The Beginner’s Guide to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

A Beginner's Guide to Using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint & Wax: One Beginner's Tips to Another! | I let my intimidation over using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint keep me from exploring the medium for all too long. Now that I have finally given it a whirl, I'm eager to empower other beginners to give it a go. It's SO much easier than you think it is! Especially with this step by step run-down.

You’ve heard of the five stages of grief, right?  Well, have you heard of the five stages of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®?  No?  Well, let me enlighten you…. (Perhaps this experience will ring true for some of you.) STAGE #1: Intrigue: “A paint that requires no stripping, sanding, or priming?  Tell me more!” STAGE #2: Intimidation: “Oh wait – – I have to seal it with wax?  Then buff it?  That sounds scary!  I don’t think {read more…}

10 Inspiring D.I.Y. Jewelry Displays

10 Inspiring DIY Jewelry Displays

Somedays I wish the internet never existed…and that we could go back to a simpler time when we looked up books in card catalogs and found our way using paper maps.  But then I remember that if it weren’t for the internet, I would have never met my kindred spirit who lives and blogs over in Germany.  She sends me real mail, necklaces made from twisted wire, and lets me ramble on her blog sometimes.  Now, it’s my {read more…}

“You Make Beautiful Things Out of the Dust” Mirror Decal & Silhouette Promo

Amazing how just some simple text on the edges of a mirror can hold such an impact! "You make beautiful things out of the dust.... You make beautiful things out of us."

One of the wonderful things about living in Orlando, Florida is that our guest room actually serves its intended purpose and isn’t just a “catch-all” for junk like our former guest room was. We have friends and family passing through Orlando quite frequently these days: some to visit Mickey, others in town for conferences, and most just to escape the frigid winters up north. Regardless, we love the opportunity to host, and we’ve been slowly but surely working on making {read more…}

Exciting eBook Updates & Blogiversary Giveaway Winners

eBook Updates & Blogiversary Giveaway Winners!

So, I pretty much had a permanent grin slapped on my silly ‘ole face starting last Friday and lasting an entire week thanks to you rascals and the barrage of love you poured on me through your Second Blogiversary comments.  Seriously, y’all are too much! I wish I could give each and every one of you a gorilla hug and then secretly leave a plate of homemade chocolate chip cookies on your doorstep to surprise you when you get home.  In this {read more…}

Second Blogiversary Giveaway: 10 Prizes for 10 Winners!

Join in on The Thinking Closet's Second Blogiversary Giveaway Celebration! 10 prizes for 10 winners at thinkingcloset.com 9/5 - 9/10. Internationals welcome!

Cowabunga, dudes and dudettes!  Today is totally tubular because it marks my Second Blogiversary.  That’s right: the Thinking Closet’s turning TWO!  {Whoo hoo!} Way Back When… Two years ago, on an ordinary Thursday, I created a WordPress account, picked a blog theme by the name of Splendio, and published my first post: The Namesake where I told the story behind the original “Thinking Closet” of my youth. In fact, let’s take a jaunt back in time for a {read more…}

100 Projects to Usher in the Fall!

100 Projects to Usher in the Fall!

I don’t know about you, but we Floridians are sooooo ready for fall!  Things have been roasty-toasty in these parts since early May, and while the thermometer doesn’t seem to be letting up, I figure I’ll do my part to usher in the fall indoors, hoping that maybe our outdoors will catch a hint! Well, considering my enthusiasm about the new season, you can imagine how excited I was when Corey and Chelsea invited me to be a part {read more…}

5 Creative Ways to Use Contact Paper

5 Creative Ways to Use Contact Paper by Katie from Upcycled Treasures

Do you ever hap upon a blog where every – single – project just blows you away?  And you think, “There’s no way this person can be human!  It’s just TOO creative!” And then, you have the rare and distinct privilege of getting to meet this person, and you learn that not only are they human, but they’re as down to earth as you had dreamed.  And they just exude joy.  Well, this hypothetical situation is my reality. {read more…}

D.I.Y. Mini-Pallet Fridge Organizers

D.I.Y. Mini-Pallet Fridge Organizers. Such a creative and thorough step-by-step tutorial for creating your own personalized mini-pallet crates to help organize those school papers on the fridge and display kids' artwork!

Some people pour their heart into every single word they write, so that by the time you reach the signature on the first correspondence you’ve ever shared, you’re old friends. Stef is one of those people. And I know she is going to work her way into your heart, too, especially when you get hit with her out-of-the-box creativity today! The Space Jam soundtrack said it best: “Y’all ready for this?” *                 {read more…}

Throwback Puffy Paint Pillow Covers

Puffy Paint Pillow Cover! | Puffy paint is baaaaack, folks, and looking chic as ever. Emily has some great tips and tricks for using puffy paint to embellish d.i.y. envelope pillow covers. Such a fun and easy way to change up decor!

Friends, Romans, countrymen (and women).  Lend me your ears!  It is only befitting to start this introduction with the words of Shakespeare because the wonderful lady you are about to meet is not only a fellow English major…but she also possesses a bust of The Bard, which earns her ultimate cool points in my book.  Oh, and she happens to be one of my dearest bloggy pals of Haven 2013 & 2014 fame.  Alas, I have {read more…}

“Keep Calm” T-Shirt Gift for Teachers with FREE Cut File

"Keep Calm & Always Return My Pencils": Creative T-Shirt Gift Idea for Teachers. Step by step tutorial includes tips n' tricks for working with heat transfer vinyl on your Silhouette machine!

Apparently, lending out pencils as a teacher is akin to giving them away.  Because the second one of my students left the threshold of my classroom with a pencil in hand, I was essentially saying farewell to that writing utensil forever.  Au revoir.  Adios.  Have a nice life.  Teachers in the house, can I witness? When I taught freshman English in Ohio, the disappearing-pencil-problem was a serious one.  Initially, I refused to lend out pencils and {read more…}

Scarf Week Recap, Giveaway Winners, & My Epic Scarf Fail

Scarf Week 2014! 16 Scarf Tutorials in one week from 4 different bloggers...what a ride!

Well friends, here we are at the grand finale of Scarf Week!  Thanks to each of you who came along for the ride.  It has been a killer week! (yuk yuk.)  I’ve been amazed by the incredible reception we’ve received through comments on our blogs and across social media, which makes me think that Scarf Week just might have to become an annual event.  The timing is just too perfect as we prepare for the onset of fall; {read more…}

“Sew Easy” Turban Headband: Video Tutorial

"Sew Easy" Turban Headband: This video tutorial walks you through every step, making it a fun and easy beginner sewist project! Love how versatile these headbands are...and what great gifts they'd make!

Welcome back to Scarf Week!  Can you believe we’re on our final day of tutorials?  Me neither!  What a fun and wild ride it has been. Welp, we’re changing things up today, friends.  Yes, we are!  After three no-sew scarves (1, 2, 3), I decided to throw in one with some sewing…but don’t get all verklempt!  It’s a fantastic project for beginners (like myself!) since it involves just three straight-ish stitches. In fact, I’d go so {read more…}

Stamped “Word Search” Scarf: Video Tutorial

With a stamped "Word Search" scarf or bandana, you can create a gift of great significance for any person of any age In this video tutorial, learn how to transform any acrylic paint into fabric paint; and pick up a handy dandy method for stamping straight(ish) lines on a square scarf. Happy Scarf Week!

Of the four scarf tutorials I’m sharing during Scarf Week this week, this one started in a completely different part of my brain than it ended up (ah, the creative process…).  Does that happen to you, too?  But the scarf I ended up creating was far better and far more meaningful than any of my initial ideas.  And it allowed me to shower some belated anniversary love upon my hubby because this scarf was stamped just for him.  (Awwwwww.) I {read more…}

15 Minute T-Shirt Yarn Infinity Scarf: Video Tutorial

15 Minute T-Shirt Yarn Infinity Scarf. Upcycle an old t-shirt into a chic infinity scarf. The video tutorial will walk you through every step in the process. This is one of those rare projects that really only takes 15 minutes. On your first try!

Well, I’m on a kick with the infinity t-shirt scarves, it seems…because this is my second one in two days.  I guess I’m just too lazy to make a craft store run when I can just raid my closet for supplies. Have t-shirt?  Will-upcycle-it-into-a-scarf.  A No-Sew T-Shirt Yarn Infinity Scarf…to be exact. Oh, and you know how involved my craft projects usually are?  Well, I’m going to blow your minds, friends, because this one only {read more…}

Tie-Dye Infinity Scarf: Video Tutorial

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Did you catch the grand announcement yesterday?  It’s not only Shark Week in TV-land, but it’s Scarf Week in blogland!  Myself and three of my favorite bloggers are going to each be sharing a scarf tutorial a day for the next four days.  So, if you do the math, that’s 16 inspirational projects.  Go big or go home, right? Today kicks off the first of my four scarf tutorials, and I am as giddy as a schoolgirl over how it turned {read more…}

Scarf Week Kick-Off, Link Party, & Giveaway!

Welcome to Scarf Week!

Today marks the start of Shark Week, that epic week that only comes once a year when The Discovery Channel terrifies us to our heart’s content with non-stop shark footage.  We can’t bear to look…and yet we can’t bear to look away either.  We go to bed each night with the soundtrack to Jaws playing in our heads…. You Thinking Closet regulars know that I’m a sucker for puns, and so when the words “Scarf Week” popped into my {read more…}

Remember That Time I Wrote My Entire Haven Recap in Haiku?

My Haven Conference Recap {entirely written in haiku}...because why not? Let me entertain you, as I share about my "sophomore summer" at Haven in Hotlanta!

I love poetry– how it gives freedom in form. So, here’s my wild plan: I’ll write in haiku {syllables five – seven – five, rarely any rhymes} to recap my trip to Haven Blog Conference three short weeks ago. ‘Twill be a challenge, no doubt. I’m a wordy gal; be sure to keep count! Flashback This story begins in August 20-13. ‘Twas my first Haven. I was like a pig wallering around in mud, soaking it all {read more…}

10 Lessons I Learned from Planning My Own Wedding

10 Lessons I Learned From Planning My Own Wedding. Hindsight is 20/20, right? So, if you can learn from my mistakes and takeaway from my tips, my hope is that you'll be able to truly enjoy the planning process and remember with fondness your special day.

Today marks a year and 12 days since I first kicked off Our DIY Wedding Series. We’ve already established that I’m a perfectionist…and of course, I had initially planned to share this grand finale post on our five-year-wedding anniversary 12 days ago on July 18th.  But when you’re in the midst of directing a musical about grace, it turns out you’re more likely to give yourself grace.  And so I did.  And here we are.  One year and {read more…}

Table Transformation with Custom Blue Chalk Paint

Custom Blue Chalk Paint Table

I have a very special gal to introduce to you all today.  Ever since our first email correspondence, I felt like we had been friends since girl-hood.  Bre is the queen of furniture transformations, and guess what?  She has an outrageously awesome one to share with you all today involving Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  After this inspiring post, working with chalk paint is first on my TO DIY list!  Take it away, Bre…. *     {read more…}

Thrifty Upcycled Nautical Serving Set

Nautical Serving Set

The nautical crafting continues today with the fabulous Katie.  She has a knack for transforming thrifted items and hardware store purchases into chic home decor and serving-ware.  In fact, I can almost guarantee you are going to want to throw a summer shin-dig after checking out the fun project she has to share with you all today.  The closet floor is yours, Katie! *                    *       {read more…}

The Actor’s Survival Kit & Silhouette Promotion

The Actor's Survival Kit: A fun idea for an opening night gift that is both thoughtful and practical! The actors will be bound to break a leg or two.

Another op’nin’, another show In Philly, Boston, or Baltimo’, A chance for stage folks to say hello, Another op’nin’ of another show. –”Another Op’nin’, Another Show” from Kiss Me Kate Perhaps the only thing that thrills me more than feeling the stage lights hot on my face as I bring a character to life before a live audience…is directing a show in which my actors feel the stage lights hot on their faces as they bring their characters to life before a live {read more…}

Souvenir Seashell Paperclips

Souvenir Seashell Paperclips

If you didn’t already know, in my other life, I’m a theatre director, and right now we’re in the throes of performances.  So, over the next week, you’ll be introduced to three fabulous bloggers with three fabulous projects to share with you.  I’m delighted to introduce you to the first in the bunch, Emily!  She hit the paperclip on the head with this craft.  Let’s give her a warm Thinking Closet welcome! *         {read more…}

My Haven Business Card SWAG: Temporary Tattoos!

DIY Temporary Tattoos! Such a fun addition to business cards, especially for crafters and DIYers. Tutorial includes FREE cut files!

G’day mates!  Just got back from my sophomore year at Haven Blog Conference in Atlanta, and boy did I have fun!  The kind of fun that plum tuckered me out (I actually went to bed last night before the sun went down, which is a rarity for this night owl).  Looking forward to sharing a recap of my experience later in the week {UPDATE: it’s HERE!}…but you’re going to get a sneak peek at my business {read more…}

Desk Styling 101: Say Goodbye to Styling Anxiety

Roll-Top Desk Makeover! Such a dramatic before & after. Amazing what fresh paint and a little vision can do!

Hand me a paint brush, and I’ll paint until the cows come home.  Give me a stencil, and I won’t bat an eye.  But mention the word “styling,” and I immediately break out into cold sweats, my mouth dries up like the Sahara Desert, and I start to feel all verklempt.  (Talk amongst yourselves!)   Am I striking a chord of resonance with any of you? Well, lo and behold, I not only survived the process of “styling” {read more…}