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The Teal Pumpkin Project: Allergy Safe & Real Food Approved!
Jocie | October 7, 2015
The Teal Pumpkin Project: Allergy Safe & Real Food Approved!

This post originally ran in October 2013 but I wanted to share with you this spiderweb glitter pumpkin that I created last year in support of The Teal Pumpkin Project! I still love this non-food, allergy free alternative to even more candy for our kids! Have you heard about The Teal Pumpkin Project, promoted by FARE, Food Allergy Research & Education? The idea is to paint a pumpkin teal and put it on your porch, signaling to Trick or Treaters that your home is providing non-food/candy options for kids that have... 

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Refresh Your Old Door Mat!
Jocie | September 23, 2015
Refresh Your Old Door Mat!

So you’re already thinking what a silly post this is, right? Why refresh an old door mat when you can just go buy a new one? Well, we’re trying to save on money these days AND honestly, I really loved my old door mat. I bought it last year when we first moved into our new house. It was a fabulous Target find, because where else do you buy wonderful things you don’t need? haha Anyway….I bought this super cute door mat last year and, now, a year later, it was completely faded and worn! No more... 

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Embroidery Hoop Halloween Wreath!
Jocie | September 16, 2015
Embroidery Hoop Halloween Wreath!

I typically don’t decorate much for Halloween, but this year I was inspired by some crafty friends to create a Halloween Wreath. This easy, no-sew Embroidery Hoop Halloween Wreath is perfect for those of you who don’t necessarily go over the top, but enjoy a little festivities.  Materials Needed Most the the supplies I used I bought at Walmart and I think I spent around $15, give or take. You could also pick up these supplies in any craft store. 3 embroidery hoops 3 wooden letters (one B, two O’s) Embroidery... 

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Basement Craft Room Makeover
Jocie | September 3, 2015
Basement Craft Room Makeover

We’ve lived in our new-to-us home for almost a year – hard to believe its gone that fast! In that time, this may be my favorite makeover yet – transforming a bland, spare basement dungeon into a beautiful and bold craft room. Here is how my basement craft room makeover started… Not very exciting, huh? Yet more of the Builder Beige that consumes my house (not putting that down, I just like gray or off white instead as a nuetral). But I think one of the reasons this craft room... 

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Nest Protect Giveaway!
Jocie | August 29, 2015
Nest Protect Giveaway!

This giveaway is sponsored by Total Protect Home Warranty and Nest. Opinions are all mine. So I know we’ve had a lot of giveaways recently – in fact, if you haven’t heard, every weekend we have a new giveaway at our Creativity Unleashed Link Party (everyone can enter to win!). But this giveaway I am particularly excited about – the Nest Protect, smoke and carbon monoxide alarm. If you haven’t heard about Nest products, they really are amazing. Not just because they are beautifully designed,... 

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Master Bath Remodel: The Big Reveal!
Jocie | August 24, 2015
Master Bath Remodel: The Big Reveal!

Who has two thumbs and loves a good before and after? This girl! Especially in my own home. Our master bathroom needed a lot of love when we moved in last October. That, and the kitchen. But the kitchen is a much bigger project – cabinets, flooring for the whole first floor, countertop – too pricey for right now. So we began our master bath remodel, and I can not tell you just how much I love it. I may start sleeping in there! haha Before Photo cred: Chris Paulis Photography While this... 

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Easy Watercolor Painting for Beginners!
Jocie | August 13, 2015
Easy Watercolor Painting for Beginners!

Growing up, I thought watercolor painting were restricted to traditional landscapes, flowers and maybe a farmer in a field with a kitten. But recently I have really found my love for watercolor! Now, I have absolutely no clue what I’m doing. And I really mean no clue. I think once in elementary school we had an art unit on watercolor, but that’s the extent of my experience. That being said, I have recently decided to change that. I have given my basement craft room a face lift this past week (more reveal... 

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Treasure Island VBS Crafts 2015!
Jocie | August 3, 2015
Treasure Island VBS Crafts 2015!

I know you haven’t heard much from me this summer. Its been busy – starting out the summer with our Florida vacation, then coming home to start planning Treasure Island VBS crafts! (plus a lot hanging at the pool and sleepovers with the cousins) This was my third, maybe 4th (I can’t remember), year leading crafts for our church and each year it seems to be more and more fun. Some of that is probably because I have more practice and that helps things run a little more smoothly. But this year was maybe... 

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Reuse Party Supplies as Decor: Isabella’s Bedroom!
Jocie | July 14, 2015

Every year I sorta go all out on party decorations, mostly making my own. They look amazing and are usually pretty sturdy. I spent hours and hours making them, they go up for a day, and then get thrown in the trash or passed along to a friend to use. This past year, we moved into a new, larger home and the girls’ bedrooms were kinda bare. So I decided to GO GREEN and reuse party supplies as decor. Why didn’t I think of this sooner!? I love that I don’t feel like I wasted time or money on decorations AND this bedroom decor... 

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GIVEAWAY & Creativity Unleashed Link Party #73
Jocie | June 11, 2015

Welcome back to the Creativity Unleashed Link Party, where you inspire us with your most recent decor, crafts, DIY, and recipes!! If you’re following me on Instagram you know that I am currently in Disney with my family!! woo hoo! I don’t have my computer with me, so to see this week’s features and to vote on our Creativity Unleashed Mega Rockstar hit up one of my beautiful cohosts: theDIYvillage, Shaken Together, Practially Functional, The Bold Abode, and Here Comes the Sun! Link Party & Mega Rockstar Contest! What’s... 

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