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Thanksgiving at Our Home

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! After not being able to get together with family for the better part of a year last year, due to Covid restrictions, we planned to get together with a couple of friends. That fell through when one became ill and landed in the hospital, (he is home and doing better) so… Mr. Ethereal and I enjoyed a thanksgiving meal by ourselves. 🙂

I shared this tablescape earlier with just the pumpkin centerpiece. By just adding a few tableware pieces in browns and white, our Thanksgiving table was set! The cups and saucers are from Johnson Brothers’ Friendly Village and the salad plates were found at Cracker Barrel a few years ago.

More pieces may be available, but I only found these small dessert/salad plates with pheasants and bears on them. They appear very Scandinavian to me with the outer ring of flowers around the brim ~ what do you think?

Creamware for Thanksgiving

I kept the Shabby Chic rumpled tablecloth look and set the table simply ~ with just the white dinner plate, salad plate, cup and saucer, and white handled flatware. I realized too late that I had forgotten the napkins! My favorite cream napkins with lace edging would be perfect here.

Really love this table setting with the faux pumpkins, browns, creams and white!

November flew by between work and working on the shed and garden during the weekends, that I didn’t get to share many fall posts, so here I’ll do a little catch-up:

Out front, the impatiens have been in constant bloom since I bought them in early May or April. I moved the summer center flowers out to the garden beds and set down two medium-sized plant rings in each planters’ center. Then I double-stacked two white flat-stacker Cinderella pumpkins with two round white and cream pumpkins on top.

The effect was very ethereal and was just the soft fall look I was going for this year! Nothing too bold and orange, just soft and faded…

This was a neighboring garden I walked past on one of my walks and I think I shared all three of these photographs on my Instagram account. Love the soft pinks popping through all the happy Black Eyed Susans!

Moving back inside, the tablecloth is one I found in England on our trip over to see my brother and his family in 2005. I love its gently curving oval ends! Here you can just see the way it drapes along the curve.

Ethereal in candlelight…

Out of the many tablescapes I’ve created over the years, I think this is one my absolute favorite…

Our dinner

I cooked a 12 lb turkey for this year’s gobble, then made mashed potatoes, candied yams, stuffing and gravy from the pan drippings.

I think we were both glad to be home after all, although it would have been fun to visit with our friends. Dinner was good and a nice treat after many quick meals and Hubby having been away on business for the previous three weeks.

For dessert I’d baked a homemade pumpkin pie! The first in many, many years. ;)’

How was your Thanksgiving? I hope it was a good, restful day for you with a nice weekend right afterwards!

Happy holiday season, and many blessings from our home to yours,

Barb

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Share Your Style #326

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #326! 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. 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!💜 

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Happy Wednesday, everyone! This week is our last week of “All Things Thanksgiving” with next week beginning our Christmas posts… I decided to wait because I just wasn’t ready for them this year. I know as bloggers we usually want our ideas out there early, but I just wasn’t feeling it. I’m sorry…

On another note, we have been having “Santa Ana’s” in North Texas this week (warm winter winds) usually in Southern California. Funny too, it FEELS like a So Cal fall day! ~ three days in a row in the high 70’s! The cold front returns this evening, though, so the confused plants will just have to get over this warm spell. 😉

Now, let’s get to this week’s features! (Nothing finished from me this week.)

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Debra from Common Ground gets my vote for the comfiest porch in this post ~ Cozying Up the Back Porch. Sooo pretty and inviting!
Amy over at A Day of Small Things brings us her lovely fall post ~
Sing to Me Autumn… Love the poem and her decor!
Jeanie from The Marmelade Gypsy shared some good fall reads in her post ~ September/October Book Wrap. Yes!!! Also good to stock up on for cozy winter reading. <3
Here’s a fun turkey Quick and Easy Thanksgiving DIY post from Thrifting Wonderland. Gorgeous bouquet!
faux leather trousers, cropped sweater, thrifted blazer, beret, fashion over 40, Stylish Monday, Shelbee on the Edge
Shelbee from Shelbee on the Edge shared her thoughts on being authentic in her post all about style ~ Faux Real Looks in Leather and Suede. Love this look for fall!
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Debbee from Debbee’s Buzz shared her beautiful table set for Thanksgiving with these lovely turkeys ~ Liberty Blue and Thanksgiving Table and Turkey Napkins. Lovely!!!
Renae from Peacock Ridge Farm shared this delicious recipe for How To Make Baked Sweet Potatoes with Maple Glaze. And as the rest of the post title says: Perfect for your holiday feast!!!
Rita from Panoply shared this lovely table set for Turkey Day in her post ~ Thankful… All kidding aside, there is much to be thankful for this year. <3
Sandra from Come to Dinner at Eight shared this perfect for late fall Autumn Tones for a Tray. So warm and inviting!!!

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. 💜

Let’s party!!!

Barb 🙂

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Share Your Style #325

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #325! 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. 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!💜 

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Happy Wednesday to y’all! Oh my, are you having a tough time with the time change?? Does your area even do daylight savings time? I know some countries and areas of the United States do not.

No matter whether we “fall back” or “spring forward,” I am always a bit wiped out with the change. How about for you? This is probably what’s up with our kiddos at school, too. 😉 Anyway, I feel better after last week’s knock in the head and am back to work after three days off on Worker’s Comp.

So with that, let’s take a look at what I shared this past week and your wonderful featured posts…

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

Just one fun post, but at least I was able to get ONE up… 😉 ~
An Ethereal Fall Tablescape.

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Starting us off this week, Debra over at Common Ground shares this past post perfect for Thanksgiving decorating ~
Thanksgiving Seed Box on the Baker’s Rack. Love it!!!

So adorable!!! I had to share this sweet post from Cheryl from SewCanDo ~ A Little Dress for Fall. Cheryl has a couple of different patterns included that are free to download, so stop on by!

Penny from Penny’s Treasurers shared a fun Kitchen Cabinet Coffee Corner for the Holidays this past week. Love it!!! (We have one similar and Hubby loves his espresso machine…)
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Amber from Follow the Yellow Brick Home shared a past post here and it’s a goodie ~ A Vintage-Traditional Thanksgiving Dining Room Tour. Love all the treasures!!!
Niky from The House on Silverado brings us this delicious recipe for Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cake. Yum!!!
Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas in the Dining Room-The Crowned Goat
CoCo from The Crowned Goat shared this lovely post ~
Thanksgiving Inspired Tablescape Ideas. So soft and ethereal!

Hang on another week to those fun Christmas ideas, friends! I WILL share them, just feeling Thanksgiving this week, tho I really liked Robin at Junk Journal’s cute Door Knob Christmas Trees! (I’ll share them next week… ;))

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. 💜

Thank you so much for all your wonderful thoughts and comments,

Barb 🙂

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An Ethereal Fall Tablescape

Happy Weekend, friends! The lighting was perfect the past couple of days during the late afternoon for a nice photoshoot, so… I opened the fall tubs pulling out a few faux pumpkins, adding a little of this, and a little of that, and soon a new fall vignette was created…

Playing house…

It was such a nice afternoon that for the first time in a while, I felt like decorating… The best time! Do you know this feeling? I’ve missed feeling happy making our home pretty. Work definitely drains me of any creative energy.

For this vignette, I began by placing a couple of large white faux pumpkins that I had sparkled several years ago, setting them on top of the rumpled ecru Battenburg lace tablecloth. I thought about ironing the tablecloth but I was going for a Shabby Chic French farmhouse effect.

Next, I added faux berries tucked underneath and between the big pumpkins. As I was laying the berry picks, I added more soft pumpkins to cover and hide the pick ends., and one sweet fabric pumpkin that my daughter and I had created during a Girl Scout meeting many years ago. It is the medium-sized tri-fabric pumpkin on the backside (I need to get a close-up!).

Such fun!

This was really fun to put together as I found so many fall treasures I had forgotten we had… Turkeys my children made when they were little out of pinecones and construction paper, some scarecrows I sewed in my early 20’s when I worked at a yardage shop, and this cheeky little fellow chasing a turkey!

He is part of Enesco’s Feathered Friends collection, of which I have a few pieces…. Those I will share when I show the changes in the china hutch next time. 😉

But for now…

Who doesn’t have a gas dryer in their dining room??

Here’s a sneak peek at the china hutch. I worked on both at the same time, which was really fun! I hadn’t changed the hutch’s vignette since creating the Marie Antoinette look back in early summer… (Still loved it!)

It was time to bring in some autumn colors.

And yes I need to call for the trash folks to pick up the dryer soon… ;)’

Happy weekend!

Barb 🙂

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A New Chandy in the Dining Room

Happy Tuesday, y’all! Fall is definitely showing a tiny bit around our little city with just a few trees putting on the tiniest bit of oranges and reds in their leaves. With those changes, I’ve felt the need for some changes indoors myself.

Just one change in the dining room is bringing me a huge burst of happiness… Getting back to who I am with a change in our dining room chandelier is a must!

Unboxing the new chandy a week ago!

Ever since we moved to our Manor Home three years ago, I’ve been iffy about the drum chandelier. It’s okay and I know transitional is “in” right now and I liked it at first, but…

It was driving me crazy!

An advertisement came across my computer one day for Lamps Plus (No, this wasn’t sponsored; I wish!), and I casually clicked over to see what was on sale… And I have been in love with Kathy Ireland chandeliers ever since visiting my friend Kathy’s home in Escondido, California during our teas.

This is the Kathy Ireland Chateau de Conde light.

She had one similar to this one which had a carved wooden piece in the middle on the main pillar of her chandelier, which I loved. I think the candlelight cups on the arms were also of carved wood. I have never seen another like it available at Lamps Plus since… It’s a bummer when styles change and you can’t find a particular chandelier anymore.

Here’s a little video I shot this weekend and posted on Instagram:

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I finally broke down and drove down to Lamps Plus in Arlington to see this chandy and fell hard for it! I love its Shabby Chic look. In fact, when it was delivered, it wasn’t shabby enough for me on the arms and pillar pieces, so I drove over to Home Depot to get some metal sanding paper.

After a quick sanding, which took about an hour, I wiped this chandelier down and then waited a week for Hubs to put it up for me. 😀

At some point, I might change out the plastic sleeves covering the electrical connections for the candlelights as there are more realistic-looking sleeves out there.

Now the dining area of our home feels “like home!” And I am sooo looking forward to adding some greenery for the holidays but for now I am not rushing anything. 😉

Yesterday’s tablescape post was the first of many as I am so excited to share this chandy again and again…

Just a few crystals hanging down from this chandelier repeating the sparkle from the hurricane lamps below.

Getting back to the basics around here! Feels good. Feeling the love… This new sparkler reminds me of the chandy we hung in the RV, too.

That lightweight plastic and glass crystal chandy will be making an appearance soon! 😉

Well, that’s it for today, friends. Let me know what you think of this new sparkler. If it isn’t your taste, that’s okay, too. 🙂

Looking out towards the porch as it gets cleared and the back garden.

Enjoy your week,

Barb 🙂

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Share Your Style #311

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #311! 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. 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!💜 

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Well, happy Wednesday to you all! 💜 Next week I am back to school but I have to say that I have enjoyed these past eight weeks of summer. It seems a long time ago since I flew to my nephew and his bride’s wedding and saw my daughter, brother and his wife and family. Then my mother-in-law and sister-in-law drove out to visit us, and my nephew on hubby’s side of the family flew in. We had a good time finding out about Gini’s grandfather and grandmother who were born here in Texas and just hanging out!

The shed arrived the following week or so after they drove home, and we are now working on the fence behind it, and this week I am laying down keystone bricks to hold dirt in under where the fence line lies. I have also read some really good books over the past six months I need to share with you, too (another post!).

Lastly, Hubby has a new role at work so hopefully this will allow me to step back from teaching (I am an paraprofessional, but still, it’s teaching) after this year. I love what I do, but physically, I am not able to do what I could 15 years ago.

It’s time.

Well this week we have everything all about summer… 😉

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

Two Small Gardens in Northern California ~ a look at a neighbors’ backyard and a little replanting for my mother-in-law. 💜
The Crown Jewel of Crown Heights ~ a fun drive up with friend Torrance into Oklahoma to a couple of garden shops and a visit to see a famous YouTube gardener’s home.

And here are this week’s featured posts…

MaryJo from Master”Pieces” of My Life shared this Hydrangea and Mercury Glass Tablescape. Love the soft silver and blues and greens for a summertime table!!
Lori over at Dining Delight shared her beautifully set table in this post ~ Lavender and Allium Outdoor Summer Tablescape. Gorgeous!!!
tie dye dress, backyard barbecue outfit, Stylish Monday, Shelbee on the Edge
Sticking with our summertime theme, Shelbee from Shelbee on the Edge flaunts this fun tie-dye knit dress so well at an outdoor BBQ!! ~Sizzling Styles for a Backyard BBQ. Love all the summertime styles worn by all her friends at this link party. 🙂
Carol from Bluesky at Home shares this fun Beachy Mamma-Mia! Tablescape to Celebrate Friends. Don’t you just love the cool green-blues?!
It’s a new day for Sandra from Come to Dinner at Eight ~ Doing Some Background Blog Cleanup and Updates. Come check out this post and what Sandra is doing with her blog. 🙂
Korean BBQ is on the menu over at Julie’s Creative Lifestyle. Totally yum!!!
Stampin’ With Anita brings us this fun craft card to make ~
You Are Mer-Mazing! So pretty and perfect to end out summer theme this week. 🙂

Honorable Mention

I couldn’t pick up a photograph but definitely wanted to share this heartwarming post… Come check out this post from newcomer Jan of Aging with Ardor ~ The Beautiful Concept of Ubuntu. You will be blessed, friends…

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. 💜

If you’d like to follow my Share Your Style board on Pinterest I’d appreciate it, thank you! I do post all of the featured posts from each week’s SYS there. 💜  Thanks so much!!!

Happy linking, everybody!

Barb

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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. I appreciate you!
 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! 🙂 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!💜 

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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…

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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/Köningsdag.

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…
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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. 💜

Happy linking, everyone!

Barb 🙂

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Sunday Sentiments ~ A French Valentine’s Tablescape Set with Love

Valentine’s Day table settings for me by far are the prettiest to create. Soft and romantic, these tablescapes set with the airiest of bone china pieces is always the way to go for pure beauty. Today I’ve brought out all of my beautifully decorated French Haviland & Co Limoges pieces to share with you…

Statuary

For this table setting, I brought in my little resting angel to add to our decor. After a good bath and a little touch up paint he rests comfortably in the table’s middle. Along with a small bouquet of grocery store florals, the two create a nice low off-set centerpiece along the table.

I actually got the idea from an older post I did back at our Big House in California…

This was one of the first teas I photographed when my blog was still very new ~ a Peacock and Roses Tea. The script writing I loved to use now causes problems when reading the post so the text is wonky but the photos are still good. 😉

I had saved up these little notepads from Joann’s or Michael’s for a year until it was my time to host a tea, then I brought in our angel and strew peacock tail feathers along the table with him. I think these are Mary roses, an English rose I had growing out in the garden there.

Close close all night

By Elizabeth Bishop

Close close all night the lovers keep.

They turn together in their sleep,

Close as two papers in a book

that read each other in the dark.

Each knows all the other knows,

learnt by heart from head to toes.

Recently I found these creamware mugs (not sponsored) while looking for after-Christmas sales at At Home, a home goods retailer close by in Lewisville, Texas (just east of Denton). They are a nice addition to the other creamware pieces I’ve collected over the years from HomeGoods, Marshall’s and other shops.

How I set this table

I began setting this table with a snowflake patterned tablecloth I have had for years. I love its lacy texture and the way it drapes off the table ends is very pretty and ethereal. Over the years it has shrunk with washing and accidental drying (from when I first began having teas with friends) so now it is more of a runner.

This worked perfectly as I was able to use the fall placemats I shared in this fall tablescape just upside-down, which adds even more texture and pattern to our table setting!

Bring in the pink

My go-to color is always pink! I had fun with last month’s Blue and White in the Cupboard but pink and white is my absolute favorite combination for any tablescape. This time I’ve pulled out four now-vintage Shabby Chic napkins I’ve had since the early 2000’s when Target used to carry a lot of Rachel Ashwell Simply Shabby Chic table linens.

Paired with the new white-handled silverware I picked up at Judith Stringham’s Christmas sales event in December plus a sweet silk rose napkin ring, the Haviland china looks delicate and sweet. Bone china is pretty tough, actually. It’s stoneware that bangs and chips more readily, surprisingly!

If you are looking for really beautiful vintage/almost antique Haviland & Co Limoge ware, here is a link for you from Etsy.

Valentine’s decor

Since we are still officially in winter ~ even if the plants outside say spring is coming soon! ~ I kept the pine and pinecone garland up on the chandelier and added a few more crystal and mercury glass ornaments to it for fun. Here is the other heart wreath I didn’t use in this month’s Pinterest Challenge wreath makeover.

Love this time of year!!!

Happy almost Valentine’s, dear friends!

Barb 🙂

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The Final Candle of Advent ~ The Christ Candle

It’s Christmas Eve and we are finally here! Kids are snuggling down in their beds, presents are wrapped and under the tree. Family friendly holiday movies have been playing on repeat for weeks along with the predictable but still-fun Hallmark movies, too…

A Christmas wish…

As we arrive on the night before Christmas, we light this fifth candle along with the others ~ the Christ Candle ~ which is also part of Week #4, the week of Love…

God loved us so very much that he sent his only begotten Son to save us ~ a grand gesture of ultimate Love. A tiny newborn babe lying in a manger, the Savior of the world…

The Holy Family…

15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, so the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.’ 16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 17 And when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, as it was told them.”

Luke 2:15-20, NKJV

Throughout this Advent series, I have pulled quotes from Christianity.com and other articles. I like what this section says about the fifth candle, the candle of love, the Christ Candle: (and really, I can’t say it any better!)

Heavenly Father, the whole meaning of Christmas can be explained in one little four-letter word…LOVE. You sent your gift of pure love to us that first Christmas. Love descended from heaven to be born of a virgin. Love lay in the scratchy hay of a manger in a meager barn in Bethlehem. All of your love, God, was robed in the delicate skin of a baby and wrapped in swaddling clothes. This final week of Advent helps us to reflect on the magnitude of love that was made manifest in Jesus.”

Hope Bolinger

Jesus was a sweet precious baby come down to earth to save us all from sin. This thought makes me realize that each time a new baby is born on this earth, it is a reflection and a reminder of Christ Jesus and his birth.

We are given a gift to celebrate when each new life is born and to love that child as He has loved us!

Love the amazed look on Milo’s face! Milo is looking at me in my son’s camera/FaceTime call.

Milo’s first Christmas!

One of my favorite photographs of our grandson! Love how happy he is!!

Our fifth candle reminds us to “love one another as Christ has loved us.” (My paraphrase of part of John 13:34.) Traditionally the center candle is all white signifying Jesus’ holiness and purity. I have white candles but this one with holly and a few pine needles melted inside and surrounding the candle reminds me of the manger wrapped around and cradling Baby Jesus…

A wintery scene in a transferware bowl found several years ago on Galveston Island at an antique shop there.

Our table is set with my best china pieces today, the Old Country Roses by Royal Albert pottery in England. My husband bought eight place settings for me from the Royal Albert outlet we had in Lake Elsinore, California about twenty years ago now. It became the china pattern I used for many teas I hosted and for many family Christmas dinners. We will use it again this Christmas and when our daughter drives up from Austin for New Year’s.

Again the little turned “Noel” signs are used in this tablescape ~ I like this table’s welcoming plaid and simplicity. Many Christmases and teas I would set one extra place setting for Jesus, honoring Him as a welcome guest.

I love it that in the Bible there were so many meal times with the apostles but also with Mary and Martha, the two sisters, and with many other people! Meals are such special times to reconnect with family and share intimate thoughts and secrets and hopes… Wouldn’t you like Jesus to come over and eat dinner at your home? 🙂

This tablecloth would have made a lovely swaddling cloth, don’t you think?

Our holiday table and dining room with the only two crystal pieces I found to decorate the chandelier this year! Two stars above!! I never shared the dining room hutch but you can see it pretty well here. I hung a small wreath I found in my Christmas ornaments and created a small doll house on the left for the family living in the hutch’s dining room. I found the fireplace my parents bought me for a Swiss doll house I had in high school and brought it out to warm the family’s Christmas…

Our Holiday Home Tour

From the dining room we get a little view into the living room. Since Thanksgiving, I have been pulling off the slipcovers and giving everything a fresh wash, vacuuming and polishing.

This holiday season I went for a family Christmas with red plaid and a reindeer themed ribbons twining down the Christmas tree. Red continues in the few Santas sprinkled throughout the room and the main one on the coffee table.

a view from the dining room
a view from the entryway

Winters in the living room are filled with clear and bright light! This home is so light-filled this time of year making it really cheery. The pillows I found this fall are reversible so I’ve flipped them around to the checked sides for wintertime…

Mr. Ethereal and I are working on two projects these two weeks: putting down some new insulation in the attic and hanging the French iron fencing outside in the new garden area.

I picked up a 9′ x 6′ drop cloth at Home Depot this morning to make a new slipcover for the wing chair this week. I should be able to get it done before Amy comes up this next week. Eventually the chair will go to her new home when she finds one she loves. She really loves this chair to sit in and read in it. I have to say, you do get nice and warm snuggling in it and the wings are perfect for keeping your head from flopping when you fall asleep… We bought it and its ottoman from a neighbor at his garage sale when we lived in our first home.

With all the uncertainty of this year and being ill twice with the COVID virus, I went for a simple look this year in our decor. Just some plaid on the tree and here on the coffee table.

Simple seemed the way to go this year… I’ve heard sooo many friends saying they craved simplicity this year instead of over-the-top Christmas looks! Here are all the Advent posts if you missed any of them…

Advent Week #1 ~ Advent Wreaths and Thankfulness
Advent Week #2 ~ The Candle of Peace
Advent Week #3 ~ The Candle of Joy
Advent Week #4 ~ The Candle of Love

The greatest gift of all came that first Christmas. It wasn’t wrapped in a beautiful package and set under a decorated tree. The greatest gift came wrapped in the flesh of baby Jesus and laid in the rough wood of a manger. Our perfect gift would later be rewrapped in the scars of our sin and nailed to the rugged wood of a cross on Calvary, all because of love.

Hope Bolinger

Our presents are few and unwrapped. A box from our son and his family (maybe a family portrait?? We shall see tomorror. 😉 )… Presents and Christmas ornaments which were our daughters growing up to go home with her for her future trees… A new spice rack for the kitchen in need of real organizing! A new tea kettle from Mr. Coffee to replace the one which died over Thanksgiving…

It’s all good! I made two Gothic arched windows from the leftover styrofoam from the winterizing Hubby did on the garage doors this late summer/early fall. They are really rough but it was to save $70… The ones at Hobby Lobby are on sale and I may still grab them after Christmas. ;)’

Saw some homemade Gothic arches on Laura and Aaron’s Garden Answer YouTube channel this fall and thought of creating these similar to the ones she made for their church a year or so ago.

And here is the storage box I made which should have been part of a Pinterest Challenge this fall but didn’t happen in time as I was just over being ill, so I made it after the fact. This was the beginning of the plaid theme…

My favorite photo… Grace and Peace

Silent night! holy night!
All is calm all is bright
Round yon virgin mother and child
Holy infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace!

Silent night! holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar

Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia
Christ the Saviour is born!

Silent night! holy night!
Son of God love’s pure light
Radiant beams from thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord at thy birth.

Silent Night was written and composed by Franz Xaver Gruber (music) and Joseph Mohr (words), a Christmas song of Austrian origin (as per Wikipedia.org). It is a perfect song for a perfect night, a perfect time of year.

The most perfect day in all the year…

‘Silent Night’ is a popular Christmas carol, composed in 1818 by Franz Xaver Gruber to lyrics by Joseph Mohr in the small town of Oberndorf bei Salzburg, Austria. It was declared an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO in 2011. The song has been recorded by many singers across many music genres. The version sung by Bing Crosby in 1935 is the fourth best-selling single of all-time.”

Wikipedia.org

More candles for Christ…

Grace and peace to you this Christmas,

Barb

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Share Your Style #277

Happy fall, y’all! Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #277This 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 too and join my small but loyal band of friends. 

I appreciate you! As always, I am glad that you are here… 💜 This fall post is a bit of a mish-mash as there are soooo many interesting posts!!! I’ve picked some autumn post for you, some DIY, and more. Hope you enjoy visiting all of this week’s featured 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! 💜



Here’s what I shared this past week at

French Ethereal…

A Fall Roses and Pumpkin Tablescape Redux… You know how for our monthly Pinterest Challenge we take inspiration from a photograph and recreate a scene in our own style? Well, this time I am taking insp. from one of my own…




And here are this week’s
featured posts…



Rita from Panopoly shares a really fun colorful fall tablescape with a view out at their cityline… October Skyline Table for TwoThere is a part of me that wants to live in a city for a bit! How about you? Sooo beautiful…


Fabulous Fall DecoratingInterior Decor and Styling

Fall Plaids Plaid Fall Decor

Amber of Follow the Yellow Brick Home is back with a wooly warm tablescape in this fun post ~ Happy Plaidurday! Plaid Fall Decor Inspiration. Love the plaid!!!


Smith Mountain Lake, VA home with shoreline in need of new riprap

Paula of Sweet Pea discusses how to add rocks to your home on the water with this post ~ Smith Mountain Lake Riprap for Shoreline Protection. Good to know!


Newcomer LG Bernhard of Der Amateur Photograph (The Amateur Photographer; his byline says his blog is all about optics and photography ~ Water Lily Pond in WilhelmaMy kinda place and I’m sure yours, too! Since we all need good photography tips! LG shares his amazing garden photos from Stuttgart, Germany… Eine hertzlich Willkommen auf Herr Bernhard!!!



Looking for a cute fall craft idea and a great recipe? Look now further than Lisa of Fresh Vintage by Lisa’s post Easy Pumpkin Apple Butter and Pumpkin Spoon. Adorable and totally worth making!!!


Apple Pie Scones from potsandplanes.com
Our second newcomer to SYS, Mary of Pots and Planes: A Collection of Recipes and Adventures brings us this delicious recipe for Apples Pie Scones… Welcome Mary and serious YUM!!!


Miss Havisham Regrets Tablescape


Rachelle of My Hubbard Home brings us a little bit of spooky in this fun Who Dun It? post ~ Miss Habersham Regrets… Do stop by to see what happens next!!!





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