Monthly Archives: January 2012

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Winter White Mantle

The kitchen remodel is coming along really nicely! For those who follow on twitter and facebook…you may have seen the picture of our pantry update. We are ready for paint and it looks so great! I am finishing up my $7 countertop….and cannot wait to reveal it! It looks so good already!
Thought I would share the update to the mantle. Nothing that fancy…..hope your weekend was great!

Taking down the Christmas things after the holiday always is bitter sweet. I am ready for it all to come down….but yet sometimes it makes all the sparkle go away ;(
I mixed a few things around and went “shopping at home” for items to place on the mantle. Here is what I came up with…

I collected anything that was white…or reflective from around the house. Platters, cake plates, rocks…

I started to play around with the height a bit…placing the vases from the Dining Room up high to gain some dimension.

I used the original art the we purchased last year….and added some small glass votive candles.

 

The monochromatic scene of all white items ties the whole mantle together. Choose a color that you love and have a few different objects….maybe cobalt blue glass…come blue books….blue platters. It all works because the color pulls it together to make a fabulous statement.

 

 

Go shopping in your house and see what you can pull together….for free :)

If not, try these current Target coupons and save on home accessories.

Sharing:Tattertots and Jello

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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It rocks….

When you see them try. Their best. And they succeed. That feeling completely rocks.

When they play on a team….and they only know one other friend….and they have all the other kids laughing and giggling and having fun….I love that.

When the first thing they do when a teammate makes a shot is to give them a high five. Yeah…sweet.

When you see them “dribble drive…” just like Dad has been telling them in practice games at home….

and you can almost hear him saying it to himself. Confidently.

 

My bear scored his first (3 ) points this weekend. It was on his 12th birthday. I jumped out of my seat like a crazy person. Pride makes you do some funny things I guess.

You make us proud bear. Always.
Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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Chewy Chex Cookie

I made these around the holiday but I didn’t want to post one more sweet treat recipe. I know that we are all watching what we are eating (cue…crickets…chirp…chirp…) ok…at least we are trying to watch what we put in our mouth. But, sometimes ya just need a cookie. My mom used to make this one at Christmas time every year. This cookie is sooooo yummy….so very random ingredients make for one delicious treat!

 

Beat butter, brown sugar and sugar till creamy.
Sift all dry ingredients and set aside.
Mix in the vanilla and egg. Combine. Then toss in dry ingredients. Ending with raisins, chex and coconut.
Scoop out and place on cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes.
Ingredients
1/2 C sugar
1/2 C brown sugar
1/2 C butter
1 t vanilla
1 egg
1 C flour
1 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
1 C raisins
1/2 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup crushed rice chex

Chewy Chex Cookie
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 36
Ingredients
  • ½ C sugar
  • ½ C brown sugar
  • ½ C butter
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 C flour
  • 1 t baking powder
  • ¼ t salt
  • 1 C raisins
  • ½ cup coconut flakes
  • ½ cup crushed rice chex
Instructions
  1. Cream sugars and butter. Add in vanilla and egg. Add in raisins coconut and chex. Form into balls and bake on cookie sheet. 350.
Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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Picasa’s latest update…love!

I edit pictures in Picasa. I love Picasa! It is free…it is easy and it makes editing photos actually fun. They had an upgrade recently to the program. It gives even more dimension and flexibility making your best photo that much better! Here are a few of my favorites….along with my favorite model….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All you have to do is download Picasa and start playing!!

Some of your where asking the settings….Here is how I shot these few pictures…50mm lens, iso was super high 3200 (it was a very overcast day). Shutter was super fast at 1/2000.
The higher the ISO number the more sensitive the light the image will be….the fast shutter allows for that quick burst of light to come into the camera. And my 50mm is the perfect lens for this lower natural light situation. Go shoot and see what you get :)

(not endorsed by Picasa in any way, shape or form….I just really love the software :)

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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Inspiration board for the kitchen update

When we built our house back in 2004…cherry wood and dark floors were all the rage. We were excited to get to pick all the things that we love. Dark stained cabinets (they are actually Maple wood, stained cherry)…tropic brown granite…stainless steel appliances…dark walnut floor.

It all looks very good together and it is a very complete package. The walls are sage green, painted trim in a toffee color, valances that match…. But that was back in 2004…now it is 2012 and I would like to brighten things up a bit. I know that it is going to be work…and I also know it will be soooooo worth it!

We already took out the pantry that wasn’t working for us. (and when I say “we” I mean my fabulous handy man Bob…if you are local to Louisville and need a trustworthy handy man I have his number) I have a post coming soon of that whole process.  It visually opens the room up without it being there! I love it already! We are planning on replacing the fridge (when ours finally dies….it hums often..and I often send it bad thoughts..in hopes of putting it out of it’s misery…) but we don’t want to spend the money until it can’t be used anymore. We would like to replace it with this counter depth fridge—like this one from Frigidaire

It will save us about 8 inches of space…which in this tight kitchen is a big deal. It will allow someone to sit at the bar and not be bumped with the fridge in their back it it needs to be opened.

 

This is the “storyboard” (it is actually a board…as in 2×4…as in I had zero poster board laying around…so I used a board…moving on ;) it is a work in progress…and I think I am just about settled with it.
The wall paint will be a half strength of the foyer paint that I love so much! The foyer is Light French grey by Behr and is has a lovely blue/gray tone…I truly love it. I think the half strength will be perfect in the kitchen. I am thinking about using the light french grey on just the island for a little dimension.
Where the pantry was we will be doing a base cabinet with storage baskets. I had originally thought to maybe do the same base cabinets and wall cabinets as the rest of the space. But after some searching I found that we can build one for a lot less…and it can be the exact dimensions we want. I would like it to have more of a “furniture” piece feel. Maybe some fun trim on the bottom.  And above will be some open shelving. The counter top will be the same granite which is tropic brown or possibly some stained wood like we did on the coffee bar.
As for the cabinets and trim…I am thinking White Umber by porter paint. It will be the same as the trim throughout the house.
A couple new lantern pendants (oh I love these sooooooo much….)

 

Some new window dressings and it will look like a new kitchen!
The floors will remain (even though they are needing a refinishing). We are going to wait on that. I of course will be snapping pictures along the way to share in case you would like to tackle this project in your house.
The last thing for me to figure out will be the black granite back splash. I am thinking it too will need to go….But I am going to paint everything first and then take care of that. I know that may seem a bit backwards….but we are just going to tackle one thing at a time. I would like to do that tile demo and re tile myself…and I feel it is something that can wait.What do ya think?!?!

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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