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From Summer to Fall Hanging Basket

Happy Labor Day, y’all! Wasn’t it so nice to have an extra day off this weekend? Mr. Ethereal and I worked on several projects and did a little holiday sales shopping, too. Saturday morning, though, I worked on a little changeover in the shed with refreshing our hanging door basket…

I started with cleaning out this little wicker basket I’ve had since I was 16 years old. I got two of them from Cost-Plus (now World Market) when I was a new driver and was newly working. My daughter has the second one down at her apartment in Austin. They are great for holding hair things, brushes, anything!

I had put together a spring or summer bouquet about a year ago and decided it was time to clear it out. All the greenery got a nice rinse and dry, most was packed away into its tubs. But, then I thought about the hanging basket I’d made earlier this summer for the shed…

It still looked good but it is getting to be time for something for fall, so I pulled all of its florals out and gave them a good washing. I saved the little moss balls to reuse for this fall basket and tossed the now-really-falling-apart floral foam.

Got a spider bite in the process, too. ๐Ÿ™ (The swelling went down by nightfall, so all is good!)

I reused the piece of scrunched-up chicken wire that I had placed last year into the little wicker basket (along with a piece of granite to keep that basket from falling over).

For this hanging basket, I loosened this chicken wire some to fit this basket better.

Then I tucked the chicken wire inside the wire basket and began adding the lime green moss balls back in between the two wire pieces. These little moss balls work great for hiding faux greenery wires behind it and add a nice pop of color to the overall basket!

Making an impromptu bouquet…

I chose some cream toned peony stems, even though technically they aren’t a fall flower. I like them for fall mainly because of their lovely, creamy color. Next, I added in some loose faux leaves for filler, then looked through the two tubs of florals for small sunflowers bunches and the one large sunflower I still have.

After having some of these stems for several years, the fuzz comes off of the sunflowers and new ones are needed from the dollar store or one of the craft stores.

I don’t know if I ever mentioned it, but I’ve been on a self-imposed No Spending on Craft Things or Thrift Shopping this year. The only time I broke that resolution was when I went browsing and found the little Colonial Patriotic Statuettes earlier this summer when my MIL was getting her Texas driver’s license.

The morning sunlight was beautiful for taking these early fall photographs, but I wanted to clean up the dead things in the pots outside of the shed before taking final photographs for you. ๐Ÿ˜‰

A Labor Day evening photograph for you!

This weekend was perfect for cleaning out planters and pots and we had a 68 degree low this morning… WHAT change from the last two months of 100 degrees or more! This past week and weekend were wonderful weather for working in the garden and I took full advantage of playing with planting some of my potted roses, plus some of the new plants I will share soon.

And that’s all there is to creating a pretty fall hanging basket using florals already on hand!

I am pleased with how this turned out and I’ll swap out the peonies later in the season with faux orange leaves, berries and add a fall ribbon to take us to Thanksgiving.

Happy creating, friends!

Barb ๐Ÿ™‚

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Let’s Decorate Pretty Fall Baskets with Pumpkins and Roses

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This is a second photograph from Janelle’s post.

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

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

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

“I have a door!”

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

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

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

My next thought was

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

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

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

pumpkin stack!

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

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

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

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

And I have a nice big garden shed!!

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

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

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

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

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

Happy fall decorating, everyone!

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

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

Enjoy the rest of the tour!

And here’s to cooler weather,

Barb ๐Ÿ™‚

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Share Your Style #326

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #326! Happy Wednesday to you all, dear friends!!

This link party is for home decor, DIY, crafts, recipes and the like, but you are more than welcome to share any of your family-friendly posts with us all. Please feel free to share this post too and join my small but loyal band of friends.ย I appreciate you! I appreciate your subscribing, also. As always, I am glad that you are here… ๐Ÿ’œ

I am Barbara Chapman and I’d love it if you’d follow me here on my blog and on any of my other social media sites, too.  Thank you!๐Ÿ’œ 

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Happy Wednesday, everyone! This week is our last week of “All Things Thanksgiving” with next week beginning our Christmas posts… I decided to wait because I just wasn’t ready for them this year. I know as bloggers we usually want our ideas out there early, but I just wasn’t feeling it. I’m sorry…

On another note, we have been having “Santa Ana’s” in North Texas this week (warm winter winds) usually in Southern California. Funny too, it FEELS like a So Cal fall day! ~ three days in a row in the high 70’s! The cold front returns this evening, though, so the confused plants will just have to get over this warm spell. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Now, let’s get to this week’s features! (Nothing finished from me this week.)

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Debra from Common Ground gets my vote for the comfiest porch in this post ~ Cozying Up the Back Porch. Sooo pretty and inviting!
Amy over at A Day of Small Things brings us her lovely fall post ~
Sing to Me Autumn… Love the poem and her decor!
Jeanie from The Marmelade Gypsy shared some good fall reads in her post ~ September/October Book Wrap. Yes!!! Also good to stock up on for cozy winter reading. <3
Here’s a fun turkey Quick and Easy Thanksgiving DIY post from Thrifting Wonderland. Gorgeous bouquet!
faux leather trousers, cropped sweater, thrifted blazer, beret, fashion over 40, Stylish Monday, Shelbee on the Edge
Shelbee from Shelbee on the Edge shared her thoughts on being authentic in her post all about style ~ Faux Real Looks in Leather and Suede. Love this look for fall!
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Debbee from Debbee’s Buzz shared her beautiful table set for Thanksgiving with these lovely turkeys ~ Liberty Blue and Thanksgiving Table and Turkey Napkins. Lovely!!!
Renae from Peacock Ridge Farm shared this delicious recipe for How To Make Baked Sweet Potatoes with Maple Glaze. And as the rest of the post title says: Perfect for your holiday feast!!!
Rita from Panoply shared this lovely table set for Turkey Day in her post ~ Thankful… All kidding aside, there is much to be thankful for this year. <3
Sandra from Come to Dinner at Eight shared this perfect for late fall Autumn Tones for a Tray. So warm and inviting!!!

Thank You so much to everyone who linked up this past week. A special thank you to everyone for always promotingย Share Your Styleย on your blog and on your social media channels! I do see it when I stop by and I appreciate the love.ย ๐Ÿ’œ

Let’s party!!!

Barb ๐Ÿ™‚

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Happy All Hallows Eve Walk-About!

Happy Halloween, dear Friends!!! We had the loveliest weekend of high 70’s temps and it was perfect for raking leaves, scooping up acorns, cleaning house and doing a ton of laundry. I washed some windows and the front storm door and surround… Ahhh! So fresh and clean!

Mr. Ethereal is back in California this evening for business so it was just me walking around enjoying seeing a few kids getting ready for trick or treating…

Halloween Weekend…

The PABS teachers!!! Okay, Amanda (L) is the teacher and Kristin and myself are paraprofessionals. ๐Ÿ™‚ Amanda came as Miss Frizzle. Kristin was Hermione Granger. Me ~ I was trying to look imperious like Alan Rickman’s character, but I kept laughing! Lol!!!

This is me this past Friday ~ as Professor Snape from Hogwarts School of Wizardry. This year our school – Hodge Elementary – has a Learning is Magical theme and since we are Hodge, we are now Hodgewartzians… The kids (and staff) got to dress up all week for Red Ribbon Week and Friday was Storybook Character Day (hence the backdrop). This is our crazy picture! My mother’s Bergdorf Goodman cape got lots of compliments during the day.

Halloween morning early…

There was a gorgeous crescent moon at 4:30am today, but I couldn’t get it to photograph well… ๐Ÿ™

Every year or so I get out and photograph The Girls in the yard and I did manage to remember to capture our Outdoor Maiden this morning before toddling back to bed…

My phone added in some light that wasn’t really there. It was fully dark at 4:30am Halloween Sunday morning.

During the week, before we had a big rainstorm which brought 40mph gusts, I got most of the tools put into the new shed. This area is beginning to clean up and I can put out some planters with evergreens which can handle the winter in pots.

Leaves are just beginning to fall off the backyard trees and most of acorns are down, as well. Out front is another matter entirely! Acorns are just beginning to fall and there are MASSIVE amounts of leaves to come off those trees. Charles did manage to get a bunch of limbs down out of the fruitless pear a couple of weekends ago. Five huge piles of limbs were ready for the truck to mulch them up!

Halloween during the day around our home…

I brought out the white Cinderella pumpkin I grew this summer (it is slightly yellow) and placed it on top of one of the large white ones I picked up at Lowe’s a few weeks ago. Then I created a matching set in the other planter. I found a pale green and pale orange multi colored pumpkin and set that on the chair up on the porch stoop.

I am totally loving the front porch and its simple arrangement! Would you believe these impatiens are THE SAME IMPATIENTS that I bought in Oklahoma in late March/early April?? They have done beautifully this year with just a couple of clippings when they get leggy…

This sweet hydrangea is beginning to bloom again, can you believe it??! I was sooo excited to see its little pink bloom this past week. I had forgotten I fed it in late August/early September and it rewarded me with this lovely…

Our mandarin orange tree is doing well in its clay pot, and here are the fruitful rewards… I picked an orange this afternoon for lunch tomorrow at school and I’ll let you know how they taste. I don’t think it is quite ripe yet (because the orb didn’t pull off easily), but they are almost there. Perfect as we are supposed to drop to 34 degrees overnight in a week and there aren’t too many, so I should be able to pick them all. Or… I can just move the whole tree into the shed/greenhouse, as that is also its function! <3 I hope to get more oranges next season.

My Halloween Walkabout…

Cute sitting area at this former home-now an office near where we live. I walk by here often.

Just across the main road and cutting through a field, there is this sweet old home, probably the original farmhouse where many of our homes are built on its former land. (We have weird leftover stumps of posts at funny angles crossing out backyard… One of the reasons I think at least our area was part of one of the older homes around here originally.)

I love that the current business owners decorate for the seasons!!!

I just had to share this. ๐Ÿ™‚

Pots of pretty pansies ~ perfect for pictures and posy peeping! Don’t you just love the grasses waving gently behind them?!!

There is a bank located next to that old farmhouse and their landscapers have recently changed out the spring/summer blooms for these pretty pansies. Love their sweet faces in the early evening sunlight!

Last up is a small planted area within a much larger fenced backyard, near the duck pond I love walking by… I love all these daisies with their bright fall faces!!! You’ll see more of the ducks and geese and Denton’s little Venice area on my Instagram as I often post them there…

Well, friends, that’s it for this All Hallows’ Eve from North Texas! I am turning in but wanted to get something posted (finally!). It has been a lovely weekend and next weekend, Hubby and I are supposed to go to a Marine Corps Ball with friends from the Odd Fellows…

Should be fun! We haven’t been to a ball since the year Amy was born (1992). ;)’

Happy Halloween to you,

Barb ๐Ÿ™‚

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Share Your Style #321

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #321. Happy Wednesday to you all, dear friends! ๐Ÿ™‚

This link party is for home decor, DIY, crafts, recipes and the like, but you are more than welcome to share any of your family-friendly posts with us all. Please feel free to share this post too and join my small but loyal band of friends.ย I appreciate you! I appreciate your subscribing, also. As always, I am glad that you are here… ๐Ÿ’œ

I am Barbara Chapman and I’d love it if you’d follow me here on my blog and on any of my other social media sites, too.  Thank you!๐Ÿ’œ 

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Well, friends, my computer is fixed (yeah!)!!! It turned out to be just a matter of moving over a year+ of photos (and their folders) and a bunch of documents and videos. Then the Apple tech was able to help me download a new operating system ~ Mojave. Technically this is an older system now, but new to my 9 year old Mac Book Pro!

So let’s check out all the wonderful features from two weeks ago this week! And I have been ignoring all the skeletons and Halloween things, but I do enjoy tablescapes so one or two might creep in… (pun intended). ๐Ÿ˜‰

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

Fall in the Potting Shed ~ a look at how our shed is coming along as we bring garden supplies and equipment inside as well as updates coming in the future.

And here are this week’s featured posts…

I love Debra of Common Ground’s French farmhouse style and her use of whites with greys and this post Fall Centerpiece Basket with Pumpkins just fits soooo perfectly! Lovely…
Debra also shared her Fall Sideboard and a Trip to the Vintage Peddler, an antique booth near her home. Check out all the wonderful finds she and her hubby brought home!
Jeanie from The Marmelade Gypsy shared her trip to the lake, visits with friends and these beautiful elk from the local elk park… Wow! Do check out her post, friends: Postcards from the Lake: A Wet and Lonely Week.
mint striped sweater, easy fall outfit, sweater and jeans, braided sandals, fashion over 40, Shelbee on the Edge
Shelbee from Shelbee on the Edge is back with her style link party in her post ~
An Easy Early Fall Outfit (comfortable, which I think we all love!) and Spread the Kindness Linkup #242.
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Dare I “brooch” the subject, from Debbee’s Buzz, Debbee’s Silly Skeleton Poses on an Elegant Halloween Table looks ever festive in pearls, silver and costume jewelry! Love all the table decor!!!
Totally in love… with CoCo of The Crowned Goat‘s Fall Front Porch Tour!!! There is just something cheery and festive about soft pastel pumpkins, ethereal whites and mums… Enjoy this beautiful post!
How to Create a No Sew DIY Grain Sack Pillow Cover-The Crowned Goat
CoCo also shared this post ~ No Sew DIY Grain Sack Pillow Cover ~ which I totally love! Hope you will, too. <3
Last up for this week is this cutie-patootie who is Rita from Panoply‘s little granddaughter! They are just coming by to say… New Season, New Home!!! Do stop by and offer your well-wishes as they pack and move back into their old neighborhood. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank You so much to everyone who linked up this past week. A special thank you to everyone for always promotingย Share Your Styleย on your blog and on your social media channels! I do see it when I stop by and I appreciate the love.ย ๐Ÿ’œ

If you’d like to follow myย Share Your Style boardย on Pinterest I’d appreciate it,ย thank you!ย I do post all of the featured posts from each week’s SYS there plus usually other photos from those posts to my boards. ๐Ÿ’œย  Thanks so much!!! If you are new to French Ethereal, I hope you will think about subscribing to my blog.

Happy linking!

Hugs, Barb ๐Ÿ™‚

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Add a Little Fall Color to Your Bedroom

Welcome to our first fall Pinterest Challenge focusing on adding in fall color to our bedrooms. If you are just coming over from the main group of bloggers, or are here for the first time, welcome! As always, I’d like to thank Cindy from County Road 407 for setting us up with our inspiration photograph and our friend Paula from Virginia Sweet Pea for taking the reins as our host…

***Cindy had a family emergency and I would like to ask you to keep them in your prayers, thank you. ๐Ÿ’œ

Love all the patterns and textures!!!

Our inspiration comes from Courtney over at The Golden Boys and Me

Courtney has the cutest bed linens and is blessed to have a sweet architectural shelf over her bed and black iron headboard to be able to put fun pieces on.

With all the fun pumpkins, black wire and iron in the basket below the seat and above in the chandelier {too cute!}, wood textures in the pumpkin on the bench and the basket on the bed, I love this updated farmhouse look.

My bedroom’s look

I have a really old shelving unit but not a shelf anymore. We had sweet early-1990’s wooden shelves with heart cutouts and pegs to hang things on, but we sold those when we were getting ready to move everything to storage when we sold our last house.

So, I hung up this wicker basket I found a year or so ago and kept the roses {my signature} in it while adding in some faux fall berries and leaves.

I changed out the lightweight Shabby Chic white and pink roses quilt that we had on for summer to this deeper lavender and darker roses quilt. I like this one on our California king bed as it is still lightweight but we can easily add the other quilt on top as the weather get colder here in early fall.

To bring in some of the oranges used in our inspiration bedroom, I’ve added a favorite fall pillow with Autumn Blessings scripted across it. I also brought in this super lightweight throw we use for afternoon naps when the days are still so warm, plus a small white metal tray with a little scarecrow we have had since our now-grown kids were little.

This is coupled with two pumpkins, one orange and the other a white one I sparkled about six years ago or so.

We bought this bench online about two years ago now, our first fall here in this home, and I love its Old World look! I guess I should have stuck some goodies underneath but I usually decorate more simply so this is how it normally looks, a perfect place to hide our slippers and shoes underneath… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Time for tea

My little addition to this fall bedroom challenge is to include a little tea party! Bringing in a tray I painted white {which adds more of our inspiration’s white look} layered with fall dishes including this sweet Cracker Barrel brown transferware plate and a Royal Winton teacup and saucer.

Two persimmon cookies are stacked atop our little plate with a small fall napkin I sewed from leftover fabric years ago ~ perfect for a little afternoon reading in bed!

And that’s it for me, dear friends!

I hope you enjoy touring others who are on the main tour. You can find those links over at Paula’s of Virginia Sweet Pea. Due to the event being “cancelled,” then finding out it was still going on, many of us didn’t see the update until too late. My post was ready so I’m happy to have it to share with you… Next time!

Blessings to you all,

Barb ๐Ÿ™‚

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My Crazy Summer Pumpkins or The First Real Pumpkins Post of Fall…

Pumpkins will grow in Texas, friends! I accidentally proved this in our consistently rainy North Texas springtime weather this year. Here’s our white Cinderella pumpkin growing on the vine in March…

Early this spring, I chucked last fall’s pumpkins into our compost pile thinking they would just squish down and eventually turn into dirt. Well… One of the Connecticut field pumpkins sprouted and so did a couple of Cinderella pumpkins!

Connecticut Field pumpkin courtesy of Google through Pinterest

I did nothing other than keep adding grass clippings (okay, Mr. Ethereal did!) and forking over the compost once to aerate the whole pile. I left the three pumpkins vines alone to grow…

The fall rudbeckia I picked up in Oklahoma to plant outfront.

I guess I never took any photos of them growing! I meant to but every time I went to photograph them, I was in the middle of taking other photos and thought, “I don’t want them to show in those pictures.”

I was saving the pumpkins to feature by themselves, but really, they were ready to harvest in early June…

Three made it full term and the other flowers never matured. It just got too hot here in July! I left the three on the vine… Well, because I was still giving them water (to keep the vines alive and hopefully get more pumpkins), the nice Connecticut Field rotted on the vine from just too much moisture on its underside… :(((

Then, I harvested the two remaining: one pale orange Cinderella and the creamy white Cinderella… I brought them inside to sit on the nice cool dining room tile flooring. THAT would keep them nice and cool! Or so I thought…

Then there was a weird smell…

I thought it was the new dryer in its plastic packaging that I was smelling. It smelled like someone was smoking pot! Awful… REALLY awful!

Well, once I noticed the pumpkins (about two days later), I FINALLY I took a look at them and the orange Cinderella was water and mush all over the floor. I shoveled it into the trash can and took that mess outside, cleaned the floor, turned on the kitchen fan, and eventually the yucky smell went away.

Love this shot with our little Fair Maiden “looking” at her pumpkin… Future golden coach, perhaps??

Only the white Cinderella made it…

It is nice and dry and no mold spots on it. I think I will try growing pumpkins again next year since three did grow. I’ll do it the same way and make sure to rotate them and get them off the ground this next season.

So that’s the story of our Texas pumpkins! And if you haven’t seen this month’s Pinterest Challenge post about decorating an early fall mantel, you can find that here.

Happy early fall hugs,

Barb ๐Ÿ™‚

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Share Your Style #315

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #315. Happy Wednesday to you all, dear friends! ๐Ÿ™‚

This link party is for home decor, DIY, crafts, recipes and the like, but you are more than welcome to share any of your family-friendly posts with us all. Please feel free to share this post too and join my small but loyal band of friends.ย I appreciate you! I appreciate your subscribing, also. As always, I am glad that you are here… ๐Ÿ’œ

I am Barbara Chapman and I’d love it if you’d follow me here on my blog and on any of my other social media sites, too.  Thank you!๐Ÿ’œ 

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We finished up the shed this past weekend and began moving gardening things inside, so I’ll be getting that post out for you soon. So ready to have the yard and patio looking good and everything NOT such a chaotic mess! Ready for a fall tour as soon as those things are cleaned up. ๐Ÿ™‚

Let’s get to the party…

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

It’s time again for our monthly Pinterest Challenge and this month it’s all about mantels ~ An Early Fall Mantel Refresh… Certainly brightened my spirit while creating these vignettes!!

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Tara at Stilettos and Shiplap created this mantelscape and don’t you just love it with her tile surround and all the Shabby Chic/Farmhouse look of the mantel and the gorgeous picture frames?!! I shared one of her photos last week but THIS is the one I should have shared. <3 So… I am resharing!
A Late Summer Mantel Refresh.
Here is Jeanie of The Marmelade Gypsy at her birthday bash! Come visit and share your birthday wishes!! ~ Still Home: This is What 70 Looks Like!
MaryJo from Master”Pieces” of My Life shared this fun fall crafting post ~ 5 Easy Ways to DIY Pumpkins. Really fun ideas and who doesn’t love to have a few more faux pumpkins in our stash?!!
Debra over at Common Ground brings us her light and airy sunroom ready to head into fall with this post ~ Sunflowers in the Late Summer Hearth Room. So cozy… <3
Melissa from Howling Liz Blogspot shared this sweet Daisy Crochet Bandana in her latest link up for all of your crochet folks!! Love how cute this is!!! <3
Newcomer Cheryl from Sew Can Do shared her Melly Sews Empire-Waist Maxi Dress Pattern Review. Welcome, Cheryl!!!
Renae from Peacock Ridge is back with this crafty post ~ How to Make Velvet Pumpkins. I made some a couple of years ago and they are super easy to make. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank You so much to everyone who linked up this past week. A special thank you to everyone for always promotingย Share Your Styleย on your blog and on your social media channels! I do see it when I stop by and I appreciate the love.ย ๐Ÿ’œ

If you’d like to follow myย Share Your Style boardย on Pinterest I’d appreciate it,ย thank you!ย I do post all of the featured posts from each week’s SYS there plus usually other photos from those posts to my boards. ๐Ÿ’œย  Thanks so much!!! If you are new to French Ethereal, I hope you will think about subscribing to my blog.

Let’s party!!!

Barb ๐Ÿ™‚

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Share Your Style #313

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #313! Happy Wednesday to you all, dear friends!

This link party is for home decor, DIY, crafts, recipes and the like, but you are more than welcome to share any of your family-friendly posts with us all. Please feel free to share this post too and join my small but loyal band of friends.ย I appreciate you! I appreciate your subscribing, also. As always, I am glad that you are here… ๐Ÿ’œ

I am Barbara Chapman and I’d love it if you’d follow me here on my blog and on any of my other social media sites, too.  Thank you!๐Ÿ’œ 

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Happy Wednesday to you, dear friends!! Well… Tomorrow is it, folks! The kids come back to our elementary school. We’ve been at trainings these past seven work days, prepped the school with bunting and paper lanterns (see yesterday’s $10 on the 10th post), have t-shirts and bulletin boards with Harry Potter-themes. It’s going to be a magical year at Hodge Elementary with us “Hodgewarts.”

The staff lounge got a makeover today with soft turquoise-greens and gold ephemera and contact paper over a long counter. Now we are ready for the students tomorrow!

Here on Share Your Style, fall is definitely falling on many of your posts but late summer ones abound as well… ๐Ÿ™‚ Should be another fun week for you with features! ๐Ÿ’œย 

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

And here are this week’s featured posts…

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A fun post with Debbee of Debbee’s Buzz as things get back more towards “normal” ~
The Return of Traditional Summer Activities and Family Visits. “Take me out to the ball game…” ๐Ÿ˜‰
Caring for Your Senior Dog
Near and dear to any pet owner’s heart ~ Caring for Your Senior Dog by Pam at An Artful Mom just ticks all the boxes for love this week!
Welcome to newcomer Olivia OHearn who shares her tips and tricks for creating this sweet fall flowerpot in this post ~ How to Dรฉcoupage Flower Pots with Paper Napkins. So cheery!!!
“Hello there!” says this chipper squirrel. Part of Jeanie from The Marmelade Gypsy‘s newest post ~ Something Different at the Ditch. Cute!!!
I love mantel decor and I know you do, too! Renae from Peacock Ridge Farm shared this Summer Mantel Refresh – Elegant Mantel Decorating Ideas. Ooh la la!
Debra from Common Ground is back with some barnyard fun in her post ~
August in the Cookbook Cupboard. Love her decorating style!!!
Jars of blackberry jam
Paula who writes Virginia Sweet Pea shared her delicious recipe in this post ~ How to Make Blackberry Jam. Seriously yum!!! Check it out for free printable labels, too. ๐Ÿ™‚
Don’t let the rabbits fool you that it’s time for Easter! Penny of Penny’s Treasures has been on a late summer cleaning and prepping in this post ~ Getting the Studio Ready for a Busy Fall and Winter. Love her storage cabinets!!!
Summer Peach Cake / www.delightfulrepast.com
Jean from A Delightful Repast is back with a mouth-watering recipe for
Summer Peach Cake… Can anything call your taste buds harder?? Yum!!!
How to make fall hydrangea wreath with pumpkins
And last up for this week is Karin of Karin’s Cottage sharing her gorgeous
How to Make a Fall Hydrangea Wreath with Pumpkins… Lovely!

Thank You so much to everyone who linked up this past week. A special thank you to everyone for always promotingย Share Your Styleย on your blog and on your social media channels! I do see it when I stop by and I appreciate the love.ย ๐Ÿ’œ

If you’d like to follow myย Share Your Style boardย on Pinterest I’d appreciate it,ย thank you!ย I do post all of the featured posts from each week’s SYS there plus usually other photos from those posts to my boards. ๐Ÿ’œย  Thanks so much!!! If you are new to French Ethereal, I hope you will think about subscribing to my blog.

Let’s hope this fall is magical for you…

Barb ๐Ÿ™‚

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Planting New Urns for Fall

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Falling in love… I have been on the hunt for a while for a couple of beautiful urns to brighten up our front yard. I like the idea of planting them for each season and this is the perfect time of year for showing off autumn’s beautiful offerings…



I was thrilled to find two identical cement urns near me at a beautiful nursery Schmitz Garden Center in Flower Mound, Texas, over the October 12th-Columbus Day long weekend. I got these for a good price, I think.ย 

Rarely do I ask at nursery centers, but this day I did:ย ย I asked if they could do a little better on the price if I took both, and I was given an extra 15% off.

The nurseryman loaded them up for me and on home we went!

On Monday, I wheeled our heavy garden cart around front and went to work trying to wrestle an urn out of the middle of our SUV. You see, the back hatch latch is broken (again…) so we can’t open the tailgate. It’s a cheap plastic part and Mr. Ethereal has to have a day to pull off the inside parts and replace the thing. It broke the weekend before…

So what do you think of the urns?? They are about 14″ tall by 24″ across and about 6″ deep. At first I was thinking maybe they were too shallow, but after planting them and realizing you can just pile up more dirt in the center, now I am really excited about them!


I really like how they look after planting them with just a few pansies, one big deep pink mum, and a little hanging vine in each urn. They add a nice formality to our small front porch area.


This photograph is really overexposed but it shows our fall porch well… Happy and balanced!


Totally in love… Now to convince Mr. Ethereal we need to expand out the left-hand garden bed to make both sides match better. ๐Ÿ˜‰


A nice way to say hello to our second fall in our stillย 
new-to-us home… ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ




Sharing with:
Thursday Favorite Things ~ Follow the Yellow Brick Home
Friday at the Fire Station ~ A Fireman’s Wife



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FALLING INTO NOVEMBER AT THURSDAY FAVORITE THINGS

Fall Decorating Ideas, Fall Crafts and Fall Recipes





Hope your fall has been just asย 
beautiful, friends,