Wednesday, June 29, 2011

wednesday pinsday: dream decor

{I am so in love with painted floors. I will do this in my house one day!}

{All my favorite colors! Teal, green, yellow. Peaceful.}

{Loving the collage on the wall. Such fun frames!}

{The front door is awesome. And so is the couch!}

{I have been searching for vintage frames to paint. Love these, of course!}

My house would be so pretty if I could find all these things. What are your dream decor items? Or are you one of the lucky ones and your home is already the way you dream for it to be?

Have you found anything awesome on pinterest lately? Please share!

xoxo, christa

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

new office

I haven't written much about it, but my office was recently relocated. Good news is, I actually have an office with a window and a door! I do have to share, but the hutch part of my desk separates my side from their side.

So all last week was spent packing and moving. I was some how put in charge of the operation and had to make sure the movers put everything where we needed it. I was already planning on taking Friday off for to get ready for the market, but my desk wasn't installed until yesterday anyway.

Everything is coming together... I'm still moving some things around to find the best place for them, and I need to hang the bulletin boards and such.

We were moved due to some impending renovations. This new-to-us office will be temporary {if you can call two years temporary} and then we'll move back into the newly renovated space. :)

I'll show you pictures once everything is put together!

xoxo, christa

Sunday, June 26, 2011

with heart handmade market

{setting up my booth}

Yesterday was the with heart handmade market. All those hours of preparation were well worth it! Warning... picture overload on it's way!

The road was closed off for us and the vendors lined the street with all of our handmade goodies.

I ordered a square and was able to take credit or debit cards! Speaking as some one who never has cash... this is the best thing ever.

Steven came along and helped me set up the tent that I borrowed from a friend, and snapped some photos of me setting up. My mom requested lots of pictures. :)

Here is my booth all set up! I had planned on hanging the huge frame with the greeting cards from the 'ceiling' of the tent, but it was too breezy. I didn't want anyone getting whacked in the head.

All my hair pins! The small flower hair pins were the most popular, followed closely by the ruffle rosette pins. I wore a teal ruffle rosette in my hair. :)

My journals! I had some new papers and designs made up for the market.

Note cards and greeting cards. Everyone really liked the white washi tape note cards. My favorites are the bunting greetings cards.

One last shot of the booth, and a close-up of the bunting. :) I'm going to hang the bunting somewhere in the house now - I just love it!

I would call it a success! I don't think I would change much if I did another one - which I hope to do! I do wish the organizers of the market had advertised a little more. A lot of people had no clue it was going on, including the starbucks across the street! We should have laid some flyers on the counter first thing in the morning.

Thanks to everyone who gave me tips while I was preparing, and to the friends who came to see me! I really appreciate your support. :)

If you weren't able to come to the market and you see something you like, email me {cjanecreate @ gmail dot com} and I'll let you know if it's still available! {the etsy shop is on vacation while I reorganize and restock!}

xoxo, christa

Friday, June 24, 2011

handmade vanilla brown sugar scrub

There are many of these recipes floating around the web, but I recently made a batch to give as gifts so I thought I would share my method with you.

This recipe will fill four half-pint jars. I found these nice wide-mouth Ball jars at walmart with the canning equipment.

Mix together one and a half {1 1/2} cups of white sugar and one and a half {1 1/2} cups of dark brown sugar. Light brown sugar works just as well. I also added a couple of table spoons of course sea salt for more exfoliation.

I also added the 'caviar' from one vanilla bean. It is for the fragrance and not necessary. But boy, does it smell yummy!

Spoon about two cups of the sugar/salt/vanilla bean mixture back into the measuring cup and pack it down. Then pour extra virgin olive oil over the top. You want it to soak through about half the mixture with a little left on top.

Mix up the ingredients in the measuring cup and pour into the bowl with the other sugar/salt/vanilla mixture. Add about four or five tablespoons of pure vanilla extract {not the fake stuff}.

Spoon the mixture into your jar and pack it down some - mostly just so it gets into the corners of the jar. Then add one tablespoon of vanilla extract to the top of the mixture. It will seep into the mixture, but it pretty much insures that you will smell vanilla when you open it up.

Now go hop in the shower and give it a try! You can use it anywhere, but it will leave an oily film on your skin since it's made with olive oil. Just wash up with your body wash or facial cleanser to get that off. If you scoop it out with your fingers, it's recommended that you refrigerate it between uses. If you'd rather leave it in your bathroom just use a popsicle stick or spoon to scoop it out. :)

Here is a list of ingredients needed:
1 1/2 cups of white sugar
1 1/2 cups brown sugar, dark or light
2-3 tablespoons of coarse sea salt
1/2 cup of olive oil {approximately}
10 tablespoons of pure vanilla extract
1 whole vanilla bean {optional}

Next I want to try a citrus salt scrub! Vanilla or lemon scented things are my favorite! What is your favorite fragrance?

xoxo, christa

Thursday, June 23, 2011

market prep!

I am currently one with my hot glue gun.
I'll have something fun for you tomorrow, though! 
xoxo, christa

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

wednesday pinsday: summer fun

This set of pins is all about summer! Yesterday was the solstice, so we can officially party!

{oreo pudding pops to keep cool}

{fun folding chairs to brighten a patio}

{s'mores on a stick! just like all that fair food on a stick!}

{a quick tent to create some shade}

{fruit salsa for the next bbq}

We're planning on hosting a couple of barbecues over the summer. These are some great starting points! What is your favorite thing about summer barbecues? Mine has to be corn on the cob and hot dogs!

xoxo, christa

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

baked ravioli

One of my coworkers introduced me to this dish - it is so quick and easy, perfect for a busy night! We have quite a few of those around here.

And it's one of those flexible recipes, you can make it with what you have on hand. This is one of our favorite pasta dishes, because it's more than just a plate of spaghetti. :)

Here is how I usually make it:

baked ravioli
1 lb lean ground turkey, browned and drained
1 16 oz jar of tomato sauce, which ever kind you prefer
1 25 oz bag of frozen cheese filled ravioli
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
6 slices of provolone cheese

After the ground turkey is browned and drained, add the tomato sauce to the skillet and let it heat through. While that's working, cook the ravioli according to the package instructions.

In a 9x13 baking dish, spread some of the meat sauce on the bottom of the pan to prevent the ravioli from sticking. Add half of the pasta to the baking dish, add some more sauce and gently mix. Sprinkle half of the shredded cheese on top. Put the remaining pasta into the pan with the sauce and mix gently, then pour into the baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining shredded cheese and lay the provolone slices on top. Bake at 350* for about 20 minutes, or until the cheese and sauce is bubbly.

Serve with a salad and some garlic bread. Enjoy!

Like I mentioned, you can do it your own way! I have done it with plain sauce and beef filled ravioli, or half cheese half beef ravioli with the same ground turkey sauce. Or you could take it totally vegetarian and add some veggies in to the sauce. But one things for sure - it is way easier than lasagna!

xoxo, christa

Thursday, June 16, 2011

hanging out with o & a

On Saturday I was lucky enough to watch my friend's adorable daughters, Olivia and Ava, for almost the whole day!

I picked them up at 8:30 and we headed to the store to pick up some watercolor paints. And some chocolate covered marshmallows for later, which is why we're in the baking isle. :)

Then we headed back to my house to paint and hang out until the mall was open.

Olivia wanted to go to Claire's to look for new earrings or necklace. She ended up with some faux glasses. They are pink leopard print. Unfortunately I didn't get a photo.

Ava wanted to ride the carousel, so we did that next. :) I had to ride since Ava was too short, lucky me!

For lunch the girls requested McDonald's. Ava downed a cheeseburger and Olivia and I split a 10 piece chicken nuggets. I got an iced coffee to keep me going. ;)

Then we went to see Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer. It was a really cute movie! And this would be where the chocolate covered marshmallows came into play.

When we left the movie, the girls were thrilled to discover that the sun had come out and it had gotten much warmer! I took them a park that has a splash pad.

At first they were hesitant... then they just jumped right in!

They went back and forth between the playground and the splash pad. I protected myself from being splashed with my camera.

I just liked this picture of Ava. Water dripping down her back as she runs back to the playground.

Lastly, I took the girls for ice cream! Their cones were huge! They did not finish the ice cream, I had to scrape off the remaining so they could eat the cones.

It was so much fun! When I told them it was time to go home they asked if they could sleep over at my house. I would call it a successful day. :) I promised them we would have another day together soon. I'm sure mom won't mind.

xoxo, christa

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