My Alpine Home

Sunday, October 23, 2016

I'm a Big Fan of Lollies. . .

Rosettes, fans, or lollies, whatever you want to call them;
I am in love!
Yup, I'm a big fan of lollies, (which is the word that I choose to call them.)  Don't they look just like big lollipops to you?

I often use them in my crafting.  They are a fun addition to almost any craft.  I've used them a lot in banners.
I have a fun little contraption that makes them a bit easier to make.
But I actually bought these large ones at a local shop called, Retro Betty's.  It is owned by the daughter of one of my friends.
I layered some of the lollies and then added the vintage images that came with the set.

I used the sticky circles that came with them to add them to a black vintage window I had.  Years ago I modge podged the newspaper pennant border along the top.  They kept falling, so ended up hot gluing them to the window.
I thought my black and white witch and moon and star banner was the perfect addition!
I added a black glittery branch and tucked stars in here and there.
The tarnished tea set was a thrift find.  Perfect for a witches tea!  This pumpkin had an eerie feel to me and fit perfect in the silver pedestal.  This is when I prefer my silver tarnished.

This was one of the quickest mantles I have ever put together.  May just be one of my favorites as well.  :)

How about you,  Do you love lollies?

The hearth is decorated with the 'spooky' urn arrangement I made with craft group #1 last year and a pillow I
 made many moons ago.  lol!

On the other side of the fireplace is my 'party animal' crows having a hay day on my old type writer and a silly skelly I bought at Glitterfest in CA last week.

Only a little more than a week till the hauntingly fun day is here!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Witches Soiree

Hello my friends,
I've mentioned before about how talented my hairdresser is.
Well, last Thursday night, Oct. 13th; the night of the Hunter's Moon; (according to the Farmers Almanac) she outdid herself!
For years it has been a dream of hers to host a "witches soiree".
She wasn't sure if friends and clients would embrace the idea.
I'm here to tell you that 98 of us did!
Yes, 98 'witchy woman' strolled into her backyard for a night we won't soon forget.
Our hostess greeted us at her arbor gate.
We arrived at dusk and the gardens had been magically transformed.

The witchy women, (friends and family that would be
 seated at my table)
Jamie, Joyce, Betty, Peggy, Ann, Karrah, Jan, and Kassy

Black umbrellas and large wooden moons hung here and there.

As we entered into the backyard we were serenaded by a couple of talented witches.

Each table was assigned a name.  My friend, Jan and her daughter Kassy hold our 'Midnight Embers' sign.

Our table had a view of her fabulous she shed built by her husband last year.
Handmade brooms made from branches and twigs were tied to the back of our chairs.

Once we were seated we helped ourselves to the beverage bar.

My daughter, Karrah and I

My cousin Betty, friend Jan, moi, friends Joyce, Ann, and Peggy.   

Lights and small fires lighted the garden.

Our candlelit table

party favors and menus.

Dinner was prepared by her daughter, Sierra and it was so delicious!  Bread and rolls, salad, soup, pasta, and carrot or chocolate cake.  There was also a table full of snacks, but I never made it over to it.
(chicken alfredo)

Karrah, me, and Ann.

The moon was magical.  A witchy moon for sure!


After dinner each table rotated through 5 witch stations. We were given a token at each one.
The witch of smell.

 Iris, the witch of sight.
The 'moon' witch

The 'star' witch.

and the fortune teller. . .(palm reader)

At the end of the night we were instructed to mix up a magic potion.  Joyce's daughter, Jamie was the designated witch that did the honors.

And we toasted to a memorable evening!

Oh what a hauntingly fun night!

I will be sharing with these fun parties:

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Share Your Cup #220

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".
By sharing, you help to fill others cups!!
I just returned home from a girlfriends trip to California.  We attended "Glitterfest".  A classy, (if you ask me) artisan show.  Lots of creative seasonal d├ęcor items from very talented ladies.
Because of this, there will be no features this week.  Just having too much fun to be on my computer. 
Here's what I shared last week:
One of my craft group friends hosted a fabulous

And OWL be Darned if I haven't started another
'accidental collection".  :)

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week and I am eager to see what you have to share!


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

"OWL" Be Darned!

Hello my friends, "OWL" be darned if I didn't do it again!
Do what?  You might ask.
Start another 'accidental' collection.
And I'm sure you've already guessed that it's an owl collection.
 They are impossible to resist when you run across them at a
thrift shop! (at least for me)
Just something about those big eyes!!
This was my latest find and he was the reason why I put together an owl themed mantle. Just couldn't bear to put him away.  :)
He's actually a wall plaque, but I balanced him on the urn.


 For a few years this silly 'wise' owl was the only one I had.  But then, like many other things around here; they started to multiply.

See those little eyes peeking out from underneath that burlap bow?

These cutey hooty shakers were picked up recently at an estate sale.

And my friend, Paula (Pollyanna Reinvents) gifted me with the fun measuring spoons.

Yes, my friends often contribute to my 'accidental' collection habit.  Just today sweet Shirley (Zettas Aprons)  came by with this
darling creation.

I love it and just had to add it to my mantle display.
Just look at that sweet little hooter on top!
Hoot, Hoot!
(and hugs,)



Thursday, October 13, 2016

BONE-i-fied Fun Party!!

Hello my friends,
Craft group #1 celebrated a birthday last week.
The event was hosted by Jackie and it was fabulous!!
She blogs at Purple Chocolat Home
She made the macaroons.  Darling and delicious!!
You'll see by the photos that this girl loves purple!
Her two love seats at each side of the table were new.  Aren't they gorgeous?
The table was set with skelly dishes and the colors purple and gold.  This hearse was the centerpiece.  Isn't it cool and unique?
Candles were lit,
and pretty purple potion bottles along with more skellys ran down the center of the table.

Although skeletons were the theme, it was too pretty to be scary!  :)

One of our members, Laura was vacationing with her husband.  So this sweet gal took her place. (wink)


Jackie placed name cards at each setting.  She picked the perfect one for Laura!

She dolled up these little coffin boxes and filled them with homemade goodies.  They, and the macaroons were
 our take home treats.
BONE-I-fied fun everywhere you looked!

She just made the trees and banner.  Love them both!

And check out that chandy!  SWOON!!
Everyone but the birthday girl contributes to the meal.  Joanne made yummy asparagus/ham roll ups for our appetizer.

Natalie made this most delicious salad.  I have got to get the recipe!  It had Trader Joe's pumpkin brittle bits in it. . .YUM!
Brenda brought croissants,

 and I brought dinner in a pumpkin.

I bought small sugar pie pumpkins so each of us had our own.

Afterwards we made a Christmas craft.  Jackie had everything ready for us.
 It was quick and easy and we finished it that night. 
Karen was the birthday girl.  What a cute witch she is!!
Amy made the orange drizzled cake.  You can see the finished craft to the left of Karen.

Here is our hostess, Jackie and the birthday girl, Karen.

Craft group #1, minus Laura.  Laura's husband has dubbed us the 'over achievers'.  You can tell by Karen's table that he might be right.  :)  I am the hostess next month.  How does a girl compete with this?

(Amy, Joanne, Jann, Natalie, Jackie, Karen, Brenda)
You just do your best, don't worry; and be happy!!
I will be sharing with these fun parties: