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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

The Spring the Plant Stand Became A Plate Stand

Tuesday, February 28, 2017


Where do I put the collection of white dishes that continues to grow? A question I have been asking myself for months as I stacked the dinner plates, the salad plates, the soup bowls, the serving bowls, and the cake plate first on the china cabinet, then on the sunspace breakfast table, then on the countertop in the kitchen, but most often on the rustic pine dining table. 

The question was always in the back of my mind as I went about my normal activities. 



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Monday Social #24

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Welcome to Monday Social #24. 


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 

Eilis from My Heart Lives Here


This week I styled our family room mantel for March




and shared my table setting for a recent book club meeting.



I think I'm in a green mood.  Or maybe it's a spring mood.

Whatever it is, I seem to be pulled toward flower creations this week.



Katie at Let's Add Sprinkles share this lovely vignette.





Judith at Botanic Bleu shared this gorgeous centerpiece.





Let's get to the features.

Pinterest



Sarah Pinned her beautiful redbud centerpiece.  What a happy spring table she created.




Instagram




Sheila at MyKentuckyLiving shared some amazing faux flowers.

Blog





Penny at Penny's Vintage Home offered a great tutorial for turning a yard sale cake pan into this beautiful birch bark centerpiece.
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Debby Goes Shabby shared a great bucket she found at Goodwill.  I can't believe her flowers aren't fresh, can you?

We'd love to see more Instagram and Pinterest guests at Monday Social.

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.


*****
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 7

Friday, February 24, 2017

~ Accessories ~



paris-hotel-de-ville
Paris Hôtel de Ville 
When selecting furnishings, lighting, and accessories for a French Country look, how do we decide what to use? Botanic Bleu provides examples straight from France through photos taken by me. Together we will study the photos, and then see how to translate French designs into our own homes. 


Early Spring Blue Plate Stars

Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Inspiration for new tablesettings come from random sources and sometimes from unexpected combinations of events. An early spring blue and purple tablesetting is one of those that began with a beautiful new blue scalloped edge tidbit plate and unseasonably Spring-like temperatures. 



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Out of the blue, an unexpected package arrived in January from a friend who lives in San Antonio. Our friendship was born through this blog. We have never met in person, but talk to one another via blog comments and emails regularly. 

Monday Social #23

Sunday, February 19, 2017



Welcome to Monday Social #23

Spring officially arrives in 28 days!

March 20, 2017 

Not that anyone is counting.

Who are we kidding?
Longing for Spring seems to be on everyone's blog.



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 






My post in a weekly series, 


French Design on Friday,  

is about French style eyebrow arch windows and doors and how to get a similar look.


Each Friday I share a photo taken in France and show how to translate that look to create a

French-inspired garden and home.






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Here's a peek at what the other two Monday Social hostesses shared this week. 


Eilis has a new rug she layered over an existing rug. 

new layered rug at My Heart Lives Here



Katie is ready for Spring. 
See what I mean about all of blogland longing for Spring. 

I'm Talking Flowers at Let's Add Sprinkles 



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. 

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


*****
Thanks for joining us last week for Monday Social. 
We had a wonderful time visiting your links that you shared.

One quick reminder... 
Link YOUR specific PHOTO not just your general social media site. 



This week's features 

offer one more look at the beauty of Valentine's Day.   


 Barbara at Fair Meadow Place shared how to make a gorgeous Valentine's Day Rag Wreath
Barbara began writing her new blog, Fair Meadow Place, in January 2017. 
Let's all visit her and leave her an encouraging comment as she begins her new blogging journey. 
She is off to a great start. 






My Kentucky Living Instagram White Tulips and Valentine Napkins 
Sheila shares elegant arrangements in her home year round, and Valentine's Day is no exception. 
L O V E these Valentine napkins with a heart inside the O. 






Lisa at Celebrate Creativity has a stunning, fresh, creative approach to Valentine's goodies. 
Her Shakespeare Sugar Cookies include a recipe, a source for the cookie mold, instructions for a creative gift bag, and Shakespeare quotes sprinkled throughout the post.




Rosemary and Thyme's Chic Valentine's Day Table has a L O V E L Y set of dishes from HomeGoods and fresh spring-like towels used as napkins. 





See all these features on our

Pinterest board, Monday Social Features.

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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.

We love your links.

Keep sharing with us and invite your friends to share their photos as well. 
How are you getting ready for Spring? 
What new project is underway at your house?

Help us grow our party and the number of viewers for your sites. 
Share a link to today's Monday Social on your Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest. 

Bloggers supporting one another 
encourages all of us.   

Let's all be Rock Stars of blogging and encouragement.  

P.S. Please update your link to Botanic Bleu's new URL address--- http://www.botanicbleu.com 
Link to Monday Social 
Blogroll Link 
Reading List in Blogger 
Address Book 

Link Away! 




French Design on Friday 6

Friday, February 17, 2017


~  Architecture  ~ 

Eyebrow Arch Windows & Doors  



stone-french-house-in-sarlat-with-eyebrow-arch-doors-windows
How do we know what IS French design? When selecting furnishings, lighting, accessories, and architectural elements for our homes how do we decide what to use to replicate French style? 

Last Minute Valentine Dessert

Monday, February 13, 2017


Need a last minute valentine dessert for tomorrow? One that's yummy, but does not take a lot of time? One that everyone will L O V E? 

raspberry-cheesecake-valentine-dessert

Raspberry cheesecake, je t'aime (I love you.) Raspberry sauce, fresh raspberries, R E A L whipped cream.... 

with pink valentine heart sprinkles 

Monday Social #22

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Welcome to Monday Social #22.

Before we start the party, I have a big announcement.

New Address

Have you noticed I have a new address? 
Pretty exciting upgrading to my own domain website address. 

My blog's address is now 
www.botanicbleu.com


If you have the Botanic Bleu link anywhere on your blog or in your address book, please update your files to my new address. I love all my readers and do not want any of you to get lost on your way to my blog. 

Some places you may need to update my new address link are 
  • Links to Monday Social on your blog 
  • Link to Botanic Bleu on your blogroll 
  • Reading List in Blogger 
  • Contact information in your Address Book 
Email subscribers do NOT have to do anything for Botanic Bleu to continue showing up in your inbox. 

Now, here's this week's Monday Social party.



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. 

*****

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 from Let's Add Sprinkles



I've been doing some putzing around the house in anticipation of an early spring here in Texas.


I was also thrilled to share news of my retirement.
I don't exactly know what the next chapter will hold for me but I am excited to find out.


Thanks for joining us for Monday Social.
We 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.


Instagram 

Sheila shares this lovely white pitcher on Instagram.



It's perfect for spring.

Pinterest

I love this collection of Valentine's Day decor by Sarah Anderson.
It's so fun.



Blog

Carol from Art and Sand shares some wonderful Valentine's Day vignettes.


So pretty. I love the purple and green.


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

*****

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.

We need more Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook links. 
I'd love to see us reach 65 links in all.  
Thank you for your support of our party. 
Katie 

Link Away! 



Botanic Bleu Facelift



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The Botanic Bleu Facelift did not include Botox, but the facelift has given freshness and a youthful vitality to the appearance of Botanic Bleu. Botanic Bleu still has the same face, but received some tweaking of its appearance. 

Rebekah @ The Lady Gadget is the technical guru who implemented the html coding to make my wishes come true. We are still working on some behind-the-scenes technicalities. Please send me a message to let me know if something quirky happens when you visit Botanic Bleu so Rebekah can apply her beauty cream to the html. Contact Rebekah if you need some technical help. Her rates are very reasonable even for us with small budgets. 

As with houses, blog sites need refreshing and updating to keep their looks and structures well maintained. Over the past several weeks, really months, some changes have occurred here on my blog. You may have noticed some of them like the six social media buttons, the CONTACT page, or the centered blog title and date. 


The BIG change is Botanic Bleu's URL address. 


New Address

Have you noticed I have a new address? My blog's address is now
www.botanicbleu.com


If you have the Botanic Bleu link anywhere on your blog or in your address book, please update your files to my new address. I love all my readers and do not want any of you to get lost on your way to my blog. 

Some places you may need to use my new address link are 
  • Links to Monday Social on your blog 
  • Link to Botanic Bleu on your blogroll 
  • Reading List in Blogger 
  • Contact information in your Address Book 

Readers who receive Botanic Bleu in your email inbox do NOT have to do anything to continue to receive Botanic Bleu via email. Please let me know if you no longer get Botanic Bleu in your email inbox so I can follow up with my technical support to correct a problem.


I have updated my URL blog address on Facebook, Instagram, and Bloglovin'. Part of the update for Bloglovin' requires the link at the top of this post. I would love for you to follow Botanic Bleu on Bloglovin'.


Do you have any tips or suggestions for other places I should update with the new URL address?  

Please join me at these inspiring places for more joy of living. 

SUNDAY
Dishing It and Digging It @ Rustic and Refined

MONDAY

TUESDAY

French Design on Friday 5

Friday, February 10, 2017

~  Garden Elements  ~ 

P L A N T   U R N  


My first daffodil bloom peeked out this week with many more buds ready to join it any day. Daffodils swaying in a light wind made me think about gardens and French design on Friday. In Paris, there are favorite gardens I love to visit over and over again for their beauty, for their inspiration, and for their chairs to rest my weary feet after hours of sightseeing. 




tuileries-garden-planter-urn

French Love Banner and Bouquet

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

V A L E N T I N E ' S  D A Y 
 is a week away 

and brings thoughts of  

France... Land of lovers.... French lovers.... Amour (love)... 


For my readers who love all things French, I created some French valentine printables for you to use as a banner or as a bouquet... or, to give away to friends... or LOVERS. 



french-love-banner-bouquet



Easy Display for Valentine's Day

Monday, February 6, 2017

White Handmade Valentines 
create an easy display for the love holiday.  

The pine chest of drawers that sits between the living room and kitchen is my favorite place to create arrangements all during the year. Whatever the season or whatever the holiday, only a handful of items on this pine chest is all that's needed to celebrate the occasion and to brighten up the whole area. 


white-handmade-valentines-card

With handmade valentines, French script feathers, and preserved boxwoods, it is easy to add Valentine's Day cheer. 

Monday Social #21

Sunday, February 5, 2017


Welcome to Monday Social #21

Valentine's Day is in 10 days!
Link up your ideas for celebrating Valentine's Day
so readers have time to try them out.



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 





My post in a new series, 

French Design on Friday,  

is about French style slate roofs and how to get a similar look on a budget.


Each Friday I share a photo taken in France and show how to translate that look to create a

French-inspired garden and home.

french-house-blue-slate-roof


*****

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. 

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


*****
Thanks for joining us last week for Monday Social. 
We had a wonderful time visiting your links that you shared.

One quick reminder... 
Link YOUR specific PHOTO not just your general social media site. 



This week's features include 

New flooring is in the works at my house, so I was very interested in seeing what
Carol at Bluesky Kitchen chose for her new office flooring.
If you are thinking about new flooring, you will want to read
Carol's reasons for choosing her new flooring.

Bluesky Kitchen office flooring





Wreaths, Hearts, Moss.... all speak to my HEART
even if Valentine's Day is not just around the corner.
Mary at Orphans With Makeup has a super easy tutorial for
making a Valentine Heart Wreath.
Easy Valentine Heart Shaped Moss Wreath





Rita at Panoply shares an outdoor setting with a table for two
to celebrate Valentine's with all the people in your life you love,
not just a husband or boyfriend.
Inspiring words that also speak to my HEART.


Winter Cardinal Table for Two




What's a blogger to do when a beloved slow cooker no longer cooks? 
Buy a new one and share a great cold-weather recipe for potato soup in the new slow cooker. 
Amy at A Day of Small Things...  shows step-by-step how to make her easy recipe. 

New slow cooker and potato soup recipe



See all these features on our

Pinterest board, Monday Social Features.

*****


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.

We love your links.

Keep sharing with us and invite your friends to share their photos as well. 
How are you celebrating Valentine's Day? 
What new project is underway at your house?

Help us grow our party and the number of viewers for your sites. 
Share a link to today's Monday Social on your Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest. 

You will be our Valentine forever.

Link Away!