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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…
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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 social media sites, too.  Thank you!๐Ÿ’œ 

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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… ๐Ÿ™ 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! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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… ๐Ÿ˜€
#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!!!
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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. ๐Ÿ’œ

If you’d like to follow myย Share Your Style boardย on Pinterest I’d appreciate it,ย thank you!ย I do post all of the featured posts from each week’s SYS there. ๐Ÿ’œย 

Let’s party!!!

Barb ๐Ÿ™‚

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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… ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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 – Pandoraโ€™s Box

Tammy – Patina & Paint

Terrie – Decorating & More With Tip

Happy Saturday, friends!

Barb ๐Ÿ™‚

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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!๐Ÿ’œ 

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ’œ 

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… ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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!!!…
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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! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ’œ

If you’d like to follow myย Share Your Style boardย on Pinterest I’d appreciate it,ย thank you!ย I do post all of the featured posts from each week’s SYS there. ๐Ÿ’œย 

Happy linking, everyone!

Barb ๐Ÿ™‚

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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!๐Ÿ’œ 

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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! ๐Ÿ’œ 

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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!!

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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๏ปฟ

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. ๐Ÿ’œ

If you’d like to follow myย Share Your Style boardย on Pinterest I’d appreciate it,ย thank you!ย I do post all of the featured posts from each week’s SYS there. ๐Ÿ’œย 

Happy linking, dear friends!

Hugs, Barb ๐Ÿ™‚

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Share Your Style #303

Welcome friends, to this week’s Share Your Style #303! 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!๐Ÿ’œ 

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

Adding Farmhouse Style to the China Hutch

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Saying Goodbye to My Beautiful Garden Beds is title of Penny’s Treasures latest link-up with SYS and I think you’ll love the new look! Stop over and take a look… ๐Ÿ™‚
Debra from Common Ground shared her Garden Room Farm Table in May. Lovely!
Transition-the-Entry-from-Spring-to-Summer-with-Pops-of-Pink-The-Crowned-Goat Spring Into Summer Entry Ideas Decorating Holidays Summer
CoCo from The Crowned Goat shared some easy ideas for Spring into Summer Entry Ideas.
Renae of Peacock Ridge Farm shared a how-to in this post ~ How to Wallpaper – A Refresh of My Master Bedroom. Lovely…
Vintage Office Desk Makeover
Paula of Virginia Sweet Pea shared this gorgeous before/after (can you believe how GORGEOUS??!) ~ Vintage Office Desk Makeover.
Lisa of Fresh Vintage by Lisa created a really sweet Mother’s Day present with a homemade book ~ Sharing a Sewing Themed Altered Book. Fun idea and so crafty!!
Braided Tuna Bread Recipe @ treatntrick.blogspot.com
Here’s a delicious recipe for Braided Tuna Bread linked up by Trick’N’Treat. So good and frankly, tuna is my absolute favorite food. :)’

Saving the cutest final two for last…

Tiffany (Tee) of Tee Diddly Dee shared the cutest post ~ Little Mallard Becomes a Momma. Precious!!! You’ll have to stop by to see the ducklings…

Honorable Mention

I can’t pull up any of the photos (it’s the way they are protected, and that’s fine) for the cutest kitty and her sweet pillow and new bed, but I wanted to share Julie of A Loverly Life‘s sweet post… Here is the post, linked through Pinterest:

https://www.commonground-do.com/2021/05/garden-room-farm-table-in-may.html

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. ๐Ÿ’œ

Happy linking everyone,

Barb ๐Ÿ™‚

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Share Your Style #301

Welcome, friends, to this week’s Share Your Style #301!!! 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.ย I appreciate you!
ย As always, I am glad that you are here…

With Mother’s Day coming up soon, today’s SYS shares a smattering of Mother’s Day ideas and a fluffy mother-to-be… (and I need to get myself in gear and set my own table ~ and create a post ~ for the holiday! eek!)

Also, I didn’t know if you knew… I am big on promoting other people, and every time you see anyone featured in any of my posts, I PIN EVERYONE’S PHOTOS, usually multiple photos to my boards on Pinterest.

Plus, I do allow other bloggers to link up their blog parties here; not many hosts do. There aren’t many link parties left and we all need the exposure, not just THE BIG FEW… Anyway, that’s why you’ll see me doing this here. Plus I like these bloggers style! ๐Ÿ™‚ Just saying!

Enjoy, dear friends!!!

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!๐Ÿ’œ 

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

The survey team was here! Now for yea or nay…

Bringing Out the Pretties ~ part of this month’s Pinterest Challenge which shares everyone’s spring decorated kitchens…
Let Them Eat Cake! ~ Or How to Make a Faux Flower Cake from Scratch This could be a fun gift to give to your mom for Mother’s Day, or something to make together!

These two posts go hand in hand… I hope you will check them out, leave a comment or two and pin a few… <3

And here are this week’s featured posts…

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MaryJo from Master”Pieces” of My Life shared sooo many wonderful ways to decorate in the garden in this post ~ Container Gardening Ideas and Inspiration. Love this bread box!!!
Liz from Howling at the Moon shared how they celebrate the king’s birthday over in the Netherlands in her post ~ King’s Day/Kรถningsdag.

Also… You HAVE to check out the adorable Halloween post (which… why didn’t I see this in the fall??) ~ Plague Doctor with a Pattern. Liz comes up with some really cool knitting projects, folks!
Lori from Dining Delight shared her beautifully set table in her holiday post ~ Spring Lemon Tablescape for Mother’s Day. Love the pops of color!!!
DIY Spring Floral Display - Learn how to make a floral display like this to display in your home. This would look great hanging on a door or on a porch wall. #springdecor #springfloralarrangement #springwreath #springdecorating
Paula of Virginia Sweet Pea shares this pretty arrangement in her post ~ DIY Hanging Floral Display for Spring. Love the metal basket, don’t you?
Jeanie from The Marmelade Gypsy has brought us beautiful images from her own backyard in Michigan… The Critters are Out and Having Quite a Time! Here is our lovely mother-to-be… Can’t wait to see the new goslings, Jeanie!!!
Fabiana from Fabby’s Living is back with a lovely table set for special friends (after Covid!) ~ A Garden Table and Blue Danube China. Just lovely…
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Who else would love a soft fleecy sheep following them around their garden? Well, Amber from Follow the Yellow Brick Home brings us one in the curated and fun garden post ~ Country Cottage Garden Style, part of her Pin Away Wednesdays blog party.

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. ๐Ÿ’œ

Happy linking, everyone!

Barb ๐Ÿ™‚

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Let Them Eat Cake! ~ Or How To Make a Faux Flower Cake from Scratch

Here’s a fun project to make using leftover florals you may have in your craft stash! For an upcoming blog hop, I needed a “cake” to finish off the look I was creating with some glass cake domes… Then I thought of this unfinished 3/4 “cake” that has been in my Craft Room for quite some time…

Looks a bit like PacMan… ;)’

Craft items you will need:

  • (3) 1″ tall round foam “cakes”
  • hot glue and glue gun
  • kitchen bread knife to cut out “cake piece”
  • various leftover faux flower heads and greenery
  • anything else you want to use to decorate your cake!

This is a perfect craft to do while watching t.v.! An ironing board makes a perfect table as it can raise up or down as needed.

How to make your Flower Cake:

Begin with hot glueing the three foam cakes together, let cool. Using a bread knife, cut out a “piece” of cake; this can be decorated to go together, too!

Using leftover sheet moss, cut strips to create the “cake” portions of your decorated Flower Cake.

Watch for burnt fingers… This is the sticky, messy bit but it’s worth the effort!

Hot glue those over the exterior seams of the glued cake hiding the cake seams (or wherever you’d like to place them, of course). Can also use different florals for a whole different effect.

This is a perfect project to get creative with!

Pull off flower heads as needed and begin hot glueing those onto the cake as “frosting.”

The pretty part!!!

Keep adding whatever flower heads you’d like to your Flower Cake ~ you could make a whole series of cake pieces using different florals!

Kinda like those really tall rainbow cakes which are popular for children’s parties. (You’ll need more “cake stacks” to make one of those!) Older children can make these cakes or even smaller pre-cut “cupcakes” at birthday parties as a fun craft during their birthday party. Flower Cupcakes would be fun take-home gifts for each guest!

*** Children as young as 5 years could do this with a parent’s help, keeping a bowl of cold water nearby for sticky glue on fingers. We did this at school this year for a Christmas project and the students enjoyed using hot glue and very good (and fast!) about using the cold water.

Decorate the inside of your cake similarly to the outside ~ I used more sheet moss here to look more like a real “cake” and put small white Queen Anne’s Lace flowerheads in between for the frosting. :)’

If you run out of small white florals like me, don’t fret. Finish after your next trip to the craft store! No worries…

Add on any pretty leaves and flower heads to the top and your Flower Cake is done!!!

Bon appetit, mes amis!

Barb ๐Ÿ™‚

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Share Your Style #297

Welcome, friends, to this week’s Share Your Style #297!!! 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…

As we finish up with a little St. Patrick’s Day fun, we now move totally into Spring and all things Easter time this week!!! I love all the features everyone has shared and I appreciate your coming back, even when I don’t get time to get back by to say Thank you! for linking up and that your post has been featured (or fall asleep ridiculously early each night because of the craziness of school and students with challenging behaviors!).

Enjoy all the features for this week…

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!๐Ÿ’œ 

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

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Lisa over at Fresh Vintage by Lisa shared her sweet Easter basket in this post ~ Thrifty Find: Vintage German Paper Machรฉ Easter Eggs. Lovely!!
Mr. McGregor’s Mailbox is the fun post shared by Penny at Penny’s Vintage Home. Totally adorable!!! Love the large cabbages and the checked bow!
Carol at Bluesky at Home brings us her sweet Rustic Easter Tablescape in this colorful and egg-quisitely beautiful table setting. Love the tulips and rabbits!!
Debbie of Debbie-Dabble Blog shared her post all about An Easter Bunny Tea and More. Beautiful vintage style… <3
Nylse from Life Notes shares a wealth of encouragment in this post ~ Prayers to Get You Through the Day. Especially here at Easter time, and with Covid still causing trouble throughout our world, we need this!!!
Tiffany over at Tee Diddly Dee shares her Irish dancing shoes (aren’t they sweet with the moss inside them??!) in this holdover St. Patrick’s Day post ~ Tis a Wee Bit Irish Vignette. Love the antique/vintage cards, too!
Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge and friends share their Trail “Blazers” of Pre-Loved Fashion in her monthly blog hop with updated trendy thriftshop style! Love ’em all!!!
Rachelle at My Hubbard Home shared her love of English roses in her romantic post ~ David Austin, A Life Devoted to Roses. Be still my heart!!!

***P.S. If you haven’t any English roses in your garden, look up David Austin Roses on the internet and have them send you a copy of this year’s catalogue to drool over (and to buy, of course!).

For all of us who are rose addicts, these are the crรจme de la crรจme of roses… Do check them out! My babies are putting out massive leaves right now. Making up for lost time!!! Post soon…

Thank you to everyone who linked up this past week and to you here today! I love what you all share with us each week, thank you! Be sure to share this button on your featured posts and/or in your sidebars. I appreciate it!!! 

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Have a great week,

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Share Your Style #295

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #295, friends!!! 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 and/or on my other social media sites, thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Well, sorta not much, except a little on Instagram. ๐Ÿ™‚

I have been in the winter blues in the worst way this year! With the arctic cold and then the ice, trying to keep warm and still get Yoda out every few days for a very short walk.

My favorite triple ball topiary just couldn’t make it, and I failed to wrap it enough against the 7 degree temps plus wind (-12 deg. F) it endured…

Then the loss of a number of plants… I am getting there and it looks like the boxwoods will all make it but there leaves are mostly striped and white. Ugh! They will take a long time recovering. ๐Ÿ™‚

There is no great loss without some small gain.”

Laura Ingalls Wilder

On the upside, though, our new Miss Kim lilac picked up early last summer in South Dakota LOVED the ice and cold!!! It will bloom heavenly this spring!

But we have a bunch of wonderful spring posts and some upcoming St. Patrick’s Day posts. So let’s take a look at this week’s features, shall we?

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Army retirement, Shelbee on the Edge
And a BIG CONGRATULATIONS to Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge and her husband,
SSG Jeffrey M. Herling on their retirement from the United States Army!!!
“Curraghee!!!”
Please head over and extend your well-wishes, won’t you?

Debra at Common Ground brings out the green in her sweet post ~ Sharin’ of the Green. Love this!!!
Moss topiary tree with ribbon tie
Kippi at Home shared her sweet DIY Topiary Balls in her linked post this week. Don’t you just love topiaries??!
Through The Looking Glass How To Refurbish An Old Mirror
Rachelle from My Hubbard Home shares this refurbishment project she worked on in her post ~ Through the Looking Glass – How to Refurbish and Old Mirror. Wonderful job and I liked the beautiful wood underneath, too!
Debbie of Debbie-Dabble Blog shared her major photograph organization project in this post (a must-see!) ~ A Huge Photo Organization Project, Part II. Yeah… I think we ALL need this! ;)’
Instant Pot chicken + Lime Soup with Rice potsandplanes.com
Mary over at Pots and Planes warms us up with this wonderful recipe ~ Instant Pot with Chicken and Lime Soup with Rice! (Okay… Are we all drooling yet??!)
St. patricks stylish tablescape
MaryJo of Master”Pieces” of My Life shared her lovely Stylish St. Patrick’s Day Tablescape here in this post. Wowza!!! Love the crystal!
And because these guys are just tooo adorable!!! Debbee of Debbee’s Buzz shares all about Preparing for a Puppy: Favorite Dog Supplies and Toys.
Upcycled-Country-House-Birdhouse-The-Crowned-Goat-2 Upcycled Country House Birdhouse Holidays Spring
CoCo of the Crowned Goat shares her sweet rabbit in this post ~ Upcycled Country House Birdhouse. Perfect for spring!!!
DIY St. Patrick's Day Gnomes Tomte Cute spring gnomes Leprechaun gnomes
Our final fun St. Patty’s Day post is from Amber of Follow the Yellow Brick Home with her ZZ Top-look-a-likes: Lucky DIY St. Patrick’s Day Gnomes!

And that’s it for this week, friends!

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Share Your Style #294

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #294, friends!!! 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 and/or on my other social media sites, thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

My sites:  French Ethereal  Instagram  Facebook  Pinterest  YouTube

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Debra from Common Ground shares this layered Easter time vignette in this post ~ A Touch of Spring in the Garden Room. Love it!!!
I just couldn’t decide so… I shared both! Here is another of Debra’s (Common Ground) fun creations/vignettes ~ Blooming ‘Brella and Friends!
How to repurpose a plastic mannequin and turn it into unique garden art. The tutorial includes how to create a faux concrete effect with craft paint. Love how it turned out. #Fauxconcrete #painteffects #mossmannequin #DIYTutorial #mosseffects #gardenart #acraftymix #recyclegardenart
Michelle over at A Crafty Mix shared how she made this incredible art piece (a lot of work went into this!) in her post ~ The Making of a Mosaic and Moss Mannequin. I just had to share! Wow…

Hand carved bird displayed with S. Allen Chambers Lynchburg an Architectural History book and Lynchburg, A Pictorial History Book
Paula of Virginia Sweet Pea shared her PC (Pinterest Challenge) coffee table decor in this nature-inspired post ~ Spring Coffee Table Decor. Love this hand-carved bird!
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Liz over at Howling at the Moon brings us her sweet crocheted Victoria the Swan. Just precious for any upcoming baby showers!!!
Apple  Recipe @ http://treatntrick.blogspot.com
Treat and Trick shares this delicious recipe for Eggless Apple Cake. Lovely presentation… <3
fall leaf plates
Rachelle of My Hubbard Home brings us her latest ~ Thrift Store Finds That Don’t Need Any Improvements. Love a great thrifting adventure, don’t you?!!
Last up for this week, y’all is Sandra of Dinner at Eight sharing her lovely dining table set with these sweeties in her post ~ Song of Winter…

And that’s it for this week, friends!

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Barb