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Share Your Style #307

Welcome friends, to this week’s Share Your Style #307! Happy Wednesday to you all, dear friends!

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

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This past week I’ve been over to McKinney with my mother- and sister-in-law visiting a friend of Jodi’s who moved there back about 20 years ago. Gini and I went over to the City of McKinney’s Vital Statistics building and happily found a microfiche of her grandfather and grandmother’s marriage license from 1897!

On Friday evening, we went to a Texas Rangers’ game down in Arlington. They ended up losing but we enjoyed getting out and trying some ballpark foods and listening to the crowds and announcer, and enjoying the ballgame live.

Saturday was a workday and Gini, Jodi and Corey (my nephew, who flew in on Friday morning) drove over to Farmersville to watch an IOOF and a group of local re-enactors honoring of an 1812 soldier from the area. Because of the busy week, I didn’t go but I would have enjoyed the ceremony. I slept all Saturday afternoon.

My mother-in-law Gini, sister-in-law Jodi and hubby Charles
Corey showing off his perfect pizza!

Sunday we enjoyed baking homemade pizzas out in the Ooni and then we worked on a satin banner project Gini is making for a future IOOF ceremony.

This banner will have a purple backing and other images placed around it and wording at the top and bottom. Should be neat when it is all done!

Since Monday, I’ve been down with a cold or Covid-type feeling illness… If it is Covid related, two days on, the vaccine is beating it down and I am feeling better today. ๐Ÿ™‚

And thank you, friends! We had 84 links up last week, and there were so many good posts to look through to feature. Keep ’em coming!…

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

This month’s Pinterest Challenge was all about setting a Summer Table and here is my entry ~ Setting a Beautiful Summer Table with Castleton’s Dolly Madison China.

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Debbie from Debbie-Dabble Blog shares her home decorated for the upcoming 4th of July celebrations in this pretty RWB post ~
A Little Bit More RWB in the Living Room. Love love love this wreath!!!
Juliet from French Country Cottage shared her beautiful find in this DIY post ~ French Country Cottage Sideboard. Beautiful!!!
DIY Sock Gnome
Kippi of Kippi at Home shared her really in-depth instructions to make these
Easy DIY Gnomes [Tutorial]. Totally cute and perfect for us to create this summer for all the seasons coming up!
Awwwww! Puppy Challenges in the Garden was shared by Sandra from Come to Dinner at Eight. Puppies are a challenge but with time and good correction, all puppies can turn into the best dogs! Come check out this sweet post {and isn’t Finnegan just cute??!}…
Perfect as a follow-up, this post from Kelli at 3 Boys and a Dog looks like a fun recipe to make for your favorite furry friends! ~
Easy Strawberry Cheesecake Puppy Chow.
Vintage Botanical Print in the Early Summer Entry is this week’s share from Debra over at Common Ground. I love Debra’s wonderful mรฉlange of goodies she puts together each season here in here entry, and I bet you do, too.
Lori over at Dinner for Eight shared her stunning table set for summer in this post ~ Blueberry Bliss Summer Tablescape. Love the soft blues!
purple floral kimono, olive green midi dress, caged sandals, wicker bag, Style Imitating Art, fashion over 40, Shelbee on the Edge
Shelbee from Shelbee on the Edge shared this lovely lavender-filled post
Style Imitating Art: Heather, Sweet Peas and Butterflies. Love Shelbee’s outfit for this garden tour!!
Tara from Stilettos and Shiplap brings us this DIY post ~ Thrift Store Challenge: Coffee Table Makeover. Love how it turned out!
Newcomer Lena from Way 2 Good Life brings us this fun travel post ~
Balloon Festivals in the United States. I can tell you they are so beautiful to
watch lift off! Welcome, Lena!!! She has also shared this post ~ With love from Medora, North Dakota’s Treasure.
Last up for this week is Amber from Follow the Yellow Brick Home sharing her finished kitchen remodel in this post ~ Cheerful Summer Kitchen Refresh. Love the bright pops of color for the season!

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. ๐Ÿ’œ

If you’d like to follow myย Share Your Style boardย on Pinterest I’d appreciate it,ย thank you!ย I do post all of the featured posts from each week’s SYS there.

Have a great week, dear friends!

Barb ๐Ÿ™‚

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Setting a Beautiful Summer Table with Dolly Madison China…

Happy Tuesday, friends! It’s time for another Pinterest Challenge hosted by my friend Cindy of County Road 407, thank you Cindy!! If you are just coming over from Laura at Everyday Edits and/or are new to French Ethereal, welcome! I am so glad you all came today as this month our theme is Summer Tablescapes, something dear to my heart…

Our inspiration photo from Sanctuary Home Decor

My takeaway

I love Karen’s table set out on her back patio for a summertime meal! It is so pretty with all the whitewashed wood of her table and chairs, and the pretty soft cream and soft pink peonies.

The flowers look like they are floating above the table set in their clear glass bottles ~ really ethereal!

Her table looks like it is set for a light meal featuring soup and sourdough bread ~ perfect when it it hot outside and we often don’t feel much like eating a big meal.

Blue mophead hydrangeas from my garden

My table

I began my table with spreading out this small summertime quilt given to me by my mother a long time ago, if I remember correctly. She found it at a local church bazaar in Connecticut.

I love all the yellows, greens and pops of red and pink and roses and it is a perfect complement to all of the rose-covered china.

All of the tableware with the exception of the Crown Dorset teapot (right, covered in dark and lighter pink roses, green leaves and smaller yellow roses), was a new gift from my mother-in-law Gini, who is out here visiting with my sister-in-law Jodi and nephew Corey from California.

My husband and mother-in-law at our wedding in 1987.

I have a patio outback but we’ve been cooking outdoors and there is no beautiful grass out there, just dirt, so I chose to stay indoors with my tablescape this time. ๐Ÿ™‚

I set the table then realized I hadn’t brought out any clear glassware so I reshot some photos and they will be intermixed.

Collecting vintage china

This vintage china is called Dolly Madison by Castleton and there are enough placesettings for 9 guests. I love the simple centered dark pink rose set into each plate and on each side of the teacups. Next to their IOOF lodge in Sacramento, California, they open a thriftshop on the weekends once a month, I think, and she found these pretty pieces there.

The chocolate pot my mother-in-law also found at the same thriftshop and it is stunning! I have always wanted one and this one is unmarked except for KW 5634. It appears to be an antique French piece and is bone china with gilding around the teapots upper and lower scalloped edges.

Love all of these pieces!!!

Here is our table all set and with several of the remaining hydrangea blooms in small glass containers surrounding the main teapot vase…

We had a loaf of French bread so it is in here, too, helping recreate the look of our inspiration piece.

A sweet table set for sweet thoughtful family!…

I’ve used my older and almost vintage Simply Shabby Chic handkerchief napkins underneath my silverware. These are no longer available but you might find them online or at your local estate sales and thrift stores. ๐Ÿ™‚

New plants are settling in nicely outdoors. I’ll share a summer update on the garden soon.

And that’s my recreation of today’s lovely tablescape!

Thank you so much for visiting today! Continuing the tour, we head back up top to visit Cindy at County Road 407. And, here is the list with everyone participating today if you like to jump around, too… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Enjoy all these incredible tablescapes,

Barb ๐Ÿ™‚

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Share Your Style #306

Welcome friends, to this week’s Share Your Style #306! Happy Wednesday to you all!

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 and on any of my other social media sites, too.  Thank you!๐Ÿ’œ 

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Happily this week I have some news on our new garden shed! I received a text this week from Wolf Valley Buildings.com wanting to schedule our shed’s arrival, so… Now it’s all about prepping the site and removing all the junk in that area, including the current shed.

Next, as you will see here, I finished the painting in our master bedroom and bathroom. What a big project! As any of you painters out there know, it was about 100 hours from start to finish for the three areas of commode, bathroom and the 15′ x 17′ bedroom with 14′ ceilings at the peak. The crown moulding had never been painted in any of the areas and was put up with just original primer on it, so that all needed special attention. I didn’t get rid of the “alligatoring” from humidity like I should have in the bathroom area, but will another time. I wanted to finish before my mother-in-law and sister-in-law arrived. They are here now and the bedroom was finished this Friday.

So now it’s back to focusing on the garden with prep for the garden shed!… :๐Ÿ’œ

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

A Star-Spangled Blue Jean Recycle Placemat Project ~ a fun idea I’ve had waiting for this pair of jeans to finally wear out in order to make!
A Glowing New Look for Our Master Bedroom/Bathroom ~ So happy to have this job completed but really just so happy to have a light and bright bedroom and bathroom now! Really loving it!!

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Jeanie from The Marmelade Gypsy shared her glorious peonies in this inspired post ~ The Fragrance of Spring. Glorious!!!
Jeanie also shared this cutely titled post ~ It’s Really Good That I Like to Lick the Batter Bowl. Part of our summertime recipes at SYS…
I HAD to add this post from Tiffany (Tee) from TeeDiddlyDee as I am still just as horse-crazy as I ever was as a kid. Meet D’artagnan, Our Gentle Giant ~ an incredibly gorgeous horse in his prime.
Sarah over at Hyacinths for the Soul shared this patriotic RWB post ~ Inspired Tables of Red, White and Blue. Love this!!!!
Niky from The House on Silverado shared this sweet bench ~ DIY Garden Bench Makeover. Fun project!!!
Renae from Peacock Ridge Farm shared a restyling for the 4th in this post ~
A Fourth of July Hutch Refresh. Beautiful!!! Love the ironstone and flow blue…
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Debbee from Debbee’s Buzz brings us this really fun wreath full of patriotic flare ~ Uncle Sam Wreath Peddles Bike to 4th of July Parade. Cute!!!

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. ๐Ÿ’œ

If you’d like to follow myย Share Your Style boardย on Pinterest I’d appreciate it,ย thank you!ย I do post all of the featured posts from each week’s SYS there.

Happy summer, sweet friends!

Barb ๐Ÿ’œ

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Share Your Style #305

Welcome friends, to this week’s Share Your Style #305! Happy Wednesday to you all!

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 and on any of my other social media sites, too.  Thank you!๐Ÿ’œ 

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My goodness, friends! This has been a nice two weeks off from school (summer vacation), enjoying the pretty mountainside around Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and our nephew and new niece’s wedding, and just taking a break from writing…

Other than the time we were moving out of our last house (August 2015) and I had nothing to write about (or so I thought…), I have taken very few breaks off from blogging and this was a nice break. I was originally just going to take time off from Share Your Style but it turned into a break from everything! I feel refreshed and ready to visit and share new ideas again with you! ๐Ÿ’œ 

What have I been doing: Painting our master bedroom is almost completed… I am finishing up the ceiling today and am just waiting for the last of Coat 1 to dry so I can stand down below and roll a light second coat over the whole thing (ugh!). Definitely NOT professionally spray painted! WHY the last owners chose to paint EVERY ceiling coffee brown… The crown moulding and walls turned out beautifully. After almost 30 years of painting rooms, I’m getting pretty good at it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

And I am back in the Craft Room (which I have really yet to share) working on making it happy! So, I’ll be sharing those posts soon. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am excited to share all these summer inspired posts with you…

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

A Five Minute Picnic Basket for Two ~ Part of this month’s $10 on the 10th challenge. ๐Ÿ˜‰ This was a fun post to write and really quick to put together. Looking forward to more picnics this summer and into fall…

And here are this week’s featured posts…

French table setting

There is something really fun about bee-utiful table settings and this past month our friend Rachelle from My Hubbard Home joined another of our favorite friends, Debbee from Debbee’s Buzz, in a Bee Themed link party ~ Here’s Rachelle’s cute post ~ A Bee French Table Setting for Chic Themed Spring Entertaining. Love all the yellow, black and white!

How To Extend The Life Of Your Peony

Rachelle also shared this lovely post ~ How to Extend the Life of Your Peonies. Lovely! Wish mine were blooming this year…

Lisa at Fresh Vintage by Lisa shared her Trash to Treasure ~ Cast Iron Plant Stand Redo this week. Love the new look and it is soooo pretty anywhere in the yard! Nice job!!

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MaryJo over at Master”Pieces” of My life shared Why You Should Have a Water Feature in Outdoor Spaces. Yes!!!

Tiffany over at Tee Diddley Dee brings us this fun DIY Rustic Wooden Serving Tray this week and it’s super fast and easy to make. Perfect project to make for summer soirees!

thrifted style, ditsy floral dress, The Thrifty Six, fashion over 40, Shelbee on the Edge

Shelbee from Shelbee on the Edge shared her post with the Thrifty Six and Back with Spring Florals. Love this fun style blog hop and I am sure you will, too!

Chunky Monkey Overnight Oats๏ปฟ

Last up for this week is this yummy post perfect for breakfast (anytime, really!) from Claire Justine ~ Chunky Monkey Overnight Oats. Don’t you just love a little chocolate for breakfast? ;)’

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. ๐Ÿ’œ

If you’d like to follow myย Share Your Style boardย on Pinterest I’d appreciate it,ย thank you!ย I do post all of the featured posts from each week’s SYS there.

Happy linking, dear friends!

Hugs, Barb ๐Ÿ™‚

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5 Minute Picnic Basket for Two

Welcome friends to this month’s Pinterest Challenge hosted by my friend Cindy of County Road 407. This month we are putting together pretty baskets! If you are coming over from Laura from Everyday Edits, welcome!

Do you ever want to go on an impromptu picnic with your sweetheart but don’t want to drag out everything like we do for camping trips? Well, my picnic basket should give you a couple of new ideas to use for your next picnic. And they are things just laying around the kitchen and home…

Here is our inspiration piece from Anderson + Grant

Jamie of Anderson + Grant is new as a blogger online to me but actually I think I’ve met her at a Design Influencers Conference! We sat together and she was really nice. I don’t remember if it was in Beverly Hills or Atlanta as I went a couple of years in a row and I am soooo excited to write her and say hello!!

In this our inspirational post, Jamie made over a broken thrift shop basket she found with a nice grey wash. It’s always fun to see what you can find at local thrift shops to refresh. Thrifting is also one of my favorite things to do while out “on the road.”

If I can find a treasure to bring home, I am a happy girl! ๐Ÿ™‚

Well, my Longaberger basket is still in good shape and even though you can’t go to the company’s basket parties any longer, you can still find lone baskets occasionally at flea markets, and of course, thrift stores.

I chose to leave my basket natural and put together a quick 5 minute basket that you can whip up with one of your own baskets, too!

What to fill it with

I found these adorable bicycle paper plates in January at our local Costco in Lewisville, Texas, and they were $9.95 for a stack of like 250 or more. Great deal and the package comes with bicycles on one plate and a spring wildflower bouquet on the other!

Two bicycle plates went in first, then the turquoise Tupperware cups we bought the year we moved into our trailer from a friend’s party.

Then I added plastic ware leftover from local takeout and a couple of lemon napkins from a summer Pinterest Challenge last year. They are perfect with the fun paper plates and add more color to the picnic basket!

Lastly, I added a small bouquet of dried lavender from my garden and a small candle to add a little romance when spreading out the throw blanket (around the basket) for a picnic for two…

Since this basket is for a snack picnic, I’ve popped in a box of crackers and some chocolate toffee. When getting ready to leave, it’s simple to add in a small soft-sided cooler with cut up slices of Cheddar cheese, maybe some shredded chicken or turkey to top the crackers, and some red or green grapes, plus a couple of sodas and bottles of water to round out the menu…

Well thank you so much for stopping by today! Please leave me a comment and let me know what you’d put in your picnic basket… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Next up we swing back up to the top to visit Cindy at County Road 407 and I know you’ll love what she has done with her basket!

Hugs,

Barb ๐Ÿ™‚

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Share Your Style #304

Welcome friends, to this week’s Share Your Style #304! Happy Wednesday to you all!

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 and on any of my other social media sites, too.  Thank you!๐Ÿ’œ 

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Well, what started out as a DIY themed and possibly a Memorial Day post has morphed into more of a summer tea and related theme! I never know what each week will bring, but it’s really fun to see what all you bring “to the table,” so to speak!

Enjoy checking out all the lovely china, tea and related posts shared by all of our friends… And one very special woo hoo post, too… <3 Time for tea, friends!!!

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

No tea posts for me this week but I will have some soon! Summer break is coming… ๐Ÿ˜‰ Until then, here’s what I have been working on:
Backyard Garden and Shed Plans ~ an update on where we are with moving the fence and how getting a new shed is coming along.

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Ringing the Bell to Celebrate the End of Radiation Treatment
Winner winner chicken dinner!!! Let’s all send some hearty congratulations to Paula of Virginia Sweet Pea on finishing her radiation treatments!!! I have been blog hopping with Paula for several years now in the monthly Pinterest Challenges + in a couple of other hops here and there. So nice to hear her success story! Thank you, Lord, for this wonderful celebration for our friend Paula!!! <3

Paula also shared the story of her 100 Year Old China CabinetLove it!

Penny of Penny’s Treasures shared a little about her shed ~ New Look for Our Multipurpose Garden Shed. It looks very similar to what ours will look like! <3
Lori over at Dining Delight shares her fun transition from a winter coffee and hot chocolate bar (she lives up in British Columbia) to a cheerful summer one ~ Coffee and Tea Bar with Lemon Decor. Love the yellow!!!
Newcomer Lynne of Thrifting Wonderland shared this lovely table in this post ~ Afternoon Tea Setting. Love the pretty pinks and florals! Welcome, Lynne!!!
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Debbee of Debbee’s Buzz brings us this sweet post buzzing with beautiful bees…
French Inspired, Royal Bee Theme Table and Napkin Fold. So pretty!!!
Chloe of Celebrate and Decorate shares her beautiful Spring Tea Party 2 with us… Love love love the new china tea set!!! (Blinders, Barb…)
Fabiana of Fabby’s Living brought out some gorgeous china, too! Love her southern style post ~ Magnolias for Mother’s Day. <3

Honorable Mention

My friend Judith of Botanic Bleu shared her remodel/DIY post as she and her husband remodeled their home to add Dream Sunspace Design 1 – Exterior. Love this bump-out window addition! (Sorry I can’t add a photograph for you!)

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. ๐Ÿ’œ

***Just an FYI, next week is our last school week of the year and it is going to be a busy week, so… I will be taking the day off next Wednesday. I may take the following Wednesday off as well as I will be in Tennessee over that Memorial Day weekend for my nephew’s wedding. I’m scheduled for a flight home on Tuesday, but with air travel one never knows if you’ll get bumped. Going to try and visit Dollywood with my daughter and maybe my brother and his wife!

Let’s party, friends!

Barb ๐Ÿ™‚

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Share Your Style #303

Welcome friends, to this week’s Share Your Style #303! Happy Wednesday to you all!

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 and on any of my other social media sites, too.  Thank you!๐Ÿ’œ 

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

Adding Farmhouse Style to the China Hutch

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Saying Goodbye to My Beautiful Garden Beds is title of Penny’s Treasures latest link-up with SYS and I think you’ll love the new look! Stop over and take a look… ๐Ÿ™‚
Debra from Common Ground shared her Garden Room Farm Table in May. Lovely!
Transition-the-Entry-from-Spring-to-Summer-with-Pops-of-Pink-The-Crowned-Goat Spring Into Summer Entry Ideas Decorating Holidays Summer
CoCo from The Crowned Goat shared some easy ideas for Spring into Summer Entry Ideas.
Renae of Peacock Ridge Farm shared a how-to in this post ~ How to Wallpaper – A Refresh of My Master Bedroom. Lovely…
Vintage Office Desk Makeover
Paula of Virginia Sweet Pea shared this gorgeous before/after (can you believe how GORGEOUS??!) ~ Vintage Office Desk Makeover.
Lisa of Fresh Vintage by Lisa created a really sweet Mother’s Day present with a homemade book ~ Sharing a Sewing Themed Altered Book. Fun idea and so crafty!!
Braided Tuna Bread Recipe @ treatntrick.blogspot.com
Here’s a delicious recipe for Braided Tuna Bread linked up by Trick’N’Treat. So good and frankly, tuna is my absolute favorite food. :)’

Saving the cutest final two for last…

Tiffany (Tee) of Tee Diddly Dee shared the cutest post ~ Little Mallard Becomes a Momma. Precious!!! You’ll have to stop by to see the ducklings…

Honorable Mention

I can’t pull up any of the photos (it’s the way they are protected, and that’s fine) for the cutest kitty and her sweet pillow and new bed, but I wanted to share Julie of A Loverly Life‘s sweet post… Here is the post, linked through Pinterest:

https://www.commonground-do.com/2021/05/garden-room-farm-table-in-may.html

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. ๐Ÿ’œ

Happy linking everyone,

Barb ๐Ÿ™‚

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Adding Farmhouse Style to the China Hutch

“The Chickens Come Out to Roost” was my other thought for a title, but then I thought, “Maybe that thought is completely wrong?” Y’all will have to tell me if chickens do come out to roost, or, do they go in to roost? It’s probably that they go inside… ๐Ÿ˜‰

I was happy to see that the colorful pitcher I found at Twice As Nice thrift shop last fall fits nicely inside the little framed cupboard.

Happily, this farmhouse style post only has these cute faux roosters I found at Buc-Ees around Christmas time and no real chickens to worry about! You may recall that I mentioned before that all Buc-Ees gas stations have nice gift shops. They sell all kinds of kitchen goodies and you can also find meat smokers, camping and fishing stuff, some hunting gear (no weapons!), lots of t-shirts and Buc-Ees clothing with beavers on it (their logo), as well as Lodge cookware, Southern style cookbooks for the cook in your family, leather purses and even cowhides (about $175 each, I think)!!

If you are ever out in Central and North Texas, stop by a Buc-Ees off the freeway for a fill-up, come inside and grab a BBQ brisket or pulled-pork sandwich, enjoy super clean restrooms (NOT in that order! lol!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) and check out the goods… (not sponsored but I sure was in love with Buc-Ees the first time we stopped at one five years ago!)

Love this hand-painted plate from the early 1900’s set against the Haviland-Limoges dessert plate! The little “milk bottle” held honey in it at one time. I love it with the dried roses!

Finding these cute chickens gave me an idea to bring out some of my farmyard friends ~ most are salt and pepper shakers, some are just little ceramic birdies and an old rabbit (it was a sandwich spreader).

This little piggy went to gather roses!

I love farmhouse style and was really hopeful we were going to find a farmhouse to buy, like I’d seen six or seven years ago when we were still living in California on the then-brand-new Fixer-Upper television program.

Love the rooster s/p shaker, his blue bird friend with a favorite mismatched teacup and saucer plus a beautiful cobalt blue glass a friend gave me long ago.

But even though we didn’t find our dream farmhouse with white shiplap walls, we did find a really cute brick English cottage style home! And I can bring out my farmhouse goodies any time I want to liven up the place.

In our china hutch, I cleared most everything out from its winter and early spring looks, and added in all the little farmyard friends I could find. Down on the lower shelf, we have a white ceramic cat my daughter Amy made for me when she was in high school. It sits next to a little Spaniel we found for ยฃ1 at a flea market or antiques faire in England. The tea towel is also from Buc-Ees. Mooooo!!!

I love the china hutch’s new late spring/early summertime look! The cute chicken plates are paper plates I found at Cavender’s, a local boot store which also carries clothing and some housewares. The new boots I’ve been wearing on IG out in the garden, they came from there over Christmas…

This little goat reminds me of Ophelia and Sashay, my Nubian goats I raised in high school. The transferware creamer is definitely all about farming!

And that’s our china hutch with its sweet chickens and farmyard friends!

The little goat and pig name card holders came from Cracker Barrel a year or so ago. ๐Ÿ™‚ And another pig I found right after we moved to Texas is a little toothpick holder which matches my favorite white plates, some small bowls and two platters. Love its little swirls!

I didn’t edit these photos at all today because… I am painting in the master bathroom and we are loving the change from taupe to a beautiful soft grey!!! So, this is what it really looks like in our dining room; it is DARK. Sometime this summer I will be repainting in here and making it much lighter. Yeah!

So, that’s it for this post, friends. What have you been up to lately??

Happy weekend to you all,

Hugs, Barb ๐Ÿ™‚

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Share Your Style #302

Welcome friends, to this week’s Share Your Style #302! Happy Wednesday to you all!

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…

Cutting in around the commode ~ first with Kilz and now with Valspar Comet Dust, a pale soft grey.

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

And a Happy Mother’s Day this coming Sunday!! Hopefully this is my last week at home on leave for a broken tailbone (four weeks total). It feels weird to be home as I feel like I should be at work… While home I have relaxed and taken it easy (the first couple of weeks I was really careful to not move wrong and to not sit for hours, per doctor’s instructions), walked progressively farther and longer as things felt better/less painful, done some gardening, and now some painting in our master bathroom.

Figured it was good to try and get back to normal since this is “week six” since the accident. Tailbone feels good and doesn’t hurt to touch, so I should be released back to normal work at my appointment this Friday.

Actually, there are only three more weeks of school for this 2020-2021 school year, and next year I will be working with a Pre-K class. I was sad to be leaving PABS at first, but now I am kind of excited for the upcoming school year. A new challenge and a new school. So that will be something fun to look forward to this next school year!

Meanwhile, we received the permit to move our fence! We can only move it out by 3 feet, since the curve of our property line at its closest is 3′ away from the current fence, but it will still add more visual space to the sideyard and 240 sq. feet to the yard for gardening… Time to get digging post holes!

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

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

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Mother's Day Wood Art Gift Cards
Rachelle from My Hubbard Home brings us a wonderful last minute idea to make ~ Wood Art Gift Cards for Mother’s Day (Easy DIY Craft). Love ’em!!!
Debbie from Debbie-Dabble shares her lovely miniature home in this post ~
A True Work of Art: My Craft Room Miniature Room Box. I love miniatures, don’t you? Soooo Sweet!!! Debbie also shared her yard and garden in this post!

***I learned after fully reading Debbie’s post that she didn’t make this incredible Sewing Room, but her friend Angela created it! Angela has a Facebook page and I know you will enjoy checking out the beautiful things she created for sale.

Carol of Bluesky at Home brings us updates to her gorgeous kitchen in this post ~ How to Freshen Up Your Kitchen for Spring. Love the all the colors!!!
double tie dye, tie dye kimono, tie dye pants, thrifted style, clogs, fashion over 40, Shelbee on the Edge
Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge has another fun fashion post for us with such a fun title: The Magnificent 8 in our Fancy Pants. Love ’em!!
Cranberry Bread Recipe @ treatntrick.blogspot.com
Trick N Treat brings us her best Cranberry Bread Recipe this week in her post… Yum!!!
Quick-and-Easy-Make-at-Home-Lavender-Gardners-Hand-Scrub-Recipe-The-Crowned-Goat Make at Home Lavender Gardenerโ€™s Hand Scrub Crafts DIY Spring Summer
Cindy at The Crowned Goat shares this recipe for Make at Home Lavender Hand Scrub for the gardeners (and painters!) who need some extra TLC for our hands. Gotta try this!
Liz over at Howling at the Moon shared this neat technique that I’ve never heard of and maybe you aren’t familiar with it, either… Pyrographied Charcuterie Board. Great idea and I guess this is the new way of wood burning?!!
Old fashioned rhubarb custard pie
Last up for this week is this delicious Old Fashioned Rhubarb Custard Pie from Niky at The House on Silverado.

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. ๐Ÿ’œ

Happy Wednesday, dear friends!

Hugs, Barb ๐Ÿ™‚

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Share Your Style #301

Welcome, friends, to this week’s Share Your Style #301!!! Happy Wednesday to you all!

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

With Mother’s Day coming up soon, today’s SYS shares a smattering of Mother’s Day ideas and a fluffy mother-to-be… (and I need to get myself in gear and set my own table ~ and create a post ~ for the holiday! eek!)

Also, I didn’t know if you knew… I am big on promoting other people, and every time you see anyone featured in any of my posts, I PIN EVERYONE’S PHOTOS, usually multiple photos to my boards on Pinterest.

Plus, I do allow other bloggers to link up their blog parties here; not many hosts do. There aren’t many link parties left and we all need the exposure, not just THE BIG FEW… Anyway, that’s why you’ll see me doing this here. Plus I like these bloggers style! ๐Ÿ™‚ Just saying!

Enjoy, dear friends!!!

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

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

The survey team was here! Now for yea or nay…

Bringing Out the Pretties ~ part of this month’s Pinterest Challenge which shares everyone’s spring decorated kitchens…
Let Them Eat Cake! ~ Or How to Make a Faux Flower Cake from Scratch This could be a fun gift to give to your mom for Mother’s Day, or something to make together!

These two posts go hand in hand… I hope you will check them out, leave a comment or two and pin a few… <3

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Container gardening 2020 7
MaryJo from Master”Pieces” of My Life shared sooo many wonderful ways to decorate in the garden in this post ~ Container Gardening Ideas and Inspiration. Love this bread box!!!
Liz from Howling at the Moon shared how they celebrate the king’s birthday over in the Netherlands in her post ~ King’s Day/Kรถningsdag.

Also… You HAVE to check out the adorable Halloween post (which… why didn’t I see this in the fall??) ~ Plague Doctor with a Pattern. Liz comes up with some really cool knitting projects, folks!
Lori from Dining Delight shared her beautifully set table in her holiday post ~ Spring Lemon Tablescape for Mother’s Day. Love the pops of color!!!
DIY Spring Floral Display - Learn how to make a floral display like this to display in your home. This would look great hanging on a door or on a porch wall. #springdecor #springfloralarrangement #springwreath #springdecorating
Paula of Virginia Sweet Pea shares this pretty arrangement in her post ~ DIY Hanging Floral Display for Spring. Love the metal basket, don’t you?
Jeanie from The Marmelade Gypsy has brought us beautiful images from her own backyard in Michigan… The Critters are Out and Having Quite a Time! Here is our lovely mother-to-be… Can’t wait to see the new goslings, Jeanie!!!
Fabiana from Fabby’s Living is back with a lovely table set for special friends (after Covid!) ~ A Garden Table and Blue Danube China. Just lovely…
Cottage Garden ideas Cottage Gardens Country Gardens Vintage Junk Gardens
Who else would love a soft fleecy sheep following them around their garden? Well, Amber from Follow the Yellow Brick Home brings us one in the curated and fun garden post ~ Country Cottage Garden Style, part of her Pin Away Wednesdays blog party.

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. ๐Ÿ’œ

Happy linking, everyone!

Barb ๐Ÿ™‚

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