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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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Simple Valentine Day Crafts from Craft Night!
Jocie | January 21, 2014
Simple Valentine Day Crafts from Craft Night!

It’s been a couple months but for the first time since the holiday, we had Craft Night with my bloggy BFF, Liz at Naptime Decorator. And what better to craft than simple Valentine’s Day Crafts. Well, I should clarify that….not everyone did such simple crafts, but I did.Mini Tulip Heart Wreath First up, I was inspired by two beautiful tulip wreaths from The DIY Village and Naptime Decorator. I put my own spin on it using a heart-shaped grapevine wreath and mini-tulips from Michaels. I used a coupon for the wreath and tulips... 

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Creativity Unleashed: Link Party #3
Jocie | January 17, 2014
Creativity Unleashed: Link Party #3

Welcome back to another fabulous Creativity Unleashed Link Party!! You might notice what I’ve been up to….my new gallery wall for under $30! woot woot.1. Washi Tape Coke Bottle from The Bold Abode 2. DIY Pillow Boxes from Practically Functional 3. Lemon Drop Valentines from Shaken Together 4. DIY Valentine Pallet from One Project CloserFeatures from Week #2 Wow, I was really amazed by everything linked up last week! Thank you so much for each and every bit of inspiration. Here were a few of my faves…and remember, please pin... 

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Upcycled Chalkboard Clock DIY with Katie!
Katie | January 16, 2014
Upcycled Chalkboard Clock DIY with Katie!

Hi there OPC Readers! It’s Katie from Upcycled Treasures and today I will be sharing how I upcycled an old side table into a chalkboard clock DIY style.A clock wasn’t my first intention for this $4 thrift store find I purchased nearly a year ago.However, being that only parts of the table were made of real wood, I decided to paint it with primer, followed by paint, not realizing that the primer needed more time to cure. The end result? Paint that peeled right off. Woops. At least it stuck to the table top. I also later... 

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Gold & Gray Gallery Wall: My Living Room Progress
Jocie | January 14, 2014
Gold & Gray Gallery Wall: My Living Room Progress

My gallery wall is finally complete and, while I won’t say I am done with the living room, it is feeling more and more what I want it to be!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 room and a small hallway and stairwell divide the two. At the bottom... 

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Creativity Unleashed: Link Party #2
Jocie | January 10, 2014
Creativity Unleashed: Link Party #2

Welcome back to our second, fabulous Creativity Unleashed Link Party!! Last week we had over 300 projects shared and WOW, so amazing and inspiring. In case you missed what we’ve been up to this week, here’s a little taste. Mine is the DIY deer canvas – stay tuned to see its role in my upcoming gallery wall.DIY Deer Head Art from OPC The Better Half Peppermint Oranges from The Bold Adobe How to Make Grapevine Cluster Earrings from Practically Functional Slushy & Fruity Blender Punch from Shaken Together Thanks again,... 

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DIY Ribbon Flowers with Kat!
Kathryn | January 8, 2014
DIY Ribbon Flowers with Kat!

I like change. Not big life altering changes, but little changes. Changes that other people may not notice, but that make me smile all the same. Take for instance the lamp in my new office. There’s nothing wrong with it except that it’s a little blah.So one day, I thought I would dress it up a little with some DIY ribbon flowers, using simple ribbon and gold buttons (of course)! If you’re looking for more DIY fabric flowers, check out Jocie’s tutorial too.If you’ve never made a ribbon flower, then now’s... 

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DIY Deer Head Art: The Easy Way!
Jocie | January 7, 2014
DIY Deer Head Art: The Easy Way!

Thanks for sticking with us during my blog-silence over the holidays. It was a wonderful time for us as a family and I’m hoping you were filled with the same peace and joy! I’m loving the deer craze these days and am happy to be swept up by it, but, boy is it expensive! So, when my cousin called craft night I decided to do my own DIY deer head art. Its going to be part of a gallery wall as I continue to work on it, so be sure to check back.If you’ve seen some of my other art, you know I’m pretty comfortable free... 

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Link Party: Now Bigger and Better!
Jocie | January 3, 2014
Link Party: Now Bigger and Better!

Its a new year and a new, bigger link party called Creativity Unleashed! We’ve teamed up with three other blogs to make an even more fabulous party (hard to imagine, right?). So here’s what’s so fabulous about it – you only have to link up at One Project Closer and it shows up on all four blogs. Plus, that means three times the exposure since all four of us will be choosing features each week. Don’t worry, OPC will still pick a winner at random to receive free ad space each week! Oh, and we’ve got a... 

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