Thursday, January 22

What to Do Weekend #106

Happy Thursday evening, all! Welcome back to "What to do Weekends"!  Your Hosts are Linda from Crafts a la Mode and, well, me! Theresa, here! (Shoestring Elegance) Hehe
Speaking of my wonderful co-host, have you all seen Linda's beautiful Spring Wreath?! I love these hydrangea colors!

I get so excited & inspired by seeing the beautiful projects and recipes you all bring to the party every week!  
Ready to see what touche our fancy this week? Here it goes My 3 picks this week start with Cindy@ Little Miss Celebration's Clementine Tea Loaf


Thursday, January 15

What to do Weekends #105

Happy Thursday evening, all! Welcome back to "What to do Weekends"! 

I sure love co hosting this Party with Linda from Crafts a la Mode!
So exciting and nothing inspires me more than seeing the beautiful posts you bring to the party every week. 

With that said you guys have been incredibly busy and keeping me busy Pinning, Liking, and commenting on all your creative posts! 

So, here we go with "The Features". Linda and I are each picking 3 different faves to Feature and share with you each week.

So many choices, but my 3 picks this week were: 
Jenny's adorable bookmarks!
Birds and Soap's Printable Valentine's Bookmarks with a Biblical Verse

Tuesday, January 13

Thank You Cards ~ A Lost Tradition?

Hello all! I hope you are enjoying this winter time.  It is a rather bittersweet time for me, as I so enjoy Christmas, with all it's traditions and Family time.  And yet, the promise of Spring is just around the corner.  This specific time of year, before the middle of January hits,  I am reminded of my childhood and a tradition that I and my siblings grew up grew up with,  that seems to be all but lost in today's world of technology. Text messages, instant messages and facebook postings seem to almost replace pen and paper, as well as, actual human interaction. (in person that is)  I am guilty of this, too. 

I do hope this is just me and my observations, but I'm afraid it has spread much further than just my little world. So, I have a question for you, have you written your Thank you cards yet? Do you know what I am talking about?

Thursday, January 8

What to do Weekends Link Party #104!

So glad you're here! It's time for the Party!
Welcome to What to do Weekends Party!!!
Happy New Year to All! 

From myself and my Awesome Leader, Friend, founder and creator of this party, Linda from Crafts a la Mode

Saturday, January 3

Your Top Picks From 2014

Happy New Year, Once Again!  It appears to be a common practice, amongst Bloggers, to share The Top (enter number here) Favorite posts (most read) from the past year. I have never done this. Probably because I am "fairly new" at this, and maybe because I didn't feel I had enough content, in my opinion, to do so.  

But, because I am always, totally and completely, surprised by what strikes your fancy, compared to what I think you may like, I decided to do it this year.  So, with that said, here we go!

Here are the posts you (the readers) liked or read the most from 2014!

Thursday, January 1

Happy New Year! 2015?! Really?!

Time goes so fast. Such a small amount to make sure that we tell everyone how loved and appreciated they are.  Happy New Year! May 2015 be full of abundant Blessings to you all!
Thank you for coming over and joining me, as I make my way through this journey. You are all so appreciated!

I'd love to take a moment to stop and share some encouragement and inspiration with you, that was shared with me: 

"But those who trust in the Lord, will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint." 
"He gives power to the weak!!"  ~Isaiah 40:31 

Isn't that an awesome promise from God? What wonderful knowledge to start the New Year with.

Praying for Joy, Peace and Happiness for you all.

Thursday, December 25

Merry Christmas from Shoestring Elegance

"....For behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for ALL people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign for you; you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."  And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace....." 
Merry Christmas to you all. Many Blessings, I pray for you all, today & everyday.  

"What to do Weekends" will return next Thursday! I hope to see you then.

Tuesday, December 23

Nova Scotia Style Shortbread Cookies for Your Recipe Box

Merry Christmas! Or 2nd Day of Christmas.  I have been asked a few times to re-share this post from  last Christmas' Cookie Baking with the Recipe posted. So, as I said before, in the original post, with you, I make these wonderful cookies every year, so it wasn't too difficult to give it an update with the Recipe included and a few fresh pictures from the ones I baked this last week!  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!                          


Thursday, December 18

What to do Weekends #103 and Our Features

Yes, It is in fact that time again!  I can't wait to see what you've all been up to!
  Before we get on with the party, I'd like to share with you  Mine and Linda's Picks to be Featured this week! Although, we have pinned many. We decided that we would each pick two of your wonderful projects to Feature here!
So, on with it, right?
My picks  here @ Shoestring Elegance, were:
The Lou Lou Girls Beautiful Newspaper Wreath

Thrift Share Thursday! She really Scored with some of her wonderful decorations! I especially like these
Linda @ Crafts a la Mode Features were
Adorable Cupcake Paper angels
Salt Shaker Snow Globes
If you were featured Feel free to Grab our new Feature button for your blog!

 We have Pinned all the Features, as well as several others! Please follow common courtesy of the Party and Follow and/or Link back to us in some way! And, don't forget to visit your neighbors with some Blogland Love.

Now, let's see what you have for us this week!

What I've Been Up To ~ Birthday & Christmas 2014

Hi, Dear Friends. I am sorry I haven't shared more with you since the "What to do Weekend" Party. I've been a little busy. I'm pretty good at multitasking, but this week, was a lot even for me. I hope you follow me on Instagram Here
or on Facebook. Then you may have a little idea of my week.

First of all, and not all that important, but it kept me busy, I celebrated my 49th Birthday on Monday. Well, actually, we started celebrating on Sunday! My brother and his wife traveled to town as did one of my nieces, both of whom live quite a distance away. My Mum & Dad, Sister and the wonderful out-of-town family had a wonderful celebration on Sunday, before they had to head back to their respective homes. The celebration continued on through Monday, including a manicure in the morning and a wonderful lunch out. So, here's a terrible picture of me being a goof on my Birthday!

The nice thing about getting older, is you care much less about looking like a goof in pictures! Atleast, I had some makeup on and my hair was slightly done, after the storm did it's job on it, that is.

While the birthday celebrations were going on and after they finished, I had very precious little time to get my shopping, decorating and baking done.

So, I got to work!
First on the list was to start getting the baking knocked out! 

I started with my Toffee Squares, pictured below (which I subsequently needed to make an extra 5 dozen for a cookie exchange!)  Than these 4 dozen for my family and friends.

Next was the Rocky Road 

and then on to Fudge! (All 5 Pounds of it!) 

  Now, next, but certainly not last, tonight (after braving the stores during a rainstorm) I have just finished one of my family's, and maybe your's, favorites! Whether you call them snowballs, mexican wedding cakes, or like us, Betty Crocker's Russian Teacakes these little cakes are always a must in our household.

As tonight comes to an end, I am just going over my list, one more time. It looks like a few more batches of cookies and some breads, one more gift to get, the wrapping to do, and the house to ready and I should be set!  Would you believe me if I told you, that "I love this!?" Every single moment is a treasure to me! I have Christmas tunes playing in the background, tonight I was listening to White Christmas playing on the television. I'm starting to get word from family on their arrivals to town and so excited to see and enjoy them all so much. 

I will be back to co host "What to do Weekends"
 with Linda tomorrow, but that's all for now. Thank you for popping in on my Christmas preparations. I hope you are finding the Joy in these days leading up to the celebration of the birth of Our Lord. 
Many Blessings to you and your Family!

Sharing with:
Katherine @Katherines Corner   Cindy@ My Romantic Home Courtney @ French Country Cottage