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Who, Me?

(documented moment of good hair)

Hi! I'm Alyssa. I'm a 30 year old, wife and mommy, sarcastic diy blogger, thrifter, crafter, on the cheap hacker, OCD sufferer, and clearance aisle stalker!

Thank you so much for stopping by Clever Nest! Let me 'splain why I write this blog!

Meet the Fam

I married my college sweetheart Jason in 2008 and we have two adorable munchkins, Andrew, 3, and Evan, 6 months. We live in sunny Orange County, California, and rent our 3 bedroom townhome. But things started out very different!

First Time Home Buyers + Tight Budget= Clever Nest!
We bought our first house in 2009. We wanted it to be a place we could start our family, so we bought a 3 bedroom, 2 story house, and it had potential. Potential, as in what you call something freakishly ugly when you're trying to be nice.  

Faced with an empty (read ugly) shell, and not a lot of mulah lying around, I had to get creative. And that's when I kinda got bitten by the DIY bug. 

Necessity is the Mother of Invention? Well, Broke-ness is the Mother of Do-It-Yourself.
You can see the full transformation here!

I wanted the look of gorgeous (yet expensive) Capiz Shells, so I made my own out of bubble wrap.

I wanted Vinyl Wall Decals, so I cut some out of Painter's Tape.

and I faked the look of custom curtains using Sharpie Paint Pens.

This blog is about bringing awesomeness to my world on a budget. 

And giving you some ideas to inflict awesomeness on your own casa! This includes all things DIY, small home improvements, art, crafts, kid stuff, and OF COURSE plenty of sarcasm. 

I'd be tickled to share this journey with you!  Not the creepy kind of tickling... but more like the heartwarming kind. promise. 

And I love to chat too. If you have a question, comment, or want to tell me I have a booger hanging out of my nose, just email me at:
clevernest (at)

<3 Alyssa
*and for the booger thing, the sooner the better.

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