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One Project Closer’s The Better Half is dedicated to the softer side of DIY, sharing decor, crafts, recipes, weekly link parties and more! Some favorite articles include How to Make Fabric Flowers, 40 Washi Tape Crafts, and .

All Things Creative: 100+ Printables
Jocie | July 26, 2016

Horray! Its that time again! This month, the All Things Creative Team have worked to bring you 100+ amazing free printable, and you know how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE printables! Just in case you forgot the gang, here they are! Go check them out and see how fabulous they are for yourself. Debbiedoo’s ** The DIY Village ** Creative Cain Cabin ** The Kim Six Fix One Project Closer ** Redhead Can Decorate ** Cottage at the Crossroads Tried & True ** On Sutton Place ** Domestically Speaking 100+ Free... 

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Watercolor Printable: Aloe From the Other Side
Jocie | July 24, 2016
Watercolor Printable: Aloe From the Other Side

This watercolor printable I think may be my new favorite! First off, who doesn’t love a good Adele pun? But also, I have so much fun using different colors and mixtures in my palette. I often struggle in thinking too much when I paint, putting too much time in to which colors and painting perfectly. But this time, I felt such freedom in colors and composition, without worrying about the outcome. And it ended up so wonderful! As for the hand-lettering, this little saying has kicked around in my head for quite some... 

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No Churn Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream + Free Printable
Jocie | July 22, 2016
No Churn Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream + Free Printable

Prepare yourself because this is about to become a household favorite. Seriously, this No Churn Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream might just be my most amazing creation to date! I served it last night at a dinner party and it was a huge hit. My cousin said it was better than Blue Bell. Now, I don’t really know what Blue Bell Ice Cream is, or its significance, but my cousin assured me that it was a very high compliment. What I can tell you is that this is sweet, rich and creamy and only takes 5 minutes to make! Also,... 

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Star Wars String Art
Jocie | July 18, 2016
Star Wars String Art

This Star Wars String Art is one of a series of Star Wars Crafts that I will be sharing, so stay tuned & ENJOY! If you follow me on social media, you know that I have been in the throes of planning and executing crafts for over 200 kids for our church’s amazing Light Force VBS this summer. This is my fourth summer leading crafts and every year is SO MUCH FUN! I love seeing the joy of the children as they learn about Jesus, find love and acceptance in the church, and do a little crafting (amongst lots of other... 

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Free Watercolor Cactus Printable
Jocie | June 28, 2016

I know, this watercolor cactus printable is a little more edgy than most, but funny, right? Everyone loves succulents, me included, so I tried my hand at a few watercolor cacti this morning and had so much fun. Some may even call me a fun guy (or rather girl). Get it? Fungi? Okay so I’m mixing up my plant families but it its still funny. Surely, I’m no watercolor expert, but I had a lot of fun playing with different colors, layers wet and dry, and using different brushes. And really all I had to do was draw... 

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All Things Creative: 100+ Spray Paint Projects
Jocie |

  Horray! Its that time again! This month, the All Things Creative Team have worked to bring you 100+ amazing Spray Paint 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 ** Creative Cain Cabin ** The Kim Six Fix One Project Closer ** Redhead Can Decorate ** Cottage at the Crossroads Tried & True ** On Sutton Place ** Domestically Speaking 100+... 

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Free Hand Lettered Printable: Shine Bright!
Jocie | June 26, 2016
Free Hand Lettered Printable: Shine Bright!

This free hand lettered printable is brought to you by the oh, so wise words of Rhianna, “Shine Bright Like a Diamond!” I was trying to make it all week with giving you a new printable each day but life struck and I didn’t quite make it. I hope to have another one for you tomorrow and a BIG printable surprise on Tuesday, so stay tuned. For this free printable, I used some of my favorite markers – the Sharpie Permanent Brush Tip Marker in black and a blue Towbow Dual Brush Pen along with the Tombow... 

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Free Hand lettered Printable: A Better World!
Jocie | June 23, 2016
Free Hand lettered Printable: A Better World!

YES! We’ve got another free hand lettered printable again for your today. Did you hear trying to give you a new watercolor or hand lettered printable EVERY DAY! We’ll see how long I last. haha You may have seen this awhile on IG but I wanted to share the love and give it away! This is one of my favorite little doodles using my favorite markers from Tombow. Its been real over at our house the last month or so. We have been so busy with the end of school, sick kids, and just trying to get it all done.... 

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Free Watercolor Printable: Be A Pineapple
Jocie | June 22, 2016
Free Watercolor Printable: Be A Pineapple

Have you caught a theme this week? I’m trying to give you a new watercolor or hand lettered printable EVERY DAY! We’ll see how long I last. haha This free watercolor printable I shared on IG a couple of months ago, but it was one of my favorites! So, I wanted to share it again on the blog and give it away! Isn’t summer the perfect time for pineapples and sunshine yellow? I saw this sweet saying on Pinterest and couldn’t for the life of me find the source! If anyone knows, tell me so I can give... 

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Free Printable: Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful
Jocie | June 21, 2016
Free Printable: Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful

This free printable I shared, along with the story awhile ago on IG, but it was one of my favorites, so I wanted to share again on the blog and give it away! We had a parenting moment this year that came sooner than I had expected. My 7 year old came home from school devastated because a boy told her she wasn’t pretty, and she wasn’t sure why he said it. My heart just broke for her and all the other little girls in this world who are told they aren’t pretty enough, smart enough, thin enough, fat enough,... 

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