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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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Come See Our New Garden Shed!

It’s finally here, friends!!! Our new garden shed has been installed and here’s how it was done…

Wolf Valley Buildings brought two sheds and it took about 1 1/2 hours to install ours. Because of the heavy rains last Friday, it couldn’t be brought out then. Where the shed is to be placed was a mudpit and it would have been too soggy to put the shed on that day. I was still waiting for the City to get our permit finished, too, so this all worked out.

Delivering on Tuesday of this week turned out to be a good thing as Mr. Ethereal and I spent the entire three days of our 4th of July weekend digging a 50+ foot ditch. Over the three days, we were digging down about 18″ – 24″ and cutting through a bunch of tree roots to put in a solid corrugated drain for water coming off our backyard roof. I’ll share that in another post, but for now here’s the end with the shed’s arrival!

The deliver man, Vernon, used this small fork lift to pull the shed most of the way off the flatbed trailer, then he placed those two wheels under the other end, under the two skids running the full length of the shed.

The shed was “pushed” up the small embankment from the alleyway with that small forklift and then was wheeled around into position. We had talked at length about whether we wanted the shed in line with the fence or did we want it parallel with the house (the garage and bedroom).

We went with having it parallel with the house. Vernon helped me measure from both sides of the shed face to the bedroom outer walls. 🙂

Vernon had his two sons with him and the boys were very sweet! The two quickly found our son’s old tricycle sitting out ~ a gift to our daughter, actually, when she was two years old from my parents.

Peter claimed it as his as he grew older and loved racing it around the yard, even as a teenager just riding the back supports and whirling around!

While Dad worked, the boys rode and enjoyed ices from our neighbor, who came out to watch the shed being put into place.

Here, our driver maneuvered the forklift through the gate my husband made two years ago when we first move in ~ our first project here at this home ~ redesigning where the gate and trash cans sat. Last year, when we were off for Easter break and then for the rest of the school year due to Covid, I built the trash can area.

Amazing that it fit through the gate, really! I loved watching the whole move-in process.

After a quick hour-plus, it was time to go deliver the next shed… I think it was about 4 o’clock when they drove off.

Yesterday was a day of rest and writing for the blog (Share Your Style #309, as you know). 😉

Another employee, Daniel, came out this afternoon (Thursday) and added the two attic vents and the tie-downs. On the inside, the vent is covered with bug screen ~ perfect! That saves us having to add it ourselves. 🙂

Part of the demands required by the City were these tie-downs in case of very high winds. Four 4′ long spikes were hammered into the ground and these tie-downs were screwed onto them with a winder and rachet.

I asked Daniel if he could leave the right rear one a little long, in case we need to budge the shed forward a few inches. Mr. E and I were looking at whether or not the fence will fit around that backside. It’s probably going to fit but just barely…

I think the left half will store all of the gardening things and the right half will be more storage. The other metal shed we are planning on keeping and using to hold the smelly items: the lawn mower, the rototiller and other items which need to be inside a metal building and not in a wooden structure.

And that is the story of our shed’s arrival and birthday! Now to fill it up… ;D I am excited for my she-shed (at least half of it!). 💜 

Enjoy your day,

Barb 🙂

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Share Your Style #309

Welcome friends, to this week’s Share Your Style #309! 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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Here’s what I shared this past week at French Ethereal…

Hello everyone! I hope you had a nice 4th of July celebrating with family and friends!! We spent the whole weekend-plus putting in a 50′ drain in the backyard as part of the prep for the shed.

However, all that was worth it as the shed is here!!!

So this is my “post” for the week! I was sooo busy prepping the yard late last week and through the weekend, this is it. 😉

So let’s get to this week’s features… We’ve got a bit of this and some of that, plus some pretty 4th of July and patriotic posts for you!!!

And here are this week’s featured posts…

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Cindy from Cindy’s On-Line Recipe Box shared her yummy recipe for this wonderful strawberry salad ~ Strawberry Vinaigrette Dressing Fruit or Green Salad.
Penny from Penny’s Treasures brings us her sweet farmhouse coffee table in this post ~ Easy Patriotic Centerpiece. Love it with the cute chicken!!! Penny also shared another fun post featuring a Vintage Coco-Cola Crate. Fun!!!
Lori at Dining Delight shares this Day of Remembrance post for Canada Day ~ Every Child Matters Tablescape. Beautiful and thoughtful… <3 Very close to our Trail of Tears… Do stop by. <3
tie dye dress, thrifted style, kimono, fedora, fashion over 40, summer style, Shelbee on the Edge
Shelbee from Shelbee on the Edge is back with her post ~ My Favorite Summer Dress (and Link Up). Love tie-dye for summer!!
Jeanie over at The Marmelade Gypsy shared her love of quilts in this post ~
Every Stitch Tells a Story-In Praise of Quilts. Gorgeous!!! Jeanie also shared an online workshop she attended… Maybe you’d like to check that post out and attend one yourself?! Workshop Week.
Carol from Bluesky at Home shares this great DIY post ~ How to Make a Fabric Covered Headboard. Awesome DIY project!!!
Around some parts of the county, lilacs are still in bloom {totally jealous over here!} and Renae from Peacock Ridge Farm shared her gorgeous table in this post ~ A Lilac and Brass Tablescape. Lovely!
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Many of you know Debbee from Debbee’s Buzz but have you met Whisky??! He’s growing up and here’s an update post ~ Energetic, Playful Scottie Puppy at 6 Months Old. So cute!!!
Newcomer Lynne from Thrifting Wonderland shared her beautifully set 4th of July table in her post ~ Red, White and Blue Table Setting-All Thrifted. Love it!!!
And welcome, Lynne!
Annemarie of Annemarie’s Haakblog shared her fun crochet pattern for these adorable hearts! {I can’t crochet ~ carpal tunnel ~ but I love crafting and miss making things in the evenings like these!!!} Fun post ~ Crochet Hearts Free Pattern. Annemarie has goodies in her online shop that you can buy, too. Written from her home in the Netherlands, her posts can be translated to English. 🙂

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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Prepping for the New Shed

Welcome back, friends! I have been away working with my sweet Mr. Ethereal getting our backyard ready for the new shed’s arrival. It may come as early as this Friday but probably next week sometime. Weather is wrecking havoc on shed deliveries but that has given us time…

Old Shed, the Before

This is how the backyard looked up until this past weekend. I forget when I took this here in the springtime but it was after one of the monster rainstorms!

How it looks now

We are still getting rain about every three or four days or so, but the yard has dried out, which has made the lavenders and the Mediterranean-type plants (rosemary and basil) are much happier with the drier weather. (They sure don’t like wet feet!)

Before taking the shed apart, all of the bicycles, chairs, garden supplies, tools and such were placed all over the patio and yard.

Yoda is excited that he can walk where the old shed was. Here is the new panicle hydrangea beginning its bloom!! It is a lovely hydrangea…

When we began around 8:30am, it was in the low 80’s but quickly jumped to mid-90’s. It was hot out… Mr. E did a lot of work; he is a good sport about these things!

It’s plywood base is leaning up against the back fence now.

Here is when we had most of the shed taken apart. My job was to mark all the inside panels so we can put them back together in right order again, and to hold up the sides as each panel was unscrewed.

I went this weekend and picked up 8′ pressure treated cedar to replace the boards underneath for the old shed. Since it is only 8′ x 8′, we will put it along the side fence to hold the lawn mower, weed eater, edger and the tools which would “leak.” I also picked up two new 4″ x 4″ Around it I’ll put in flowers and make it cute. 🙂

The City did not approve us putting the new shed closer to the side yard (surprise!) but we did get our money back from the application. I have been so upset over this that I still need to resubmit plans for the new shed to go where the old is was. I just haven’t felt like taking up the discussion with the City again. Their rules are ridiculous…

We literally have 25′ of yard that: either “isn’t our own” (10′ easement) yet we take care of it, water it, mow and edge it; and another 15′ that we can’t put a permanent structure on. Apparently that is so they don’t have to pay someone to have something taken down if they decide to take away our side yard when building a wider road.

Honestly, I hate city planners at the moment…

Using my pole vault pole-tying skills with these timbers…

Charles worked really hard moving most of the tools and things out of the shed. I could only do a little at a time because I was still pretty ill with this Post-Covid Syndrome (PCS) virus… However…

Today I am finally feeling better!

Turns out it I am negative for: Covid, strep, flu and Mono. I had a mammogram yesterday and a few lung x-rays last week, so we shall see… Hopefully it is nothing and I’ll just get better over time. This new PCS can occur even as late as 9 months after the illness and it feels like you have Covid again (at least I did). I wondered if it isn’t the body learning to “over-react” to any illness, like a cold.

Most of the shed panels…
Hubby taking a much-needed rest…

Well, that’s where we are with the tear-down of the old shed and the new shed still coming! Now we wait. 🙂

Happy summer, friends,

Barb 🙂

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Share Your Style #307

Welcome friends, to this week’s Share Your Style #307! 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 past week I’ve been over to McKinney with my mother- and sister-in-law visiting a friend of Jodi’s who moved there back about 20 years ago. Gini and I went over to the City of McKinney’s Vital Statistics building and happily found a microfiche of her grandfather and grandmother’s marriage license from 1897!

On Friday evening, we went to a Texas Rangers’ game down in Arlington. They ended up losing but we enjoyed getting out and trying some ballpark foods and listening to the crowds and announcer, and enjoying the ballgame live.

Saturday was a workday and Gini, Jodi and Corey (my nephew, who flew in on Friday morning) drove over to Farmersville to watch an IOOF and a group of local re-enactors honoring of an 1812 soldier from the area. Because of the busy week, I didn’t go but I would have enjoyed the ceremony. I slept all Saturday afternoon.

My mother-in-law Gini, sister-in-law Jodi and hubby Charles
Corey showing off his perfect pizza!

Sunday we enjoyed baking homemade pizzas out in the Ooni and then we worked on a satin banner project Gini is making for a future IOOF ceremony.

This banner will have a purple backing and other images placed around it and wording at the top and bottom. Should be neat when it is all done!

Since Monday, I’ve been down with a cold or Covid-type feeling illness… If it is Covid related, two days on, the vaccine is beating it down and I am feeling better today. 🙂

And thank you, friends! We had 84 links up last week, and there were so many good posts to look through to feature. Keep ’em coming!…

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

This month’s Pinterest Challenge was all about setting a Summer Table and here is my entry ~ Setting a Beautiful Summer Table with Castleton’s Dolly Madison China.

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Debbie from Debbie-Dabble Blog shares her home decorated for the upcoming 4th of July celebrations in this pretty RWB post ~
A Little Bit More RWB in the Living Room. Love love love this wreath!!!
Juliet from French Country Cottage shared her beautiful find in this DIY post ~ French Country Cottage Sideboard. Beautiful!!!
DIY Sock Gnome
Kippi of Kippi at Home shared her really in-depth instructions to make these
Easy DIY Gnomes [Tutorial]. Totally cute and perfect for us to create this summer for all the seasons coming up!
Awwwww! Puppy Challenges in the Garden was shared by Sandra from Come to Dinner at Eight. Puppies are a challenge but with time and good correction, all puppies can turn into the best dogs! Come check out this sweet post {and isn’t Finnegan just cute??!}…
Perfect as a follow-up, this post from Kelli at 3 Boys and a Dog looks like a fun recipe to make for your favorite furry friends! ~
Easy Strawberry Cheesecake Puppy Chow.
Vintage Botanical Print in the Early Summer Entry is this week’s share from Debra over at Common Ground. I love Debra’s wonderful mélange of goodies she puts together each season here in here entry, and I bet you do, too.
Lori over at Dinner for Eight shared her stunning table set for summer in this post ~ Blueberry Bliss Summer Tablescape. Love the soft blues!
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Shelbee from Shelbee on the Edge shared this lovely lavender-filled post
Style Imitating Art: Heather, Sweet Peas and Butterflies. Love Shelbee’s outfit for this garden tour!!
Tara from Stilettos and Shiplap brings us this DIY post ~ Thrift Store Challenge: Coffee Table Makeover. Love how it turned out!
Newcomer Lena from Way 2 Good Life brings us this fun travel post ~
Balloon Festivals in the United States. I can tell you they are so beautiful to
watch lift off! Welcome, Lena!!! She has also shared this post ~ With love from Medora, North Dakota’s Treasure.
Last up for this week is Amber from Follow the Yellow Brick Home sharing her finished kitchen remodel in this post ~ Cheerful Summer Kitchen Refresh. Love the bright pops of color for the season!

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. 💜 

Have a great week, dear friends!

Barb 🙂

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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!!

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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

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. 💜 

Happy linking, dear friends!

Hugs, Barb 🙂

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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!💜 

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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 Maché 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 crème de la crème 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,

Barb 🙂

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Share Your Style #293

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #293!

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! 🙂

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Well last week was a complete bust blogging-wise, wasn’t it? We had no internet from Valentine’s Day Sunday morning until late Friday or Saturday morning, I forget now. I just know that once we had internet service again, I was busy WRITING!!!

I had all of my principal photography done, I just couldn’t create any posts… But, since so many people were without power and heat, nor still some without water here in Texas (something some of our school families are experiencing right now because of major water main pipes freezing in last week’s storms), losing the internet was nothing in the scheme of things.

I do have FOUR back-to-back posts up for you this week:

This morning’s blog hop ~ A Hopping Good Spring Mantel Display, part of a new hop you will want to check out: Blogging Seasonal Inspiration with Terrie of Decorate and More With Tip and Cindy of The Crowned Goat. Do stop by and maybe look to join the fun!
And yesterday’s monthly Pinterest Challenge: Looking to Spring ~ A Sofa Table Vignette.

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Niky from The House on Silverado brings us our first feature with this easy DIY Farmhouse Coffee Mug Stand! I love how she used these hanging hooks!
Vintage natured inspired vignette with vintage bird pictures, vintage books, evergreens, pinecones, and moss hearts in a vintage wire heart basket
Amber from Follow the Yellow Brick Home brings us this lovely Nature-Inspired February Vignette. I love old bird and botanical lithographs and prints, don’t you?
Havarti Dill Mac & Cheese with Pulled Pork
Newcomer Estelle of Homemade on a Weeknight shares her recipe for Havarti Dill Mac and Cheese with Pulled Pork! Oh, man!!! Looks good, huh? ;)’
Welcome, Estelle!!!
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MaryJo of Master”Pieces” of My Life shared her lovely remake of some baskets she had in this DIY post ~ Weathered Baskets DIY. (Personally, I want the basket above!)
Stylish Monday
Shelbee from Shelbee on the Edge has a new series you might want to check out ~ Stay at Home Date Night! Stylish Mondays. I love fashion sites and that’s why I often include those here for you because I think we all like to see what’s new (and pre-loved vintage, too!).
I am sooo stinkin’ proud of Katie of The Preppy Empty Nester! Here is her journey through weight loss (thought this was appropriate since we just got through the holidays!) and how we can change our dietary habits, too ~ Rules and Tools of My Weight Loss Journey. Way to go!!!

Honorable Mention

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Valeria of J East of Eden shared a wonderful DIY knitting post but I couldn’t pick up any of the photographs of her knitting; HOWEVER, I could pick up this gem, which was in the sidebar! (Soooo me!!! )
I cracked up when I read this and I hope you will, too. Seriously, though, do stop by and check out Valeria’s Mod Denim Knit Kitchen Towel post. All the instructions and several knitting photos are right there to follow in this “How To.”

And that’s it for this week, friends!

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How to Make Your Own Moss Balls for Home Decorating ~ $10 on the 10th

Welcome, friends, to this month’s $10 on the 10th! Where a group of us get together each month and create a vignette or project for under $10 on the 10th…

I’d like to thank our hostesses Ann of Apple Street Cottage and Tammy of Patina and Paint for putting together our themes for this year and gathering all of us together each month. Thank you, Ladies!! As always, we have a great group of friends who are sharing their favorite ideas with you. Be sure to check out everyone’s posts linked at the bottom of mine, thank you!

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This month we are featuring Easy Crafts for you to make… If this is your first time visiting here at French Ethereal, welcome! I’d love it if you’d subscribe to my blog or to any of my other social media, thank you.

My wintertime craft can’t get much easier than making Moss Balls… Perfect for displaying any time of year (and I know there will be a few Valentine’s projects here for you this time), this craft project can get a bit messy, but otherwise creating moss balls are super easy!

Supplies you will need

styrofoam balls in various sizes

Elmer’s-type glue and a paint brush or…

glue sticks and a glue gun (recommended)

sheets of sphagnum moss or loose moss

scissors ~ to cut out the moss as needed

Directions for creating moss balls

***Set up a bowl and pour some Elmer’s type glue in it/prep your glue gun with glue stick(s) as needed.

I found that the Elmer’s glue didn’t work well for me and that the glue gun worked better, but since it was how I originally photographed, I thought I’d include it for you. 🙂

Cut out pieces of sphagnum moss from a sheet and peel off moss. If using a glue gun and glue sticks, quickly add glue to an area on your styrofoam ball and lay on the moss, pressing gently (so as not to burn your fingers). Overlap moss as needed and fill in bald areas as needed.

Continue adding moss in sections until the whole styrofoam ball is covered, let dry thoroughly.

Total costs? About $4.00 for a package of styrofoam balls and up to $9.00 for a package of sphagnum sheet moss. With a 40% off coupon from Hobby Lobby, the moss comes in at $5.39. Total for both? Just under $10! 🙂

I found some sheet moss online here. (not sponsored)

*** I tried using a blender to chop the moss finer, but that didn’t work well either. I found the press-and-glue method with melted glue from glue sticks worked the best.

This photograph above shows a couple of moss balls in with other raffia balls as part of last year’s post about upcycling a basket.

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Edith & Evelyn Vintage

Then I found this photograph over on Cindy’s blog, Edith and Evelyn… I just adore how she used altarsticks (tall candlesticks once used in a church) on her dining room table topped with moss balls!

Recently I used several moss balls in decorating a Wintertime Mantel. They add a lot of texture, color and personality to any vignette and I can hardly wait to get decorating with them for spring!

In this springtime post I wrote a couple of years ago, I used sheet moss to create “grass” for our big rabbit ~ “Some Bunny Loves Me.” The leftover moss is what I used to make these moss balls.

An easy craft project of which you can make several moss balls in the course of an hour. I hope you’ve enjoyed this craft project and here is the list of everyone on today’s $10 on the 10th tour…

Ann – The Apple Street Cottage

Barb – French Ethereal

Cindy – Cloches & Lavender

Patti – Pandora’s Box

Tammy – Patina & Paint

Terrie – Decorating & More With Tip

Happy crafting!

Barb 🙂

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Share Your Style #277

Happy fall, y’all! Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #277This link party is for home decor, DIY, crafts, recipes and the like, but you are more than welcome to share your family-friendly posts with us all. Please feel free to share this post too and join my small but loyal band of friends. 

I appreciate you! As always, I am glad that you are here… 💜 This fall post is a bit of a mish-mash as there are soooo many interesting posts!!! I’ve picked some autumn post for you, some DIY, and more. Hope you enjoy visiting all of this week’s featured 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! 💜



Here’s what I shared this past week at

French Ethereal…

A Fall Roses and Pumpkin Tablescape Redux… You know how for our monthly Pinterest Challenge we take inspiration from a photograph and recreate a scene in our own style? Well, this time I am taking insp. from one of my own…




And here are this week’s
featured posts…



Rita from Panopoly shares a really fun colorful fall tablescape with a view out at their cityline… October Skyline Table for TwoThere is a part of me that wants to live in a city for a bit! How about you? Sooo beautiful…


Fabulous Fall DecoratingInterior Decor and Styling

Fall Plaids Plaid Fall Decor

Amber of Follow the Yellow Brick Home is back with a wooly warm tablescape in this fun post ~ Happy Plaidurday! Plaid Fall Decor Inspiration. Love the plaid!!!


Smith Mountain Lake, VA home with shoreline in need of new riprap

Paula of Sweet Pea discusses how to add rocks to your home on the water with this post ~ Smith Mountain Lake Riprap for Shoreline Protection. Good to know!


Newcomer LG Bernhard of Der Amateur Photograph (The Amateur Photographer; his byline says his blog is all about optics and photography ~ Water Lily Pond in WilhelmaMy kinda place and I’m sure yours, too! Since we all need good photography tips! LG shares his amazing garden photos from Stuttgart, Germany… Eine hertzlich Willkommen auf Herr Bernhard!!!



Looking for a cute fall craft idea and a great recipe? Look now further than Lisa of Fresh Vintage by Lisa’s post Easy Pumpkin Apple Butter and Pumpkin Spoon. Adorable and totally worth making!!!


Apple Pie Scones from potsandplanes.com
Our second newcomer to SYS, Mary of Pots and Planes: A Collection of Recipes and Adventures brings us this delicious recipe for Apples Pie Scones… Welcome Mary and serious YUM!!!


Miss Havisham Regrets Tablescape


Rachelle of My Hubbard Home brings us a little bit of spooky in this fun Who Dun It? post ~ Miss Habersham Regrets… Do stop by to see what happens next!!!





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