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Share Your Style #280

 

Happy Share Your Style Wednesday, y’all! Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #280This link party is for home decor, DIY, crafts, recipes and the like, but you are more than welcome to share 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… 💜


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! 💜 Thank you for all your well-wishes, dear friends… I am feeling much better. I finally was able to get into a primary care office yesterday and I began antibiotics today to clear out the rest of the pneumonia. 

I am scheduled to go back to work next Thursday. Discussions have been texting back and forth on really cracking down on our students to wear their masks 100% of the time… Pray, would you?, that I don’t get the virus again and that our school can get through this and get healthy. Thank you! 💜



Here’s what I shared this past week at

French Ethereal…


A Few Fall Pillow Finds ~ My small pillow fettish… 😄 Best part? Most of these are reversible and I love the checks on the backsides for seasonal decorating!!!

And here are this week’s featured posts…




Jeanie from The Marmelade Gypsy shares a lovely post about visiting a sweet farm restaurant ~ An Autumn Celebration Continues. You’ll have to head over and congratulate Jeanie on the reason why!!! Love this post with its maiden statue, another Grinam Niam!


Debra over at Common Ground shares her cupboards in this fun Halloween and Thanksgiving decor post ~ October Whimsy in the Holiday Cupboard. Love all the gorgeous dishware!



Thelma of Thel’s Kitchen shares her recipe for Red Cabbage Slaw and her homegrown cabbages and more in this yummy post!

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CoCo at The Crowned Goat shared a past Thanksgiving table which I love for its simple beauty… And that monster turkey tureen! ~ Simple Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas.


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Debbee of Debbee’s Buzz  shares this wonderful Craft – Thanksgiving Bread Cornucopia and Pumpkin Rolls. Can you believe how beautiful this edible display is?! Wonderful…



Penny of Penny’s Treasures shared this early Christmas post ~ Vintage Sewing Machine Drawer ~ for making a Christmas planner. Love the sweet decoupaged vintage pics!



Honorable Mention

Rachelle of My Hubbard Home shared a yummy recipe for The Very Best Ginger Cookies for Fall Treats. Wish I could share a photo but some new programs won’t let me bring over any photographs. Happy to share the link, though, and these cookies look super delicious!


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. 💜

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Ethereal Christmastide…

This Christmas  was a bit of a slow start for me but now that Christmas is over, we have enjoyed the time that the front door has been all decorated, and some Christmas sprinkled all around, it is time to share some of the beauty…


These summertime globe lights just said “snowballs” to me
so they were our outdoor theme this year.


Welcome to  our home! Two Christmas trees graced our home this year and you can see our second tree in this next photograph. If you’d like to read the full Christmas post and check out more of our living room please find the link here.



The first Christmas tree I had fun making is a rendition of a Romantic Christmas Tree I had seen at Penny’s Treasures a few years ago. I remembered that tree the past three years and thought of my own wedding dress, clean and boxed for the past 32 years…


Photo courtesy of Penny’s Treasures.

Isn’t this lovely?!

Of all of the really romantic Christmas ideas I have ever seen and thought this would be a fun post to share with you! Penny created this soft and flowing Christmas tree by layering 10 wedding dresses (none harmed) in delicious layer upon layer ~ an ultimate ethereal Christmas tree in my book!

Last year Penny’s dress was also the inspiration for our Christmas tree in the trailer… I loved all of her tree’s silver, white and pink ornaments!

Christmas in our “Prairie Home” 2017, our fifth-wheel.
An all white Christmas tree says angelic. It says ethereal. It says peace and Christmas to me.

How about for you?

Christmas 2018 ~ a variation on the previous year’s tree.

A gown of lace and peau de soie satin, my wedding peignoir and its lacy dressing gown satin-pinned genteely around the waistline began the transformation… Adding pink crystal beaded flower pins and drapes of wedding section pearls (and a dove for peace) created a happy marriage of  laces and beading. 

Small ornaments were to be added last making this happy Christmas tree look more like the inspiration piece but I never got there… Just too busy with work and not enough time (or light) to photograph. 



Mr. Ethereal help me bring down the wedding dress box on top of a cabinet in our garage a few days before I took these photographs. It was fun draping the dress over the mannequin I bought this summer to create the gold 1920’s Downton Abbey dress.



Since our living room is all Christmas-y, I set it up there first… I added the pretty pink and cream glittery open rose pins to the wedding veil for a topper, then added the gold bow used on last year’s tree. They make a nice addition, don’t you think?


Then this wedding “tree” moved into our bedroom where winter’s afternoon light was truly ethereal…
sigh!
🙂


My take on the inspiration Christmas tree still shows as a wedding dress, but the thought and elements behind the idea are all there in my French Ethereal style! 

Do let me know how you like it, won’t you?



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Merry Christmas!

Welcome to our Christmas home!  Better late than never I often think and this Christmas season’s decorating is no exception as you know I have been busy with work, meetings, deep cleaning and just getting our home ready for the holidays…


An early December mantel which never got to print.

Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house, not a creature was stirring not even a mouse…



With a mix of evening and daytime photos…



And some taken while still cleaning and redecorating…



Much which could have been laid out earlier couldn’t get done as Mr. Ethereal wasn’t home in early December. This is the time of year for EOY inventories at work and I needed his strength to pull down the attic stairs.

And then there was the constant Siren song on weekends calling for leaves and over 1,000,000 acorns to be raked and blow off to pick up from the gutter each week since early November.



But finally mid month Hubby and I scurried about moving boxes down and others up, cleaning here and wiping down there. Chapman Manor was beginning to be whipped into shape!

With help from friend Torrance Baker who came to help decorate our tree and finishing last minute decorating and cleaning just two hours before a Christmas part, for friends met through the International Order of Odd Fellows these past three years, Christmas was finally in place…
🙂

Cue the hallelujahs and hurrahs!




The fruits of a clean home, enjoying a bit of Christmas cheer and reveling in the birth of my Lord are happily in mind! New and old Christmas needlepoint pillows were in place and when the party was over, a long winter’s rest is all that is needed…



The stockings were hung by the chimney    with care…


An angelic gift from Connie and Torrance Baker ~ love this new
Lenox crystal angel!!! A lovely addition to our family Christmas tree.




A theme there wasn’t but one quickly emerged ~ “Santas…”


A couple of favorite family photos are arranged here, too! Mr. Yoda as just two weeks with us when this picture was taken one night at a Boy Scout troop meeting.

In hopes that Saint Nicholas soon would be there…


That Chubby Old Elf in many forms made himself known! Here in the built-in bookcase, Santas grace several vintage candy tins along with a new Hobby Lobby Santa found last year. A vintage Santa, created in resin but originally were made by this artist using apple cores, sits on the upper left-hand shelf ready to wrap his wreath around the goose next door… 



Making our way into the dining area more Santas abound! The newest dressed in his silver tinsel coat (found at Judith’s Christmas Event) stands next to one of the oldest of a pair of Santa candles found about 25 years ago.

As I am writing this I found this lovely little print of St. Nicholas and the story behind the real Saint Nicholas, a Greek who was bishop of Myra, Lycia (modern day Turkey). In this blogpost by Nick Rabiipour, I relearned that Saint Nicholas lived during the 4th century and helped many people during his time with the Catholic church. Today he is remembered as the Patron Saint of the poor, and others for his charity. 

As wonderful as St. Nicholas was, he also didn’t want to call attention to his work. Perhaps he didn’t want to because as Christians we are called to give our honor and glory to Christ Jesus…
So from my family to yours, we bid you Welcome and Happy Christmas!

Our porch with its final finished decor…



Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

Matthew 1:23, King James Bible


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A Bleu Christmas…

Hello there! Welcome back for part 2 of my visit to the lovely French country style home and gardens (and THE cutest gardenhouse ~ shown above ~ and she shed!) of my friend
Judith Stringham who writes the blog Botanic Bleu


A couple of days ago I shared Part 1 of my visit with Cindy of County Road 407 and Laura of Decor to Adore to visit another of our friends whom I met that first Christmas here in 2016 ~ Judith Stringham. 

I had never been to Judith’s French Country Christmas Event at her home in Mansfield, Texas before but I knew she held one each December for all of her friends. Judith is a retired teacher and administrator in her local school district, and this holiday sales event brings all of her friends together for a visit and some fun French country shopping!

Me and Cindy outside Judith’s adorable French country blue and limestone brick/stone garden shed transformed into her shop twice a year. Oh! There are those super big pinecones peeking out from behind Cindy on that little garden étagere. 


Judith is all about French country style (my absolute favorite style, as you know!) so I thought I’d share the rest of the fun photographs today that I took last weekend. 

I seriously wanted this urn… And those large round marble cheese platters…
And those glittery Christmas trees…


These pics were taken inside the garden she shed I shared in the last post (Judith’s wintertime photo of her garden from a number of years ago), and since then she and her husband built a gorgeous large greenhouse (of which I have serious greenhouse envy…) which sits just to the left and stepped back from the shed.

I will share that in a moment… 😉



So here we are inside!

Laura is checking out all the wonderful little French christmas and non-Christmas soaps and goodies decorated with foxes, bears and “les lapins.”

A better picture of Laura with Cindy… 🙂


Judith lovingly curated blue and white crockery, blue and white napkins, bespoke linen Christmas tea towels and also ones for everyday use, custom silverware, French country angels, small etchings and prints straight from France for us gardeners and decorators to use in our homes alike. 

Three of Judith’s friends from her former school district were there at the same time as we were and were squabbling (just a bit) over two large Christmas angels. (I think they worked it out!)   *<;)

Large angels were for sale and some furniture pieces(alas, no room!), as well as birdcages, holiday tins, gift bags and greenery and huge pinecones (Laura’s favorites!).

I am sure Judith made this dried boxwood Christmas tree. I bought a small dried
boxwood wreath to hang at home while here (shown above hanging on the mirror).


I found several things to bring back to our French country home and I will share them over the next week or so. One is this little Santa Belsnickel glinting in the sunlight here… And the small boxwood wreath…




Judith cleverly hung her tea towels on this copper railing below this tin garden sink. Her regular curtains hide soil and pottery the rest of the year. The butcher block counters are wonderful and cost effective (we used one $40 piece from Home Depot back in California to make our tv stand/storage unit in our master bedroom) and this gives me wonderful ideas for a future garden shed at our Texas home!


The white painted pieces across the top of the television and underneath it were butcher block pieces we cut to fit and painted. Very solid and sturdy, they make excellent non-warping shelving to hold a lot of weight around the home. Plus butcher block is beautiful in the kitchen! You can see more of our last home in this post here.


I would love to have shown you more but other people were shopping and I didn’t want to intrude. Here is Judith looking lovely in a custom-made scarf she won from another blogger she knows in France who curates and sells boxes to people who are Francophiles…



Seriously, from baskets to metal birdcages of varying shapes, to Santas and more… I could have dropped several hundred dollars without a thought. 


Laura, Cindy and I oggled over these French blue doors Judith made from
four French iron gate closures, decorative buttons, and sheets of thick plywood.

Let’s check out the greenhouse!

 The greenhouse is lovely with its French blue doors leading inside a bright and airy area to store tender plants during Texas’ super cold winters. This winter so far is pretty mild which is wonderful for gardening but not so good for next summer’s crop of nasty  biting no-see-um mites (Texas needs the super cold ~ around 0 degrees Fahrenheit ~ to kill the biting bugs off).


This is the reverse view looking back towards the house from the greenhouse. The interlocking brick pathways had me at hello!



Here is a close up of one of the lovely French doors…



And a couple of peeks inside… Nice thick mats to stand on for foot comfort and wraps for tender plants. Love it!



You know me and chandeliers!!! Here you can just see this beauty peeping out in the sunlight above the back double French doors…

ooh la la!!!




Another lovely view… I hope Judith will share sometime where she found all these French doors. What a lovely place to come and pot plants or to just sit…




A few looks more from the Stringhams’ veranda which wraps around their home looking back towards the garden shed and acreage.

I love this old French garden bench crafted from a gate or iron headboard with its watering can and planted evergreens… 


Etherealness at its finest!



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Share Your Style #234

Welcome to Share Your Style #234! This link party is for home decor, DIY, crafts, recipes and the like, but you are more than welcome to share your family-friendly posts with us all! As always I am glad that you are here and there are so many great posts to choose from to share with all y’all… 

I’ve also come up with a new holiday banner for the party!! What do you think about it? Leave me a comment and let me know. 
🙂
I am Barbara Chapman your host and I’d love it if you’d follow me here on my blog and on any of my other social media sites, too. I appreciate your support! Thank you!


Here’s what I shared this week at

French Ethereal…

A Cozy Hot Chocolate Bar for Christmas ~ A Pinterest Challenge. Stop by to see all the great ideas shared by my friends for this warm winter challenge! Thank you to Cindy of County Road 407 for hosting us all! 

Just one post for me as I took a break to get well and visit with family for Thanksgiving…

Here are this week’s featured posts filled with
tons of holiday spirit…
Penny of Penny’s Treasures shared your bright and sunny laundry room all decorated for Christmas (check out her desk in there, too!). Love love love it!!!

Debra at Common Ground shared her collection of turkeys and platters and a turkey disaster story I know you’ll empathize over. Do check it out! ~ Turkey Talk in the Cupboard.

DIY Thanksgiving Table Family Photo Place Cards

These just crack me up!!! And although I am still sharing some Thanksgiving “leftovers,” there is no reason why this idea couldn’t be adapted to Santa and Mrs. Claus hats for Christmas (or Hanukkah dreidels, etc.). Love this post from Debbee at Debbee’s Buzz ~ DIY Thanksgiving Table Family Photo Place Cards.
🙂



It’s all about Porch Decor at Follow the Yellow Brick Home with Amber and this blog hop. Check out Amber’s beautiful 100 year old farmhouse porch and others for wonderful holiday ideas!

Pheasant Merriment Tablescape over at Panopoly with Rita may have been a Thanksgiving post but with so much deep red it easily transitions to Christmas. Beautiful!!!

Santa stop here outdoor Christmas sign


Here’s a fun DIY Craft Santa Stops Here post by Unique Creations by Anita. Easy to follow instructions included.

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The perfect side dish for your holiday dinner, this Fresh Cranberry Salad recipe is flavorful and delicious!  Mandarin oranges, fresh cranberries, goat cheese crumbles and pecans make this Cranberry Citrus Salad incredible.


And lastly this cheery Citrus Salad by Erin at Delightful-E-Made will tempt your tastebuds. Yum!!!


Thank you to everyone who linked up this week and a special thank you to everyone who posts about the link party Share Your Style on your blog ~ I do see it when I stop over and I appreciate your support!  Without you, there’d be no party.

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A Cozy Hot Chocolate Bar for Christmas ~ A Pinterest Challenge

Welcome to  our monthly Pinterest Challenge hosted by my friend Cindy of County Road 407.  Every month a group of blogging friends get together to share their interpretations of a decorating photo found on Pinterest.  This month it’s all about creating a wintertime favorite ~ a cozy Hot Chocolate Bar



If you are new to my blog French Ethereal, a hearty welcome to you! For all of my friends and for everyone stopping by from 
Our Southern Home, I am so glad you are here! 

Christy’s cocoa bar was wonderful wasn’t it?! Serious yum! She has the best ideas and the prettiest home (I love her fireplace with its pretty herringbone brick!). I just love her style!!

Well, let’s get this party rolling, shall we??  😉


This month’s Pinterest Challenge comes to us from Jessica Kirkland of Pen + Paper Flowers who has such a pretty website! Here in her hot chocolate bar, Jessica used a nice variety of rustic wooden boxes, a wooden cake stand and an oak round as the base of her display. I love seeing the creamware mugs set inside the vintage crate box!

She also has a nice collection of jars and bottles holding toppings and syrups, Piroulines, candy canes and marshmallows ~ fun toppings to put on your hot chocolate and maybe an ice cream dish or two!

My chocolate bar interpretation

I didn’t really have any cute wooden boxes to use for this hot chocolate bar but I had a new wood round to use as my focal point lift. On and around it I set out:

  • favorite Christmas and wintertime mugs
  • mismatched silver spoons set in a pretty Christmas mug
  • a small stack of vintage plates for little snacks are welcome enough.

To this I added in “The Goodies…”

  • a box of favorite hot chocolate
  • a tin of holiday tea (for non-hot chocolate drinkers)
  • some chocolate mints (wonderful melty goodness when added in to hot chocolate!)
  • candy cane rounds and shepherd’s crooks to crush-up and sprinkle on top
  • whipping cream (not pictured)
  • also fun ~ mini marshmallows (which I totally forgot to put out but have!)

All were set out on the beautiful English barley-twist tea cart I bought while in England and then my brother brought back with his family’s move back to the States for me in 2005.




Easy peasy yummy squeezy!

Creating your own hot chocolate bar isn’t difficult to put together and it doesn’t have to have many components to it, really. 

A close-up of the little Santa Christmas mug…

What will you put on your hot chocolate?

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you’ve enjoyed my hot chocolate bar interpretation and are inspired to create one of your own for your next holiday event. 

I encourage you to stop by all of this month’s participants, too. If you can’t visit everyone right now, just stop back here to pick up the links and continue your visits.
:)’
Next up on this hot chocolately Pinterest Challenge adventure is Paula of Sweet Pea  and I know you’re going to love her hot chocolate station! Check out her Christmas family room, too. A wonderful room filled with happy memories and family pieces!
Thanks again…
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Share Your Style#233

Welcome to Share Your Style #233! This link party is for home decor, DIY, crafts, recipes and the like, but you are more than welcome to share your family-friendly posts with us all! As always I am glad that you are here and there are so many great posts to choose from to share with all y’all…
I am Barbara Chapman your host and I’d love it if you’d follow me here on my blog and on any of my other social media sites, too. I appreciate it!


Thank you!


And here’s what I shared this week at

French Ethereal…


A Fall Garden Update 2019 ~ I have been back out in the garden after coming upon a great plant sale at Walmart. Now that it is cooler I am back outside and working before the hard freezes of winter set in!

Sunday Sentiments ~ Leaves where I talk a little about faith and what’s going on in my life.

😉


A Little Fall Decor Past and Present ~ Sharing photos new and older and an update on our trailer.
Sorry… I am under the weather today as I finish this so I may only get a few features posted although I usually try to put up at least six wonderful posts that inspire me and I am sure will inspire you, too. 

You know how it is working with kids, or having young kids at home, I’ve picked up whatever bug they have, lol!

Here are this week’s featured posts…

Thanksgiving is almost here and Christmas is quick on its heels… With it here is a first Christmas post ~ part of Debbie’s of Debbie-Dabble Blog many beautiful Christmas trees ~ Christmas at Big Lots and New Christmas Buys, 2019. Love it!!!
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Charming DIY Victorian Style Christmas Ornaments
Amber at Follow the Yellow Brick Home posted this beautiful offering of Charming DIY Victorian Style Christmas Ornaments. I have 30+ years of saved letters and cards and I think I may do something similar (I bet you do, too!).


Shop, Pack and Store Holiday Decorations, Tableware


Debbee at Debbee’s Buzz shares how she Shop, Pack and Store Holiday Decorations, Tableware and where to store it all! (The problem I have in my Craft Room, lol!!!) Good stuff! 
🙂



Amber of Follow The Yellow Brick Home also shared this post as part of a blog hop of gorgeous Thanksgiving Tablescapes. Such gorgeous ideas!




Happy Thanksgiving!

I’ll be taking next week off to spend time with my family and Share Your Style will be taking the week off, also. SYS will be back with lots of Christmas ideas for you on the first Wednesday in December.



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Decorate Your Angelic Statuettes for the Seasons…

Decorating our homes for  each season seems such a logical thing for all of us to do, but have you thought about decorating your little statues and statuettes the same way? Today I am sharing some fun wonderful statue transformations from my friends and some of my own. 

Let’s begin this angelic tour, shall we?…


Snowbirds…

Berry Christmas…


“The Girls” get decorated each winter outdoors with faux berry head wreaths or roses each year.  This is a favorite way I like to decorate my outdoor statues. Recently, I found a pepper tree near our Texas home and now I am just waiting for the berries to get ripe!*

*Turns out the Texas version of a pepper tree is different than its California cousin in that it has berries far apart on little branchlets and also has thorns, so… No new head wreaths unless I make them with faux berries again. 😦 
Here in a Valentine’s Tablesetting ~ Ethereal in Pink our fair maiden wore a child’s tutu as a stole. Perfect for a fall Halloween party (with an added mask!) or for Valentine’s, this is a super easy way to dress up your statues.


Here my friend Debra of Common Ground added a simple brown ribbon tied in a  bow with a beautiful cross to her maiden. At some point Debra découpaged a watercolour tissue paper onto the lower half of this bust and added an upturned collar ~ such a gorgeous way to hide any flaws in chalkware pieces!

  
Amber at Follow the Yellow Brick Home decorates her music room at Christmas time in grand style and here Beethoven dressed warmly for the holiday season and this holiday home tour in a nubby oatmeal muffler. Amber’s farmhouse is just gorgeous and this post really shows off its grand beauty.


 An Old Angel and a Giveaway! | Edith & Evelyn
Cindy of Edith and Evelyn Vintage has an incredible angel which she found for sale when a church was closing its doors. Made of solid plaster but missing its wings, her husband fashioned a pair from a store-bought pair replacing the original ones lost to time. Here this angel is most decidedly angelic with its crown, sceptre and rosary beads ~ stunning!


Spur of the moment idea

Here our Lady Liberty wears our nation’s colors proudly! This was a photo I took for a 4th of July Pinterest Challenge but used later in this 10 on the 10th post. Repurposing worn flags into pillows or like I have done here is a good way to give a retired flag a second life.

Just go with it

“Spur of the moment ideas” when decorating are sometimes the most brilliant and often we just need to “go with it” when decorating our homes! If you love statues like I do then adding pieces of vintage jewelry to yours is an easy way to begin.

From a shop I visited in California ~ Posies and Picket Fences.


I hope you have enjoyed this tour of angelic statues today and have found a few ideas to use to decorate yours! Here is a pin to share and if you like what you see here, please consider following along. Thank you! 🙂

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Share Your Style #189

Good evening everyone and welcome to Share Your Style 189!  I’m Carol from The Red Painted Cottage and I’ll be your host tonight.

I hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas and that you were able to spend it with your loved ones.  I’m sure some of you have already taken down your Christmas tree and are ready to move on, while others of us are still admiring our lights and decorations.  I also want to let you know that I’ll be leaving Share Your Style after this party.  I hope many of you will continue to stop by and see what’s happening at The Red Painted Cottage.
Please try stopping by and visiting everyone on our Style team.
It would also be wonderful if you could follow us on all our social media:
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Because I’m taking time off through the holidays, I haven’t shared anything recently on my blog.  However with New Years Eve coming up, I have two older posts I think you might enjoy.
A few features I’ve chosen to end 2018 with…


Rain on a Tin Roof shares how to make these adorable wagons out of crates.  She’s using them here as Christmas decor, but young children would probably love playing with them and storing some of their stuffed animals inside them. 
I happen to love all things miniature, especially dollhouses.  So it’s no surprise that I should feature A Debbie Dabble’s Christmas home tour of her Victorian dollhouse.  She’ll take you room by room and show you how she decorated it for Christmas.  One of these days I’ll have to share my own dollhouse with everyone.
If you’re looking for ideas to use on your New Years Eve dinner table, look no further than Debbees Buzz.  She created this stunning celestial tablescape to ring in the New Year!  Can you imagine sitting with your family or friends to ring in the New Year at this table!
Have you ever been to New York City?  Mary from The Boondocks Blog, recently moved here from Greece and often shares her new city with everyone; including her latest post about the spectacular tree at Rockefeller Center.  I’ve been here in the middle of summer, but I would love to visit here during the Christmas season and see the ice skating rink and lights during this time of year.  
Crafting A Family shares her recipe for an easy and quick breakfast overnight French toast casserole.  After reading through this, I know I’ll be making this sometime we have overnight guests. It looks and sound delicious!
Congratulations to all our featured bloggers!  Make sure to grab this Share Your Style featured button to display on your blog.
We want to wish everyone a very Happy and Healthy New Year for 2019!
Now let’s party!

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Merry Christmas Wishes to You!

MerryChristmas  to you!  As I sit here late on Christmas Eve after a busy week-plus of visiting friends while also looking at houses with my hubby for our potential next home, it is nice to sit down and rest in the quiet of a late evening thinking about the birth of our Savior…


“I’m dreaming tonight  of a place long, long ago…,” the song sung by Karen Carpenter so timeless and oft-played on the radio this time of year, is quietly drifting through my sleepy head now after putting out the last of the hidden Christmas gifts.


Memories of Christmases past bring back warm, happy thoughts of Christmas Eve services held by candlelight and the special message of Jesus’ birth
in a stable in Bethlehem.

One of our last Christmases in our Big House ~ love this Italian Nativity found long ago at Costco
when it was Price Club, remember that?  The pillow on the couch is an old J.C. Penney find.

So just a few thoughts here before heading to bed…


And today I looked again for the new Nativity to bring over and set out but it is not to be found this year…


But I do have this lovely Mary and Baby Jesus…

So this is our special Nativity this year to help remember the birth of our Lord.


Simple with its message of Love…

The looked-for Nativity in last year’s photo ~ love the Old World feel.  Beautiful and beatific!

May He comfort you and be your guide in this crazy journey called life!



Share Your Style will post up on Wednesday but otherwise I am taking some time off for the Christmas season and will be back after the New Year.
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