24 September 2020

Happy Fall/Autumn, Officially! Incredible Autumn Inspirations

Hello friends, and welcome to the Thursday Favorite Things party.  I finally get to say Happy Fall, officially. Yay! I won't dwell on the fact that we are suppose to be in the 100's again this week, I'm just going to live in a little denial and enjoy that since Fall has arrived, my favorite temperatures are sure to shortly follow. I hope you are all having a wonderful week. I hope this party and the features we share give you a smile and some inspiration to fluff your own home, try a new recipe or learn a new DIY trick! Have a great weekend and please stay safe.  Here are some of my favorites from last week's party! 

Interior Frugalista's absolutely beautiful Antique Balloon Back Chair Makeover

17 September 2020

Happy Fall Y'all! (This Week's TFT Party)

I'm SO excited I just realized that by the next time we party together Autumn/Fall will have officially arrived!! Five more days as I write this! Can you just hear me squealing with delight? I believe if the forecast holds true 😏 that our high for the day will be in the mid 70s. In California, that's wonderful. Even though I long for the crisp air... I'll take 70's! And, you all are right on cue with my favorite season! Thanks for that! 

Let's get onto some of your wonderful shares, and my features for this week, from last week's party.  

Christine from Designs and Events' Making a Wreath from Roadside Plants is the sweetest and daintiest Fall wreath I've ever seen and I just LOVE it and from Roadside Plants?!   Not my roadside, you are a lucky lady Christine.

10 September 2020

Fall Countdown Continues!

 Hello sweet friends, how are you all doing in your neck of the woods, so to speak? I'm so grateful that you have come over to join me.  Today was the first day in over a week, maybe longer, I really can't remember, that we were not sweating in the 100's and beyond! Thank God! I am so looking forward to all things Autumn/Fall! Crisp air, sweaters, a good rain, a fireplace for warm. I can't wait! 

03 September 2020

Happy September! (19 Days Until Fall and Counting Down!)

Good morning, beautiful friends! I'm getting so excited for Fall/Autumn! I don't know about you, but this has been an excessively hot, and isolating (COVID, wildfires, etc..) Summer and I, for one, am, quite frankly, ready for it to be over. But, I'm grateful and happy to report that yesterday was the first day we woke up without smoke in the air! I, happily, was able to throw open my windows and enjoy the day!  You all were absolutely wonderful, giving me so much season changing posts full of inspiration for the coming of my favorite Season! Thank you for playing along.  Thank you all so much for your kind and supportive comments.  They are appreciated more than I can adequately express.
Here are your features from last week's party! 
Pam at Everday Living 8 Favorite Autumn Tablescapes

27 August 2020

Beautiful Countdown to Fall Features!

Hi friends! Welcome back to this week's Thursday Favorite Things Party! My regular followers know that I live in Northern California. So, yes, I am in the middle of all those historic wildfires going on right now, that's the bad news. The good news, is that they are gaining ground on them, finally, and that though I've been living inside from smoke and ash, I am NOT in one of the actual fire zones. Don't get me wrong, twenty minutes or less from some in more than one direction and we have had our GO bag ready, but, thankfully, have not had to use it. Enough of that! 

20 August 2020

Wacky Summer Weather!

I don't know about you guys but this Summer has had some pretty wacky weather here, in northern California! Since Sunday we have had record highs (and I mean 106-108F in my town, to world record breaking highs elsewhere in the state) to thousands of lightning strikes, marble-sized hail...
This is not normal in my area and has, unfortunately, started a great many huge fires. Thankfully, although we have woken to ash on everything and can barely escape the smoke, the fires you have probably been hearing about are not in my actual town. Thanking God for that and knocking on wood. However, a great many people, nearby, have lost everything. Many, many prayers to them and their families. May we all find safe haven and some true peace soon
(Co-hostess, Amber, from Follow the Yellow Brick Road's) Enjoying Peaches In Recipes and Decor “National Peach Month” (above)
The features are just a few from all of the wonderful blogs shared every week. If you missed last week’s party please click Here.

13 August 2020

Grateful and Getting On with a Very Different August

Good morning friends! Before I get to this week's party, I would like to personally thank each and every one of you so much for your kind and comforting words of support and prayers for my family's loss. Your comments were soothing to my soul in a very difficult time. Thank you seems inadedequate. 

06 August 2020

Thursdays Favorite Things and a Very Sad Announcement

This is not the usual Thursday Favorite Things.
My friends, I don't exactly know how to write the next line... I'm sure I'm a bit off and probably will mess this up... 
My family has suffered a great loss. My beautiful, fun-loving, 58-year-old, Sister has died, suddenly and unexpectedly from a heart attack. My family is still attempting to grasp this truth. I'm, afraid we are doing the best we can and it will take some time to wrap our heads around this. I wouldn't normally write about this here but my sister was so proud of my blog and a regular follower and was so pleased with the way I wrote about my Dad's passing that I believe she would want me to share the news here too.

16 July 2020

Summer Yummies, DIYs and Beautiful Inspiration

Good morning, sweet friends! Bam just like that we're already in the middle of July. For those of you who know me well, this makes me super excited because we are just that much closer to Autumn/Fall! Yippee! For my sun-worshipping friends, enjoy! I'm counting the days!
Despite the SIP and the rollback of opening, with the COVID numbers rapidly rising, I have been, surprisingly busy in my home and my Mum's.

CoCo from The Crowned Goat's Quick & Easy Summer Lavender Basket is simply stunning. And, I have a lavender bush and many baskets!! Thanks for the inspiration CoCo!

09 July 2020

Simply Perfect

Good morning friends! Welcome back to this week's Thursday Favorite Things party! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful inspiration and creations with us! Here are your features from last week's party! 

02 July 2020

Happy July and Happy Fourth of July Weekend!

Happy July and Happy Fourth of July Weekend! I hope you have all found a wonderful way to STAY AT HOME and enjoy your family and celebrate the 4th, even in these very different times. We certainly have had plenty of time to find ways to decorate our yards, get creatively safe visiting family and close friends, and all the while bake, 
Everyday Living's A Patriotic Garden Table

25 June 2020

Summer's First TFT ~ Simple Joys

Good morning friends! Thank you so much for being here every week and sharing all your creative posts, recipes, crafts, and DIYs!! Can you believe we're in June already?!  
I'm still here, happy and healthy, and baking away, on the days that are cool enough, that is.  
Thank you for your wonderful comments, I apologize if I didn't respond to them all, but I read and smiled about every single one. Here's some features from last week's party. 

18 June 2020

Summer's Here! Can You Feel It?!

Okay, I know, technically, 2 days away, but the 90-degree weather is telling me something completely different!  I hope you all are still staying safe and healthy and finding ways to stay and visit family and friends, albeit socially distant. Better safe than sorry. Not easy with the Summer heat!! I pray we all see some resolution and peace for our Nation and ALL our people. Thank you for joining me for last week's Thursday Favorite Things! Here's a sampling of your beautiful and wonderful posts from last wee's party. You all never fail to inspire me! Thank you.
Barbara from Table and Mantel's Traveling Teacup Goes to the Bay Area is a real fun read!

11 June 2020

Here Comes Summer, Come Get the Latest Inspirations to Enjoy It!

Welcome friends. No matter what's going on outside our doors, time and seasons march right on.  Whether you're staying at home or venturing out, here are some wonderful features to get you inspired for fluffing up your on nest or preparing yummy dishes to share with friends, distantly, of course. :) 
Barbra from Mantel and Table shows us all her best Tips To Create A Romantic White Table Setting. Isn't it inviting?!

04 June 2020

Not Just Another Thursday

Good morning friends.   Sometimes, it just isn't business as usual and I am unable to pretend it is.  It has been a difficult, heartbreaking, gut-wrenching.....week for our nation.  Racism and inequality must not be tolerated in any form. I, like I'm sure many of you, have been spending a lot of time in prayer. Still, I believe what we do and share adds some much-needed levity in a stressed environment.

As a dear find of mine wrote, "You will never look in the eyes of someone God does not love." Praying for our nation.. I realize this is probably the wrong place for this but I can not just pretend I haven't seen all that has been happening in our world, and I also realize this will offend some of you, and I'm sorry, still, I know no other way. Even NOW there is so much beauty to be seen. We must embrace our differences and never become complacent.  Praying for change, praying for justice, praying for healing, and Peace.

These bloggers are my features from last week's TFT party:

28 May 2020

Goodbye May..Hello June!

Good morning friends! Thank you so much for being here every week and sharing all your creative posts, recipes, crafts, and DIYs!! Can you believe June is just four days away! 
I'm still here, happy and healthy, and baking away! At least my friends and family are happy and I get to do something I love and learn new recipes and techniques. Win-Win! 
Thank you for your wonderful comments, I apologize if I didn't respond to them all, but I read and smiled about every single one.
On the menu this morning at my house, Croissants! 
Welcome to this week's Thursday Favorite Things!

21 May 2020

I've No Excuse! The Days Blurred Together

Happy Thursday Favorite Things Friends!! 
It IS Thursday, right?! I'm so sorry my week is a bit off. Just trying to catch up with the days! I think I should be hosting a party called Forgetful Friday! LOL
I have been pinning your wonderful links and do so appreciate you all, but I did also fall asleep and think today was Wednesday! 

14 May 2020

May Beauty ~ Thursday Favorite Things!

Hi friends. I'm so glad you are here joining in on the party fun and inspiration, If there ever was a good time for DIY's and recipes, this is it, right? I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's day weekend. We enjoyed a visit, in my Mother's backyard, socially distant, but enjoyable just the same. The "new normal" as they're calling it. Just the same, we celebrated my Mum and enjoyed our familiar faces. I would rather stay in and safe now, then have to start this all over again later.
Here are the blog Features that spoke to me from last week's party, I hope you enjoy them too.
Marie from Rever en Couleur's New Dining Room is simply breathtaking and whispers serenity to me.

07 May 2020

Beautiful Inspiration

Welcome, All to Shoestring Elegance and this week's Thursday Favorite Things party!  Thank you so much, to all of you, who come to join us here, each week, with your wonderful Crafts, Recipes, and DIY creations.  I'm so excited to see what you are bringing to share with us this week!
I LOVE all the creativity you bring to this Party!  
If you are new, welcome! Come on in, kick off your shoes, and have a look around. Here are a few of your beautiful shares from last week's party that caught my eye!


30 April 2020

Goodbye April, Hello May!

Welcome friends! Can you believe April is over already? That went by faster than I expected. I pray you all are happy, safe, and well. I'm so happy to be here, inspired by all your wonderful offerings! I didn’t really have a theme to the features this week, I just went around and grabbed the ones that caught my eye! My apologies for my tardiness with last week’s features. I'm doing much better this week. If you linked up last week before I had your features up, please take a minute and pop BACK over to see if you were one of the ones I featured. 
Okay, ready? Let’s party. We all deserve a little fun and normalcy, don’t you think?
Linda from Mason Jar Crafts Rae Dunn-Inspired Mason Jar Utensil Holders is a fairly easy, but beautiful addition to any one's dining room or kitchen!

23 April 2020

Mamma NEVER Said There'd Be Days Like This!

As I'm starting this post on Wednesday night at 12:56 am, okay, so technically, Thursday morning. That song is going through my head! You know it! The song from The Shirelle's Mama Said There'd Be Days Like This, well, I was just thinking of that when I realized it was Wednesday not Tuesday!! My Mother never warned me about days like this!! Ha! Her days are getting mixed up too!
(eggeeggjiew/Getty Images)
(This is SO me right now, only she is much neater!)

16 April 2020

Sewing Face Masks, Baking A Lot and The TFT Party!

Welcome friends. Thank you for joining me. I hope you all found a way to truly enjoy your Easter!
Well, another week inside. But, I’ve been, surprisingly busy! I’ve been sewing face masks, as I’m sure many of you have (many done, many more to go), baking, even more than usual, and praying, a lot.  That’s good, though! The more I bake for our needs, the less we need to go out! (silver linings, here, people)  Although, I am running lower than I like on flour and my understanding is there’s not much of it in our stores. I still have my mother's cupboard to shop in! :) How are you all?  Are you doing okay with the SIP?
Here's a bit of my work for the week, now, I'm anxious to see yours!

09 April 2020

Happy Easter From Home (And, This Week's TFT)

Happy Easter week, friends. Regardless of what's going on outside our doors, the fact remains that Sunday is Easter. For me, personally, this is one of the greatest days of gratitude for my faith. For this very Sunday, we can exclaim, "Christ Is Risen, Indeed!" No virus, quarantine, or anything else can possibly change God's gift to us on this day. I pray you all are safe and sound in your homes with your loved ones and able to find some way to celebrate this day. It doesn't have to be elaborate, just sincere. 
Not preaching, just teaching. Sharing my truths.

03 April 2020

Time To Shop In Our Pantries! Raw Apple Cake Recipe

Hi friends and welcome! 
It's a very different world we are living in than ever before, isn't it? Thankfully, and hopefully, it won't be forever.
Well, have you done your Spring cleaning?  Maybe even twice?  I think that we have all done more around our house this Spring and then ever before. Spring cleaning can get a little dull and, for me personally, even run out! So what's next?  Well, since you're home anyway, why not try your hand at cooking and baking. I mean, you do have the time like never before.  And, there's actually a truly practical reason to learn now! If you're heeding the advice of our officials, you are staying home, as am I. 

02 April 2020

Welcoming April

Hello friends, I'm so glad you are here.  Happy April to you all!
I, much like you, am doing the best I can to make the best of this time at home. I pray that you all are well and finding the silver linings in these 'very different' times. Be well. Keep up all the beautiful inspiration.
Let's take a look at some of the beauty and inspiration you shared at last week's party.
One of my wonderful co-hostesses, Amber, from Follow the Yellow Brick Home, shared her sweet post Simply Sweet Violets

26 March 2020

Let's Dream Big!

Hello, dear friends. I'm so glad you are joining me here. I pray you are all safe and that this pandemic has been only an inconvenience for you and your family and nothing more.  Please join me in praying for all those impacted by these scary days.

For those who are sick, exposed and scared, those who have, sadly, lost a loved one and most of all, all of those in the healthcare field, who are taking care of our friends and family at great personal cost to themselves and their families, I am so grateful. I'm humbled, and yet grateful that I never had to deal with anything like this when I was still nursing.

19 March 2020

Thursday Favorite Things From A SIP Blogger

My friends, I must offer you my sincerest apologies. With all that has been going on...COVID-19, and, now, us Shelter In Place (SIP) I completely missed the Party time. That is not to say I forgot you! I have still been pinning through the week and will have my Features up, I hope within the next couple hours, but I am truly sorry to be behind.  I hope you understand and will link up now and come back later today or tomorrow to see if you were featured. 
Please stay safe, friends!

12 March 2020

Spring Blooms Everywhere!

Hey friends, Good morning and Happy TFT to you!
I pray this finds you and your families safe and sound and free of any epidemics!
Not much else in the news, these days, is there? I know several of you, like me, are compromised for one reason or another. So, I pray you are taking every precaution.
Barbara from Matel and Table's Setting An Elegant St Patrick’s Day Table
(So Gorgeous! And...dare I say, elegant! :) )

05 March 2020

Spring Is On It's Way!

Good morning, friends! Spring is on its way, not-to-mention, Daylights Saving Time this weekend!! Are you ready? 
I am so pleased you joined us, with all your incredible creativity! Can you believe we're nearing Spring & Easter, already? Time is just flying by!
I LOVE seeing ALL your wonderful Crafts, Recipes and DIY incredible creations and Inspirations with us every week~
If you are new to the Party, Welcome! I am are so very glad you are here!

27 February 2020

Goodbye February...Hello March ~

Good morning, sweet friends. Can you believe that February is over? Time's just flying by!  I just scarcely got my Christmas decorations all away and BAM! Spring blossoms everywhere. They are oh-so-beautiful, though, aren't they...
I'm so happy you all are here joining me for this week's Thursday Favorite Things party!

This week I was drawn to all your beautiful Whites!

20 February 2020

Spring Inspiration

Good morning, friends. I hope you are having a wonderful week.  I don't know about you, depending on where you all live, but here in Northern California, I am seriously missing Winter! No chilly mornings or nights, no frost, no seeing your breath in front of your face, but more importantly no Rain!
We so badly need it to avoid more devastating fires, not to mention, that I just Love the Rain.
With Spring just four short weeks away, 

13 February 2020

Happy Valentine's Day from Me and Thursdays's Favorite Things

Welcome back, friends. Happy Valentine's Day weekend! Truly may I just tell you all that I pray you are abundantly blessed every day with the wonderful love and care of family and friends and if you should choose to celebrate that love somehow more tomorrow, then I'm so happy for you, and all the best! You are definitely not alone.
Let's see how you all were sharing last week with a few highlights...
Dabbling and Decorating's Valentine's Day Centerpiece sure makes for a beautiful table, doesn't it?!

06 February 2020

Shabby Chic - Farmhouse Style Valentine's

Good morning, friends. Happy February! 
I just lost January! I swear I have no idea how January slipped by me so fast! Do You ever feel that way?! 
Thank you all for the well wishes. I believe, and I am finding wood to knock on, that I am finally over the sicknesses that stole my month and energy. 

30 January 2020

Country Farmhouse Inspirations Galore

Good morning, friends. I’m sorry I’m running just a tad late! Enjoy and Congratulations! 
Wishing you a wonderful week! 
Marie from Interior Frugalista's How To Turn An Old Door Into A Headboard

23 January 2020

Valentine's DIYs and Inspirations

Good morning, beautiful people. I'm so happy you are here. I am so happy to be here with you! The last few weeks have been pretty dicy, but I think I am, finally,  beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Yay!  Do you celebrate Valentine's Day? This is one occasion I tend to pass on if I'm being honest, but I love all things beautiful that people come up with to savor the day and, of course, the gorgeous decorations that come with it! So, that's where this week's party took me. Thank you for sharing with us.
Pam from Everyday Living shares some absolutely beautiful Valentine Inspiration from her quotes and images to her beautiful decor her post is definitely inspiring. Thank you, Pam, for reminding us and sharing some of my favorite Biblical passages and the reason to celebrate love every day.  Always so important to always remember...
"Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant" and "Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things." ~ 1 Corinthians 13:4 and 7

16 January 2020

I'mmmm Back! Medicated..But Back

Hi friends, I'm so sorry about last week. I never did get back to the party. I apologize, but, like I said, sometimes, life just takes over. Being a nurse and someone who's already living with pain, you write a lot of things off about your body, until you just can't anymore. :(
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Pam from Everyday Living's Top Monday Morning Blooms just makes me smile!

10 January 2020

TFT January 2020!

I’m sorry, friends, I’ve had an unavoidable interruption. Life just sometimes does that. I’ll be back later in the week to share and see what you’ve all been up to. Please share your wonderful links!

02 January 2020

Happy New Year! Come Inspire or Be Inspired.

Glad Tidings, friends! Truly, since we last gathered, we all shared the Good News of Christmas! How wonderful is that?! It seems as if it has been forever since I last sat down at my computer to address you all and to look over all your beautiful projects, writings, beliefs, and shares with me, but it's really only been a couple of weeks. I'm still trying to wrap my head around that! It has been a very busy Winter, Fall, Christmas... well, time, in general, I guess. Some wonderful happenings and some very difficult times, but here we still are the beginning of a new decade! 

Does that blow your mind as much as it does mine?! I know it's really just a day later than yesterday, but....2020!! Whoa! It sounds otherworldly to me.  I'm sorry I haven't been able to share as much as I usually do in the past few parties, but family and health must take precedence and I feel, and hope, that you all truly do understand.