My First Guest Post!

10 Ways to Go Green with Christmas Cards via The Thinking Closet

Today is an exciting day because my first {ever} guest post goes live over at the blog, Blissful and Domestic. Danielle was gracious enough to invite me to share my ideas for “going green” this holiday with her incredible audience. The inspiration for this post stems from a new tradition that my husband and I started two years ago: we send our Christmas newsletter to family and friends via email instead of snail mail.  However, {read more…}

Wood Pallet Sign Tutorial

Wood Pallet Sign Tutorial via The Thinking Closet

It was like giving your Mom a baseball mitt for her birthday. For Mark’s b-day last week, one of his gifts was the opportunity for us to create a wood pallet sign together!  Mark is passionate about wood-working, so I figured he could tackle the wood pallet part, and I could do the lettering – – it would be a team effort! To start, we needed rustic wood.  So, we went to our local lumber {read more…}

Wallpaper Coasters: Giveaway Winner!

100 Followers Giveaway Winner: Wallpaper Coasters via The Thinking Closet

Thanks to all of you who participated in my 100 Followers Giveaway!  I appreciate your support! I so enjoyed reading what y’all were thankful for and found myself uttering prayers of thankfulness for the same  – – family, friends, spouse/boyfriend, health, employment, God’s protection during Hurricane Sandy.  There really is so much that we take for granted that are gifts from above.  Thanks for helping to re-center my focus. Without any further ado, the winner {read more…}

Mulling Spices Recipe

Mulling Spices Recipe from The Thinking Closet

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  I hope that wherever this finds you, that your heart is overflowing with gratitude. Since Mark works today and my bro-and-sis-in-law, Todd and Ashlee, arrive from L.A. tonight, our Thanksgiving won’t be until tomorrow.  So, that’s why in the world I have time to post today! I wanted to share with you a delicious recipe for mulling spices courtesy of my Mom, Carolyn.  She originally got it from a Scandinavian store in {read more…}

The Menu Planner to Rule Them All

The Menu Planner to Rule Them All via The Thinking Closet

Since moving to Florida this summer, Mark and I have taken the initiative to create a bit more structure in our lives…from the food inside our cabinets, to our exercising, and now…to our meals! Menu planning is one thing we both agreed would not only make our lives easier, but so much healthier. We’ve never done it before (chalking it up to busyness), but we’ve gotten into that chips-and-queso-for-dinner scenario one too many times of {read more…}

100 Followers Giveaway!

100 Followers Giveaway at The Thinking Closet

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  Check out the follow-up post here. Today is a big day.  We have reached 100 followers here at The Thinking Closet.  I can hardly believe it.  Triple digits! Whenever I receive a message in my inbox informing me of a new follower, it truly makes my day, so you can imagine my disbelief at reaching this milestone.  I think it made my month!  {Confession: I did a happy dance in {read more…}

Quick & Easy Thanksgiving Decor

Quick & Easy Thanksgiving Decor via The Thinking Closet

Here’s how much decorating I’ve done for Thanksgiving. Until now, that is!  Last night, when doing my link party thang, I came across these Retro Giving Thanks Prints created by Bev from Flamingo Toes.  She has three cutie prints to choose from.  All you do is click on the one you want, it opens as a pdf, and bam!  You’re printing it off, trimming it up, and slipping it into a 8 x 10 frame {read more…}

Drink Rings, Begone! – DIY Wallpaper Coasters

DIY Wallpaper Coasters via The Thinking Closet

Drink rings shall no longer be regular visitors in our household, for I’ve finally made us some coasters.  (And the crowd goes wild.) There are a million and one great tutorials on how to do this project, such as ones by Prudent Baby, The Cottage Home, and Two Girls Being Crafty.  And believe me, I wanted to just post photos of the finished product and direct you to the tutorials, but then I kept thinking {read more…}

“It’s a Major Award”

Liebster Blog Award

If you were a child of the 80s, perhaps you were raised on one of the greatest Christmas movies of all time, A Christmas Story.  There are too many memorable moments in this movie to choose a favorite, however, one moment in particular was called to mind for me today.  The leg lamp scene.  Here it is if you need a little reminder: Well, this week, I had the honor of receiving my own “leg {read more…}

10 Tips for New Bloggers…From a New Blogger

Ten Tips for New Bloggers...From a New Blogger via The Thinking Closet

It was two months ago today when I clicked that glowing button on the WordPress homepage inviting me to “sign up now.”  After much deliberation, I gave my blog a name, wrote my first post, and bolted full-speed ahead into blogland. Wow.  To think that just two months ago, blogger jargon like “link parties,”  “trackbacks,” and “grabbing a button” might as well have been Greek to me…. I have learned a lot in these first {read more…}

Sewing 101: Tucks

Sewing 101: Tucks via The Thinking Closet

It has been over a month since I last tackled Raechel Myers’s Sewing 101 course…but it felt good to dust off the ole new machine and get back into the trenches today. I never knew what the term “tuck” meant in the sewing world…until now.  And I’m proud to say that I have conquered three different types!  Spaced tucks, blind tucks, and pin tucks: Apparently, tucks are well above Sewing 101 level, but once they’re {read more…}

A Slice of Humble Pie Served Up by Craftgawker

I'd Like to Order a Slice of Humble Pie, Please? - Reflections on craftgawker - via The Thinking Closet

Here’s a story about craftgawker, and self esteem, and being human. So, for those of you who don’t know, craftgawker is a site a lot like Pinterest in that it boasts a smattering of inspiring images just asking to be collected and clicked on.  It’s truly a beautiful site if you have an eye for things created by hand. However, I have learned recently that craftgawker is not like Pinterest in one noteworthy way: you {read more…}