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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Monday Social #7

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.


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


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! 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Rustic Blue Box For Fall

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.  

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

GREAT Pumpkin For Fall Porch

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. 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Monday Social #6

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 || 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

October - The Blue Hour

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