DIY Projects, Home Decor

Share Your Style #360

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #360, friends! So many good features to share this evening, it’s hard to choose!!!

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

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Happy Wednesday, y’all! Last weekend was BUSY! I drove down to Corsicana, Texas about 2 1/2 hours away for an IOOF State Assembly meeting where I took lots of notes as Secretary. Drove back mid-Saturday afternoon and then returned with my husband to the Denton Blues Festival. The music was terrific, the food was delicious and we made some good money towards next year’s scholarships.

If you’ve never heard of the International Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF; and Rebekahs), it is a service organization a lot like the VFW, the Masonic Lodge and others. Anyway, we worked the Blues Festival again on Sunday until arriving home around 9:00p.m. TIRED hit me today and thankfully our school had its monthly teachers’ meetings in the afternoon, so… Classified staff (everyone who isn’t Administration or a teacher) could leave early and use personal or comp time. I slept for 1 1/2 hours… A great nap! 😀

So, anyway, nothing new except a quick photograph from the Blues Festival… Still working on other posts. <3

One of the first bands which I saw on Saturday evening… Good music!

And here are this week’s featured posts…

I love how one simple change to a room begets another! Debra from Common Ground shares her subtle fall changes here in this post ~ Boho Quilted Throw in the Garden Room. Love this throw and what’s on the coffee table, too!
Ann of Apple Street Cottage is back with this fun mash-up of pumpkin-y craft ideas in her post ~ Dollar Store Pumpkins Four Ways. Adorable ideas!!!
Newcomer Anita from Stampin’ With Anita shared this sweet fall-inspired card to create! Love how cute the mice are!!! ~ New Design Team. Welcome, Anita to the French Ethereal family!!
Lynne from Thrifting Wonderland brings us another of her lovely tablescapes in this post ~ Uncomplicated Fall Table Setting. Love the cherry colors!!!
first day of school, Shelbee on the Edge
Shelbee from Shelbee on the Edge brings us two great posts: The Essential Back-to-School Checklist and 7 Ways to Surprise Your Disney-Loving Friends. Don’t her two sons look awesome?!! It is that back to class time for so many students and staff… Hard to believe we have been in-school now for over a month! We began the second week of August around here in North Texas. 🙂
Good summer transition for the workplace, Sally from Within a World of My Own shared several fashionable looks in her post ~ Brown Crop Pants Outfits for Warm Fall Weather. Love ’em!!!
The best 9 front porch decor ideas for fall
Looking for some fall porch ideas? Look no further than this post ~ The Best 9 Porch Ideas for Fall ~ from Wendy at WM Design House. Love the soft pumpkin colors paired with graphic greats, black and white!!!
Penny from Penny’s Treasures shared her sweet fall look in this post ~
The Enchanted Forest on the Buffet. Love the idea of using things which can be used in multiple season!! Lovely and you’ll have to check out Penny’s post to see THE CUTEST mushrooms and toadstools (I never know which is which so I never pick in the wild or my yard 😉 ).
Fall Mantel Decorating Ideas with Roses and Hydrageas in Aged Urns-The Crowned Goat
And let’s finish this week’s features with a soft fall design by CoCo from The Crowned Goat ~ Five Steps to Creating an Easy Fall Mantel. Love it!!!

Thank You so much to everyone who linked up this past week. A special thank you to everyone for always promoting Share Your Style on your blog and on your social media channels! I do see it when I stop by and I appreciate the love. 💜

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

Enjoy the party, everyone! And Happy Fall, y’all!!!

Barb 🙂

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Share Your Style #357

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #357! We have lots of great features to share with you.

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

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Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style, friends!! I’m sorry about last week. I started to get SYS ready and because I was in the middle of visiting for Pinterest Challenge, time got away and I never finished. It had been a busy, busy day with classes coming into the library, too, so you know how tiredness just sets in during the evening… Well, SYS went by the wayside! Again, I apologize for missing last week.

SYS is back this week, yeah! 😀

I am trying a new tactic and getting the post mostly ready in the early mornings before school or on the weekends (which I had previously been doing). Sometimes, you know how it is, you get stuck doing a bunch of things on the weekend which interfere, but this week it is just me here! Mr. Ethereal is out in California helping a warehouse get organized so I have evenings to myself…

So, let’s get this party started…

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

Let’s Decorate Pretty Fall Baskets with Pumpkins and Roses ~ this month’s Pinterest Challenge features baskets decorated for fall. Hope you will stop by and check out my post and the others’ touring this month!!

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Jean over at Delightful Repast shared how she’s kept off weight and how we can, too ~ Intermittent Fasting: Four and a Half Years Later. Great job, Jean!! I need to do this more. 🙂

Sally over at Within a World of My Own brings us this unique and fun story-post I thought you’d really enjoy from a group of friends ~ Where Bloggers Live: Last Child in the Woods (Her story) and their topic this month is: Childhood. Very sweet memories! Do check this one out… 🙂
Stephanie from Steph Creates brings us this fun and easy fall craft to get us in the mood for fall ~ Upcycled Glass Jar Autumn Decoration. Love it!!!
I am pretty sure DeeDee from Clover House told me she had a really cool door post to piggyback off the door I shared a few weeks ago. Totally love it!!!
Check out: How to Use a Vintage Door for a Head Board.
Terrie from Decorate and More with Tip is back with this festive fall craft idea ~
so pretty!!! ~ Fall Garland with Dollar Tree Items. Love the macramé tablerunner… Perfection!!!
Newcomer Meagan from Decorative Inspirations has an upcycled project to create ~
A Great Thrifted Hanging Basket with Added Tassel Trim. Perfect for fall and can’t you see it with little elves in red suits leaning out at Christmas??! Welcome, Meagan!!!
Lori from Dining Delight brings us the most beautiful summery-into-fall tablescape… sigh… Such a beautiful treat!
Pretty Peach Alfresco Tablescape
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harvest tablescape with swagged Edison lights draped from vintage porch posts on either side of the table
Lynn of Living Large in a Small House shares her gorgeous backyard and this lovely table setting in her post ~ How to Dine Alfresco with Fall Decor. Love the vintage posts as light holders!!!
urban-rooftop-garden-cabbage-plant
Debbee from Debbee’s Buzz is out and about visiting this spectacular garden…Philadelphia Row House Rooftop Garden. What a bounty!!!

Honorable Mention

function of beauty
Jennifer from Curated by Jennifer shares this scary story about losing hair due to this dangerous hair product! Check it out so you don’t get scammed… Function of Beauty Hair Loss. Glad you are on the mend, Jennifer! <3

Thank You so much to everyone who linked up this past week. A special thank you to everyone for always promoting Share Your Style on your blog and on your social media channels! I do see it when I stop by and I appreciate the love. 💜

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

Happy almost September (and fall!!!),

Barb 🙂

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France’s Cinematic Views: Day 2 in Paris’ 7th, 8th & 1st Arrondissements

Well, my friends, my blog is finally living up to its name: French Ethereal! I am sooo excited to share more from our trip abroad. I went absolutely nuts taking photographs… Everywhere you look (and I do mean everywhere) is like looking through a movie camera lens…

Lots of motorcyclists and bicyclists spin about the city, and did you know you could rent motorcycles while you are here? I saw them available on some websites and you can go for a tour around Paris on a 1:1 tour via vendors through AirBnB’s website. (not sponsored)

I fell in love with all of the different bistro chairs! Each café and restaurant had their own version. These were at the little café we ate at our very first evening in Paris. From here, we walked over to the Eiffel Tower for the tour that never happened. We got scammed and I let AirBnB know about it.

Cute fence and locks! Actually, the only ones we saw. Never got down to the right bridges crossing over from Rive Gauche to Rive Droit (Left Bank to the Right Bank of Paris) to find more.
Love all the mini gardens up on Parisians’ balconies!

I thought I might pick up a bouquet of flowers to have in our hotel or bnb rooms, but Amy talked me out of it because…

How would we carry them on the train out to Grenoble and back?? Along with our suitcases and backpacks, etc??

She was right, of course. But it would have been lovely to have a bouquet to enjoy!

And there were lavender plants… sigh!

What place is this?

Pretty little park… And look at that cute wrought iron in the front here! Literally as I write this, I am just noticing it…

More of the park with a grand building in the background. Anyone know what this building is??

Oh, duh! Nm, I answered my own question just a few photos from now ~ Le Musée de L’Armée Invalides.

I went for a walk late on the morning of the second day we were in Paris on my own as my daughter was really, really tired and wanted to take a nap mid-morning. This was the day I posted that first look at Paris post and I typed until around noon. We’d had breakfast in our room (I brought hers up on a tray from the restaurant downstairs), and she waited too long for me to be ready. Totally my fault!

Anyway, this building is the military museum I walked by and it was free to enter on this particular day!

I started to go inside, but decided to save it for another day as I was on a mission to find a wedding present for my niece and soon-to-be new nephew…

Love the canons!

It was Thursday, 21 Julliet 2022. I didn’t know how to use the Metro yet, so I walked a couple of miles down the quai (sounds like “Kay”), across a big bridge there along Rue de Grenelle.

Our driver, a few days later, when we came back from Grenoble, told us this was built sometime around the French Revolution. It may have been a hospital for the “invalides,” soldiers injured during the war… Not sure.

The gorgeous wrought iron and gilded entrance into the museum…
Louis the Sun King’s coat of arms??

For someone who has shot over 50,000 photographs on black & white and color film since I was 8 years old, and now digitally… France is a feast for the eyes and the camera lens!

It is no wonder why Paris is featured as THE CITY in so many movies…

I took these photos just with my iPhone 12… I did shoot some with my big Canon but didn’t want to haul it all over the city every time I went out, so chose to just use my phone. Sooo glad these came out well!

This bridge opposite Le Musée de L’Armée was dedicated to these French soldiers who were killed during WWII. The man memorialized on the left-hand plaque received the
Cross of War (Croix de Guerre) for what he did on the battlefield.
Part of the museum under exterior renovation and cleaning. Might be a different museum but I shot this that same day…
Part of the bridge and looking beyond to the Jardin des Tuleries and beyond.

After crossing over the bridge, I walked around the Luxor Obelisk heading toward the Galleries Lafayette, a shopping mall someone told me about which might have a culinary store. As it was, I headed left towards the mall after this park, and after going around the sidewalk of an enormous roundabout…

Here is the massive roundabout in front of the Luxor Obelisk, which I learned later is the Place de la Concorde, 8th Arrondissement. I knew it was important but didn’t know where I was at the time. You can read more about how this obelisk was a gift from Pasha Muhammed Ali to France here.

I was getting pretty tired from walking at this point, as I hadn’t eaten lunch, so I shot these photos but didn’t really know where I was or I would have walked down the Champs Élysées (left of here) ~ the “Elysian Fields” ~ a place for dead heroes (in Greek mythology).

Also where many people were guillotined during the French Revolution… Ick!

A lovely little shaded park and pathway… Sorry it is not centered. Bad photographing on my part!

I walked right by the Tuleries Garden and did go inside. I ate lunch at a cute café there but I want to share that later, so no photos here!

Eventually, I did find a culinary store called Boulanger, which I understand is a small chain store. For my niece and her fiancé, I bought a pasta maker. I wanted to get them something they might not buy for themselves but would be fun and useful! Ikea was across the street so I went there afterwards, and used their restroom (always important!) and to pick up a gift card, too. <3

After that, I forced myself to go figure out how to ride the Metro home…

My feet were tired… Riding back to our hotel aboard the Metro to our hotel ~ Les Jardins de Eiffel ~ was bliss! A French woman was very sweet and pulled down the fold-up seat for me so I could sit. She must have seen the harried look on my face, lol!

I got off at Quai d’Orsay Metro station, and headed back over the rue (street) and up a few blocks to our hotel. I felt a little more “Parisienne” that day and “less tourist!” I was learning how to get around. ;)’

Round deux!

I was totally excited when I got back (and now rested from sitting) and Amy was well rested after a two-hour+ nap. I told her about my adventures and that I had four €2.00 coins ~ enough for two trips out to L’Opéra Metro stop in the 1st Arrondissement and back ~ we could go back!?!

Amy caught the bug of excitement, so off we went to hop the Metro!!! She was excited about going shopping at a Parisienne mall, and maybe to dinner downtown (we actually ate when we got back to our little area in the 7th, which turned out to be perfect).

Le Grand Hôtel ~ one of the first beautiful buildings we saw in this part of Paris (1st Arrondissement) ~ with its outside café. Love the wrought iron and deep green patio covers and umbrellas!!!

L’Opéra National de Paris

After walking just a block or so from the Metro station, we came to Paris’ National Opera ~ the Palais Garnier. I asked my daughter if she’d like to go look inside but we decided to save L’Opéra for another time.

Wouldn’t it be fun to see a theatrical production here?!!

Part of the rear side of L’Opéra, if I remember correctly.
Another cinematic view…
The beginning of the shopping district

We continued on our walk and headed towards our final destination and a little shopping…

A little surprise garden down an alleyway…

Les Galeries Lafayette

We found a whole shopping area with stores like Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, and more. We followed the crown right into the glass doors of Les Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann. Opened in 1893, the Galeries has a magnificent cupola ceiling created by “master glassworkerJacques Grüber and finished around 1912 (The Good Life France).

The building underwent a major renovation in 1932 which “introduced some ‘modern’ angular and faceted Art Deco elements into its structure and decoration.”

The Good Life France

We browsed some lovely clothes and looked at lots of fun jewelry. After about an hour we decided it was time to head back to dinner… (Funny how “tired” sneaks up on you!)

We had a great time shopping and just browsing a few stores. Surprisingly, we only bought a few t-shirts but didn’t buy anything really fashionable.

On our way back towards the Metro station, we came across this light post. It was so ornate.

Now I see what looks like some kind of Viking warship… Perhaps this was erected when Napoleon was in power?

I wonder what its significance is? Anyway, thoughts for another day. 🙂

I hope you have enjoyed this day in Paris! A city of much military history and more.

Jusqu’à a la prochaine fois,

Barb 🙂

Share Your Style

Share Your Style #345

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #345! Happy Wednesday to y’all, dear friends!!

This link party is for home decor, DIY, crafts, recipes and the like, but you are more than welcome to share any of your family-friendly posts with us all. Please feel free to share this post too and join my small but loyal band of friends. I appreciate you! I appreciate your subscribing, also. 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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Welcome to another Wednesday Share Your Style, friends!!! I apologize for getting the party up late this evening. I have no excuse other than I got five hours of sleep and it’s the end of the school year. No posts for me with the heavy work outdoors schedule but I will be back writing and sharing what’s new here soon!

I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day either for yourself or celebrating with the significant women in your lives. My daugher sent a Tiff’s Treats box of chocolate chip cookies and another of truffles. They are getting eaten sparingly!

Later on Mother’s Day, I was out planting again in the 90 degree heat and thankfully there was a great breeze. The soil is well roto-tilled and now it is just a matter of just digging holes, fertilizing and getting plants in the ground. It was pleasantly comfortable outside, even if hot. All of the plants are doing well with water every morning or every other day, depending. Trying this new strategy this year. A post with the south fence all planted will be coming soon!

Well, this week’s party is all about patriotic crafts, tablescapes and some travel ideas for summer holidays!

Let’s get to the party, shall we?

And here are this week’s featured posts…

DIY 4th of July Wreath
First up is this fun Patriotic Decor DIY American Clothspin Wreath by Kippi at Home. So easy and fun to do with the kids!!!
Jeanie from The Marmelade Gypsy shared My New Neighbor in this sweet birdwatching post. Wonderful news for spring!!
Cheddar, Chive And Ham Muffins: How To Make
Claire Justine shares how to make these delicious muffins for any soirée ~ Cheddar, Chive and Ham Muffins. Yum!!!
MaryJo from Master “Pieces” of My Life shared this fun tablescape from her post ~
Breakfast at Tiffany’s. So pretty and perfect for any occasion!!
Another beautiful tablescape to copy comes from Lori from Dining Delight in her beautiful post ~ Mother’s Day Tablescape in Spring Colours. Just lovely!!
Debra from Common Ground shares this lovely door basket in her patriotic post ~
Easy Patriotic Decor with Vintage Flags. Love it!!!
Debra also shared this lovely post using her gorgeous tableware ~
Lilac Basket with French Faience ~ our double header this evening!
The Strong Museum of Play, Shelbee on the Edge
Shelbee from Shelbee on the Edge brings us a fun travel idea post ~
The Happiest Place on Earth and Link Up #293. Do stop by and check out where they went!!! Love this!!!
colle san Pietro potsandplanes.com
Last up this week is a trip to Verona, Italy’s City of Love… with Mary from Pots and Planes. Ooooohhhhhh!!! Look at that gorgeously clear water!!!

Thank You so much to everyone who linked up this past week. A special thank you to everyone for always promoting Share Your Style on your blog and on your social media channels! I do see it when I stop by and I appreciate the love. 💜

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

Happy linking,

Barb 🙂

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Share Your Style #344

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #344! Happy Wednesday to y’all, dear friends!!

This link party is for home decor, DIY, crafts, recipes and the like, but you are more than welcome to share any of your family-friendly posts with us all. Please feel free to share this post too and join my small but loyal band of friends. I appreciate you! I appreciate your subscribing, also. 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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Good Wednesday evening, friends!! No new post this week but I do have a couple of photographs to share with you. I was out in the back garden last weekend, rototilling, raking and planting a couple of small trees…

Got the second Jane Magnolia planted near the left corner! This baby will only get to 15′ tall and about 10′ wide. The Thuja/Emerald Green Arborvitae will grow to about the same height but only about 3′ wide. Perfect for this corner spot and just adding color to the back fence!

The roses have been doing sooo well this year! Along the south house wall, all five roses are in bloom. Here is the Miranda Lambert deep pink rose in bloom just before a rainstorm last weekend. I quickly cut some of the roses and plunked them in a glass vase to save them from the incoming rain. So glad I did!!! Love them!!

Miranda Lambert ~ which has a lovely light scent!

We have some wonderful Mother’s Day features for you this week. So excited for Mother’s Day!! Hubby bought me some Ear Buds for this year’s MD so I’d be able to watch movies when I fly next (hopefully our trip to France this summer!).

Alright, let’s check out our features..

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Definitely flowers for Mother’s Day! Jeanie from The Marmelade Gypsy brings us around Michigan ~ Waking Up at Home and Beyond. Check out where she shot this… You’ll be surprised!
Lynne from Thrifting Wonderland shares with us her lovely
Sunday Flowers Vignette and Flowers from the Garden. Lovely!!!
7 Home Made Marmalade Recipes To Try Out
Claire Justine shared her recipes for 7 Homemade Marmelade Recipes. Perfect for a Mother’s Day breakfast!
Mother's Day Gift Ideas
Jennifer from Curated by Jennifer collected some things here ~
Mother’s Day Gift Ideas #2. Fun choices!!!
Looking for a good movie to watch this weekend? Joanne from Aging with Ardor brings us ageing gracefully in this post ~ Andy and Red ~ from Shawshank Redemption with Tim Robbins as Andy and Morgan Freeman as Red (not sponsored, but my account).

A Beautiful French Country Wall Mural, artist painting wall, wall mural, painting trees
If you are a painter, perk up your mother or mother-in-law’s dining room with this lovely idea ~ A Beautiful French Country Wall Mural ~ from Renae at Peacock Ridge Farm. Gorgeous!!!
Renningers-Extravaganza-January-The-Crowned-Goat-4 From the Front Porch From the Front Porch
Lastly for this time, CoCo at The Crowned Goat shares
17 Easy Gifts to Make Before Mother’s Day. Wonderful!!!

Thank You so much to everyone who linked up this past week. A special thank you to everyone for always promoting Share Your Style on your blog and on your social media channels! I do see it when I stop by and I appreciate the love. 💜

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

Happy Mother’s Day to you all,

Barb 🙂

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Holidays, Home Decor, Share Your Style

Share Your Style #341

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #340! Happy Wednesday to y’all, dear friends!!

This link party is for home decor, DIY, crafts, recipes and the like, but you are more than welcome to share any of your family-friendly posts with us all. Please feel free to share this post too and join my small but loyal band of friends. I appreciate you! I appreciate your subscribing, also. 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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Happy Wednesday to y’all! Funny story, I heard some girls talking today at school after school and this one girl kept saying, “y’all.” It’s just so typical Texas!!! And I am definitely picking it up as part of my lexicon. 😉

Well, sorry I am super late with SYS tonight… I came home, ate my Taco Bell chicken power bowl and promptly fell asleep. I have another cold and I am also tired from visiting up north with my kids for our little grandson’s 2nd birthday. We had a great time but it’s still traveling by air (with lots of wind turbulence… Can you say stressful??) and just not being home, so I guess my body is making up for it.

But, anyway, I DID manage to get one post out this week and then let’s get onto this week’s features… It’s all about Easter, amigos y amigas!!

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

Early Springtime in the Garden ~ sharing early photos and really recent ones as the daffodils really ramped up their bloom time!

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Debra from Common Ground has the cutest Easter Picket Fence Centerpiece to share with us all! Loving the sweet rabbit and his carrots…
Lisa from Fresh Vintage by Lisa shared this adorable and easy post ~ How to Make Vintage Hankie Bunnies.
Hop on over to make some for your home!
surprise easter carrot on vintage tabacco leaf china plate
Love these!!! Elizabeth from Pinecones and Acorns shared her sweet
DIY Terrain-Inspired Easter Carrot Favors! Fun to make and to pop…
Sunday dinner with a split chicken breast, roasted potatoes and spring greens with homemade ranch dressing
Lynn from Living Large in a Small House brings us some spring greens in her post ~ Spring Salad Greens with Homemade Ranch Dressing. Yum!!!
CoCo from The Crowned Goat has a new dog story to tell along with her beautiful post, so do stop by and hear about “Piper” in Spring Home Tour!!
Sounds like a “pet project,” pun intended. She will be fine soon. :)’
Simply sweet violets spring decorating with violets
Amber from Follow the Yellow Brick Home shared her sweet purple-y post ~
Small Spring Pleasures: Simply Sweet Violets… Reminds me of a song my mother used to sing…
Okay, not necessarily about bunnies or for Easter, but Larry the Yoga Frog just caught my attention. From Lynne at Thrifting Wonderland. Cute!
Lynne also shared a beautiful Easter Table in Black and White ~ just lovely!
Sandra from Come to Dinner at Eight rounds out our shares for this week with
A Field of Tulips on a Spring Table. Soooo pretty!!!

Thank You so much to everyone who linked up this past week. A special thank you to everyone for always promoting Share Your Style on your blog and on your social media channels! I do see it when I stop by and I appreciate the love. 💜

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

Happy Easter weekend to you! And even if there are no posts about Jesus here, it is a wonderful time to remember the reason for the season and that He died on a cross for us all… 💜 

Happy linking, y’all,

Barb 🙂

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Gardening, Holidays, Home Decor

Happy Belated St. Patrick’s Day!

Happy belated St. Patrick’s Day to y’all! I missed getting this post out so thought I’d share it here a couple of days late. This winter has been crazy busy with my mother-in-law coming to stay with us, helping her find a new home and now helping her unpack.

Between working at school, the craziness there and helping Mom on the weekends, I just haven’t been writing (or photographing) much lately…

a conglomeration of Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day and Easter all mushed into one…

It is really nice to have this week off from school to be able to relax a bit, try and get over a head cold (yuck!), and later this weekend I head out to Athens, Texas for an IOOF state assembly meeting. It’s just a one-day event on Monday, so I won’t be back to work until Wednesday ~ which makes our holiday week extend a little longer. 🙂

Our springtime theme of light pinks in the new begonias and pretty pansies out front.

I have been cleaning and redecorating a bit with changes to the china hutch ~ switching it over from Valentine’s (never got a post out…) to a spring/Easter theme. (Might get it out.) It looks nice as I sit here and type!

A little shamrock Gini has had for years… It lives in compacted dirt in this antique pot thrown by her father back in the 1920’s or so.

I had been repotting my mother-in-law’s cuttings from her 57 year old garden in California and a bunch have made it three months now! Two roses have rooted for sure, and several other plants have as well. All had unfortunately sat overnight in hard freezing temps in her car while she and her son (Mr. Ethereal) slept in a hotel on their way here over New Year’s.

When I potted these up in early January, I mixed my own compost and added some Espoma Starter fertilizer. We were rewarded this week with these pretty blooms!

About half of those plants have survived with many of the succulents doing the best. No geraniums made it, though… 🙁 Just too cold for them in that car and here. 🙁

A few of the plants hanging out in the dining room window. They catch the afternoon sunlight here but will move up to better pots here later this spring.

But spring is coming and with a good fertilizer feed, I expect these survivors to begin putting on leaves and to start flourishing.

I’ve just moved my plants out of the greenhouse/potting shed and I’ll get a post out as soon as the yard is swept up and looking tidy. I ordered some bulbs online and got those nepeta and hellebores planted this week from Dutch company K. Van Bourgondien (not sponsored, but would love to be!).

new magnolias!

The dwarf magnolias I bought at Lowe’s last month and sheltered in the shed are bursting into bloom! They made it through the second Arctic overnight 25 degrees just fine, piled with leaves and wrapped against the cold with a garden quilt. I put them back in the shed so their tender open petals wouldn’t be blown off in the 45 mph gusts we had on Thursday and Friday.

I will shoot some more pics for you! They are gorgeous… This type of magnolia only grows to about 12′ tall and wide, which is perfect for our backyard.

Daffodils out front of our veterinarian’s office

St. Patrick’s Day

BY ELIZA COOK

St. Patrick’s Day! St. Patrick’s Day!

Oh! thou tormenting Irish lay—

I’ve got thee buzzing in my brain,

And cannot turn thee out again.

Oh, mercy! music may be bliss

But not in such a shape as this,

When all I do, and all I say,

Begins and ends in Patricks’s Day.

Had it but been in opera shape,

Italian squall, or German scrape,

Fresh from the bow of Paganini,

Or caught from Weber of Rossini,

One would not care so much—but, oh!

The sad plebeian shame to know

An old blind fiddler bore away

My senses with St. Patrick’s Day.

I take up Burke in hopes to chase

The plaguing phantom from its place;

But all in vain—attention wavers

From classic lore to triplet quavers;

An “Essay” on the great “Sublime”

Sounds strangely set in six-eight time.

Down goes the book, read how I may,

The words will flow to Patrick’s Day.”

***found on Poetry Foundation.org

And we’ve begun working on the fence again…

Whoa!!!

St. Paddy’s Day winds swirled around and pulled the east end of the southern fence away from its post. Hubby has since tied it back with a bungie cord. Now the next post towards where I was standing is pulling out… Good thing Hubby put in 10 metal fence posts for the new fence just outside of view!

Must be those rascally Leprechauns…

Cute little guy found on the internet and hailing from Oriental Trading Company.
Garlic, green onions and potatoes are planted and beginning to grow in this planter.

We had swirling winds during the day on Thursday. Dust devils pushed leaves up on the patios out back and in front. Forget about blowing them off!

During the night the rain storm showed up with cool cloud-to-cloud lightning…

The strange reflections on this photograph are off my phone as I shot this picture. This was a lightning streak torn across the sky which left the cloud visible afterward. Very strange and beautiful!

And that’s kinda how our St. Patrick’s Day was ~ super windy and then spotted rain. Made a mess of our cars; got a car wash today while filling the tank (yikes! almost $100…)

More rain and winds are expected this coming week. We sure need the rain! Texas is in its 3rd year of drought, from what I see. So used to drought, coming from California… (roll eyes!)

Well, that’s it for today, friends!! I hope you had a lovely St. Patrick’s Day and might have even eaten some corned beef and cabbage. I forgot to buy some at the store but it sure would have tasted good… ;)’

Happy blessings to you,

Barb 🙂

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

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More: love is in the air

Happy Almost Valentine’s Day to y’all! I’m sure most of you know Cindy over at County Road 407. Well… She informed me the other day that since I’ve been here in Texas for over five years now, it’s high time I use “Y’all!” 😉

So y’all’ll be hearing me use some twang around here, lol! (Actually, my original accent is from Ohio, so when I moved here, the twang just got worse!) Cindy rounds out this week’s featured posts and you’ll find hers down below.

I am excited to feature more Valentine’s posts for you, and coming next week we will be moving into all things Spring! I should be eeking out a quick post for tomorrow. I’ll be joining the $10 on the 10th gang with a quick springtime post.

So, until then, let’s get this party started!

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

A Valentine’s Day Tea and Pop-Up Blog Hop Party ~ the party IS OPEN through tomorrow at 12 noon. 💜 

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Daniela over at Sweetly Dreaming of the Past shared this inviting Living the Old Ways ~ Our Winter Sunday’s Breakfast. Yum!
Valentine's Day Cookies with Jam Pin
Lois from Walking on Sunshine shared this easy recipe for
Valentine’s Day Cookies. So pretty and delicious looking!!!
Rita from Panoply shared a post about this and that which included these fun memory craft ideas made for family members by a friend ~
Miscellaneous Musings #21. Love the apron idea!!!
Newcomer Lenny over at Fat Dad Foodie brings us his quick recipe for
No Bake Heart Rice Krispie Treats ~ perfect for your little Valentines!!!
Some fun reads to get you through winter and beyond: Jeanie from The Marmelade Gypsy shared her favorite
January Reads!
Easy Cricut Project tic tac toe bags
Sarah from Must Have Mom shared this sweet craft-sewing project perfect for giving your sweetheart and friends this Valentine’s Day! ~
Cricut Valentine’s Day Tic Tac Toe Bags. Adorable!
Robin from Junk is My Life shared a neat DIY post creating this Shabby Chic
Fancy Floral Chair. Love it!!!
Debbie from Debbie-Dabble Blog has so many sweet
Valentine’s Vignettes in the Living Room to share this week! Love her romantic looks!!
make cupcakes not war tag hanging on cloche
And last up for this week is this fun post from Cindy from County Road 407 ~
A Sweet Pinterest Challenge with a Valentine’s Day Cloche. Lovely!!!

Thank You so much to everyone who linked up this past week. A special thank you to everyone for always promoting Share Your Style on your blog and on your social media channels! I do see it when I stop by and I appreciate the love. 💜

Happy Valentine’s to you,

Barb 🙂

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

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Don’t you just love that Valentine’s Day is coming soon? I have a couple of Valentine’s posts but just haven’t put everything together yet. I found the battery charger for my Canon camera so happily I can shoot nice photos again, yeah!!! Now that Covid is waning, colds and flu seem to be back again… I’m down with a cold that wants to turn bad so this SYS might be a quick one.

I hope this finds you well and healthy! Now let’s check out this week’s featured posts…

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Let’s begin this party with Niky’s post from The House on Silverado ~ a Date Night: Dinner for Two ~ perfect for the Valentine in our lives!
Longtime friend Daniela from Sweetly Dreaming of the Past shared her beautiful post full of long-ago fashions to love again ~
History of Fashion: Civil War Fashion.
Closeup of strawberry pudding cups with fresh strawberrries.
Lori from Walking on Sunshine Recipes brings us these yummy
Strawberry Pudding Cups. Yeesssss!!!
painted mason jar valentine craft
Newcomer Emily from Hunny I’m Home DIY shared this easy DIY to make and give ~ Easy Painted Mason Jar Craft for Valentine’s Day. Love it!!!
valentine's day gnomes
Newcomer Sarah from Must Have Mom created these adorable
DIY Valentine’s Day Gnomes. Really fun to make and give!!!
Laundry isn’t always fun but redoing our laundry rooms is definitely a Valentine to ourselves ~ Renae from Peacock Ridge Farm shared her’s in this post ~
Beautiful French Country Laundry Room Makeover.
Debra from Common Ground brings us her lovely post for winter decorating ~ Deer on the Winter Baker’s Rack. Really pretty!!!
Sandra from Dinner at Eight shared her fun thrifting post ~
All the Shades of Red: Vintage Glassware. Really fun pieces!!!

Honorable Mention

Rita from Panoply is back with a wonderful post sharing her new home ~ First Winter in Our New Home: Bare Necessities. I’m sorry I couldn’t pick up any photos! It’s darling!!

Thank You so much to everyone who linked up this past week. A special thank you to everyone for always promoting Share Your Style on your blog and on your social media channels! I do see it when I stop by and I appreciate the love. 💜

Happy linking!

Barb 🙂

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Love this cutie patootie!!!

Happy almost New Year’s Eve, friends!!! Can you believe that another year has just flown by? I am grateful for the Covid vaccines that have come out, for surviving two rounds of Covid-19 during 2020, and for finally getting to really meet my grandson, Milo!

Milo loved how huge the oak trees were and enjoyed picking up acorns big and small.

The kids came for an early Christmas and we went down to Sea Life Park Aquarium in Grapevine, Texas, then a couple of days later we went to the Fort Worth Zoo. Both were excellent and the latter reminded me so much of the San Diego Wild Life Park in Escondido, California. Just the whole safari theme, the way the grounds were laid out… I really felt at home and I believe my daughter Amy and son Peter felt the same. 💜 

Well, I’m back working on the pavers heading from the backyard oak tree towards the entryway to the south garden. Hubby worked hard on the shed as he had time in between working during the Christmas week and these past two days. So… the shed is CLOSE but not quite finished. I did share a little on my YouTube channel today about what I’ve been doing and I’ll probably post there again tomorrow. It’s not pretty with lovely additions but I hope to learn how to do all that in the coming year! (My New Year’s resolution… 😉 )

So let’s get this party started…

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Welcome newcomer Tilden from To Be Bright blog with the third part of her wedding story ~ The Brunch. And can you get over the views from Central Park??!!! Only been there once but it’s gorgeous from any vantage point… Do stop by and say hello! What a great way to say goodbye to 2021 and hello to 2022!!!
Congratulations, Tilden and Thomas!!! 💜 
Debra from Common Ground brings us her lovely story ~
Christmas on a Vintage Silver Tray. It must be the year to polish our silver! Will share some of mine in the new year… Love Debra’s tray and coffee set!!!
Decorate a Christmas tree with modeling clay and lights
Now that things have quieted down after Christmas… Elsa from Elsa R Blog shared this fun Christmas tree craft ~
Decorate a Christmas Tree with Modeling Clay and Lights. Totally unique! Love it!!!
little black dress, velvet top, plaid overcoat, winter style, Style Imitating Art, Shelbee on the Edge, fashion over 40
Looking for something fun to wear this winter? Look no further than Shelbee’s blog: Shelbee on the Edge and her post ~ Style Imitating Art: Snow Shadows by Tom Thomson.
Love this grey plaid jacket!!!
Amy from A Day of Small Things shared her visit downtown with daughter Amy and a look at her bedroom sanctuary decked out with Christmas… A Restful Christmas ~ A perfect respite from the world!
Lynne over at Thrifting Wonderland brings us this beautiful table setting…
Holly, Holly Table Setting. Love the bird plates and the gorgeous Santa and his sack!!!
A beautiful crêche… Niky from The House on Silverado shared her Christmas craft project ~ DIY Nativity Stable. Really complements her wooden figures. A beautiful gift for Baby Jesus!
CoCo from The Crowned Goat shared her story of growing up in a military family
(I can relate!) and this year’s Traditional Christmas Home Tour at Bliss Barracks. Lovely!!!
DIY Vintage Inspired Christmas Ornament-The Crowned Goat
CoCo also shared this lovely story about making a special ornament for a beloved aunt going through cancer treatments… Bring the tissues, Ladies! ~
Simple Vintage Inspired Ornaments.
Amber of Follow the Yellow Brick Home shared a centennial post this holiday season ~ My 100 Year-Old Kentucky Christmas Home Tour. Always a treat!!!

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Thank You so much to everyone who linked up this past week. A special thank you to everyone for always promoting Share Your Style on your blog and on your social media channels! I do see it when I stop by and I appreciate the love. 💜

Thank you to you all for a wonderful year! In 2022, I hope you all are blessed with good health, enough money to take care of your bills and to put away as well as some to bless others, and much love from friends and especially family,

See you in the New Year!

Love and hugs,

Barb 🙂

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