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Share Your Style #346

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #346! Happy Wednesday to y’all, dear friends!!

This link party is for home decor, DIY, crafts, recipes and the like, but you are more than welcome to share any of your family-friendly posts with us all. Please feel free to share this post too and join my small but loyal band of friends. I appreciate you! I appreciate your subscribing, also. As always, I am glad that you are here… 💜

I am Barbara Chapman and I’d love it if you’d follow me here on my blog and on any of my other social media sites, too.  Thank you!💜 

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Happy Wednesday, dear friends!

It feels sooo good to be finishing up the school year. I love being in school with our students everyday ~ I love watching them learn! But, it is good to have a nice long break to recoup and come back fresh again in the fall. I have been running our library’s PE skills fun program all week long for K-5th, which has been a lot of fun. It’s called student teaching-on-the-job! 😉

After the kids went home at noon, I was able to shoot over for my passport appointment at the local post office; I finally got my passport paperwork submitted! Yeah!!! So timely with this week’s featured posts about beautiful tablescapes and weddings… <3 And of course we celebrate and honor those veterans of war who didn’t make it home from the battlefield this weekend. Wear a poppy in their honor.

Well, let’s get to our features, including one from me!

Here’s what I shared this past week at French Ethereal…

Having Fun Decorating with Patriotic Colors – part of this month’s Pinterest Challenge with Cindy from County Road 407 and company. 🙂

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Recent newcomer Judy from Life in Kentucky shared this lovely
Mother’s Day Tablescape with us. This table setting looks lovely for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend with its soft colors and was beautiful as well for Mother’s Day… Gorgeous! Judy also shared a fun boating post from Kentucky Lake
Jeanie from The Marmelade Gypsy shared her sweet post updating life over at the ditch near her ~ Mother Goose. Awwwwwwwwwww!!! If you enjoy reading, do check out Jeanie’s post The April Book Bunch. I am sooo ready for summer reading, how about you?
Penny from Penny’s Treasures brings us Celebrating Mother’s Day in the Sunroom. So ethereal in there!!
Lynne from Thrifting Wonderland shared her pretty table with us for the upcoming holidays ~ Peony Centerpiece Tablescape. Lovely in its patriotic colors!!!
small floral arrangement of pink peonies with a few sprigs of other pink flowers for the intimate backyard wedding
Lynn from Living Large in a Small House shared her daughter and son-in-law’s story about Getting Married Twice During Covid. Very timely, indeed!
Bowl of baked beans, cloth napkin
How to Make the Best Baked Beans are on the menu for summer cooking over at the home of Renae from Peacock Ridge Farm. Something wonderful to add to our menus this weekend with our bbq’s going full bore. Delicious!!!
2 For 1 Cocktails At Slug & Lettuce
And because the unofficial beginning of summer starts this weekend, Claire Justine shares a fun post about her week in this post ~ 2 for 1 Cocktails at Slug and Lettuce, Nottingham. Love all the patterns and her new birthday dress!!! Do stop by and check out what she and her family have been up to!
Great British Cupcakes: Quick And Easy Cupcakes
Claire also shared her recipe for these patriotic treats from across the Pond ~
Great British Cupcakes! Yum and perfect for both of our Remembrance Day weekends…
Shelbee from Shelbee on the Edge has great ideas in her post 3 Things You Can Do to Honor Your Fallen Soldier on Memorial Day.
a gorgeous view… also from Shelbee’s post… <3

Thank You so much to everyone who linked up this past week. A special thank you to everyone for always promoting Share Your Style on your blog and on your social media channels! I do see it when I stop by and I appreciate the love. 💜

If you’d like to follow my Share Your Style board on Pinterest I’d appreciate it, thank you! I do post all of the featured posts from each week’s SYS there. 💜  Thanks so much!!!

Happy Memorial Day,

Barb 🙂

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Having Fun Decorating with Patriotic Colors

Welcome to this month’s Pinterest Challenge, friends! Cindy of Country Road 407 has gathered us all together once again to celebrate the arrival of summer with a challenge using Patriotic Colors! (Don’t you just love our national flag’s red, white and blue?!!) If you are just coming over from My Family Thyme with Lynne, welcome!

OMGosh, I can’t wait to get to know Lynne!! Her style is wonderfully warm and welcoming, plus she paints gorgeous watercolors… Lynne hails from Connecticut (Go UConn!), where my parents last lived, and my youngest brother and his family still live right next door to my mother and father’s former home in Woodbury.

Jumping into our post, our Cindy found this month’s inspiration from another blogging friend Cindy from Edith & Evelyn Vintage

Cindy of Edith & Evelyn Vintage found this on the internet and used in her post Patriotic Decor Ideas.

There were a ton of great photographs to choose from with lots of inspiration in Cindy’s post and I just loved this faded Old Glory she shared; it really spoke to me…

Cindy also had this incredible chair in the same inspiring post:

Patriotic Decor | Edith & Evelyn | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

I loooove this chair and it is really a stunner with the Americana theme boldly proclaimed in its fabric choices! Plus it’s a French chair! (What’s not to love?) So I guess I could have gone soft or bold in my color choices this time. 😉

But my personal penchant is to use the softer versions of these colors this year.

Like what’s-blooming-in-my-garden-right-now-colors…

I haven’t been writing much lately because I have been working hard in the garden. I do have an upcoming post with what’s happened since the last time I shared the garden. I’ve been planting and digging a lot on the weekends, plus visiting with my mother-in-law at her new home. She is really enjoying her new garden. We will take a trip over there this summer so you can see it, too!

My hydrangeas have come into their own this year! A glorious year for hydrangeas… Actually, I learned the secret here in Texas is consistent watering, just about every day. 😉

Back to our patriotic basket

The past couple of years I went with our country’s bold colors in my Pinterest Challenge posts, like this outdoor patio patriotic decor post.

And this one where I created fun placemats using old jeans as the base for the placemats and pretty pockets became holders for silverware..

I do tend to hop back and forth between soft patriotic colors then bold, then right back! Here in this post, I gathered a number of patriotic ideas together, if you’d like to check them out:

Which leads me back to today’s project ~ making a softly colored Patriotic Basket to hang on your front door, set on a table as part of a tabletop display, or to hang on your garden shed like I’ve done here. 🙂

For this mont’s Pinterest Challenge, we have the freedom to create anything patriotic we want, so I thought about bringing out my French style basket and filling it with faux flowers!

Making this basket is simple:

  • Add spagnum sheet moss to the bottom and sides of the wire basket.
  • Place a piece of floral foam inside (or bunched up chicken wire) to support floral stems.
  • Poke in soft pink faux hydrangea blossoms, along with daisy stems and lavender and cornflower-blue larkspur wands.
  • Tuck in more moss, like this spring green reindeer moss, to fill up the empty spaces after you’ve added your flowers and foam.

Hang up and enjoy!

And that’s all there is to creating this basket. 🙂

I spent $0.00 on this project… right up until I needed more moss… The reindeer moss I found at our local Calloway’s Garden Center this past weekend and it cost $16.99 for a large box, which is still quite full. I will get a lot of use out of it for the price!

To make this basket more patriotic, just tuck in some little American flags! When the holiday is over, just pull the flags back out for a casual summertime door basket display.

Thanks for stopping by on the tour today! Next we swing back up to Cindy from County Road 407 and I know you will love all of her patriotic decorating ideas!! Do stop by and check out all the wonderful decor pieces our friends have put together for you.

Happy almost summertime!

Barb 🙂

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Share Your Style #345

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #345! Happy Wednesday to y’all, dear friends!!

This link party is for home decor, DIY, crafts, recipes and the like, but you are more than welcome to share any of your family-friendly posts with us all. Please feel free to share this post too and join my small but loyal band of friends. I appreciate you! I appreciate your subscribing, also. As always, I am glad that you are here… 💜

I am Barbara Chapman and I’d love it if you’d follow me here on my blog and on any of my other social media sites, too.  Thank you!💜 

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Welcome to another Wednesday Share Your Style, friends!!! I apologize for getting the party up late this evening. I have no excuse other than I got five hours of sleep and it’s the end of the school year. No posts for me with the heavy work outdoors schedule but I will be back writing and sharing what’s new here soon!

I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day either for yourself or celebrating with the significant women in your lives. My daugher sent a Tiff’s Treats box of chocolate chip cookies and another of truffles. They are getting eaten sparingly!

Later on Mother’s Day, I was out planting again in the 90 degree heat and thankfully there was a great breeze. The soil is well roto-tilled and now it is just a matter of just digging holes, fertilizing and getting plants in the ground. It was pleasantly comfortable outside, even if hot. All of the plants are doing well with water every morning or every other day, depending. Trying this new strategy this year. A post with the south fence all planted will be coming soon!

Well, this week’s party is all about patriotic crafts, tablescapes and some travel ideas for summer holidays!

Let’s get to the party, shall we?

And here are this week’s featured posts…

DIY 4th of July Wreath
First up is this fun Patriotic Decor DIY American Clothspin Wreath by Kippi at Home. So easy and fun to do with the kids!!!
Jeanie from The Marmelade Gypsy shared My New Neighbor in this sweet birdwatching post. Wonderful news for spring!!
Cheddar, Chive And Ham Muffins: How To Make
Claire Justine shares how to make these delicious muffins for any soirée ~ Cheddar, Chive and Ham Muffins. Yum!!!
MaryJo from Master “Pieces” of My Life shared this fun tablescape from her post ~
Breakfast at Tiffany’s. So pretty and perfect for any occasion!!
Another beautiful tablescape to copy comes from Lori from Dining Delight in her beautiful post ~ Mother’s Day Tablescape in Spring Colours. Just lovely!!
Debra from Common Ground shares this lovely door basket in her patriotic post ~
Easy Patriotic Decor with Vintage Flags. Love it!!!
Debra also shared this lovely post using her gorgeous tableware ~
Lilac Basket with French Faience ~ our double header this evening!
The Strong Museum of Play, Shelbee on the Edge
Shelbee from Shelbee on the Edge brings us a fun travel idea post ~
The Happiest Place on Earth and Link Up #293. Do stop by and check out where they went!!! Love this!!!
colle san Pietro potsandplanes.com
Last up this week is a trip to Verona, Italy’s City of Love… with Mary from Pots and Planes. Ooooohhhhhh!!! Look at that gorgeously clear water!!!

Thank You so much to everyone who linked up this past week. A special thank you to everyone for always promoting Share Your Style on your blog and on your social media channels! I do see it when I stop by and I appreciate the love. 💜

If you’d like to follow my Share Your Style board on Pinterest I’d appreciate it, thank you! I do post all of the featured posts from each week’s SYS there. 💜  Thanks so much!!!

Happy linking,

Barb 🙂

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Share Your Style #344

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #344! Happy Wednesday to y’all, dear friends!!

This link party is for home decor, DIY, crafts, recipes and the like, but you are more than welcome to share any of your family-friendly posts with us all. Please feel free to share this post too and join my small but loyal band of friends. I appreciate you! I appreciate your subscribing, also. As always, I am glad that you are here… 💜

I am Barbara Chapman and I’d love it if you’d follow me here on my blog and on any of my other social media sites, too.  Thank you!💜 

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Good Wednesday evening, friends!! No new post this week but I do have a couple of photographs to share with you. I was out in the back garden last weekend, rototilling, raking and planting a couple of small trees…

Got the second Jane Magnolia planted near the left corner! This baby will only get to 15′ tall and about 10′ wide. The Thuja/Emerald Green Arborvitae will grow to about the same height but only about 3′ wide. Perfect for this corner spot and just adding color to the back fence!

The roses have been doing sooo well this year! Along the south house wall, all five roses are in bloom. Here is the Miranda Lambert deep pink rose in bloom just before a rainstorm last weekend. I quickly cut some of the roses and plunked them in a glass vase to save them from the incoming rain. So glad I did!!! Love them!!

Miranda Lambert ~ which has a lovely light scent!

We have some wonderful Mother’s Day features for you this week. So excited for Mother’s Day!! Hubby bought me some Ear Buds for this year’s MD so I’d be able to watch movies when I fly next (hopefully our trip to France this summer!).

Alright, let’s check out our features..

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Definitely flowers for Mother’s Day! Jeanie from The Marmelade Gypsy brings us around Michigan ~ Waking Up at Home and Beyond. Check out where she shot this… You’ll be surprised!
Lynne from Thrifting Wonderland shares with us her lovely
Sunday Flowers Vignette and Flowers from the Garden. Lovely!!!
7 Home Made Marmalade Recipes To Try Out
Claire Justine shared her recipes for 7 Homemade Marmelade Recipes. Perfect for a Mother’s Day breakfast!
Mother's Day Gift Ideas
Jennifer from Curated by Jennifer collected some things here ~
Mother’s Day Gift Ideas #2. Fun choices!!!
Looking for a good movie to watch this weekend? Joanne from Aging with Ardor brings us ageing gracefully in this post ~ Andy and Red ~ from Shawshank Redemption with Tim Robbins as Andy and Morgan Freeman as Red (not sponsored, but my account).

A Beautiful French Country Wall Mural, artist painting wall, wall mural, painting trees
If you are a painter, perk up your mother or mother-in-law’s dining room with this lovely idea ~ A Beautiful French Country Wall Mural ~ from Renae at Peacock Ridge Farm. Gorgeous!!!
Renningers-Extravaganza-January-The-Crowned-Goat-4 From the Front Porch From the Front Porch
Lastly for this time, CoCo at The Crowned Goat shares
17 Easy Gifts to Make Before Mother’s Day. Wonderful!!!

Thank You so much to everyone who linked up this past week. A special thank you to everyone for always promoting Share Your Style on your blog and on your social media channels! I do see it when I stop by and I appreciate the love. 💜

If you’d like to follow my Share Your Style board on Pinterest I’d appreciate it, thank you! I do post all of the featured posts from each week’s SYS there. 💜  Thanks so much!!!

Happy Mother’s Day to you all,

Barb 🙂

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Share Your Style #343

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #343! Happy Wednesday to y’all, dear friends!!

This link party is for home decor, DIY, crafts, recipes and the like, but you are more than welcome to share any of your family-friendly posts with us all. Please feel free to share this post too and join my small but loyal band of friends. I appreciate you! I appreciate your subscribing, also. As always, I am glad that you are here… 💜

I am Barbara Chapman and I’d love it if you’d follow me here on my blog and on any of my other social media sites, too.  Thank you!💜 

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Well, there are a lot of neat features this week to share with you! Really, all month long has been lots of fun! All of the Easter decorating and table setting ideas have been so pretty… I know all y’all will have loads of beautiful garden posts to share soon, and I am looking forward to seeing how your gardens have changed since last year.

I’ll be sharing more from mine, soon.

But, for this time, my posts are all indoors, so let’s begin there, shall we? Then we move onto spring projects for the home, fun fashions and healthy cooking ideas.

All good stuff!

Here’s what I shared this past week at French Ethereal…

An Ethereal Springtime Basket in Whites and Silver ~ part of this month’s Pinterest Challenge. Pale pinky-lavender iris are from my side garden.
Springtime in the Hutch ~ an offshoot from Tuesday’s Pinterest Challenge and sharing more of my Limoges tableware.

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Debra from Common Ground shares this good fix for any thrifted painting which needs a little TLC ~ Easy Repairs to a Vintage Oil Painting. Great ideas!!!
floral cone bouquet DIY
MaryJo of Master “Pieces” of My Life brings us a little craft project ~
Floral Cone Bouquets for May Day. Lovely!!! Check out MaryJo’s other post ~ Container Gardening Inspiration – #2 for more lovely gardening ideas for your spring garden.
Shelbee from Shelbee on the Edge shares this month’s fun fashion challenge in her post ~ The Thrifty Six in Bold Monochrome. Totally loving these outfits for spring!!!
From our friend Penny from Penny’s Treasures, we have this romantic post ~
Un-Bee-lievably Cute Wall Art for the Master Bedroom. Love all the curves!!!
canned tomatoes on the counter of the outdoor kitchen. a necessary staple in a scratch cooks pantry
Lynn from Living Large in a Small House shares her secret to living well ~
What is In a Scratch Cook’s Kitchen. This is right up my alley this year as I wean myself (slowly) away from fast food trying to live a much healthier, less arthritic/less inflammation lifestyle.
Debbie from Debbie-Dabble Blog shared a Huge Patio and Backyard Project she and her hubby have been working on. Looking good!
Beauty abounds over at Lynne’s from Thrifting Wonderland in this gorgeous, blooming post ~ Sunday Flowers on Saturday. Love this!!!
Last up for this week is this sweet Tiny Rooster Stool project from Robin over at Junk is My Life. Great update!!!

Thank You so much to everyone who linked up this past week. A special thank you to everyone for always promoting Share Your Style on your blog and on your social media channels! I do see it when I stop by and I appreciate the love. 💜

If you’d like to follow my Share Your Style board on Pinterest I’d appreciate it, thank you! I do post all of the featured posts from each week’s SYS there. 💜  Thanks so much!!!

Happy Wednesday evening to you,

Barb 🙂

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Springtime in the Hutch

Totally missing springtime indoors with all the work we were doing helping my mother-in-law move-in, and then spending a lot of time out-of-doors moving the fence, digging, planting, and tilling, I am excited to share a second post from inside…

Yesterday we shared this month’s Pinterest Challenge spring baskets and I thought about sharing this photograph… But then I thought, no, I wanted to save it for today. A different view than what was shared in that post and a view I really love!

Down on the hutch top, I’ve placed the new-to-me Limoges creamer and sugar bowl. Such a lovely gift!!! I literally gasped when I pulled the sugar bowl out of its newspaper wrapping.

These were found at the IOOF thrift shop in Latrobe, California ~ a monthly event open to the public when the lodge members host their monthly fundraiser breakfasts. This is the lodge my mother-in-law and sister-in-law have attended for years and years. Gini now attends ours here in North Texas. 🙂

This cupboard only gets an update every couple of months or so as the seasons or holidays change, but I do enjoy “playing house” with it! The new creamer and sugar inspired putting up all the pretty Limoges pieces ~ like the small dessert plate (above right) with its ruffled and gilded edges. Love the pink roses strewn around the inner border!

Favorite vintage cards add their bit of pretty along with lovely mercury glass baubles plus one sweet springtime rabbit…

He’s a little salt and pepper shaker!

Besides the Limoges, the theme here is sugar bowls. I think I put four in the hutch this time.

I have been looking for a larger china cabinet, because we really could use some more storage, but I will never sell this one. I love how it was made around this vintage picture frame! It will go into the craft room and house fabric and things if I do ever find another one.

Really pleased with this springtime hutch’s look! What do you think?

Happy spring to you,

Barb 🙂

Home Decor, Pinterest Challenge, Tablescapes

An Ethereal Springtime Basket in Whites and Silver

Hello, dear friends! Springtime baskets are on the menu for you in this month’s Pinterest Challenge. Thank you to Cindy from County Road 407 for hosting this hop and for giving us this basket challenge!

If you are stopping by from Michelle of Thistle Key Lane for the first time, welcome! Didn’t you just love what Michelle has created with her basket? Sooooo pretty!!

Well, our inspiration photograph this month comes from Emily at Le Cultivateur. I love her style and this centerpiece is just up my alley!

Love all the greenery with the whites and silver ~ which is what I picked up on!

When I first went over to view Emily’s post, I saw her Easter centerpiece version of this basket with it’s large white rabbit and it is still perfect (to me, anyway) for an after-Easter springtime table topper!

Here is the photograph I decided to copy:

This tableau just says, “Spring has sprung!”

What I loved about this basket

  • Whites everywhere! ~ a large white basket to hold spring plants, a large white rabbit with his adorable lace bow, the painted white raised board. A rumpled, white dresser scarf with lace around its edges added its softness.
  • Silver ~ I love silver candlesticks and they add just that touch of elegance!
  • Greenery ~ inside the large basket, live plants are nestled together with a grapevine hoop added as a “basket handle.”

What I put in my ethereal springtime basket

  • Whites ~ I looked at my handled baskets but they were too small, so I went with this whitewashed flat tobacco basket as my “board” and basket. I tried it with a white wood cake plate but it didn’t look right, so I just added my newer Lowe’s stone rabbit, a white paper mâché rabbit, a small white plant pot, white inside a clear tealight holder, plus a white birdhouse.
  • Silver ~ copying our inspiration, I chose two silver mercury glass candlesticks plus one white metal one to hold softly pink tapers. Depending upon the lighting, each of the rabbits and the basket take on a silvery glow.
  • Greenery ~ This lavender-pink amaryllis stalk is the first to bloom in our northern sideyard and was my inspiration for this laying out the table in month’s challenge! It’s simple beauty paired with a faux paperwhite in a white plant pot bring in some of the greenery from our inspiration piece.
  • Table runner lace ~ I have dresser scarves but would have had to wash the one from our bedroom, so I looked in my linen closet and found this sweet, tatted window curtain to use on my table instead! I love its French Country farmhouse look and the rumpling on either end adds just the right look to this tableau.

Not having any Spanish moss to add to my basket, I added a garden saucer with moss balls I made last year paired with a couple of woven grass balls. This helped bring in more greenery to my table’s look.

I love the simplicity of this basket centerpiece and for me it is simple, ethereal elegance! If you are looking for something to decorate your table for Mother’s Day, just replace the rabbits with a bowl of garden roses or other flowers. That will give you more greenery and less of an Easter look.

Now let’s see what Carol of Bluesky at Home has created for you…

And please do stop by my other friends on today’s Pinterest Challenge tour!

Happy springtime,

Barb 🙂

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Share Your Style #342

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #340! Happy Wednesday to y’all, dear friends!!

This link party is for home decor, DIY, crafts, recipes and the like, but you are more than welcome to share any of your family-friendly posts with us all. Please feel free to share this post too and join my small but loyal band of friends. I appreciate you! I appreciate your subscribing, also. As always, I am glad that you are here… 💜

I am Barbara Chapman and I’d love it if you’d follow me here on my blog and on any of my other social media sites, too.  Thank you!💜 

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Happy Wednesday, friends! No posts this week since I was recovering over the weekend from that horrible cold. I did manage to get out on Monday and move a small tree forward ~ I’d planted it in the dark the week before and got it too close to where the eventual second iron fence will go. So… it had to move! I got another shrub planted, too. Doesn’t sound like much, but between the cold and major allergies going on, it’s a wonder anything can get done here in North Texas!

But, I am starting to feel much better, the allergens are going down, and we had our first 90 degree day today. Nice to come home and water plants. 🙂 With Easter weekend just passed (I hope you had a wonderful time celebrating with family and friends!), we have lots of fun Easter features.

So, let’s get to this week’s wonderful decorating ideas…

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Happy to share this early springtime post from Jeanie from the Marmelade Gypsy ~ Birds, a Blog Book and a Book Signing. You’ll love the sweet squirrel!!
Linda from Paper Seedlings shared this sweet Easter card…
Bunny and Eggs. Very sweet!
Debra from over at Common Ground shared this sweet post ~
French Country Easter in the Dining Room. Love all the white; so ethereal!
Lynne from Thrifting Wonderland shared a First April Lunch Outdoors ~ love how the table is set.
Love all the Easter posts and Carol’s from Bluesky at Home‘s post ~
Easter Living Room Decorating Ideas ~ is pastel perfection!!!
spring garden
Spring is blooming over at MaryJo’s from Master “Pieces” of My Life in this post ~ Spring Garden Plans. Love the yellow rose!
Maya from Little Treasures brings us these adorable
Easter Chicks and Eggs Appliques – Free Crochet Pattern. So fun to make and use as coasters, add onto jeans as patches or onto the kids’ and grands’ spring and summer outfits!!!
Coco from The Crowned Goat shared her easy to copy idea for decorating an Easter cake (but, of course, this could be for an upcoming Mother’s Day cake or some other fun occasion, too!) in her post ~
How to Decorate a Store Bought Cake for Easter. Love it!!!

Thank You so much to everyone who linked up this past week. A special thank you to everyone for always promoting Share Your Style on your blog and on your social media channels! I do see it when I stop by and I appreciate the love. 💜

If you’d like to follow my Share Your Style board on Pinterest I’d appreciate it, thank you! I do post all of the featured posts from each week’s SYS there. 💜  Thanks so much!!!

Enjoy,

Barb 🙂

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Share Your Style #341

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #340! Happy Wednesday to y’all, dear friends!!

This link party is for home decor, DIY, crafts, recipes and the like, but you are more than welcome to share any of your family-friendly posts with us all. Please feel free to share this post too and join my small but loyal band of friends. I appreciate you! I appreciate your subscribing, also. As always, I am glad that you are here… 💜

I am Barbara Chapman and I’d love it if you’d follow me here on my blog and on any of my other social media sites, too.  Thank you!💜 

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Happy Wednesday to y’all! Funny story, I heard some girls talking today at school after school and this one girl kept saying, “y’all.” It’s just so typical Texas!!! And I am definitely picking it up as part of my lexicon. 😉

Well, sorry I am super late with SYS tonight… I came home, ate my Taco Bell chicken power bowl and promptly fell asleep. I have another cold and I am also tired from visiting up north with my kids for our little grandson’s 2nd birthday. We had a great time but it’s still traveling by air (with lots of wind turbulence… Can you say stressful??) and just not being home, so I guess my body is making up for it.

But, anyway, I DID manage to get one post out this week and then let’s get onto this week’s features… It’s all about Easter, amigos y amigas!!

Here’s what I shared this past week at French Ethereal…

Early Springtime in the Garden ~ sharing early photos and really recent ones as the daffodils really ramped up their bloom time!

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Debra from Common Ground has the cutest Easter Picket Fence Centerpiece to share with us all! Loving the sweet rabbit and his carrots…
Lisa from Fresh Vintage by Lisa shared this adorable and easy post ~ How to Make Vintage Hankie Bunnies.
Hop on over to make some for your home!
surprise easter carrot on vintage tabacco leaf china plate
Love these!!! Elizabeth from Pinecones and Acorns shared her sweet
DIY Terrain-Inspired Easter Carrot Favors! Fun to make and to pop…
Sunday dinner with a split chicken breast, roasted potatoes and spring greens with homemade ranch dressing
Lynn from Living Large in a Small House brings us some spring greens in her post ~ Spring Salad Greens with Homemade Ranch Dressing. Yum!!!
CoCo from The Crowned Goat has a new dog story to tell along with her beautiful post, so do stop by and hear about “Piper” in Spring Home Tour!!
Sounds like a “pet project,” pun intended. She will be fine soon. :)’
Simply sweet violets spring decorating with violets
Amber from Follow the Yellow Brick Home shared her sweet purple-y post ~
Small Spring Pleasures: Simply Sweet Violets… Reminds me of a song my mother used to sing…
Okay, not necessarily about bunnies or for Easter, but Larry the Yoga Frog just caught my attention. From Lynne at Thrifting Wonderland. Cute!
Lynne also shared a beautiful Easter Table in Black and White ~ just lovely!
Sandra from Come to Dinner at Eight rounds out our shares for this week with
A Field of Tulips on a Spring Table. Soooo pretty!!!

Thank You so much to everyone who linked up this past week. A special thank you to everyone for always promoting Share Your Style on your blog and on your social media channels! I do see it when I stop by and I appreciate the love. 💜

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Happy Easter weekend to you! And even if there are no posts about Jesus here, it is a wonderful time to remember the reason for the season and that He died on a cross for us all… 💜 

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Gardening

Early Springtime in the Garden

Welcome to our springtime garden, friends!!! This has been a really fun post to write and over the course of just a couple of weeks, the blooms have popped out of the ground…

Here is where we began in late March/early April: just a few leaf peepers coming up but I wasn’t sure would these be tulips or daffodils or smaller jonquils???

So fun to see what has popped up in the course of just over a week! Each day there was something to see out in this new south garden.

Here we have daffs fronted by the smaller lamb’s ear, which were a gift from friend Dartagnian from the DFW Costumers Guild. So fun to see these settling in!

Love all the sunny faces of daffodils!

Here you can see the old posts still up from Mr. Ethereal’s and my moving the panels about 3-4 weeks ago. It’s amazing how much the yard has been opened up just by moving the fence panels out 3-4′.

Wind and rain have pummeled some of the tulips.

Here is a good view of the west and south sides and the future brick border along the west side of the French iron fencing.

A creamy white tulip with just a touch of pink along some of the outer petals…

The following weekend after moving the fence panels (maybe it was two weekends later?), I rototilled the yard where I wanted to create a new flower bed. This one matches the one opposite along our home’s south wall.

You can see it’s beginnings here:

Both of these photos were taken just before sunset and I worked into the dark planting the tall juniper (center of the picture) and the bottlebrush bush (next to the big rake.) My camera corrects for lighting so it seems much brighter than it actually was.

The right hand flower bed will be wider overall with more planters towards the back/front fence. I am pleased with how everything is coming along!

The yard itself is still a mess with unfinished projects, hoses dragged here and there, and plants strewn about in their nursery pots, but you know how it is when gardens are under construction! I have about 20 plants which need to get into the ground. I also have the tender perennials which will go into the ground for the season then come right back out again in the fall to overwinter in the shed again.

Two golden arborvitae will hopefully go in along the western fence, along the back alley. These others will probably go in right here.

These other potted perennials will probably go in right here next to the shed.

In the back you can see the taller green holly and I think it will go next to the internet box (that small green cylindrical tube) to hide it.

The Jane magnolia I think I will use in the corners for height and interest in springtime with its twin! I am remembering seeing garden designer P. Allen Smith’s old garden and how he had four trees in corners and they put on such a show!

Well, that’s it for today. Gotta head off to school but wanted to share our springtime garden with y’all!!!

Enjoy your spring,

Barb 🙂