Christmas, crafts, Holidays, Home Decor

Share Your Style #369

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #369, dear friends!! As always, we have wonderful features to share with you…

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.ย I appreciate you! I appreciate your subscribing, also. 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.  Thank you!๐Ÿ’œ 

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Happy Wednesday, everyone! I am soooo sorry about last week… I forgot to add into the post two weeks ago that I would be taking last Wednesday off because of Thanksgiving week. I was pretty tired and I wanted to just enjoy the week, spend time with Mr. Ethereal (who took the week off from work) and my MIL, and I worked on putting up more Christmas decor.

I’ve been painting in our spare bedroom/office, too! It’s all done and looks great. Look for a post on that transformation coming soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

Let’s get to our features and I am finding I need to back off on how many features I put up. This week I am just going to pick my favorite five as I have an eye appointment this evening…

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

A Salt & Pepper Christmas Snowman Craft to Make ~ part of this past month’s Pinterest Challenge with Cindy from County Road 407.

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Turkey and Mozzarella Christmas Sandwich Loaf:
Claire Justine shared this yummy sandwich recipe which bridges from Thanksgiving ’til Christmas! ~ Turkey and Mozzarella Christmas Sandwich Loaf. YUM!!!
Christmas-cookie-cutter-trio-hanging-kitchen-cabinets
Debbee from Debbee’s Buzz has a great idea here! ~ Add Christmas Cookie Cutter Cheer to the Kitchen. Awesome idea!!!
Meagan at Decorativen Inspirations brings us unique Create Christmas Tree Angels. Love this!!
Newcomer Anita from Stamping with Anita shared this How to Make a Mixed Media Holiday Card. Sooo pretty!

Thank You so much to everyone who linked up this past week. A special thank you to everyone 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 plus usually other photos from those posts to my boards. ๐Ÿ’œย  Thanks so much!!! If you are new to French Ethereal, I hope you will think about subscribing to my blog.

Enjoy the party!

Barb ๐Ÿ™‚

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A S/P Christmas Snowman Craft to Make (Pinterest Challenge)

Hello and welcome, friends, to this month’s Crafty Christmas Ornament Pinterest Challenge! I have to say, when Cindy from County Road 407 mentioned that this month’s challenge was to come up with a fun ornament for the holidays, I was all in…

If you are coming over for the first time from Laura at Everyday Edits, welcome! I hope you will consider subscribing to my blog. I share crafts, recipes here and there, home decor and a lot of gardening ideas. So let’s get to this craft idea without further ado!!

Let’s Make a Silver Salt & Pepper Shaker Snowman!

Supplies you will need:

  • a vintage salt/pepper shaker with a silver top
  • buttons for eyes
  • pepper corns or All-Spice corns for eyes
  • something to use for a hat
  • hot glue gun and glue
  • scissors
  • felt in your choice of holiday color
  • any other items you may wish to put on your snowman

How to make your snowman:

  • Begin by cleaning the s/p shaker inside and out (if it isn’t corroded on, like mine was, then just clean the outside ๐Ÿ˜‰ ), let dry
Isn’t hot glue a wonderful invention?? So useful for so many things!
  • Polish the silver top and wash again
  • Cut a piece of felt roughly 3/4″ wide x 6″ long
  • snip ends of felt along the short edges to make fringe of snowman’s scarf
  • try scarf on your snowman then hot glue it along the back, pinching some so it fits better (as needed)
These were my “eye” choices.
  • choose buttons for eyes; remove shanks on back with a grinder, as needed (this is where my hubby, Mr. Ethereal, came in to help! <3
  • hot glue “eyes” in place above some of the holes so holes are there for a “nose” and are part of the mouth
  • use a small, whole pepper corn or All-Spice and hot glue it on for a “nose”
This was some kind of electrical cap, I think.
  • choose something for a “hat” and hot glue on the top and back of your snowman’s head, if you wish to do so.

And you have a snowman! ๐Ÿ™‚

If I’d had a cute little crocheted hat (or could make one), I would have made her a snow-woman. And she kinda is anyway with her flower eyes. ๐Ÿ˜‰

**(Yes, I probably will go back and paint in the centers of the eyes black, but for now they are just as they are!)

And let’s check out what Carol from Bluesky at Home made for her Christmas ornament!! I bet it is bedazzling!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

This is our last Pinterest Challenge for the year but come the fourth Tuesday in January, we will be back. <3 Something fun to look forward to in the New Year!

So glad you stopped by today and I hope you will think of signing up for future postings!! Everyone on today’s tour is listed below so you can follow along in order, or just hop around!

Enjoy!!!

Happy holiday crafting, everyone!

Barb ๐Ÿ™‚

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Happy All-Souls Day + Reeses Spider Recipe

Happy All Souls Day or Dรญa de Muertos, friends! This past month at school, we created a table with books about Dรญa de los Muertos and scary stories for Halloween. Then we had a treat table for staff on Halloween since we were in school on Monday. Come check out all of our fun!

First, we had a table decorated for September featuring Latino/Spanish authors, which then begat my idea for a Dรญa de Muertos table display!

We had a substitute for our librarian on the day we pulled all of these books and together we found scary stories from around the world, Halloween books, non-fiction books about witches and more. Plus, we also had a couple of really nice books about The Day of the Dead/Dรญa de Muertos with sugar skull candies on the cover and children celebrating their ancestors in ceremonial costumes.

The students had a good time browsing all of the books and reading most of them! Yesterday, I put all these away and prepped for our next table, which I’ll share more of in another post. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Peek-a-boo!!!

Funny Reeses Spiders

I texted my daughter and asked her for the recipe last week sometime. I thought she had made these (I still think she has), but she said she hadn’t made these Reeses Spiders before. But, she did find me the recipe on Pinterest or TikTok and sent an image.

Keep putting spiders and Reeses candies back into the refrigerator as needed to harden the chocolates.

Super easy to make, here are the ingredients:

  • Reeses Peanutbutter Pumpkin Candies
  • melting chocolates
  • candy pearls or pre-made candy eyes
  • small twisted pretzels
I tried spooning then dipping each pretzel “leg” into the melted chocolate, then realized a pastry bag would work a whole lot easier!

How to make them:

  • First, break off the “rounds” of the pretzels and save for the spider “legs.” This is the difficult part as so much gets busted and just leftovers. Save and snack on later. ;)’
  • Melt the chocolates in a microwave-safe dish. Use the melted chocolate to glue on the pretzel pieces for legs. Use a pastry bag and fill with hot melted candy melt chocolate or a Ziplock baggie with a point cut off (that’s what I used).
  • Glue on the candy pearls for eyes with chocolate using your pastry bag.
  • Dot each candy pearl with chocolate creating the center of the eye.

These were so much fun to make and this is definitely something you can do with your children and grandkids!! The eyes were the fun part as you can space them far apart or close together. I made some cross-eyed spiders because that’s just part of the fun!

The first few I used melted regular chocolate chips and those just didn’t set up well, so… Mr. Ethereal and I ate them… with ice cream. :)’

But after mixing in melted chocolate melts, the pretzel “legs” “glued onto” the Reeses candy pumpkins well.

Wouldn’t these make cute crabs, too, for a summertime pool party?? Just use blue chocolate candy melts and “paint” the Reeses Pumpkin Candies with the blue all over, first. Then use the same pretzel legs…

I’ll need to go back and find some more pumpkin candies to freeze for later on. ๐Ÿ˜€

They getting away!… ๐Ÿ˜‰

This was a really fun project and no spiders were left uneaten, so I’d say this was a hit!

Anyway, I thought you’d like this simple recipe to add to your recipe box.

Happy baking and Happy All Souls Day!

Barb ๐Ÿ™‚

crafts, Holidays, Tablescapes

Share Your Style #365

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #365, dear friends!! It’s all about fall features this week…

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.ย I appreciate you! I appreciate your subscribing, also. 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.  Thank you!๐Ÿ’œ 

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We had a couple of days of rain over the past week and just having an inch or so has really perked up all of our plants! How about you? How is your fall garden doing? Our garden beds have enjoyed a second growing season with the advent of cooler weather. Sooo nice to see plants which were really suffering are now really happy…

Well, getting perennials planted in the ground and taking cuttings of existing plants are what I have been doing a lot of this fall, when I have time. So nice that we have had a long fall season with no freezes yet!

Other than that, what all have you been up to? Hopefully you are enjoying good fall weather in your neck of the woods!!

Let’s check out this week’s features…

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

Pumpkins, Pinecones & Cranberries ~ a Fall Centerpiece ~ part of this month’s Pinterest Challenge using cranberries in our recipes, decor or crafts.

And here are this week’s featured posts…

First up is this cutie from Steph Creates ~ DIY Harvest Floral Pumpkin Centerpiece. Love how cute this pumpkin turned out!!! Plus, with Stephanie’s easy-to-follow instructions, you can whip out this fun pumpkin craft in an afternoon.
Ginger Pumpkin Pie: Great Recipe For Autumn And Halloween
Claire from Claire Justine’s new channel ~ Claire’s World ~ shares this delicious recipe for Ginger Pumpkin Pie: Great Recipe. Can’t wait to make this!!
Niky from The House on Silverado shares this fun Halloween Deco Mesh Wreath (DIY). Adorable!!!
An October Mantel with Snow Owls is a mid-fall creation Debra from Common Ground has shared. Love these sweet owls!!!
Our last feature this week is from DeeDee from Clover House who brings us her Front Porch Decor for Fall and Halloween. Stunning!!! And her kitty is pretty cute, too. <3

Honorable Mention

Amber from The Hungry Mountaineer shared her RV trip to Bishop, California in her post about making German-Style Potato Salad with Extra Bacon. I’m sorry that I couldn’t pull in any of her photos because of the writing wanted to come instead, but her recipe looks great! Stop on by to check out Amber’s post and see some of the Eastern Sierra mountain range, part of central California and right next to Nevada (think high desert).

Thank You so much to everyone who linked up this past week. A special thank you to everyone 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 plus usually other photos from those posts to my boards. ๐Ÿ’œย  Thanks so much!!! If you are new to French Ethereal, I hope you will think about subscribing to my blog.

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 plus usually other photos from those posts to my boards. ๐Ÿ’œย  Thanks so much!!! If you are new to French Ethereal, I hope you will think about subscribing to my blog.

Happy linking, everyone!

Barb ๐Ÿ™‚

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