DIY Projects, Holidays, Home Decor, Thanksgiving

Share Your Style #368

Welcome friends to this week’s Share Your Style #368! Can you believe that Thanksgiving is just a week away? Neither can I…

I am super happy to have a week off next week to enjoy a little cooking, a lot of house cleaning (ick!), some reading and blogging, finishing up painting in our spare bedroom/office, and visiting with family!!!

Well, I worked on a couple of posts but didn’t get any finished, so… Let’s see what fun features you all have for us…

And here are this week’s featured posts…

COLOR ME BLESSED - COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS #coloring #relaxation #CountYourBlessings #ColoringBooks #AdultColoringBooks #BibleColoringBooks #ChristianColoringBooks
Dee from Grammy’s Grid shares the joy of coloring in this fun coloring book post ~ perfect for Thankgiving placemats and/or little gifts for your guests ~
Color Me Blessed Count Your Blessings.
Wendy from The Inspired Eater shared five pearls of wisdom on keeping weight off (isn’t that soooo needed over the holidays??) over a lifetime and links it to this lovely photograph ~ How to Lose the Shame After You’ve Gone Cookie Monster on Your Lifestyle. Yep… I think everyone needs this advice at some point/points in our lives! ๐Ÿ™‚
Debra from Common Ground shared a refresh here in her lovely fall/Thanksgiving centerpiece post ~ Paint Refreshed Tote for a Farm Table Vignette. Love it!!!
Lynne over at Thrifting Wonderland shares this fun almost monochromatic Thanksgiving tablescape in her post Casual November Thrifted Tablescape. Love the whole ethnic look!!!
Niki over at The House on Silverado shares this yummy breakfast/dessert recipe ~
Starbucks Copycat Sugar Plum Cheese Danish ~ totally YUM!!!
Rita from Panoply shares her beautiful Thanksgiving table in this perfect post ~
Homeland Merriment Thanksgiving. Love this combination of plates and chargers!!! Gorgeous!
Sherry from My Journey Back shares her bright, fun blankets in this post ~ Thursday Crochet Project Update. Love how they are turning out!!
How to make a caramel apple fruit turkey for your thanksgiving celebration this year.
Old friend Kendra from A Proverb 31 Wife brings us this adorable DIY post for your Thanksgiving buffet table ~ Carmel Apple Fruit Turkey. Fun to make with your kids!!!
three kids laughing at a pumpkin patch with text overlay - easy ways to teach kids gratitude
Newcomer Charlene from Hessun Academy shares her Tips to Teach Kids Gratitude + a free gratitude journal to print. Great ideas!!! Welcome, Charlene!! ๐Ÿ™‚
Turkey Rice Krispie Treats
Our next newcomer is Melissa from Everyday Savvy and she brings us these adorable Rice Krispie Treat Pops. So fun to make with your grands and any kids still living at home!! So loving all of your Thanksgiving ideas, friends!! Welcome, Melissa!!
And last up for this week comes to us from Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge who shares this look back at 10 Memories of the Holiday Season Link Up on the Edge (and a 10 on the 10th!). Love this little guy Archie in his Christmas jammies!!

Thank You so much to everyone who linked up this past week. A special thank you to everyone 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 plus usually other photos from those posts to my boards. ๐Ÿ’œย  Thanks so much!!! If you are new to French Ethereal, I hope you will think about subscribing to my blog.

Happy linking, dear friends!

Barb ๐Ÿ™‚

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Home Decor, Pinterest Challenge

Let’s Decorate Pretty Fall Baskets with Pumpkins and Roses

Welcome, friends, to this month’s Pinterest Challenge! For an early fall decorating idea, we are creating beautiful autumn baskets with you in mind using all the bounty of the season…

As always, I want to thank Cindy from County Road 407 for leading our team of happy basket enthusiasts! If you are just coming over from Laura at Everyday Edits and/or this is your first time here, welcome!!

Isn’t Laura’s basket styling just beautiful?!! She is a navy girl all the way! No, not the military way (though her father-in-law is a retired colonel), but in that she LOVES navy as her favorite color. Check out her beautiful home!!!

Today’s inspiration comes from a post written by Janelle Trinette. Janelle’s style features lots of neutrals and woods with loads of nubby textures, which really stands out in her decor. She uses a lot of sisal and bark which gives her decorating scheme a real outdoorsy look. Recently I read a post she wrote about hiking Bryce Canyon in Utah (it was good!) ~ on my bucket list of fun places to go see and hike!

Interestingly, we shared Janelle’s photograph of a stacked pumpkin in one of last year’s Pinterest Challenges when we decorated our mantels and you can see that photograph here.

My recreation can be found here: An Early Fall Mantel Refresh.

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This is a second photograph from Janelle’s post.

I love that in this year’s inspiration photo so much texture was used with wood cuts, the nubby basket, the cat tails and wheat, and, of course, the sweet faux pumpkins!

Of course, I also went nuts over the ultra cool door…

Totally adorable and as soon as I saw it, I thought…

“I have a door!”

My son Peter and I picked up this grey-green door during the Great Recession of 2008. We were just heading home after a Scouting event, and someone was changing out their front door after buying a bank-repo house near a friends’ home. So, we hauled this door home in our Sequoia.

It was always meant to become the front door of a future she shed… ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hubby has moved it around as needed through our moves and it has been perfect for protecting things on shelving inside our current garage ~ until I needed it (now!).

This challenge inspired me to work on the door a couple of weekends ago adding new hardware and door knobs which I have had forever! Just so it could be a backdrop… ๐Ÿ˜€

My next thought was

“I have a large basket!” which I picked up on sale at Target a year or so ago. I love using it in winter to store firewood in it near our fireplace. Recently, it was used as a laundry hamper for my mother-in-law when she stayed with us through the winter.

I had a lot of fun pulling together things to create my basket scene!

Here I’ve layered in bamboo poles inside a Texas star-hung plastic basket behind the nubby willow basket. This takes the place of the grasses and reeds in Janelle’s photo.

pumpkin stack!

It was over 100 degrees when I was putting all of this together, but pulling all of my favorite decorated white and light colored pumpkins out of the attic gave me a burst of joy and energy!

Fall is coming, friends!!! And this past weekend’s rainy weather is a small taste of fall weather… ๐Ÿ™‚

Next, I added our bridesmaid’s basket on top of this bistro table to hold dried roses and a small bouquet of lavender. Paired with one of my “mistake” pumpkins made back around 2014.

I love the nubby “string of pearls” look of the Cinderella pumpkin (made by dripping Gorilla Glue on it and adding sparkle glitter) next to the roses and natural grass basket.

And I have a nice big garden shed!!

(Couldn’t get our shed builder to go for my door idea, though. Oh, well!) Our shed really is used for all things garden and it is the perfect spot for us to decorate for today’s Pinterest Challenge.

It just required me to move a few things around (Mr. Ethereal’s storage and some tools in black and yellow plastic storage tubs from my inlaws’ former home in California). Tools he needs to go through and decided what to keep and what can go.

Which is why it was a challenge to get a similar photograph to our inspiration piece!

I couldn’t back up too far… (haha) Too much stuff behind me, lol!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I was also inspired to rehang this little chandelier we used in our Prairie Home RV! It is hung off of a little wrought iron bird hanger found years ago at Walmart.

Happy fall decorating, everyone!

I hope this post has inspired you to take stock of what you have laying around the house, and to pick out pieces to bring your fall decor together in a fresh new way…. Everything you see here was something I already had, so $0.00 were spent on this challenge! Always a win!!

Thanks, y’all, for stopping by! Up next is Niky from The House on Silverado with her fall basket rendition; her basket vignette looks so nice, don’t you agree?!!

Enjoy the rest of the tour!

And here’s to cooler weather,

Barb ๐Ÿ™‚

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DIY Projects, Home Decor

How to Glam-Up Your Vintage Door

Welcome, friends! It’s back-to-school-time and with that I am finally feeling the need to do some fun DIY/crafting projects. ๐Ÿ™‚ Today I am sharing how to glam-up an old door I have had in my stash since 2008…

Tools needed for this project

  • drill and drill bits – for wood and metal
  • scroll saw or jig saw to cut out small wood pieces as needed
  • pliers and screw drivers
  • wood glue (I used regular wood glue and Gorilla wood glue), paintable and stainable
  • blue painter’s tape
  • sand paper
  • sanded grout, paintable and stainable
  • paint and paint brushes, various sizes
  • black spray paint
  • antique/vintage hardware escutcheons and glass doorknobs plus center hardware

How to begin?

Start with cleaning your door with a little soap and water (or even just plain water) on a damp cloth, then wipe the door dry. I took my time cleaning the windows with glass cleaner and to clean the lead pieces.

Next, I used a little Lemon Pledge on the stained side of the door (the original outside of this door), and then began figuring out what needed to be done to prep the door for new hardware. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I gathered a drill and drill bits, some old screws (from a box of screws and closet hanger hardware we have had since our first home closet rebuild), and five craft and chalk paint containers from my craft room.

The escutcheons (decorative but purposeful flat door pieces to go behind doorknobs) I picked up at Second Impressions Antique Store in South Dakota when Mr. Ethereal and I were driving home from Peter and Justine’s wedding in 2016.

I am soooo glad that I found those escutcheons since I have had this pair of antique glass door knobs waiting in my stash of goodies for over 20 years! It is nice to finally be able to use these pieces on this door project.

Many of these things I had intended to go on a future birdhouse (back then), but you know how that goes… Eventually you use them where you need them, regardless of the original thought you had for them, lol!

Hubby used a super large, round paddle bit to drill these circles for me! ๐Ÿ™‚

The first things which had to be fixed on this door were the big gaping holes where contemporary door hardware used to sit. I asked Mr. Ethereal if he’d help me drill some round inserts from a leftover 2″ x 4″ we had.

The grout shows here on the backside of the door as I was staining it and adding paint striations to help “blend it in.”

They ended up a little smaller than needed, but a bunch of globs of Gorilla wood glue and regular wood glue helped fill in the gaps. I placed blue painter’s tape around to catch any drips and to contain the glue while it dried.

When the glue was mostly dry, I filled in the backside of the inserts and remaining gaps with sanded grout. Let dry completely/overnight.

Painting

Next, I mixed various shades of chalk and acrylic paints on a folded paper towel in medium grey, teal, light teal (more of a white), black and brown to create a hue close to the green side of the door.

On the backside, I used some old stain we had in a reddish tint to color the grout then added brown paint and later some tiny vertical brown lines to try and “match” the grain of the oak door.

You can just see some of the paint attempts made to match to door (practically impossible!). It’s not great but at least there isn’t light tan anymore from the grout and wood inserts! ๐Ÿ™‚

Adding the Hardware

I grabbed four 1/2″ all-purpose screws from the leftovers box and used the driver drill to screw the white escutcheon on the green side of the door, making sure the piece was aligned vertically with the door edge.

The backside escutcheon will be added after drilling the doorknob hole.

Testing out the door knob in its freshly drilled hole!

Drilling the door knob hole

By adding the front escutcheon first (the white one), I was able to use its door knob hole as the template to drill through the door. Once drilled, I tested the door knob to see if I needed to drill out more or to straighten it.

It’s a little off, as I didn’t have a jig to keep the drill bit completely square, but it’s not going to be used as an actual door, just as an accent piece, so it’s fine. ๐Ÿ™‚

Adding the back escutcheon

This particular escutcheon is meant to be embedded into the door, for safety purposes, for the original lock to function. I didn’t want to bevel out the door, which could have been done but I haven’t done that before. We actually have wood carving tools, but I thought I’d add a piece of wood to the back to take up the surrounding space instead.

Using a scroll saw is a lot like using a sewing machine. You have to move whatever you are cutting around the blade, much like you move fabric around a stationary sewing needle.

To cut out the inner piece without going through the outer edges of the wood, turn off the saw, undo the tension (top knob at the back of the arm) and undo the saw blade knob (the one zooming up and down, on the lower-right at the front of the arm. ๐Ÿ™‚

Drill a pilot hole through the center of the inner square to begin the inner cutting.

Then, push down on the front-top of the needle housing and the blade will easily pull out. Slip the blade through the drilled hole, reattach the needle, tighten the blade knob plus the tension knob, and saw away!

I realized I’d have to bevel the edges after (or during) the cutting process, so I did that after seeing if I needed to cut off any more wood.

Rechecking the cuts…

It took about an hour to fine-tune this wood insert, a little sanding, then it was ready to set into the black escutcheon and screw onto the backside of the door.

I took a little time out to spray paint the wood black, let it dry out in the 95 degree heat while eating lunch, then aligned the pieces on the door. Painting the wood piece black helps it to not be so visible when the door is viewed from the side.

Upon figuring out where the doorknob hole needed to be, and where the escutcheon needed to be placed (to cover over some of the filled door holes), I realized the escutcheon needed to be drilled.

Mr. Ethereal helped me drill through the lower part of the inner metal creating a hole for the doorknob center hardware.

Had to use the pliers to remove the one short screw which didn’t work and wouldn’t come out without a little assistance. ๐Ÿ™‚

Going back to the hardware box, I pulled out more 1/2″ screws, but they were too short to hold the escutcheon on the door, now with the wood piece taking up space.

Adding (4) thin 1″ wood screws worked perfectly! And they were galvanized and a bit black with age ~ absolute perfection…

And that’s all there is to glamming up your vintage door! Please share doors with me which you have redone, I’d love to see them. ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy creating, friends,

Barb ๐Ÿ™‚

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Summer Projects: Painting the Little Porch Chair How-2

Happy summer to you, dear friends!!! I am enjoying this time off from work and just this past week I worked on another summer project ~ repainting our little metal chair which currently sits on the front porch…

This little chair was sold as part of a patio set which included two metal chairs and a small metal table back in the late 1990’s/early 2000’s. I believe I found it at Big Lots for around $99. They used to sell them every year and I waited for a set I liked before buying one.

A Little Fall Decor Past and Present ~ the only post I had showing this chair.

The set held its paint for a good 25 years or so and was a nice green over black. When we were getting ready to sell our last house in 2015, my husband sold the table at one of our garage sales (a mistake!). The other chair had the back legs broken off several years prior and had been tossed (also by Hubby) at some point.

I looked through all of my old photos from the beginning of FE eight years ago and I didn’t find “the chair” when it had paint, but I DID find our teak bench! (2014, from my old iPhone 4,
I think) It needs repainting again, too.

The paint on this remaining chair had seen better days, even in California, as it sat outside in our backyard or on the covered front porch all year long (there’s a photo somewhere with a small stack of pumpkins on this chair).

With Texas’ strong rainstorms, the remaining paint had been “sandblasted” off most of the chair, lol!

So it was a good candidate for a refresh…

Giving it a good clean!

How to begin?

I began this project with a good wipe down with just a clean damp rag, rinsing it out with the hose a couple of times. This removed all of the cobwebs and most of the dirt. I set the hose on “jet” and sprayed out the rest of the debris from underneath in the upper chair leg crevices. ๐Ÿ™‚

After a dry in the hot morning sunshine, next I applied some elbow grease and a good scrub with a wire metal brush. This took off the biggest chunks of leftover paint and now there was clean metal ready to paint!

Lay down a paint cloth or old bed sheet (shown here), lay down your chair, and shake your paint can well for at least two minutes. I turned mine upside down, too, and continue shaking. Really helps mix the paint well!

Lightly spray over the surface of the metal using short bursts of paint and very quick sideways strokes as you spray. This gives a nice coating without paint “running” or “pooling” in cracks, which I wanted to stand out anyway and not be all gooped up.

Paint as much of the chair in this position, let dry at least 2 hours. This allows for painting as much of the chair at one time as possible. Some people like to stand up their chairs to spray paint, but this is what I like. ๐Ÿ™‚

Love how the white paint picked out the filigree work on the chair!

Stand chair up after the appropriate drying time (per paint can manufacturer) and paint the other side of the backrest plus paint over any missed spots of exposed metal.

Paint a light second coat and let dry again.

***Tip: When you are done painting, turn the paint can upside down and spray a little out of the can to “clear the tube.” This makes it a possibility of saving the leftover paint and using it next time. Otherwise, the tube is often clogged and you’ll have to throw out the remaining paint.

Loving this chair’s refresh!

And that’s all there is to spray painting metal chairs!

Sometimes you have to tape off parts, if you are doing multiple paints. I tape off the teak bench and I’ll be doing that soon to repaint it.

Happy painting!

Barb ๐Ÿ™‚

DIY Projects

Happy Father’s Day from Daddy’s New Shed!

Happy Father’s Day, y’all! A week ago, I was with my mother-in-law at Costco and saw a shed I’d been looking at for a year… Well, that day I pulled the trigger, had two 9′ long boxes unboxed and the contents loaded through the rear window of my unopening-rear-hatch Sequoia…

It’s not much of a Father’s Day gift, but definitely necessary to free up the back patio and get the lawn mower out of the garage. Hubby needs more room to move around in his workshop. ๐Ÿ˜‰

A little out of order, but here is Hubby at the end of Saturday this week hosing off the back patio thereby removing six months of winter dirt and grime and the remaining leaves. He finished the small shed then spent the rest of the day moving things into it while I worked out in the garden on the newest planter area.

Last week, though, chose to be the first really hot week of the year in North Texas thus far, so I spent several hot days indoors putting on parts to each panel of this new shed. A pretty big chore, surprisingly!

This is going to be where we store all the stinky things: lawn fertilizers, bug sprays when absolutely needed, and the lawn mower.

Pole vault, anyone?? Actually, Mr. Ethereal needed to have a bit more leverage to get this old fence post out of the ground. Who knows how long they had been there?!

Mr. Ethereal began early last Saturday morning to build the new shed’s base.

Hubby fitting the 2×4’s in around the 4×4 exterior.

By noon, the plywood was down and after stopping for a bite of lunch…

My MIL came over and brought homemade potato salad, baked beans and some hamburgers which I cooked on Herbie, our little grill, we began the shed build…

By 6:00pm, we were “done in” from the 105 degree heat (41 deg. celsius), but all of the shed was up and the roof on with just a few bolts still needing to be tightened. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s what’s now inside:

Charles is a trooper for moving all these things inside yesterday! He finished installing the final few things which needed to be bolted-in (two brace supports which solidify the front door and transom area, and putting up the back shelf).
He’s really good at organizing it all… It looked photograph worthy! And so I did. ;D

Now we have the Big Shed and the Little Shed… ๐Ÿ’œ

And now we have somewhere nice for all those lawn necessities. And my husband is wonderful for building this for us!

I hope your Father’s Day weekend has been a good one. Hubby even brought me flowers when he got a haircut this afternoon. He’s a keeper…

Happy Father’s Day to you all,

Barb ๐Ÿ™‚

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Share Your Style #343

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #343! Happy Wednesday to y’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.ย I appreciate you! I appreciate your subscribing, also. As always, I am glad that you are here… ๐Ÿ’œ

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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Well, there are a lot of neat features this week to share with you! Really, all month long has been lots of fun! All of the Easter decorating and table setting ideas have been so pretty… I know all y’all will have loads of beautiful garden posts to share soon, and I am looking forward to seeing how your gardens have changed since last year.

I’ll be sharing more from mine, soon.

But, for this time, my posts are all indoors, so let’s begin there, shall we? Then we move onto spring projects for the home, fun fashions and healthy cooking ideas.

All good stuff!

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

An Ethereal Springtime Basket in Whites and Silver ~ part of this month’s Pinterest Challenge. Pale pinky-lavender iris are from my side garden.
Springtime in the Hutch ~ an offshoot from Tuesday’s Pinterest Challenge and sharing more of my Limoges tableware.

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Debra from Common Ground shares this good fix for any thrifted painting which needs a little TLC ~ Easy Repairs to a Vintage Oil Painting. Great ideas!!!
floral cone bouquet DIY
MaryJo of Master “Pieces” of My Life brings us a little craft project ~
Floral Cone Bouquets for May Day. Lovely!!! Check out MaryJo’s other post ~ Container Gardening Inspiration – #2 for more lovely gardening ideas for your spring garden.
Shelbee from Shelbee on the Edge shares this month’s fun fashion challenge in her post ~ The Thrifty Six in Bold Monochrome. Totally loving these outfits for spring!!!
From our friend Penny from Penny’s Treasures, we have this romantic post ~
Un-Bee-lievably Cute Wall Art for the Master Bedroom. Love all the curves!!!
canned tomatoes on the counter of the outdoor kitchen. a necessary staple in a scratch cooks pantry
Lynn from Living Large in a Small House shares her secret to living well ~
What is In a Scratch Cook’s Kitchen. This is right up my alley this year as I wean myself (slowly) away from fast food trying to live a much healthier, less arthritic/less inflammation lifestyle.
Debbie from Debbie-Dabble Blog shared a Huge Patio and Backyard Project she and her hubby have been working on. Looking good!
Beauty abounds over at Lynne’s from Thrifting Wonderland in this gorgeous, blooming post ~ Sunday Flowers on Saturday. Love this!!!
Last up for this week is this sweet Tiny Rooster Stool project from Robin over at Junk is My Life. Great update!!!

Thank You so much to everyone who linked up this past week. A special thank you to everyone 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 plus usually other photos from those posts to my boards. ๐Ÿ’œย  Thanks so much!!! If you are new to French Ethereal, I hope you will think about subscribing to my blog.

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 plus usually other photos from those posts to my boards. ๐Ÿ’œย  Thanks so much!!! If you are new to French Ethereal, I hope you will think about subscribing to my blog.

Happy Wednesday evening to you,

Barb ๐Ÿ™‚

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Home Decor, Tablescapes

Share Your Style #338

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #338! Happy Wednesday to y’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.ย I appreciate you! I appreciate your subscribing, also. As always, I am glad that you are here… ๐Ÿ’œ

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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Happy almost spring to you! (Even if the cool temps outside say otherwise…) Sorry I am late getting SYS up again. I came home, laid down and promptly fell asleep for 1 1/2 hours. This past weekend was really busy helping unload Mr. Ethereal’s mom’s storage units and moving all those items and boxes into her house and garage. She is really happy with her new home but for now is still living with us while she “sets up shop.”

So needless to say, I didn’t get any posts done this past week but next week is spring vacation/Easter break so I’ll be back at it. Thanks for sticking around while I haven’t been up to much!

Speaking of Easter… this week’s Share Your Style is full of fun Easter ideas as well as St. Patrick’s Day ideas as well!

Also, in case you hadn’t heard, as I hadn’t until just a few days ago, I wanted to let you know two home decor bloggers you may know recently passed away: Paula from Virginia Sweet Pea and Michelle from The Unpainted Hinge. Please keep their families in your thoughts and prayers, won’t you? I’ve blogged with them for many years, as many of you have, and I hope you will stop by their blogs and enjoy their beautiful writings and photography in memory… ๐Ÿ’œ 

Let’s check out this week’s featured posts, shall we?…

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Easter Bread.
Lois from Walking on Sunshine shared her recipe for
Traditional Easter Bread. Sweet with the nested egg!
Things To Do In The Smoky Mountains In March
Planning a little holiday for spring break? Check out this post ~
Things to Do in the Month of March in the Smoky Mountains ~ by
Amanda from Veravise Outdoor Living. Yeeeesssssssss!!!!!
shamrock rice krispies treats recipe for st. patricks day
Jody from Premeditated Leftovers brings us a bit o’ the green in her post ~ Shamrock Rice Krispie Treats. Yummy!!!
visiting national parks in april
Along those same lines, newcomers Dave and Jamie from Photojeepers shared their post for Visiting National Parks in April. I really need to get out there, how about you??
Welcome, Dave and Jamie!! ๐Ÿ™‚
Lisa from Fresh Vintage by Lisa shared this fun idea for spring ~
Thrifted Potato Masher Turned Recipe Holder. Great repurpose!!!
Kindle-Annalee-leprechaun-figures-trio
Debbee from Debbee’s Buzz shared this cute post with these fun leprechauns ~ Traveling Irish Shamrock Cloth Tablescape.
Top o’ the morning to ya!
Debra from Common Ground brings us her beautiful entryway table in this post Welcoming Easter Entry with Paperwhites. Lovely!
Macadamia And Raspberry Goldies: How To Make
Claire Justine shared this yummy post ~ How to Make Macadamia and Raspberry Goldies. More yumminess!
Amber from Follow the Yellow Brick Home brings a bit of spring green in her post
Vintage-Traditional English Country Early Spring Entryway. Sigh…
Our Fountain of Youth cocktail
How to Host a Couples Cocktail Contest Party
And we would be remiss if I didn’t add a life of the party post ~ Niky from The House on Silverado shared How to Host a Couples Cocktail Contest Party.
And lastly, a bit of ooh la la for spring ~ Lynne from Thrifting Wonderland shared her lovely A Little Bit of France Tablescape.

Thank You so much to everyone who linked up this past week. A special thank you to everyone 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 plus usually other photos from those posts to my boards. ๐Ÿ’œย  Thanks so much!!! If you are new to French Ethereal, I hope you will think about subscribing to my blog.

Here’s to a lovely party!

Barb ๐Ÿ™‚

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Home Decor

5 Minute Spring Vignette

Welcome, friends, to this month’s $10 on the 10th! Today we are featuring posts all about Spring Crafts…

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I’d like to thank Tammy from Patina and Paint for hosting the party. We have a lot of fun ideas for springtime to inspired you!

To create this vignette or one like it, you’ll need:

  • whimsical rabbits, sheep and ducks from your stash or from the local hobby store
  • Easter grass and colorful plastic eggs
  • something to use as your Easter basket (I’ve used this door basket I found at Joanne Fabrics a couple of years ago.)
  • a string of wooden beads or eggs
  • moss covered balls
Oops! I forgot that this month was supposed to be a craft idea, so… I am recycling these Moss Covered Balls. I did use them in our springtime vignette so I’m not too far off! They are messy but turn out great!
  • springtime plates
  • a linen dish towel
  • any other items you’d like to include!

Arrange the tea towel in the bottom of the basket, then add in “risers” to lift the rear plate. Place some fun spring melamine plates next. I used some of the beads from the bead garland underneath to lift the back bunny plate.

Add in some moss-covered balls and plastic eggs into the basket. Drape the bead garland (or an egg garland) over and around the basket, then add sweet little rabbits and other farm animals to your scene. I’ve used a curly wool sheep, a small duckling and several rabbits old and new.

A touch of Easter grass hides another lift underneath the mother and baby rabbit.

My spring vignette covers the gamut of holidays in the springtime! The addition of a small heart pillow and a clover door hanger round out my springtime display.

Total cost? $7.99 for the four melamine plates found at Tuesday Morning a couple of weeks ago. Everything else I’ve picked up in previous years and the littlest bunny in blue jeans I’ve had since the 1990’s when making bunnies was popular.

Total cost for the moss covered balls was about $9 for the bag of moss last year. I have noticed that the cost for moss has shot way up this year! Do check out your local dollar store first.

Thank you for stopping by! Please enjoy your visit today to all the other ladies on the $10 on the 10th tour ~

Tammy ~ Patina and Paint

Niki ~ Life As a Leo Wife

Terrie ~ Decorate and More With Tip

Corine ~ Junk to Gems

Allyson ~ Southern Sunflowers

Barbara ~ French Ethereal (here!)

Happy decorating,

Barb ๐Ÿ™‚

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Love is in the air

Well, hello there! We have a snow day here in North Texas today and it was a good call by our school district to close down for a couple of days… Nice gentle rains yesterday evening turning into snow early, early in the morning. But, by 5:00am, the snow changed into freezing rain… Just a bit hazardous for school buses and folks to be out driving in it! My head cold is still going strong, too, so I went to bed early last night and just didn’t have the energy to get this post out. (think: emoji w/ rolling eyes upward…) Today is a new day and I have been able to get things done!

Our latest news: Yoda was quick about getting out and back in this morning, and he usually enjoys walking about in the snow. Coming up on 16 years old (I kept thinking he already was 16 last year; I was wrong.) this spring, he just doesn’t have the musculature to keep him warm anymore. I think the cold must really hurt his joints. He still comes inside all frisky for a few minutes each morning and evening, though! He is also enjoying having my mother-in-law here every day to let him out around noon-time and to give him more loving pets and cuddles throughout the day! ๐Ÿ’œย 

Hubby and I have been house hunting with her on the weekends since New Year’s when they got back here from California, and even this past Monday evening we drove over to tour a home, so no posts again this past week for me. She did put in an offer on the home we saw on Monday night and hopefully she will hear back yea or nay soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

This is all of my latest news, besides just going to work everyday, so let’s get this belated party started!!!

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Starting this Valentines themed SYS post, our friend Sujatha from Crystal Grandeur shared a beautiful tablescape perfect for “V day…” ~ An Evening Garden Setting. Lovely!!!
Gorgeous presentation abounds at the home of Lynne from Thrifting Wonderland who shared her post ~ Valentine’s Day Tea ~ part of a party of 20 tablescapes perfect for copying for your Valentine!
Banana Cream Pie - Pรขte Sucrรฉe (a slightly sweet shortcrust pastry) / www.delightfulrepast.com
Of course we need something yummy to eat for Valentine’s… Jean of Delightful Repast shared her recipe for Banana Creme Pie: Best Crust Ever! Since I’m home for four days… How about you? Yum! ;)’
a valentine's day charcuterie board filled with savory meats and cheese and sweet desserts
Jennifer from Wanderlust and Wellness brings us this beautiful Valentine Charcuterie Board… Simply beautiful!!!
Ringleader for that 20 blog party mentioned above is none other than our friend Rita from Panoply who shares her fun pinkalicious tablescape ~
I Only Have Ice for You, Valentine.
(I’ve got to quit working so I can come play with everybody!
I DO miss getting out there…)
Penny from Penny’s Treasures brings us her fun fowling friends in this sweet post ~ Valentines and Chickens Decorate the Vintage Door Corner Cabinet in the Kitchen.
Heart shaped cake with sprinkles and an extra heart shaped bowl of colorful sprinkles
Elizabeth from Pinecones and Acorns shared an easy trick for making this yummy Heart-Shaped Cake for Valentine’s Day. Stop by to find out what she did! ;)’
Pinterest graphic with text overlay "wooden ladder side table ReinventedDelaware.com" with an image of the step ladder makeover and two side chairs
Cindy from Reinvented Delaware shared this fun DIY post ~
Old Step Ladder Upcycle. Great repurpose!!!
And last up for this week, MaryJo from Master “Pieces” of My Life shared her One Little Word (OLW) for 2022 ~ Health. So true!

Thank You so much to everyone who linked up this past week. A special thank you to everyone 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 plus usually other photos from those posts to my boards. ๐Ÿ’œย  Thanks so much!!! If you are new to French Ethereal, I hope you will think about subscribing to my blog.

Thank you so much, dear friends! Happy linking to you all,

Barb ๐Ÿ™‚

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Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #332! 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.ย I appreciate you! I appreciate your subscribing, also. As always, I am glad that you are here… ๐Ÿ’œ

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Well, it’s that cozy time of year when we just want to wrap ourselves under a comfy blanket and curl up on the couch with a good book, watch a wonderful old movie and drink something yummy and warm… With that in mind, I’ve picked a few good recipes and beautiful decor to inspire us. And… after an unexpected break last week from SYS, we are back! It has been an adjustment having my mother-in-law living with us, and I feel a bit like Ruth and Naomi at the moment. Hubby has been gone on so many business trips since September, he is hardly home.

But last week was missed because of an unexpected phone call I had to take for the IOOF of which I am a member. So, sometimes life just gets in the way… Today we are back and ready to share your latest posts. Thanks so much for sticking with me and I apologize if you stopped by and there was no notice. Please forgive me this omission.

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

A European Breakfast ~ a bit of my travels and some good news!

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Debra of Common Ground shared a bunch of great ideas for us to use at next year’s New Year’s Eve parties!! ~ New Year’s Eve Tablescape Inspiration ~ Love this!!!
MaryJo from Master “Pieces” of My Life shared her gorgeous tablescape also filled with NYE ideas ~ Mercury Glass Tabletop Ideas. So pretty!!!
Jeanie from The Marmelade Gypsy shared A December Visit to the Ditch. I love Jeanie’s walkabouts and visits around Michigan!!
Bridie from Heart, Hearth and Crafting brings us a stick-to-your-ribs meal in her cozy wintertime cooking post ~ Chicken and Potato Pie Batch Cook Recipe. Yum!!!
Bridie also shared this sweet shorts pattern she made for her son ~ Peek-A-Boo Pattern’s Day Camp Shorts Sewing Project – Batman!!! Too cool!!!
Three fish tacos on a white plate
Paula from Virginia Sweet Pea added this recipe for Easy and Healthy Fish Tacos. Deeeeelicious!!!
macrame heart
Wendy from My French Twist brings us this really fun-to-make Macramรฉ Heart Wall Hanging. Don’t you just love a great, quick craft?!!
Dried flowers
Elsa from Elsa R. Blog shared this easy-to-make Dried Flower Wreath craft.
Love its simplicity!


Maya from The Little Treasures is back with this free crochet pattern ~ Chunky Neck Warmer. Sooo pretty!
Newly renovated kitchen featuring open shelving, blue and white tile backsplash, blue cabinets and tiled floor.
Libby from A Life Unfolding shared her family’s adventures renovating several of their
Airbnb rental projects this past year ~ Wow!!! I think all of us design geeks will approve! ๐Ÿ˜‰ A Year in Review: Our Favorite DIY’s, Renovations and Home Projects from 2021.

Thank You so much to everyone who linked up this past week. A special thank you to everyone 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 plus usually other photos from those posts to my boards. ๐Ÿ’œย  Thanks so much!!! If you are new to French Ethereal, I hope you will think about subscribing to my blog.

What a great week of new ideas to start our year with a bang!! Thank you again to everyone who linked up and I can’t wait to see what all you bring this week to the SYS table…

So glad you are here!

Hugs, Barb

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