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DIY Diffuser Bracelet: Deter Mosquitoes Naturally
Jocie | April 6, 2016
DIY Diffuser Bracelet: Deter Mosquitoes Naturally

You know what I hate? Bugs. All of them. Okay, I can tolerate sweet little lady bugs and snuggle bugs, aka my kids, who I more than tolerate <3. But other than that, they can leave me alone. For real. But that usually isn’t the case. In fact, they seem to love me more than most. I have been using my Young Living Essential Oils to deter mosquitoes for a couple of years now and with lots of success. But this year, I thought adding them to my cute DIY diffuser bracelet would be the perfect solution for longer... 

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Ladies Night? Forget Watercolor. Paint with Wine!
Jocie | March 8, 2016
Ladies Night? Forget Watercolor. Paint with Wine!

Thank you so much for reading along at One Project Closer about how to paint with wine, the perfect Girl’s Night activity! Don’t forget to keep reading to find out how to WIN free original WINE ART and get free printables of these amazing wine sayings. This past weekend, I hosted a Watercolor Painting night for a few girl friends. Good friends, food, paint, wine. It doesn’t get any better. At some point in the night, I reminded the girls to not accidentally dip their brushes into their wine glasses.... 

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Now Introducing…Free Printables!!
Jocie | March 3, 2016
Now Introducing…Free Printables!!

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen in the past few months I have been working hard on my handlettering and water color. If you don’t follow me…what are you waiting for?? Get over there and say hi! Anyway, many people have asked for printable  versions of my art, and I am so humbled! I have a bunch of favorites over the past months that I thought I would show you, in case you missed out. You can see I have a specific style and type of lettering I like most. haha But I’m trying to... 

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5 Minutes or Less: 5 Dollar Store Easter Decor Ideas
Jocie | March 1, 2016
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 from March 2014. 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... 

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Dining Room Makeover!
Jocie | February 17, 2016
Dining Room Makeover!

I’m so excited to share with you the love and family history of this Dining Room Makeover! Thank you so much to Minted for providing the new artwork. All opinions are 100% my own. Our family spends a lot of time in our dining room. We eat all our meals here. Play games. Do art projects. Its where I do all my watercolor and hand lettering. In a lot of homes, the dining room is reserved for special gatherings, but I love being in this room and using the space that we’ve put so much love into. You may remember... 

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My Living Room Decor! How Have I Not Shown You This Sooner?
Jocie | February 10, 2016
My Living Room Decor! How Have I Not Shown You This Sooner?

While I have been dragging my feet for a long while on sharing my living room decor, a big THANK YOU to Minted.com for providing the geometric heart custom art for this room, and giving me the motivation I needed to write a blog post! Opinions are 100% my own. We moved into our new house over a year ago, now and my living room was the first room I painted and completed. I’m not exactly sure why I haven’t shared it sooner, but I guess better late than never! To start, my new favorite part of the room is my... 

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DIY Princess Party Decorations +17 Silhouette Crafts!
Jocie | February 4, 2016

In addition to sharing Lucy’s fabulous DIY Princess Party Decorations, this post is a part of a huge Instagram Hop where we will be giving away a Silhouette Cameo, starting today, Feb 4 @ 2 pm EST!!! So be sure to head over to see me on Instagram to enter. Also, need more Silhouette ideas? Keep reading to the end for lots more awesomeness! I never understood how deeply parents meant it when they say “it seems like just yesterday.” But it really is true. It really does feel like it was just... 

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5 Minute DIY Tissue Garland
Jocie | January 12, 2016
5 Minute DIY Tissue Garland

This year I committed to not going overboard on Valentine’s Day decorations. In fact, I tried to only use what I already had on hand. But when I saw some super cute Tissue Tassel Garland at Target, I was seriously tempted. But for $10, it just didn’t seem worth it. Like a good DIY girl, I instead decided to make my own DIY Tissue Garland for less than $3! I should also tell you that I plan to use all these decorations for Lucy’s upcoming 5th birthday party at the end of January, so it’s a win-win! DIY... 

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Hello, Easy Master Bedroom Makeover!
Jocie | December 31, 2015
Hello, Easy Master Bedroom Makeover!

This amazingly easy Master Bedroom Makeover was sponsored by Minted.com. They provided the art to help promote our month-long giveaways at the Creativity Unleashed Link Party. All opinions are 100% mine. “Hello, its me. I was wondering if after all these years you’d like to meet…” my master bedroom! heehee Since we moved last year, I haven’t shared with you our bedroom, mainly because I wasn’t really happy with it. For a couple reasons, but mostly, I had been there done that and was... 

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Handmade Holiday: DIY Essential Oil Diffuser Bracelet
Jocie | December 9, 2015
Handmade Holiday: DIY Essential Oil Diffuser Bracelet

This DIY Essential Oil Diffuser bracelet is the perfect Homemade Holiday gift for the oily girl in your life, or yourself! haha I know I have quite a collection going because they look so cute stacked, by themselves, fancy or everyday. Besides, i need one for every outfit, right? They might look hard to make but honestly, this novice jewelry maker can make one in under 10 minutes. Looking for more Handmade Holiday gift ideas for your family, friends, coworkers and teachers. Be sure to read to the end of the post for... 

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