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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Monday Social #28

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Welcome to Monday Social #28. 


Judith at Botanic Bleu  || Instagram || Facebook || Pinterest || Botanic Bleu ||
Katie at Let's Add Sprinkles || Instagram || Facebook || Pinterest || Let's Add Sprinkles ||
Eilis at My Heart Lives Here  || Instagram || Pinterest || My Heart Lives Here || 



Monday Social
is a social gathering of friends where we connect with others by visiting them 
on 
Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, or a Blog.  


*****
The hostess this week is 

Eilis from My Heart Lives Here



This week I shared spring in our backyard.





Katie at Let's Add Sprinkles shared her beautiful master bedroom.




Judith at Botanic Bleu shared gorgeous  French interior lighting.






Let's get to this week's wonderful features.

Pinterest

Cecilia: My Thrift Store Addiction shared Easter Bunny Dirt Pudding on her Is it spring yet? board.
What a great way to help us find a great seasonal blog post from a couple of years ago.
If you are not linking oldie but goodie Pins from your blog to Monday Social, you are missing out!







Instagram

Jann of Haveadailycup shared the adorable Easter Village she created with her craft group.
Jann is one of my favorite people to follow on Instagram.






Blog

Lisa @ Celebrate Creativity shared some great tips for using
Rustic and Vintage Props Galore. 
Be sure to check out all the stunning photos in this post.





Kristin @ Timeless Creations found the perfect spot for a little sideboard
as a coffee bar in her new home.




and lucky Pat at French Country Style shared her French Wine Crate Find.
I want to go estate sale shopping with her!





I could go on and on.  There were so many fabulous links.

But now it's time to see what you've done this week!

Keep sharing and tell your friends.



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Party Directions

Come as you are.
In your cocktail dress, boot-scooting boots, or your jammies, but
remember your party manners, and do the following, please.

We would love for you to FOLLOW all your hostesses on their blogs at least one way ... 
Bloglovin', email subscription, URL, Google Friend Connect, Google+, etc...

And FOLLOW each hostess on at least one social medium.
Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest


Please read how to be a good guest before linking to the party. 

1] Link a maximum of 5 photos that take party goers to Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, or a Blog. 
    Share home decor, DIY, recipes, inspirational thoughts... whatever is going on in your world.   

2] You do NOT have to write a blog to link up photos to Instagram, Pinterest, or Facebook.
     Isn't this great? More people can join the gathering. Just grab the web address and link away.

3] Monday Social attendees visit sites linked to the party and socialize ... 
    Suggested ways for mixing and mingling ...
  • Instagram - comment on a photo or Regram another person's Instagram ...
  • Facebook - comment on a post or share a post on Facebook back to your Facebook site ...
  • Pinterest - re-Pin another person's Pin on Pinterest...
  • Blog - comment on another person's Blog...
  • Make a regular connection with a site that inspired you by following the site.
4] No direct links to linky parties or advertising including Etsy shops.

5] By joining the party, you are agreeing that the photos are yours or that you have permission to use them, that we may use those photos to feature your work on a blog post and/or in social media. The blog post will always have a link back to you. Remember to disable "no reply" to your email so we can reach you.

6] Not required, but we would love for everyone to invite their readers to join the party and to share the Monday Social button on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Blog sites.


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Need help linking to the party? See Monday Social Linky that explains how to link up Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Blog photos.

Please keep in mind that Pinterest and Instagram photos must be your own to be featured.

Link Away!  




French Design on Friday 11

Friday, March 24, 2017

Lighting ~
Interior 


French Country interior lighting comes in many styles just like French Country exterior lighting on last Friday's French Design on Friday. A French château is one place to look for authentic French design for interior lighting and no château better to view than my favorite, Chenonceau. 




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Spring Garden Party

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Spring Garden Party 

Ideas for a garden party using what you have... 


Spring came early this year in north Texas. Spring arriving early was a wonderful thing because my sister and brother surprised me with a spring garden party for my birthday. You are invited to join the party and to see how to use what you have to create a beautiful outdoor party. 


Katie at Let's Add Sprinkles is hosting the Hello, Spring Blog Tour, and my surprise birthday party came at a perfect time to share as part of the tour. 

For new readers visiting as part of the Hello, Spring Blog Tour, welcome! 
I hope you will become a regular reader and come back often. 

Regular readers, dear friends, thanks for stopping by to see what's going on this spring at Botanic Bleu. 

I am excited to be joining 14 talented bloggers who are also sharing how spring looks in their homes. The full schedule is listed at the bottom. Be sure to visit them, and tell them the birthday girl said hello. 

I had planned to share my French-inspired garden shed all decked out for spring, but will share it later. 

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Monday Social #27

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Welcome to Monday Social #27.



Judith at Botanic Bleu  || Instagram || Facebook || Pinterest || Botanic Bleu ||
Katie at Let's Add Sprinkles || Instagram || Facebook || Pinterest || Let's Add Sprinkles ||
Eilis at My Heart Lives Here  || Instagram || Pinterest || My Heart Lives Here || 



Monday Social
is a social gathering of friends where we connect with others by visiting them 
on 
Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, or a Blog.  

That's right, you do not have to write a blog to participate in Monday Social.
You can also link photos from Instagram, Facebook, or Pinterest.

Find the addresses for your friends' sites, and 
link your addresses for friends to find. 

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Each Sunday at 4:00 p.m. party goers link up photos from one of four sites, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and/or a Blog.  

Old-fashioned socials were held on/in lawns, porches, parlors, churches... where friends mixed, mingled, and shared their lives... and exchanged their calling cards that gave their names and contact information. 

Monday Social is a 21st century social where we exchange our calling cards (link our URL addresses) for Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and a Blog.


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The hostess this week is 

Katie Mansfield from Let's Add Sprinkles




Judith shared her affinity for French lanterns.


I shared the saga of my brown transferware collection.


We have all been busy getting ready for a spring blog tour.


Please come back tomorrow to see some wonderful blogs.

Thanks for joining us for Monday Social.
I had a wonderful time visiting your links last week.
Let me discuss some of the other social media platforms for a minute.
In this day of cross branding, multiple media platforms are essential.
I hope that by linking to Monday Social you gain followers to your Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest accounts.
Make sure your settings aren't set to private.
Just a quick tip for Facebook.
Make sure you grab the URL for the specific Facebook post not your general Facebook page.
Same is true for Pinterest.
Please make sure it is your own photo and not a photo that is copyright protected.
I hope that helps.
Feel free to message one of us if you have questions.

Let's get to the features.

Etched in Colloquy shared her blue and white tablescape with blue and white Easter eggs.
I know blue and white fans will love this one.


Gorgeous!

American Honey Home shared this quick and easy cobbler recipe. It looks pretty healthy to me too.



Finally, I'd like to introduce a new blog to you.
Barbara has been blogging since January. Pop over and follow Fair Meadow Place.
Please give her a great blogging community welcome.


I love this darling tool box.

I love the links!
Keep sharing and tell your friends.

*****

Party Directions

We would love for you to FOLLOW all your hostesses on their blogs at least one way ... 
Bloglovin', email subscription, URL, Google Friend Connect, Google+, etc...

And FOLLOW each hostess on at least one social medium.
Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest


Please read how to be a good guest before linking to the party. 

1] Link a maximum of 5 photos that take party goers to Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, or a Blog. 
    Share home decor, DIY, recipes, inspirational thoughts... whatever is going on in your world.   

2] You do NOT have to write a blog to link up photos to Instagram, Pinterest, or Facebook.
     Isn't this great? More people can join the gathering. Just grab the web address and link away.

3] Monday Social attendees visit sites linked to the party and socialize ... 
    Suggested ways for mixing and mingling ...
  • Instagram - comment on a photo or Regram another person's Instagram ...
  • Facebook - comment on a post or share a post on Facebook back to your Facebook site ...
  • Pinterest - re-Pin another person's Pin on Pinterest...
  • Blog - comment on another person's Blog...
  • Make a regular connection with a site that inspired you by following the site.
4] No direct links to linky parties or advertising including Etsy shops.

5] By joining the party, you are agreeing that the photos are yours or that you have permission to use them, that we may use those photos to feature your work on a blog post and/or in social media. The blog post will always have a link back to you. Remember to disable "no reply" to your email so we can reach you.

6] Not required, but we would love for everyone to invite their readers to join the party and to share the Monday Social button on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Blog sites.


*****
Need help linking to the party? See Monday Social Linky that explains how to link up Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Blog photos.

Thank you for your support of our party. 
Katie 

Link Away! 

French Design on Friday #10

Friday, March 17, 2017

~ Lighting ~
Exterior 


Are you looking for exterior lighting with distinctive French design for your home? Where do you research for ideas of lighting to use? There are scores of lighting sources on the internet, but are the fixtures offered genuine French style? 

French country design is popular with interior designers, home builders, and bloggers. All offer their interpretations of French design. If you want your home to have authentic French design, start by looking at materials used in France. Go to the primary source for design ideas. 




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