Thursday, April 19

Dreamy Spaces and Delicious Dishes

Hello Sweet friends.  There is no shortage of creativity and beauty that's for sure. Thank you so much for joining us.  So much beauty and yummy recipes I barely knew where to start.  Okay, off to check out all your beautiful links. Thanks so much for joining me. Now, onto this week's Features.

Thursday, April 12

Let's DIY Our Homes and This Week's TFT Party

What great ideas and inspiration we were gifted from last week's Party! 
So many ways for us all to spruce up our spaces. I just Love them all! Please take some time to visit all the awesome talent shared here and check out my TFT party's Pinterest Board! Enjoy! I pray you are all having a safe and peaceful week.

Thursday, April 5

A Little Bit of Wonderful ~ This Week's TFT

Hello and welcome, sweet friends. I'm so glad you are here. Do you know how some things just take your breath away and are all-encompassing?! I love those things and sometimes I really prefer just a little bit of wonderful. Every week you link up your incredible creations and I find more and more that there is truly something wonderful about each thing you share. So this week I'm celebrating those little bits of wonderful that caught my eye.

Tuesday, April 3

April's Ruby Is Out and You Are Going to Love It!

Hi Sweet friends. Thank you for popping over. This month's Ruby Magazine is out.  I am certain you will Love it as much as I do.
The April issue of RUBY magazine features spring crafts and recipes, short stories and poetry, Kids' Korner and book reviews, inspirational articles and other resources for your home and family.
You will also find some of my favorite ways to celebrate Spring, including a DIY Spring Wreath, Vintage Floral Cone and my Strawberry Rhubarb Galette recipe and How to. 
 Be sure to check out Nina Newton's There Is a Sunshine In My Soul Today and Kathryn Ross' Vintage Book Treasure Hunt:  Training Up Children By Seeking Old Paths. If you want to order a copy delivered to your home follow this link--->>>
Otherwise, enjoy browsing through it below. 

Thursday, March 29

Spring Abounds at the Thursday Favorite Things party!

Spring is most definitely in the air and throughout all of your beautiful shares with us last week. Please keep the Inspiration coming. Here are just a few of my favorites.

Thursday, March 22

It's a DIY Easter (Everything You Could Want and More) & the TFT Party

Hey sweet friends, welcome back. Can you believe Easter is just 10 short days away?! Time is just flying this year. The day before yesterday, we welcomed in the beautiful new Spring season, albeit quite a soggy one here in Northern California. I will not complain. I love the rain and we are always too short on supply to not welcome it with open arms. Well, you have just about enough time to make some of these adorable creations for your Easter Tables! Whether you were looking for Easter decor or some wonderful recipes to try, last week's party had it all, and then some! Enjoy all the creative ladies that linked up with these fun options!

Thursday, March 15

Easter Inspirations and This Week's TFT

Hey sweet friends, happy Thursdays Favorite Things party day! I'm just going to let these beautiful features speak for themselves this week. Tons of wonderful ideas and recipes shared last week. Love all the Easter, Spring, even Saint Patrick's day projects and ideas you all brought. I've been pinning away and busy with my family, but I am so grateful to be part of this beautiful group of blogging women. Enjoy the party!

Thursday, March 8

It's All About The Food!! This Week's TFT Party

Hey Sweet friends, let's face it, it really is all about the food, right?!  If you don't have something yummy to eat you really can't enjoy life quite as much!  I'm so grateful for all the wonderful recipes that everyone is so willing to share with us!  Thank you for popping over and joining us this week for the Thursdays Favorite Thing party!
Here are a few  of my favorite EATS from last week's party! I hope you enjoy them as much as I drool over my computer, ahem...as much as I do. :)
Mia Bella Passion shared her super yummy Herb Brie With Honey Breads & Macchitino...

Thursday, March 1

The Blooms are 'March'ing In Right on Que at This Week's TFT

Happy March, Sweet Friends! I'm so glad you're here. Isn't nature just wonderful?! I love Fall and Winter, but even I have to admit the signs of Spring popping up here and there towards the end of January or, now, the beginning of March seems almost magical. It's usually about this time of year that I take a walk in my Mum's garden to see what's popping out of the ground. She has the most beautiful daffodils and hyacinth showing the promise of Spring. I even had my first single rose bloom. Ahhhh. Okay, back to earth. It's Thursday Favorite Things time and you did not disappoint with all of your ushering in of the Blooms for Spring either.
Thanks goodness, come take a peek.

Friday, February 23

Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice Muffins-Springtime in a Muffin!

It seems that as we draw closer to the end of February the pull towards all things Spring is inevitable.  We've bundled up and enjoyed our Autumn breezes,  we've celebrated with our family and loved ones for the holidays, looked, longingly, at our fireplaces and snuggled with a good book or old movie, now we look to the promise of Spring.

Spring begins in just a few weeks.  Yep, March 20th, by my calendar, here, in the United States. Unfortunately, I do realize that many of you on the East Coast and in other parts of the world are still looking at lots of cold days to come this year.  Whilst others are in the 90's. Goodness!

No matter, I have the perfect, refreshing, welcoming Spring, cheer up your Winter, or refresh your Summer recipe right here!   I have seen versions of this recipe in Allrecipes, Bon Appetit and other periodicals. The funny thing is, everyone had their own tips, twist and tricks to it, so it never reads exactly the same. I, actually, really love that.
I am no exception.  I made changes to it, as well.  

Thursday, February 22

Spring Is In the Air on this Thursday Favorite Things

Hello Sweet friends. One thing is for certain, Spring is in the air. Even if it is still a month away, it seems to be popping up all around from the daffodils and hyacinth in my mother's yard to our wonderful TFT party. There is no shortage of creativity and beauty. With the flu season as serious as it has been this year, and no, my family was not immune, I was happy to see this recipe for Elderberry syrup in the party. Such a great way to combat it. I believe one of my co-hostesses, Nina from Vintage Mama's Cottage wrote about it, as well,  here.
Okay, off to check out all your beautiful links. Thanks so much for joining me.

Thursday, February 15

Pretty In Pink Inspirations and This Week's TFT

I just love the gentle softness of all the beautiful hues of pink.  There's something very "Spring-y" about it, isn't there?! It seems that as we get closer to the end of February the pull towards all things Spring is inevitable.
We've enjoyed our Autumn breezes,  we've celebrated with our family and loved ones for the holidays, bundled up, burnt our fires and now we look to the promise of Spring.

Thursday, February 8

DIY Valentine's For Everyone and TFT

Hey friends, in case you weren't already aware, Valentine's Day is just six short days away! Not to worry, we've got you covered with every kind of DIY Valentine there is from Thursday Favorite Things! Check out these awesome options from last week's TFT party. Truly, this was your one-stop shop for "How-To" cover everyone on your list.

Sunday, February 4

February's Ruby Magazine is Out!!

So excited to be part of this wonderful ministry! The latest issue of our online Christian women’s magazine is up and full of Inspiration! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! Sorry, I'm a little late this month.  Please click on the Ruby for Women tab above to read more Issues or to connect directly with the Ruby blog.
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Thursday, February 1

Thursdays Favorite Things (My First One As a Co-Host)

Good Morning, Friends! Welcome to Thursday Favorite Things (aka TFT)! I am so excited to be joining Katherine from Katherines Corner and a Wonderful Group of Blogging Women as a co-hostess for this fantastic weekly blog party! I'm so glad you are here with me, Welcome! 
Everything's coming up roses, or at least flowers and fruit!  After a week of rain and onto a cool week here in Northern California, this is about the time of year that I start buying more and more flowers to bring the promise of Spring into my home. My Features for this, my first week with TFT, seemed to be doing the same!

Wednesday, January 31

The New Year Brings Some Exciting Changes at Shoestring Elegance

Hi Friends!  First, I must apologize for my absence the last couple of weeks. I had hoped to make some beautiful new changes around the first of the year with Shoestring Elegance, but alas, that awful flu struck both me and my parents.  If you know anyone who has had this year's version of the flu, it is quite all-consuming and draining to say the least.
Thankfully, I am back and sharing some exciting news with you!  
First, sadly, I must tell you that I will not be continuing with "The What to do Weekends" party moving forward. I have co-hosted 157 wonderful weekend parties with my dear friend, Linda, from Crafts a la Mode and have loved every minute of it. Linda is a wonderful friend, that I will, hopefully, have for life, and with whom I am certain I will collaborate, in numerous ways, here, in the future. Thank you Linda for the awesome ride! 
Linda's Blog party is so successful, she hardly ever needed me, but we sure had some great fun together! 

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. 
Please follow Linda and Myself in some way.
You can find Linda Blogging here Crafts a la Mode
Facebook | Google+ | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter
You can connect with me right here Shoestring Elegance
Facebook | Google+ | Instagram | Pinterest 
Thanks!
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
Facebook | Google+ | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter
You can connect with me right here Shoestring Elegance
Facebook | Google+ | Instagram | Pinterest 
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.