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GIVEAWAY & Creativity Unleashed Link Party: Week 122!

Jocie | May 26, 2016
GIVEAWAY & Creativity  Unleashed Link Party: Week 122!

Welcome back to the Creativity Unleashed Link Party, where you inspire us with your most recent decor, crafts, DIY, and recipes and have a chance to win a new giveaway every week, this week sponsored by Kreg!! I am excited to announce that you voted and we heard you!! The BIG winner are this amazing Reclaimed Wood and Black Pipe TV Stand from What Rose Knows! Link Party & Mega Rockstar Contest! What’s the deal with the Mega Rockstar Contest, you ask? Every week, each host picks a Rockstar from the... Keep reading...

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All Things Creative: BBQ Picnic Ideas!

Jocie | May 24, 2016
All Things Creative: BBQ Picnic Ideas!

Are you ready for 100 plus amazing, fabulous, inspiring BBQ Picnic ideas for your next summer party? I am so excited to share with you that I have teamed up with a group of amazing bloggers to bring you totally wonderful and creative inspiration every month! This month, the All Things Creative Team have worked to bring you 100+ amazing BBQ Picnic Ideas, and just in time for summer. Before I go any further let me introduce you to the gang. Go check them out and see how fabulous they are for yourself. Debbiedoo’s ** The DIY Village **... Keep reading...

DIY Citronella Candles

Jocie | May 23, 2016
DIY Citronella Candles

Have you caught on to a theme with me? I HATE bugs, and they LOVE me. Which is why I love my DIY bug spray, homemade bug repellent diffuser bracelets, and now DIY Citronella Candles! When we started using Young Living Essential Oils a couple of years ago, we also cut out candles. It was super hard because I love the smell of candles, but they are filled with carcinogens. Did you know the toxins released from paraffin candles are the same as those found in diesel fuel fumes? No, thank you. In addition, being so much better for you, these... Keep reading...

Welcome to OPC The Better Half! Love, Jocie

Jocie | May 21, 2016

We’ve recently welcomed a lot of new followers and we’re so glad to have you, along with our old friends! So here’s a quick look into who I am what you may see on OPC and The Better Half. Photo Cred: Chris Paulis Photography My name is Jocie, pronounced Jah-see. I am the main writer for One Project Closer’s The Better Half. My real name is Jocelyn, but I have always gone by Jocie, pronounced “Jah-see.” Its kinda a weird name, and most people accidentally call me “Josie” like the... Keep reading...

10-Minute Porch Makeover on a Budget!

Jocie | May 11, 2016
10-Minute Porch Makeover on a Budget!

I shared earlier this week on Instagram that I was starting a new project….well, this isn’t it. lol. Truth be told, I started a different project but got distracted by this super easy 10 minute Porch Makeover on a Budget when I went to Ikea this morning. Damn you, Ikea and your super cute and inexpensive decor and accessories. Our back porch was a big selling point for us when we bought the house. Over looking trees and a sweet little stream, it is a beautiful retreat for us in the evening, and we eat most of our meals out... Keep reading...

DIY Weighted Lap Pad Using a Pillow Pet!

Jocie | May 5, 2016
DIY Weighted Lap Pad Using a Pillow Pet!

While I am excited to share with you how I made a DIY weighted lap pad using a Pillow Pet, this is also a very personal post for me. The tutorial is below, but I wanted to share some of our journey and why I am even making a weighted lap pad. Feel free to skip to the end, but my hope is that our story will provide some hope and encouragement to others going through similar stuff! Sensory Integration Dysfunction Some long time readers may remember posts over the past few years about my daughter’s toe walking, and I am excited to... Keep reading...

Homemade Teacher Gifts: Easy Wood Sign Tutorial

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Homemade Teacher Gifts: Easy Wood Sign Tutorial

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, I was reminded of some of my favorite teacher gifts I made a few years back, including this easy wood sign tutorial. We gave these to her teachers at the holidays and it brought me such joy to see them hanging in the classroom the rest of the year! Teachers get tons and tons of gifts through the years, so I was unsure how to make it personal and also not give them just another gift card, soap, or cookie. The morning of craft night, I decided to go with my strengths and paint wooden signs for... Keep reading...

Easy Bug Deterrent with Essential Oils!

Jocie | April 14, 2016
Easy Bug Deterrent with Essential Oils!

You know who loves me? More than anyone else? BUGS. They love me LOTS. We’re outside a lot in the spring and summer with the kids and after 5 minutes and OTC bug spray, I am covered in bug bites. Big ones. Meanwhile, Ethan, who is sitting right next to me is bug-free, living the good life. Last summer I stopped going outside sometimes because I was so miserable. Because you know its not just the momentary bite, its the itching and subsequent scratching until they bleed in the middle of the night. Now, I really hate bug, and bug... Keep reading...

DIY Diffuser Bracelet: Deter Mosquitoes Naturally

Jocie | April 6, 2016
DIY Diffuser Bracelet: Deter Mosquitoes Naturally

You know what I hate? Bugs. All of them. Okay, I can tolerate sweet little lady bugs and snuggle bugs, aka my kids, who I more than tolerate <3. But other than that, they can leave me alone. For real. But that usually isn’t the case. In fact, they seem to love me more than most. I have been using my Young Living Essential Oils to deter mosquitoes for a couple of years now and with lots of success. But this year, I thought adding them to my cute DIY diffuser bracelet would be the perfect solution for longer lasting oily smells... Keep reading...

Ladies Night? Forget Watercolor. Paint with Wine!

Jocie | March 8, 2016
Ladies Night? Forget Watercolor. Paint with Wine!

Thank you so much for reading along at One Project Closer about how to paint with wine, the perfect Girl’s Night activity! Don’t forget to keep reading to find out how to WIN free original WINE ART and get free printables of these amazing wine sayings. This past weekend, I hosted a Watercolor Painting night for a few girl friends. Good friends, food, paint, wine. It doesn’t get any better. At some point in the night, I reminded the girls to not accidentally dip their brushes into their wine glasses. One of my besties,... Keep reading...

Now Introducing…Free Printables!!

Jocie | March 3, 2016
Now Introducing…Free Printables!!

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen in the past few months I have been working hard on my handlettering and water color. If you don’t follow me…what are you waiting for?? Get over there and say hi! Anyway, many people have asked for printable  versions of my art, and I am so humbled! I have a bunch of favorites over the past months that I thought I would show you, in case you missed out. You can see I have a specific style and type of lettering I like most. haha But I’m trying to learn more each week... Keep reading...

5 Minutes or Less: 5 Dollar Store Easter Decor Ideas

Jocie | March 1, 2016
5 Minutes or Less: 5 Dollar Store Easter Decor Ideas

Welcome to OPC’s The Better Half. My name is Jocie, and I love to craft and DIY my home into something wonderful. I hope you enjoy this tutorial on Dollar Store Easter Decor Ideas in 5 Minutes or Less from March 2014. If you enjoy this article, check out some other recent crafts and consider subscribing to The Better Half (email or RSS). Also, feel free to share this tutorial on Facebook and give it a +1. All the buttons float along the left side of your screen. Thanks! My Easter decorations in the past have been very sparse and... Keep reading...

MONTHLY SPECIALS FOR YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS

Jocie | February 22, 2016

ESSENTIAL OIL DEALS FOR February 2016: If you don’t have your  Premium Starter Kit yet, this is an awesome deal and a great way to get started. But if you do, all you have to do is log in to your Young Living account and order some awesome oily products! Here’s all the details below. Better make it quick, though. This offer ends at midnight on February 29, 2016. Don’t miss out! How it works: As usual with Young Living, the more you order, the more freebies you’ll get. This month you can get a FREE15-ml... Keep reading...

Dining Room Makeover!

Jocie | February 17, 2016
Dining Room Makeover!

I’m so excited to share with you the love and family history of this Dining Room Makeover! Thank you so much to Minted for providing the new artwork. All opinions are 100% my own. Our family spends a lot of time in our dining room. We eat all our meals here. Play games. Do art projects. Its where I do all my watercolor and hand lettering. In a lot of homes, the dining room is reserved for special gatherings, but I love being in this room and using the space that we’ve put so much love into. You may remember that a few years... Keep reading...

My Living Room Decor! How Have I Not Shown You This Sooner?

Jocie | February 10, 2016
My Living Room Decor! How Have I Not Shown You This Sooner?

While I have been dragging my feet for a long while on sharing my living room decor, a big THANK YOU to Minted.com for providing the geometric heart custom art for this room, and giving me the motivation I needed to write a blog post! Opinions are 100% my own. We moved into our new house over a year ago, now and my living room was the first room I painted and completed. I’m not exactly sure why I haven’t shared it sooner, but I guess better late than never! To start, my new favorite part of the room is my gorgeous custom... Keep reading...

DIY Princess Party Decorations +17 Silhouette Crafts!

Jocie | February 4, 2016

In addition to sharing Lucy’s fabulous DIY Princess Party Decorations, this post is a part of a huge Instagram Hop where we will be giving away a Silhouette Cameo, starting today, Feb 4 @ 2 pm EST!!! So be sure to head over to see me on Instagram to enter. Also, need more Silhouette ideas? Keep reading to the end for lots more awesomeness! I never understood how deeply parents meant it when they say “it seems like just yesterday.” But it really is true. It really does feel like it was just yesterday when my... Keep reading...

5 Minute DIY Tissue Garland

Jocie | January 12, 2016
5 Minute DIY Tissue Garland

This year I committed to not going overboard on Valentine’s Day decorations. In fact, I tried to only use what I already had on hand. But when I saw some super cute Tissue Tassel Garland at Target, I was seriously tempted. But for $10, it just didn’t seem worth it. Like a good DIY girl, I instead decided to make my own DIY Tissue Garland for less than $3! I should also tell you that I plan to use all these decorations for Lucy’s upcoming 5th birthday party at the end of January, so it’s a win-win! DIY Tissue Garland Like... Keep reading...

Hello, Easy Master Bedroom Makeover!

Jocie | December 31, 2015
Hello, Easy Master Bedroom Makeover!

This amazingly easy Master Bedroom Makeover was sponsored by Minted.com. They provided the art to help promote our month-long giveaways at the Creativity Unleashed Link Party. All opinions are 100% mine. “Hello, its me. I was wondering if after all these years you’d like to meet…” my master bedroom! heehee Since we moved last year, I haven’t shared with you our bedroom, mainly because I wasn’t really happy with it. For a couple reasons, but mostly, I had been there done that and was ready for a change.... Keep reading...

Handmade Holiday: DIY Essential Oil Diffuser Bracelet

Jocie | December 9, 2015
Handmade Holiday: DIY Essential Oil Diffuser Bracelet

This DIY Essential Oil Diffuser bracelet is the perfect Homemade Holiday gift for the oily girl in your life, or yourself! haha I know I have quite a collection going because they look so cute stacked, by themselves, fancy or everyday. Besides, i need one for every outfit, right? They might look hard to make but honestly, this novice jewelry maker can make one in under 10 minutes. Looking for more Handmade Holiday gift ideas for your family, friends, coworkers and teachers. Be sure to read to the end of the post for ideas from my best... Keep reading...

Handmade Holiday: DIY Hand Warmers with Essential Oils

Jocie | December 8, 2015
Handmade Holiday: DIY Hand Warmers with Essential Oils

These DIY Hand Warmers with Essential Oils are the perfect Homemade Holiday gift as the cold approaches (or maybe it has already found you)! They are inexpensive, easy to make even for this novice sewer and use supplies found in most homes. I made a bunch for myself and some friends, then saw a friend at the bus stop who made one for her daughter to hold in the cold. I felt a little bad that I didn’t even think of my kids. haha From now on, I’ll heat up a couple extra DIY hand warmers for the girls to hold to their noses in... Keep reading...