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Thanksgiving tablescape idea

“Don’t you think daisies are the friendliest flowers?” (name that movie ;)

In case you want a last minute…throw-it-together…happy Thanksgiving table idea….

I’m here to help…

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3 packs of grocery store daisies…

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A few small bud vases (you could use shot glasses…just sayin…)

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A basket full of pinecones and candles….

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Let’s eat friends! :)

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 party favor: Dry dip mix recipe

You know how I love a useful party favor… this one is yummy too! I researched and tested a few recipes…and tweaked a few here and there…and came up with this Bacon bite dip mix. It is best when made the day before you are going to serve it…to let the flavors come together. You still have time to throw this together for your Thanksgiving feast:)

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To package…use some plastic bags, kraft paper, burlap ribbon and a tag for instructions (and ingredients). I printed my tags and folded them over the tops of the bags. I made labels for the back to explain directions and what was inside ;) Tag for the ingredients and directions to make dip should read : Bacon Bite Dip Mix: mix packet with 8oz cream cheese and chill until ready to serve. (bacon,onion,garlic, beef bouillon)

Here is the dry dip mix: 2 T bacon bits, 1 tsp beef bouillon, 1 T minced onion, 1/8 t minced garlic.

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Another cute way to present these would be to get a sleeve on crackers in a tall container and attach the dip to the side. A great neighbor gift too!

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** You can make this up to a week in advance. No need to keep in the fridge…the bacon bits are dried out.
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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.

Easy Thanksgiving craft: Chair back nametags

I briefly told you about teaming up with some very fun and talented bloggers (Thistlewood Farms and The Hunted Interior) for a week of Thanksgiving Inspirations. I am up first with a really fun, meaningful, easy Thanksgiving craft. This comes together quick and what I love most about it…everyone gets involved.

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All you need is some burlap, white cardstock and metallic sharpies. Print out a “name tag” for everyone at your Thanksgiving table. “Grammie you are…” leaving a lot of space below.

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Cut into a triangle shape. Cut a piece of burlap in a triangle shape. Punch a couple holes in the top of the cardstock and burlap. String some ribbon or twine through and attach to the chairs. Leave some metallic markers on the table and encourage guest to write a nice thought about that person on their card. Makes a great memento to take home too.

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We are all thankful for those people in our life…sometimes we forget to tell them….here is a perfect way to share :)

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These little “paper utensil holders” are super easy to make also and cost next to nothing. I originally saw this idea over on Today’s Creative Blog…adorable idea. Just get some fun scrapbook paper…fold in half and straight stich. Seriously easy…and so cute! I found this cable knit paper at Michael’s.

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Be sure to tune in tomorrow with Kari Anne at Thistlewood Farms. She is going to be showing you a fabulous way to dress up your mantle for the month of giving Thanks :) And Friday….Kristen at The Hunted Interior is going to be sharing dining room inspirations!

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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.

Natural Fall Centerpiece (Fall table decor)

My hard drive is busted. Yes….busted as in not fixable…as in I have been computer-less for 2 days. Funny how lost I feel without it….a bit un-nerved actually. Luckily I didn’t lose any data or pictures….and all that good stuff thanks to my Carbonite. Best $60 we ever spent. I should have my computer back tomorrow and it will be good as new….but until then I am using my peanuts.

I wanted to share with you a couple of easy, inexpensive, small ideas to make a big statement for fall. You could make this arrangement work in any entry way table…mantle….bookshelf….whatever you have. I chose to dress up the Dining room a bit. I shopped around in the house first…then found a few new things to add in….here is what I came up with….

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I started with a large piece of deep orange micro-fiber fabric (JoAnn’s) No need to sew….just place it on the table…I left the edges raw….yes…I am crazy like that. What can I say…my friends like me for me….not for my polished seams on my tablecloth;)

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I found this rustic basket at Homegoods and some lovely filler….I added in some of my own pinecones to fill er up…..

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I added in 7 white candles from the dollar store….love that I don’t have to worry about them dripping all over everything….Just snug them in there….natural fall centerpiece @cleverlyinspired (12)

I had these super tall cylinder vases (but you can always find some at Homegoods for a steal) They look perfect with just a few large bunches of wheat grass…

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I love how simple it is….and natural….and fresh.

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If you want some other fall table inspiration….go see Layla and Kevin ….lots of fabulous ideas linking up over there!

Here is a couple of other ideas for fall….from the past

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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.

Woodlands Spring Centerpiece

Sometimes I spot something in a peddlers mall or thrift shop and I have not a clue what I may do with that particular object…but I know I can make use of it. That is exactly what happened when I saw these cedar pieces. There was a huge stack of them in a booth at a local peddlers mall. Someone must of just cut down a tree…it smelled marvelous! At just .50 a piece I knew I needed to take a few home with me. They have been sitting in the garage now…in my “to do something with, but I have no clue what” pile. Do you have one of those?? The hubs just loovveees my pile, don’t ya honey ;) He is a patient man….he just waits while I stew on things…sometimes for days sometimes for months.

If you can’t get your hands on any cedar…it would also be lovely with pine or aspen. You can find those readily at your local Lowes or Home depot.

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I just took my sanding block and roughly went around the edges. Nothing crazy, just to get rid of the stray cedar pieces. I cut some felt to the size of the bottom and glued in place. This way my table is protected.

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I placed the cedar pieces in a row on the table. I bunched up and spread out some moss I had on hand and just laid it on top of the wood. Going for the natural look :)

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In the center I placed 2 small grapevine wreaths on top of each other for a bit of height. Some more moss and 4 wooden eggs painted robins egg blue. These also were in my stash from last year. Love going shopping in my own house! Use what you’ve got people!!

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I think a couple of pretty Easter eggs dyed pastel would look pretty on top too.

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The Woodland theme centerpiece inspirations spills over into the dinnerware. I used some kraft paper for a couple of runners. I have had this roll of craft paper from way back when I refinished my stairs. You can find a huge roll in the paint department for about $5. So many great uses for it!! 

I spotted these lovely blue plates at the dollar tree (amazing what you can find there!!) I grabbed the last 4 plates…they really compliment the Dining room color (Wythe Blue by Ben Moore) so I know I will use them again. I also picked up the little wooden boxes and 4 packets of flower seeds.  I left paying $11 total ! Love that!DSC_0024

I had the white burlap on hand so I cut four pieces (19 x 8) …along with some blue ribbon and popped it in the wine glass. Remember it’s supposed to look rustic—so don’t go fixing it..just let it be :) Place the seed packet on top!

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A brown napkin folded in thirds placed down the middle of the plate….

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What are your Easter table ideas? Link or tell in the comments! I would love to visit them :)

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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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