Share Your Style #287

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #287! 

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!
 As always, I am glad that you are here… 💜

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We had a very nice Christmas and ended up driving down to Austin over New Year’s to visit our daughter since she couldn’t come up our way afterall. Just a quick two-day getaway, but also very nice!

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

And here are this week’s featured posts…

I am picking up posts from our last Share Your Style (#286) two weeks ago. Thank you to you all for this time of relaxation! I didn’t take much time off when I was ill in October, so it was nice to follow the example of other blogger/design influencers and take these past two weeks off… Thank you! <3 Happy to be back, though!!!

A Christmas Birthday Tea by the Tree ~ Fabby of Fabby’s Living shares this gorgeous holiday table for a family friend and caregiver for her mother. Just lovely!
Debbee of Debbee’s Buzz shared her table set for Santa’s arrival in this festive post ~ Twas the Night Before Christmas Eve Table

*Two lovely red and white transferware posts for you because we all love these pieces so much!!! Look for more of these lovely patterns around Valentine’s Day… <3

Debra of Common Ground shared this garden style Christmas post ~ French Country Christmas in the Dining Room.
10 minute Christmas Wreath
Rachelle of My Hubbard Home brings us this fun skating wreath in this post ~ Holiday Door Wreath (That Only Takes 10 Minutes).
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Michelle Churchman from My Bijou Life Online brings us some fashion to take us into the new year in this post ~ A Leopard Print for Style Imitating Art. Totally fun go-to dress!!!
Style Imitating Art, Charles Bell, Gumball II, bright colors, fashion over 40, Shelbee on the Edge
Shelbee of Shelbee’s On the Edge shares her fun wintery style in this post, also part of Style Imitating Art, Gumball II by Charles Bell.
For anyone who follows Amber of Follow the Yellow Brick Home she and her hubby have finally finished their kitchen remodel and here is that post… Just in time for the holidays and bright and clean welcoming in the New Year! ~ Vintage Traditional Christmas Home Tour and A Festive New Kitchen.
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Inge and Else of ElseRBlog bring us this adorable Christmas Tree with Cupcake Papers DIY (Kerstboomjes von Cupcake Bakformen Papier — DIY).
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Coco of The Crowned Goat shares an easy tutorial perfect for leaving up all winter long in this post ~ DIY Gingerbread Snowflake Ornaments.
Debbie of Debbie-Dabble Blog brings us her sweet doll house decorated in holiday attire in this final post for this week ~ Christmas at Nelson Crest.

A big Thank You to everyone who linked up this past week. A special thank you to y’all 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. 💜

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Happy New Year, Y’all and welcome to 2021!



Share Your Style #283

Happy Wednesday, y’all! Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #283! 

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!
 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!

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

Put together a Fun Christmas Crate in 10 Minutes ~ Should have been part of this month’s Pinterest Challenge but I blew the deadline… Oh, well! 😉

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Debra over at Common Ground shared her fall entryway table in this lovely Thanksgiving tableau ~ Transitioning a Fall Entry to Thanksgiving. Lovely!

And because I loved this post from Debra also ~ Using Vintage Frames for a Thanksgiving Mantel. Don’t you just love the layered frame look? Beautiful!!

How-to-Create-a-Holiday-Greenery-Spray-The-Crowned-Goat-1 Creating a Simple Holiday Spray Christmas Holidays

CoCo from The Crowned Goat shared an easy to make holiday spray used here on the door in this post ~ Creating a Simple Holiday Spray. I am all about simple this year!

Tiffany (Tee) of TeeDiddlyDee shares her beautiful fall hutch in this seasonally colored post ~ Fall Vintage Door Hutch. Totally love all the upcycled pieces of wood and turned pieces!!

Cindy from Cloches and Lavender shared this gorgeous wintertime wreath in this DIY post ~ Quick and Easy Winter Wreath. Simply stunning! Love the feathers… <3

A big Thank You to everyone who linked up this past week. A special thank you to y’all 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. 💜

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Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!!!



Share Your Style #270

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #270This link party is for home decor, DIY, crafts, recipes and the like, but you are more than welcome to share your family-friendly posts with us all. Please feel free to share this post and join my small but loyal band of followers. I appreciate you! As always, I am glad that you are here… 💜

I am feeling a bit fall-ish and I bet you are, too! This happens every August as I tire of the heat of summer and especially on days when there is just a hint of autumn in the air… So, with that we will have a few fall ideas featured this week.

This month is also my blog-iversary for becoming a member of Share Your Style, almost 100 SYS’s ago (#173). I became the sole writing of SYS in January 2019 as the other contributors went onto other things. I enjoy getting to see all that you share each week and it is my honor to be your host! 

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

Here’s what I shared this past week at

French Ethereal…

This month’s Pinterest Challenge is perfect for kicking off a bit of early fall decor ~ Pheasant Under Glass — A Fall Cloche Styling. I hope you will stop by and check out this fun monthly blog hop and see what everyone has created for you!
This week I shared a Magical Summer Evening Entertaining Out-of-Doors in the Garden, a post that was an off-shoot from our July Pinterest Challenge. I love setting a table in the garden and I hope to do many more as we move into fall and when the weather is good in winter. 
And here are this week’s
featured posts…

Up first this week is Rita of Panoply with a fun roundup of all the Vintage and Antique Finds Rita and her sisters found while estate sale and thriftshopping throughout this year pre- and post-COVID-19 lockdown. Enjoy all the neat things they found! 

Kristi over at French Creek Farmhouse shared this cool post on Hanging Antique Windows on a Wall. Don’t you just love old windows??! Love the chicken wire look!

Greenery in silver
MaryJo over at Master”Pieces” of My Life shared some of her lovely silver collection in this post titled Greenery in Silver. Love the gorgeous polished look with the green!!!

Debbee of Debbee’s Buzz shared this beary beary adorable 
Back to School Table just in time for the 2020-2021 school year! 

**I have to say, our first in-class day went well! Our teacher created back-up plans for when online parents and students couldn’t get online, just in case. 📚 Our district’s main program for teaching elementary students did crash but was fixed by 10:00 a.m. 💻

Debra over at Common Ground shared this fun fall set of apple canisters as part of Scenes from the Late Summer Baker’s Rack. Love vintage family pieces!!!

Fresh Strawberry Crostata Recipe @ treatntrick.blogspot.com

Trick and Treat shared this wonderful recipe for Fresh Strawberry Crostata, a type of free-form tart. Doesn’t it make your mouth water??! A wonderful treat for end-of-summer strawberries.

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The title says it all… A Stunning Vintage Art Deco Chalkware Lamp is stunning in this vignette created and shared by Amber at Follow the Yellow Brick Home. Beautiful!!!
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Remembering on Memorial Day…

Memorial Day… A time of reflection for those military members who have lost their lives during times of war. Poppies are placed on graves and given out by veterans at grocery stores to anyone who wishes one, a symbol of love and remembrance…

We watch our nation’s president lay a wreath every year at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and I love honoring our fallen this way! I miss that this year there are few if any parades with older veterans walking the streets of their communities and in downtown Washington, DC, being applauded for their service. Biker veterans did ride to our nation’s capitol and I am glad that they visited there this week with President Trump. I think our nation will come out in droves as we are allowed to host parades again!

Reddish-pink bougainvillea with a sky-blue Pacific Ocean in the background.

Often I feel that our countries’ citizens have forgotten to honor our president and the leaders over our country. They are constantly bashed on most media channels. Pray for your leaders and all who are in authority. They need our prayers and honor. It is a great and terrible responsibility to head a nation and, yes, they will blunder. They are human, after all. I do think we should show respect for the president, no matter if we like his or her politics.

 Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.

Hebrews 13:17, Berean Study Bible

Red poppies and red roses…

We are celebrating Memorial Day over in the Mt. Rushmore area this weekend. Even with the pandemic still going on in small pockets here and there, we shouldn’t be afraid to live life… 
I learned this long ago, on this very date, the day my first fiancé died when two farm workers turned their small pickup truck into his path as he rode his bicycle down a long hill on his way to work…
Keep celebrating LIFE friends. Our service men and women died trying to protect our lives, our freedoms. Celebrate their sacrifice and honor them with living…

People will continue getting sick throughout this pandemic, but 98-99% are recovering, and I read somewhere that a virus has to affect 50% of a population in order for it to then die off. The 50% “rule” (for lack of a better word) means that the virus then will keep coming into contact with people who already have or have had the virus thereby not finding new hosts, so it dies off. 

I am happy to keep honoring our military members who fell in wartime and because of acts of war or terrorism. My friend Rob, was a very important friend (and coworker) while I was dealing with the loss of my first fiancé. We took a vacation over to Hawaii in the fall meeting up with friends who were competing in the Ironman Triathlon. While we were on Oahu visiting places I had lived in and had visited as a young girl, when my father and family were stationed there, we rode our bicycles up to Punch Bowl Cemetery and found Rob’s uncle’s gravesite. 

His uncle died during the bombing at Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. It was an honor to be there with Rob visiting for his whole family.

*The lead photograph of my father, then a captain with the United States Air Force, was taken in 1966 while my father was home between two tours in Vietnam. We moved Concord, Mass. after he returned and then to Hawaii in 1970.

A couple of years ago I helped lay a wreath for fallen military members at the courthouse in Denton, Texas, with my friends from the IOOF Rebekahs. This is a small vacation but also a time of remembrance.

Cooking at our Prairie Home.

So on this Memorial Day, Mr. Ethereal and I will celebrate watching memorial services on t.v. as we often do. We walked up last evening to two places: the second was to a fun place ~ Dinosaur Park in Rapid City, opened in 1936. It was quite a hike going up the pink sandstone steps but the 270 degree views of the city from west, north to east were beautiful! (As were the small mixed herd of dinos! 😉 )

We are also going up to see the Crazy Horse Memorial later on today and walked among Rapid City, South Dakota’s Presidents Walk last evening (the first thing we did after dinner)… Very few people are out and about, which made social distancing easy.

The Presidents Walk is a neat walking tour of bronze statues located on Downtown Rapid City’s street corners, donated by family and friends to the city. (I will do a post featuring many of these statues soon!)

Thanks for taking the time to read my post here today. If you enjoy Memorial Day posts you may enjoy these also…

Enjoy your Memorial Day, friends, and enjoy being with your family members! I am looking forward to reading your Memorial Day memories throughout this next week… 💝

Love and hugs,

About France, A Little More Virtual Travel, and French Inspiration

Welcome to  a post I’ve longed to write… Today is the day to share a little of my travels when I was younger and a few posts from some blogging friends who write about their travels to France and decorating in our favorite French style…

The North Sea ~ Left to right: My German sister through the Bayer-AGFA exchange program, summer of 1981, Katja, myself and her brother Jan.

Missed opportunity

I long to visit France and when I was 19 years old I had the opportunity as an exchange student to go to France one weekend.  I had studied one year of French in high school and had fallen in-love with everything French! Partly because my German exchange sister didn’t want to go, I stayed home. She had been before and it just wasn’t her thing. At the time I thought I should stay back with Katja, in Leverkusen… I thought it was the right thing to do, not abandon her.

I should have gone for the weekend with her sister Dagmar and friends to Paris… But that missed opportunity will make getting to France all the sweeter when I do get there!

The lead photo is of myself and the family up along the Rhein River (Rhine) visiting several castles with my German mother Ute and her daughter, Katja. Sometimes Ute and I would tour cities along the Rhein during the day while Katja was finishing her junior year of high school.

My host mother Ute.

Ute and I went to Koblenz, Köln (Cologne) and other medieval towns up and down the Rhein.  Along the way Ute took me to a seconds shop so I could buy a few pieces of a beautiful set of china. 

Dinner with my inlaws last summer and Mr. Yoda hoping for
a nibble or two (or three!). These plates have pretty yellow daisies
on them. Each type of plate, platter or dish has a different flower.

French tableware

The Gerlach family had a breakfast set of china which I fell in-love with ~ so beautiful with pinks and yellows, Wedgwood blue forget-me-nots, and bright white daisies with cheery yellow centers!!! 
To me then, this tableware embodied everything European, everything which was tasteful and French style.

My first pieces of Villeroy & Boch’s tableware Botanica came from that store ~ a cream and sugar as well as a pair of candlesticks. Before coming back to the States, Ute gifted me with a mustard jar and a trivet. 

The rest of the china pieces I found shortly after Mr. Ethereal and I moved to Southern California at an Ethan Allen store. Later my mother sent us a pound butter dish with snapdragons on it that she ordered through a catalog as well as the heavy Botanica tray (below). 
Part of the Botanica china is used here to hold jam, Devonshire cream, and milk for tea sitting on a Botanica serving tray in the middle of the table. This was a tea I had for a friend from my first tea group, her granddaughter and our son.

We also visited Amsterdam and Alkmaar, Holland when the Gerlach family went on holiday in late June or early July 1981. We had the best time touring by glass boat on the waterways in Amsterdam and swimming in the Nord See (North Sea) during our trip. 

A Visit to France

So with my trip from long ago as inspiration, let’s finish our vicarious visit to France today with  a visit with others. Their travels bring a little French style home to our abodes and to our lives…

Top 10 Things to See & Do Your First Time in Paris/Eiffel tower - So Much Better With Age

Jamie of  So Much Better With Age shared a huge list of Places to visit when you go to Paris, France in this post. I know I appreciate everyone’s travel trips because we all know when we go somewhere new we want to see it all, but often we need to pick and choose since time is usually short. Great post!

Courtney of French Country Cottage went on a mini Grand Tour to Paris last summer and then onto London with her husband. A little work and a little holiday filled with incredible buildings, balconies, flower gardens and the Eiffel Tower she shared with all of her readers! She also hopped over to Italy and you can find more on her blog.  😉

French lavender, wood carved cane-backed chairs, and ruffled linen pillows create a French Country home of your dreams

Closer to home, Judith of Botanic Bleu shared a lovely post with her new French market basket filled with French lavender. She  often shares tips on French styling and early last year she shared a trip to see her sister and the French garden and all her lavender plants at her California home. And then in winter her Spanish lavender decided to bloom!

Winter wishes for French garden vegetables

Garden thoughts and ideas

Judith also shared a list of French vegetables she found available for sale for wintertime planting ~ a little long term thinking for sure with summer just getting here but good to plan for!

And our final French-European style visit today is to Lidy Baars who owns the wonderful business FrenchGardenHouse and is originally from the Netherlands. I met her at Vintage Bliss several years ago in San Diego. She has become a friend and this past summer she traveled to France on a buying trip. This post about making French Country Herb Butter is absolutely heavenly!

I do hope you have enjoyed this little virtual trip to The Continent and to France! Here’s to wonderful memories and future ones…

Bisous, mes amis!


Share Your Style #251

Welcome to Share Your Style #250!  This link party is for home decor, DIY, crafts, recipes and the like, but you are more than welcome to share your family-friendly posts with us all. Please feel free to share this post and join my small but loyal band of followers. I appreciate you!

Lots of beautiful Easter posts this past week with bunnies and chicks galore! As always, I am glad that you are here…

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

Here’s what I shared this week at

French Ethereal…

An Easter Tea & Scone Recipe shares these cutie patootie bunnies plus our dining room table set for Easter supper. 

The bunny centerpiece just a quick 5 Minute Easter Bunny Basket project you can put together using things from around the home. Easy and fun to create with your kids and grandkids!

Here are this week’s featured posts…

How To Create DIY Decoupage Spring

Rachelle of My Hubbard Home starts us off with a fun garden pot idea with her Spring Planting Pots! She includes an easy recipe for sealing your pots, too, for indoor or outdoor use. Love these!!!

Debbee of Debbee’s Buzz has got Peter Rabbit and all his friends plus many of the other characters from this classic children’s tale ~ Beatrix Potter Easter Egg Hunt in Mr. McGregor’s Garden.

*Not sure why Carol’s pics always turn out greyed but they do. Just won’t capture correctly… Ugh! Still cute but you’ll want to head over to see her post to see the actual coloring.

Carol of Bluesky at Home brings us this adorable bunny wreath to make in this post ~ Bunnies Blooms & Bows DIY Easter Wreath. Too cute!!!

Debra at Common Ground is back blogging and shared her lovely baker’s rack all decorated for spring in this post ~ Change in Plans. Stop by to see how she is doing!

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CoCo of The Crowned Goat shared her beautiful Simple Spring Dough Bowl Centerpiece and had this cute starter pic, so this is the one I grabbed! Love this beautiful vignette!! You’ll have to stop by CoCo’s and check out the actual centerpiece. 😉

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Happy Easter, sweet friends! 💝


An Easter Tea and Scone Recipe

Easter week is here and with it I have put together an easy Easter table setting for you. My hope is that it brings you joy and inspires you to create a beautiful tablescape in your own home. Celebrating Christ’s resurrection is a glorious reason to celebrate…

On our table are the sweet momma and baby bunnies from this post.  There is a selection of teas both caffeinated and herbal for visiting bunnies to enjoy. Softened butter for warmed scones will also make our friends feel right at home.

Our table is set for a simple dinner tea. Colorful plastic eggs and a special bunny ornament grace the table. Candlesticks were added then subtracted as they detracted from the simplicity of this tablescape. Sometimes simple is better…

A new table runner found at HomeGoods during the winter graces our table and repeats our bunny theme. 

I love its sweet rabbits and the French style it has!

Are you doing anything special for your family as you shelter indoors this Easter Sunday?

I learned a neat idea this morning on a Zoom call with friend April J. Harris as one of the other ladies on the call said she and her husband would be having Easter dinner via a Zoom-type call with their children so everyone could be together virtually and celebrate Easter!! A really wonderful idea…

A simple scone recipe

 I think I have shared these baking powder biscuit-style scones before with you but it never hurts to share a good recipe again… :)’

Classic Cream Scones
Fine Cooking magazine, Winter 2004
published by freelance writer Carol Anderson
reviewed for a newspaper (unknown)
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour                                                                 For the glaze:
1/3 cup granulated sugar                                                             1 lg. egg, beaten with
1 Tbsp. baking powder                                                                  1 Tbsp. milk
½ tsp. salt                                                                                          sprinkle sugar on top
½ cup dried currants (or any dried fruit)                                             
6 Tbsp. cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes                                   
¾ cup heavy cream
2 large egg yolks
Position oven rack in lower third of the oven; heat oven to 425 degrees.  Line a heavy baking sheet with parchment paper sprinkled with flour. 
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.  Add currants, tossing until evenly distributed and coated with flour (I put dried cranberries in my scones this time).  Cut in butter with pastry blender until the largest pieces are about the size of peas.
In a small bowl, stir cream and egg yolks just to blend.  Add this all at once to flour mixture.  Stir with a fork to begin combining the wet and dry ingredients, then use your hands to gently knead mixture together until all dry ingredients are absorbed into dough and it can be gathered into a ball.  Don’t overknead.  **Tip: if you don’t have any cream on hand, replace with sour cream thinned and whisked with a little milk. 
The dough is sticky at this point.  Set the ball on floured parchment paper and pat it gently into a round that is 1” thick.  Cut round into 8 wedges (*I used a heart-shaped cookie cutter).  Separate wedges slightly.  Brush scones with glaze; sprinkle a bit of sugar on them. 
Bake until the scones are deep golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of a wedge comes out clean.  This will take 13 to 15 minutes. 
Slide the parchment onto a rack and let the scones cool for about 10 minutes before serving.  Makes 8.
***Carol Anderson says in her article that “good scones follow three basic rules of biscuit making: plenty of cold butter and cream, a light hand when mixing, and a high oven temperature.  **My tip: If you’d like to make your scones like those you’d have as a mid-afternoon tea, make a bigger round scone.  The one I had in England was a bigger scone and was meant to eat almost like a meal.
*originally published in this post here.

Tea time!

Thank you  for joining me for tea today and I hope you have a wonderful Easter with good food, lots of FaceTime and phone calls to family and friends!

Share Your Style will be up tomorrow but after that I am going to take a small break until next week. Thank you, dear friends!

Jesus is risen indeed!!!


For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.

1 Corinthians 15:3-4 NIV 
Paul in his first letter to the people of Corinth, about 55 A.D.

Blessings to you this Easter,

A 5 Minute Easter Bunny Basket

Easter is just a week away and this past week I put together this 5 minute-to-make Easter Bunny basket. Here’s how to create this Momma and Baby Bunny basket…

Supplies you will need

  • a pretty basket to create your Easter centerpiece with
  • a momma and baby bunny or any other bunnies you may have
  • plastic eggs for color and filler
  • a cake plate or stand to raise the bunnies
  • green moss to line the bottom and sides of the basket
  • faux or dried flowers to create a meadow-like setting

Add sheet moss or clumps of moss around the bottom and up the sides, if desired. Next, place your cake plate in the basket. This cake plate is placed off to the side because of the handle in the middle.

Place the bunnies in next and begin adding flowers to your basket.

Bend the wires of each stem unless you wish to cut them. I reuse my faux flowers all the time so this works for most of my stylings.

Add in some colorful plastic, blown or any other decorated Easter eggs you may have in your craft and holiday supplies… And you are done!

A quick 5 minute Easter Bunny Basket centerpiece to grace your Easter table…

Come back tomorrow to see how I’ve used this centerpiece in a Easter table setting. Wishing you the best of health and happiness this Easter season!


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 ~ John 11:25-26a (NIV)

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Happy decorating, friends!

An Irish Spring…

March is right around the corner and with it St. Patrick’s Day is just about here, too. So I thought I’d bring out a little green decor in honor of many of our Irish and Scottish heritages…

The lovely roses which my husband gave me in mid-February and then graced our Valentine’s tea table are still surviving. After the original photographs were taken, these vermillion beauties replaced the pink roses and have lasted for two weeks.

I changed their water every few days and recut their stems as I’ve always heard should be done and this simple step kept them fresh and blooming.

The last cutting brought several of the roses down to just the right size for a teapot…

This little Irish Miss steps lively around the coffee table in her shamrock print dress. The Art Deco teapot found 15 years ago in England enjoys coming out of the cupboard to hold its rosy bouquet next to her! 

Across the way her friend Mr. B. Rabbit hops among his own patch of roses…

What fun to bring out the green and some shamrocks to celebrate this coming season of spring!

Happy March and St. Patty’s Day, 

A Rosy Valentine’s Tea…

Valentine’s Day is  one day away and with last month’s illness I have been behind in sharing with you, but today we catch up a bit with our dining room table set for a Valentine’s tea…

Valentine’s Day is my second favorite holiday after Christmas and I thought I’d begin this tea with a look at our hutch. I just love decorating our white china hutch with tea sets, favorite romantic cards, and various plates and platters. 

This year I have the pinkish-red transferware I found down in Frisco, Texas set throughout the hutch. The pretty florals and farm scene of each transferware piece really sets off the white of the hutch. I love how it sets off everything else around it, too!

Over the weekend I baked some scones to take to the Napoleon and Josephine Regency tea at friend Laura’s home. These few were leftover and Mr. Ethereal and I have been munching on them throughout the week.

Our tender plants come indoors when the temperature dips to 32 degrees and below, and this Valentines week has been COLD! Northern winds have swept into North Texas but inside it is nice and toasty. 

This weather is perfect for wearing warm pink and red sweaters for a “Valentinesy” feel and for enjoying visits with friends. Welcome! Please come sit down… 

Our local Winco grocery store had these lovely roses on sale so I brought home a bunch, trimmed them to fit this Old Country Roses pitcher and added some green fronds from the mini palm tree we have. A little floppy and loose I love the dark and light pinks of these tea roses!

Teatime is always a staple here at Chapman Manor and for this tea I’ve taken out the two leaves I usually have in our antique oak dining room table. For my birthday years ago, my father-in-law made two more 11″ leaves so this table can seat 10 – 12 comfortably and grows to 102″. In its 55″ square configuration, it is the perfect size for intimate conversation among friends. Perfect for our rosy virtual tea! 

Vintage French Limoge, Austrian and German tableware grace this table along with modern and vintage teacups and saucers. The blue plate underneath the scones is French and very old. I found it while thrift-shopping a year ago or so for $4.00 ~ it is a lovely flow blue.

The tablecloth is the same one I used in a story my first Valentine’s Day blogging.  In that post I had our two little Staffordshire dogs up in the hutch. I love the bright white California light we had there at that home! (This reminds me I should change out the lights in the chandelier here as these have a yellow cast. Amazing the difference…)

Love this card I found years ago mounted in this frame! The
hand-painted bowl above was a gift from a friend; her mother
painted it back in the early 1900’s.

On my agenda for this year is repainting the dining room and kitchen a pale grey or a white. What color do you think I should paint in here? This tan color is just not me…

I thought about painting these walls a pale aqua or pale blue, really a tinted white hue. I think that would be very pretty and would help brighten up this space. Maybe a white above the chair rail and an aqua below?

Getting back to our tea… Looking back over to the china hutch, a pair of love birds nestle inside the framed door cubby. British royalty commemorative teacups sit on a Wedgwood Sarah’s Garden platter below. The wheat-backed scroll piece is part of the hutch and came with it ~ part of what I loved about this cabinet when I saw it in a shop in Temecula, California, called Enchanted Home.

Here is a better view of the whole china hutch. The transferware really stands out and complements this year’s Valentine’s Day tea table. I’ve also used the checkered napkins I sewed for last year’s table when we were still living in our trailer. 

These napkins are a good size and are perfect for picnics in summer, for use around Valentines (and in posts, of course!) and for Christmas time, even, with their red and white checks. I bought a yard+ and made eight 12″ napkins and they have been used a lot. They are the perfect size for luncheons and tea time!

A couple last looks at this Valentine’s table set for our tea… I realized late that I had teacups set out but no teapot. A small faux pas! Here is the fix with a pretty sugar bowl, too.

Much better!

Let’s enjoy our teatime together ~ lemon curd is always on the menu and perfect spooned onto our scones…

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Happy Valentine’s Day to you,
dear friends,