Share Your Style #212

Welcome to this week’s Share your Style #212 and it’s no coincidence I believe that this 212th SYS falls today since the date is June 12th. It is also the anniversary of my father’s passing and always a little rough for me since he died; I miss him a lot.

But we have lots of spring and summer garden posts, an Italian recipe and other fun things which my father was a big fan of! (bad grammar aside…)

I’ll keep this short as I’ve been working away outside and inside this past week and am now fighting poison ivy… ugh! I think I found out what that “plant” is out in the backyard. Guess what grows around and near oak trees…

Here is what I shared this week…

A Quick Coffee Table idea for the 4th of July ~ part of this month’s 10 on the 10th. Stop by and check out all the great ideas!

Out and About visiting my neighbors’ garden.

Now let’s get to this week’s wonderful features!

Olivia's pretty bed, easy DIY llama pillow, FREE DIY files

Leading the pack out of the gate is Kippi from Kippi at Home
who shared her adorable llama pillow!!! After living with alpacas for two years ~ I think I need one of these! 😉

More pillows abound over on Katie‘s porch at Let’s Add Sprinkles as she shares her porch as part of a summer porch and patio hop. Really pretty!!!

DIY Silhouette Wall Art - an easy way to make your own silhouette art.

Jenna at Rain on a Tin Roof shares a bit of a ghost story along with this craft idea ~ perfect for a summer campout, right? ~ in this tutorial on how to make a silhouette the easy way. Stop by to find out more…
Ooooh ha ha!!!!

Give your garden vintage flair with charming flea market finds.
Michele at The Scrap Shoppe Blog a collection of repurposed vintage garden projects with us. I really like the antique door knobs and escutcheons for drying flowers, how about you?

With just 6 ingredients, this simple tomato salad recipe will be your new go-to summer side!  Made with fresh cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and a 3 ingredient balsamic vinaigrette, this caprese salad takes just minutes to make and tastes incredible!

Erin at Delightful-E-Made shared her Tomato Basil Mozzarella Salad and it just jumps out and deliciously screams summer, 
doesn’t it???  The Italian in me says, Yum!!!

Amber at Follow the Yellow Brick Home shares the window boxes she made for a shady part of her garden ~ great ideas on what plants to mix together!

Honorable Mention

Jen at A Fireman’s Wife shared her Zucchini Lasagna but alas the photo protection wouldn’t let me pull it in ~ and her dish looks so delicious so please check Jen’s post out, won’t you?!!!

Barbecue grill rack repurposed into a photo display for Father's Day, #wallphotodisplay #photodisplay #farmhousestyle #fathersdaygift #giftidea #hangingwallidea #easycraft #simplecraft #Twine #repurposedgrillparts A Wall Photo Display for Father's Day
Grabbed it after the fact! Ha ha!

Mary‘s creative Grill for Father’s Day DIY from The Boondock’s Blog ~ it’s cute and so easy to make! I’m just out of time to keep sharing… Sorry! :} 

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A Quick Coffee Table for the 4th of July ~ 10 on the 10th

Welcome to  this month’s 10 on the 10th where 10+ bloggers share their finds and projects with you costing $10 or less! Our host today is Benita of Chasing Quaintness and I know you’ll love the totally awesome paddle board she created! Thank you, Benita for all your hard work putting this hop together!! 

If you are coming over from Katie at Let’s Add Sprinkles and are here for the first time, welcome! Our theme this month is 4th of July and we all have so many great ideas to share with you for the our nation’s birthday. Let’s get going, shall we?

For my 10 on the 10th  I decided to go with a softer 4th of July look in creating an easy-to-copy coffee table vignette which basically cost nothing as I used everything I already own. 

I like scrounging through items I already have and since we just moved in and our household goods arrived mid-March, everything is new to me again! 

 Putting this 4th of July table together

I brought out a blue striped napkin/placemat I bought last year at Magnolia Market in Waco. On top of it I placed a tobacco basket and played around with the basket and napkin’s placement a bit.

From there, I knew I wanted to add in this vintage Johnson Bros. red transferware serving dish to bring in the red and the angel statue I have had outside since the movers brought it to Texas from our California storage.  

A couple of weeks ago I was on another blog hop and this angel statue was in this still soft but definitely bolder 4th of July vignette and you can check out more of that post here

I do like patriotic decor but decided this time around to go with even softer colors and sans flags as my mantel is very patriotic with its red reds, bright whites and navy blues and is located in this same room.

Our mantel and how it looked for Memorial Day and the story behind it.

Here is a full look at our coffee table

Set simply with softer deep pinks and lavender blues is a bowl of freshly cut hydrangeas from my front yard. Placed on top of the red transferware  platter with faux lavender wands set alongside, these add just an extra bit of blue to balance the reds and pinks. Tucking those in next to the angel completed this easy-to-create-look.

This has been a beautiful month remembering our military service members and looking forward to our nation’s birthday… 🙂

Right outside our living room windows sits our garden… And our patriotic miss who is dressed as our Lady Liberty. She didn’t make the previous patriotic posts but she happily graces this post for you today.

Lastly for this soft 4th of July coffee table vignette, I added a little more patriotic flare by bringing in the Waverly pillows from their usual spot over in our family room.

The French pillow and the Waverly ones are the same ones that we brought with us from  our Prairie Home of the past two years. If you haven’t glamped or camped for an extended period but are thinking about it ~ try it! There’s a big learning curve but there’s an amazing simplicity… Plus you meet so many great people.


Our  41′ Heartland Charleston Landmark fifth-wheel was a wonderful place to live and the RV parks and campgrounds we lived in were a wonderful living and life experience.

After almost four years total, though, having a large living room is almost too much. I do love the comfort of these sofas and easy chairs…

And this is how this quick-and-easy coffee table with its soft 4th of July theme came to be! I believe in keeping things simple and my decor has simplified over the years. Maybe that comes with time and age (or from living in a trailer), who knows, but it is fun to be able to share my curated mélange of home décor with you.

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Susan of Homeroad is next up on today’s tour. I just know her post is going to inspire you in your 4th of July decorating and the fun découpage project she is sharing!! 

Today’s 10 on the 10th tour list I encourage you to pull up this post as many times as you need in order to visit everyone. Enjoy the tour!!!

Happy decorating,

Share Your Style #211

Welcome to week #210 of Share Your Style and I am
Barbara Chapman your host. School is out for summer and it’s vacation time. Can you believe it’s June already??

With the summer fast upon us, and everyone trying to get projects done before the dog-days come, I have a ton of posts to share with you today! So many were so good!!!

Here is what I shared this week…

This was my first big project here at our new home and the Rock Wall Planter is officially done and ready for planting!  I seriously appreciate any help you can give in promoting this post as it was quite a bit of work all around. Thank you!

I have been sick too for a few days with a flu bug but on Monday I cleaned out our shed and organized it, helped Mr. Ethereal clean and put up some camping gear into the attic over the garage this past weekend (in the 90 degree heat + humidity), and have been organizing in the Craft/Sewing room. It’s coming together! 
Now let’s get to this week’s wonderful features!

We are back in the garden with Debbie from Debbie-Dabble visiting her neighbor’s gardens. This hillside is spectacular! Stop over and see what’s blooming out her way in a post named More Spring Blooms and a Surprise.

Rachelle over at My Hubbard Home shares some things she has learned along the way to help us all to successfully prevent pests and disease when growing fruit trees. June is so synonymous with peaches, isn’t it? Delicious! 

Terracotta Pots With French Country Style

Marie at The Interior Frugalista shared her post called Terracotta Pots Get French Country Style. Marie shares a complete tutorial on whitewashing AND how to add this sweet French style bird in a wreath!

Rachelle also shared this wonderful tutorial post about Decoupaged Picture with Wrapping Paper which I thought you’d like so I am sharing this post, too.

wall of building with balcony, Old Stone Buildings on the Waterfront

From paper to stone, Mary who writes The Boondocks Blog shared some gorgeous old stone buildings from Greece ~ some restored, others not. If walls could talk what would these time capsules tell us?

Penny of Penny’s Vintage Home is back with her home and garden decorated for summer in whites and patriotic decor ~ so love her she-shed and this faux fireplace!

Back inside, Debra from Common Ground shares her latest thriftshop finds including some copper she found. Love this collection of whites, creams to browns…

Jocelyn from Just a Little Southern Hospitality shared her sweet porch set for a holiday meal this past Memorial Day. Perfect for copying for our upcoming 4th of July!

And this little piggy was too cute to leave out… From over at Ann‘s of Apple Street Cottage. A post sharing her many porcine creatures.


Honorable Mentions ~ I tried to pull in a photo for you of these next three but it just didn’t work (the hazards of securing sites is sometimes photos can’t be brought over).

Nevertheless, I want to share Beth’s home above the Pacific Ocean and her beautifully set summer tablescape with lovely sea shell dishes, an enormous clam serving piece and spectacular views of the water… Do stop by and say hello, won’t you? Summer at it’s best!

Tanya over at Mom’s Small Victories shared some amazing gluten/dairy/refined-sugar-free recipes to help anyone with an auto-immune disease.

And for the seamstress… Stephanie at The Style Safari shared her collection of 6 French Inspired Clothes with 10 Different Looks. Stephanie’s blue and white French toile dress is sexy and adorable!!!

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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!!!

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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:

January 2019 | February 2019|March 2019
April 2019

Thank you for visiting and if you enjoyed this post, please
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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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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5 Minute Spring Basket Door Hanger ~ Pinterest Challenge

County Road 407
Welcome to this month’s Pinterest Challenge hosted by Cindy of County Road 407. She has decided to challenge us all and make this a fun monthly event we can all look forward to and…

Here is our new logo also created by our very talented host, Miss Cindy!!!

We have an exciting number of spring door decor ideas ready for you to copy for your front door. This is mine at the very top!

If you are coming over from Terrie at Decorate and More With Tip or are new to French Ethereal, welcome! I’m so glad you are here. Please enjoy this post, everyone!

As you finish here, be sure to check out the list of participants in this month’s Pinterest Challenge at the bottom of my post. I know you are going to enjoy each and every one of their sweet door hangers!

Let’s jump right in and take a look…

Our challenge this month was to create some kind of fun spring door decor starting by using this photo:

Cindy found this month’s Pinterest Challenge photo over at 
Tracy’s Trinkets Treasures.  Tracy shares this sweet hanging basket filled with ethereal white hydrangea blooms combined with puffs and vines of greenery. I love this basket’s simplicity and all the different textures!
So pretty and fresh for transitioning from spring into summer!
Although Tracy hasn’t blogged in a while, this photo keeps making the rounds and remains current ~ what’s not to love with a sweet tin basket blooming with blooms?!

Here’s what I started with

As I have been unboxing all the goodies coming out of storage, I realized I didn’t need to go visit any of the local craft stores for any supplies needed for this month’s door decor Pinterest Challenge (although I love going to them!).

Since I was thinking about Tracy’s metal basket, I looked around my craft room and found an old Longaberger basket purse I used back in the day. Perfect! I’d found a basket that could hang from our front door with just a little tweaking…*

Supplies you’ll need and what to do

Once I had gathered my basket, florals and the block of florist foam, this project really did take 5 minutes!*

*(Minus having to attach an opened-up coat hanger hidden under and around the front of the basket, woven through the left and right front corners of the basket and back up behind the handle attachments, then twisted and hung with the basket’s leather loop to the door knocker ~ this was to keep the basket upright.)

Grab your favorite spring or summer florals, cut them off apart and stick into a block of florist foam. I began from the left with realistic looking lavender wands then added in some baby Queen Anne’s lace followed by small pink flowers mixed in with white roses and pale blush faux roses.*

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That’s all you need ~ easy peasy! 

Head outside and hang your casual spring decor basket hanger! With Easter just passed I liked the Easter-basket touch this Longaberger basket gave our front door. You could also add some hanging ribbons if you so like ~ I didn’t have anything that really went with this sweet basket so I kept mine plain.

This door basket also has a bit of a fishing creel look to it, too… Might be fun to add in some fishing lures later during the summer, huh? 

Here is my front entryway so you can see how this basket looks…

And this sweet little dog statue I found earlier this spring at Lowe’s fits perfectly out front with everything. 

Thanks so much for pinning any of my photos!
Thank you for stopping by and I hope you will take some time to check out all the lovely door decorations everyone participating this month has created!

Next up is Katie at Let’s Add Sprinkles and she has the cutest watering tin in her door basket ~ I know you’re going to love her post! 

If you missed our previous creations, here are the links to my past Pinterest Challenges with everyone’s links.

Enjoy the tour!
Happy decorating and crafting,

Share Your Style #204

Welcome once again to Share Your Style and this week is #204… I am Barb Chapman and welcome! Glad you are here and today I am just sharing a few features as this week has been a big push indoors to finish unboxing everything in our living room and our bedroom.

It has been a bit daunting as I am weeding through things during all of this, shipping packages to my adult children (things which belong to them plus a little Easter goodies!), and reboxing things for donations and a future garage sale. Still lots to do and I haven’t even touched my craft room yet…

Queen Elizabeth rose
Here are the first blooms in my new backyard garden. I just cute these three since hail is expected tonight and I’d sure hate to lose them to the weather! They will grace our kitchen table
beautifully inside.

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

Learn how to make lamp finials with this tutorial for how to make a crystal lamp finial. It also shows you how to make your own faux crystals.
Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof made this lovely
crystal lamp finial and I can imagine how beautiful
it will look gracing one of her lamps!

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Looking for easy Easter decor? Try these Simple DIY Crochet Easter Eggs! They can be made in just 5 minutes. Give new life to old doilies with this craft!

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Jennifer at Celebrating Everyday Life has created these
creative crocheted Easter eggs ~ perfect for perking up our Easter tables this coming weekend!

Using accessories and items already on hand helped to create a Simple & Easy Easter Coffee Table.
Kristine at Red Shutter Cottage shared her sweetly decorated coffee table with these adorable rose-covered bunnies and eggs!

Easter centerpiece idea
Lastly for this week we have Raquel at Organized Island who shared her sweet farmhouse Easter decor.

Thank you to everyone who linked up last week. I’m sorry I haven’t been over to visit more ~ I will get back to it over the next week.
I am really trying to finish inside our house so I can get back to blogging, too.

Thanks for bearing with me.

Happy Easter to you all!!!

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A Mixed Media Valentine’s Pinterest-Inspiration Project

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching I was invited by my friend Cindy of County Road 407
to take a Pinterest idea and run with it for a fun project for Valentine’s Day and this sweet
mixed media Valentine’s Heart is
what I came up with!
Thank you, Cindy!

 A list of all of the participants in the
From Our Heart to Yours blog hop
for you is at the bottom of my post. Come
back by if you aren’t able to visit everyone’s
blogs and see their fun projects to begin again.
Everyone participating today has
this same list linked within
their posts.
{drum roll, please!}

Come along together  as we make a Mixed Media Valentine’s creation…

Pour yourself  a fresh cuppa and enjoy
this quick and easy how-to
tutorial and our sweet
blog hop graphic ~
Please so

Mixed Media Valentine’s Heart project

Supplies and part of the How-to ~ 
  • vintage frame with backing ~ mine was a thriftshop find that I turned into a chalkboard and just repurposed.
  • “baby batting” – used by quilters and good for padding the frame.
  • burlap to cover the batting and board.
  • packing tape or hot glue to secure the batting and burlap to the backside of the frame’s backing.
  • grapevine roll
  • wire for securing grapevine as the heart is wrapped.  I used what originally wrapped the grapevine from the store. Another repurpose!
  • flowers and crystal letters I had on hand in my craft supply stash.
  • ephemera ~ I used these little “Instant Ancestors” from a package of 100+ pieces.
  • pliers and wire cutters for twisting and really pulling the wire tight.{I cheated and used my old Fiskar scissors… I know. Bad Barbara, bad!}
  • wooden board and nails to make a jig ~ for holding that wreath taught when drying.
  • dinner plate and something heavy to hold it down.

Here is the original photograph we were given as our inspiration piece:

Sooo cute! Love it as it is ~ you can see where I grabbed the idea for
the heart shaped wreath, the lettering and the frame. This one uses
dropcloth as it’s background covering, I’m pretty sure from its texture.
I immediately thought of a grapevine heart as when we were first married I bought one and hot glued on dried German statice flower bunches in dark purples and pinks all along the hearts’ edges.

Heart shaped grapevine wreaths were all the rage in the 1990’s along with big hair and stretch pants. I had that heart above my bed for years and loved it!

The Big Heart How-to

This is a BIG POST so pour another of your favorite hot beverage… 😉
First you’ve got to soak your grapevine overnight and start it in warm water ~ speeds up the process. Check throughout your evening to see how it is progressing. You want that grapevine to really absorb the water so it is pliable and won’t break as much when it’s bent.

 This is the first go-round of the wreath after creating the top bend and tying it off ~ hubby later came in and helped pull the wire tighter. :X

Next morning begin with one grapevine end and bend it upwards to create a sort-of point (about 3″ in). Now bend the grapevine with your fingers flexing it into a heart shape. 

Decide how large you want your heart to be and bend the wreath at 90 degrees and tie off creating the upper bend in the wreath.

Finish bending the wreath around to the beginning and tie off. Start the first row of the grapevine winding around (second time around the shape).  Retighten both sets of wires around the joined end and the upper bend as needed.

Begin the second loop leaving slight gaps and a little looseness {found this out with trial and error} as you wind and pull.

As you come to the upper bend of the heart ~ get someone to help you hold it and pull the wire closure really tight. Mr. Ethereal helped me pull it tight with a set of pliers.
The lower left photo shows me wrapping grapevine around the wire to hide the wire as best as I could.

I thought about painting the wire with brown chalk paint ~ and you may want to do this. I forgot so all finished photographs show the wire a bit.

Soak the wreath again if needed as you work ~ just tie off the loose grapevine until you are ready to finish. This also helps flatten the wreath out since it will be out of shape.  Finish by tucking in the loose ends of grapevine into the wreath and run some wire around the ends and tie tightly ~ hiding the wire.

 Make a jig

Next you’ll want a way to hold the heart wreath in shape and flat while it dries completely. I used penny nails tapped into an old piece of board we had and slightly stretched the wreath around the nails. Add extra nails as needed.

Add a plate with something really heavy on top of it to hold the wreath down flat.  It was a windy day ~ perfect for drying the wreath out. Check after a few hours and move the weights to any parts which still need to flatten and leave until dry. Mine took about four hours to totally dry ~ the wind was a great help!

Last parts ~ Make the burlap padded frame

I made this chalkboard in the fall and repurposing it for this project isn’t permanent so I pulled the backer board out.

Lay the batting down on top of the freshly ironed burlap piece and cut out the raw cotton batting with about a 1-2″ selvage.  Cut the burlap with about 2-3″ selvage bigger than the board.

Make sure the burlap looks straight vertically (which is why the board is slightly crooked in the above photos – because it is but now the burlap is where it should be.) from the front of the board before you tape or glue it on.

Just like upholstering a chair, begin by pulling up the middle of the top and bottom sections securing with tape or glue. Tape working outwards then fold in and tape the corners. Pull up the sides using the same method.

Put the covered backing back into the frame. If it doesn’t quite fit, tape it to the back of the frame and call it good.  🙂

Remove the dried wreath from the jig and add a ribbon loop run through the grapevine from the back.

Since grapevine is really tough to pull anything through ~ use a 6″ doll needle to “thread” the ribbon underneath and rethread one end as needed in order to make the loop and then run the ribbon back to the top of the wreath again.  Does that make sense? Hope so! 

Tie the ends to the hanging wire on the back of your picture frame and adjust the ribbon as necessary to hang in front.

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Now the fun part!

Add whatever ephemera you’d like! I found these old fashioned “Instant Ancestors” at Joann’s ~ Jim Holtz idea-ology paper dolls ~ and wanted to create an anniversary or wedding theme with my Valentine’s mixed media project.

For this last part, tear a few sheets out of an old book you don’t love and fold them accordian-style. Glue the ends of one to the next until you have enough to make a “fan circle” when glued in a round. 

Mine took two pages made into two fans first, then glueing them together along one edge and fanning them and finally glueing where they met ~ creating the circle.

Hot glue on your “ancestors” to the middle of the newsprint circle hiding all the joined pieces. Glue wherever you’d like on the burlap as decoration.

Add floral picks and other goodies and wire those or hot glue them on next.

Add some crystal letters (similar) in your favorite Valentine’s Day saying ~ I chose the same wording LOVE as the inspiration piece.

Project Costs

  • $11.99 on sale – grapevine garland ~ I used the whole thing!
  • $ 6.49 – Tim Holtz paper dolls with almost a full bag left for future projects and album decorating.
  • burlap fabric – I bought 1/2 yard at Walmart. Linked is a roll of burlap ~ 18″x 3 yards.
  • baby batting – this natural cotton batting runs $4.97 for a 45″x 36″ piece (1 yard).
I am really pleased with how this Valentine’s mixed media project turned out and you can see the similarities to the original Pinterest inspiration…

Our Pinterest project was inspired by Christina of The DIY Mommy who shared this originally as a video tutorial called Make a Book Page Heart Wreath.  So cute!!!

I am already thinking that I can remove the wreath from the frame later on and hang it on the front door of our next home like I used do at our past homes.

And of course  it may end up over our bed again after Valentine’s Day is over…

If you’ve enjoyed today’s crafty Pinterest Challenge post I’d love it if you’d sign up for future posts!
I appreciate you and your friendship.
{think big heart!}

Now please follow the links to all the ladies in the From Our Heart to Yours blog hop. There are so many great ideas being shared today! And thank you again to Cindy for all of her hard work putting this fun hop together. Woot woot! 

You may also enjoy these two Valentine’s posts

10 Valentines Ideas on the 10th

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