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Share Your Style #284

Happy Wednesday, y’all! Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #284! 

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!
 As always, I am glad that you are here… 💜

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I am Barbara Chapman and I’d love it if you’d follow me here on my blog!

My sites:  French Ethereal  Instagram  Facebook  Pinterest  YouTube

Christmas crafts, recipes, and decor are bounding across the internet and it’s a White Christmas of goodies for our Featured Posts this week! Thank you for all the wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday posts you’ve been sharing these past few weeks. There are so many good ones to choose from!!

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

I took a short break last week but did do a lot of photographing and this post about Advent Wreaths and Thankfulness is my offering for Thanksgiving week.

Here are this week’s Featured Posts….

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MaryJo at Master”Pieces” of My Life shared her holiday living room in this post ~ A Christmas Tree Tradition. Love all the gold and white!

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CoCo at The Crowned Goat brings us her lovely dining room in her post about Adding Holiday Greenery to Chandeliers. Beautiful!!!

Penny of Penny’s Treasures shares her ethereal linen cabinet all decked out in winter finery ~ Christmas Table Linen Closet. Fun!!!

Niky from The House on Silverado brings us some holiday present ideas ~ Christmas Gift Ideas from Etsy. Really cool ideas, thank you!

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Serious Yum! Gram’s Cornish Game Hens with Cranberry Orange Glaze (and Stuffing) are on the menu from Cindy’s Online Recipe Box.

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Jean over at A Delightful Repast shared her delicious and super easy recipe for Melanzane alla Parmigiana or Egglplant Parmesan. Is your mouth watering yet? 😉

Our final feature for this week is Carol of Bluesky at Home‘s fun box upscale in this post ~ How to Style a Box for Christmas. Really fun to create! Love the different box ideas, too!!

A big Thank You to everyone who linked up this past week. A special thank you to y’all 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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Let’s get this party started!

Hugs, Barb

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Advent Wreaths and Thankfulness

Six years ago as I began writing French Ethereal, I wrote four posts leading up to Christmas inspired by the poem Love Came Down at Christmas by Christina Rossetti. They were published every Sunday culminating with the poem typed out in its entirety celebrating the birth of Jesus on that final day.

I have never belonged to a church which lit an Advent wreath, except maybe when I was very young when my parents still attended a Catholic church on base in Concord, Massachusetts. But I love the idea of lighting a candle in remembrance of Christ Jesus’ birth and for all that He did for us! So, this year I thought it would be nice to share our thrifted Advent wreath and light a candle each week as we move into this most special time of the year…

Advent wreaths have historically been made with bunches of evergreen branches creating the wreath, but I don’t have any pine trees or cedars growing in our yard, nor are there any close by that I can cut small pieces. I will have to go on a hunt for greenery as I drive around our city to surround our little wreath here. I do like the gilt leaves and the soft blush and deep lavender candles set in their small cup holders!

I am thankful for a wonderful Thanksgiving week off from school as I was able to be outside digging and planting in our sideyard. Mr. Ethereal and I spent a quiet Thanksgiving day by ourselves with a nice full breakfast. I was thankful for time to really cook throughout the day ~ completely unhurried.

I am also thankful for soft rains we had beginning late Saturday afternoon and continuing into the late evening. Our plants are all watered in and plants which needed to be planted are now in the ground. Our weather this week is supposed to drop right down below freezing, so all of our tender plants have been brought indoors until the cold spell breaks in a week or so. Here in our dining room is the coolest spot in the house, besides our bedroom. The flooring in here is tile, too, which makes it a nice place to bring plants inside.

This rosemary topiary really needs a good trimming, doesn’t it?? I didn’t dare give it a haircut as we moved into November, not knowing if we’d get an early cold snap. If it warms up again, I will trim it up.

Technically, rosemary can take the cold down to 20 degrees Fahrenheit, but I brought them all inside since the two newest aren’t planted yet.

The bougainvillea is blooming beautifully, just like our old one back at our last home did in late fall every year! I don’t know what I will do as this one grows into its adult form… They like to grow into large climbing hedges with large thorns, good for draping over sheds. Really it can’t take the down to 0 degrees F. cold here in North Texas…

Maybe I can train it to stay short in a larger pot?? 😉

Well let’s check out some other Advent wreaths, shall we??…

Advent Wreaths found on the web

Purple candle lit, sitting in evergreen wreath with other candles
Found on Stephanie Fenton’s Read the Spirit site; photo by Stephen Little, Flickr
A cute Mason Jar Advent Wreath found at Brandy’s Happy Home.
Advent calendar found at Doozies Corner in McKinney TX
Cindy of County Road 407 found this Advent calendar at Doozie’s Corner.
Bowl and 4 candles with greens and ribbon.
Laura of Decor to Adore fashioned this avant-garde Advent wreath.
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Judith of Botanic Bleu created her hanging wreath (which could easily become an Advent wreath with the addition of candles) in this DIY ~ Hanging Horizontal Boxwood Wreath.

A Little Advent Wreath History

courtesy of Wikipedia through my Pinterest page, Faith

According to Wikipedia, “the concept of an Advent wreath began among the German Lutherans in the 16th century.” In 1839, Johann Hinrich Wichern, a Protestant pastor in Germany whose life was spent working in urban missions, created a wooden wreath to help the children in a mission home, Rauhes Haus, to understand the time of Advent and how long it was until Christmas. He created a large wreath out of a wagon wheel and used six small red candles to be lit on each day of the week and then the large white one to be lit each Sunday.

This custom gained ground among German Protestant churches and later within the Roman Catholic church. “In medieval times Advent was seen as a time of fasting… as people looked to the Second Coming of Jesus,” but this older meaning has lost favor over time and now the Advent wreath is more a reminder of the Christmas feast and a reminder of his birth and later his sacrifice on the cross for us.

Well, friends, I hope you’ve enjoyed this first week of Advent wreath inspiration!

With Thanksgiving just passed, I am ever thankful for you, my friends! I appreciate your kindness and thoughtfulness throughout this crazy year and during my illnesses. Thankfulness is my mindfulness mantra this year. What all have you been thankful for this year? I bet it is many things!!!

“He has shown you kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.”

Acts 14:17, found in Wisdom for Each Day, Billy Graham

Blessings to you,

Barb

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Share Your Style #283

Happy Wednesday, y’all! Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #283! 

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!
 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!

My sites:  French Ethereal  Instagram  Facebook  Pinterest  YouTube

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

Put together a Fun Christmas Crate in 10 Minutes ~ Should have been part of this month’s Pinterest Challenge but I blew the deadline… Oh, well! 😉

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Debra over at Common Ground shared her fall entryway table in this lovely Thanksgiving tableau ~ Transitioning a Fall Entry to Thanksgiving. Lovely!

And because I loved this post from Debra also ~ Using Vintage Frames for a Thanksgiving Mantel. Don’t you just love the layered frame look? Beautiful!!

How-to-Create-a-Holiday-Greenery-Spray-The-Crowned-Goat-1 Creating a Simple Holiday Spray Christmas Holidays

CoCo from The Crowned Goat shared an easy to make holiday spray used here on the door in this post ~ Creating a Simple Holiday Spray. I am all about simple this year!

Tiffany (Tee) of TeeDiddlyDee shares her beautiful fall hutch in this seasonally colored post ~ Fall Vintage Door Hutch. Totally love all the upcycled pieces of wood and turned pieces!!

Cindy from Cloches and Lavender shared this gorgeous wintertime wreath in this DIY post ~ Quick and Easy Winter Wreath. Simply stunning! Love the feathers… <3

A big Thank You to everyone who linked up this past week. A special thank you to y’all 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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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.

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Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!!!

Barb

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Put Together a Fun Christmas Crate in 10 minutes

Welcome friends!

I’ve been busy this past weekend hanging up a few Christmas wreaths around the house and putting together a little crate display for you all. It was to be part of this month’s Pinterest Challenge with Cindy of County Road 407 and the gang, which was to feature everything crates decorated for Christmas, but… I missed the deadline.

But I thought about it, and… I decided to play along anyway! So, here is my Christmas crate all decked out with a Santa Woof-and-Poof and his helpers ~ a gingerbread man card holder and Ruddy the Reindeer.

Cindy picked a photo from Grace of The Grace House who created a sweet Christmas display a few years ago using a Magnolia Market crate. In it she added some pine boughs, white fir clippings and pretty red berry picks surrounding two carved wood trees.

I love the simplicity of the look! The greenery and berries really pop against all the neutrals of the wooden trees and the grey washed crate.

For my crate, I went digging around in our garage for a wine crate my father-in-law brought home from his job with Sam’s Club. He was a sample server for several years and he would bring home these wonderful wine crates! When we were back at my inlaws’ home this past summer, we brought a few back to our home. They are perfect for extra storage and for decorating.

How I put this Christmas crate together

Because this crate is pretty deep, I added flat styrofoam underneath everything to raise them above the top of the crate’s edge. Underneath the Gingerbread Man, I set a small wooden drawer for him to sit on and to prop his feet up. Over that hidden box, I draped a white and black checked napkin to bring in a country farmhouse look.

Around the Santa and the reindeer, to help hide the styrofoam and a packing pillow behind the rosemary, I added in a couple of tartan checked napkins.

The tartan napkins, the rosemary’s pot, and the soft sculptures add in their bright red pops of color just like the berries in Grace’s Christmas crate. The rosemary “Christmas tree” here is my take on the wooden trees in the inspiration photo.

I had so much fun making my crate that I decided to put in a whole vignette!

So here is our Christmas crate hanging out on the back porch in our wintery holiday display!

I picked up two dwarf Alberta spruce to plant out in the sideyard and the red bow now hanging on the outdoor light came off of one of those. The second is hanging behind me from this photo on the opposite light fixture.

And here is one wreath gracing our kitchen door… More to come!

One last look… Enjoy the holiday season!!!

If you’d like to visit this month’s Pinterest Challenge, please visit Cindy at the link at the top of the post. Everyone’s posts look wonderful!

Big hugs,

Barb

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Share Your Style #282

Happy Share Your Style Wednesday, y’all! Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #282! 


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!
 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!

My sites:  French Ethereal  Instagram  Facebook  Pinterest  YouTube

I am beginning a “subscriber’s list” in Mail Chimp and of course, dear friends, I have to have you subscribe (give your okay/blessing!) in order for me to be able to send a newsletter to you.

I will probably only send emails on Wednesdays with Share Your Style as SYS tends to me my weekly newsletter as it is. 🙂

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

This past week I went by my favorite local thriftshop and found this beauty… My French Sweethearts Thriftshop Find. I just love this piece!

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Warm and Cozy Texas-Sized Banana Bread Muffins + Recipe ~ Perfect cut in half with just a dollop of butter or cream cheese, these make a wonderful breakfast with yogurt!

And here are this week’s featured posts…

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Friends, this is one for the tissues… With Veterans’ Day just this past week, I am proud to share this post from Debbee of Debbee’s Buzz ~ A Salute to a WWII POW Veteran.

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Also sharing Debbee’s Thanksgiving Horn of Plenty Table which is just beautiful!!!

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Coco of The Crowned Goat shared her One Room Challenge entry ~ Budget Friendly Shed Makeover Reveal.

Carol from Bluesky at Home shares two fun crafts to make for your Thanksgiving decorating ~ Two Easy Fall DIY Crafts for Your Home Decor.https://blueskyathome.com/2-easy-fall-diy-crafts-for-your-home-decor-2/

Sarah from Hyacinths for the Soul shared her fall decorating ideas in this autumn-beautiful post ~ Savoring the Colors of Autumn.

Penny of Penny’s Treasures shared her sweet sunroom decorations for Christmas… Christmas [in the] Sun Room Love it!!!

A big Thank You to everyone who linked up this past week. A special thank you to y’all 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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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.

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Barb

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My French Sweethearts Thriftshop Find…

This past Friday I went out for the first time in a month to test the limits of what I can do before wearing out since coming down with the virus. While I was out, I decided to stop by my favorite North Texas thriftshop ~ Twice as Nice! I found two beautiful pieces on this trip so today I thought I’d share this gorgeous French couple sitting down for a little tête-a-tête…






I was soooo excited after walking through all the clothing racks and checking out the craft supply area to turn into the kitchen accessories and housewares area and find this diamond…

As a “senior” I didn’t even pay the $5.00 shown on the tag! Out the door, this gem of a porcelain figurine was $4.11… It is in nearly perfect condition. While waiting in checkout line, I inspected the man and the woman’s fingers and toes and they are all perfect. The noses are perfect and really, if there is anything wrong, it would be where this piece may have been glued down to a shelf or something underneath. You can just see on each leg along the feet some brown stuff.

I haven’t tried to scrub off any of it yet, haven’t even cleaned it!, I just came home giddy to photograph it to share with you…

I am super excited to find out what company made this piece and how old it may be! You can see the firing number here on the bottom but otherwise I didn’t find any other maker’s marks.

Here I’ve grouped this couple with the Taiwanese Federal style man and woman which were my husbands (of course still his, but also mine! 😉 ) before we married. I thought how fun it’d be to bring them all together as a family!

One vignette leads to another…

Here I pulled out the French soup plate found at a thriftshop several years ago now. I thought it gave a nice wallpaper effect. Then I added in a black spaniel I found while thrifting with my sister-in-law in England in 2005. I paid Ł1.00 for him. 🙂

The styles of dress are similar but I have noticed that the new porcelain couple are maybe bone china?? They have a hollow sound that the other couple does not have. I love them all and am completely happy to add them to my small collection of figurines!!!

Time for tea, anyone???

I love how delicate this Parisian couple looks! Their clothing has a lovely late 1700’s look to it. Soft peach and lavender with gold and floral highlights add to the beauty of this little $4.00 find…

What lovelies have you found lately??

Will be sharing with

Hearth and Soul ~ April J. Harris

Thursday Favorite Things ~ Follow the Yellow Brick Home

Friday at the Fire Station ~ A Fireman’s Wife

Bisous, mes amies,

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Warm and Cozy Texas-Sized Banana Bread Muffins + Recipe

Happy weekend, friends! Fall is such a wonderful time for working outside in the garden as the weather is cooler and the sun has lost its heat making being outside just so much nicer. Fall is also wonderful for getting back in the kitchen and getting back to baking…

Today I am sharing one of my favorite things to bake in the fall and it is my mother’s Banana Bread recipe with a slight twist ~ turning them into Texas-sized muffins!

Basic Banana Bread Recipe

3 ripe bananas

2 eggs

2 cups flour (*I used 1/3 whole wheat but you can also use bran flour for more texture)

3/4 cups sugar

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 cup nuts (*I used pecans this time)

chopped nuts to add to the muffin tops

Recipe:

Take bananas and mash them very well. In a separate bowl, beat eggs until light then add to bananas. In another bowl, mix: the flour, sugar, salt and baking soda.

Add this to the banana mixture then add 1/2 cup of nut meats, chopped. Stir well and put in buttered 9″ x 5″ loaf pans (*or muffins tins like mine!). Bake 1 hour for loaf pans and 20 – 25 minutes for Texas-sized muffins. For regular muffin tins, bake for 15 – 20 minutes. This recipe is perfect doubled, tripled or quadrupled for gift giving! Also freezes well.

These muffins are perfect for eating on the go and will stay moist even when you just want to eat only half of a muffin. I do this pretty often and just leave the other half in the basket or in a large Ziplock style bag until later.

I hope you will try making some banana bread for your family this fall or winter! Adding walnuts or chocolate chips to the batter changes the recipe enough to become a dessert muffin or loaf.

Just and FYI: I spent yesterday working on pulling in and formatting many of your email addresses into a spreadsheet. I would like to add you to my new email; however, as per all the special international laws regarding spam, I need your permission. If you would like to be on my mailing list, please sign up in the sidebar (or in the pop-up from Mail Chimp, if it works!).

I won’t send out emails everyday ~ that’s just not me. If it is once a week, it will probably be for Share Your Style since SYS is like a recap for what I’ve done over the week anyway. Anyway, I could really use the support!

Sharing with

Hearth and Soul ~ April J. Harris

Enjoy these yummy muffins,

Barb

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Share Your Style #281


Happy Share Your Style Wednesday, y’all!
 
Welcome to 
this week’s Share Your Style #281! 
This link party is for home decor, DIY, crafts, recipes and the like, but you are more than welcome to share 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!
 
As always, I am glad that you are here… 💜



Happy Veterans’ Day, friends!!! From this USMC family to yours, Uuuurrrraghhhhh! Well… If you’ve noticed a strange look to my face here, the blog in general, well, I FINALLY migrated the blog to WordPress. I am excited to make the move and it’s a bit scary, too. WP has a lot to offer that my happy Blogger account didn’t.

Mainly, I have been looking into WP for two years because of its capability to incorporate email. I have gone into Inlinkz and downloaded a bunch of your emails to files to create a spreadsheet and will test an email soon. I apologize if you DON’T want to be emailed by me here at French Ethereal and you’ll be able to unsubscribe, of course!

On the COVID-19 issues, Charles tested positive on Saturday. My 2nd test last Monday was also positive, probably due to the pneumonia being left untreated (my thoughts). This week I am FINALLY feeling much better. I just get tired easily so I am putting in for more time off from school until I get fully recovered. I just pick up colds and other viruses too easily.

All right, friends! Let’s get this SYS going…

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!💜 

My sites:  French Ethereal  Instagram  Facebook  Pinterest  YouTube

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

Celebrating Thanksgiving into Christmas with Subtle Changes ~ $10 on the 10th
Giving Thanks for Fall Changes in the Cupboard

And here are this week’s featured posts…

A Very Thankful Table for Six ~ from Fabby over at Fabby’s Living. I love her table and of course the beautiful turkey tureen!!!

Penny from Penny’s Treasures shared her beautiful barn updated in this holiday post ~ Barn Makeover and Playing with My Christmas Mantel.
raditional Thanksgiving tablescape with candlelight for elegance
Amber of Follow the Yellow Brick Home shared her beautiful farmhouse home dining table set for Thanksgiving in this autumnal post ~ A Thanksgiving Tablescape Sneak Peak by Cozy Candlelight. Love her home!!!
Amber from The Hungry Mountaineer shares her fall style with us ~ Fall Fashion at Lundy Lake…ish. Love everyone’s fall fashions! Makes me want to shop… 😉
Rita of Panoply shared her gorgeous feathers and thistle tablescape in this Thanksgiving post ~ Thistle and Pheasant Run Thanksgiving Tablescape. Part of a fun blog hop from last week. <3

I think I will stop here for this week and pray, friends, that this works! <3

A big Thank You to everyone who linked up this past week. A special thank you to y’all 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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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.

Hope this is going to work… Giving it a try! If anyone can leave me a comment as to HOW to add the WP shortcode or the long code (if this DOESN’T work!) and tell me how to fix this week’s SYS Inlinkz, that’d be great!!! Crossing my fingers…

If it DOESN’T WORK, I will figure it out and edit according to what I find, so… the party stays open until next Monday evening at 6:00p.m. CST, so just keep stopping back by to try and link up again. Happily, I was able to bring over some of your photos and add links… 🙂

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Celebrating Thanksgiving into Christmas with Subtle Changes ~ 10 on the 10th

With Thanksgiving only a couple of weeks away, today for $10 on the 10th I am sharing my vision for two tablescapes. First our dining room table set for Thanksgiving, then with just 10 quick tweaks it will be refashioned into a table setting fashioned for Christmas. Grab a cup of coffee or tea, a little snack, and come along this journey with me!…



  


Welcome to $10 on the 10th and a big thank you to Terrie of Decorate and More with Tip and Ann of Apple Street Cottage for gathering all of us together! This time of year is a time to give thanks for the blessings in our life. 




Sharing our dining room table set for Thanksgiving is a perfect way to move into the holiday season. Mr. Ethereal enjoys sitting down to a lovely dinner with me but usually we use this table for Saturday and Sunday lunches. This is our time to relax and catch up from our busy work weeks.




I wish our family could all be here with us this year for Thanksgiving but this crazy year with a worldwide pandemic, it’s nice that all of us are just healthy. I’d love to have little Milo enjoy his first Thanksgiving with Grammy and Grampa Chapman, but 2020 will have just us at the table. Milo is getting really interested in our weekly FaceTime phone calls, though!

Happy Grammy to seven-month-old Milo! Look at those cheeks… 💞



Hopefully we can take a quick trip down to our daughter’s place to have Christmas dinner with her either before or after Christmas. We have driven down the past few years and she drove up last year for just a couple of days. If she has time, she may drive up, so these tables are inspired by having our family over in the future. 🦃

Last year’s Thanksgiving table was inspired by these beautiful flowers and was part of last year’s fall Pinterest Challenge.


10 on the 10th ideas

For today’s $10 on the 10th I thought about sharing how you can set your table for one holiday using items around your home (which costs nothing), in this case Thanksgiving, then remove and add in just a few things and have a whole new look for Christmas…

A Thanksgiving Table Setting

1. For this table I brought out four fall chargers I found a couple of years ago at an after Thanksgiving sale. They were originally priced at $12 (I just cut off the tage) but I know I only paid half-price – $6.00. 

Two are decorated with this sweet saying, and the other two are just decorated with pumpkins. They are also plain raffia on the reverse side which I really love for getting more out of them!



2. Villeroy and Boch’s Botanica china is the first set of tableware we ever owned as a married couple. As an exchange student to Germany my host family used this set as their day-to-day china. I fell in love with it! My host mother took me around to a shop in a 500 year old village somewhere along the Rhein River and I brought home a sweet salt and pepper shaker set and eight egg cups. That’s all I could afford then. 

In my original post, I think I thought I brought home candlesticks, but I think those came from my mother. She bought us pieces for several years and would send them for my birthday or Christmas, a really lovely gift!

This china pattern is perfect for fall with all of its different florals on each piece! I highly recommend looking for it at estate sales, thrift stores and more. Do bring your old china out and use it this year for the holidays…

3. Set a beautiful centerpiece… These orange and mustard yellow mums came from a small bush I have in the backyard. Surround your Thanksgiving centerpiece with a bevy of faux and real pumpkins on an open neutral napkin. 

Which brings us to our Christmas centerpiece changes… 


4. Swap out the fall napkin underneath your centerpiece display for a Christmas plaid one and change the display completely! This Christmas vignette features two angels and a perfect snow-white Christmas tree.


Note the salt and pepper shakers… The rest of the Villeroy and Boch set came from a trip to Ethan Allen and were only $250 for 47 pieces. The teapot and a couple of other pieces were broken in the shipment from Germany to the store, so that was my huge score in the fall of 1988! 

5. The wood cut used as a riser underneath the Thanksgiving mums now acts as a hidden riser underneath the white ceramic Christmas cookie jar. The wood circle raises it just a bit to create a centerpiece trio with the tall angels.


6. Swap out the fall placemats for beautiful red and green tartan. Plaid is always a classy look for the holidays ~ from Christmas through the New Year. These were ones my mother picked up sometime while I was in high school. I am soooo grateful that she gave them to me a few years before she passed away…

7. Add gold chargers to take a festive fall Thanksgiving table to a more formal Christmasy look. The addition of gold chargers elevates the look and the Scottish tartan plaid placemats add a lot of warmth to any table setting. This style of charger can still be found in multiple colorways and they cost about $9.00 for a set of four.

8. Use real silver tableware on your table and this luncheon set of is part of 1847 Rogers Brothers Remembrance pieces I found at The Rose Bowl and also at the Longbeach Flea Markets in California back when I first started hosting friends to tea. I completed my 12-piece set with more pieces found closer to home in Temecula. Remembrance is a beautiful silver pattern and the dinner knives and forks are larger… in case you are looking for silverware for yourself… 🍽


Mercury glass candleholders came from Pottery Barn sales.



9. Add in sweetly scented Christmas candles and ethereal mercury glass candleholders to transform your table into something magical… 

10. Sit back and enjoy your home friends and family this holiday season! 

Thank you for visiting me here at French Ethereal today… Please take a few moments to visit all of the ladies on today’s $10 on the 10th Thanksgiving-Christmas tour. Enjoy the tour!!!






Blessings to you,

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Giving Thanks for Fall Changes in the Cupboard

 

I am grateful  for time at home and renewing health to do a little fall decorating around the house and in our farmhouse cupboard. Thanksgiving is just around the corner so decorating for Turkey Day and fall is a perfect segue into the holiday season…

I began with taking down all the teacups and teapots that were in the cupboard since summertime and giving each shelf a good cleaning.  Then the fun began with adding in favorite vintage cards, a small Longaberger basket and a little wooden chickadee bird found in Connecticut twenty-some-odd years ago while out Christmas shopping with my brother and sister-in-law.


The turkey platter was added to the scene next along with the two pheasant plates. The little German girl my mother found years ago in an antique’s shop added her sweet Octoberfest look along with a small half-timber house found in England. The two Stafforshire dogs also found in England add a bit of whimsy as does the hand-thrown maiden my daughter made in high school ceramics (behind the little glass door).



The wheat spray which was displayed on the new potting bench came in from outdoors. 


I love the wheat inside this old tea tin!


And here’s how it all looks together! I love this year’s fall display…


Technically this sweet postcard with a little girl and her chicken family is an Easter card, but I love chickens for fall and they kind of go along with our little turkeys. No fowl play here! 🦃 🐥


A small bee buzzed around our backyard today and I love this sweet reminder of his antics. The acorns are from our yard.

And that is our fall cupboard! The teapot on the bottom cupboard shelf says it all: 

This is the day the Lord has made, Rejoice and be glad in it!

Psalm 118:24 

I am grateful for recovering from this Corona virus, twice. I am grateful for each beautiful fall day that I am alive to be able to enjoy it and to be here for Yoda and my husband, even if none of us feels all that well yet.  Yoda went to the vet this week and received four shots. He is limping around and a bit grumpy… It is hard to be an older dog and go through all that. Charles is getting over his bout with the virus pretty well. He is just more tired than usual. The antibiotic is beginning to kick in for me with the pneumonia beginning to break up and the infection inside my sinuses is beginning to drain and clear, too.

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for taking care of us. 💝 



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Hope y’all are doing well this beautiful season…