Monthly Archives: April 2012

Grammie’s guest book

Hi all!! I want to welcome all my new friends from Dallas. I had a great time meeting you all at the Project MOM conference in this weekend. What a warm welcoming group! I will be sharing some pics soon! I hope you all had a great weekend too :)

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When my Grammie moved from her house of 30plus years….there was a bunch of stuff. Some of it was just that…stuff. My mom and I helped her go through the things she wanted to move to her new home…and separate it all out. She had a few great garage sales and she did a good job at getting rid of some of the things that didn’t mean that much. The guest book though….that was a keeper. She had this guest book from way back in 1978. She started it as a way to keep addresses….and notes from people who came to visit her.

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It is the story of her house. It is a treasure. I am lucky enough to be the one to have it now. My mom knows I am the “keeper” of such things. A sort of family historian. I love this book and the memories it holds. I signed it every summer that I spent with her. Making note of my age…along with my “boyfriends” name…all right there in the guest book. My best friend Melissa signed it…several times…her family, old friends, new friends, cousins, aunts and uncles, her bridge club…on and on. She built a happy home at the shore…and this book is evidence of that.

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I signed the day before I became Mrs. Stoll…and my soon to be husband signed too. We were married at my Grammie’s church at the beach. And now…the beloved Guest book has a home at the lakehouse.  And the joy passes on….thanks Grammie :)

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A guest book is such a nice way to see the travels of your friends and family from year to year. It is so much fun to look back on. I would encourage you to start one in your house. Just leave it out by a door…and encourage friends to leave a note ;)

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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.

DIY personalized artwork

Happy Friday yall! I am on my way to Dallas today to speak at the Project Mom conference this weekend. I am so excited to meet and greet Dallas friends;) I will be tweeting and facebooking fun things to share so check in there this weekend. Special shout out to my friends on the “court” and beyond…thanks for all your encouragment and well wishes. I wish yall could come with me too! You are all dear to me…I am blessed :)

Here is a great project that you can get done this weekend. Personalized art….perfect for any room!

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I am so thrilled that you all like how the peanut’s room came out! She is loving the space. Her brother is anxiously awaiting his new room now. I wanted to share with you how to create the artwork that I used in her room. It is really simple and I think it is always nice to have something personal on the wall.

I ordered 3 prints from costco. They are 16 by 20. I did black and white because we thought that would make a nice statement on the wall.

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Get some inexpensive canvas sets at the craft store that are also 16 by 20.  Spray with tacky spray and position a print on top. Flip over and smooth out.

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That is it!! I know..so simple and on the cheap! Love it! Nice thing about these is that when we have another great picture to blow up…we can change them out without too much cost.

Cause you know how 12 year old girls are…they tend to change their mind a lot! :)

Oh…I am on Instagram sharing pictures! You can get the app on any smartphone. Look me up at cleverlyinspired  :)

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.

Thrifty finds at the Lake house

 

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It is almost that time of year….lake time! I have done a few post in the past few years…about the lakehouse. It is a perfect place to be in the summertime. The lake that we are on is quiet and uncrowded…and we love that about it. I decorated this house entirely with thrifty finds. Picking up stuff here and there…it is always evolving. The walls are all white. Splashes of red, and blue are the accents. They remind of summertime. Here are a few of our favorite pieces at the lake…

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A couple of loveseats are covered with super large canvas dropclothes. Makes for easy clean up and very kid friendly! Very shabby chic, right?!? Simple white canvas tab top drapes cover the windows. We found some drift wood at the state park a few years back…they make great curtain holders!

 

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The main wall when you walk in is covered with red frames with black and white pictures. It’s our timeline of memories from past summers.

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The kitchen and family room are one big room…to have a sense of separation we use this small island…along with a couple of foldable barstools from ikea.

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If you ask any child who has been to the lakehouse…they will say their most favorite thing about it is the snack elevator. It is a pulley system with a basket attached that can serve up snacks to the lazy kiddos in the loft. They love it!

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The loft is the kids space…one accent wall is painted navy and has some vintage children’s prints that I ripped from an old book. And of course we have to mark the kids height every year…(twice a year actually)

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If you misbehave…you will find your “dog” in the doghouse.

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This is a favorite spot in the summer is my Grammie’s old wicker chairs. It is so pretty when all the trees are in bloom. You feel like you are in a tree house.

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I still love these red glass knobs…found them on ebay :)

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Here are a couple of other post about the lake…:

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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.

Dad’s Faux Door

My dad is a bit of a magic man. Family dinner…he is always making a fork disappear or pulling a quarter out of someone’s ear. But I would have to say that his latest project is the trump of them all….You really have to see if for yourself to get the full effect. My pictures don’t really do it justice…

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My dad finished the basement in their house. He did an amazing job. This door was one of his most recent projects. Their basement isn’t a walkout. That’s right….NOT a walkout. This door is all an illusion…

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He built it right on the wall. The door frame is trimmed out just like a regular door would be. The window panes he built by hand…painstakingly gluing and nailing the frame together. The handles are door handles…and everyone who goes in the basement immediately tries to open the door to see where it goes. It looks that real.

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And blinds….yes…even a lock at the top. He created a walkout where there isn’t a walkout. My dad is smart like that ;)

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He is planning on putting a hi-res picture of a garden scene where the black cardstock is now. Just to add to the illusion.

Great job dad!! Now yall know where I get my creativity (oh mom you are creative too!! :)

If you have a project to share…but you don’t have a blog I would love to feature you! You can email me at cleverlyinspired at gmail.com

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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I have a small little garden that we use just to grow tomatoes in the summer. There is nothing like a ripe fresh tomato…little salt and pepper…a touch of olive oil. Screams summertime! My grammie was an avid gardener….and her tomatoes were spectacular. This year I am going to be using Whitney Farms organic soil to ensure my tomatoes and cucumbers are fabulous!!organic soil

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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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