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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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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Share Your Style #208

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Lovely with pops of green… sigh!

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

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

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

Lemon and Rosemary Stovetop Potpourri Recipe

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

Heaven on a stove!

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

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

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

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

Sweet Mason Jar Vase Hoop - Free Embroidery Pattern!

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

Red, White and Blue Pretzel Bark

Jennifer at Busy Being Jennifer shared her easy to make patriotic

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

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

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

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

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

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Share Your Style #207

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

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

I am so glad you are here! 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Mother’s Day to you all!

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Share Your Style #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
shared the beautiful rosette window pre-fire which was saved during the fire at Notre Dame this past week.


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!

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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Share Your Style #199

Welcome to  Week #199 of Share Your Style!
Can you believe we are almost at that 200 mark? We are proud that Share Your Style is still going strong and that you are here to help us celebrate this mini landmark!

Hello, I am Barbara and it’s my turn this week to host the party. Welcome to you all and please feel free to share our party on your social media ~ we appreciate the love!

A few party rules: 

*Please visit a few blogs while you are here and make a new friend or two.

*Feel free to link up to three home decor, DIY, crafts and recipe posts, thanks! Backlinks would be greatly appreciated as we try to grow… 

*And if you would follow your hosts we would appreciate it! Check out our other social media sites, too. Plus keep in mind that Google is eliminating Google+ at the end of March if you follow me there and any of your other friends. Kristin hosts White Arrows Home on WordPress so her’s is safe. 

Featured this week at French Ethereal

 I am sharing a trip to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Walnut Grove, Minnesota. This was part of our larger visit to see my son and daughter-in-love and their new home in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

We also went to visit an apple picking farm during our trip and snapped some incredible photos in the freshly fallen first snow of the season plus their friendly sweet dogs Bandit and Luna.

This is a quiet blog week for me as I just drove 1330+ miles by myself from Texas to California to meet the movers at our two 10’x25′ storage units. Our household goods have been in storage these past 3 1/2 years and finally everything will be moving into our new Texas home!

I can’t wait to share more of our home with you as we unpack and then begin work on garden design later this spring.

The mishmash in one of our storage units… Lol!

Here’s what Kristin shared this week at
White Arrows Home:

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Kristin has a monthly book club and in this post she shares three good reads!

Now for this week’s features


Up first this week is more from Deb-bee’s Buzz‘ wonderful
Wonderland Tea Party! Table decor and the menu is shared in this whimsical tea party themed post with links to her previous.
Love the fascinators!!!

Put two plastic flower pots together to make an easy patio umbrella table pretty springtime summertime planter.
This adorable DIY Umbrella Table Planter created by Victoria at Dazzle While Frazzled had me at garden-hello!

Easy Strawberry Oatmeal Bars filled with fresh strawberries stacked on parchment paper.

These Easy Strawberry Oatmeal Bars by Erin at Suburban Simplicity look so delicious and the strawberries are sooo good this year! I know you’ll want to bake some of your own.

Looking to add to your reading list this year? These are the must reads for 2019 - what will you read this year?

Jessie Fearon shares some wonderful reads to help us with our
daily lives and make them better. Mr. Ethereal and I have personally been working the Dave Ramsey “live-only -on-cash” plan for over a year now ~ and it works!

Lori at Dining Delight created this fun and festive St. Patrick’s Day tablescape ~ perfect as a last-minute idea to use in our own homes. 

Love all the green!

Inexpensive Box Store Table After Makeover

Our last feature this week is from Marie who writes The Interior Frugalista and shares how to make a Box Store Table Look Expensive.

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Share Your Style #198

Welcome to week #198 of Share Your Style Link Party! I’m Kristin of White Arrows Home. My cohost Barbara and I are so glad you are joining us and love seeing what you share each week!!

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This week on White Arrows Home

I shared my spring Botanical mantel from last year as I begin thinking about this year. See more through the link below.

I host a monthly book club on my blog and one of my February picks was Life is Good by Bert and John Jacobs. It was a great read. Read my 12 Takeaways and become a subscriber of White Arrows Home to be entered to win a copy of the book. Follow the link below.

This week on FrenchEthereal

Barbara shares about scheduling movers a look back at her old home and a look ahead in her new home.


And now on to my features for this week! Thank you to all who linked up, visited other blogs and left comments. It’s so fun to find inspiration and new blogs to follow each week!

by Follow the Yellow Brick Home

by Let’s Add Sprinkles

by Flour on my Face

by Botanic Bleu

from Simply Designing

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French Ethereal Reloaded: A Valentine’s Cake & Recipe

In honor of  St.Valentine’s Day 

I baked a scrumptious German Chocolate Cakefor tea and had friends stop by to partake.:)’

*I am republishing this post with updates for you as it was a good one!  Everyone seems to love chocolate cake so with that, here’s this updated post for you.{almost as good as Alton Brown’s Good Eats Reloaded!}

The recipe is for this deliciously decadent chocolate and coconut cake is from The Hershey Chocolate Treasury Cookbook {linked but not affiliate} 
a lovely recipe book my husband and I picked up at the Hershey factory in Hershey, Pennsylvania the summer after we were married.

I think Amy was about 20 years old in this photo.  She is 26 years old now and lives with her roomy down in Austin, Texas.

This is my daughter’s favorite recipe book and she was always baking us something wonderful from it when we were still together in our last family home.

You know… that gives me an idea of what I could send each of the kids for Valentine’s this year…?
Kind of excited about this!

If you are looking for something, anything chocolate ~ this cookbook is for you and has loads and loads of delicious recipes from cookie squares to cakes to ice cream cake rolls ~ most of them tested by my family!

Photographs are from our last home in California ~ still looking for a kitchen window here in Texas which has a nice view out to a yard.

So, here’s the promised cake recipe and the cookbook:

 Hershey Cookbook
This book is linked for you if you’d like to order it online.  I am not currently an Amazon affiliate but thought you’d like this book.  It’s One to Order.

Hopefully you can see the recipe on the page.  Nice thing about computers is we can make our pages MUCH BIGGER when we need to by resizing, Lol!  Because this is an updated post, I can’t mess with this photo, sorry! (I tried.)

This German Chocolate Cake recipe is easy to whip up and the icing is placed in the bottom of the cake pan making it an easy cake to make, indeed!

Here is our former dining room table set for a festive Valentine’s Day tea ~ with mixed sets of Limoges china dessert plates and various cups and saucers.  The table is brightened up with a homemade tablecloth and napkins set.

I did find some cute tablecloth and napkin fabric available at Joann’s online and here is a link for similar fabric so you can make your own set! {affiliate link ~ thank you for checking this out.} 

Quick Sewing Tip

Tablecloths and napkins are some of the easiest things to sew if you are new to sewing: all straight edges and squares and rectangles. Just buy 2 1/2 yards of 45″ wide Valentine’s fabric, wash and dry (some widths may be less)

Iron out the wrinkles and then cut off a 1 1/4 yd. piece (45″).  Turn under 1/4″, twice, on each side to the fabric’s wrong side, ironing flat.  Fold each corner in creating a triangle and tuck that in mitering the corners as you finish straight stitching each seam.  Easy peasy!

The remaining 1 1/4 yard you’ll divide into squares to create the napkins.  Here’s where you’ll need to do a little math: 

If you want to make 10″x 10″ finished napkins, you need to cut 11″x11″ squares (which takes into account turning under all the edges), and so on.  

From 1 1/2 yards we can create (6) roughly 14″ sq. maximum napkins (45″/3 pieces across = 15″x 15″ cut squares).  Fabric is rarely true to 45″ so plan on cutting 14″ squares to create 13″x13″ finished napkins.

For (4) 20″ finished napkins, cut four 21″x21″ squares.  It’s all personal preference. 

There are etiquette books which tell what size napkins you need for what type of meal (and when) you are serving, whether it is a luncheon, a tea, or a dinner.  I personally don’t think that it is always necessary to be particular with all that; however, it is fun if you are serving a formal dinner. 

Check out my post linked here to see my review of this napkin etiquette book.  

Since my birthday just passed, it would be wonderful to have this for a treat for this coming weekend… 
I might be baking another of these later this week…  ;)’

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Happy salivating, 😉

Share Your Style #189

Good evening everyone and welcome to Share Your Style 189!  I’m Carol from The Red Painted Cottage and I’ll be your host tonight.

I hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas and that you were able to spend it with your loved ones.  I’m sure some of you have already taken down your Christmas tree and are ready to move on, while others of us are still admiring our lights and decorations.  I also want to let you know that I’ll be leaving Share Your Style after this party.  I hope many of you will continue to stop by and see what’s happening at The Red Painted Cottage.
Please try stopping by and visiting everyone on our Style team.
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Because I’m taking time off through the holidays, I haven’t shared anything recently on my blog.  However with New Years Eve coming up, I have two older posts I think you might enjoy.
A few features I’ve chosen to end 2018 with…

Rain on a Tin Roof shares how to make these adorable wagons out of crates.  She’s using them here as Christmas decor, but young children would probably love playing with them and storing some of their stuffed animals inside them. 
I happen to love all things miniature, especially dollhouses.  So it’s no surprise that I should feature A Debbie Dabble’s Christmas home tour of her Victorian dollhouse.  She’ll take you room by room and show you how she decorated it for Christmas.  One of these days I’ll have to share my own dollhouse with everyone.
If you’re looking for ideas to use on your New Years Eve dinner table, look no further than Debbees Buzz.  She created this stunning celestial tablescape to ring in the New Year!  Can you imagine sitting with your family or friends to ring in the New Year at this table!
Have you ever been to New York City?  Mary from The Boondocks Blog, recently moved here from Greece and often shares her new city with everyone; including her latest post about the spectacular tree at Rockefeller Center.  I’ve been here in the middle of summer, but I would love to visit here during the Christmas season and see the ice skating rink and lights during this time of year.  
Crafting A Family shares her recipe for an easy and quick breakfast overnight French toast casserole.  After reading through this, I know I’ll be making this sometime we have overnight guests. It looks and sound delicious!
Congratulations to all our featured bloggers!  Make sure to grab this Share Your Style featured button to display on your blog.
We want to wish everyone a very Happy and Healthy New Year for 2019!
Now let’s party!