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The Humble Brag: Link Party #50
Jocie | December 19, 2013
The Humble Brag: Link Party #50

Welcome back to another fabulous Humble Brag Link Party, where we brag on you! Big News: Link Party Change! First off, there will be NO link party next week. I’ll be taking the whole week off to be with family and have a bit of a break from blogging. I hope you all have a relaxing and fun holiday week! Second, starting in the new year, I will be joining with 3 other fabulous blogs to cohost one GIANT link party calle d. Not too much will look different. You can still link up here at One Project Closer, but the party will begin Friday... 

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DIY Twig Wreath
Katie | December 18, 2013
DIY Twig Wreath

Hi there! I’m Katie from Upcycled Treasures, and I am so excited to be a new contributor for OPC! Today I am sharing a super simple DIY Twig Wreath that will cost you next to nothing to make. Being a fan of the great outdoors, it’s no wonder I am slightly obsessed with incorporating natural elements and rustic design into our home. This project is easy peasy and just takes a bit of patience. So grab some hot chocolate, put on your favorite holiday movie, and you will be done in no time! Here is what you will need:Wood... 

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DIY Christmas Bunting with Burlap and Pine Cones
Jocie | December 17, 2013
DIY Christmas Bunting with Burlap and Pine Cones

Christmas is about a week away, and I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed! You? Well, there sure isn’t time for in depth projects, but I love this DIY Christmas bunting with burlap and pine cones. It only took me about 30 minutes to make and I only used supplies I had on hand. It doesn’t get much better than that! Materials Needed:White Burlap Rope or twine Hot glue 4 pine cones Glitter and Elmer’s glue Red paint and brush Red ribbonFirst, I started by cutting 5 triangles using white burlap. No special tricks, I just... 

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The Humble Brag: Link Party #49
Jocie | December 12, 2013
The Humble Brag: Link Party #49

We’re so glad to have you back this week for another fabulous Humble Brag link party! Its been a busy but fun week here in Baltimore, filled with snow, sledding, and lots of Christmas prep. There’s also some things in the works for the new year to make this and even bigger and more fabulous link party, so stay tuned! And, as always, in case you missed it, I shared my Holiday Home Tour on the blog this week.Humble Brag features Week #48 Wow, you guys totally blew me away this week – so many amazing projects, although,... 

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DIY Holiday Napkin Rings
Kathryn | December 11, 2013
DIY Holiday Napkin Rings

I love Christmas. I love the glitz and glamour, the twinkling lights, the presents, Christmas services, Christmas music and the true joy of Christmas, Christ. I can’t wait to entertain company during Christmas. There‚Äôs something about a decorated house, with a beautiful table, the smell of delicious food and the company of friends and family to warm my heart. Today I want to share with you some simple DIY holiday napkin rings and pains that I made to dress up the table a little.We use these napkins for our Sunday advent candle... 

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Holiday Home Tour
Jocie | December 10, 2013
Holiday Home Tour

You probably have seen of my Christmas crafts over the last month as I have posted about them, but I wanted to show you that I really do use them! My house probably isn’t magazine chic, but it is cozy and cheery for the Christmas season. Also, while I enjoy a decorated house, I also want it to be a place my kids feel excited and a part of process. So, without further ado, here is my Holiday Home Tour! I guess the best place to start is our tree! Its fake. Mainly because we are lazy and I tend to kill all living things that don’t... 

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The Humble Brag: Link Party #48
Jocie | December 5, 2013
The Humble Brag: Link Party #48

Welcome back to this week’s Humble Brag where you share your DIY, decor, crafts and recipes and we brag on you! Last week was Thanksgiving and a little slow around here, but we’ve been pulling out all the stops this week with a DIY dollar store advent wreath, holiday desserts, and homemade teacher gifts!Humble Brag features Week #47 As you can tell the holiday season is in full swing and so many amazing DIY, decor and recipes were linked up. Please remember to PIN from the source and share the love! Milk and Cookie Shoppe... 

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Dollar Store Advent Wreath!
Jocie |
Dollar Store Advent Wreath!

I realize the advent season has already started, and we’re a bit late to the game but last night we made a Dollar Store Advent Wreath! Each year, we do an activity each night along with the advent calendar and reading of the Christmas story. This year, I thought it would be fun to also light the advent candle each night before the read the story. Of course, I wanted to do it on the cheap, so I headed to the Dollar Store and made a fun activity of it!I started with two small wreaths from the Dollar Store and stacked them on top... 

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Holiday Desserts: Peppermint Cheesecake Cookie Bars
Keri | December 4, 2013
Holiday Desserts: Peppermint Cheesecake Cookie Bars

Hey there OPC readers! It’s Keri from Shaken Together and I am so excited to be sharing my first recipe as an OPC contributor!! ‘Tis the season for cupcakes and candies, cookies and cheesecakes, and all things holiday desserts! And today, I’ve got a dessert that is sure to bring smiles to your holiday guests’ faces. Heavenly, rich triple chocolate cookie bars topped with creamy peppermint no-bake cheesecake!Chocolate and peppermint is one of my all-time favorite combinations, especially around the holiday! These... 

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Homemade Teacher Gifts: Easy Wood Sign Tutorial
Jocie | December 3, 2013
Homemade Teacher Gifts: Easy Wood Sign Tutorial

Its almost Christmas and that means its also time for homemade teacher gifts and these are gifts that teachers can enjoy all year-round!! Last month, at Naptime Decorator’s Craft night, Liz asked us all to bring teacher gifts to work on, or other types of small gift ideas. Izzie, our 4-year-old, has 3 preschool teachers who I am so excited to give gifts to, but I was feeling stumped. 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,... 

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