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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.

DIY pipe bed (boys room furniture)

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I originally felt a little silly getting rid of such a nice sleigh bed in my son’s old bedroom. But it was taking up a lot of space and it wasn’t what he wanted for his room…and I wanted this space to reflect him. I ended up researching some beds I could make. I wanted it to look industrial, not take up much room, and be affordable to put together. I scanned the web and found this one at Restoration Hardware. I love the look of it….but I didn’t want to shell out $700…and I didn’t want the head and footboards. Here is how I made my own DIY pipe bed…bed

In the plumbing department…they have loads of galvanize pipe. The pipe I bought was called black pipe. I got 5 pieces that were 12 inches long. The flanges for these are sold in the same aisle. Look for 3/4 inch floor flange (the pipe is 3/4 inch wide). The folks in that aisle can help you if you take a picture of this post with you. You will also need some wood screws, purebond plywood (there are many reasons to go with Purebond…but I really like the fact that it is formaldehyde free…in a bedroom this matters a bunch.)..paints of choice are needed too.

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First I cleaned the pipe with alcohol. I then connected the parts and sprayed with 2 coats of metallic spray paint. I wanted them to have a cleaner finish. Feel free to leave them as is …if you like the black. I stained the bottom my minwax express color in Indigo. Using a corner bracket for measuring….I attached the pipe parts to the bottom of the plywood. One in the center and one on each corner.

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We trimmed out the edges with 1” trim and painted it the same color as the pin board on the wall. (I believe it is blueberry from BenMoore)

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That’s it! Super easy project…total spent was about $90 (I don’t have exact amount….sorry!)

Here is the room reveal in case you missed…

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I need to say…thanks…thanks to all of you who send me sweet notes, emails and words that are inspiring to me. It makes the mean and nasty comments that I receive much easier to laugh at. I appreciate you all! I wish you a wonderful weekend :)

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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 light fixture (do it yourself light)

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Thanks for the sweet comments on my Preteen boys room. It is such a fun space to be in. One of my favorite projects from this space is this DIY light fixture. I ended up making two and flanking the bed with them. They are hip, unique and so stylish….something you would find in a high end catalog…but for a ton less. Why waste your money when you can make them yourself??

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Here is what you will need to make your own metal hanging light….A lamp kit, crossbar, wire, No. 8 machine screws, and flat washers (size m5) and 2 sheets of metal. You will find metal sheets in your local hardware store. This is typically used for covering vents. Sometimes you will see screens made from this metal that will cover old radiators. The sheets are precut….and come in several styles. This one I used is called union jack. They run about $8 a piece. You want to be sure that the screws and washers you chose will hold together the metal. My screw fit into an opening and the washer helps it stay put….a nut secures it together on the other side. That is how the light is held together….Let me explain…

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Fold the metal sheet in half and join the tops together……

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Take a machine screw (with a washer on it first) and place it through a hold close to the end of the sheet. The washer ensures that the screw says put and doesn’t go through the hole.

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Secure the nut on the opposite side. Repeat this with the other end of the metal.

DIY metal light @cleverlyinspired (5)Now that you have your light secured you can wire in your crossbar in the center. I snugged mine in the center and then wired it on. This crossbar with hold you light bulb in place. You can find crossbars in the lamp repair section of the hardware store.

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Now you are ready to wire the light. Take the brass nipple (long threaded piece) and secure it in the center of the crossbar. A nut will screw on to hold it in place.

Take your wires….and from the top…thread them through the nipple and pull out the bottom. Giving yourself enough wire to work with .

Next, thread the wire through the “hat” of the lamp base (pic.4).

You are now ready to “wire” your light. Loosen the screws on either side of the light base. One is silver and one is gold (try not to get the song in your head…”make new friends…but keep the one…one is silver and the other gold….”) moving on…. There are two wires….one is ribbed or grooved and the other is smooth. The ribbed wire gets wrapped around the silver screw. The smooth wire gets wrapped around the gold screw. Needle nose pliers make it easy to make a little loop that can go around the screw…then tighten with a screwdriver so that the wire stays around that screw.

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When you have the wires secured….place the other end of the “hat” and slide it over the base. (I realize real electrician don’t use the term hat….but it’s how I remember it :) Be sure you have the end that will click into the hat top. Click it all together. Screw it all to the end of the nipple. Pull wires out the top to prevent slack. Congrats you just wired a light!!!!!

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FYI….I am NOT an electrician….just sharing what I know.

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In case you missed it….here is the entire room reveal.

**** Please note….we have this light on a timer and it is only on for short periods (1-2 hours) a night. Obviously metal will heat up…and this light would be best out of the reach of small children. We have a 40 watt bulb in our lights and the metal hasn’t been hot….warm..but not hot . As with all lights and lamps….use caution. 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.

Preteen Boys room REVEAL: Gray, Orange, Blue (decorating boys room)

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It is hard to believe….my bear is in 7th grade this year. He is turning into such a kind and funny young man. I was thrilled to work on his room with him this summer. We made it into a space that is creative and fun…but at the same time peaceful and “chill” as he would say. I have a lot of projects to share with you from this space….here are some pictures of the reveal…..

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Before the room was brown and kind of beat up. We took some time to fix the walls…I repainted all the trim also. The carpet needs to be replaced…but we got a fun new area rug for the time being.

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His large sleigh bed took up so much room….so I decided to replace the bed. I made this bed with Purebond plywood and some steel pipe. It is a hip new look….for not much cash. Easy project too! The bed is “framed” with some cedar planks that I nailed to the wall. In the center is some fun action shots of him playing.

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The gray on the wall plays nicely with the pops of blue and orange. It feels very fresh and fun!

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The “chill zone” is a definite favorite. The orange futon can pull out for any overnight guest. It has also become nice spot to sit and read. All his year books are displayed on a custom made shelf. Above that I painted a square blue and stuck on some corkboards for him to collect is snapshots ….

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The custom made lighting is one of my favorites. I will have a post coming soon!! So easy, uber chic, cheap and fun!

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The room is a true reflection of the bear. It is so fun, creative and full of all the things he loves.

Where I found some things for this room:

The color on the walls is Cement Gray by Martha Stewart (glidden paints)

Orange futon is from Target.

Bball mural is PBTeen

Bamboo Shades from Overstock.com

Jean area rug from the Home Depot

Bedding is Tommy Hilfiger at TJMaxx

All pillows are from Target or Homegoods

More projects coming soon from this room redo!

Here are some other post about his room project:

Progress

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DIY metal hanging Lights

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.

Top post of all time: Best of CleverlyInspired

Cleverly Inspired is turning 2 soon!!! Over 576 blog post! Wow! Crazy to think about that!! I know that many of you are new readers so I thought it would be a good time to go back and look at some of the “greatest hits” of CleverlyInspired. These are the post that have received the most views (20 and 21 were tied…so I included both ) Still…to this day one of my very favorite projects is the “twig art”….it was a huge hit with you also. Thanks for sharing that project and featuring it….makes me smile.

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1. Wine Bottle Christmas display

2. Angel Chicken

3. Twig Art

4. DIY wood Countertop

5. Wine bottle garden border

 

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6. Natural Oven Cleaner

7. Wine cork key chains

8. Old Glass Knobs

9. Whole chicken in a crockpot

10. Photo ceramic tiles

 

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11. Cookie Display

12. Old shutter becomes a bathroom counter

13. $2 candleholder redo

14. Whitewash brick hearth

15. Garage sale lamp redo

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16. DIY large planters

17. Potterybarn knock off lanterns (my very first blog post!)

18. Brass candleholder display

19. Refinished Stairs

20. Christmas canvas art

21. Pinecone swags

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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