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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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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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Joining the Cool Kids: Painted Mason Jars with Flowers!
Jocie | May 28, 2014
Joining the Cool Kids:  Painted Mason Jars with Flowers!

This post on Painted Mason Jars with Flowers originally ran on July 2013 but still remains one of my favorite mantel pieces. If you enjoy it, be sure to check out my other DIY stuff! 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... 

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$5 Spray Paint Scooter Makeover!
Jocie | May 6, 2014
$5 Spray Paint Scooter Makeover!

Izzie recently used her allowance money to buy a razor scooter from an old co-worker on mine, after which Lucy was very sad she didn’t have a new scooter too! In all fairness, Lucy’s scooter was pretty old and beat up. It was Izzie’s first and spent the Spring, Summer, and Fall sitting in our yard. Can you tell it used to be a princess scooter?I figured, what’s the worst that could happen? The scooter certainly couldn’t look any worse. I started by taping off the wheels and handles with painter’s... 

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Bathroom Makeover with Con-Tact Paper
Jocie | April 22, 2014
Bathroom Makeover with Con-Tact Paper

Last week, you may have seen my vanity makeover using Con-tact Paper and I said that there was more to come, and sure enough, there is. Maybe I went a little crazy with the Con-tact Paper, but I really love it!! Without Further ado, here’s my bathroom Makeover with Con-tact Paper!Here’s how the bathroom started. I painted it green (one of my favorite colors) about 8 years ago when we moved into the house and we upgraded the floors and vanity.Last week, I stopped by Home Depot and made some impulsive paint choices: Swiss... 

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Easy, Naptime Vanity Makeover!
Jocie | April 15, 2014
Easy, Naptime Vanity Makeover!

Its been a bit quiet around here recently. We’ve been super busy and my time has been less on DIY & blogging and more on family – its been good! But I have been itching for this project awhile now and am excited to reveal my new powder to you in bits. First up: Vanity Makeover!!!I hadn’t originally planned to even do this, but I had some leftover Metal FX Con-Tact paper from another project (stay tuned or check me, jocieopc out on Instagram for a few sneak peaks). The Con-Tact paper cost me a little over $10 on... 

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Hanging Succulent Terrarium / Garden
Jocie | April 1, 2014
Hanging Succulent Terrarium / Garden

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! I gave gardening a try a few weeks ago when I was asked  to partner with Home Depot on their Do-It-Herself Workshop: Succulent Gardens Inspired by Pinterest. In addition to sharing this succulent garden... 

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5 Minutes or Less: 5 Dollar Store Easter Decor Ideas
Jocie | March 13, 2014
5 Minutes or Less: 5 Dollar Store Easter Decor Ideas

Welcome to OPC’s The Better Half. My name is Jocie, and I love to craft and DIY my home into something wonderful. I hope you enjoy this tutorial on Dollar Store Easter Decor Ideas in 5 Minutes or Less. If you enjoy this article, check out some other recent crafts and consider subscribing to The Better Half (email or RSS). Also, feel free to share this tutorial on Facebook and give it a +1. All the buttons float along the left side of your screen. Thanks!My Easter decorations in the past have been very sparse and this year I didn’t... 

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