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Share Your Style #287

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #287! 

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 sites! Thank you, sweet friends!!!

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We had a very nice Christmas and ended up driving down to Austin over New Year’s to visit our daughter since she couldn’t come up our way afterall. Just a quick two-day getaway, but also very nice!

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Hazelnut Chocolate Truffles For Valentine’s Day Gifts
Rachelle of My Hubbard Home shares her sweet post on Galentine Gifts ~ a collection of lovely last minute gift ideas for your friends!
Rita from Panoply brings this adorably set table to us for Valentine’s Day in her post ~ Party of Two, Please. Really pretty!!!
Debra of Common Ground shared the beautiful changes she made to her Valentine’s Day in the Holiday Cupboard in her most recent linked post. Love the red!!! Debra also shared another beautiful Valentine’s post in this one ~ Romantic Valentine Review.
Totally cute and I am in love with the creamware {swoon!} in Lori’s post from Dining Delight ~ Winter Whites and Frosty Greens.
plaid leggings, black tunic, White moto jacket, fashion over 40, Winter style, Shelbee on the Edge
Shelbee from Shelbee on the Edge brings her fun style and whit in her post ~ The Agoraphobic Battle Continues + Spread the Kindness Link-Up.
Easy-Valentine-Snack-Box-The-Crowned-Goat-17 The Busy Girl’s Valentine’s Day Snack Box Holidays Valentines
CoCo of The Crowned Goat shared a collection of yummy ideas ~ The Busy Girl’s Valentine’s Day Snack Box ~ seriously wonderful for every day! ;)’
Newcomer Maya of The Little Treasures shares her nicely crocheted florals in this post ~ Flower Heaven: Work in Progress.
I forgot to add this favorite so am adding Debra of Common Ground‘s beautiful heart wreath from her Romantic Valentine Review... Love it with the old frame-now-chalkboards!!!
If you haven’t picked up these awesome vintage lithograph-type portraits from the local craft store, they are so fun to make into cards, Valentine’s ideas and more! Amber from Follow the Yellow Brick Home shares her DIY Shabby-Vintage Valentine Hearts in her post.

Thank you to everyone who linked up this past week! I appreciate you! 🙂

I am picking up posts from our last Share Your Style (#286) two weeks ago. Thank you to you all for this time of relaxation! I didn’t take much time off when I was ill in October, so it was nice to follow the example of other blogger/design influencers and take these past two weeks off… Thank you! <3 Happy to be back, though!!!

A Christmas Birthday Tea by the Tree ~ Fabby of Fabby’s Living shares this gorgeous holiday table for a family friend and caregiver for her mother. Just lovely!
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Debbee of Debbee’s Buzz shared her table set for Santa’s arrival in this festive post ~ Twas the Night Before Christmas Eve Table

*Two lovely red and white transferware posts for you because we all love these pieces so much!!! Look for more of these lovely patterns around Valentine’s Day… <3

Debra of Common Ground shared this garden style Christmas post ~ French Country Christmas in the Dining Room.
10 minute Christmas Wreath
Rachelle of My Hubbard Home brings us this fun skating wreath in this post ~ Holiday Door Wreath (That Only Takes 10 Minutes).
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Michelle Churchman from My Bijou Life Online brings us some fashion to take us into the new year in this post ~ A Leopard Print for Style Imitating Art. Totally fun go-to dress!!!
Style Imitating Art, Charles Bell, Gumball II, bright colors, fashion over 40, Shelbee on the Edge
Shelbee of Shelbee’s On the Edge shares her fun wintery style in this post, also part of Style Imitating Art, Gumball II by Charles Bell.
For anyone who follows Amber of Follow the Yellow Brick Home she and her hubby have finally finished their kitchen remodel and here is that post… Just in time for the holidays and bright and clean welcoming in the New Year! ~ Vintage Traditional Christmas Home Tour and A Festive New Kitchen.
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Inge and Else of ElseRBlog bring us this adorable Christmas Tree with Cupcake Papers DIY (Kerstboomjes von Cupcake Bakformen Papier — DIY).
DIY-Gingerbread-Snowflake-Ornaments-The-Crowned-Goat-2-1 DIY Gingerbread Snowflake Ornaments Christmas Crafts Holidays
Coco of The Crowned Goat shares an easy tutorial perfect for leaving up all winter long in this post ~ DIY Gingerbread Snowflake Ornaments.
Debbie of Debbie-Dabble Blog brings us her sweet doll house decorated in holiday attire in this final post for this week ~ Christmas at Nelson Crest.

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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Happy New Year, Y’all and welcome to 2021!

Barb

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The Final Candle of Advent ~ The Christ Candle

It’s Christmas Eve and we are finally here! Kids are snuggling down in their beds, presents are wrapped and under the tree. Family friendly holiday movies have been playing on repeat for weeks along with the predictable but still-fun Hallmark movies, too…

A Christmas wish…

As we arrive on the night before Christmas, we light this fifth candle along with the others ~ the Christ Candle ~ which is also part of Week #4, the week of Love…

God loved us so very much that he sent his only begotten Son to save us ~ a grand gesture of ultimate Love. A tiny newborn babe lying in a manger, the Savior of the world…

The Holy Family…

15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, so the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.’ 16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 17 And when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, as it was told them.”

Luke 2:15-20, NKJV

Throughout this Advent series, I have pulled quotes from Christianity.com and other articles. I like what this section says about the fifth candle, the candle of love, the Christ Candle: (and really, I can’t say it any better!)

Heavenly Father, the whole meaning of Christmas can be explained in one little four-letter word…LOVE. You sent your gift of pure love to us that first Christmas. Love descended from heaven to be born of a virgin. Love lay in the scratchy hay of a manger in a meager barn in Bethlehem. All of your love, God, was robed in the delicate skin of a baby and wrapped in swaddling clothes. This final week of Advent helps us to reflect on the magnitude of love that was made manifest in Jesus.”

Hope Bolinger

Jesus was a sweet precious baby come down to earth to save us all from sin. This thought makes me realize that each time a new baby is born on this earth, it is a reflection and a reminder of Christ Jesus and his birth.

We are given a gift to celebrate when each new life is born and to love that child as He has loved us!

Love the amazed look on Milo’s face! Milo is looking at me in my son’s camera/FaceTime call.

Milo’s first Christmas!

One of my favorite photographs of our grandson! Love how happy he is!!

Our fifth candle reminds us to “love one another as Christ has loved us.” (My paraphrase of part of John 13:34.) Traditionally the center candle is all white signifying Jesus’ holiness and purity. I have white candles but this one with holly and a few pine needles melted inside and surrounding the candle reminds me of the manger wrapped around and cradling Baby Jesus…

A wintery scene in a transferware bowl found several years ago on Galveston Island at an antique shop there.

Our table is set with my best china pieces today, the Old Country Roses by Royal Albert pottery in England. My husband bought eight place settings for me from the Royal Albert outlet we had in Lake Elsinore, California about twenty years ago now. It became the china pattern I used for many teas I hosted and for many family Christmas dinners. We will use it again this Christmas and when our daughter drives up from Austin for New Year’s.

Again the little turned “Noel” signs are used in this tablescape ~ I like this table’s welcoming plaid and simplicity. Many Christmases and teas I would set one extra place setting for Jesus, honoring Him as a welcome guest.

I love it that in the Bible there were so many meal times with the apostles but also with Mary and Martha, the two sisters, and with many other people! Meals are such special times to reconnect with family and share intimate thoughts and secrets and hopes… Wouldn’t you like Jesus to come over and eat dinner at your home? 🙂

This tablecloth would have made a lovely swaddling cloth, don’t you think?

Our holiday table and dining room with the only two crystal pieces I found to decorate the chandelier this year! Two stars above!! I never shared the dining room hutch but you can see it pretty well here. I hung a small wreath I found in my Christmas ornaments and created a small doll house on the left for the family living in the hutch’s dining room. I found the fireplace my parents bought me for a Swiss doll house I had in high school and brought it out to warm the family’s Christmas…

Our Holiday Home Tour

From the dining room we get a little view into the living room. Since Thanksgiving, I have been pulling off the slipcovers and giving everything a fresh wash, vacuuming and polishing.

This holiday season I went for a family Christmas with red plaid and a reindeer themed ribbons twining down the Christmas tree. Red continues in the few Santas sprinkled throughout the room and the main one on the coffee table.

a view from the dining room
a view from the entryway

Winters in the living room are filled with clear and bright light! This home is so light-filled this time of year making it really cheery. The pillows I found this fall are reversible so I’ve flipped them around to the checked sides for wintertime…

Mr. Ethereal and I are working on two projects these two weeks: putting down some new insulation in the attic and hanging the French iron fencing outside in the new garden area.

I picked up a 9′ x 6′ drop cloth at Home Depot this morning to make a new slipcover for the wing chair this week. I should be able to get it done before Amy comes up this next week. Eventually the chair will go to her new home when she finds one she loves. She really loves this chair to sit in and read in it. I have to say, you do get nice and warm snuggling in it and the wings are perfect for keeping your head from flopping when you fall asleep… We bought it and its ottoman from a neighbor at his garage sale when we lived in our first home.

With all the uncertainty of this year and being ill twice with the COVID virus, I went for a simple look this year in our decor. Just some plaid on the tree and here on the coffee table.

Simple seemed the way to go this year… I’ve heard sooo many friends saying they craved simplicity this year instead of over-the-top Christmas looks! Here are all the Advent posts if you missed any of them…

Advent Week #1 ~ Advent Wreaths and Thankfulness
Advent Week #2 ~ The Candle of Peace
Advent Week #3 ~ The Candle of Joy
Advent Week #4 ~ The Candle of Love

The greatest gift of all came that first Christmas. It wasn’t wrapped in a beautiful package and set under a decorated tree. The greatest gift came wrapped in the flesh of baby Jesus and laid in the rough wood of a manger. Our perfect gift would later be rewrapped in the scars of our sin and nailed to the rugged wood of a cross on Calvary, all because of love.

Hope Bolinger

Our presents are few and unwrapped. A box from our son and his family (maybe a family portrait?? We shall see tomorror. 😉 )… Presents and Christmas ornaments which were our daughters growing up to go home with her for her future trees… A new spice rack for the kitchen in need of real organizing! A new tea kettle from Mr. Coffee to replace the one which died over Thanksgiving…

It’s all good! I made two Gothic arched windows from the leftover styrofoam from the winterizing Hubby did on the garage doors this late summer/early fall. They are really rough but it was to save $70… The ones at Hobby Lobby are on sale and I may still grab them after Christmas. ;)’

Saw some homemade Gothic arches on Laura and Aaron’s Garden Answer YouTube channel this fall and thought of creating these similar to the ones she made for their church a year or so ago.

And here is the storage box I made which should have been part of a Pinterest Challenge this fall but didn’t happen in time as I was just over being ill, so I made it after the fact. This was the beginning of the plaid theme…

My favorite photo… Grace and Peace

Silent night! holy night!
All is calm all is bright
Round yon virgin mother and child
Holy infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace!

Silent night! holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar

Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia
Christ the Saviour is born!

Silent night! holy night!
Son of God love’s pure light
Radiant beams from thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord at thy birth.

Silent Night was written and composed by Franz Xaver Gruber (music) and Joseph Mohr (words), a Christmas song of Austrian origin (as per Wikipedia.org). It is a perfect song for a perfect night, a perfect time of year.

The most perfect day in all the year…

‘Silent Night’ is a popular Christmas carol, composed in 1818 by Franz Xaver Gruber to lyrics by Joseph Mohr in the small town of Oberndorf bei Salzburg, Austria. It was declared an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO in 2011. The song has been recorded by many singers across many music genres. The version sung by Bing Crosby in 1935 is the fourth best-selling single of all-time.”

Wikipedia.org

More candles for Christ…

Grace and peace to you this Christmas,

Barb

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A Christmas Visit with Judith and Botanic Bleu

For over ten years now, Judith Stringham, who writes the blog Botanic Bleu, has hosted a Christmas sales event at her home…

Upon arriving to her home about an hour away from where we live, Judith has a couple of teuteurs set up with lights and signs. This year with the COVID virus floating around, she has signs reminding everyone to wear a mask and also that this sale is not open to the public. Visitors had to sign up for the time they wanted and then confirm that you would be coming. Love her family’s acreage!

Totally love how Judith laid sprays of greenery around the base of each teuteur then placed green Arc de Bois (Horse Apple) seed pods like holly and its leaves! Btw, those “apples” are HEAVY and I can attest that they weigh about 2-5 lbs., EACH. Several people at the campground we lived at last had their windshields broken on their cars plus their RV’s dented. Happily, you can buy just “male” Arc de Bois trees; they are the ones in the springtime which lose their “ball blossoms.” Look for those in your garden center ~ awesome shade trees!
A quick look at the front of the Stringham’s home. Her sweet kitty is just in front of the garage door on the right.

Judith, her husband and sister have built all of the pathways surrounding their home and garden over the past 20+ years. The garden shed you will see was originally just a wooden structure but evolved to become a permanent solid rock beautiful building…

Isn’t this just the cutest??! Her home is part of my inspiration in my own garden, especially the pathways. On this day early in December, Judith’s sister was staying and was helping planting out in the upper garden. Let’s go check out inside!

I really wanted the large reindeer but just couldn’t afford it… Of course, I want everything inside! 😉

The sun was peeping in and out this day so I am sorry if some of these photos are a little dark. My appointment time was in the afternoon as I was working when the sign up time opened, so there aren’t nearly as many goodies as there were still available, as can be seen at last year’s event.

One of Judith’s big sellers are her boxwood wreaths and this year she has heart-shaped wreaths as well as her signature round ones. I bought one of her small wreath last year and it is still nice and green and dried perfectly. This year I brought home little “Noel” laser-cut signs to use in my Christmas decorating and to give as gifts:

from this year’s Advent week #3 post

I also remembered that Judith found these wonderful white-handled silverware sets and since I love all white place settings, this was my big splurge this year. Mr. Ethereal and I don’t buy each other Christmas gifts anymore so we usually just say, “Go get what you want and enjoy from me!” This is his gift to me this year. 🙂

They are stainless steel and can go into the dishwasher but I will probably wash them by hand just to keep them nice. I like the ceramic Shabby Chic look of the handles…

As I am writing this post, I just noticed the cute bee skeps… I’ll have to look for those next year… I did buy a White Christmas potholder to go with the kitchen towel I found last year. I also bought a softly scented candle which came in its own pretty box; it can just be seen up on the second upper shelf to the far right.

Last year I found a couple of sweet Belsnickel Santas and Judith had a few this year available. My “pile” of goodies is right there on the bureau: the potholder, a Christmas soap, a Noel sign to hang and the little Noels, plus a large heart (reminds me of those French cemetery hearts I would see in some blogs and in former Romantic Homes magazine editor, Fifi O’Neill‘s books ~ never could find any! ~ this is a good substitute).

I loved this birdcage, too, but unlimited space and funds… Maybe next year! Hubby wants us to clear stuff out, which I agree needs to be done.

Okay, enough about what I found and loved! Isn’t this such an adorable garden shed? She has another studio towards the rear of this potting shed (you can find it in this second linked post from last year… It has three sets of French doors and chandeliers…). The studio is larger and it is where she stores many things and also where she creates her treasures.

Judith had a post earlier this fall about making new shelves inside this smaller potting shed and I believe this is one of them (upper right with fleur de lis hangers). Love how she decorates!…

If you don’t already subscribe to Botanic Bleu you should check out Judith’s blog. She is a retired teacher and administrator now saleswoman and design influencer. You’ll enjoy her beautiful home and blog posts!

Her acreage reminds me of my last family home before I was married in the town of Shingle Springs, in the Northern California foothills. Part of the Gold Country area around Highway 49, and appropriately named for the gold miners who really mapped out California from 1849 onward, Judith’s two acres with its tall oaks really remind me of my old home…

A visual treat taking the eye “beyond”…

Even piles of downed tree trunks just look “right” in this setting… I miss being surrounded by trees but that’s also why we purchased our current home. I need tall trees; they are comforting.

Funny, this post isn’t going where I thought it would?… Does this happen to you when you write?? Now you know why I have the “pen pal” part in my bio! I write generally what I think. ;)’

I am going to try and build some French Teuteurs this next year and found a pattern on another blogger’s site. I forgot to ask Judith if she built hers or purchased them. They are quite expensive to buy so I am pretty sure Judith and her husband built theirs.

Don’t you just love her French garden?!! She has been to France a number of times and has such style…

Up on the deck

Inspiration…

A real French park bench… Ahhhhh….

I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at Judith’s beautiful home and her potting shed and annual shop! If you are ever in the North Texas area, Judith has her shop open the first week in December and shares more about it on her blog and on her Facebook web page. Do come and visit!!!

Christmas hugs,

Barb

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Share Your Style #286

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #286! 

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!

My sites:  French Ethereal  Instagram  Facebook  Pinterest  YouTube

This week we are jumping right in with last-minute craft ideas from this past week’s highlights! We have fashion and tablescape ideas and a recipe or two, also. Love this time of year which brings out so many of your fun ideas!!! Hope you find lots of inspiration for buttoning up your Christmas and Hanukkah shopping…

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

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Hazelnut Chocolate Truffles For Valentine’s Day Gifts
Rachelle of My Hubbard Home shares her sweet post on Galentine Gifts ~ a collection of lovely last minute gift ideas for your friends!
Rita from Panoply brings this adorably set table to us for Valentine’s Day in her post ~ Party of Two, Please. Really pretty!!!
Debra of Common Ground shared the beautiful changes she made to her Valentine’s Day in the Holiday Cupboard in her most recent linked post. Love the red!!! Debra also shared another beautiful Valentine’s post in this one ~ Romantic Valentine Review.
Totally cute and I am in love with the creamware {swoon!} in Lori’s post from Dining Delight ~ Winter Whites and Frosty Greens.
plaid leggings, black tunic, White moto jacket, fashion over 40, Winter style, Shelbee on the Edge
Shelbee from Shelbee on the Edge brings her fun style and whit in her post ~ The Agoraphobic Battle Continues + Spread the Kindness Link-Up.
Easy-Valentine-Snack-Box-The-Crowned-Goat-17 The Busy Girl’s Valentine’s Day Snack Box Holidays Valentines
CoCo of The Crowned Goat shared a collection of yummy ideas ~ The Busy Girl’s Valentine’s Day Snack Box ~ seriously wonderful for every day! ;)’
Newcomer Maya of The Little Treasures shares her nicely crocheted florals in this post ~ Flower Heaven: Work in Progress.
I forgot to add this favorite so am adding Debra of Common Ground‘s beautiful heart wreath from her Romantic Valentine Review... Love it with the old frame-now-chalkboards!!!
If you haven’t picked up these awesome vintage lithograph-type portraits from the local craft store, they are so fun to make into cards, Valentine’s ideas and more! Amber from Follow the Yellow Brick Home shares her DIY Shabby-Vintage Valentine Hearts in her post.

Thank you to everyone who linked up this past week! I appreciate you! 🙂

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Liz at Howling Liz created this adorable Mathilda Reindeer in this short and sweet post.
Inge and Elsa of ElsaRBlog are back from Holland with this quick and easy post to make these fanned Christmas Trees!!! Really cute and oh so easy!
Tiffany of Tee Diddly Dee brings us this perfect DIY Santa’s Mailbox just in time with Christmas just over a week away! This cute letter box could easily become a Hanukkah or Kwanzaa post box, too. Tee also had another fun post, this DIY Gumball Snow Globe, which I know you will love!
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Shelbee from Shelbee on the Edge shows us One Thrifted Skirt Styled Five Different Ways ~ Perfect from fall all the way through winter!
Sherry at My Journey Back shares her grandson and family in this lovely post about family ~ Crazy Blessed Days. Perfect for this time of year when family is everything…
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CoCo over at The Crowned Goat brings us her lovely bedroom all decked out for Santa in this festive post ~ Christmas Bedroom Inspiration. Love it!!!
Pear Frangipane Tart - Tarte a la Frangipane aux Poires / www.delightfulrepast.com
Jean at A Delightful Repast shares this recipe for Pear Fragipane Tarte. Delicious!!!
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Cindy of Cindy’s Online Recipe Box brings out the best in this yummy holiday recipe ~ Bûche de Noel.
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Debbee of Debbee’s Buzz shares her Woodland Tablescape in this holiday-filled post. Love love love this reindeer!!!
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MaryJo from Master”Pieces” of My Life shared her beautiful mantel in this winter wonderland of a post ~ A Christmas Mantel. Lovely…
Debra from Common Ground is back with A Christmas Mix on the Front Porch. Love the buffalo plaid and JOY pillows!!!
Amy of A Day of Small Things shares this fun post (Can you find the elf?!) ~ Christmas Cozy in the Kitchen.

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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Happy Christmas Time,

Barb

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A Recycle/Upcycle Snowman Tutorial

A year or so ago I made a few French Snowmen out of recycled bits and laces and I thought I’d share some tips so you can make some of your own! This is a fun project to make with your kids as the hot glue can easily be replaced with glue dots for safety…

How to Make Little Snowmen out of Recycled Bottles

Supplies you’ll need:

recycled bottles (like aspirin, vitamin and other bottles from around your home)

styrofoam balls in various sizes

chalk paint and paint brushes

black permanent marker to create a face, or use paint(s)

buttons

fabric and lace scraps for scarves and aprons

glue gun and glue

scissors

gravel from your driveway (for weight inside these light bottles!)

Directions:

Begin by painting your bottles with white chalk paint or leave as they are. I painted right over the product labels since they are often hard to get off even with soaking in soapy water. Apply several coats of paint to cover. Add a few small rocks or gravel inside your bottles for weight and stuff in cotton balls if so desired to keep the gravel from rattling around.

Next, glue on a styrofoam ball to fit the bottle opening. Glue on the original bottle cap to create a “Snow Man” hat or an oak tree acorn cap to create a “Snow Boy.” For a “Snow Woman” or “Snow Girl,” create cute scarves and/or aprons out of bits of lace and fabric scraps.

This little snowman still needs a couple more coats of paint… Oooops! Turned out I grabbed the gesso instead! No wonder it took 5 coats of “paint” to cover. 😉

This is where you can get really creative! I am lucky that we live where there are a type of oak trees with these super large acorns. They have the best acorn caps!! These caps are the inspiration for how I began making these Snow people.

Turns out this species of white oak is rather rare and is a native of Mexico and Central America, called Quercus insignis. The acorns themselves can be up to 4″ in circumference! The acorn cap I used on this “Snow Boy” below is rather small compared to some of the other caps.

Here are the Snow People I made a couple of years ago in this post: A Christmas Craft ~ Snow People from Recycled Bottles. Back then I painted each styrofoam head but this time I didn’t bother, simplifying the process. Also, I just used a Sharpie marker to make this year’s Snowmen faces instead of painting them on, but either way is very fun to do!

He’s a rough and tumble boy with dirt and dust in his clothes. Just being a kid!

I’ll be making more soon but this little guy went off as a gift for a friend who was holding an open house sale at her home about an hour away. I’ll share more of that trip soon… 🙂

That’s it for me this time, friends!

I hope you have enjoyed this fun Snowman Tutorial.

Happy Snow Day,

Barb

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Share Your Style #283

Happy Wednesday, y’all! Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #283! 

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… 💜

I am Barbara Chapman and I’d love it if you’d follow me here on my blog!

My sites:  French Ethereal  Instagram  Facebook  Pinterest  YouTube

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

Put together a Fun Christmas Crate in 10 Minutes ~ Should have been part of this month’s Pinterest Challenge but I blew the deadline… Oh, well! 😉

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Hazelnut Chocolate Truffles For Valentine’s Day Gifts
Rachelle of My Hubbard Home shares her sweet post on Galentine Gifts ~ a collection of lovely last minute gift ideas for your friends!
Rita from Panoply brings this adorably set table to us for Valentine’s Day in her post ~ Party of Two, Please. Really pretty!!!
Debra of Common Ground shared the beautiful changes she made to her Valentine’s Day in the Holiday Cupboard in her most recent linked post. Love the red!!! Debra also shared another beautiful Valentine’s post in this one ~ Romantic Valentine Review.
Totally cute and I am in love with the creamware {swoon!} in Lori’s post from Dining Delight ~ Winter Whites and Frosty Greens.
plaid leggings, black tunic, White moto jacket, fashion over 40, Winter style, Shelbee on the Edge
Shelbee from Shelbee on the Edge brings her fun style and whit in her post ~ The Agoraphobic Battle Continues + Spread the Kindness Link-Up.
Easy-Valentine-Snack-Box-The-Crowned-Goat-17 The Busy Girl’s Valentine’s Day Snack Box Holidays Valentines
CoCo of The Crowned Goat shared a collection of yummy ideas ~ The Busy Girl’s Valentine’s Day Snack Box ~ seriously wonderful for every day! ;)’
Newcomer Maya of The Little Treasures shares her nicely crocheted florals in this post ~ Flower Heaven: Work in Progress.
I forgot to add this favorite so am adding Debra of Common Ground‘s beautiful heart wreath from her Romantic Valentine Review... Love it with the old frame-now-chalkboards!!!
If you haven’t picked up these awesome vintage lithograph-type portraits from the local craft store, they are so fun to make into cards, Valentine’s ideas and more! Amber from Follow the Yellow Brick Home shares her DIY Shabby-Vintage Valentine Hearts in her post.

Thank you to everyone who linked up this past week! I appreciate you! 🙂

Debra over at Common Ground shared her fall entryway table in this lovely Thanksgiving tableau ~ Transitioning a Fall Entry to Thanksgiving. Lovely!

And because I loved this post from Debra also ~ Using Vintage Frames for a Thanksgiving Mantel. Don’t you just love the layered frame look? Beautiful!!

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CoCo from The Crowned Goat shared an easy to make holiday spray used here on the door in this post ~ Creating a Simple Holiday Spray. I am all about simple this year!

Tiffany (Tee) of TeeDiddlyDee shares her beautiful fall hutch in this seasonally colored post ~ Fall Vintage Door Hutch. Totally love all the upcycled pieces of wood and turned pieces!!

Cindy from Cloches and Lavender shared this gorgeous wintertime wreath in this DIY post ~ Quick and Easy Winter Wreath. Simply stunning! Love the feathers… <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. 💜

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Barb

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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. 💜

If you have been featured here at Share Your Style… 
Here is a button to copy to your site and to share.




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.







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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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Holiday hugs,