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Thursday, December 29

What to do Weekends #206 and Happy New Year!

I can't believe I am wishing you all a Happy New Year, already!! Christmas seemed to just fly by! Most of December, too.  Have you ever noticed the times you look most forward to, go by so fast and the times you're kinda dreading seem to just drag on and on?! I wish that wasn't SO true. Perception is everything, I guess!   Welcome to Shoestring Elegance and the What to do Weekends Party!
Thank you all so much,  who come join us here, each week, with your wonderful Crafts, Recipes and DIY creations!  I wish I could Feature you all! 
I LOVE all the creativity you bring to this Party!  If you are new to the Party. We are so very glad you are here!  I've have been pinning away, during the week, so, Please do check out the Party Board! 
Here are my Featured Picks for this week!
 Rosemary and Thyme shared her adorable Country Christmas Table that I just LOVED! Now, if I could just find a truck for mine!

Sunday, December 25

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, friends. May your day be filled with Love Joy and Happiness with your family and friends.  Surrounded by Love.
From my family to yours, Merry Christmas. 
Here's a little something that brings me great joy, I hope it does the same for you.

May this Christmas be filled with love and laughter, family, friends, food and fun, merriment and memories, and may all your Christmas wishes come true, Today and everyday.

Thursday, December 22

Merry Christmas and the What to do Weekends Party #205

Merry Christmas, Friends!
I pray you will all be enjoying a safe and peaceful Christmas with your Family and Friends! 

So much creativity and Inspiration! You all should be Featured! Here were a few that caught my eye, this week! 
Beverly @ Across the Boulevard shared her beautiful Christmas Mantel and Hearth
By Brittany Goldwyn shared this perfect Easy DIY Holiday Stove Top Potpourri

Thursday, December 15

What to do Weekends #204 and Giveaway Winner Announced!

Last week's Party was our largest yet! 300+ of you shared all your wonderful creations! Yippee an Thank you!
Merry Christmas, Happy December and Happy Birthday to Me! Today, as a matter of fact, is my Birthday and  I am embracing each new year as a badge of honor.(of sorts)  I've made it through one more!
Welcome to Shoestring Elegance and the What to do Weekends Party!
Thank you all so much,  who come join us here, each week, with your wonderful Crafts, Recipes and DIY creations!  I wish I could Feature you all! 
I LOVE all the creativity you bring to this Party!  If you are new to the Party, Welcome! We are so very glad you are here!  I've have been pinning away, during the week, so, Please do check out the Party Board! 
Here are my Featured Picks for this week!
Janet from Rosemary and Thyme shared this beautiful Christmas Home Tour ~ Merry and Bright
and, AJ from Aspen Jay shared this adorable Hot Chocolate and Caroling Station! I want to go caroling with her!

Thursday, December 8

What to do Weekends #203

Happy December! Merry is the Month of Christmas!
Welcome, All,  to Shoestring Elegance and the What to do Weekends Party!
Thank you so much, to all of you, who come 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 to the Party, Welcome! We are so very glad you are here!  We have been pinning away, during the week, so, Please do check out the Party Board! 

My Features for this week started with 

Sunday, December 4

Make Your Own Wreath From Your Christmas Tree Clippings!

Hi, Friends! I just had to share this with you right away, as it occurred to me that you are all probably doing some of the same things as me right now, in preparation for Christmas. Please forgive me, these photos aren't up to my usual standard, but I was anxious to let you know how to do this-this weekend if you were wanting to.  Have you ever made your own wreath? It's so easy, that I really just couldn't wait to share it with you!

Thursday, December 1

Happy December! What to do Weekends #202

Happy December! Merry is the Month of Christmas!
Welcome, All,  to Shoestring Elegance and the What to do Weekends Party!
Thank you so much, to all of you, who come 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 to the Party, Welcome! We are so very glad you are here!  We have been pinning away, during the week, so, Please do check out the Party Board! 

My Features for this week started Clean and Scentsible's cute
****Please pop over to our All Things Christmas DIY Linky Party to share your handmade Christmas decorations or gifts!!***
By Dreams Factory's Christmas Rosemary Wreaths

Tuesday, November 29

Festive, Personalized, DIY Recycled Coasters

One of the truly wonderful gifts of hosting a Blog Party, like my What to so Weekends, is that I get to go through a lot of beautiful and inspiring projects, up-cycles, crafts, recipes, decorations, and makeovers! All that inspiration usually takes me on a path to my next share with you. Some, just inspire me to get going with the projects I have already been working on, while others completely lead me to do my version of what I saw. Today's post is the latter.  A few months ago, I featured an awesome idea from Sam at Raggedy Bits! 

Friday, November 25

Happy Thanksgiving ~ What to do Weekends #201

Good Morning! I hope you all had a very happy Thanksgiving and are enjoying this long weekend of gratitude with your Family and Friends! May we all continue to be abundantly blessed and grateful.

Saturday, November 19

32 DIY Handmade Ornaments That You Can Make for this Christmas

Hi Friends. It's already past mid-November if you can believe that! Time truly does fly by... Thanksgiving is next week, and the following week we will be in December and rushing to get all our Christmas baking, decorating, shopping, etc...done! Wheww! Right now is a great time to enjoy baking or making things for yourself or with your kids that you can enjoy all through this season and many more to come. 

Thursday, November 17

What to Do Weekends #200!! ~ We're Celebrating!

Welcome to Shoestring Elegance and the What to do Weekends Party!
Thank you so much, to all of you, who come 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 to the Party, Welcome! We are so very glad you are here!  We have been pinning away, during the week, so, Please do check out the Party Board! 

My Features for this week started with The Turquoise Home's adorable Thanksgiving Conversation Starters Printable This is such a cute idea! 

Tuesday, November 15

Nova Scotia Style Shortbread Cookies ~ Holiday Baking Time

I make these wonderful cookies every year, These are my personal favorite cookie. Truly, very "Nova Scotia style" Shortbread Cookies. As I did last year, this year. I made both the plain and the ones with some chocolate drizzle for my friends that are not real use to a cookie without alot of sugar. I hope you enjoy them!
I want to tell you that, for me, this is "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year"! Even as January creeps closer. I love this holiday time, celebrating the Birth of Jesus, and having "special time" to spend with my Loved ones. I truly believe, and wish people would have a little Christmas in their hearts all year long, present company Included!!

Thursday, November 10

What to do Weekends #199

Welcome to Shoestring Elegance and the What to do Weekends Party!
 THE COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS IS ON! Yay!
If you are anything like me, it's a welcome diversion from the news.
Thank you so much, to all of you, who come join us here, each week, with your wonderful Crafts, Recipes and DIY creations. I am truly inspired by all the creativity you bring to this Party!  
If you are new to the Party, Welcome! We are so very glad you are here!  We have been pinning away, during the week, so, Please do check out the Party Board!  Onto Shoestring's Features for this week! 
Simply Stacie shared this yummy Cinnamon Cappuccino! If you have ever followed me on Instagram, you already knew this one would be a huge hit for me. :) 

Friday, November 4

ALL Things Christmas DIY Linky Party!

This is not the What to do Weekends Party!  This is just for Christmas DIY Crafts and Creations. 

WELCOME to the
DIY Christmas Linky Party
Please feel free to link up new and also past year's Christmas DIY !
I'm so looking forward to the Christmas inspiration. I want to make EVERYTHING!
(Please,  NO FOOD -save those for the What to do Weekends weekly party on Thursday at 7/10 P.M. Pacific time)

Thursday, November 3

What to do Weekends #198 ~ Happy November!

Welcome to Shoestring Elegance and the What to do Weekends Party!
HAPPY NOVEMBER!! THE COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS IS ON!!
Thank you so much, to all of you, who come join us here, each week, with your wonderful Crafts, Recipes and DIY creations.
I LOVE all the creativity you bring to this Party!  
If you are new to the Party, Welcome! We are so very glad you are here!  We have been pinning away, during the week, so, Please do check out the Party Board! 
Quick Note here! I have shared some of your wonderful recipes in a Comfort Food Post called
Fall Comfort Foods You Need To Make make sure you check it out and see if your Recipe was included!!
Okay, now I can move onto Shoestring's Features for this past week!
I'm not usually a big fan of Halloween decor, but Run to Radiance had these adorable Halloween Decor  Crates that I just thought were as sweet as you can get.
Simply Stacie shared her Yummy Turkey Cranberry Brie Quesadillas  that I will definitely be trying out this month!! Don't these look like pure deliciousness?!! 

Tuesday, November 1

Fall Comfort Foods You Need to Make!

Happy November! We had a perfectly rainy past week, that I am so grateful for and the chill is just starting to embrace our mornings and evenings. I can't tell you how this makes me smile. 
 
What better way to welcome the new month in than sharing some honest, down home good, tried and true Comfort Foods?!  Don't we all look forward to the true tastes of home? 
November and/or Fall would not be complete without a really good fill of homemade Pumpkin Bread and this recipe fits the bill perfectly! 

Friday, October 28

Getting Ready for November and the "Cooking With Jeffrey" GIVEAWAY!

Good Morning, Friends. November is a great month to celebrate Family. Believe it or not, we are just days away that time. I, especially, love this time I have to spend  in the kitchen and prepare my home for welcoming my family and friends, sharing good food and good fellowship. Taking time to be grateful for all the year's blessings.  I've been sharing some of the things I've been doing around my house, in preparation for this, like my making my Roasted Butternut Squash Soup, including  How to Make a Dried Hydrangea Wreath that Looks Fresh  to welcome everyone that arrives at my front door.

I can't think of a better way way to celebrate than to share this fun new giveaway with you. This is a first for me, here at Shoestring Elegance, but I'm so excited to give you the opportunity to win a beautiful Cookbook, by Ina Garten (also known as the Barefoot Contessa) , to help you celebrate and welcome your Family!
  And, let's face it, who couldn't use a little extra cash to help make your Thanksgiving home and cooking welcoming to your own family and friends.  So without further ado, I'd like to give you the opportunity enter for a chance to win Ina's new Cookbook, "Cooking for Jeffrey" and $75 to help make it special in your home!
This month's giveaway is sponsored by Katherines Corner and Katherines Corner Shop and Hosted by some of Katherine's and my sweet bloggy friends.
One winner will receive a signed copy of Ina Garten's new cookbook, " Cooking for Jeffery", provided by Katherine
AND $75 Cash or Amazon gift code provided by Katherine and some of her bloggy friends too!
(winners choice)

Thursday, October 27

What to do Weekends #197~ Last Party of October

Welcome to Shoestring Elegance and the What to do Weekends Party!
Can you believe this is the last party of November, already?! Yay! November here we come!
Thank you so much, to all of you, who come join us here, each week, with your wonderful Crafts, Recipes and DIY creations.
I LOVE all the creativity you bring to this Party!  
If you are new to the Party, Welcome! We are so very glad you are here!  We have been pinning away, during the week, so, Please do check out the Party Board! 
Onto Shoestring's Features for this past week!
I fell in LOVE with Penny's beautiful pumpkins, Does Your Pumpkin Need a Stem? She got beautifully creative!

Please try and connect with Linda and I in some way. :) 
You can find Linda Blogging here @ Crafts a la Mode
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Belle Bleu Interiors shared this beautiful Outdoor Autumn Tablescape widh I had one like this, too.

Thursday, October 20

What to do Weekends #196

Welcome to Shoestring Elegance and the What to do Weekends Party!
Thank you so much, to all of you, who come 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 to the Party, Welcome! We are so very glad you are here!  We have been pinning away, during the week, so, Please do check out the Party Board! 
Onto Shoestring's Features for this past week!
I absolutely fell in love with Belle Bleu Interiors Designing an Elegant Faux Pumpkin! I don't think it could possibly be any more beautiful. Thank you Shannon for sharing it with us!

Thursday, October 13

What to do Weekends #195

Welcome to Shoestring Elegance and the What to do Weekends Party!
Thank you so much, to all of you, who come 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 to the Party, Welcome! We are so very glad you are here!  We have been pinning away, during the week, so, Please do check out the Party Board! 
On to shoestring's Features for this past week!
The Red Painted Cottage's little How to Make Pumpkins with Letters For Autumn really made me smile! They're so cute! Don't you think so?

Sherry at The Charm of Home  is sharing her beautiful Orange Marmalade Cake with us, too! I can't wait to try her recipe. Looks just perfect for baking on a nice Autumn morning.

Wednesday, October 12

The Best Roasted Butternut Squash Soup ~ Creamy and Savory

One of the things I look most forward to about Fall is the soup! Baking is wonderful,too!  There is just something truly special about making a wonderful soup, picking up french bread, or making biscuits, and inviting family to come share your table with you.
This is the time of year when we start to take stock of things and, genuinely, count our blessings. Thanksgiving right around the corner and the desire to be with family becomes more important as we realize how truly blessed we are.  So, I've been working on these images to share a recipe of mine that my family especially loves.

Thursday, October 6

What to do Weekends #194

Welcome, all, to Shoestring Elegance and the What to do Weekends Party!
Thank you so much, to all of you, who come join us here, each week, with your wonderful Crafts, Recipes and DIY creations.   
I LOVE all the creativity you bring to this Party!  If you are new to the Party, Welcome! We are so very glad you are here!  We have been pinning away, during the week, so, Please do check out the Party Board! 
Dawn at Creative Cain Cabin's Ticking Stripe Bedding has me dreaming of  bed linens for my room!
Lolly Jane's Fall Porch Ideas with a Printable for this welcoming Chalkboard

Wednesday, October 5

How to Make a Dried Hydrangea Wreath that Looks Fresh

Welcome Friends... I'm finally, just now, getting to take care of some of my favorite things! Like Fall Decorating! This is, officially, the latest I have ever been at getting my Fall Wreath and Autumn Love  up around my house. But, this has been an especially busy year, with many trials but, thankfully, followed by many Blessings and triumphs.
 Putting together this Autumn Wreath was such a great joy and complete pleasure for me this year, and , I think, it just may be  favorite! This year's wreath was quite a departure, for me, from my

Thursday, September 29

What to do Weekends #193

Happy FALL!
Welcome to Shoestring Elegance and the What to do Weekends Party!
Thank you so much, to all of you, who come join us here, each week, with your wonderful Crafts, Recipes and DIY creations.   
I LOVE all the creativity you bring to this Party!  If you are new to the Party, Welcome! We are so very glad you are here!  We have been pinning away, during the week, so, Please do check out the Party Board! 
Here are my Featured Picks for this week!
Flamingo Toes share this really cute and new take on a Fall Wreath with her Ombre Rosette Wreath
The Apple Street Cottage shared her adorable DIY for Halloween she calls Here Kitty, Kitty
I'd really appreciate if you could connect with us in some way. :) 
You can find Linda Blogging here @ Crafts a la Mode
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You can connect with me right here Shoestring Elegance

Thursday, September 22

What to do Weekends # 192 ~ First Featured Blogger!

Happy First Day of FALL!
You all have no idea how long I've been wanting to say that! But, it's here now!! Yay!
Welcome to Shoestring Elegance and the What to do Weekends Party!
Thank you so much, to all of you, who come join us here, each week, with your wonderful Crafts, Recipes and DIY creations.   
I LOVE all the creativity you bring to this Party!  If you are new to the Party, Welcome! We are so very glad you are here!  We have been pinning away, during the week, so, Please do check out the Party Board! 
Here are my Featured Picks for this week!
Sadie Seasongoods adorable Halloween Bandana Pumpkins
I LOVE and am envious of Embellishments Fall and Halloween Front Porch Decor Ideas! She has quite a nice round up, lots of Inspiration and Ideas!! 

Saturday, September 17

16 Quick and Easy Ways to Decorate for Fall!

Technically, Fall doesn't begin for another 5 days, but I am so ready!!  I thought I would put together some wonderful Inspiration to get our creative juices going! So much beauty out there! Between me and a few of my Blogger friends, there is truly something for everyone!

Thursday, September 15

What to do Weekends #191

Welcome back to Shoestring Elegance and the What to do Weekends Party!
As usual, Shoestring Elegance is joining up with my dear friend, Linda, from Crafts a la Mode, to host our "What to do Weekend Party", and we couldn't be more excited to be here with you!
 We'd like to Thank you all of you, who come join us here, each week, with your wonderful Crafts, Recipes and DIY creations,  If you are new to the Party, Welcome! We are so very glad you are here!  We have been pinning away, during the week, so, Please do check out the Party Board! 
Let get on with it! So much to share!! My Features this week begin with:
The Real Thing with the Coake Family shared these absolutely adorable little DIY Glitter Pumpkins
By Dreams Factory shared this adorable Enjoy the Little Things Printable that I just adore.
I'd really appreciate if you could connect with us in some way. :) 
You can find Linda Blogging here @ Crafts a la Mode
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You can connect with me right here Shoestring Elegance

Thursday, September 8

What to do Weekends #190 ~ Getting Ready for Fall!!

I'm SO READY for Fall!!
 Welcome back to Shoestring Elegance and the What to do Weekends Party!
As usual, Shoestring Elegance is joining up with my dear friend, Linda, from Crafts a la Mode, to host our "What to do Weekend Party", and we couldn't be more excited to be here with you!
 We'd like to Thank you all of you, who come join us here, each week, with your wonderful Crafts, Recipes and DIY creations,  If you are new to the Party, Welcome! We are so very glad you are here!  We have been pinning away, during the week, so, Please do check out the Party Board! 
Let get on with it! So much to share!! My Features this week begin with:
The Lou Lou Girls' absolutely stunning 
Buttercream Ruffled Wedding Cake is almost worth getting married again!
My Heart Lives Here showed How to make this fun and apropos Thankful Sign! Love it!
I'd really appreciate if you could connect with us in some way. :) 
You can find Linda Blogging here @ Crafts a la Mode
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You can connect with me right here Shoestring Elegance

Monday, September 5

Upcycling an Old Cassette Crate!

Hi Friends! I know you are probably shocked to see me back with a project of my own, and not just the weekly party!  It has, unfortunately been a very long time.... There is a very good, life altering, reason for that, which I hope to share with you very soon.  But, for today, I just wanted to get back at it! 

Thursday, September 1

What to do Weekends #189 ~ Happy September!

Starting THIS month, Linda and I, will each be Featuring one talented  Blogger each month! There's so much talent here, we don't even scratch the surface with our Features. So, we are hoping this will be just one more way for us to turn the spotlight on you!
Happy September!! I'm SO READY for Fall!!
 Welcome back to Shoestring Elegance and the What to do Weekends Party!
As usual, Shoestring Elegance is joining up with my dear friend, Linda, from Crafts a la Mode, to host our "What to do Weekend Party", and we couldn't be more excited to be here with you!
 We'd like to Thank you all of you, who come join us here, each week, with your wonderful Crafts, Recipes and DIY creations,  If you are new to the Party, Welcome! We are so very glad you are here!  We have been pinning away, during the week, so, Please do check out the Party Board! 
Let get on with it! So much to share!! My Features this week begin with:
The Red Paint Cottage shared It's Pumpkin Time and Summer Isn't Over Yet!
Love this vignette!
By Dreams Factory shared these perfect Easy Seasonal Decorating with French Jars (Okay, esy for her, anyway) :)

Thursday, August 25

What to do Weekends #188


PLEASE, don't forget, Starting next month, Linda and I, will each be Featuring one talented  Blogger each month! There's so much talent here, we don't even scratch the surface with our Features. So, we are hoping this will be just one more way for us to turn the spotlight on you!
I'm so glad you're here! Are you ready for Fall yet?!! I sure am!
 Welcome back to Shoestring Elegance and the What to do Weekends Party!
As usual, Shoestring Elegance is joining up with my dear friend, Linda, from Crafts a la Mode, to host our "What to do Weekend Party", and we couldn't be more excited to be here with you!
 We'd like to Thank you all of you, who come join us here, each week, with your wonderful Crafts, Recipes and DIY creations,  If you are new to the Party, Welcome! We are so very glad you are here!  We have been pinning away, during the week, so, Please do check out the Party Board! 
Let get on with it! So much to share!! My Features this week begin with:
Lolly Jane shared her simple yet adorable Farmhouse Chic Dining Room Shelves
Growing Up Gabel brought these yummy Blueberry Hand Pies I just love hand pies! Something so fun and, somehow less quilt associated with them!  Ha! That's my take and I'm sticking with it.,  :)