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Share Your Style #333

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #332! Happy Wednesday to you 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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Don’t you just love that Valentine’s Day is coming soon? I have a couple of Valentine’s posts but just haven’t put everything together yet. I found the battery charger for my Canon camera so happily I can shoot nice photos again, yeah!!! Now that Covid is waning, colds and flu seem to be back again… I’m down with a cold that wants to turn bad so this SYS might be a quick one.

I hope this finds you well and healthy! Now let’s check out this week’s featured posts…

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Let’s begin this party with Niky’s post from The House on Silverado ~ a Date Night: Dinner for Two ~ perfect for the Valentine in our lives!
Longtime friend Daniela from Sweetly Dreaming of the Past shared her beautiful post full of long-ago fashions to love again ~
History of Fashion: Civil War Fashion.
Closeup of strawberry pudding cups with fresh strawberrries.
Lori from Walking on Sunshine Recipes brings us these yummy
Strawberry Pudding Cups. Yeesssss!!!
painted mason jar valentine craft
Newcomer Emily from Hunny I’m Home DIY shared this easy DIY to make and give ~ Easy Painted Mason Jar Craft for Valentine’s Day. Love it!!!
valentine's day gnomes
Newcomer Sarah from Must Have Mom created these adorable
DIY Valentine’s Day Gnomes. Really fun to make and give!!!
Laundry isn’t always fun but redoing our laundry rooms is definitely a Valentine to ourselves ~ Renae from Peacock Ridge Farm shared her’s in this post ~
Beautiful French Country Laundry Room Makeover.
Debra from Common Ground brings us her lovely post for winter decorating ~ Deer on the Winter Baker’s Rack. Really pretty!!!
Sandra from Dinner at Eight shared her fun thrifting post ~
All the Shades of Red: Vintage Glassware. Really fun pieces!!!

Honorable Mention

Rita from Panoply is back with a wonderful post sharing her new home ~ First Winter in Our New Home: Bare Necessities. I’m sorry I couldn’t pick up any photos! It’s darling!!

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. 💜

Happy linking!

Barb 🙂

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Share Your Style #332

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #332! Happy Wednesday to you 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, it’s that cozy time of year when we just want to wrap ourselves under a comfy blanket and curl up on the couch with a good book, watch a wonderful old movie and drink something yummy and warm… With that in mind, I’ve picked a few good recipes and beautiful decor to inspire us. And… after an unexpected break last week from SYS, we are back! It has been an adjustment having my mother-in-law living with us, and I feel a bit like Ruth and Naomi at the moment. Hubby has been gone on so many business trips since September, he is hardly home.

But last week was missed because of an unexpected phone call I had to take for the IOOF of which I am a member. So, sometimes life just gets in the way… Today we are back and ready to share your latest posts. Thanks so much for sticking with me and I apologize if you stopped by and there was no notice. Please forgive me this omission.

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

A European Breakfast ~ a bit of my travels and some good news!

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Debra of Common Ground shared a bunch of great ideas for us to use at next year’s New Year’s Eve parties!! ~ New Year’s Eve Tablescape Inspiration ~ Love this!!!
MaryJo from Master “Pieces” of My Life shared her gorgeous tablescape also filled with NYE ideas ~ Mercury Glass Tabletop Ideas. So pretty!!!
Jeanie from The Marmelade Gypsy shared A December Visit to the Ditch. I love Jeanie’s walkabouts and visits around Michigan!!
Bridie from Heart, Hearth and Crafting brings us a stick-to-your-ribs meal in her cozy wintertime cooking post ~ Chicken and Potato Pie Batch Cook Recipe. Yum!!!
Bridie also shared this sweet shorts pattern she made for her son ~ Peek-A-Boo Pattern’s Day Camp Shorts Sewing Project – Batman!!! Too cool!!!
Three fish tacos on a white plate
Paula from Virginia Sweet Pea added this recipe for Easy and Healthy Fish Tacos. Deeeeelicious!!!
macrame heart
Wendy from My French Twist brings us this really fun-to-make Macramé Heart Wall Hanging. Don’t you just love a great, quick craft?!!
Dried flowers
Elsa from Elsa R. Blog shared this easy-to-make Dried Flower Wreath craft.
Love its simplicity!


Maya from The Little Treasures is back with this free crochet pattern ~ Chunky Neck Warmer. Sooo pretty!
Newly renovated kitchen featuring open shelving, blue and white tile backsplash, blue cabinets and tiled floor.
Libby from A Life Unfolding shared her family’s adventures renovating several of their
Airbnb rental projects this past year ~ Wow!!! I think all of us design geeks will approve! 😉 A Year in Review: Our Favorite DIY’s, Renovations and Home Projects from 2021.

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. 💜

What a great week of new ideas to start our year with a bang!! Thank you again to everyone who linked up and I can’t wait to see what all you bring this week to the SYS table…

So glad you are here!

Hugs, Barb

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A European Breakfast

Bonjour, mes amies! I am excited to share some pieces from the first china pattern I ever bought shortly after Mr. Ethereal and I were married… plus some exciting news!

Hubby and I moved to Southern California after he graduated from Officers Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia. His first duty station was aboard Camp Pendleton, so we drove the 2700 miles from Connecticut to Sacramento, visiting both parents before the big move.

When I was home in our apartment by myself, sometimes I’d take the bus and go into Oceanside, Carlsbad or Vista to eat lunch out and go shopping at the local mall or to go antiquing. One day I found an Ethan Allen furniture store and as I was walking around inside, I turned a corner and there was an entire set (48 pieces!) of Villeroy & Boch Botanica staring back at me! I was ecstatic!!!

This is the same set of which I had collected a very few pieces while I was with my host family in Germany back in 1981. To find that Ethan Allen had brought over this lovely set of tableware, I was sooo happy!

About France, A Little More Virtual Travel and French Inspiration ~ my host mother Ute and my exchange partner/sister Katja along with myself. Here we are touring a castle or something ancient up in the hills above the Rhein (Rhine) River.

I already owned a creamer & sugar bowl, a salt & pepper (behind the teapot here on the table) which I’d bought with my host mother at a tableware shop in a town along the Rhein River. Petja, my younger brother Gene’s exchange partner who came to our house three years later when Gene went on his own exchange program, later sent me the matching V&B Botanica china trivet.

A gifted trivet sits underneath the creamware teapot. I loved the feel and heft of this piece!

Today there are only five dinner plates unbroken, all eight salad plates and all the cups and saucers survive. My mother often bought me pieces from a shop out near where she lived in Connecticut after my parents moved there. She would send me pieces for my birthday or Christmas and sent a lovely covered butter dish, which could hold up to a pound of butter (two sticks side-by-side, double stacked tall). Our son was making something on our Big House’s kitchen island one day and pushed things back to make more room and sadly the butter dish crashed off onto the floor…

It had been so lovely with its pinks and purple sweetpeas all over the dish top. I would love to have added it here to this table for you!

Do you like the new carpet underneath the dining room table? We found it at Ikea when our kids were over for an early Christmas. Love the light blue florals!

The dining room is now an orangery with many of Mr. Ethereal’s mother’s plants inside as well as our mandarin orange tree. It’s fun to set a table in there now with so many plants!

“Croissant, anyone?”

For our European breakfast, I tried to recreate the breakfasts we would have at my host family’s home in Leverkusen. My host father’s grandmother lived with the family and they had a large round breakfast table off the kitchen. Every morning, fresh danishes and bread (bröt) were delivered to the house for the day’s meals.

“Erdbeeren” (or strawberry jam) and lingonberry jam were breakfast staples. Several years ago I found lingonberry jam at Ikea so this last time I picked up another jar.

If you can find some, lingonberry is a really nice, tart jam! It is a good substitute for strawberry, if someone can’t eat seeds in their jams and jellies.

Here the plates are unstacked so you can see the different flowers.

So what is the news?

A week ago, an invitation came to attend my niece’s wedding for this coming July. Her husband-to-be is from Venezuela and they both met as missionaries… They live in Grenoble, France!!!

So, after missing the opportunity as an exchange student as a young 19-year-old, I sure am NOT going to miss out this time! My daughter already has the time off from her work and I will be off for summer, so we will be going together.

So that’s my exciting news, dear friends!

So what can you tell me about going to France? Where do you recommend flying into? Charles De Gaulle airport, there in Paris? How do we get to Grenoble? Bus? Train?? Rent a car?

At least they drive on the same side of the road as we do here in the United States. 😉

And what about Air BnB’s?? How do I find out about this stuff?? After really not traveling for the last 35 years, I am pretty clueless, lol!

I thank you for all the tips in advance, Sweeties!!! <3

Barb 🙂

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Share Your Style #331

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #331! Happy Wednesday to you 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 New Year, y’all! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas week and then New Year’s Eve with family and friends. I have really enjoyed these past two weeks at home. I finished the last bit of insulating in the shed, did a little painting, worked on laying pavers along the garden pathway, and planted some plants. Hubby began creating two small loft areas over each end of the shed for overhead storage, and that is coming along. I am back to school as of today and our kiddos show up tomorrow. Lots of concern about Covid since the Omicron is highly contagious, so hopefully all the vaccination shots do their thing!

On a happy note, my husband, after working in California since September and flying up from So. Cal to Northern California over six different weekends, Mr. Ethereal flew back one last time just after Christmas. He helped my mother-in-law meet the movers at her house and storage unit to get her household goods onto two trucks. Her house of 57 years sold and she is beginning a new chapter here in North Texas. A lot like us! 🙂

The first set of movers gets here this coming Friday. After the movers drove off, Mr. Ethereal and Mom drove the southern route to get here from the greater Sacramento area. She is staying with us until she finds a new place, but for now it’ll be cozy winter evenings watching movies and hanging out with Mr. Ethereal and Yoda and myself…

So that’s what I’ve been up to since last time! How about you? How were your Christmas and New Year’s?? Hope they were wonderful!!

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

Our Belated Christmas Home Tour ~ a little day and nighttime tour.

And here are this week’s featured posts…


Bob Baffert

Amber from The Hungry Mountaineer shared a wonderful recipe for I Can’t Believe It’s Not Full of Gluten Blueberry Breakfast Coffee Cake. Yummy!!! That’s not all she shared… Did you know Amber works in the horse racing industry?? I didn’t either. Come check out her fun (and funny) post!

Debbie from Debbie-Dabble Blog shared a Christmas visit with long-time friend in this post ~ Ann Marie’s Christmas Home Tour. Lovely china!!!
Lynne over at Thrifting Wonderland shared her beautiful thrifted trays in this festive post ~ Silver Tray Holidays… Isn’t this one gorgeous??!

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Debbee from Debbee’s Buzz shared such pretty table decor in this post ~
New Year’s Eve Tablesetting Ideas. Love this with all the golden touches!!!
Renae from Peacock Ridge Farm brings us her tips on making over her home office ~ How to Add Function, Beauty and Character to your Home Office. Love it!!!
Bridie from Heart, Hearth and Crafting shared a free pattern to make this warm and cozy Mariners Hat. Looks really easy to knit, too! Great gifting idea…💜 
Parsimonious Decor Darling shared lovely Celtic tablescapes to copy in this post ~ Traditional Tartan Twofold. Totally in love with these flow blue zoological dinner plates!
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Cindy from Cindy’s Recipe Box shared an oldie but goodie for any kind of holiday fête ~ Eggnog Pudding Shots. So delicious looking!

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. 💜

Thanks again, dear friends! Let’s get this party started,

Barb 🙂

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Our Belated Christmas Home Tour

Christmas day has just passed, the busy craziness of getting ready for the season is hopefully done for most of us, and now is a time of respite…

Here at The Manor, our door is still quietly surrounded with colorful twinkling fairy lights as well as a pretty lit wreath…

Hubby brought a bunch of poinsettias from a big box store’s Black Friday sales and some have gone to new homes as Christmas gifts. Such a nice way to say hello and I love you to friends so dear!!!

Come inside and enjoy our living room! Even not quite finished and late on a school night, it was fun to snap a few photographs as the Christmas decorations were brought out and the regular decor put away…

A tree skirt was fashioned from an old double bed bedskirt. An antique English child’s school chair pulled out for our soon-to-visit grandson… He did touch it but didn’t climb on it this time.

I love that now two generations of Chapmans have enjoyed this little chair!

He did sit in a very old one, though! Originally a handmade rocking chair from the 1870’s, I bought it in Carlsbad, California on one of my first antiquing expeditions when I had a day off from apartment managing, when we first moved to Southern California with the US Marine Corps. I think I bought this chair in 1989 and I immediately knew I’d weave a seat for it!

I found a spool of calico trim, which has some padding inside the length of it. I used the whole spool running the trim first one direction then back across perpendicularly. I made all kinds of home furnishings back then as a newlywed!

This year’s decor all began with the mantel… Quiet decor with just woodland animals and little Christmas trees, it was perfect with simple greenery tucked in and around each little figure!

Setting the tone for the rest of the room’s decorations:

  • the aforementioned woodland animals up on the fireplace mantel and soft sculpture animals I’ve collected since high school sitting along the hearth and around the Christmas tree
  • the little children’s chairs
  • coloring books and story books for gifts
  • a very simply decorated tree with lights and just a very few non-breakable ornaments
Mr. Ethereal enjoyed our early family Christmas, too! New stockings
welcomed everyone home!

My original plan to bring down all the boxes of family ornaments went awry… Hubby has travelled since late September almost every week to California on business, so… I didn’t have anyone to help me bring down the boxes. Our son and I talked about his helping me the week before they drove down. But when it came down to it, the tree was pretty just with the very few paper houses and churches, a Nordic Christmas star with a little straw reindeer inside it, and one snowflake garland placed casually across the tree’s midsection.

Sometimes simple is best. 🙂

And what do you think of my husband’s creative gift wrapping?? That’s my Christmas surprise inside that red throw and two belts…

More about that another day. ;)’

But for now…

The Chapman family ~ Amy, Peter, Justine and Milo, me and Charles

From our family to yours,

Happiest of Christmases and a Happy New Year!

Barb 🙂

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Share Your Style #330

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #330! Happy Wednesday to you 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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Love this cutie patootie!!!

Happy almost New Year’s Eve, friends!!! Can you believe that another year has just flown by? I am grateful for the Covid vaccines that have come out, for surviving two rounds of Covid-19 during 2020, and for finally getting to really meet my grandson, Milo!

Milo loved how huge the oak trees were and enjoyed picking up acorns big and small.

The kids came for an early Christmas and we went down to Sea Life Park Aquarium in Grapevine, Texas, then a couple of days later we went to the Fort Worth Zoo. Both were excellent and the latter reminded me so much of the San Diego Wild Life Park in Escondido, California. Just the whole safari theme, the way the grounds were laid out… I really felt at home and I believe my daughter Amy and son Peter felt the same. 💜 

Well, I’m back working on the pavers heading from the backyard oak tree towards the entryway to the south garden. Hubby worked hard on the shed as he had time in between working during the Christmas week and these past two days. So… the shed is CLOSE but not quite finished. I did share a little on my YouTube channel today about what I’ve been doing and I’ll probably post there again tomorrow. It’s not pretty with lovely additions but I hope to learn how to do all that in the coming year! (My New Year’s resolution… 😉 )

So let’s get this party started…

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Welcome newcomer Tilden from To Be Bright blog with the third part of her wedding story ~ The Brunch. And can you get over the views from Central Park??!!! Only been there once but it’s gorgeous from any vantage point… Do stop by and say hello! What a great way to say goodbye to 2021 and hello to 2022!!!
Congratulations, Tilden and Thomas!!! 💜 
Debra from Common Ground brings us her lovely story ~
Christmas on a Vintage Silver Tray. It must be the year to polish our silver! Will share some of mine in the new year… Love Debra’s tray and coffee set!!!
Decorate a Christmas tree with modeling clay and lights
Now that things have quieted down after Christmas… Elsa from Elsa R Blog shared this fun Christmas tree craft ~
Decorate a Christmas Tree with Modeling Clay and Lights. Totally unique! Love it!!!
little black dress, velvet top, plaid overcoat, winter style, Style Imitating Art, Shelbee on the Edge, fashion over 40
Looking for something fun to wear this winter? Look no further than Shelbee’s blog: Shelbee on the Edge and her post ~ Style Imitating Art: Snow Shadows by Tom Thomson.
Love this grey plaid jacket!!!
Amy from A Day of Small Things shared her visit downtown with daughter Amy and a look at her bedroom sanctuary decked out with Christmas… A Restful Christmas ~ A perfect respite from the world!
Lynne over at Thrifting Wonderland brings us this beautiful table setting…
Holly, Holly Table Setting. Love the bird plates and the gorgeous Santa and his sack!!!
A beautiful crêche… Niky from The House on Silverado shared her Christmas craft project ~ DIY Nativity Stable. Really complements her wooden figures. A beautiful gift for Baby Jesus!
CoCo from The Crowned Goat shared her story of growing up in a military family
(I can relate!) and this year’s Traditional Christmas Home Tour at Bliss Barracks. Lovely!!!
DIY Vintage Inspired Christmas Ornament-The Crowned Goat
CoCo also shared this lovely story about making a special ornament for a beloved aunt going through cancer treatments… Bring the tissues, Ladies! ~
Simple Vintage Inspired Ornaments.
Amber of Follow the Yellow Brick Home shared a centennial post this holiday season ~ My 100 Year-Old Kentucky Christmas Home Tour. Always a treat!!!

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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. 💜

Thank you to you all for a wonderful year! In 2022, I hope you all are blessed with good health, enough money to take care of your bills and to put away as well as some to bless others, and much love from friends and especially family,

See you in the New Year!

Love and hugs,

Barb 🙂

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For the Love of Nöel Bleu ~ A Visit to Judith’s Christmas Sale

Welcome, friends! Today we are taking a Christmas trip to see Judith Stringham at her lovely French-styled home in Mansfield, Texas…

On the first weekend in December, I drove down to visit Judith at the annual Christmas Sales Event she has hosted for 12 years. Each year I see new and inspiring ways we can use to decorate in a French Nordic style…

Love this sweet girl! She reminds me so much of our Stuffy and Tigger, from my high school and early college years.

Her sweet calico cat greeted me as I stepped out of the car and kindly showed me the way back to the potting shed outback. Here Kitty is up on the front walkway to the family home’s front door.

A weird FYI

Notice the *Arc du Bois fruits used as Christmas ornament balls in these urns… Lovely in their limey green skins, these 2-5 lbs. fruits can and do break car windshields when they fall. Here in North Texas, these seed pods can be turned into a petroleum-type product and there was a man near the last trailer park we lived in who bought 50 gal. barrels-full for $10.

*also called horse apples

But I digress…

Down the garden path

Walking around the side and into Judith’s garden, tufts of mondo grass edge the paved walkway guiding us through the park. Old oak trees give the garden really nice structure!

Pink and white lantana (?) or maybe a dwarf butterfly bush decorate this pretty hayrack.

Taking a peek up onto the south-east facing front porch, one can see Judith’s love of French blue, brilliant pops of color brightening up the wintertime porch… She told me she loves blue pansies this time of year!

I love all the conical topiaries she has!!! Tall ivy clamors up a trefoil topped trellis.

Back out along the pathway, an enormous butterfly bush is still blooming in December! Our weather has been so warm, much warmer than usual for North Texas, so many annuals are still going strong coming into the winter season.

The Stringhams have kept much of their acreage as Texas forest which adds a nice layer of privacy from close neighbors.

Judith’s Christmas Potting Shed

Doorways and trim painted a pretty French blue, the double doors welcome us into Judith’s world, Botanic Bleu… I personally love the contrast of textures outdoors! The potting shed’s white limestone walls, the rustic wood decking contrast nicely with the brick pathways. Fallen leaves nestle into cracks and crevices, adding their own brand of texture to the scene…

Let’s check out what’s for sale!

This pretty bowl filled with juniper greenery caught my eye. I loved the pretty gilded cage topper. Of course this came home with me along with six horse apples to decorate the inside. The pretty birdcage to the right also came home. 😉

Stepping inside, a tiny office is set up snugged underneath this hanging area. As I write this, I just noticed the silver urn with a little bird on top along the front wall shelf… Always so much to see!

Looking further right, large scrolls of sheet music lend their beautiful backdrop behind Pêre Nöels…

A lovely nativity scene decorated the middle of the room with a deeper French blue…

Judith creates this large wall hangings with her signature fleur de lis in the background.

This year she has added English boxwood hearts to her collection of boxwood for sale. Last year she had large and small round boxwood wreaths, and I bought one then. This day, I picked up one more to decorate our hallway.

Airy glass ornaments and icicles hang from the rafters, on Christmas trees and in front of some windows. Judith has candles and Old World style candleholders, mini narcissus bulbs, and more gilded wire garden cloches for sale.

Out in the Garden

Back outside, Kitty is back for another pet. She is just a beauty!

This year, this outdoor patio hosts a collection of potted plants. I love the basket weave pot! Judith’s sister helps take care of the garden, her special gift.

Here I think Judith “planted” some of the faux narcissus bulbs… Pretty!!!
Love this urn! I believe the little garden shed in the background is her husband’s workshop.

If you’d like to see more…

2019 Part 1 touring Judith’s garden and home ~ Meet Judith and the Home of Botanic Bleu.
A Bleu Christmas ~ Part 2 of the 2019 pre-Covid visit with friends Cindy of County Road 407 and Laura from Decor to Adore.

Last year’s Christmas event ~ A Christmas Visit with Judith and Botanic Bleu

Well, friends, I hope you’ve enjoyed these Christmas visits with Judith and seeing her pretty French country home! She is very gracious and I always wish there’d be time to just sit and visit (we do, but it’s while shopping). 🙂 Hopefully soon!

Happy Christmas time,

Barb 🙂

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Share Your Style #329

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #329! Happy Wednesday to you 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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***Oh my! I should have just cancelled the rest of this year for SYS, lol! Between finishing the inside of the shed with the last of the insulation, primer and paint (so it is ready for Mr. Ethereal to come home and put up the last of the bead board walling in the front of the shed), and getting ready for family coming… I just run out of time!

So, Share Your Style will be up (again) at 7:00pm this evening and next week will be the last SYS for 2021, so be ready for all the New Year’s posts then! 😉 I DO have to say: there are soooo many good posts this past week (and I am sure today, also!). Please take some time, either this evening or over the Christmas break as you find a moment, to wander by some of these beautiful posts. Everyone’s homes look lovely and they each gladden my heart…

Let’s get this party rolling… Hopefully you can connect and that this post is working properly. We are having 40mph gusts this evening out of the south… And please keep our friends in the mid-west, especially in Kentucky, Arkansas and their surrounding states in your prayers… The tornadoes which wrecked havoc this past week left so many homeless and sorely in need…

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Love this! Wendy from My French Twist brings us this traditional Christmas Nativity post ~ Building a Traditional French Crêche.
Sandra from Come to Dinner at Eight brings us her holiday table set with reds and golds… Just lovely! Christmas Dining – The New Traditional.
Debbie from Debbie-Dabble Blog shares her outside garden tour in this fun festive post ~ Christmas Front Porch and Yard, 2021. Love it!!!
Debra from Common Ground is back with this fun last-minute craft idea for Christmas ~ Elegant Gold Gilt Pears. And its all set in a bit of French Country style! Also, check out her post Snowy White Churches on the Old Sideboard. Pretty!!!
Lisa from Fresh Vintage by Lisa shared her Holiday Home Tour – 2021. Love the double front door wreaths!!! You’ll love her tour, too. <3
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Marie from Rêver en Coleur (Dream in Color) shared this fun DIY post to make these awesome paper stars ~ Bricoler des Flocons de Neige Fait de Sacs en Papier (Make Snowflake Stars with Paper Bags ~ my loose translation!)
Friends, you’ll have to stop by Jeanie’s at The Marmelade Gypsy… Her friends are back and they DON’T hold back on hilarious comments about the Cork Poppers Taste International Wines… I’d like to add a good Valpolicella from Zenato Winery, Italy. Really good Old World wine and paired with an Italian sausage dish… Yum! ;)’
A Southern Charm Christmas
Paula from Virginia Sweet Pea shared her home all decked out in this post ~
A Southern Charm Christmas – Family Room and Breakfast Room. Beautiful and look at those curtains!!!
Lynne from Thrifting Wonderland brings us a quick DIY in her post ~ Creating a Holiday Outdoor Planter. So pretty!!! Lynne also shared a lovely table setting in this post ~ Angels We Have Heard On High… Really beautiful!
CoCo from The Crowned Goat has the most ethereal holiday tablescape this week… I love all the greys, soft greens and whites! (My personal favs!) ~
White Christmas Inspired Patio. Do stop by!
Table setting for ten using a beautiful mix of dinnerware and accessories.  Floral arrangements, birds nests, vintage cloches and lovely gold rimmed glasswear.
Renae from Peacock Ridge Farm shared her lovely table in this Christmas-y post ~ How to Create a Beautiful Mix-and-Match China Tablescape. Lovely and what a lovely mahogany table!
And let’s end this week’s SYS fun festivities with our friend Shelbee from Shelbee on the Edge who shared a really cool post on holiday footware (mainly boots!!!) in her post ~ Reminder: The Good Buy/Goodbye Book – Sparkles! Totally in love with this pair of black boots… Don’t you just love sparkles??!

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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. 💜

I sooo appreciate your stopping by each week! It is a joy and my pleasure to bring you the best of your wonderful posts each and every time Share Your Style goes up.

Thank you for sharing with all of us.

Love and Christmas hugs,

Barb 🙂

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Share Your Style #328

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #328! Happy Wednesday to you 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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***Getting out a bit late tonight since I’ve been on the phone with Hubby and my MIL (in reverse order, prepping for her to come here to stay with us while she finds a home in Texas.)

No new posts out this week but the shed is almost done! While Hubby has been away on business and helping his mother finish packing on the weekends (in California), I’ve primed and painted the main three walls of the shed. This weekend I hope to add the corner moulding and get that glued and nailed in, add garland and lights around the front entry, and wrap presents.

Family drives in a week from tomorrow for an early Christmas, but I should actually get some posts out later this week. 🙂 If not, well… Then it’ll happen over Christmas and you can see how I decorated then. Life is short and this year, I am just not going to worry about it. 😉

So…

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Debra of Common Ground shared a trip she and her hubby took over to
The Ozark Mill and Other Updates (you’ll WANT to read this post if you’re friends with Debra!). Check out the view!!!
Soooo adorable! Miss Sadie gets a spa treatment and hugs from friend Joelle in this posting by Sarah at Hyacinths for the Soul ~
Tales of the Traveling Tote.
Traditional Flocked Christmas Tree with Swarovski Snowflake Ornaments
Paula over at Virginia Sweetpea shared this festive post ~
Traditional Flocked Christmas Tree with Swarovski Ornaments. Lovely!!!

CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT NO-BAKE TART

NOVEMBER 29, 2021 BY ELIZABETH 18 COMMENTSThis post contains affiliate links.Good morning friends, happy Monday. I had such a jam packed and fun Thanksgiving(weekend) I feel as if I need a vacation from my vacation. In addition to all of the Thanksgiving festivities, we shopped, went to a Christmas fair, assembled a pinecone garland for the front porch, foraged in the woods for pine, holly and magnolia to make 4 huge planters  and baked Christmas cookies. I will be honest, I have never made garland before and this one took so much more time, and pinecones than I thought, not to mention it was incredibly painful! Did you know that pinecones have “thorns.” I have band-aids on 4 fingers, and cuts and splinters on my hands, but it was all worth it because it turned out so beautiful. I will share a photo with you this week.

NO BAKE CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT TART

As we are gearing up for Christmas parties, festivities and gift making I thought I would share the easiest tart to make ever. There is no baking involved so that saves a lot of time. It is basically an Oreo crust with a ganache filling topped with candy canes. It cannot get any easier and the presentation is beautiful, it looks as if you worked in the kitchen all day but the good news is that is doesn’t take more than 10 minutes to put together!

Chocolate-Peppermint-Tart on a white ruffles plate on a white table with red bulbs on the table

This chocolate peppermint no bake tart is perfect for your dessert table at Christmas, to give to family and friends, or to take along to any parties you are attending. If you do not like peppermint you could add berries, or dulce de leche, or even crushed or chopped chocolate for decorations, the possibilities are endless.

Newcomer Elizabeth from Pinecones and Acorns shared this easy Chocolate Peppermint No-Bake Tart. Delicious!!! Welcome Elizabeth!

5 Tips for Hosting Overnight House Guests for the Holidays

Published: November 30, 2021Spread the love

These tips for hosting overnight house guests will help make your holiday extravaganza run smoothly and be way more fun.

Hosting overnight house guests can be as fun as a sleepover when you were a kid or dreadfully overwhelming.

The tips I’m sharing with you today will help move you in the direction of the fun side of hosting overnight house guests based on many years of experience.

Ever since we moved states, we have had a lot of overnight house guests. We even host Christmas every year for at least three families.

Granted I really like my in-laws, but the reason we always have a great time is because we do as much as much prep as we possibly can and then focus on keeping it simple during their stay.

So today, I’m sharing with you my unaltered truth on how to make hosting overnight house guests super fun for everyone.

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CREATE A WELCOMING GUEST ROOM

Rug Placement in Bedroom in Guest bedroom

First things first, you want to create a welcoming guest room.

This is their home away from home for the time they are staying with you, so you want to make sure it’s as cozy and accommodating as possible.

This includes fresh linens, blackout curtains, luggage racks, and plug accessibility to name a few.

You can read my full list of how to create a great experience for overnight guests to make sure your guest quarters are in tip-top shape before your guests arrive.

THINK LIKE A HOTEL

When you know your why, you can make focused, correct decisions the first time! Follow our Pursuing a Homier Home Plan today!
Love these ideas! If you are having guests this Christmas, you might enjoy this post, too!!! 5 Tips for Hosting Overnight House Guest for the Holidays ~ from our second newcomer Christin from My Homier Home. Welcome to French Ethereal and SYS! ~
Our third newcomer to FE is Sujatha from Crystal Grandeur with this lovely table setting for Christmas ~ French Inspired Table for Christmas. Don’t you just want to be a guest? Welcome, Sujatha!! 🙂
Corine over at Junk to Gems shared her crafty post to make these sweet mini Christmas trees ~ How to Make Some DIY Christmas/Winter Trees. Truly easy, friends!!!

Last up for this week is a fun post from Amber from Follow the Yellow Brick Home who shared Vintage Christmas Decorating with Bottlebrush Trees. Yes!!!!

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. 💜

Happy getting everything prepped for Christmas over your way,

Hugs, Barb 🙂

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Share Your Style #327

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #327! Happy Wednesday to you 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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Oh my goodness! I totally spaced last week with Thanksgiving coming on… I didn’t even think about creating SYS until about 10pm last Wednesday night. Hubby and I have been super busy working inside the shed, since he only had nights and the two weekends to help (before traveling back to California for work). The shed is almost done and I’ll share a nice post about its transformation soon!

Oh, well! Guess I should have said I was taking a week off anyway… Lol! This week we have a few Thanksgiving posts left over to share (pun intended), and a bunch of fun Christmasy ones for you… 💜 

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

Using Garland Throughout Your Home ~ part of this month’s Pinterest Challenge.

And here are this week’s featured posts…

I am loving Penny of Penny’s Treasures snowy winter wonderland look in her entry this year! ~ North Pole Bed and Breakfast Entry.
Debra from Common Ground shared her love of Thanksgiving with us in this beautiful post ~ Celebrating Thanksgiving in the Holiday Cupboard.
Absolutely adorable! I am excited to share Cheryl’s Nativity Gnome Family (from SewCanDo). Really fun idea!!! Did I mention a free pattern??!
vintage-spaghetti-trim-planter-white-Santa-Claus-collection
Debbee’s gone all Ho Ho Ho! with her festive post ~
Santa Claus Collection is Coming to Town.
From Debbee’s Buzz… <3
We’ve got a yummy appetizer here with Jeanie from The Marmelade Gypsy sharing her recipe for Jeanie Crostini. Yum!!!
Cosy Season Is Here: Faux Fur Jacket And Boot On
Claire from Claire Justine shares her warm and toasty late fall look here in this post from across the Pond ~ Cosy Season is Here: Faux Fur Jacket and Boot On.
Love the warm browns…
Santa
Claire also shared a trip to Nottingham Christmas Market Over the Years… Yes! I have the travel bug, too…
Liz from Howling at the Moon shares these adorable crocheted elves in this post about patterns from Lalylala Christmas. Still time to make some! Cute!!!
Recent newcomer Lynne from Thrifting Wonderland shared her lovely table set for Thanksgiving ~ Flowers from the Garden Tablescape. Love the mix and match!!! Welcome Lynne!
Newcomer Bridie from Heart, Hearth and Crafting brings us this lovely (and easy!) Simplicity skirt pattern for your favorite little girl! Very cute in this fun wintery check pattern… How to Sew a Gathered Skirt with Simplicity 1332. Welcome Bridie!!!
Dog with his mom and grandmother
Our final post for this week if from Paula from Virginia Sweet Pea… As many of you know, Paula has been living with Stage 4 lung cancer for a number of years. This is her most recent update ~ November 2021. Please stop by and wish her well, and keep both Paula and her mother on your prayers list as they go through their separate cancer journeys… 💜

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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Just 24 more days until Christmas (eek!),

Big hugs,

Barb 😉