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Share Your Style #329

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #329! Happy Wednesday to you 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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***Oh my! I should have just cancelled the rest of this year for SYS, lol! Between finishing the inside of the shed with the last of the insulation, primer and paint (so it is ready for Mr. Ethereal to come home and put up the last of the bead board walling in the front of the shed), and getting ready for family coming… I just run out of time!

So, Share Your Style will be up (again) at 7:00pm this evening and next week will be the last SYS for 2021, so be ready for all the New Year’s posts then! 😉 I DO have to say: there are soooo many good posts this past week (and I am sure today, also!). Please take some time, either this evening or over the Christmas break as you find a moment, to wander by some of these beautiful posts. Everyone’s homes look lovely and they each gladden my heart…

Let’s get this party rolling… Hopefully you can connect and that this post is working properly. We are having 40mph gusts this evening out of the south… And please keep our friends in the mid-west, especially in Kentucky, Arkansas and their surrounding states in your prayers… The tornadoes which wrecked havoc this past week left so many homeless and sorely in need…

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Love this! Wendy from My French Twist brings us this traditional Christmas Nativity post ~ Building a Traditional French Crêche.
Sandra from Come to Dinner at Eight brings us her holiday table set with reds and golds… Just lovely! Christmas Dining – The New Traditional.
Debbie from Debbie-Dabble Blog shares her outside garden tour in this fun festive post ~ Christmas Front Porch and Yard, 2021. Love it!!!
Debra from Common Ground is back with this fun last-minute craft idea for Christmas ~ Elegant Gold Gilt Pears. And its all set in a bit of French Country style! Also, check out her post Snowy White Churches on the Old Sideboard. Pretty!!!
Lisa from Fresh Vintage by Lisa shared her Holiday Home Tour – 2021. Love the double front door wreaths!!! You’ll love her tour, too. <3
bricolage flocons de Noel en sac de papier
Marie from Rêver en Coleur (Dream in Color) shared this fun DIY post to make these awesome paper stars ~ Bricoler des Flocons de Neige Fait de Sacs en Papier (Make Snowflake Stars with Paper Bags ~ my loose translation!)
Friends, you’ll have to stop by Jeanie’s at The Marmelade Gypsy… Her friends are back and they DON’T hold back on hilarious comments about the Cork Poppers Taste International Wines… I’d like to add a good Valpolicella from Zenato Winery, Italy. Really good Old World wine and paired with an Italian sausage dish… Yum! ;)’
A Southern Charm Christmas
Paula from Virginia Sweet Pea shared her home all decked out in this post ~
A Southern Charm Christmas – Family Room and Breakfast Room. Beautiful and look at those curtains!!!
Lynne from Thrifting Wonderland brings us a quick DIY in her post ~ Creating a Holiday Outdoor Planter. So pretty!!! Lynne also shared a lovely table setting in this post ~ Angels We Have Heard On High… Really beautiful!
CoCo from The Crowned Goat has the most ethereal holiday tablescape this week… I love all the greys, soft greens and whites! (My personal favs!) ~
White Christmas Inspired Patio. Do stop by!
Table setting for ten using a beautiful mix of dinnerware and accessories.  Floral arrangements, birds nests, vintage cloches and lovely gold rimmed glasswear.
Renae from Peacock Ridge Farm shared her lovely table in this Christmas-y post ~ How to Create a Beautiful Mix-and-Match China Tablescape. Lovely and what a lovely mahogany table!
And let’s end this week’s SYS fun festivities with our friend Shelbee from Shelbee on the Edge who shared a really cool post on holiday footware (mainly boots!!!) in her post ~ Reminder: The Good Buy/Goodbye Book – Sparkles! Totally in love with this pair of black boots… Don’t you just love sparkles??!

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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. 💜

I sooo appreciate your stopping by each week! It is a joy and my pleasure to bring you the best of your wonderful posts each and every time Share Your Style goes up.

Thank you for sharing with all of us.

Love and Christmas hugs,

Barb 🙂

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Share Your Style #323

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #323! Happy Wednesday to you 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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Hello everyone! I have been taking a break from blogging these past couple of weeks, as you can see by the lack of posts here in October. It’s not that I don’t have some pics for you, but I can’t:

  1. Photograph the kitchen because it is a mess.
  2. The new washer and dryer are in, but I kept the old dryer for a friend. Turns out her new house isn’t set for a gas dryer… So, we still need to post it out on Facebook Marketplace and see if someone could use it. It is sitting in the dining room area next to the china hutch.
  3. I am just tired from working five days a week. I love my job working with Special Education, but my body is tired. The whack in the head a few weeks ago when an 8′ post dislodged after I closed the gate (which didn’t close well; Charles has now fixed that, thank you!) didn’t do me any favors, either. Yoda was hit with it also. I did go to the emergency room on the following Monday and I just had a mild concussion. 🙂

So I am hoping to get back to regular posts soon! I’ve been walking a lot and we are still working on the fence. We are going to begin putting in posts for the south fence this coming weekend and we are also going to work on insulating the new garden shed. It’s still good weather outside so this is the time to get fall projects done. 🙂

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Debra from Common Ground is back with a lovely all-white fall vignette in this post (featuring her Snowy Owls DIY) ~ October Entry with Snow Owls. Lovely!!!
Debbie from Debbie-Dabble Blog shared her sweet doll house in this fun Halloween post ~ Halloween at Nelson Crest and a Bit More Fall Decor.
The Woodstock Inn in Woodstock, VT
Paula from Virginia Sweet Pea brings us her lovely trip to the Woodstock Inn and Resort in her post ~ Vermont Fall Vacation 2020. Lovely!!!
Thrifting Wonderland shared this wonderful easy Simple Fall Table Setting. Love the cool colors with pops of bright autumn colors!
Tin Woman/ Tin Man Costume, Silver dress, Halloween costume, fashion over 40, Shelbee on the Edge, Wizard of Oz Costume
Shelbee from Shelbee on the Edge shared her fun costume (and others!) in this post ~
Over the Rainbow Halloween Costumes and Link Up. If Dorothy and the Tin Man
had a daughter… 😉
Penny of Penny’s Treasures brought out her Halloween gal in this post ~
Hot Apple Cider Bar and Witches Brew Punch. Love the decorations!!!
Robin from Junk Is My Life (formerly The Junk Journal) shared the transformation and how-to of this sweet Milk Painted Music Table. Love the 1940’s style green!!!
DIY Dollar Tree Glow in the Dark Halloween Candy Bucket-The Crowned Goat
Coco from The Crowned Goat shared this easy to make last minute idea ~
a Glow in the Dark Halloween Candy Bucket. Fun idea and it’s 3-D!!!

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. 💜

Happy linking, friends!

Barb 🙂

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Share Your Style #320

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #320. Happy Wednesday to you 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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This week’s SYS is all about crafts, a little DIY, and fall decor ~ perfect for upcoming holiday fetes and gift giving ideas!

Enjoy!!

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

Add a Little Fall Color to Your Bedroom ~ an offshoot Pinterest Challenge post.
Please keep Cindy who writes County Road 407 in your prayers. Her son was in a serious motorcycle accident over the weekend.

Because Cindy puts the Pinterest Challenges together each month, it was obviously cancelled. Then, a few other bloggers decided to host it anyway. With the mix-up, I’ve published mine separately since it was ready. 🙂 I hope you will check it out, thank you!!

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Newcomers Janet and Bill from A Life of Balance share their easy craft project to make and give this holiday season ~ How to Make Your Own Wood Bead Garlands. So easy and a lot of fun to create!! Welcome to the Share Your Style family!!!
Penny from Penny’s Treasures shared this fun gardening post ~ Growing a Pumpkin Patch for the First Time! Cute cute cute out in her garden!!!
Corine over at Junk to Gems has linked up this fun neutral post for fall ~ How to Create a Cozy Fall Table. Love the stripes and sparkle!
Fireplace Makeover 1
Hannah from Handmade Weekly shared her creativity in this sponsored post ~ Fireplace Makeover. Love the new color and decor!!
Julie from Julie’s Creative Lifestyle gives us a peek at her California Trip- Day 2 and a tour around Venice. You’ll love seeing the bespoke homes and canals built in the 1920’s, I believe… You can grown ANYTHING in California! (Something I really miss as another plant bit the dust recently here in my yard…)
CoCo from The Crowned Goat shared Fall Entry Decorating Ideas in her recent link-up. Love the cute Pies for Sale sign, don’t you??!
Newcomer Denise from My Home of All Seasons shared festive fall decor in her post ~ Simple Autumn Ladder Update. Fun ideas and I love the little scarecrow… Welcome, Denise!!! So glad you linked up!
AnnMarie Haakblog shared her sweet Crochet Vest for her Amigurumi Cat. Her posts are easy to read once translated from her native language (Dutch). She creates all kinds of wonderful patterns and AnnMarie has an online Etsy shop, too!

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’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. 💜  Thanks so much!!!

Happy fall, y’all!

Barb 🙂

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Share Your Style #319

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #319. Happy Wednesday to you 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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Hubby is back travelling for work and has been to Pennsylvania a month ago and to California these past few weeks. On the weekends, though, when he is home we have been working on the back fence in earnest…

Yoda keeps getting out as he really only sees light and shapes now so last weekend we worked hard getting four posts cemented in behind the shed, buying boards and planks at Home Depot, and beginning the process of building the fence. So, I haven’t put out any posts for you this time. 😉

This is what I am working on for next week’s Pinterest Challenge, though, so here is a sneak peek:

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Sandra from Dinner at Eight shared a fall meal her family enjoyed
At the Bistro Table. Isn’t everyone loving the cooler fall weather? Hallelujah!
Lisa from Fresh Vintage by Lisa shared this DIY post on making these really pretty clay pots ~ Using My IOD Stamps. Great project!!!
Debra from Common Ground shared 10 Tips to Transition to Fall. Fun and easy tips any of us can initiate in our homes!
Amy over at A Day of Small Things shared her family’s trip to Bar Harbor, Maine ~ A Maine State of Mind, Part 3. Fun trip and a beautiful location!!
Debbie from Debbie-Dabble Blog brings us her fall front garden and what her family is up to this season ~ Landscape Update, a Storage Trick, A Transformation and A PSA. Great way to begin fall!!!
Get ready for a delicious new dish from Amber from The Hungry Mountaineer ~ Chicken and Fig Korma Curry. A great dish to bake for fall!

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’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. 💜  Thanks so much!!!

Happy Wednesday, friends!

Barb 🙂

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Share Your Style #314

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #314! Happy Wednesday to you 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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I don’t know where time goes to… but, though I worked on posts, I didn’t get anything published… (whaaaa!) We took last weekend off from out in the garden (except for a couple of minor things) and we had a few days with rain, including last Saturday. A nice break from heavy weekends of working outside most of the weekend!

A view of the shed from right by the mandarin orange tree (during the rainstorm). Hubby was just finishing laying lino as the storm began.

Charles did go out into the shed early Saturday morning before the rains came in and finished glueing down the linoleum along all four edges. Looks good and now after we get some things moved in, I’ll share what we’ve done in there. 🙂

And I’m getting back to my “roots” with more decor posts this week…

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Completed split letter monogram in Design Space. Letter H with Harris written in the middle.
Niki from Life as a Leo Wife shared this Cricut post that I thought would be interesting! It’s called Split Letter Monogram Cricut Tutorial. Really cool idea for holiday gift giving ideas, for use in so many home decor applications!!
I know it’s early but crafters might want to make these cute bats for this year’s Halloween, so here is this fun post by Olivia Ohern ~ How to Make a Hand-Sewn Stuffed Bat. Cute idea and not too spooky. 🙂
Lynne over at Thrifting Wonderland has this post for you, First Week in August at the Thrift Store. So much fun!!
Penny from Penny’s Treasures is back with this lovely post ~ How I Changed the SunRoom into a SunPorch! Love all the changes and I’m sure you will, too!!!
thrifted style, leopard overalls, kimono style, fashion over 40, Shelbee on the Edge
Shelbee from Shelbee on the Edge is back too with this fun fashion post ~ Adventures in Thrifting Part 12 ~ Leopard Print Overalls. Love ’em!!!
Tara from Stilettos and Shiplap shared this lovely post ~ A Late Summer Mantel Refresh. So serene…
Cottage Style Breakfast Nook-The Crowned Goat
CoCo from The Crowned Goat shares some small but big changes in this final post for the week ~ The Evolution of the Breakfast Area. Love ’em all!!!

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’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. 💜  Thanks so much!!!

Let’s get this rainy day party started,

Barb 🙂

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Share Your Style #313

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #313! Happy Wednesday to you 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 you, dear friends!! Well… Tomorrow is it, folks! The kids come back to our elementary school. We’ve been at trainings these past seven work days, prepped the school with bunting and paper lanterns (see yesterday’s $10 on the 10th post), have t-shirts and bulletin boards with Harry Potter-themes. It’s going to be a magical year at Hodge Elementary with us “Hodgewarts.”

The staff lounge got a makeover today with soft turquoise-greens and gold ephemera and contact paper over a long counter. Now we are ready for the students tomorrow!

Here on Share Your Style, fall is definitely falling on many of your posts but late summer ones abound as well… 🙂 Should be another fun week for you with features! 💜 

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

And here are this week’s featured posts…

summer-activities-Pittsburgh-Pirates-game-family
A fun post with Debbee of Debbee’s Buzz as things get back more towards “normal” ~
The Return of Traditional Summer Activities and Family Visits. “Take me out to the ball game…” 😉
Caring for Your Senior Dog
Near and dear to any pet owner’s heart ~ Caring for Your Senior Dog by Pam at An Artful Mom just ticks all the boxes for love this week!
Welcome to newcomer Olivia OHearn who shares her tips and tricks for creating this sweet fall flowerpot in this post ~ How to Découpage Flower Pots with Paper Napkins. So cheery!!!
“Hello there!” says this chipper squirrel. Part of Jeanie from The Marmelade Gypsy‘s newest post ~ Something Different at the Ditch. Cute!!!
I love mantel decor and I know you do, too! Renae from Peacock Ridge Farm shared this Summer Mantel Refresh – Elegant Mantel Decorating Ideas. Ooh la la!
Debra from Common Ground is back with some barnyard fun in her post ~
August in the Cookbook Cupboard. Love her decorating style!!!
Jars of blackberry jam
Paula who writes Virginia Sweet Pea shared her delicious recipe in this post ~ How to Make Blackberry Jam. Seriously yum!!! Check it out for free printable labels, too. 🙂
Don’t let the rabbits fool you that it’s time for Easter! Penny of Penny’s Treasures has been on a late summer cleaning and prepping in this post ~ Getting the Studio Ready for a Busy Fall and Winter. Love her storage cabinets!!!
Summer Peach Cake / www.delightfulrepast.com
Jean from A Delightful Repast is back with a mouth-watering recipe for
Summer Peach Cake… Can anything call your taste buds harder?? Yum!!!
How to make fall hydrangea wreath with pumpkins
And last up for this week is Karin of Karin’s Cottage sharing her gorgeous
How to Make a Fall Hydrangea Wreath with Pumpkins… Lovely!

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’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. 💜  Thanks so much!!!

Let’s hope this fall is magical for you…

Barb 🙂

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Share Your Style #310

Welcome friends, to this week’s Share Your Style #310! Happy Wednesday to you 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!
 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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This week I’m picking up a few past posts in addition to seeing what’s new from last week’s shares, and that’s because… Well, because I’d feature everybody if I could each week! <3

It’s odd that as a host, it’s very hard to pick just a few features; everyone creates so many good ideas, recipes, DIY projects, and lovely tablescapes and vignettes!

***Sorry, gang! I was trying to get this post out correctly for 6:00pm but found I set it up for tomorrow… 🙁 Mr. Ethereal and I will be out of town, so I was driving around getting Yoda over to boarding, returning a damaged UPS package, and giving my treasurer’s things to another board member for Odd Fellows. It was a busy couple of hours since 5:30p.m.!!

Anyway, let’s party, friends!!!

So, let’s go

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

Sharing a Marie Antoinette French-Styled Hutch for Mid-Summer ~ Just a little summer fun! 😉
Christmas in July ~ How to Make Your Own Rudy Reindeer Sign ~ part of this month’s $10 on the 10th. With scrap wood and craft paint you may already have in your stash, this guy would cost nothing to create!
Come See Our New Shed! ~ a pretty big operation and how these sheds get installed at one’s home!

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Apple Galette - ThermoWorks TimeStack Giveaway / www.delightfulrepast.com
Picking up this feature from two SYS’s ago (#308), Jean from Delightful Repast shares this delectable apple dish ~ Apple Galette. The Thermoworks Timestack timer give-away is over (it was over just as SYS #309 was publishing, that same day, sadly… :((( ), but you can still order this cool timer for multi-timing!! Do check out Jean’s post… 😀
#2 in the past SYS group: Sherry from My Journey Back shared that she and her family (including Hubby “The Cowboy”) have moved to Galveston, Texas ~ just a hop, skip and a jump down the road from us! (Okay, about 8 hours south-east!) You’ll enjoy her post on what’s she’s reading this summer, beach walks, eating fresh fish and more! Her post is ~ Happy Homemaker in Texas. And from last week’s SYS, another fun post about scrapping ~ Black and White Junk.
Annemarie from Annemarie’s Haakblog is back with this super cute
Crochet Bee Pattern!! I could see this guy being made into a mobile for over a baby’s new crib. Or cute bees stuck on sticks out in the garden… Adorable!
DIY Vintage Copper Patina Dollar Store Garden Stake Makeover
Amber from Follow the Yellow Brick Home brings us this fun update to a
Ho-Hum Plastic Hummingbird Stake to “Vintage” Copper Garden Ornament. Gorgeous makeover!!!
pink-flamingo-tropical-table-setting
Debbee from Debbee’s Buzz shares this Fun Flamingo Tropical Table Kicks Off Summer in this colorful post!
Summer is all about family and maybe a little travel… This fun post from Jeanie at The Marmelade Gypsy shares her musings and birthday wishes ~
Postcards from the Lake.

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’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. 💜  Thanks so much!!!

Let’s party!!!

Barb 🙂

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Christmas in July ~ How to Make Your Own Rudy Reindeer Sign

Rudy and one other of Santa’s Reindeer out in my best friends’ garden.

Hello and welcome to this month’s $10 on the 10th challenge, friends! Thank you to our host Tammy of Patina and Paint for coming up with this fun idea for this month’s theme ~ Christmas in July!

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Today I am sharing my Reindeer designs that I used to make and sell to around our neighborhood in California, in front of grocery stores on weekends, and to many friends back in the late 1990’s/early 2000’s for a little extra holiday money…

The top photograph was sent to me this winter by my best friend Janet. She still has these two reindeer some 20 years later… A little faded but still cute!!!

Supplies you will need

  • plywood
  • sandpaper
  • latex craft paints – brown for body, red for collar, white, black and tan (in ears, or use brown with white mixed to lighten).
  • paint brushes (large for the body, smaller for face and legs and tail detail)
  • wood glue
  • silver and/or colored glitter (for jingle bells – glue on over silver paint)
  • old fence board
  • surveyor’s stake
  • wood screws
  • marine varnish – to protect your Reindeer from the weather
  • Drill and drill bits – for pilot holes for screws

When I was making these Reindeer and other holiday signs, I began with a Grade 1 sheet of thick plywood.

Back then those sheets cost about $32 and I could make quite a few decorator signs out of each sheet. I used every piece of wood I had to decorate these Reindeer; Santa and Mrs. Claus, little ghosts and the pumpkins I made.

I made a lot of tea signs back then. They were all a lot of fun to make!

With the wood supply shortage this year, that same sheet of plywood could cost about $82 each… So, use old scraps you have lying around in the garage… 😉 Or buy the smaller plywood sheets sold in stand-up bins at the big box stores.

You can also use an old fence board and a surveyor’s stake to make a fun Christmas-y sign under your Reindeer and the surveyor’s stake will hold up both. These Reindeer are fun to stand out in the yard (or in a flower pot with a Christmas tree behind). The old fence boards were what I used with my tea signs, as you can see.

How to make a Rudy Reindeer

  • Begin with drawing out a Reindeer shape on paper and transfer to plywood. Draw out the Reindeer’s harness, jingle bells and nose on scrap plywood.
  • Cut out plywood pieces with a scroll saw, jig saw or hand saw.
  • Sand each piece smooth along all edges. Wipe down with a damp towel, let dry.
  • Using latex craft paint, paint each piece letting dry between layers of paint. Add eyes, a smile, hooves and a painted tail and fetlocks, if you like!
  • Paint the harness, jingle bells and nose and let dry ~ drill pilot holes and screw onto the body with 3/4″ – 1″ screws.
  • Sprinkle on glitter over glue on jingle bells, let dry. Use glitter wherever you’d like! Rudy noses look especially cute with red glitter!!!
  • Drill holes in body and screw onto the surveyor’s stake.
  • Paint a separate fence board (if you desire) with whatever fun saying you’d like to say for Christmas (or holiday). Example: “North Pole this way!” (with arrow pointing)
  • Varnish your signs on all edges, front and back with non-yellowing marine varnish (used to be about $45/gallon; it goes a long way!)

Our first home ~ Me in 1997, aged 35.

Enjoy your Rudy Reindeer! And now let’s check out the other fun ideas my friends have for you for this Christmas in July…

Ann – The Apple Street Cottage

Barb – French Ethereal

Cindy – Cloches & Lavender

Patti – Pandora’s Box

Tammy – Patina & Paint

Terrie – Decorating & More With Tip

Happy Saturday, friends!

Barb 🙂

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Share Your Style #308

Welcome friends, to this week’s Share Your Style #308! Happy Wednesday to you 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!
 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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My inlaws drove home safely ~ it was really nice to visit with my mother-in-law Gini, SIL Jodi and nephew Corey over the past two weeks! I know they were happy to get home last Saturday afternoon, as we all are after a long trip away. 🙂

I am finally feeling better after coming down with an “unspecified virus” which the doctor at the local urgent care thinks might be Post-Covid Syndrome. I am just happy I tested negative for a number of things and the results just came back from the mammogram. Nothing out of the ordinary; just the usual-for-me fibrous tissue. 💜 

We took down the old shed and are waiting for the new one’s arrival! It looks like it might come on Friday so I sent off to the City to request a final permit. There should be no issues now since all their issues were with location and the rest had previously been finalized. I’ll be happy when it is fully installed and I no longer have to talk to the City…

And can you believe it is 4th of July this weekend, already??… Where has time flown?? Lots of fun ideas here this week for celebrating!

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

Prepping for a New Shed ~ the saga continues and I am ready to be DONE!

And here are this week’s featured posts…

sliced patriotic cake on white plate decorated with red, white and blue.
Lois of Walking on Sunshine Recipes brings us this yummy patriotic recipe for celebrating with our families and friends on our nation’s
Independence Day ~ 4th of July Cookie Cake. Yum!!!
Totally loving this fun wreath by Cindy of Cloches and Lavender! You’ll love these miniature pots… adorable! ~ How to Make This Grapevine Wreath.
Penny from Penny’s Treasures always has the neatest vintage-style decor posts and this update on her bedroom is just in keeping! Summer Bedroom ~ check out the new sheets and what she did with a second set…
Debbie from Debbie-Dabble Blog shared her pretty gardens in this post ~ A Bit of Yellow in the Gardens, June 2021 Garden Update. Wait until you see who came to visit??! She’s a cutie!!!
Jeanie from The Marmelade Gypsy shares her sweet paintings in this colorful post ~ From Palette to Paper. Isn’t this guy adorable and soooo realistic??!!
For our daughters and any of us still in shape to wear fun tops like this, Maya over at The Little Treasures shared this fun pattern to crochet! ~ Madison Top Pattern Release. When I was a teen, I had some really cute strappy tops like this but nowadays, it’d be a “backyard-only” on me! My daughter however… 😉 Love the retro 70’s vibe!!!
8 Spray Paint Projects To Do
Rachelle from My Hubbard Home shares this fun post for updating our home decor on a budget ~ 8 Spray Paint Projects to do This Weekend. Love ’em all!!!
An important thought as we come into Post-Covid times: 3 Tips for Improving Your Mental Health from Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge.
woman in striped sweater and jeans against white background getting ready to declutter extra pillows
Julie from Filling the Jars shared this wonderful post for also mentally (and physically!) clearing and cleaning the cobwebs ~ Do These 3 Things When You Are Overwhelmed by Clutter.
Renae over at Peacock Ridge Farm shared this lovely post on Our French Country Front Porch Makeover. Love it and those urns!!!…
Steamboat-Springs-Colorado-Hot-Air-Balloon-Festival-takeoff
Debbee from Debbee’s Buzz shared this neat travel-related post ~ Steamboat Springs Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival. Don’t y’all just love seeing a balloon liftoff?!! I had to work the front gate on the night they did the “glow” for the Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival (when we lived on Lake Skinner, our year + as RV camp hosts), BUT we could see a little from the main entry kiosk! 🙂 And of course lots of balloons flying over the next morning!
Free RV checklist printable packing list. Don't forget anything on your next camping trip in your travel trailer. This free printable camping list has everything covered!
For long-term RV living and just for summer camping, here’s a nice list from Sarah from Must Have Mom ~ Free RV Checklist Printable Packing List. She isn’t kidding, friends! It’s bigger (and pared-down) for long-term living. 🙂

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’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. 💜  Thanks so much!!!

Happy linking, everyone!

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Share Your Style #305

Welcome friends, to this week’s Share Your Style #305! Happy Wednesday to you all!

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 and on any of my other social media sites, too.  Thank you!💜 

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My goodness, friends! This has been a nice two weeks off from school (summer vacation), enjoying the pretty mountainside around Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and our nephew and new niece’s wedding, and just taking a break from writing…

Other than the time we were moving out of our last house (August 2015) and I had nothing to write about (or so I thought…), I have taken very few breaks off from blogging and this was a nice break. I was originally just going to take time off from Share Your Style but it turned into a break from everything! I feel refreshed and ready to visit and share new ideas again with you! 💜 

What have I been doing: Painting our master bedroom is almost completed… I am finishing up the ceiling today and am just waiting for the last of Coat 1 to dry so I can stand down below and roll a light second coat over the whole thing (ugh!). Definitely NOT professionally spray painted! WHY the last owners chose to paint EVERY ceiling coffee brown… The crown moulding and walls turned out beautifully. After almost 30 years of painting rooms, I’m getting pretty good at it. 😉

And I am back in the Craft Room (which I have really yet to share) working on making it happy! So, I’ll be sharing those posts soon. 🙂 I am excited to share all these summer inspired posts with you…

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

A Five Minute Picnic Basket for Two ~ Part of this month’s $10 on the 10th challenge. 😉 This was a fun post to write and really quick to put together. Looking forward to more picnics this summer and into fall…

And here are this week’s featured posts…

French table setting

There is something really fun about bee-utiful table settings and this past month our friend Rachelle from My Hubbard Home joined another of our favorite friends, Debbee from Debbee’s Buzz, in a Bee Themed link party ~ Here’s Rachelle’s cute post ~ A Bee French Table Setting for Chic Themed Spring Entertaining. Love all the yellow, black and white!

How To Extend The Life Of Your Peony

Rachelle also shared this lovely post ~ How to Extend the Life of Your Peonies. Lovely! Wish mine were blooming this year…

Lisa at Fresh Vintage by Lisa shared her Trash to Treasure ~ Cast Iron Plant Stand Redo this week. Love the new look and it is soooo pretty anywhere in the yard! Nice job!!

Water feature in outdoor spaces4

MaryJo over at Master”Pieces” of My life shared Why You Should Have a Water Feature in Outdoor Spaces. Yes!!!

Tiffany over at Tee Diddley Dee brings us this fun DIY Rustic Wooden Serving Tray this week and it’s super fast and easy to make. Perfect project to make for summer soirees!

thrifted style, ditsy floral dress, The Thrifty Six, fashion over 40, Shelbee on the Edge

Shelbee from Shelbee on the Edge shared her post with the Thrifty Six and Back with Spring Florals. Love this fun style blog hop and I am sure you will, too!

Chunky Monkey Overnight Oats

Last up for this week is this yummy post perfect for breakfast (anytime, really!) from Claire Justine ~ Chunky Monkey Overnight Oats. Don’t you just love a little chocolate for breakfast? ;)’

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’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. 💜  Thanks so much!!!

Happy linking, dear friends!

Hugs, Barb 🙂

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