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. Harrisas 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 flourFor the glaze:
1/3 cup granulated sugar1 lg. egg, beaten with
1 Tbsp. baking powder1 Tbsp. milk
½ tsp. saltsprinkle 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.
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.
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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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!
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.
Let’s enjoy our teatime together ~ lemon curd is always on the menu and perfect spooned onto our scones…
Thursday Favorite Things ~ Follow the Yellow Brick Home
Welcome toShare Your Style #243!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…
Challenge question from last week:On a fireplace, is it a mantel or mantle? Why? Good luck!
Answer: On a fireplace, “mantel” is the correct spelling. The other “mantle” is the kind you would have in a Coleman lantern to light your way or is also another way to say “cloak.”
Hope this was a fun mini challenge for you! 🙂 *****
Thank you to everyone who linked up this past week (and this week, as well!). A special thank-you to y’all for sharing Share Your Style on your blog or on your social media channels! I do see it when I stop by and appreciate the love.
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Welcome toShare Your Style #241!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…
After 10 days of NOT getting much better and seriously dragging after work, I am on the mend and on a stronger antibiotic. I sure hope none of you get this particular cold-bug-turned-pneumonia as it is really a tough beast to get rid of. But, today I feel MUCH better so here we are with last week’s wonderful features featuring how you are decorating here in January and a few Valentine’s ideas, too…
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Here’s what I shared this week at
This month’s Pinterest Challenge is heartfelt and sooo full of hearty magic from 15 of my design influencer friends, I know you’ll love taking this fun tour of ideas to spruce up your wintertime and Valentine’s decor! ~ Make It! A Heartsy Garland for Valentine’s Day.
Your favorite posts of 2019 were really surprising to me and many involved tablescapes, so… I will be creating more for you to enjoy and create in your own home as we get into 2020.
Here are this week’s featured posts…
Debra at Common Ground shared her beautiful cupboard decorated with winter whites and ethereal china in this lovely post titled January Cupboard in Candlelight.
Fabby of Fabby’s Living shared different decorating ideas she put together in this post ~Some January Vignettes. I totally love these dogs and the marble!!!
CoCo from The Crowned Goat shared 25 DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas and I am really excited about all of them! Here this monogrammed pillow is a lovely way to gift someone something beautiful for their bedroom.
Christine over at The DIY Dreamer created two adorable heart necklaces for her children and her easy-to-follow instructions in this post ~ Valentine Heart Necklace~ tug at one’s heart to make some, too!
Uwe of My DIY OL shared some wonderful air fern decorating ideas from her living room that she and her husband created. Welcome Uwe from Germany! Google had a bit of trouble for me translating but that’s the beauty of decor, we see it and instantly understand!
Enjoy Uwe’s post, freunden! (pronounced “Oova,” btw)
Thank you to everyone who linked up this past week (and this week, as well!). A special thank-you to y’all for sharing Share Your Style on your blog or on your social media channels! I do see it when I stop by and appreciate the love. 🙂
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Welcome to this month’s Pinterest Challenge and this time it is all about winter garlands and Valentine’s Day! I am excited to be working again with Cindy of County Road 407 who has picked out a really sweet inspiration piece for us this month…
Jenny of Refresh Livingbrings us her sweet pompom and yarn- heart Farmhouse Inspired Valentine’s Decorgarland shown here on an 1870’s pie safe. I just love how this fun garland is simply made from just yarn and jute twine. (Okay, and maybe a bit of cardboard underneath each heart to give it structure.)
If you are just coming over from Carol of Bluesky at Home, a hearty welcome to you! For all my other friends, I am happy you are back for a visit!! Carol has created a really pretty red and white garland for today’s Pinterest Challenge. I love it!!!
Last year I found this mini grapevine heart just after Valentine’s Day and I put it away in with my faux flowers for safekeeping. When this Pinterest Challenge idea came up I knew I wanted this little vining heart as the center of my garland.
Total $$ spent on this project? Nada! I already had part of a skein of white yarn leftover from some project years ago and the cardboard underneath each heart was just a thin piece of packaging I kept specifically for crafting.
Adding a little lace, some hanging ribbons and trim, and glueing on mini rosebuds made this heart just perfect (also part of my craft stash). I’ll do a little write-up later this week on how I actually made the whole garland but for now it is fun to just enjoy it!
For the little yarn hearts I copied Jenny’s idea as I thought they were sweet as they were. For my elegant French Country style I added soft iridescent pink ribbon in place of the jute twine to connect all my hearts. Pretty much picture perfect in my book!
Here is our mantel dressed for St. Valentine’s Day!
Hearts and angels mingle with candles and creamware in this wintertime mantel vignette… How will you make yours??
I am so glad you stopped over today!
Next up is Laura at Everyday Editsand her sweetheart of a garland. I know you you’ll love what she has created! Please take a moment or two to visit Laura and also, as you have time, to visit the other ladies on this month’s Pinterest Challenge tour.
Your favorite posts each yearis always a surprise to me and as we begin 2019’s recap for the year, we begin this journey in totally random order…
1. Our quick look back starts with A Cozy Hot Chocolate Bar in the first spot this year. One of 10 Pinterest Challenge posts I was able to join in 2019, a year where foodie posts were really big!! You guys and gals thought so, too.
2. Claiming the second spot is this post about a Downton AbbeyStyle Table.Always fun to decorate a table outdoors for friends this was one of my personal favorite table settings this year.
3. An English Breakfast Tea was your third favorite post and it is a surprise to me that so many table posts took the top spots! But I guess I shouldn’t be surprised since we all love home decor and decorating tables is right in there!
4. A 4th of July Coffee Tableis next with a love of lavender and a pretty angel gracing this tablescape. This was a real challenge for me as I have never really sat and thought about decorating the coffee table. Nice to really decorate it!
5. 10 Minute Tussy Mussy Gift Bags for Mother’s Daywas another favorite crafting idea this past year. I love these as they make gifting small things for Mom, Gramma and friends who are new mothers even prettier! Perfect again with another Mother’s Day coming soon…
7. 5 Minute Spring Basket Door Hanger was another big favorite y’all liked. I think this was just the second Pinterest Challenge I joined, too. Aren’t you looking forward to spring and all its lovely blooming flowers?! I know I am.
8. An Easter Tablescape – 10 on the 10th was a nice favorite of yours… and mine! Makes me excited for springtime coming around this year and all the wonderful posts coming around.
9. A 5 Minute Canvas Picture Quick Fix is another huge post and this easy trick works like a charm! Come check out this surprisingly simple way to fix warped canvas prints.
10. Rounding out the Top Ten is a perfect way to begin upcoming Valentine’s posts ~ A Quiet Valentine’s Table for Two.One of our last posts from our Prairie Home and a lovely way to finish up this little post tour.
I hope you have enjoyed this look back at your favorites from 2019. I’ll have more tablescapes and crafting ideas beginning soon for you!
It’s New Year’s Eve and Father time is striking the clock on another year, can you believe it? After the merriment of reds and greens for Christmas and the holidays, I am ready for some neutrals and whites and maybe you are too, so… For this New Year’s post it’s all about what to do to make the transition from Christmas-y decor to a French Nordic warm winter look.
Let’s check out some ways to make your home pretty and inviting for the winter months!
Get the Look ~ what to remove, what to leave
Currently several Santas are visiting our china hutch in the dining room area but those will be easily removed along with the Christmas red poinsettia candle (gold pot, top shelf) and the large green candle below. Leaving out pretty silver and pewter serving pieces as well as any white china is key to banishing the wintertime decor blues!
The red and white transferware plates will be swapped with creamware. Already on the back kitchen counter I’ve restyled the server with vintage pink and white transferware pieces and fresh winter white Italian dinner plates.
Our Prairie Home is our 41′ Heartland Charleston Landmark 365 fifth-wheel trailer. Here the window display is all set with winter whites.
That big sparkly snowflake candleholder will also make the cut adding a soft glow through its opaque glass on cold winter nights. Pottery Barn has the best selection of small candleholders if you haven’t shopped their selection in-store or online before. I will add in some of those that I used a lot in our “Prairie Home.”
Clearing the clutter is the next big thing for freshening up one’s wintertime decor. Here I have removed our table runner and all the centerpieces from fall and Christmas. Clean, bright and white lends a feeling of calm and a bit of French Nordic peacefulness.
Leave the bling
If you have a chandelier in your kitchen dining area and you haven’t added crystal and mercury glass ornaments on it before now, pull them out and go for it! This added bling keeps a home from feeling blah after all of the holiday color is packed away.
Leave any winter white-decorated Christmas trees and add in more white to your vignettes in the form of books with white jackets. Here our maiden is back to wearing just her regular strands of pearls after enjoying her red Santa hat for the holidays.
Dress your bed and home in ethereal whites
Change out your duvet cover for something chic and all white for a clean bright look. The wedding dress makes the cut for now but will go back in its box soon. The bench at the foot of our bed is new and was found at an amazing price during Black Friday sales this year at Target. Courtney of French Country Cottage has a lighter grey bench and I love hers! You can see it in her cottage bedroom here.
Toss a softer tartan throw on your sofa or easy chair to add to the French Nordic look. Pair your chair with a Shabby Chic bolster for added back support when relaxing and enjoying a good read.
And if a bit of Christmas gets forgotten and is still around…
This Christmas was a bit of a slow start for me but now that Christmas is over, we have enjoyed the time that the front door has been all decorated, and some Christmas sprinkled all around, it is time to share some of the beauty…
These summertime globe lights just said “snowballs” to me so they were our outdoor theme this year.
Welcome to our home! Two Christmas trees graced our home this year and you can see our second tree in this next photograph. If you’d like to read the full Christmas post and check out more of our living room please find the link here.
The first Christmas tree I had fun making is a rendition of a Romantic Christmas Tree I had seen at Penny’s Treasures a few years ago. I remembered that tree the past three years and thought of my own wedding dress, clean and boxed for the past 32 years…
Photo courtesy of Penny’s Treasures.
Isn’t this lovely?!
Of all of the really romantic Christmas ideas I have ever seen and thought this would be a fun post to share with you! Penny created this soft and flowing Christmas tree by layering 10 wedding dresses (none harmed) in delicious layer upon layer ~ an ultimate ethereal Christmas tree in my book!
Last year Penny’s dress was also the inspiration for our Christmas tree in the trailer… I loved all of her tree’s silver, white and pink ornaments!
Christmas in our “Prairie Home” 2017, our fifth-wheel.
An all white Christmas tree says angelic. It says ethereal. It says peace and Christmas to me.
How about for you?
Christmas 2018 ~ a variation on the previous year’s tree.
A gown of lace and peau de soie satin, my wedding peignoir and its lacy dressing gown satin-pinned genteely around the waistline began the transformation… Adding pink crystal beaded flower pins and drapes of wedding section pearls (and a dove for peace) created a happy marriage of laces and beading. Small ornaments were to be added last making this happy Christmas tree look more like the inspiration piece but I never got there… Just too busy with work and not enough time (or light) to photograph.
Mr. Ethereal help me bring down the wedding dress box on top of a cabinet in our garage a few days before I took these photographs. It was fun draping the dress over the mannequin I bought this summer to create the gold 1920’s Downton Abbey dress.
Since our living room is all Christmas-y, I set it up there first… I added the pretty pink and cream glittery open rose pins to the wedding veil for a topper, then added the gold bow used on last year’s tree. They make a nice addition, don’t you think?
Then this wedding “tree” moved into our bedroom where winter’s afternoon light was truly ethereal…
My take on the inspiration Christmas tree still shows as a wedding dress, but the thought and elements behind the idea are all there in my French Ethereal style!