Easy Patriotic Decorating Ideas ~ Pinterest Challenge

Welcome to this month’s Pinterest Challenge and this month is all about getting ready for summer celebrations  with a red, white and blue-themed challenge ~ perfect for all our patriotic holidays and the 4th of July!

Star-spangled banners and cookouts, beach parties and camping, swimming and maybe even a sunburn or two and fireworks exploding overhead in velvety-dark nighttime skies ~ that’s what summer living is all about!

Our host Cindy of County Road 407 has found a fun vignette for us to use as our decorating jump-off point with all that in mind.  This month’s Pinterest Challenge was to create a Patriotic Patio Scene inspired by one created by Mary from Home Is Where the Boat Is.

If you are just coming over from Amber at Follow the Yellow Brick Home and it’s your first time here at French Ethereal I am happy you are here! For everyone who’s a regular already I am always glad you are here.

Our Inspiration Piece

Mary lives on a houseboat down in Charleston, South Carolina and shares her beautiful tablescapes, her gardens and garden shed plus the funny antics of her sweet white pups from her fun blog called ~ Home Is Where the Boat Is.

Mary’s patriotic patio vignette 

I love how Mary has used so many American flags in her decorating! Simple and easy to find, American flags are something which are readily available this time of year and inexpensive to pick up from the local dollar store, grocery market or hobby store.

A Better Look at What Mary Used

*  Mary set up her porch using lots of weathered woods in her beach style decor ~ she does actually live on a houseboat parked along a beautiful shoreline!

*  American flags in several sizes plus a sweet vintage flag fashioned into a comfy pillow for resting against on the bench. Two other pillows add extra comfort, too. 

*  Little pinwheels sporting the red, white and blue of our nation’s flag. 

*  Tea towels in the July 4th theme. 

*  Two weathered wicker baskets and an awesome tin watering can. 

*  One basket holds flowers perfect for a summer party also in our theme’s colors!

Let’s roundup all our red, white and blue! 

Back in California I had this cute flag hanging out front of our last home. It’s whimsical and cheerful ~ perfect for this season of ground blooming flower celebrating! I was looking around for it to turn it into a pillow cover to mimic the inspiration flag pillow, however… 

I think I must have pitched it when we were moving out of our two California storage units in March… There was a lot to throw out and donate, friends… And many of my flags were falling apart.


I kept looking around the house and out in the garage and spied
Mr. Ethereal’s three large wooden trunks (he stores his childhood and track + field treasures in them).  It occurred to me that I would need a coffee table… Hmm???
So the first thing I did was move this trunk outside! It is exactly the soft shade of French blue that I love and it brings in a bit of my personal style. The two benches were already in their spots and naturally create a wonderful seating area on their own..

Hubby’s trunk came from his Uncle Booty from his time in the US Air Force. They are at least 50 years old now and adding this trunk to our patio scene brings that wonderful weathered wood element in from our inspiration photo along with the white iron bench’s weathered slats.

Next I scoured my Craft Room boxes for the American flags I knew I had (still unpacking!). I didn’t have any bunting or pinwheel-type flags but I think the essence of our inspiration scene is captured here and that’s what it’s all about.

Love this as a wonderful place to read and sip a cup of tea!

Back to the flag pillow

I have a very large outdoor flag which I tried draping along the bench back but it didn’t look right. So I went searching some more around the house. In the living room sofa I spied the two pillows I had sewn from a Waverly fabric with their lovely soft red roses on a linen background.

This pattern is Waverly’s Norfolk Rose, which goes in and out of style, but I have loved it for 30+ years as Ralph Lauren (or another of the big designers) used to use it in his decorating years ago. One added to our patriotic patio decor was perfect!

I didn’t find this fabric currently available on Joann’s online shop but I did find two similar here and here with red and blue backgrounds.

I am a Joann affiliate and may earn a small commission if you purchase through my links here but there is no extra cost to you ~ thank you. You’ll find my full disclosure here.
A good stiff spring breeze was blowing when I shot these photographs so the two tall oaks blowing branches and leaves created light and dark shots ~ sorry!

Setting up the scene

The inspiration photo had three pillows bringing in the red, white and blue so I also brought out my blue-on-linen French lunch-eatery pillow.  Layering in those two pillows atop our old family quilt added even more sentiment and richness to this porch scene.

I’ve continued my patriotic garden theme here with layering several potted plants and this little statue in place of Mary’s watering can. I did purchase a few red flowering plants and added them in with the lavender and white mini petunias in the large pot. More small lavenders yet to be planted in the yard are hiding just behind the angel statue on the ground.

I moved the little statue around a bit as I was working ~ part of the fun of decorating is moving things around until it “feels right.” Decorating fun is all about getting the balance right ~ objects and scale, colors and heights, the number of objects in a scene

It always takes a bit, doesn’t it? To get things “just so.” Adding in a natural rattan basket filled with the angel statue, a leftover red vinca set into a French pot and adding a patriotic tea towel completed this patio look. Essence of Mary’s sweet patriotic patio ~ trés bien! Non? 😉

If you missed my earlier posts for Memorial Day you can find them here and here. And past Pinterest Challenges ~

January MarchApril

Thank you for pinning!

Our blog hop continues now with Terrie of Decorate and More with Tip. Stop on over to see how she has styled her sitting area for the 4th of July! 

And I know you’ll love all the inspiration from everyone on today’s Patriotic Pinterest Challenge tour!

County Road 407 | StoneGable | Décor to Adore

Our Southern Home |Follow the Yellow Brick Home

French Ethereal | Decorate and More with Tip

Sweet Pea | Let’s Add Sprinkles | Chasing Quaintness

Art and Sand | Bluesky at Home | Lora Bloomquist

My Wee Abode | First Day of Home | A Heart Filled Home

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Summer Picnic Essentials + Outdoor Fun Blog Hop ~ Busy Being Jennifer
Waste Not Wednesday ~ Faeries and Fauna

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Share Your Style #209

Welcome to week #209 of Share Your Style and I am
Barbara Chapman your host. Lots of fun features to share this week with a bit of summer fun and patriotic themes, too!

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

One of my “quick posts” which is easy to copy for any of America’s patriotic celebrations like Memorial Day or the Fourth of July ~

The follow up post as to why every piece was chosen for this mantel scene ~ The Story Behind This Patriotic Mantel.

*Finished up the rock wall late last week so will be sharing it in a tutorial soon. Do stop back by and leave me a comment and please share as I appreciate it, thank you.

So let’s get to this week’s wonderful features
shall we?!

It’s all about roses over at Penny‘s place, Penny’s Treasures, with two potted Iceberg roses given to her for Mother’s Day. Come see what changes she’s made for summer and her lovely home.

Debbie at Debbie Dabble shared her sweet Fairy Garden ~ so much fun packed into a small space! Wouldn’t this be fun to create with your children and grands??

New over here at Share Your Style is Linda of Paper Seedlings who created this ethereal card with its sweet chirping birdies sharing what’s new in the Stamping Up catalog just coming out for 2019.

Fun for everyone who loves to use their great products!

Jennifer at Mommy Evolution shared this White Bean Dip recipe plus how to make your own pita chips in this delicious post. My Yummy for this week.

Over at Celebrating Everyday Life, Jennifer shares her free printables featuring wonderful Scripture quotesLovely!

Beautiful summer tablescape with blues, yellows, and greens.

Jenn at Clean and Scentsible brought a beautiful summer tablescape to share with us all. Love the little yellow and green pops among the restful blue… 

Honorable Mention ~ I want to share a sewing tutorial video from Stephanie at Sewing with Stephanie which is part of what I learned in several sewing classes way back when. Copying a sewing pattern you love into a permanent pattern you can use again and again ~ great tips!

Thank you to everyone who stopped by and shared their posts last week! Please share everyone’s here and let these ladies know you appreciate their hard work.

If you’ve ever been featured here at Share Your Style
I just created a button for you to share. Please feel free to copy it to your site and your featured posts, thank you!

It’s my first attempt so will keep working on it over time!

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Happy Memorial Day to you
your family!

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The Story Behind This Patriotic Mantel…

These colors don’t run… 

In my previous post sharing this patriotic mantel just a couple of quick highlight photos were shared. Today I am going to share the story of why I chose each of the items in this mantel scape.

How these small treasures honor our American patriots and veterans on this Memorial Day, 4th of July and Veterans Day…

Many of  you know my husband is a U. S. Marine Corps veteran who served eight years in California at Camp Pendleton and at H + S Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego. 

Between those two posts, he served seven months in the Gulf of Oman during Operation Desert Storm (1990-1991) aboard the USS New Orleans, part of the USS Tarawa group stationed in the Gulf.  For his part, he received the Navy Achievement medal, a gold crossed-palm trees Kuwaiti medal and another medal for helping during hunger relief in Bangladesh.

When the operation was first announced no one knew if this would be another Vietnam or erupt into another world war; there was no way to know. I was terrified for Charles and am grateful that he came home with only five crushed disks in his back (a slip off the ship’s ladder during a storm with a full 70 lb. pack on his back) and a permanent skin rash. I prayed a lot and so did everyone else whom I knew who had loved ones in the air or on ship or land.

This is us at our engagement party during the summer of 1987. Charles officially went into the USMC in January 1988.

The hair got a bit shorter after this photo was taken! This was phase one of the haircuts. 😉

It is with great honor and respect that I share this post with its leaning books about Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, Navy Cross recipients and other wonderful books written about our great nation’s military.

I have also included a book on The Civil War which my father stayed up until the wee hours reading it cover to cover when he was out to visit when my daughter was very small. I think he would approve of this post!

Why are they leaning?

These books are leaning to show the men and women who have fallen in the line of duty. The leaning also convey that our military service personnel may get knocked down in battle or by post traumatic distress but they get back up, dust themselves off and keep going. That is the way of a soldier ~ resilient, humble, God-fearing, loyal… and brave.

The burning candles are for those soldiers who didn’t get to come home ~ like the continuously burning light and watch (guards) at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery who stand at attention 24-7-365. These candles are for them.

The transferware plates

Two blue transferware plates show part of America’s history ~ “Independence Hall” created by Liberty Blue, Historic Colonial Scenes, on Staffordshire ironstone; and Johnson Bros. Historic America “Covered Wagons and the Rocky Mountains.”

I found four of the “Independence Hall” plates while thrift-shopping in California a couple of years ago and shared them in this past post.  The Covered Wagons plate was one given to me by my sister-in-law Linnea 21 years ago when I drove out with the kids to visit she and my brother Gene in Weatherford, Texas. Small world that it came back here…

Flow blue delftware and a French plate

When I was an exchange student to Germany in 1981 my host family took us to Holland for a long weekend. A little of the money I’d taken with me to Europe brought home this pair of Dutch Delft shoes with little twirling windmills plus this sweet Delft cow.*

They are reminders of that special time learning about the people and culture of the Netherlands, but here later in life they have also become reminders of the sacrifices made by the Dutch people in recent history during WWII. 

The Nazis entered Holland in May 1940 destroying cities and peoples in their wake. The Netherlands were finally liberated between September 1944 and April 1945 as part of the Allied Forces surrounding Germany and ultimately forcing Hitler and the Nazi party’s surrender.

*A little more about Delft and Holland in case you are interested.

France also suffered greatly with the Nazi invasion of WWII, therefore this French soup plate “Eglantine” by K + G, Luneville, France, is my tribute to the French resistance and the people of France and their part in helping to win the war. The quietly hidden fleur-de-lis on a ribbon of  gold also shares in this patriotism.

And of course a bouquet of flowers lies there for all the fallen and for all the victories our military members have seen in 243 years of America as a country. 

A special pin to share…

Mr. Ethereal and I will be watching war movies like we usually do on Memorial Day and having a few cookouts. But this year as in most years I spend time remembering… I’m happy to share this special mantel vignette with you.  Enjoy yours!

Happy Memorial Day,

A Quick Post ~ An American Patriotic Mantel Vignette

Patriotic decor is easy to recreate here in America taking our cues from our flag’s deep red and white stripes and the navy blues in the background field behind our stars.  With that I thought I’d create a quick patriotic mantel styling post for you with those
same rich American colors…

America’s colors  look beautiful in the evening light here on our mantel and I had fun putting this vignette together from my own “Capt. America,” Mr. Ethereal, and his collection of military books. From the books to the plates and several brightly burning white candles everything quietly says, “I am an American.”

I chose these particular things with great care and I’ll share more of why I chose what I did for this mantel in a post later this month.

 For now though I thought I’d just share this little vignette with you.
A precursor of more to come!

“Where flowers bloom so does hope.” 

                                                                         ~ Lady Bird Johnson

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Blessings to you,

Share Your Style #208

Welcome to week #208 of Share Your Style and I am
Barbara Chapman your host. It’s a little of this and a little of that this week as I am still out in the garden. I’m in the middle of building the semi-circular garden wall under our master bedroom window, working on designing the new garden gate, and still enjoying the sweetness of Mother’s Day just passed.
I am so glad you are here! 

Here’s what I share this week at French Ethereal…

A little tribute to my mother Ginny with a Happy Mother’s Day post.

Doesn’t it seem that each holiday goes quicker each year? Time is flying too fast this year for me, how about you? We have some fun summer time goodies to share with you today ~ from places to play to delicious scents and treats!

So let’s get to this week’s wonderful features
shall we?!

I’ll be making up for some short week’s links from the past few weeks when either we were having bad storms or Inlinkz was doing something weird ~ I had switched to asking for permalinks. Does let me know who uses a service to link their posts, though… 😉

I think that may be why it wants me to Accept Your Posts… Will not do THAT again but I do appreciate your permalinks back to Share Your Style, thanks! And I’d love it if you’d follow me here on my blog or on any of my other social media. I appreciate you!  

Thelma at Thel’s Kitchen shared her soon-to-be-famous and yummy Cameo Cherry Cupcakes and I just love the sweet candy cameos on top of each one! 

Penny at Penny’s Treasures who I have followed for years now shared her adorable She Shed Decorated for Tea. Her hubby “H” is always up for helping Penny on garage sale hunts and for creating something new for their home and garden. A fun blog to check out if you’ve never been by!


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Jennifer at Celebrating Everyday Life shared a plethora of books about Jane Austen and for everyone who loves reading Ms. Austen’s stories and reading about her life… This is just a taste of the many books and other items featured in this post appropriately called The Ultimate Jane Austen Fan Gift Guide.
Fabby at Fabby’s Living shared a Mother’s Day Brunch Tea she had this past week at her home ~ she sets a beautiful table, doesn’t she?

Lovely with pops of green… sigh!

DIY wooden holder in a planter used to hang a wooden sign or hanging solar lantern.

Jenn at Clean and Scensible shared a DIY Wood Hanger with multiple uses ~ perfect inside a pot and so many items can be hung from its hook!

Can’t wait to see this dressed up for Christmas…

Lemon and Rosemary Stovetop Potpourri Recipe

Brandie at Home Cooking Memories linked up a yummy and easy recipe for Lemon and Rosemary Stovetop Potpourri.

Heaven on a stove!

Rachelle at My Hubbard Home shared 7 Tips for Designing a Vignette ~ easy advice any of us can do!

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Easy tips on how to decorate a living room on a budget. Check out my Blue and White Living Room Decor with Before & After photos! Loads of Cottage and Shabby Chic Living Room inspiration!

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When I come over to read your posts I actually do read them and I love this post by Jennifer at Celebrating Everyday Life who shared How to Decorate a Living Room on a Budget.

Don’t you find it interesting to see how everyone puts their rooms together? Gathering ideas is wonderful for sparking one’s creativity!

Sweet Mason Jar Vase Hoop - Free Embroidery Pattern!

Bev at Flamingo Toes makes some awesome crafts and this week she shared this spring Mason Jar Vase Free Embroidery Pattern.  Adorable with the easy to make no-sew heat bond backing all the fabrics ~ I can see this made in a evening watching a couple favorite shows on the tele.

Red, White and Blue Pretzel Bark

Jennifer at Busy Being Jennifer shared her easy to make patriotic

Red, White and Blue Pretzel Bark in honor of Memorial Day and 4th of July coming up soon. Yum!!!

Take summer fun to the next level by building a DIY PVC pipe car wash! It's easier than you might think!

Lastly, with summer’s heat coming Michelle at The Scrap Shoppe Blog linked up this cute “Car Wash” she made for her kids to use to keep cool. Love it!!!

Please take a few moments to visit all these featured posts won’t you and let everyone know how you enjoyed them?
Thank you!

Oh! And I forget to tell y’all that I do post your features onto my Pinterest French Ethereal board under the subheading Share Your Style. Find all the previous features there and yours! Love it if you’d follow it, thank you.

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Happy Mother’s Day ~ My Mom

Mother’s Day  is a favorite holiday and this year made more so with finding some photographs of my mother
Virginia Mary Blades Simonalle.

So today I thought I’d share my mother with you. Next month I’ll share a little more on her birthday, June 13th, but for now let’s look at Mom while she was young, happy and healthy…

A collection of emails, a handwritten note, my mother’s watch and wedding photo. Also the cut crystal bowl passed down from my great-grandmother Julia 
Foley to my grand-mother Helen then my mother Ginny.

My mom loved to write and she wrote me many a long letter by hand for years (she was left handed) until the advent of home computers which made it way easier to type her thoughts as fast as she could get them on the screen. 

She loved her computer and it opened up a whole world to her where after retiring as a school teacher she went on to become a successful writer. 

Ginny was about 35 years old in this photo taken at the
Hawaii School for the Deaf and Blind, Honolulu, circa 1974.

Mom started dog training just as I was entering college in Placerville and quickly gained a following as she was a really good teacher! Teaching dogs wasn’t a big leap from teaching children in my thinking, and Mom rewarded her furry pupils with praise and treats, as she most likely did with her Special Ed students those 17 years.

Dad’s was a corporate lawyer who worked for Bayer Corporation after retiring from the United States Air Force. The legal group  was moved to the Danbury corporate headquarters which moved them from California back to their East Coast roots and to southern Connecticut. They never thought they’d move back to the cold and snow! But it was a good move and one they never regretted. Connecticut gets little snow, normally.  😉

My brother Frank out in the front garden, 2010. The barn was to the right
off-camera down about 50 feet.

They purchased a house which had been built in the late 1960’s on almost 12 acres backing up to the Connecticut forest and G and O quarry complete with a gorgeous 1/2 acre pond. Early on, Mom found the local dog training groups back there and quickly joined the fun. Her retirement money from Sacramento USD went into building a large barn so mom could hold classes inside.

She started up her own dog training and agility classes there, eventually traveling all over the midwest and east coast and up into Canada to compete in agility. She won many trophies and silver plates with her American, Canadian and British Grand Champion Golden Retrievers and one Dalmatian and would occasionally do some judging, too. But her big passion, besides competing herself and teaching other people and their dogs basic dog training and agility, was writing “how to do it.”

Some of Mom’s emails to me ~ I loved her
script handwriting ~ so pretty!
Here is an email she shared with me about winning an agility trial.
She was so excited!

I am so grateful that I was able to print these emails before this email server went out of business. This was my first email account as a newbie computer kid!
Just a little about my mom today… Her family emigrated from Scotland, England and Ireland back in the 1600-1700’s coming to Maine and Massachusetts and some moving up to Cape Sable Island, Nova Scotia during the time of the American Revolution ~ so we have ancestors on both sides!

My grandfather Frank left Nova Scotia in the 1920’s to come down and marry my grandmother and they raised their three daughters in Massachusetts. My mother had fond memories growing up in Winthrop and Revere, heading to the beach often throughout the years and seasons. She also told many stories about her family and wrote poems about several family members including one about her Great Aunt Jennie who wore a turban all her life. Guess she picked that up during the early 1900’s and kept the style!

Love this sweet photograph of my father and mother, Frank and myself from 1966! Dad was home between two tours to Vietnam and they thought they’d have a family portrait taken while he was home.

I was four years old and Frankie was three. Mom was 27 years old here and my father Gene was 34 years young. The watch?… There it is on my mother’s arm!

Here is a previous posts I shared last year about my grown children coming to visit for Mother’s Day and about my mother-in-love also named Gini, though her name is the reverse of my mother’s and is Mary Virginia. 

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post about my mother and don’t forget to check out my Mother’s Day craft post as part of this month’s 10 on the 10th here. Have a blessed Mother’s Day with your family and your mothers!!!

Happy Mother’s Day to you!

10 Minute Tussy Mussy Gift Bags for Mother’s Day + More ~ 10 on the 10th

Welcome to this month’s 10 on the 10th where 10 bloggers (and sometimes more!) get together and share ideas with you on the 10th of the month for under $10. 

Thank you to our host Katie of Let’s Add Sprinkles for putting this party together, and if you are stopping by for the first time from Cindy at County Road 407 welcome to French Ethereal!

This month’s theme is something for Mother’s Day, Graduation and Teacher Appreciation gifts.

With all of these events happening in the months of May and June, it is often nice to create a gift holder which can be made in batches to give out to all your recipients for not much money.  

Like making fresh plumeria leis picked then strung by the bags-full for my elementary school teachers in Hawaii when I was growing up, making a Tussy Mussy to fill with gifts is a welcome change from the usual wrapped or bagged gift! Homemade gifts are often the best and most appreciated (in my book, anyways!).

Easy to make in just a few minutes, Tussy Mussies can be filled with small candies, a special note, a small gift box containing a thoughtfully purchased necklace or earrings you’ve just picked out… The ideas for filling Tussy Mussies are endless and easy to coordinate with your theme.

Here’s how to make a Tussy Mussy

*Start by laying out your sheet of printed paper, printed-side down.

*Begin rolling the paper with holding the left side tight to create the bottom, pointed end. (or right side, if you are left-handed!)

This tussy mussy went to a little girl and the sweets theme was perfect for her!

Keep the left side tight/small as you roll the upper-end looser creating the cone shape.

*Put a bead of hot glue along the edge lengthwise to hold the edge in shape. I also glued a bit along the upper edge, next to the vertical long edge, just glued-down to keep it from unraveling.

*Make a slit 2″ down (or however long you like) 
to create a way to cut off and even up the top edge.

*Glue down the inside loose piece around the inside top.


*Pull out all of your laces, cheesecloth, buttons, whatever you have and have fun loosely wrap these around your cone.

*Hot glue in hidden spots to create the effect of bent lace/ribbon pieces and to keep in place. Working the laces around the upper-edge first seemed to work better for me.

Create the hanger

*Use more lace and form a loose knot on one end. Hot glue to the inside edge to hide some of the edge-glueing.

*Once the first part is glue on, then twist or layer your hanger piece, create the second, opposite knot and glue that in place.

An ethereal beauty ~ Two types of lace created this
tussy mussy’s hanger.


Each paper I picked up at one of my local craft stores from anywhere from 10 cents to $1.00 each. I think the sparkle papers were a bit more but these were in my stash so they cost me nothing this time.

A pack of hot glue sticks costs about $1.99 and lace costs a couple dollars a roll if you buy at Christmas time ~ well under $10 to make several!

And that’s all there is to creating a Tussy Mussy ~ perfect for putting that special gift for your mother, grandmother and all the moms in your life. 

If you missed any of this year’s 10 on the 10th posts
they can be found here:

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consider following along ~ I appreciate you! 🙂  Please visit all of today’s 10 on the 10th participants ~ I know you’ll love what everyone has to share!

Terry at Decorate and More With Tip  begins our blog hop at
the top of the list as you begin with my post ~ Enjoy!

Happy Mother’s Day, 

Share Your Style #207

Welcome to week #207 of Share Your Style and I am
Barbara Chapman your host. It’s an indoor-decor and out-to-the-garden ideas this week as part of the wonderful features here for you (plus some yummy recipes which we can enjoy out in said gardens, too!)…

With Mother’s Day coming up I’ll be featuring a few ideas for you, too!

I am so glad you are here! 

Here’s what I share this week at French Ethereal…

 A tea table looking out towards the new garden as part of a few thoughts on my still-favourite magazine after all these years:
A Victoria-Worthy Tea in the Library.

I’ve been out on a researching trip looking at pavestones and limestone for building a retaining wall then digging out in the garden ~ more next week.

So let’s get to this week’s wonderful features
shall we?!

Debra at Common Ground shared a wonderful redo for spring into summer with a mantel refresh. I am loving her ethereal painting of a shepherd with his flock of sheep plus the gorgeous cherub tin down to the left on the hearth… sigh!

Cute gift ideas for Mother's Day door basket ideas May Day baskets May Day Cones
Amber of Follow the Yellow Brick Home shared some easy
May Day and Mother’s Day Gifts to create to secretly give out to friends and to our mothers ~ love these ideas!

A few years ago I made Victorian Candy Cones and these are very similar to the tussy-mussies shared by Amber and friends. Not to toot my own horn but this is a tutorial in case you need one.

I’ve had some issues with the party this past week  #206…(probably due to the thunderstorms we’ve had so only a very few of your links came through. On Inlinkz it shows them all but of course I cannot pull them up (figures!).

So… the best laid plans… I’m featuring what I can and ignore the beginning of this post. 🙂 Please re-link anything you’d like to share again from last week, thank you!

Working towards reducing chemicals in your home? These easy DIY wool dryer balls are an awesome way to reduce chemicals when you do your laundry!
Jennifer at Busy Being Jennifer shared these make-yourself wool dryer balls which look pretty easy to make and will help remove static in your laundry and help us with allergies to laundry dryer sheets! A win-win. 

French lavender in a French market basket in a French-inspired garden and home with posts and beams
Judith at Botanic Bleu shared her lovely tall French market basket with a massive bouquet of… You guessed it… French lavender.
Trés magnifique!

Happy Mother’s Day to you all!

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A Victoria-Worthy Tea in the Library

Evening light is beautiful in “The Library” as the living room is now affectionately called. The bookcases are coming along, the corner hutch is filled, and the mantel is decorated for summer.

But today is all about reading, ethereal light and tea…

Victoria is  my favorite magazine of all times ever since my sister-in-law Linnea left a few issues at my mother and father’s new home then in the early 1990’s. I came to visit and found something I didn’t even know I was looking for ~ ethereal photography in a magazine fresh and light and utterly beautiful.

The Library bathed in sunlight is the best place for reading in the late afternoon with its ethereal lighting. Beautiful light ~ a bit overblown but the light changes rapidly as the sun continues its descent beyond the oaks and fence and neighboring home outside.

Capturing a bit of the essence of Victoria’s now retired photographer Toshi Otsuki was the ideal for me…

Just beyond crickets are beginning their evening song. The robins snack at the birdfeeder just hung beyond the windows and Mr. Squirrel scoots around picking up fallen treats along the ground.

Peaceful and airy and dressed in white ~ the Golden Hour has come and one must capture it as best one can…

“Take a break,” the tea table calls to me. 

“Come read a bit and let your heart be free!”

Pulling up a chair I do sit for a bit thumbing and revisiting 
Old Friends…

Sip by sip the tiredness washes away on the dust particles floating by in the waning light.

To be lost and forgotten in a world of one’s imagination…

Sharing with
Feathered Nest Friday ~ French Country Cottage


Share Your Style #206

Welcome to week #206 of Share Your Style and I am
Barbara Chapman your host. Happy May Day to you all and with that we have lots of May basket front door ideas and gardens to share with y’all this week.

I am so glad you are here! 

Here is what I shared this week at French Ethereal…

A look at our rose garden, garden thoughts and some wonderful garden videos and movies to check out ~ Garden Shows to Watch and My Own Petite Jardin.

So let’s get to this week’s wonderful features
shall we?!

Rachelle at My Hubbard Home tells us why she and we should decorate with neutrals and those reasons are pretty compelling.
Love how she decorates and you will too!
How to make a memory quilt that you will cherish for years to come. DIY memory quilt tutorial. #diy #quilt #memoryquilt #craft

Nadine at The Kindest Way shares tips and lovely photographs with her post on Making a Memory Quilt.  Lovely and isn’t her daughter just precious?


Rachelle of My Hubbard Home also shared this adorable picket fence and spring wreath she made ~ a two for one post idea perfect to copy for your spring front door!

Oh, and don’t forget to stop by my blog and check out the spring door creation I made recently and those of some blogging friends, thank you. 🙂

Spring Door Decor April Door Basket
I have a thing for front door décor this week as you can tell with it being May Day, May 1st, where traditionally people create small gift baskets to hang on friends’ doorknobs then ring the bell and run away. Such a lovely tradition, don’t you think?

This beautiful door creation is by Amber of Follow the Yellow Brick Home. She shares how to make this lush spring basket and gives us a great pneumonic to remember how to create a basket or for filling our spring planted pots.

Know you’ll enjoy her post!

Pat at Bringing French Country Home shares her incredible flower garden with us in a spring garden update ~ what she is aspiring to for this year! Tips on mulching in your yard and
flower beds is the hot topic in this post.

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Jennifer at Celebrating Everyday Life shares her gardens with us and a beautiful table set for a bridal shower and this can be adapted for Mother’s Day coming up or any special occasion. Love this with those incredible peonies blooming madly!!!


Katie at Let’s Add Sprinkles shares her pretty door basket and the secret to this double handle… Love this look! Check out her post and all the other featured ladies before you go, won’t you?

Thank you to everyone who linked up last week ~ I am working on  visiting everyone who participates and should be around to visit you soon.

Lots of fun posts shared and I appreciate you and your hard work! 

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