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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

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

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 
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.


Sheila shares this lovely white pitcher on Instagram.

It's perfect for spring.


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


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. 

Link Away! 


organicgardendreams said...

Hi, Judith, I found your blog and the Monday Social link up party per coincidence at another bloggers post, who had linked up to you. I am so glad that I did!
I am looking forward to having a closer look at your blog, since I love France, French Interior Design and French Gardens as well.
Today I am participating in your blog party for the first time with a post about the roses that bloomed in January in my Southern California Garden (# 4, "January Roses"). Hope you and the other participants and reader of the party like it!
Warm regards,


Thank you for the inspiration.
Happy Valentine's.

My Kentucky Living said...

My little white pitcher and I thank you for the kind feature this week. Sheila

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Thanks so much for the party!!

Audrey said...

Enjoying the party with so many talented bloggers and so much inspiration. Thanks for co-hosting.
Audrey Z.

Sarah said...

Judith, thanks for the feature. I kept things pretty simple this year, but have to say that I did have a lot of fun with my Queen of Hearts theme last year.
Thanks for hosting and Happy Valentine's Day!

Bonnie said...

Thanks for hosting the party.

Lisa Tutman-Oglesby said...

Hi Judith, love all the pretty inspiration. Thanks for hosting. My pleasure to participate and browse.

Happy day.