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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

First Blog Anniversary Give-Away

Sunday, August 18, 2013

In Texas, the new school year begins in August. 
After 37 years in education, 
each August feels like the start of a new year,  
new beginnings.

Is this phrase redundant? Hmmm...
Beginnings ARE new.

A new beginning (I'm going with the phrase)
is what happened last August 26. 
I wrote my first blog post,
French Tarte aux Fraise
(French Strawberry Tart).

is it a word yet?
Blog + anniversary
Recognized in the official dictionary yet? 
Not on my computer's dictionary, YET. 

Is blog a word yet?  Recognized in the official dictionary? 
Yes.  At least it is in my computer's dictionary.
BLOG ~ shortening of weblog 
(ha ha ha...web log becomes we blog)
origin 1990s
blog |bläg|nounpersonal website or web page on which an individual records opinions, links to other sites, etc. on a regular basis.
I do record opinions, but I love recording photos more.
Some of my favorite photos are 
Doors in Sarlat, France
Pink Fragrant Roses
Botanic Bleu's first French Country Christmas sale photo
Your favorite posts with photos are listed below with the
number of page views for these most popular posts.
Stats below are from Google Dashboard.

I write a small blog, but the number of readers is increasing.
The graph below charts the number of pageviews per month. 

Thank you for reading me. 

Yes, I look at the stats for my blog, and I regularly visit other blogs.


What I keep reminding myself is that I write my blog for myself.
I love having readers, but the pictures and stories are really ways
of expressing myself now that I no longer work outside the home.
Writing a blog is a way to fill that desire to be creative and
to chronicle little snippets of my life.

Another BUT...

To be honest, it does make me feel good when someone leaves a nice
comment, a post is featured, new people follow, and/or
my pageviews increase,
when I make a new friend.

Thank you to my readers, 
thank you to everyone who leaves a comment, 
(they make my day brighter every time)
thank you to linky party hosts,  
and a big, Texas-size, 
thank you 
to my followers and new friends. 

A blogiversary deserves a gift...
not for me, but for YOU!


Would you like to win a white ceramic message board with a fleur-de-lis on it?
Great for writing menus, but also for greetings.
Happy Birthday, Happy Mother's Day, Merry Christmas, 
Joyeux Noël, Good Luck at Bridge

YES, you say? Then ... 

Do one, two, or all, of the following. 
Remember to leave a new comment for each entry. :)
  1. Leave a COMMENT on this post telling me you are a Botanic Bleu blog follower by Google Friend Connect or bloglovin' and say you would like to win the ceramic menu board.
  2. Share the Give Away photo AND a link back to this post on your blog, Facebook, or Pinterest board.  Leave a new comment on this post to let me know and for you to have another chance at winning.
  3. Become a FOLLOWER of the Botanic Bleu blog by Google Friend Connect and leave a comment letting me know you are a new GFC follower.
  4. Become a FOLLOWER of the Botanic Bleu blog by bloglovin' and leave a comment letting me know you are a new bloglovin' follower.
  5. Become a Botanic Bleu FACEBOOK follower and leave a comment on this blog post letting me know you are a Facebook follower.
  6. Become a Botanic Bleu PINTEREST follower and leave a comment on this blog post letting me know you are a Pinterest follower.
  7. Be sure to leave a new comment each time you enter to win. If you list everything you did to enter all on the same comment, you will only have ONE entry.  Each comment is an ENTRY.
  8. Entries close at midnight, Central Daylight Time, September 2, 2013, Labor Day.
  9. The winner will be selected at random and notified on the Botanic Bleu post published on  September 5, 2013, and by email, if possible. 
Whew!  That is a lot of information.
Good luck to you, 
my blogging friends.

The winner is 
Lisa @
Life Away From the Office Chair
No one gave me compensation of any kind for this Give Away. 
I love my ceramic fleur-de-lis board and 
think you may love one, too.

Please join me at these inspiring sites...



  1. Congratulations !! with your bloganniversary !! your blog !!...happy Ria...x !

  2. Happy Bloggiversary! It's fun to look back and favorite posts and see how our blogs have grown! I would be thrilled to win the menu board...I don't have anything like that and my kitchen has white cabinets and black counter tops. Wouldn't it be pretty? I'm a follower! Hugs!

  3. Happy blogiversary! I didn't realize that I could follow you on Pinterest but I found you and I am looking forward to browsing, when I get a free moment, of course.

    1. Kara,
      What a joyful surprise to find your comments on the blog! I went to your blog and became a follower. Love to you, Nathan, Finley, Daniel...


  4. I shared your blog on my Facebook page and I can think of several friends of mine that will enjoy following you.

  5. P.S.- I also follow you on Facebook.

  6. Wow! Has it been a year already! Happy Blogiversary! You already know I'm a follower and that I love reading your posts. I'm very proud of your accomplishments in the blog world and you are very deserving of the recognition for your blog. I look forward to many more blogiversaries of Botanic Bleu!


    1. Lois,
      Thank you for all the loyal reading and support this first year. It is hard to believe it's been a year, but time flies when you're having fun!


  7. Judith, you are the classiest blog in Blogland~ and I say this in all seriousness. Your writing style is of the first water, and your photos are a visual feast. Congratulations on a year of serious blogging... As Lois writes above, you are truly deserving of all the kudos you've received and I'm proud to be counted among your followers and blog friends.

    With great appreciation of a blog well done,


    1. Dana,
      Thank you for your loyal support and encouragement. I so appreciate your gracious comments and friendship and am proud to be one of your followers, too. One of the best unexpected benefits of blogging is making friends with kindred spirits who enjoy the same things.

      Looking forward to continued friendship and inspiration from reading The Starfish Studio blog...


  8. You have a beautiful blog,Happy anniversary in blogland.Mine and your thoughts are somewhat similar.I love writing too.Please do drop in to see my blog and my write up.Love sujatha...:):)

  9. Happy Anniversary. Thanks for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  10. Happy Blogiversary! I'm following you with Bloglovin'. I was just scrolling through your recent posts. I love your garden bench and your outdoor table setting. Both settings look so peaceful. laurie

  11. Happy Blogiversary to you! I just celebrated my first year too on Aug 1! I signed up to follow you with bloglovin, and would certainly love to have that white ceramic board to play with! I have read your posts before and admire your style so I will be back to visit more often now!

    I love to visit your blog, Its always fun and I love what you always feature, and I love blue. I hope you have many more.
    May God bless,
    XXOO Marie Antoinette

  13. Happy Blogiversary!

    My blog is just 6 months older than yours.

    I am a follower on Google friend connect and would love to wind the ceramic board.

  14. Judith, yes, as you know I'm a fan and a follower. Botanic Bleu is one of my favorite places to visit. Love your style! Both your writing and your photos are stellar! Congratulations on the first year. I hope you continue sharing your talents for many more ahead. ~ Sarah
    PS ~ Of course I adore the menu board with it's flirty fleur de lys. '-)

  15. Judith, I added the give away on my sidebar. Hope it helps others find your beautiful blog.

  16. Happy Blogiversary! (just added that word to my spell check dictionary by the way) Thanks for the chance to win. That ceramic board would look wonderful in my kitchen. Love!

  17. Im a new GFC Follower, cant wait to read more of you blog!

  18. I also follow you on FaceBook under "life away from the office chair"

  19. I also Follow you on Pinterest under my personal name! Great pins!

  20. Judith, I just found you through a link on Sarah's blog and I'm so happy to be here. I am a new follower on GFC! I can see that I will be enjoying many hours reading back through your posts! I would LOVE to win your pretty white board for my kitchen! Thank you for the opportunity! Linda

  21. I have also found you on Pinterest--oh dear--so many BEAUTIFUL pins to explore--I will never be able to do my chores now...Linda

  22. And now I have opened a bloglovin account so I can follow you there. I am looking forward to getting to know you and your beautiful blog! Linda

  23. Just found your blog and have joined! I would love for you to follow me back. I also live in Texas (Waskom) and just adore French Country and Fleur-de-lis. I have them in my master bathroom and also make homemade soaps in the fleur-de-lis design.

    Carol @

  24. I have also found and liked you on Facebook. Wonderful page with beautiful posts.

    Carol @

  25. So glad I found you again on Pinterest. I know what I will be doing tomorrow. I would Luv, Luv, Luv, your amazing white fleur-de-lis board for my kitchen, Thanks for sharing. Your pins are wonderful.


  26. Joined Bloglovin' also. This is something new to me. I will have to add this to my site. Thanks again for the opportunity Judith.

    Carol @