Holidays, Tablescapes

Share Your Style #351

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #351! We have a lot of great features to share…

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Welcome everyone! Can you believe tomorrow is the end of June already??! Well, with that, next week is the 4th of July!!!! Our lovely Independence Day and we have lots of wonderful patriotic posts for you with bold tablescapes to fun craft ideas to make with family and friends!

So, let’s get to our features, shall we? I’ve added a few of my old posts in the links, too, for more inspiration. 🙂

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

Summer Projects: Painting the Little Metal Chair How-2 ~ I’m feeling the white look again, friends! If you haven’t painted metal chairs, or anything really, it’s super easy and here is a quick “How 2.” <3
Spruce Up Your Front Porch with Bunting for the 4th of July ~ I totally forgot to write into my post that I have never used bunting before over a doorway (or ever, really), which would have made more sense with the title, lol! I’ll have to go add that in… 😉

And here are this week’s featured posts…

We kick off this link party with Debra from Common Ground‘s completely festive post ~ Mini Patriotic Makeovers on the Hearth Room Mantel. Love all of our national symbols!!!
Judy from Life in Kentucky is back with her star spangled tablescape ~
Stars and Stripes Forever – Celebrating Freedom. Can you hear the fireworks going off? I can! 😉
Do you like to paint? It’s usually a summertime thing for me. This week Jeanie from The Marmelade Gypsy has a wonderful post sharing all of her recent works of art. Do stop by and check them out! From the Paint Box.
Beth over at Whispers of the Heart shared her lovely Lady Liberty on a 4th of July Tablescape. Wouldn’t this be fun right after attending the 4th of July parade?? So festive!!!
BLUEBERRY LEMON LAVENDER BREAD with two cups of blueberries and lemon slices
Elizabeth from Pinecones and Acorns shared this yummy recipe for Blueberry Lemon Lavender Bread… It’s perfection!
Penny from Penny’s Treasures takes us on a mini tour and talks about Embracing an Open Floor Plan in the Master Bedroom and Bath. LOVE those mirrors! Bet you’ll like what she’s done, too!
Carol from The Scribbling Boomer (love that blog name!) shared what’s she’s been up to this summer in this post ~
My Garden Art Retirement Hobby. Love garden art!!!
Amber from Follow the Yellow Brick Home shared her summertime Vintage Thrifted Garden Treasures in the Backyard Cottage Garden.
So in love with all the gardens!!
Things to Do and See in Vancouver
Carol from Bluesky at Home shared just a bit of she and Hubby’s adventures in Canada in her post ~ 5 Awesome Things to Do and See in Vancouver.
On the bucket list!!!
Totally love this!!! Lisa from Fresh Vintage by Lisa brings us this totally fun craft idea full of patriotic pride ~ Patriotic Holiday Assemblage in a Vintage Tin.

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 plus usually other photos from those posts to my boards. 💜  Thanks so much!!! If you are new to French Ethereal, I hope you will think about subscribing to my blog.

Happy 4th to y’all!!!!

Barb 🙂

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Gardening, Home Decor, Pinterest Challenge

Spruce Up Your Front Porch with Bunting for the 4th of July

Welcome to this month’s fun Patriotic Porch Challenge! Cindy from County Road 407 has knocked it out of the park with this sweet porch’s perfect pooch and patriotic decor!

Love all of Cindy’s graphics!

If you are coming over from Laura at Everyday Edits and this is your first time visiting my site, welcome!! For all of my regular followers, now friends, welcome back!! Laura’s porch looks so good with those star-powered pillows, huh?

Our inspiration

This checked and striped-filled porch comes to us from Better Homes and Gardens’ website. Isn’t this just the prettiest porch and the little West Highland Terrier just adorable?!! I have picked up many a copy of BH&G magazine over the years and always come away with good ideas to decorate with in my home.

So let’s dissect this porch’s pretties…

Porch Ideas I Took Away

  • patriotic bunting swag hangings
  • wicker porch chair with fun RWB cushion and pillow
  • bench also with RWB cushions and pillows in checks and solids
  • nice summery white and blue striped floor rug
  • flowers and flags
  • small table with watermelon
  • perfect pup!

How I Recreated The Look

My front porch is more of a stoop and fairly small at 8′ wide x 8′ deep so I could only put out a few things, but here’s what I’ve picked out:

  • perfect patriotic bunting found at Party City for $15 (the exact one is linked) hung above the front door covering the palladian transom window.
  • metal patio chair, repainted white (this needed a good repaint anyway, so good excuse! Here’s that post…)
  • small pots tucked into the planter filled with RWB flowers to recreate our inspiration photo’s look.
  • little flags tucked into last month’s Pinterest Challenge door hanger! now spread out between the flower pots on the front door.
  • my perfect ceramic pooch, a little Lowe’s cement dog found when we first bought this house three years ago. Lowe’s still carries them!

I tried to get Yoda to sit still on the porch but with doggy Alzheimer’s he just couldn’t… So our cement pup stands in for him today!

Well, that’s my quick rendition of this month’s patriotic porch theme! Simple and easy to recreate and I hope it gives you some fun ideas to use on your own smaller porches.

Up next, we swing back up to Cindy and County Road 407 and her porch is totally ready for the 4th!!!!

Do check out the other ladies’ perfect patriotic decorating ideas on today’s front porch tour. Thank you so much!

Happy decorating, friends!

Barb 🙂

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Summer Projects: Painting the Little Porch Chair How-2

Happy summer to you, dear friends!!! I am enjoying this time off from work and just this past week I worked on another summer project ~ repainting our little metal chair which currently sits on the front porch…

This little chair was sold as part of a patio set which included two metal chairs and a small metal table back in the late 1990’s/early 2000’s. I believe I found it at Big Lots for around $99. They used to sell them every year and I waited for a set I liked before buying one.

A Little Fall Decor Past and Present ~ the only post I had showing this chair.

The set held its paint for a good 25 years or so and was a nice green over black. When we were getting ready to sell our last house in 2015, my husband sold the table at one of our garage sales (a mistake!). The other chair had the back legs broken off several years prior and had been tossed (also by Hubby) at some point.

I looked through all of my old photos from the beginning of FE eight years ago and I didn’t find “the chair” when it had paint, but I DID find our teak bench! (2014, from my old iPhone 4,
I think) It needs repainting again, too.

The paint on this remaining chair had seen better days, even in California, as it sat outside in our backyard or on the covered front porch all year long (there’s a photo somewhere with a small stack of pumpkins on this chair).

With Texas’ strong rainstorms, the remaining paint had been “sandblasted” off most of the chair, lol!

So it was a good candidate for a refresh…

Giving it a good clean!

How to begin?

I began this project with a good wipe down with just a clean damp rag, rinsing it out with the hose a couple of times. This removed all of the cobwebs and most of the dirt. I set the hose on “jet” and sprayed out the rest of the debris from underneath in the upper chair leg crevices. 🙂

After a dry in the hot morning sunshine, next I applied some elbow grease and a good scrub with a wire metal brush. This took off the biggest chunks of leftover paint and now there was clean metal ready to paint!

Lay down a paint cloth or old bed sheet (shown here), lay down your chair, and shake your paint can well for at least two minutes. I turned mine upside down, too, and continue shaking. Really helps mix the paint well!

Lightly spray over the surface of the metal using short bursts of paint and very quick sideways strokes as you spray. This gives a nice coating without paint “running” or “pooling” in cracks, which I wanted to stand out anyway and not be all gooped up.

Paint as much of the chair in this position, let dry at least 2 hours. This allows for painting as much of the chair at one time as possible. Some people like to stand up their chairs to spray paint, but this is what I like. 🙂

Love how the white paint picked out the filigree work on the chair!

Stand chair up after the appropriate drying time (per paint can manufacturer) and paint the other side of the backrest plus paint over any missed spots of exposed metal.

Paint a light second coat and let dry again.

***Tip: When you are done painting, turn the paint can upside down and spray a little out of the can to “clear the tube.” This makes it a possibility of saving the leftover paint and using it next time. Otherwise, the tube is often clogged and you’ll have to throw out the remaining paint.

Loving this chair’s refresh!

And that’s all there is to spray painting metal chairs!

Sometimes you have to tape off parts, if you are doing multiple paints. I tape off the teak bench and I’ll be doing that soon to repaint it.

Happy painting!

Barb 🙂

Tablescapes

Share Your Style #350

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #350! 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… 💜

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Happy Summer, y’all!

I have embraced the “y’all!” as you can see! 😉 And this week I got two posts out for you!! It was a tiny bit cooler this past weekend, so Hubby and I finished up: the shed (him) and I worked on digging more holes in the newest flowerbed. The yard is coming along as you will see in the attached post.

Can you believe it is summertime? We have been having summer weather for 3 or 4 weeks now, hovering between 95-105 degrees. Feels great when it is only 92 degrees, let me tell you. 🙂 And we are at SYS #350 this week! I came in as a host back at #173 in September 2017, not knowing that by the following spring, I’d be solo. At first it was scary, but now I’m so used to writing it, it’s just some “copy and paste” from week to week, though I bet there are ways to make it even easier.

I love looking at what everyone posts, and that leads me to this next thought…

Well, let’s get to our features, shall we?!!

We have a full plate of fun features for you from patriotic posts, to chickens at a flea market, personal thoughts and ambitions, art, thriftshopping and an auction, plus our usual tablescape and recipe ideas. It’s gonna be a good one!

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

Happy Father’s Day from Daddy’s New Shed ~ and which one we picked to hold all the “stinky” yard things. 😉
Summer Garden Update ~ a look at the new flowerbed in progress and a look at the roses!

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And here are this week’s featured posts…

Jeanie of The Marmelade Gypsy shared some gorgeous artwork painted by a friend and the local wildlife in this post ~ Hanging Around but Not Together. Reading the post will make the title make perfect sense! 🙂
Debra from Common Ground brings out all the patriotic pomp in this fun “heavy metal” post ~ Vintage Watering Cans for the Patriotic Porch. Love it!!!
upcycle thrifted items with paint
MaryJo from Master”Pieces” of My Life brings us great ways to redo your stash and new-to-you-goodies ~ How to Upcycle Thrifted Items with Paint.
Judy from Life in Kentucky takes us on a wonderful garden tour! Look at these gorgeous fireworks of pinks and white!! ~ Summer Colors in Kentucky.
Rita of Panoply is back with this lovely colorful table setting in her post ~ Summer Garden Party Tablescape.
Newcomer Leslie from Lamberts Lately brings us some goodies to serve this summer ~ Bisquick Cream Cheese Sausage Balls. Yum!!! Welcome, Leslie!
Pam from An Artful Mom gives us an easy tip in her post ~
How to Use a Laser Level for Calligraphy. Love this idea for sending out invitations to your next summer soirée!
Penny from Penny’s Treasures shares her recent great luck in this post ~
My $5 Auction Rug. Great find and a perfect size!!!
Penny also shared this sweet post ~ All American Patriotic Flower Market Porch. Really fun!
Heading down to South Carolina we find Lynne of Thrifting Wonderland out at A Morning at the Flea Market. Fun!!! You’ll be amazed at what time this market begins… I was!
Jan from Aging with Ardor shares her insights and new purpose in life as she continues forward. Interesting reading and perfect for all of us Believers! ~ Urgency.
Image of a long dark wood planter box filled with magnolia leaves and Baby's Breath centered on an ornate white mantel with a framed mirror above and two brass sconces on each side
Our final feature this week is from another newcomer Diane from South House Designs ~ How to DIY an Awesome Decorative Long Wooden Box. Love the design and the florals in it! Welcome Diane!

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 plus usually other photos from those posts to my boards. 💜  Thanks so much!!! If you are new to French Ethereal, I hope you will think about subscribing to my blog.

Thanks again, everyone, for coming over each week to link up and catch up on what all our friends around the world are doing! Please stop by and visit a couple of folks while you are here; I know they’d appreciate it.

Summer hugs,

Barb 🙂

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Gardening

Summer Garden Update

Hello again, dear friends!! Summer started with a bang around here… Memorial Day weekend was the first weekend I was out of school, so I went straight away out to the garden to work on planting…

Garden projects galore

Now mind you, I did take some naps along the way to recover from a long, stressful school year, but after three weeks of extra rest and getting outside, going for long walks and catching up on housework (my least favorite thing, but necessary!), I feel pretty recovered.

One of the first things I did was work on making the little plant stoop on the left side of the shed a bit bigger over by the Big Garden Shed (photograph above). Over these past three years here in our Texas Home, I’ve been moving these square bricks around as needed as plant supports. Now a bunch of them are here under the left shed window. 🙂

I had to pick up a few more bricks from Lowe’s and the new ones are thicker than the previous ones, but they all play nicely with each other!

I “walked” the little Angel over from its previous spot underneath the oak tree to its new spot here with the hydrangeas, lavender and pelargonium. I am really liking this new look, how about you?

Next, we just finished building the new Small Shed, of which I posted about on Father’s Day, just a couple of days ago. You can find that post here. While all of these updates have been going on, I’ve been rototilling, clearing grass and weeds, digging plant holes and removing roots, amending soil with lots of good homemade compost and grit to break up the heaviness off the clay soil, and planting plants along the southern fence.

Early Springtime in the Garden ~ which I began earnestly planting in late March/early April.

I will share a video post soon with the finished bones of the side yard in place so you can see everything at once. It actually looks pretty sparse because the main plants are so young, there aren’t any annuals to help fill the spaces, but in a few years time, these new plants will fill in and take up a lot more space. 🙂

I think the garden is coming along nicely! I wish the panicle hydrangeas hadn’t lost their blooms this year in the little Artic freeze… They are nice and green for you, though! You can just see it behind the iron fence.

One of the butterfly bushes beginning to bloom. It’ll be in the ground soon!

Let’s check out the roses, which are having a banner year…

The Generous Gardener ~ a David Austin English rose

Roses, roses, roses

All of the roses survived the winter like champs! I really covered and wrapped the four new roses with all of the extra freezes we had from late February until sometime in April. I had planted them into two pots and into two spots on the south side of the house; that post can be found here.

A type of peony (?) came up behind the rose so I’ll have to move that peony for next year (or the rose over some!).

Iceberg ~ not a David Austin English rose ~ but one I found at Atwoods, I think, this past winter/early spring. Its twin died before I could get it planted. Not sure what happened there but I am happy this one made it!

Our neighbors said there used to be a gentleman who lived here who loved to garden several homeowners ago… He must have planted the peach tree which grew on this southern side of the house.

I wonder if all these dormant peonies (?) and liriope, which are springing up all over now that the area is getting a lot of water, are some of his? Amazing that they just lay dormant all of this time!

Olivia Austin English rose ~ a rose which begins with a bit of creamy white tinged with yellow but turns all white as it ages. Lovely! This is a climbing rose. Some liriope can be seen around my left thumb… It’s getting ready to bloom now and is grasslike.
Another view of Olivia Austin (I am wondering if this label was switched… Olivia Rose Austin is pink… I just looked it up this morning in an older DAR booklet I have.) here with liriope and St. John’s Wort underneath. The St. John’s I did transplant a few last summer from the front flowerbeds and front lawn. It had been growing up as a wildflower and has lovely blue flowers and was stunning (no photos…) as a backdrop to the roses! Will have to get some good photos!!
Miranda Lambert ~ out front in its large green pot. I’ll have to move it next year to the garden, or pull it out, refresh the soil and shave its roots. Either way, it should do fine.

… A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

spoken by Juliet, Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

‘Tis but thy name that is my enemy;
Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
What’s Montague? It is nor hand, nor foot,
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!
What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call’d,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name,
And for that name which is no part of thee
Take all myself.

found on: No Sweat Shakespeare

I am looking at ordering more roses to plant again late next winter and looking at some climbers for the fences. The little Miss Kim lilac I had died last summer/fall. I think ants got its roots, or I didn’t give it enough water?? Anyway, it made it for a couple of years… It was always a bit iffy with Zone 8 and I think it was a Zone 7-max plant picked up in South Dakota. Bummed because I love lilacs and thought it could make it… My MIL didn’t dig any up from her garden, which is a real shame as hers would have done very well here!

Oh, well! Sorry for complaining…

It was to go along this back fence and would have been a nice central feature. 💜

A nice shady spot with just morning sun on it and dappled shade thereafter.

A new garden bed

The next project I am working on is getting all of the plants I collected last fall and winter into the ground. I got the boxwood planted last fall, I think, and it is doing very well in its spot (above right, near the bag of purple Hapi-Grow mulch).

The nursery bed of things to be planted ~ from Early Springtime in the Garden.

A small juniper is bursting out of its small pot and will be going in along the western fence somewhere, along one or two golden arborvitae (the Southern Living brown pots to the upper left). I thought they were only supposed to get about 6′ tall, but I reread the tag this weekend and they can get much larger! About 10-12′ in height).

I wanted to build an arborvitae hedge wall along the western back alleyway fence but I’m not sure what else to plant there which can take a lot of heat and sun. Any suggestions?

A dwarf juniper is planted over in the far left corner with a Jane magnolia to its left, and a climbing rose to the left of Jane. Might have to move the Jane. It’s leaves are scorching a bit.

What’s next?

  • A chair painting project (already underway!)
  • getting new water lines run for the garden to have drip irrigation
  • finishing painting inside the Big Garden Shed
  • finishing building the two rafters inside the shed (Mr. Ethereal’s project)
  • finding and installing a second French iron fence piece for the right side of the garden (to match the left side) ~ maybe a French find in France?! XD!!

Well that’s it for now, folks! I’ll be sharing from inside soon as I deep clean and create summer vignettes. With the heat, I do tend to be indoors more in the afternoons. 😉 But first, a few trips to the doctor’s office and a Texas Dept. of Transportation run with my MIL to get her new Texas driver’s license today. 🙂

Happy beginning of summer,

Barb 🙂

DIY Projects

Happy Father’s Day from Daddy’s New Shed!

Happy Father’s Day, y’all! A week ago, I was with my mother-in-law at Costco and saw a shed I’d been looking at for a year… Well, that day I pulled the trigger, had two 9′ long boxes unboxed and the contents loaded through the rear window of my unopening-rear-hatch Sequoia…

It’s not much of a Father’s Day gift, but definitely necessary to free up the back patio and get the lawn mower out of the garage. Hubby needs more room to move around in his workshop. 😉

A little out of order, but here is Hubby at the end of Saturday this week hosing off the back patio thereby removing six months of winter dirt and grime and the remaining leaves. He finished the small shed then spent the rest of the day moving things into it while I worked out in the garden on the newest planter area.

Last week, though, chose to be the first really hot week of the year in North Texas thus far, so I spent several hot days indoors putting on parts to each panel of this new shed. A pretty big chore, surprisingly!

This is going to be where we store all the stinky things: lawn fertilizers, bug sprays when absolutely needed, and the lawn mower.

Pole vault, anyone?? Actually, Mr. Ethereal needed to have a bit more leverage to get this old fence post out of the ground. Who knows how long they had been there?!

Mr. Ethereal began early last Saturday morning to build the new shed’s base.

Hubby fitting the 2×4’s in around the 4×4 exterior.

By noon, the plywood was down and after stopping for a bite of lunch…

My MIL came over and brought homemade potato salad, baked beans and some hamburgers which I cooked on Herbie, our little grill, we began the shed build…

By 6:00pm, we were “done in” from the 105 degree heat (41 deg. celsius), but all of the shed was up and the roof on with just a few bolts still needing to be tightened. 🙂

Here’s what’s now inside:

Charles is a trooper for moving all these things inside yesterday! He finished installing the final few things which needed to be bolted-in (two brace supports which solidify the front door and transom area, and putting up the back shelf).
He’s really good at organizing it all… It looked photograph worthy! And so I did. ;D

Now we have the Big Shed and the Little Shed… 💜

And now we have somewhere nice for all those lawn necessities. And my husband is wonderful for building this for us!

I hope your Father’s Day weekend has been a good one. Hubby even brought me flowers when he got a haircut this afternoon. He’s a keeper…

Happy Father’s Day to you all,

Barb 🙂

Thrift Shop Finds

Share Your Style #349

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #349! 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! Hubs and I were out in the heat wave this weekend working on a new shed for the backyard. Yes, you heard correctly, #2, only this one is much smaller. (Post coming soon!) I have been writing posts today but the one I want to share isn’t quite done. But here’s a little tease of the new shed…

It was really windy when I took this. A wild hair got in the lens’ way!

I went with my mother-in-law to Costco last week and picked up this one for the side yard to house our lawn mower and all of the stinky lawn things, like fertilizers, the weed wacker and gas powered things. We didn’t want them adding their odiferous scents to the really nice shed so this should be a good spot for them AND this will free up space in the garage for Mr. Ethereal to create a bigger, better workshop area!

As we head into summer in just a few days, let’s check out some fun summertime ideas! I’ve linked a few of my own into the party at the bottom, too, if you’d like some more inspiration. So let’s get this party started, shall we?

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Debbie from Debbie-Dabble is back with an summery update from around her home ~ Flowers Planted and a Few New Things. Love the pops of red!
Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge brings on the heat with this gorgeous dress in her post ~ 4 Style Tips for Dressing Up for Special Events in 2022. This is de rigueur for me since I am looking for easy travel clothing to take to France…
Newcomer Stephanie from Steph Creates – DIY Home & Crafts shared this sweet basket DIY in her first post here at SYS ~ DIY Wood Crate Floral Display with Mini Watering Can. Fun idea!!!
Lynne from Thrifting Wonderland shared this pretty floral post ~
Sunday Flowers in an Italian Bag. Love the super bright colors!!!
Linen Dress in Tulip Fields
Jennifer from Curated by Jennifer shared her fun thrifting find in this post from Holland, Michigan ~ Linen Dress in Tulip Fields. Gorgeous tulips and love the dress, too!
Penny from Penny’s Treasures shared a new-to-me (and maybe you, too!) area of her home in this post ~ Summer Reading Nook in the Studio. You’ve got to check it out! Penny also shared a swaparoo in this post ~ Hand-Me-Down Rug for the Front Porch.
completed patriotic star shaped wreath diy project with red and white flowers and blue ribbon
Oh my how cute!!! Allyson from Southern Sunflowers is back with a fun and easy 4th of July summer craft in her post ~ Patriotic Star Shaped Wreath. 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 plus usually other photos from those posts to my boards. 💜  Thanks so much!!! If you are new to French Ethereal, I hope you will think about subscribing to my blog.

Happy linking!

Barb 🙂

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Recipes

Share Your Style #348

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #347! 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!

I have had the. best. week prepping for our summer trip to France!! This past weekend, with help from a wonderful email and a bunch of posts from Jeanie of The Marmelade Gypsy blog, I made reservations for a hotel in Paris and an AirBnB in Grenoble. I so appreciate all of your suggestions on what you enjoyed visiting over in France!

Amy and I will have basically a week there; always wish it could be longer but maybe next time. 😉 Well, other than getting those reservations done, I also got our train tickets purchased (to get to Grenoble for my niece’s wedding/Amy’s first cousin) and we are thinking about what all we’d like to do while there.

So, no other posts since last time! But do check out my previous posts. The garden is coming along and I bought another smaller shed this week. The guys at Costco were great and so helpful getting all the pieces out of two HUGE 9′ long boxes, through my SUV’s back window (the back liftgate no longer opens… the life of a 17 1/2 year old car!). I just pulled the last pieces out this afternoon. I drove over to pick up our drills and a bucket of tools from my mother-in-law’s place so I can work on putting parts into each shed panel tomorrow.

With that, let’s get to your featured posts… 😀

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Swedish Pancakes - Pannkakor / www.delightfulrepast.com
Jean from Delightful Repast is our first friend up with her yummy post ~
Swedish Pancakes (Pannkakor) ~ soooo good!!!
Strawberry and Fresh Herb Salad with Blueberries and Feta
Elizabeth from Pinecones and Acorns shared her recipe for this wonderful summer salad ~ Strawberry and Fresh Herb Salad with Blueberries and Feta. Soooo delicious!!!
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It’s all about BBQ over at Debbee’s from Debbee’s Buzz ~ check out the feast created by her son and what all’s been going on in Debbee’s home! YUM!!!
Using Smoker Grill Enhances BBQ Meals.
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Debbee also shared her trip to The Van Gogh Immersive Experience. I can also recommend this, too! Was really fun! (Another trip with our Amy!)
Platinum Jubilee Street Or Garden Party Tips
Claire Justine shared a fun post celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 years on the throne of the United Kingdom ~ Platinum Jubilee Street or Garden Party Ideas. I know England has had celebration after celebration over the weekend!
Homemade Jam Recipes To Try Out This Weekend
Claire also posted up this yummy entry ~ Homemade Jam Recipes to Try Out.

Well, that’s it for this week, friends! It was a quiet week with the beginning of summer (nothing new) plus my mishap of not being home to get SYS out to you last Wednesday. So, hopefully we will have a lot of fun entries to share with y’all next week…

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 linking,

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Home Decor, Recipes

A Heavenly Birthday Tea + Share Your Style #347

Welcome everyone to a fun idea I had this morning… Today would have been my father-in-love Pete’s 82nd birthday and to celebrate his birthday, I made a Victoria Sponge cake and invited my mother-in-love to tea…

Doing things a little differently this week. 🙂

So we are doing things a little differently this week… Since I missed SYS yesterday with working on my mother-in-law’s shed, I thought I’d get SYS out today instead.

It all began about 9am with the idea to bake a cake. This week is also Queen Elizabeth’s 70 Platinum Jubilee, which is how I came to look for a cake recipe in a favorite cookbook, A Time for Tea.

And, no, I didn’t need the baking powder or baking soda. Why they are in the picture? They were just infront of the self-rising flour in the cupboard. Props… 😉

This is a very fast cake to bake (20-25 minutes) and you use 8″ round cake pans.

I ran out of strawberry jam to put in the middle between the layers, but no matter! I popped open the lingonberry jam and mixed the two. Turns out this combination is quite tasty!!

A very simple tea table set with an assortment of teabags.

Gini was happy to come over to celebrate and it made me happy to help her to get through today and to honor my father-in-love.💜

So let’s have a piece of cake and get to our SYS party…

And here are this week’s featured posts…

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Our first feature this week is from Debbee from Debbee’s Buzz who was able to make something amazing ~ Glass Pulling Class: Flower Sculpting.
Amy from A Day of Small Things shared her recipe for Strawberry Scones ~ yummy!
Shelbee from Shelbee on the Edge shared the tale of this lovely dress and sweet cats in this post ~ Leisure Lady with Ocelots by Yinka Shonibare.
Ann from Apple Street Cottage brings us this gorgeous cake picture ~ Finally a Frame! Part of this month’s Creative Craft Hop. Love this!
Chocolate Tart - Tarte au Chocolat / www.delightfulrepast.com
Jean from Delightful Repast shares this delicious Tarte au Chocolat. Sounds like another baking adventure!
Our final feature for this week harkens back to Memorial Day earlier just this week ~ Penny from Penny’s Treasures shared her gorgeous tablescape (and what’s behind) in her post ~
Patriotic Pillow Talk on the Porch. Incredible roses!!!

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. 💜

Thank you so much for stopping by today,

Barb 🙂

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DIY Projects

Working on a Shed for Gramma

Happy Wednesday, friends! Sorry, no Share Your Style tonight. I didn’t bring my computer and we have been building a shed all day.

Hubby went and picked up a small U-Haul this morning just after 7:00am. By 9:00am, he had it loaded with packed boxes which have been on the back patio since New Year’s, a bucket of tools and drills, and a pile of lumber!

My job most of the day? Scrub and clean every last panel and part of our old 7.5’ x 7.5’ shed… But, I am happy to say that Gramma’s new shed (my MIL Gini, btw) is mostly done! It’s almost 6:00pm and Charles is just screwing in the last of the roof bolts and screws. Woot!!! 😊

Hi ho, there!

Now to get the door on… ☺️

Always one.last.thing. 🤣 Anyway, I hope to get Share Your Style up later this evening for you. I will send out a notice when it is up.

Enjoy your evening!

Hugs,

Barb 😊