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Share Your Style #281


Happy Share Your Style Wednesday, y’all!
 
Welcome to 
this week’s Share Your Style #281! 
This link party is for home decor, DIY, crafts, recipes and the like, but you are more than welcome to share your family-friendly posts with us all. Please feel free to share this post too and join my small but loyal band of friends. 

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



Happy Veterans’ Day, friends!!! From this USMC family to yours, Uuuurrrraghhhhh! Well… If you’ve noticed a strange look to my face here, the blog in general, well, I FINALLY migrated the blog to WordPress. I am excited to make the move and it’s a bit scary, too. WP has a lot to offer that my happy Blogger account didn’t.

Mainly, I have been looking into WP for two years because of its capability to incorporate email. I have gone into Inlinkz and downloaded a bunch of your emails to files to create a spreadsheet and will test an email soon. I apologize if you DON’T want to be emailed by me here at French Ethereal and you’ll be able to unsubscribe, of course!

On the COVID-19 issues, Charles tested positive on Saturday. My 2nd test last Monday was also positive, probably due to the pneumonia being left untreated (my thoughts). This week I am FINALLY feeling much better. I just get tired easily so I am putting in for more time off from school until I get fully recovered. I just pick up colds and other viruses too easily.

All right, friends! Let’s get this SYS going…

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!💜 

My sites:  French Ethereal  Instagram  Facebook  Pinterest  YouTube

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

Celebrating Thanksgiving into Christmas with Subtle Changes ~ $10 on the 10th
Giving Thanks for Fall Changes in the Cupboard

And here are this week’s featured posts…

A Very Thankful Table for Six ~ from Fabby over at Fabby’s Living. I love her table and of course the beautiful turkey tureen!!!

Penny from Penny’s Treasures shared her beautiful barn updated in this holiday post ~ Barn Makeover and Playing with My Christmas Mantel.
raditional Thanksgiving tablescape with candlelight for elegance
Amber of Follow the Yellow Brick Home shared her beautiful farmhouse home dining table set for Thanksgiving in this autumnal post ~ A Thanksgiving Tablescape Sneak Peak by Cozy Candlelight. Love her home!!!
Amber from The Hungry Mountaineer shares her fall style with us ~ Fall Fashion at Lundy Lake…ish. Love everyone’s fall fashions! Makes me want to shop… 😉
Rita of Panoply shared her gorgeous feathers and thistle tablescape in this Thanksgiving post ~ Thistle and Pheasant Run Thanksgiving Tablescape. Part of a fun blog hop from last week. ❤

I think I will stop here for this week and pray, friends, that this works! ❤

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

Hope this is going to work… Giving it a try! If anyone can leave me a comment as to HOW to add the WP shortcode or the long code (if this DOESN’T work!) and tell me how to fix this week’s SYS Inlinkz, that’d be great!!! Crossing my fingers…

If it DOESN’T WORK, I will figure it out and edit according to what I find, so… the party stays open until next Monday evening at 6:00p.m. CST, so just keep stopping back by to try and link up again. Happily, I was able to bring over some of your photos and add links… 🙂

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Share Your Style #232

Welcome to Share Your Style #232! 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…

I am your host 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 week at

French Ethereal…
In this post I share photos of “The Girls” decorated for the holidays along with a few statues from friends. Hope you will stop by! ~ Decorate Your Statuettes for the Seasons.
Here are this week’s featured posts…

Home Improvement and DI
Amber of Follow the Yellow Brick Home shared more beautiful ideas of which she will be revealing soon as part of this fall’s One Room Challenge ~ Week 5.  Love it and check out the amazing tile! 

I have been keeping up with Amber’s posts about this redo and getting some fun ideas for when we update our master bathroom. It is seriously in need of losing the 1990’s jetted tub (think gross nozzles and a breeding ground for small but cute fruit flies, just not in my bathroom!). I think I shared about the broken wall in the shower, too, when we first moved in… The backyard is ahead of this redo, though.

Rita at Panoply shares all the wonderful treasures she has found while thrift-shopping and the like ~ Panoply New, Vintage Finds. So many wonderful pieces! Aren’t these bunnies cute??


Sandra at Dinner at Eight shared her dining room table set for Thanksgiving ~ soooo pretty with gilded chargers and gold rimmed plates! ~ in a post appropriately titled Elegance and Candlelight for Thanksgiving.

Linda at Crafts ala Mode made this adorable centerpiece created with painted gourds ~ love it!!! ~ Whimsical Goose Centerpiece from Gourds.

Penny of Penny’s Treasurers posted this sweet Thanksgiving display featuring this Yard Sale Deer. Really pretty!


You may recall a post I shared earlier this year at Share Your Style from Debbie at Debbie-Dabble Blog. This is an update on her lovely yard and its gorgeous fall look ~ Late Fall Front Porch and Yard Update.



Big Hugs!!!
😀

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Have a blessed week!


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Une Table Pour Deux ~ Happy Thanksgiving!

Our Thanksgiving  this year ~ we have much to be thankful for including a warm and comfortable home to live in, family and good friends both old and new, and a good job where my husband is getting to really expand his knowledge and display his abilities.

With that, I am thankful for a job photographing what I love and to be able to share places to visit around Texas and beyond with you.   I also get to share inexpensive found goodies from thrifting trips and  
today I am sharing this little table pour deux…

Dining out-of-doors is lovely in the fall… The daytime is still warm and sunny and the bugs are gone so setting up a table for un alfresco déjeuner holds promise of rest and much enjoyment.  And often a simple table is best set in the garden where we can enjoy birds chirping away in the trees nearby and the the garden’s plantings as they bloom before heading to bed for the year.

This table setting is an adaptation of another table styling created recently on our larger picnic table.
 The nice thing is that either styling can be copied for any time of the year by removing these little Baby Boo and velvet pumpkins then adding new elements
for whatever season you are in.
🙂

Here I’ve used a vintage embroidered tablecloth found at an antique shop paired with simple white plates and crystal wine goblets and silverplate flatware.

Sweet checked napkins found on clearance add their own nice rustic flair to the overall elegance.
Woven grass placemats repeat the soft pale color
of the little pumpkins and add a little more gold to the table setting, as does this sweet little pheasant.

Bringing out a pillow or two adds a little French ambiance to the dining experience and is always welcome.

The nice part  is as you sit and relax away
the afternoon sharing a meal with your spouse or
a dear friend
we begin to re-energize ourselves from the craziness of a busy year ~ always a good thing.

Here’s to a lovely holiday season and best wishes to you on this Thanksgiving day…




Hugs and blessings to you,
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Share Your Style #183

link party, linky party, Share Your Style

What an honor to be your host this week for the 183rd Share Your Style! I am so lucky to be part of such an amazing team bringing together your fabulous ideas in one Link Party!   I’m Kristin of 
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 Here are few of my posts from last week to give you ideas for Thanksgiving and a sneak peek of my Christmas decor to come! If you are new to my blog, I would love to get to know you! Come on over to read, explore and leave some feedback! Let’s connect!

Christmas Mantle, Log Cabin, Cabin, Buffalo Plaid, Rustic Christmas, Stone Fireplace

Thanksgiving table, log cabin

Get to know my teammates, some of the most inspiring and encouraging bloggers in this community! We’d love for you to give us a follow! Remember, the link up and features are shared on all seven blogs each week!

  Share Your Style

• Lynn:  The Vintage Nest / Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest / Google+
• Barbara:  21 Rosemary Lane / Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest / Google+
• Kristin:  White Arrows Home / Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest / Instagram
• Barbara:  French Ethereal / Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest / Instagram 
• Meredith:  Southbound / Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest / Instagram

What a wonderful week of Share Your Style we had last week! There was so much amazing inspiration shared! Thank you to all who linked up! Here are a few of my favorites.
This Lake Girl can’t get enough of this idea! And how fun for any backsplash!
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These Cinnamon Spice Blondies are definitely on my list to make! Delicious and Easy!

Cake Mix Blondies Cinnamon Spice

On my To Do List! Learn to reupholster! This post is perfect timing!

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I can’t wait to get organized for the Holidays with this cute DIY planner!!

DIY Christmas Planner

Now it’s time for this week’s party! Link Away!

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A Quick Post ~ A Soft and Ethereal Thanksgiving Tablescape or Two

Inspiration comes in all forms  and this quick post is just a preview to a couple of upcoming Thanksgiving posts, a craft and more…


Last Friday  was a beautiful day to be out of doors for some fall Thanksgiving photography and table stylings that I am excited to share more later this week.  

For now, enjoy these photos and check back Thursday for more and a craft on Friday ~ I’ll be sharing where I found my inspiration, too.

Don’t forget to stop in on Wednesday evening after 6:00p.m. for Share Your Style, too!

Can you spot the craft project??
😉

Sharing with
Spread the Kindness ~ Shelbee on the Edge
Style Showcase ~ Shabbyfufu
Friday at the Fire Station ~ A Fireman’s Wife
Dishing It and Digging It ~ Angie the Freckled Rose
Waste Not Wednesdays
WOW ~ Savvy Southern Style
Wonderful Wednesday ~ Ducks in a Row
Make It Pretty Monday ~ The Dedicated House
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See you then,
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A Year of Giving Thanks

This has been a year of
giving thanks
for us…


First of all, I’d like to welcome you if you are coming
over from Katherine’s Corner today with the
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W e l c o m e !!!


We are recent transplants to Texas via many years
in California.
My husband was blessed with a new position
here in the Dallas area last November.
We are very blessed to be here and for his work ~
our first reason to give thanks…


My former home’s backyard garden in Murrieta, California the year before we sold our home.

Giving Thanks

We have much to be grateful for ~ the least of which
is that we weren’t homeless over the past two
years while Hubby was out of his normal work.
We made it through having to sell what I thought
was our “forever home” and instead took up
a slightly nomadic life
living in a 27′ Coleman travel trailer for about
1 1/2 years before we traded it in for
our new 41′ fifth wheel
which we love for its room!

Looking west over neighboring rv’s here in North Central Texas.

Just a few photos from earlier this fall of my
kitchen and dining areas.
The lemon poppy seed cake on the back counter
is one I often bake when having friends
over for tea.

The garden area in September just after putting in the little square stepping stones.

Our little prairie rv home

This is the garden area just outside our fifth-wheel.
We had no “pop-outs” on the previous trailer so we were
really cramped and constantly having to move a box
to sit down to eat, watch tv, to do anything.

In this beauty, we have the luxury of five slides which makes
the inside about 16′ wide throughout most of the trailer.
It is really a small apartment in many ways.
We are staying nomadic for just a little while longer as we
begin looking for land and a house.
🙂

My friend Peggy came for an impromptu tea one day recently.

“One is silver and the Other is gold”

I am thankful also for my “old friends” in California,
whom I can visit with anytime via Facebook and Instagram,
and I am thankful for the “new friends” I have made
since moving here to Texas.
I believe God has provided for this need for friendship
with park owners who really care in every sense of the word
for the people and animals who live here.

Little Skidboot at his first shearing.  He is one of 13 alpacas here at Wagon Master
RV Park and Alpaca Farm, Sanger, Texas.


It is a great blessing for everyone here,
whether as short-term campers or as extended-stay residents,
 to be able to stay here.
The owners really act as caretakers of the land and
have a heart for people.
🙂


A tablesetting I did earlier this fall.


New beginnings

We are grateful for a chance to start over
and work on rebuilding our nest egg.
We also are rebuilding our household ~ of which
this “prairie home fifth-wheel” is a big part.

Traveling to new places as I work on making
my little blog into a real business
is also an exciting part of the new here in Texas!
I am grateful for the chance to do something
I love full-time.
🙂

A  recent Thanksgiving tablesetting with pumpkins and pansies.


Grateful for the little things

Mostly I am grateful for all the little things which
have “coincidentally happened” this past year…

Our daughter moving to Texas before we did to
move out and live with her friend
then…
my husband finding and getting his new position
also here in Texas.

Or like last Christmas time when I found a
J Broadhurst Constable series set of china
minus the lid for the teapot in an antique mall
I just happened to visit for the first time.
It had been in my heart for many years to have a set
of pinkish-red china like this as it so beautiful to me.
God knew it and led me to it!
Of this, I have no doubt.

Lastly, for meeting a new group of friends and a
Bible study being offered here at the park and farm
by a new wonderful friend.


Coincidence?

I don’t think these things are coincidences.
I believe they are gifts and blessings from our
Great Creator.

I hope you do, too.
😉

Our kitchen table set for a little Thanksgiving tea!

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Thank You.
😀

Many blessings to you and your family
this Thanksgiving…

Please enjoy visiting with all of the lovely ladies
who are linking up today.
There are many wonderful and inspirational
tablesettings and ideas out there for
your holiday decorating…


Also sharing with
Tablescape Thursday ~ Between Naps on the Porch
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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving
to you and your family!

Just a quick post this morning
as we head off out of town this Thanksgiving
to visit our daughter 
and 
the friends she lives with
at their home here in Texas.
I thought I’d share a bit more of the holiday table I set up
with those gleaming gold chargers first then the 
black and white pheasant plates followed by 
a creamy white ironstone salad 
with a small bread plate on top.
When we are home, our Thanksgiving table 
always includes 
a roasted turkey cooked to perfection 
from four to five hours in the oven 
until the crackling skin is all a warm golden-brown 
on the outside and is 
a juicy and fork~tender feast on the inside.

We always have some kind of cornbread stuffing 
whether it’s homemade or out of a box for convenience and 
I like to make my personal favorite ~ 
candied yams with a brown sugar glaze and 
ooey gooey mini marshmallows 
melted all over the top 
{I use Libby’s big 32 oz. cans with an old
Fanny Farmer candied yam recipe!}
Then we have juicy vermillion red
whole or jellied cranberry sauce and our 
daughter’s famous mashed potatoes.
I am thinking that since our daughter is with her friends,
maybe she will be making her smashed potatoes
for everyone this Thanksgiving!
I sure hope so!
:),
One of two photos taken at our former home ~  I made the fall napkins years ago.
The tea set is Wedgwood pattern.
I don’t have a photograph, I think, of that recipe…
but…
I thought I’d just share some of the fall photos I found
when I was out at different places this year
plus a few past fall photos.
This turkey~shaped pasta I saw one day at HomeGoods
and thought they were really cute!
So cute you could just gobble it up!
{ha ha!}
😉

One of the times I was down in Oceanside at the dentist this fall, 
I found these festive transferware pieces at
Tuesday Morning.

I think these table runners were also at Tuesday morning
but I’m not 100% positive.

This wonderful scene was found while we were up at the
64th Annual Pomona RV Show

And this was one of the photos I took while still at
“The Lake” ~ Lake Skinner
just after I made all thirty~something 
fabric pumpkins.

Here are more of those soft pumpkins in my French~styled Thanksgiving
table setting.
Love all the fabrics that Wal-Mart is carrying this year!
All this fabric {except the sheet used as a tablecloth}
used to create these fabric pumpkins and the table runner
are Waverly and other manufacturers which are 
making their fabrics available to consumers.
Great for us!
The plates in the middle are paper plates I found at
Hobby Lobby
in their wedding crafts section.
They were beautiful and though they aren’t really china
I felt they were beautiful enough to stand in
for the real McCoy ~ don’t you just love
the swirly lace pattern?
And a last photograph of the basket I have been adding 
dried flowers to for several years now. 
This fall, I added in nice faux stems from
Hobby Lobby
to really heighten the fall feeling of this floral arrangement.
A great way to save and store dried florals!
🙂
A last shot of Sarah, Duchess of York pattern by Wedgwood
and one of my silver serving platters used as a charger.
I talked about using silver serving pieces that way 
last week in one of my
Thanksgiving posts.
May your family have a 
safe and Happy Thanksgiving!
I look forward to hearing about your
Thanksgiving soon!
Blessings to you,
Barb 🙂

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Old Holiday Photos ~ Decorating Inspiration!

I’ve been reading other people’s blog posts 
this past evening and so many ladies 
shared their wonderful homes…


Made me want to revisit our last home with you!
And after reading all these wonderful blogposts, 
seeing all the Thanksgiving tables decorated so prettily with 
sparkly goblets flashing prisms of light from flickering candlelight,
and gleaming just~polished silver and china laid out so carefully
made me nostalgic.
Then all of the photos of newly decorated Christmas trees
all festive and glowing
just brightening up 
every room…
I became inspired to share some favorite
decorating goodies with you!
Style Favorites:
French cane~back chairs 
The two shown in the photo above at the head and 
foot of our antique dining room table
are the same ones 
I have had out all summer while we were in our 
“Tiny Home” at Lake Skinner.
They await their return to a new home 
in this coming new year!
As do those plates, teacups and saucers… 
Oooh! The mugs I just purchased from
HomeGoods
go with this set!!!
{I forgot to mention that yesterday! I was really excited to find them!}
🙂
Dried Flowers in Baskets
The blooms are darker here but that wonderful 
wicker basket is still going strong!
This is one of my favorite table settings 
for family and friends, by the way…
Style Trends: 
Silver~plate platters
If you haven’t gone thrift~shopping 
for those old 1960’s/1970’s {maybe even more recent}
silver~plate serving platters to use as chargers 
under your dinner plates,
you’ve got to go!

They are my “go~to” pieces 
underneath everything!
Some I spray painted white and I’d use them
underneath big plates the same way.
Most I kept just as they are as 
I like the silvery look.
They are fun to stack with glassware
in between, too, creating towers
to create large tiered serving pieces
to present cupcakes and other goodies
at parties!

And this generic 1980’s chandelier
turned beauty!
My friend Kathy gave me the idea of 
decorating one’s chandy while were still in our first home.
One year at Christmas time, I found this dangling garland
at Michael’s, I think.
This pearl garland is a favorite!
Kathy used these garlands on chandeliers
all over her house and hanging off picture frames!
Super cute!!!
Remember how in all the decorating magazines
back in the early 2000’s you’d see these 3′ long strands of 
crystal garland and teardrop pendants for sale 
in the advertisement sections??
Well, that’s where I got these!
You can see the teadrops attached to each of 
the bobeches sitting atop each candle sconce 
underneath each bulb.

Then I just kept finding more crystal things
and other beautiful decorations to hang off of them!
Especially at Holiday~time!
Here are two of Kathy’s chandies!
Sorry the left photo is so blurry ~ I must have shook
when taking it with my old phone.
Hanging greenery whether faux or real
looks lovely with all the dangling 
Christmas ornaments!
Inspiration galore!!!

This post is a little random plus it’s getting very late… 
but I thought you might like a little random decorating and also to 
see the home we loved and lived in for 13 good, long years.  
Good memories!
And, I’m so glad I am able to share
them with you!
Happy Decorating!
Barb 🙂


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3 Simple Tablesettings for Your Thanksgiving Holiday Table

The holidays are everyone’s favorite time of the year
but somehow they are always so super busy
that we often don’t think about how we 
are going to decorate our dining table 
until the last minute
so…
 Here are some simple holiday tips to make decorating your 
Thanksgiving holiday table a little easier…



Placesetting #1
Begin with a theme ~ this holiday table 
starts with lovely black and white
pheasant transferware plates by 
Stafford Potteries, England.
Add in a pair of crystal wine goblets and silverware
some candles and a seasonal bouquet.
A gilded napkin completes the setting.
Simple. Elegant. Perfect.

Placesetting #2
If your taste runs towards a bit more bling
build on the first placesetting by adding in some gilded pieces 
with gold chargers and a few faux nugget acorns of gold.
“Friendly Village” mugs by Johnson Bros. {also from England} 
add their hominess to this fall themed setting.


Placesetting #3
For multiple courses stack several plates together 
taking your tablesetting to new heights of elegance.
Here our feast begins with a pumpkin muffin but 
scone or other savory would be just as welcome.

There you have it ~ three simple 
Thanksgiving placesettings
just by adding in a few more pieces to
create just the right ambiance for your
holiday meal.
😉

I found the pheasant transferware plates
and the “Friendly Village” mugs and
wine goblets at HomeGoods.
The chargers came from Hobby Lobby and 
the gold embroidered leaf napkins came from
Steinmart.

I am not sponsored and all opinions are my own.
Please feel free to share and I appreciate
any comments!

Happy decorating!
Barb 🙂




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Sunday Sentiments…Almost Thanksgiving!

I am excited for Thanksgiving!
We are visiting family this Thanksgiving
whom we haven’t seen in a couple
of years.
Our table is set for the day,
and here is
a sneak peek!

It’s always a wonderful time getting our table ready
with favorite winter-time plates, 
the cute mouse teapot
and a new platter!
(That will be coming soon…)


I’ve been cleaning the house off and on this week
getting ready for Christmas.
Windows are sparkling,
slipcovers are freshly bleached.
🙂

Here’s a sneak peak of our dining room chandelier

from two years ago.
It might have a few of the same
ornaments
hanging from it this season!
Or…
maybe not!
😉

our dining room chandelier two years ago ~ taken with my iPad
See you on Thanksgiving Day!