I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me.
Philippians 4:13

Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy 4th of July!






Hello Again From The French Hen's Nest,

Linda and I would like to wish you and your family a lovely, fun, safe and Happy 4th of July.
Everyone is busy this morning making sure they have all the food  they need to cook on the grill for their families.  I've got a really big salad to make and of course red, white, and blue strawberry shortcake for dessert.  Just a few blueberries added on top take care of the blue part and it looks so festive.
Have a wonderful day with your family and friends.  And thank you, friends from all over the world that have sent good wishes to us for a Happy 4th.














Have a wonderful day celebrating the independence of our great nation.  We are truly blessed to live in such a beautiful place.

Till Nest Time,

Jeannie & Linda


Monday
Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings
Inspiration Monday @ I Should Be Mopping The Floor
Masterpiece Mondays @http://californiacoastalhome.blogspot.com
Tuesday
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life
The Scoop Tuesdays@ Cedar Hill Farmhouse
and Worthing Court
Wednesday
Before and After Wednesday@ The Dedicated House

Thursday
Share Your Style@ No Minimalist Here
Think Tank Thursday @ Joyful Homemaking
Friday
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
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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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Simple Joys



Hello Again From The French Hen's Nest,

  When I woke up Friday morning, I had a to do list in my head.  And while accomplishing it, I had a relaxing in the moment kind of day.  I took time to enjoy what was around me, and the beauty in small things.

While the clothes were washing, I sat in the most comfortable swing ever.  They are shaped like an egg, and so comfortable.  Sitting in the trees, the temperature was around 65 degrees, and I must have sat there for at least 40 minutes just relaxing. 

  After that the garden needed to be watered.  The tomatoes are blooming, a pepper ready to be picked, one volunteer zinia blooming, and hundreds are coming up fast, and so are the weeds.  A little weeding and watering, and back to my list.  I find great joy in watching the progress in the garden.  A flower given to me by my sister during our last visit has pretty purple blooms, and brings her to mind every time I see it.

 On to the next project, painting the front door, and the railings.  It sounds like a lot, but those of you who paint often, know that these projects take very little time.  Oh what joy when the door looks new, the railings match the door, why I have a new porch.  Sometimes when taking a break, I sit in the rocker, and have my coffee, and marvel at the difference a little paint makes.  Even painted the neighbors door, it needed it worse than mine did.

I could go on and on, it was a marvelous day and so much was accomplished.  I'm going to share some photos of projects, and some of the things that brought joy into my day.  Hope that you are having a wonderful day full of joy.


 Freshened up front porch

On a cool morning, a lone fisherman 

 Rapahannock River 


Rosemary  

 A baby bunny making a daily visit

Newly painted dark green door
Most comfortable swing ever


 What is more beautiful than a magnolia



 Always have geraniums at the door




Fresh basil and tomatoes everyday


Another geranium

My favorite chair

  Nothing smells like linens dried in the fresh air

Nicotina



Many tomatoes and blooms

Volunteer first to bloom






Favorite place to relax


Thank you so much for the visit, hope that you've enjoyed my relaxing, yet productive day.  

Till Nest Time,

Jeannie





Monday
Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings
Inspiration Monday @ I Should Be Mopping The Floor
Masterpiece Mondays @http://californiacoastalhome.blogspot.com
Tuesday
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life
The Scoop Tuesdays@ Cedar Hill Farmhouse
and Worthing Court
Wednesday
Before and After Wednesday@ The Dedicated House

Thursday
Share Your Style@ No Minimalist Here
Think Tank Thursday @ Joyful Homemaking
Friday
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
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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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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