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A year of good….

I kept seeing this idea pop up on Facebook this past week and I loved the idea. A year full of good. It can be done many different ways…a jar, a basket, a pocket… a journal…I thought something hanging on the wall is best for our house. A place of it’s own…to not be moved or shoved into a drawer…and it would remind us to use it.

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The idea is to remember…and be thankful for the good things that happen throughout the year…and then on New Years Eve you take all the notes out and read them. A fun way to recall an entire year of good things. They can be small things like a good deed that you don’t want to forget…or maybe a good grade on a test…or something as big as a new member added to the family or a  big family vacation.

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To make the sign I used printable iron on paper. I made a word document (my font is AR Bonnie, 72 point). Make sure you print settings are set for “mirror” so that the saying will come out of the printer in a mirror image (can be found on the properties tab of your print screen.) That way when you iron it—it will be the correct way. Iron the printed image to a piece of white cotton (I used an old pillowcase). Cut to size and sew onto your burlap.You can find printable iron on paper at most craft and office supply stores.

I made ours by cutting a piece of scrap burlap (feel free to use fabric)….mine is 14 by 8. Make a seam at the edges to hold a small rod or roping. Fold sides together and sew a stitch on both sides.(be sure to leave tops open for the rod or roping) Yes…that is a pipe cleaner…used it to thread the rope through the top ;)

Like I mentioned…you could easily make this project with a jar, a folder…a can…whatever you wish…just so you have something to hold all the goodness that will come this year:)

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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.

What did I do this year? (best of 2012)

In case you missed it the first time around….here are some popular post from 2012. Hey, thanks for reading yall ;) I’m glad you are enjoying this blog as much as I am. Here’s to 2013!

(you can click on the light blue words to take you to that post…if you want to read more:)

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In January, we took a small pantry out

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And made Bacon pops

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February…we updated our kitchen….

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and made some soup

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In March…I showed you a spring mantle…

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and ate guacamole

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In April….I declared my love for the nifty 50….(now I have love for the tremendous 35:)

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and told you all about peanuts fun preteen room

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In May….I completed the One Sentence Interview series…loved doing these so much…

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And made a desk from an old barn door…

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In June we grilled some hot wings…yum

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and revealed the bedroom turned office….office_thumb

In July I shared some fun smartphone apps to try….

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and baked up some Cinnamon Toast muffins

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In August….I made some homemade granola bars….(great to start the New Year off eating healthly)

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and I redid my bear’s room…..

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September…we made some fudge (pinned over 21,000 times :)

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and we got ready for fall

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October….I showed you an easy sofa table…

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and how to paint cultured marble….

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November….my mantle…

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and my balls…(hehehe)

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And in December…I closed out the year with some fabulous Sea Salt Caramelssea-salt-caramel-recipe-cleverlyinspired-1_thumb

and a fun bokeh camera trickbokeh-angel-cleverlyinspired-11_thumb

For a big look through….you can always visit the Project Gallery tab on the top of the page. It is like my own personal pinterest page….full of pics and post :)

Cannot wait to see what this year brings…my third year of blogging…and I’m sure the best is yet to come. Thanks for hangin with me.

Happy New Year 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.

New Years Eve fortune cookie display

I wanted to pop in and share this fun idea for your New Year’s Eve celebration. An empty wine bottle, some icing, and fortune cookies….perfect for a fun night of ringing in the new year!

I mixed up some royal icing (easy recipe below) and spread that onto a wine bottle that I cleaned.

Open up about 40 fortune cookies (careful they break easily)…Spread a bit of icing on and slap on the wine bottle. A fun tag on the top tells people to share in a fortune.

 

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For the icing…mix up 1 C shortening with 1 tsp vanilla, and 7 tsp water. Add in 3 cups powdered sugar and 1 Tablespoon meringue powder. Whip until fluffy.

 

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Happy New Year!!!

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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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