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What to do Weekends #132

Welcome back to What to do Weekends! Happy Thursday Evening. Thank you, all, so much for your absolutely wonderful contributions to the Party each and every week! If you are new Welcome and Thanks for Joining us! 

My bonus feature for the week are these awesome wrap bracelets by Jewelry Making Journal. Easy to make also.



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So let's get right to it! On with Theresa's Features for this week!
Friends, we had a hard time choosing, so much Talent and Inspiration this week!
So, here is, I guess, Theresa's Bonus Feature, although, they all could and should be..
This is Cat @ Pocketful of Posies' DIY Romantic Industrial Frames! You really should pop over and see the way she hangs them.  LOVE!!

Theresa ALSO loved Beverly from Across the Blvd's adorable Chalkpainted Side Tables! Even Though, she wanted to take my sandpaper to the edges.. (LOL)  Sorry, Beverly, you know how I love to distress things! They turned out truly beautiful. :)
Then, Michelle @ Our Crafty Mom pushed the stakes even higher with her Beautiful Music Note Nightstand!! You all are some incredibly talented women!
Now, for Theresa's Food Picks. Oh my! Only Two?!
Okay, she just had to have this recipe!! Pretty shabby UK shared her recipe for these Yummy Lavender Shortbreads! If you haven't tried them before, Theresa says this is a great recipe!
Cherishing the Sweet Life offered up this wonderful Easy Blackberry-Cinnamon Cobbler! Another recipe keeper!
Linda's Picks?! Linda's DIY's include Gail at Purple Hues and Me's Wonky Foam Cup Vases! These were truly incredible, we've never seen anything like this before!
Linda also loves Pretty Shabby UK's Painted Toadstool Plant Pot Tutorial! Aren't they adorable?!
And, for Linda's Food Picks?!! Linda loved Study at Home Mama's Plum Crisp! Yumm!
Fabi Fufu offered up this wonderful and refreshing Watermelon-Lemonade Cooler that had us both running to the store!
Make sure to pop over to Linda's @ Crafts a la Mode to see if you were her Bonus Feature this week!

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What to do Weekends #131

Welcome to What to do Weekends Party.

No features this week as I have the grands and we are taking day trips. 

However, both Theresa and I have been PINNING like crazy!!



Please try and 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


Both Theresa and I wish you a wonderful week and a wonderful summer!!!



What to do Weekends #130

Welcome back to What to do Weekends! Happy Thursday Evening. Thank you, all, so much for your absolutely wonderful contributions to the Party each and every week! If you are new Welcome and Thanks for Joining us!
 We decided with all the wonderful talent you all have been bringing to the party,
 we needed ...MORE FEATURES!!
With that said, let's get on with your wonderful link ups! 
My super BONUS feature is Our Peaceful Planet's Wrist Purse. I love this little thing! Going to make LOTS of them and I have the zippers to do it, too!


Please try and 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
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Hop over to Theresa's blog Shoestring Elegance to see if you are HER bonus feature:

**Don't forget! We have a Party Board and we pin and "Feature" on each Post that we Featured, each week) 

Theresa, also loved Anne @ Domesblissity's Fake vs Fresh Wedding Flowers! Either way, they were all gorgeous! And, Our Crafty Mom's Gorgeous Chalkpaint Refinished Americana Bench!
Now, what really made Theresa's mouth water was Pancake Warriors Tomato Avocado Salad with Reduced Balsamic!! And, Heather @ Stringtown Home's, absolutely yummy for Summer, Caprese Triscuit Bites!! Yes, Please!!
Linda Loved Teresa @ Keeping it Real's finished Scraps of Yarn Crochet Along Blanket! As well as, Lisa @ Feathers in the Woods' Tutorial on How To Harvest and Dry Lavender
Linda's mouth is watering over Ann @ Sumptuous Spoonfuls' Zucchini Taco Boats and Katerina @ Culinary Flavor's Strawberry Millefeuille with Chocolate Yummy!

If you were featured, help yourself to our Feature Button!

Surprise Your Friends with this Easy Summer Tea Party Trick

What to do with china teacups! How can I use my pretty china teacups? I drink large size iced teas. My daughter loves the large Dunkin Donuts coffees so what to do with all those pretty china teacups I've been collecting? How about serving a fun dessert in them? I made a Jello dessert in mine and everyone thought they were so beautiful and yummy looking. Throw in a bit of lace, too. I think they would make any occasion a bit more special, don't you?










Recipe for 4 to 5 cups of Strawberry Jello Dessert

Ingredients:

1 large package strawberry jello
1 package unsweetened gelatin
1 cup boiling water
3 cups cold water
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup strawberries cut up in small pieces
Cool Whip

Boil 1 cup water in a medium bowl in the microwave and dissolve package of jello in it. Put the unsweetened gelatin in 1/4 cup cold water to soften. Wait 5 minutes and then mix it in with the strawberry jello. Add 3 cups cold water to the jello mixture and stir well. Add sour cream and stir well. Put strawberry pieces in the bottom of the teacups.  Pour the jello mixture over the strawberries. Chill until firm. Make a flower shape from Cool Whip on the top of the jello with a baker's frosting tip.

Accept all the accolades you can because this is praise-worthy.

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Happy Summer Tea Partying. Check out these summer delights........

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32 Wonderful Uses for an Old Iron Rake

Ways to use an iron rake ...

A few years ago I saw an iron rake head used in a garden to hold food for the birds, as in corncobs, suet, etc. I was fascinated. I still am. I WANT to use an old iron rake head or the whole rake itself for something, anything other than raking the yard. Have I done this? No. Why can't I get it together to do some of these awesome projects I've been wanting to do? Well, for one thing I get waylaid by other more interesting ideas like tassels. Right now I'm into making tassels from embroidery thread. I love them SO MUCH. However, I haven't taken the pictures yet. (That's a big downer-I'm trying to improve my picture taking, too, but it's tough to get good clear pictures.)

Anyway, back to the iron rakes. You are gonna LOVE these ideas. I just know it and whether you want to spray paint them a nice shiny, cool color or just keep them vintage looking is up to you. These are truly conversation starters, believe me.

Do you like this little guy? He's a garden art owl made partly with an old iron rake!! You can buy one HERE.


Here is one from Better Homes and Gardens. I love this way of storing some garden implements.



What about this rake being used for kitchen utensils? Source.



Isn't this the sweetest necklace and jewelry holder you ever saw??? Seriously it's darling.


Lookee! Lookee! Here is a totally different way to use and old iron rake and it's amazing. Source.


Is this sweet? Teacups, and iron rake and succulents! WHEEEEEE.... Fun!


This Pinterest pin shows how to use a rake head as a mail organizer. I like.


Is this a wonderful hot pad holder? She sells these potholders also. Lovely.


Gypsy Farm Girl did this cuteness with her rake.


One More Time Events says a rake isn't just for raking. It's for hanging flower baskets, I guess. :)


What about this Pinterest pin? A garden trellis!! Yay!


A rake cross coat hanger.


Better Homes and Gardens does this awesome bird feeder.


Need a place to hang your wet paint brushes to dry out? Here ya go!!


This is from Hometalk a Southern Belle with Northern Roots.


Is a pitch fork the same as an iron rake... close enough! See the sign? Great! Source.




Cool way to display jewelry at craft shows.


This is an antique pitchfork but it's close to a rake, right? I like this, too.


Extremely cool and unique cross between a wind chime and chandelier. WOW.


Fall fun with rakes. Yay!


Unique Christmas decoration straight ahead!!




Laughing Kids Learn has a really CUTE idea for kids to use rakes - as a drawing tool!!


Chaotically Creative came up with this CUTEST idea to display her owls. LOVE!!


Need to grill some hot dogs? Here you are... get a rake out.


When you are done cooking the dogs, clean off the rake and toast the marshmallows!


My Salvaged Treasures shows how to make a photo display using a metal leaf rake.


Deco Diva Debi uses rakes in a pretty way for flower vases!




Have a collection of old whisk brooms?


I guess these rakes (as versatile as they are) can be used to hang anything. What about these little old shovels?