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How to sew a wrap bracelet

Well the sun finally came out and showed it’s face yesterday here in the Bluegrass….praise God! I hope it was pretty where you live. I’m hoping that we have finally ended the rainy season here in Kentucky. It really does start to affect your mood when every day it’s cold and rainy. I could never do Seattle.

The graduation festivities were so lovely this past weekend. Friday we celebrated two of our friend’s sons graduations and yesterday with my nephew’s (sorry if my apostrophes are wrong there…#aintnobodygottimeforthat;) The tables were a big hit…

graduation table @cleverlyinspired

…. and now all of those things will be used at other peoples parties in the coming weeks. It’s nice to just pass it on…. it’ll get used a bunch!

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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.

Teacher “Pool” gift with Free Printable

Hey gals…and guys…:) Holy moly it is cold out…where the heck is SPRING?? We are probably going to skip right to summer. We had a low key weekend which was great:) This is my kiddos last week of school…they take exams next week…and become JUNIORS…WHAT!?!?! Seriously can NOT believe I will have 2 JUNIORS in high school. Maybe that is why everyone in our house has puppy fever…that’s right…we are in talks with Stella’s Aunty Trisha (aka Stella’s breeder) about her next litter. We may be crazy….it is a firm possibility. I will keep you posted:)

Wanted to share with you another fun teacher thank you gift that is easy enough to put together for all the favorite teachers in your life. Believe me….I did the hard work for you:)

So many super cute ideas out there to show your teachers some love at the end of the school year. My daughter helped me think of this sweet saying that you can wrap up and give to the favorite teachers in your life. All you are going to need is a magazine, travel size sunscreen and maybe a pack of gum….all the fixins for a great day by the pool this summer. You can right click on this free printable below…easy peasy!

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I am positive that the teachers in your life would surely appreciate this little gift of thanks:)

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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 Graduation gift card box

I told you last week that I am helping decorate my nephew’s high school graduation party. I get so excited about pulling it together…I may have a sickness….My sister in law doesn’t enjoy it as much—so she was thrilled when I volunteered;)

I made this sweet graduation gift card box…for about $5 and a bit of time. I thought that if you have any grads in your house this year you may want to put one of these together too:)

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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 Wood Coasters

So….sometimes I’m in a craft store…for a specific purpose….and I get this crazy idea in my head…and then start shopping for the crazy idea….this was one of those moments. I was in the wood burning tool aisle….you know with all the wood…and tools. Too specific? Anywho, I started to gather an idea in my head for some coasters that we were in desperate need of….side point: why are most coasters ugly? why are most set of coasters expensive? why do birds sing so gay? why do fools fall in love? why do the raisenets in my drawer keep popping in my mouth? Sidenote #2: my husband is a coaster freak….if he sees a glass on a table without a coaster…it kind of drives him nuts….now you know:)

Sorry, I’m back…. So I set out to make some really hip, cool, unique, rad, awesomesauce coasters…on a dime.

Here is how it all went down…(btw, if you don’t want to make your own…I have these for sale in my etsy shop. A perfect gift for guys and gals:) ANNNNND….a sweet little local gift shop in Norton Commons called 7 Southern Giraffes is going to be carrying them very soon (as soon as I fill their orders:) Whoot!!!

 

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I found these Walnut Hollow tools at my local Michaels. Here is a link for the Amazon store too…I have the burning tool and the letters.

 

 

state coasters

To make these coasters…..you will need:

Woodburning tool

woodburning letters

needle nose pliers

blank wood (found these in Michaels wood aisle)

sanding block

wipe on poly by Minwax (or brush on)

state stencil (I printed mine off the web)

pencil

 

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I obviously had my hands a bit tied up while making these….so pictures are thin on this post:) Basically, you trace the state gently onto the wood. I followed the lines of my stencil, then I knew where to burn. Screw in the tool that looks like a pen tip and plug in your burner. Allow it to heat for about 5 minutes. Test and practice on a scrap piece of wood. Helps to get the feel for it….obviously the slow the pace the more wood burns….

To change out the tip, I use a needlenose pliers, switching out the letters as I go. Like anything else, it takes practice and you get better the more you do… (insert your own joke here…moving on…)

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I may or may not be addicted to burning wood….it is very relaxing:)

Like I said before, I am selling them through my etsy shop….through the holiday season….so check out the link to find more….I did some ornaments and frames too:)

Have fun with it! Go learn something new and make some for gifts this year:)

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.

DIY ereader holder (Handmade Father’s Day gift)

This little handy ereader holder makes really good use of those inexpensive wooden craft store frames. They can be customized for pennies…and your recipient will be delighted at the time the kiddos took in making them one of a kind. This handy DIY ereader holder is perfect for Dad’s smartphone or ereader. Kids can put this together in just a few minutes (although it is best to allow the glue to dry over night.) All the supplies can be found at your local craft store and for very little money too. You may want to go ahead and make one for a favorite Uncle and Grandpa while you’re at it! Here we go….

 

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An inexpensive frame from the craft store becomes a really useful stand that will fit most tablets and ereaders. (The one shown above is the Kindle Fire) This would be great to place next to the bed where it could be easily found and charged too.

 

The supplies you will need to make your DIY ereader:

  • craft store wooden frame
  • wood glue or super glue
  • spray paint
  • small wood blocks (1/2 inch)
  • hobby wood (1/4 inch thick, 1 1/4 inch wide, cut to the width of frame)
  • hand saw
  • pencil
  • stickers and decorations
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Steps:

  1. Measure the hobby wood. This will be what the ereader sits on. Mark with the pencil the width of the frame so you know where to cut.
  2. Cut your wood.
  3. Glue 2 blocks onto the top of the wood. This will “hold” the ereader and prevent it from falling off.
  4. Glue the hobby wood onto the edge of the frame and lay flat. Allow to dry overnight if possible.
  5. When dry…spray paint or stain the ereader holder.
  6. Decorate and place a picture in the frame.
  7. It’s ready to use!

 

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This would be great to use bedside…or in an office. Very useful:) Plus every time he looks at it he will smile and think about his little munchkins;)

You can get a jump start on these now for Father’s day and actually be ahead of the game!

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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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