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Thursday, January 11

What to do Weekends #259

Thank you so much for joining us this week at the new WTDW!
Love all the talented bloggers linking up here!! I love this party!  If you are new to the party, thank you for joining us and please check out the party board, it's on the sidebar. 
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Busy Week, my friends! Here are just a couple of my faves! I have pinned more to the party board, though!! 
Embroidery Hoop Orbs – Easily Make Your Own from AKA Design

Thursday, January 4

What to do Weekends #258~ Welcome to the First Party of 2018!

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a very Happy Christmas and New Year's 
 I am excited to begin 2018, if I can used to saying and writing it!  Time to move on to bigger and better and, hopefully, healthier times.
Love all the talented bloggers linking up here!! I love this party!  If you are new to the party, thank you for joining us and please check out the party board, it's on the sidebar. 
Please follow Linda and Myself in some way.
You can find Linda Blogging here Crafts a la Mode
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You can connect with me right here Shoestring Elegance
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Thanks!
Angie @ Country Chic Cottage How to Make Tea Light Candle Holders

January's Ruby Magazine Is Out!

Hi Friends! Back with you again, here at the beginning of 2018, to share the new Issue of Ruby Magazine! The January Issue is out! I am honored and happy to tell you that, not only do I love this magazine and the group of incredible Christian Writers included in it, but two more of Shoestring Elegance's articles or blog posts have been published in this month's Issue!

Monday, January 1

No Resolutions... Just Gratitude... (How to Start and Keep a Gratitude Journal)

Happy 2018! Do you sit down and write out New Year's Resolutions?
It really doesn't matter if you are reading this on January 1st or May 1st,  start now.
While resolutions might be an excellent motivator for many, I challenge you to go beyond resolutions, that can easily be forgotten or cast aside when life gets busy and, instead, begin a life-changing practice, called Gratitude Journaling. Have you ever Gratitude Journaled before?  Have you heard of them and thought what a great idea... I should try that?  Maybe next year...maybe when I have more time... maybe when I have more to be grateful for... Whatever the reason is that has prevented you from starting this endeavor, may I tell you that you are in a place to begin this process right now. If you have a pen/pencil and a piece of paper, you can start today. If you have been even more blessed, you have a notebook or a journal someone gave you that is lying around waiting to be written in. 

Thursday, December 21

Merry Christmas and WTDW Party #257

Merry Christmas at The What to do Weekends party 2017! Can you believe in just a few short days, that will go all to fast, it will be 2018?!!
I hope it was a wonderful year for you all. I, personally, am glad it is in my rearview now. Time to move on to bigger and better and, hopefully, healthier times.
You Ladies are all SO talented!! I love this party!  If you are new to the party, thank you for joining us and please check out the party board, it's on the sidebar. 
Please follow Linda and me in some way.
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Thanks!
Here are just a few of my favorites this week.
Most Viewed this week, belongs to Cecilia from The Thrift Store Addiction for her beautiful Rustic and Romantic Christmas
Farmhouse Dining Room Christmas Decorations from Jenn at Clean and Scentsible
Adorable Gingerbread Cookie Boxes from Brandy at the Gluesticks Blog

Thursday, December 14

What to do Weekends #256

Hello, friends, and welcome to this week's What to do Weekends party! I'm so glad you're here! I pray that your December is off to a good start and that you're able to enjoy this special season.
  Have you got your Christmas shopping and baking done?!! I'm still just scratching the surface of what I need to get done.  I hope you are more ready than I! From the looks of this weeks party, you are already in full Christmas swing! Here's hoping I catch up soon. :)  You Ladies are all SO talented!! I love this party!  If you are new to the party, thank you for joining us and please check out the party board, it's on the sidebar. Now, time to get on with the party! Please be sure to follow in some way.
You can connect with me right here Shoestring Elegance
Thanks!
Once again, you guys did not disappoint! So much to see, so little time! I'm always amazed at the amount of talent that is shared at this party. 

Most Viewed Post belonged to
Mary and The Boondocks Blog for her post,

Thursday, December 7

What to do Weekends #255

Hello, friends, and welcome to this week's What to do Weekends party! I'm so glad you're here! I pray that your December is off to a good start and that you're able to enjoy this special season.
  Have you got your Christmas shopping and baking done?!! I'm still just scratching the surface of what I need to get done.  I hope you are more ready than I! From the looks of this weeks party, you are already in full Christmas swing! Here's hoping I catch up soon. :)  You Ladies are all SO talented!! I love this party!  If you are new to the party, thank you for joining us and please check out the party board, it's on the sidebar. Now, time to get on with the party! Please follow myself and Linda while you are linking up! 
You can find Linda Blogging here Crafts a la Mode
You can connect with me right here Shoestring Elegance
Thanks!
Once again, you guys did not disappoint! So much to see, so little time! I'm always amazed at the amount of talent that is shared at this party. 
Here are just a few of the highlights!
The Cutest Homemade Snowman Ornaments Ever


Monday, December 4

Quick and Easy Rocky Road Recipe

If you're anything like me you're rushing around a bit to get all your Christmas baking and shopping done. Isn't it such fun?!  Sigh...
In actuality, I LOVE every single bit of it. This past weekend all my available sisters, nieces, sister-in-law, etc.. got together at my Mum's house and we did our Holiday baking day together. There is something very special about these days. We take every single day together as the gift that it is. 
Okay, Onto the Recipe! This is one I make ahead and bring to share with my Mum and my Sisters on our baking day.
Rocky Road! I love it and honestly, this recipe couldn't be easier! 
I just love the combination of roasted nuts. I make it with 3 different kinds, you can make it with whichever are your favorite, total nuts 2 cups.

Friday, December 1

New December Ruby Magazine ~ Have You Seen It Yet?!

Happy December, Friends! I'm so glad you are here with me! It truly is the Most Wonderful Time of the Year for me and my family and this December is no exception. I'm thrilled to be able to share with you a wonderful and inspirational online magazine (that I just happen to be published in) alongside some truly gifted ladies. The Magazine is called Ruby. You may have noticed it before, on my sidebar, or down at the bottom of my blog page, here. Those beautiful monthly calendars on the side are also the artwork the Ruby Magazine. By the way, it's printable.
What is Ruby?
 Ruby is an "online Christian women's magazine, published monthly, which features inspirational articles, devotionals, stories, poems, parenting and family life articles, book reviews, crafts, recipes, and so much more."

Thursday, November 30

Happy December and the What to Weekends party #254

Good evening friends! Welcome back to Shoestring Elegance and this week's What to do Weekends party! I hope you all had a wonderfully blessed Thanksgiving, I enjoyed this year with some wonderful friends and, of course, great food. If you want to see more about what was on my menu, check it out on Shoestring Elegance's Instagram page.  If you linked up the week before Thanksgiving, check and see if you were one of my Features Here
Can you all believe tomorrow is December already?!  Have you got your Christmas shopping and baking done?!! I'm still just scratching the surface of what I need to get done.  I hope you are more ready than I! From the looks of this weeks party, you are already in full Christmas swing! Here's hoping I catch up soon. :)  You Ladies are all SO talented!! I love this party!  If you are new to the party, thank you for joining us and please check out the party board, it's on the sidebar. 
Please follow Linda and me in some way.
You can find Linda Blogging here Crafts a la Mode
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Thanks!
Here are just a few of my favorites this week.
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year has begun! 
Mason Jar Snowman from The Bombshell Bling 
Angie from the Country Cottage Cottage shared her adorable tutorial DIY Candy Cane Wreath from Burlap

Wednesday, November 29

Features from the What to do Weekends Party #252 Thanksgiving Week

Hi friends, a little late is better than not at all, right?! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I wanted to be sure and post some of your incredible creations from the What to do Weekends party #252! Thank you all so much for linking up! I'm still pinning all your talented Features and taking notes. (wink) No fuzzy intro today just your awesome Features! 

Thursday, November 23

Happy Thanksgiving and What to do Weekends #253

Happy Thanksgiving, friends. We are enjoying the day with our friends and Family and pray that you are doing the same. Please feel free to link up and look around.

Thursday, November 16

What to do Weekends #252

Welcome to Shoestring Elegance and this week's What to do Weekend party! I'm so very glad you are here. Such an incredible amount of talented people out there. Thank you for taking the time to link up to our party and share your awesomeness! Please follow the Party Board! (it's on the sidebar)
Onto this week's Features! Fall is here, and you all are providing plenty of Inspiration for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Carol at the Red Painted Cottage shared her Simply gorgeous Chic Rustic Thanksgiving Table I just love these colors.
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Cozy Blanket Ladder Upcycle for under $10

I am a child of God, walking with Jesus, daughter to my wonderful parents, sister to four, 3 sisters and one brother, I hope a good friend to several and an Auntie and Great Auntie to many. I cherish all of those titles, but being an Auntie has brought me so much joy that I can't adequately express. 
As a general belief system, I believe my home should be welcoming and make any and every person that enters comfortable. It is a reflection of who I am, how I was raised, an extension of my Faith and how I want others to feel. Comfortable welcomed and loved. Which leads me to this project that I'm sharing with you today.   
Full disclosure for me, one of my "Guilty pleasures" are throw blankets! Throw blankets or blankets of every kind, size, material, or color. I just LOVE them!  This love started many years ago when I only had a couple. But, whenever the grandkids, my niece's and nephews, would come over, I would make a point of having a "slumber party" of sorts, where we would all snuggle up and watch a good old movie, play and eat something fresh that I had just baked.
Inevitably, every single one of them would want my blanket throw, or would definitely have a favorite of my other two or three. I loved this! For many years we had, what I called, the "Blankie Box" and the kids, and a few of the adults, all knew exactly where it was, which one they wanted and that they could help themselves. Which tickled me pink with so much joy.

Sunday, November 12

Cranberry Apple Chutney Recipe ~ New Holiday Favorite

Do you ever have a combination of flavors in your mind that you just know would be good together?  I do. When this happens to me, I can't really rest until I try it.  Maybe it's just me, but ever since the subject of Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations came up this year, the when, where, who's home, the what we'll have conversations started circulating, I have had a flavor in mind that I wanted to try.
I always make my own Cranberry Sauce. I never have enjoyed the 'canned' versions, and so as an adult, preparing my own feasts for the holidays, I have made my own.  Nothing complicated, just fresh 1 -12oz bag of cranberries, the zest of 2 fresh oranges and their juice, some of the chopped up peel popped in while cooking with some sugar and spices. I love it! I love the smell of Christmas it spreads throughout the house. Nothing else quite has that smell. It excites me for the upcoming time with family and friends.
That being said, that was not what was on my mind this year. I kept thinking I wanted something a little more. A little more substance, a lot more dimension, more flavors and a bit sturdier, for lack of a better word. I wanted to incorporate more flavors so that it would work for the Thanksgiving and upcoming Christmas feeds but also be wonderful on its own, or for a wonderful appetizer.