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Early Fall in the Garden

Happy September, friends! Just today we had a slightly cooler day of just over 90 degrees fahrenheit… Could fall finally be on the way? While we wait for real fall weather, which should be starting in just a few weeks, let’s take a tour of the backyard garden…

In these two photographs, you can see where we are working on the back fence.

Since the last time I wrote about the shed, Mr. Ethereal and I wrapped the bottom of the shed with grey plastic lattice backed with hardware cloth (welded wire with 1/2″ squares). This was applied over two weekends. Hubby also pulled boards off two of the panels to see if we could reuse them.

He’s thinking no… Luckily, the price of lumber is coming down so that’s good news! While we wait for another paycheck to be able to go pick out boards and have several pallets delivered, I’ve been cleaning things and putting them inside the shed.

sweet geraniums

The shed is fitting into the yard now and as I put some plants around its exterior, I’m liking it better in its spot.

The sideways board in the background of this photograph above is our way of keeping Yoda in the yard. He sees that open back fence as an opportunity to go on some “unauthorized walkabouts.” ;)’

A photo of Yoda in the garden this late spring.

Yoda is extra happy as we move more things into the shed and off the back porch and out of the yard. At 16 1/2 years old, his cataracts are making it hard for him to see. Our vet says that Yoda is near-sighted now. He runs into everything so it is becoming more important to keep the yard clean.

I know he sees really well towards late afternoon, when the sun is heading down. He sees light and shadow is my guess so he judges where he is at accordingly.

He is happy to still run a bit as he comes back in from doing his business! He is happy to find his way without zillions of things to avoid. πŸ™‚

Mexican heather out in one of two Lowe’s urns in the back garden…

The nicest time in the back garden

Early evening light in the back garden is lovely… Even if it is hot outside, with the change to the whiter light of early fall, it just seems cooler!

Limelight panicle hydrangea ~ this one bought at Calloway’s Nursery.

The hydrangeas have been loving the heat whether we humans (and dogs) think the past month since August 1st have been the “dog days of summer.” As long as they get water everyday, they are happy.

Success!!!

How to dry your hydrangea heads

This is the first year since moving here to Texas that I have actually dried my own home-grown hydrangeas!!! I waited until the hydrangea heads felt “papery” (good advice from another blogger!) and then cut them stripping the leaves, split the ends up an inch or so vertically along the stem, then set them in just an inch or so of water…

The key is having papery blooms and just a small amount of water in the vase so that dries up quickly (before mold sets in on the stems). πŸ˜€

Fall’s papery blooms…
from Spring Tea in the Garden

Here is how this hydrangea looked as it just leafed out in the spring.

A messy part of the garden, still in need of a brick edging to define this backside of the south garden bed (seen in the middle photograph above). The bougainvillea will go indoors once we get down to 32 degrees.

From Heritage Roses, I ordered a couple of new roses: a climbing rose, Eden, which is a lovely deep pink rose, and Mary Rose. Mary Rose is an English rose which I had at our last home in California.

A heuchera tired but making it in a small hanging basket. The other basket lost its plants to munching bugs.
One of the new roses, above left front

Not all of the garden faired well, which is why I’m not sharing everywhere (like under the master bedroom window), but these areas should bounce back with cooler temps. This is how our back garden is doing. Hope you enjoyed this little tour!

Lovely evening light!

Barb

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Share Your Style #316

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #316. Happy Wednesday to you all, dear friends! πŸ™‚

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.  Thank you!πŸ’œ 

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***SYS is getting out a tiny bit late today because… A BIG box with Bright and Shiny came today!!! (Okay, really more Chippy White…)

Of course I had to snap a few pics… πŸ˜‰

Can’t wait to share!!! XD

And, I am sooo inspired by all the fall posts coming out (and the fact that this weekend was just the tiniest bit cooler) that I am looking for fall posts now… If you have some fun ones in the works, do link those, too!

As for myself, I’ve moved more garden items into the shed and have been cleaning everything before it gets in there. Three mice were living on the hutch, so it was sprayed and wiped down with disinfectant before it ever got carried in last week. Now it’s just wiping all the other things. πŸ˜‰ And I tweaked the SYS logo pic just a bit for fall… Still loving the dried roses in the background.

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

And here are this week’s featured posts…

With fall weddings in the works, I just had to share this fun post by Michelle at her new blog Wedding SoirΓ©es Blog by K’Mich. My son and daughter-in-love had their first dog in their wedding photos… Luna loved being with them and I think she knew it was special… (So doggone adorable, don’t you think?!!)
Dogs in Your Wedding Doesn’t Have to Be Hard
Penny from Penny’s Vintage Home is back with her sweet New Mexico garden in this post ~ Morning Glories in the Late Summer Yard. Love it!!!
Laundry Room Open Storage Shelving
Kippi from Kippi at Home shared her Mud Room-DIY Laundry Room Makeover Reveal. Love how these shelves turned out!
Debra from Common Ground brings us her lovely kitchen in this post ~ Majolica in the Late Summer Holiday Cupboard. Soooo pretty!
Renae over at Peacock Ridge Farm shared this wonderful recipe for
The Best Chicken Salad. Serious yum!!! Renae also has a nice post about creating a {How To} Create a Perfect Wrapping Station for Holiday Gift Giving. The holidays are never far from our thoughts, are they?! Great ideas!!!
green sequined dress, green satin kimono, formal wear, fashion over 40, Shelbee on the Edge, Style Imitating Art
Sooo excited that Shelbee from Shelbee on the Edge shared this post in her continuing series called Style Imitating Art: Ellen Terry as Lady MacBeth by John Singer Sargent. Lovely rendition and the turquoise blue-greens are stunning as is Shelbee’s amazing dress!
The Soul of a Rose, John William Waterhouse

I love Sargent’s work and have several of my own from others who painted in this style. This group of painters were called The Pre-Raphaelites. Here is The Soul of a Rose, my personal favorite print bought on my birthday one year, and one I have as a greeting card ~ which was taped up as “art” when we were living in our trailers, you may recall. Love love love this ethereal style of art they captured in these paintings!!!

Thrifting Wonderland is back with this pretty apple post ~ Fall’s Almost Here Table Setting. Love the apple plates and of course I love the silverplate!!! I have the same Rogers Bros. pattern. <3
Floral Set by Faithfull The Brand
Newcomer Jennifer of Curated by Jennifer shares her fun fashion find in this post ~
Floral Set by Faithfull the Brand. Love it!!! Welcome, Jennifer!

Lynn over at My Journey Back shared this adventurous post on finding a good dog park in her post ~ The Dog Days of Summer. Cool post! And isn’t her Staffordshire terrier cute??!

And because we all love a good find… Tara from Stilettos and Shiplap went looking for a nightstand and… came home with these!!! {Be still our French-antiques-loving-hearts!} ~ French Vintage Friday: It All Started With a Nightstand…

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. πŸ’œ

If you’d like to follow myΒ Share Your Style boardΒ on Pinterest I’d appreciate it,Β thank you!Β I do post all of the featured posts from each week’s SYS there. πŸ’œΒ  Thanks so much!!!

Let’s party, friends!

Barb πŸ™‚

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My Crazy Summer Pumpkins or The First Real Pumpkins Post of Fall…

Pumpkins will grow in Texas, friends! I accidentally proved this in our consistently rainy North Texas springtime weather this year. Here’s our white Cinderella pumpkin growing on the vine in March…

Early this spring, I chucked last fall’s pumpkins into our compost pile thinking they would just squish down and eventually turn into dirt. Well… One of the Connecticut field pumpkins sprouted and so did a couple of Cinderella pumpkins!

Connecticut Field pumpkin courtesy of Google through Pinterest

I did nothing other than keep adding grass clippings (okay, Mr. Ethereal did!) and forking over the compost once to aerate the whole pile. I left the three pumpkins vines alone to grow…

The fall rudbeckia I picked up in Oklahoma to plant outfront.

I guess I never took any photos of them growing! I meant to but every time I went to photograph them, I was in the middle of taking other photos and thought, “I don’t want them to show in those pictures.”

I was saving the pumpkins to feature by themselves, but really, they were ready to harvest in early June…

Three made it full term and the other flowers never matured. It just got too hot here in July! I left the three on the vine… Well, because I was still giving them water (to keep the vines alive and hopefully get more pumpkins), the nice Connecticut Field rotted on the vine from just too much moisture on its underside… :(((

Then, I harvested the two remaining: one pale orange Cinderella and the creamy white Cinderella… I brought them inside to sit on the nice cool dining room tile flooring. THAT would keep them nice and cool! Or so I thought…

Then there was a weird smell…

I thought it was the new dryer in its plastic packaging that I was smelling. It smelled like someone was smoking pot! Awful… REALLY awful!

Well, once I noticed the pumpkins (about two days later), I FINALLY I took a look at them and the orange Cinderella was water and mush all over the floor. I shoveled it into the trash can and took that mess outside, cleaned the floor, turned on the kitchen fan, and eventually the yucky smell went away.

Love this shot with our little Fair Maiden “looking” at her pumpkin… Future golden coach, perhaps??

Only the white Cinderella made it…

It is nice and dry and no mold spots on it. I think I will try growing pumpkins again next year since three did grow. I’ll do it the same way and make sure to rotate them and get them off the ground this next season.

So that’s the story of our Texas pumpkins! And if you haven’t seen this month’s Pinterest Challenge post about decorating an early fall mantel, you can find that here.

Happy early fall hugs,

Barb πŸ™‚

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Share Your Style #315

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #315. Happy Wednesday to you all, dear friends! πŸ™‚

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.  Thank you!πŸ’œ 

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We finished up the shed this past weekend and began moving gardening things inside, so I’ll be getting that post out for you soon. So ready to have the yard and patio looking good and everything NOT such a chaotic mess! Ready for a fall tour as soon as those things are cleaned up. πŸ™‚

Let’s get to the party…

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

It’s time again for our monthly Pinterest Challenge and this month it’s all about mantels ~ An Early Fall Mantel Refresh… Certainly brightened my spirit while creating these vignettes!!

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Tara at Stilettos and Shiplap created this mantelscape and don’t you just love it with her tile surround and all the Shabby Chic/Farmhouse look of the mantel and the gorgeous picture frames?!! I shared one of her photos last week but THIS is the one I should have shared. <3 So… I am resharing!
A Late Summer Mantel Refresh.
Here is Jeanie of The Marmelade Gypsy at her birthday bash! Come visit and share your birthday wishes!! ~ Still Home: This is What 70 Looks Like!
MaryJo from Master”Pieces” of My Life shared this fun fall crafting post ~ 5 Easy Ways to DIY Pumpkins. Really fun ideas and who doesn’t love to have a few more faux pumpkins in our stash?!!
Debra over at Common Ground brings us her light and airy sunroom ready to head into fall with this post ~ Sunflowers in the Late Summer Hearth Room. So cozy… <3
Melissa from Howling Liz Blogspot shared this sweet Daisy Crochet Bandana in her latest link up for all of your crochet folks!! Love how cute this is!!! <3
Newcomer Cheryl from Sew Can Do shared her Melly Sews Empire-Waist Maxi Dress Pattern Review. Welcome, Cheryl!!!
Renae from Peacock Ridge is back with this crafty post ~ How to Make Velvet Pumpkins. I made some a couple of years ago and they are super easy to make. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ’œ

If you’d like to follow myΒ Share Your Style boardΒ on Pinterest I’d appreciate it,Β thank you!Β I do post all of the featured posts from each week’s SYS there. πŸ’œΒ  Thanks so much!!!

Let’s party!!!

Barb πŸ™‚

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An Early Fall Mantel Refresh…

Welcome to another great Pinterest Challenge, friends! This month won’t disappoint with its Fall Mantel theme… I think we are all a bit ready for the heat of summer to end and some fall crispness to blow our way…

Thank you to Cindy of County Road 407 for gathering us all together again for this month’s challenge. We all love creating our Pinterest Challenge posts for you and hope you enjoy them as much as we love creating them!

Our homegrown Cinderella pumpkin ~ one of three which grew this summer.

If you are just visiting for the first time from Laura‘s place, Everyday Edits, don’t you love how she decorated her mantel? She has such great taste!

Our inspiration photo

This fall mantel vignette comes to us from Janelle Trinette and her post Fall Tour 2020. I love that she has used:

  • a large glass container for fall branches
  • a framed quote about fall
  • several sizes of wood candlesticks; in fact, LOTS of wood in the mantel and in the decor
  • small orange and white Baby Boo pumpkins
  • a pretty burnished brass lantern
  • and fall leaves scattered about the mantel top
Love this fall vignette and mantel styling by Janelle Trinette over at the blog of the same name!
Using my favorite grey-greens and even a set of grey-blue-washed prayer beads mimics the circle of wooden beads around the large wooden and iron trivet in the inspiration photograph. A few sprigs of wheat saved from fall 2020 bring in the wheat look from Janelle’s post, too.

My interpretation

Oddly enough, I have very few natural or stained wood elements in our home. Except for some monkey pod plates my husband mailed back home as he passed through the Philippines on his way to or from the Gulf War in the early 1990’s, and a few pieces of furniture, that’s it. Over the years, I’ve tended to paint everything white, or lately, layered-on paint for an antique look when it comes to either home decor or furniture.

So my interpretation of this mantel full of wooden items has more of a French Country painted and gilded look, and less of a farmhouse country look.

Just a hint of fall on the mantel ~ no bright oranges and browns here! Love this musical piece!!

The mirror I have on the mantel is the right size as our large inspiration quote and it is paired with a print for something written. This really cool matted musical print I found at a local thrift shop in my favorite grey-green color.

I used three of my painted wooden candlesticks (How to Create Candlesticks from Old Lamps) to mirror our inspiration wood pieces, plus I added two round wood slices to add height underneath the woven lantern and the glass vase.

  • For fall leaves, I opted to layer in these resin glass-like glitter leaves I found a couple of years ago. I don’t remember where I found them but they are really Christmas ornaments.
  • Real pumpkins are pretty scarce right now so I used two velvet pumpkins I made plus a cute sweater pumpkin I found at Joann Fabrics last year.
  • The glass vase on the left holds a spray of leaves and mini velvet pumpkins stacked up inside.
“Hooozit goin?” says our little feathered friend.
  • The woven plastic faux candle lantern on the right side of the mantel carries on the painted grey-green theme. I found it on clearance at Menards in South Dakota on our trip up to see our newly born grandson during the summer of 2020.
  • The little owl was a gift from a friend when we lived up in Sanger in our Prairie Home (our RV) and he brings in some more of the fall browns and oranges.

And that’s my mantel interpretation! Now let’s hop on over to Cindy‘s at County Road 407 and see her beautiful mantel. If you like to hop around, the full list is here at the bottom for you, too!

Thanks for stopping by today,

Barb πŸ™‚

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Share Your Style #314

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #314! Happy Wednesday to you all, dear friends! πŸ™‚

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…
πŸ’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.  Thank you!πŸ’œ 

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I don’t know where time goes to… but, though I worked on posts, I didn’t get anything published… (whaaaa!) We took last weekend off from out in the garden (except for a couple of minor things) and we had a few days with rain, including last Saturday. A nice break from heavy weekends of working outside most of the weekend!

A view of the shed from right by the mandarin orange tree (during the rainstorm). Hubby was just finishing laying lino as the storm began.

Charles did go out into the shed early Saturday morning before the rains came in and finished glueing down the linoleum along all four edges. Looks good and now after we get some things moved in, I’ll share what we’ve done in there. πŸ™‚

And I’m getting back to my “roots” with more decor posts this week…

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Completed split letter monogram in Design Space. Letter H with Harris written in the middle.
Niki from Life as a Leo Wife shared this Cricut post that I thought would be interesting! It’s called Split Letter Monogram Cricut Tutorial. Really cool idea for holiday gift giving ideas, for use in so many home decor applications!!
I know it’s early but crafters might want to make these cute bats for this year’s Halloween, so here is this fun post by Olivia Ohern ~ How to Make a Hand-Sewn Stuffed Bat. Cute idea and not too spooky. πŸ™‚
Lynne over at Thrifting Wonderland has this post for you, First Week in August at the Thrift Store. So much fun!!
Penny from Penny’s Treasures is back with this lovely post ~ How I Changed the SunRoom into a SunPorch! Love all the changes and I’m sure you will, too!!!
thrifted style, leopard overalls, kimono style, fashion over 40, Shelbee on the Edge
Shelbee from Shelbee on the Edge is back too with this fun fashion post ~ Adventures in Thrifting Part 12 ~ Leopard Print Overalls. Love ’em!!!
Tara from Stilettos and Shiplap shared this lovely post ~ A Late Summer Mantel Refresh. So serene…
Cottage Style Breakfast Nook-The Crowned Goat
CoCo from The Crowned Goat shares some small but big changes in this final post for the week ~ The Evolution of the Breakfast Area. Love ’em all!!!

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. πŸ’œ

If you’d like to follow myΒ Share Your Style boardΒ on Pinterest I’d appreciate it,Β thank you!Β I do post all of the featured posts from each week’s SYS there. πŸ’œΒ  Thanks so much!!!

Let’s get this rainy day party started,

Barb πŸ™‚

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Share Your Style #313

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #313! 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…
πŸ’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.  Thank you!πŸ’œ 

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Happy Wednesday to you, dear friends!! Well… Tomorrow is it, folks! The kids come back to our elementary school. We’ve been at trainings these past seven work days, prepped the school with bunting and paper lanterns (see yesterday’s $10 on the 10th post), have t-shirts and bulletin boards with Harry Potter-themes. It’s going to be a magical year at Hodge Elementary with us “Hodgewarts.”

The staff lounge got a makeover today with soft turquoise-greens and gold ephemera and contact paper over a long counter. Now we are ready for the students tomorrow!

Here on Share Your Style, fall is definitely falling on many of your posts but late summer ones abound as well… πŸ™‚ Should be another fun week for you with features! πŸ’œΒ 

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

And here are this week’s featured posts…

summer-activities-Pittsburgh-Pirates-game-family
A fun post with Debbee of Debbee’s Buzz as things get back more towards “normal” ~
The Return of Traditional Summer Activities and Family Visits. “Take me out to the ball game…” πŸ˜‰
Caring for Your Senior Dog
Near and dear to any pet owner’s heart ~ Caring for Your Senior Dog by Pam at An Artful Mom just ticks all the boxes for love this week!
Welcome to newcomer Olivia OHearn who shares her tips and tricks for creating this sweet fall flowerpot in this post ~ How to DΓ©coupage Flower Pots with Paper Napkins. So cheery!!!
“Hello there!” says this chipper squirrel. Part of Jeanie from The Marmelade Gypsy‘s newest post ~ Something Different at the Ditch. Cute!!!
I love mantel decor and I know you do, too! Renae from Peacock Ridge Farm shared this Summer Mantel Refresh – Elegant Mantel Decorating Ideas. Ooh la la!
Debra from Common Ground is back with some barnyard fun in her post ~
August in the Cookbook Cupboard. Love her decorating style!!!
Jars of blackberry jam
Paula who writes Virginia Sweet Pea shared her delicious recipe in this post ~ How to Make Blackberry Jam. Seriously yum!!! Check it out for free printable labels, too. πŸ™‚
Don’t let the rabbits fool you that it’s time for Easter! Penny of Penny’s Treasures has been on a late summer cleaning and prepping in this post ~ Getting the Studio Ready for a Busy Fall and Winter. Love her storage cabinets!!!
Summer Peach Cake / www.delightfulrepast.com
Jean from A Delightful Repast is back with a mouth-watering recipe for
Summer Peach Cake… Can anything call your taste buds harder?? Yum!!!
How to make fall hydrangea wreath with pumpkins
And last up for this week is Karin of Karin’s Cottage sharing her gorgeous
How to Make a Fall Hydrangea Wreath with Pumpkins… Lovely!

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. πŸ’œ

If you’d like to follow myΒ Share Your Style boardΒ on Pinterest I’d appreciate it,Β thank you!Β I do post all of the featured posts from each week’s SYS there. πŸ’œΒ  Thanks so much!!!

Let’s hope this fall is magical for you…

Barb πŸ™‚

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School Supplies to Send into Class This Fall ~ $10 on the 10th

Elementary School Essentials Back to School Supplies Bundle- Grades 1-4

Welcome to this month’s $10 on the 10th, friends! As we head into late summer, children are just heading back to school. This month’s theme is all about School Supplies and what you can send in with your children and grandchildren to their classrooms this year…

Teachers love it when parents send in school supplies at the beginning of the school year and then refresh the classroom again for the second semester in January. At my old school in California, my teacher would write a list of needed things and have it up on the white board for Back to School Night each year.

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It was a great way to get ahead of the fall and winter colds and have some sanitizing wipes on-hand for the winter sick season. (And this was waaaaay before Covid!)

Before we get any further, I’d like to thank Tammy of Patina and Paint for hosting again this month. I have to apologize to you, too, for not having this post up for you this morning; time got away from me with the beginning of school, and some other things, and I just forgot to hit “publish.”

So it’s getting out this evening instead. πŸ˜‰

“Meet the Teacher Day” at our school today!

10 Supplies to send to school

So here are my favorite “send into class” ideas for your child or grandchild to take into their classroom(s) this school year. None of these cost more than $10 each, even in bulk:

  1. Tissues or Kleenex ~ I cannot emphasize how quickly a classroom goes through a box of Kleenex during the late fall and wintertime! Thank the Lord for all the parents who send in bulk tissues!!

2. Sanitizer bottles and wipes ~ This is such a necessity now with Covid added into the mix of illnesses going through the school rooms each school year.

3. Snacks ~ Teachers all need extra snacks for those students who forgot to eat at home that morning, for those students who don’t like what’s on the menu at school, and for those children who are just hungry everyday. There’s a real need…

4. Art supplies ~ Teachers are always appreciative to receive watercolor paint palettes, craft sticks, Q-Tips, beads and other supplies to use during Art time.

5. Colored Construction Paper ~ Fall and winter are the seasons when construction paper is used the most. Children really enjoy making those seasonal pumpkins, holiday wreaths and drawings and projects to bring home for their families!

6. Tissue Paper ~ Colored tissue paper is wonderful for all kinds of fine motor skills (using scissors to learn how to cut out things) and for making squares to twirl around pencils creating 3-D pictures! So many good uses in the classroom…

7. Bulletin Board Borders ~ As I was helping staple some borders around cloth on our small bulletin boards this week, I realized that it would be nice to have some new borders to consider putting up! These are easily found at any local Target, Walmart or special school supply store (like Mardels or even Hobby Lobby).

8. Baggies ~ Gallon, Quart and Sandwich-size Ziploc-style baggies are wonderful for holding student supplies in their desks. Teachers in elementary schools use the gallon-size baggies to hold reading booklets for students to read aloud in guided practice each day. Baggies are perfect for holding changes of clothes for any student with those needs sometimes, and baggies are good during the holidays, too.

9. House Plants ~ As an aside, it’s really nice to send in a small present for the teacher and the whole class learns how to care for plants by getting to water the teacher’s plants. It’s quite an honor and responsibility to be chosen for this duty each week!

10. Cloth or Paper Face Masks ~ With the current U.S. mandates really encouraging everyone to wear face masks again, even if we are vaccinated. At school, it is even more of a necessity as so many children don’t even have the choice to get the vaccine yet. Many children come off the bus without a mask and schools just don’t always have enough to keep giving them out. Thank you for sending these in especially!!!

If you are sending in any supplies to your children’s or grandchildren’s classrooms this year, from all of the teachers: “Thank you!!!” πŸ’œ

Enjoy visiting all the ladies on today’s tour…

Barb – French Ethereal

Cindy – Cloches & Lavender

Tammy – Patina & Paint

Terrie – Decorating & More With Tip

Allyson – Southern Sunflowers

Hugs,

Barb πŸ™‚

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Share Your Style #312

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #312! 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…
πŸ’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.  Thank you!πŸ’œ 

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Happy Wednesday to you all! Hubby and I spent another weekend outdoors working around the back garden. I’ll be sharing what we are working on out there soon, but it’s starting to take shape. Other than that, two days are done for this new 2021-2022 school year, yeah! Only 180 to go… πŸ˜‰

I worked on some posts but none got published yet, so… Next time! πŸ™‚

Let’s check out this past week’s featured posts…

And here are this week’s featured posts…

About this time every year, we gardeners get the doldrums out in the garden, but Penny from Penny’s Treasures shared this wonderful post on what to plant for late summer prettiness out there! ~ Freshening My Stale Flower Beds.
A wonderful post here about family, fun and Christmas inspiration in July…
Thoughts on Loving Well with Coco from The Crowned Goat.
Oh, I was at such a quandery as to which perfect photo to choose from Jeanie of The Marmelade Gypsy‘s wonderful post ~ Paris in July: Something Old! But of course I went for roses… πŸ˜‰
I love Debbie of Debbie-Dabble Blog‘s posts as they are a fun mish-mash of daily life! Good stuff!! In this post ~ And the Landscaping Continues ~ she shares more about the new neighbor, helping landscape that home’s yard, and more. πŸ™‚
Lisa from Fresh Vintage by Lisa shared this lovely post about How to Make a Paper Snippet Roll. I love all the combined ephemera!!! Such a great idea for repurposing little ribbon rolls! <3
Cloches capture the heart, don’t they? I love Debra’s of Common Ground‘s beautiful late summer vignette. Do stop by and check out her woodland scenes!
French Vintage Treasures French antiques decorating with vintage decor
Amber from Follow the Yellow Brick Home shared a bunch of lovely French finds in this rosy post ~ French Vintage Treasures – Junkin’ Finds from Summer 2021. Love them all!!! (They can come over here anytime…) ;)’ Amber also shared How to Make an Edible Strawberry Roses Bouquet. Yum!!!
Lastly for this week is this lovely crochet piece created by Maya Kuzman from The Little Treasures Blogspot ~ The Charlotte Crochet Pouch. Lovely… <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. πŸ’œ

If you’d like to follow myΒ Share Your Style boardΒ on Pinterest I’d appreciate it,Β thank you!Β I do post all of the featured posts from each week’s SYS there. πŸ’œΒ  Thanks so much!!!

Let’s party, friends!

(my wishing for fall to come a little quicker!)

Barb πŸ™‚

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Share Your Style #311

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #311! 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.  Thank you!πŸ’œ 

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Well, happy Wednesday to you all! πŸ’œ Next week I am back to school but I have to say that I have enjoyed these past eight weeks of summer. It seems a long time ago since I flew to my nephew and his bride’s wedding and saw my daughter, brother and his wife and family. Then my mother-in-law and sister-in-law drove out to visit us, and my nephew on hubby’s side of the family flew in. We had a good time finding out about Gini’s grandfather and grandmother who were born here in Texas and just hanging out!

The shed arrived the following week or so after they drove home, and we are now working on the fence behind it, and this week I am laying down keystone bricks to hold dirt in under where the fence line lies. I have also read some really good books over the past six months I need to share with you, too (another post!).

Lastly, Hubby has a new role at work so hopefully this will allow me to step back from teaching (I am an paraprofessional, but still, it’s teaching) after this year. I love what I do, but physically, I am not able to do what I could 15 years ago.

It’s time.

Well this week we have everything all about summer… πŸ˜‰

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

Two Small Gardens in Northern California ~ a look at a neighbors’ backyard and a little replanting for my mother-in-law. πŸ’œ
The Crown Jewel of Crown Heights ~ a fun drive up with friend Torrance into Oklahoma to a couple of garden shops and a visit to see a famous YouTube gardener’s home.

And here are this week’s featured posts…

MaryJo from Master”Pieces” of My Life shared this Hydrangea and Mercury Glass Tablescape. Love the soft silver and blues and greens for a summertime table!!
Lori over at Dining Delight shared her beautifully set table in this post ~ Lavender and Allium Outdoor Summer Tablescape. Gorgeous!!!
tie dye dress, backyard barbecue outfit, Stylish Monday, Shelbee on the Edge
Sticking with our summertime theme, Shelbee from Shelbee on the Edge flaunts this fun tie-dye knit dress so well at an outdoor BBQ!! ~Sizzling Styles for a Backyard BBQ. Love all the summertime styles worn by all her friends at this link party. πŸ™‚
Carol from Bluesky at Home shares this fun Beachy Mamma-Mia! Tablescape to Celebrate Friends. Don’t you just love the cool green-blues?!
It’s a new day for Sandra from Come to Dinner at Eight ~ Doing Some Background Blog Cleanup and Updates. Come check out this post and what Sandra is doing with her blog. πŸ™‚
Korean BBQ is on the menu over at Julie’s Creative Lifestyle. Totally yum!!!
Stampin’ With Anita brings us this fun craft card to make ~
You Are Mer-Mazing! So pretty and perfect to end out summer theme this week. πŸ™‚

Honorable Mention

I couldn’t pick up a photograph but definitely wanted to share this heartwarming post… Come check out this post from newcomer Jan of Aging with Ardor ~ The Beautiful Concept of Ubuntu. You will be blessed, friends…

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. πŸ’œ

If you’d like to follow myΒ Share Your Style boardΒ on Pinterest I’d appreciate it,Β thank you!Β I do post all of the featured posts from each week’s SYS there. πŸ’œΒ  Thanks so much!!!

Happy linking, everybody!

Barb

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