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 theboondocksblog.com
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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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 theboondocksblog.com

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.

;0)

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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Build Yourself a Small Rock Wall

This past month  I have been working hard on getting the first project done in our new garden so I can share it with you! After not having a big garden for several years I am so not in shape to “rock and dig,” as my father used to say. If this were a One Room Challenge I would say that 6 weeks to get it done is pretty much perfect, Lol!

However, I am not letting being out of shape keep me from creating this first rock wall project and frankly after the first day of five hours and finishing at 9:00pm, a really good stretching session before bed, and a hot shower, I felt stronger and my back felt better.

I am really excited to share this big project with you…

These are the inspiration photos I shared earlier this spring in this post here. Today’s tutorial will help you make a dry stacked rock wall for your very own garden.
🙂

In these inspiration photographs is the color of limestone I wanted ~ a white or cream chopped stone. 


How to begin your rock wall

First you’ll want to visit a rock yard and decide on what type of stone you would like. I drove up to BnB Stone in Sanger, Texas to visit my friend Chris who is the manager there. I’ve known Chris ever since I moved to Texas as he and his wife live at Wagon Master RV Park and Alpaca Farm from which we just moved. 

*Be sure to tell them I sent you when you go up there, thanks! This post isn’t sponsored but I would love to be!!! {hint hint} 

Better yet, send them an email at: bnbstone@gmail.com and let them know you love their stone and that I featured them here at French Ethereal! {Huge thank-you! :D}




Here’s the man himself! He was a great help showing me all the
different stone types BnB has to offer the public. They sell these
wonderful metal repurposed sparkplug butterflies, too, along
with other metal sculptures ~ really adorable!


Chris suggested I go with a “sawn chopped stone.” Sawn stone has had the top and bottom edges cut flat making them much easier to stack and to stay stacked.

Great idea! 😉

In the inspiration photographs above is the color of limestone I wanted ~ a white or cream chopped stone. 


Lay out your wall

I began by measuring from the center of the window to each outside wall (94″) and laid out our garden hose for a rough estimate of how I want this garden wall to look. 
When you lay out yours, play around with the “height” or distance from the wall in the center of your arc, if you make an arched wall like this one. Mine ended up being about 65″ from the house wall itself creating a nice big garden space for these roses and future plants.

Next I used a can of orange spray paint and drew my arc. This is your digging line and really helps to keep things even.

Don’t worry if you have to change the curve or lines a bit as you go or have to repaint due to rain. I worked on this rock wall over 20 hours and a two-week period so I had to spray a couple of times. The paint dries up and becomes inert so it won’t harm the environment ~ something I looked at beforehand. But it will permanently paint small rocks.   
😉

Level the ground

This is the toughest part of making any rock wall ~ leveling the ground under each stone in both horizontal and “vertical” directions, for each stone and from stone-to-stone all along your bottom row. Just keep a trowel handy to shovel dirt under any low corners as you go with each stone. You’ll be burying your stone a couple of inches, too, with that first layer. 

The beauty of getting it right the first time, even though it is really time consuming, is that your wall will stay level unless tree roots grow under it. I chopped off all the big roots and feeder roots which would grow into this bed in the weeks before I began digging. This is a good way to while clean up the yard of storm debris, too. 

Keep a bucket handy for any stray acorns (I had zillions!) and grubs you’ll not want growing in your garden bed. 



French Country Peach Tuteur Trellises capture your attention as soon as enter the walkway

Judith at Botanic Bleu shared her Peach French Tuteur Garden Trellis recently and this is one of the ideas I really like for a garden pathway. Doesn’t it remind you of cobbles and she used the exact same stone as I did but the uncut version. J’aime cela! {Love this!}



 Clean up your stone

When you need to chip off some stone to make your stones closer together, use a stone mason’s chisel and a hammer. Place the chisel’s beveled edge against the stone facing outward and whack it hard. Refine the edge as needed to clean off leftover pieces of stone. This is the tough part and it will make you really tired! 

Since I like my stone to be fairly symmetrical from the centered out, I had to rearrange some early stones after I passed the center of my wall. You can begin your wall from the center outward but fairly soon you will see that it doesn’t really work since you have to level from the beginning, so it’s best to start left-to-right or right-to-left.

Trying a third layer of stone…

Here I went back and chipped off the second layer of stones to make them sit close together since they would be the top stones. The gaps in the first layer are for easy drainage and also because there was no way I was going back to try and fix the spacing more ~ it was tough enough just getting everything level! Lol!!! 🙂


A side view of the planter with just the corner of the playhouse
visible on the very left.

Totals for everything

All in all I am happy with how this planter wall turned out. I won’t kid you and say this isn’t a lot of hard physical labor because it is, but you’ll feel really good physically when you are all done, your shoulders and arms will look better, and your back will be aligned. Cheaper than any gym or spa session!  
😉

Total time: This was about 20-22 hours of digging the trench, leveling the ground and between each stone on the bottom layer as each brick was laid. The first layer takes so long because of this but the second layer puts up in half the time. I worked on this project over two weeks with 5 1/2 hours the first day, and shorter times for the rest of the days.

Total costs: $68.00 for the cream chopped stone ~ $44.00 for 1/4 ton (250 lbs. of 4″w x 6″deep, in various lengths). $24.00 for a 1/3 ton (350 lbs. of 4″ x 4″, in various lengths). The second batch of stones were lighter over all so they cost less, woo hoo!

Exhaustion and pride in good work? Yes, lots!!! I have to say I slept really well after each day of working on this wall. A good hot shower or bath, stretching all major muscle groups and especially the forearms and hands really helps, too. 🙂

A picture to pin, thank you!
I hoped to have a final “planted photograph” for you but this will have to do for now. My friend Joe just dropped off a yard of stones just this past weekend and it’ll be another two weeks of turning the dirt, putting in stones at the bottom where the clay layer is and digging in compost to help with drainage.

*Here’s where the cute playhouse photo ought to be however I never shot photos towards the fence due to the “ugly” around the shed ~ a bunch of cement blocks, piles of wood, the iron railing in back, and our white plastic storage. Now there’s torn down fencing there… No wonder I don’t have a cute picture for you!  😦


On a fun note! *Joe’s young daughters came over to help and you know that little playhouse we adopted when we bought the house?  (See the smidgen of the playhouse in two photos up…)

Well, good trade! The little house went home with them in their truck! No final photo for you but I have a really cute memory of the playhouse sitting in sideways in the truck as Joe was driving away and two girls couldn’t be happier…
🙂


More soon…

Share Your Style #210

Welcome to week #210 of Share Your Style and I am
Barbara Chapman your host. I hope your long Memorial Day weekend was fun and filled with cookouts, friends and family!

Since the summer season has officially started we have a bunch of featured posts for you today! 



Here’s what I shared and will be sharing

this week…


My back patio and the beginnings of a garden. 🙂
This month’s Pinterest Challenge revolved around a 4th of July and Patriotic theme. I’d love it if you’d stop by, share a pic or two and leave me a comment! I had a lot of fun putting this patio look together and I know you’ll love all the ideas shared by my friends (yours, too, I’m sure!) as part of this monthly blog hop. 

Thank you! 


Mr. Ethereal and I have been working on rebuilding part of our backyard fence and making a new gate as the old sections were blowing down (and open) with the slightest wind. 

The thing I ordered which will make this gate special arrived via UPS today!!! More on this soon…

The rock wall is DONE but I am waiting on a friend to bring over some free rocks for drainage before I put in the plants, so… This is all I have to share for now.
😉


Here are this week’s wonderful features!


Lit tea lights, How to make a Nautical Lantern from a Grill - Int'l Bloggers Club Challenge theboondocksblog.com
Mary from The Boondocks Blog shared a pretty nautical lantern she made from a really unlikely object ~ check out her post to find out just what she used. Love this soft blue and white look!


Sandra at Dinner at Eight linked her Patriotic table with it’s eye-popping firecrackers and tableware. Stop by and hear a little history of how Memorial Day began! Do sign up to receive her posts, too, as she has great style. 

Here’s Roxy smiling because he loves his home!

Awwww, isn’t this whumper the cutest??! You simply must visit Pat’s garden at Bringing French Country Home! Pat’s garden last year was just incredible and I love how she’s changed it up a bit this year. I think Roxy likes it, don’t you?


I’d like you to meet my friend Jeanie of The Marmelade Gypsy. If you’ve never been over to her blog she writes from her home and vacation home near a lake in Michigan. Recently Jeanie went with friends to the gardens at Southern Exposure for a hanging garden workshop and lunch

Isn’t this gazebo stunning??!



DIY Floating Curtain Panels | DIY Outdoor Curtains | How to Make Outdoor Curtains | Outdoor Curtains for Porch or Patio | DIY Outdoor Decor

Jenna at Rain on a Tin Roof shared her while-at-Home -Depot-idea-inspired DIY Floating Curtain Panels and they are perfect shading her family’s patio! (You’ll have to check out her current video, too… Her little daughter is so cute in it!)

Just four ingredients are all you need to make this incredible frozen peach bellini! Slushy, fruity, and perfect anytime you're in the mood for sipping a fantastic champagne cocktail.


Erin of Delightful~E~Made shared her recipe for this summer cold drink of Frozen Raspberry Peach Bellini. I am thirsty just looking at it, aren’t you?
;)’

Teen using a Swiffer Sweeper on the kitchen floor.

Since dogs and summer just seem to go together, here is another sweet dog Oreo. He lives with Jenn’s of Clean and Scentsible and together they share some easy cleaning tips for anyone with pets!

Ann at Apple Street Cottage brought out her super creativity with these awesome Macrame Garden Lights!
Do check these out ~ I am totally going to make these…


Three French Country Trellis Tuteurs in a Narrow Flower Garden
And Judith at Botanic Bleu shared her gorgeous French Tuteur Trellis(es)! Ils sont trés magnifique pour le jardin!!!


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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!


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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?
🙂

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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!!!

sigh…



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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Share Your Style #205

Welcome once again to Share Your Style and to week #205… I am Barb Chapman and I am so glad you are
here today. This week I am sharing a look at a tea and tablescape I held for two friends who came to visit
last week on
Maundy Thursday.


Here are friends Laura of Decor to Adore and Cindy of

It’s sooo nice to have blogging friends who live close by!
Hope you have a good group living near you, too.
🙂

This tea included a first look at our home in the mostly put together living room as it looks out towards the backyard.

A second post I shared was a spring basket door hanger as
part of this month’s Pinterest Challenge. I’d love for you to
stop by and check out both of these posts. So much great
door decor has been created all this month’s participants and
by our host Cindy of County Road 407! 

Great ideas for you to copy and adapt!



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

With Easter and Passion week just last week I believe another look is so appropriate… Therefore a few more Easter and bunny posts will feature this week.


Notre Dame Window by Jeanne Selep

Jeanne at her blog of the same name JeanneSelep.blogspot.com
shared the beautiful rosette window pre-fire which was saved during the fire at Notre Dame this past week.

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Please pray for all those who have loved and are affected by the terrible fire which happened in this very old and beautiful cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, France, won’t you?

Many of you have toured this 850 year old church with its flying buttresses holding up its walls and though I have not, the faith we have, not in those relics and this church (and so many other houses of worship) but the comfort those pieces and places give us…

Notre Dame and the significance it has and has had on our fallen world remind us to continue “looking for the good” and to what the Son of Man went through to save this world from itself.
🙂


Fabiana who lives in Ecuador and writes Fabby’s Living shared this beautiful table set for Easter for all the family and company she had coming over. Simple beauty with sweet rabbits surrounding a gilded goblet and eggs nestled into sherbet glasses.
Simple and stunning!


I am on a bit of a tablescape kick lately as I love creating beautiful table settings for you all and for my family. Here is a stunning table from Sandra over at Dinner at Eight ~ love her Fitz and Floyd Easter rabbit in it’s Easter garden! And look at that tablecloth!!!
Love the Easter grass placemats…

Sew up a storm this Easter with these adorable Easter Sewing Projects!

Michele from the Scrap Shoppe Blog shares a round-up of Easter projects that we all can make now for next year and/or put on our Pinterest save boards for next year ~ adorable!!! 
And since this is French Ethereal here in an Honorable Mention for the week ~ from Stephanie at The Style Safari who is planning a trip to France in May and is making some clothes for her trip. Check out her blog for her creative clothing creations!


That’s it for this week, folks! Thank you to everyone who linked up last week and be sure to visit a few partiers while you are here and if you’ll pin my Share Your Style links as well, I send you bunny hugs through the airwaves!

 We all appreciate the love!
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And just a quick reminder of the party rules:

This link party is geared towards home decor, recipes, gardening and related. I know many of you have so much to say about many other things, but here it’s always going to be a party towards life in the home. 

I would appreciate a link back to your blog, too.
Thank you!  🙂



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5 Minute Spring Basket Door Hanger ~ Pinterest Challenge

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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!
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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.*

*Affiliate links are listed for your convenience. I will receive a very small commission if you purchase something through these links but you don’t pay a penny more. This will help me to continue providing you with great ideas, thank you. 🙂



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. www.redshuttercottage.com
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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5 Minute Canvas Picture Quick Fix

Ever have  a canvas picture where the canvas was warped because it was leaned up against something for a while and now it’s not any good unless it is restretched?

This big canvas print has been on top of our corner-round cupboard for almost four years while in storage and was pretty warped from other frames leaning up against it. I knew I could fix it by stretching the canvas, but I haven’t found the the staple gun or staples yet. So… I began thinking of what else I could do…

I love  this print and I hoped to save it as I want to use it in our new kitchen dining area but it was really stretched out in a couple of spots… So since I haven’t located the pneumatic stapler yet, I thought about our iron…

Sounds crazy, right?

Seriously though if something is stretched out in a pair of pants or a shirt fabric an iron realigns the threads with heat and basically that’s what we do when we are ironing clothing so… Why not try it here?!


How to iron canvas flat again

1. I ironed directly on our kitchen island as it is granite and heat won’t hurt the stone. You may have to cover your flat surface
with a box opened-out to prep your floor or your ironing area. Only iron the canvas’ backside.

2. Spritz a little water over your warped canvas. I used a clean
kitchen dish rag and wet it and pressed that over my whole canvas.

3. Lay a tea towel over top and begin ironing with a fairly warm iron. I started on low and increased my iron to level 5, pretty hot actually.

4. Check underneath often to see if your canvas is “melting” and
watch the giclée print or paint on the other side to see if it is loosening. If anything bad is happening ~ like paint is coming off ~ stop and revert back to stretching your canvas.

Five minutes of ironing was all it took!

(Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this in any way and all work and ideas are my own. I am not a professional art repairer or restorer but I am so glad this worked!)
The finished piece back to normal and ready to hang!
I know it seems crazy but it worked!  Canvas is really a fabric so that’s what got me thinking of this crazy idea in the first place.

I am very happy with the results and I didn’t have to pull out all those staples and restretch the picture ~ saving time and my sanity.
😉 


Thanks for sharing!

One last canvas trick: if your canvas has a rip in it, pull the pieces back together and add a piece of canvas sports tape to hold the tear together from the backside. My sister-in-law taught me this one as art repair places do this.
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