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Luck O’ The Irish with Americana Chalky Finish Paint!
Jocie | February 24, 2014
Luck O’ The Irish with Americana Chalky Finish Paint!

Have you heard that DecoArt came out with a new line of Americana Chalky Finish Paint?!?! I have been super excited about it and they were nice enough to send me some to try out! While the product was free, there were no strings attached, so be sure, opinions are 100% my own.Americana Chalky Finish Paint If you haven’t caught on to the newest trend, there are all sorts of fab new furniture paints that can go on a variety of surfaces, like wood, plastic, and glass without priming (like Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, which I love). Yes,... 

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Craftin’ like its 1999 with Michael’s and Hometalk
Jocie | February 18, 2014
Craftin’ like its 1999 with Michael’s and Hometalk

If you didn’t see last week’s big announcement – I was super privileged to be a Hometalk Ambassador at Michael’s Pinterest Inspired Party this past Sunday! It was one serious craft party and was sooooo much fun. Here were a few of the girls who were still there at the end when I remembered to get a group shot, but as you can tell, we were a good looking’ group of women!To start, I was lucky enough to team up with the Michael’s where I shop (way to frequently, Ethan would say). Judy was our point person... 

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Creativity Unleashed: Link Party #7
Jocie | February 14, 2014
Creativity Unleashed: Link Party #7

Happy Valentine’s Day! Thanks so much for coming back for another Creativity Unleashed Link Party – we love and appreciate each of you and hope that your feel special and loved today, and every day!!Homemade Granola at Shaken Together Valentine Mantel at The Bold Adobe DIY Bleach Spray Shirt at Practically Functional Burlap Canvas at OPC The Better Half Features from Week #6 Again, thank you so much for linking up! Here are just a few of my faves, including some Valentine’s inspiration. Don’t forget to be... 

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Michaels/Hometalk Pinterest Party!
Jocie | February 11, 2014
Michaels/Hometalk Pinterest Party!

Yup, that’s right! It’s a Hometalk and Michael’s Craft Stores have teamed up with bloggers across the country for a giant crafting party, inspired by Pinterest! How awesome is that? Be sure to keep reading for all the deets.In case you haven’t signed up, its this Sunday, February 16th from 1-4 pm at every Michael’s store across the country. Check out the Pinterest inspired displays at your local Michaels store, buy your supplies, and meet us in the classroom to create your own pin-worthy project. For any... 

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Creativity Unleashed: Link Party #6
Jocie | February 7, 2014
Creativity Unleashed: Link Party #6

Thanks so much for coming back for another Creativity Unleashed Link Party!! So much creativity and inspiration all in one place!Coffee Filter Heart Wreath at The Bold Adobe Valentine’s Day Cocktails: Cupid’s Broken Arrow at Practically Functional Homemade All Purpose Cleaner with Essential Oils at OPC The Better Half Layered Wooden Monogram Burlap Canvas at Shaken Together Features from Week #5 We had such a wonderful link party last week and it was filled with amazing DIY, decor, crafts and recipes. Here are a few of my... 

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Chocolate Cherry Brownie Parfaits
Keri | February 5, 2014
Chocolate Cherry Brownie Parfaits

It’s that time again, OPC readers! Keri from Shaken Together, here. As Jocie’s recipe contributor, I get to interrupt her amazing DIY and home decor projects with oodles of calories and something delicious each month. Like Peppermint Brownies and Taco Bites with Salsa Ranch. Yum, right? And since it’s February, the month of love, it was only fitting that I share a dessert recipe that is brimming with bright red tart cherries and double layers of rich, deep chocolate! I hope you don’t mind brownies again. I didn’t... 

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Homemade All Purpose Cleaner with Essential Oils
Jocie | February 4, 2014
Homemade All Purpose Cleaner with Essential Oils

It seems like every where I’ve turned over the past month I’ve been hearing about essential oils. Have you caught on to the rage? Well after a lot of research and talking to some family and friends, like Beth from Young Living from Unskinny Boppy and Erica with DoTerra, I decided to give them a try (both sell oils so feel free to buy, buy, buy). My first project: homemade all purpose cleaner with essential oils!I have been using vinegar and water to clean for a long time now in order to cut down on the unnecessary... 

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Creativity Unleashed: Link Party #5
Jocie | January 31, 2014
Creativity Unleashed: Link Party #5

Yay…it’s Friday which is really wonderful for a lot of reasons, but mainly because its time for another Creativity Unleashed Link Party!! woo hoo!1. Valentine’s Day Hershey’s Kisses Mice from Practically Functional 2. Valentine Candy Tackle Box from Shaken Together 3. Valentine’s Day Decor from OPC’s The Better Half 4. Valentine Bow Printable from The Bold Abode Features from Week #4 It was another amazing party last week, filled with almost 350 projects, DIY, decor and recipes. I don’t know how... 

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Love, Kisses & Valentine Wishes
Jocie | January 28, 2014
Love, Kisses & Valentine Wishes

I have never gotten too much into decorating for Valentine’s Day, largely because my girls’ birthdays are on January 24th and February 11th. I’m usually so wrapped up in party planning and birthday decorating, Valentine’s Day is a bit much. But last year, Ethan and I cut some pallets and made some cheap art for the occasion. Check out our Pallets 101 video tutorial on how to cut pallets and assemble art. When planning out my pallets, I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do, so I took to Pinterest,... 

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Creativity Unleashed: Link Party #4
Jocie | January 24, 2014
Creativity Unleashed: Link Party #4

Who has two thumbs and is excited for another amazing Creativity Unleashed Link Party?!? This girl! Thanks for coming back each week to link up and to get some inspiration from around the web. We love you! Also, a very special happy birthday to my baby, Lucy who turns 3 today!!!1. DIY Scented Hot Pad Coaster from Practically Functional 2. Mini Tulip Heart Wreath from One Project Closer 3. Valentine Party Pouches & Eat Your Heart Out Printable from Shaken Together 4. Family Room Detailed Cleaning List from The Bold Abode Features... 

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