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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Monday Social #8

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Welcome to Monday Social #8.

We are thrilled that you are here. 

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 ||


The hostess this week is 

Judith at Botanic Bleu 




This week was all about Fall in my house. Here's your chance to see some behind-the-scenes for creating a Fall centerpiece and to view photos that show some of the post-and-beam structure of my house.



Step-by-step instructions with photos show how to create a large arrangement in a box or dough bowl. 



Fall French Country Living Room

A tour of the living room highlights its Fall decor, French style, and post-and-beam structure.  

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Now, for this week's linking party...



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 Socials.
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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Thanks for joining us last week for Monday Social #7.
We had a wonderful time visiting your links that you shared.
One quick tip...
Link your specific PHOTO not just your general social media site.



This week's features are also all about Fall. 


PINTEREST

Grantham Lynn "cowboys up" and decorates for Fall with what is on hand.
Her table setting shows you don't have to have pumpkins to create a Fall table. 



INSTAGRAM

Sarah visits Round Top Antiques Week regularly and finds the most wonderful displays to share. 
I love the blue and white dishes, white baby Boo, brown charger, and S T R A W table setting. 
A girl's trip to Round Top with Sarah would be so much fun! 



BLOG

Linda who blogs at Life and Linda is a master at creating innovative table settings.
Her Halloween table has just the right combination of up-scale style (toile pumpkins and black goblets), spooky (Agatha, the witch), and whimsy (ghosts popping out of boxes).

Agathas Black and White Tablescape



Sheila who blogs at My Kentucky Living shared her beautiful home filled with Fall inspiration. 
Her Halloween front door greets arriving guests with a fun black cat visible from outside and inside. 


Autumn Frame of Mind



We love your links.
Keep sharing with us and invite your friends to share their creations as well.

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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.

Link Away! 



Fall French Country Living Room

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Country houses come in all shapes, sizes, and designs. In the beginning our house was more American Country than French Country, but the white cut limestone fireplace in the living room and the pine post and beam structure of the whole house are now more French Country than American Country. 


Fall French Country Living Room 

How To Style a Rustic Blue Box

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

You may have a natural talent for knowing exactly how to style a large box with flowers, pine cones, pumpkins, and wild wispy vines. Or, you may have taken floral courses or weekend workshops to develop your talent. 

I confess I did not have a natural talent and did not take a course to develop a talent for styling a rustic blue box. No, I developed my skills by reading gracious fellow bloggers who shared their tips and secrets for styling arrangements on their blogs, and some even have shown step-by-step instructions. Plus, I have a very talented sister who is a professional florist who gives me pointers periodically. She did take floral courses to become a florist. 

Monday Social #7

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Welcome to Monday Social #7.

We are thrilled that you are here. 

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 Socials.
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. 


*****

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.


*****

The hostess this week is 

Katie Mansfield of Let's Add Sprinkles

This week I shared some Christmas inspiration,


an abandoned home,


and some DIY disasters.



Thanks for joining us for Monday Social #4.
We had a wonderful time visiting your links last week.
One quick tip...
Link your specific PHOTO not just your general social media site.

Let's get to the features.

Pinterest

Sarah at Hyacinths for the soul shared her brown transferware. 
It makes me long to pull mine out. 



Blog

This back porch shared by Shannon at Belle Bleu is just so pretty. 
I love the throw, the pillow and that pitcher of roses. Lovely! 




These rustic home fries from Celebrate Creativity look amazing and Lisa's pictures 
are amazing as well. 



This white and wood fall tablescape is just gorgeous. 
It would be perfect for any fall occasion. 
Stop by Timeless Creations to see more. 



We love your links.
Keep sharing with us and invite your friends to share their creations as well.

*****

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.


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

Link Away! 


Rustic Blue Box For Fall

Thursday, October 20, 2016


Rustic Blue Box For Fall 

Living with the colors you love is easy when you realize your home is yours, not the real estate agent's, not your mother's, not your neighbor's, and not a professional interior designer's. While all of these people may influence your choices for your home, you get to create the home that makes you happy, not the one that makes each of them happy.  

GREAT Pumpkin For Fall Porch

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

What makes a pumpkin a GREAT Pumpkin? 


Charlie Brown knows the answer, but he's still waiting out in the pumpkin patch for his great pumpkin. For the rest of us, there are G R E A T pumpkins to be had now, with no waiting. Here's what makes a great pumpkin for our  decks, our patios, our porches. 

Monday Social #6

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Welcome to 

Monday Social #6



The hostess this week is 

Do you Instagram?
I do and I'm hooked.
It's so fun and quick to add a photo of whatever you are doing at any given moment.
I took the photo above as I left my house the other morning.  It occurred to me that I wanted to share my fun Jack-o-lantern, but he wasn't blog post material. Ta da... post him to Instagram.

You can edit photos (if you want) right there on Instagram.
Then comes the magic.
Followers will instantly let you know that they like what you've shared.
A simple hashtag can lead you to find lots of people who like the same kinds of things as you.
#vintage #Frenchcountrydecor #Farmhousestyle #Mondaysocialparty #pumpkins
You get the idea.

Stuck waiting a few minutes for an appointment?
Just scroll through all the latest eye candy from everyone you follow.
Before you know it, the nurse is saying your name for the third time.

I'd love for you to follow me on Instagram.
And then add your Instagram photos to this party!
We want to find you and follow you
 (on Instagram silly....)

Welcome to 

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 || 

October - The Blue Hour

Tuesday, October 11, 2016


Because of its beauty that makes time stop for an instant, the expression l'heure bleue has come to describe a variety of special times and events, not just a description of a special blue glow at dusk. Each month in 2016, I am sharing a collage of blue images that create a little l'heure bleue for me. 


l'heure bleue en octobre
The Blue Hour in October 


Monday Social #5

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Welcome to 

Monday Social #5 


The hostess this week is 



Fall seems to be everywhere in the USA. Even in north Texas where a norther blew in from Colorado bringing rain and cooler temperatures, 64° during the day on Friday. 

With weeks still left in Fall, it is not too late to decorate for Fall and Thanksgiving with a beautiful new pillow from Elliott-Heath Designs. I am thrilled that one of the readers of Botanic Bleu will win a pillow cover of her/his choice from Elliott-Heath Designs. The giveaway is October 6 - November 6, 2016. See Fall French Sunflowers to enter.



This is perfect weather for enjoying the Fall In Love With Texas blog tour on Oct. 3-7, 2016, hosted by Katie at Let's Add Sprinkles. If you missed any of the tour, here is the complete schedule. 


Now, on with the Monday Social party.... 

Come on in. 

Welcome to 

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 || 

Fall French Sunflowers

Thursday, October 6, 2016


Have you ever seen a huge field of sunflowers in bloom at different times of the day? Have you noticed how the heads of the flowers follow the path of the sun during the day? 


How amazing it is to see all the sunflower faces turned at the same angle, pointing toward the sun.  

French Fall 5 Ways to Get the Look

Tuesday, October 4, 2016


F R E N C H   F A L L 

5 Ways To Get The Look 


Welcome to Fall on my covered deck... in Texas... but still French inspired... 

If you are searching for ways to include French Country in your house and garden for Fall, I am sharing some key elements for how to get the look and feel.  

See the bottom of the post for a special announcement about a giveaway.


Monday Social #4

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Fall has arrived to north Texas with some cooler temperatures. Not crispy cool like in the northeast where people are beginning to wear jackets at night. At least, southern visitors are wearing jackets at night there. 

With the cooler temperatures comes more Fall decorating, and this week Katie at Let's Add Sprinkles is hosting a week long Fall In Love With Texas blog tour featuring 20+ Texas bloggers, including Botanic Bleu. 


Botanic Bleu is on the tour on Tuesday, October 4 with 

French Fall 5 Ways To Get The Look

Mark your calendars to visit the Fall In Love With Texas blog tour tomorrow and every day this week to see all the Fall inspiration my Texas friends are sharing. Head over to Let's Add Sprinkles to begin the tour.

Also mark your calendars to enter a Giveaway on Botanic Bleu beginning Thursday, October 6, 2016. Elliott-Heath Designs is one of my favorite pillow sources, and I am excited that one of my readers will win the pillow cover of her/his choice from over 480 different Elliott-Heath Designs. 


Now, on with the Monday Social party.... 


We are so excited to host a linky party for all our friends, both new and old, and we are glad you are here.

Come on in. 

Welcome to 

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 ||