How Many Trends Can I Fit Into One Wreath?

Spring to Summer Felt Flower Wreath. Step by step tutorial by thinkingcloset.com

Happy April Fool’s Day, everyone! Instead of pranking you all with a virtual bucket-o-water-above-the-door trick, the joke’s on me today.  And I’m letting you in on it! The name of the game?  Trend-Fest 2014 The players?  Myself and five of my fab bloggy buddies! The challenge?  To incorporate as many current trends as possible into one craft project without it being too over-the-top.  (Though in a way, I feel at a distinct disadvantage as most {read more…}

Instagram-Themed Graduation Party {In a Box!}

The inspiration behind an Instagram-Themed Graduation Party {in a box}! via thinkingcloset.com

This May 29th is a very momentous occasion.  My sweet sister Lisbeth will graduate with her Master’s in Counseling from Westminster Seminary in Pennsylvania.  And since I cannot be there in person to hoot and holler as she crosses the stage to accept her diploma like the proud sister I am–I thought I would send some fun graduation party decor to do the hooting and hollering for me.  I give to you… Graduation Party in {read more…}

The Thrifty Girl’s Guide to Coastal Decor

Rustic Nautical Master Bedroom Makeover: Source Guide to what was Bought, Borrowed, and Brought up from the Basement via thinkingcloset.com

It has been five weeks since the grand reveal of our Rustic Nautical Master Bedroom Makeover…and the high from your incredible reception to it all still hasn’t worn off.  So, thank you to each of you who has taken time to click through to read this series or leave an encouraging word.  It means more to us than you know. And amidst your pure-gold comments have been some great questions, too, the most popular being, “Where in the {read more…}

IKEA Side Table Hack: Such Great Heights

IKEA Hack: Hol Side Table

They will see us waving from such great heights.  ”Come down now,” they’ll say. But everything looks perfect from far away.  ”Come down now,” but we’ll stay. -“Such Great Heights” by The Postal Service This is the anthem of our IKEA HOL side tables.  Because if you looked closely at the “before” and “after” photos of our Rustic Nautical Master Bedroom Makeover and you thought it looked like our side tables grew legs…you were spot on! The Origin {read more…}

Felt Fish Pillow Tutorial for the Nautically-Inclined

Nautical Felt Fish Pillow Tutorial by thinkingcloset.com

Happy Friday, friends!  So, the Rustic Nautical Master Bedroom Makeover series continues, but we’re going to take a little break from this talk of building and staining and pallet-ing (yes, it’s a verb now) to get a little crafty today.  This should be a fun tutorial for ye lovers of felt and all things nautical! So, as you may have noticed from our “before” and “after” photos, a significant part of the transformation involved our {read more…}

Nautical Master Bedroom Makeover & How We Found Our Shared Style

Rustic Nautical Master Bedroom Makeover: Source Guide to what was Bought, Borrowed, and Brought up from the Basement via thinkingcloset.com

There’s a famous story I tell from the first month Mark and I were married. We were at Target, trying to pick up a few items to fill our very bare condo.  We hit the lamp aisle, where I thought of a fun little “getting to know you” game we could play.  I curiously asked Mark, “Okay, which three lamps are your favorite?”  Biting my lip, I eagerly awaited his response, guessing in my mind {read more…}

NEW Weekly Email Launch & Giveaway!

Custom Handmade Wood Sign by Signs by Andrea! Love the rustic edges...

Don’t mind me while I squeal with excitement over the fact that I’m crossing an item off of my Blogging Dreams & Goals for 2014 list…and that is to offer up a weekly email option for my email subscribers!  Whoo hoo!  And to add to the joy, we’re celebrating today with a really fun giveaway, which I’m eager to share with you about, but first… The Weekly Email Launch So, why is this weekly email {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…}

(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…}

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…}

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…}

“Share the Joy” Office Makeover: The Reveal!

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Alright, so last night I introduced you all to the “Share the Joy” service project I had the opportunity to be a part of thanks to our sponsor, World Market.  (To catch up on that post if you missed it, click here.)  Earlier this week, myself and three other bloggers took on the task giving the Central Florida Children’s Home office building an extreme makeover.  We’re talking paint, new furniture, window treatments, lighting…the whole nine yards! Here’s {read more…}

“Share the Joy” Office Makeover: The Game Plan

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“Do good on a grand scale.” Those words stuck with me after hearing the closing address at Haven Blog Conference this summer, delivered by Bob Johnson from Habitat for Humanity. As much as I receive deep satisfaction from making our house a home, I appreciated his charge to use our skills and resources as DIY bloggers to make a difference beyond the walls of our home. To bless others. To be a force for positive {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…}

Nautical Anchor Pillow Tutorial

DIY Nautical Anchor Pillow Tutorial via thinkingcloset.com

So, I’ve somehow managed to keep this a secret from you guys up until now, but we are in the midst of our biggest d.i.y. endeavor yet: a total master bedroom makeover! I guess you could say the ball started rolling over the summer when we conquered our IKEA Wardrobe Hack.  The rest of the room was looking pretty ho-hum next to our newly done-over wardrobe, so we’ve been busy the past several months, working {read more…}

D.I.Y. Photo Booth Backdrop for $10

DIY Photo Booth Backdrop

So, did you spy that bright, colorful backdrop in the background of our Punny Halloween Costume photos? Would you believe me if I told you that I made it myself using $10 worth of plastic tablecloths and supplies from home? Or how about if I shared photos and a step-by-step tutorial?  Well, this is your lucky day because I’m going to do just that! Supplies 10 plastic tablecloths ($1 each at the dollar store) clear {read more…}

Glitter Glam Pumpkins & $100 Gift Card Giveaway!

Glitter Glam Pumpkins & D.I.Y. Pedestals using supplies from...wait for it...Dollar Tree! Crazy, right? via thinkingcloset.com

Sometimes, stubbornness is a good thing. I refuse to pay an arm and a leg for something that I know is not worth an arm and a leg.  Take faux pumpkins, for example.  I’ve been like a cat on the prowl looking for some faux pumpkins to add to my fall decor for over a year now.  You’d think they were solid gold with the price-tags they boast!  So, I held out for that deal {read more…}

“Happy Fall” Banner Tutorial

"Happy Fall" Banner...one stop on the journey of the Choose Your Own Adventure Fall House Tour at thinkingcloset.com

We had a bonfire last night, which means at long last, fall has come to Orlando, Florida!  Now, it’s still a sauna during the daylight hours, but it’s finally cooling down enough at night to merit use of the fire-pit.  Which means…I’m a happy camper! And what better way to express my happiness than through a “Happy Fall” banner?! You caught a sneak peek of this banner last week, when I declared Lime Green as {read more…}

Fall Decor: Lime Green is the New Orange

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Okay, first of all, let’s just get one thing straight.  Two years ago, the words “fall decor” translated to “stuff I don’t have time for.”  One year ago, it meant a wreath and one metallic pumpkin (baby steps).  This is the first year in my life where I’ve decided to “deck the halls” for fall, and tackle our home’s transition from summer to fall a bit more intentionally. You see, I was feeling inspired to make a {read more…}

Burlap & Book Page Pumpkins with #myfavoritebloggers

Easy to make burlap and book page pumpkin. D.I.Y. Fall Decor!

We’re still rocking the 90-degree-weather down here in Orlando…but that’s not going to stop me from celebrating the oncoming fall!  And I’m celebrating the best way I know how: with a crafty home decor project.  Check out my Burlap & Book Page Pumpkins! Now, I’m not flying solo today with my pumpkin creation.  Ohhhhh no.  I’ve actually teamed up with a group of near-and-dear bloggy buddies who all have a pumpkin project to share!  Wanna meet these {read more…}

Ruler-Framed Chalkboard Sign Tutorial

Ruler Frame Chalkboard Sign Tutorial by The Thinking Closet

Chalkboard and I go together like Jackson Pollock and splatter paint, like Martha Stewart and apple pie, like Marilyn Monroe and subway grates.  I’m sort of a chalkboard fanatic.  In fact, you’ll find further evidence in my latest chalkboard creation: a vintage ruler-framed chalkboard sign! This past July, my husband Mark and I got to spend our fourth wedding anniversary with my family in Ocean Grove, NJ.  We’ve done this every summer since we got {read more…}

Wall Unit to Kitchen Hutch Makeover

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Today, I have a very special lady with an out-of-this-world furniture transformation to share with you all.  Seriously, my jaw is still agape over it.  She needs very little introduction because by now, you’ve already been acquainted with this creative Canadian with an eye for style.  You see her face here most Fridays.  Have you figured it out yet?  That’s right, it’s the talented and lovely Thalita! Hi you guys, I’m Thalita from The Learner Observer. {read more…}