Saturday, October 16, 2010

Thrifty Finds

So many good finds lately surprisingly...I haven't had as much time to go thrifting 
but the random times I have I found some really cool stuff!
Cute vintage mushroom pot, lovin oven baked goods tray, sx-70 polaroid, 
awesome huuuge owl, and a gorgeous tufted chocolate brown swivel armchair!

Xx, Cierra Noelle

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Blog neglect

So we're in harvest and I've been ridiculously busy...almost no time for having a life. Let alone blogging...

Even so, I'm still getting into the holiday spirit. Making holiday recipes, trying to wear warm clothes even though the weathers not quite right, and recently...preparing for halloween!

I couldn't really decide what I wanted to dress up as. I was leaning towards Nancy Botwin from Weeds (curly hair, little dress, wedges, mexican baby doll in a carrier, iced coffee, etc) but I'm not sure everyone would get it, and I'm not brunette anymore.
So, I think I decided on another iconic Batman villain...Poison Ivy. I did Harley Quinn a few years ago and that was a super fun costume, so this should be good too. Can't wait...just need to find a green leotard or bodysuit (like those cute american apparel ones), some long gloves, some crafty strategically placed leaves, leggings or tights, tall boots, and do my hair all big and curly and red and I'm good to go :)

We'll be going to a halloween cover show in chico on friday then maybe a party in paradise on actual Halloween.

UPDATE: This is how that costume turned out btw :)

Xx, Cierra Noelle

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Excited for Autumn!

I love everything about Autumn.
Here are a few of my favorites <3

Leaves changing color and the 
smell in the air after the rain.

Holidays and yummy holiday recipes:
Rain and everything about it. 
Driving in the rain. 
Umbrellas and boots.

Tea, cider, and yummy 
seasonal flavored coffee:

Candles and a warm fire <3

Leggings and sweaters and 
boots and hats and scarves!

Veggie soup! All kinds. But my favorite is 
homemade vegetable dumpling, so yummy!

Fall is just so crisp and cozy 
and cuddly and yummy. 
Definitely my favorite season.
Bring it on!

Xx, Cierra

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Thrify finds!

So many awesome treasures this weekend!
1) Amazing Polaroid Automatic 330 Land Camera in great condition 
with the flash bulb and even extra bulbs, tools, and a UV filter. Great find for $1!
2)Funky vintage vinyl green placemats
3)All kinds of great vintage fabric I love the flowers and mushrooms!
4)Gorgeous white vintage dress. I'll have to alter the top and take out the shoulder pads (hah), 
but I lovelovelove the waistline and button detail!

Also, I told my PopPop I have been collecting old cameras and he brought out boxes and boxes of gorgeous cameras. I was drooling over his collection. Amazing!
And he wants to "keep it in the family" so that sounds good for me ;) haha

Xx, Cierra

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Thrifty finds!

Came across a few cute treasures this last week. 1)Vintage "Home Sweet Home" wooden sign 2)The cutest, greenest wafflemaker/grill from the 60's 3)Handmade apron 4)These amazing heels that I saw one day and went back to buy and they had already been taken. So I searched the internet high and low for weeks to find...with no luck. Until this week. At a vintage sale. In my size. What are the chances...seriously?

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Craft show


 The craft sale was really slow. Chico needs a better indie crafting community. Either way, my booth...I must say...was pretty dang cute!
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Monday, September 6, 2010

Thrifty finds!

Went yard saling, thrifting and antiquing with my mama this weekend. So much fun!
Found: 1) Vintage green daisy pyrex mixing bowls and casserole dish
2) Chrome sunbeam mixer and four mixing bowls
3) Vintage 8mm Keystone Electric Eye camera
4) 16 waist belts for $3
5) 25 pairs of opaque tights for $2
     (This nice lady at a yard sale I came across was selling her mothers things. She said her mother had to have a matching pair of tights, handbag, and waist belt for every outfit--most of them were worn once or still in the vintage packaging!)
and 6) Adorable orange glasses with funny handles that remind me of elf ears. Cute!

I love them! Now I've gotten my mom and my brothers girlfriend hooked on going with me. Yay!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


I need to bake these matcha green tea cupcakes with strawberry custard filling and strawberry buttercream frosting. They look so incredibly delicious. I might even mix it up and try blueberry or blackberry instead of strawberry.

Tons of homework. Barely escaped a speeding ticket. and no time for anything fun lately...I could use a nummy cupcake ;)

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

No more Android envy for me!

I got my Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant today!
Normally I wouldn't do this...this isn't really a technology based blog,
but give me a break I haven't had a phone for a month, I'm so excited! 
I feel connected to the world again, hahah :D

Any good android apps anyone can suggest?
Crafting, photo, baking/cooking, or otherwise?

Monday, August 30, 2010

Style Crush

Zooey Deschanel
Then again...who doesn't have some kind of crush on the girl? She's just too adorable and quirky :D

Xox, Cierra

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Thrifty finds!

I've been a thrifting monster lately. Found some adorable stuff :)
 + this gorgeous tablecloth
 I made these cupcake stands out of candle holders (50 cents) and yellow plates (25 cents)!

+++ a new Polaroid for the collection!

 Xox Cierra

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Things To Try Tuesday:

One: Tufted Headboard
I have been really into furniture with tufting lately. Its just a really good way to make a simple piece look really nice and give it a little bit of a vintage feel. When I get some time I'd really like to tackle the project of making a tufted headboard. If I can find 3 decent sized rectangular frames I might just make panel ones--which will save time & money, not to mention, it will probably look pretty adorable (especially with assorted old buttons instead of the everyday fabric covered buttons you usually see).

Two: Rootbeer Float Cupcakes
These are adorable..and they look absolutely delicious. This recipe from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen calls for white cake mix (box or from scratch) mixed with rootbeer only. I've heard that you can add a can of soda to any cake mix (instead of milk, eggs, etc) before, which is amazinggg because it also makes your recipe vegan (besides the frosting). I can't wait to make these, the kitchen is going to smell so yummy!

Three: Log buttons
 This is the cutest idea. I want to make some immediately! they might even be cute for tufting throw pillows. Ahhh so many possibilities!

Four: Upcycled Toilet Paper Roll Wall Art
I love upcycling household materials. These normally just get thrown away anyway, so why not? Plus there are so many options--you could even paint them to add a pop of color to bare walls!

Five: Nine hole buttons
I've never really worked with fimo clay before, but these are just too cute not to try. I love that you can thread letters through them and spell out words, names and phrases on the craft of your choice. 

 Six: Felt Throw pillows
I'm definitely excited to start making some awesome throw pillows for my apartment. These are from Modernality on Etsy, she makes some really cute pacman pillows that I absolutely love! I want to make or buy (depending on available time) simple solid throw pillow covers in coordinating colors and add my own felt designs to them...I'm thinking....mustaches? hedgehogs? owls? leaves? cameras? dandelions? 
Oh goodness, too many cute options! 

I'm going to have to MAKE time because these ideas are just too cute not to give a try. I can't wait!

Xox Cierra

Thursday, August 19, 2010

If there is a will, there is a way...

I have found it. The perfect futon for our apartment living room. Its the Ikea Beddinge Series with this beautiful cover in the most amazing green upholstery fabric. It will match with the chair (that I mentioned before) and it folds out into a full size bed! (Perfect for when we have guests or just want to lounge out and cuddle while watching a movie)
The only thing is the cover is discontinued--and somehow I found someone on CL with one for sale--but its three hours away. After a ton of coordinating and planning falling though, I think my awesome friend Mars might be coming with me (along with her big van) on a futon adventure tomorrow...*fingers crossed*

Xox, Cierra

8/23/10 UPDATE: I ended up nabbing the futon with a dark grey cover for 75 bucks! and get this...found this exact color discontinued slipcover (normally retails at $130) for $10 in the town my aunt lives in. So excited!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Six goals to keep in mind (before 2011)...

These are things I want to accomplish or at least make good headway on before 2011. As I've said before, I make lists for everything. Its just sort of a way to organize my thoughts and remind me to stay on track. I feel like if I put these up they might stick in my head throughout the year, so here we go:

Collect furniture, decor, and supplies for our apartment.
Shop the thrift stores, yard sales, and CL
for deals and good vintage finds.
(I've already begun this process, but I want to be prepared)

Take more photos of day-to-day life.
Make sure to capture the things that I love
and that make me happy.
Keep in mind that this is the time of my life
I will look back on fondly 
and it will be wonderful to have it documented.
(Also, I'd like to possibly get a nicer camera,
and maybe another instant to help the process along ;)

Experiment with and learn more about baking.
Hone my cupcake skills 
(specifically practice frosting techniques,
vegan, and healthy recipes)
Cook my way through the cupcake cookbooks I have
and learn by trial and error.
Also, come up with my own recipes and variations.
Put together a recipe book or box.

Find time to study for BOTH
my craft(s)
This way I will be learning and practicing both
the creative and business sides 
of what it takes to start the kind of business
I hope to one day own.

Start an idea board
Cork/chalk board or bubbles where I can post:
a) things that inspire me and make me want to do something.
b) ideas I have for crafts, recipes, decor, projects, etc.

Find time to get out with the people I love
take day trips
go to the park
go on long drives
whatever it may be...make some memories <3

Thursday, August 12, 2010

So, maybe it wasn't the best idea I've ever had... work out for 3 hours the night before Warped Tour but I found a few really good workouts and I was stuck in the gym waiting for Andrew to finish work---what do you expect? If you're looking for a good one, try this: Target Every Trouble Zone in 3 Moves

Even though I will most likely be sore...and it will probably reach triple digit temps...and there will definitely be a lot of ridiculousness there...I am still looking forward to tomorrow. How could you not? Its bunch of bands--a few of my favorites, my boyfriend (who got to reschedule work for it!), and my friend and his band The Paper Melody who got voted to play there this year!
Either way: I'm putting together my survival guide...

warped survivalFashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore
Xox Cierra

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Just got this comfy vintage chair in one of my favorite colors for our apartment...for FREE :D
Our friends had it in their garage because she bought it and he said "no, not in my house", hahah.

Off to go to sushi with my Grammie, then thrifting and froyo with the girls :)
Hopefully I find some treasure!