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Kitchen Pallet Art: I Kiss Better Than I Cook
Jocie | October 9, 2012
Kitchen Pallet Art: I Kiss Better Than I Cook

Its been awhile since I did any work on my kitchen redesign…I’ve been distracted by fall decorations, link parties, and yard sale-ing. Well, I did paint some owls last week that I thought I was going to put over the kitchen sink. They are super cute but don’t look so great on the chevrons, ¬†and they are too small for the space.After I put aside the owls, I was at a loss for what to put over the sink. I had looked for about a month for a large plate or several small plates but couldn’t find any I liked or were... 

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Spray Painted Owls – A Cheap Makeover
Jocie | October 4, 2012
Spray Painted Owls – A Cheap Makeover

Hi. My name is Jocie, and I love owls. Okay, so I have admitted I have an owl problem, but I bet you may too! This past weekend, when I was yard sale-ing with my friend, Kellie I found these amazing (old) owls for the wall. They were being sold by this very sweet older couple who, if I weren’t so eager to find more yard sale deals, I could have stayed and hung out with them all day. When I asked the older gentleman how much the owls cost he said,”I don’t know, we’ll have to ask my cashier.” wink wink. His... 

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Fall Decor Using Wood Scraps and Burlap
Jocie | September 17, 2012
Fall Decor Using Wood Scraps and Burlap

Last week you may have read that after 31 years, I decided to act like a grown up and create my first fall mantel. Yeah, so every other woman in my family has been doing it forever, and yeah, it’s not that hard, but it sure did feel like kinda a big deal. I guess it wasn’t that hard, and it does look really cute. Burlap is kinda the essence of fall…okay, maybe not the essence. Most would say that pumpkin and football are the essence of fall, but burlap is so hot right now. So I wanted to incorporate burlap into my mantel... 

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Fall Burlap Mantel Bunting/Banner
Jocie | September 14, 2012
Fall Burlap Mantel Bunting/Banner

Growing up, my mom and grandmother always changed their mantle decor for every season or holiday. In addition to changing the mantle, they both changed up the flags or wind socks, wreaths for the door, and knick knacks for the bathrooms and entry table. Sometimes they would even exchange decor between the house to spruce things up. Not a bad idea. Since buying our home 6 years ago, I occasionally change up the wreath on my door, but usually I just forget until someone asks why I have a wreath of robin eggs on my door at Halloween. (that... 

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Children’s Handprint Art Based on Micah 6:8
Jocie | September 10, 2012
Children’s Handprint Art Based on Micah 6:8

I m so excited to share with you my children’s canvas and decor based on Micah 6:8! Over the past week, I worked hard to spruce up and make the space more casual and kid oriented. Izzie (my three-year old) and I made two canvases to put in the dining room, above her small, wooden table. I had thought I would stop there, but once I hung them it seemed too small on the wall.So I went through my pins, looking for ideas of what to do on the third canvas. I found really precious idea, based on Micah 6:8 – “And what does... 

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Fingerprint Tree Canvas
Jocie | September 7, 2012
Fingerprint Tree Canvas

If you’ve been following along in the last week, you know that I have been a bit obsessed with redesigning our dining room to better organize and display our kid crafts and learning materials. What started as a simple idea got a bit out of hand, but it’s looking pretty fabulous! It started with sprucing up a 9 cube ClosetMaid organizer using scrapbook paper.Then Izzie and I created a 16×20 canvas using painter’s tape and acrylics.And now I present to you the second of the three canvases – a tree! Okay,... 

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How to Paint a Canvas Using Painter’s Tape and an X-Acto Blade
Jocie | September 5, 2012
How to Paint a Canvas Using Painter’s Tape and an X-Acto Blade

After organizing our kid crafts and learning materials last week, I went on a mission to decorate and craft with the kids. We had a blast, and now Izzie is a straight-up craft addict now. On friday, we did three crafts plus preschool work and she was begging for more. Who could blame her, though? Crafting rocks! With all the decorating and crafting I did with Izzie last week, the next week or two will be dedicated to kid-friendly crafts you can do with your kids. Feel free to write in with your own ideas or additions – we love... 

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How to Personalize ClosetMaid Organizers
Jocie | September 4, 2012

I love me some Niecy Nash! And let me just say, she would not be pleased with my lack of organization and my shameful clutter. Okay, maybe it’s not horrible, but definitely NOT pretty! As Izzie and Lucy have gotten older, our collection of crayons, markers, glue, paint, coloring books, and preschool workbooks has out grown our ability to store it. So, I was forced to lock it up and make a change! Seriously, don’t judge me…I was using a beautiful ceramic planter to hold crayons and markers. (Probably because I can’t... 

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New Kitchen Valance, Take Two
Jocie | August 29, 2012

For those of your following along with my very slow kitchen re-design, not long ago I completed my first sewing project – a kitchen valence. Up close, I loved the fabric, and the valence itself was sewn perfectly (yeah, I’m awesome!). However, once I hung it up, I was not thrilled. the pattern was too small and the color scheme was not what I had envisioned.My mom was very understanding, given she had spent several hours helping me learn to sew. She (and my grandmother agreed) that it was worth the time spent in hopes that... 

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Partying In Jamaica, Plus A Little Decor
Jocie | August 16, 2012
Partying In Jamaica, Plus A Little Decor

My grandmother, Gran took us Jamaica last week for 7 days of sun, great company, a few drinks and NO KIDS! Kim and Fred were kind enough to take the girls for the week and I think Izzie and Lucy had as much fun as we did!We stayed at Sandals Royal Caribbean, an all-inclusive resort that caters to couples, or in my grandmother’s case, and 88-year-old woman and her niece, Bess Leigh. Here’s me with Gran, looking GOOD!We had a fabulous time at our semi-private beach and pool – no, that doesn’t mean you get to... 

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