Welcome to French Ethereal Design Blog!

Happy Friday, Everyone!

My name is Barbara, but I go by Barb most of the time.  I am married and have two children in college.

My daughter is studying art and my son is studying 

broadcasting and journalism.

Me?  I work in the local school district as a classroom aide working with students in a Special Education classroom.  Aside from that, I enjoy designing things, creating crafts and decorating around the home when I am home.  I’m glad you are here and hope you’ll come along as we explore decorating and garden ideas, create some fun crafts and DIY projects, and share a little of my faith in our Great Creator.




Original header over when French Ethereal was hosted on Weebly. 

Our house is a French ranch-style home set into the rolling hills of Southern California.  My style is French country, Shabby Chic, and a bit Victorian with Prairie-style all thrown in!

I like that ethereal quality of English gardens, graceful statues, boxwood, potted plants under the patio and

of course, Roses!


Inside my home, I like that etherealness of airy fabrics like lace and sheers over windows and sliding doors, white and floral china patterns, chintzes and toiles on my furniture, as well as gilded or painted over mirrors.


This is our our Pekingese Yoda and our backyard garden!


On a separate note:

I have been hand-sewing since I found and got into my mother’s sewing box when I was seven-years-old.  Mom taught me to hand sew right then and I have been sewing in some fashion or another ever since!


At age 10, I was creating little dolls with cotton balls, paperclips and old pantyhose and a bit of embroidery floss for hair.  I learned how to embroider and cross-stitch shortly thereafter.

My parents gave me my first sewing machine when 

I was in the 9th grade and was taking my first sewing class.  The first sewing project I sewed with it wasn’t an apron, though I now really like them!  It was a three-tier-skirt sleeveless dress made out of eyelet fabric, fully lined, with ribbons sewed around the three tiers’ edges.

Needless to say, I ripped out that zipper several times, 

but that dress was totally ethereal to me at age 15!!!

I also made Barbie doll clothes that same summer for my first boyfriend’s little sister.

When my children were young, I sewed baby blankets and tooth fairy pillows, dresses and Easter outfits, and curtains for bedrooms.  As my children grew, the sewing grew to include patches machine stitched on 

Scout and soccer uniforms.

Today, I sew slipcovers for chairs and sofas, paint rooms in our home, decorate and redecorate for the seasons, always designing projects as I go. 


Come along with me as we create a bit of 

French Ethereal-ness together! 

All the best to you,


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