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Friday, April 1, 2016

Springtime Blossoms





Hello Again From The French Hen's Nest,

   I'm sharing a few photos of some lovely spring flowers today.  The trees are in full bloom here, the Weeping  Cherry trees are absolutely beautiful, and the Poplars with the pretty tulip like blooms.  They inspire me to start planting, but it's still too cold.  I'm trying to start plants inside versus buying them, but that takes time, and I'm getting a little impatient.









Notice the window boxes with tulips and ivy, so pretty





   Enjoy the springtime, but the best is yet to come....


Till Nest Time,

Jeannie
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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Easy Ivy Topiary




Hello again from the French Hen's Nest The French Hen's Nest

This is one of the first posts that I wrote in 2013, I believe.  But with spring on the way, (it's here but still cold) it's a good time to get started.  
If you like topiaries, this is an easy and inexpensive one to make. They are rather expensive to buy, but I'll tell you how to create one yourself, inexpensively.






The forms are easily made, my favorites (the easiest) are a circle, and heart shape. To make them, I use wire coat hangers, I use the darker ones, but you can spray paint the lighter ones. First untwist the hanger at the hook part and straighten out the wire, especially the corners. Once it's fairly straight (doesn't have to be perfect) you can shape it into whatever shape you want. Leave six inches, the hook part, to anchor it into the pot.

Do you have Ivy in your yard? Great! if not maybe a neighbor has some to spare. Choose your pot, plain or fancy, both will look great. Make sure it is at least 6" or more. Now we have a pot, soil, and about 8 pieces of ivy.

We're ready to go: Fill pot with potting soil, leaving an inch at the top, push the form in as far as you can, and grab the ivy. Plant one piece at at time, starting at the center. Plant one on the right side, another on the left. Wrap the form with the ivy, round and round you go, not to tightly. Plant and wrap until you like the way it looks. Hope you enjoy your topiary. They make lovely gifts as well.




Have fun, let me know how it turns out, would love to see a pic.  Oh, don't forget to water.


Till nest time,
Jeannie
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Thursday, March 19, 2015

My New Old Powder Room






Hello Again From The French Hen's Nest,

   Thank you so much for the visit today.  As you know, I've decorated my new old home, and today I'm going to share some photos of my powder room.   Please keep in mind that this house was built in the 1880's, and the bath was added much later.  And I'm renting, so for now I have to work with the existing floors, fixtures, etc. 

   Once again I went with the blue and white theme.  The shower curtain is actually a twin size comforter cover that I had on hand.  I used some decorative hooks that clamp on to the cloth, so no sewing involved.  You will notice that I have repainted a night stand that I had featured in the past.  It was teal and gold, but needed to be refreshed to work with this color scheme.  I also used some hand towels of blue and white with fringe, that are made for the kitchen.  I really like the look of these towels, hope that you do too.  Also, maybe I should paint the basket white, what do you think?

  




















Hope that you like what I've done.  Enjoy your week.

Till Nest Time,


Jeannie 




We Party with...

Monday
Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings
Blue Monday @ Smiling Sally
Inspiration Monday @ I Should Be Mopping The Floor
Inspire Me Monday@ My Uncommon Slice Of Suburbia
Masterpiece Mondays @ Boogie Board Cottage
Monday Funday @ Uncommon Designs
More The Merrier DIY Home Sweet Home
Tuesday
Brag About It Tuesday @ Be Betsy
Cottage Style Linky Party @ Lavender Garden Cottage
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm
Show Me What Ya Got @ Not Just A Housewife
Show Me What You Got Tuesdays @ Our Delightful Home
Tea Time Tuesday @ Rose Chintz Cottage
The Scoop Tuesdays@ Cedar Hill Farmhouse
and Worthing Court
Wednesday
Before and After Wednesday@ The Dedicated House
Centerpiece Wednesday@The Style Sisters
Home Wednesdays @ Rose Chintz Cottage
What's It Wednesday @ Ivy and Elephants
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style

Thursday
Project Pin-It@ Glitter Glue and Paint
Share Your Style@ No Minimalist Here
Think Tank Thursday @ Joyful Homemaking
Friday
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
Furniture Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home
Open House Friday @ Bermideen's Tea Time Blog
Shabbilicious Friday @ Shabby Art Boutique
Show and Tell Friday @ Romantic Home
Simple and Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme
Stylish Friday Finds @ A Stylish Interior
What have you Redone @ Redoux Interiors
Saturday
Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound
Party Junk @ Funky Junk Interiors
Bouquet of Talent Party @ Life On Lakeshore Drive
Sunday
Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things
Sunday Showoff @ Twig Studios

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

New Home, New Dining Room








Hello Again From The French Hen's Nest,

  I believe that I have finished decorating my new dining room.  It's kind of an awkward space, so I've hung pictures, removed pictures, tried other pictures,  etc.....   For now I'm comfortable with the design.  When first built in the 1880's the room was probably used as the reception room, and if I had another bedroom, I would use it for the same purpose.

  I am going to share a few photos of the dining room, and also of the beautiful snow that will be staying for a while.  On Monday it snowed about 10 inches, and though beautiful, creates havoc for parking in the city.



This was gold, it looks better painted white




Front door

Cozy corner




View from my back door

View from my kitchen window

 Hope that wherever you are that you are warm. Thank you so much for stopping by.

Till Nest Time,
Jeannie




Sharing with some of these great parties...
 
Monday
Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings
Blue Monday @ Smiling Sally
Inspiration Monday @ I Should Be Mopping The Floor
Masterpiece Mondays @ Boogie Board Cottage
More The Merrier DIY Home Sweet Home
 
Tuesday
Brag About It Tuesday @ Be Betsy
Cottage Style Linky Party @ Lavender Garden Cottage
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm
Show Me What Ya Got @ Not Just A Housewife
Show Me What You Got Tuesdays @ Our Delightful Home
 Tea Time Tuesday @ Rose Chintz Cottage
The Scoop Tuesdays@ Cedar Hill Farmhouse
and Worthing Court

Wednesday
Before and after Wednesday@ The Dedicated House
Centerpiece Wednesday@The Style Sisters 
Home Wednesdays @ Rose Chintz Cottage
What's It Wednesday @ Ivy and Elephants
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style

Thursday
Project Pin-It@ Glitter Glue and Paint
Share Your Style@ No Minimalist Here
Think Tank Thursday @ Joyful Homemaking
 
 Friday
Anything Blue Friday @ The Dedicated House
Be Inspired Friday @ Common Ground
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
Furniture Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home
Open House Friday @ Bermideen's Tea Time Blog
Shabbilicious Friday @ Shabby Art Boutique
Show and Tell Friday @ Romantic Home
Simple and Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme
Stylish Friday Finds @ A Stylish Interior
What have you Redone @ Redoux Interiors
Saturday
Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound
Bouquet of Talent Party @ Life On Lakeshore Drive
Sunday
Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things
Sunday Showoff @ Twig Studios
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Welcome to My New Home





Hello Again From The French Hen's Nest,

  It has been a while since I've posted anything.  I recently moved to my new home in Fredericksburg, Virginia, which was built in the 1800's.  Fredericksburg is located about an hour south of Washington, DC, and about an hour north of Richmond, VA.  This is an area steeped in history.  The farm where George Washington grew up is near, and the home that he bought for his mother is just a few blocks away.  It's also the site of many civil war battles.  

  The old town area is lovely and located on the Rappahanock River.  I'm looking forward to exploring the area more.  And as I do, I will share it with you.

  It has taken me a while to unpack everything and find the right spot for it, but I've finally (almost) finished, with the help of my nieces who came from North Carolina to help me. 
  I love the charm of this old home, ten foot ceilings, ten inch moldings, and three fireplaces. Today I will share some photos of my living area.

The moldings are so pretty I didn't want to cover them

Door moldings

10 inch moldings




If you have followed our blog this will be familiar

















Until I find the right coffee table, I'm using two end tables
            



                         





I always use my shells when decorating, part of growing up near the ocean
I always use my shells when decorating, part of growing up near the ocean


 Blue and white goes wherever I go, and in every room



     Thank you so much for the visit.  I've really missed all of my blogger friends.  Please join me next time to view my dining room.  Have a wonderful week.


Till Nest Time,

Jeannie




Sharing with some of these great parties...
Monday
Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings
Blue Monday @ Smiling Sally
Inspiration Monday @ I Should Be Mopping The Floor
Inspire Me Monday@ My Uncommon Slice Of Suburbia
Masterpiece Mondays @ Boogie Board Cottage
More The Merrier DIY Home Sweet Home
Tuesday
Brag About It Tuesday @ Be Betsy
Cottage Style Linky Party @ Lavender Garden Cottage
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm
Show Me What Ya Got @ Not Just A Housewife
Show Me What You Got Tuesdays @ Our Delightful Home
 Tea Time Tuesday @ Rose Chintz Cottage
The Scoop Tuesdays@ Cedar Hill Farmhouse
and Worthing Court

Wednesday
Before and after Wednesday@ The Dedicated House
Centerpiece Wednesday@The Style Sisters 
Home Wednesdays @ Rose Chintz Cottage
What's It Wednesday @ Ivy and Elephants
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style

Thursday
Project Pin-It@ Glitter Glue and Paint
Share Your Style@ No Minimalist Here
Think Tank Thursday @ Joyful Homemaking
 Friday
Anything Blue Friday @ The Dedicated House
Be Inspired Friday @ Common Ground
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
Furniture Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home
Open House Friday @ Bermideen's Tea Time Blog
Shabbilicious Friday @ Shabby Art Boutique
Show and Tell Friday @ Romantic Home
Simple and Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme
Stylish Friday Finds @ A Stylish Interior
What have you Redone @ Redoux Interiors
Saturday
Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound
Party Junk @ Funky Junk Interiors
Bouquet of Talent Party @ Life On Lakeshore Drive
Sunday
Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things
Sunday Showoff @ Twig Studios



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