June 30, 2011

Over at Running with Glitter Today & Giveaway!!!

***GIVEAWAY CLOSED***
Hey everyone I am guest posting at Running with Glitter today! I am so excited!
Please go to Running with Glitter and say hi and check out the little tutorial I am sharing! :)
Also I am giving away a bracelet, one of the ones I made for the tutorial:


Do you like them? You can choose between the white flower centered one or gray flower.
You have 3 opportunities to win! Do the following 3 things and leave a 
comment for each of them for your entries:

1. Be a Follower of Cinsarah
2. Like my Facebook Page HERE
3. Add my Etsy Shop to your favorites HERE

Winner will be chosen Sunday July 3rd via Random.Org
I will e-mail the winner Sunday Night so make sure you are not
a no-reply blogger, if you don't know what I'm talking about check out this post.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog! 
Remember I will have a big giveaway once I hit 100 followers! ;)


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June 29, 2011

I would really appreciate it if you would vote!


Have you ever heard of Heartsy? Well if you haven't and you love
Etsy then you have to go check it out! It's basically like Groupon (which I LOVE) for Etsy Shops!
Yes you get awesome discounts to lovely etsy shops!!



So I submitted my little shop 
by offering my pretty new printables! 
Here are some new ones I added to the shop today....



I would be offering store credit at an amazing price! So you can get a couple of my prints
or use it towards an etsy shop or blog design!! BUT ONLY IF YOU VOTE!
I need 60 votes so they can even consider me so please VOTE HERE for me!! :)
Thank you very much!!! btw I am 10 away from having 100 followers!!
I will be having a giveaway soon!! :D
(as you can tell I am overly excited!!! that I am using lots of exclamation points!!!)

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June 28, 2011

4th of July Printables

I have been so busy this past week and weekend that I have not even had time to check off anymore projects on my to-do list which means nothing to show you all! :( boo!! But I did make these pretty 4th of July printables for you all and I even got to print them and take pictures for you all (well one picture because like I said I've been busy and didn't take the time to make sure I had some good shots)..


You can use my printables as cupcake toppers or to decorate candy or popcorn bags! :)
We got this yummy popcorn at our local farmers market and I had leftover clear baggies from my daughter's birthday party so I thought this would be perfect for 4th of July! Give them to the kids while watching fireworks or if you are having a party use them to decorate festive cupcakes or candy bags.

Click on the Image and Save to you Computer to Print:


I would love to know if you use my printables and see pictures too!! :)
I made 3 more 4th of July Printables that I will share as a guest post at My World Made by Hand
as part of the Red, White & Blue Roundup! I can't wait to show you so check back here July 4th 
and I will post a link to my printables on her blog! :)

BTW I got my awesome stencil I won from Cutting Edge Stencils through PB&J Stories!
(whom btw I just designed her blog! :D check it out!)
and my free quart of free quart of Glidden paint I can't wait to use these!
I plan on stenciling a wall in my dinning room and painting the guest room closet.
When? IDK maybe when I finish catching up with the loads of laundry I have. lol


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Sharing my free printables HERE

June 23, 2011

Vintage Dress Re-Fashion

I found this dress at a garage sale for $1 and I thought it was cute, I loved the pattern but I wasn't crazy about the neckline, shoulder pads and the sleeves. I've always loved vintage dresses because they're way more modest than the dresses you find at forever 21 now. I love forever 21 and their dresses are adorable in their pretty patterns and all but they're almost always super short! So when I found this dress I loved the pattern and the length it just needed some minor alterations to make it my own! :)
Here is the dress transformation.....





This collar had to go! it was way to ruffly (idk if that's a word) for me. 

Here is a pic of me using my awesome seam ripper to take the collar off...


Once it was off I noticed my sewing machine broke :( so I had to sew it back by hand..


I wasn't going to do anything to the sleeves but when I tried it on they didn't button? Either I have huge arms or ladies in the 60's or whenever this dress is from had tiny arms! I'm going with the tiny arms! (I'm in denial of my large arms and no it's not muscle, I wish!) I wore this dress to church this past weekend and forgot to take a picture of me wearing it with my hair all nice and make up on so today I asked my 4 year old son to take a picture of me wearing it and of course I had to crop my face off because my hair was a mess and I had no make up on and didn't feel like doing my make up or fixing my hair up for a picture. Plus the focus should be on the dress not myself lol So here are the awesome pictures my 4 year old son took...
So I shortened the sleeves, took the ruffled collar off and added a belt 
to make this vintage dress my own! :) What do you think? 

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June 21, 2011

Hudson's on the Bend (Our Anniversary) and Groupon




Our 6th Anniversary was this past sunday and since we are saving money we didn't go anywhere out of town and we used Groupon to find a nice restaurant to go and eat without having to spend a fortune! I googled Hudson's on the Bend before buying the Groupon and liked their website and their menu.Then I saw a review by Lance Armstrong himself and knew this was the place to go! :) My husband and I both got the Three Course Chef Tasting Menu without the wine pairings since we don't drink. Our Groupon was $49 for $99 worth of food so this was perfect. We both got the salad for our first course: Candied pecan crusted Pure Luck goat cheese atop local mixed baby greens tossed in a blackberry balsamic vinaigrette. It was delicious!! I don't really like goat cheese but it was delicious along with the sweetness of the blackberries, tomatoes and pecans. I'm still thinking about it as I type this! For our Entrees: My husband got the Smoked rosemary rubbed prime tenderloin of beef finished with a jalapeno hollandaise. I only tried some and it was good but I got the Hot & crunchy trout atop a mango jalapeno aioli finished with an ancho paint:



.... and it was amazing!! So good!! My husband go to try some of it and he loved it so much he even said "your plate is better than mine" and his was good too! For dessert I got the Wild Turtle Pie and my husband got the Peach Cobbler and they were both delicious! I am so happy we went to this little restaurant. It is cozy and romantic and the food is delicious! Our total came out to be $107 for us both but we used our Groupon and only ended up paying $7 plus tip for our nice waiter! We also found out that they catered for the President of Mexico while he was visiting here in Austin and here is a picture of Lance Armstrong's Tour de France shirt they have framed when you go into their restaurant:


If you are in the Austin area or ever are visiting you need to go here! We will definitely keep this restaurant in mind as one of our special occasion restaurants. And if you have never heard of Groupon head over to their site and save some good money! This is our 4th or 5th time using Groupon and we love it!!  Click Here to visit Groupon and buy your first Groupon! :)



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June 20, 2011

Homemade Sloppy Joes

     Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Yesterday was our 6th anniversary and we went to a really nice restaurant that I will share more info on a post tomorrow so if you are in the Austin,TX area or ever visit be sure to check my post tomorrow! :) 




   I want to share a super easy and yummy recipe with you all that I tried last week. I LOVE Sloppy Joes but my husband doesn't so I hardly ever make them and I usually use the canned sauce to make them until I found this recipe  of course from whole foods! lol and I already had the ingredients, all I needed were the buns. So I convince my husband to let me try this recipe (he wanted steaks as usual) and it was a success! We all loved it! :) Here is what you need:

Ingredients

1 1/2 lbs ground beef (I used one pound)
1/4 white onion, chopped
Sea Salt & Ground Pepper, to taste
1 cup tomato ketchup
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 
2 tablespoons brown sugar (I used cane sugar)
2 tablespoons  yellow mustard 
 whole wheat burger buns
Brown the beef in a nonstick skillet over medium heat, 5—7 minutes. Add onions and season with salt and pepper. Cook until onions soften, about 7 minutes. Add ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, sugar and mustard. Stir to combine. Simmer until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Spoon over split toasted hamburger buns and serve!
I served our sloppy joes with baked fries. It's a simple easy fun summer recipe for you and your family! I will continue using it since I almost always have the ingredients available.


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June 16, 2011

My Little Model

Hello! It's almost friday and I'm actually looking forward to it being the weekend because sunday is our anniversary! :) I wanted to share some pictures I took today of my little princess wearing the dress I made for her out of an old Hollister Top. When I first made it she was not in the mood to try it on so I didn't get any shots of her wearing it but today she wanted the dress on and she even posed for me! :) You can read more about this dress and how I made it here. I didn't even bother fixing her hair because this is what she looks like, her hair is her signature look! lol 

and here is a full shot of her wearing and loving her dress...


Don't you just love her crazy hair? I sure do!! :D
She often gets compliments with her messy hair when we don't put it up
on a ponytail. She just makes messy hair look so cute! 
lol maybe it's because it's my daughter but I think so! :)


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June 15, 2011

Something New in My Etsy Shop


I've been wanting to add more designs to my etsy shop and I added a couple more banner designs last week but yesterday I added something new. I created a printable for our anniversary (which is this sunday!) that I eventually want to add to a gallery wall in our living room. Here is another design I added to the shop:


So to celebrate our anniversary I want to give my readers a 25% discount on anything in my etsy shop that includes my new printable designs. Use Code: CINSARAH while checking out to get your discount! Good until June 20th. I plan on coming up with more designs for etsy shops, blogs & printables so make sure to add my shop to your favorites to stay up to date. Or like me on Facebook where I share when I add new things to my shop! :) Don't worry I will still share free printables on my site, just not personalized ones. I am coming up with some 4th of July printables and will post them soon for you all! Oh and guess what? I have 84 followers!! :) yay!! Getting closer to 100 which you know what that means? A Giveaway of course! I already convinced talked to my husband that as soon as I reach 100 followers I would love to giveaway a gift card to one of my favorite stores and a couple more goodies :) So keep an eye out people! 


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June 14, 2011

Sonoma Chicken Salad


I have always love chicken salads with grapes and nuts in them and I even tried a recipe once using them but it turned into a big fat FAIL. The recipe asked that I boil the chicken in apple juice and I just didn't like the flavor it gave the salad. I was gonna try Rachel's Recipe that I featured in my first favorites friday but I really wanted to try and find a recipe with grapes because we had tons of grapes in the fridge already. So I remembered I had bookmarked Whole Food's Sonoma Chicken Salad and I decided it was time to give it a try! I was pleasantly surprised! This recipe is just what I was looking for. I omitted the poppy seeds from our salad because we don't really like poppy seeds. 

Here is what you need (what I used) to make this recipe....

Dressing 
1 cup mayonnaise
 (I didn't fill up my cup on mayo)
4 teaspoons apple cider vinegar 
5 teaspoons honey 
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste 

Salad 
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts 
(I used tenders)
3/4 cup pecan pieces, toasted 
2 cups red seedless grapes 
3 stalks celery, thinly sliced

In a bowl, combine mayonnaise, vinegar, honey, salt and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to dress the salad. This can be prepared up to 2 days ahead. 

Preheat oven to 375°F. Place the chicken breasts in one layer in a baking dish with 1/2 cup water. Cover with foil and bake 25 minutes until completely cooked through. Here is what my chicken looked like afterwards:


Remove cooked chicken breasts from pan, add to a bowl with cold water & ice and wait for it to cool. Once cooled dice into bite-size chunks and transfer to a large bowl and mix in your pecans, grapes, celery and dressing.

Make a sandwich and enjoy!
My Kids loved this recipe too...
I plan on using this recipe again when we hit the road next month to Chicago. Driving there takes about 18-20 hrs so we do not plan to make many stops and we need easy food to eat on the go! This recipe is delicious, I know they sell it already made at whole foods but it's kinda pricey for me it's cheaper to just make it your self and have tons leftover for the next day! Do you have a chicken salad recipe? I want to make 2 different types of chicken salad to take on our trip since we will be following my family (parents, sister, other sister and brother in law) and I need to make plenty for all of us. So if you have a chicken salad recipe you love would you share it with me? Or maybe some easy road trip snacks or foods?

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June 13, 2011

DIY Pantry Door Chalkboard

Hello! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I had a great start to my weekend on friday I won a beautiful stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils at PB&J Stories!!! If you read my last post you saw me feature one of Pamela's beautiful painted curtain panels! I bought some new IKEA panels in a garage sale last week thinking I would eventually try and stencil them just like hers someday! Well forget someday, I can't wait to receive my stencil so I can begin painting the panels that I am still not sure where I will hang. I also plan on using my stencil on a wall in my dinning room and maybe even my restroom when we end up remodeling it. BTW if you are not following Pamela and her awesome blog then do so! I found her blog a couple weeks ago and loved every single one of her projects. 

So today I want to share one of the projects I worked on last week, it's something simple that I've been wanting to do and last week I finally got a chance to do it. I posted a picture on my FB last week while I was working on this. It's my third chalkboard paint project and I used Rust-Oleum chalkboard paint and love it! I still have tons of paint left so I'm thinking of more chalkboard projects to use it on. While organizing the pantry one day I realized there were a couple things we were out of and I couldn't find a piece of paper or a pen to write them down before I would forget and thought "It would be great if I could just write it on the door" and that is how this project was born! Here is what the inside of the pantry door looked like before...


I got some painter's blue tape and carefully taped around the edges of the rectangle I wanted
 to transform into a chalkboard and sanded away some icky sticky stuff (yes that's the
 technical term for it) that was left behind by a stick on hook that broke off a couple years ago...


Then I painted on the first coat...


and it only took two coats to get it to look like this...


When my husband got home he drew our names, a heart and smiley face on it :)


I am loving my new chalkboard, it really is coming in handy! 
I wish the door wasn't so textured so I can write on it smoother but it will do.
I have been wanting to spray paint our ugly gold knobs, It is one of the items on the
to-do list and I also plan on beautifying my pantry like Shelly from House of Smith's...


Isn't it beautiful?! I can use my stencil here too!! 
Thanks so much for reading and for following me! :)
I love coming back from the weekend and checking my e-mail
and blogger dashboard and finding new followers and sweet comments! 
They really make my day!! 

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June 10, 2011

Favorites Friday 6.10.11




It's Friday! To be honest with you I don't get as excited as most people when it's friday because
I love my whole week! I am very blessed to be able to be a stay at home mom and enjoy
every single day of the week but I know for those of you who work outside the home, 
you look forward to your weekends. So Happy Friday to You! :)
Here are my favorites this week:

1. I Love these painted curtain panels from PB&J Stories!

I found this blog this week and I love all her projects! I just bought some new 
Ikea tan panels at a garage sale for $1 and I want to try this so badly but I don't know
where I would hang them just yet... Anyways if you want to know how to make these
beautiful panels go and check out her blog!

2. I tried this banana bread recipe from A Chelsea Morning and...

LOVED IT! Seriously I think I ate more than half of it by myself! :o!
I've made banana bread once before but it was way to dry and not that sweet. 
This one is moist and delicious! I found it by Googling: Grandma's Banana Bread Recipe
because I needed a good recipe to use up 3 very ripe bananas I had.
I'm so glad I found it and will continue using it :)

3. Check out this super cute play kitchen that Megan from My Kind of Makeover made...

It's Gorgeous! You really need to check out her blog to see what she made it out of!
I will be on the lookout at Goodwill for pieces of furniture to create something like this!
I've been wanting to buy my daughter a play kitchen but they are expensive!
Well the non plastic ones. I seriously would love to make her one before she turn 15! lol

4. How cool is this starburst mirror? Very cool! 
(yeah I know I'm a dork I answer my own questions and laugh at my own jokes so what?)
Diane from In My Own Style made this super cool mirror...

I really want to make this! I have clothespins and I have a mirror with a broken frame
(thanks to my kids! ) so I really want to make this (before they break the mirror)
 and hang it somewhere like maybe the guest room or my bedroom or the living room! 
Hmm.. maybe I should just make 3!

5. And Last but not Least I am loving my Ray Ban Wayfarer Shades...

and guess what??!! I got them for FREE!! Yup you read that right Free!!
I think thats why I love them even more! :D I went with my mother in law
a couple months back to a LASIK consultation and the Doctor was giving away free
Ray Bans and the consultation was free too! :D yay!! (yes they are real! lol He's one of the best eye surgeons in American I read somewhere so I'm sure he can afford to give away Ray Bans) 
So both my mother in law and I got free Ray Bans and she ended up getting catarat surgery
 and I'm still waiting to get Lasik once I gather up enough courage money. 

So there you have it these are my favorites for the week! :)
I have some projects I've been working on that I will post next week!
Don't forget to Like my FB page that you can find HERE.
I sometimes post pictures of things I've been working on and 
such before posting about them here.
Hope You All have an Awesome Weekend!


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