Winter Mason Jar Lanterns

Winter Mason Jar Lanterns by The Thinking Closet

In you case you missed my first craft contributor post on Or So She Says, here it is in full for your d.i.y. pleasure! So, I’m eager to share with you all my newest d.i.y. creation: Winter Mason Jar Lanterns.  This project combines three of my loves: mason jars, candlelight, and SNOW! Mark and I moved to Florida this past summer, so this is my first “tropical” winter.  Although I’m loving the warmer weather, I do {read more…}

The Art of the Surprise Note: Guest Posting at Sweet Athena

The Art of the Surprise Note by The Thinking Closet

Guest posts are kind of like playdates, aren’t they?  You get to go over the house of your fun new friend for an afternoon, share your stories, meet their family and friends, and return home a renewed gal…(and probably wanting a new toy). Well, today I get to have a “playdate” over at Jessica and Linz’s blog, Sweet Athena.  If you don’t know Sweet Athena, you should.  Part of what I love about that blog {read more…}

5 Pearls of Wisdom from 5 Different Bloggers

5 Pearls of Wisdom from 5 Different Bloggers - Shared By The Thinking Closet

I love reading other blogs.  I just gain so much inspiration and insight from the words of my fellow bloggers.  Here’s my routine at the end of the day: I hop onto bloglovin’ and scroll through the list of new posts from the 75 blogs I follow (yes, 75). I click over to the articles that catch my eye.  Sometimes it’s the title, sometimes it’s the photo, and other times, it’s the first few sentences that pull me {read more…}

Sewing 101: Fastenings

Sewing 101: Fastenings - The Thinking Closet

Yesterday, my Brother and I navigated uncharted waters with fastenings of all kinds: buttons, zippers, snaps, and elastic.  It was quite the educational experience.  I even got to change my J foot for the first time and swap it out for three different feet a.k.a. “robot claws.”  I felt really proud of myself when I got in the groove of poppin’ ‘em off, and poppin’ on new ones.  (Oh, the small delights of a beginner!) Buttons: {read more…}

The hills are alive with the sound of blogging….

Navigating The Uncharted Waters of Blogger Puberty by The Thinking Closet

Blogging is an interesting bird. It’s one of those things that I’ll admit I had no real concept of before taking a leap to start this blog in September last year.  Sure, I knew that all of those purdy pictures on Pinterest had to come from somewhere, but I didn’t really know all of the time, effort, and heart that one pours into blogging if you really commit to it.  It’s an investment. And I {read more…}

Sewing 101: Shirring

Sewing 101: Shirring by The Thinking Closet

My poor sewing machine was totally and utterly neglected over the holidays.  My crafty projects just seemed to call for a hammer and nail or glue gun instead.  I even thought I heard my “Brother” crying during those eight hours of working on my No-Sew Christmas tree skirt. Let’s just say I had some making up to do. Yesterday, I pulled my Bro out of the closet, sat him on the table, asked for forgiveness, {read more…}

What Are Your Favorite Romantic Movies?

Top Ten Romantic Movies of All Time by The Thinking Closet

I love lists. Christmas lists, shopping lists, to do lists, wish lists, honey do lists, grocery lists, ideas lists…lists-lists-lists!  There’s just something about seeing my thoughts organized in neat bullet points that makes the type A in me very, very happy.  (I know this scares some of you.  Ha, it scares me, too, sometimes!  But stick with me for a sec.) Now, the list of all lists is the Top Ten List.  I’ve loved them {read more…}

“A Thousand Thanks” Card & Free Cut File

Letter-Sized Thank You Cards - Silhouette Tutorial & FREE Cut File by The Thinking Closet

Here’s my first completed project in my new series, The Silhouette Challenge: a thank you card a la William Shakespeare.  What I love about the shape of this stationery is that it’s designed to fit easily into a legal-sized envelope, which is unexpected for a thank you card.  It also suits people like me who tend to be a bit (ahem) verbose. My initial inspiration came from these letter-sized thank you cards by Kolette Hall that I {read more…}

My First Crafty Contributor Post!

Winter Mason Jar Lanterns by The Thinking Closet

Today, over at Or So She Says, I am kicking off my first craft contributor post with a tutorial on how to make Winter Mason Jar Lanterns: It was an honor to receive Mariel’s invitation to join her team of contributors this year.  As a monthly craft contributor, I’ll share a project, tip, or tutorial during the first week of every month.  I’ll be sure to give y’all a heads up when I do, so {read more…}

The Silhouette Challenge: A New Series

The Silhouette Challenge: A New Series on The Thinking Closet

My husband Mark is pretty much one of the best gift-givers on the planet, but this year, he really outdid himself.  I think my jaw dropped to the floor when I ripped open the wrapping paper to reveal this beauty: My very own *Silhouette Cameo! In case you’re wondering, a *Silhouette is an electronic cutting tool that connects to your computer, allowing you to cut fonts and images on a variety of materials from paper {read more…}

My One Word for 2013

One Word for 2013: LEAP by The Thinking Closet

Our words carry weight.  They can either tear down or build up, and I have always been a fan of the latter.  So, what about claiming one word for the new year – – one word to inspire, motivate, and remind.  Alright, I say.  Let’s give it a try.  Here’s my one word for 2013: Yes, that’s me.  Ha!  This photo was taken 10 years ago in 2003 by my friend Matt Gore.  I was {read more…}