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 & 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 foodstuff
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... ;)

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


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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!





Wishing you a 
Happy Holiday Season!
Barb
:)




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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.
Barb
:)

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


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!!! 


How many teacups do you have in your home?
What are your favorites?
How do you share yours?


Today I thought I'd share a few treasures with you...




Do you have teas for family or for special friends?

When my children were young, I volunteered but I wasn't working 
outside the home then
so we had lovely mornings during school breaks
to bake 
chocolate chip scones
and have
a little tea party with lemonade tea, hot chocolate, or just
a cup of milk.
:)





Peter and Amy when they were almost 4 and 6 years old.  We had a lot of chocolate chip scones back then!



Here is the 
Victoria Magazine
recipe for their scones circa 1991-1992.
It is and has always been my favorite scone recipe...


Oven Scones

1-3/4 cups self-rising flour
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup unsalted butter
2/3 cup milk


1.  Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.  Sift together flour, sugar, cream of tartar, and baking soda.
2.  With pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in the butter until mixture resembles coarse meal.
3. Slowly add milk, mixing with a fork until a soft pliable dough forms.
4. On floured surface, knead lightly with fingertips to form smooth dough.  
Roll out 1/2-inch thick.  Cut in 2-inch rounds. (I make teapot and other shapes.)
Arrange 1-inch apart on ungreased baking sheets.
5. Bake at 450 degree for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.
Yield:  12 to 14 scones


***To ours, we always added a combination of dark and milk chocolate chips.  I also make golden and dark raisin scones (those were for me, since I'm the only one who likes raisins here! :))


Serve with mock Devonshire cream, assorted jams and jellies.
YUM!!!
:)

***
I had a Girl Scout troop back then.  My daughter was in Brownies
and we sometimes had
Mother & Daughter
Mother's Day teas.
(a post for another day!)


This one, above, however, was Amy's 6th birthday tea. 
(I sewed her dress for her that spring for Easter.
It was finished Easter morning and we had gone up to Sacramento
to be with Gramma and Grampa.)
and
we had
Belle, from Beauty and the Beast, come and celebrate with us!
One of my most favorite photos of Amy!!!


A favorite photo of our Peter ~ in the blue shirt
is one we took when a friend
Margie
came over for lunch with her granddaughter
one day.
These were taken at our first home
here in Murrieta.
(basically the same house, living room-wise, just smaller than
the one we have now)
:)

Matthew 19:14 [Full Chapter]
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

As much as I love all these teacups,
none compare to the love I have for my children...
:)


Anyway, I thought I'd just share
"my treasures"
with you today...


What are your treasures??
:)

Happy treasured memories
and blessings to you!
Barb
:)

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Good for now! ;)


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