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Steppin’ It Up Using NEW Multi Surface Craft Paint
Jocie | September 3, 2013
Steppin’ It Up Using NEW Multi Surface Craft Paint

I am super excited to unveil to you my cheap ladder makeover using the brand-spanking new DecoArt Multi Surface Craft Paint! I bought this ladder months ago at the Luckett’s Hometalk meet-up but had been waiting for the new products from DecoArt to begin the makeover.If you haven’t heard, Michael’s is totally re-vamping their stencils and paints, including this new multi-surface paint, and I was thrilled that DecoArt was willing to send me the paint and stencils to try out. I am not real brand loyal when I comes to... 

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An Easy Clay Craft for Kids: Autumn Leaf Bowls!
Jocie | August 21, 2013
An Easy Clay Craft for Kids: Autumn Leaf Bowls!

This easy clay craft for kids tutorial was originally posted in the Fall of 2012. But as fall approaches, I am excited to make these again this year and wanted to share it with you!This was a wonderful craft to do with the girls and made great table decor for the grandparents. Also, it was CHEAP!!!! We used clay left over from making ornaments last Christmas and other supplies we already had around the house.Izzie and Lucy both had a blast and it looks way better than the typical kid craft. Materials:Leaves Air-dry or Oven-bake... 

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Joining the Cool Kids: Painted Mason Jars with Flowers!
Jocie | July 1, 2013
Joining the Cool Kids:  Painted Mason Jars with Flowers!

I know, I know, all the cool kids are doing painted mason jars with flowers these days. So I didn’t create anything original, but I do love them and wanted to share them with you.I was inspired by Linda from It All Started With Paint - she paints mason jars with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, then distresses them. Talk about fabulous! If you don’t want to make your own, go visit her Etsy shop to buy a set of painted mason jars! I didn’t use ASCP on my jars, although I do love Chalk Paint and made a painted mason jar... 

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Family Masterpieces: Our Art Wall for Kids
Jocie | May 28, 2013
Family Masterpieces: Our Art Wall for Kids

Everyone needs their own art wall for kids to display their masterpieces. Sure, they aren’t masterpieces to everyone else, but they definitely are to us. Yeah, we love the scribbles, the words no one can read but us, the excess of pink and purple, the crusted boogers in the lower corner…we love it all. Slowly our art wall has grown. At first, we just hung the pictures (ahem, I mean, masterpieces) on the fridge. That got old pretty quick. Between the alphabet magnets, barnyard animals magnets, and all the art work, it looks... 

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DIY Wine Box
Jocie | May 16, 2013
DIY Wine Box

I don’t know about you, but I like my wine in a box. I like it even better when it has a pretty DIY wine box to help class-it-up on my counter. Can I get an “amen!” I realize boxed wine is for the lushes, or maybe just us cheap-skates, but I love me some boxed wine. Ethan came up with this idea after several parties when I poured boxed wine into a glass carafe to hide the cheap, gaudy nature of my wine. This idea was the birth of a whole new love and appreciation for Ethan!The first boxed wine holder Ethan made was... 

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25 Fabulous Glass Painting Ideas
Jocie | May 9, 2013
25 Fabulous Glass Painting Ideas

Do you need some fabulous glass painting ideas for all those random vases or dollar store glassware you have lying in wait? I certainly did! Fortunately, my bloggy BFF, Liz from Naptime Decorator made glass painting the focus of this month’s Craft Night. Be sure to check out all the amazing glass paint projects that were made. Below are a few of my faves and a few of my own! Plus, I’ve added a glass paint kitĀ and hand-painted “tea time” mug to our Rewards Center to get you started. You can find details at the end... 

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Mother’s Day Craft for Kids and GIVEAWAY!
Jocie | May 7, 2013
Mother’s Day Craft for Kids and GIVEAWAY!

Need a fabulously easy and sweet Mother’s Day craft for kids…plus a little extra gift money for your mom (or yourself!)?? Look no further! First up, find out how Izzie made an adorable bouquet of paper flowers. Second, enter to win a $300 Visa Gift Card!! woot woot.Paper Bouquet CraftNot sure if I have shared this before, but the first Tuesday of the month, I go with a group on moms and toddlers to our local senior center to do a craft and sing some songs. It is a sweet sweet time for all of us – the seniors love... 

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My Favorite Desk Accessory: A Hot Glue Gun Holder
Jocie | April 18, 2013
My Favorite Desk Accessory: A Hot Glue Gun Holder

Awhile ago I asked Ethan to make me a hot glue gun holder and he made it seem effortless! The glue gun holder has become, by far, my craft desk accessory. It’s not only functional, but super pretty! Be sure to check out Ethan’s original glue gun holder tutorialĀ on the main OPC site for the full details on making your own. Did I mention, I asked Ethan to make me a hot glue gun holder? When Ethan shared this on OPC, some guys wondered why I needed a glue gun holder. To them, maybe it seemed a little excessive…until I... 

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More Washi Crafts Than You Ever Wanted!
Jocie | April 16, 2013
More Washi Crafts Than You Ever Wanted!

Last month, my Ladies Craft Night with my in-real-life bloggy friend, Liz from Naptime Decorator, was all about Washi Tape! I had not yet bought into the washi tape craze, but I was excited to give it a try. I ended up doing 3 small projects (plus two at home): washi tape mirror, frame, wooden letter, clothes pin art display, and repurposed tin can. In addition to my washi tape crafts, I figured I would also share some of my favorite washi tape crafts I’ve seen around the web!What is Washi Tape? Washi tape has the feel, texture,... 

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Easter/Spring Mantel: Bunnies and Pastels
Jocie | March 14, 2013
Easter/Spring Mantel: Bunnies and Pastels

This past year, I have tried to join the cool kids in making seasonal mantels. This is my very first Easter mantel and honestly, I’ve been so busy that I didn’t put too much time into it. Haha! All in all, it turned out kinda cute, plus I only spent about $20 in total! I used a couple of my 5 Minutes or Less Dollar Store Easter projects, plus a few other little crafts I made just for this mantel. My theme was bunnies and pastels – okay, not really a theme, it just ended being that way. Yeah, I’m fancy, and I know... 

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