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Share Your Style #322

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #322! 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!
 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 and on any of my other social media sites, too.ย ย Thank you!๐Ÿ’œย 

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Well, my computer is fixed but for whatever reason, WordPress has gone and done something with how one “colors” words/phrases, etc… The weird yellow highlighting sections last week WAS NOT there when I published and now it is, and I can’t remove any of it without redoing the section… Makes me want to roll my eyes and act like one of my PABS students, lol!

This is also going to be a short SYS this week because I have a raging migraine from too much noise at school today (mostly students screaming).

I will publish here at 6:00pm but it won’t be DONE until probably closer to 7:00pm with all the features, just so you know. ๐Ÿ™‚ Other than that, Hubby and I picked up more wood posts and some other materials this past weekend prepping for Phase 2 of the fence move/rebuild. Hopefully beginning this coming weekend, depending upon weather. ๐Ÿ™‚

Well, let’s get into this week’s features, shall we??

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Jeanie from The Marmelade Gypsy shared her trip to Pond Hill Farm in her Postcards from the Lake series… Beautiful!!!
Debra from Common Ground brings us her pretty patio in this post ~
Foraging for Fall on the Potting Bench. Love the garden blooms with all the white!
Pumpkin Sweet Potato Galette Recipe @ treatntrick
Trick and Treat shared this scrumptious looking Pumpkin Sweet Potato Galette. Time to tuck in!
Ann from Apple Street Cottage shared her sweet Embroidery Hoop Halloween Wreath. Spookily cute! ๐Ÿ™‚
Concrete table top with wood base sitting in the garden with books and a Moscow Mule mug on the top
Kippi from Kippi at Home brings “to the table” this really cool Concrete Table Top DIY! Way to go, Kippi and Hubby!!!
shacket, thrifted style, Doc Martens, Fashion over 40, Stylish Monday, Shelbee on the Edge
Shelbee from Shelbee on the Edge shares this fun post ~ All About Shackets. I love a good shirt that doubles this way, how about you?
Thrifting Wonderland shared this lovely fall post ~ Afternoon Tea for One Vignette ~ love the wooden cutting board used as a tray!
The Easiest Five Minute Fall Vignette with Pumpkins and Cloches-The Crowned Goat
CoCo from The Crowned Goat brings us this simple trick for creating The Five Minute Fall Vignette. Love it!!! So going to use this idea… ;)’
Last up for this week is Renae from Peacock Ridge Farm with this easy DIY project ~ How to Make a Wall Hook Shelf – Simple and Easy! I need this!!!

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. ๐Ÿ’œ

If you’d like to follow myย Share Your Style boardย on Pinterest I’d appreciate it,ย thank you!ย I do post all of the featured posts from each week’s SYS there. ๐Ÿ’œย  Thanks so much!!!

Happy fall, y’all,

Barb ๐Ÿ™‚

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Share Your Style #321

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #321. Happy Wednesday to you all, dear friends! ๐Ÿ™‚

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…
๐Ÿ’œ

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.ย ย Thank you!๐Ÿ’œย 

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Well, friends, my computer is fixed (yeah!)!!! It turned out to be just a matter of moving over a year+ of photos (and their folders) and a bunch of documents and videos. Then the Apple tech was able to help me download a new operating system ~ Mojave. Technically this is an older system now, but new to my 9 year old Mac Book Pro!

So let’s check out all the wonderful features from two weeks ago this week! And I have been ignoring all the skeletons and Halloween things, but I do enjoy tablescapes so one or two might creep in… (pun intended). ๐Ÿ˜‰

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

Fall in the Potting Shed ~ a look at how our shed is coming along as we bring garden supplies and equipment inside as well as updates coming in the future.

And here are this week’s featured posts…

I love Debra of Common Ground’s French farmhouse style and her use of whites with greys and this post Fall Centerpiece Basket with Pumpkins just fits soooo perfectly! Lovely…
Debra also shared her Fall Sideboard and a Trip to the Vintage Peddler, an antique booth near her home. Check out all the wonderful finds she and her hubby brought home!
Jeanie from The Marmelade Gypsy shared her trip to the lake, visits with friends and these beautiful elk from the local elk park… Wow! Do check out her post, friends: Postcards from the Lake: A Wet and Lonely Week.
mint striped sweater, easy fall outfit, sweater and jeans, braided sandals, fashion over 40, Shelbee on the Edge
Shelbee from Shelbee on the Edge is back with her style link party in her post ~
An Easy Early Fall Outfit (comfortable, which I think we all love!) and Spread the Kindness Linkup #242.
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Dare I “brooch” the subject, from Debbee’s Buzz, Debbee’s Silly Skeleton Poses on an Elegant Halloween Table looks ever festive in pearls, silver and costume jewelry! Love all the table decor!!!
Totally in love… with CoCo of The Crowned Goat‘s Fall Front Porch Tour!!! There is just something cheery and festive about soft pastel pumpkins, ethereal whites and mums… Enjoy this beautiful post!
How to Create a No Sew DIY Grain Sack Pillow Cover-The Crowned Goat
CoCo also shared this post ~ No Sew DIY Grain Sack Pillow Cover ~ which I totally love! Hope you will, too. <3
Last up for this week is this cutie-patootie who is Rita from Panoply‘s little granddaughter! They are just coming by to say… New Season, New Home!!! Do stop by and offer your well-wishes as they pack and move back into their old neighborhood. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ’œ

If you’d like to follow myย Share Your Style boardย on Pinterest I’d appreciate it,ย thank you!ย I do post all of the featured posts from each week’s SYS there. ๐Ÿ’œย  Thanks so much!!!

I’d love it if you would sign up for my blog, too! I appreciate your friendship. ๐Ÿ’œย 

Happy linking!

Hugs, Barb ๐Ÿ™‚

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Fall in the Potting Shed

Welcome back, dear friends! A big thank you to the repair techs at Apple, Inc. down in Dallas, Texas for their help fixing my computer problem!! After moving a lot of files off to a separate hard drive, we were able to download a newer operating system (Mojave), so I can work again. Yeah!!!

A little boo!

I feel much better now that the computer is working again, and now I can begin sharing the potting shed and how it is coming along…

As you come inside and look left, the potting bench Mr. Ethereal built last year as a surprise sits along the southern wall and underneath the eastern window. Filled with various fertilizers, a few pots and now some fall pumpkin decor, the bench gets lots of use!

I’d like to paint the interior a cheery white but Hubby thinks we should insulate the walls first, to which I agree. My daughter was up over the weekend and she heard there could be another Arctic freeze this coming winter (oh boy!). This building will need its insulation, plus heating, to keep plants we move inside from freezing.

The new rack filled with garden goodies.

I had seen a recent program on Linda Vater’s YouTube channel where her friend had used beadboard and peg board as wall coverings in her garden shed.

Really cute idea!!!

Here is a good shot of the roll linoleum Hubby put down in late August. Happily we used only one bucket of the glue to stick it to the substrate. It spreads on very thinly and then you just roll something over the top of the lino to squish out any big air bubbles. He did a great job lining it up and finishing the sides cleanly! I found this 12′ wide brownish-grey roll over at Lowe’s, in case you are looking for something inexpensive. It was about $300 for a 12′ x 16′ long piece.

Love the pegboard as wallboard!
Linda Vater (right) and her friend having a brunch of fresh garden tomatoes.

Wall finishes

I am trying to convince Hubby that beadboard would look lovely up under the eaves and along at least the long wall AND be very functional. We could drill into it and only hang things on the 16″ on-center vertical 2x4s since beadboard is very thin. (He’s worried about things not staying since it is so lightweight).

I like the upper beams open but he wants to fill them in, so what eventually happens remains to be seen. Maybe we could put up spray foam and still see some beams??

New 5-position ladder

We picked up a storage wall set for hanging garden hoses, tools, etc. and will install it overtop upon whatever wall covering we decide.

This ladder was on sale for $125 and Hubby had seen it on his favorite tool guy YouTube channel, so we picked one up. It’ll come in handy for painting in the living room ~ mostly likely a project for this winter/next spring ~ plus for getting leaves off the roof of the shed and house, etc.

We had seen another of these sheds with a long shelf built from back to front, and we may put one in at some point. The vents are sealed and screened to keep out creatures and bugs.

Tons of room for storage

The right side of the shed is strictly for storage. We have a couple of these tall racks to use in here and would like more of the wire rack inserts, like the new one has. Not easily available… We went looking at ranch panels but the spacing between each wire “square” is bigger than these racks need. The cuts wouldn’t be right to have a finished edge all around, either.

I need to contact the company which made the new rack and see if we can order more. ๐Ÿ™‚

So, not pretty yet but it will be in the future. I felt I needed to share what it looks like now since I have been talking about it all summer… A new place to play!!! ;)’

Have a lovely day,

Barb ๐Ÿ™‚

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Just a Quick Postโ€ฆ

Hi friends! I’ll have to postpone SYS for this week as my computer needs a newer operating system… Always something, huh?!

But I’ve seen last week’s linked posts and there are lots of good ones to share! Hopefully I can get this computer happy again or finance a new one.

So for now, enjoy a few photos from our kitchen and our garden.

Big hugs to you all,

Barb ๐Ÿ‚๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‚

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Share Your Style #320

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #320. Happy Wednesday to you all, dear friends! ๐Ÿ™‚

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…
๐Ÿ’œ

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.ย ย Thank you!๐Ÿ’œย 

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This week’s SYS is all about crafts, a little DIY, and fall decor ~ perfect for upcoming holiday fetes and gift giving ideas!

Enjoy!!

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

Add a Little Fall Color to Your Bedroom ~ an offshoot Pinterest Challenge post.
Please keep Cindy who writes County Road 407 in your prayers. Her son was in a serious motorcycle accident over the weekend.

Because Cindy puts the Pinterest Challenges together each month, it was obviously cancelled. Then, a few other bloggers decided to host it anyway. With the mix-up, I’ve published mine separately since it was ready. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you will check it out, thank you!!

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Newcomers Janet and Bill from A Life of Balance share their easy craft project to make and give this holiday season ~ How to Make Your Own Wood Bead Garlands. So easy and a lot of fun to create!! Welcome to the Share Your Style family!!!
Penny from Penny’s Treasures shared this fun gardening post ~ Growing a Pumpkin Patch for the First Time! Cute cute cute out in her garden!!!
Corine over at Junk to Gems has linked up this fun neutral post for fall ~ How to Create a Cozy Fall Table. Love the stripes and sparkle!
Fireplace Makeover 1
Hannah from Handmade Weekly shared her creativity in this sponsored post ~ Fireplace Makeover. Love the new color and decor!!
Julie from Julie’s Creative Lifestyle gives us a peek at her California Trip- Day 2 and a tour around Venice. You’ll love seeing the bespoke homes and canals built in the 1920’s, I believe… You can grown ANYTHING in California! (Something I really miss as another plant bit the dust recently here in my yard…)
CoCo from The Crowned Goat shared Fall Entry Decorating Ideas in her recent link-up. Love the cute Pies for Sale sign, don’t you??!
Newcomer Denise from My Home of All Seasons shared festive fall decor in her post ~ Simple Autumn Ladder Update. Fun ideas and I love the little scarecrow… Welcome, Denise!!! So glad you linked up!
AnnMarie Haakblog shared her sweet Crochet Vest for her Amigurumi Cat. Her posts are easy to read once translated from her native language (Dutch). She creates all kinds of wonderful patterns and AnnMarie has an online Etsy shop, 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. ๐Ÿ’œ

If you’d like to follow myย Share Your Style boardย on Pinterest I’d appreciate it,ย thank you!ย I do post all of the featured posts from each week’s SYS there. ๐Ÿ’œย  Thanks so much!!!

Happy fall, y’all!

Barb ๐Ÿ™‚

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Add a Little Fall Color to Your Bedroom

Welcome to our first fall Pinterest Challenge focusing on adding in fall color to our bedrooms. If you are just coming over from the main group of bloggers, or are here for the first time, welcome! As always, I’d like to thank Cindy from County Road 407 for setting us up with our inspiration photograph and our friend Paula from Virginia Sweet Pea for taking the reins as our host…

***Cindy had a family emergency and I would like to ask you to keep them in your prayers, thank you. ๐Ÿ’œ

Love all the patterns and textures!!!

Our inspiration comes from Courtney over at The Golden Boys and Me

Courtney has the cutest bed linens and is blessed to have a sweet architectural shelf over her bed and black iron headboard to be able to put fun pieces on.

With all the fun pumpkins, black wire and iron in the basket below the seat and above in the chandelier {too cute!}, wood textures in the pumpkin on the bench and the basket on the bed, I love this updated farmhouse look.

My bedroom’s look

I have a really old shelving unit but not a shelf anymore. We had sweet early-1990’s wooden shelves with heart cutouts and pegs to hang things on, but we sold those when we were getting ready to move everything to storage when we sold our last house.

So, I hung up this wicker basket I found a year or so ago and kept the roses {my signature} in it while adding in some faux fall berries and leaves.

I changed out the lightweight Shabby Chic white and pink roses quilt that we had on for summer to this deeper lavender and darker roses quilt. I like this one on our California king bed as it is still lightweight but we can easily add the other quilt on top as the weather get colder here in early fall.

To bring in some of the oranges used in our inspiration bedroom, I’ve added a favorite fall pillow with Autumn Blessings scripted across it. I also brought in this super lightweight throw we use for afternoon naps when the days are still so warm, plus a small white metal tray with a little scarecrow we have had since our now-grown kids were little.

This is coupled with two pumpkins, one orange and the other a white one I sparkled about six years ago or so.

We bought this bench online about two years ago now, our first fall here in this home, and I love its Old World look! I guess I should have stuck some goodies underneath but I usually decorate more simply so this is how it normally looks, a perfect place to hide our slippers and shoes underneath… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Time for tea

My little addition to this fall bedroom challenge is to include a little tea party! Bringing in a tray I painted white {which adds more of our inspiration’s white look} layered with fall dishes including this sweet Cracker Barrel brown transferware plate and a Royal Winton teacup and saucer.

Two persimmon cookies are stacked atop our little plate with a small fall napkin I sewed from leftover fabric years ago ~ perfect for a little afternoon reading in bed!

And that’s it for me, dear friends!

I hope you enjoy touring others who are on the main tour. You can find those links over at Paula’s of Virginia Sweet Pea. Due to the event being “cancelled,” then finding out it was still going on, many of us didn’t see the update until too late. My post was ready so I’m happy to have it to share with you… Next time!

Blessings to you all,

Barb ๐Ÿ™‚

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Share Your Style #319

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #319. Happy Wednesday to you all, dear friends! ๐Ÿ™‚

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…
๐Ÿ’œ

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.ย ย Thank you!๐Ÿ’œย 

French Ethereal: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest

Hubby is back travelling for work and has been to Pennsylvania a month ago and to California these past few weeks. On the weekends, though, when he is home we have been working on the back fence in earnest…

Yoda keeps getting out as he really only sees light and shapes now so last weekend we worked hard getting four posts cemented in behind the shed, buying boards and planks at Home Depot, and beginning the process of building the fence. So, I haven’t put out any posts for you this time. ๐Ÿ˜‰

This is what I am working on for next week’s Pinterest Challenge, though, so here is a sneak peek:

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Sandra from Dinner at Eight shared a fall meal her family enjoyed
At the Bistro Table. Isn’t everyone loving the cooler fall weather? Hallelujah!
Lisa from Fresh Vintage by Lisa shared this DIY post on making these really pretty clay pots ~ Using My IOD Stamps. Great project!!!
Debra from Common Ground shared 10 Tips to Transition to Fall. Fun and easy tips any of us can initiate in our homes!
Amy over at A Day of Small Things shared her family’s trip to Bar Harbor, Maine ~ A Maine State of Mind, Part 3. Fun trip and a beautiful location!!
Debbie from Debbie-Dabble Blog brings us her fall front garden and what her family is up to this season ~ Landscape Update, a Storage Trick, A Transformation and A PSA. Great way to begin fall!!!
Get ready for a delicious new dish from Amber from The Hungry Mountaineer ~ Chicken and Fig Korma Curry. A great dish to bake for fall!

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. ๐Ÿ’œ

If you’d like to follow myย Share Your Style boardย on Pinterest I’d appreciate it,ย thank you!ย I do post all of the featured posts from each week’s SYS there. ๐Ÿ’œย  Thanks so much!!!

Happy Wednesday, friends!

Barb ๐Ÿ™‚

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Share Your Style #318

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #318. Happy Wednesday to you all, dear friends! ๐Ÿ™‚

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…
๐Ÿ’œ

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.ย ย Thank you!๐Ÿ’œย 

French Ethereal: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest

Sorry, gang! I was adding in posts and… literally fell asleep! It was a really busy day at work. I feel better now, though. ๐Ÿ˜‰ This week we are sharing a bunch of fall decor posts. Love ’em!!!

Let’s check them out…

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

A New Chandy in the Dining Room ~ I cannot tell you enough how happy I am to have this chandelier here in this spot! I have been really missing a traditional chandy in the dining room, which is what we had in our last two homes and even in our last trailer. ๐Ÿ™‚

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Adorable baby!!! Katie from The Preppy Empty Nester is back and now living here in Dallas, Texas (Katie, we need to get all the Lone Star Girls together this fall!). She is sharing a bunch of really cool internet goodies she’s found online in this post ~ Prime Time – PS I’m Back! ~ including the dog bed (I think). This post also introduces her cute dark Golden puppy, Millie! <3 Goldens have my heart!
Gorgeous shoulder bag project for you to crochet… Tulip Bag by Melissa at Howling Liz. Love the two tone look!
Sarah at Hyacinths for the Soul shared her gorgeous MacKenzie-Childs tableware in this post ~ Colors of the Season. Love love love them all!!!
Loving the warm sunflowers and pretty soft orange color here! Debra over at Common Ground shared her awesome fall finds in this post ~ Orange Buffalo Check Pillows. Debra also has a pretty autumn Restyled Wreath post you might like!
Carol from Bluesky at Home brings us a colorful fall tablescape to copy! So living these plates!! Outdoor Fall Tablescape with Fall Colors.
Over at Junk to Gems this post called Rustic Cosy Fall Living Room really caught my eye. Love the nubby neutrals with small shots of fall!
Junk to Gems also shared this How-To Make a Yarn Pumpkin. Love it!!! And sooo easy. ๐Ÿ™‚
Touring Poplar Forest in Forest, VA - Thomas Jefferson's Summer Home
Paula from Virginia Sweet Pea brings us this post ~ Sharing a Visit to Poplar Forest, the Summer Home of Thomas Jefferson. Really pretty and perfect for an early fall visit!
Penny from Penny’s Treasures shared her home decorated for early fall in this post ~ Y’all Come Eat Fall Dining Room Tour. Love the cows and soft colors!!!
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Last up for this week is Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Autumn Leaf “Rake Cookies” ~ super yummy-looking cookies from Cindy’s Online Recipe Box.

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. ๐Ÿ’œ

If you’d like to follow myย Share Your Style boardย on Pinterest I’d appreciate it,ย thank you!ย I do post all of the featured posts from each week’s SYS there. ๐Ÿ’œย  Thanks so much!!!

Enjoy the party,

Barb ๐Ÿ™‚

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A New Chandy in the Dining Room

Happy Tuesday, y’all! Fall is definitely showing a tiny bit around our little city with just a few trees putting on the tiniest bit of oranges and reds in their leaves. With those changes, I’ve felt the need for some changes indoors myself.

Just one change in the dining room is bringing me a huge burst of happiness… Getting back to who I am with a change in our dining room chandelier is a must!

Unboxing the new chandy a week ago!

Ever since we moved to our Manor Home three years ago, I’ve been iffy about the drum chandelier. It’s okay and I know transitional is “in” right now and I liked it at first, but…

It was driving me crazy!

An advertisement came across my computer one day for Lamps Plus (No, this wasn’t sponsored; I wish!), and I casually clicked over to see what was on sale… And I have been in love with Kathy Ireland chandeliers ever since visiting my friend Kathy’s home in Escondido, California during our teas.

This is the Kathy Ireland Chateau de Conde light.

She had one similar to this one which had a carved wooden piece in the middle on the main pillar of her chandelier, which I loved. I think the candlelight cups on the arms were also of carved wood. I have never seen another like it available at Lamps Plus since… It’s a bummer when styles change and you can’t find a particular chandelier anymore.

Here’s a little video I shot this weekend and posted on Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/stories/highlights/17961326833480808/

I finally broke down and drove down to Lamps Plus in Arlington to see this chandy and fell hard for it! I love its Shabby Chic look. In fact, when it was delivered, it wasn’t shabby enough for me on the arms and pillar pieces, so I drove over to Home Depot to get some metal sanding paper.

After a quick sanding, which took about an hour, I wiped this chandelier down and then waited a week for Hubs to put it up for me. ๐Ÿ˜€

At some point, I might change out the plastic sleeves covering the electrical connections for the candlelights as there are more realistic-looking sleeves out there.

Now the dining area of our home feels “like home!” And I am sooo looking forward to adding some greenery for the holidays but for now I am not rushing anything. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Yesterday’s tablescape post was the first of many as I am so excited to share this chandy again and again…

Just a few crystals hanging down from this chandelier repeating the sparkle from the hurricane lamps below.

Getting back to the basics around here! Feels good. Feeling the love… This new sparkler reminds me of the chandy we hung in the RV, too.

That lightweight plastic and glass crystal chandy will be making an appearance soon! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Well, that’s it for today, friends. Let me know what you think of this new sparkler. If it isn’t your taste, that’s okay, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

Looking out towards the porch as it gets cleared and the back garden.

Enjoy your week,

Barb ๐Ÿ™‚

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Sunday Supper and a Peek at the New Chandy!

Happy Sunday evening, friends! We had a nice weekend working outside just tidying up some of the garden, pulling weeds out on the south side, cutting back the iris leaves (which were getting really untidy!) in the bed around the backyard oak, and tidying up the front flower bed…

Afterwards, I prepped the roast…

I stopped by the grocery on Friday afternoon and the butcher was just putting out several racks of roasts, so I said to him, “I’ll be happy to alleviate you of one of those!” We talked a bit more and I mentioned that this would be a perfect dinner for the weekend.

So glad I cooked this in the oven here this afternoon! It turned out perfectly…

Aunt Nellie’s Pot Roast

Take a rump or watermelon roast, poke it all over and rub in meat tenderizer (I don’t do this anymore, I just poke it with our meat fork and shake on salt, pepper, and Mrs. Dash seasoning).

Cook in a cast iron skillet in the oven at 275 deg. F., fat side up, for 1 hour.

After an hour, add 2 1/2 cups (or more) water to the skillet (spoon over roast several times), add potatoes and onion cut up. Turn up heat to 350 degrees, and cook for about 1 1/2 hours more ~ for a 3 lb. roast. Check at 1 hour and cook to your liking.

(***Add uncooked cut up potatoes when you first turn up the heat, then add the green beans ~ or a partial bag of carrots and peas ~ during the last 45 minutes.)

Make a delicious brown gravy with the cracklings in the pan, if so desired.

Enjoy!!!

What to do with the leftovers…

I cut two slices of the roast off and cut them into pieces for soup this week. I froze the rest of the roast along with some of the potatoes and green beans with a little of the juices for a future dinner.

Yum!!! First two good days of early fall with much lower humidity ~ perfect weather for indoor cooking in the oven!

Setting the table with fall in mind

I went looking for placemats for a casual dinner for Mr. Ethereal and myself, since it’s just us two anymore. I found these cute round pumpkin mats in my stack in the laundry room closet. They are reversible and I think I found them at HomeGoods back several years ago.

Paired with my favorite white plates, antique lace and linen napkins, and the newish white-handled flatware I picked up at Judith of Botanic Bleu‘s sale last December, I love this fun dinnerware combination for our tablescape!

The soft hues of faux bittersweet pair well with the pale greens of dried panicle hydrangeas, golden wheat stems and dried roses…

The hurricane lamps were still sitting out from this spring mantel post, so I pulled them into our tablescape. I really like the soft glow they give off and the tarnished brass look of the candleholders!

I liked using them so much that I have been using them on and off the mantel all summer. Really, they have Christmas trees on them but from far away you really can’t tell. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Another photograph of the little mini bouquet of dried pretties!

And as promised…

A sneak peek at the new chandy! Hubby hung it for me late this morning and suggested I run out and pick up tacos for lunch (Taco Bell is about a mile or so down the main road). So while I went by our Walmart grocery and rounded up a bag of Idaho spuds for tonight’s dinner, then went through the drive-thru for tacos…

Mr. Ethereal worked his magic taking down the more modern drum chandelier and installed this pretty more-antique-style chandy which I love so much better!

And this was our delicious pot roast dinner… Served with roasted russet potatoes and green beans cooked in the same water as the roast.

You’ll just have to come back Tuesday to see the rest of the chandelier! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Then Jesus declared, โ€œI am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

John 6:35 ESV, Bible Study Tools

Enjoy your week,

Barb ๐Ÿ™‚