Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Joy, Love, Peace, Believe, Christmas

I'm decorating two different Christmas themes in our home this year.  We purchased a second tree from Balsam Hill.  It's a Brewer Spruce tree.  I sorted out all our ornaments and used the ones I considered "rustic" on this tree.  I'm putting the more formal ornaments on another tree in the front window of dining room.  I'll share that one soon.  




I found the sign for the mantel at Kirkland's. So many of my favorite words in one place makes me happy.


The magnolia greenery is from our backyard.


So are these berries.  We have loads and loads of them.


My mom grew up on a farm in Ireland.  She has told me that when she was a child, the only Christmas decorations in their home were the pieces of holly they cut and brought inside.  She has very happy memories of the excitement that holly brought.

I have lots more Christmas decorating to finish up around here.  Please come back next week to see my post on the Cozy at Christmas Home Tour hosted by Let's Add Sprinkles.


There's still time to join this week's Monday Social.  In a hurry?  You can link up a quick photo from your Instagram.  Of course blog posts, Facebook, and Pinterest are also welcome.

Joining:
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The Scoop
Amaze Me Monday
Between Naps on the Porch
Make it Pretty Monday

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 ||


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.  



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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. 



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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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Thanks for joining us last week for Monday Social.
We had a wonderful time visiting your links that you shared.
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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.
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And FOLLOW each hostess on at least one social medium.
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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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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope your Thanksgiving is full of family, friends, and lots of good food.




I just finished this fresh flower centerpiece.  


Now the kitchen is calling.

I'm so grateful to have a houseful for turkey this year.  
Have a blessed day!
Joining:
Wow Us Wednesday
The Scoop

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. 


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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! 

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