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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 .

Master Bath Remodel: The Big Reveal!
Jocie | August 24, 2015
Master Bath Remodel: The Big Reveal!

Who has two thumbs and loves a good before and after? This girl! Especially in my own home. Our master bathroom needed a lot of love when we moved in last October. That, and the kitchen. But the kitchen is a much bigger project – cabinets, flooring for the whole first floor, countertop – too pricey for right now. So we began our master bath remodel, and I can not tell you just how much I love it. I may start sleeping in there! haha Before Photo cred: Chris Paulis Photography While this... 

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GIVEAWAY & Creativity Unleashed Link Party: Week 83!
Jocie | August 20, 2015
GIVEAWAY & Creativity  Unleashed Link Party: Week 83!

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!!  I am excited to announce that you voted and we heard you!! The BIG winner is this creative IKEA Hack Latt Table and Chairs from The Sweetest Digs. 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 projects that were... 

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Easy Watercolor Painting for Beginners!
Jocie | August 13, 2015
Easy Watercolor Painting for Beginners!

Growing up, I thought watercolor painting were restricted to traditional landscapes, flowers and maybe a farmer in a field with a kitten. But recently I have really found my love for watercolor! Now, I have absolutely no clue what I’m doing. And I really mean no clue. I think once in elementary school we had an art unit on watercolor, but that’s the extent of my experience. That being said, I have recently decided to change that. I have given my basement craft room a face lift this past week (more reveal... 

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Treasure Island VBS Crafts 2015!
Jocie | August 3, 2015
Treasure Island VBS Crafts 2015!

I know you haven’t heard much from me this summer. Its been busy – starting out the summer with our Florida vacation, then coming home to start planning Treasure Island VBS crafts! (plus a lot hanging at the pool and sleepovers with the cousins) This was my third, maybe 4th (I can’t remember), year leading crafts for our church and each year it seems to be more and more fun. Some of that is probably because I have more practice and that helps things run a little more smoothly. But this year was maybe... 

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Reuse Party Supplies as Decor: Isabella’s Bedroom!
Jocie | July 14, 2015

Every year I sorta go all out on party decorations, mostly making my own. They look amazing and are usually pretty sturdy. I spent hours and hours making them, they go up for a day, and then get thrown in the trash or passed along to a friend to use. This past year, we moved into a new, larger home and the girls’ bedrooms were kinda bare. So I decided to GO GREEN and reuse party supplies as decor. Why didn’t I think of this sooner!? I love that I don’t feel like I wasted time or money on decorations AND this bedroom decor... 

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GIVEAWAY & Creativity Unleashed Link Party #73
Jocie | June 11, 2015

Welcome back to the Creativity Unleashed Link Party, where you inspire us with your most recent decor, crafts, DIY, and recipes!! If you’re following me on Instagram you know that I am currently in Disney with my family!! woo hoo! I don’t have my computer with me, so to see this week’s features and to vote on our Creativity Unleashed Mega Rockstar hit up one of my beautiful cohosts: theDIYvillage, Shaken Together, Practially Functional, The Bold Abode, and Here Comes the Sun! Link Party & Mega Rockstar Contest! What’s... 

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Hanging Succulent Terrarium / Garden
Jocie | May 28, 2015
Hanging Succulent Terrarium / Garden

This post on making a hanging succulent garden/terrarium originally posted on One Project Closer in April 2014.  I know, you are shocked to see me blogging about a succulent garden wall hanging…really a mason jar terrarium. I’m pretty shocked myself. Kim is our resident gardener and I prefer my plants to be of the plastic variety. Its pretty hard to kill a plastic plant, although if anyone could do it, it would be me and my girls! Mason Jar Terrarium Constructing the terrarium (or garden, as us not-s0-fancy... 

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Whole Wheat Chocolate Angel Food Cake with Chocolate Whipped Cream
Jocie | May 6, 2015
Whole Wheat Chocolate Angel Food Cake with Chocolate Whipped Cream

I love dessert. I really do mean love. But since cutting out processed foods, I said goodbye to box cake mixes and have been on the hunt for some good (and healthier) desserts. I am happy to say this Whole Wheat Chocolate Angel Food Cake is one of my new favorites! Typically, I try not to eat desserts that I haven’t made from scratch, which means they usually include whole wheat (freshly milled flour and either maple syrup or sucanat instead of white sugar). Sometimes, I just use existing recipes... 

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Greek Style Organic Homemade Yogurt
Jocie | April 28, 2015
Greek Style Organic Homemade Yogurt

I know, just when I think I can’t get any more “granola” (or hippy, whatever you want to call it), I start making my own yogurt! haha Actually I’ve been making it about a year and we love it. So if you’re looking for a great greek-style organic homemade yogurt recipe and tips, look no further. Why I Make My Own Yogurt I was shocked when I started being more purposeful about reading food labels to find that yogurt (a seemingly healthy food) is often packed with sugar,... 

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Printable Vacation Countdown with 75+ Ideas!
Jocie | April 20, 2015
Printable Vacation Countdown with 75+ Ideas!

I’m not normally one for crazy printable vacation countdown calendars. Well, maybe I would be, but I’m just not that organized. This year, my oldest, Isabella has been struggling with going to school. Crying in the morning and before bed. Dreading it even when she’s doing something fun. I remembered back to my own childhood when my mom gave us a bunch of challenges each day throughout the summer to “earn” our vacation. Even though some of them were hard or took some work, it was so much... 

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