Holidays, Tablescapes

Share Your Style #351

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #351! We have a lot of great features to share…

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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Welcome everyone! Can you believe tomorrow is the end of June already??! Well, with that, next week is the 4th of July!!!! Our lovely Independence Day and we have lots of wonderful patriotic posts for you with bold tablescapes to fun craft ideas to make with family and friends!

So, let’s get to our features, shall we? I’ve added a few of my old posts in the links, too, for more inspiration. 🙂

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

Summer Projects: Painting the Little Metal Chair How-2 ~ I’m feeling the white look again, friends! If you haven’t painted metal chairs, or anything really, it’s super easy and here is a quick “How 2.” <3
Spruce Up Your Front Porch with Bunting for the 4th of July ~ I totally forgot to write into my post that I have never used bunting before over a doorway (or ever, really), which would have made more sense with the title, lol! I’ll have to go add that in… 😉

And here are this week’s featured posts…

We kick off this link party with Debra from Common Ground‘s completely festive post ~ Mini Patriotic Makeovers on the Hearth Room Mantel. Love all of our national symbols!!!
Judy from Life in Kentucky is back with her star spangled tablescape ~
Stars and Stripes Forever – Celebrating Freedom. Can you hear the fireworks going off? I can! 😉
Do you like to paint? It’s usually a summertime thing for me. This week Jeanie from The Marmelade Gypsy has a wonderful post sharing all of her recent works of art. Do stop by and check them out! From the Paint Box.
Beth over at Whispers of the Heart shared her lovely Lady Liberty on a 4th of July Tablescape. Wouldn’t this be fun right after attending the 4th of July parade?? So festive!!!
BLUEBERRY LEMON LAVENDER BREAD with two cups of blueberries and lemon slices
Elizabeth from Pinecones and Acorns shared this yummy recipe for Blueberry Lemon Lavender Bread… It’s perfection!
Penny from Penny’s Treasures takes us on a mini tour and talks about Embracing an Open Floor Plan in the Master Bedroom and Bath. LOVE those mirrors! Bet you’ll like what she’s done, too!
Carol from The Scribbling Boomer (love that blog name!) shared what’s she’s been up to this summer in this post ~
My Garden Art Retirement Hobby. Love garden art!!!
Amber from Follow the Yellow Brick Home shared her summertime Vintage Thrifted Garden Treasures in the Backyard Cottage Garden.
So in love with all the gardens!!
Things to Do and See in Vancouver
Carol from Bluesky at Home shared just a bit of she and Hubby’s adventures in Canada in her post ~ 5 Awesome Things to Do and See in Vancouver.
On the bucket list!!!
Totally love this!!! Lisa from Fresh Vintage by Lisa brings us this totally fun craft idea full of patriotic pride ~ Patriotic Holiday Assemblage in a Vintage Tin.

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. 💜

If you’d like to follow my Share Your Style board on Pinterest I’d appreciate it, thank you! I do post all of the featured posts from each week’s SYS there plus usually other photos from those posts to my boards. 💜  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 my Share Your Style board on Pinterest I’d appreciate it, thank you! I do post all of the featured posts from each week’s SYS there plus usually other photos from those posts to my boards. 💜  Thanks so much!!! If you are new to French Ethereal, I hope you will think about subscribing to my blog.

Happy 4th to y’all!!!!

Barb 🙂

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Share Your Style #344

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #344! Happy Wednesday to y’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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Good Wednesday evening, friends!! No new post this week but I do have a couple of photographs to share with you. I was out in the back garden last weekend, rototilling, raking and planting a couple of small trees…

Got the second Jane Magnolia planted near the left corner! This baby will only get to 15′ tall and about 10′ wide. The Thuja/Emerald Green Arborvitae will grow to about the same height but only about 3′ wide. Perfect for this corner spot and just adding color to the back fence!

The roses have been doing sooo well this year! Along the south house wall, all five roses are in bloom. Here is the Miranda Lambert deep pink rose in bloom just before a rainstorm last weekend. I quickly cut some of the roses and plunked them in a glass vase to save them from the incoming rain. So glad I did!!! Love them!!

Miranda Lambert ~ which has a lovely light scent!

We have some wonderful Mother’s Day features for you this week. So excited for Mother’s Day!! Hubby bought me some Ear Buds for this year’s MD so I’d be able to watch movies when I fly next (hopefully our trip to France this summer!).

Alright, let’s check out our features..

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Definitely flowers for Mother’s Day! Jeanie from The Marmelade Gypsy brings us around Michigan ~ Waking Up at Home and Beyond. Check out where she shot this… You’ll be surprised!
Lynne from Thrifting Wonderland shares with us her lovely
Sunday Flowers Vignette and Flowers from the Garden. Lovely!!!
7 Home Made Marmalade Recipes To Try Out
Claire Justine shared her recipes for 7 Homemade Marmelade Recipes. Perfect for a Mother’s Day breakfast!
Mother's Day Gift Ideas
Jennifer from Curated by Jennifer collected some things here ~
Mother’s Day Gift Ideas #2. Fun choices!!!
Looking for a good movie to watch this weekend? Joanne from Aging with Ardor brings us ageing gracefully in this post ~ Andy and Red ~ from Shawshank Redemption with Tim Robbins as Andy and Morgan Freeman as Red (not sponsored, but my account).

A Beautiful French Country Wall Mural, artist painting wall, wall mural, painting trees
If you are a painter, perk up your mother or mother-in-law’s dining room with this lovely idea ~ A Beautiful French Country Wall Mural ~ from Renae at Peacock Ridge Farm. Gorgeous!!!
Renningers-Extravaganza-January-The-Crowned-Goat-4 From the Front Porch From the Front Porch
Lastly for this time, CoCo at The Crowned Goat shares
17 Easy Gifts to Make Before Mother’s Day. Wonderful!!!

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. 💜

If you’d like to follow my Share Your Style board on Pinterest I’d appreciate it, thank you! I do post all of the featured posts from each week’s SYS there plus usually other photos from those posts to my boards. 💜  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 my Share Your Style board on Pinterest I’d appreciate it, thank you! I do post all of the featured posts from each week’s SYS there plus usually other photos from those posts to my boards. 💜  Thanks so much!!! If you are new to French Ethereal, I hope you will think about subscribing to my blog.

Happy Mother’s Day to you all,

Barb 🙂

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Share Your Style #341

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #340! Happy Wednesday to y’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 Wednesday to y’all! Funny story, I heard some girls talking today at school after school and this one girl kept saying, “y’all.” It’s just so typical Texas!!! And I am definitely picking it up as part of my lexicon. 😉

Well, sorry I am super late with SYS tonight… I came home, ate my Taco Bell chicken power bowl and promptly fell asleep. I have another cold and I am also tired from visiting up north with my kids for our little grandson’s 2nd birthday. We had a great time but it’s still traveling by air (with lots of wind turbulence… Can you say stressful??) and just not being home, so I guess my body is making up for it.

But, anyway, I DID manage to get one post out this week and then let’s get onto this week’s features… It’s all about Easter, amigos y amigas!!

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

Early Springtime in the Garden ~ sharing early photos and really recent ones as the daffodils really ramped up their bloom time!

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Debra from Common Ground has the cutest Easter Picket Fence Centerpiece to share with us all! Loving the sweet rabbit and his carrots…
Lisa from Fresh Vintage by Lisa shared this adorable and easy post ~ How to Make Vintage Hankie Bunnies.
Hop on over to make some for your home!
surprise easter carrot on vintage tabacco leaf china plate
Love these!!! Elizabeth from Pinecones and Acorns shared her sweet
DIY Terrain-Inspired Easter Carrot Favors! Fun to make and to pop…
Sunday dinner with a split chicken breast, roasted potatoes and spring greens with homemade ranch dressing
Lynn from Living Large in a Small House brings us some spring greens in her post ~ Spring Salad Greens with Homemade Ranch Dressing. Yum!!!
CoCo from The Crowned Goat has a new dog story to tell along with her beautiful post, so do stop by and hear about “Piper” in Spring Home Tour!!
Sounds like a “pet project,” pun intended. She will be fine soon. :)’
Simply sweet violets spring decorating with violets
Amber from Follow the Yellow Brick Home shared her sweet purple-y post ~
Small Spring Pleasures: Simply Sweet Violets… Reminds me of a song my mother used to sing…
Okay, not necessarily about bunnies or for Easter, but Larry the Yoga Frog just caught my attention. From Lynne at Thrifting Wonderland. Cute!
Lynne also shared a beautiful Easter Table in Black and White ~ just lovely!
Sandra from Come to Dinner at Eight rounds out our shares for this week with
A Field of Tulips on a Spring Table. Soooo 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. 💜

If you’d like to follow my Share Your Style board on Pinterest I’d appreciate it, thank you! I do post all of the featured posts from each week’s SYS there plus usually other photos from those posts to my boards. 💜  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 my Share Your Style board on Pinterest I’d appreciate it, thank you! I do post all of the featured posts from each week’s SYS there plus usually other photos from those posts to my boards. 💜  Thanks so much!!! If you are new to French Ethereal, I hope you will think about subscribing to my blog.

Happy Easter weekend to you! And even if there are no posts about Jesus here, it is a wonderful time to remember the reason for the season and that He died on a cross for us all… 💜 

Happy linking, y’all,

Barb 🙂

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Happy Belated St. Patrick’s Day!

Happy belated St. Patrick’s Day to y’all! I missed getting this post out so thought I’d share it here a couple of days late. This winter has been crazy busy with my mother-in-law coming to stay with us, helping her find a new home and now helping her unpack.

Between working at school, the craziness there and helping Mom on the weekends, I just haven’t been writing (or photographing) much lately…

a conglomeration of Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day and Easter all mushed into one…

It is really nice to have this week off from school to be able to relax a bit, try and get over a head cold (yuck!), and later this weekend I head out to Athens, Texas for an IOOF state assembly meeting. It’s just a one-day event on Monday, so I won’t be back to work until Wednesday ~ which makes our holiday week extend a little longer. 🙂

Our springtime theme of light pinks in the new begonias and pretty pansies out front.

I have been cleaning and redecorating a bit with changes to the china hutch ~ switching it over from Valentine’s (never got a post out…) to a spring/Easter theme. (Might get it out.) It looks nice as I sit here and type!

A little shamrock Gini has had for years… It lives in compacted dirt in this antique pot thrown by her father back in the 1920’s or so.

I had been repotting my mother-in-law’s cuttings from her 57 year old garden in California and a bunch have made it three months now! Two roses have rooted for sure, and several other plants have as well. All had unfortunately sat overnight in hard freezing temps in her car while she and her son (Mr. Ethereal) slept in a hotel on their way here over New Year’s.

When I potted these up in early January, I mixed my own compost and added some Espoma Starter fertilizer. We were rewarded this week with these pretty blooms!

About half of those plants have survived with many of the succulents doing the best. No geraniums made it, though… 🙁 Just too cold for them in that car and here. 🙁

A few of the plants hanging out in the dining room window. They catch the afternoon sunlight here but will move up to better pots here later this spring.

But spring is coming and with a good fertilizer feed, I expect these survivors to begin putting on leaves and to start flourishing.

I’ve just moved my plants out of the greenhouse/potting shed and I’ll get a post out as soon as the yard is swept up and looking tidy. I ordered some bulbs online and got those nepeta and hellebores planted this week from Dutch company K. Van Bourgondien (not sponsored, but would love to be!).

new magnolias!

The dwarf magnolias I bought at Lowe’s last month and sheltered in the shed are bursting into bloom! They made it through the second Arctic overnight 25 degrees just fine, piled with leaves and wrapped against the cold with a garden quilt. I put them back in the shed so their tender open petals wouldn’t be blown off in the 45 mph gusts we had on Thursday and Friday.

I will shoot some more pics for you! They are gorgeous… This type of magnolia only grows to about 12′ tall and wide, which is perfect for our backyard.

Daffodils out front of our veterinarian’s office

St. Patrick’s Day

BY ELIZA COOK

St. Patrick’s Day! St. Patrick’s Day!

Oh! thou tormenting Irish lay—

I’ve got thee buzzing in my brain,

And cannot turn thee out again.

Oh, mercy! music may be bliss

But not in such a shape as this,

When all I do, and all I say,

Begins and ends in Patricks’s Day.

Had it but been in opera shape,

Italian squall, or German scrape,

Fresh from the bow of Paganini,

Or caught from Weber of Rossini,

One would not care so much—but, oh!

The sad plebeian shame to know

An old blind fiddler bore away

My senses with St. Patrick’s Day.

I take up Burke in hopes to chase

The plaguing phantom from its place;

But all in vain—attention wavers

From classic lore to triplet quavers;

An “Essay” on the great “Sublime”

Sounds strangely set in six-eight time.

Down goes the book, read how I may,

The words will flow to Patrick’s Day.”

***found on Poetry Foundation.org

And we’ve begun working on the fence again…

Whoa!!!

St. Paddy’s Day winds swirled around and pulled the east end of the southern fence away from its post. Hubby has since tied it back with a bungie cord. Now the next post towards where I was standing is pulling out… Good thing Hubby put in 10 metal fence posts for the new fence just outside of view!

Must be those rascally Leprechauns…

Cute little guy found on the internet and hailing from Oriental Trading Company.
Garlic, green onions and potatoes are planted and beginning to grow in this planter.

We had swirling winds during the day on Thursday. Dust devils pushed leaves up on the patios out back and in front. Forget about blowing them off!

During the night the rain storm showed up with cool cloud-to-cloud lightning…

The strange reflections on this photograph are off my phone as I shot this picture. This was a lightning streak torn across the sky which left the cloud visible afterward. Very strange and beautiful!

And that’s kinda how our St. Patrick’s Day was ~ super windy and then spotted rain. Made a mess of our cars; got a car wash today while filling the tank (yikes! almost $100…)

More rain and winds are expected this coming week. We sure need the rain! Texas is in its 3rd year of drought, from what I see. So used to drought, coming from California… (roll eyes!)

Well, that’s it for today, friends!! I hope you had a lovely St. Patrick’s Day and might have even eaten some corned beef and cabbage. I forgot to buy some at the store but it sure would have tasted good… ;)’

Happy blessings to you,

Barb 🙂