From One Broken Tree to Another

Charlie Brown & Linus

In these final hours before Christmas day, an urging in my spirit beckons me back to the ancient texts that tell the story of how love came down on that first Christmas in Bethlehem.  And who better to recite that text to us today than Linus.  Take it away, my blue-blanket-lovin’-buddy: I love that after hearing Linus’ speech, Charlie Brown’s tree isn’t so broken anymore.  He can see past its failings to see its true {read more…}

Gold-Brushed Pine Cone Ornaments with #myfavoritebloggers

Gold-Brushed Pine Cone Ornament...adding some rustic glam to your holiday decor!

Today, I have for you perhaps the easiest tutorial in the history of Thinking Closet tutorials: pine cone ornaments brushed in gold paint to add to our rustic glam Christmas decor.  It’s almost a joke that I’m devoting an entire post to it.  But it’s actually one of my personal goals to share more quick n’ easy projects…ones that don’t take 8 hours and hundreds of pins to complete.  So, hopefully this will be an inspiration {read more…}

The Top 10 Greatest Christmas Movies Of All Time

The Top Ten Greatest Christmas Movies of All Time...compiled by The Thinking Closet & Friends!

Well, you guys rock. 177 of you graciously took the time to respond to my desperate plea for your favorite Christmas movies…which means a lot this time of year considering how busy we can all get!  Thank you for helping me craft a list of The Top 10 Greatest Christmas Movie of All Time! Because I am confident that The Thinking Closet readers are the best readers around, this is a list I can stand behind.  And {read more…}

The Friday Five Finale! (Or is it?)

The Friday Five: Inspiration for Your Weekend!

Since this past June, most Fridays here at The Thinking Closet have been devoted to the sharing of five inspirational links from my week.  Some have rendered a chuckle.  Others even tears.  And let’s be honest, I’ve gone way overboard with the GIF intros. Regardless, it has been a blast! But in an effort to simplify our lives and prepare for a fresh start at the gate of the year, my partner-in-crime Thalita and I feel it’s time {read more…}

Tell Me Your Favorite Christmas Movies! (Pretty please?)

The Top Ten Greatest Christmas Movies of All Time...compiled by The Thinking Closet & Friends!

Alright, friends: I need your help. I have taken it upon myself to compile a list of the Top 10 Greatest Christmas Movies of All Time.  Because I believe such a list needs created…and I was thoroughly dissatisfied with the Top Ten lists Google led me to. Now, this is no small feat.  As you well know, there are a lot of really great Christmas movies out there.  But I want the must-sees.  The crème de la {read more…}

(Rein)Deer Head Holiday Banner & $155 Amazon Giveaway!

Rudolph! The star of the Deer Head Holiday Banner featuring Santa's Reindeer. Tutorial and FREE cut file at thinkingcloset.com

You know how deer heads are all the rage these days? Well, I thought it’d be fun to play on that trend with a holiday twist…with a Deer Head Holiday Banner featuring everyone’s favorite deer…Santa’s Reindeer!  Ahem, cue the music: “Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer (reindeer), had a very shiny nose (like a lightbulb), And if you ever saw it (saw it), You would even say it glows (like a flashlight)….” Well, I whipped up this {read more…}

The Friday Five: A Scandinavian Christmas

Handmade Advent Wreath by Tidy Tipsy

Friends, I want to introduce you to someone very special today.  She is 100% Swedish, grew up on the north-shore of Long Island, married a pastor and missionary, traveled the world and even lived in Vietnam during the war.  She can destroy crossword puzzles in one afternoon, loves all felines (especially her Ana), and says, “Bless her heart,” more than anyone you’ll ever meet (and she means it, too).  She is a prayer warrior with {read more…}

A Rustic Glam Holiday House Tour

A Rustic Glam Holiday House Tour! Chock full of fun DIY elements to add some glitz to natural, rustic elements.

Hi, friend!  So kind of you to stop by.  And how did you know today was the day I finally folded those baskets of laundry and got the house tidied up?  That’s serendipity for ya!  {Wink.} Well, what am I doing?  Let me invite you in, friend!  I’d be delighted to give you a tour of our living room, which we’ve got all decked out for Christmas.  Oh, you like the music I’ve got playing {read more…}

Stocking Stuffer Giveaway with #myfavoritebloggers

Stocking Stuffer Giveaway hosted by #myfavoritebloggers. A prize pack valued at over $150. 12/2 - 12/8

My hot drink of choice at Starbucks is a non-fat chai latte with whip.  (The non-fat and the whip balance each other out, right?)  Just imagining that sweet warm goodness spilling down my throat makes me salivate.  It is the drink I buy as a reward on a Friday after a long week.  To stave off the cold when braving the wintry, wind-tunnel avenues of New York.  In preparation for a long musical rehearsal. So, {read more…}

DIY Washi Tape Christmas Tags

Christmas Gift Tags with Washi Tape! {Free cut file included.} Via thinkingcloset.com

Happy Sunday, everyone!  How is everyone faring after the eating extravaganza and whirlwind shopping sprees these past few days?  Well, if you’re in need of some craft-therapy like I am, then I’ve gotcha covered.  It’s a holiday project featuring everyone’s favorite craft supply: washi tape! I was a wee bit late to the washi tape party…kind of like I am to most parties!  It has been all over Pinterest-land for forever-and-a-day, but it was only {read more…}

Instagram Advent Calendar

DIY Instagram Advent Calendar. Such a fun way to look back at highlights from the year while counting down the days till Christmas!

I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgivukkah yesterday and that you are on the way to recovering from all that good eatin’.  Perhaps you’re working it off by dodging and weaving through the Black Friday crowds today?  Well, for those of you who are home and looking forward to some down-time to dive into Christmas crafting, boy do I have a project for you!  {And I also have the Silhouette Black Friday & Holiday Sale to {read more…}

The EPIC Silhouette Holiday Sale & Cameo Winner!

The EPIC Silhouette Holiday Sale is here! 11.28 - 12.8 at thinkingcloset.com! Stop on by for the best Silhouette sale in the history of sales.

It’s here!  It’s here!  The epic Silhouette Holiday Sale is finally here!  Silhouette America is kicking things off a day before Black Friday, and I’m here to tell you all about it.  {Grin.} Seriously, this is the biggest sale they have ever offered EVER in the history of Silhouette sales, and you had better be sitting down because you are not going to believe it. Are you ready?  Are you in a sturdy four-legged chair with a {read more…}

Glitter Twine Ball Ornament Tutorial

DIY {Glitter} Twine Ball Ornament. Easy to follow step-by-step tutorial!

I’ve been known to say that glitter is my favorite color. Well, my crafty friends, did you know you can now buy Glitter Mod Podge?!  Yup.  It’s pretty much happiness in a jar.  And I had the opportunity to test-run this magical serum this past week, and let me tell ya, I give it the Thinking Closet stamp of approval! Wanna see what I made? Glitter Twine Ball Ornaments! Last Christmas, between my No-Sew Burlap {read more…}

Painted Cork Coasters with #myfavoritebloggers

DIY Painted Cork Coasters. Easy and inexpensive gift idea!

Do you have annual craft traditions?  Well, I’ve decided I’m going to make it a tradition that every November, I tackle a new coaster project.  Last November, I created my Anthropologie Wallpaper Coasters, and this November I’m all about the Painted Cork Coasters.  What do you think?  Are they a worthy platform for your hot drink of choice? What if I told you that each set of 4 coasters cost me under $4 to make?  Not {read more…}

Paper Bag Gratitude Garland

Paper Bag Gratitude Garland!

Some of my favorite movies growing up were the old classics, and White Christmas was high up on that list.  My sister and I must have performed our own rendition of the “Sisters, Sisters” song a thousand times, pretending our paper fans were voluminous blue feather ones just like the Haynes sisters had.  And who better to sweep the sisters of their feet than a crooner like Bing Crosby and a comedian like Danny Kaye? Well, this {read more…}

I’m a Blog Angel: The Big Reveal

I'm A Blog Angel - The Big Reveal by The Thinking Closet

My career as an angel began long, long ago.  Back in 1987 to be exact.  In truth, most little girls between the ages of 3 and 6 are type-cast as angels for their church Christmas pageant, and I was no exception.  Here are a few snapshots I found of my first angel gig when looking through old albums during our time in New York this Christmas: Now, check out my 7th grade Halloween costume: Now, {read more…}

A Special Baby

This is Lauren, signing off.

Merry Christmas Eve, friends! Just had to share this beautiful video in which the children of St. Paul’s Church in New Zealand tell and act out the Christmas story.  There are so many magical moments in it – – I watched it three times in a row.  I just couldn’t get enough of those precious accents.  Look out for my favorite character: the third wise man.  Thanks to my M.I.L. Rachael for sharing this with {read more…}

Pallet Christmas Photo Display

Pallet Christmas Card Display by The Thinking Closet

I know, I know…it’s Christmas Eve Eve, and I’m still making things.  I promise, this is the last project!  After this, it’s church, then time to pack for our trip to New York (icanhardlycontainmyexcitement!). Remember all of those pallets we piled on top of our car?  Well, we’ve had great fun using the wood for various projects here and there.  I had this idea for a Christmas card & photo display that Mark helped me {read more…}

An Indie Christmas: Free Mix & Printable

An Indie Christmas Mix by The Thinking Closet

Needing a new Christmas mix to get you through these last few days until Christmas?  How about some last-minute Christmas gifts?  I’ve got you covered.  Just check out this post that I shared yesterday on my sister’s blog. I sort of take pride in my mix-making abilities.  As a wee lass, I used to craft mix tapes from songs on the radio, and later, when things got high-tech, I even burned mixes on CDs.  I {read more…}

D.I.Y. Twine Ball Tree Topper

D.I.Y. Twine Ball Tree Topper by The Thinking Closet

In the words of my husband, “Welp, better late than never.” Even though there are only four days until Christmas, I decided to make my own tree topper.  We keep our tree up through January anyway, so it’ll have some quality time on this year’s tree as well as on the trees in years to come.  I found my inspiration atop the trees in our church’s lobby.  Here are a few pics I snapped on {read more…}

Room Tour from the Sister of The Thinking Closet

My sister Lisbeth’s blog was a part of the inspiration for me in starting The Thinking Closet.  So, you can imagine how overjoyed I am that she is guest posting here today!  We’re doing guest post swaps, so I’m over at her blog, squeeze it into little inkdrops, sharing my Indie Christmas mix.  Feel free to stop by.  And now, let the magic begin:  Hello everyone at The Thinking Closet! I’m Lisbeth, the creator of {read more…}

Expected and Unexpected Guests

Christmas Photo Collage by The Thinking Closet

What a whirlwind week it has been! We’ve been busy hosting company…and not just the human kind.  A group of possums have taken up residency in the crawl space above our bedroom.  That’s right: possums.  (We have visual confirmation thanks to Mark’s headlamp.)  Their partying gets extra rowdy from 2 a.m. to 4:30 a.m., and between the air vent and thin walls, it almost sounds like they’re in the room with us.  Suffice it to {read more…}

I’m a Blog Angel! {Shhh…don’t tell.}

This fall, I kept hearing a buzz about this “blog angel” project by Rosie from Craftbotic.  I read posts about bloggers helping other bloggers – – in secret – – for an entire month whether it be through commenting on their posts, amping up their traffic through social media, swapping sponsor buttons…you get the picture. In past blog angel editions, each blog angel has also had a secret blog angel assigned to them…however, in keeping {read more…}

DIY Wrapping Paper Tutorial

DIY Wrapping Paper Tutorial via The Thinking Closet

Here’s my tutorial that was part of Sugar Bee Craft’s guest posting extravaganza last week.  Enjoy! I don’t know about you, but it seems like I never have the right wrapping paper on hand – – don’t get me wrong, I have plenty, but it’s either too feminine or too childlike, not the right holiday or not the right size.  So, I’ve been experimenting lately with alternatives to store-bought wrapping paper, and I’ve come across {read more…}