Thursday, July 19, 2018

French Ethereal's Birthday Anniversaire #4!

Looking back  this month I realized that this little
blog of mine is now four years old!
Still a baby by many standards but at the suggestion of my son, who knew I was enjoying other designers' blogs at the time, this little blog was born...

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Chicken Dinner, a Recipe and a Movie...

Summer storms  have been the norm every afternoon for over a week now and cooler temperatures came with them.
So... while we were having a lovely high 80's evening
a couple of days ago {instead of high 90's and low 100's}
I baked up a chicken dinner that is delicious and
easy to prepare...

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

A Little Bit of Paris Aujourd'hui

Paris is a dream... 

 I often think of Paris and how I missed an opportunity to go and
visit The City of Lights when I was an exchange student to Germany back as a young 19 year old and new to college
and to life...

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

A Little Softer, Faded 4th of July...

Happy 4th of July  to you all today!!!!

I love our country's national day of celebration ~ remembering
today my ancestors who fought in the Revolutionary War
{on both sides} and enjoying the freedoms we now have as a separate independent country 242 years later.

Today I thought I'd share a little of the softer side of red, white and blue with you plus a few photos sharing our country's lovely
stars and stripes ~ a couple not shown previously here
on the blog before.
Enjoy this little tribute to our beautiful 4th and her flag!

Friday, June 29, 2018

How to Create a Library in Small Spaces

Libraries although perhaps not quite as popular now with
today's younger generation than with past generations due to
novel reading on tablets, computers and cell phones.
Despite new technology entering into the world of books
I think libraries can still hold a special place in the home.

They are wonderful to have on so many levels...

Monday, June 25, 2018

A Rosy Walk in the Garden

Summer's heat  has been making itself known
here in North Central Texas this whole month of June
however the heat has unwittingly helped me as I've finally
figured out how much and when to water my
potted yearling and new roses!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Merry Merry Month of June...

June is  typically a lovely month with it being the birthday month of my mother Ginny, my daughter Amy and my
mother's mother ~ Grammy Helen.
And those days were filled with happiness and good
memories for me this year...

Friday, June 15, 2018

Beautiful Embroidered Lace ~ Appenzell WeiBstickerei

Last fall  I found the prettiest lace handkerchief with the tiniest little stitches and pretty flowers woven into it on a fluke while driving around Dallas and just happened to be passing
by a thriftshop...

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Decorating Ideas ~ How to Make a Rose Ornament

Sorry  I haven't written much except a little on Instagram this past week ~ I've been battling a really bad head cold and I'm
just beginning to feel better.
With that  I looked back to some older posts I had written and
I came across this photograph in a post that I had written
about a peacock tea party at our home in California.

I had wanted to share a tutorial on how to make this sweet
little rose ornament and found that I never did
Here we are to remedy that today!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Summer Roses and Structures That Support Them

Regal roses...
The flower queen of the garden with hundreds of varieties
and a pedigree dating back 35 million years to the
oldest rose fossils, structures to support them came about
as an off-shoot to growing fruits and vegetables
in ancient times.

Today these structures continue to add support
but also their beauty and no where is this
so true as in the rose garden...

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Remembering... Memorial Day

Memorial Day  is a lovely way to remember our
fallen military members.
Recently I was driving home from Denton, Texas which
is the next big city just south of us here in Denton County
and as I was driving along the frontage road
a number of cars were stopped...

Friday, May 25, 2018

It's Always Tea and Roses at French Ethereal!

Tea and roses  is an ever recurrent theme at a great many
of the tea parties I have shared here at French Ethereal.
Those two words for me go hand in hand...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Summer Weather and a Sick Dog...

This week  has been a catch up week for me with computer
issues then hubby coming back from a business trip to California with a nasty cold.
Now our sweet Yoda is sick and I am not sure why but his
tummy is upset but I may need to take him in
to see the vet.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Royal Week ~ Keep Calm and Drink Tea!

Royal Wedding week  for HRH Prince Harry and his fiancée Ms. Meghan Markle and it wouldn't be complete
without a small discussion and a little history about
"taking tea."

Warming us when it's chilly outside and cooling us down
when poured over ice cubes in the summer ~ tea is
the perfect drink no matter what side of
the Pond one lives on!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Royal Week ~ Limoges Porcelain Fit for Royalty

It’s Royal Wedding Week

Excitement and guessing about what the bride's dress will look like are all part of what is being shared this week surrounding the upcoming Saturday nuptials at
St. George's Cathedral, Windsor Castle, England of
HRH Prince Harry of England and Ms. Meghan Markle 
a fairy tale being played out much like one 62 years ago where another American actress Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier of Monaco in April of 1956.

Today's post then is sharing some beautiful china
fit for royalty! 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Happy Mother's Day!

Mother’s Day  is always a wonderful holiday and it is especially wonderful this year as my grown children
came down {and up!} to visit me and my husband
this past weekend!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

How to Glam Up Your Chandelier

Chandeliers are  inherently beautiful no matter whether they have real rock crystals dangling from their Cinderella-like
glass arms or just sweet pink faux crystals or like mine here ~
the chandy itself is made purely of acrylic plastic.

Chandeliers are glamour unto themselves and today we will be talking about how to make your basic chandelier more beautiful
for any occasion.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Napkin Folding and a Little Book Review

Napkin folding  is an old art and there are sooo many styles to go with your tablescapes and to go with
whatever meal you are serving.
Today I thought I'd share just a couple of napkin folding
techniques and the book I found with you all
in a little book review.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

TBT ~ A Day of Throw Back Tea Parties

It’s Saturday  and a spring rain is falling off and on
outside today ~ making this a perfect day to sip another
cup of tea and reflect on past springs and teas here at

French Ethereal…

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Inside and Outdoors ~ Sunny Spring Afternoons

I love  this time of year when the mornings are cool
and because the winds that whip up are still rather brisk
a jacket or a light sweater is still needed.
Then as the sun rises higher in the morning sky the days
rapidly warm and by mid-afternoon it is a
balmy and pleasantly breezy 80 degrees...

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Spring Tablescapes ~ A Tulip Tea

Last week’s trip  to the Texas Tulip Farm was a
step back in time and also an inspiration to redecorate
a bit and share a new way to set your tea table...

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Garden Roadtrip ~ Welcome to the Texas Tulip Farm and Gardens

Today is all about tulips!   It was very late in the
Texas spring season when I learned about a tulip farm
quite literally that was not but 10 miles away.

So today we are talking tulips and hopefully we will be
sharing some new favorite tulips with you.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Gardening Roadtrip ~ Miner's Ace Hardware + Garden Center, Arroyo Grande

Spring gardening   is just beginning and I wanted to
share a beautiful garden centers my friend Kathy took me to
while I was out visiting in California in late January ~

Miner's Ace Hardware and Garden Center
186 Station Way
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
Ph: (805) 489-9100

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

You've Got Mail, Bookshops and Great Design in the Movies

When I was  a little girl in school there were three
favorite things I loved: first was recess
the second was P.E. and the third was going to the library
each week to pick out a few good books to read...

Thursday, March 29, 2018

How to Root a Rose Cutting

Springtime is  finally here to North Texas and now that the danger of hard freezes is over we can finally get outside and
do a little more gardening!

Today I'm sharing how to create a new rose by rooting
from a cutting...

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