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DIY Holiday Napkin Rings
Kathryn | December 11, 2013
DIY Holiday Napkin Rings

I love Christmas. I love the glitz and glamour, the twinkling lights, the presents, Christmas services, Christmas music and the true joy of Christmas, Christ. I can’t wait to entertain company during Christmas. There‚Äôs something about a decorated house, with a beautiful table, the smell of delicious food and the company of friends and family to warm my heart. Today I want to share with you some simple DIY holiday napkin rings and pains that I made to dress up the table a little.We use these napkins for our Sunday advent candle... 

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Dollar Store Advent Wreath!
Jocie | December 5, 2013
Dollar Store Advent Wreath!

I realize the advent season has already started, and we’re a bit late to the game but last night we made a Dollar Store Advent Wreath! Each year, we do an activity each night along with the advent calendar and reading of the Christmas story. This year, I thought it would be fun to also light the advent candle each night before the read the story. Of course, I wanted to do it on the cheap, so I headed to the Dollar Store and made a fun activity of it!I started with two small wreaths from the Dollar Store and stacked them on top... 

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Homemade Teacher Gifts: Easy Wood Sign Tutorial
Jocie | December 3, 2013
Homemade Teacher Gifts: Easy Wood Sign Tutorial

Its almost Christmas and that means its also time for homemade teacher gifts and these are gifts that teachers can enjoy all year-round!! Last month, at Naptime Decorator’s Craft night, Liz asked us all to bring teacher gifts to work on, or other types of small gift ideas. Izzie, our 4-year-old, has 3 preschool teachers who I am so excited to give gifts to, but I was feeling stumped. 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,... 

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Christmas Pallet Subway Art
Jocie | November 19, 2013
Christmas Pallet Subway Art

This Christmas Pallet subway art is one of my all time favorite Christmas crafts. This is also the project that I am frequently asked if I sell these.  * Update 12/1/13 – Congratulations to Kristy R. and Katie B. on winning this fabulous giveaway! Each have received a hand painted Christmas pallet and an OPC T-shirt!I love making pallet art mostly because the options are limitless and they are so inexpensive to make! Be sure to check out my full tutorial on deconstructing pallets and building pallet signs.With this pallet... 

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Plastic Spoon Christmas Tree!
Jocie | November 12, 2013
Plastic Spoon Christmas Tree!

One of my favorite crafts last year was my Plastic Spoon Christmas tree. So much so, I wanted to make another one this year and show you how to make one yourself.In case you missed it last year, here are all my Dollar Store Christmas Trees that you can make easy and on the cheap!Plastic Spoon Christmas Trees Materials Needed:Paper Mache Christmas Tree form Plastic Spoons Spray Paint Hot GlueI started by buying bunches of spoons from Target (equally god from the Dollar Store, but cheap where ever you go), then cut the tops off.... 

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DIY Batgirl and Robin Girl Costumes!
Jocie | November 5, 2013
DIY Batgirl and Robin Girl Costumes!

This Halloween was all about the Batgirl and Robin girl costumes! I was actually surprised how excited both our girls were about these costumes since they’ve never seen Batman and the costumes weren’t of the Princess variety. Although, in all fairness, they did involve glitter and very big tutus! lol.I pushed for a family theme costume this year because my good friend, Ruth threw a Halloween party where costumes were mandatory for all! I found my inspiration for the girl’s costumes on Pinterest (but with no... 

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Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Chairs…AGAIN!
Jocie | October 3, 2013
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Chairs…AGAIN!

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 these chairs that Ethan’s grandfather built. Beautiful chairs but badly damaged veneer. Ethan and I went back and forth about what to do with the chairs (he was uncharacteristically opinionated). We finally compromised on keeping... 

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Girl’s Craft Night: More Glass Painting Ideas
Jocie | September 24, 2013
Girl’s Craft Night: More Glass Painting Ideas

This past Thursday was another fabulous Girl’s Craft Night with my bloggy BFF, Liz from Naptime Decorator, and the project was even more glass painting ideas! woot woot! I’ve done a lot of glass painting recently with my entry way window, nautical frame using paint pens, and 25 glass painting ideas, but this was such a simple and inexpensive project, it was the perfect fit for Craft Night.Here’s me and Liz – Craft Night is a pretty formal monthly event, so neither of us are looking our most glamorous. I also shared... 

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Virtual Baby Shower: DIY Baby Gifts & Printables!
Jocie | September 18, 2013
Virtual Baby Shower: DIY Baby Gifts & Printables!

Who doesn’t love DIY baby gifts and printables? I certainly do! Me and a bunch of bloggers have gotten to together to celebrate some fabulous girls who are having babies in the very near future. Since we’re bloggy buds, what better way to celebrate than a virtual baby shower!I hope you’ll love all the DIY baby gift ideas and also visit our expectant moms to say “congrats” and show some love. Congrats to Jacque @ The DIY Village, Courtenay @ The Creek Line House, Laura Beth @ A Step In The Journey, Jenny... 

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Fall Decor and Drop Cloth Bunting!
Jocie | September 10, 2013
Fall Decor and Drop Cloth Bunting!

I know, it’s not quite Fall and I’m already making drop cloth bunting. But, in all fairness, football season had started and really that should mark the beginning of Fall. Regardless, Fall is my favorite season so I couldn’t stop myself from getting started. Here was my mantel last Fall – I made another easy burlap bunting using scraps and craft paint. As you can tell, last year I hadn’t painted or started my living room makeover, so decorating this year is going to look very different!There was nothing... 

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