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All Things Creative: BBQ Picnic Ideas!
Jocie | May 24, 2016
All Things Creative: BBQ Picnic Ideas!

Are you ready for 100 plus amazing, fabulous, inspiring BBQ Picnic ideas for your next summer party? I am so excited to share with you that I have teamed up with a group of amazing bloggers to bring you totally wonderful and creative inspiration every month! This month, the All Things Creative Team have worked to bring you 100+ amazing BBQ Picnic Ideas, and just in time for summer. Before I go any further let me introduce you to the gang. Go check them out and see how fabulous they are for yourself. Debbiedoo’s... 

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DIY Citronella Candles
Jocie | May 23, 2016
DIY Citronella Candles

Have you caught on to a theme with me? I HATE bugs, and they LOVE me. Which is why I love my DIY bug spray, homemade bug repellent diffuser bracelets, and now DIY Citronella Candles! When we started using Young Living Essential Oils a couple of years ago, we also cut out candles. It was super hard because I love the smell of candles, but they are filled with carcinogens. Did you know the toxins released from paraffin candles are the same as those found in diesel fuel fumes? No, thank you. In addition, being so much... 

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10-Minute Porch Makeover on a Budget!
Jocie | May 11, 2016
10-Minute Porch Makeover on a Budget!

I shared earlier this week on Instagram that I was starting a new project….well, this isn’t it. lol. Truth be told, I started a different project but got distracted by this super easy 10 minute Porch Makeover on a Budget when I went to Ikea this morning. Damn you, Ikea and your super cute and inexpensive decor and accessories. Our back porch was a big selling point for us when we bought the house. Over looking trees and a sweet little stream, it is a beautiful retreat for us in the evening, and we eat most... 

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DIY Weighted Lap Pad Using a Pillow Pet!
Jocie | May 5, 2016
DIY Weighted Lap Pad Using a Pillow Pet!

While I am excited to share with you how I made a DIY weighted lap pad using a Pillow Pet, this is also a very personal post for me. The tutorial is below, but I wanted to share some of our journey and why I am even making a weighted lap pad. Feel free to skip to the end, but my hope is that our story will provide some hope and encouragement to others going through similar stuff! Sensory Integration Dysfunction Some long time readers may remember posts over the past few years about my daughter’s toe walking, and... 

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Homemade Teacher Gifts: Easy Wood Sign Tutorial
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Homemade Teacher Gifts: Easy Wood Sign Tutorial

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, I was reminded of some of my favorite teacher gifts I made a few years back, 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... 

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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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