My Alpine Home

Sunday, August 21, 2016

A Day at the Beach Tablescape

Hello my friends,
we recently returned home from vacationing in CA.  This morning I was reminiscing about our 'day at the beach' and decided to create a tablescape with it in mind.

When we arrived we saw that many of our fine feathered friends were enjoying a stroll along the beach just as much as we were.
I draped a tan grain sack striped runner down the center of the table.  My take on the warm welcoming sand.

We could hardly wait to dip our toes in the ocean and cover them with sand!
Some even got buried in sand.
I used my red wooden chargers, a cream with a red striped plate, and a shell shaped salad plate.  I topped the trio off with a real seashell and a knotted striped napkin with a bit of rope added.  Tied in a square knot, of course.
I wish I could say that the shells were found at the beach, but no; they were found at a thrift shop.  :)  Originally from a beach,
I'm sure.

I bought this polka dotted silverware last year on clearance at Ross.  I had forgotten about it and hadn't used it yet.  I thought it added a fun touch.

We lounged and played with bubbles,

Dished up buckets of sand, and

drug treasures from the sea.

I sprinkled sea glass along the runner and added a few nautical themed items to the table.


I bought the crab festival bucket at Hobby Lobby a few years ago.  I just thought it was too cute!
I didn't end up doing this, because I only had one nautical themed beach towel.  But I thought it would be a fun idea if you had enough to drape all of your chairs.
What a fabulous day we had!  So much so, that we spent the entire day at the beach.
When Utah first met California, they ran like little sissy's.  :)
But it didn't take long before they embraced the coolness
 of the ocean!

At the end of the day hubby and I topped it off with Huntington Beaches famous fish tacos from Wahoo.
Oh, isn't life a beach?
I will be sharing with these lovely parties:

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Share Your Cup #211

Hello and welcome to Share Your Cup, (SYC).
The party where you share what makes you happy. 
 It's what your hosts call 'filling your cup'.
I (Jann) am your host this week and coming to you directly from Disneyland.  I keep hearing that it's "the happiest place on earth", but I thought that was my home.  lol!
I am starting the party early because who knows when I will make it back to the hotel.  :)
Let's see what your hosts have been up to.
Carol  has been enjoying some Lazy Days  (for Carol, that doesn't mean doing nothing) But don't we all need to do that every
 now and then?

Jo is Sharing Her Home With You You are her angels and she looks forward to sharing her upcoming fall d├ęcor.

I shared my love for Junk Gardening
 and some exciting news about 'hilltop cottage' Being Featured in the online Rural Magazine.
Now for the features from SYC #210:
Katie from Let's Add Sprinkles found a fabulous junk box.
Distressed Donna scored some gorgeous vintage quilts.

Lolly Jane shared this fun farmhouse tablescape.  Her hubby picked this amazing table up alongside of the road.  Can you imagine?

Dana from Remnant shared some fabulous wooden chargers her hubby made for her.

Lynda from Stillwoods Farmhouse shared the recipe for a refreshing watermelon feta salad.

Vicki from Life in My Empty Nest shared the recipe for this yummy peach streusel bread.  Can't wait to try it!


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


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Rural Magazine Feature

Hello my friends, I hope you don't think I'm bragging!  I would never do that!!  (maybe just a little)  :) I am beyond elated that
"hilltop cottage", my she shed is being featured in the summer issue of

I am featured on page 37.  Please check it out.  The entire magazine is a must read!  it's full of gorgeous images and features.  Also, there is a fabulous give away.
If you know me then you know that I don't feel comfortable giving myself a shout out!  However, these ladies work so hard putting this amazing online magazine together.

I love their motto:
"It's not where you live, it's how"
If you follow rural magazine on instagram you will see gorgeous rural images that they share. 

Thanks so very much to Jen for contacting me and featuring
Hilltop Cottage

Hubby and I have been working hard finishing her up.  Soon I will share the inside and her all decked out for fall.

This has been a dream come true for me. . .to have my own 
 potting shed.

It's a little piece of heaven up on a hill!



Friday, August 12, 2016

Junk Gardening

Hello my friends, I know that many of you are like me and love 'junk gardening'
What is it that makes it so appealing?  For me, it's often the patina.  Yup, that chippy, rusty, and crusty finish that time worn
 treasures have!

Every year I tell myself, "Jann, you have enough garden junk, no more!"  And every year it goes in one ear and out the other.  :)
Last May I sold at a vintage flea, 'fleaology'.  I spied this darling made from an old bus seat, but told myself I didn't need it.  When it was still there at the end of the day and the seller came down $50 I couldn't resist!

It was that chippy aqua paint that stole my heart!  I planted the bottom with a fern and impatiens.  It sits just outside my door on the deck.

I lined the basket on top with moss and planted a sweet potato vine and I I've gone blank on the name of the white one.

This chair is another new addition this year.  A week ago it was full of gorgeous geraniums, but I just deadheaded it.  The licorice plant is huge, but the sweet potato vine has hardly grown.  Go figure?
There are plenty more junk planters on my deck.  an old funeral basket. . .
A large metal pot. . .can you see the fairy hiding amongst the blooms?

and a baby bath tub.

Step off the deck and there you'll find an old ladder with some junk items planted with succulents.  A coffee pot, and old pan, and even a drain out of a kitchen sink.  Yup, I spied it at a thrift shop and knew exactly what I was going to do with it.

This big roasting pot was another thrift find that I knew was destined for the garden.

Look closely and underneath the leaves you'll spy the spout of an old metal teapot.
 Tool boxes,

watering cans, meat grinders,
not even the kitchen sink is safe.  (wink)

SHOE is easy to see that I prefer anything over your basic pot.
Step out front and more garden junk is to be found.

old buckets,

bread box,
washing machine,

Some where amongst these blooms is an old milk crate.  It's sitting on a wooden dolly.
Next to it is an old iron footboard.
And every junk gardener has to have a bike!
Now that's a whole lotta junk!!  lol!

And look what I brought home this week

More junk!
This makes push mower #3.  But how could I not bring it home?
How about you, do you love junk in the garden?
This post was featured at:  Thoughts of Home.  Thanks gals!
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