About Me


Be inspired to be clever….

It is a word that gets seldom used anymore…clever…but I have always loved it. My Grammie used to say to me, “gee Tracie, that is so clever…” It is a word that warms my heart.

So in coming up for a catchy little phrase that was to describe my little blog…clever popped in my head. My mission…with this blog…and anything that I write on this blog is to inspire you to be clever in your own life. I hope you find projects here that you go out and do for yourself…and I hope you enjoy every minute of it.
There is a sense of accomplishment that is so powerful when you can say…”yes, I made that…” A sense of pride is always a good thing. I am a firm believer that you are never supposed to stop learning. And the best part about learning something new is to share it with someone else. I am always sharing…new recipes, projects, decorating tips, a trash to treasure, remodeling ideas the list goes on and on. My hope is that you enjoy learning too…and you pass it on.

Just a bit of my background…I studied Communications and Visual Art (mainly photography) at the University of Dayton (go Flyers!) and I graduated in 1995. I have twins who are 14 (yikes!!) and am fortunate to be married to my very best friend (we met at UD). He is a southern boy… born and raised in Kentucky…and I have made it my home too.

 I truly feel that I have found what I have been looking for. A place to share all the things I love most…while being here for our kids…and earning a bit of money too.

I started this blog in Oct. 2010 as a way to “pass on” recipes, projects and personal notes about our family to our kids. I envision my daughter and son being off at college and wondering how I made something or cooked a recipe…and they can always have that information at the tip of their fingers. CleverlyInspired has grown into so much more than I could have ever imagined. I truly love what this blog brings to my life….to share all my passions for creating with all of you every day…well all I can say is that is has been such a blessing.




You can always catch me in between post on my favorite social networks…

For a complete view of past projects…be sure to visit the project gallery.
To learn a bit more about me….you can visit the “personal notes” tab under the About me section.
And to see where I have been featured….a complete listing on the side bar.


  1. Hello,

    I came across your website and found some interesting articles on Home Improvement. My passion is writing and sharing the knowledge I’ve learned. I was hoping I could contribute something on your site that addresses similar topics or a similar audience.

    I would love if you could take two minutes to look over the topics mentioned below and pass along your feedback. I have different ideas I am working –

    1. Five best reasons to add a Sunroom to your Home.
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    3. Importance of Casement window in energy saving.
    4. Different type of windows for Homes.
    5. 5 Facts about Vinyl Siding
    6. 5 Important Questions to Ask Your Roofer
    7. How to get a contractor for the best vinyl siding job
    8. Questions to Ask When Planning a Sunroom
    9. What You Should Know about Vinyl Siding

    Furthermore, my article meets all the requirements to be a Guest Blogger on this Blog. Waiting for your responses.

    Best regards,

  2. j. sanders says:

    Someone is using your photos and selling your instructions as a download:

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