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Easy Thanksgiving Tablescape & A Thanksgiving Favor

Target has provided some pictures in this blog post and I have been compensated for my review; as always thoughts, projects and ideas are my own.

You know how every year I like to give my family a parting favor on Thanksgiving. Last year I gave them some dry dip recipe…another year I gave some sugared almonds…and cinnamon butter (this post is starting to make me hungry…) Anywho, I love to give a little gift. This year….I thought up these little tic tac favors. So affordable…so easy…and always appreciated. They are easy to put together and you can gather most of your supplies at your local Target…you know you will be there this week anyhow…am I right??!?!

I found the printable here and resized them. I have a link for the dropbox printable in case you want to print some. (here is the link)

 

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They were easy to put together….just print out (link will take you to downloadable printable) and cut them into strips ( 2 3/4 x 5) and tape directly to the tictac container. They would look so cute on some of these fun tabletop items from Target….

Target wants to help you make your Thanksgiving table shine. They have put together some of the coolest color schemes…and what I love (and will always love) about Target is that they do it all on a mindful budget. Check out some of the cool hues for this years table….

 

Pops of white, orange and green….maybe not your traditional rust colors that you would think of for this time of year….but I think they are so fresh and exciting.

Loving the pairing of silver and gold together. Traditional but yet modern….and I am thinking a gray tablecloth is on my list now. I love this look…..sparkle=fun ;)

To be honest, I am sort of over all the ombre….except for these glasses. The look of the mercury glass is so elegant…and looks like a million bucks…but you know it’s not:)

Of course….you always start a party with a fun cocktail….kudos target….#mykindofholiday :)

Are you going to make some favors for your guests this year??

Content (pictures) and/or other value provided by our partner, Target. Project and thoughts are my own.

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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.

Baby Mug Cake: Baby shower favor

 

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A new baby. The only reason you need to throw a little celebration.  And you know I cannot let my party guest leave without a little something in their hands. This little mug cake was really easy to throw together. Perfect for a hostess gift or for your next party favor.

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I purchased these glass mugs at the dollar store. Make sure whatever mug you chose is microwave safe. A cute ramekin would also be great. Line the mugs with a plastic bag. In assembly line fashion…fill the bags with the dry ingredients for the baby mug cake. (recipe is below)

 

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The instruction card will tell your guest the rest of the recipe so they can make it at home.

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Here is a tag you can print out…just right click on it to print.

tag

 

 

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Attach a cute tag with the instructions. Tie up bags with some fun ribbon and that is it! Best part is you can make these a few days ahead of time…so no rushing around:)

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Baby Mug Cake: Baby shower favor
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg – beaten
  • 3 tablespoons skim milk
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 caramels-Optional
Instructions
  1. Procedure:
  2. Into a small bowl add: flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, salt, egg, milk, and vegetable oil. Mix to combine.
  3. Pour mixture into a regular sized coffee mug. Drop caramels into center of mixture one at a time.
  4. Microwave on high for one minute and 30 seconds. If needed and batter is too gooey...microwave 30 more seconds.

(adapted from Babble)

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If you could take a second to vote for me this weekend….I would be so grateful! I was invited to participate in Earth 911’s challenge this month. Repurpose a camera strap….(I am number 4) You can vote on the very last page of their post…and you can vote once a day. 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 Necklace Travel Case

This idea is kind of genius. It isn’t mine….so I am not calling myself genius. When I went to Haven last summer…one of my roommates Chelsea pulled out this rolled up placement. As she unrolled it…all of her long necklaces were just laying there…all untangled..and perfect. I thought…now that is a great idea. It took me this long to make one for myself….here is how I made my DIY necklace travel case…

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Supplies:

  • 2 pieces of fabric cut 15 by 17.
  • 1 piece fusible fleece 14 by 17.
  • 2 small pieces of sew on velcro (about 3 inches)
  • sewing machine
  • scissors

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Steps:

  • Iron the fusible fleece to the wrong side of your outside fabric.
  • Place both fabric squares, right sides together and sew straight stitch around the whole square. Leaving an opening to allow to turn right side out.
  • Turn right side out and sew seam shut. Iron flat.
  • Roll up gently and mark with a pin where your velcro will be sewn (mine is about 6 inches on the outside fabric).
  • Sew one velcro piece to the inside fabric on the edge (see picture above)
  • Sew the other piece of velcro to the outside fabric. I sewed mine in opposite directions to allow for more wiggle room.

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Thanks for such a great idea Chelsea!!

 

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.

Handmade gift ideas for Mother’s Day

We all love a handmade treasure. Giving one that we have poured our heart into… and receiving one that someone put time into. Mother’s day is going to be here before you know it! I have asked some super talented crafty gals to share with me some of their favorite handmade gifts. I am sure you will find something to make for a special mom in your life ;) (Be sure to pin from the original source. Thanks!)

13 handmade gifts

 

duke&duchesses

 

Duke & Duchesses

 

how to make a victorian boot planter

Rook #17

 

DIY Tiered Planters from The Country Chic Cottage-011

CountryCottageChic

 

craft quickies

Craft Quickies

 

the train to crazy

The Train to Crazy

 

diy inspired

DIY Inspired

 

CRAFT

 

CRAFT

 

settingforfour

SettingForFour

 

a nest for all seasons

A Nest for all Seasons

waittillyourfathergetshome

 

Wait till your father gets home

 

A girl and a glue gun

A girl and a glue gun

homework

Homework

Terra-Cotta-Tower1.www_.chasethestar1

Chase the Star

Go create something fun this week for mom ;)

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 leather Camera Strap

Happy weekend friends! Little side note…a few were asking about the Banana Oatmeal bread…I failed to add the chocolate chips in the recipe but I have since updated it. Sorry about that:) And someone had asked about adding raisins instead…I would think that would be great too! On to a fun stylish craft today….

When I saw this leather camera strap in Country Living…I was in love. The strap that comes with most DLSR cameras is bulky and can be quite annoying to work around. I have tried in the past to make it a bit more stylish. That worked for awhile…but I really wanted something that was not quite as wide. This is really a perfect solution. I shopped around on etsy for a strap and found one here. It took about 10 days to get to me….so plan ahead ;)

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Supplies:

2 6inch lengths of decorative chain

2 lobster clasp

2 jump rings

leather strap from a seller on etsy

2 pairs of pliers (helps if they are needle nose)

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Steps:

  1. Place a jump ring on both sides of  your camera. This is what the lobster clasp will click on to. This will also allow for you to remove the strap easily when you want to work without it.
  2. See diagram below for sequence of chain and jump rings. You will need to use the needle nose pliers to open the chain in order to make two 6-8 inch lengths for both sides. You can measure to see where the camera will hang and cut chain accordingly.
  3. Slide the jump rings on to connect the lobster clasp. Click lobster clasp onto the camera and you are done!

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This would make a great handmade gift for the photographer in your life:)

Have a great weekend friends!!

xo

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Also, I am offering as space to handmade artisans. Spring time special is $25 for 45 days! See the bottom left (on the footer of the blog) for the paypal link to pay. Then just email me your 150 square ad (and the link for your shop).

spring ad

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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