Giving Thanks for Fall Changes in the Cupboard


I am grateful  for time at home and renewing health to do a little fall decorating around the house and in our farmhouse cupboard. Thanksgiving is just around the corner so decorating for Turkey Day and fall is a perfect segue into the holiday season…

I began with taking down all the teacups and teapots that were in the cupboard since summertime and giving each shelf a good cleaning.  Then the fun began with adding in favorite vintage cards, a small Longaberger basket and a little wooden chickadee bird found in Connecticut twenty-some-odd years ago while out Christmas shopping with my brother and sister-in-law.

The turkey platter was added to the scene next along with the two pheasant plates. The little German girl my mother found years ago in an antique’s shop added her sweet Octoberfest look along with a small half-timber house found in England. The two Stafforshire dogs also found in England add a bit of whimsy as does the hand-thrown maiden my daughter made in high school ceramics (behind the little glass door).

The wheat spray which was displayed on the new potting bench came in from outdoors. 

I love the wheat inside this old tea tin!

And here’s how it all looks together! I love this year’s fall display…

Technically this sweet postcard with a little girl and her chicken family is an Easter card, but I love chickens for fall and they kind of go along with our little turkeys. No fowl play here! 🦃 🐥

A small bee buzzed around our backyard today and I love this sweet reminder of his antics. The acorns are from our yard.

And that is our fall cupboard! The teapot on the bottom cupboard shelf says it all: 

This is the day the Lord has made, Rejoice and be glad in it!

Psalm 118:24 

I am grateful for recovering from this Corona virus, twice. I am grateful for each beautiful fall day that I am alive to be able to enjoy it and to be here for Yoda and my husband, even if none of us feels all that well yet.  Yoda went to the vet this week and received four shots. He is limping around and a bit grumpy… It is hard to be an older dog and go through all that. Charles is getting over his bout with the virus pretty well. He is just more tired than usual. The antibiotic is beginning to kick in for me with the pneumonia beginning to break up and the infection inside my sinuses is beginning to drain and clear, too.

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for taking care of us. 💝 

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A Few Fall Pillow Finds…


Fall finds: It’s not like I need much these days but once in a while… Friends, I have to admit something. I have a pillow fetish these days! I found two cute pillow this fall, and I thought you’d like to see them…

First, though, I found these two navy and white chair cushions (on the bench) to use on our outdoor furniture at our local Lowe’s end-of-summer sale. They are covered in all-weather Sunbrella fabric and should last a few summers. The graphic print is fun! I wish they had had had a couple more but maybe I’ll find more like them next year.

This cutie patootie pumpkin pillow in our living room, I found when I went wandering into HomeGoods one day in late September. I was looking for plant pots but came out with two fall harvest pillows instead!

I found this other pumpkin pillow last year at HomeGoods and the “Bonne Nuit” (Good night) pillow several years before back in California. I think the new fall pillows are a nice match with last year’s pumpkin pillow. What do you think? 

The blue satin pillow behind on the right, my daughter had in her bedroom for years, but she gave it to me when we moved. It came from JC Penney years ago. It is embroidered and really soft. She may want it back yet again for her first home. 💖

The bee skep pillow I found in the summer of 2019 at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center. It’s a soft comfortable pillow and perfect for reading on the settee on a sunny afternoon. The creamy pillow covers came from a going-out-of-business sale. The pillow with the tassels came from Magnolia Market a couple of years ago.

So that’s it for what I’ve found this fall other than the new planter urns outside, shared in this post. It is nice already having many wonderful things to choose from when decorating for each season!

What have you found lately?


Share Your Style #279


Happy SYS Wednesday, y’all! Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #279This 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 week is a bit of a catch-up for the past two Share Your Style’s since I’ve been soooo blasted sick with COVID-19 again. It’s 10 days of fevers and aches. It’s no joke and I absolutely hope You Never Get Sick With It! 

I’ll be home from work for another two weeks and the doctors want me to check in with a pulmonologist after I get better. They are worried about “fibrosis?” in my lungs (permanent scarring). I need another lung x-ray in six months. 

Any of you doctor or nurses out there, can you tell me anything else? I know I get really tired now. I also know this is only Day 12 since I came down with the initial fever. I am grateful for longer time off to heal… This time, the viral pneumonia came on quicker than last January/February. It seems to be abating. Anyway, friends, thank you for all of your kinds thoughts, prayers and encouragement. I know many of you live with your own physical ailments ~ thank you for sharing with me. 💖 I’ll be here for you… 😘

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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Planting New Urns for Fall

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Debra at Common Ground shared her coffee table and more in this post ~ Fall Vignettes in the Garden Room. Love the vintage look!

ll natural falls simmer pot recipe
Amber of Follow the Yellow Brick Home shared this wonderful recipe for healthful aromatics ~ Fresh and Fragrant Fall Simmer Pot Recipe. 

Carrot Apple Muffin Recipe @ http://treatntrick.blogspot.com
Trick and Treat shared this wonderful recipe for Carrot Apple Muffins. Serious yum!!!

Easy-DIY-Halloween-Decorations-The-Crowned-Goat-2 Easy DIY Halloween Decorations Crafts Fall Holidays
Easy DIY Halloween Decorations is this fun and not-too-scary post by CoCo of The Crowned Goat. Cute gets me every time! 🎃

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Liz of Howling at the Moon whipped up this cute kitty just in time for a little Halloween fun! Here’s her adorable post ~ Cat in Pumpkin.

Jersey Girl, Texan Heart and Shelbee on the Edge

Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge shares her sweet costume in this fashion style post ~ Halloween Costumes Again ~ as part of a her weekly style link-up. Stop on by and check out Shelbee’s blog!

Debbie of Debbie-Dabble Blog shares her fall garden update in this gorgeous autumn post ~ Fall Garden Update and Fall Foliage 2020.

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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…

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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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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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Cinderella, Pumpkins and Cloches… An Ethereal Fall Mantel

Cinderella visits us this fair early fall day and tells a tale worthy of Shakespeare, a tale written and played out by one most beloved…

Cinderella’s Dancing Night
by Peter E. Chapman, 2013, Univ. of SD
~ an excerpt ~

Twelve O’clock, twelve o’clock,
This is the price she paid.
The night was special, 
Her first masquerade.
A dance, a waltz, in three of four,
Till twelve, till twelve, all she can afford.


My son wrote this poem while in his freshman year of college, if I remember correctly. As a belated Mother’s Day gift that year, when he came home that summer from his university, he and his sister made me a hand-sewn book with a collection of poems he had written and artwork drawn by my daughter.

Love this book and my kids! 💞

From: Valentine’s Tablesetting ~ Ethereal in Pink

Fairytale Stories

This fall I am excited to keep our Fairy Tale stories going, continuing a theme begun a few years ago… Earlier this week I shared making a French-styled Cinderella slipper out of a cardboard shoe insert. 

For late summer-early fall, I decorated the mantel a few weeks ago with soft velvet pumpkins, little gilded acorns and Baby Boos and our little lady statue. The large clock face brought back from California has been up on the mantel since we arrived home in early summer, so the idea of Cinderella began there with “Cindy” running out of time…


An ethereal look is what I was going for in this year’s early fall look. I love the idea of attending a ball so I asked Mr. Ethereal if he would bring down our fall boxes when he was up there. Inside those boxes, the soft pumpkins and white sparkle pumpkins are what spoke to me.

As per Wikipedia, the French version of Cinderella was written by Charles Perrault ~ Cendrillon, ou la Petite Pantoufle de Verre, with the thought that the original version is Rhodopis,” an Egyptian tale “recorded by Strabo, a Greek historian, in the first century.” 

Of course, many of us remember Julie Andrews first-ever movie role as Cinderella in Rogers and Hammerstein’s musical adaptation created for television, and first shown in 1957 (also linked to the French version, above).

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Of course, I love Disney’s animated version of Cinderella! Who doesn’t?!! In the classic fairytale, Cinderella’s coach is magically created from a pumpkin. I submit a few homemade pumpkins for your approval… 

Make Your Own Velvet Pumpkins
I forgot to create a new scene under the new glass cloche but it is a perfect vehicle for future Cinderella scenes under its glass dome!

Pheasant Under Glass ~ A Fall Cloche Styling

I did remember to create a few glass slipper photos near the glass cloche… 

A little of Amy’s artwork and Peter’s poem covered over 
(to prevent theft)…

The whole ethereal fall mantel for you… How are you decorating your mantel and home this fall? Loving Cinderella’s mantel…

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Pheasant Under Glass ~ A Fall Cloche Styling

Welcome to this month’s Pinterest Challenge hosted by my friend Cindy of County Road 407. Each month Cindy sends out an inspiration photograph for all of us to get ideas from and make into our own. This is one of my absolute favorite times of the month ~ creating these Pinterest Challenges ~ and this month it’s all about decorating a Fall Cloche. Let’s take a look, shall we?…

If you are new to French Ethereal, welcome! How’d you like Julie’s cloche styling? Pretty cool with those sweet white acorns, huh?! 
I love everything Julie creates for her home!! 🌰 

This photograph above is part of my inspiration for this month’s cloche styling. It is from a Thanksgiving post I wrote a couple of years ago when we were still living in our Prairie Home, our 41′ Heartland Charleston Landmark fifth-wheel trailer. 

My style is definitely an elegant French country style and for this fall our little prairie chicken, vis-a-vis this little gilded partridge or quail, and another birdie friend are featured.

Now let’s take a look at our main inspiration photograph…

This soft fall colors cloche styling is by Beth Hunter of Home Stories A to Z. I love her warm farmhouse style with lots of whites and neutrals… Sooo pretty! 

Beth used mini faux Baby Boo pumpkins, dried hydrangea blooms both inside and outside of her cloche and other free fall garden gifts of acorns and pinecones to complete her cloche’s main look. I love how her vignette uses so much foliage and material straight from nature! Soft colors and I like the rope which makes the cloche look like a bell…

I didn’t have a glass cloche before thinking about putting together this post. So I was thrilled when I found this one at an early fall sale at Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago for 50% off! I have wanted one for a number of years but just hadn’t found one I liked or for a good price. This was $22.50 with the sale price; a bargain in my book!!

For this “pheasant under glass” vignette ~ a gilded quail, really ~ I looked through my stash of platters, cutting boards and such for something round to sit the cloche on, finally choosing this thrifted silverplate serving tray. I wanted a round wood cutting board but didn’t have one so the wood idea was out. 

The silver tray turned out to be the perfect size and it set the tone for a more formal look. To it, I added the small gilded acorns (which look a bit like small pumpkins), the gilded “pheasant” and this jeweled berry pick which was a White Elephant gift from my Bible study teacher a couple of years ago.

Loving this look!
I was shooting for mimicking the “pumpkin look” of our inspiration photo under the glass with these golden acorns, and then I added my larger velvety pumpkins outside the cloche, since they wouldn’t fit underneath and are bigger than those in the inspiration piece.

I looked for grasses to put underneath next to my bird but found only very expensive dried wheat ($29.00/bunch at Hobby Lobby). I ended up snipping some grass fronds from an obliging field and added in a few extra pics. I love the warm fall colors in this part of the room!

Setting my father’s retirement carved American goldfinch on some books brings in more natural elements, as do the actual pheasant feathers (part of my bird feather collection). The books used as risers are National Audubon Society books on bird watching from the 1960’s, my parents’ book collection. 

Creating the pheasant and finch vignette with the cloche and other fall goodies sparked a whole refresh around the living room! I brought out the late summer/early fall pillows and spruced up the coffee table with one of my large Cinderella pumpkins, a candle and faux flowers in a creamy ironstone creamer.

Thanks for stopping by today and if you are following everyone in order, please check out Michelle’s post from Thistle Key Lane, which I know you’ll love the way she used her cloche and her fun raffia pumpkins!

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Share Your Style #231

Welcome to Share Your Style #231! 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! As always I am glad that you are here and there are so many great posts to choose from to share with all y’all…
I am your host 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 week at

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I seemed to have had more time last week to write or something as I churned out three posts last week and I knew I should have kept one back for this week! So I’ll just leave you with an oldie but a goody ’til next week.

And onto this week’s featured posts…

Debra over at Common Ground shared her antique goat cart all decorated for fall. Love it!

Amber at Follow the Yellow Brick Road shared 40 Beautiful Ways to Decorate with Wheat.  Really pretty!

Create an easy fall farmhouse-style vignette in minutes!

Michele at The Scrap Shoppe Blog shared an Easy Fall Farmhouse-Style Vignette.

Free Thanksgiving printables with lots of creative ways to use them in your holiday decor!

Jenn at Clean and Scentsible shared some free Thanksgiving Printables.

10 Ways To Update Your November Decor

Rachelle at My Hubbard Home shares 10 Ways to Update Your November Decor.  Love these aubergine velvet pumpkins with the hydrangeas and brown transferware!

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All Hallows Eve 2019…

Happy All Hallows’ Eve  to you on a windy and cold fall day here in North Texas! Two weeks ago everyone in Texas was wondering whether fall was ever going to arrive and now that it is here, we are all freezing. Lol! Well, with the arrival of super cooled winds sweeping down from off the American and Canadian prairies, Halloween or All Hallows’ Eve has arrived yet again…

Our fair maiden  is dressed up for the holiday with her favorite strands of pearls, a sparkly pink corsage and a new head accessory ~ a pink glitter mask!

Ethereal crystals sparkle amongst the evening’s light…

I tried twice to make a ribbon hanger that would get the mask to stay perfectly on her face but it just didn’t work. Next best thing was trying to slip it over her bonnet but that didn’t work either

Here’s how she would have looked all dressed up for a masquerade party!

She looks pretty handsome even sans the mask covering her face. If any of the other party-goers complain… Phooey on them!

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Blessings to you,

3 Easy Steps to Decorate a Front Porch for Fall

Decorating  the front porch for fall is a favorite pastime and I am sure it is for you, too. If it isn’t, then let’s take a look at how we can make your porch
 look fabulous for fall! With a quick changeout in decor and some new greenery and plants, any porch can become festive and welcoming for the holidays…


First a quick bath…

Something I like to do whenever I change my porch decor for the next season is to give the porch a quick scrub. I did do that here, but the wind blows a lot here in Texas in the fall and some early falling leaves make it look like I didn’t. Trust me, it was nice and clean a day or two before.  😉

This is how the porch first looked before the addition of new plants found on clearance at Lowe’s.

The stacked Cinderella pumpkins from the fall dining table have moved outdoors with the cooler weather.

And our little dog statue has moved across the walkway to look in a different direction…  ;)’

Easy ways to add fall decor to a porch

  • Bring in fun colorful fall foliage with mums, orange and multi-hued lantana, and propped up cornstalks and bundles of grasses or wheat.
  • Add colorful pumpkins and gourds on chairs, set inside a favorite cart or wheelbarrow arranged on your porch, or just piled or stacked against each other on the ground. Pumpkins in today’s soft blush and greens or in traditional bright orange now fit in with anyone’s decor!
From our time in our Prairie Home trailer...

Check the clearance aisles

This fun Texas star insert and burgundy pink potted mum and the yellow mum in front of it were found at Lowe’s on clearance and on sale. The yellow mum was clearanced for $8 and will live on for a couple of years with just repotting, pruning and cutting back and covering during winter. 

The old one I pulled from the trash last year is still blooming madly in the backyard! It can just be seen out by the chairs way out in the yard to the left of the shed. 

Don’t you just love watching birds?
A quick look at our back porch and a plant sent by our local florist ~ actually a mistake!

And sharing your refreshed porch with a real animal or two when you go out to enjoy it is fun, too! Mr. Yoda gets to pass by and smell the flowers on his daily walks…

Decorate the front door

Don’t forget to add a little fall-something to your regular wreath or hanging decor of your front door or change out that piece completely. Earlier this spring I had a basket that looked a bit like a fishing creel hanging on ours. I left it up partly into summer, but then I found this fall basket in late July or early August for 60% off at Joann Fabrics. I am over the moon as this beauty, which can be taken apart to reuse the basket in other ways, was $11.00!

The earlier door hanger which could also be redecorated for fall with dried berries and faux fall foliage.

I hope these tips help you with your fall porch decorating in your own home and that you will share them with family and friends. Let me know how I can help you!

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