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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! 💜



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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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Share Your Style #276

 

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #276This 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 and join my small but loyal band of followers. 
I appreciate you! As always, I am glad that you are here… 💜

We have a bit of this and a bit of that this week and all fall related! I always love choosing weekly features and this time there was a ton of good things. Wish I could pick them all! Enjoy the party, sweet 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…


Our Fall Garden and Potting Bench is the big post I worked on this past week. Mr. Ethereal and I have been out working in the garage and garden since the past few weekends have been blessedly cooler. Getting lots done!


And here are this week’s
featured posts…





Sandra from Dinner at Eight kicks this week off with great fall table decor ~ Inspiration for Fall Tables. Totally love them all!

Fabiana of Fabby’s Living shares her fall spirit in this tablescape post ~ A Simple Buffalo Check Tablescape. Love the big bold checks with the neutral dishware… ❤



Terrie of Decorate and More with Tip reveals her freshly made over entryway in a series of posts ~ Entryway Reveal – $100 Room Challenge. Nice changes!!!

fall tee, mini skirt, knee high boots, denim jacket, pumpkin patch, fashion over 40, Shelbee on the Edge

Shelbee from Shelbee on the Edge shared her latest fashion styling in this fun trip to… Meet Me at the Pumpkin Patch!! So fun!!!

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Liz from Howling at the Moon (Such a fun blog name!!!) shares this sweet elephant made for a young friend ~ Luisa Elephant. Adorable!”




Toootally cute and a wonderful idea! Penny of Penny’s Treasures/Penny’s Vintage Home shares her sweet Old Watering Trough Repurposed as a Buffet.


DIY-Brown-and-White-Transferware-Pumpkins-The-Crowned-Goat-2 Brown and White Transferware Pumpkins Crafts Fall Holidays

Last up this week is CoCo of The Crowned Goat with this really cool Brown and White Transferware Pumpkins!! Very unique and really pretty!





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Sunday Sentiments ~ Our September Garden and Fall’s To-Do List

 

Fall is definitely falling around the North Texas/DFW area and with it Mr. Ethereal and I have been busy working on a list of projects to finish before the ground freezes, the air gets too nippy, and just some general clean-up. Our first project is the one he made for me ~ it is this lovely garden bench…


Using treated and untreated pine lumber, he built this as a special present while I was gone to California. This was his Labor Day weekend project and yes he labored! I love it and appreciate the love he put into it. 💏
Next up is the short pathway project I am noodling. This would be a transition area between the eventual artificial turf under the two backyard oak trees and the real grass out along the south side of the house.
I found this garden show on YouTube and this was a segment on some show, most likely BBC’s Gardener’s World. (Watching YouTube again, I watched an episode of  P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home the next day, it’s his pathway. Just saw the pathway again!) 
I like this pathway for its wonkiness and odd lengths of stone in the pathway. I also like the way it “swoops” around! Ours will swoop around either side of the tree. (Did I already mention that? School brain…)
This past weekend Mr. Ethereal helped me snap a chalkline and paint a straight line across the yard as a guideline for laying stones. Previous owners had placed a number of these approx. 8″ x 16″ x 2″ cement pavers vertically in the ground creating a straight garden along the south side of the house. 
I think it got too hot over there so the garden idea was abandoned. Hubby pulled these pavers up one day about a month ago and stacked them since he knew I’d probably reuse and repurpose them.

Here are three ideas of how I thought to lay this transition area out: 

1) normal horizontal brick layout (middle upper left, along chalkline)
2) off at an angle on the left and right sides of the further oak tree (top of the layout)
3) herringbone pattern (bottom middle) ~ Mr. Ethereal says I ought to do this one as “payback” for making him lay our travertine on the diagonal at our Big House in Cali… Lol!

Which one do you like best? I kind of like the angled around the tree best, which really only has the left side shown (top section above the chalkline). On Linda Vater’s YouTube channel, if you ever watch her garden show you’ll see how she uses a mishmash of pavers and brick together and I really like the “found look.” 

The added wonkiness of putting in a brick here or there to the longer pavers just really works with my repurpose style!

Not much is blooming right now and the little canteloupe plant that is bursting with small yellow flowers may not  have enough time left in the season to produce fruit before frosts and winter set in, but it’s giving its best!
With two weeks of cooler weather (just into the mid- to upper-80’s today, but has been in the 70’s), the supertunias are back blooming. The roses are putting out buds and should have a nice fall showing soon.


For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.

Isaiah 61:11

 


Other September projects

Our side panels on the garage were rotted down at the bottom from years of rain, so after Charles watched a bunch of YouTube videos on insulating your basic garage door with heavy compacted styrofoam and got that project done, he moved onto fixing these. I picked up the two 8′ x 10″ x 2″ boards at Lowe’s about a month ago. We let them dry under a fan in the really hot garage (was still about 100 degrees out then), then painted them with the leftover outdoor trim from the previous homeowners’ stash).

I’ll probably share this in another post since I don’t have those photos pulled off my phone yet, but it turned out well! Now to fix the mess of a garage door… Previous homeowners, in order to sell the home, used cans of spray paint to repaint the big door. (Should have just left it white…)

Wall decor

Last week as we held this month’s Reading Nook Pinterest Challenge, you could just see a peek out the window at the newly installed iron wall decoration along the garage wall out back.


I picked up this pretty iron wall decor piece from H. Potter garden center actually over a year ago. I really wanted this piece as our backyard gate, but Mr. Ethereal informed me we really needed a 4′ gate to bring things in and out of the yard, so… This was a no-go for the gate idea… 😞 

But then this year I thought of having a water fountain feature along this wall surrounded by plants and this would be perfect behind one!


Our sweet tall lady gets to stand here for now! 💝
H. Potter sent all the hanging brackets but it would have stood 4″ from the garage wall and I wanted it close to the wall since this area is pretty narrow, so Mr. Ethereal found some half-round silver brackets in his tool parts and I faux-painted those to match the hammered metal look of the wrought iron wall decor to use for hanging instead. 

The boxing when this iron piece arrived was well packed and all the nuts and bolts were there with clear instructions on how to put it together. It also comes with a separate piece that attaches at the bottom to push it into the ground (looks like a pitchfork, actually), but the cement along the wall prevented my using that piece. I would definitely recommend buying any of H. Potter’s wall decor pieces and will look for more in the future! It is sturdily welded and well painted; I am quite pleased with it!!!

Totally loving how it looks with our Garden Lady in front of it! Time to make her a new head crown for fall… 


Well, back to laying pavers in the yard… Been a busy month both at school and at home, and it’s not quite over yet. More to come… 🍂


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10 Fall Decorating Ideas Under $10 ~ 10 on the 10th

Welcome to this month’s 10 on the 10th where a group of friends gets together and shares their decorating and craft ideas for under $10. Our theme this month is all about fall and I am sharing some fall decorating ideas from past posts today. Let’s jump in, shall we?…



I’d like to thank our hosts Ann of Apple Street Cottage and Terrie of Decorate and More With Tip for gathering all of us together for this fun event! There are some great fall ideas linked up. Those posts are linked for you below.



1. Set a pretty fall tablescape with velvet pumpkins and faux candied fruits. These cuties were bargain finds at 60-70% clearance after fall and the jeweled fruits were a gift from a friend ~ well under $10.


Blue and white plates always looks nice with any decorating theme but go surprisingly well with fall decor. Here I’ve used jewel tones with blue and white for a warm romantic look.




2. Add a pumpkin bouquet carved out of a styrofoam pumpkin or a real pumpkin to your fall table ~ perfect for any fall birthdays, weddings and harvest parties! Styrofoam pumpkin ~ $7.00.


I made a video if you’d like to check it out, too.  



3. Make some pumpkin bread or pumpkin muffins mixed with chocolate chips ~ Yum!!! Serve with hot tea out on the patio on a warm fall afternoon… Enjoy those last warm days of autumn whiling away the hours with friends…




4. Visit an apple orchard and pumpkin farm for some good old fashioned fun harvesting savory fruits to stock your pantry for fall. Many orchards also grow pumpkins and host hayrides and many sell crafts and food. Call ahead to see what your local apple orchards are providing this year.




5. Plant fall color to your gardens bringing in some much needed color after summer’s flowers are spent. Mums and other fall favorites come in a variety of glorious colors ~ perfect for tucking into pots and flower beds here in there in the garden.  


6. Make soft sculpture pumpkins out of velvet and other fabrics to decorate your home. This tutorial shares the scoop on making these cuties. One yard of stretchy velveteen costs about $3.99.




7. Add ethereal candlelight to your mantel for an early warm fall look. Sometimes we aren’t quite ready for all the oranges of fall so why not go with soft pinks and greens of roses and hydrangea blooms? A hint of those warmer fall colors can be tucked into a few tealights instead.




8. Decorate outdoor and indoor statues for fall by making head wreaths out of nature’s bounty and craft store faux blooms. Easy to create with a little hot glue and wire, wreaths add panache to garden statues!




9. Host a fall tea for family and friends and bring out your prettiest teacups and tableware decorated with seasonal yellows, pale tangerines and soft pinks. Add in Baby Boo pumpkins and a bouquet of roses from the garden or market to complete your table.




10. Rake leaves and jump in! Remember that the changing seasons should always be a source of renewal for us. And what could be more fun than reliving our childhood than by jumping in a big pile of leaves?! 

Total cost?? Free!!! Happiness… priceless!

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Thanks for stopping by today and check out the links below to see everyone’s fall ideas. 













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Share Your Style #272

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #272This 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 and join my small but loyal band of followers. I appreciate you! As always, I am glad that you are here… 💜

Lots of fun posts from two weeks ago so I’ve packed this post full! The wedding of our young friend this past weekend was wonderful and I’ll share a little from the venue later this week for you. Great trip out to California, despite still lots of fires smoldering and smoke up and down the state…


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

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Nothing. 

I thought I had but apparently not; however, while I was away at our young friend’s wedding… Mr. Ethereal was busy!!!


Charles had been secretly planning to build me a potting bench and I knew he was up to something but didn’t know what. This was a great surprise!!! I’ll get it set up and plant some pretties around it and decorate it for you over the weekend to share hopefully next week. 🌻

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featured posts from 2 weeks ago…


Fall-Grapevine-Wreath-The-Crowned-Goat-15-1 A Fall Grapevine Wreath for Beginners Crafts Decorating Fall Holidays

Coco at The Crowned Goat shared this easy-to-make wreath in this post ~ A Fall Grapevine Wreath for Beginners. Pretty!!!




Cindy at Cloches and Lavender shared her fall wreath ~ Quick Fall Wreath Upcycle. With fall weather quickly coming on (Can you believe in snowed in Colorado already?? We are talking at least a month or more early…), I am fixated on fall. Maybe you are, too. 🍁



Lori at Dining Delight set up an early fall table outdoors in this post ~ Coastal Themed Tablescape in Black and White. So regal! Love the chandy, too…

Amber from Follow the Yellow Brick Home could not have shared a more aptly timed post (for me this day!) than this ~ Simple and Beautiful Things that Helped Me (Amber) Survive the First Week Back to Teaching. I will be fully reading this this evening! ❤

Gail at Purple Hues and Me shared her great fall tutorial to make this sweet pumpkin ~ Decorate a Wire Pumpkin Using a Simple Macramé Knot. So cute for wall art and/or for stuffing it with orange tissue paper… I see lots of ideas!!!




Penny of Penny’s Treasures brought out her fall decorating start with this sweet post ~ Kicking Off My Fall Decorating. Love this floral pumpkin!!

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Share Your Style #271

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #271This 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 and join my small but loyal band of followers. 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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The title says it all: How to Make Cinderella’s Glass Slipper ~ A continuation of previous Fairy Tale posts over the past few years.



Due to running late from a doctor’s visit after work and flying to California tomorrow, I will be skipping Featured Posts for this week but will pick up again next week! Thank you for understanding… ❤



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Share Your Style #268

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #268This 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 and join my small but loyal band of followers. I appreciate you! As always, I am glad that you are here… 💜

I am Barbara Chapman your host 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 5 Minute Late Summer Door Basket ~ part of this month’s Pinterest Challenge (which is always fun!). Lots of inspiration; I hope you will stop by. 



And here are this week’s featured posts…


5 reason to love alfresco dining



Rachelle at My Hubbard Home starts us off with 5 Reasons to Love Al Fresco Patio Dining I love this post because hopefully soon the heat of summer will leave and we can all get back to dining outdoors! 



Penny of Penny’s Treasures shares her lovely summertime tables in this post ~ Dining Alfresco: 5 of My Favorite Tablescapes. So pretty!

Are you working on an upcoming kitchen redo? Here’s a great post about Kitchen Island Inspiration by Amber of Follow the Yellow Brick Home. Love it!!!


How to make a diy wood laptop stand

Hannah at Handmade Weekly shared her great DIY Laptop Stand and this woodworking tutorial shares all the how-to’s!! Awesome job!!!

red kimono, kimono dress, gold mules, fashion over 40, Shelbee on the Edge

Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge brings us her lovely red kimono in this post set on a lake… (sigh!) ~ A Kimono Story (Part of Link Up on the Edge #205).

CA style nicoise salad

Also visiting with SYS for the first time is MaryJo of Master Pieces of My Life who shares this delicious looking salad ~ On the Menu – California Style Salade Niçoise. Yum and welcome!!! MaryJo also had a great Bathroom Reveal linked up, too!
Spring Mix Salad with Roasted Red Peppers + Goat Cheese + Nuts potsandplanes.com

Mary of Pots and Planes shared her scrumptious looking recipe for Spring Mix Salad + Roasted Red Peppers + Goat Cheese + Nuts. Dig in!!

Do take some time as you link up today to visit a few other party-goers and enjoy their posts! Thank you, sweet friends! 💖





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Sunday Sentiments ~ Catching Up and the Victorian French Farmhouse Shelf

A lovely panetiére  is for sale in downtown Dallas. The upper piece just needs to come off and be re-glued but otherwise it is strikingly beautiful! I wanted to share an image with you but alas trying to save any, even with appropriate linking of the source, caused issues.  Well… The cabinet once put together is not what I thought it might be… Let’s put it together and see what we’ve got!



A little history

First off, panetiéres are decorative pieces for storing breads and food stuff which have a central door, open fretwork in both their fronts and sides (for good air flow) and sometimes a solid back piece. The cabinet I have is less ornate than  so maybe it is a reproduction of Louis XVI style? 


Grandson of Louis XV and heir to the throne after his father, Louis, the Dauphin de France, passed away at the young age of 36.  The furniture made during his reign is much less ornate than his grandfather’s was. So this was possible.


This is where we left off 

The two panels are now glued together and then I was left wondering, “What in the heck do I have??” Well… after a weekend away visiting my daughter in Austin (drove down on Friday afternoon and just spent the day with Amy on Saturday for about 6 hours, with masks). 

We went to the Lady Bird Johnson/Texas A+M Wildflower Center (like last year), to our favorite Half-Priced bookstore, picked up Mexican food at Cabo Bob’s and brought that back to my hotel room and ate a late lunch. Nice to see her again after her visit up here for Thanksgiving last year!

So after the weekend, then a busy week prepping and doing some trainings for school, I am back dry-fitting and glueing this cabinet all together and…


Victorian Shelf

I think it is a Victorian piece or maybe up to a 1920’s French-styled bookcase/cabinet (of sorts) with three shelves and two drawers sandwiched in the lower middle. It is meant to stand on something, perhaps a small lower buffet.  My father-in-law stripped most of the paint layers of black and white off the piece but it was always painted. The original color was a soft white, which shows on the back of the curving front top piece.

Here I am glueing some popped veneer and trying to unwarp the drawer at the same time.


Using a corner clamp for the first time. This one you unscrew and sit the slots down over each side, set an angle if need be, and screw in the clamp parts. Pretty easy! 


I was hopeful it could be a panetiére but there doesn’t seem to be somewhere to attach doors and I’ve looked over where any nail and screw holes are for clues. Also, French bread cupboards are wider than they are taller. I’m okay with that as now I have another pretty shelf for displaying home decor pieces.

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Photograph from when I laid all the pieces out in the yard at my inlaws’ home from
the first post.


Those extra, larger turned spindles (lower right, seen above)?? 
I haven’t a clue where they go… There are some extra holes in the top but nothing that corresponds with openings big enough for those long pegs to go into. 


A French Vaisselier | Edith & Evelyn | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

Maybe there was more than this piece ~ maybe another bigger cabinet at one time?? Maybe those spindles just belong to something else that was part of a set of furniture. No way to know, so they will become something else. Here is Cindy of Edith and Evelyn Vintage new post about this Vaisselier.  Her piece has holes drilled, I’m sure, for those decorative finials! Love it!!!

See the soft white?
Meanwhile, I got the top piece glued together before the first weekend (when I went down to visit Amy) and stacked all of the pieces indoors just incase it would have rained.



Mr. Ethereal has worked hard this summer on setting up his workshop/man cave so it is much easier to work on projects out there now! My job while he worked on that was making lists for taxes and boxing up and donating 10 large boxes of items we no longer need to our local Salvation Army, plus a bunch of old lamps and bases. The garage is now much better organized and Hubby has moved all the hand tools into his Father’s Day present, his new large tool chest! 

Still more to organize but it is coming along and Hubby is happy! He enjoys puttering in the garage like I do inside the house. 🙂

It feels good to let go of some of this stuff!!! We’ve been feeling weighted down by it all. We both wish we had sold way more things when we were at our last house… If only we’d known!


Here I am adding the right side piece, aligning each shelf and support piece into its slot and tapping the piece into place. I already added glue into this piece’s side slots before flipping it over and aligning each piece underneath. The small bracket between the lower and upper drawer shelves is quite visible.


It took that extra week to realize that a couple of cross pieces didn’t fit in the original slots that I thought they did ~ they were cross pieces. The slots are for this small rectangle piece you see (above) which fits between the two shelves keeping them separated. This piece is also decorative as it hides the hole. 😉

Originally I thought these shelves were separated far apart and the two long cross pieces went into the slots (which would make sense for a panetiére, which could have two shelves in it). They did fit side by side perfectly into the slots but then I re-examined the small bracket and realized the bracket went there instead. 


So where did these long pieces go then?? The tenons of the cross-piece supports fit exactly into the small slots you see on the side pieces at very tops and bottoms at each sides’ back (see white arrow).



Glueing a case piece together

Since I don’t have a large elevated work table to use, Mr. Ethereal suggested I work on the floor since it is nice and flat and level. (Big “Duh” moment for me!) Oh, if you haven’t seen some of the really nice woodworking shops out there, check out some on YouTube. Just look up woodworking and you’ll find some really nice ones!

Using more wood glue, an old ratty artists paintbrush I have, and some  1″ wood screws, I clamped this support bracket to the lower shelf one day. The next day I glued and screwed top shelf to the bracket and set it upright in the left-side slots, aligning the fronts and setting in the wood screws (using 1″ to 1 1/2″ screws; graciously left to us by the former homeowners for the playhouse and shed that were left over from those builds.)



The finished shelf

Now I’ll give it a good sanding and lightly paint it. I really like the blond wood so I might just add some gesso into the graining and wax it with clear wax. From the underside of the decorative header, it was painted a creamy white originally. I love white so I think it’ll be pretty when completed!!

So that’s what we’ve been up to this past month or so around the house. The garden is hanging in there with the summer heat. Blissfully, we have had some lovely winds all weekend to dry us out and lower the humidity!


There it is in all its glory! I still have to re-find the two French style drawer pulls that were misplaced. Otherwise, I love it! What do you think?


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*An update as of August 2020 ~ My mother-in-law says my father-in-law was doing some furniture repair work for a long-time family friend who gave him this shelf sometime around 1995. He worked on it stripping the layers of paint but with a young grandson living at home, it was hard to work out in the shop and watch young Corey while his mom and grandmother were at work. So, Pete “shelved” working on his woodworking projects. Later, he had a serious eye injury (which I knew about) and never went back to furniture stripping and refinishing. And, that’s the rest of this shelf’s story… 💙
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Share Your Style #265

Welcome to Share Your Style #265!This 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 and join my small but loyal band of followers. I appreciate you! As always, I am glad that you are here… 💜

We have two sweet girls come visiting with us this week and you will get to see them below! Fun ideas and perfect for the doldrums that sometimes hit mid-summer… 


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Still working on this woodworking project and this was the first of two posts ~ Beginning a Woodworking Project

Took a break this weekend and drove down to visit our daughter in Austin. We enjoyed a couple of hours at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Went in search of wood screw which would fit this piece earlier this morning.



And here are this week’s featured posts…


Stacked vintage crates filled with cookbooks

Paula of Virginia Sweet Pea shares a post on different Decorating Ideas Using Vintage Crates and Baskets. Love all the family pieces she shares and I’m sure you will, too!



Debra at Common Ground also has a fun and pretty post sharing her beautiful baskets (love this!!!) ~ How to Use Baskets and Crates in Vintage Decor. 

Garden fresh summer salad
Rachelle of My Hubbard HomeGarden Fresh Summer SaladPerfect light recipe with a title that says it all… 😋

Fabiana of Fabby’s LivingAn Eclectic High Tea with MaximaJust warms my heart and I’m sure yours, too!


Wendy of My French TwistEasy Giant Paper FlowersPerfect for making with our children and grandchildren!! 
Amber of Follow the Yellow Brick HomeFree Vintage Fountain and Refresh

Galapagos-trip-newborn-sea-lion-pup-surf

Debbee of Debbee’s Buzz Part 3: Galapagos Trip Sea Lion Colony Encounterand isn’t this little guy just the cutest??!!!

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Beginning a Victorian Woodworking Project… Part 1

Bringing back  pieces of a Victorian style cabinet from California this past month, a project my father-in-law had begun refinishing back a few years ago, I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself in for…

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I had seen antique French panatiéres on the internet, like this one found on 1stdibsand was mildly excited (okay, really excited!) when I found this pile (below) in the big shed while my husband was cleaning it at my inlaws’ home.



We think we found all of the pieces to it and I know I have all 22 spindles, which is cool! 



So even if I can’t recreate the original cabinet, I may be able to put enough of it together to make some kind of panatiére instead.

Laying out the pieces in my inlaws’ backyard. Notice the four big spindles??!
That’s what makes me wonder if this is some kind of panatiére….


I started laying it out again this past weekend and sanded all of the pieces for these side pieces. I was able to get one side together before the high humidity and 95 degree temps got to me. 



It threatened rain in the night so I hurried out at 3am to bring everything inside the dining area to protect it. Beginning again on Monday morning after breakfast and a walk with Yoda, I worked on side #2.

It was really warped and that’s where most of the water damage was. It took a lot of sanding and “motivation” with the mallet and sweat equity to get the second side all together. 



I even had to sand the warped tenon and the articulating mortise to get the wider middle piece to fit together (the bugaboo in this project). You can see how warped the long connecting piece is above.

    


It was joining to this other warped piece which holds a shelf… Crazy! It took a lot of thought and about two hours to put this side together and get it glued and clamped.


Here are all the pieces laid out and side one (right) clamped with side two (left) to still join. I only had enough clamps to do one side at a time. I’ve since bought one more pipe clamp ~ the really long ones. Part 2 of this woodworking tutorial project can be found here.


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