Sunday, October 22, 2017

Sunday Afternoons and Enjoying a Good Book



One of my absolute favorite things to do
on a quiet weekend is
to sit and read a good book...

Monday, October 16, 2017

7 Favorite Showrooms at High Point Market



High Point Market is the most
amazing place to visit!
People come from all over the world to view the
latest designs for furnishings and home decor
and to shop...



Thursday, October 12, 2017

Barb's Pumpkin Bread with Chips and an Impromptu Tea



Last night's fall weather blew in with a chilling
45 degrees at dawn so this morning was a perfect day
to do a little baking...

Sunday, October 8, 2017

10 Minute Faux Pumpkin Vase



Have you seen those stunning
pumpkin vases?
This season they seem to be cropping up
all over the place.

For fun I thought I'd try my hand at making one
out of a soft styrofoam pumpkin...



Thursday, October 5, 2017

Crafts to Make ~ Fall Pumpkin Vase Hack




I have fallen in love with pumpkins used as a vase
and thought I'd try to make a faux version
with a tutorial so you can make your own!

I'll post a picture tutorial on its own as Blogger is
telling me it can't or won't let me add to this post
right now.
{the joys of programming!}
;)

Let me know what you think of this video!
{even with my head cut off and the need for
an external microphone}

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Happy crafting,

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Sunday Dinner ~ Setting a Jeweled Fall Tablescape





Setting a fall tablescape just for two is a lovely way to share time together and show appreciation:
to your spouse ~ for all his or her hard work
to a best friend ~ for always being there
or to a
grown child home visiting ~
making his or her day special...


Monday, September 25, 2017

Thriftshop Fall Finds Redo ~ Painted Silverplate Trays for Today's Home



Several years ago when we were still in our 
former home in California I began
collecting silver trays.
I have several small ones and other larger ones of various sizes
some with handles and others without
that I have shared in different displays over the years.

Last week I found four silver serving trays down
at an upscale thriftshop called
Twice As Nice
in Denton, Texas...

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Crafts to Make ~ Fabric Rosette Tutorial




Happy Tuesday, Everybody!

Several people have asked how to make
a fabric rosette or rose and I had shared
Maria's tutorial
where she made a super cute painted rosette
drop cloth pillow covered
in 75 rosettes,
mine turned out just
a bit differently...


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Drop Cloth-Grain Sack Slipcover Reveal





I am happy to finally be able
to share these
drop cloth-grain sack chair slipcovers
with you all...
:)



Thursday, September 7, 2017

Sprucing Up the Early Fall Garden and Tour



Yes, I've been doing a little fall cleaning around here ~
Yes, of course cleaning like usual inside
but also outside of our
little prairie home. 
:)

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Easy Transitioning to Fall and a Tea Cake Recipe





As we head into fall with daylight getting
just a bit shorter with each day's passing ~
how do we make the transition
from summer to fall?


Monday, August 28, 2017

Add Sweet Vintage English Candy Boxes to Your Decor



While out shopping a few weeks ago I spied
this sweet candy box nestled at an antiques store
on a glass shelf almost hidden among 
the other treasures with its 
vintage likeness of 
Queen Elizabeth II 
of England on it...
It just had to come home with me.
:)

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Out and About ~ Sweet Inspiring Gardens Nearby




This time of year I'm often dreaming of
gardens I've seen only in photographs.
You know the ones ~ those lovely
ethereal little window box gardens and 
small front yard gardens with
potted trees and annuals blooming madly
for people passing by.
I'm talking about the summer gardens
of France and England...

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

How to Make a Chair Slipcover ~ Part 2 and an Update...



Okay, so what looks so easy to do ~
all those lovely dropcloth chairs you see
on Pinterest all lovely and stenciled
and looking like original
grain sacks...

Friday, August 11, 2017

How to Make a Flirty Chair Skirt ~ Part 1




Flirty skirts... We all like wearing those cute swingy skirts
when we are young and sometimes we even
like wearing short flirty skirts when we get
a little bit older.
;)

But, today I'm sharing about how to
make a fun and flirty chair 
slipcover skirt!


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Just a Quick Post...



Just a quick post...
Was really under the weather yesterday so I
got NOTHING done so doing double time
today!  :)  

I've been wanting to make some pretty
drop cloth slipcovers for these two
chairs here in our Prairie Home
for a little while now.
I saw a cute idea over at a favorite store
{I'll share that place when I post the final post tomorrow or Friday}
 and that gave me an idea!


Skirted dining room chair cover with tiebacks and rosette ~ front to be a little tank top! <3 nbsp="" td="">


So here's the beginnings of a 
flirty little dining room chair cover
I just designed...


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Friday Features ~ Oh, My Heartsie Girl!

That's all for now, folks!
;)

Friday, August 4, 2017

My Ideal Dream Garden and Decor...







Today I thought I'd dream with
you a little... since end of season
sales are beginning on
home and garden decor...
:)

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Fun and Funky Clothing ~ Texas Chic at Sassy Pantz!



Since arriving in Texas back in November
I have been noodling how to describe
the style of clothing many women wear here.
It's different than the capris and a t-shirt
or jeans and a button-up shirt
or even a tank top and cutoffs.
It's Texas Chic...

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Sunday Sentiments ~ Author Emilie Barnes, If Teacups Could Talk





Recently I learned of the passing
of beloved Christian author
Emilie Barnes
who wrote over 70 books on time management
taking care of one's home and
about tea time and knowing
and loving God...

Friday, July 28, 2017

Places to Visit ~ The Stockyards at Fort Worth



Just about a month ago now, my husband took a week's vacation and we took advantage of the time to go on a mini vacation first catching a Texas Ranger's ballgame.  {They won!}
After the game, we drove just a half-hour away to Old Fort Worth 
just west of Dallas to the famous stockyards area where cattle were rounded up and shipped across country east and west.



Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Just a Quick Post...




Just a quick post today sharing just a couple
photos from some upcoming posts I've worked on
for the past couple of weeks ~ will be including these
great Texas longhorns, visiting a museum or two
and checking out some great shops!

but...

Sometimes having an Apple iPhone and an
Apple computer is NOT a good thing ~ like when
they both "think" you might be stealing someone else's
photographs... grrr!





Anyway, I'm emailing all 157 photos from my phone
to myself and will trick the system! 
{Ha! Take that, evil Apple programming!!!}
I WILL have this post on visiting the 
Fort Worth Stockyards
ready by Friday at the latest.
:)

Sorry, I know this has been a slow month over here
at French Ethereal.  Pretty typical as I look back over
the past three July posting.  Just my slow season,
I guess.
;)

But, isn't that what summer 
is for?
Summer vacation!!!

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Vintage Charm ~ Our Hopeful Home

Have a great evening,

Friday, July 21, 2017

Les Macaron Comes to Town ~ Une Revue Délicieux!



A new sweet shoppe has come to town
here in North Central Texas and I'd be willing to bet 
one may be
coming your way soon!
I'm talking about the shop called
Les Macaron.


Monday, July 17, 2017

Summer Outdoor Living Blog Hop Party



Summer outdoor living...

Time to take a break and relax outside a little ~
have friends stop by for a cookout...
One of our favorite things...


Outdoor living for my husband and I
have always included a garden and today 
we will go on a little
tour of those we have had here
at our 
Prairie Home in Texas...


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

French Ethereal Memories ~ Happy 3rd Birthday to Us!







Google reminded me this week that 
little old
French Ethereal
is celebrating a 3rd birthday today ~ July 11th!!!

Monday, July 10, 2017

How to Host an Afternoon Tea



Giving a tea is one of those simple things
that can seem really intimidating the first time
but
hosting a tea for family or friends
doesn't have to be difficult...

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Three Easy Tablesettings to Help You Celebrate the 4th of July


Here are three simple and easy ways to decorate
your table for the upcoming 
4th of July celebration...


Our first tablesetting

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Inspirational Furnishings ~ Cynthia Rowley's Gorgeous Furniture Pieces


Riding the downward escalator inside
Dillard's
at the 
Shops at Willow Bend, Plano, Texas
a couple of weeks ago
I spied this gilded bedroom beauty and 
an armchair that made my heart go
pitter-patter...

Friday, June 16, 2017

Mixing the Old with the New ~ Shabby Chic Bedding



When we moved to Texas last fall
we brought just a couple of throws to wrap up in
while snuggling on our couch 
and our 
big down comforter knowing we would need it to 
keep warm during the coming winter.

No special linens or comforters 
came with us
not even 
my favorite old duvet cover as there
just really wasn't room.
Yesterday I remedied that hole in our
sorely needed bed linens...



Monday, June 12, 2017

Roses in June

Our former backyard in California ~ definitely taken in June when the hollyhocks were beginning to bloom.
Roses in June...  There is just something 
ethereal and wonderful about roses which captures
the imagination unlike any other flower 
in the garden.
At least for me anyway!
How about you???

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Places to Visit ~ Lavender Ridge Farms

Gorgeous pink roses mixed in with tall lavender perennials.
Over the Memorial Day
weekend
My hubby and I took a drive out to 
Gainesville
to visit a lovely little farm ~
Lavender Ridge Farms...

Friday, June 2, 2017

Flash Forward ~ Lightroom and the Canon Speedlite






Oh my!  Even though this photograph is
still dark on the statue's face...
I am loving what the program Lightroom
and the new flash 
Canon Speedlite 430 EX III
{picked up a couple of weeks ago}
and a soft diffuser can do for photographs...

Monday, May 29, 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

5 Fun Beginning of Summer Things to Do with Bandanas

My Girl Scout Brownie troop around year 2000 hamming it up in their super cool flying cow bandanas!




Today's post is all about things we all
like to do and wear that's fun for our kids and 
for grown-ups too
and with 
summer coming up and this weekend being 
Memorial Day...
Patriotism and good memories of loved ones 
and fun times 
is on my mind and
were the inspiration for this 
perfect
beginning of summer post.
I'm talking about something that is a
staple in everyone's drawers
and camping supplies ~ good for
washing dishes on a campout
to 
making a mini backpack to tie
to a little pole ~ it's those wonderfully versatile
bandanas!


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sunday Sentiments ~ Scripture Quilts and a "How To"



Happy Sunday evening to you!
I thought I'd share a little on
something new I found recently:
scripture quilts...



Friday, May 19, 2017

Places to Shop with Sparkle on the Menu



Some days start off as normal
everyday run-of-the-mill days
but after 
morning eye appointment
where the doctor had dilated 
both of my eyes,
I wasn't just seeing stars
because of some eye drops...
;)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Blogger Thoughts and Special Moments...


Yellow coreopsis blooming in Arizona ~ 2016


Okay, sometimes we've just got to have
a totally random post... just because!
Here's what I've been up to
for the past couple of weeks now.

What I've been working on:

Getting gear for an upcoming birthday party
photography shoot.  Here are some of the goods:






I've been texting and talking back and forth
with our son about what kind of tripod
I should purchase for this upcoming photoshoot
as the current one we have is just falling apart ~ 
one leg falls off when
it's not convenient and the swivel head
sags so you have to hold it up with your left hand
{kinda defeating the purpose of the whole tripod thing}
;)
He suggested getting this bad boy!
It's the Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 with a 3-way head.
It weighs in at 17+ pounds ~ and should hold up
our Canon camera and a mounted flash
no problem!

He also suggested getting the Fstoppers
flash diffuser to create soft light
on the subject being photographed.
I'm excited to see this in action!
Can't wait 'til it gets here.
XD



Learning programs

I'm currently working on learning how to 
create special "pins" in Canva and I'm also
beginning to work on editing photos
in Adobe Lightroom.

I can shoot pictures all day long
but shooting the right way
and then editing each photo in a new
program is tough.

Does it ever seem to you that there
just. aren't. enough. hours. 
in. the. day
to first read about using a program
then practice with it
then really do it.
{I fell asleep at the computer last night head fallen down
probably snoring
and woke up sometime after midnight. ;) }

Maybe you never get stressed out
but this week I. am.
It'll all be good and worth it when it 
all comes together, thankfully.
:)



Gardening

Friends gave us a couple of herb plants
so I've been figuring out just
what kind of ceramic pot or wooden tub
I'd like to plant these in.
I found one yesterday at Lowe's
so I'll be out photographing
in the garden soon.






Direction

Sometimes we are given dreams.
A new hope.
A new direction.
I feel that is happening for me, for us
my husband and I
right now.

Sometimes everything you've done
in life
just all comes together in one
special moment.
Coming to Texas has given us an
opportunity
to live a better, happier life.


Faith is something that is unshakeable
sometimes maddening
sometimes very difficult
but what someone or something else
meant for bad
God can make good.



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Happy blessings to you,

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Crafts to Make ~ A Shabby Chic Glamper



Our fairy girls have their own glamper now! ;)



Over Easter I found this 
wonderfully cute little 
wooden camper 
while looking for other craft supplies at 
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store
with my daughter.




It was sooo cute that I had to get it!
I thought it'd be fun to turn this little cutie
{which is similar to the full-size "canned ham" campers}
into a glamorous camper or
"glamper!"




Wandering around, we found these 
wonderful Shabby Chic~style
Anna Griffin
papers for small projects.
Thinking they'd be perfect either in sheets 
or as individual roses cut out...
I put them into my basket, 
too.
:)


Supplies you'll need

(1) wooden camper
favorite craft paints in water-based acrylic
paint brushes
craft paper
white glue or Mod Podge

If desired

*glitter, silk flowers, small pot for "plants or flowers"

*lace for creating curtains for inside the camper's windows

*any other trims you'd like






How to Make Your Camper

*First, paint the main body of your camper.
Let dry.  {I painted part of the top, too
so that anywhere the paper didn't stick would show the "base color."}


*Paint the trim, door, wheels and spindles next.
Let those dry.

*After that, glue on cutouts {or parts of a sheet}
from your favorite scrapbook papers.
Press down hard to make the paper stick.
{This paper I used was pretty thick, so it took a while to soften
and stuck better once it was soft.}





*Brush on more watered-down glue or
Mod-Podge over top of the paper
to create a protective finish ~ fix any areas
that didn't stick well from beforehand.
Let dry.

*Decorate to your heart's content!
:)

This glamper's goodies

This little glamper has a miniature license plate,
some lace trim as an awning to protect
these friendly fairies as they 
come and go about their business, 
and more 
lace fencing surrounding their
miniature
rose and pearl garden.
Wouldn't you like a garden of pearls?
Me, too!
;)





These little wood crafts are sooo much fun to
paint and decorate!
As a family we used to make one or two a year
when my kids were little ~ they always
enjoyed painting everything!

I also had a Girl Scout troop for 6 years and
we painted lots of different projects
for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day
and other holidays
over the years.


This little birdhouse in the background is the one I kept ~ I used a lot of my saved-up broken china.

A similar project is the little birdhouse
I made about seven years ago
which I added pieces of architectural
trim to, painted and then used non-sanded
grout to plaster on pieces of broken china
to the roof.
{I didn't paint the roofs (rooves?) of these bird houses at all ~ just filled in later
with my tiny paint brushes along the roof line.}
I made seven or eight of these and gave
them to the ladies in my tea group
that summer.
They LOVED them!!!

Maybe I'll make a few glampers
for some new friends here...
and
It has been fun creating this little glamour camper
to share with you!

Sorry a little blurry ~ I am getting new glasses soon!



Blessings and Happy Trails 
to you,
xoxo Barb :)



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