect spot to sit and take a breather after cutting back perennials in the garden.  I rarely pull a weed, but I fill two garbage cans each week with clippings.
Whenever I go to Wal-mart I check the garden center.  They have a hard time keeping their plants watered.  Because of that they are constantly putting things on clearance.  I picked up two pots filled with geraniums and sweet potato vines for half price.  They looked pretty sad.  Tons of spent blossoms and yellow leaves.  I came home, deadheaded them and gave them a big drink of water.  Now there are lots of buds that will be blooming soon.  I plopped one into this chippy cast iron planter.  The other is in a washtub up on the rock wall.

This is my other 'happy place'!  I must confess, that I am not loving the color of the metal roofing right now.  Plus, you can see that there's a couple areas that is not rusting.  UGH!  Last year when we built it I really wanted the heavier metal that would 'rust'. And yes, it was more expensive.  I absolutely loved how it looked last fall.  But it continued to rust during the winter and now it's too orange for my taste.
  Gosh, how can I complain too much after all the work my family did building it for me?  I am just hoping it turns more brown.  Otherwise, you may find this girl up there sanding it.  I'm trying to be patient and see how it changes over the summer.
I've been going to call the place we bought the roofing and ask them what I could do about the non rusty spots.  I keep forgetting, this post will be a good reminder.
Things don't always turn out as planned, but it's no reason to not continue to be happy!
Happiness is a choice.  I choose to be happy!

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!
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It's a great way to find new friends!

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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,
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.

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!
I will be sharing with these fun parties: