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.

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,

Sunday Sentiments ~ Getting Back to the Heart…

Welcome and Happy Sunday!  When I began blogging almost five years ago now I started a Sunday post called Sunday Sentiments… Then Mr. Ethereal lost his job just as my blog was barely getting going and I was devastated. I felt God had pulled the rug out from under me but probably it was more that He propped me up during that time. And it was You Know Who up to his usual worldly tricks…

As they were eating, Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “Take it, for this is my body.” — Mark 14:22 NLT

God has always been there for Charles and myself through the four times Charles has been laid off (economic turndowns in warehouse management; not for the faint of heart) and the couple of times that I lost mine over these past 33 years. 

I accepted Christ at 11 years old when my parents stopped attending the Catholic church ~ my deaf brother Frank and I found our way along with the Presbyterians then. And we are ever glad that we did!

This summer as a renewed section to my blog, I thought I’d start up Sunday Sentiments again. Not to help heal everyone’s wounds, because in myself I can’t, but to help lead you to the One who can…

God brings great joy after terrible sorrow… 

If an abused dog adopted from a shelter, one who bit and hurt his owners because he (the dog) thought they were competing for his food, or for love, care and comfort, can learn to love and feel secure ~ so can you.

We all hurt. Life IS hurt, and trials. Being a Christian ~ no one said it would be easy. Just looking at the lives of the Apostles they all died for Christ but the rewards were great. They knew where they were going and what they stood for.  🙂

God gives comfort and strength to face those challenges and then…

The Son comes out and we are happy and whole again!

                                                   Jesus Reinstates Peter
15When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon   son of John, do you love me more than these?”
“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
16Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”
17The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. 18Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” 19Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”            

                                                  John 21:15-19, New International Version (NIV)

If you have never asked Jesus into your heart, this is a simple prayer taken from one of my favorite authors. I am sure that she, Jan Karon, wouldn’t mind me sharing it with you. 

Spoken by the main character of her Mitford series of books, Father Timothy Kavanagh ~ from Bathed in Prayer: Father Tim’s Prayers, Sermons, and Reflections from the Mitford Series.

‘Have you asked Him to forgive the things you’ve done?’

‘I assure you that God would not want to do that.’

‘Believe it or not, I can promise that He would. In fact, He promises that He will. Would you like to ask Him into your life?’

The stranger stared into the darkened sanctuary. ‘I can’t do it,
I’ve tried.’

It isn’t a test you have to pass. It doesn’t require discipline and intelligence… nor even strength and perseverance. It only requires faith.’

‘I don’t think I’ve got that.’ There was a long silence. ‘But I’d be willing to try… one more time.’

‘Will you pray a simple prayer with me? On faith?’
‘What do I have to lose?’

‘Nothing to lose, everything to gain.’ Father Tim rose from the kneeler and took the short step across the aisle, where he laid his hands on the man’s head.

‘If you could repeat this,’ he said. ‘Thank you, God, for loving me, and for sending your Son to die for my sins. I sincerely repent of my sins, and receive Christ as my personal savior. Now, as your child, I turn my entire life over to you. Amen.’*

The man repeated the prayer, and they were silent.
‘Is that all?’ he asked the rector.

‘That’s all.’

‘I don’t know what I am supposed to feel.’

‘Whatever you feel is exactly what you’re supposed to feel.’

chapter 11, A White Thanksgiving, At Home in Mitford
*Italics are added for emphasis, by me.

It isn’t Christmas today but if you just accepted Christ into your heart, you may feel like it is! For any of us renewing our faith, or just feeling happy being a sister or brother in Christ, it’s always Christmas!

Let’s look at those numbers again, shall we?

We are married 33 years this year ~ the same number of years Jesus was when he died on a cross to be our propitiation ~ to take our wages for sin upon himself. He went in our place; that’s grace.

Today is the 16th of June and my grandmother Helen’s birthdate. She would have been 110 years old, had she lived this long. This week also marks the week my father died, on the 12th of June 1997. The 12th is the date I sat down and began this Sunday Sentiments with the Holy Spirit for you. 

Just some extra cool “coincidences” for you. 😉  Welcome to Sunday Sentiments… 
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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
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 #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
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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Easy Patriotic Decorating Ideas ~ Pinterest Challenge

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

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

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

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

Our Inspiration Piece

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

Mary’s patriotic patio vignette 

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

A Better Look at What Mary Used

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

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

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

*  Tea towels in the July 4th theme. 

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Back to the flag pillow

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

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

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

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

Setting up the scene

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

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

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

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

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

January MarchApril

Thank you for pinning!

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

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

County Road 407 | StoneGable | Décor to Adore

Our Southern Home |Follow the Yellow Brick Home

French Ethereal | Decorate and More with Tip

Sweet Pea | Let’s Add Sprinkles | Chasing Quaintness

Art and Sand | Bluesky at Home | Lora Bloomquist

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

Sharing this post with
Style Showcase 83 ~ Shabbyfufu
Summer Picnic Essentials + Outdoor Fun Blog Hop ~ Busy Being Jennifer
Waste Not Wednesday ~ Faeries and Fauna

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Share Your Style #209

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fun for everyone who loves to use their great products!

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

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

Beautiful summer tablescape with blues, yellows, and greens.

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

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

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

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I just created a button for you to share. Please feel free to copy it to your site and your featured posts, thank you!

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

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Happy Memorial Day to you
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The Story Behind This Patriotic Mantel…

These colors don’t run… 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why are they leaning?

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

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

The transferware plates

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

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

Flow blue delftware and a French plate

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

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

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

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

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

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

A special pin to share…

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

Happy Memorial Day,