Sunday, April 23, 2017

Monday Social #32


Welcome to Monday Social #32





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 


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My post this week in

French Design on Friday,  

is about using window boxes.


Each Friday I share a photo(s) taken in France and show how to translate that look to create a

French-inspired garden and home.




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Here's a peek at what the other two Monday Social hostesses shared this week. 


Eilis at My Heart Lives Here found a new bombe chest for her entry. 
Read about one of her favorite stores for shopping... and getting a bargain every time.  




Katie at Let's Add Sprinkles loves handbags. 
This week she shared photos of herself modeling her favorite designer bags. 
I think her husband has mentioned a need for intervention... 
but I may be remembering wrong. 





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.  


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Thanks for joining us last week for Monday Social. 
We had a wonderful time visiting your links that you shared.

One quick reminder... 
Link YOUR specific PHOTO not just your general social media site. 



Spring is a time for rejuvenation,

and this week's FEATURES show some 

great ideas for refreshing your life and home. 



If you are considering painting your kitchen cabinets,
then Timeless Creations' post about how they painted their cabinets is a must-read
with detailed photos and explanations.





Sheila at My Kentucky Living gave a little love to her 
kitchen table with flowers and candles.  




See how Home With Mimi gave new life to a little old wicker table. 




Pinterest: Sarah at Hyacinths for the Soul has great refreshing adventures which  
she shares in Tales of the Traveling Tote. 
The latest adventure was to see Texas bluebonnets, 
annual wildflowers that signal the arrival of Spring deep in the heart of Texas. 





See all these features on our

Pinterest board, Monday Social Features.

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Party Directions

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.

We love your links.

Keep sharing with us and invite your friends to share their photos as well. 
What repurpose or renewal are you doing for Spring? 
What new project is underway at your house?

Help us grow our party and the number of viewers for your sites. 
Share a link to today's Monday Social on your Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest. 
  
Link Away! 



Friday, April 21, 2017

Bombe Chest for the Entry Hall

I enjoyed a great lunch with friends a few days ago.  The fun didn't end when the server brought our check. The restaurant we ate at happens to be very near a consignment furniture store.  It's small, but always worth a look since the inventory changes frequently.  The owners are pretty choosy about what they will accept and keep their prices very reasonable.  
On this visit, I found this charming little bombe chest.
I already had a previous consignment store find in this spot, but once I saw this one, I couldn't just leave it there.  I guess the previous one is headed back to find yet another home.





Here it is in our entry hall.  I kept the mirror (that matched the old piece) above it.  I like this new duo even more than the old combination.  My mom always used to say that "it is a woman's prerogative to change her mind."  She used those words whenever she had a better idea.  She was and still is a wise woman. Now if I had custom ordered the first piece from a high end store, I would feel locked in to my decision.  However, I think bargain finds from garage sales, estate sales, and consignment stores allow a little more flexibility.
Don't you?





It is especially gorgeous with the lamp turned on.  This one will be staying.




Thanks for all the kind comments about Dexter.   Lexi continues to settle in and make herself indispensable around here.  She even helped me to take these photos.


Joining:
Rattlebridge Farm

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Lexi Found a Home

I've been away from my blog and all the others that I love to read lately.  There's just been so much keeping me busy around here.


We host a big outdoor party for my husband's company each April.  Knowing people are coming over is usually the push I need to spruce things up.  I tend to focus on whatever is looking most in need of help.  In this case, that would be the front yard.
There are huge flower beds in front of our house.  When we purchased this home, almost four years ago, they were full of shrubs, perennials, and annual flowers.  I enjoyed the ease of the perennials coming back each spring, and didn't do very much with this area.  Last year though, I noticed that some Mexican petunias had taken over too much of the main flower bed. To say that those flowers weeds are invasive is an understatement.  If I'd had any idea how they would spread, I would have pulled them out the first year. I paid landscapers to pull them out last fall (since they had looked terrible when they froze the prior winter).  They worked really hard to get them under control, but many were popping up again this spring. We had also lost some shrubs for a variety of reasons. Here's the sad before picture.


While planning for spring planting, I created a Pinterest board of ideas for this almost blank canvas.  I wanted to keep as many healthy plants as possible and add things that will do well in the afternoon sun, attract butterflies, and be pretty low maintenance.
Texas Sage (Leucophyllum frutescens) is an evergreen shrub that I found myself pinning over and over. It is easy to grow in our hot climate and has colorful flowers in summer.  I purchased ten of them.


I can't wait to see them bloom.

In the meantime, these pentas, vincas, and dianthus will give some color.  


I've also planted some more of the perennials that have performed well in the past.  I am hoping this bed will be a haven for butterflies.  Every time I drive by a garden center I end up buying a few more to fill in another spot.


Getting back to the title of this post....
A few weeks ago we had to say goodbye to Dexter, our fourteen year old, much loved, Wire Fox Terrier.  The house has been way too quiet without him. 
 
We had found him at a Petsmart adoption event, so on Saturday we found ourselves there again.
Lexi came home with us for a one week trial.  She is about 18 months old and a terrier retriever mix. She was rescued from a shelter where she had run out of time.  A generous volunteer fostered her for three months to transition her from an abusive history to being ready to go home with another family. At first she was very afraid of the guys in our home, but each day she feels more secure. She has charmed her way into everyone's hearts, so I don't think she needs to worry too much about going back at the end of the week.


I hope you're having as great a day as Lexi is.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Monday Social #31

Welcome to Monday Social #31.
Happy Easter. I hope it has been a great day. 

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 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. 

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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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The hostess this week is 

Katie Mansfield from Let's Add Sprinkles



I shared a few remaining Easter projects.


Judith @ Botanic Bleu shared the joys of porch living.


Eilis shared a post about a friends new shop.


It was a good week.

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.

I love to see something new and unique. These concrete eggs are fabulous and would be darling in the garden. I may have to try that next year. Stop by and check them out at the createaerie.


Stop by The Marmelade Gypsy.  She has a great tutorial for banner making.
I'm banner challenged so I found this very inspiring and helpful.


A Tray of Bliss has been pairing down her wardrobe for her size and shape.
This is timely as I begin to think about my post retirement wardrobe.
In this post, she chronicles her journey to the perfect strand of pearls.



It was a great link up last week.
Anything you can do to help spread the word about our party is appreciated.

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Party Directions

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.

Thank you for your support of our party. 
Katie 

Link Away! 

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