crafts, Holidays

Share Your Style #378

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #378, dear friends!! Since Valentine’s Day has just passed, we will still have Valentine ideas for you plus some fun springtime ideas to whet our whistles! Come along and let’s check out this week’s features…

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We had a very nice Valentine’s Day at school this week. Some teachers and students dressed up in their cutest Valentines-ey outfits. I’ve been wearing pink sweaters all month, so I wore a newer Buc-Ees Valentine shirt. It was fun to pass out ID’s to students (our machine was broken for almost a month) and ask them if they’d like a candy, too.

Today it’s back to normal; a bit of a letdown. But now we move on towards spring! I am already planting seeds. I found two pink PeeGee hydrangeas at the end of January at a Big Box store and I got those planted in large plastic pots yesterday afternoon. Our temps are supposed to drop again this coming weekend, so they will be nice and portable to go inside the shed. It’s filling up nicely and my little tomatoe plants are growing!!!

Well, let’s get to those features…

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

Valentine Beauty in the Hutch ~ I hope you’ll come see my post! It took a long time to get this ready to post since I was busy painting the dining room. It’s looking good and you’ll see a peek at that. πŸ™‚

And here are this week’s featured posts…

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This week we start off with a lovely cloche post by Michelle at K’Mich Wedding SoirΓ©e ~ The Best Centerpiece Ideas You Need to Know. Love the dried flowers in this cloche!
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Curated by Jennifer shared this fun fashion post ~ French Girl Winter Shoes ~ to give us all an idea of what’s in style in footwear. Love the stacked loafters and riding boots (though I have neither… shoe bucket list!). How about you?
Debbie from Debbie-Dabble Blog shared this adorable Valentine’s Dessert & Hot Cocoa Bar. I’m in-love with all the “cupcakes” real and faux!! Very cute set-up!!
Jeanie over at The Marmelade Gypsy shared what’s going on up in Michigan here in February. Love this gorgeous bird (woodpecker? Ours looked different in California but we do have similar striped birds here in North Texas.)
Sally from Within a World of My Own shared versatile wardrobe with minimal changes plus these wonderful beads in her post ~ 11 More Pink Outfits for Valentine’s Day + DIY Paper Beads.
Love ’em!!!
Oh my!!! DeeDee from Clover House brings out the bling and hearts galore here in her bedroom ~
Vintage Glam Valentine Bedroom Decor. Gorgeous!!!
repurposing rusty old bed springs - trash to treasure
Wendy from WM Design House shared a bunch of fun ideas….
Box Spring Upcycle: 10 Fabulous Old Bed Spring Crafts.
Check out the wreaths! πŸ™‚

Thank You so much to everyone who linked up this past week. A special thank you to everyone for always promotingΒ Share Your StyleΒ on your blog and on your social media channels! I do see it when I stop by and I appreciate the love.Β πŸ’œ

If you’d like to follow myΒ Share Your Style boardΒ on Pinterest I’d appreciate it,Β thank you!Β I do post all of the featured posts from each week’s SYS there plus usually other photos from those posts to my boards. πŸ’œΒ  Thanks so much!!! If you are new to French Ethereal, I hope you will think about subscribing to my blog.

Spring is coming, yeah! Enjoy the party!!

Barb πŸ™‚

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Valentine Beauty in the Hutch

Happy Valentine’s Day, dear friends! Today I thought I’d share our hutch all decorated for the holiday…πŸ’œ

Going for Beauty

Decorating the hutch for Valentine’s Day this year, I looked for things in my stash which felt beautiful and ethereal. This small Japanese screen was something I had bought while in high school (for a dollhouse my father found for me) or it was a gift from my father brought back from one of his military TDY trips to Taiwan when I was a girl. I honestly forget now!

However it came into my stash, it was perfect for pairing with the French sweethearts in this cubby. Adding a handmade Valentine napkin and a vintage Limoges dessert plate finished this little vignette.

I love dollhouses and though I don’t have one right now, it’s fun to decorate small areas as if they are dollhouse rooms. πŸ™‚

Originally, I had the hutch all decorated with winter plates and vintage Valentine cards, but I cannibalized the Valentines for the Valentine cloche I put together last week. Then, too, I decided to paint the dining room a couple of weeks ago following painting the laundry room.

So this sweet bird pair is my only Valentine in the whole redecorated hutch. I love these love birds in their rosy “birdhouse!!”

For the right side of the hutch’s lower shelf, I placed a 1990’s praying ceramic Cupid, a favorite teacup and saucer, one my size and one for little Cupid. This Villeroy & Boch Botanica coffee pot takes the place of a teapot here.

Teatime anyone?

Down on the buffet, I thought I’d set up a tea tray…

Pulling out one of my grandmother Rosa’s tatted antimacassars from the linen closet brightens the bottom of this tarnished silver tray.

A second smaller silver plate tray works great for raising the teapot.

Several of these antimacassars feature little boys on them and I wonder if Gramma Rosa didn’t think of my father as she created these!

This Royal Doulton chintz teapot, creamer and sugar are favorites of mine and pair well with the Old Country Roses china I have.

And here is the completed hutch! Dried hydrangeas nestle in the upper shelf with two teapots and a floral pitcher holding up a trio of vintage rose-strewn dinner plates. Just a nice soft look for Valentine’s Day…

Here you can see how the dining room walls are coming along. This is the only finished wall, so since the wall adjacent is still taped off, this photo is a little pinched in. πŸ˜‰

I did ask y’all through my Instagram if I should go with either of two darker colors on the lower part below the chair rail. In the end, after looking through all of my Versailles travel photographs, I decided to just go with my original plan.

That plan was to paint the main wall in Comet Dust and off-the-shelf white. The lower wall naturally looks darker, which is pretty cool. πŸ™‚

And that’s our Valentine’s hutch!

I think this will be a nice transition into spring and I might add in some greens for March but otherwise it is done for now. πŸ’œ

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I hope you have a wonderful, treat-filled Valentine’s week! Enjoy!!!

Happy Valentine’s Day, y’all!

Barb πŸ’œ

Holidays, Home Decor

An Inspiration Challenge ~ Styling a Vintage Valentine Cloche

Happy Valentine’s month, dear friends! Don’t you just love the month of February? I love wearing more pinks and reds than usual, wearing the heart-shaped diamond necklace even more than usual which Mr. Ethereal gave me for Christmas 35 years ago now, and reading everyone’s Valentine’s posts. February is such a happy month with volumes of inspiration!!!

We had an unexpected extra four days off this past week with the “Icepocolypse” hovering over the mid-west from Jan. 31-Feb. 3rd, so it has been rather like a six-day weekend. Really wonderful to have an extra week off during wintertime to get things done around the house! With it, I have been busy painting and working behind the scenes on Valentine’s posts… This is my second Valentine’s post as I guess the Valentine’s cake I made last month counts as my first. πŸ˜‰

πŸ’œ My Inspiration πŸ’œ

I actually got the idea for this post from our friend Amber of Follow the Yellow Brick Home who linked up a post sharing how she decorated a large cloche she has with vintage Valentines:

I loved this post and chose it to feature it along with others at this past week’s Share Your Style, as you may recall. I love all the ephemera with antique buttons, sewing notions, the little birds and, of course, the vintage Valentines!! Amber’s cloche was part of a Pinterest Challenge which I missed last year. I think I just couldn’t get a post together in time; it happens! πŸ˜‰

In revisiting Amber’s post this past week, I became inspired.

I thought, “Why don’t I do my own challenge?! Challenge myself to do something similar.

It’d be fun to create a cloche inspired by a cloche which was inspired by yet another blogger! You’ll have to check out Amber’s post to see who was her inspiration and the cloche this person created. Really cute!!! πŸ’œ

Now I knew we had done another cloche post with Cindy from County Road 407′s Pinterest Challenges! Where is it?…

Pheasant Under Glass ~ A Fall Cloche Styling — I missed the Valentine’s one from a year ago.

Found it! I thought I’d share this one along with the Christmas cloche as with just a changeout of decor items, you get an entirely different look. This pheasant cloche was the first time I’d ever used an actual cloche in decorating. My daughter and I would use our small, glass-topped marble cheese board as a cloche for little Christmas displays, but never a large cloche.

Anyway, I digress!

These challenges are all about taking an inspiration photo and taking the idea and making it yours…

How I made this Vintage Valentine Cloche my own

First, I retrieved my cloche from atop our kitchen cabinet. It has been hugging little houses since early December… I snapped a bunch of photos to try and get posts created that month, but they never materialized.

Eventually, after Christmas, I moved the cloche display up above the cabinets for a nice wintertime display (another unpublished idea; it’s been that kind of winter).

It’s nice to share these two photographs here with you today!

So leaving the three little cottages up on their cake plate village green, I cleaned the cloche and began with ideas!

The small pile of Valentine-sy books, antique and new Valentines made to look old, and vintage hand-painted rose plates were all tried but didn’t work.

The sun was going down so I worked quickly to get a few sunlit shots.

I started with a pretty painted serving tray I spray painted white when we lived in our Prairie Home trailers.

Next, I added this little book by Susan Wheeler called We Belong Together ~ a Holly Pond Hill story. It won the spot inside the cloche for its size and sweet rabbits… and their love story.

Very cute, if you’ve never read any of Susan Wheeler’s books. Her artwork is beautiful, too! Heartwarming and ethereal… Can’t get any better than that, in my humble opinion! Several of her books have been in our bookshelves since the early or late 1990’s/early 2000’s.

Rabbits are timeless!

Hardcover We Belong Together Book
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Sidenote: As a sometimes artist, when you create something which is all your own, if you believe in it, others will too. πŸ’œ

I wish I had listened to my heart way back when and studied more art, but my father told me artists starve and artwork doesn’t sell. In this country, maybe. But Europeans and others appreciate good artwork more, and nowadays we have Etsy and other places to sell our beautiful creations. (I’m preaching to myself, more than anyone else!)

It may be harder, but you’ve got to have a BFA in Art plus a BS in Business to back it up. You’ve just got to promote yourself, don’t you think so?

I look at all of your artwork and think, that is my retirement: to be the artist I dreamed of being when I was a little girl.

Thirdly, I flipped through my small stack of Valentine’s cards and leaned them, laid each one down. None of those worked. Rejected many as being too big, too small.

Then I found these two: one is a note from a friend last year, and the young girl on the right-hand card is a true antique…

Hard to photograph through wavy, curving glass; however, she still looks sweet and ephemeral in her white dress and surrounded by roses…

The addition of a tear-shaped antimacassar my grandmother Rosa tatted almost a century ago and a Shabby Chic rose napkin ring completed this vignette. I scrunched up the antimacassar a bit in behind the book.

I am very happy with how it all turned out!

Oh, and the pink heart napkin I made, (and another set when we were living in our trailer, is a tutorial), as a little under-cloth.

There’s my challenge for myself! πŸ˜‰ And now…

A Valentine’s Cloche Challenge for You

Please link up your Valentine’s cloche idea below, just for fun!! Can be old, can be new. Take a few moments later on to visit some of the folks who share theirs. πŸ’œ

The party is open as of now through February 14th at 12:00 noon, and I can send you the link for the link party in an email so you can put it on your post.

Should be a lot of fun!

My email is:

(Warning, though: I’m not great at creating parties for others to share, but if you help me when I get stuck, we should muddle through. I do have the link on Inlinkz to share with you! Really only my second attempt at a party on my own, although I put up Share Your Style all the time! Lol!!! πŸ˜‰ )

Happy Valentine’s hugs,

Barb πŸ’œ

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