Thursday, November 21

Thanksgiving...Christmas...Everything Beautiful & Yummy! (TFT Party)

Hello beautiful friends! I'm so very pleased to be here and, especially, to have you here joining me. It's a busy time, isn't it? But there's so much to be enjoyed this time of year! I am still working away at the decorations for my church's Christmas stage, lobby, entrance... The list goes on and on, but it's so exciting to get to be a part of something that you will get to enjoy with your church family at one of the most beautiful and meaningful times of the year. But enough about me, look at all the gorgeousness you all have been sharing at our wonderful TFT party!!

Thursday, November 14

A Little Peek At This Christmas' Future DIY's! (and, this week's TFT party!)

I think this is a super fun time of year to start planning your Christmas Home! Especially with Hallmark's Countdown to Christmas (yes, I am an addict!) providing tons of Inspiration. Not to mention, that I am doing the Christmas decorations for my church, which are going to be off the charts gorgeous! Still SO DIY! What's not to love?! I wish I was as far ahead of many of last week's bloggers, who provided even more inspiration with their, already done posts of all things wonderfully beautiful and DIY for Christmas. Hae a look!
Love CoCo from The Crowned Goat's  Christmas on the Front Porch. Missing my old front porch! Definitely, a "must-have" next place I live!

Thursday, November 7

Thursday Favorite Things ~ Loving Autumn

Good morning my friends. Welcome back to Shoestring Elegance and this week's TFT party!
Thank you all, again, for your wonderfully kind comments, prayers and concern. It appears we are finally all clear from the fires in our area. And we are thanking God because we know how much worse it could have been. No lives were lost!
So, back to enjoying our Fall, albeit a little delayed and different this year. However, you all are still here providing me with so much inspiration!! Let’s look at some of your wonderful offerings from last week’s party!

Thursday, October 31

Fall Favorites (TFT Party)

Good morning, my friends. I'm going to have to keep it short and sweet today, I'm not sure if my power will stay on very long. I want to thank all of you, who left comments of support and added your prayers to mine last week, as we, here in Northern California navigated life with nearby fires and rolling power outages. I'm sorry I haven't had the time to respond to all your kind comments, but I did get to read them and am very grateful.
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Yesterday evening, finally, brought some very welcome new...
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"The wind event proved to be much less than they thought. Our amazing firefighters kept the fire at bay and the increase was minimal. We are at 76,825 acres and 45% containment which is AMAZING!! 
Forever grateful for all your prayers and the hard work done to keep us safe and the damage minimal!"
With sincerest Gratitude, I'm sharing some faves from last week, sorry my part is not more complete this week, next week will be better! 
Happy Halloween!
Your Features!

Thursday, October 24

DIY Halloween Decor (Even if Your Not A Halloween Fan) TFT Party

Welcome!!Welcome! Welcome, to TFT blog link party. Aka Thursday Favorite Things blog hop link party for blog writers and blog readers! I hope you have all been enjoying the change of season. Unfortunately we are back in the 90's and are on high alert for the fires burning right now in Northern California. Sigh... Eerily similar to the major fires we had two years ago.  Prayers please friends.
I must admit, I am not a huge fan of Halloween, but even I can truly appreciate the following!
Jenna at The red Painted Apron's Season of the Witch Tablescape is just too sweet not to feature!

Thursday, October 17

All Things Autumn & This Week's Thursday Favorite Thing Party

Good morning, friends. Well, it's finally happened...Autumn has arrived. Yes, even here in Northern California and I couldn't be happier. Even with all the fire scares, the power shutoffs, stocking the house for emergencies, I am abundantly grateful for cool, crisp air, fog that brings back that wonderful morning mist and humidity levels that so help all our firefighters... Grateful.  Happy to be baking, cooking soups and stews and all the wonderful things that come with this glorious Season. I've even needed my coat a couple of times. Simply blissful.
Here's a look at some of the Linkups that caught my eye from last week's party! If you missed it, check it out now, here.
Linda @ It All started With Paint's No Carve Jeweled Pumpkins – Glam Pumpkin Craft Idea

Thursday, October 10

From the Northern California PG&E Power Shut Off!... We Still Party with the TFT Gang

Hello Friends, I am going to have to keep it short and simple before my power gets shut off! Yes, I'm in that Northern California area where the power company is shutting power our off to preemptively prevent wildfires. Don't ask me..I just live here. You all certainly brought your A-game last week! please enjoy my features from last week's party and visit each other! I'm going to pop off while I still have power and a little bit of time to try and manage some of my house.
Here are your Features! 
Debra@Common Ground Window Box Centerpiece for Fall

Thursday, October 3

Happy October! TFT's Early Autumn Party

Good morning friends! I am so glad you are here for the party!!
Finally, some wonderful cooler fall weather to report and I have been baking up a storm! 
Welcome to the Thursday Favorite Things party!
 I, and our wonderful co-hostesses, could not be more thrilled to have you here to kick the Party off for this week!!  Thank you to all of you who come join us here each week with your wonderful Crafts, Recipes and DIY incredible creations! 
If you are new to the Party, Welcome! I'm so very glad you are here!
Here are some of my favorites from last weeks party. If you missed it click here to see all the wonderful offerings.
Linda from Crafts a la Mode's Pumpkin Cheesecake CAKE! What a yummy way to start the Season!

Monday, September 30

Another Season..Another Big Change

To every season there is change, and this Fall is no exception.
It is with a heavy heart that I write to you today, by the end of this week,  the wonderful Ruby Magazine, that I have SO enjoyed being a part of, will be no more.  Thankfully, unlike when Ruby

Thursday, September 26

It's Pumpkin Time! (Every Kind You Can Imagine) TFT Party

Good morning, friends! Well, it happened!  Fall arrived 3 days ago and, we, here in Northern California have had 3 days over 100 degrees.  Heavy sigh... There are days I really don't know why I live where I do. Anyway, today is supposed to be the beginning of a cool down and let me just tell you I am praying that it is!
  Rustic French Fall Decor

Thursday, September 19

Happy Fall & Thursday Favorite Things 8th Anniversary!

Good morning friends and Happy Fall! I get to finally say that to you all because by the time we meet again it will be my favorite Season! Yay! Please forgive me, for being a few minutes late this morning, So much to see and do! I’m so glad you are here joining us for this, Thursday Favorite Things, 8th Anniversary!
So let’s see what you’ve been up to!

Welcome to TFT aka ( also known as, The Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop Link Party!) A party
for Blog Writers & Blog Readers. Start sharing your blog links on Thursday's at 7 am (MST) continue until Saturday at midnight (MST). Please read the rules before participating, it will be a much more satisfying party. 

Thursday, September 12

Autumn/Fall DIYs to Help You Welcome the My Favorite Season!

Good morning! This has been what I've been doing. ) it's a serious thing for me! There isn't a day that goes by now when I'm not looking at the Fall Countdown! It was a very pleasant high 80's for a few days, but unfortunately mother nature took a turn on me and has been hitting us with mid '90s!!! No thank you.  I need sweater weather! I want to wear my flannel pajamas and feel so cold I need to pout my robe and socks on too!! I want o cook and bake and be grateful that I have warmed up the house with the oven. I think I live in the wrong part of our country! LOL  That's the kind of gal I am!
So, TODAY,  ONLY 10 more days! Squeals with excitement! 

Alright, let's get down to business, now.
Welcome to TFT aka ( also known as, The Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop Link Party!) A party

Tuesday, September 10

September's Ruby IS OUT!!

The beautiful September Issue of Ruby is our now and ready for you to enjoy with your family and friends! Yay!

The September 2019 issue of RUBY magazine features inspirational articles and poetry, devotionals and short stories, book reviews, and our monthly feature, the Kids' Korner with a story just for the young people in your family.

Thursday, September 5

Fall Transitions at This Week's TFT Party

Hey friends, so glad you are me this beautiful Thursday morning.  Well, you all know I'm a huge fan of Fall/Autumn. I simply CAN NOT wait! So, imagine my delight when I read all of your wonderful posts transitioning from Summer to Fall.  Loved every minute of it. I have been pinning plenty, so I hope you are following my TFT Pinterest Board. I was lucky enough to get my paint brushes out yesterday and started working on a new project that I will be sharing with you soon. But, for now, let's take a look at the features from last week's party!

Welcome to TFT aka ( also known as, The Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop Link Party!) A party for Blog Writers & Blog Readers. Start sharing your blog links on Thursday's at 7 am (MST) continue until Saturday at midnight (MST). Please read the rules before participating, it will be a much more satisfying party. 

I just Love these Pink Flowers and White Pumpkins Fresh Fall Tablescape from Mantel and Table. Very different for this time of year, but stunning just the same.

Thursday, August 29

Happy Labor Day Weekend & Fall Favorites (TFT party)

Hello friends, as usual at this time of year I am enamored by all things that celebrate upcoming Season, that I love so dearly. Before I get onto this week's features, I'd loke to wish you all a safe and peaceful Labor Day weekend. May your time with your friends and family bless you richly. 
I Love all of this week's features! Starting with:
Jenn from Clean and Scentsible's Farmhouse Style Free Printables

Thursday, August 22

Anxiously Awaiting Fall ~ Autumn Inspirations (TFT Party)

Too hot to be at the computer much these days, friends. I am so anxiously awaiting my favorite Season. I was so pleased to see I am not alone in this, as evidenced by your Fall inspired link ups!  Thank you for that! Here are this week's features! 
Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof's Five Free Fall Mums Watercolor Printables are adorable and so inviting.

Thursday, August 15

What I'm Loving in August ~ (TFT Party)

Hi friends! I sure hope you all are finding some way to stay cool, I'm doing my best but it sure isn't easy with these triple-digit days. Thank you all so much for your very kind comments last week. As they say, life does go on.  I just finished baking 15 dozen breakfast cookies for a function at my church, and to be honest with you, I'm quite okay not to bake for a little while now... In all honesty, I was thrilled and honored to get to contribute, I certainly am grateful though, that I baked them before the heatwave hit!  No special theme this week in the features, I just went through and grabbed the first ones that caught my eye. Not my usual, but really kind of fun! It truly is so difficult to limit the features with so much talent from you all.  So, without further delay, here are the ones I'm loving this week!
Upcycled Bird Feeder from Cecilia @ My Thrift Store Addiction
I pinned many more to my Thursday Favorite Things Party Board! Be sure to check it out!

Thursday, August 8

It's A Shabby Thursday! (This Week's TFT Party)

Good morning, sweet friends. Welcome back to this week's edition of the Thursday Favorite Things party. I'm so glad you're joining me. As I write this, I have just said goodnight to a very different kind of day. Today was the one year anniversary of my father's death. And while my mind and soul rejoice for him in Heaven, my heart and humanness still miss him.  So forgive me, I am not going to embellish too much this week. Thankfully, I have been looking at all your wonderful shabbiness all through the week and have plenty of inspiration from your talents. So, mums the word and unto your features.
Linda from It All Started With Paint shared her Easy Distressed Terracotta Pots

Thursday, August 1

Ruby Magazine has a Brand New Look and a Brand New Site!

How exciting, friends! RUBY Magazine has a brand New Look and Site! I think you are going to LOVE it as much as I do! Come join me and other Christian Women in enjoying this awesome ministry! 

"One of our goals with moving the RUBY blog to a new platform is to generate more traffic and page views (I guess that is called SEO optimization, but you’ll have to check with Theresa to be sure!). We are creating different pages on the new RUBY blog so that we can focus on family-friendly resources for all of our readers.

Tastes of Summer! All the Recipes You Need to Enjoy Your Summer (This week's TFT)

It seems we all love to share some of our favorite recipes, as each season comes and goes. I am no exception to that thought. I love welcoming each different season with my favorites for that time, as well. As I am definitely a Fall/Winter person, I get so excited that I start baking fall dishes at the end of the summer as I anxiously await my favorite season. Case and point last week I shared my Grandmother's Canadian Butter Tarts! You can find them, here!

I'm just counting down the days when I can have my oven on more, without it making the temperature in the house intolerable. Until then, you have all provided me with some wonderful summer recipes to get me through. Thanks for that! Let's take a look!

Laura from Everyday Edits shared this absolutely delicious looking Cherry Crumble Recipe
 

Thursday, July 25

Celebrating the Beauty of Summer (This week's TFT)

Hello dear friends. Welcome to this week's Thursday Favorite Thing party! Thankfully, I am back in the pink and able to be more present this week. I hope you'll forgive me the absence of features last week. That was a first for me, but couldn't be helped.
I'm doing everything I can to survive the heat. How about you? I am such a Fall/Winter person, this is my personal worst season like, but I do love all the beauty and Summer traditions that come with this (too hot) season.
Sounds like a perfect segway to your beautiful Features, doesn't it?
Kimberly at The Lou Lou Girls is speaking my language with her No Churn Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Add to it that it is 97F outside as I write this! No A/C! I could use a sheet pan of these today, Kimberly! Thank you!

Monday, July 22

Canadian Butter Tarts Recipe ~ Cooking Up Memories

Sometimes we bake for fun, most often for need, and I think, sometimes just for the comfort of an old memory.  There is a small way to keep those loved ones and times that have passed on present with us. Food and Recipes enjoyed from another time always seem to bring us back to those people and places. The familiarity brings us comfort from times gone by. 

Thursday, July 18

Thursday Favorite Things

Sorry, friends. I’m a bit under the weather today. Please link up and I will try and get back with your Features later today or tomorrow.  I hope you all are well.  


Thursday, July 11

My Summer Favorite Things ~ (This Week's TFT)

Hello, friends.  I'm so glad you are here. Thank you for your visit.
 I'm trying to get caught up again this week after last week's holiday and festivities.  There always seems so much to do and so little time to do it in.  But, I'm just going to keep taking it one day at a time. (I don't really have a choice) :)  How was your holiday weekend?  I hope you enjoyed some quality time with family and friends and had a chance to celebrate in whatever way makes you happy.
How creative you all have been!  I just love looking through all your link ups!
Here are some of my Summer Favorites from last week's party.

Ahna from Hammers N Hugs shared her new mantel and some wonderful images and ideas with us on just How to Decorate with Fireplace Mantels. All are gorgeous!

Thursday, July 4

Happy 4th of July! (This Week's TFT)

Good morning. Wishing you all a safe and sound Fourth of July, here in the USA and for all of my friends and family in Canada, I hope you had a wonderful Canada Day! I shared some of your wonderful Patriotic projects and recipes on Shoestring Elegance's Facebook page, HERE
If you haven't already followed me there, you may want to now, as I do share your projects and recipes off and on during the week.
Do you have exciting plans to celebrate this Independence Day?! I'd Love to hear about it. Please stay safe.

Thursday, June 27

It's ALL About Summertime! (This Week's TFT Party)

Hello beautiful friends, I'm so glad you are here. Welcome to this week's Thursday Favorite Things party! Are you all surviving the heat in your area? I sure hope so. I'm doing my best, but triple digit weather is not my cup of tea.  What is, however, re your beautiful link ups last week! How's that for a segue-way?  Enjoy your weekends and enjoy this week's wonderful Features. (Can you tell I was a little hungry when i picked these? Yep! They are perfect for Summer, though! 
Look atCarol from Comfort Spring's Strawberry Cupcakes! YUMMO

Thursday, June 20

Summer Trends @ This Week's TFT Party

Happy Summer! Well, tomorrow anyway. I hope you all are enjoying this time with your families. Welcome back to this week's TFT! 
I'm so very glad you are here.
 No  time to waste! So many wonderful and inspiring things to see.
 Come see the Features from last week's party and link up your latest posts for this week!
Katie at Let's Add Sprinkles' Evolution Of A Color Crush LOVE!
I couldn\t decide what image I liked best! They were all so beautiful. 

Thursday, June 13

New Summer "Go To's" at This Week's TFT Party!

My goodness, friends, I, literally, could have pinned all week!! You all are sharing so many wonderful projects, DIY's, Inspiration and the Recipes! Oh my goodness. Thank you so much for joining us and me here.  I'm finally getting an evening to breath, after numerous days of record breaking heat and couldn't be more thrilled. What more perfect way to end a great day than to share some of your wonderful posts! As I said I could have Pinned and Featured some 200+ link ups! Here are the ones that caught my eyes first!
Jamie from So Much Better With Age shared her Awesome post 5 Tips for Summer Decorating

Thursday, June 6

Summer Lovin' Recipes!

Sorry, my friends I ran a little late today!! I have some of your wonderful features up now, and I will add more throughout the day, but I wanted to make sure you could join the party now! So please accept my apology and check back later today! FEATURES ADDED!!  Thank you for your patience! Please enjoy these wonderful summer recipes and party with us!!
Michelle from Thistle Key Lane showed us how to make this yummy  Strawberry Lemonade Sorbet Recipe

Thursday, May 30

Summer DIY Inspirations (This Week's Favorite Things Party)

Hi friends, can you believe the day after tomorrow is June?! Already! This year just seems to be flying by. Just a few short weeks till Summer, hard to believe we are here already. I hope you all are in safe areas, with all the wacky, scary weather. I truly pray that you are not in a flooded state or one dealing with tornadoes.  Heads down, pray and get through.  If you are, please know that you have my prayers. With that said, you all are bringing some wonderful Summer Inspiration to the party. I sure hope you are enjoying it. As for me, I'll get through the summer, as I do every year, actually anxiously awaiting Fall. What can I say I'm a Fall/Winter kinda gal. :) That doesn't mean I can't appreciate the beauty, like this week's features!
TFT thursday favorite things blog hop link party

Thursday, May 23

FREE Beautiful Wallpapers For Your iPhone/Cellphone & How To Install Them.

It is not often, I hope, that I take too much for granted. I am or at least attempt to always be, completely grateful for the life I've been given, the abundance of love I have in my life, as well as the simple, material things that make living on this earth a little more comfortable or pleasant. It is with that in mind that leads me to share this information with you.  Because I decorate for my church, my family and friends, I am often (so lucky) to have numerous roses, greenery, filler, vessels, etc.. in my stash. And, because I just LOVE their beauty, I take tons of pictures of them!
Many times I've been told how beautiful the images on my phone are.  However, it was not until recently that I became fully aware that I had more opportunity and perhaps just a little more knowledge than a lot of people out there.  Not much, but some, especially as it relates to technology. If you are 40 or under, this is most likely old hap for you and you won't need this tutorial. But, if you are like me or older, cellphones weren't invented when we were tweens, teens or even in our 20's.

Holding Onto Spring ~ Favorite Things!

Hello friends and welcome. I'm so very glad you are here. Well, I must admit, I've got my nails dug into this Spring. Really not looking forward to the heat of Summertime. Thankfully, I don't think I am alone in that. Many of you brought a lot of wonderful 'Spring-y' styled posts to share and I was absolutely pleased to no end! Maybe if we wish it long enough..... Nah, "to everything there is a Season" right! That's okay by me, but it doesn't mean I won't savor every single second of this one!
I’m wishing you all a safe and peaceful Memorial Day Weekend.
On with your wonderful Features for this week. Too many to count, but here are a few I particularly enjoyed. I hope you do too.

Rebecca from Zucchini Sisters shared her tutorial on How to Make Candlesticks from Old Spindles
I just LOVE this! Such a great waste saver! Talk about thinking outside the box and repurposing with intention. These are beautiful, you simply must click on over to see what she started with!

Thursday, May 16

Getting Ready for Summer..So Are We~ (This Week's TFT Party)

It's a glorious day, here, in Northern California! We are in the midst of a late and unseasonal 'Winter Storm'! If you know me, you know that I LOVE the Rain! So a few days of it off and on with cooler temps instead of unseasonally high temp weather suits me just perfect. However, unlike me, everybody seems to be preparing for Summer. Oh well, I've got my rain for now, so I'm a happy camper.  Let's take a look at some of your awesome Features from last week, all of which, would make any Spring/Summer home all the more beautiful!
Pam from Everyday Living shared her beautiful Monday Morning Blooms – Precious Memories

Thursday, May 9

The Best DIY's For This Spring! (This Week's TFT Party!)

Welcome. I still can't believe we are already in the month of May! Are you getting sunnier weather yet? It's been very pleasant here the last few days, finally past that odd 90's we got at the beginning of Spring! Thank God! I'm not a summer person, it can get rather toasty, here in Northern California, I like to cherish the pleasant and easier weather of Spring. You all brought so much beauty and charm to last week's party, I'm just highlighting a few of the beautiful offerings.
Ashley from yarn scissors silk shared her beautiful DIY Redo - Upcycle an Old Faded Wreath. Fabulous Upcycle! I love these colors!

Thursday, May 2

Memories of May, and the Queen of the Angels (This Week's TFT Party)

I was raised by wonderful Catholic parents. I grew up going to a Catholic school that we called the "pink prison" in light of all the current school and church shootings, I was ignorantly and blissfully blessed with complete safety and security. The innocence we enjoyed seems all but lost and I pray and weep for our children.  God save us from more of this kind of heartbreak. 
As popular stories go...I told you that so I could tell you this: Every May 1st at my school the Nuns and teachers would bring the statue of Mary out into the courtyard and we would place a crown
of roses on her head and sing a song... "O Mary we crown thee with blossoms today, Queen of the Angels, Queen of the May."
Please pray with me for our children and our brothers and sisters, that we may continue to gather in schools and at the churches of our choice and learn and worship without fear.

Thursday, April 25

Embracing All Spring's Offerings! (Last TFT Party of April!)

I hope you all are getting some actual Spring weather! It has been rather wacky weather here! Rain..to needing a sweater for Easter Sunday...to, if you can believe it, 94 degrees on Tuesday!! I'm praying for some pleasant '70s! I've been busy doing decorations for my church and spring cleaning, but I love them both so you will get no complaints from me.  you all shared so much beauty last week, I just loved it all! Please know that my "Features" are just a sampling of all your wonderful link ups. If I really featured all those deserving, I'd have very little time for anything else. With that said, here are this week's features. Thank you for joining me here.

Jamie from So Much Better With Age's Canadian Spring Kitchen and Dining Room Tour is simply delightful. I just love her decor and her florals are to die for! This is just one little image, she has so much more! 

Thursday, April 18

Happy Easter at the Thursday Favorite Things Party - He IS Risen Indeed!

Well, friends, Easter is just a few short days away and Spring has finally arrived. This is the first week that I don 't see rain anywhere in our next week forecast and it feels like Spring. Upper 70's yesterday, I was able to have all the windows open and give the house a real nice airing out, that you can only do at this time of year. I sincerely hope that you are all Blessed by the message of the Easter celebrations with the truest remembrance of what Christ did for us. He Is Risen! Such a powerful statement, and thankfully, and ultimately signifying our own personal salvation. Happy Easter, indeed!
On with your Features...
Pam from Everyday Living reminds us why we celebrate and just how truly important Easter is to all of us, not because of what we do, but because of what He did for us with her beautiful post: "Cherry Blossoms & New Life

Thursday, April 11

Spring's Beauty Is Everywhere ~ Thursday Favorite Things Party

The rains have finally stopped, at least for now, and Sring is evident everywhere I look.  That beautiful scent from the blossoms of cherry trees and my very own star jasmine is simply intoxicating. As much as I love the winter and the rain, there is something very magical about this time of year. A time for rebirth.  Birds chirping everywhere, life is good, as my father would say. Welcome back to our Thursday Favorite Things party! If you are new, her, come on in and enjoy the glorious inspiration and creativity. Onto your features from last week's party!

Kay from Loving the Home Life's insightful Creating Beauty at Home: Why it Matters post is a wonderful and fresh perspective that really resonated with me. A wonderful reminder that God's beautiful colors are all around her (and those who visit). This was a wonderful post to read, definitely worth your time, pop over and enjoy her beautiful perspective.

Thursday, April 4

MORE Spring and Easter Decor! (This Week's TFT Party)

Thank you for joining me this week friends, I'm afraid I'm running a little behind, so I am going to keep my intro short and sweet.  I LOVE everything you all are sharing. SO much wonderful inspiration, you truly make it impossible for me to choose.  This week I got back to writing and blogging with A Very Different Spring... (And, Why I Haven't Written) I'd love it if you'd give it a look.
Because you all should be featured, let's just say these are a Gorgeous representation of all your talent! Enjoy and pop back and look over some of last week's incredible offerings!
Paula at Sweet Pea's DIY Spring Embroidery Hoop Wreath 

Wednesday, April 3

A Very Different Spring... (And, Why I Haven't Written)

For many years now, I have shared with you the promise and hope of Spring by taking you on a walk in with me, either my mother's garden or my own, like "A Walk In My Mother's Secret Garden...Promises of Spring". It's just breathtaking and has always been something I love to share with you. 

Friends, this year is very different around my Mum's house and in my life, for that matter.
If you have noticed that I haven't been writing new pieces very often or sharing many new projects, lately... firstly, thank you for following along with me anyway, and secondly, there is a huge reason why and I hadn't been ready to write until now.
(My Mum's beautiful crabapple tree, between showers)

Thursday, March 28

Easter DIY Inspiration @ This week's TFT Party

Hello friends, welcome back to the TFT (Thursday Favorite Things) weekly blog party. Every Thursday (through Saturday) blog writers and blog readers gather together to celebrate the joy of blogging by sharing all their awesome creative ways. There were so many wonderful things shared at the party last week, but I just loved these wonderful nods to the upcoming Easter celebrations. So many gifted inspirations for all things Easter! Here are a few that turned my head! 
Erin at My Mommy World's Rustic Easter Wreath is just too sweet for words. I'd be proud to hang this on my front door.

Thursday, March 21

It's All About...SPRING! (This week's TFT Party)

Happy Spring, friends. I hope you all are getting a little break from the colder temps and are able to enjoy the beginning of the new Season. It was a mixed bag, here, today. The first day of Spring started with heavy rain, but by 11:00 am it gave way to sunny skies! It was a wonderful way to celebrate the day. So, welcome back to the Thursday Favorite Things party. I'm so very happy you are here. I was looking for all things Spring and you did not disappoint.
 I'm amazed by your ingenious and insight. Thank you for being here. Now, onto my "Spring" features. I won't be throwing out many cans in the future, if I can make them half as beautiful as   
Mel from Decor Craft Design did! Her  DIY Spring Lace Tin Can Mug Flower Vase is adorable and the handle was the perfect touch. Love this!

Thursday, March 14

The Top "Spring Blooms" DIY's ~ (TFT Party)

Hi friends. Welcome back to Shoestring Elegance and this week's Thursday Favorite Things Party!  We are now, officially, less than a week away from Spring! Where has the year gone?!  It's still pretty chilly here, but the rain has stopped, at least for now, and there are some beautiful signs of Spring around! 
Always such a wonderful time of rebirth and, of course, brings Easter ever closer. The birds are chirping, the blooms are blooming, what more could we want?! Which brings me to the features this week! I just had to go with all things "Spring Blooms" represents and you ladies sure didn't disappoint, so much talent and inspiration! Thank you so much for being here and sharing all your gifts.  Now, on with the Features from last week's party! 
First off, Amber from Follow the Yellow Brick Road's Easy Dollar Tree DIY Spring Tulip Wreath for Only $10.00 is simply divine, elegant and simplicity at it's best! I'm thinking I better get at mine.

Thursday, March 7

Shabby Chic, Country Cottage and Lots of Spring DIY Inspiration This Week @ The TFT Party!

Hello friends. Welcome to all things March and beyond! I'm so pleased you could join me and Katherine and all the other beautiful co-hostesses from Thursday Favorite Things! We sure have fun enjoying all of your awesome creations. The Inspiration you all provide is unbelievable. I'm still a little slow going here, but you guys are knocking it out of the park!
Let's see your Features for this past week!
Cherryl from Farm Girl Reformed shared a wonderful roundup of 25+ BEST DIY Easter Decor Ideas. I just loved them all! This Spring Cupcake Liner Flower Wreath from My Pinterventures was so unique and fun! 

Thursday, February 21

Mixing It Up at This Week's TFT Party!

Hi, friends Welcome back! Boy, the weather has been all over the place around here! Historic snow, to open your windows, a taste of Spring, and back to close everything up because the rain and thunder and lightning storm has begun!! I LOVE every single minute of it. You may, or may not, remember, but I do a lot of countdowns to Fall/Autumn and Christmas. I just love the cooler, cozier months, curled up inside with a good book, project or recipe! I love it! It may just be because I live in Northern California, I truly do sympathize with all my dear friends in the Midwest and on the Eastern Coast that have had severe Winters, I hope you are finding cozy ways to enjoy your Winter, and I'm sure if I was you, I'd be anxiously awaiting Spring and Summer. :) 

On with this week's Features! By the way, if you missed last week's Features, I did a separate post of them to make up for my being, ahem, a little behind. See if you were one of them here, Thursdays Favorite Things...The Features

To start of this week, Jessica James' Gluten Free Strawberry Coffee Cake looks simply yummy and a perfect recipe for those who are wanting a taste of Spring.

Tuesday, February 19

Easy Monkey Bread With Brown Sugar Sauce - (made with store-bought biscuit dough)

Good morning, friends.  It's a nice, chilly morning and what better thing to do on a chilly day than bake something yummy to share.  I shared a picture of what I was baking the other morning on Facebook and Instagram, just because I love it when something I enjoy so much turns out so pretty and tastes so yummy. I must say I was surprised at the response. I guess this recipe isn't a given for a lot of people.
It isn't much work, really. My family has made some version of his over the years, I have, just recently, realized that there is one specific way I enjoy making it at my house, that I guess is a little unique. It couldn't be better for these cold winter mornings.

Saturday, February 16

Thursdays Favorite Things..The Features, As Promised and They Are Beautiful

Dear friends, it seems I am always a ' dollar short and a day late' lately! Please bear with me. I haven't forgotten about you or all the talent you share with me last week. I'm needing to proudly wear my "BPGIFWMY" my churches acronym for "Be Patient God Isn't Finished With Me Yet." Okay, enough talk from me. If you have linked up this week yet, please Click Here to add your link to this week's current party. You still have all day today!  If you are Featured below, congratulations! Thank you so much for joining and sharing with us!
The Features
A Romantic Valentine’s Day Table by Shannon at Belle Bleu Interiors