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 #234

Welcome to Share Your Style #234! 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… 

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French Ethereal…

A Cozy Hot Chocolate Bar for Christmas ~ A Pinterest Challenge. Stop by to see all the great ideas shared by my friends for this warm winter challenge! Thank you to Cindy of County Road 407 for hosting us all! 

Just one post for me as I took a break to get well and visit with family for Thanksgiving…

Here are this week’s featured posts filled with
tons of holiday spirit…
Penny of Penny’s Treasures shared your bright and sunny laundry room all decorated for Christmas (check out her desk in there, too!). Love love love it!!!

Debra at Common Ground shared her collection of turkeys and platters and a turkey disaster story I know you’ll empathize over. Do check it out! ~ Turkey Talk in the Cupboard.

DIY Thanksgiving Table Family Photo Place Cards

These just crack me up!!! And although I am still sharing some Thanksgiving “leftovers,” there is no reason why this idea couldn’t be adapted to Santa and Mrs. Claus hats for Christmas (or Hanukkah dreidels, etc.). Love this post from Debbee at Debbee’s Buzz ~ DIY Thanksgiving Table Family Photo Place Cards.

It’s all about Porch Decor at Follow the Yellow Brick Home with Amber and this blog hop. Check out Amber’s beautiful 100 year old farmhouse porch and others for wonderful holiday ideas!

Pheasant Merriment Tablescape over at Panopoly with Rita may have been a Thanksgiving post but with so much deep red it easily transitions to Christmas. Beautiful!!!

Santa stop here outdoor Christmas sign

Here’s a fun DIY Craft Santa Stops Here post by Unique Creations by Anita. Easy to follow instructions included.


The perfect side dish for your holiday dinner, this Fresh Cranberry Salad recipe is flavorful and delicious!  Mandarin oranges, fresh cranberries, goat cheese crumbles and pecans make this Cranberry Citrus Salad incredible.

And lastly this cheery Citrus Salad by Erin at Delightful-E-Made will tempt your tastebuds. Yum!!!

Thank you to everyone who linked up this week and a special thank you to everyone who posts about the link party Share Your Style on your blog ~ I do see it when I stop over and I appreciate your support!  Without you, there’d be no party.

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A Little Fall Decor Past and Present…

Fall is really my absolute favorite time of the year with its brilliant colors inspired by nature itself. Over the years I have added to my fall decor some soft velvet pumpkins, sewed a few French toile red and aqua pumpkins for friends and one for myself, and this year I added a few black and white buffalo checked ones.

Let’s reminisce, shall we and see how we can reuse some of this older decor?…

Two years ago while we were still in our Prairie Home we had real and faux Cinderella pumpkins in pale tangerine, blush and celery to decorate our RV’s main dining area window.  I love our new home but I do miss this window as it was perfect for its small vignettes!

Outdoor dining was fun at the RV park too with pansies and pumpkins and fun mismatched china

At our Big House Wedgwood’s Sarah’s Garden tea set made its debut in the fall of 2014 where I shared a visit to meet the current Duchess of York.

A recent Pinterest Challenge celebrated dining outdoors and my first set of china by Villeroy and Boch came outside to grace our new patio.

Oddly enough I have been really missing the trailer lately! I stopped by and checked on it this past week since I was up in Sanger, TX picking up more stones for the backyard garden. 

A man was there winterizing another trailer for a client and asked if we might need ours done. Knowing that yes it did need to have all its hoses and the refrigerator filter drained he charged a nominal fee and took care of that for me. I stopped by Friday afternoon and locked the trailer back up and folded up the steps and called it good!

This little bouquet believe it or not holds the last mums from a bouquet my husband picked up for our anniversary last month. I cannot believe these flowers have lasted so long! I just plucked out the bright green mums and recut them once again and put them in a fresh container. Mr. Ethereal certainly got his money’s worth with this fall bouquet!

The living room looks much as it has all fall but I am just beginning to make some changes for Christmas…

Decorating central with elves in force will be happening this week with our daughter coming up for a Thanksgiving visit! (Always a little chaotic and mixed up living the blogger’s life, as many of you know.)

Enjoy this little visit,

Sunday Sentiments ~ Leaves

Sunday Sentiments this week shares more of what’s going on here at our little French Ethereal home… First off I’d like to share that Leaves is a metaphor for life and I am really feeling it with the loss of my first cousin Joanne Pimentel Garlock early on the morning of October 31st, this year. Even though we haven’t lived close-by since our family moved from Hanscom Field, Concord, Massachusetts to Oahu, Hawaii back in 1970, Joanne and her brothers and sisters have always been a huge part of my life. 

Always there to visit with through cards and letters, phone calls to their mom (when they all lived at home) at Christmas, and these past 10 years or so with the many photographs and stories shared with the genius invention of Facebook. We have become closer and I got to join their childhood memories whenever one of the six kids (plus my other two cousins) would share favorite stories of their growing-up.

photograph courtesy the Pimentel and Garlock families
Joanne lived a happy life traveling the world during her 20 career with the United States Air Force but these past few years she missed her husband Paul very much, who pre-deceased her. Now she can be home with him… My cousin Bill (her second youngest brother) wrote in a lovely tribute saying how much Joanne loved fall and its leaves ~ hence the title of this post ~ and their brother Mark sent her a box stuffed with New Hampshire’s fall foliage finest in mid-October, just in time for one last present to Joanne and her home in North Carolina! 

God says that “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord,” in 2 Corinthians 5:8 (my paraphrase) was taken from this lovely passage and I feel confident that Joanne is happily “Home.” She was a Christian and believer.

6Therefore we are always confident, although we know that while we are at home in the body, we are away from the Lord. 7For we walk by faith, not by sight. 8We are confident, then, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9So we aspire to please Him, whether we are here in this body or away from it.        

                 Paul to the people of Corinth ~ 2 Cor. 5, Berean Study Bible

Time keeps passing and I know I feel it in my stiff joints, muscles that ache now working with kids from tough home situations. Some days I am ready to go Home, too. How about you?

If you haven’t talked to God in a while, He is always there ready to listen, ready for you to be another friend in His wonderful kingdom. I would ask you not to put off accepting Christ as time keeps ticking onward and none of us are getting any younger. 

Loving the beginnings of this next flowerbed!

Out in the garden

The garden is coming along and I posted a little about it this past week. I drove back up to BandB Stone again on Friday and picked up more chop stone to finish this bed and I’ll share more of that this coming week.

Anyway, I hope you are all well and enjoying a little rest this fall! I’ve been keeping up with blogging but I feel like I am not managing it all very well. The kids at school are really combative and it is taking its toll on my body and mind. Did you know that people with mental health distress don’t get dizzy when they are spun around??? I didn’t either but when on a particularly bad day I came home so frazzled, I tried it. 

I didn’t get dizzy! Weird, huh?

It’s because when your head is “already spinning.” the mind doesn’t feel the affects of spinning. Just one of the cool things about motor learning function…

And that’s where we will leave this Sunday Sentiments for today. I am happy as our daughter will be driving up to stay a few days with us!  

Happy Sunday to y’all!!!

Love and hugs,

Decorate Your Angelic Statuettes for the Seasons…

Decorating our homes for  each season seems such a logical thing for all of us to do, but have you thought about decorating your little statues and statuettes the same way? Today I am sharing some fun wonderful statue transformations from my friends and some of my own. 

Let’s begin this angelic tour, shall we?…


Berry Christmas…

“The Girls” get decorated each winter outdoors with faux berry head wreaths or roses each year.  This is a favorite way I like to decorate my outdoor statues. Recently, I found a pepper tree near our Texas home and now I am just waiting for the berries to get ripe!*

*Turns out the Texas version of a pepper tree is different than its California cousin in that it has berries far apart on little branchlets and also has thorns, so… No new head wreaths unless I make them with faux berries again. 🙁 
Here in a Valentine’s Tablesetting ~ Ethereal in Pink our fair maiden wore a child’s tutu as a stole. Perfect for a fall Halloween party (with an added mask!) or for Valentine’s, this is a super easy way to dress up your statues.

Here my friend Debra of Common Ground added a simple brown ribbon tied in a  bow with a beautiful cross to her maiden. At some point Debra découpaged a watercolour tissue paper onto the lower half of this bust and added an upturned collar ~ such a gorgeous way to hide any flaws in chalkware pieces!

Amber at Follow the Yellow Brick Home decorates her music room at Christmas time in grand style and here Beethoven dressed warmly for the holiday season and this holiday home tour in a nubby oatmeal muffler. Amber’s farmhouse is just gorgeous and this post really shows off its grand beauty.

 An Old Angel and a Giveaway! | Edith & Evelyn
Cindy of Edith and Evelyn Vintage has an incredible angel which she found for sale when a church was closing its doors. Made of solid plaster but missing its wings, her husband fashioned a pair from a store-bought pair replacing the original ones lost to time. Here this angel is most decidedly angelic with its crown, sceptre and rosary beads ~ stunning!

Spur of the moment idea

Here our Lady Liberty wears our nation’s colors proudly! This was a photo I took for a 4th of July Pinterest Challenge but used later in this 10 on the 10th post. Repurposing worn flags into pillows or like I have done here is a good way to give a retired flag a second life.

Just go with it

“Spur of the moment ideas” when decorating are sometimes the most brilliant and often we just need to “go with it” when decorating our homes! If you love statues like I do then adding pieces of vintage jewelry to yours is an easy way to begin.

From a shop I visited in California ~ Posies and Picket Fences.

I hope you have enjoyed this tour of angelic statues today and have found a few ideas to use to decorate yours! Here is a pin to share and if you like what you see here, please consider following along. Thank you! 🙂

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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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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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Two Fall Table Vignettes to Copy…

Sweet fall  inspired vignettes are fun to create and easy to do with just a few simple items. Come along and let’s create a couple of table vignettes using a few key fall pieces…

I was going for a moody look here ~ love the pumpkins atop this small table quilt!

Fall decorations you’ll need:

* pumpkins ~ real and faux in your favorite colors. Here I’ve used small real creme Baby Boo pumpkins combined with soft velvet pumpkins bought a few years ago at an after-Halloween clearance. The b/w checked pumpkins are new this year from the dollar area at Target.

* candles ~ candles add a warmth which can’t be found any other way. Even unlit they add their lovely fall color to the decor.

* throw or basket ~ place a quilt, a couple of table runners or a pretty basket or wooden tray on your table to set the scene and to corral your pumpkins.

* decorative ribbon ~ wrap a stack of Cinderella and Baby boo pumpkins with pretty French wired ribbon. Festive for fall the black and white checks bring a sophistication to the table.

Our table’s second look:

For the second fall table vignette the pumpkins are left unstacked and several more velvet pumpkins have been added. The black and white checked French wired ribbon and  pumpkins have been removed and just the mini quilt remain.

This simple look can be dressed up for evening…

* Pumpkins Scatter an odd amount of pumpkins around the large ones.

* Lighted candles ~ use an odd number of candleholders and place them among the real and faux gourds.

And that’s all there is to set a beautiful fall table vignette in your own home!

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Share Your Style #225

Welcome to Share Your Style #225! This link party is for home decor, diy and 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 y’all. 

Forgive me for getting SYS out each week and continuing to add features after it is published… (You might see that happening!)
It’s because as anytime I sit down to type and add, I literally fall asleep (I wake up between 4-5:00am everyday for work) ~ like today. And it isn’t because I am bored, I just nod off as my body tries to catch up on zzzzz’s.   

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 share this week at

French Ethereal…

We Interrupt This Program… is the title of this post and I shared an update on creating a 1920’s Downton Abbey style dress and an update on the t-shirt quilt I am making for my son.

This month’s Pinterest Challenge is a fall-inspired outdoor table setting and my friends who decorated their tables didn’t disappoint. Stop by to check out everyone’s posts and find some inspiration! Hosted by Cindy of County Road 407.

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Lake House Basement Project Update Two
Paula at Virginia Sweet Pea shared an update on the lake house she and her husband are renovating. Looking good!

Oh, my goodness! These pumpkins are gorgeousness wrapped up in velvet!! Rachelle of My Hubbard Home shares how shemakes her velvet pumpkins ~ a tutorial.

Debra of Common Ground shares her entryway with its earlyfall decor… LOVE this table and vignette!

Jocelyn at Just a Little Southern Hospitality shares
her table set for company in a post called Transitioning.

Ikea Pax

Newcomer to SYS Ceres at The Pink Dream shares an Ikea Pax System hack dresser built into a closet ~ brilliant idea!!!

Pumpkin Pie Bars Facebook

I am pretty sure I speak for all of us here when I say that fall is synonymous with pumpkin anything and this Pumpkin Pie Bars by Nicole of Mama of Many Blessings is on the list to try! Had to share… just saying.

Katie at The Preppy Empty Nester shares her summer with her adult kids and what’s up with their family ~ My Summer in the Rearview ~ fun! Plus she is from Connecticut, which is close to my heart since that’s where my parents retired to years ago (Southbury, off the I-95, about 45 minutes above the Connecticut/New Jersey/New York borders).

One Room Challenge Laundry Room Reveal

Hannah at Handmade Weekly shares her One Room Challenge Laundry Room Make-Over. Love how it turned out!!!

Lastly Stephanie at The Style Safari shares some sewing tips and tricks and the best presser feet for sewing here in this video. I love her videos!

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