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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Monday, November 28, 2016

Country Christmas Tree Memories


Country Christmas Tree Memories 

What one thing symbolizes Christmas in your house? Something that is always part of your Christmas celebration? Beginning with your earliest memories in childhood, what one thing has always been part of every Christmas in every house you have ever lived in? What is that one item that must be included before your house is truly ready to celebrate Christmas?   

For me, the answer is.... 

a Christmas tree. 


This fall, Carole of Garden Up Green asked some of us who live in the country to share something from our homes that reflects a country Christmas. Perhaps a recipe, a decorative display, something passed onto to us, or even what life in the country means to us. Whatever we selected should reflect a memory with sincere heart because country living is like no other, and at Christmas, country living is even better. 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Monday Social #12


Welcome to Monday Social #12.

We are delighted 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 ||



Before we get to the linky party, here are a couple of reminders for 
upcoming Holiday Tours.


 Carole of Garden Up Green is hosting a blog hop November 28, 2016,
that shares heartfelt Christmas memories of living in the country.

Botanic Bleu's memory of country Christmas trees will give you
some ideas for decorating on a shoestring budget.




Seeing houses decorated for the holidays is one of my favorite things to do each year. 
Katie of Let's Add Sprinkles is hosting a blog tour December 5-7, 2016, 
in which bloggers share their homes decorated for Christmas. 
Botanic Bleu's home will be decorated with  lots of white and French inspiration.  


Now, here's Eilis....


The hostess this week is 

Eilis at My Heart Lives Here



 This week I shared  my Thanksgiving centerpiece.  I'm very grateful for all the family and friends we've had at our house over the holiday.  



As a result, things are a little behind schedule, but in a happy way. I'm frantically working on Christmas decorating and hope to share that soon.

Our wonderful Pinterest board of  Monday Social Features is growing every week.  



*****

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.  

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.


*****
Thanks for joining us last week for Monday Social.
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. 


PINTEREST

Sarah of Hyacinths for the Soul shared roosters on her fun Cock a Doodle Doo board.





INSTAGRAM

Sheila of My Kentucky Living is geting her blue & white chine display  ready for the holidays.



BLOG

Jann from Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson shared her 'Shiny Brites' ornament wreath.  


Dana of Remnant Art in the Ordinary shared SNAPSHOTS.  She found these trees at Target.
Her photos are stunning, be sure to visit her blog.




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.


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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! 



Thursday, November 24, 2016

Favorite Christmas Shop


What is your favorite place to shop for Christmas?

My favorite kind of Christmas shop is a small store that has distinctive gifts not found in large department stores. As I approach the store, beautiful Christmas decorations greet me even before I open the door. Inside, the whole store is filled with Christmas, arranged in small vignettes with unusual ribbons, gift tags, ornaments, and things made from wood, glass, and fabric. There may be a handful of plastic things, but they are so well made I do not realize they are plastic/resin until close inspection. 

If there are blue Christmas things, or 
French-inspired items, 
I leave the store with bags and bags. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

What To Do With Paris Flea Market Forks


Hunting for French vintage pieces in a Paris flea market is a great experience even if no treasures are found. If you have ever seen Paris After Midnight, you understand why. Strolling through small, winding streets filled with odd collections transports you to another era and to another lifestyle. Joie de vivre fills the air as you talk with French dealers offering inherited linens, odd pieces of flatware, figurines, bottles, anything and everything. 

Finding French vintage objects is more than the objects; finding French vintage items includes the entire joie de vivre experience of the Paris flea market. 

What do you do with vintage French flea market finds is a question that often comes to our minds when we find a special treasure. Here are five ways I have enjoyed using vintage French silver plate forks in my home. Number five is my favorite way for using a mismatched silver plate fork. 

Maybe one or more of the ways will also be just the idea that sparks how you can use a flea market find in your home. 



Puces d'Aligre, Paris, France 

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Monday Social #11


Welcome to Monday Social #11.

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 





Holiday Recipe Blog Hop

This week has been a busy week at Botanic Bleu starting with the Holiday Recipe Blog Hop hosted by Carol of Bluesky Kitchen. I shared one of our favorite Thanksgiving and Christmas recipes, Caramelized Pears. If you need another recipe for enjoying Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream, then you will want to see my Caramelized Pears recipe. If you missed any of this week's recipes, hop over to Bluesky Kitchen for the entire schedule. 






The Monday after Thanksgiving, November 28, Botanic Bleu will be sharing A Country Christmas Memory as part of a blog tour hosted by Carole of Garden Up Green. My new porch is decorated for Christmas for this blog tour, and you will not want to miss my budget-friendly decorations for a country Christmas tree. 


*****

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.  

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.


*****
Thanks for joining us last week for Monday Social.
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. 


PINTEREST

Wouldn't you love to receive a thoughtful gift of home-baked bread like the one in the photo Lynn shared from her Pinterest board Thanksgiving Ideas? This could also be a great Christmas Idea. 





FACEBOOK 

Susan at Our French Oasis shares everyday living in France on her Facebook page as well as on her blog. I enjoy seeing France through her camera lens and through her English perspective of living in a country other than one's native land. 




INSTAGRAM

Becky @riverstreamsmusic shared her beautiful "cozy" bedroom photo as part of a Thankful For November photo challenge on Instagram. 



BLOG

Penney at Penney Wise shared great tips for creating a French Inspired Fall Picnic and for creating your own version of a fall picnic. 




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!