My Alpine Home

Friday, April 28, 2017

Grandma Zetta's Cupboard


Hello my friends,
 
I remember as a child loving the circus, and I even took my own kids to see what it felt like to be under the "big top".

 


Ringling Brothers B&B Circus

One of the world’s longest-running entertainment franchises, the Ringling Brothers B&B Circus promises an unforgettable day out for the whole family. Since the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circuses joined forces in 1919, this mammoth traveling circus company has been delighting fans around the world with its cast of talented performers. From the hilarious antics of comedic clowns to the inspiring feats of strongmen, every act featured on the Ringling Brothers B&B tour guarantees you’ll be on the edge of your seat until the final curtain drops.


But as I got older I fell out of love and decided that clowns are actually a bit scary!
(may have something to do with a scary clown movie or two)
 
 
Do any of you feel this way?
 
Well, be prepared to fall in love again!!
 
My friend, Shirley from Zettas Aprons happens to love the circus.  In fact, she told me she has become even more obsessed with it since they have outlawed the use of elephants and that '2017' will be it's final year.
 
She has been creating the most fabulous circus pieces.  Recently she decided to house them in an old yellow cupboard she inherited from her Grandma Zetta.
 
 
She has the most amazing mind and the things that she comes up with are simply fantastic!
 
For example, she spied the clown Salty and Peppy shakers at one of our estate sales.  I thought she would just add them to her display.  But no, she had to create something with them.
 
Using fun animals and the shakers she concocted a circus train.  She's always on the look out for tins to create scenes in.  The Quik-Seal is absolutely perfect!
 
 
Friends that know her love for the circus will send her things now and then.  This sweet shadow box was gifted to her.
 

 
I too have contributed to her collection.  I first met her when I gifted her a vintage tin top with a circus theme.  I also spied the little clown in the chair and knew it had to go to Shirley's house.  He was so ugly that he was cute!!  :)
 
She never passes up a Circus Peanuts tin!
 
 
 
When I spied the funny bear (or is it a monkey) blow horn at Aunt Bunnies estate, I knew exactly who would be buying it.
 

 
She adds party hats and collars to vintage animals.
 
 
She's also has found some fabulous circus themed tin toys!
 
 
 Another peek at the train.
 

No animal is undressed!
 



One of the things she creates that I absolutely adore are her tin scenes.  Many of these are small Altoid tins.
She makes the most magnificent scenes in the tiniest of spaces!
 

 
It's so fun to be with her when she finds something to create with.  You can just see her mind working!  For instance, last week at our estate sale she spied a round tea cozy.  She opened it up and squealed.  Then she quickly revealed to us that it would make the most fabulous steam punk googles. . .only Shirley!! (wink)
 
I think Grandma Zetta's cupboard is loving these darling circus creations made by her granddaughter!
 
 
And here's the genius behind it all. . .Shirley.
 
 


I hope you have had fun!
 
Her circus obsession does not stop here.  She has also created a "Halloween", a "Christmas", and "4th of July" themed circus.
 
How about you, do you love or hate the circus?
 
hugs,
Jann

I will be sharing with these fun parties: 
Vintage Charm



Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Share Your cup #246

Hello, and welcome to Share Your Cup, (SYC for short).
 
 
 
The party where you share what makes you happy.
 
It's what I call, "filling your cup"
 
We have had rain for almost a week now, and I am happy that today we've gotten a little break and the sun is shining!
 
I will be heading out into the garden, my "happy" place!!
 
This week I shared a lot of my Pioneer Woman dishes and how I like to Mix the Old with the New.
 
 
Now for the features from SYC #245:
(I'm cutting the features back to 4 for a while)
 
Sandi from Rose Chintz Cottage shared the prettiest teacups in her teacup wreath!
 
 
Ann Marie from Musings of a Vintage Junkie shared her latest finds.  I'm drooling over this tool box!
 
 
 
Jolena from While I linger has waited a long time to redo her Farmhouse master bedroom.  Believe me, it was worth the wait!
 
 
The berry lover in me would love to sink her teeth into a piece of this Berried Treasure Pie!  Gina from Twigs and Branches shared her yummy recipe.
 

Thanks so much for sharing and please grab my button if you were featured.
 

 
Now let's party!
 
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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! 
 
 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Mixing the Old with the New. . .

Hello my friends,
today I'm sharing my love for mixing the old with the new.
 
Have you ever entered into a home where everything was old, (antique)?  It feels a bit musty to me.
 
But on the other hand, a home filled with everything bran spankin new is, to me; a bit boring.
 
Put the two together and it's a 'home run'!
 
 
 
Many of you know my love for vintage dishes, but that doesn't mean that I don't fall in love all over again with some that are new.  :) The minute I spied the aqua and red pieces in the Pioneer Woman line I couldn't resist!
 
A few sweet floral plates topped with a vintage shaker just makes me ever so happy!  Doesn't she seem to be saying, "here's looking at you kid"?
 
 
I am surprised that PW dishes have started showing up at thrift shops already.  I scored this bowl a few months ago.
I added a vintage melmac creamer and cup for a little fun.  The little yellow flower inside the teacup holds loose tea.
 

 
A PW colander all by itself can be a tad boring.  Sit it atop a vintage scale and it's winner, winner, chicken dinner!  lol!

 
My table has a mixture of both old and new.  I've added an old mixer scored from the estate I am helping with to a mixture of  Pioneer Woman dishes.  I picked up the red bowls at another thrift just last week for $1 ea.  I don't think they had ever been used. They still had the stickers on the bottom. 
 
 I've added a few natural elements.  I tucked a nest that a bird built on my Forsythia wreath last year into the mixing bowl. And a found feather has a new home in one of my vintage frogs.  A couple of glass frogs rest on the aqua cake stand and one holds basket of gold, picked from the garden under the cloche. 




 
The sweet batter bowl is much more noticeable when elevated on an old chippy stool.


 
Old and new come together in my tiered tray.  New PW cow creamer and vintage aqua Fenton glass. 
 
 
 

 
I just adore this sweet Birthday card!



And these mushroom shakers that I picked up at a thrift a few years ago. 



I'm thinking that my utensil holder needs more than just a few vintage utinsels.

D

These fun bowls are not PW, but they go so well with them.

 We don't need to feel that we need something old in every vignette.  Just here and there is enough to add interest.
 
 
Nothing old here, but I added the leaded glass butterfly for a point of interest.  The sweet flower stand was made by my friend, Amanda's husband.
 

 
I bought 12 of the red and aqua plates so I have plenty
 when family comes.

 
 
The cabinet where I house most of my PW collection is a mixture of both old and new as well.
 
The aqua goblets are new PW, but the red bubble ones are vintage.
The blue dotty pitcher, melmac sugar, and aqua teacups and saucers are also old.



 
The cabinet looked so bare that I added some old ironstone to the top shelf.


PW pie plate and rolling pin are mixed in with a ruby red vintage sugar and creamer.  Newer plates in the same colors and two ironstone sugar bowls, and saucers carry on the new/old  tradition. 


 
Although I've shared the mixing of the old with the new in my kitchen, it's a theme that I carry throughout my entire home.
 
How about you, do you love mixing the old with the new?
 
 
 
hugs,
Jann
 
I will be sharing with these lovely parties:
 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Share Your Cup #245

Hello and welcome to Share Your Cup, (SYC for short).
 
The party where you share what makes you happy.
 
It's what I call, "filling your cup".
 
I hope you all had a joyous Easter celebration!
 
Last week I ran across some Forget Me Not postcards and shared some great advice given in a talk by one of the leaders of the LDS church.
 

 
I also shared my Early Spring Garden
 
 
 
Now for the features from SYC #245:
(I apologize for not notifying these blogs that they were featured this week.  I've been busy setting up for another estate sale and honestly,  just didn't get around to it)
 
Patti at Old Things New took us on a tour of her
beautiful spring home.
 
 
Sarah from Hyacinth for the Soul shared her delightful courtly spring collections.
 
 
 
Lori from Dining Delight shared an amazing Easter buffet.
 
 
 
 Tania from Farragoz shared these amazingly creative eggs.
 
 
 
Debby Goes Shabby shared her stunning snowballs and a darling cake she made for Easter.
 
 
 
 
Virginia from Artsy VaVa shared a fabulous farm table
 built by her son.
 
 
 
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!