Share Your Style #185

Welcome to week #185 of Share Your Style! This week, Kim from Serving Up Southern is your host.
Hi everyone! Kim here… are y’all ready to see the features from this week’s party?
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Before we get started, I want to encourage you to pay these talented bloggers a visit: 
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I’m sure I can speak for all of us when I say we would love for you to follow us on our blogs and social media. It’s a great way to keep up with the latest and get to know us.

Recently, over at Serving Up Southern, I shared:

Holiday Stovetop Simmer: A Perfect Homemade Blend - Sliced oranges, cranberries, cinnamon, cloves, rosemary twig, and bay leave on a counter with a white pot in the background.
White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies on a pretty platter.
Thank you to everyone that linked up to last weeks party! You gave me so many choices to choose from. It’s never easy picking just a few.

Here are a few of my favorites from last week:

I love the Christmas Table In Red that Anita over at Cedar Hill Farmhouse shared. She gives some great tips on preparing your table for holiday entertaining.
What about this DIY that Paula from Virginia Sweet Pea shared on making these Frosted Candles?  These would make a beautiful candle display for Christmas.
I love how Ashley shows us How To Make A Farmhouse Christmas Wreath over at Simply Designing. Seriously, how cute would this look gracing a door at Christmas? I love the simplicity of it.
Y’all! Be sure and go check out these adorable 5 Free Vintage Truck Christmas Printables from Krista over at The Happy Housie! These free printables are the cutest ever and will look great framed for the Christmas season.
Last, but certainly not least, Erin from Suburban Simplicity shares her Reindeer Chow Recipe. How yummy does this look for a festive holiday snack? I know it wouldn’t last long around my house. Well, that wraps up the features for this week. Thanks again for your participation! Congratulations to our featured bloggers. Please be sure and grab our Share Your Style button and share it on your blog.
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Party On!


A Christmas Craft ~ Snow People from Recycled Bottles

Welcome to the 

Creating a Cozy Christmas blog hop!
Hosted by Katie Mansfield of Let’s Add Sprinkles ~ Thank you so much, Katie!

If you are just coming over from Benita’s blog Chasing Quaintness and for everyone if this is your first visit to French Ethereal I appreciate you stopping by to visit! 

Today we are recycling different things into a sweet little frosty snow family and here’s how to make them…

Making your French Snowmen

Supplies you’ll need

plastic bottles with caps for the size snowman/snowmen you wish to create

styrofoam balls to fit your plastic bottles to
use as a head

chalk paint ~ I like this type of paint for its coverage and your object doesn’t usually need any prep.

glue sticks ~ you can use regular glue sticks or Gorilla Glue which is what I used for this project.  It holds really well.

felt ~ for snowman scarves in any color you like.

pompoms, buttons, laces and any trims for fashioning
clothing on your snow family.

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Making your snowmen

First glue a styrofoam ball on each clean bottle.  Press and hold for 30 seconds to make each ball snug on “its neck.”

Paint the snowmen next with any white chalk or craft paint and let dry.  If time is of the essence then use a blow dryer set on low to speed up the drying time.

Pick out trims you’d like to use and cut a little extra… I had to cut twice to get the right length for the
snow woman’s head and neck scarves.

Cut the long edge of an 8 1/2″x 11″ length
of felt then cut in about 3/8″ on each end
across the whole end making fringe.

Tie on the scarves and glue in place.
I glued mine a bit rumpled for a bit of
wind-blown imagination.

I decided not to use the pompoms after all and used some wood buttons I had from an old shirt and then cut these little leaves for the woman’s buttons.
{which looked a bit like Chinese frog closures on real clothing}
These faux lamb’s ear leaves were originally fashioned into a boutonniere for my husband to wear at our son’s wedding a couple of years ago.
The rose had dried out and fallen apart but I saved this part to recycle ~ another of today’s redos!

Then because I now had a cute French peasant
man and woman I had to make a little French boy…

I literally walked out of our local Walmart yesterday and tripped over one of these giant acorn hats which had fallen off the obliging overhead oak tree and
voilá I had an idea for a cute hat.

So after  painting and using the blow dryer this time then tying on his scarf {same size and length as the man’s} and making it look like this young man had been out throwing snowballs and sledding down hills with his school and neighborhood friends…

That’s how  we ended up having three French Snowmen ~ a nice happy family to come and help celebrate our Lord and Savior’s birth!

I want to thank you so much for coming over to
visit and if you like what you see, please won’t you sign up for future posts?  I appreciate you and look forward to getting to know you!

Now next  on the Creating a Cozy Christmas blog hop tour is my friend Eilis of My Heart Lives Here.
I hope you’ll take a little time throughout the day and week to visit all of the ladies on the tour ~ there are
so many fun posts for you to recreate!

The links are all listed below for everyone on the tour.
Thanks again!
We appreciate any shares and pins, too.

*In case you have any trouble finding anyone above, do stop back by and reconnect from here.

*BJ’s blog, Sweet Nothings, may take you to a page that says, “This page cannot be found.”  If you encounter that, just go to her HOME button and that will take you there.

Also Sharing with ~
Hearth and Soul ~ April J. Harris
Really Crafty Link Party ~ Keeping It Real
Happiness Is Homemade ~ Blue Sky at Home
Waste Not Wednesday ~ Faeries and Fauna
Sweet Inspiration ~ The Boondock’s Blog
Christmas Decorating Inspiration ~ Southern Hospitality
Dishing It and Digging It ~ Angie the Freckled Rose

Happy Holidays to you,