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Thursday, October 12

What to do Weekends #247

Welcome to the What to do Weekends party!  If you are new to the Party. Welcome. I'm so very glad you are here! We have a Party Board on Pinterest, so, please do check out the Party Board!  
I hope you are having a WONDERFUL (almost) WEEKEND!
Here are a couple of my favorites and Features for this week! ( I must apologize, I live in Northern California and the fires here are taking my immediate attention, so I'm not able to feature as many of you that deserve it this week. Thanks for being here and sharing all of your talents!
Shout out for my Love of all things Autumn! jody at Southern Seazons captured it perfectly right here with her Autumn Dining room Vignette "Autumn Leaves and Pumpkins Please" I just love it! 

Thursday, October 5

What to do Weekends #246 ~ Happy October!

Hello, Friends! Welcome back to the What to do Weekends party!  Happy Fall! I just absolutely love this Season! I can't wait for the cooler weather!  I hope you like my blog's new look!  It was time. I'm still doing a little tweaking here and there, but my hope is that it is much more reader-friendly. Let me know what you think! 
You Ladies are all SO talented!! I love this party! 
If you are new to the Party. Welcome. We are so very glad you are here!  I've been pinning away again during the week, so, please do check out the Party Board!  
I hope you will link up and check out the Features, both here, and with Linda @ Crafts a la Mode!  They aren't the same! We each pick our own! Thanks for sharing with us! I hope you are having a WONDERFUL (almost) WEEKEND!
Here are a few of my favorites and Features for this week!
Kit from The Kittchen shared her yummy recipe and had me drooling on my keyboard with this delicious Pear and Blue Cheese Stuffed Pork Tenderloin.
Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home shared her beautiful Fall Farmhouse Kitchen. So pretty, so much to see!


New Blog Look.. Where I've Been.. Surviving Aneurysms, Strokes and Cancer and Just How Much Prayer Works

Hello sweet friends, I'm so happy to be able to share with you again.  I hope you 
like the new look to my blog. 
I felt the need for a fresh start.

As you most likely know, I haven't really been able to write or share any original 
content with you in quite some time. There is a reason. You know 
how people always say, your life can change in a moment? 
I have, in the past two years,  found out just exactly how true that statement is.  
MY life "changed in a moment" the minute I was baptized and reborn with Jesus Christ
 and, then, again, on January 2nd, 2016.  Last January.  I received a call 
from my Sister, who insisted I sit down. (by the way, if you ever want to worry someone, 
insist that they sit down before telling them why you're calling)  After
 I convinced her that I was already sitting, she proceeded to tell me that my Mother,
 My best friend in this world, had suffered an Aneurysm and was currently
 being helicoptered from the hospital in my Sister's town of Redding,
 where they had been visiting, to UC Davis Medical Center, Neuro Intensive Care. 

If  you don't already know, I am a retired nurse, so numerous thoughts ran immediately through my mind.  First, and foremost, was was she alive?!  I had not,
at this point in my life,  ever had to ask myself or even think that question before.
  My Mum's body and attitude has always been way younger than her actual body age. 
My Dad too.  Lucky for us!  She had gone to yoga twice that week before, 
like she had been doing for years. She runs circles around me on energy and 
stamina. Of all people......not...my...mum. 

Of course, though, it was my Mum. One sister driving to meet her when the helicopter landed, 
my Dad and other sister just driving to get where they were taking her.  
She wasn't stable, they stabilized her. I prayed. we prayed. a family 
group text started hashtag #prayfornanny began. we waited and prayed.
 surgery. drilling a hole in her head to drain of the "pooled blood' . we prayed. 
She came through surgery, but was in critical condition and unable to communicate. 
we prayed. they had inserted a tube down her throat to regulate her breathing. 
we prayed. they had numerous cardiologists in the room to regulate her heart function.
 we prayed more. she began a long and slow recovery and we kept praying. 
Did I mention, my mother, being a retired nurse, herself, told my brother-in-law what 
was happening to her and to call 911 and what to tell them, so she wouldn't die
 before they got there? Yes, she did that.  After holding our breath for 
the next 16-17 days praying now that she would not develop any 'vasospasms', 
a term that we all learned all too well about, she was finally stable, although
the reduction of fluid revealed that she had suffered two strokes whilest
she lay in bed healing. Her left side was functioning very little, if at all.

(this was her first solo walk, she hasn't stopped yet.) 

Thursday, September 28

What to do Weekends #245 ~ Last One for September!

Good evening, friends! Thank you so much for coming over and sharing all your wonderful creations with us each week. Can you believe it is already the last week of September?!! That's right! Next week, October already!  Times flying by faster and faster the older I get! I hope you all have had a wonderful week! 
Welcome to Shoestring Elegance and the What to do Weekends Party!
If you are new to the Party. We are so very glad you are here!  I've have been pinning away, during the week, so, Please do check out the Party Board!  I went a little crazy with the Features this week. But, Dang! You guys just really went to town! 

Like Clean and Scentsible's Easy Fall Kitchen Decorating Ideas

Thursday, September 21

What to do Weekends #244 ~ Happy AUTUMN/FALL (Officially)!

Hello friends! Welcome. And, I finally get to say it tonight.......Happy Fall 2017!! If you follow me at all you know this is my very favorite time of year! I, very literally, count the days! :)  I'm so excited to get to start bundling up in blankets and not having to worry if it's too hot to bake or not!  I do realize that many of you live in other parts of the world and that you have endured some devastating weather. I truly apologize and I am praying that you all are dry and safe. I'm here in Northern California and the heat has been awful. I am not a small woman so when it passes 90, 100, 110 degrees Fahrenheit ... I am simply miserable and unable to do anything, hence my over exuberance for the seasonal change. 
Okay, back to the party! You all shared some wonderfully fall'ish posts that I was so excited to see! as you will note by my features this week, I have a bit of a one-track mind, lately!  On with the show! 
Please do check out the Party Board!  I do pin quite a bit to this Board every week. 
Up first, Southern Seazons shared her fun Fall Bench all decked out in her Front Entry!  Love this look! 
Cooking on the Front Burners shared this yummy recipe for Quick and Easy Upside Down Peach Cake for Two Love this recipe!

Thursday, September 14

What to do Weekends #243

Hello, Friends! Welcome back to the What to do Weekends party! You are all SO talented!! I loved the party this week! 
If you are new to the Party. We are so very glad you are here!  I've have been pinning away, during the week, so, Please do check out the Party Board!  
I hope you will link up and check out the Features, both here, and with Linda @ Crafts a la Mode! Thanks for sharing with us! I hope you are having a WONDERFUL (almost) WEEKEND!
Here are a few of my favorites and Features for this week!
Michele from Crafts Unleashed shared her Simply perfect Faux DIY Fall Succulent Pumpkin Decor

Thursday, September 7

What to do Weekends #242 ~ Happy September!!

Welcome to Shoestring Elegance and the What to do Weekends Party!
If you are new to the Party. We are so very glad you are here!  I've have been pinning away, during the week, so, Please do check out the Party Board!  
I hope you will link up and check out the Features, both here, and with Linda @ Crafts a la Mode! Thanks for sharing with us! I hope you are having a WONDERFUL (almost) WEEKEND!
Here are a few of my favorites and Features for this week!
DIY Framed Beadboard Art Beautiful Angela!
Six Watercolors for Fall  LOVE!!!

Thursday, August 31

What to do Weekends Party #241 and Anniversary Party Success!

Hello, Ladies! Welcome back! I just wanted to add a little personal note to let you know that my parent's Anniversary party was a huge success! And, they were certainly surprised. :) I'm going to be sharing several DIY tricks and recipes that I used for the party in the next month, but I thought I'd give you all a quick sneak peek at the cake I made for the event! Recipe and tips to come......
Now....Welcome to Shoestring Elegance and the What to do Weekends Party!
If you are new to the Party. We are so very glad you are here!  I've have been pinning away, during the week, so, Please do check out the Party Board!  
I hope you will link up and check out the Features, both here, and with Linda @ Crafts a la Mode! Thanks for sharing with us! I hope you are having a WONDERFUL (almost) WEEKEND!
Here are a few of my favorites and Features for this week!
Wonderfully Made by Leslie shared her adorable DIY Fall Farmhouse Wreath Isn't it sweet?! 
Gluesticks Blog shared this yummy recipe for Grandpa Bobs Apple Cinnamon Nut Bread. Yes, please! Hand waving in the air here! 
If you aren't already following Linda and myself, please do so now with one of the following links!
You can find Linda Blogging here Crafts a la Mode
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Thanks!

Thursday, August 24

A Very Special Week & the What to do Weekends Party!

Hi Friends, Happy Weekend! Ladies, I am sorry I will not be able to post my usual Features today, I will catch up more with you all next week. I have pinned many. You see, this week, my family and I are celebrating these beautiful people!
This is my incredibly wonderful parents 60 years ago!
After an aneurysm, cancers, and strokes and all of us they are still together, still in love, still on their own two feet and still wonderful.  Our family is completely and wonderfully Blessed by the abundant Grace of God with my miraculous parents.
Here are my parents today and, unbeknown to them, we are going to truly celebrate them in style this weekend!

Thursday, August 17

What to do Weekends #239

It has been a busy week! Do you have any little ones that started back to school this week? That's right only 2 weeks left in August. Lots to do! I'll be sharing it all with you in the next couple of weeks. You all look like you've been very busy creating!
Well, Welcome to Shoestring Elegance and the What to do Weekends Party!
If you are new to the Party. We are so very glad you are here!  I've have been pinning away, during the week, so, Please do check out the Party Board!  
I hope you will link up and check out the Features, both here, and with Linda @ Crafts a la Mode! Thanks for sharing with us! I hope you are having a WONDERFUL (almost) WEEKEND!
Here are a few of my favorites and Features for this week!
Jenny Louise Marie got me excited about decorating for Fall with her cute post and many cute ways to Style Tiered Stand... this one was from Priscilla's Blog
I loved the idea of See Lindsey's Mini French Apple Tart

Thursday, August 10

What to do Weekends #238

Happy Thursday Evening, Friends.
Welcome to Shoestring Elegance and the What to do Weekends Party!
If you are new to the Party. We are so very glad you are here!  I've have been pinning away, during the week, so, Please do check out the Party Board!  
I hope you will link up and check out the Features, both here, and with Linda @ Crafts a la Mode! Thanks for sharing with us! I hope you are having a WONDERFUL (almost) WEEKEND!
Here are a few of my favorites and Features for this week!
Summer Home Tour by The Red Painted Cottage. So cute! 
Vintage Farmhouse Drop cloth Doily Cushion as well as many other fun Easy Drop Cloth Projects from Raggedy Bits. Love them all! 

Thursday, August 3

What to do Weekends #237 ~ Happy August

Hi friends, I'm so glad you are here. Happy August! Already. This summer and year, for that matter, have just been flying by. I hope you've had a good week. Mine was a bit slower than usual, but then again that's kinda nice every once in awhile. I shared my Lemon Curd and Candied Lemon Peel recipes with you all earlier today. I hope you get a chance to take a look.  With that said should we get to the party? 
So much talent, thank you all so much for joining us each week. This week, I'm sharing a few FEATURES that caught my eye. 
First up, is Interior Frugalista's Faux Snakeskin Tray with Stencil. I love how this turned out. Nice job!
Paulette's Paper shared her Weekly Bible Journal.  I love it! Friends if you haven't started bible journaling yet, you really don't know what you're missing.

Quick and Easy Homemade Lemon Curd and Candied Lemon Peel!

Hi Friends, It has been too long since I've been able to share something of my own with you! Yesterday, I posted some of these images on Shoestring Elegance's Facebook Page Well, let's just say there was far more interest than I had anticipated in my use of the Lemons that came with my new home. I lost my rose garden when I had to move, but I gained a Lemon tree! I'm, constantly trying to find the silver linings, I guess.  Truthfully, to have found any new place in my home town these days is quite a feat, so I am choosing gratitude for all that I am blessed with. Which now includes a Lemon Tree! 
Which brings me to these images!  With the lemons starting to fall and new green ones starting to appear, I felt I better get to using them for something more than the lemon zest in my everyday cooking.

Thursday, July 27

What to do Weekends #236 ~ Last Party for July

Hi Friends! Happy Wednesday and Happy What to Weekends party! 
Welcome and Thank you!
I'm so grateful you have joined me, here. Your creativity just abounds. It's extremely difficult every week to just pick a few of your posts to Feature, with SO much talent. 
So, I'm doing one thing a little different this week with my Features;  First up, is your most clicked on pick for the week!  Your fingers and mine were clicking on Penny's, of Penny's Vintage Home's, beautiful post Creative Ways to Display Plants I just LOVE this too! So nice job Penny!
Angie over at Deco Art Blog shared this truly fun vignette with her Painted Pallet Art
Of course, I have been pinning away all week, too, so please be sure to Please do check out the Party Board!  

Thursday, July 20

What to do Weekends #235

Welcome to Shoestring Elegance and the What to do Weekends Party!
If you are new to the Party. We are so very glad you are here!  I've have been pinning away, during the week, so, Please do check out the Party Board!  
I hope you will link up and check out the Features, both here, and with Linda @ Crafts a la Mode! Thanks for sharing with us! I hope you are having a WONDERFUL (almost) WEEKEND!
Here are a few of my favorites and Features for this week!
Sparkle's beautiful Strawberry Shortcake
Repurpose and Upcycle's fun Farmhouse Entryway made with Thrifted Finds

Thursday, July 13

What to do Weekends #234

Welcome to Shoestring Elegance and the What to do Weekends Party!
If you are new to the Party. We are so very glad you are here!  I've have been pinning away, during the week, so, Please do check out the Party Board!  
I hope you will link up and check out the Features, both here, and with Linda @ Crafts a la Mode! Thanks for sharing with us! I hope you are having a WONDERFUL WEEKEND!
Here's a few of my favorites and Features for this week!

Thursday, July 6

What to do Weekends #233 ~ Happy July!

Welcome to Shoestring Elegance and the What to do Weekends Party!
If you are new to the Party. We are so very glad you are here! I've have been pinning away, during the week, so, Please do check out the Party Board!
**Thank you all so much for your kind words of encouragement. I'll be posting soon, to let you know what's been going on in my life. In the meantime, if you are a praying friend, could you say a couple prayers for my parents? Thanks in Advance.
:)  **
Happy July~ I hope you all had a safe and fun 4th of July!
I hope you will link up and check out the Features, both here, and with Linda @ Crafts a la Mode! Thanks for sharing with us! I hope you are having a WONDERFUL WEEKEND!
Here's a look at some of my Features for the week!
Annies Noms' Strawberry Pimms Cupcakes!
Heather Bixler's Making Things New

Thursday, June 29

What to do Weekends #232

Welcome to What to do Weekends!
Sorry, friends, still helping with that family emergency  I told you about last week. I will try and get back to post more Features over the Weekend.
Please do link up and enjoy the party.
Burlap and Blue shared this beautiful Floral Heart Free Printable

Thursday, June 22

What to do Weekends # 231 Summer is Here!

Welcome to What to do Weekends!
Sorry, friends. Family emergency. I will try and get back to post more Features over the Weekend.
Please do link up and enjoy the party.
By Dreams Factory shared this beautiful DIY Distressed Clipboard and Free Printable






Tuesday, June 20

Happy Summer ~ 2017

Wishing you all a beautiful Summer. Hoping you all have exactly what you enjoy most. '
(source)
For me.... I pray for cool summer nights. :) 
Many Blessings to you all 

Thursday, June 15

What to do Weekends #230 ~ Happy Summer 2017!

Welcome to Shoestring Elegance and the What to do Weekends Party!
If you are new to the Party. We are so very glad you are here!  I have been pinning away, during the week, so, Please do check out the Party Board! 
Hi Friends, Happy Summer! Well, at least it will be before we meet up again next week. I hope you are having a wonderful week. Thanks for joining us tonight. Here are just a few of your awesome projects. My Features this week start with The Country Chic Cottage's Mosquito Repellent Candles are not only useful but a beautiful centerpiece! Love this idea!

Beverly @ Across the Boulevard hit everybody's favorite taste out of the park with her Snickerdoodle Cookie Bar Bites Another recipe I can't wait to try!
If you aren't already following Linda and myself,   please do so now with one of the following links!
You can find Linda Blogging here @ Crafts a la Mode
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Thanks!

Thursday, June 8

What to do Weekends #229

Welcome to Shoestring Elegance and the What to do Weekends Party!
If you are new to the Party. We are so very glad you are here!  I've have been pinning away, during the week, so, Please do check out the Party Board!  
I hope you are having a wonderful week! Do take time to enjoy these beautiful Features! I just loved these ladies this week!
Kristi @ I Should Be Mopping the Floor shared her adorable  Tin Can Fence Garden
Kalyn @ Sincerely Sweat Pea did a very beautiful job on her Apartment Kitchen Reveal
If you aren't already following Linda and myself, please do with at least one of the following links!
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!

Thursday, June 1

What to do Weekends #228 ~ Happy June!

Welcome to Shoestring Elegance and the What to do Weekends Party!
If you are new to the Party. We are so very glad you are here!  I've have been pinning away, during the week, so, Please do check out the Party Board!  
Happy June! Are you looking forward to the summer weather?! It's a point of debate around my house. :) 
My friends, it has been another busy week, here! I hope you will link up and check out the Features, both here, and with Linda @ Crafts a la Mode! Thanks for sharing with us! I hope you are having a WONDERFUL WEEK!
Here's a look at some of my Features for the week!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE Dreams Factory's DIY French Farmhouse Tray with Free Printable
Michele @ The Scrap Shoppe Blog shared a beautiful round up of Fresh Floral Wedding Ideas! So much beautiful Inspiration gathered here. Like MidwestLiving's Garden Chandelier, here.

Thursday, May 25

What to do Weekends #227 Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Welcome to Shoestring Elegance and the What to do Weekends Party!
If you are new to the Party. We are so very glad you are here!  I've have been pinning away, during the week, so, Please do check out the Party Board!   
I hope you all have had a wonderful Month of May! We'll see you back here next week for the first of June. Yes, already.....
Let's Party!
First off, your Features for the week! 
I L O V E Farmhouse 40's Guest Bedroom Makeover Final Reveal! I'll come visit in that room!
Hello Farmhouse came and shared these adorable Farmhouse Planter Ideas that I just loved and can't wait to try.

Thursday, May 18

What to do Weekends #226

Welcome to Shoestring Elegance and the What to do Weekends Party!
If you are new to the Party. We are so very glad you are here!  I've have been pinning away, during the week, so, please do check out the Party Board!  
I hope you are all enjoying the increasingly better weather that May brings.  I know I have. May has been a month of Miracles for my family, I hope to share more about that with you soon, but for now, it's time to get on with your incredible creations! There were so many of them, I'm just scratching the surface, here,  with these beautiful Features!
You know I can't resist beautiful FLOWERS!!  Now, apparently, I can't resist beautiful flowers and veggies! Check out Rosemary and Thymes absolutely stunning Spring Floral Tutorial.. And, yes! Those are asparagus!  Love it! 
I absolutely loved Pennys Vintage Home's solution for Recovering Lounge Chairs! She made it look so easy! Thank you for sharing this, Penny!

Thursday, May 11

What to do Weekends #225

Welcome to Shoestring Elegance and the What to do Weekends Party!
If you are new to the Party. We are so very glad you are here!  I've have been pinning away, during the week, so, please do check out the Party Board!  

Happy Mother's Day Weekend, friends! 
In honor of Mother's Day, I'd like to kick off this week's Features with  some very beautiful Printables from Lolly Jane 
Free Mother's Day Printable Art
&

Thursday, May 4

What to do Weekends #224 ~ Happy May and National Day of Prayer

Welcome to Shoestring Elegance and the What to do Weekends Party!
Happy May!! 
I'm so very glad you are here!  I've have been pinning away, during the week, so, Please do check out the Party Board!  
Today, In the US, is the National day of prayer.  Will you join me in prayer for each other, for our world and leaders?! I will be praying for each and every one of you. 
Onto this week's features! You are all AAMaazzing!!From Rosemary and Thyme A Romantic Vintage Styled Table Awww, just dreamy....
If you aren't already following Linda and myself,   please do so now with one of the following links!
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!

Thursday, April 27

What to do Weekends #223

Welcome to Shoestring Elegance and the What to do Weekends Party!
If you are new to the Party. We are so very glad you are here!  I've have been pinning away, during the week, so, Please do check out the Party Board!  
I hope you all are enjoying your Spring! 
Sorry, Friends, it has been a crazy week! I hope you will link up and check back with me over the weekend to see if you were Featured! I will get them up! Thanks for bearing with me.
Here's a quick look at some of the Features to come!
from Heart Handmade UK

Thursday, April 20

What to do Weekends #222

Welcome to Shoestring Elegance and the What to do Weekends Party!
If you are new to the Party. We are so very glad you are here!  I've have been pinning away, during the week, so, Please do check out the Party Board!  
I hope you all had a wonderful Easter and are enjoying your Spring! 
Let's get to it! Here are my Featured Picks for this week!
Brandy at the Gluesticks blog showed us all how to Make a Whimsical Fairy Garden Kit!
Janet at Rosemary and Thyme shared this adorable Jellybean Easter Spring Centerpiece that I think would be perfect anytime!