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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 .

Creativity Unleashed: Link Party #34
Jocie | August 22, 2014
Creativity Unleashed: Link Party #34

First let me say, I am soooo sorry for bailing on last week’s link party. I left for vacation and forgot to schedule the link party, and of course, also left my computer at home. My bad. But thanks for coming back anyway! It was a wonderful week away with the family at Emerald Isle, NC – lots of sun and fun. Welcome back to the Creativity Unleashed Link Party! As always, we are super excited for you to unleash your creativity upon us, whether that’s decor, recipes, crafts, or DIY.And in case you missed it, here’s... 

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Homemade Teacher Gifts: Easy Wood Sign Tutorial
Jocie | August 19, 2014
Homemade Teacher Gifts: Easy Wood Sign Tutorial

Izzie is about to start Kindergarten this year and I was reminded of some of my favorite teacher gifts from preschool last year, 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... 

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Gold & Gray Gallery Wall: My Living Room Progress
Jocie | August 7, 2014
Gold & Gray Gallery Wall: My Living Room Progress

My gold and gray gallery wall was completed last January and is still one of my favorite spots in the house. I love that even though it was a winter project, it still looks fresh and fun, while costing very little!When I’ve shown you my living room in the past, I usually leave this small corner out of the pictures. Its always been a bit drab and undecorated. The buffet has always been there, but not much on the walls. When you walk in our front door and look to the right, this is the view. On the left side of the door is the dining... 

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20 Minute, Easy Bedroom Makeover!
Jocie | July 28, 2014
20 Minute, Easy Bedroom Makeover!

No surprise here, huh? A DIYer who loves to makeover a room, and then make it over again a year later? I am super excited about my easy bedroom makeover and can’t wait to hear what you think.Not too long ago, I made over our master bedroom. I love the wall color and decor, but was ready for a little more color and pizzaz! Here it was before. A few months ago, we painted over the tree when we were debating moving. We didn’t move, but the tree did not make a come-back.I had stalked this quilt at Target for a couple months... 

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Summer is Here with Two Ingredient Sparkling Sangria!
Jocie | July 24, 2014
Summer is Here with Two Ingredient Sparkling Sangria!

Nothing says “summer” like this easy, no mess, two ingredient Sparkling Sangria!This past weekend, me and the fan were at the beach with my parents for a long weekend. It was the perfect way to recover from Haven and then a long week with Ethan out of town on business and me leading our church’s VBS crafts. As you can imagine, both Ethan and I were burnt out! If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen me one night sitting on the balcony, reading my book, with my Sparkling Sangria, overlooking the peaceful waves.... 

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Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Chairs…AGAIN!
Jocie | July 7, 2014
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Chairs…AGAIN!

This Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Chairs post originally ran in October 2013, but to this date, still remains one of my favorite projects. I am proud to report it has held up to two toddlers, lots of goo, and more than their share of abuse. Sometimes, I make more work for myself and these Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Chairs are the perfect example. One set of chairs, 3 different styles. I can’t wait to hear what you think? Plus, you get to see how my dining room is coming along!In case you missed the story first time around….we inherited... 

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Essential Oils Every Home Needs: Panaway!
Jocie | July 2, 2014

Sometimes I love my essential oils so much it’s hard to pick a favorite! But, Young Living makes it easy and puts all the most used (and loved oils) into an easy to use, affordable package – the Premium Starter Kit. I teamed up with a few of my blogger buds to introduce you to them all!! Plus, we’re giving away every oil in the kit. That’s right, you can visit each blog to learn more about each oil and enter to win each of the 11 amazing oils in the Premium Starter Kit! Panaway Panaway? Yup. Think of it like “Pain... 

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Giveaway & 50 Easy Ways to Use Young Living Essential Oils!
Jocie | June 18, 2014
Giveaway & 50 Easy Ways to Use Young Living Essential Oils!

First things first, we have an AMAZING giveaway for you all! Whether you have your Young Living Premium Starter Kit or just starting to learn about essential oils, this is the giveaway for you. But first, me and some bloggers teamed up to give you 50 easy ways to use Young Living Essential Oils and SAVE MONEY in the process!50 Ways to Use your YL Essential Oils! There are so many ways to use your oils, and often it ends up being cheaper than the mainstream, store bought method. And I don’t know about your family, but our Young... 

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All Natural Sunburn Relief: After Sun Spray
Jocie | June 16, 2014
All Natural Sunburn Relief: After Sun Spray

As I get older, I become one big freckle in the summer, but honestly, I don’t burn as much as I used to. However every once in awhile I do burn pretty bad. Usually, at the beginning on the summer. But then, there’s my red-headed, fair skinned daughter, Izzie. She burns. Super easy. Even with constant re-application of SPF 50. Now we have found our new favorite all natural, sunburn relief remedy – DIY After Sun Spray with Essential Oils!It wasn’t my idea to start with. Last month, Young Living’s monthly promotion... 

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Easy Bug Repellent with Essential Oils!
Jocie | June 11, 2014
Easy Bug Repellent 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... 

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