Thursday, October 11

It's a DIY Fall at Thursdays Favorite Things

Hi friends, thanks for joining the party!
I'm forever amazed by the diverse amount of talent you all bring to share at this party.  So without further ado, here are this week's Features!
I'm abundantly grateful for Katherine @ Katherine's Corner for allowing me to co-host with such a talented group of co-hostesses. Please be sure and pop around and pay them all a visit.
Okay, here we go!   Ann from Dabbling and Decorating's Autumn in Vermont is simply stunning. This is just one image from all her amazing Autumn touches in Vermont.

Thursday, October 4

Look What's Cooking this October at Thursdays Favorite Things

Welcome friends and happy Thursday Favorite Things. You all shared so much talent shared last week, I barely knew where to begin! But let's face it, you ladies can cook! I can't think of a better way to celebrate the beginning of fall than to get our ovens and stoves going and sharing some wonderful, yummy, comfort food recipes!
Thanks for sharing yours. So without further ado, here's what's cooking, here, at Thursdays Favorite Things!
Rosemary & Thyme's super yummy APPLE PIE BAKED IN APPLES

Thursday, September 27

It's All About the Pumpkins!

Welcome friends! Next time we meet up again it will be October and boy you guys sure rolled out the most beautiful decor for the month. I'm just in love with all the differences in style, fabric, and designs. Such talent! Enjoy the beauty and creativity.

Thursday, September 20

This and That ~ Thursday Favorite Things (Happy Autumn/Fall)

Hi friends, welcome to this week's Thursday Favorite Things party. Are you all getting excited for this weekend's Autumnal Equinox? I, personally, can not wait! Fall is my favorite Season and I'm so excited to, hopefully, get to put a sweater on soo. So far, we are still in the 80's, here in Northern California, but I am hoping for cool mornings and rainy nights soon. Well, looks like I may have to wait a little while longer.  Usually, I like to pick a theme from your shares for my Features each week. But all provide such a wide array of talent, that this week I simply chose to feature those that caught my eye first. So here they are, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
Gluesticks Blog's Make Your Own Painted Pumpkins

Thursday, September 13

The Tastes of Autumn and I've Got the Recipes!

Hi Friends, Isn't your mouth just watering for the tastes, smells, flavors of Fall?! Mine sure is and I've got your recipes!! I'm so excited for fall to arrive, I was even more excited to see all these awesome recipes that just scream, "It's Fall Y'all!" Thank you so much for joining me and the wonderful co-hostesses of the Thursday Favorite Things party! Just look what you've been making! 

Monday, September 10

September's Ruby is Out and Full of Inspiration

Hi friends, The September 2018 issue of RUBY  magazine is out and full featuring inspirational articles and poetry, short stories and book reviews, recipes and crafts, and seven days of devotionals.
I'm busy getting ready for our Thursday Favorite Things party coming up on Thursday morning, but I love to take time to read my like minded friends wonderful offerings. I hope you will find it a Blessing to you, as well.

Be sure to check out Judith's Seven Days of Devotionals! I am so in love  with the ministry that this little magazine provides for Christian women!

Thursday, August 30

Wonderful Fall Inspirations at This Week's Thursday Favorite Things Party

Welcome Friends! It's no big surprise to anyone that's been following me, even for a little while, that I am definitely a Fall/Winter fan. That has Not changed. I love it all!! with that in mind, I chose some wonderful features that are speaking to me as we close this month of August and prepare for the new Fall/Autumn Season! so please enjoy and share the love with these talented Bloggers! 
First up! arent these Caramel Apple Dip Gift Pack from Brandy at The Gluesticks blog a great idea? I love the presentations and will be making some of these in the very near future.
Everyday Livings Autumn Therapy spoke to my heart. :) 

Thursday, August 23

Great Ways to Start Welcoming Fall Into Your Home!

It appears I'm not the only one who's anxiously awaiting the coming Fall season! I'm so thrilled about all these wonderful inspirations. Here are just a few of the wonderful ways last week's partyers showed us how to begin welcoming fall into their homes and kitchens!

Thursday, August 2

Happy August! DIY Summer Beauty and Yummy Bites

Hi Friends! Welcome to the first TFT party of August!
Here are my Features for the week!
I hope you enjoy them as much as I did! 
If you’re new to this party, this is a weekly link party where you can link up your blog posts.  It is a great way to get traffic to your blogs! 


Bloggers and blog readers can both enjoy the party – pop on over to one another’s blogs and say hello!  I also pin my features (and others, too!) to our Thursday Favorite Things Pinterest Board,  and to my own Thursdays' Favorite Things board, so be sure to follow along! So, let's see what you've been creating or cooking! 

Thursday, July 26

Thursdays Favorite Things

Welcome to Thursdays Favorite Things party. I'm so excited to be joining Katherine from Katherines Corner and all the Ladies each week. 
Today, we are welcoming Linda from Crafts a la Mode to the Thursday Favorite Things party, as one of our new co hostesses! I am so excited to be sharing with Linda once again, please help us make her feel welcomed! 
I hope that you will jump on the bandwagon and join us too!  Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy a few Features from last week! 
Vintage Books

Thursday, July 19

Tastes of Summer @ This Week's Thursdays Favorite Things!

Hi Friends, Thanks for joining us for this week's TFT party. Hi Sweet Friends!  Thanks so much for joining me today. I never take your views for granted and want to tell you how much I appreciate you being here. If you are anything like me, you are getting plenty of those warm Summer days. What better way to enjoy them than by cooking the flavors that come with them! Through last week's Featured post I was able to piece together all the perfect ways to do just that.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I did! 
If you’re new to this party, this is a weekly link party where you can link up your blog posts.  It is a great way to get traffic to your blogs! Bloggers and blog readers can both enjoy the party – stop on at other’s blogs and say hello!  I also pin my features (and others, too!) to our Thursday Favorite Things Pinterest Board,  and to my own Thursdays Favorite Things board, so be sure to follow along! So, let's see what was cooking or chilling! 

Munchkin Time's Super Easy Chocolate Ice Cream Cake

Thursday, July 12

Enjoying the Beauty ~ This Week's Thursdays Favorite Things Party

Welcome to Thursdays Favorite Things party. I'm so excited to be joining Katherine from Katherines Corner and all the Ladies each week. I hope that you will jump on the bandwagon and join us too!  Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy my Features from last week! 
 Judith over at Botanic Bleu is Under the Peony Spell and I have to admit after seeing and reading her post and images, I believe I am too!

Thursday, July 5

It's a DIY Summer ~ This Week's Thursday Favorite Things

Hello, Sweet friends. Hello and Welcome. Happy July! To my American friends, I hope you all enjoyed a happy and safe 4th of July. Please accept my apologies for not having Features last week. I pin all week and try very hard to show you all how much your patronage means to me, but sometimes family and their medical emergencies just take priority over all else. I hope you understand and will keep joining me here for the TFT party! 
Onto this week's Features! 
Emily at Le Cultivateur shared her Favorite Things, including this beautiful new Ironstone pieces.

Thursday, June 28

Thursdays Favorite Things

Hi Friends, Thanks for joining us for this week's TFT party. Sorry, no features this week, I had a family emergency. I will do my best to make it up to you all next week and by pinning more and more to the party board. I'm so glad you all are here.

Thursday, June 21

The Beauty of June and This Week's TFT Party!

Hi Sweet Friends!  Thanks so much for joining me today.  If you’re new to this party, this is a weekly link party where you can link up your blog posts.  It is a great way to get traffic to your blogs! Bloggers and blog readers can both enjoy the party – stop on at other’s blogs and say hello!  I also pin my features (and others, too!) to our Thursday Favorite Things Pinterest Board,  and to my own Thursdays Favorite Things board, so be sure to follow along!
On with the Features! 
Jamie @ Sew Much Better With Age shared her  Summer Tour with Flowers

Thursday, June 14

Time for a Garden Party...Don't You Think?! See How To Do it Style at this Week's TFT party!

Hi Sweet Friends!  Thanks so much for joining me today. I never take your views for granted and want to tell you how much I appreciate you being here. f you are anything like me, you are getting plenty of those warm Summer days. What better way to enjoy them than having a beautiful garden party! Through last week's Featured post I was able to peace together all the perfect ways to do just that.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I did! 
If you’re new to this party, this is a weekly link party where you can link up your blog posts.  It is a great way to get traffic to your blogs! Bloggers and blog readers can both enjoy the party – stop on at other’s blogs and say hello!  I also pin my features (and others, too!) to our Thursday Favorite Things Pinterest Board,  and to my own Thursdays Favorite Things board, so be sure to follow along!

Thursday, June 7

Yummy Summer Recipes from this week's TFT Party!

If you’re new to this party, this is a weekly link party where you can link up your blog posts.  It is a great way to get traffic to your blogs! Bloggers and blog readers can both enjoy the party – stop on at other’s blogs and say hello!  I also pin my features (and others, too!) to our Thursday Favorite Things Pinterest Board,  and to my own Thursdays Favorite Things board, so be sure to follow along!

Rosemary from An Italian in My Kitchen shared this yummy summer goodness she calls her  Tablespoon Italian Lemon Cake
dusting powdered sugar on the tablespoon lemon cake

Thursday, May 31

Summer's Coming (Embracing the Change of Seasons), A Very Special Birthday TFT Party

Hello Sweet friends and welcome back. Well, Memorial Day has come and gone and it seems we are all focused on the Summer months ahead of us.  I hope you had a chance to enjoy the weekend. As for me and my family,  we were abundantly blessed to celebrate my Dad's 86th Birthday this past weekend, birthdays are not something we take for granted anymore. As well as my eldest Sister.s big 60th! Yes, my mother was kind enough, back in the day, to have their first born child on my Father's birthday! It was a great day.
This is just a few of us. We are quite a large crowd now, when we all get together.  So, on the thought of celebrating and the new Summer Season arriving, I chose some Features that I felt reflected this time of year. I hope you enjoy them. Thanks for joining me once more. 

Thursday, May 24

Everything's Coming Up Roses and Royalty ~ This Week's TFT

Hello, Sweet Friends. Welcome! If you are anything like me, you were at least watching the news of Prince Harry's wedding last week, if not the whole ceremony!  Who doesn't LOVE a real-life fairytale?!
Not only was I struck by the Royal Wedding last week, but also by the abundant need to spring flowers in and embrace the Season's changing times. I was so pleased to see I was not alone. These beautiful features particularly struck my fancy last week, I hope you enjoy them too. Thank you so much for joining us! Onto the Features! 

Thursday, May 17

Pamper Yourself Thursday! (This Week's TFT Party)

Happy Thursday Favorite Things day! It always amazes me how many wonderful DIY's, Recipes, Upcycles and other wonderful post are linked up to this wonderful party each week. So much talent and the content runs the gambit! Each one of my co-hostesses features their favorites each week, so be sure to click around to see if you were Featured at one of my co-hostesses blogs. This week I saw beautiful offerings, but decided to go with the ones that would provide us with some Inspiration to Pamper Ourselves! We deserve it! I hope you enjoy as much as I did!

Thursday, May 10

Thursdays Favorite Things Potpourri! TFT Party Time

Welcome, friends. Thanks so much for joining us for this week's TFT party! Sorry, I was a little too busy to get my usual collage put together, but not too busy to shine a light on some your wonderful links! Here are some Features from this past week's party that I am sure you will love as much as I did!
Starting with Sweet Sensations 6 Insanely Delicious Chocolate Cakes

Thursday, May 3

DIY Mother's Day Ideas ~ TFT Party

Happy May, dear friends. I hope it's beautiful wherever you are joining me from. With the arrival this month I am always drawn to those that would bring beauty of joy to Mother's day. So, with that said I chose this week's features for their inspiration for a stunning Mother's day celebration. Thanks for joining. I look forward to seeing what you have all been up to!

Thursday, April 26

Expressions of Spring Are Everywhere ~ TFT Party

Welcome, Sweet Friends. Thanks so much for joining me. One thing for sure is Spring is everywhere!  I love it! From Fashion to Decor, to Style and Food it's taking over as friends plant new gardens, prepare their yards, spruce up the house, clean and dress! What a wonderful celebration of the Season! I do pray that you are all enjoying and partaking of all the beauty around. Here are just a few Features that caught my eye! Let me know what you like!  Now, let's join this week's TFT Party,  the best party in blog land!

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.
RubyFebruary2018

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.