Category Archives: Christmas

DIY Reclaimed fence Christmas Sign

 

My love for this old wooden fence part has grown deeper my friends….I made this with it…and this…and now this Christmas sign! I only I had three pieces of my picket fence left over.Three projects for this little $6 fence part:)! I shared on Instagram last weekend when I was in the process in the garage. I absolutely adore how this sign came out….and look…it’s snowing in my family room:) Love picmonkey:)

True Value’s #DIYaHoliday Instagram Challenge has inspired me in many DIY ways. Follow @True Value on Instagram for more details on this awesome challenge happening NOW for a chance to win!

 

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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.

Hazelnut Christmas Ornament: Kids Holiday Craft

Who knew that you could have so much fun with nuts?? (yes, that was the first sentence that came to my mind…and you know that I type like I talk…so I had to go with it…) carry on…. My friends at Diamond Nuts challenged me this holiday season to share some fun crafts that feature their nuts. I made those super cute votive that I told you about last week….and this week I wanted to share a fun Thanksgiving craft to keep the kiddos busy:)

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Just spread out the materials and let the kids make a few….grandparents love these!

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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.

At Home with Holiday Decorating

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of At Home for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

No no no—- I have not started decorating for Christmas! You know that my favorite holiday is Thanksgiving and I can not skip over that! However my friends at At Home store asked me to share with you some of their best of lines from the At Home Christmas Decor that they have in stores this year. There are over 15 different themes that they have set up their stores and it makes it really quite simple to decorate your spaces for the holidays.

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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.

Christmas in the Kitchen

I have never given a tour of our new kitchen on the blog. When we moved in this past summer…I just sort of dumped things wherever they landed. It still needs a good organizing…but I have all winter for that right? :) It is the heart of this home. We spend 75% of our time just hanging out in here. We love that it is connected closely with the family room and screened in porch. The kitchen was designed perfectly for us. I snapped a few pictures to share….I didn’t go crazy with Christmas décor in here…because I am still figuring out where I want things. This winter I plan on doing something on the windows…tackle the pantry organization and a few other touches to finish the space a bit. It functions beautifully and everyday I cook in here I love it more…I’m going to stop chit chatting and let you look around… (look….it’s snowing in my kitchen!! #thankspicmonkey:)…

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First let’s start in the foyer….if you park out front….this is what you would see first:) Come on in….christmas in the kitchen @cleverlyinspired (12)

 

My dad refinished this vintage dry sink for me…I adore it in this space. The lantern is from overstock and has just the perfect touch of copper:) I talked about our outdoor décor a few weeks back….

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Kept things simple and just used what I had….a tinsel wreath and some berries…a few shiny ornaments in a bowl:)

 

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After you walk through the family room….

 

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…you come upon the dining/kitchen space….

 

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I showed you this space briefly when I made these platter shelves…. I love to start and end my day here…

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…so does Stella…. (can you say SPOILED?)…

 

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On the other side of the room is the kitchen….

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Just put up a bit of garland over the sink….and a few Christmas boughs on the windows with red ribbon…

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Another tinsel wreath on the pantry door….

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I talked a little bit about this space (here…and I will be sharing more projects for this space in the new year. We love how this house feels….very comfortable and very useable. All the  spaces are family friendly and that fits how we live.

I am going to be taking some time off from the blog. I will be back in the new year…or maybe before:)I do have some yummy New Year’s appetizers to share…:)

I wish you a wonderful Christmas and if you are new here welcome! Please feel free to poke around a bit:) And I know I don’t say it nearly enough…..but thank you.

Thank you for your loyalty, for your kind words about Cleverlyinspired. It has been an amazing 4 years…and much more to come. xoxo

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(stools from World Market, paint on walls is Constellation (ben moore), Granite is Bianco Antico, cabinets are Wellborn glacier, Island is Willow, backsplash is 4×15 white subway with gray grout, handles are oil rubbed bronze, floors are random plank rustic grade hickory stained on site with Jacobean stain by Minwax, pendant lighting is from Shades of Light, dining fixture is from World Market,)

Let me know if you have any other questions:)

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.

Casual Christmas Decor

It really feels like Christmas has snuck up on us this year. I probably say that every year…but with moving and a very busy beginning of school year it just seems that it’s hard to believe that we are midway into December. I share these pictures with you to inspire you….not to stress you out. Please know that when you see all the fabulous blog home tours and everyone’s home looking so festive—for every perfectly lit Christmas tree there is a hidden room full of laundry waiting to be done, gifts needing to be wrapped and homework waiting to be checked. Never…ever think that my house looks like it does in these pictures all the time. Before I took these photos I gathered 4 coats…29 puppy toys, 400 magazines and countless socks…so they wouldn’t be in the photograph.  But since I cleaned up….I thought I would pull out the tripod and snap  a few pics. I hope you enjoy this mini tour….I am off to do laundry now:)

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My mantle was kind of giving me fits this year. I wanted decorations to complement the nice beefy cedar mantle and distract from the equally beefy television above it. I am so used to decorating a mantle that I really didn’t know what to do with the TV hanging there. I didn’t want to cover up all of the pretty stone. I really didn’t want to put any kind of nails or sticky glue on it. My solution was to use thumb tacks along with one cup hook along the corner where the stone meets the ceiling. I searched through my Christmas boxes and found a few grapevine wreaths that I have used in the past along with the gold grapevine stars and wooden cranberries.

 

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All of these things I had in my possession already so I didn’t have to buy anything except this wide red ribbon. I found this ribbon in the wedding department at Michaels (same ribbon I used on the outdoor wreaths). I used my 50% off regularly priced item coupon and got a humongous role of red wide ribbon for 10 bucks. It has 20 yards on it and will last me probably several seasons. Best deal of the century! Sidenote: I will be sharing with you very soon the story about the curtain panels….yes, those are horseshoes:) I stare at them daily! Moving on…

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I simply wrapped floral wire around the thumb tack and then around the cranberries and pushed it into the corner snuggly. The wreath is hanging off of a cup hook with floral wire. I think it decorates the space without taking away from the beauty of the stone and the mantle.

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I used some more wooden cranberries with cup hooks on the underside of my mantle along with another gold grapevine wreath. I think it’s hard to decorate around electronics like this large TV but at the same time they’re part of our lives and rather than work against it I decided to just work with it. Decorating above it kind of makes the whole focal point of the room come together. So when the TV is off you can really enjoy all the decorations still.

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I know that it may not look “magazine”…or picture perfect…our Christmas is a mix-match of things that have been collected over time….and it is all perfectly imperfect to us….

 

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I hope you got a few ideas to put to use in your home:)

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I’m going to clean up the other rooms to share now so that I can share it with you soon;) If you are looking for more Christmas inspiration…look here!

 

xo

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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