Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Belated Christmas Wishes!

On a Saturday early in December, I put on Josh Groban's Christmas CD
and happily wrapped presents that would be heading to our son and his girlfriend in South Dakota,
 and for our daughter who still lives "at home"...  Homemade bows and gift tags were on the docket
that day!




Happy Christmas and a New Year's Wishes
to you!
I hope you had a lovely Christmas Day
with family and friends.


We spent the day enjoying our first Christmas day
out in our new little
"home."



A small card that I have had sitting in a drawer just waiting to be used... a little Scotch tape on the backside of its clear plastic cover stuck it beautifully to the wall of our camper ~ a copy to the large lithograph that lived in our bedroom
and is now waiting in storage.




I've been giving our little blog a lot of thought
this season...

It came to me a few days ago that with the changes we have undergone with our move this year,
French Ethereal
will also be undertaking some changes with the
New Year.

The folks at our campground are trying to get us better
internet service,
so...
I am hopeful I can get back to blogging
on a more regular basis!
(this would be wonderful!)

Also, I am hoping to decorate once in a while with some of our "goodies" from storage!
I have thought of several things to do and share with you
barring lots of rain!
;)




We have a little "shed" just behind where our trailer is parked
now and it now contains storage shelves for extra food stuff
as well as our vacuum and our Christmas present 
to each other ~ a new chest-style freezer!
(We can now eat and cook!)


Santa and Mrs. Claus sit on my little "shelf," really the cornice box surrounding the window
to the left side of our queen bed.





French Ethereal will morph a bit into French (Camp) Ethereal
as I am working on decorating outside and will be getting
out in the garden more...





I'll share more posts about the wildlife around here,
maybe some sweet hoof prints and hopefully catch
some of that wildlife on film for you!


A horribly blurry shot of the cutest camper all dressed for Christmas!
I blame it on the wind ~ not my lack of a tripod... ;)



Sharing with
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage


Here's to a wonderful 2016!
Happy New Year to you all!!!  :)

Friday, November 27, 2015

Thanksgiving Wishes and a Wreath to Make ~



Happy Day after Thanksgiving!
I've been working on
our holiday decorations
over here!
;)



I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving day
celebrating with family and friends.
We started the day cooking
biscuits and gravy
in our little oven and stove in our trailer,
then Hubby cooked chicken sausage, some hamburger
for future tacos, and our turkey breast
out on the grill.

Everything turned out wonderfully!
We ate our turkey with candied yams (my favorite!), 
cranberry sauce, 
our daughter's wonderful mashed potatoes, 
and some mixed vegetables.



While walking around with Yoda yesterday, I saw...
Campers deep-frying their turkeys
and
many families bicycling around,
others were watching football games
or movies
on televisions set outside
their trailers.
During the evening, 
it seemed everyone had a blazing campfire to keep warm!
Thanksgiving was a cool one
this year!


It's really fun seeing how everyone camps!
At nighttime, 
families turn on their twinkle lights and party lights.
Some strings are multi-colored,
others are just orange, or red, or blue.
Some change colors.
Everyone is happy to be outside in the fresh air
enjoying just getting away from the 
hustle and bustle
and
coming out to get back to Nature!



Today I thought I'd share
a fun craft with you!


Holiday Head Wreaths
  1. Collect a bunch of pepper berries or any faux or real berries you may have in your yard or craft supplies.  (These I collected right outside our front door courtesy the local trees!)
  2. Take an old, wire coat hanger, unwind the hanger using a pair of pliers/wire cutters.
  3. Bend this wire into the shape of the head you want to decorate.  Either pre-measure your doll's head/child's head (definitely!), or just bend your wire and keep checking the wire frame you are creating against your intended "wearer."  I wrapped my wreaths only once for the big angel (should have done twice ~ was hard to glue only to one wire...), and twice around for our tall lady statue (will share her later).
  4. Using hot glue, glue on berries and their stems to the frame layering berries to cover all the way around the wire edging.  At first, I had a thin layer of berries, but then decided to make a thick wreath by adding berries to the "tops" and "bottoms" of each wreath.
  5. Place your wreath on your wearer and Enjoy!!!




Our little trailer
;)



These wreaths 
could easily translate over to large wreaths, too.
I thought about making 
a large wreath out of these luscious berries
(maybe finding the mostly light pink and white berries!!! Ooooh!)
to hang for the rest of winter.




Shabby pink and faded ~ perfection!




But...
For now, I created a Christmas Wreath
for over the front door
and
I will share that one with you soon!




Sharing with 
Feathered Nest Friday ~ French Country Cottage
and
Creative Ways Link Party #87 ~ Posed Perfection
http://www.posedperfection.com/2015/12/creative-ways-link-party-87-and-features.html



Wishing you a 
Happy Holiday Season!
:)


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

A New Year ~ A New Home

The first cool Saturday morning we had in September, I set out to bake some of my banana chocolate chip muffins!


~A new year
for
French Ethereal~


Of course, 
as you know,
we are no longer living 
in our lovely home
in the town of Murrieta, California...


Our new home 
is 
approximately 27' in length and about 10' wide.
One tenth the size 
(basically!)
of the home we just vacated
as the sale 
 finally went through in August 2015.




Yoda enjoying one of his daily walks at beautiful Lake Skinner!  Yoda thinks all 14000 acres belong to him. 


Life full-time in a 27' trailer has its challenges, cooking being one of them! The extra-large cutting board provides
much needed counter space (of which in this trailer... There is NONE.) We use the stove to dry dishes
on their sides, and ALL dishes have to be washed after every meal.
;)


We ended up moving our trailer several times already
for various reasons.
One of which is...


We have become
"camp hosts"...
which means we are there to help folks who are camping
if they have a need or there is a problem
after hours.

So far, so good!
:)






Lovely little flower blooming in the wild grasses surrounding the campgrounds.

One of the many incredible sunsets over Lake Skinner.  Far in the distance,  you can just see the water treatment
plant on the far side of the lake.  This is campground B, mostly deserted during the week.  Weekends are usually really busy with folks happy to come and camp, breathe fresh air, see the many species of birds living around the lake,
and many folks come to fish.


Where one door closes...God opens another ~
I spent a lot of this year really stressed
 knowing we would have to leave
our home 
of 12 1/2 years.
We put
EVERYTHING
and I do mean everything in storage.


There were many tears, fits of anger, depression,
the works...

But,
we are on the other side now,
and
I think God was very loving, very gracious,
and 
very sure that He knew 
we would love being here 
in
a beautiful area with many species of birds,
raccoons, skunks, mule deer, 
bobcat, and coyotes
(Yoda loves sniffing for all of the new animals!).



I'll share the photos of the inside of our home
in another post soon,
but for now this will be all.
:)


I'll share some of the craziness of trying to make
good meals
while having to pull up every seat cushion
to get at the right pots and pans!
But, truly, this is a lovely place to be
and since 
French Ethereal rolls with the punches,
and I was once called
"RESILIENT"...


French Ethereal
will be evolving with the changes...


Just a quick post on this Tuesday evening
to let you know I miss visiting with you
and
I will be trying to post more
and share 
The New French Ethereal!!!

Blessings to you, always,
Barb
:)







Saturday, July 18, 2015

Simple Saturdays ~ Rain & Candlelight



Of all types of lighting,
candlelight is definitely
a favorite...
:)


Cheerful, flickering 
casting dancing shadows 
on all objects near,
candlelight
calms us, relaxes the mind,
and
releases happiness 
into our souls...

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Sweet Sundays... My Little Craftroom




Stress relief is always good and for me it comes in the form of sewing!



I finally finished putting on the pleated edging around the second settee and in this photograph you can see the pleating as I was working on it.


On the left side of the room, there is a big closet
with many shelves storing little plastic boxes with
broken china, paper ephemera for projects,
bins full of past-used patterns and
bits of broken china for future projects.

Upper shelving bins hold faux flowers,
measuring tools
(I have several dressmaker tools such as a French-curve),
empty frames, fabrics for sewing,
and bits and bobs.
;)


This room is kinda small at just 9' x 10' but it is
plenty big on cuteness!
Open shelving stores floral boxes with memorabilia and photographs from many years of family life.
The window and back walls are where I work and play.



The right wall stores large photos from our kids' sports years,
large photos from various family camps with our church,
and scouting goodies.



It is a room full of wonderful memories!




Happy Sunday blessings
to you!
I hope you have a wonderful
place to go and create, too.  :)

Monday, July 6, 2015

Rain and Happy Belated 4th!!!!



Happy Belated 4th of July
to you all!
We spent a quiet day here
at home.


This flag was replaced with our
"Stars and Stripes"
on the 4th; however, this is the photo 
I took last week
so...
I'm leading out this week's story with it!
;)

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Our Home...

Second bathroom is done ~ passed inspection last week! Yeah!




Happy Summertime!

Evenings are so wonderful this time of year...
We can go for long walks,
everyone is out bicycling, or running, or walking their dogs,
and playing at the parks,
 or just hanging out with friends.


We are no exception! Yoda is looking at me right now
thinking
"Walkies???"
We may go in a bit... :)'
(that's Yoda and his tongue!)

Tonight I thought I'd share our finished bathroom
and a few rooms all cleaned-up
in the house.
:)



Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Father's Day!

I know I've shared this photo before, but it is a good photo of my father, Gene.




I am a veteran garage sale, tag sale,
flea market shopper.  

On Saturday mornings, once a month,
during my high school years living in the town of

Shingle Springs, California 
(one of the little towns that sprung up during the Gold Rush era),
my father and one of us kids
would load up our old GMC van
to take our trash to the El Dorado dump.

Afterwards, Dad would always take
the helper to brunch somewhere in Placerville.
It was a fun treat to help my father, quality alone-time, really!

Often, we would also swing by 
the flea market being held
at Placerville's Fair Grounds.

Years later, I realized where I get my love of flea markets
 and decorating.
Not really a where, more a "whom" ~
My Dad.


Sunday Sentiments ~ Wither Thou Go[est]...

"Have a Nice Day!" ~ a little sticker found on this yellow post on my way back to the car after Easter service a few years ago.


For weeks and weeks now
I have been praying and asking God for an answer...


You know when you want to hear the answer you WANT to hear
but
God isn't answering you, or is saying NO
and
you whine, you plead, you beg, you keep praying
but
the answer is still unchanged?



Well...
I had to get to this week, this evening.
(Saturday, June 20th, 2015)
Tonight, Hubby and I were watching a movie that we

have known about now for over a year,
God's Not Dead,
and the answer came to me that
we had to be stripped to the bone,
just like many of the apostles did in Jesus' time...



Matthew 4:18 ~ While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, 
Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, 
for they were fishermen. 
19 And he said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men."
20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him.



Most of you don't know about our troubles
and I've certainly kept it that way as I didn't want to burden you,
nor was it fair to you to do so.
But, now I feel I can share this with you all.
We are having to sell our house as my husband
lost his job 9+ months ago
and we no longer can afford to keep it
without risking it going into foreclosure.
So...
it is on the market.


Monday, May 25, 2015

Happy Memorial Day!



In honor of Memorial Day,
in the evenings, after work 
or after working around the house,
Hubby and I have been watching some war movies
and a really neat British documentary...


Today, I thought we'd do a tour of all things red, white and blue
at our home
and share some of those favorite stories...
:)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Evening through the Looking Glass



A happy little 
tableau...


The light was shining-in just so,
luring me in to capture the moment.

Sunday afternoon I was out deadheading in the garden
and 
cut this ethereal bouquet.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

A Selfie Kinda Girl ~ Bathroom Remodel


And I said I wasn't much of
a Selfie-kinda-girl...


Actually, I just didn't have any really good
wallboard photos for you.
So...
You get a photo of me in yesterday's lovely outfit 
instead!
(my right arm actually CAN make a pretty good muscle, but it was busy with the camera...This left arm, not so much.)
;)


***BTW, The "Fabulous" and "Awesome" glittery,
crystal letters come in a sheet of the alphabet and are from
Michael's Craft Store
in case you would like to decorate some
mirrors around your home.
They are really fun!
(I got the idea from something Fifi O'Neill did in a magazine a couple 
of years ago.  She had them on her mirrors and I thought it was 
Genius!!!)
NOT compensated for any of this, just in case you were wondering. :)
The swirls were another package.
:)

Teacups, Treasures and a Recipe



Teacups...
Lovely...ethereal...tasteful...useful...practical
But, mostly
Incredibly Gorgeous!!! 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Sunday Double-Header ~ Cupcake Tea!



Since it's Mother's Day
and
since I was thinking about a new blog series called
Sunday Double Header,
and
since I haven't posted anything in a while
because we have been working around the house,
I thought it might be fun to share a second post for the day!
It won't be super often, 
but once in a while will be fun!
:)

Electricity, Plumbing, and Wallboard, Oh My!



We have been BUSY over here
working on getting our
projects
all wrapped up.


I'm not usually a "selfie" kinda girl.
I'm pretty happy just being behind the camera,
but
I thought this would be a kinda fun photo to share!!!


So...
Onto what we have been up to these past couple of weeks.
Hubby has finished moving insulation, lying at odd angles,
working in the tiniest-crawl-space-between-a-joist, 
and cutting plywood to get into said-space
and has finished moving the
heating and air conditioning vent from inside that
large, long horizontal spot
(where the fake wall used to be)
to where it should have been all along
(in my humble opinion)
;)
along the right side of the ceiling
here in the second bathroom upstairs.


He has also replaced the little night light
ceiling light with the ever-so-much-more-practical
ceiling fan
(this was an easy switch compared to moving the vent!).
Both look great!!!!!
So proud of my husband for his doing this ~
something I have wanted to have done for years.


Sorry this photo is so dark... I could have turned on more lighting (or opened up the aperture...), but didn't think about it.
;)


THE word for the day!!!
Feeling fabulous that all this work, though it is chaotic and practically every room in the house has something going on in it and we are living in the middle of all this destruction/construction! :)

What the wallboard looked like prior to sanding
...and afterwards. :)




While he was doing all that,
I've been down in the kitchen slaving away on cabinets ~
sanding, painting, more sanding, more painting.


I'm about half-way done.
:)
Not far enough along as I'd like to be, 
but
happy that it is coming along.
(Still have to cook, clean, do laundry, work, blog...
a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do, right?!)

***

I also have been working on finishing up the thresholds
going from the kitchen into the dining room
and
from the hallway into the living room sitting areas.



You can just see where the kitchen threshold will go over in the very upper right of this picture.
This just will NOT move to where I want it, so here is the photo to go with
all the talk about wallboard mesh and the
little hand-saw, my new favorite tool!!! 

Just a pop of color from outdoors, since I was out there staining in the  overcast p.m. 



These are the oak planks all cut to size, routered on the leading edge, and sanded and stained.

Different stains that I have had and used over the past 28 years of marriage. :)  One of these I used on some Windsor chairs we no longer have, and I think the "sugar maple" is what I used on the sofa-table-turned-side-board.

Lastly, I helped Hubby yesterday by holding the 
vacuum hose for awhile while he was cutting wallboard
to finish an old repair.
Then, I went up and spent the afternoon sanding wallboard
in the 2nd bathroom
(the one we are working on remodeling).


***Wallboard is dusty stuff!
Definitely wear a dust mask rated for keeping those nasty little
particles from going into your lungs!


I found these sheets of super rough 
wallboard mesh
at
Ace Hardware
for sanding wallboard
and they work great!
I went through 3 of them just going over those open 
wall spots.  


Tip:
One of the older gentlemen who works at 
Ace Hardware 
told me that you can cut a piece of this sanding mesh
off
to clean up hard calcium deposits in your toilet
(those hard water spots that the toilet brush doesn't quite get rid of).
He says to just roll it and stick it in there and scrub gently.
Good tip!!!
And it works!!!
:)


Well, that's it for now!
Happy Mother's Day to you!!!
Blessings to you,
Barb
:)


p.s. Almost forgot! A friendly electrician came by (hubby called to wire the ceiling lighting together on one switch) this week, and Hubby mentioned he wanted to have a plumber look at our sink attachments, so...
A plumber came this week, too! 
Busy week!!! Bye, Ya'll!

***Will be sharing this week with
Feathered Nest Friday
http://www.frenchcountrycottage.net/2015/05/feathered-nest-friday_14.html#more
and some DIY sites.***















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