Share Your Style #213

Welcome to this week’s Share your Style #213 and we have a little of this and a little of that to share today! 


Here is what I shared this week…


I used to write Sunday Sentiments more when I first began blogging so I thought I’d bring that feature back this summer.

Lately I have been watching old shows on Netflix and one of those shows is When Calls the Heart starring Erin Krakow as Elizabeth Thatcher (she isn’t married to me, yet… 😉 We are in season 4, Mr. Ethereal and I), so I have noticed that I am using “heart” in my titles more. Something fun for summer!
This post reflects that heart-filled sentiment and is called From the Heart… A Small Summer Home Tour.

Now onto this week’s wonderful features!
Many of you know Pat who writes Bringing French Country Home. She will be taking a bit of a summer break but I wanted to share her Colorado spring garden with you today. 

The post she shared last week is called Happy Summer and a Decision. She will be writing once a month from her family’s summer cabin high up in the Colorado mountains. I am sure the scenery will be breathtaking as well as the summer wildflowers so do stop by and put her blog on your summer reading list!   🙂
Katie at Let’s Add Sprinkles shared her trip last summer to Wales and the gorgeous religious pieces in this Norman castle. She also shares a bit of family history, too.


Amber of Follow the Yellow Brick Home is back sharing her front porch and patio as part of a group patio tour. I love what she has done outside her home! I want this étagere… One like it anyway! 😉

Rita of Panoply shared her new condo home in a post titled Welcome! Our Urban Dwelling Tour. Love this statue which made the trek from their previous home…

Here is Rita’s living room… Sooo inviting I just want to drive over for a visit, don’t you?



Summertime means traveling the country visiting sites, friends and family and one of my favorite things to do is visit antique shops wherever I go ~ and you probably, too! Kathy over at Southern Style Southern Charm shared this wonderful antique store ~ 
Park West Vintage ~ in her hometown of Marietta, Georgia. 

Road trip, anyone??

Honorable Mention

Stefanie of The Style Safari shared her trip to Colmar, France and the city which survived unscathed from WWII is a step-back-in-time with its half-timbered houses and Venice-like canals ~ beautiful and worth a visit!

Jen over at A Fireman’s Wife shared a recipe for homemade lemonade. Delicious and so refreshing as we head into the heat of summertime!


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From the Heart… A Small Summer Home Tour

Beauty is  all around and it isn’t always easy changing and beginning something new. I thank God everyday for giving us new chances. With that I have a small home tour for you today…

The garden is coming along and I’ll share more later this week or early next. Mr. Ethereal and I have been working on several projects outside such as cleaning out gutters and installing gutter guards to prevent leaves and acorns from filling them up, fixing the back fence and gate, as well as making the back flowerbed.

Thankfully we have had plenty of rain each week or two so our grass is green, the plants are well watered and the new Apello solar sound vole repellents seem to be driving the voles away. 

Later today I will be driving down to visit our daughter for a few days. We plan to visit a couple of gardens down in Austin, Texas and I am looking forward to sharing them with you!

spring blooms with summer photos coming.
So without further ado let’s head back indoors, shall we?

In the living room the library tea table is getting an update with the addition of this favorite plate stand. Everything still has a soft patriotic theme with the pinks, whites and blues.

Hubby helped me hang up the curtain rod we brought from California along with my favorite lace curtains in our bedroom.
I’ll share those the next time as right now while working in the craft/sewing room, a mattress is back in our bedroom… Which is why I can’t reshoot the bedroom and share the whole thing. 

Always the way, isn’t it? Lol. 

Not too perfect ~ casually wrinkled and perfectly pink! I am still deciding what I want to hang above the bed which is why nothing is there yet. I’d love to find a French corona to hang bed curtains from but that’s a hit and a miss and may require a trip somewhere far away to find.
;D

This is how we had our last bedroom after buying the California king mattress and our daughter taking the cherry bedframe and headboard. She still loves it, btw!

Good news! Our trailer is up for sale and hopefully it will sell soon. Hubby and I do talk about taking a nice trip overseas to Italy and France and it would be sooo nice for our 35th wedding anniversary coming up in two years… But we will need to save for it, of course.


This vintage rabbit lamp I found at an antique store years ago in Redlands, California and it is a favorite. Surprisingly we don’t need that many lamps and many will be sold at our first Texas garage sale.

Right now though I am looking for a lamp shade to match this one for the lamp on hubby’s bedside table ~ no luck so far. 

Any ideas on where to look? Maybe I just need to find a shade with the same coloring and similar shape.

Taken about a month after our household goods
were delivered.
The attic space is getting cleaned and shelves are going up so this large box and the wicker trunk will be heading up shortly. There isn’t really a spot for this wicker trunk downstairs right now and it was one of my first purchases from my very first job. 

I found it at Cost-Plus World Market when it was a new store in the late 1970’s. I am not willing to part with it just yet… It was the hope chest I kept at the end of my double bed in high school. 


Our fair maiden graces enjoys the afternoon sunshine.

I think she is pretty happy here…

And so are we.
🙂





Blessings to you,

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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Out and About ~ Neighboring Gardens + Upcoming Visits

Just a  little out and about today and a mini tour of our neighbor’s side garden…

Planted  where we can easily see the garden beds from our kitchen window, this garden sits between our two houses and is lovely to look at throughout the day.  Two long flower beds have changed flowers like the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace ~ with fanfare and applause!

Earlier at Easter time several types of lilies were in bloom. Now just the summer yellow lily is still flowering but it has some companions who have since sprung up! These feathery fronds with blue-topped tips co-mingle in this front flowerbed. 

Since I am still learning about plants which bloom in Texas and perhaps this is a “nepeta?” 

Not sure but if it is then it takes the summer heat and humidity! Would be good in our yard…


Aren’t these blue beauties pretty as they bob in the
windy late afternoon sunshine?
I haven’t been to any big gardens this year unlike when I visited
the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens a couple of years ago with former neighbors from Wagon Master RV Park.



Or the Japanese garden, also there.

Or the incredible rose garden of the Biltmore Estate…

And I need to remedy this soon! I have been spending way too much time at home but next week I’ll be heading down to visit our daughter for a belated birthday visit (her birthday is today, actually). 

More of our neighbor’s front bed in the late twilight…


I should be able to persuade her to come with me to visit a couple if only for short visits…

Like the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center  or this public garden called the Sunshine Community Gardens.

Until then… A short visit to the neighbor’s will have to do.
😉






Happy gardening,

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 #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.

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





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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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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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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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